• The News

  • Ireland Trip 2017

  • Want to visit Ireland with the IHSM in 2017? We’re currently surveying members to see what itinerary is most popular, click here to let us know which interests you the most!

  • History of Milford Irish Project Help Needed!

  • The Milford Irish history project needs you! Please consider signing up to help out with this amazing project. A three to five hour monthly commitment is all that is needed – we meet once a month. Some tasks that need to be completed are:
    Mailings, follow-up phone calls, set-up appointments, possible interviews.

    A sign up sheet available at the Club. Current committee members are: Steve and Kathy Kraffmiller, Sheila Johnson, Nancy Smith, Maureen Moore, Priscilla James, Mike McCabe and Paula McGill. We would love to add your name to the list. Please contact Steve Kraffmiller at kskraffmiller@yahoo.com to join us. The next meeting is: Wednesday, July 20 at the Clubhouse at 7:00 p.m.

  • 2016 Irish Festival Volunteers Needed

  • The planning and execution of the Irish Festival is no small feat, it takes many volunteers to run an event of this size. Please click here to sign up to volunteer for the 2016 Festival!

  • Election- Tie-Breaker & Final Results

  • President: Kathleen Stern
    Vice-President: Lisa Doyle-Smith
    Secretary: Joan Savage
    Membership Chair: Priscilla James
    Sergeant-at-Arms: Rob Petrie
    Parliamentarian: Maureen Moore
    Treasurer: Mike McCabe
    Junior (1st Year)Trustee: Donna DeLauri

  • Nominee Biographies

  • Kathleen Dunn Stern – nominated for President
    I have been a charter member of The Irish Heritage Society of Milford
    since its inception in 2006. I truly love this club. I have met so many wonderful people and done so many extraordinary things because of The IHSM. I have learned so much about my Irish heritage as well.

    Over the past ten years I have served as trustee for 2 years and Vice-President for 4 years. I have been an active member of The Social Activities and Membership Committees and the book club.I have run The Ladies Brunch for the past 7 years, and
    have been The Volunteers Chairperson for our Irish Festival since 2006.I have been stage manager for the plays presented by our Tara Theater as well as performing on stage in Remembrance and in The Country Boy. I was honored to be named Irish Woman of the Year in 2012.
    I am very excited that The IHSM now has a clubhouse. Last Spring, Summer and Fall I worked as Project Manager right alongside Ed Mead and many others to bring this to fruition. Currently I am chairperson of the Bar Committee , scheduling bartenders and coordinating with my team to keep the bar and clubhouse running smoothly. If elected, as President I pledge to continue to work hard to make The IHSM the best it can be!

    Lisa Doyle- nominated for Vice-President
    Thank you for this opportunity to run for the position of Vice President of the IHSM.
    My name is Lisa Doyle and I have served the IHSM as Secretary for the last two years. I am also a Slainte, Inc. Board Member and have participated in the planning of the annual golf scholarship fundraiser as well as served as co-chair of the first wine tasting fundraiser. As a member of the Activities Committee, I organized last summer’s trip to Coney Island to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play on Irish Night, served on the annual Irish Man and Woman of the Year planning committee for the last several years, and offered a number of suggestions for fun, family-friendly events for our members. Last fall, I coordinated the IHSM’s participation in the Milford Food Truck Festival, which raised additional funds for our organization. Lastly, I am also currently responsible for booking private events for members at the Clubhouse.
    Unfortunately, I am no longer eligible to serve the IHSM as Secretary, but wish to continue to be involved as a Board Member. I look forward to serving you as Vice President during this time of growth, will the goal of welcoming our newer members and providing opportunities for young families and members to engage in our cultural and social activities.

    Joan Savage- nominated for Secretary
    I am a charter member of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford; I joined when I volunteered at the first Festival after being intrigued by those yard signs throughout the city. Since then I have served on the Board as Membership Chair for three years and Trustee for three years. I have been Chairperson for the Cultural area of the festival the past three years and have worked to make that area a more prominent part of the festival with the addition of Ceili dancing and a Cultural entertainment tent. I have worked at all the festivals, been an active member of the book club and worked backstage and last year acted in the Tara Theatre company productions.
    I have been with Health Net for 21 years in the capacity of project manager and Manager. I believe my organizational skills, project management skills and my desire to promote the Irish culture and our club would be beneficial to growth of our club. I would like to serve our club and its members in the position of Secretary; I hope you will consider me.

    Michael McCabe – nominated for Treasurer
    Treasurer of IHS since its inception.
    Oversees all financial aspects of the club.
    Head of Finance for the Irish Festival since its inception.
    Founder and Chairman of the IHS Slainte Scholarship Golf Tournament.
    Founder and President of Slainte Milford, Inc.
    Responsible for grants totaling $29,000 from the Irish government.
    Attorney for 35 years with a law practice in Milford, McCabe & Wikstrom, LLC.
    Married to Tracy Craig McCabe.
    Four children, Eileen, Jennifer, Katie and Owen.
    Five grandchildren, Amie, Emma, Scarlet, Declan and Quinn

    I would like to continue serving the club as Treasurer as we enter the next phase of our existence. I have 10 years’ experience in dealing with the club’s finances. I have the time, energy and dedication to continue my role as Treasurer.

