Irish Person of the Year & Board Nominations this February!

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.

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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.

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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

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 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. 

Sláinte Willie Puchert SADOE President 


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