Milwaukee Chapter of the
Shamrock Club of Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at the
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 West Wisconsin Avenue.
Milwaukee Activities Include:
MARCH ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS:
- March 2, 2017 - Annual Birthday Party, ICHC; 7 pm
- March 11, 2017 - Gaelic Mass at St. Patrick's Parish, 7th and Washington
- March 11, 2017 - Parade at Noon, Wisconsin Avenue
- March 11, 2017 - Post Parade party, 1 p.m. at the ICHC
OTHER YEARLY EVENTS
Monthly meeting, 1st Thurdays of the month, 7:00 p.m., Dinner at 6.30 ICHC
Our annual Easter Rising Mass at the ICHC at 10 am.
Visit us at Irish Fest in the Sales and Cultural Areas in August
See us at Milwaukee's Holiday Folk Fair in the Cultural, Food, and Retail areas each November.
Join us for our annual picnic in August.
Christmas Party and Pot Luck Dinner the first Thursday in December.
Emerald Reflections, our monthly newsletter
Shamrock Club Color Guard Pipes and Drums
Join the Shamrock Club
Would you like to join the Shamrock Club? Download a
Membership application application form here. We would love to have you join our celebration of Irish life.
Milwaukee Board of Directors:
Congratulations to Our New Board
Elections for officers and other board members were held at the May meeting, as required in the by-laws. Members who will be serving newly elected terms beginning on July 1, 2016, are as follows:
These members will serve on the 2016-17 Board of Directors.
Their terms expire July 1, 2017.
Bylaws for the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin are available by clicking here.
WHY ARE WE THE SHAMROCK CLUB?
The shamrock is a three leafed plant used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity. It has been found by Irish botanists to be a clover, oxalis, or any other trefoil. We chose the shamrock because it best symbolized the work of St. Patrick, and as a emblem of being Irish. Irish patriots wore sprigs of the plants in their hats during the 1798 Rebellion. It has been a sign that people are united as Irishmen and Irishwomen, in a non-sectarian sense, beginning in the 1600s. Remember, too, a shamrock only has three leaves. The lucky four leaf clover is not a shamrock, nor is it s a sign of being Irish.
WHY IS IT THE GREEN SEASON?
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin coined the phrase the "Green Season" in 1989, at the suggestion of Shamrock Club member, Dublin native, and UW Milwaukee lecturer and historian John Gleeson. Mr. Gleeson said that St Patrick's Day had grown from just a one day celebration to over a month. And in the following years, it has only grown larger and longer. Now, it runs from February to the beginning of April. Long live the Green Season.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AVAILABLE
The Shamrock Club's annual Irish Studies Scholarship is now available for download. Click
Scholarship application for a copy.
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to any individual interested in furthering their knowledge of Irish culture and heritage.
Eligibility requires a high school diploma.
Completed scholarship applications must be returned by May 5 for consideration for an award.
Each year the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's Milwaukee chapter has a raffle to raise funds for its Scholarship Raffle. We have given away over $25,000 since 1972. The scholarships are for Irish studies related programs, and are open to all college level students. We also have a scholarship for pipers and drummers to attend the yearly Piping and Drumming School in Milwaukee, (the Ted Nestor Scholarship, open only to Shamrock Club members). Many students have used the money to study in Glencolmcille, County Donegal. Others have attended school at Trinity College, or many of the UC Colleges or the NUI schools in Ireland. In additon, students have used the money to attended the annual Irish language immersion weekends in Milwaukee or Madison, WI.
For a list of Scholarship Winners, click Scholarship Awarded.
For a copy of the Scholarship application, please click 2016 Scholarship application.
HONOREES AND PAST PRESIDENTS
For a list of our honorees, (Irishman of the Year, Irish Rose, Parade Marshals) and Presidents since 1960, click Honorees and Presidents.
History of the Milwaukee Chapter
We are still working on this, but here is a partial history of the Milwaukee Chapter: History of Milwaukee Chapter
SHAMROCK CLUB HOME
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MARCH ST. PATRICK'S
LINKS OF IRISH INTEREST
HISTORY OF MILW CHAPTER
2012 Scholarship application
Wisconsin Irish Pride