On Moving Forward

If it’s Spring in an odd-numbered year (2015), then it must be the start of the AOH State Convention Season.

As pointed out in the previous Digest edition, State Conventions are extremely important events and should be as productive as possible in terms of addressing current issues and concerns within your state, the discernment of your state’s future leadership, and setting a direction for the next two years.

Please, please, please…

-Forward immediately to me by email (1) the names, (2) the email addresses, and (3) the phone numbers for your state’s newly elected State President and State Vice President. If one or both of the Brothers currently serving in those positions have been re-elected to serve for another two year term, please notify me of that by emailing as well.

-Forward all required information for newly elected state officers to National Secretary Jere Cole on the appropriate form.

-Be aware that any division that has not yet paid its annual assessment is deemed “not in good standing” within the Order, and is banned from participating in your 2015 State Convention. If necessary, seek further guidance on this matter from National Legal Counsel Patrick Sturdy. The latest assessment payment updates are always available from National Treasurer Danny O’Connell.


Right Now:

National Director Tom O’Donnell is presently appealing for support to fund Project Saint Patrick. As you are aware, this is an important effort on the part of all levels of the AOH and LAOH to provide grants to those in formation who are hoping to devote their lives as priests, brothers, and sisters to the service our Church. Kindly check to determine if your division, county board, or state board has already contributed.

Past National President Seamus Boyle is acceptiong donations for the refurbishment of the Medal of Honor Grove. This unique and inspiring memorial is privately supported. Even aside from funding, Hibernians over the years have generously provided the physical labor needed to maintain this property.


Down the Line:

The weekend of October 3, 2015, has been confirmed for the Interim National Board Meeting. This triple-header event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Suffern Hotel in Rockland County, New York, and will consist of the Board Meeting, the National President’s Testimonial Dinner, and the conferral of the AOH-LAOH Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award. A complete mailing has already been forwarded to all division, county, and state presidents. All are urged to attend and make arrangements immediately.

The National Hibernian Commemoration of the Centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Rising is set for Saturday, April 23, 2016, in New York City. National Vice President Jim McKay is chairing this important event, so please make plans to be present once final details have been provided.

As previously announced, the AOH-LAOH National Convention at Harrah’s in Atlantic City is now set for July 7-11, 2016. We are hoping where possible to adjust scheduling to enable our AOH delegates to participate in a broader workshop experience dealing with practical topics for the improved operation of our divisions and the enhanced participation of our Brother members.

Stay tuned!