The following is a comprehensive list of answers to anticipated questions you may have for our dinner this Saturday, March 7 at Circus Circus Hotel/Casino: Where do I pick up my tickets?
The answer is at will call which will be a registration table outside of our banquet room.Are reservations still available if I know more who want to come? The answer is maybe. Circus Circus gives us a few overs in our meals so your meal selections will be limited to what is available. You must pay in advance and you will be seated wherever there is space. Call Willie Puchert at 775-378-0931 ASAP. Seating will be wherever spaces are available and are on a first come, first serve basis. Can I change my dinner option? The answer is no at this late date. SADOE is charged for every meal ordered.I cannot make it. Are there any refunds? Per our board policy, we do not issue refunds. SADOE is charged for every meal ordered. However if there is mitigating circumstances, the board will consider discussing the matter at its next meeting.
Where is the dinner being held again? The dinner will be held downstairs in the Convention Area of Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Downtown Reno in the Mandalay Ballroom. You may use the escalator or take an elevator down. Our registration tables will be at the foot of the stairs. The escalators are located near the Southwest Corner of the Casino near the corner of Sierra & Fifth Streets.
Where should I park? You may park in one of two parking garages. The North Parking Garage is located on 6th & Virginia St. and connects to the casino by skywalk. The West is located off Sierra St. and is accessible by the sky shuttle. Valet Parking on the ground floor is also accessible via Sierra Street at Sixth St.
Where should my ride drop me off/pick me up? We suggest the Southwest Entrance of Circus Circus,which is located near the corner of Sierra & Fifth Streets. The escalators to the convention area are right near that entrance.
What Time Is The Dinner? The fun all starts at 4 p.m. The following is a general schedule of the evening:
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration, Irish Whiskey, No Host Cocktails, Raffle Tickets for Purchase and Performance by the Sierra Silverstrings
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies, Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and Introductions
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Served
Performance by Ceol A’lainn
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dessert Served
Award Presentations and Featured Speaker
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Performance by Kennelly Irish Dancers
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dance Lesson By Dayleen Goclyn
8:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Final Raffle Drawing and Retiring of the Colors
What happens if guests in my party that I have paid for show up before me? If that guest’s name is not specified, just have them mention who paid/or is paying for the dinner.
Tell me about the Whiskey Tasting: We are grateful to Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits who have donated the following whiskey selections from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for us to sample:
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Jameson Caskmates IPA Ed.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Ed.
Jameson Black barrel
Tell me about the raffle:
Our Raffle Grand Prize will be a Riverdance Prize Packet which includes a CD & DVD set as well as two premium tickets to their May 9 performance at the Grand Sierra Resort.
We will have a lot of other great raffle items including a prized whiskey selection, a genealogy kit, dinner & hotel package, and over $3,000 in prizes. Donors include gifts from Somersett Golf & Country Club, Jewett Lay Firm, Tres Image Salon, Dogged Wear, Mountain Music Parlor, Ceol Irish Pub, Ryans’ Saloon, PBS, Oski’s pub, 7 Troughs Distillery, Reno Aces, and many more!Be sure to bring cash to purchase raffle tickets. PLEASE NOTE: Cash and checks only accepted for raffle tickets.
Will there be merchandise? We still have our commemorative “50th Anniversary” SADOE Pint Glasses among the merchandise we are selling, which includes our bears and tee-shirts.
What if I want to stay the night? Circus Circus is offering a 20 percent discount on rooms for our dinner. Call 1-800-648-5010 and ask for rate code: SDE2020. Here is the link for people booking online. You can book up until the day of the event.
What if I paid for reservations but I can’t make it? Unfortunately, all meal reservations at this point are non-refundable. SADOE must may for every dinner ordered. You may choose to have someone go in your place or donate your meal. Call 775-378-0931 to discuss.
Donations For One Of Our Members Requested:
One of our club members who will be honored at our upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show on March 7 will not be able to attend because he is currently deployed overseas in the U.S Army.
