SunBird Irish Club News

Mary Pilon, Publicity

The March meeting of the Irish Club was held on Thursday, March 3, on the clubhouse patio. President Val Bongiorno opened the meeting at 4:45 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Committee reports were given by the chairmen. “Boston” Mary reported that $326 was deposited into our account, and checks totaling $614.83 were written, making the beginning March balance $4,425.66. Christine, membership chairperson, reported that there are 114 members, and no new members will be added until the fall of this year.

Mel read a list of those who still have shirts on back order. If not delivered by April, we will need to wait until fall for delivery. “Boston” Mary reported that the February luncheon at R.T. O’Sullivan’s was great. Our next luncheon was scheduled for March 22 at noon at Murphy’s Law. Thirty-two members have already signed up.

Plans for the annual St. Pat’s Dinner are underway at this writing. Monday, March 7, was the date for assembling the baskets for the raffle. Corned beef or shepherd’s pie are featured on the menu, and 104 tickets have been sold as of March 3.

The Golf Cart Parade on St. Pat’s Day was at 3 p.m. Everyone was invited to decorate their cart and join in the fun. Prizes for the best-decorated carts and an Irish patio party on the patio, exclusively for club members, was planned for after the parade.

The 50/50 raffle was won by Jack Dolezal, Don Calvert, and Jack Miller, each winning $37. The Dollar Game was won by Joanie Latour. The winning amount had not yet been determined by the end of the meeting. Congratulations to our winners.

The final meeting for this season will be held on April 7 on the patio, time to be announced. Bring your favorite snacks and beverages for this get-together.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a few Irish tidbits to make you chuckle:

Sean was sitting at the pub having a few pints with his old friend Donal. Sean gestured across the bar at two old drunks and said, “You know, that’s us in about 10 years.” Donal sighed and turned to Sean, “You idiot! That’s a mirror!”

O’Brien was reminiscing about older cars. They were fine-running machines, but they didn’t have any cup holders—you had to drive with your beer between your legs.

One last one … Since it started snowing, all Grandma O’Connor has done is stare through the window. If the snow gets any worse, we may need to let her back in.

In closing, a big thank you to all of our officers and committee chairpersons and all volunteers who helped this year to be so successful and such fun. You all did great jobs making our Irish Club endure after the chaos of COVID and its aftermath. We members sincerely appreciate your dedication to the tasks and your willingness to carry the torch (or should I say, The Shillelagh!). May our Irish eyes always keep smiling! God bless you!