November 3, 2013
News November 2013
The Skylarks were a fun group of musical women,¬†what a great show; I think the men enjoyed it the¬†most.
Mary Ellen Grealis, is having a bus trip to the Palace¬†Theatre to see the musical ‚ÄúOnce‚ÄĚ, on Wednesday,¬†November 20th. The tickets are $55.00 per person,¬†and the cost includes a Lakefront Bus leaving from¬†the Club and returning to the Club after the show.¬†Tickets can be purchased by calling Mary Ellen at¬†440-235-6528. Make checks payable to Mary Ellen¬†Grealis. Don‚Äôt wait; this is a great show.
At our November 14th meeting we will be¬†entertained by the EKCO Ringers. Christmas Party¬†tickets will also be on sale for $11.00 per person;¬†get a fun group of your friends together for a good¬†time. Donations of door prizes or raffle items would¬†be greatly appreciated. Call Marge Lavelle with your¬†donations. Thank you for helping make the party a¬†success.
There was no election for Trustees because the eligible nominees¬†declined their nominations. The current Trustees that were running¬†for re-election will start their new 3 year term on January 1, 2014.¬†We had nominations for Club Officers at our October General¬†Meeting. John O‚ÄôBrien, President, Kevin McDonough, Vice President, and Maureen Rice, Recording¬†Secretary were unopposed. Nominated to run for Financial Secretary were: Maureen Lavelle and Ann¬†Murphy. Nominated to run for Treasurer were: Kevin Hayes, Michael Lavelle, Mary Ellen Grealis, and¬†Maureen Lavelle. Nominated to run for Sergeant-at-Arms were: Dan Chambers and Tom Lucas. If those¬†nominated accept their nominations, then we will have an election for Club Officers at the November¬†21st General Meeting.
August 30, 2013
September 2013 News
The booth at the Irish Cultural Festival was very successful this year bringing us over 100 new and renewed memberships. We have just exceeded the 3000 mark and are still receiving applications in the mail. ¬†A BIG thanks go to our festival volunteers Mary Ellen Grealis, Ann Murphy, Helen Malloy, Kathleen Mangan, Noreen Hastings, Mary Graven Clayton and Jim McGuirk. ¬†We couldn’t have done it without you. ¬†– Marge Flynn and Dianne Luther
What a great day for a Picnic. Food was very good especially Tim’s Pasta Salad. Marge Lavelle, and her daughter, Mary Napier and, of course, our Mary Ellen Grealis all did a great job. Thanks to all the members who donated the wonderful door prizes.¬†At our next meeting on September 12th, we will have George McNulty, from Playhouse Square, present. He will give a talk on the Broadway Series.¬†Mary Ellen Grealis is having a trip to Thistledown Racino on Wednesday, September 11th. The price is $20.00, with a casino bonus of $15.00. For reservations call Mary Ellen at 440-235-6528. ¬†Have a safe and sound Labor Day.
CLUB NEWS FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Twinning of Achill and¬†Cleveland, a delegation from Achill will present to us two clocks manufactured in Achill. One clock will show Achill time and one clock will¬†show Cleveland time. The presentation will be held on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 th at 8:00 PM. Please stop by and welcome our visitors¬†and join in the festivities.¬†The Annual Famine Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday.¬†September 21 st at 5:00 PM across from the Flat Iron Cafe. The celebrant will be Fr. Jim O’Donnell.
THINGS YOU MIGHT¬†NOT KNOW:
We just completed¬†the resurfacing of our¬†parking lots and driveway¬†at a cost of¬†$107,000.00. The continued
support of our¬†membership has allowed¬†us to undertake¬†this important project. As¬†funds become available, other improvements and maintenance will¬†be addressed.
For the third straight year our membership has had a modest but¬†important increase. We just tipped the 3,000 mark. Thanks to all who¬†helped spread the word about our Club. Also, a sincere thanks is due¬†to Marge Flynn and Dianne Luther for reorganizing the office and¬†updating various procedures for membership.
Our much loved and efficient Financial Secretary, Jim Caffrey,¬†has retired after nearly 30 years of committed service. Ann Murphy,¬†and Mary Ellen Grealis have stepped in and are handling the job¬†without a hitch.