We thought it might be a nice idea to send Kirk Holden (recipient of this year’s Hugh Lantz Award) and his fellow soldiers a care package so we are asking those of you who are attending our dinner and upcoming March events if they could bring the following donations to send to him:
Pocket Tissue Packs
Whole Bean Coffee
One of the tenants of SADOE’s mission statement is that we are a patriotic group and I can’t think of a better way of showing that spirit then to send a few items that will support our troops and especially one of our own.
We will have a box at our dinner and upcoming March events to accept your donations.
If you still have a question, call 775-378-0931. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at our event. Thank you for your support of the Sons & Daughters of Erin!
Congratulations to Ralph McMullen and Marli Reinheimer, who were unanimously selected by our members at our February general meeting for Irish Persons of The Year.
McMullen was nominated for his work assisting the board with changing our bylaws last year,and Reinheimer led an initiative last year to secure funding from our sister group in Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin and led a delegation of that group to assist us with clean up efforts at Hillside Cemetery, where 30 Irish families are buried. They will both be honored at our upcoming 51st Annual SADOE St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show
In the New Years spirit of the belonging, fellowship and nostalgia, SADOE Member Michael Connelly (owner of the Old Bridge Pub and Sierra Tap House) sent a picture of his grandfather Walter Connelly (pictured below in the middle looking down with a green hat holding the cane at the bottom wearing a brown jacket) and his great uncle Tom Connolly (standing second from the left). They were among fellow Reno Irishmen at the Elks Club for some kind of celebration in January of 1969.
By the plaque also pictured below, it is assumed that this was a Jan. 20 gathering that inspired the first chartered meeting of earlier incarnation of our organization, Sons of Erin. That meeting was held the former Pioneer Inn (located where the County Courthouse parking lot is on South Virginia in Downtown Reno) on Feb. 21, 1969 by nearly 40 Irish prominent businessmen and politicians of that era to plan the first St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show the following month.
However, our de facto historian Pat Martin said he was at this event and seems to think the photo was taken at the actual first dinner. The white aprons with the shamrocks on it would seem to support that theory.
Whatever the actual date this photo was taken (remember this was a half century ago), it is a nice piece of history of our club.
The wooden shillelagh in the photo with a small bronze plaque being held by the gentleman sitting in the middle at the bottom of the picture is one of two shillelaghs that has survived to this day within our club and is kept by the President and Sgt at Arms.
It is with great sadness that I report the death of one of our organization’s founders, Dennis “Dinny” Healy, Jr., who passed away last week, while on holiday in the Canary Islands.
Healy was a native of Butte, Montana and moved with his family to Reno in 1948, where he grew up and eventually had legal career. In 1969, he and his father, Dennis, Sr. formed the Sons of Erin (later reincorporating into the Sons & Daughters of Erin) along with some of Reno’s prominent Irish politicians, lawyers and businessmen of that era.
After Healy retired from a career with the state’s Gaming Control Board, he and his wife, Scotty, eventually moved to Courtmacsherry, County Cork Ireland. One of his legacies is ensuring that SADOE continue the annual tradition of spreading shamrocks at the grave of Irish-American aviator William Blanchfield, a native of Courtmacsherry around St. Patrick’s Day.
SADOE extends its condolences to his widow Scottie, his sister Michele and brothers, Mike, Con and Chris along with the rest of the Healy Family.
We will pass on any information on any memorial service once it is announced by the family.
Charles Springer, 1928-2019
Another one of SADOE’s founders was the Honorable Charles Edward Springer, former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice and Nevada Attorney General, who passed away on Feb. 19, just a day short of his 91st birthday.
A native Nevadan, Springer was born in Reno and was partially raised by his grandparents. His grandfather, William Aloysius Kelly, was the bailiff of the Washoe County Court House and often Springer would visit the courthouse with his grandfather, perhaps influencing him in later years to become a lawyer.
