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Division 1 President's Report


President's Message December 2018

Dear Brothers,
As I leave the position of President of our wonderful Order, I look back with pride on all we have accomplished. Over the last year, your board has worked tirelessly to provide leadership to our Division. Thank you to all the members of the Board for your service.
To the Incoming Board I offer my thanks for stepping up to lead our great Division. Best of luck to Billy Coffey, our Worthy President, and to all the other new and returning members of the Board.
Please note that we will install our Incoming Board at the December meeting, and it will be a public installation with our Ladies, family members and others invited. We will conduct an abbreviated Division meeting and then open the doors for the installation. Our Christmas Party will immediately follow the meeting and installation. It will be a cash bar with everyone’s first drink on the Division, and light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. We have invited our Ladies AOH 5 to attend along with us for this festive celebration, please attend and join us in celebrating Christmas.
Please note our January Meeting will be Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2 PM.
Thanks to Recording Secretary George Anderson for coordinating our Annual Food Drive at Shoprite, and to all the Brothers, Sisters and Juniors listed to the right who participated in this worthy effort. Our local food pantries never cease in thanking our Division for our support and in turn, I thank the Division for its steadfast support of our Food Bank jar on the bar and our food drives.
I wish all our Brothers and their families a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with hope and blessings.
In our motto, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Neil O’Riordan, President

Election Notice

Congratulations to our Incoming Board of Officers!

President William Coffey

Vice President John O’Grady*

Recording Secretary Brian Archer

Financial Secretary John Graham

Treasurer Thomas McCarthy

Marshall Thomas Keahon

Sentinel Kevin Gannon

Standing Committee Chair George W. Anderson

 Immediate Past President Neil O’Riordan

(* Please note all positions were elected by acclimation at our November meeting except the Incoming Vice President who was appointed by the Incoming President as there was no candidate for the position at the November election.)


President's Message November 2018

Dear Brothers,

Our County Board and Divisions held the Annual County Mass and Breakfast October 28 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Although turnout was low, all in attendance had a good time. Thanks to Recording Secretary Anderson for serving as a reader at the Mass, and to Bobby Burns and Charlie Bohan who attended and represented our Division.

Dues for 2019

Please note that 2019 dues are now in order. The Division must pay its assessments to the National, State and County by February 1 in order to be in good standing and take advantage of some early payer discounts. Therefore, we need to collect the dues this year to ensure we have sufficient funds to remit the dues early in 2019. Waiting till January to pay your dues may require the Division to wait till past February, costing us additional money and leaving less to operate the Division, make charitable contributions, etc.

Please note as reported in our last meeting, the JDJ Board has notified the AOH that it will be officially leasing the 2nd Floor to the AOH. This will enable the floor to be leased with utilities included, which will save the Division the cost of the electric and heating bills for the year. This is a tremendous savings, however, anyone who can contribute to the Building Fund will be offsetting that increased cost to the JDJ Corporation.

Please send your dues as soon as possible, and by November 30 at the latest this year! Please check page 2 for further information on dues payment options.

Election Notice

Brothers, you are notified that nominations are still open for the AOH Board for 2019.

President, Vice President, and Recording Secretary ARE OPEN for nominations.

Please note that I have decided not to seek the office of President for the coming year, in order to focus on my duties with the JDJ Corporation. As well, the current Recording Secretary, George Anderson, has announced his intention NOT TO SEEK re-election to his office for 2019.

If you wish to seek to become a leader in our great Division, please send a letter of intent to me, as I will serve as Nominating and Election Committee Chair, as outlined on Page 2 of the Newsletter.

Food Drive

Please support Recording Secretary Anderson in our Food Drive November 17 and 18 at Shoprite, Monroe.

In our motto, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Neil O’Riordan, President


A Moment in Irish History

A Brief History of the AOH in Orange County

Today, the Orange County Irish have a great reputation, our clubs are known all over New York State, and in the case of the Gaelic Cultural Society of my hometown, Greenwood Lake, all over the USA and the world. But it wasn't always the case.

AOH Historian extraordinaire Jim Kelly did a history of the AOH in Orange County in the Division One 25th Anniversary Journal in 1994. In that piece, Jimmy traced the history of the AOH and found at the turn of the century, there were AOH Divisions in Monroe, Middletown. Highland Falls, Port Jervis, and Newburgh. In the aftermath of WW 1 & 2, these Divisions faded away. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and for most of my early years in Orange County, there was a lack of any Irish presence. But the winds of change soon were on the horizon. A generation of first- and second-generation Irish were, as Jimmy put it, packing up their tea kettles and looking north to Orange County. The family of Joseph Duelk, Jr. was one of the many who settled here, in the neighborhood known as Worley Heights. Other families settled in Chester, Monroe, Warwick, Greenwood Lake, Washingtonville, etc., villages that have quick access to New York City, where many earned their living as members of the NYPD, FDNY, MTA, et al.

The year was 1968, the Vietnam War was raging. Military Service was mandatory. Many in our country refused to serve and took to protest and burning their draft cards or fled to Canada to avoid Nam, but young Joe Duelk was not one of them, and he signed up for the Army. Sadly, Joe lost his life after being in Vietnam only two months after he arrived, in June, 1968. Joe’s mom, Helen, was the first in a line of Irish who served as Supervisor of Blooming Grove.

