Central Ohio's Largest Irish-American Women's Organization
"American by birth, Irish by the grace of God!"
Dear Daughters of Erin Members,

It's very sad that it was necessary to cancel our annual in-person Christmas meeting. I know we were all looking forward to getting together for the festivities and wonderful meal, but as we've seen, COVID-19 has become very real for the Central Ohio Irish community. Friends and families have been affected with some experiencing loss of loved ones. We are thankful though that there is hope on the horizon with coming vaccines. We pray that in 2021, we can return to some kind of normal.

Even with the pandemic, this year members of the Irish organizations have responded very generously to our request for donations for our 10 adopted families. Thank you! We still have many giving opportunities. Read about them below.

This Sunday, we will get together on Zoom. Please join us to congratulate our Irish Woman of the Year. We will will also have a toast with with your favorite beverage and an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.

The Board and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! Stay safe and we will see you in 2021!


Thank you to all members who have donated items or made donations for the 2020 adopted families! This year, possibly more than ever due to the COVID pandemic, we are asking for your help. We have 10 families that are in great need of assistance. There are 26 children in these families. Close to half of the items on the lists are still needed.

We have created a Sign-Up Genius page with items that you can purchase for the families, or you can make a monetary donation and we will purchase the gifts on your behalf.  

If you purchase a gift and would like to have it shipped directly to us, please put the following shipping information on the package: Cheryl Costello, 235 Walhalla Road, Columbus, OH 43202.

If you would like us to pick up the gift from you (we can do no contact pick-up), those arrangements can be made easily. We will need all the gifts by Saturday, Dec. 12 to give us a week to prepare before delivering to the families the week before Christmas.

If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to: Daughters of Erin, P.O. Box 1912, Columbus. 43216-1912.

Please call or text Cheryl Costello at 614-774-8879 or email her at cherylcostello@yahoo.com if you have any questions or just need additional details.  Thank you for your generous support of this charity work.

We are continuing to collect gently-used children's books to be donated to the Ohio Job & Family Services for children who come in with their parents for benefit assistance. Please let Cheryl know if you have books.


The December meeting will be held via Zoom, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Make your favorite drink and a festive goody to bring to the meeting at home! We'll share a toast together during the meeting. We will also have an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest!


All members are encouraged to attend the meeting via Zoom. A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining a Zoom meeting as a participant. If you do not have access to a computer, you can also call in (see below).

Watch for an email on Saturday with the meeting agenda, November minutes and financial reports.


  1. Open any web browser from a desktop or laptop computer (Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.) and install the free Zoom program from zoom.com, or install the free Zoom app on your phone. You can practice by clicking join a test meeting once zoom is installed.
  2. Write down the Meeting ID 814 1361 8484 and Password 123456 on a piece of paper.
  3. Join the Zoom meeting from here https://zoom.us/join and click the “Join Meeting” button.
  4. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 814 1361 8484, then click join.
  5. Click Open Zoom Meeting in the small dialog box (if you see one) or press click here to launch the meeting.
  6. When prompted, type in the Password: 123456 and join meeting
  7. Click join with video. You should see yourself on the screen. Then click join with computer audio. Make sure your sound and microphone are on.
  8. Congratulations! You are in the meeting.
You can test this before joining our Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device! Download the free Zoom app from https://zoom.us/download, then visit https://zoom.us/test, in advance, to familiarize yourself with Zoom and check to make sure the audio and video work.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can also call in. On your phone, dial 1-646-558-8656
Enter 814 1361 8484# when prompted.
When asked for participant id just enter #.
You will be asked for the password. Enter 123456#.
You should be in the meeting.

Feel free to try this online or by phone before the meeting time to make sure you can get in and to test your sound and microphone. Follow the instructions.

Please note: All members will be muted during the meeting so that Committee members can give their reports. You will be able to use the chat function to ask a question or make a comment. If you have new business items or any questions, please contact Chris McKenzie before the meeting at 614-205-8814 or mckoprs@yahoo.com

Congratulations to Becky Ellis, the 2021 Irishwoman of the Year! We plan to celebrate the 2020 and 2021 honorees and during the Saint Patrick Day events in 2021, if it is safe to do so.
DAUGHTERS OF ERIN | 1978 to 2020

Congratulations to Becky Ellis, the winner of the 2020 Irish Quilt Raffle.

Special thanks to Vice President Sharon Tantes for coordinating ticket sales.

Please keep our members and those on the prayer list in your thoughts and prayers including Nancy Harding, Dort Byrne, Joe Byrne, Kathleen McNamara Thomas, David Kuhnle, Msgr. David V. Sorohan, Father Justin Reis, Mike Thompson and the Toner and Thompson family members. May love and unity surround all people, and all be healed, especially those affected by the coronavirus. We also pray for all those in the military, police and healthcare workers.

REMINDER: Joan Shanahan turns 88 on Dec. 17. Please send her a card or give her a call. Her address is 3284 Riverside Dr., Columbus, OH 43214. If you'd like, you can give her a call or stop by on the porch, for a few minutes!

If you are interested in receiving a call or calling a member to check in from time-to-time, please email Carolyn Collins at cacgilly@hotmail.com. Thank you.

Thank you ladies for shopping at Kroger and choosing to benefit the Daughters of Erin. Last month, we received more that $88. This money is raised from Kroger Cards registered through Kroger Community Rewards.

Signing up or registering your account is easy to do. The best part is that YOU still receive your Kroger rewards (coupons, fuel perks, etc) but behind the scenes, the Daughters of Erin receives a percentage of what you spend at the Kroger Store.
In the search field, type in Daughters of Erin or enter the organization # 81910.
Thank you for your support!

The Daughters of Erin is registered for AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as found on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on http://smile.amazon.com/, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations. Visit the About Amazon Smile web page to review the program and register to raise funds for the Daughters of Erin.
Thank you for your support!

All Clubs are closed, watch for updates in the new year.

The Daughters of Erin
P.O. Box 1912
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1912  

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