West Side Irish American Club News Archive

News March 14

Forever Young

Everyone enjoyed the c ountry singer Shane Phillips at our last meeting.

March 13th is our St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. Tickets are $12.00 and reservations can be made by calling Mary Ellen Grealis at 440-235-6528. The deadline for reservations is March 9th.

Lolly the Trolley will be available again on St. Patrick’s Day for the Mass and or the parade. The cost for the Mass and parade leaving from the Club is $15 or from St. Colman’s it is $10. Call Mary Ellen Grealis for tickets. The deadline for reservations is March 14th.

The Future of the West Side Irish American Club

by Peggy Calvey Patton
There are 102 Majorettes, 32 Pom-Poms and 78 Junior Fifers/Drummers for a total of 212 boys and girls coming to our club for 11 Sundays from the first week in January until St. Patrick’s Day.   Why do they give up their winter Sundays to be part of a two hour regimen in discipline and demanding work? Almost all would answer that their mothers make them do it. A few would say they want to please a grandmother, or an aunt or uncle; but it’s really more than that. They know they are taking part in a beautiful tradition that honors their present and their past.
In this age of youth disengagement, taking a bus to a distant school, large suburban homes, and – other than the German Club – a scarcity of ethnic clubs, parade practice offers a sense of Irish community. It is the essence of belonging to something larger; the making of life-long friendships and a feeling of pride in the past, the tracing of parents’, grandparents’ and even great grandparents’ footsteps in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Most of all, the kids are really happy to be at practice. They love lining up on the first Sunday for the marching lines and hearing “go left”. They love learning to play the old Irish songs, to twirl the batons, and flags and pom-poms. They love sitting on the floor eating their hot dogs, marching outside on the grounds in the pre-parade drill, getting their uniforms totally completed and anticipating their participation in the parade.
The morning of the parade is akin to a wedding, with all the details and preparations coming together. The excitement and the exuberance seem to reach a pitch when they line up by the wrought iron fence to enter St.  Colman’s Church. They are as ready as they can be, in procession place, uniforms perfect, routines learned, looking forward to the beautiful Mass. The Mass is a blend of religion, heritage and ritual pageantry. The Catholic faith and Ireland are intertwined with the pageantry of the uniforms, fifes, drums, precision marching and old Irish songs. The procession at the end of the mass is incredible. The drums’ thunderous beat and the fifes’ beautiful pitch fill the church as they march down the aisle beaming at their proud families. They feel Irish in every bone of their bodies.
The first sight of the WSIA Contingent on Superior Avenue cannot be adequately put into words, but pride in belonging to this organization is at the top of the list. We are the best, from the Board of Trustees, Club Members, to the Man and Woman of the Year, the Queen, the Forever Young buses, the Ladies Drill Team, the Senior Fifers and Drummers, our new Bagpipe Band, and the heart of our heart- our kids, all212 of them.
Thank you, lads and lassies for giving us another wonderful St. Patrick’s Day to look forward to. The future of our club belongs to you.




Our Queen for 2014 is Anna Therese Kilbane. She is the daughter of Terse and James Kilbane, Jr. and the Grand-daughter of Anna Rita (Dever) and James Kilbane, Sr., (both deceased), and Marie (deceased) and Donald Koenig. A graduate of Saint Christopher Elementary School in Rocky River and Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland, she also attended classes at the University of Akron. Anna works for PhyAmerica in Westlake as a Pharmacy Technician. Anna spent three years with the Bobby Masterson School of Irish Dance. She started marching with the West Side I.A. Majorettes when she was seven years old, moved up to Flag Unit., and on to Ireland’s 32 Pom Pom Unit. Anna has been marching with the Ladies Drill Team since 2004. Attending Anna in the Queen’s Court will be her younger sister Megan and her friend Alana Bendetta. Anna’s escort throughout the Saint Patrick’s Day activities will be her boyfriend, Sean Lawry.


