• About Sláinte Milford

    Sláinte Milford, Inc. is a 501c(3) Corporation. Its mission is to advance the cultural interests of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford and to support local charities and organizations.

    • Sláinte supports scholarships that are awarded to graduating students from Jonathan Law High School (Charlie Bristol Memorial Scholarship), Joseph A. Foran High School (Lyle James Memorial Scholarship), Platt Technical High School (Casey Family), and Lauralton Hall (Maureen Coyne Richetelli Memorial Scholarship). It also supports the William McNamara Memorial Scholarship (awarded to a graduating student who is related to an IHSM member in good standing).

    • Sláinte supports the Irish cultural interests of IHSM as well as activities and events that promote an understanding of Irish arts and culture in the greater community.

    • Sláinte supports local charities and organizations that work to ensure the health, education, and well-being of those living in the greater Milford community.

  • Sláinte 2020-21 Officers:

  • President – Noeleen Nelson (Slaintemilford@gmail.com)
    Vice President – Linda Fera
    Secretary – Maureen Moore
    Treasurer – Howard Fanning

  • Current Slainte News

  • SláinteMilford, Inc. ~ Our Continued Support For The Community During The Pandemic

    For those who are unaware, Sláinte Milford, Inc. is a 501©(3) affiliate of the Irish Heritage Society of Milford whose mission is to advance the cultural interests of IHSM and to support local charities and organizations. All of Sláinte’s philanthropic endeavors are supported solely through fundraising activities and private donations.

    Over the past year, despite Covid restrictions and the temporary closure of the IHSM clubhouse, Sláinte has continued its work in reaching out to the local community to offer support where needed.

    Last May, Sláinte donated funds to the Beth El Center and to the mini-lunch program at the Milford Senior Center. Both groups provide food security to those most vulnerable in the community and both expressed an increased need for support due to the pandemic.

    In June, Sláinte made a contribution to help defray the cost of a bagpiper who played at the funeral service of friend and long-time Sláinte Board member Maureen Richetelli.

    Although students had a much different school experience over the past year, Sláinte maintained its annual tradition of awarding scholarships to graduating students from Jonathan Law High School, Joseph A. Foran High School, and Platt Technical High School. Also awarded was the William McNamara Memorial Scholarship given to a student related to an IHSM member in good standing. Recently Sláinte established the Maureen Coyne Richetelli Memorial Scholarship which will be awarded to a graduating student from Lauralton Hall moving forward.

    As many of you know, two long-time IHSM and Sláinte Board members passed away last year, Maureen Richetelli and Jennifer Hussey. In addition to the memorial scholarship, a donation was also made to the ALS Foundation in Maureen’s name. To honor Jenn and her lifelong efforts to serve the needs of children at the Club and in the community, donations were made in her name to Food 2 Kids and to the Get in Touch Foundation. Allocations were made possible by the generous donation of proceeds from the IHSM Glo-Bowl event held last October.

    Most recently, Sláinte made a donation to United Way in Milford. United Way offer support to a diverse variety of programs and organizations that focus on building health, education, and financial stability across the greater community.

    The Sláinte budget is funded in great part by proceeds from the annual Sláinte Golf Tournament traditionally held in June. Unfortunately this event was cancelled last year due to Covid. To help offset this budgetary loss, a facemask fundraiser was held in the fall and most recently, Sláinte co-hosted the Shamrocks on the Green fundraising event in March. Each year over the Christmas holidays, Sláinte receives income from a Boscov initiative that supports non-profit organizations and throughout the year income is received from AmazonSmile based on the dollar amount of participant purchases.

    There are two Sláinte fundraising events coming up in June. The Annual Sláinte Golf Tournament is scheduled on June 14th and a performance by comedian George Casey is scheduled on June 27th. Be sure to mark your calendar!

    We thank all who support Sláinte Milford, Inc. either by attending Sláinte events, by volunteering at a Sláinte activity, or by making a monetary donation. It is with your continued support that we are able to ensure our funding of annual scholarships to Milford students, subsidize Irish cultural events that benefit IHSM members and folks in the larger community, and offer assistance to those most in need in the local community.

