ICLF President Message

August 24, 2021,

To ICLF members, volunteers, affiliates, staff, community and board,

We have remained closed for the month of August for necessary cleaning, organization and preparedness. Staff have been working both on site and virtually when necessary. We will reopen on September 6th and we can’t wait to see you. Please see our schedule and register for our Fall Season including our Women’s Conference, Story Hour, Anam Cara and more.

Our Emigration Support Program team held a Bereavement Mass and Luncheon, catered by Sharkos Catering, on July 17th to honor all those we have lost since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a very moving and beautiful tribute. Our Book of Remembrance is still available for signature and memories in our Great Hall. 

Our Summer Camp Program was a phenomenal success with amazingly positive feedback from both parents and children alike. We look forward to next year and all its coming ideas. 

We have received a response from the City of Phoenix on our Letter of Intent for our Retail Space on Central Ave and are excited to be able to move forward with Board of Trustee approval on capital spending and business consultants.

The ICLF President of the Board, Leslie Thompson, and Treasurer of the Board, Nora Foutz, were delighted to sign the documents to establish the ICLF Endowment Fund which will be managed by Merrill Lynch.

The McClelland Library team installed new shelving on the first floor of the library to house more circulation books. The tables that were once in the space were moved to our storage location for future use.

The Finance Committee has been focused on automating our business practices to enable further efficiency. 

All staff participated in a Team-building/KPI session and all of our organizational documents will be refreshed and online before re-open.

Our 3 priorities to continue in 2021 are to establish an (1) ICLF Endowment (2) Emigration Support Program (3) Retail Space. 

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Contact me at leslie.thompson@azirish.org 

Be respectful of the past, realistic about the present and optimistic about the future