Irish Cultural Society
of San Antonio Texas
IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING - Sept. 21, 2008The business meeting of the Irish Cultural Society was called to order
at 3:10pm. Sister Carmel led the invocation, and after our president,
Bob Slattery, said a few words of greeting, the Pledge of Allegiance
was led by vice-president, Lou Kelley, who is always in good voice.
Our treasurer, Bob Barron, gave the monthly report on the ICS finances.
He had several copies of the treasurerís report to hand out to
interested members. Bob explained how each year we seem to lose more
money, especially given the expense of bringing in the band from
Boston for our St. Patrickís Dance; however, the proposed budget was
approved by the general membership with very little discussion.
The minutes of the previous meeting in June were read by the secretary
and approved as read.
Membership chair, Kay Delaney, reminded members that October 1st is
the date by which all members should be paid up and their information
updated for this coming year in the Irish Cultural Society.
Librarian Susan Feeley updated the members on recent acquisitions for
the ICS library, which includes Irish America magazines, Celtic music
CDs, and the Sister Fidelma mystery books.
Program chair, Sheila Carolla, talked about the various ideas she has
had for our meetings this coming year and those which she has already
confirmed. We have an author, a Belleek collector (one of our own
members, Helena Ryan), and several musical groups on the schedule
for upcoming meetings.
There is no meeting in December, as we all meet for the holiday dinner
instead. This year the dinner is a joint function with the Harp and
Shamrock group. Lou Kelley explained how to access the information
about the party on our website so that reservations and payment can
be made in a timely fashion to Ethna Torres, our social chair.
The business meeting was adjourned at 3:25 pm. A musical program of
Irish-themed music was provided by the Garner Middle School Orchestra,
conducted by Phyllis Malone, their orchestra teacher. A special song
was played just for Sister Carmel to commemorate her fifty years of
service with the Presentation sisters. The orchestra performed for
almost an hour, and many of their family members were in attendance
at the meeting.