To honor the memory of Joe, a group of men who had migrated from New York City to Orange County, founded Division One in 1969. By this action, a positive wave was started. The death of Joe was the catalyst for the rebirth of the Irish Community here. By the late 70's, four Irish clubs had been formed and were flourishing, Along with Division One, there was the Middletown Irish (1973), the Gaelic Cultural Society (1975), and The Friendly Sons & Daughters of Goshen (which was founded in the home of the late Paul O'Dwyer.) All these clubs started having all kinds of events to honor our Irish Heritage, such as the annual St. Patrick's Dances, Bagpipe lessons, and Irish Step Dancing. The year following the American Bi-Centennial in 1976, there was a movement started by the Middletown Irish American Society to start an annual parade to honor St. Patrick, our patron saint as well as the patron saint of our Archdiocese of New York. By tradition, all Archbishops of NY have been of Irish descent.

Once the wave started, there was no holding back. Today we have dances, the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade (now in the 43rd year), two vibrant step dancing groups, festivals, concerts, several Men’s and Ladies’ AOH Divisions, and a Gaelic Football Club (St. Brendan's). A program started by the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society in 1975, by our Brother Denis Mulcahy, Project Children, brought Catholic and Protestant children to America for a respite from the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Ironically, the Troubles in the North reignited in 1969. In my personal opinion, there would not have been a Good Friday Agreement in 1998, if it was not for Project Children. In recognition of his work as Chairman, Denis Mulcahy was awarded the highest national AOH Honor, the JFK Award at the recent National AOH Convention this past year.

Yes, there is much to celebrate today here in Orange County. Again, my personal opinion is the tragic loss of Joe Duelk, and the foundation of Division One to honor Joe’s sacrifice, are the reasons we are where we are today.

Submitted by Brother Jack Graham


President's Message September 2018 

September 8, 2018
  
Dear Brothers,
I had the honor of attending the AOH national convention in Louisville Kentucky this past July; I would like to thank the Division and Tommy Flynn for their donations in help covering the cost of the convention and hotel. It truly was a privilege to represent, Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, and Orange County New York at the AOH National Convention.

To be around such great Hibernians, who represented their divisions, states and our national board was truly a great experience, the kindness and welcoming arms of embrace from all I met even though this was my first time representing this division was amazing. There were courtesy rooms on every floor run by different states. As I entered these rooms I could see people who have been friends for years shaking hands, asking each other about their children, family, friends and organizations.

Every room I entered I was greeted with a smile, a hand shake and thanks for representing our division and travelling to the convention. It reminded me of the night I joined our division on May 10th, 1996 over 22 years ago. I still remember Jack Quinn greeting me before the meeting and after, walking me to the bar and buying me a pint. He asked where I worked and lived and brought members over to welcome me into this great organization. We have been honored to have so many great Hibernians as members of our organization over the years and it was a special honor for me to be at the AOH National Convention to support Division 1 member of over 30 years, Denis Mulcahy, as he received The John F Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award
from the National AOH in America Board. National Deputy Director for Recruitment and Division 1 member Keith Reynolds was there to assist and welcome everyone.  Keith is transferring from our division to a Florida division were he now lives so he can continue his recruitment efforts and work on the AOH National Convention in Florida in 2020.

Please note September 13th is Commodore John Barry Day. Commodore Barry was the founder of the United States Navy.

On Sunday, September 9th at 2 PM an Orange County AOH meeting shall be held at Division 2 in Cornwall.  All members are encouraged to attend. Board officers please arrive at 1:30 PM. If you have anything to place on the agenda, please contact County President Edmund Burke before the meeting.

Our Division 1 meeting shall be held on Friday September 14th, doors open by 7:30 PM, meeting at 8 PM. I look forwarded to greeting everyone and planning our future months ahead.

In our motto, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Neil O’Riordan, President

Division 1 - Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 9, County Board Meeting, Division 2, Cornwall
2 PM
Thursday, September 13, Commodore Barry Day
Friday, September 14
Monthly Meeting
8 PM
Saturday, September 22
County Picnic
Division 2
1 PM
Friday, October 12
Monthly Meeting
8 PM
Sunday, October 28
Annual County Mass and Breakfast
Shrine of OLMC Middletown
9 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Mass
Breakfast in Carmelite Hall to follow   

 


MAY 2018

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Dear Brothers,
Our next monthly meeting will be on Friday, May 11th starting at 8PM due to the JDJ Corp is holding its quarterly general meeting at 7PM the same night.
This is done by the JDJ Corp to get more people involved in the
organization. There are two, one-year terms available on the JDJ board.
Please see the attached flyer of election notification.
Our Immediate Past President Thomas Flynn and Past President George
Anderson will continue to organize and run our Memorial Mass at St.
Anastasia RC Church in Harriman with our Chaplain, Fr. Michael Keane in commemoration of Joseph D. Duelk, whose KIA Day is June 14th, 1968, and after whom our AOH Division is named in memory of. We will also honor and pray for 1st Lt. Louis E Allen whose KIA Day is June 8th, 2005 and after whom our AOH Jr. Division is named in memory of. We will be working with our Jr. Division, the LAOH, and LAOH Juniors to assist at the mass. The mass will be on Sunday, June 10th at 9:30 AM.
The Bethel Woods raffle drawing will be held at our meeting, this Friday the 11th of May, please hand in all your tickets for the drawing.
The AOH Division 1 golf tournament will be held Friday June 8th at the
Falkirk Golf Course. 9 AM registration. 10 AM Shotgun start, scramble format. 2:30 BBQ lunch and open bar on the patio with live music by Paul Cray. $150 per golfer. Don’t golf or you’re unable to attend, sponsor the event Platinum $250, Gold $100 and Silver $50.
If you have a friend who is Irish Catholic by birth or descent, and might be interested in joining, please bring them up. We are having a membership drive; if you sponsor 5 new members your dues for the following year are free. The member with most sponsorships wins an AOH three season jacket worth $75
In our motto,
Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.
Neil O’Riordan