He attended Reno schools and a Catholic Seminary in Mountain View, California. He later returned and graduated from Reno High School. He Ssrved in U.S. Army during World War II as a paratrooper in the Occupation Forces of Japan. After the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Nevada, where he met his wife, Jacqueline. The couple married on St. Patrick’s Day of 1951.
After graduation, the couple moved to Washington D.C. where Charles attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School. The two both held jobs on Capital Hill. He later received degrees from the University of Virginia and Oriel College at Oxford, England while serving as a Nevada Supreme Court Justice.
Upon his graduation from Georgetown, he returned to Nevada and in this order: joined the firm of Drendel and Dixon; became Federal Judge Roger D. Foley’s only law clerk; and formed a law firm called Springer, McKissick, and Hug with two of his best friends since youth. Howard McKissick later became a Nevada State Legislator and was Speaker of the Assembly. Procter Hug, Jr. later became Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Together they developed and taught “The Nevada Bar Review Course.”
After a distinguished service in the Nevada Democratic Party, he became legal adviser to Nevada Gov. Grant Sawyer, who appointed him the state’s Attorney General in 1962.
In 1980, he was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court, where he served for 18 years also serving as its Chief Justice.
He is survived by Jacquie, his loving wife of 68 years, his daughter Kelli, several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Charles was a true gentleman, scholar who devoted his legal career to righting wrongs and to the preventing the mistreatment of others.
A Mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows (Charles’ childhood parish), 1125 Lander St, Reno, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Last Call On St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations
Reservations are due TODAY AT NOON for the 50th annual Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show will be held this Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino.
Please contact me BEFORE NOON TODAY to pay for your reservations by phone by calling 775-378-0931. Online reservations also end at noon today.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. An additional processing fee will be charged per ticket on all credit card transactions.
Entertainment will include Blarney Man Keith Shannon, the Kennelly Irish Dancers, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and the Sierra Silverstrings. The evening will also feature a raffle and a whiskey tasting.
Here is an online booking link if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019.
We will be selling these limited edition 50th Anniversary SADOE Pint Glasses for $5 each at our dinner!
Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony To Be Held This Sunday
We invite you to join the the Sons and Daughters of Erin place a sprig shamrocks sent from Ireland on the grave of William Blanchfield at noon, this Sunday (March 10) at the Veterans section of Mountain View Cemetery, off Stoker Avenue in west Reno (just past the roundabout near the cemetery office. We are once again expecting to have several descendants of William Blanchfield. Also, we will be honored to have Bagpiper Sean Cummings performing for us at the ceremony.
The RGJ did a story on our annual ceremony a few years ago honoring the Irish aviator and explains the history of this tradition.
Get Ready To Paint The Streets Green!
Join the Sons & Daughters in their annual tradition of Painting the Streets Green in Virginia City on Wednesday, March 13. We will meet at the Red Dog Saloon, located at 76 N C street at 6 p.m. for dinner and then start painting at around 7 p.m. You are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on. This event is free, family friendly and fun for children.
The has been an annual tradition for nearly four decades now and is done just prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following Saturday in Virginia City.
Join Us In The Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Sons & Daughters of Erin will march in the Annual Virginia City Parade. We will assemble at 11:30 at the Fourth Ward School and begin marching at noon. We will march north down C. St. to the Public Safety Building.
After the parade, come watch our friends in Ciana who will perform at the Ponderosa Saloon. This event coincides with the Mountain Oyster Fry. Staging info will be announced March 14 on this Facebook Page.
Please Note: Next Week, we will publish our Annual “Where’s The Craic?” listing of St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. In the mean time, here is a summary of upcoming Irish related events in March:
Some of us SADOE members are going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day peddling around Downtown Reno on the Reno Brew Bike
The Reno Brew Bike is a 15 seat peddled powered bike that can be rented by individuals or groups. We are in the process of signing up people and the cost is $23 per person for a
The plan is to meet at the start location Lead Dog Brewing, 415 E Fourth St., at 2 p.m., Sunday March 17 and visit bars downtown that support our club arriving before 5 p.m. at Ceol Irish Pub.