  • Upcoming Fundraisers

  • Slainte conducts fundraisers on an ongoing basis in order to support student scholorships and a variety of charitable endeavors. The 13th Annual Slainte Milford Golf Tournament will be held on June 14th. We are currently looking for sponsors for the event. For more info about the event or to sign up for a sponsorship, please go to the “Golf” tab at the top of the IHSM website. On June 27th comedian George Casey will perform at the Club. Look for details to be posted. Thank you for your support!

  • Help Support Sláinte 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.

  • Meetings

  • Sláinte Milford meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. On the agenda will be updates from our committees, as well as disposition of any funding requests. Requests for funding should be directed to Slaintemilford@gmail.com at least one week prior to our meeting and should include a proposed use of funds and budget (if applicable for event related requests).

  • Sláinte Milford By-Laws – Adopted June 17, 2019

  • BYLAWS OF SLÁINTE MILFORD, INCORPORATED

    ARTICLE I
    NAME AND OFFICES

    Section 1. Name. The Name of the Corporation is SLÁINTE MILFORD, Incorporated. SLÁINTE is a word in the Irish language literally translated as “health” and is commonly used in a toast in Ireland as “cheers” is in the United States.

    Section 2. Offices. The principal office of the Corporation shall be located in New Haven County, Connecticut, within the greater Milford area. The Corporation also may have offices at such other places as the Board of Directors may from time to time appoint or the purposes of the corporation may require.

    ARTICLE II
    PURPOSES

    Section 1. General Purposes. The general purposes of the Corporation are to operate exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes as referred to in Sections 501 © (3) and 170 © (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent United States Internal Revenue Law), referred to below as “exempt purposes”, through any lawful acts or activities which a nonprofit corporation may conduct in accordance with the Nonstock Corporation Act of the State of Connecticut.

    Section 2. Specific Purposes. The specific purposes of the corporation, without limitation on the powers of the Corporation, include, but are not restricted to, the following specific purposes within the scope of such exempt purposes:
    a. To develop, maintain and operate a facility in New Haven County, Connecticut, within the greater Milford area, as a community cultural center for the encouragement and advancement of an appreciation of Irish culture and its impact on American life and education in that regard.
    b. To encourage and advance public enjoyment and understanding of Irish arts and culture through participation, sponsorship or support of the public display, performance and reading of Irish arts, history, language and sports.
    c. To conduct, promote, sponsor or support classes, lectures, seminars or workshops in Irish arts, history, langua and sports for present and future generations in New Haven County.
    d. To grant scholarships and make other charitable donations.

    ARTICLE III

    MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1. Nonvoting Members. The Corporation shall have only members who are not entitled to vote. Members are eligible for election to the Board of Directors where voting rights are installed by elsewhere defined in this document

    Section 2. Membership Qualifications. All persons interested in the advancement and diffusion of knowledge concerning Irish arts and culture in their various aspects and their impact on American life shall be eligible to be members.

    Section 3. Membership Rules. The admission, retention, withdrawal and expulsion of members shall be governed by reasonable rules adopted and equally applied by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Membership Committee.

    Section 4. Membership Rights. Members, while in good standing, shall be entitled to receive such publications and participate in the activities of the Corporation upon such terms and discounted rates as the Board of Directors shall determine.

    ARTICLE IV

    DIRECTORS

    Section 1. General Powers. The direction and management of the affairs of the Corporation and the control and disposal of its property and funds shall be vested in its Board of Directors.

    Section 2. Number and Qualifications. The number of directors of the Corporation shall be no less than nine and no more than fifteen but, in all cases, a multiple of 3. Each director shall be a member of the Corporation.

    Section 3. Term of Office. At the organizational meeting of the Corporation, the initial directors of the Corporation shall have their numbers divided into three classes which are to serve staggered terms, and elect from amongst themselves by affirmative vote of the majority of them, a class of three to five directors to serve for a term of three years, a second class of three to five directors to serve a term of four years and a third class of three to five directors to serve a term of five years. Directors elected thereafter shall serve a term of three years and shall remain divided into three such classes which are to serve staggered three-year terms. Each such class shall be comprised of those directors whose terms expire in the same year. There shall be no limit on the number of terms a director may serve.

    Section 4. Election of Directors. Each of the directors of a single class of directors shall be elected annually by the affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office. The election of one-third of the directors shall be a part of the order of business at the third and each subsequent annual meeting of the Board of Directors. Each Director so elected shall hold office for a term of three years or until his or her successor is elected and assumes office.

