Join Us for the Florida Rose of Tralee Selection Night

You’re invited to an evening of music, dance, fun, and laughter! There will be a presentation of the Irish American Young Leaders and the 2017 Florida Rose will be selected. A Rose reflects the intelligence, compassion, and independence of modern Irish women. Over the years, the Rose that represents Florida has mirrored a changing Ireland, and the definition of Irishness that is celebrated by so many different people around the world. Roses have come to reflect the widening of Irish borders and the embracing of our global diaspora in a positive and refreshing way. The woman picked will have the honor to represent the State and Country at a variety of affairs during their year. The candidates will promote their sponsor in every venue and event that takes place.

There will be a special change of the Rose sash presented by 2016 Florida Rose, Sheena Kelly, who will be celebrating her year as the Florida Rose at the International Festival in Kerry, Ireland. We will also be honoring Karl Drake, the Irish American Chamber, and all Irish influencers/connectors in Florida and Georgia. There is also a special invite to all dance schools, clubs, groups, businesses, individuals, family, and friends, to help launch the Rose of Tralee organization.

If you would like to apply to be the 2017 Florida Rose, go to http://www.roseoftralee.ie/apply

To buy tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-rose-of-tralee-2017-…

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017

Location:
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
1881 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Queens Business Expo is Happening at Citi Field

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Join the Queens Chamber of Commerce as they hold their annual Business Expo. There will be over 150 exhibitors, multiple educational seminars, and keynote speakers. This year promises to be bigger and bolder with the expo taking place at Citi Field. The Chamber is also partnering with Queens Library to support the Tiebrary Program.

The Tiebrary program was launched in 2016 to aid customers who used the library’s job-seeking services. In many instances, customers taking part in job interviews either didn’t own a tie or didn’t realize they needed one until the day of their interview. The ties — which the library receives through donations — come in boxes complete with illustrated instructions on how to tie a standard half-Windsor knot, as well as a list of interview tips. They can be borrowed for 21 days or even worn inside the library for customers doing a Skype or video interview.

The Queens Chamber wants to support this effort and encourage every attendee to bring a tie to donate. Every person who donates a tie during the hours of the Expo will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to our Queens Chamber Summer Boat Cruise in July, valued at $100.

“I heard Dennis Walcott speak about this program and immediately thought of our Business Expo as a great opportunity for the Queens business community to get more involved,” said Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “It so important to support each other in an effort to help get people employed.”

Date: May 17, 2017

Location: Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11368

Time: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

To register, go to queenschamber.org

Attend the Queens Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Expo on May 17th at Citi Field, and Bring a Tie for a Good Cause!

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Queens Library to support a wonderful effort. The Tiebrary program was launched in 2016 to aid customers who used the library’s job-seeking services. In many instances, customers taking part in job interviews either didn’t own a tie or didn’t realize they needed one until the day of their interview. The ties — which the library receives through donations — come in boxes complete with illustrated instructions on how to tie a standard half-Windsor knot, as well as a list of interview tips. They can be borrowed for 21 days or even worn inside the library for customers doing a Skype or video interview.
The Queens Chamber wants to support this effort and encourage every attendee to bring a tie to donate. Every person who donates a tie during the hours of the Expo will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to our Queens Chamber Summer Boat Cruise in July, valued at $100.
“I heard Dennis Walcott speak about this program and immediately thought of our Business Expo as a great opportunity for the Queens business community to get more involved,” said Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “It so important to support each other in an effort to help get people employed.”
“We are grateful to the Chamber for partnering with us to expand one of our most important collections and help our customers succeed in their job searches,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “Our mission is to make it clear to people through programs like the Tiebrary that Queens Library is here for them, no matter their circumstances or background, as they try to improve their lives.”
Any individual or organization is welcome to donate ties. All donated ties must be clean and in very good condition, free of dirt or stains. Bowties and neckties will be accepted. If you’re unable to attend the Expo, ties can be mailed to:
Monique Hector, Manager, Job & Business Academy
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432
(718) 990-5135

Attendance to the Expo is complimentary and registration is easy – simply visit the Queens Chamber of Commerce website to sign up.

Inaugural Queens Day in Albany a Major Success

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens businesses along with the Queens Delegations of the New York State Senate and Assembly joined together on Monday for a special showcase in Albany of the culture, tourism and economic development of our great borough.

