Thanks to all of you who renewed your membership twelve months ago, we are rounding out another year that assures the ongoing active life of our beloved United Irish Cultural Center. This past year, our 40th An-niversary year, has emphasized the Center as the Center for “all things Irish” in the greater Bay Area. We had many celebrations during the past momentous year including concerts by Phil Coulter, Finbar Furey, Women of Ireland, and the High Kings. We hosted a fund raiser that raised more than $20,000 for the Irish J1 students who were tragically injured and died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley. We also hosted the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins. Most importantly, the Center was the celebrated place for many Irish Clubs celebrations and also of your family celebrations.
Our forty-one-year-old UICC is “alive and well” as a result of your dues payments. As a result of your contri-butions we were able to do a major remodel of the entryway into the Center, and installed new glass doors at the 45th and Wawona St. building exit way (behind which you can now see the statue of Cuchulainn which was dedicated last year in a ceremony by Seamus Whitney). We also addressed pressing issues in our build-ing in terms of plumbing, elevator repair, and kitchen upgrades. We also upgraded a lot of the lighting in the building to energy efficient LED bulbs.
Your membership dues keep your United Irish Cultural Center up and running. In addition to sustaining the well-being and longevity of the Center, your dues earn you discounts on food and beverage in our “up and coming” restaurant as well as room rentals for your special occasions.
41 years ago the Irish Center was built largely by volunteers. In the ensuing years there have been many people who have volunteered their time and efforts to keep the Center going. If you have a skill or would like to help in any way please list it on the form.
We enclose your current membership profile and return envelope for return of your membership dues. Please note that yearly dues cover January 1st through December 31st of 2016.
Our focus for this year will be to enjoy the improvements to the Center and to expand the Center’s offerings and activities. We are thankful for your active membership which will support the success and growth of our Center.
The Board of Directors
United Irish Cultural Center
Judith Kell, Bill Luqué, Mike Bowler, Megan Cummins, Mike LeBoeuf, John Tucker, and Michael Barnacle