Community service

Poughkeepsie Social Club celebrates 75 years of community service

POUGHKEEPSIE – The city’s Shamrock association celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday. To commemorate this milestone, a celebration was held and the Mayor of the Town of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison declared Saturday August 27, 2022 as “Shamrock Association Day” in the town when he stopped by the club in the morning.

Rolison’s proclamation was echoed by the sentiments of elected leaders U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, State Senator Sue Serino and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson joined club members Saturday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a plaque honoring the club’s life members. Jacobson delivered a framed assembly proclamation after Reverend Jesse Bottoms of Beulah Baptist Church, who celebrates 45 years of service in his church this year, offered a brief prayer and remarks to the 50 attendees.

The private social club was started in the neighborhood of Delafield and Whinfield streets by a small group of neighborhood residents who had just returned from World War II. None of the men were Irish, but they had all used the three-leaf clover as a good luck charm during the war.

“The founding members were committed to helping their community in times of need and that effort continues today,” said Shamrock member Robert Musacchio, who recently became a Life Member after 25 years of service to the club.

Shamrock President and On Location Studios owner Al Nowak elaborated on Musacchio’s words, adding: “From the very beginning, the Shamrock Association has been dedicated to helping members of the community and 75 years later, we are always committed to helping organizations such as the MHA Dutchess Program Vet2Vet and Dutchess Outreach. It was an honor to receive proclamations from all levels of government in recognition of our work. Despite their busy schedules, MP Jacobson, Mayor Rolison and the Reverend Jesse Bottoms even made time to visit the club on Saturday to express their support for our work in the community – and it was truly humbling.