    Section 5. Resignation. Any director may resign at any time by giving thirty days written notice of such resignation to the Board of Directors through the Secretary. A director who fails to attend three consecutive non-Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be deemed to have resigned, but such resignation shall not become effective until confirmed by a majority vote of the Directors present and voting at the next meeting.

    Section 6. Removal. Any director may be removed from office at any time with or without cause by the Board of Directors by an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the directors then in office.

    Section 7. Vacancies. When any vacancy occurs on the Board of Directors, the Secretary shall notify each director and request each director to express his or her nomination for filling the vacancy. The results of such canvass shall be considered by the Nominating Committee and all the nominations, together with the recommendation of the Nominating Committee shall be reported to the Directors. The vacancy shall be filled promptly at an annual, regular or special meeting by affirmative vote of the majority of the directors present and voting at such meeting. Any director so elected by the Board of Directors shall hold office for the unexpired term of the vacated office holder.

    ARTICLE V

    MEETINGS OF DIRECTORS

    Section 1. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the board of directors shall be held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of July of each year, for the purpose of electing Directors and officers of the Corporation, making appointments to committees and for the transaction of such other business as may be properly brought before the meeting. If the annual meeting shall not be held on the day designated by these Bylaws, a substitute annual meeting may be called by or at the request of the Board of Directors and notification issued to all members by the Secretary. Such meeting shall be designated and treated for all purposes as the annual meeting.

    Section 2. Regular Meetings. Four or more regular business meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held annually on dates determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.

    Section 3. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the President or any three Directors.

    Section 4. Place of Meetings. The annual, regular or any special meeting of the Board of Directors may be held at the principal office of the Corporation or any such other place, either within or without the State of Connecticut, as shall be designated in the notice of the meeting or in a waiver of notice of the meeting signed by all the Directors then in office.

    Section 5. Notice of Meetings. The Secretary shall give notice of each annual and regular meeting of the Board of Directors by e-mailing such notice to each Director at his or her designated address at least five days before the meeting. The President or other directors calling a special meeting of the Board of Directors shall give notice thereof (or cause the Secretary to give each notice) by e-mailing such notice at least three days before the meeting. If postal notification is used, an additional 3 days must be allowed for delivery time for either type of meeting notice. Unless otherwise indicated in the notice thereof, any and all business may be transacted at a meeting of the Board of Directors. Attendance by a director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver or notice of such meeting, except where a director attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business because the meeting is not lawfully called.

    Section 6. Quorum. A majority of the Directors then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business at any meeting of the Board of Directors.

    Section 7. Manner of Acting. Except as otherwise provided by law or in these bylaws, the act of the majority of the Directors present and voting at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

    ARTICLE VI

    OFFICERS

    Section 1. Titles. The officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary.

    Section 2. Election and Term. The officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the Board of Directors from among their number at the annual meeting. Each officer shall hold office until the next annual meeting or until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.

    Section 3. Removal. Any officer or agent elected or appointed by the Board of Directors may be removed by the Board of Directors by an affirmative vote of the majority of the directors then in office when in the judgement of the Board the best interests of the Corporation will be served by their removal.

    Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies among the officers of the Corporation may be filled by an affirmative vote of a majority of the directors then in office at any annual, regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors.

    Section 5. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, shall supervise and control the management of the Corporation in accordance with these Bylaws. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. He or she shall sign, with any other proper officer, instruments which may be lawfully executed on behalf of the Corporation, except where required or permitted by law to be otherwise signed and executed and except where the signing and execution thereof shall be delegated by the Board of Directors to some other officer or agent. In general, the President shall perform all duties incident to the office of President and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

    Section 6. Vice President. The Vice President shall exercise the powers of the President during that officer’s absence or inability to act. Any action taken by the Vice President in the performance of the duties of the President shall be presumptive evidence of the absence or inability to act of the President at the time such action was taken. The Vice President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

    Section 7. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds, financial records and securities belonging to the Corporation and shall receive, deposit or disburse the same under the direction of the Board of Directors; provided, however, that the Board may appoint a custodian or depository for any such funds or securities, and the Board may designate those persons upon whose signature or authority such funds may be disbursed or transferred. In general, the Treasurer shall perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors.

