Board Meeting Dates
Annual Meeting: May 18th at noon
Current Board Members 2019
Leslie Thompson, President
Paul Ahern, Vice-President, Past President
Harold Bliss Jr., Treasurer
Patricia Prior, Secretary
Jim Daugherty, Chairman of the Board
Bridget Cunningham Costello
Valerie O’Shea Jenter
The mission of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide a link between the people of Arizona and the people of Ireland and other Celtic cultures. The goal of the McClelland Library is to make accessible a comprehensive collection of materials on Ireland and the Irish diaspora on the role of Irish-Americans in Arizona and the Western United States. The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library are divisions of the Irish Cultural & Learning Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are owned and maintained by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.
Thank you to Norman P. McClelland for his dedicated service as Board Member and Treasurer. He will be dearly missed.
Thanks to Sean Lee, Founder and Vice President of the ICLF, for his passion and commitment to the success of the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library.
To ICLF members, volunteers, affiliates, staff and board,
Today marks my first 30 days as President of the ICLF. It has been a wonderful learning experience with more to discover. I really enjoyed the Unquiet Graves movie and QnA with Yvonne. I was sorry to miss the 13th Annual Bloomin’ Beerfest but my daughter had a rodeo event that I couldn’t miss – family first. Our Summer Camp was sold out – look for the fun videos on our facebook page. My to-do list continues to grow but I have also got some things done including chartering the Events Committee Co-Chairs from staff and the board, securing an external facilitator for our 3-5 year Strategic Planning and understanding our current financial situation. I am at the center on Thursdays from 3-8pm and I am available ~5pm after the staff meeting. I look forward to meeting with our members, volunteers and affiliates in the upcoming weeks. If you are not already please consider becoming a member online or by mail. This is one of the best ways to support ICLF and gives you access to our calendar of events. It also helps us secure grants and understand event interest and logistics. We are closed to the public for the month of August but our staff is in the office Tues-Fri 10am-5pm. Save the dates! 1st Friday fun events, 3rd Friday ceili, Anam Cara Gala Oct 19th. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I value your feedback.
Slan agus beannacht,
Leslie Thompson was born in Dublin to Pat and Rita Curran also from Dublin. She is the eldest of three sisters and one brother, all of whom reside in Ireland. She studied Electronics and Computer Maintenance at Kevin Street College of Technology. She joined Intel Ireland in 1993 and in 1995 she took an assignment at Intel’s Chandler location. She has had various roles in wafer fabrication, technology transfer, human resources and as a manager. She is currently the Program Manager for People Systems in the Internet of Things group. She met her husband, Hal, at Intel and they have one daughter Sali. Leslie is passionate about helping others and has volunteered in STEM activities with an emphasis on young girls in technology, for Chandler Tullamore Sister Cities and at many of Sali’s Rodeo events. She is also a member of INAZ (Irish Network Arizona). She sings and plays the guitar and loves a good session! Leslie is very honored to be the ICLF President, particularly in this 20th anniversary year, and her goal is to build on the rich legacy of the founders to launch the plan for the next 20 years!