After many years of being an all male fraternity, our Tuesday¬†Daytime Work Crew is becoming more integrated each year. Joining¬†us most Tuesdays are Kathleen Egan, Marge Flynn, Kathleen Mangan,¬†Helen Malloy, Ann Murphy, Mary Ellen Grealis and Maureen¬†(McGinty) Cseh. They definitely are a welcome addition.¬†And last but not least, it costs approximately $320.00 per day to¬†keep our Club up and running.
John O’Brien, President, WSIA Club
Cleveland Youths Receives Scholarships In Irish Music:¬†
This past July, three young Cleveland musicians received scholarships to attend Augusta¬†Heritage Center’s Irish/Celtic Week in Elkins, West Virginia. Emmett Galla, 12, the¬†son of Greg and Colleen Galla, along with sisters, Abbygael Cancian, 13, and Molly Cancian,¬†11, the daughters of Brian and Christine Cancian, were privileged to participate in¬†the oldest Irish Week of its kind in the United States. For 31 years, Augusta has¬†attracted the world’s finest instructors to immerse students in the very best of Irish¬†music, dance, craft, and folklore.
The children’s days were packed with sessions, classes, concerts, and ceilis. Emmett,¬†Abby, and Molly participated in two sessions each day where they had the opportunity¬†to play along side the great accordion player, Robbie O’Connell and All Ireland fiddle¬†champion, Sean Clohessy. They had lessons twice a day on their individual instruments.¬†Emmett studied fiddle with Patrick Ourceau, Abby studied fiddle with Tony¬†DeMarco, and Molly studied the DADGAD style of guitar accompaniment with Brian¬†Miller. The children spent the early evening in a ceili band class, under the instruction of Daniel Neely, learning tunes appropriate¬†for dancers. After sessions and classes, the day was far from over. The evening activities included more sessions, ceili and set¬†dancing in the dance pavilion, and two fabulous concerts that featured the instructors from the week. The week’s instructors¬†hailed from Ireland, Canada, and the United States, and have played with world renowned bands and shows including Black 47,¬†The Clancy Brothers, Riverdance, and Lord of the Dance, to name a few.
It was a wonderful week filled with learning, tradition, culture, and fun and it wouldn’t have been possible without the
dedication of their teachers, Rasa Chambers and Brian Bigley, and their letters of recommendation. For more information about¬†Augusta Center’s Irish Celtic Week visit AugustaHeritageCenter.org.
For more information about Irish Music for kids in Cleveland contact Colleen Hannon Galla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find these young musicians around town playing their fiddles and guitar in kid house sessions, the Plank Rd. Tavern¬†sessions on Thursday nights, and The West Side Irish-American Club Pub on Friday, September 13, 2013.
May 26, 2013
June 2013 News
Everyone enjoyed Jack Houge and the sing-a-long at ¬†our last meeting. The present slate of officers were¬†¬†elected for another year.
Our annual Mass for the deceased members of¬†¬†Forever Young will be celebrated at our June 13th¬†meeting. Father Cornelius Murray will be the¬†celebrant.
The Forever Young Picnic will be held on August 8th‚ÄĘ¬†¬†Marge Lavelle volunteered to be the chairperson.¬†¬†Tickets are $11.00 per person and will be available at¬†¬†the July 11th meeting.
Mailyn Farrone has a trip to Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre¬†in Marshall, Michigan on Sept 11-12th (Wed¬∑Thurs).¬†The trip indudes lunch and the show Nunsensation ,¬†and an ovemight stay at Firekeepers Casino and Hotel¬†in Battle Creek, Michigan with Free Play. Please call¬†Marilyn at 216-267-3215 for more details.
The Telephone Pioneer’s Recyclist Program takes in bicycles of any size (20″ bikes are especially needed),shape, and color and repairs and renovates them. The¬†team then uses these refurbished bikes as rewards for¬†children by giving them a chance to win a bike if they do¬†well in school and meet standards set for attendance,¬†grades, and citizenship. The program also provides the¬†opportunity for students to receive hands on instructions¬†on how to maintain their bicycles.¬†Help encourage children to do well in school, and to see¬†that there are rewards for doing well. Please donate a¬†bike or two. You can drop off bikes at the Club, or the¬†team will arrange to pick them up at your home. Contact¬†Jo Caffrey at 440-333-4992 for more information.
March 6, 2013
March 2013 News
The pipes are calling indeed!
Let me introduce you to the West Side Irish-American Club Pipe Band.