We have created a Facebook Page to sign up or you may call at 775-378-0931. We will also have a sign up sheet at our dinner. We must sign up by March 11.
Sierra Silverstrings Play Their Annual Senior Home Tour
One of the annual traditions that our friends in the kid’s fiddle band, the Sierra Silverstrings, engage in is to play multiple senior home facilities over St. Patrick’s Day. We think its wonderful that these kids always remember to spread Irish cheer to the elderly in our community as unfortunately many are not always are visited by their families often and are sometimes forgotten. The following is a schedule of their senior home stops:
Friday, March 15
1:15 p.m. Summit Estates, 222 E Patriot Blvd, Reno
3:00 p.m. Brookdale Vista, 2000 E Prater Way, Sparks
Saturday, March 16
4:00 p.m. Skypeaks 1520 Sky Valley Dr, Reno
Sunday, March 17
10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. The Lodge Assisted Living 2200 E Long St, Carson City
2:30 p.m. Promenade on the River, 525 Court St, Reno
6 Nations Rugby Update
The 6 Nations Rugby Tournament resumes this weekend Ireland currently is in third place behind England in second and Wales who is undefeated.
Saturday, March 9
Scotland vs. Wales (9:30am PST)
England vs. Italy (1:00pm PST)
Sunday, March 10
Ireland vs. France (12:30pm PST)
All of the matches are aired locally on tape delay* on NBC Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 220. Charter Spectrum Channel 31). For full schedule and match results, visit the 6 Nations Rugby Page
Note: Oski’s Pub & Grill in Sparks will air the matches during their normal business hours.
Crunch Time: To Brexit, Or Not To Brexit?
With less than one month to go before the planned scheduled departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union on March 29, British Prime Minister Teresa May will bring to the house next Tuesday a vote on a Brexit deal as fellow government ministers are attempting to renegotiate with EU officials modifying the Irish Border Backstop.
According to the BBC, If MPs reject the withdrawal agreement for a second time, they will have the opportunity to vote on whether to go ahead in just over three weeks’ time without any kind of negotiated deal.
The BBC article presented the following flow chart of potential outcomes following next Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons:
In related news, both Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly voted on the same motion yesterday calling for the planned exit date of March 29 to be put off. There is growing support for another Brexit referendum, which British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn announced last week his party supports. However, May has consistently rebuffed those suggestions, stating that the first referendum favoring the UK to leave the EU was a mandate set forth by the British people.
Check Out The Following Upcoming Events and Special Promotions From Local Irish Bars Who Support SADOE Below:
Irish Sessiuns in Reno Every Tuesday at Ceol
Traditional Irish Music Sessiuns from 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at Ceol, 538 S. Virginia St., Reno.
Wednesday Night Showcase At Ceol
Ceol is opening its stage to amateur and professional musicians who wish to perform their original material or cover songs in front of other musicians and the public on Wednesdays. Sign-ups from 6 p.m. Performances from 7-10 p.m.
Live Music This Weekend at Ceol
Keith Shannon plays this Friday, March 8 at Ceol Irish Pub is located at 538 S. Virginia St., Reno.
Oski’s To Air 6 Nations Rugby Matches
Oski’s Pub & Grille is open Mon-Wed at 3 p.m. and Thurs-Sun at 11:30am. They will air any 6 Nations Rugby Matches taped delay on NBCSN during business hours. They are offering breakfast till 2 p.m. on the weekend and are the local headquarters for Premiere League Soccer games Oski’s is located at 840 Victorian Ave. in Victorian Square, Sparks.
Ryan’s Is SADOE’s General Meeting Spot
Ryans is were SADOE holds its General Meetings and offers breakfast from 9am-noon on Saturdays and Sundays. They are located at 924 S. Wells Ave.
Paddy & Irene’s Offers Whiskey Tasting Wednesday
Paddy & Irene’s Pub invites patrons to sample different whiskeys every Wednesday evening, located at 906 Victorian Ave. in Victorian Square in Sparks.