Throughout the day, there were legislative meetings between groups of Queens-based businesses and Queens Legislators. The day concluded that evening, where there was a reception at the Hart Lounge in the Egg. The reception featured food and beverage businesses from all over Queens, including a display of favorite Queens dining establishments, among them…list from the attached, It was a multicultural celebration that highlighted the diverse cultures and cuisines of Queens. It was a full day of seeing sights of the Capitol as well as hearing the voices of the people of Queens. Steinway and Sons of Queens provided a Spirio high resolution player piano for the entertainment for the event.

All State-wide elected officials were invited and there was a large turnout from Queens as well as from our electeds in Albany. It was a full court press with the support and involvement of the Long Island City Partnership, Greater Jamaica Development Corp and the Queens Economic Development Corp; among others. This event highlighted the culture, tourism, and economic development of our great borough

“It truly was an honor to organize and run the first Queens Day in Albany. The outpouring of support from the Queens delegation in the Assembly and Senate of the Queens Chamber was incredible along with a full contingent from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office,” said Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

After a long day, everyone gathered for a reception at The Egg – The Hart Lounge to celebrate Queens in its culture and diversity. Having Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul, Senate President John Flanagan, Speaker Carl Heastie join us at the evening reception made it the perfect conclusion to the day,” said Grech.

Sponsors included:

10 Below Ice Cream

Zum Stammtisch Pork Store

T-Swirl Crepe

Cascon

Joes Sicilian

Madelaine Chocolates

Lady M Confections

Dumpling Galaxy

Queens Incubator

Resorts World

Pesso Italian Ices

Paleo Factory

Wonton Foods

Murray’s Cheese

Bagel Club

Doughnut Plant

Cabana

Mirch

Bocaito

Mediterranean Grill

Smokehouse (the Door)

SingleCut

Finback

Big Alice

Wine Room of Forest Hills

Utopia Bagels

Tortilleria Nixtamal

Congratulations 2017 New York Rose, Sinéad Kirnan

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Sinéad Kirnan was born in Walden, NY to Veronica (Kane) of Naas, Co. Kildare and Bill Kirnan of Brooklyn, NY. Thanks to her Dad’s passion for genealogy, the paternal side of her family can also be traced back to Co. Sligo and Cavan. As the oldest of three girls, Sinéad and her sisters were extremely fortunate to spend their summers growing up in Naas. The girls also loved Irish dancing with the Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance from an early age. As they got older, trips to Ireland became independent and more frequent. Guessing which saint their Aer Lingus plane was named after began the excitement of each trip. Sinéad’s parents made it a priority for her to grow up within the Irish culture and to show her the importance of a strong family bond.

Sinéad completed two years of college at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, when she decided to follow her true passion of aviation. She had found her 8th grade yearbook, where she had written a 10 year prediction for herself; that she was going to be flying jets in the Air Force and running for the Rose of Tralee. In 2013, she decided to follow her first goal and enlisted into the Air Force National Guard as a C-17 Loadmaster. For the next two years, she underwent extensive military training across the United States. The past four years have only heightened her love of flying, which she accredits to her trips back and forth to Ireland. After graduating with her degree in Biology (medical track) and psychology minor this May, Sinéad will continue to follow her dream of becoming a pilot within the Air Force. She hopes to use her biology degree to combine two of her interests and enter into the medical field, as a flight physician. Ultimately, she dreams of sitting in the cockpit on her first flight in command to Dublin.

Her passion to encourage people and mentor the youth holds true in all aspects of her life. She enjoys coaching and refereeing youth basketball leagues and participating in leagues of her own. She is an active member with numerous organizations within her community. She is a volunteer with Hudson Valley Honor Flight, escorting World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., and at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital at Castle Point as a physical therapy aide. She is a volunteer at various Special Olympics events and is a Eucharistic Minister in her church, Most Precious Blood. As part of her continuous desire to mentor, Sinéad works with the Girl Scouts as part of Operation Cookie Drop and volunteering within local schools to visit with the kids to promote confidence and inspiration. One of Sinéad’s greatest honors is working with Wings for Val, a non-profit foundation in memory of Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, to help continue her legacy of inspiring young girls to feel beautiful, but also not afraid to be courageous. Sinéad hopes to stay true to the values of faith, loyalty, and integrity that her parents have instilled within her and she is honored be part of a community of strong, compassionate, and intelligent Irish women. If you hear a plane overhead, wave; it may be Sinéad!

Now Sinéad’s second 8th grade prediction of becoming the New York Rose has come true! On April 30, she was officially crowned the New York Rose, and will be competing in the International Rose of Tralee Festival this August. She is humbled to have the chance to represent all Irish women of New York, and be united with the countless number of Irish close and far.