Faith Maciver

Yes, it is me again… running for the third year in a row for President. As you can see, I am dedicated and persistent in my effort. The reason for my attempts every year is that I feel that I have the qualified background, knowledge and experience for this position. I have dedicated many hours as a former member of the Executive Committee as Financial Secretary and Vice President. I served on the Audit Committee. I host Trivia every month which if you have not had the opportunity to attend you should come and see what fun everyone has and get to meet members.  I hosted the Senior Luncheon for numerous years. I have run the Annual Holiday Food Drive which benefits Operation Hope every year and still will this year. I have participated in many social events here and frequent the club on the weekends all the time. The reason I say all these things is to show you, the members, that I am very involved on all levels at the Club. By doing that, you gain knowledge in many different facets which is crucially important when you are chosen to be President.  This is a big responsibility as well as an honor to be chosen by your fellow members. This says we have trust and faith in you to run this club on behalf of us. We know you will make the right decision in all matters big and small, financially and socially. We trust you will always listen to us, value our opinions, and consult with the Executive Committee to take all things into consideration to make choices and changes for the best interest of the club and its members.

Recently, I was asked to be on the Board of the IHMOF (Irish Hunger Museum of Fairfield) as its secretary which I immediately said yes without hesitation. I wanted to join my fellow GAC members who wanted to save the Irish Hunger Museum. This group, as you all know, has close ties to the Gaelic American Club as they support our efforts to preserve our Irish History.

I would like to resurrect the social activities this upcoming year that due to COVID have been on hiatus. Events such as Dancing with the Stars, Octoberfest, Adult Halloween Party, New Year’s Eve Party ,Summer Themed Events etc. and possibly have some new events to get members of all ages involved. Those events stirred up a lot of excitement and attendance. This year I want to get the social activities back on track.

I thank you for your support and your vote and remember it is time to put your faith in Faith.

 

Kelly Rasmussen

Kelly Rasmussen (formerly Takacs) has been very active with the Gaelic American Club for many years. Having served as Secretary under then President Jude Fitzgerald and most recently stepping in as Vice President under Gerry Forde. Kelly has organized and run for many years the Children’s parties such as Celtic New Year (Halloween), Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day events.

John Brannelly

John Brannelly grew up in the Gaelic American Club as his father was the Club’s first Irish-American president. John’s grandfather Patrick Brannelly, one of the early proponents of the club, was born in Ballygar, County Galway and John has visited his family homestead still owned by his cousin. His paternal grandfather, Mark Gildea, MD, family was from County Roscommon. John is the youngest of eight children of the late Jeanne and John M. Brannelly.

John is a longtime member of the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Committee and was Chairperson 2018-2021 and now its Financial Secretary. He has been a member of AOH since 1994. John was a DJ of the “Irish Hour” on WVOF, Fairfield University’s radio station, prior to COVID. From 2002 to 2015 he lived in San Diego, yet continued his membership in the Club.

John was a fundraising and public relations professional for many charities helping raise millions of dollars for Clearity, American Cancer Society, United Way, YMCA, and others. John now works for the City of New Haven after earning his Master of Public Health degree. He is a graduate of Fairfield Prep, St. Bonaventure and Southern Connecticut State University. John was an officer of the Town of Fairfield Fire Commission supporting Fairfield’s bravest.

Hilary Dee Koreeda

I have been a member of the Gaelic American Club for twenty-six years.  I’m a Connecticut native, with roots in counties Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, and Galway, and I live in Fairfield with my husband Tatsu, daughter Kerry, and granddaughter, Rowan.  I graduated from Georgetown and Wesleyan Universities and work as Operations Manager for Haddad & Partners. Over the years, I have participated within the club in various capacities: as Director, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Recording Secretary; on Social Committee, Good and Welfare, backstage for Clan na Gael, with the Bowling League, on the Feile board, and on the Irish Festival Committee.  I worked on the Oral History Video Project, and when my daughter was younger, helped with children’s events.

Being involved is a good way to meet other members and to make the most of our wonderful club. It’s important to move toward the future, mindful of the people who founded the club, with an eye toward stewarding it for future generations.  Especially coming out of the social isolation of the past couple of years, it’s important to maintain the warmth of our organization, and to support and create programs that perpetuate Irish culture and celebrate the shared heritage of Irish-born and Irish Americans.  I respectfully ask for your support as I seek the office of Sergeant-at-Arms.  “.

 

Gerry Forde

As a GAC member of over 20 years, Gerry has previously served as the Vice President for two terms then two as President. During his time as President Gerry and his board of executives managed to get Féile back to the table in order to resolve the tax credit issue, while also handling the GAC tax controversy with the town of Fairfield.When not serving the Club, Gerry Forde and his family enjoy the many activities the GAC has to offer like the annual hanging of the jerseys or the Ceili’s (organized by Gerry’s wife Noreen and where you might have a chance to taste her famous Irish Soda Bread). Thursday’s you can catch them at Irish set dancing or on Sundays playing the traditional Irish card game of 25.