This Friday Feb. 1st is Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Brigid’s Day, the Celtic holiday marking the beginning of spring held on February 1-2, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Imbolc is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and there is evidence it has been an important date since ancient times. It was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid (goddess of fertility) and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess.
Irish Central has an article on Imbolc traditions and customs which also describes St. Brigid as a very busy patron saint of over 20 types of persons including babies, children from broken homes, various trades and classifications.
In Ireland, Brigid’s crosses (pictured above) were made at Imbolc. A Brigid’s cross usually consists of rushes woven into a square or equilateral cross, although three-armed crosses have also been recorded. They were often hung over doors, windows and stables to welcome Brigid and protect the buildings from fire and lightning. The crosses were generally left there until the next Imbolc. Here is a YouTube Video that shows you how to make one. Early Bird St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations Due Friday
Friday (Feb. 1.) is also the “early bird” reservation deadline for adults tickets for the Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show. You will save $5 on your dinner reservations if you purchase them before that date.
Our 50th annual event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino. We are now offering online reservations or you may download a reservation form to mail in. Here is an online booking link if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019. UNR Economics Professor Speaks on Brexit At Tuesday’s General Meeting
UNR Economics Professor Elliott Parker will give a presentation on Brexit Tuesday at our February General Meeting at Ryan’s Saloon, 924 Wells Ave. One of the focuses of his presentation, will be the impact of Brexit on Ireland.
He has published almost 80 newspaper columns on economics, including one on how Ireland’s recession compared to Nevada’s. He recently wrote a textbook, The Comparative Economics of Global Growth and Inequality. In addition to three dozen refereed academic research papers, he has published almost 80 newspaper columns on economics, including one on how Ireland’s recession compared to Nevada’s.
In the Summer of 2012, he taught a course for UNR at Trinity College in Dublin, and loved his time there. He had the chance to visit Belfast as well, a city from which his ancestor John Parker sailed out in 1770 to emigrate to South Carolina.
See Story At Bottom for Breaking Brexit News… Bylaws and Board Elections One of our business items at our Feb. 5 General Meeting will be for our members to approve our organization’s bylaws changes. The SADOE Board recently approved this bylaws draft at its meeting on Sunday. We have also created a synopsis of those changes with explanations. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the bylaws update, we will also hold elections for our SADOE board members serving for the 2019-20 biennium. The following is the slate of nominees to be elected at the meeting:
Vice-President: Judi Shanihan
Secretary: Kristen Puchert
Sgt at Arms: John Callan
Dublin Seat: Kathleen Eagan
At-Large Director Seat: Missy Reinheimer
If you cannot make the meeting, you may vote via a proxy document which we will make available to you upon request. Please call 775-378-0931. Please Note: SADOE will not hold a General Meeting in March, due to the following St. Patrick’s Day related upcoming events:
March 9: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show
March 10: Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony
March 13: Paint Streets Green in Virginia City
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia City
6 Nations Rugby Begins This Weekend
This weekend begins the Six Nations Championship (Guinness Six Nations), an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.
The current champions are Ireland, having won the 2018 tournament. Ireland is tied at 124 with Scotland and Wales in winning the most matches. The IRFU plays home matches in the Aviva Stadium (also known as Lansdowne Road) located in Dublin with a capacity for 51,700.
All of the matches will be aired locally on tape delay on NBC Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 220. Charter Spectrum Channel 31).
Come root for Ireland next Saturday in our local tradition of SADOE and NSSC members cheering on their respective teams! Join us Feb. 9th at Oskis from 11:30am-2:00pm
Note: Oski’s Pub & Grill in Sparks will air the matches during their normal business hours. Northern Ireland’s Own “Government Shutdown” Reaches Second Year Mark
While Americans have been experiencing a government shutdown for the past month, the devolved government in Northern Ireland has not existed since January 2017.
Many of decisions are being made by the British government, which is inching Northern Ireland back towards “Direct Rule,” which means governance is by them as apposed to local rule.
