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  • Bylaws Revision Proposals – Voting on 3/28/17

  • REVISION 2-28-17: Round One of 2017 Recommendations for Bylaws Amendments – Voting to take place at March 28th General Membership Meeting.
    After review of submissions by members, the IHSM Bylaws Committee presented the first segment of Bylaws Amendment proposals to the Board of Directors at their February 21st, 2017 meeting. In compliance with current IHSM Bylaws, these proposals will be posted on the IHSM website for 30 days prior to the voting on 3/28/17. Another round of proposals will be presented to the Board of Directors at their March 14th meeting, and posted for 30 days prior to the second round of voting on April 25th.
    The four proposals for the 3/28/17 vote are as follows, with changes shown in bold text:

    1)
    Title and full text of current Bylaw Article and Section to be amended:
    DUES
    A. Dues shall be set annually during the budget process.
    B. There shall be an application fee for all new members to be set by the membership committee.
    C. Dues are renewable annually and become the property of the Club. Dues will not be refunded if a member should leave the club.
    D. Membership renewals including dues schedule will be issued in the Month of January.
    E. Any member whose dues are not paid by February 28th shall be considered “not in good standing” unless special hardship consideration has been granted by the Board of Directors. There will be a procedure for reinstatement.
    E. Any member whose dues are not paid by February 28th shall be considered “not in good standing” unless special hardship consideration has been granted by the Board of Directors.
    F. A member “not in good standing” may apply for reinstatement. The member must complete a renewal application including their Irish Heritage information and pay both dues and application fee. The Membership Committee will review the application and present it to the Board of Directors.
    G. The Board of Directors may take hardship cases into consideration. A member may approach the membership committee in writing by January 31st to ask for such consideration. After reviewing the request, the membership committee will make a recommendation to the Board.

    Text of Section with proposed change(s): DUES
    A.Dues shall be set annually during the budget process.
    B.There shall be an application fee for all new members to be set by the membership committee.
    C.Dues are renewable annually and become the property of the Club. Dues will not be refunded if a member should leave the club.
    D.Membership renewals including dues schedule will be issued in the Month of January.
    E. Any member whose dues are not paid by February 28th shall be considered “not in good standing” unless special hardship consideration has been granted by the Board of Directors.
    F. A member “not in good standing” may apply for reinstatement. The member must complete a renewal application including their Irish Heritage information and pay both dues and application fee. The Membership Committee will review the application and present it to the Board of Directors.
    G. The Board of Directors may take hardship cases into consideration. A member may approach the membership committee in writing by January 31st to ask for such consideration. After reviewing the request, the membership committee will make a recommendation to the Board. Hardship status should only be determined by a majority of the executive board plus the chair of the membership committee.

    2)
    Title and full text of current Bylaw Article and Section to be amended:
    Article IV – Duties of the Officers Treasurer
    The treasurer shall collect, receive, accurately record, and have charge of all dues and funds of the Club; shall deposit such funds in a bank or investment firm approved by the Board of Directors; have accounts audited at the end of the fiscal year; submit the audit report at the September Board meeting; report the financial condition of the Club at meetings of the Board of Directors and of the membership; shall submit a monthly register of expenditures and income to the Board, available also to the general membership; shall report any disbursement of $250.00 or more to the general membership at the next meeting; shall pay all authorized obligations of the Club by check; shall submit a written summary of financial condition and operations in a semi-annual report to the Board of the Directors at the February and August Board meetings; shall chair the finance committee and present its proposed budget at the May Board meeting.
    Change to:
    Text of Section with proposed change(s):
    Article IV – Duties of the Officers Treasurer
    The treasurer shall collect, receive, accurately record, and have charge of all dues and funds of the Club; shall deposit such funds in a bank or investment firm approved by the Board of Directors; have accounts audited at the end of the fiscal year in time for the Senior Trustee to submit the audit report by the November Board meeting and November general membership meeting; report the financial condition of the Club at monthly meetings of the general membership by means of a written financial report including all expenditures and income, with a copy available to any member, upon request, at the close of the meeting; shall pay all authorized obligations of the Club by check; shall chair the finance committee and present its proposed budget at the May Board meeting.

    3)

    Title and full text of current Bylaw Article and Section to be amended:
    Article X: Nominations and Elections:
    A. Election of Officers and Directors
    1. Shall be conducted by the trustees at the May meeting of the membership, by ballot. Installation will be at the June meeting.
    2. A single member shall have one vote. A family membership will be allowed two (2) votes so long as both individuals are 18 years or older. Voting shall be restricted to persons that are members in good standing.
    3. Absentee, proxy, and write-in voting is not permitted.
    4. In case of a tie, there will be an immediate run-off election for the contested office In case of a tie, there will be an immediate run-off election for the contested office

    Text of Section with proposed change(s):
    A. Election of Officers and Directors
    1. Shall be conducted by the trustees at the May meeting of the membership, by ballot. Installation will be at the June meeting.
    2. A single member shall have one vote. A family membership will be allowed two (2) votes so long as both individuals are 18 years or older. Voting shall be restricted to persons that are members in good standing.
    3. Absentee, proxy, and write-in voting is not permitted.
    4. In case of a tie, there will be an immediate run-off election for the contested office, to be held prior to adjournment of the meeting.
    5. A candidate running unopposed for an officer or director or trustee position on the Board will be listed on the election ballot as “unopposed”, with no option for a vote. The Secretary of IHSM shall cast one vote for that candidate to elect that candidate.

