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  • Results of 3/28 Bylaws Revision vote, all passed with 2/3 required majority vote

  • 82 members in good standing were in attendance, and 56 “yes” votes (2/3 majority) were required to accept the proposed Bylaw changes. Vote count for each proposal was as follows:
    Proposal # 1, Dues: 79 “Yes”, 1 “No”, 2 no vote;
    Proposal # 2, Elections: 78 “Yes”, 2 “No”, 2 no vote;
    Proposal # 3, Membership/Code of Conduct: 79 “Yes”, 1 “No”, 2 no vote;
    Proposal # 4, Treasurer Duties: 71 “Yes”, 8 “No”, 3 no vote.

  • Second Round of Bylaws Revision Proposals – Vote to take place at 4/25/17 General Membership Meeting. Please review before the meeting.

  • After review of submissions by members, the IHSM Bylaws Committee presented the second segment of Bylaws Amendment proposals to the Board of Directors at their March 22nd, 2017 meeting. In compliance with current IHSM Bylaws, these proposals will be posted on the IHSM website for approximately 30 days prior to the voting on 4/25/17. The four proposals for the 4/25/17 vote are as follows, with changes shown in bold text:
    PROPOSAL # 1: ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
    CURRENT TEXT:

    The officers of the Club shall be president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
    Term of office: The term of office for all officers will begin on July first annually.
    Succession: All officers, except treasurer, may be re-elected for only one succeeding term. The treasurer may be re-elected for an unlimited number of terms.
    CHANGE TO:
    The officers of the Club shall be president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
    Term of office: The term of office for all officers will begin on July first annually.
    Succession: All officers, except treasurer, may be re-elected for only one succeeding term. The treasurer may be re-elected for no more than 4 additional consecutive terms, unless no other member accepts the nomination for the office.

    PROPOSAL # 2_Article VII E. Other Directors
    CURRENT TEXT:

    The positions of parliamentarian, sergeant-at-arms and membership chair shall be for a term of one year. Except for the membership chair, they may be re-elected to the same office for one (1) succeeding year. The membership chair may be re-elected for an unlimited number of terms.
    CHANGE TO: Other Directors
    The positions of parliamentarian, sergeant-at-arms and membership chair shall be for a term of one year. Except for the membership chair, they may be re-elected to the same office for one (1) succeeding year. The membership chair may be re-elected for no more than 4 additional terms, unless no other member accepts the nomination for the office.

    PROPOSAL # 3 Article VIII – Activities_
    CURRENT TEXT:

    Possible activities shall be brought to the Board by the membership. If the Board votes to participate in the activity, the activity shall be brought before the general membership for approval. The prospective activities should be brought before the Board at least 48 hours prior to its next meeting.
    A. Activity Chairpersons are appointed by the president and approved by the Board. They serve until removed by the president or by resignation.
    B. Duties of Activity Chairs: shall submit a written budget request to the Board of Directors, along with a short plan for the expenditures; all financial obligations that are incurred by a specific activity chair or committee, must be paid by the treasurer upon submission of the proper invoice for the activity by the activity chair; any expenditures more than $100.00 over the budgeted amount for that activity, must have the approval of the Board of Directors prior to obligation of the expense; made an initial report and periodic progress reports to the president; submit a written report within sixty (60) days following the activity, detailing expenditures and receipts, operational procedures, problems encountered, recommendations for the future. A copy of the report should be prepared for the President and Secretary.
    CHANGE TO: ARTICLE VIII ACTIVITIES
    A. A full financial report, on the current approved form, shall be submitted to the Treasurer, with receipts attached, for all events held under the auspices of IHSM, not only those planned by the Activities Committees, whether fundraising events, free events, events run at a loss, or events run at a profit. An additional copy shall be presented to the Secretary for club records.

    B. Plans for prospective activities shall be brought to the Board by the Activities Committee(s) at least 48 hours prior to THE next Board meeting. If the Board votes approve the activity, the Activities Committee(s) may opt to poll the general membership to determine interest level before proceeding.
    C. Activity Chairpersons are appointed by the President and approved by the Board. Annual meetings with Chairpersons and the President shall be mandatory to determine if mutual agreement exists for positions to be retained by current Chairpersons. Chairpersons shall serve until removed by the president or by resignation.
    D. Duties of Activity Chairs: shall submit a written budget request to the Board of Directors, along with a short plan for the expenditures; all financial obligations that are incurred by a specific activity chair or committee, must be paid by the treasurer upon submission of the proper invoice for the activity by the activity chair; any expenditures more than $100.00 over the budgeted amount for that activity, must have the approval of the Board of Directors prior to obligation of the expense; make an initial report and periodic progress reports to the president; submit a written summary report within 30 days following the activity, detailing operational procedures, problems encountered, and recommendations for the future. A copy of the report should be prepared for the President and Secretary. A full financial report shall be submitted to the Treasurer on the current approved form, with receipts attached, and an additional copy given to the Secretary.

    PROPOSAL # 4 – AMENDMENTS
    CURRENT TEXT:
    Proposed changes to the Bylaws shall be submitted to the Bylaw committee.
    A. After consideration by the committee, the proposed changes shall be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and recommendation. These Bylaws may then be approved at the next general meeting of the members, provided that the proposed changes have been posted on the Club website for approximately thirty (30) days before the meeting at which they will be considered.
    B. The proposed changes required two-thirds (2/3) vote of the dues paying members present at the general meeting for approval. Upon approval, the new articles are in effect immediately.
    CHANGE TO:
    Proposed changes to the Bylaws shall be submitted to the Bylaw committee on the form provided by the Bylaws Committee, and shall include the reasoning for the change.
    A. After consideration by the committee, the proposed changes shall be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and recommendation.

    B.If the Board accepts a proposal recommended by the Bylaws committee, it will be included in the document of Bylaws Amendment proposals to be voted upon at the designated general membership meeting, and will be labeled “Recommended by Bylaws Committee and Board of Directors”.

    C. If the Board votes by majority rule to reject a proposal recommended by the committee, the Bylaws Committee may opt to bring the proposal before the general membership, clearly indicating “not recommended by the Board of Directors” and “recommended by the Bylaws Committee”. Ballots will include the reasoning of the Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors for their decisions.

    D. The Bylaws may then be approved at the next general meeting of the members, provided that all of the proposed changes have been posted on the Club website for approximately thirty (30) days before the meeting at which they will be considered.

    E. Members will have the option of voting “Yes” for acceptance, or “No” for rejection of the proposals. To be added to the Bylaws, the proposed changes require two-thirds (2/3) vote of the dues paying members present at the general meeting for approval. Upon approval, the new articles are in effect immediately.

  • 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

  • We’re in the News!

    Check out the fantastic article in the
    New Haven Register about IHSM!

  • 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.