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St. Pat’s Names New Chairman

By Staff | Apr 9, 2009

After another successful St. Patrick’s Celebration, the St. Patrick’s Association Board of Directors met and unanimously elected Darlene Joyce of Emmetsburg as chairperson. The board met Thursday, April 2.

The 50th Anniversary of the St. Pat’s Celebration will be observed in 2010 and Darlene looks forward to making this a memorable celebration.

“With the assistance of many community volunteers who devote countless hours, the St. Pat’s Association Board of Directors is confident we will attain and even surpass our goals,” said Darlene.

Darlene brings many years of retail experience to the St. Pat’s organization. Since retiring from the grocery business, Darlene has served as co-chair of the St. Pat’s Association and has served in any capacity where she has been needed.

Emmetsburg’s Irish Gift Shop has benefited from Darlene’s experience. Her volunteer efforts have been very successful in creating a cultural experience for tourists and visitors to Emmetsburg. In addition, she has set up and maintained an Irish Gift Shop at the Clay County Fair, with the assistance of volunteers.

“Darlene’s leadership has motivated many volunteers who serve in numerous capacities for the Association,” said board member Norlyn Stowell. “With her help, inventory at the Irish Gift Shop has expanded, thereby creating an important source of revenue for the St. Pat’s Association and creating an awareness of the importance of, and the economic impact of, heritage tourism.”

St. Pat’s Board members give credit to Darlene Joyce for initiating efforts to send former St. Pat’s Chairman Mickey Conlon on his “once in a lifetime” trip to Ireland. Through the efforts of many volunteers, Mickey spent “two glorious weeks” in Ireland in 2005. Voted St. Pat’s Grand Marshall for 2009, Mickey Conlon died not long before the March celebration.

“I am excited about the opportunities and challenges the St. Pat’s Association faces,” said Darlene Joyce. “We encourage the citizens of the community to volunteer and play an integral role as Emmetsburg celebrates 50 years of Irish cultural heritage.”