Please turn in your Bethel Tickets!
Bethel Woods Raffle Drawing May 11, 9 PM

Support our Division!

Sunday, June 10
PFC Joe Duelk and Lt. Lou Allen Memorial Mass - 9:30 AM St. Anastasia


 MARCH 2018

 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear Brothers,

Our next meeting is Friday March 9th at 7:30 PM. On Saturday, March 10th, the LAOH will be setting up the hall for the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade after party honoring Grand Marshal Maureen Morse and members of our AOH divisions. Our Aides to her are Division 1 John McCabe and LAOH 5 Eileen Walsh and Maeve Degan from LAOH 5 Junior division.

On Sunday March 11th we shall participate in the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade festivities.

9:00 AM - Mass at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel 70 Carmelite Drive Middletown, NY. We will have our AOH Division 1 Junior Division 1, the Lt. Louis E Allen Memorial Division, assist with bringing up the gifts along with the LAOH Juniors.

10:30 AM – Grand Marshal’s Brunch Kuhl’s Highland House 512 Highland Avenue, Middletown, N.Y. Tickets $25.00 Person. AOH table contact Tom McCarthy and the JDJ table contact George Anderson.

Mid –Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade Goshen. Lineup will begin at 1:00 PM at the Government Center parking lot in Goshen. Step-off is at 2:00 PM. Live music to follow at the Monroe Irish Center, $10 admission.

5-7 PM in the Hall with the Claddagh Rose band is a Jersey Shore based complete Celtic experience featuring a full Irish band, bag pipes, and step dancers and we end the evening 7-9 PM in the Celtic Lounge with Paul Cray.

We shall escort our Pipe Band at the Pearl River Parade Sunday March 18th we shall meet at the hall at 12 PM and car pool for those who are interested in joining us.

The bus has been booked for the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday March 17th 11:20 AM step off. Bus will leave the hall at 8:30 AM cost is $35 per person. Proper attire is mandatory, black trousers, green jacket, white shirt and a tie and balmorals and white gloves. NO 180 BUTTONS are allowed or any pins on your jackets.

If you have a friend who is Irish Catholic by birth or decent and might be interested in joining please bring them up. We are having a membership drive; if you sponsor 5 new members your dues for the following year are free. The member with most sponsorship's wins an AOH three season jacket worth $75.

In our motto,

Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

Neil O’Riordan


January 2017

 

President’s Message:

I, as well as the Executive Board would once again wish to express our desire for a Healthy and Happy New Year, to our membership, and their families.

Belonging to such a wonderful organization where family, friends and church are the basis of our bond, is in itself a Blessing. 

I had the ability to ask the AOH Band for some assistance for the Parish of Sacred Heart, and while they wanted to assist as they ALWAYS had in the past, this year that have accepted an opportunity to play in Maryland, and they are truly sad that they are unable tp particpate.

Mike Tully the Pipe Major, reminded me to inform  any member, or member of their  family  that would like to join the Band, are able to go to the Hall on a Wednesday evening, and learn the Bagpipes or the Drums.

It should be noted that the Band lead the Easter Rising Centennial Parade, in Dublin, Ireland on April 24, 2016.  That parade marked the 100 year anniversity of the Rising.  The Band is also about to celebrate its 40th anniversay.  I was honored to have been a member for over 20 years, and can personally state the bond of the band, is equal to the bond of our membership.

I would like all members to know that on January 21, 2017 the Joseph Duelk, Jr. Division 1, will hold an orgainzational meeting of the Jr. Division at the Hall.  Therefore, if you have any son’s or grandson’s that wish to join as Charter Members of the Louis Allen, Divison 1 – Jr. Ancient Order of Hibernians, please email me at tommyflynn63@gmail.com and notify me that they will be able to attend, and join the brotherhood.

On a sad note the New York City Police Department lost a wonderful human being who happened to have served the City of New York as a Police Officer.  He also happened to be a role model, a hero and a Catholic gentleman.   I am providing his statement and story as he discribe the events, in an interview with the New York Daily News:

When NYPD Officer Steven McDonald entered Central Park on the afternoon of July 12, 1986, he had no reason to expect anything out of the ordinary. True, there had been a recent string of bicycle thefts and other petty crimes in the area, and he and his partner, Sergeant Peter King, were on the lookout. But that was a routine – all in a day’s work. Then they came across a cluster of suspicious-looking teens.