    Priscilla James – nominated for Membership Chair
    Since attending the first organizational meeting of the club in 2006 I have been an active member of the IHS. I was the first secretary of the club and I served on the first bylaw committee. Since then I have served on activities, membership, festival, building, and sunshine committees. I have worked on both our rental property and our clubhouse. I coordinated the monthly luncheons and organized the first book club. The IHSM honored me as Irish woman of the year in 2015.

    I was always proud of my Irish heritage and I’m please to have learned so much more. I’m happy to be able to share this with the wonderful people I’ve met through the club. Working in customer service I’ve learned the importance of listening to and respecting other people’s ideas. Since I am now retired, I have the time to devote to keeping our membership list updated. I hope to do this with a membership committee. It would be an honor for me to be your membership chairperson.

    Maureen Moore – nominated for Parliamentarian
    As a charter member I have been active in IHSM since the beginning, and have been Activities Committee Chair for several years, and am currently completing my 3-year term as Trustee on the Board of Directors. In the past I served as Sunshine Committee Chair, as a member of the Membership and By-Laws Committees, co-chaired the Vendor Committee (Marketplace) for IHSM festivals, and organized the Tea Cup Raffles.
    During my three-year tenure as Trustee, I have realized that our organization is a dynamic entity, that continues to grow, change, and evolve. The opening of our clubhouse and the dramatic increase in our membership numbers pose new and welcome challenges for governing our organization. Revisions to the IHSM By-Laws will be a necessary on-going process as we go forward and find through experience what still works and what needs tweaking. I am interested in working with a By-Laws Committee to continue the excellent work of the prior committee.
    I feel that my lengthy experience in many aspects of IHSM activities and committees has given me insight that will be helpful to me as Parliamentarian. Working well with others, seeking their opinions and suggestions, and respecting and utilizing their knowledge, are important to me, in the interest of the entire IHSM membership. I would like to have your vote of confidence this year, to elect me as your Parliamentarian.

  • Donna DeLauri – nominated for Junoir (1st Year) Trustee
    After attending four IHS festivals and seeing how much fun the members were having and how the club was growing over those years we decided to join. That was 6 years ago. Since then I have volunteered for the festival working the front gate for Linda Hardiman for four years. Last year I took on co-chairing the festival’s 50/50 raffle and will continue to do so this year. Beside working the festival I have been a greeter at the club.
    I have been employed as an office manager for 28 years by the Thomas Spring Co in Milford and hope my organizational skills and ability to interact well with people will be an asset for me to successfully fulfill the job as Junior Trustee.

    Tim McNamara – nominated for Junior (1st Year) Trustee
    I have been a member of IHSM for two years. I have volunteered and participated in several activities including:
    2014 and 2015 Irish Festivals
    2014 and 2015 Milford St. Patrick’s Day Parades
    Set up and Clean up of St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at our clubhouse
    Property clean up prior to opening of the clubhouse

    I have been employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education for 36 years. I am also in my 15th year serving as a member of the Bridgeport City Supervisors Association Executive Board. I feel it is important to continue the good work started by our charter members 10 years ago. I am looking forward to the continued growth of our club and would be honored to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. I will continue to be actively involved in and support the club as I continue my own growth as a member.

  • Michael Flyte – nominated for Sergeant-at-Arms
    My name is Michael Flyte and I have been a current member of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford since January 2015. I have been involved in various club activities since 2010; volunteering through the guidance of my grandparents, Stephen and Kathy Kraffmiller, who have been active IHSM members since its inception. I am currently a volunteer bartender and attend all monthly meetings. I have also been present during the Young Members meetings, to discover the different ways to bring new faces into the club. I enjoy meeting all the great people I come across through the club, and have made many great friendships because of it. I have always found it important to involve myself in my community as well as to show pride in my heritage.

    Rob Petrie – nominated for Sergeant-at-Arms
    Currently an active bartender in the club, I remain involved as much as I can. I enjoy my time working in the bar, which allows me to meet and interact with members who come in. When I am not working behind the bar, I often find myself on the other side, socializing and enjoying the club as much as I can. Previously I have volunteered at the Irish Festivals here in Milford performing various tasks to help the Milford Irish Heritage Society. I was fortunate enough to play a role in the Irish Heritage Society Pipes and Drums Band as a bagpiper as well, until the group disbanded. This allowed me to represent the club with my fellow band members in various parades and Irish functions all over Connecticut.
    Outside of the club I am a Fairfield Firefighter and paramedic. I am married to Natalee Petrie. Together we have two children, Heather and Jaret. As a family we have been active members in the Irish Heritage Society for the past year, but have remained involved with the club throughout many past years as previously noted.
    I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside many other great members and hold the title of Sergeant at Arms for the IHSM.

  • Genealogy Project Form

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

  • New Activities Survey

  • Click to take the Future Activities Survey – Help us determine some new activities for our membership.

  • Easter Rising Event Documents

  • Following a successful talk on April 10, members and guests requested access to the presenters information. The documents can be downloaded by clicking here.

  • Exterior Clubhouse Improvements

  • With the onset of spring, numerous projects for the exterior of the IHSM clubhouse will be underway! The exterior wall facing the parking lot with be sandblasted, repaired and primed; new green shutters and white flower boxes will be mounted outside the front windows; fieldstone will accent the pillars on the front side of the building; and a new awning is being designed and will be installed. The optimistic plan is for all projects to be completed in time for the 5/22 clubhouse dedication!

  • 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 Jenn Hussey at 203-605-7743 or jenniferhussey71@yahoo.com.

  • 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.