I am writing to let you know that the staff and Board of your club are concerned about the implications of the widely publicized corona virus, COVID-19 and we are monitoring the developments. At last report, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the Town of Fairfield, but this could change at any time.
As a precaution we have canceled all daytime and evening events up to and including the events scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day. We understand the disappointment this causes for all members, staff, guests and performers who look forward to this time of year and the annual celebration of our Irish heritage. However, health concerns and the protection of all outweigh all other considerations. I appreciate your understanding in this matter. I also appreciate the support and understanding we received from all those organizations and individuals who were scheduled to perform at the cancelled events on receiving the news of the cancellations. We plan to plan to re-stage the events at a later date.
As you may know, Governor Lamont has banned all “massed gatherings” in the State of more than 250 people. While “massed gatherings” have been described as “special” occurrences or events and we don’t believe our usual Friday night music in the pub is in the nature of a “special event”, out of an abundance of caution, we will limit the number of people (including members, staff and guests) on the Club premises tonight to 200 people. Going forward, the Executive Committee will also be discussing whether to cancel events post 3/17
In order to maintain access to Club facilities while striving to protect you, our membership, guest and our staff, we are taking extra precautions to help you stay healthy during this very trying time. We have reviewed with our employees the recommend precautions listed on the Center for Disease Control website. We have increased the frequency and scope of our sanitizing procedure to reduce the possibility of the virus being present on any surfaces in the Club. As a further precaution hand sanitizers will be in all areas of the Club. We have also instructed all members of our staff who experience any flu like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath and/or fever to have their condition checked by a professional and refrain from coming to work during such time. To be sure that no member of our staff is forced to come to work during this time out of economic necessity, we will continue to pay all members of staff who refrain from coming to work in compliance with such instructions.
WE ALSO ASK ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS TO TAKE SIMILAR PRECAUTIONS
We ask any members and any guests who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath or have been in close contact with such a person refrain from visiting the club during such a period.
As a general point of information in deciding whether to attend any public event, at the club or elsewhere, you should know that the CDC has noted that older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions – like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, or a compromised immune system for example – seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness and should consider protecting themselves by avoiding public places such as the club until the virus is under control.
Please note that, going forward, our monitoring efforts will mean that we may decide to close the Club at any time – and with little or no notice. Any decision to close will be publicized by email and posted on the Club website.
In the meantime, I ask that you take the following precautions in using the Club:
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK
The CDC is recommending any individuals who have traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan or China should stay home for 14 days after leaving these countries.
Members who have the following symptoms are asked to stay home and not come to the Club until fever free (100.4 or less) and symptom free without medications for at least 24 hours.
Cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, runny-stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue.
IF YOU COME TO THE CLUB
- Wash your hands frequently
- Use soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available-use an alcohol-based (60% or higher) hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, dispose of tissue promptly.
- Do not shake hands as a greeting, explaining if necessary.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces, frequently
Our dedicated maintenance team has added additional cleanings and disinfecting procedures to their daily routine. We have also added alcohol based hand sanitizer to more areas. Please be aware that a similar message has been communicated to the staff also asking them to stay home if ill and to undertake precautionary behaviors.
I will plan to keep you advised of future developments related to the virus, as necessary.
I hope that you stay healthy,
GAC Executive Committee President
We’re warming up to St Patrick’s Day with a Céili – so bring your friends and come dance with us with music by The Connolly Céili Band. Just come to enjoy the music or perhaps learn a step or two with the Set Dancers. Bring a little something to go along with a cup-a-tea or coffee. For info contact Noreen Forde 203-273-0483 $20 admission.
This entertaining evening showcases Irish music, dance, language & sports. Featuring The Shamrogues, Lenihan School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, Set Dancers & Irish Language Club. Bring the family and friends to experience some of the Irish Cultural activities the GAC has to offer!
Tuesday March 17th
At the Gaelic-American Club we celebrate our proud Irish tradition every day of the year! When it comes to March, the GAC showcases the very best in Irish Spirit, Tradition and Talent. So please support the special events scheduled throughout this month.
Special Menu will be served Tuesday March 17, this menu includes corned beef sandwiches, fish & chips, chicken fingers, fries and tuna sandwiches. Irish potato chips and Irish chocolates also are available.