As of January 2013, the Irish Heritage Pipe Band is joining the West Side Irish-American Club and will¬†now be known as the West Side Irish-American Club Pipe Band.¬†The Band has been together for over 12 years and is made up of nine pipers, three snare drummers, four¬†tenor drummers, and a base drummer. In 2012, the Band was recognized as the First Place Pipe Band in the¬†St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Band wears the Irish National kilt with a style that is known as a military press.¬†The Band plays at a number of community events and special occasions from Put in Bay to Cleveland and in¬†between. This group of musicians currently practices at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Avon and will also¬†be holding practices at the Club on a regular basis.
Greg Oster, Pipe Major, and Mike Taylor, Drum Sergeant, are the musical leaders of the group. Please know¬†that anyone who has an interest in learning how to play the pipes or drums is welcome and encouraged¬†to call or e-mail Greg Donnelly, Band Manager, at 216-538-1287 or email@example.com. We¬†have experienced teachers available to help you learn the instrument of your choice. Once again, if you have¬†ever had an interest in learning the pipes or drums don’t hesitate to get in touch with Greg.¬†The Band is excited to be a part of the West Side Irish-American Club and looks forward to getting to know¬†and serve the membership.¬†We’ll see you soon.
Greg Donnelly,¬†Band Manager
The big day is almost here. The Forever Young St.Patrick‚Äôs Day Party is on March 14th. Tickets are $11.00 each. Invite your friends for a day of good food and entertainment. Call Jean Kessler on 440-743-7829 for tickets. Door prizes donations would be greatly appreciated. Tickets for Lolly the Trolley are $15.00 if you are leaving from the Club and $10.00 if you are leaving from St. Colman‚Äôs Church. Please call Mary Ellen Grealis on 440-235-6528 for information and tickets.
Marilyn Farrone has a trip going to Sault Ste. Marie,¬†Michigan in July. The dates are: July 16-19 (Tues-Fri).¬†The trip includes casinos, Frankenmuth, Mackinac City,¬†lots of food, and casino bonuses. Call Marilyn on 216-267-3215 for details.
January 30, 2013
February 2013 News
FOREVER YOUNG Can you believe that St. Patrick‚Äôs Day is just around the corner? Forever Young will have two buses: 1) pick up at the Club for $15, or 2) pick up at St. Colman‚Äôs for $10. Reservations will be taken at the Feb 14th meeting. Marilyn Farone still has a few seats on her Feb 12th trip to Rivers Casino. The cost is $23.00. Marilyn also has a trip going to the Hollywood Casino in Toledo on March 6th. The cost is $21.00, and you get back $20.00. If interested, please call Marilyn at 216-267-3215. Coletta Schwartz still has a few seats available for the Soaring Eagle trip running April 7th-9th. Please contact Coletta or Bill Schwartz at 440-888-8547 for more information and the itinerary. Tickets for our St. Patrick’s Day Party will go on sale at the Feb 14th meeting. The cost is $11.00 per person. Please call Jean Kessler at 440-743-8729 or Pat McCarthy at 440-845-2147 for reservations. Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528 Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer; Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost an immediate family member.
Irish American Chorale Seeking Singers: ¬†The Irish American Chorale is currently looking for new singers.¬†The IA Chorale sings a variety of Irish and Religious music¬†and we welcome suggestions. Our next rehearsal will be¬†Monday, February 4 at 7 pm at St. Thomas More Church in¬†Brooklyn (4170 North Amber Dr., Brooklyn, OH 44144). ¬†Please contact Katie Cooper (216-470-6520) with any questions. ¬†Hope to see you there!
January 7, 2013
January 2013 News
St. Augustine‚Äôs Hunger Center Fund Raiser
On November8th, we had a successful fund raiser for St. Augustine‚Äôs Hunger Center at the club. Mary‚Äôs Lane played to the enjoyment of everyone. When¬†all the donations were counted we were able to give Father Joe McNulty and¬†Sister Corita $3,500.00 for Thanksgiving. St. Augustine‚Äôs served over 17,000 meals throughout our five counties on Thanksgiving Day.¬† We hope to make this an annual event.
Congratulations to our Honorees!
