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Monthly President of the Board Report 

Dec 21st 2020,

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

This report comes to you from a very cold and rainy Dublin. I have been staying with my Dad after a 14-day quarantine period in Celbridge. I will be back in the US in early January. I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and I look forward to a better 2021.

We received an update from the city that reduced our capacity for events to 50 max. As a result of this and the increase in cases and R-rate in AZ we made the difficult decision to close to the public for December and January. Please prioritize staying safe and healthy.

We had a lot of activity to close out the year. Our TLC days on October 17th – 18th 8am-noon were a great success and included a refresh of the paint on the map of Ireland in the Clos and a thorough cleaning of all floor surfaces.

Our Anam Cara was an amazing evening and highlights included The Black Donnellys, the Light Show, the library tours including the Book of Kells, the
online auction and the food from both Sharkos and Cuisine and Wine Bistro. Ciara, Jason and the committee did a wonderful job under extraordinary circumstances and we learned a lot.

The library book drop box is now in place and we began offering curb-side pick-up. This is a wonderful opportunity for the library and community, and it will remain in place after COVID.

We also had some great “live” events under City of Phoenix protocol including First Friday, hosting the Law Enforcement Emerald Society who were in Phoenix for their annual conference (chance to showcase the center and network with other parts of the US) and a modified version
of our annual favorite Christmas at the Castle. Other events including our Solstice Celebration transitioned to a virtual experience. We are working on the 2021 schedule of events and we look forward to providing the community with a calendar that they can use to plan.

Rentals and Weddings are down overall but we facilitate what we can in alignment with the city.

The Finance Committee continues to monitor our 2H budget closely and are working on the 2021 annual budget and COVID assumptions.

The Emigration Support team hosted the GAA final games (hurling and gaelic football) for members only. They are also supporting the community with emergency family support and enquiries related to travel restrictions.

Our $20 membership coupon 2020NewMember is available until the end of the year and we will review the numbers in the January board meeting.
The ICLF Retail Committee was chartered by the board in November and have been meeting with a priority to approve the business plan and secure contractor quotes. The 600 sq ft space has been used for storage for many years so we are very excited to be moving ahead on this.
We got overwhelming feedback from the community in our survey and strategic plan.

The staff are now alternating WFH and onsite for facility checks.
We are continuing to use our Donation Drive during live events and on our web-site – every amount helps us to retain staff and cover utilities.

Our 3 priorities for 2020 are establish an (1) ICLF Endowment (2) Emigration Support Program (3) Retail Space.

I will be alternating using GoTo Meeting and onsite for our Thursday meetings depending on what the staff needs. I am very grateful for everyone’s continued support.

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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