We also need help making sandwiches and serving food on St. Patrick’s Day. Please sign up at front desk or contact Mary O’Driscoll at 203-414-9462.
Volunteers needed for St. Patrick’s Day. We need help at the front door for St. Patrick’s Day. Contact Betty Leary at email@example.com or 203-767-0117.
Volunteer Bartenders needed for St. Patrick’s Day contact Christine Boccamazzo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
$10 Guest Fee on St. Patrick’s Day
All members must show GAC Membership Card
or pay $10 guest fee. No exceptions!
Celebrate your Irish heritage and march with the Gaelic American Club. We will meet in the Harbor Yard lot at 11:20 and the parade steps off at noon! So put on your green and get ready to hop, skip or reel! Please email email@example.com if you plan to march. For information on Parade Day Festivities visit http://stpatricksdaybridgeport.com/2020
Directed by Eamon Speer
Produced by Peg O’Leary
The show is set in the present time, at a local pub in Dublin city. Two American tourists find themselves getting a crash course in the 1916 Easter uprising from a bartender, and a local patron, with somewhat opposing views… but do the patriots themselves have a different view altogether?
Thursday April 16 at 8:00; Friday April 17 at 8:00; Saturday. April 18 at 8:00; Sunday April 19 at 2:30
Tickets $15.00 checks made out to Feile, Inc.
For Reservations contact 203.752.7172 or email CNGPLAYS@gmail.com
The GAC is offering two $2000.00 scholarships to deserving high school seniors attending four year colleges in the fall of 2020. Applications are due by May 8th 2020.
Contest runs from October 15, 2019 thru April 15, 2020
The 9th ONE ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST
Saturdays from 4-5pm starting January 18th ~
St. Patrick’s GAA Club will host its annual winter program “Introduction to Gaelic Sports for Children 5-8 Years Old” on Saturdays from 4-5pm at The Field House in Fairfield for 12 weeks beginning on Sat Jan 18, 2020. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination, and basic skills. To register, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOMINEES FOR THE OFFICES OF PRESIDENT AND SERGEANT OF ARMS
Gerry Reidy – Nominee for Reelection as President
I have been a member for 25 years and during those years I have served as a Director, Vice-President and on a number of Club committees. The membership of our Club has grown to 6,000 and gross revenues now exceed $ 2,000,000.00 a year. An organization of this size presents many managerial and operational challenges and issues. In this regard, I have benefited from being involved with Club over the years. I have also benefited from working this year with an extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated team and I owe them my thanks.
In addition to my wife Rosemary, my three sons, Griffin, Brian and Mike are also members and the first of the third generation of the family is in the process of applying for membership. The generational membership has caused me to be mindful of both the short term and long term strategic implications to the Club of any decisions we take and plan for the future.
An example of a project that brings immediate as well as long term benefit is the opening up of our side yard for the enjoyment of our members. The installation of picnic tables, large umbrellas, soccer goals, volley ball nets and outdoor games has been well received by all; particularly by the children who are our future members.
There are a number of very important initiatives that we have started in the past year that I would like to finish. These include a total redesign and replacement of our basement pumping system to prevent the periodic flooding we experience. This has been a very complicated engineering problem, but when the new system is installed and operational, we will be able to put our elevator back in service.
This election is my report card. If you are pleased with my performance as President this year, I would appreciate your coming out to vote for me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President this year.
Brian Filush – Nominee for President
I am a lifelong member of the Gaelic American Club with roots in Sligo and Mayo. My uncle Michael O’Brien, whose uncles were the famous Clancy Brothers, was the bagpiper who dedicated the GAC. My sister performs with the Highland Rovers while my daughters’ study Irish dance. I am a Director 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 the next President of the GAC.
Brian Smith – Nominee for Sargent at Arms
My name s Brian Smith and I am running for the position of Sargent at Arms on the GAC Executive Committee. I am a Connecticut native and presently reside in Monroe, with my wife and daughter. I received my Bachelor Degree in Arts (Social Work) and my Master Degree in Health Administration from Western Connecticut State University. My career has been focused on the field of developmental disabilities, with the past 18 years working for the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. Beyond the routine roles and responsibilities of my current position as an Assistant Regional Director of the Individual and Family Support Division, I am also an active participant participate in numerous regional and statewide committees focused on enhancing and developing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
I am excited for the opportunity to enhance my involvement in the Gaelic American Club, beyond those associated with my daughter’s involvement with Lenihan School of Irish Dance and routine GAC activities. I am looking forward to being a part of the continued success and growth of the club for the years to come. Thank you for the consideration and support!
