C.I.A. members garner national awards

Congratulations are extended to the following Clan Irwin Association members on the presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. They have recieved the award for their continued commitment to volunteering to CIA activities and to their respective community.
THE PVSA is a NATIONAL honor presented for sustained volunteering and setting an example for the community.
For those not at the meeting in Glasgow KY, the award will be presented to them at a later date, however their names have been read into record, and the award presentation has been made by Guy Irvin, Chairman and Barbara Edelman Mid Atlantic Regional Commissioner.

Betty Irvin, “Harry” Ervin, Douglas Irwin, Phil and Donna Grey, Kathy Miller, James Taylor,Jennifer March, Harry Dozer, Chad Essig, Casey Essig, Mackenzie Taylor.

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Clan Irwin gathers at Frederick formal


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The treaty continues

DSC_0001The treaty between Clans Irwin and Keith continues as both clans gathered at the Frederick Md. Celtic Games and members shared their love of Celtic Dogs, in this case Welsh Corgis, that is Sophie Keith on the left and CallieAnne Irwin on the right.

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President’s Volunteer Service Award-Honors those who serve others.

DSC_0174On April 25 at the Army Heritage and Education center in Carlisle, PA, Clan Irwin Association partnered with PA. S.A.M.S. Camp 1739, to present military centric Presidents Volunteer Service Awards to five Soldiers, four Marines, a family, a CIA volunteer, a camp 1739 member and the Lewis B Puller Marine Corps League Det. # 524 with service awards. Bill Irwin C.I.A. PA commissioner MC’d the event.

April has been a very productive month for Clan Irwin Assoc/Mid Atlantic and Pennsylvania. Our association no longer has to seek assistance from outside organizations to petition for the prestigious national Presidents Volunteer Service Award, as C.I.A. Mid-Atlantic/PA has recently been designated a certifying organization by the president’s council.

The first outing had C.I.A. PA teaming up with PA. Scottish American Military Society Camp #1739 (which falls under Post 2 in DC) to present some volunteer awards on April 25, at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.

The purpose of this round of awards was to honor volunteers (both in the military and those serving military families) and keep it military centric.
Part of the reasoning for this is the fact that April besides being National Volunteer Month, is also the month of the Military Child.
All of the recipients are working for the betterment of relations in the community and the improvement of quality of life for Military members and their Families.

Bill Irwin, PA Commissioner, said “Presenting this type of honor falls in line with our community outreach programs spearheaded by our Mid Atlantic commissioner Barb Edelman, as well as the Community Covenant we signed. We are showing that Clan Irwin is serving our community and supporting our military. We were honored to be in the presence of these great people. ”

The Army Heritage and Education Center and its’ Commander, Col. Matt Dawson played host for the event and presented the recipients with their awards.

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Congratulations to our new C.I.A. member

(L-R) Col. Matt Dawson, Commander Army Heritage and Education Center, Ed Fisher, and SAMS Camp 1739 Commander Eric Ferguson

(L-R) Col. Matt Dawson, Commander Army Heritage and Education Center, Ed Fisher, and SAMS Camp 1739 Commander Eric Ferguson

Congratulations are extended to a new Clan Irwin Association member, Ed Fisher (Col. retired) on the presentation of the national President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Fisher who joined C.I.A. in February was presented the award for his Volunteer service dedicated to assisting wounded warriors and their families through LEEK, a hunting preserve in Pennsylvania that offers free hunts to wounded warriors. The organization also assists in obtaining tracked wheelchairs to eligible disabled veterans.

The award was presented by Col. Matt Dawson and Scottish American Military Society PA Camp 1739 Commander Eric Ferguson on April 25 at the Army Heritage and Education Center.

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National Tartan Day- Alexandria Va.


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April is National Volunteer Month-say Thank You to that special Volunteer

CelebrateService_Logos (3)NOW is the time to nominate that special Volunteer in your life, be it a youth, a family member a family or a group. Let Clan Irwin Association-Mid Atlantic help you say THANKS!
April also encompasses National Volunteer Week. According to nationalserviceresources.org

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light and (this year) is sponsored by Advil® as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign. National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayors and other elected officials make public statements and sign proclamations in support of the event.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. Across the country this month Americans will be giving their time and energy, A time when you have the opportunity to help your fellow Americans by volunteering.

“During National Volunteer Week, thousands of volunteers around the country will be honored with local organizational awards for their community service. Thousands of organizations also will distribute the President’s Volunteer Service Award to their deserving volunteers. This award is the most prestigious volunteer award currently connected to the White House that all Americans can aspire to achieve. It provides organizations with the unique opportunity to bestow national and presidential recognition on their volunteers who have made a sustained commitment to service.”

One of the greatest aspects of volunteerism is that there are so many different ways to do it, and sometimes, we volunteer without even making conscious recognition of it — for example, helping out at church or coaching your child in soccer. Sometimes we can only fit in one day and we serve food at the local soup kitchen or clean up the local park. These acts all deserve to be applauded…

SO WHY DON’T WE…NOW is the time to nominate that special Volunteer in your life, be it a youth a family member a family or a group. Say thank you today.

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