The Independent has a story that explains the impasse between Northern Ireland’s two majority parties, the nationalist Sinn Féin and Democratic Unionist Party, who haven’t been able to come to an agreement over language, cultural and social issues. What also complicates matters, is the act that the DUP is propping up British Prime Minster Teresa May’s Tory Government, which Sinn Féin and others consider to make things less impartial. UK To Renegotiate Irish Border Backstop With EU
The British House of Commons voted yesterday on an amended Brexit plan that directs British Prime Minister Theresa May to renegotiate the Irish border backstop to be replaced with “alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border.”
The Irish border backstop is an insurance policy in the withdrawal deal designed to avoid a hard border with Ireland after Brexit, which some in May’sTory Party despise as it stands now because the UK could theoretically be tied to a customs union with the European Union long after the transitional period ends in 2020.
Although EU officials responded before the final vote was taken that the current deal (rejected overwhelmingly two weeks ago) would not be renegotiated, May will attempt to renegotiate the deal citing the amended plan showed a majority, which include her fellow Tories and all of the Democratic Unionist Party MPs from Northern Ireland, could support. She will return to the House in February where MPs will again hold a Brexit vote.
The amended plan that passed followed debate on other proposed amendments that either delayed the UK leaving before March 29 or rejected a no-deal Brexit, which many fear would be chaotic.
Irish Republic Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar told the Irish parliament yesterday that their nation would go from running a budget surplus to a deficit if there was a no-deal Brexit. He also echoed the EU’s opposition to renegotiating the Irish Border Backstop.
Congratulations to our 2019 Irish Person of the Year Nominees: The SADOE Board approved at its last meeting SADOE Members Jan Brady and David Bobzien as Nominees for the 2019 Irish Persons of the Year to both be considered for approval by the membership at the Feb. 5 General Meeting. If they are approved, they will be honored at our March 9 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show at Circus Circus.
Jan Brady is our acting treasurer, who after being an active member of our organization, took on this position when it became vacant earlier this year. She hit the ground running. In this capacity, she has ensured the position has evolved into the digital age and that our finances are sound. She has led initiatives to create policies and procedures for her position and our club. Her previous experience as treasurer of her ski club in Virginia and her willingness to assist our board on initiatives led to her appointment to SADOE Treasurer and was a unanimous Board decision.
David Bobzien is being recognized for his career of public service to both the City of Reno and the State of Nevada. He has just been appointed to the Governor’s Office of Energy. He previously served as the Reno At-Large Councilman and as a Nevada State Assemblyman. Among championing many environmental issues as a legislator, was his bill to create a Nevada License Plate that benefited Reno Parks and Recreation. As a legislator, he worked with other advocates to protect Hillside Cemetery near the university from development, where scores of Irish immigrants and their families are buried.
SADOE Bylaws Update For Membership Approval One of our business items at our Feb. 5 General Meeting will be for our members to approve our organization’s bylaws changes. The SADOE Board recently approved this bylaws draft at its meeting on Sunday. We have also created a synopsis of those changes with explanations. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
Board Elections In addition to the bylaws update, we will also hold elections for our SADOE board members serving for the 2019-20 biennium. Nominees must be SADOE members in good standing who have been members for at least six months upon election. Please send a nomination letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1. Nominees will be elected at the Feb. Board Meeting (Names in parentheses are current office holders and if unopposed will be elected as a slate):
Vice-President (Judi Shanihan)
Secretary (Kristen Puchert)
Sgt at Arms (John Callan)
Dublin Seat (Kathleen Eagan)
At-Large Director Seat (Missy Reinheimer)
If you cannot make the meeting, you may vote via a proxy document which we will make available to you upon request. Please call 775-378-0931.