Woman of the Year, MARGE FLYNN
Man of the Year, JOE KILBANE
Queen, MEGAN STEFANCIN
Learn Ceili Dancing and the Social Dances of Ireland
Enjoy Good Company, Exercise, and Tradition
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM January 3, 10, 24 ÔĀ¨ February 14 &
Maire Manning TCRG / An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha
For more information call: 216.228.5352
Wasn‚Äôt that a great party? Good food catered by P.T. O‚ÄôMalley. Thanks to all who donated door prizes. The committee did a wonderful job of collecting donations from various vendors. Thanks to the committee chaired by Mary Ellen Grealis, Kay Carey, Mary O‚ÄôGrady and Mary Ellen McFarland. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 1pm. Hope to see you there.
A BIG THANK YOU to the following members who were involved in getting the Club decorated for the Christmas season. Starting with those who helped move the decorations from the 3rd floor of the storage barn to the first floor, to be loaded on the truck for delivery to the main building: Eddie Campbell, Dan Chambers, Dan Chambers III, Emmett & Liam Chambers, John & Michael Mangan. Those who fluffed the wreaths and bows & hung them on the walls and pillars: Mary Catherine Falle, Cathy Lally, Maureen Lavelle & Doris Murphy. Then, in Nov. these ladies were joined by Carol & Steve Andrews, Kathy Barrett, Dick & Kay Bowman, Nancy Csorey, Bridget Dever, Maureen Dorsey, Leo Fox, Sheila Fox, Anne Gallagher, Mary Ellen Grealis, Carol Ann Kennedy, Sara McLaughlin, Mary Ann McNeela, Peggy O‚ÄôNeill-Mulcrone, John O‚ÄôBrien, Doreen Papajcik, Mary Ryan, Nancy Sheehan & Sam Tacchite. A Special Thank You to Kevin McDonough who, with the help of Fred Mertes, provided the delicious dinner for the decorators. John Lavelle, Decorating Chairman
November 24, 2012
December 2012 News
IRISH NEW YEAR’S PARTY
Join us again this year¬†as we celebrate
New Year’s Eve Irish Style!
Dec. 31, 2012 5-10PM
(countdown at 7PM)
$20 in advance (includes light supper and open bar) or $25 at the door
IRISH MIKE MALONE
will provide a variety of music for your dancing pleasure
For reservations call Maureen RIce at 440-366-5748 (home) or 440-223-8512 (cell)
2013 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL HAS BEGUN!
You can expect your application to arrive in the mail by the end of November or the beginning of December. Don’t forget you can renew online as well…Hope to see you all back in 2013!
Our Christmas Party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1PM. TIckets are $11 and must be paid for by Friday, Dec. 7. Guests are welcome! Please call Mary O’Grady 440-779-4801, or Kay Carey 440-777-7476 for tickets or door prize donations.
Marilyn Farone is having a trip to Firekeepers and Soaring Eagles from April 17-19, 2013. Call for details: 216-267-3215
Wishing you a holiday filled with Joy and Happiness!
LADIES RAFFLE THANKS:
The Ladies only reverse raffle was a fantastic party!¬†Thank you so very much to all of the committee members,¬†and volunteers for all that you did to make the evening a¬†fun and successful! A donation was made on behalf of the¬†West Side Irish-American Club, ‚ÄúKay Forrey Ladies only¬†Reverse Raffle‚ÄĚ to the Gathering Place. Have a Very Merry¬†Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!
The Committee of the ‚Äú Kay Forrey Reverse Raffle‚ÄĚ
HALLOWEEN PARTY THANKS:
Kids Halloween Party:
We would like to thank everyone who attended the¬†Kids Halloween Party in October and helped make it¬†a great success. Special thanks to those who helped¬†decorate the hall and to serve food. See you all next¬†year, mark the ¬†date down for Friday, October 25th.
Maria Owens, Meghan Maloney-Craig and KJ Greeney
PIG ROAST THANK YOU:
The Pig Roast, By Peggy Calvey Patton
It was Achill weather, rainy and windy, but the¬†party room was welcoming and cheerful with 150 club¬†members and their friends.¬†The menu was pork/pig, sauerkraut and two¬†different kinds of potatoes: baked or mashed; salad
and rolls. The meal was delicious, the DJ played our¬†favorite songs, and the Browns won!¬†What more can you ask for on a cold Sunday¬†afternoon in October, but good company, a winning¬†team and great food?¬†Many thanks to Diane and Dan Flick for organizing¬†this wonderful event.
ATTENTION ALL MARCHING UNITS
Registration & First Practice is Sunday, January 6, 2013
JUST A REMINDER: To march with The West Side Irish-American Club on St. Patrick‚Äôs Day you must be a member in¬†good standing, or the child of a member in good standing, as of February 28, 2013. Your cooperation is appreciated.
