Friendly Sons,

Blah, blah, blah blah. You’ve heard a million introductory speeches. Almost all the same. As promised at this year’s Friendly Sons Black Tie Dinner, this talk and this year will be different.

Since I retired last year. Yes…..I know I look so young. Kidding. I’m president of the ‘Face Made For Radio Club’…… and also the Friendly Sons. The Sons for a just a year, but this mug I get to keep as long as I walk the planet. Since I retired, I’ve had lotsa time to think long and hard about the group. To wit:

What we eff’ed up.
What we did well.
Some interesting activities to try.
How to make the club better.

We have an aggressive, exceptionally talented and dedicated Board of Directors to make me, and The Sons look good. We will be hosting open Board of Director meetings where you are invited to sit in, take part if you wish and “see the sausage made”. It’s the opportunity to see the process, how we do things……and have some fun at the same time. We hope you can get there because it is a good time. We’ll let you know the dates. It may inspire you to work on the Board of Directors…..hope you do.

Anyway, we will be doing some new, exciting things this year AND keep in mind that as a 501c3 charity group we can do an awful lot of good for the local Irish community, beyond the good works we’ve been able to do in the past.


Put the FU back in FUN.
Put the FUN in FUNdraising.

Be well. Be happy. See you soon.


Mark Wheelan

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