About our Organization
The purpose of this chapter is charitable, educational, historic, and patriotic. To revive, foster and promote Irish cultural events, interests, and sentiments. To collect and preserve Irish cultural traditions relating to any of the Irish peoples. To encourage the study of the Irish language, history, literature, and music.
- To revive, foster and promote Irish cultural events, interests, and sentiments.
- To collect and preserve Irish cultural traditions relating to any of the Irish peoples.
- To encourage the study of the Irish language, history, literature, and music.
- To devote all net proceeds of chapter activities to charitable educational purposes.
Established in 1969 The Sons and Daughters of Erin, a non-profit Irish heritage organization is open to all folks with an interest in promoting Irish heritage and culture, enjoying camaraderie and serving those less fortunate in our community.
The Sons & Daughters is one of the oldest Irish clubs on the west coast. The clubs earlier incarnation, The Sons of Erin held its initial meeting at the Holiday hotel (Formerly the Siena, now Renaissance Hotel) with 35 Irish enthusiasts. In 1996 it was renamed the Sons & Daughters of Erin. Over the clubs history it’s made various contributions to the Northern Nevada community, including but not limited to: The establishment of St. Patrick’s Grove in Rancho San Rafael; Partnership with City of Sparks Adopt-a-Park program,Longford Park and Sparks sister City, Longford, Ireland events; Annual parade participation in Reno, Virginia City and Carson City; Painting shamrocks on the boardwalk in Virginia city, Dedication of the Blarney Stone & Leprechaun at the Fitzgeralds Casino in 1988 (Now Whitney Peak hotel), and annual participation in the Celtic Celebration since inception (Dinny Healy Co-Founder Sons and Erin also founded the Celtic Celebration in 1993); ongoing community events include the ST. Patricks Day Annual Fundraising dinner & show, Founders Day Dinner, the Shamrock Blanchfield ceremony, Gatherings and ongoing Community service.
Meet the Board of Directors
The board of Directors and it’s volunteers are dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Irish-American citizens in Northern Nevada. Through philanthropy, education and devotion they uphold the principles and passion of our organization.
President- Willie Puchert
Vice President- Judi Shanahan
Secretary – Kristen Puchert
Treasurer – Jan Brady
Sergeant at Arms – John Callan
Brittney Hardiman – Ulster Seat (Formerly Belfast)
Missy Reinheimer – Connacht Seat (Formerly Galway)
Kathleen Eagan – Leinster Seat (Formerly Dublin)
Bettylou Reed- Munster Seat- (Formerly Ulster)