POM POMS: Due to the limited availability of uniforms and the demand for marching positions, we will be¬†honoring seniority for the marching season. Those girls who were members of the 2012 Pom Pom group will be¬†guaranteed a position in the 2013 group, but ONLY if you are present at the FIRST day of registration, January¬†6th. If you cannot be present on January 6th, then you MUST contact Patti Hanrahan (directly-no messages,¬†at 440-779-0607) BEFORE the registration date, otherwise you will NOT be guaranteed a position
PLEASE SEE THE BULLETIN FOR MARCHING REGISTRATION FORM, DEADLINES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
October 30, 2012
There was no election for Trustees because the eligible nominees declined their nominations. The current ¬†Trustees that were running for re-election will start their new 3 year term on January 1st, 2013. We had nominations for Club Officers and John O‚ÄôBrien, President, Maureen Rice, Recording Secre-tary, Maureen Lavelle, Treasurer and Dan Chambers, Sergeant-at-Arms were unopposed. Nominated to run for Vice President were Kevin McDonough our current VP and Bill Rice. Nominated for Financial Secretary were Jim Caffrey our current Fin. Secy., Ann Murphy and Mary Ellen Grealis. If those nomi-nated accept their nominations we will have an election for these 2 Club Officers at the Nov. 15th meeting.
The next meeting of Forever Young will be on Thursday, Nov. 8th at 1pm. Tickets for the Christmas Party will go on sale then. The cost is $11.00. It will be catered by P.T. O‚ÄôMalley; please invite your friends. Tables of 8 may be reserved. Marilyn Farone has several trips planned: Nov. 28th, Middlefield Turkey Dinner, cost $62.00; Jan 8th and Feb. 12th, Rivers Casino, cost is $23.00, get back $30.00. All trips include the tip for the driver. Call Marilyn at 216-267-3215. Tickets are still available for the Thanksgiving Raffle; please support your club.
Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528 Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer; Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost an immediate family member.
October 10, 2012
October 2012 News:
Ann Hill from Universal Health Care gave a very informative talk on affordable health care at our last meeting. Our next meeting will be on Thursday October 11th. ¬†If you haven‚Äôt bought your Thanksgiving Raffle tickets,
please do so. Your club needs your support.¬†It‚Äôs not too soon to think about Christmas. Our party will ¬†be on Thursday December 13th; details next month. ¬†Door prizes or Chinese raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.
Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528
Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer;
Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms
Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have¬†lost an immediate family member.
West Side Irish-American Club Annual Thanksgiving Day Raffle
Only 2,500 Tickets Sold * Winner Need Not be Present * Drawing Held November 22, 2012
First Prize – $10,000 * Second Prize – $2,500 * Third Prize – $1,000 * Fourth Prize – $1,000
Return Your Tickets Early to be Entered into the Special Seller‚Äôs Drawing. ¬†At the October 18th General Meeting we will have a special drawing for all raffle tickets sold and returned to the Club by October 18, 2012. One ticket will be drawn; the seller of that ticket will receive a $100.00 GAS CARD.¬†The ticket will then be returned to the drum for the Thanksgiving Day drawing. The sellers of the winning tickets will also receive a money prize.
Please check the October 2012 bulletin for ticket order form.
September 23, 2012
Forever Young Report (Sept. 2012)
Our annual picnic was held inside because of the¬†threat of rain. On the bright side we had no bees or¬†ants. Thanks to our volunteers: Tom and Betty Clark,¬†Marge Lavelle, Mary Napier, and Mickey and Mary Ellen¬†Grealis. The food by P.T. O‚ÄôMalley was great; the¬†Pasta Salad by Tim got great reviews. Door prizes¬†were donated by Marge Jeffers, Jean Kessler, Marge¬†Lavelle, and Mary Napier.
Our next meeting is on Thursday Sept 13th. Hope to¬†see you there. Happy Labor Day!
Mary Ellen Grealis, Chairperson 440-235-6528
Janet Saringer, Vice-Chairperson; Mickey Grealis, Treasurer;
Mary Ellen McFarland, Secretary; Carol Trego, Sergeant-at-Arms
Please contact Rosemarie Houlehan, Health and Welfare Chairperson, at 440-353-0925, to send a card to Forever Young Members who are sick or have lost¬†an immediate family member.
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