ICLF President Message

October 25, 2021

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

We are delighted that we reopened in September with pre-scheduling of guided tours of the facility. Docents are on site, every other Tuesday as well as weekly on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. You can buy tour tickets here

Our Third Friday Ceili’s are back in person! With a bar and music each month in the Great Hall. Following current COVID-19 safety protocols.
Our Wizarding Extravaganza on October 2nd was a huge success! Over 60% of the attendees had never been to the center before and we have received feedback to have more events like this in the future.
Virtual Genealogy Workshops are back each month with a new area of study.

The City of Phoenix supported a large health concern in our men’s restroom in the Great Hall and work has since been completed on the issue.
We passed a random Health inspection in our Great Hall prep kitchen with an A standard.
New outdoor seating for use of WIFI has been added to the patio inside the gate on Central Avenue. 

The Emigration Support Team continues to distribute bereavement cards and gift cards to those who have suffered a loss. 
An member of the team will be on site at the Center each Third Friday of the month in the Cottage to coincide with the Ceili. If you’d like to schedule a private consultation with the team you can do so here

We are busy with many upcoming events such as the Immersive Ireland Experience, Annual Anam Cara Gala and an exciting Christmas show, more details to come! 
At this time Library programs will remain virtual. 

We’ve had over 30 volunteers complete the new volunteer training and many have already began volunteering at various events and as daily volunteers. If you would like to get involved you can learn more here
We are also seeking paid positions for event set up and tear down. Please email info@azirish.org is you are interested.

Many of our Affiliate groups have returned to hosting meetings onsite at the Center.
The new and improved Affiliate Program is set to go into effect in 2022.

We have refreshed out Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation Strategic Plan and will share with the community in the near future.

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

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. 

Contact me at leslie.thompson@azirish.org 

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