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Division 1 President's Report


January 2017

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
RESIDENT' S MESSAGE
 
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


 

June 2014

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

Greetings brothers! 

As the days of summer are growing shorter, I hope that everyone had a wonderful time spent vacationing or

otherwise enjoying the months of July and August. Now, as thoughts turn to "back to school" and "back to work," as always the Division has some great activities lined up for the fall season.

First, on Sunday, September 7th, we will host the Orange County Board meeting at our hall. The meeting will be held at 2 PM. I encourage all to attend and learn what is happening at other Divisions in the county, and in other county business. In preparation for that meeting, your Board of Officers will be meeting on September 6th to make preparations. Any brothers who are available to assist in preparing our Hall, please contact me at ganderson@ahodiv1.org

We will have our Division meeting on Friday, September 12th. At this meeting, we will be draping our Char-ter in memory of our deceased Brother, John Brophy, Jr. John was a past Board officer and is the son of Past President John Brophy, Sr. I ask all Brothers who are able to attend do so and pay tribute to John. We will also be discussing other Division business, including upcoming events. Please make every effort to attend this meeting.

On Saturday, September 13th, we will have our annual Orange County AOH Picnic, at Division 2 in Cornwall. The event starts at 1 PM and promises to be a great event, so please mark your cal-endars. As always, we can use assistance at this event, including assisting Tom McCarthy at the front door, manning the grill, and helping out in the parking lot directing folks where to park. If you can spare an hour or two please let me know at ganderson@aohdiv1.org. For further infor-mation on the picnic please see the enclosed flyer.

On Saturday, September 20th, our Hall will play host to a fundraiser for the LAOH, a Dart Tour-nament featuring professional dart player Jim Widmayer, brother of LAOH Board Member Barba-ra Slifkin. It promises to be a great event. Please see the attached flyer or Brother Jimmy Mac for more information about this event.

On October 5th we will be having our Communion Breakfast. Mass this year will be 9 AM at St. Anastasia's in Harriman, with breakfast to follow at the Hall. We are planning this to be a county event, so please come to mass in Harriman and represent our great Division!

Rounding out the immediate future, we will be having our October meeting on Friday, October 10th, so please also plan to attend that meeting also. As always, our Celtic Lounge is open and please come by and sample some of the great beer on tap that Ken has been pouring. The selec-tion changes seasonally and Ken is prepared for the fall with a great Oktoberfest beer and other selections. We are also planning a dinner dance at the Hall for late October/Early November, details will follow as we finalize them.

Please also be on the lookout for other events including football events, both American and Irish, hurling and the All Irelands--details on these will be sent out in separate emails and posted on our Facebook site. If you are on Facebook, please be sure to "like" or "friend" our AOH Div 1 Face-book page to receive regular updates on our events. Also, our Fleming Scholarship Committee, led by Brother Chris Debold, is planning to have an event in October, perhaps over the Colum-bus Day weekend, to serve as a fundraiser. Please watch for an announcement on this event once it is finalized.

Brothers, as you can see our Division has many great opportunities for you to experience friend-ship, unity and Christian charity and I encourage you to come to the Hall, experience the great camaraderie that comes with being a member of Division 1, and support our activities.

Slainte, and in our Motto,

George

George W. Anderson