• The News

  • 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.

  • Call for Applications for William McNamara Memorial Scholarship

  • This $1,000 scholarship is for graduating high school students planning to pursue further education in September 2016 in a full-time study program in a two or four year college, vocational or technical school. Applicants must be a relative (child, grandchild, niece or nephew) of a member in good standing of the IHSM. Application Deadline is April 30. Please contact Debbie Mead at 203-877-9446 with any questions or to receive a copy of the application.

  • Nominations for Executive Board – Election will be held on Tuesday, May 31

  • Nominations for Officers and Board of Directors for the upcoming year (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017) were accepted at the IHSM general membership meetings on Tuesday, 3/29, and will be again on Tuesday, 4/26. Prior to making or accepting nominations, all members are asked to review Articles VI and VII of the By-Laws (tab accessible on website pages), where the duties and responsibilities of the positions are explained in detail. Any member considering nominating another member should discuss with the nominee, the willingness and ability of that person to serve in the position, as described in the By-Laws. Serving on the Board is a privilege and responsibility that should not be taken lightly, with commitment to monthly meetings, and other important duties throughout the year. As IHSM continues to grow, all members need to become involved, and work in conjunction with the elected Board members.
    All Board positions are open for nomination this year, with the exception of the Senior Trustee and the Second-Year Trustee; only the Junior Trustee position is open. Current Junior Trustee and Second-Year Trustee move up into the next Trustee position each year, per the By-Laws.
    Each nominee, after having accepted the nomination, is required to submit a brief biography that will be posted on the IHSM website and available in print for review at the clubhouse before the May 31st elections.
    The biography outline is as follows, and should be submitted to the current Senior Trustee, by email at maureenmoore_2001@yahoo.com within a week following the nomination.
    A) IHSM background (briefly): What has been your involvement in or contribution to IHSM so far?
    B) Why are you interested in serving in the position for which you’ve accepted the nomination?
    C) What are your qualifications/skills that you feel will help you to fulfill the duties of the office?

  • Nominations Made and Accepted at 3/29 and 4/26 meetings. Nominations are now closed.

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

  • Nominee Biographies – will be posted here and updated as they are received.

  • 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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • “History of the Irish in Milford” Project Planned

  • If you would be interested in helping out with a project that would culminate in a publication and/or other media recording the history of the Irish in Milford, please contact Steve Kraffmiller at kskraffmiller@yahoo.com or 203-877-9618. Next meeting is May 14th, 10 am to 12 pm, at IHSM clubhouse.

  • 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.