“When they recognized us as cops, they cut and ran. We chased after them, my partner going in one direction and I in another. I caught up with them about thirty yards away. As I did, I said to them, “Fellas, I’m a police officer. I’d like to talk with you.” Then I asked them what their names were and where they lived. Finally, I asked them, “Why are you in the park today?”

While questioning, them I noticed a bulge in the pant leg of the youngest boy – it looked like he might have a gun tucked into one of his socks. I bent down to examine it. As I did, I felt someone move over me, and as I looked up, the taller of the three (he turned out to be 15) was pointing a gun at my head. Before I knew what was happening, there was a deafening explosion, the muzzle flashed, and a bullet struck me above my right eye. I remember the reddish-orange flame that jumped from the barrel, the smell of the gunpowder, and the smoke. I fell backward, and the boy shot me a second time, hitting me in the throat. Then, as I lay on the ground, he stood over me and shot me a third time.

I was in pain; I was numb; I knew I was dying, and I didn’t want to die. It was terrifying. My partner was yelling into his police radio: “Ten Thirteen Central! Ten Thirteen!” and when I heard that code, I knew I was in a very bad way. Then I closed my eyes…”

Steven doesn’t remember what happened next, but when the first officers to respond arrived on the scene, they found Sergeant King sitting on the ground, covered in Steven’s blood, cradling him in his arms, and rocking him back and forth. He was crying. Knowing that every wasted second could be fatal, the men heaved Steven into the back of their RMP and rushed him to the nearest emergency room, at Harlem’s Metropolitan Hospital, twenty blocks away.

Immediately EMT’s, nurses, and doctors went to work. For the next forty-eight hours, he hung between life and death. At one point, Steven’s chief surgeon even told the police commissioner, “He’s not going to make it. Call the family. Tell them to come say goodbye.” But then he turned a corner.

“They did the impossible: they saved me, but my wounds were devastating. The bullet that struck my throat had hit my spine, and I couldn’t move my arms or legs, or breathe without a ventilator. In less than a second, I had gone from being an active police officer to an incapable crime victim. I was paralyzed from the neck down.

When the surgeon came into my room to tell me this, my wife, Patti Ann, was there, and he told her I would need to be institutionalized. We had been married just eight months, and Patti Ann, who was 23 at the time, was three months pregnant. She collapsed to the floor, crying uncontrollably. I cried too, though I was locked in my body, and unable to move or to reach out to her.”

Steven spent the next eighteen months in the hospital, first in New York and then in Colorado. It was like learning to live all over again, this time completely dependent on other people. There were endless things to get used to – being fed, bathed, and helped to the bathroom.

“Then, about six months after I was shot, Patti Ann gave birth to a baby boy. We named him Conor. To me, Conor’s birth was like a message from God that I should live, and live differently. And it was clear to me that I had to respond to that message. I prayed that I would be changed, that the person I was would be replaced by something new.

That prayer was answered with a desire to forgive the young man who shot me. I wanted to free myself of all the negative, destructive emotions that his act of violence had unleashed in me: anger, bitterness, hatred, and other feelings. I needed to free myself of those emotions so that I could love my wife and our child and those around us.

Then, shortly after Conor’s birth, we held a press conference. People wanted to know what I was thinking and how I was doing. That’s when Patti Ann told everyone that I had forgiven the young man who tried to kill me.”

Steven and his assailant, whose name was Shavod Jones, could not have been more different. Steven was white; Shavod was black. Steven came from the middle-class suburbs of Long Island’s Nassau County; Shavod from a Harlem housing project. Their brief encounter might have ended right there. But Steven wouldn’t let it. Knowing that his attacker had just altered the course of both of their lives, he felt an uncanny connection to him:

“Strangely, we became friends. It began with my writing to him. At first, he didn’t answer my letters, but then he wrote back. Then one night a year or two later, he called my home from prison and apologized to my wife, my son, and me. We accepted his apology, and I told him I hoped he and I could work together in the future. I hoped that one day we might travel around the country together sharing how this act of violence had changed both our lives, and how it had given us an understanding of what is most important in life.”

Eventually the exchange fizzled out. Then, in late 1995, Shavod was released from prison. Three days later, he was killed in a motorcycle accident. Others might feel Steven’s efforts to reach out to his attacker were wasted, but he himself doesn’t think so:

“I was a badge to that kid, a uniform representing the government. I was the system that let landlords charge rent for squalid apartments in broken-down tenements; I was the city agency that fixed up poor neighborhoods and drove the residents out, through gentrification, regardless of whether they were law-abiding solid citizens, or pushers and criminals; I was the Irish cop who showed up at a domestic dispute and left without doing anything, because no law had been broken.

To Shavod Jones, I was the enemy. He didn’t see me as a person, as a man with loved ones, as a husband and father-to-be. He’d bought into all the stereotypes of his community: the police are racist, they’ll turn violent, so arm yourself against them. And I couldn’t blame him. Society – his family, the social agencies responsible for him, the people who’d made it impossible for his parents to be together – had failed him way before he had met me in Central Park.”

