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✉2021 ANNUAL REPORTsharing with the world all that is uniquely Irish-Alaskan

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✉1Message from the PresidentHello and welcome to 2022 with the Irish Club of Alaska! To keep the community connected and share the joy of Irish music and culture during a year of social distancing in 2021, the ICA took the leap into the virtual world under the leadership of Peggy Monaghan as President and Dawn Berg as Vice President. We launched a new website, YouTube channel, and digital newsletter to keep us connected by leveraging creativity and technology. We hosted multiple workshops, concerts, lectures, and sing-arounds on Zoom. We held a variety show on YouTube for St. Patrick’s Day that connected us with friends in Ireland. We continued our annual Galway Days Irish Festival of performances and workshops. Thanks to a generous grant from the Atwood Foundation, we moved the festival from its 2020 online format to our first ever hybrid format with livestream performances from the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. In all of these events, we stayed true to our commitment for spreading the joy of Irish arts, culture, and community. As we reflect on 2021 and look to 2022 for consolidation and growth, we would like to hear from you! Please reach out to us by email, on our social media, at our events, or at our monthly board meetings to let us know what you want your Irish Club of Alaska to be. Please consider making financial contributions or donating your time and talents to our events or activities. Most of all, please maintain your membership or sponsorship and encourage others to join. Let’s keep our Irish Club of Alaska community moving forward, with a story to tell, a seat by the fire, and a nice cup of tea for all who drop by. NATALIE HARRISON

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✉OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORSSharon Higgins VICE PRESIDENTTonda Scott SECRETARYSean McGrane TREASURERPeggy Monaghan EVENTS DIRECTORKate O’Dell MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORDawn Berg ZOOM DIRECTORTom Brooks MEMBER AT LARGEMary Anne Green MEMBER AT LARGELillian Marvin MEMBER AT LARGEMarie Reisinger FINANCE CHAIR2

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✉3OUR MISSIONThe mission of the Irish Club of Alaska is to celebrate Irish culture and traditions and share with the world all that is uniquely Irish-Alaskan. ExchangeFoster cultural exchange and understanding between Ireland and Alaska ConnectInterface with other organizations and cultural communities of Alaska to promote an interest in Irish culture and tradition ShareProvide the public with entertainment, hands-on experiences, and learning opportunities related to Ireland and Irish culture and traditions The purpose of the club is to:

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✉4ONLINE EVENT HIGHLIGHTSAfternoon in Ireland Show Virtual Whiskey Tasting Winter Carol SingaroundIn 2021, the Irish Club of Alaska held multiple in person, online, and hybrid events. With our online events throughout the year, our outreach extended beyond Alaska and even beyond the United States! Our annual Afternoon in Ireland variety show was online 2021 and featured local Alaskan performers and with entertaining interview clips about St. Patrick’s Day from friends in both Alaska and Ireland.In 2021, we featured multiple Zoom, including history lectures, concerts, and sing around sessions. We even hosted a fun and interactive online whiskey tasting event with attendees from all over the United States. We held our first online Winter Carol Singaround in 2021 and featured 24 carolers from across Alaska, Oregon, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Florida, and even Canada, Scotland, and Australia.

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✉5GALWAY DAYS IRISH FESTIVALIn 2021 thanks to a generous grant from the Atwood Foundation, we were able to hold a live performance at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts for our Galway Days Irish Festival. And for the first time ever, the concert was viewed live to audiences around the world via live-streaming on our YouTube Channel.PERFORMANCE & LIVESTREAMGalway Days also included a full day of workshops and singarounds on Zoom based on Irish and Celtic themes. There were seventeen workshops with instructors and participants from across Alaska and around the world.FULL DAY OF ONLINE WORKSHOPS

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✉62021 DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTSWebsite YouTube Information Pay OnlineIn 2021, we launched a brand new, fully redesigned website. We now post information about all of our current, future, and past events, with detailed information about local artists and resources.We revamped our YouTube channel and began offering a variety of original content online. We post full versions of our shows and concerts as well as short entertaining and educational videos. We joined with Google for NonProfits and began to build internal systems for our Board of Directors operations, allowing for better communications, operations, and record keeping.With our new website, we moved into the digital world and began accepting donations online using Square and PayPal. We also set up a systems of getting tips for artists for their online performances.

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✉A LOOK AT OUR 2021 NUMBERSTOTAL EMPLOYEES8✉70VOLUNTEER-OPERATED100%PEOPLE IMPACTED 5000+YEAR ESTABLISHED1985YOUTUBE CHANNEL VIEWS2993UNIQUE WEBSITE VISITS1759

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✉82021: A YEAR IN REVIEWThe Molly MaguiresBoard PlanningZoom history lecture and discussion following the Annual Membership MtgIrish StoryThrough SongLive Zoom concert event with attendees from around the worldAn Afternoon in IrelandOnline variety show with interviews of people in Alaska and IrelandZoom Whiskey TastingThe History, Process, and Taste of Whiskey: A Celtic Treasure & Gift to the WorldAnnual Membership PicnicPlanning for Galway DaysGalway DaysIrish Festival Irish music, song, and dance live/live-streamed concert & Zoom workshops BoardPlanningPirate DaySong CircleZoom event partnered with the Annual Anchorage Pirate Pub CrawlThings That Go Bump in the NightYouTube premier screening of 2001 original stage ICA musical productionWinter CarolSingaroundZoom event with two dozen Celtic carolers from around the world

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✉9OUR BUSINESS PARTNERSKevin at K&H Graphics designed the logo for Galway Days and designs the gorgeous Galway Days promotional materials for us every year.Richard and Hannah organized and filmed our first hybrid live/live-streamed show, the 2021 Galway Days concert from the AK Center for the Performing Arts.Lucy at Both Ears Live Sound is Anchorage’s #1 audio expert and has been the sound engineer for ICA live and live-streamed productions for years.KEVIN HALL K&H GraphicsRICHARD COOPER & HANNAH PRATT Frostline StudiosMORE AMAZING BUSINESS PARTNERS: The following businesses generously offer their services or products to us for free or at reduced rates throughout the year. LUCY PECKHAM Both Ears Live Sound

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✉10HOW YOU CAN HELPDONATEPlease donate online through Square or PayPal.JOINPlease visit our website to become a member.SPONSORPlease email us to become a sponsor of our events.The ICA is a 100% volunteer organization. We depend on the generosity of donors, volunteers, and sponsors like you.

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✉11CONTACT USIrish Club of AlaskaPO Box 241854 Anchorage, AK 99524Keep in touchirishclubak@gmail.comwww.irishalaska.orgPlease drop us a line or visit us at one of our events. We’d love to hear from you! Consider becoming a member and you’ll get regular updates from us on all the Irish and Celtic events around Alaska.

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