Club News

Billy Buzzee Irish Night

Billy Buzzee Irish Night will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 upstairs in Colleen Hall.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 each for a delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner!  Cash bar, raffles and music by Sean Fell.  Come and meet the 2023 Colleen and her Court and our 2023 Award winners! See the bartender for tickets, available now.

2022 Scholarship Recipients

2022 Sons of Erin Scholarship Winners - Thanks to all who donated!

 

Sons of Erin Scholarship

Grace Kuhn

Sam Cangemi

Sons of Erin Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship

Seamus Smith

Wendy Burke Memorial Scholarship

Kelly Burns

Edward Ferriter Memorial Scholarship

Brooke Frisbie

George Heath Memorial Scholarship

Audrey Burke

Richard Hills Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Pitoniak

Patrick & Eileen Hurley Memorial Scholarship

Bailey Tymeson

Donna Liptak Memorial Scholarship

Emma Brumley

Susan Mulvenna Memorial Scholarship

Andrew Pitoniak

Norma and Tom McElligott Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Pitoniak

James Michael O’Connor Memorial Scholarship

Maura Wurster

Francis X. and Mary M. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Colin Boyle

Hall or Pavilion Rentals

To rent our facilities please contact our Bar Manager, Brian Colton, by phone at (413) 537-0490.

2020-2021-2022 Colleen and her Court

Our 2020-2021-2022 Colleen is Brigid Mary Moriarty!  Brigid is 18 years old and a senior at Westfield High School. 

Brigid is captain of both the Varsity Volleyball Team and Varsity Tennis Team.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as Historian of the Westfield High School Chapter.  Brigid is also a member of Best Buddies, Key Club and Council of Peer Educators.

Brigid volunteers as an altar server and CCD teacher for Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish.  She enjoys babysitting, traveling, and playing club volleyball.

Upon graduation, Brigid plans on attending college in the Boston area.  She plans on majoring in biology with a concentration in Health Sciences and a minor in Spanish, possibly studying abroad in Spain for a semester. Brigid would like to eventually pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant.  Brigid plans on playing volleyball at the collegiate level.  

Our 2020-2021-2022 Court:

Hannah Elizabeth Bean - Hannah is 18 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time at Roots Aquatic Swim School and Athletic Center.

Hannah is a member of the Elective Board on Student Council and the Council of Peer Educators Club.  Hannah is also dual enrolled at Westfield High School, American International College and Holyoke Community College.

Hannah enjoys babysitting, teaching swim lessons, and being a camp counselor in the summer.  She also enjoys running, exercising, painting and writing. 

Hannah plans on attending Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina in the Fall and major in Communications with a minor in Spanish. 

Emily Marie Langlois - Emily is 17 years old and a Senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time by the YMCA of Greater Westfield as a lifeguard.

Emily is a member of the Westfield High School swim team as well as the Pioneer Valley Aquatic Avenger’s (PVAA) Club swim team.  Emily plays the flute in the marching band and is a member of the wind ensemble.  Emily is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Cross-Fit Club.    

Emily serves as President of the YMCA Leaders’ Club and enjoys volunteering her time at Camp Shepard and teaching swimming lessons to children. 

Upon graduation, Emily will be attending Union College where she will be majoring in Bio-medical Engineering and competing in swimming at the collegiate level.

McKenzie Grace Augustine Kiltonic - McKenzie is 17 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time by Applebee’s Restaurant.

McKenzie is a Student Council Class Representative and a peer mentor with the Best Buddies program.  She is also a member of the diving team and lacrosse team.  McKenzie played soccer her freshman and sophomore year and served as the team manager.

McKenzie enjoys volunteering at the Westfield Soup Kitchen.  In her free time, McKenzie enjoys art, painting, singing and snowboarding. 

McKenzie plans on attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the Fall.  She plans on studying communication disorders and eventually pursue a career as a Speech Language Pathologist.  

Jillian Rose Conroy - Jillian is 18 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed seasonally by the Summer House.

Jillian is a member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Westfield High School Diving Team and is in the process of starting a Conservation Club at school. She also participated in soccer during her freshman and sophomore year.

In her free time, Jillian enjoys volunteering on Saturday mornings at Amelia Park Children’s museum, painting, drawing, calligraphy, and reading.  She is also interested in biology and playing soccer, diving and gymnastics.

Upon graduation, Jillian plans on attending Westfield State University and majoring in Biology to prepare for a career in Animal and Wildlife Conservation. 

 

 

 

The 2020-2021-2022 Billy Buzzee "St. Pat on the Back" Award

Congratulations to our Billy Buzzee St. Pat on the Back award winner Jim HoganJim has been a member of the Sons of Erin for over 30 years. He has been Chairman/Treasurer of the Scholarship Committee since 1992. He is a past Irishman of the Year (2008). He has volunteered at numerous fundraisers and activities including helping at many breakfasts, golf tournaments, concerts, picnics, etc.  Jim spent 44 years with the former A&P Super Food Mart with the last 22 years serving as Store Manager of the Connecticut Division of A&P Wine and Spirits SuperStore. He currently works for the Westfield Public Schools Maintenance Department. Jim is a lifelong Westfield resident and the proud father of daughter Christine.

2023 Parade Marshal

Congratulations to our Parade Marshal for 2023 Kevin O'Connor! Kevin and his wife Joyce reside in Westfield, between them they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their family and enjoy travelling to Florida along with the Cape, Maine and the Jersey Shore.