When visiting Steven in his Long Island home (since meeting in 1997, we have become close friends), I am often struck by the extent of his incapacitation. Life in a wheelchair is hard enough for an elderly person to accept, but to be plucked out of an active, fun-loving life in your prime is devastating. Add to that a tracheostomy to breathe through and total dependence on a nurse and other caregivers, and life can seem pretty confining at times. Steven is matter-of fact about this:

“There’s nothing easy about being paralyzed. I have not been able to hold my wife in my arms for two decades. Conor is now a young man, and I’ve never been able to have a catch with him. It’s frustrating – difficult – ugly – at times.”

So why did he forgive? Again, he himself says it best:

“I forgave Shavod because I believe the only thing worse than receiving a bullet in my spine would have been to nurture revenge in my heart. Such an attitude would have extended my injury to my soul, hurting my wife, son, and others even more. It’s bad enough that the physical effects are permanent, but at least I can choose to prevent spiritual injury.

Again, I have my ups and downs. Some days, when I am not feeling very well, I can get angry. I get depressed. There have been times when I even felt like killing myself. But I have come to realize that anger is a wasted emotion…

Of course, I didn’t forgive Shavod right away. It took time. Things have evolved over fourteen years. I think about it almost every day. But I can say this: I’ve never regretted forgiving him.

Rest in Peace Faithful Servant you have done God’s work here on earth, and you shall be rewarded in Heaven.  Thank you for your service to our City, State, Nation and our FAITH.”

This monthly meeting will discuss the coming events of February and March, with our own Brother Past President George Anderson leading the Mid Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the Grand Marshal.

We look forward to seeing all this coming Friday, the 13th of January at 7:30 PM at the Hall.  Please keep the family of Steven McDonald in your prayers, along with all of the Men and Women of Law Enforement, who protect us each and every day.



 


From the President's Desk

I am preparing my first statement as the new President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians. I must qualify this statement with the fact that this is the second time in my life I will be serving our Brotherhood as President. I have served in many positions of the Executive Board when I was younger.

I am in awe of what our Worthy Immediate Past President George Anderson has completed in his terms as Vice President and then President of our Division for the past two years.

I have seen the interest in our Order begin to grow again and the respect of the membership increase in their confidence of the Board. Worthy President Anderson has truly governed our Division with the principals of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

Brother Anderson’s administration will be a very difficult administration to follow, I am honored that George will be a VERY ACTIVE BOARD member of our Division as Immediate Past President.

Brother Anderson, I speak not only as a member of 33 years in our Division, nor only as a present member of the Executive Board, but now as President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, job well done my friend. On behalf of the membership and the new Board, thank you for sharing your time, your family and your talents with our Division.

May God Bless you and your family, may the simple joys of your life continue to grow under the guidance of all of your good deeds and hard work. May your blessings outnumber the stars in the skies.

I wish to also thank our Division for the trust you have placed in my ability to continue the advancement and growth of our entity.

During my tenure as President of our Division, I look forward this coming year to begin a Jr. membership drive at the two area Catholic High Schools of John S. Burke High School and Dom Bosco Preparatory High School, both being private Roman Catholic Schools that believe and support Catholic Education for our children or grandchildren.

I wish to continue to work with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary of the Gael Division 5, St. Brendan’s GAA Gaelic Football and the Orange County Division 1 Pipes and Drums, as all of our organizations wish to support our Church and our youth in knowing their sense of faith, family and service to others.

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians please accept, our warmest regard’s and prayers for our members and their family members this coming year.

May God bless you and your family physically, mentally and spiritually, in our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity, we remain.

We invite all Catholics of Irish birth or descent to seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic organization in the World — all we would ask is for you to live by our motto of: "Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.

“ May the Lord bless you and keep you!
May the Lord smile upon you
and be gracious to you!
May the Lord look upon you with
kindness and grant you His peace.
The Lord bless you!”
(Numbers 6:24)

Féadfaidh an Tiarna bless tú, agus tú a choinneáil!
Féadfaidh an Tiarna aoibh gháire ar tú
agus a bheith gracious a thabhairt duit!
Féadfaidh an Tiarna breathnú ar tú leis
cineáltas agus deontas tú a suaimhneas.
An Tiarna bless tú!
(Uimhreacha 06:24)

Thomas F.X. Flynn, Jr. President
Rob Ronyane - Vice President


I am preparing my first statement as the new President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians. I must qualify this statement with the fact that this is the second time in my life I will be serving our Brotherhood as President. I have served in many positions of the Executive Board when I was younger.

I am in awe of what our Worthy President George Anderson has completed in his terms as Vice President and then President of our Division for the past two years.

I have seen the interest in our Order begin to grow again and the respect of the membership increase in their confidence of the Board. Worthy President Anderson has truly governed our Division with the principals of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

Brother George Anderson’s administration will be a very difficult administration to follow, I am honored that George will be a VERY ACTIVE BOARD member of our Division as Past President.

Brother Anderson, I speak not only as a member of 33 years in our Division, nor only as a present member of the Executive Board, but now as President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, job well done my friend. On behalf of the membership and the new Board, myself and Vice President Rob Ronayne we thank you for sharing your time, your family and your talents with our Division.

May God Bless you and your family, May the simple joys of your life continue to grow under the guidance of all of your good deeds and hard work. May your blessings outnumber the stars in the skies.