Kiera Filush – Nominee for Sargent at Arms
I have been a member for just over 10 years and I am excited to take on this opportunity. My Irish heritage is very important to me as my roots are in Clare and Mayo. This has inspired me to seek this chance to be more involved in the club and support the culture. My family has always been civic minded and I have a professional background in organization and management. When I moved from Nebraska to Connecticut, the GAC was one of the first organizations I became o part of. Many of my family are also members and we enjoy our time here together. Helping to promote the future of the GAC is something that is important to me and my family.
Anthony Hogan – Nominee for Sargent at Arms
Is a Long time member of the club and presently serves on the clubs facilities group. Original from Lisdoonvarna Co Clare Anthony now resides in Fairfield CT with his wife Christine and their sons Michael and Patrick and looking forward to giving back to the Irish American community.
The following positions were nominated and filled without contention:
Faith Maciver – Vice President
I’d like to thank you for your trust and selecting me as Vice President again this year. This will be my fourth year on the Executive Committee, serving 2 years as Financial Secretary and now 2 years as Vice President. Currently, I also chair the Senior Luncheon each month, chair the annual Turkey Drive, Host the monthly GAC Trivia and most recently, chair the newly formed GAC Business Trades Group. You can find my husband Angus and I at the club most weekends as well as at many social events. I hope this year we can continue making progress in advancing the GAC for future generations while continuing to instill the values of our founding members. I am very proud to serve our members as Vice President for the 2nd year.
Tom Harding – Financial Secretary
Tom Harding was the Chief Operating Office of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). The Foundation has $1 billion in funding commitments to improve global health by ending smoking in this generation. Tom was responsible for overseeing all operations and financial functions of FSFW.
Tom is a senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience working for major corporations. His diverse financial experience includes debt and equity capital markets, asset management, financial planning and analysis, financial risk management, and cash management.
Currently an avid runner, Tom participated in the US Olympic Trials for the marathon and ran professionally in a prior life.
Jim Corcoran – Treasurer
I served as the Financial Secretary for the Gaelic American Club for the last year, helping to successfully execute the financial plan that was put in place last year that has provided financial stability to the G.A.C. I received a BS in Finance from UConn and also earned a Certificate in Management Accounting (lapsed). My business career includes 30+ years with Sikorsky Aircraft where I was a Program Financial Controller, Program Manager and Director of International Industrial Cooperation. I retired from Sikorsky in 2018 and currently serve as a consultant to aerospace companies. I look forward to serving as Treasurer
Gerry O’ Donovan – Director 3 Years
I reside in Fairfield with my wife Sue and our two boys (young men) and looking forward to helping in the clubs continued success.
PRESENTLY SERVING AS DIRECTORS
Amy O’Shea – Director 2 Years
Hilary Dee Koreeda – Director 1 Year
I have been a member of the Gaelic American Club for over twenty years. I’m a Connecticut native, with roots in counties Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, and Galway, and I live in Fairfield with my husband Tatsu and daughter Kerry. I graduated from Georgetown and Wesleyan Universities and work for the Town of Fairfield. I have served as the Sergeant-at- Arms. And over the years, I have participated in various capacities: as Recording Secretary; on Social Committee, Good and Welfare, backstage for Clan na Gael, with the Bowling League, 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. It’s also 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.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden is facing a crisis. Quinnipiac University has decided that the museum must become financially independent by 2020 or it will close. While many Connecticut Irish Clubs and groups have launched fundraising efforts, we can all help by becoming dues paying members of the museum. There are eight levels of membership starting at $35, and all are detailed in attachments below. We hope that many of you will help save this important Irish Museum in its hour of need, but also to commemorate the sacrifices of our ancestors.
Meeting are the second Friday of the month @ 8PM ~
All Members are invited to attend the Monthly Membership meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on club operations and the on goings of the many committees, socials, and activities that take place on a regular basis. This meeting is when some of the most important decisions for the club take place. If you’re interested in the future of the GAC and want to contribute to its prosperous future, then should attend the next meeting.