Kevin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer for Westfield Bank where he has very happily worked for the past 13 years. He’s been in banking for the past 44 years having spent 28 years at the same company through multiple mergers of Third National to Bank of New England to Fleet and to Bank of America and a short stint at NewAlliance. He enjoys being able to work and live in the same community allowing him more time with local business and community organizations.

Kevin is a Member of the Sons of Erin. Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Western Mass Charity Dance-at-hon, a fundraiser led by local youth groups with guidance and leadership from adult volunteers. The group was formed by many parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church and is a citywide effort. He spent several years on the Finance Committee for Blessed Sacrament. Kevin is the Chairperson of the Board for the Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center – Kevin has been on the board for the past 5 years and was their Treasurer before becoming Chair. He is Vice President of the Board for the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, where he serves on the Finance, Audit and Executive Committees. Kevin recently resigned after 15 years with the Kiwanis Club of Westfield where he was a Past President and the 2018 Kiwanian of the Year. He had been a past member of the Kiwanis Club of West Springfield. He is a past member and board member of the Rotary Club of West Springfield, past nearly 10 year board member and Vice President for the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and past Chairperson of the Westfield Business Improvement District.  

 

2023 Thomas M. Kane Irishman of the Year

Gilbert Barrett (better known as “Gil”) was born in Springfield, MA.   Gil enjoyed his childhood years in the Hungry Hill area in Springfield graduating from Cathedral High School in 1957.  After graduation, Gil served in the U.S. Navy.

Following his Navy time, he returned to Springfield.    He met and married Carol Capron in Springfield in 1965 to her death in 2014.    They started their family in Springfield but in 1971 the moved over to Westfield.   

Gil was employed by United States Postal Service in Springfield for 36 years, retiring in 1997.   Gil has enjoyed bartending at his favorite establishment….the Sons of Erin in Westfield for about 40 fun years.

Gil is the proud father of James from Shrewsbury, Karen Carrier from Feeding Hills, and Patrick from Westfield.   He also has nine grandchildren Ryan, Nick, Jacob, Ella, Joshua, Alivia, Liam, Owen who are so proud to call him Grandpa.

Over the years he has enjoyed many days on the golf course with his buddies.  Most of all his time playing cards (pitch) with his many friends.  

Congratulations Gil!

2020-2021-2022 Dorothy B. Griffin Irishwoman of the Year

Congratulations to Beth Burns on being named the 2020-2021-2022 Dorothy B. Griffin Irishwoman of the Year.

Beth (Warner) Burns has been a member of the Sons of Erin Women’s Auxiliary for over 25 years, having previously served as Vice President and now President of the Auxiliary which numbers over 200 members strong.  She is also a member of the Sons of Erin Colleen Committee who, through various fundraising activities, finances and orchestrates the annual Westfield Colleen Contest.  She is a regular volunteer at other club functions, including the annual Irish Fest, Mother’s Day Breakfast, and can be found selling corned beef sandwiches at the club on St. Patrick’s Day.  Beth is the Human Resources Coordinator at Westfield Gas and Electric and resides in Westfield with her husband Jim, daughter Carrie, son Jeremy and his wife Cara.  She is also the very proud grandmother of Jake and Levi Burns.  

Newsletter / Newsblast

The Club's conversion to an email format for our newsletter is ongoing. This conversion is a substantial savings to the Club in postage, printing and labor, as well as being an eco-friendly alternative.  If you have not already done so, please send your email address to soewestfield@gmail.com to receive your newsletter online.  If you have no access to a computer, you may send your mailing address to Sons of Erin Newsletter, P.O. Box 1136, Westfield, MA 01086, Attn: Karen Casey, to receive a hard copy of the newsletter.  Let's Go Green!!!

2023 Club Officers

Congratulations to the 2023 Club Officers

President - Jim Laverty

Vice President - Steve Griffin

Treasurer - Bridget Canty

Sgt. at Arms - Kevin Fitzgerald

Recording Secretary - Megan Sweet

Membership Secretary - Dennis Moran

Board of Directors

Mike Conroy

Dermot Hurley

Mike Kane

Mike McMahon

Paul Miller 

Steve Witkus

 

 

Quote of the Month

“While it is February, one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch.” – Patience Strong

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General Membership Meetings

The Club's General Membership meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at 12:00 noon.  Meetings are usually suspended for the summer months of June, July and August. 

Commemorative Bricks

The Building Committee is selling Commemorative Bricks that will be used to pave a "Memorial Walkway" leading to the 911 Memorial at the Club.  These bricks can be inscribed in the memory of a departed family member, loved one, or with your own name.  The Walkway enhances the beauty of the 911 Memorial dedicated in the memory of Daniel Trant, Tara Creamer and Brian Murphy.  Cost is $75.00 per brick.  Forms are located at the Club and here under "List of Forms".

Commemorative Veteran's Coins

The Club has created a Commemorative Veteran Coin to be issued to the Club's Irish-American Veterans.  You are also eligible to receive one on behalf of a deceased family member that was a veteran.  The coins can be personalized with an engraving at your own expense.  Please contact Dermot Hurley to receive your coin.

Club Dues

General Membership - $70.00, Seniors Over 62 - $35.00.   Women's Aux - $35.00, Seniors Over 55 - $17.50.  There is a $10.00 late fee for payment after February 1st.  An initial one-time fee of $100.00 for new general members will be assessed.  This fee is waived for new members between the ages of 21-35.