Very truly yours,

Thomas F. X. Flynn, Jr., President

Robert Ronayne, Vice-President

Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Monroe, NY

AOH


Greetings Brothers,
Please note that this month, our General Membership Meeting with be held on Friday, November 13th at 8:00 PM at our Hall.  Doors open by 7:00 PM. 
Some important things have been happening in connection with the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and this will be a topic of discussion at our November General Membership Meeting.  The Division has sent out a link for an on line petition concerning the parade committee seeking recognition that the affiliated organizations should have a say in the composition of the leadership of the parade and in other important matters.
Please also note that we will complete the nomination process for elected office within our Division by calling for any nominations from the floor, hold an election if required, and announce our new Board.
Irelands 32 Tickets are available, if you are a captain please contact the Hall and the committee will get in touch with you, or stop by to pick up your tickets at the November meeting.
2016 Dues are in order.  Please remit your dues early, and consider supporting the Building Fund by paying $100 to the JDJ Corporation, which will cover your dues and also help us operate the Division Hall.
We had a great day on Sunday, October 18th at our OC AOH Communion Breakfast.  Mass was held at Sacred Heart Chapel, presided over by Father Keane our Division Chaplain, who gave a wonderful homily.  Breakfast followed at our Hall with Division 4 Hosting.  I want to thank Brother Neil O'Riordan, better know as El Excelente, who slaved over a hot coffee pot all morning.  Our speaker was Ciaran Gereghty, NY State Freedom for All Ireland (FFAI) Chairman from Div. 5 in Albany, who delivered a lively and informative talk on the 1916 Easter Rising Centennial, the importance of the McBride Principles, the Good Friday Agreement and the need to keep the pressure on all sides with the single goal of realizing a just and united Ireland that includes all 32 counties.  Thanks to all who attended the Mass and Breakfast
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Happenings at the Division Saturday, November 14th--A Night at the Races will be held to benefit the Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Doors open at 6:30 PM, first race at 7:30 PM.  Live entertainment by Mad Dog immediately following in the Celtic Lounge.  Contact Chris DeBold at 845.216.6963 for details or questions.  Please come out and support this fundraiser, which benefits the children of our Division. Sunday, December 20th - AOH Division 1 Christmas Party at the Hall.  This will also be the Early Bird Drawing for our Ireland's 32 Raffle.  Please note that this is an important fund raiser for the AOH in support of the JDJ Corporation Building Fund.  Please support this raffle.  Our Irelands 32 Committee hopes will have available for the November meeting, so get your tickets early and get a chance to win twice!!
Happenings at the Hall
Friday, November 6th--Bunco, hosted by the LAOH.  Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Prevention, 7:30 PM. Saturday, November 7th--Paddy Ryan's World Tour.  Paddy is an Irish Music Award Winner as Best New Artist, Duo of the Year (the Ryans) and Album of the Year.  8:00 PM.
Happenings at the Celtic Lounge Please note that effective September 1, there was a PRICE DROP at the Celtic Lounge.  Stout and Pub Ale $4; Tap Beer $3 except Mic Ultra, $2; Bottled Beer, Domestic, $2, Imported/Craft $3.  Well Drink prices have also been reduced, so come on down and enjoy the hospitality and fraternity of our own bar.  Appetizers are available at all times.  You can't find a better deal in Orange County! In addition to Monday Dart Night, and Wednesday Pipe Band Practice, Neil O'Riordan has started an Open Mike Night at the Hall which is now EVERY Thursday!  We have some great acts and I encourage you to stop by.  Of course, we are also open Friday nights and during the weekend, and often have Irish sporting events on our wide screen TVs in the Celtic Lounge on Saturday and Sunday Mornings, check out Facebook (become Friends with Aoh Monroe Ny) for times! Well, that is all for now, Brothers.  May God Bless you and your families. See you at the Hall and our November Meeting!  
    
In Our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,  
  
George   
George W. Anderson  
President, AOH Orange County Division 1  

                                         


September2015

Greetings Brothers,

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer! The fall will be soon upon us, and we look forward to seeing everyone returning from vacation and once again attending our monthly meetings and events, and visiting the Hall.

Please note that this month, our General Membership Meeting with be held on Friday, September 11th at 8:00 PM at our Hall. Doors open by 7:00 PM. I will be away for the next meeting, and our Worthy Vice President will be officiating.

Some important things have been happening in connection with the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. As some may know, John Dunleavy was reportedly removed as Chairman and Director of the Parade Committee, and since that was made public, Mr. Dunleavy has contested the action and is in a public and legal battle with elements of the Parade Corporation Board of Directors. I have attached a communication to the newsletter which shows the two current sides of the story, but please be advised that things are changing daily in regards to this issue. Please rest assured that I and the Board are aware of the sensitivity and import of this issue and are in close communication with the Orange County President, other Division Presidents, and the "Metro Committee," a group of AOH Divisions from the Metro NY area, to stay abreast of the latest developments. Further information will be shared at the Division meeting, but the next Metro Committee meeting and OC Board Meeting will take place after our September meeting, so be on the lookout for emails updating you as needed, and this will be a topic of discussion at our October General Membership Meeting.

At our August meeting, we draped our Charter in memory of our deceased Brother John P. Wynne, father of Brother Jack Wynne. Please remember John in your prayers, and may he, and all our Faithfully Departed Brothers, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.

