American/Irish Club news

Mary Pilon, Publicity

Our monthly meeting was held in the ballroom on Thursday, February 7, at 5:00 p.m. President Jack opened the meeting by greeting our new members who were present at this meeting. We now have a membership of 175. No new members will be admitted until next October.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by James Gascoyne. The minutes of January’s meeting were approved and seconded.

President Jack announced that our club donated $250.00 to Alzheimer’s Association, $500.00 to Neighbors Who Care and $250.00 for a new refrigerator on the patio.

On Thursday, March 7, members are invited to lunch at the Harp Restaurant. If anyone is interested, please contact Don Calvert.

Walt Kinney spoke about the Golf Cart Parade to be held on St. Paddy’s Day at 2:00 p.m. There will be prizes for the three best-decorated carts and also for the best-dressed Irishman! Wear your finery. After the parade, we will gather on the patio for a party. Mark & Toni will provide music for our entertainment. We will also have a short business meeting during the party, so bring $$$ for the 50/50 and Dollar Game, and remember the food donation for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

The bus trip to Laughlin will be history when this article is published, but I’m sure it was enjoyed by everyone. A side trip to Oatman to see the donkeys, etc., is included in the trip.

We still can use anyone who is interested in making a basket to be raffled off at our Corned Beef Dinner. Also need someone to sell tickets in the lobby on March 12. The dinner festivities begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $14.00 per person.

The 50/50 was won by Mary Neier and Janet Rosenstock, both taking home $45.00. John Hammermill won the Dollar Game.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. with pizza being served afterwards.

Here are some interesting facts about St Patrick’s Day:

Blue was the color originally associated with St. Patrick, but green is now favored.

St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day for planting peas!

Cabbage seeds are often planted today, too, and old-time farmers believed that to make them grow well, you need to plant them while wearing your nightclothes. It’s such fun to be Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all Irishmen, and wanna-be Irishmen!