    4)
    Title and full text of current Bylaw Article and Section to be amended:
    Article III Membership C. Code of Conduct
    Any member and their guests whose conduct at or during club activities or facilities that reflects badly upon the good name of the Club, or who uses Club property without authorization, or abuses Club assets, or engages in unlawful activity will be immediately suspended. Further disciplinary action will be decided by the Board or its designee, up to and including revocation of membership. Members have the right to appeal to general membership.
    Guests must abide by all rules of the club. Members will be held responsible for any and all guests brought to club associated events.
    Text of Section with proposed change(s):
    Article III Membership C. Code of Conduct
    Any member and their guests whose conduct at or during club activities or facilities that reflects badly upon the good name of the Club, or who uses Club property without authorization, or abuses Club assets, or engages in unlawful activity will be immediately suspended. Further disciplinary action will be decided by the Board or its designee, up to and including revocation of membership. Members have the right to appeal to general membership.
    Guests must abide by all rules of the club. Members will be held responsible for any and all guests brought to club and club-associated events. Additionally, members who bring guests must the club’s guest book, and have their guest sign in as well. Guest must leave when their sponsoring member leaves unless they are signed in by another member.

    Please take time to read and review the proposals prior to the meeting, so the voting may be completed in a timely manner.
    Thank you!
    IHSM 2017 Bylaws Committee: Maureen Moore, Chair; Donna DiLauri; Sally Carter; Richard Barrett, and Katelyn Fitzpatrick.

  • A Message from the IHSM Woman of the Year

  • I would like to thank everyone for making this a very memorable St. Patrick’s Day season for me. I am so honored to be able to represent the Irish Heritage Society of Milford as your Irish Woman of the Year for 2017.
    From the raising of the Irish Flag in downtown Milford with Mayor Ben Blake to marching in the parade; it has all been the best. Thank you for the truly wonderful dinner party at Costa Azzurra Restaurant and the flowers and the plaque. It truly was a magical evening. I hope to continue to represent our club and the Irish culture in the best possible way.
    Sláinte,
    Nancy Smith,
    ihsm Woman of the Year

  • IHSM Wins Award!

  • Congratulations to the Irish Heritage Society of Milford for winning the the Community Beautification Award, presented by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce! Accepting the award on behalf of the club was Ed Mead, past President.

  • Help Needed for History of Milford Irish Project !

  • The Milford Irish history project needs you! In order to keep this important project going, more members are still needed to participate! Plans are being made for mailings, and for interviews with IHSM members for the first phase of the project. Please attend this meeting and contribute a few hours of your time and energy and ideas! Some tasks that need to be completed are:
    Mailings, follow-up phone calls, set-up appointments, possible interviews.

    If you want to help, please contact Steve Kraffmiller at kskraffmiller@yahoo.com.

  • Genealogy Project Form

  • Those individuals interested in participating in the genealogy project can download this form to get started.

    Next Meeting:
    Saturday, November 26th 10am – 12pm at the Clubhouse

  • Housekeeping Volunteers Needed

  • Our beautiful clubhouse is nice and new and spanking clean….but help is needed immediately to help keep it that way! The IHSM Housekeeping Committee needs more volunteers to join crews to clean on a rotating schedule. Men and women are equally welcome, volunteer solo and you’ll be paired up with another volunteer, or sign on as a duo – best friends, sisters/brothers, you and your spouse – any combination of workers will do!

    The building needs to be cleaned twice a week, once on Saturday morning, and once between Monday – Wednesday. A minimum of a two people are needed for each shift/crew, and it takes about two hours to dust, sweep, clean three bathrooms and vacuum. The larger the pool of volunteers, the less often each person would be scheduled! The goal is for each person to not have to clean more than ONCE a month, and to have a few substitutes to cover for illness, vacations, etc. Please help to keep our Clubhouse a place of which we can be proud. Please contact Kathleen Stern – see Contact page of website.

  • Clubhouse Greeters Needed

  • Volunteers needed! Terri Flynn and the Bar Management Committee are coordinating the scheduling of greeters to check membership cards and ID’s during the hours the bar room is open. Normal schedule for greeters will be Thursdays, 5 p.m. on; Fridays, 5 p.m. on; Saturdays, 12 p.m. on; and Sunday, 12 p.m. on. The hours for greeters will be divided into shorter, consecutive shifts. Please specify your preference for either an afternoon or evening shift. Signup sheets will be available at the clubhouse on the weekend for volunteering to serve as greeters. The same few members have been helping, so we would be grateful for more volunteers. To volunteer click here or contact Terri Flynn: terirish15@gmail.com or 203-868-4505.

  • Help Support Slainte with Amazon Smile Purchases!

  • When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Slainte Milford Inc. Click here, search and select Slainte and every time you shop you will be supporting our fundraising efforts. Slainte is the charitable organization through which our three scholarships, as well as Irish cultural and educational events and activities are funded.