Happenings at the Division

After our September meeting on Friday, September 11th, here are the upcoming events:  

Sunday, September 13th - Orange County AOH Board Meeting, Division 2. 2 PM.

Saturday, September 19th - County Picnic at Division 2, Cornwall (See attached flyer.) 1 PM to 5

  1. VOLUNTEERS TO WORK NEEDED, PLEASE SEE PRESIDENT ANDERSON. This is a great event, bring the wife and kids and you will not have a better time as we say goodbye to summer and hello to the fall!

Friday, October 2nd, Fleming Scholarship Committee Golf Outing at West Point Golf Course, 9 AM start, details to follow.

Sunday, October 18th - OC AOH Communion Breakfast at Sacred Heart Chapel, 9:30 AM, Breakfast at the Hall to follow, Division 4 Hosting. See attached flyer.

Happenings at the Celtic Lounge

Please note that effective September 1, there will be a PRICE DROP at the Celtic Lounge. Stout and Pub Ale $4; Tap Beer $3 except Mic Ultra, $2; Bottled Beer, Domestic, $2, Imported/Craft $3. Well Drink prices will also be reduced so come on down and enjoy the hospitality and fraternity of our own bar. Appetizers are available at all times. You can't find a better deal in Orange County!

In addition to Monday Dart Night, and Wednesday Pipe Band Practice, we have started an Open Mike Night at the Hall on alternate Thursdays. We have some great acts and I encourage you to stop by. The Schedule for September will be September 10th and 24th, 7:30 PM, so stop down for a great time!

Well, that is all for now, Brothers. May God Bless you and your families and may you have a wonderful end to summer. See you at the Hall and our September Meeting!        

In Our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,  

George  

George W. Anderson  

President, AOH Orange County Division 1  

 


 

President’s Message July 2015

Greetings Brothers,

The summer is upon us, and I hope everyone enjoys their vacations and when you are looking for a cool place to spend an evening or a Sunday afternoon, come on over to the Hall!

Please note that this month, our July General Membership Meeting with be held on Sunday, July 19th at 2 PM at our Hall.

We lost another great Hibernian this past month in Pat Earley. Pat was a frequent visitor to the Hall and attended our meetings, even as his health challenged him. His beautiful granddaughter would bring him to the Hall and pick him up, and Pat always had a kind word for us all and a kiss for the ladies on his way out the door. We join with Mary his wonderful wife and all his family in mourning his passing. I want to thank all Hibernians who attended Pat's wake and services. May he Rest in Peace. We will be draping our Charter in Pat's memory on July 19th.

We had our annual Joseph Duelk Jr. Mass on June 14th at St. Mary's in Washingtonville. We had around a dozen Brothers in attendance and I thank them for attending this wonderful Mass celebrated by Father Jeff. A beautiful homily was delivered by Father, and we were the readers and brought up the gifts. Afterward, we traveled to his gravesite where we laid a wreath and said our prayers, giving thanks for his service and sacrifice and asking our Lord to grant Eternal Rest to him. We then returned to our Hall for a toast to his memory. An added feature of our remembrance of Joe this year, thanks to Brother John J. O'Brien, was the presence of a videographer who captured the entire service and following events. I have seen his first draft of the video and Brothers, I think you will be very moved to see it. I hope to screen an initial viewing of the video at our July meeting.

I will not belabor the point that in a Division of almost 200 members, this turnout for a Mass on a Sunday is a bit disappointing. So, I ask you all who read this again to consider what being a Hibernian means to you, and prayerfully consider how you might join us in celebrating our Catholic faith in a real way, by participating in events such as these. When 40 or 50 Green Jackets process into a church here in Orange County, and the faces are old ones like mine, and those of our younger members who have recently joined us, it says to others, here are men who live their faith. In our world today, with all we face as a faith and a country, we need to demonstrate our commitment, not just to those who do not believe or practice their faith, but to those who go to Church on Sunday, to give them hope that others share their commitment. 'Nuff said, and I will put away my soapbox now. On a lighter note, we had a fantastic day at the First Palaia Vineyard Celtic Festival! This first of its kind event here in this part of Orange County drew 380 attendees, and if the weather had been better, I bet we would have had 1,000 attend. I am waiting to hear from Jan and Craig, the leadership team at Palaia that we worked with to put the event together, about their plans for next year, but I believe this will be an annual event, so look for it next year. I want to thank a whole bunch of Brothers, and Sisters from the La-dies AOH, for coming out to help make this event a reality and a success. First, Tom Keahon and Neil O'Riordan who worked with me over the last few months in our planning meetings with Palaia. Second, The Orange County AOH Division 1 Pipes and Drums, and in particular Jason Bourne and Chris DeBold who, along with 4 other pipers and a drummer, came to the festival at noon to pipe us all in, and then re-turned with the rest of the band under the leadership of Mike Tully to give a great set of tunes to the de-light of all in attendance. The entrance tent was staffed with Tom K, Neil, Kate and Paul Moloney, Eileen and Keri Keane, Maureen Morse, Jack Graham, Eileen Walsh and Briege DeBold, who all braved the elements and were a great help to us. And we did raise some funds for the Division at this event, and congratulations to Paul Moloney who won the 50/50! And of course, great food was provided by Brother Oliver Cassals, proprietor of Rambler's Rest, ably assisted by his staff including our new Sentinel, John DeCorucey, Jr. A special thanks to Una Sheehan-Gormley and the Rose of Tralee NY NJ Centers for their attendance and performance at the festival. If I missed anyone my apologies in advance, and thanks to all the Brothers, Sisters and Friends of our organization who attended and enjoyed the festival!

