Gaelic League of Detroit/Irish American Club Bylaws
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between
Gaelic League and Irish American memberships? Are they the same?
A. An Irish American membership is a social membership and does
not have voting rights. A Gaelic League Membership has voting rights.
Irish American membership does not require Irish birth or ancestry.
Gaelic League membership does require Irish birth or ancestry. One must
first be an active and contributing Irish American member for 24
consecutive months to be eligible for Gaelic League membership
Q. How do I become a Gaelic League
following is an excerpt from the Constitution and Bylaws of the Gaelic
League of Detroit/Irish American Club regarding Gaelic League membership
Article V - MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Any person of Irish Birth or descent is eligible to
apply for Gaelic League membership provided the applicant is sponsored by
a member in good standing. “Good standing” wherever used herein, shall
mean dues are current and paid-to-date. Application for membership shall
first be presented by the sponsor or designee at a General Gaelic League
Membership meeting and be referred to the Membership Committee for its
review. The actual introduction of the applicant will take place after
the Membership Committee successfully completes the eligibility review.
The applicant, in addition to being of Irish birth or descent, must also
meet the following requirements:
applicant must have been an active and contributing member in good
standing of the Irish American Club for at least 24 consecutive months
immediately prior to application for Gaelic League membership and pledge
to continue to be active and contributing as a Gaelic League member.
“Active and contributing”, wherever used herein, shall mean participation
in events, activities, functions etc. conducted at the Gaelic League.
Participation, wherever used herein, is the providing of any or all of
the following; volunteering their labor, skills, talents, trades, funds,
etc. when necessary, to successfully promote and facilitate the above and
the AIMS and OBJECTIVES of the Gaelic League of Detroit.
b. The applicant must be
twenty-one (21) years of age and appear at the Gaelic League meeting
where he/she will be introduced and given the opportunity to express why
he/she wishes to be a Gaelic League Member, before being voted on for
Gaelic League membership.
Application blanks will be supplied by the Organization which will carry
a re-print of the “Aims and Objectives” of the Organization. The
applicant, in signing the application, is indicating agreement with the
“Aims and Objectives”.
Irish American Club
membership of this organization shall be open to all persons who are
18 years of age and of good morals. Alcoholic beverages shall be
served only to members and/or their guests who are 21 years of age
holding membership in the Gaelic League are automatically members of
the Irish-American Club.
Club Membership fees and/or annual dues shall be set by the Board of
the Gaelic League.
Q. What are the “Aims and Objectives” of the Gaelic League of Detroit?
A. As stated in the Constitution
and Bylaws of the Gaelic League of Detroit/Irish American Club the “Aims
and Objectives” are;
Article III - AIMS
To promote the
common welfare and culture of the Irish race in Detroit and elsewhere.
To promote and
maintain a social club and conduct other social activities.
To establish a
building fund whereby we may own and maintain our own hall and for other
To promote and preserve
Irish Language, dance, music, literature, and all Irish Culture for the
benefit and entertainment of the members and their friends.
American ideals of liberty and uphold the principles on which America
a just pride in Irish ideals and achievements by diffusing among its
friends and associates a more intimate knowledge of Irish history and the
history of the Irish race in America.
To carry on in the
work of helping to establish a complete and wholly independent form of
government for all of Ireland.
To make a
commitment to protect and to keep The Gaelic League/Irish American Club
of Detroit financially solvent.
Q. How do I apply for Irish American Club membership?
A. It is easy to become an
Irish American member. Just stop into the Club and ask the bar person on
duty for an Irish American Membership application. Complete the
application and return it with your $20 annual dues to the bar person.
Or, complete the application below and mail it with your $20 membership
fee to: Gaelic League Treasurer,
2068 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216. Upon doing so, you have just
completed your first step in becoming an active Irish American member.
Listen to the Gaelic League Irish radio program on Sunday
afternoon - Irish Radio Hour - WNZK 690AM 1:30-3:00 pm or
read the newsletter for the many activities and events to which you can
volunteer your time and talents to help
accomplish the Aims and Objectives of the Gaelic League. We look forward
to your active participation as a new Irish American member.