Midge Gannon was bom Mary Catherine Ginley to John and Margaret Ginley. Pat, her only brother, gave her the nickname, Midge. She grew up in St. Colman parish, moved to St. Patrick (West Park) during high school, and graduated from Magnificat High School. Midge began Irish dancing at six years old, first with Tom Scott and then later with Kevin Shanahan. This was also her first experience with the West Side lA, where practices were held. At the age of twelve, she took her first trip to Ireland with the goal of bringing new steps back to her Irish dancing class. She and three other dancers spent two months living in Dublin with Kevin Shanahan’s sister, Murial Brown. She also had the opportunity to participate in an honor guard at the hotel in Cleveland where John F. Kennedy was staying during a campaign stop. JFK actually stopped to talk to her as he was passing by. Finally, she danced at the Burning of the Mortgage of the WSIA Club on Madison Avenue. Later, she danced as a student of Bobby Masterson and went on to assist him as a teacher at his school for many years. Her daughter, Marian, and granddaughter, Fiona, have kept her involved in the Irish dancing world. Midge has also spent a lot of time on the sidelines watching her husband, Brendan, and sons, John and Patrick, play Gaelic football.
Midge has been married to Brendan Gannon for over 46 years; they have three married children and five grandchildren: Maeve, Fiona, Colin, Gavin, and Conal!. Prior to having children, Midge worked for the East Ohio Gas Company. After that, she volunteered at St. Patrick’s School (now WPCA), which eventually led to a job she has held for thirty years working in the school library. She was also as an assistant coach for the St. Pat’s drill team.
Midge spends time working at Casey’s Irish Imports during their busy seasons. She has served as an officer for the Altar & Rosary Society at St. Patrick’s Parish WP, where she was selected as the Woman of the Year in 1998. She has also been a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association for almost fifty years, and is serving as the acting secretary this year. When it was proposed that the WSIA should start a library, Midge volunteered to help Lonnie McCauley set it up. It took a couple years of hard work to get it organized before it was ready to open for business. She has served on the Library Committee since then & has been the Chairwoman of the library for a number of years. Midge and her committee have brought in speakers on a variety of topics of interest to the club members.
MAN of the YEAR

Kevin was born in St. John’s Hospital in 1950, the third son of Mary Jane (McGilly) and John McDonough. Three more children
followed making a total of six. His older brothers live out of town, Tim in Chicago, Illinois and Paul in Boston, Massachusetts. His
younger brothers, Tom and Joe along with Karen, the lone girt of the family, all are Clevelanders. The family lived in Parma until their
move to Fairview Park in 1963. Kevin and his wife Linda knew each other at Fairview Park High School in the 1960’s, but went their
separate ways until they met again in 1980. They were married in 1983 and Kevin not only gained a wife he became a father to
Kevin and Heather (O’Malley). To celebrate Kevin & Linda’s 30th wedding anniversary and Linda’s retirement from 30 years of nursing,
they went to las Vegas and got remarried by “Elvis Presley.’ Kevin & Linda live in lakewood in a century home, built in 1903.
Kevin has been unable to trace his family roots in Ireland on either the McGilly or McDonough sides. On the McDonough side his
great-great grandparents were from West Virgina and the trails ends there, but there is no denying that he’s a true Irishman. He
always has a smile on his face, sometimes he’s wearing an apron, but always a warm greeting from Kevin.
Kevin loves to be in the kitchen and it has served him well in his professional and personal life. Starting with working at fast food
restaurants in high school and then part time catering, culminating with him being in charge of the kitchen at the county jail and
becoming the WSIA Club’s “chef extraordinaire• of our kitchen. Before this, in 1975 Kevin open a bar on Madison Avenue in Lakewood
and called it ‘Kevin McDonough’s”. In 1980 Kevin sold the bar. He started working at the Cuyahoga County Sheriffs office as a
Correction Officer, but his love of cooking eventually led him to the county jail’s kitchen where he was in charge of running the
kitchen facility where he fed 2,000 inmates 3 meals a day, for seven years. He was promoted to the Warden’s position in 2001 and
retired from the Sheriffs Office in 2010 with 30 years of service. He loved working there & still misses the friends he met there.
Kevin has been a member of the Club since 1990, a board member since 1992 and Vice President since 1994. It was shortly after
he joined the club that Helen Malloy, who was President at that time, asked him to put on a Ham and Cabbage Dinner. After that was
a success she asked him to start a Fish Fry for the Club. The Fish Fry started in the Pub with 20 or 30 people and grew to his
‘McDonough’s Brigade” serving 500 to 600 people in the Hall and Pub on a Friday night or 10 to 13 weeks each year. Kevin not only
ordered the food, planned the menu and cooked for the Fish Fries but he still does it for the Steak Roast. Pig, Roast, Ham & Cabbage
Dinner and several other Club events throughout the year. When he’s not doing this he is employed as lead Residential Supervisor
at the new Nancy McDonnell Community Based Correctional Facility at E. 34th & Broadway. It is a 200 bed facility that
diverts low-level, non-violent offenders from the state prison system with the goal of reducing criminal behavior through highly structured