Please remember the NYS Convention will be held July 8th to the 11th in Uniondale, NY. On July 11th, a bus will be going down to the convention and we still have a couple of seats left and need delegates. If you can attend, please reach out to our Worthy Vice President Tommy Flynn (just call the Funeral Home in Monroe and leave a message with a call back number and Tommy will get back to you.) After our July meeting on Sunday, July 19th, here are the upcoming events: Friday, August 14th August General Membership Meeting Saturday, September 19th - County Picnic at Division 2, Cornwall Sunday, October 18th - OC AOH Communion Breakfast at Sacred Heart Chapel, 9:30 AM, Breakfast at the Hall to follow, Division 4 Hosting Well, that is all for now, Brothers. May God Bless you and your families and may you have a wonderful summer. See you at the Hall and hopefully at our July and August meetings, if your summer schedule permits.

In Our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

George W. Anderson President,

President, AOH Orange County Division 1


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May 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Greetings Brothers,  

Well, it appears Spring has finally sprung, and I know we are all happy about that. Our next meeting will be on Fri-day, May 8th, 2015. I will be out of town on business but I know you have a seasoned hand at the tiller with our Wor-thy Vice President, Tom Flynn. Please come out to the May meeting and get updated on upcoming events!

During April, we had a great monthly meeting that was well attended. Our Night at the Races to benefit the Fleming Scholarship Fund was a success, a great time had by all and $700 raised for the Fund. Thanks to Chris Debold for his continued great work! We also had a SELL OUT for our Ireland's 32 Raffle! Thanks to Dennis Browne and Billy O'Donnell for their hard work and to all who participated. Congratulations to all the winners!

Our Bethel Woods Raffle looks to be a sell out. As I am coordinating the raffle and will be away May 8th, the raffle drawing will take place in conjunction with the LAOH Mother's Day Brunch at our Hall on Sunday, May 10th. Please support both events!

Congratulations to our newly elected JDJ Board Members, Neil O'Riordan, Ken Quinn and Jimmy McLaughlin and our returning member Rob Ronayne, who join myself, Tom Keahon and Charlie Bohan on the Board. There will be some upcoming projects in our Hall and building that will require some sweat equity, so if you are able and willing to help, please let us know at the May Meeting, there will be a sign up sheet for you to add you contact information so we can reach out to you.

Speaking of help wanted and ALL IRISH NEED APPLY: Our County Convention will be on Saturday, May 16th. We need:

1. A work party to assist in preparing the Hall on Friday May 15th, please see John DeCourcey.

2. We need THREE additional delegates. If you are not already committed as a delegate, please add you name to the sign up sheet at the May meeting. Let's not show up short and lose votes, if you are available May 16th from 11 to 2 please help represent the Division!

When you attend the Convention, please remember you will need to have in your possession your 2015 AOH membership card and be a member in good standing, having paid your dues for 2015.

There will be a fund raiser for Brother Dennis Griffin's children on May 30th at he Washingtonville Knights of Columbus. Tickets for $25 are at the bar, they enter you into a raffle for 2 round trip Jet Blue Tickets and other prizes and serve as your admission ticket to the fundraiser, which starts at 4PM.

Sunday, June 14th will be the Joseph Duelk Mass at St. Mary's Church in Washingtonville. Assembly at 11:40 for a 12 Noon Mass and Wreath Laying to follow at Joe's grave. Collation at the Hall thereaf-ter. Please support this event, a remember Joe's sacrifice for his Country.

Saturday, June 20th is the Celtic Festival at Palaia Vineyards in Highland Mills, Route 32. Come out and support this event! We need volunteers to sell tickets, sell 50/50 raffles to benefit the OC AOH and all the Divisions, and we need two young men interested in making $50 to work the parking lot. Please see the sign up sheet at the May Meeting.

Long Range Planning:

July 8th to the 11th - NYS Convention, Uniondale, NY

September 19th - County Picnic at Division 2, Cornwall

October 18th - OC AOH Communion Breakfast at Sacred Heart Chapel, 9:30 AM, Breakfast at the Hall to follow, Division 4 Hosting

Remember, the Celtic Lounge is open every evening except Tuesday (Monday = Darts; Wednesday = Band Practice; Thursday = Pub Poker; Friday = Great Craic and Celebrate the End of the Work Week; Saturday = Why Not Come Out On Saturday Night and finally, Sunday = Recorded Irish Music, Sports and General Mayhem starting about 1 or 2 in the afternoon! Come on Down After Mass!!) Our great barmen await your patronage, so visit often for a beer, a spirit, and great times. Remember, light snacks available at all times!

As you can see, the Division is alive and kicking! Meetings, raffles, work parties, solemn masses and great fraternal events are all available. The Division is only as strong as the Brothers who make it come to life, so come on down, help out or just sit back and enjoy what we have all created, through the help of our faith and camaraderie.

In our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity, George George W. Anderson President AOH Division 1