UNR Professor To Speak On BrexitUNR Economics Professor Elliott Parker will give a presentation on Brexit at our February meeting and will discuss its impacts on Ireland. (See the story at the bottom for Brexit News). Please Note: SADOE will not hold a General Meeting in March, due to the following St. Patrick’s Day related upcoming events:
March 9: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show
March 10: Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony
March 13: Paint Streets Green in Virginia City
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia City
Early Bird St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations Extended through Feb. 5th
The “early bird” reservation deadline for adults tickets for the Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show is Friday, Feb. 1. You will save $5 on your dinner reservations if you purchase them before that date.
Our 50th annual event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino. We are now offering online reservations or you may download a reservation form to mail in. Here is an online booking link if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019. Catching Up With Erin’s Isle
Our friend former local television anchor/reporter Erin Breen has few logged a few more episodes to her Erin’s Isle Podcast:
Episode 21 explores thatched cottages are a draw to the village of Adare and the Adare Manor House, which has an amazing history. It also explores the friendly, historic Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Connemara.
Episode 20 explores The Heritage Park in Wexford, which showcases the people who lived in Ireland thousands of years ago, how they lived and how culture changed.
More Brexit Uncertainty
NBC reported on Monday that British Prime Minister Teresa May has a revised Brexit plan which dictates the terms of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union looks like a tweaked version of the initial proposal from last week that was rejected by over a two-thirds margin. The Prime Minister has been seeking a consensus plan after surviving a vote of no confidence last week in her government, which is being propped up in a coalition government by 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.
Aside from balancing the interests of Prime Minister May’s Tory Party, she must appease the minority DUP Party’s demands, which the BBC explores in this article. The Guardian reported yesterday that some Tory Brexit hardliners could be persuaded to support a revised plan that extracted some serious concessions from the EU on the very contentious Irish Border Backstop, which dictates how to maintain an open border between the two Irelands. To date, the EU has remained firm and unwilling to negotiate.
The UK has until March 29 to approve a plan, or it would leave the EU immediately without any terms which some fear would create a crisis, as Sky News reports. The Irish Republic will require its motorists to possess a ‘Green Card’ to drive across Northern Ireland border in the event of no-deal Brexit, the Irish Journal reports.
As if the Brexit situation in Ireland was already challenging, the Scotland Herald reports a poll that found more than 56% of Herald audience panelists believe that Scotland should hold a second independence vote if the UK leaves the EU. Since the first referendum in 2014 that was rejected by a 55 percent majority, the Brexit vote occurred in 2016 (with a majority of Scottish voters wishing to remain) and the Scottish National Party won a majority of Scottish constituencies in the UK Parliament in the 2017 elections.
Our Scottish Cousins in the Scottish American Military Society have an event commemorating Scottish Independence this weekend at Idlewild Park’s California Building. Tartan Day was April 6 and is a day of ethnic pride to the Scots as St. Patrick’s Day is to the Irish. The two tartans below is the Nevada State Tartan (left) and the Irish National Tartan (right):
The SAMS Post 1864 2017 Tartan Day Ceilidh will be held TOMORROW (Saturday April 8th) from 4:30 – 9pm. The door ticket sales will begin at 4pm, $10 / person, free to children under age of 18 (accompanied by parents only); the food service (bangers, burgers, pot-luck faire, etc.) will begin, (to include the Ceol’s Pub Truck) at 4:30pm; the ‘open-mike’ is available to all starting at 4:20pm until 5pm; the opening ceremonies will begin at 5pm, followed by the Post Commanders comments on Tartan Day, and Al McNeil’s presentation honoring the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the U.S. and the Scottish influence on their creation. The Bonnie-knee contest will be held once again this year and our raffles of 10 wonderful prizes.
The musical performers for the event includes the Sierra Highlanders, Doyle Stewart, and the bluegrass band, Sage Creek. The party will run until 9pm. Please come out and enjoy the party and this fundraiser event. The Ceilidh will be held the VFW California Building, 75 Cowan Drive, Reno NV (in Idlewild Park). Like The Burns Supper is to the NSSC and the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show is to SADOE, the Saturday evening Tartan Day Ceilidh raises money for SAMS’ operating budget, their veteran causes, UNR ROTC scholarships and Scottish heritage events.