 

Joan Greenwood

Joan Greenwood for the office of Vice President I am a member of the GAC for 30 years. I previously served a 2 year term as Treasurer and a 3 year term as Director. I have also served on the Membership Committee, Communications Committee (issued the weekly Email Bulletins) and the House Expansion Committee, when the club was expanded. I also served many years on the Fairfield County Irish Festival Committee. I am retired from the insurance industry and able to give back again.

Brian Filush

I am a lifelong member of the Gaelic American Club with roots in Sligo and Mayo. I am the Vice President of FÉILE and work to enhance Irish cultural experiences.

I grew up in Fairfield and live in Trumbull with my wife, Ashley and our daughters. By profession I am a firefighter for the city of Norwalk. I respect our Club’s past and, as a young parent, appreciate how our Club can bring our heritage alive for the next generation. I will bring enthusiasm and new blood to promote our Club. I welcome your support and ask you to vote for me as Sargent at Arms.

 

Timothy Russell

Tim, along with his brother George, is a third-generation owner of The Russell Agency, LLC. The Russell Agency is an independent insurance agency located in Southport, CT.

Tim received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance, with an Agency Management tract, from The University of Georgia. He joined the Agency in 1994, where he concentrates mainly on Commercial insurance.

Tim is a Past Chairman of the Flood Insurance Producers National Committee (FIPNC). FIPNC provides the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) with expertise in the areas of flood insurance product design and development, producer education, the realities of marketing and servicing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the community/buyer temperament. FIPNC also provides professional advice and counsel on all issues related to insurance agents’ involvement in the NFIP.

Tim is a Past President of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA). His term in office was October 2017 to October 2018. Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses.

Tim is active in the community. He is currently Chairman of the Southport Blessing of the Fleet and Street Parade and he is a Past President of Fairfield Rotary, Past President of the Southport Merchants Association and a past member of the Executive Board of the Fairfield History Museum.

Tim lives in Sandy Hook, CT with his wife Bobbie Sue (also a Georgia grad – Go Dawgs!). They have three grown children, Judge, Walker, and Mila

Arron Curtis

Immigrated in 2010 – raised in Lucan, a Dublin suburb. Aaron graduated from Maynooth University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. A resident of Fairfield where he lives with his wife; Shannon. Aaron is an active member in the GAC since 2013 and is the current Recording Secretary for the club. Aaron enjoys watching and playing sports; GAA, football, golf and pool. Personal Statement. “I’ve enjoyed supporting the Executive Committee as Recording Secretary for the past 2 years. As Sergeant at Arms, I will continue to promote social, civic and cultural activities for our members”.

Running for: Sergeant at Arms

The Irish-American Community of Connecticut has saved Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Collection

Ireland’s Great Hunger Collection will be transferred by Quinnipiac University to the Newly formed Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield (IGHMF). This means that the Collection, which tells a story not only at the heart of Irish identity and history, but also American history, will be in the custody of and shared widely by the Irish-American community of Connecticut.

“In light of the university’s decision not to reopen the museum in Hamden, formed by members of the Gaelic-American Club, The IGHMF is thrilled to have forged a solution that keeps the treasured IGHM collection in Connecticut and safeguarded and shared widely by the Irish-American community,” said Amy O’Shea, Vice-President of the IGHMF. The Organization’s President John Foley added: “Our intent is to work with Irish and Irish-American community to build a new home for the collection, that will not only allow the collection to thrive, but to grow and become a way for our children to understand who we were, who we are, and even who we could be. Now that a clear path forward has been established for the collection, it is time we unify our collective efforts and all rally around the shared goal of ensuring the future visibility and impact of the collection and the story that it tells.”

The IGHMF has already begun working with many people who are connected with the collection to create a new vision moving forward. This will include cooperation with various universities who are interested in connecting to their own Irish studies programs. The aim is to provide educational opportunities to many institutions to provide a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of the Great Hunger in Ireland, and by extension, the pressing issues of food security and migration more globally.

The Collection will also be accessible to the public as well as various civic and cultural groups from around the world.

As part of the IGHMF’s plans, the museum will sit within the Fairfield Historic District, alongside other local museums and the downtown shopping district, and within walking distance of the headquarters.

It is cause for great celebration that the Great Hunger Collection will not remain shuttered; that this remarkable and terrible part of the story of Ireland will once again be shared and understood alongside the equally remarkable and brilliant paths that Irish people – many of whom became Irish Americans – have forged. We thank you for your support and interest in this project that we can all share. (For more information visit https://www.ighmf.org/)

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