    Section 8. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep accurate records of the acts and proceedings of all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have general charge of the non-financial corporate books and records. The Secretary shall give all notices required by law and these Bylaws and shall sign such instruments as may require his or her signature and in general, shall perform all duties incident to the Office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the President or by the Board of Directors.

    ARTICLE VII

    COMMITTEES

    Section 1. Executive Committee. All of the authority and powers of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation during intervals between meetings thereof, shall be vested in an Executive Committee composed of at least five (5) directors elected annually by the Board of Directors from among their number by an affirmative vote of a majority of the directors present and voting, which Executive Committee shall include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairperson of the Program Committee; provided, however, that the Executive Committee shall not have the authority as to the following matters:
    a. Any dissolution, merger, or consolidation of the Corporation; or the sale, lease, or exchange of all or substantially all of the property of the Corporation;
    b. Any designation of an Executive Committee or any other committee of directors to have power to exercise any of the authority of the Board in the management of the Corporation, or the filling of vacancies in the Board of Directors or in any such committee;
    c. Any amendment or repeal of any resolution of the Board of Directors.

    Vacancies in the membership of the Executive Committee shall be filled by the Board of Directors in the same manner vacancies in the Board of Directors are filled. Minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee shall be prepared and kept with the records of the Corporation.

    Section 2. Standing Committees. At each annual meeting, the President shall nominate, whether then directors of the Corporation or not, members for election to the following committees by a majority vote of the directors present and voting, for a term of one year or until their successors are elected. They shall be in an advisory only capacity to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee in the management of the Corporation, and shall have the general duties indicated and such other duties as delineated by resolution of the Board of Directors.

    a. Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall consist of at least three members who shall elect its own Chairperson. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The Committee shall do all things necessary to ensure that the Corporation’s accounting records and financial affairs are in good order. It may call upon the Corporation’s officers or staff as may be necessary and employ outside professional assistance with the approval of the Board of Directors in the performance of its assigned duties if considered advisable. The Committee shall report its findings directly to the Board of Directors at appropriate intervals as charged but at least once per year.

    b. Membership Committee. The Membership Committee shall consist of five or more members, two of whom shall be directors, whose duty shall be to inquire as to the eligibility of all applicants for membership whose names shall be referred to it, to act upon such applications and to report thereon to the Board of Directors through the President. It shall also review at regular intervals all aspects of membership policies and operations, and report its findings with appropriate recommendations to the President.

    c. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of the President and four other members of the Corporation whose duties shall be to nominate persons to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. The Committee shall also nominate the officers listed in the Bylaws. Three members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

    d. Program Committee. The Program Committee shall propose and coordinate the activities of the Corporation to conduct, promote and sponsor a balanced calendar of events highlighting Irish culture for the enjoyment and education of the public which complements the activities of other local Irish organizations and groups

    Section 3. Other Committees. Other committees not having and exercising the general authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the Corporation may be designated, its members appointed and its authority delineated by a resolution adopted by a majority of the directors present and voting at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

    Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies in the membership of a committee shall be filled by appointment made in the same manner as provided in the case of the original appointment.

    ARTICLE VIII

    GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Section 1. Seal. The seal of the Corporation shall contain the name of the Corporation and shall be in the form appearing in the margin of the page containing the Secretary’s certification at the conclusion of these Bylaws.

    Section 2. Waiver of Notice. Whenever notice is required to be given to any director or other person under the provisions of these Bylaws, the Certificate of Incorporation or by applicable law, a written waiver of such notice signed by the person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the stated time shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice.

    Section 3. Checks. All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money shall be signed by officers or other individuals as the Board of Directors may designate from time to time.

    Section 4. Bond. The Board of Directors may by resolution require any or all officers, agents or employees of the Corporation to give bond to the Corporation, with sufficient sureties, conditioned on the faithful performance of the duties of their respective offices or positions, and to comply with such other conditions as may from time to time be required by the Board.

    Section 5. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the calendar year ending on December 31 of each year.

    Section 6. Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended or repealed and new Bylaws may be adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of the entire Board of Directors then in office at any annual, regular or special meeting of the Board provided, however, that notice of such proposed action shall have been announced at a previous meeting and shall have been included in the notice of the meeting or shall have been waived as provided in these Bylaws.

    Section 7. Dissolution. In the event of dissolution or termination of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision of the payment of all of the liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law), as the Board of Directors shall determine.

    Revised: June 17, 2019