News January 2014

Wow what a great party – good friends, good food,
wonderful raffle and door prizes; thanks to all who
donated. We offer special thanks to our bulletin
advertisers who donated wonderful door and raffle
prizes. Please think of them for all your needs. A big
thank you to the Christmas Party Elves: Marge Lavelle,
Mary Napier, Mary Ellen Grealis, Mary Ellen McFarland,
Bea Ginley, Mary O’Grady, Kay Carey, and Janet
Saringer; hope I did not miss anyone. Marilyn Farrone
is having two trips: one to Soaring Eagles with a stop
at Firekeepers on April 29, 30, and May 1st; and a trip
to Seneca Alleghany on June 17, 18, and 19th. More
information on the trips will be provided at our Jan 9th

MEMBERSHIP  A big THANK YOU goes out to the membership mailing crew. In less than two hours, on Saturday November 23rd, this crew folded, stuffed, sealed and stamped over 2500 membership application envelopes. The crew members were Kathleen Murphy, Ann Murphy, Jim Stanton, Kathleen Stanton, Maureen Cseh, Nancy Sheehan, Dick Zahn, Noreen Zahn, Eileen O’Brien, Mary Duffy, Janice Luther, Buddy Luther, Maureen Rice, Jack Flynn, Cathy Franzinger, Rose Franzinger, Bill Luther, Mary Ellen Grealis, Mary Kay McGuirk, Jim McGuirk, Midge Gannon and John O’Brien, Sr.

Thanks again for all your hard work.

Dianne Luther & Marge Flynn

THE TRIM-A-TREE STORY starts with all the tree branches having to be fluffed up by the “fluffer” girls, L to R: Cathy Franzinger,
Nancy Csorey, Rose Ann Franzinger, Kay Bowman, Mary Ellen Grealis & Nancy Sheehan. The Angle & Top section of the tree were
put on next, followed by T. Regis Cooney & Doreen Dever Papjcik adding branches and lights from the bottom up. The follow were
also present to help decorate with the ornaments and all the other decorations throughout the club: Carol & Steven Andrews,
Dawn Andrews, Dick Bowman, Leo Fox, Carol Ann Kennedy, Maureen Lavelle, Sara McLaughlin, Mary Ann McNella, Eamon, Lillian,
Maria and Mark Owens, Peggy Patton, Mary Ryan. Before all this happened the decorations had to be brought out of storage by:
John Clark, Chris Flowers, Jack Flynn, Shawn Lowery & John O’Brien. Pat Campbell & Kevin O’Malley stopped at the Club one day
and helped hang the Big wreath over the fireplace and replace lights in the Pub. That same day the bows were fluffed and put on
the wreaths and all the small wreaths were put up. This work was done by Maureen McGinty Cseh, Mary Catherine Falle, Cathy
Lally, & Maureen Lavelle. I am VERY THANKFUL for all the help these volunteers gave me in getting our Annual Trim-A-Tree Party
to be a success again this year. I have enjoyed doing this for over 12 years and hope to be able to help the new Decorating Chairpersons
when they take over for me. Doreen Dever Papjcik and T. Regis Cooney will hopefully be those chairpersons.

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 “Once”, 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’t 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’Brien, 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.

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.


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.

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 colleen.galla@yahoo.com.
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.

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•  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.


Bicycles Needed

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 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 gdonn0309@aol.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


Forever Young

The big day is almost here. The Forever Young St.Patrick’s 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’s 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.

February 2013 News

FOREVER YOUNG Can you believe that St. Patrick’s 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’s 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 2013 News

St. Augustine’s Hunger Center Fund Raiser

On November8th, we had a successful fund raiser for St. Augustine’s Hunger Center at the club. Mary’s 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’s 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


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  February 14 &
Maire Manning TCRG / An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha
For more information call: 216.228.5352


Wasn’t that a great party? Good food catered by P.T. O’Malley. 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’Grady and Mary Ellen McFarland. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th at 1pm. Hope to see you there.


Christmas Decorating

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’Neill-Mulcrone, John O’Brien, 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



December 2012 News


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

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)



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!



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, “Kay Forrey Ladies only Reverse Raffle” to the Gathering Place. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!
The Committee of the “ Kay Forrey Reverse Raffle”



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


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.



Registration & First Practice is Sunday, January 6, 2013
JUST A REMINDER: To march with The West Side Irish-American Club on St. Patrick’s 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



November News


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’Brien, 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’Malley; 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.