Irish Cultural Society
of San Antonio Texas
IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING - Oct. 19, 2008
The business meeting of the Irish Cultural Society was called to
order at 3:21pm by Vice-President Lou Kelley. President Bob
Slattery was not in attendance. The Pledge of Allegiance was
led by Lou, followed by the invocation by Father White.
Minutes of the previous meeting in September were read by the
secretary and approved as read.
Bob Barron gave the monthly treasurerís report on the ICS
finances. He had several copies of the report to hand out to
interested members. He reiterated comments he had made the
previous month on the budget which had been accepted
in September by the general membership.
Kay Delaney said that there had been a good response this past
month by people renewing their ICS memberships and making
necessary changes to their membership information for the coming
year. The cut-off date for renewing is October first every year.
Today there were 31 members and 1 guest present at the meeting.
Sheila Carrola, program chair, talked about the upcoming Christmas
party at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, mentioning the menu,
cash bar and music available. She informed us that Joan Moody,
president of the Harp and Shamrock Society, has invited the Irish
Vice Consul, Tim Reilly, to be our guest of honor at the party being
celebrated jointly by the ICS and the H&S this year. Instead of door
prizes this holiday season, the ICS membership has voted to make
donations to the Fisher House on Fort Sam Houston which helps
families of our injured military who are recuperating from their injuries
at Brooke Army Medical Center. Please make your checks out to
the ICS, and our treasurer in turn will write one large donation check
to the Fisher House. If you need an individual letter for your financial
records, make the check out to Fisher House and send it to Ethna
Torres. The cut off for the donation is the end of the Christmas party
on December 5th, and there will be a drop off box at the next regular
meeting in November as well. Presentation is planned to be made
at the Fisher House by December 15th. Sheila asked that you make
your reservations as soon as possible for the party, and that the next
newsletter would have more information and the reservation form
Under New Business, a motion was made after discussion that
anyone donating $100 to the Fisher House would be granted two
free drinks at the Christmas party, and this idea was approved by
the general membership. Sheila mentioned that Celtic Thunder would
be performing in San Antonio on November 22nd, and she asked
about interest in getting tickets at a group rate.
A few people were interested in going, but not enough to warrant
a group discount on tickets.
The business meeting ended at 3:52pm, and was followed by a
refreshment break and an interesting presentation by author John
Kerr about his recently published novel, Cardigan Bay. Several
ICS members were so intrigued that they purchased copies of the
book that were available from the Twig Book Store representative
who attended the meeting. A copy is also available
from the ICS library.