SunBird Irish Club wraps up the season in style

Mary Pilon

‘Tis the end of the season for our Irish Club, and we went out with a bang! March was quite an active month for us. First, we had a basket-filling party at Margaret O’Brien’s, during which members filled some beautiful baskets with assorted adult beverages and other miscellaneous articles for door prizes at our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Special thanks to Joanne Vega, who decorated the baskets.

The Corned Beef Dinner was quite the success. We had over 100 guests and enjoyed the evening eating, drinking and dancing in traditional Irish fashion.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the second annual Walter Kinney Golf Cart Parade was held. We proudly paraded our beautifully-decorated carts throughout the community. Thirty carts participated in the event, and afterwards we congregated on the patio for eating, drinking and dancing in traditional Irish fashion.

‘Twas quite a month!

Our final meeting of the season was held on April 6 at 4:00 p.m. on the Patio. President Walt was presented with a beautifully framed “Kinney” coat of arms by our incoming President Margaret O’Brien. Yours truly is retiring from the VP duties and will be replaced by Ron Norgard next October. James Gascoyne and Darlene Google will remain as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

The 50-25-25 was won by Marcie Gascoyne and George Richardson. Each member took home $50.00, and $100.00 was added to our treasury. The Dollar game was also won by Marcie Gascoyne. I don’t remember what the exact amount was, but Marcie took home approximately $100.00 in all. Nice!

Our club donated $100.00 to SunBird’s Garden Club and $300.00 to the HOA to be distributed as needed by residents.

All of the members praised Walt Kinney for his outstanding leadership as President for the past three years. Under Walt’s guidance, our club has grown to 135 members! Amazing work, Mr. President, and a sincere thank you from all of us.

After the final rap of the shillelagh, ending the meeting, the members were all treated to sub sandwiches and pizza, thanks to Mike and Maddy Maloney. Eating, drinking and dancing in traditional Irish style followed. Also, there was a bean bag competition, but yours truly didn’t stay long enough to see the winners declared.

All in all, it was a totally wonderful year for the Irish Club, due to the support and work of all board members, chairpersons of events and other volunteers. See you all in October! Have a great summer.