President’s Column- Mary Hogan

Greeting to All,

As National President, I have traveled to several states since my last column. We have launched our “Remember The Women of The Rising” year.  Our Commemorative Pin has been received with very favorable comments not only from our members but also from many other Irish organizations including the Irish Consulate here in New York as well as in Ireland. We have received our second printing and the pin is available via our website.

We are the largest Irish Women’s group in the USA it is up to us to make sure that the role the women played in the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland is remembered.  Our National Historian Marilyn Madigan has been busy researching and adding information on these women to our national website: www.LadiesAOH.com, so please take some time to read and use this info to display at your meetings and in your local communities.

On June 29th, 2015, our National Board will be part of several organizations that are sponsoring events for the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in the United States. We will be having a Memorial Mass, Wreath Laying, Reception and Lecture on Staten Island, NY where his original funeral took place before he was transported to Ireland for his funeral on August 1st, 1915.  It was here that Pádraig Pearse says the immortal words “Ireland Unfree Shall Never Be At Peace”.  See the website for complete details.

I had the pleasure of representing our National Board at several events at the Irish Consulate here in New York. I wish to Thank Irish Consulate Barbara Jones & Deputy Anna McGillicuddy for all their gracious invitations to the LAOH.

I am pleased that our divisions and states are requesting the LAOH National Certificates issued by the President recognizing the achievements of our members. So many of our members do wonderful things and should be recognized.

As many know, our sisters in New Jersey lost two State Presidents (Judith Quinn & Nan Mitzen) within six months of each other. I attended the NJ State Convention in May.   I wish to thank Blanche Redfern for stepping into the Presidents office and presiding over a well run convention. Congratulations to the new NJ State President, Rosann Michel and her entire Board.

On Sunday May 3, 2015, I traveled to Washington, DC to join our sisters from Maryland & Washington, DC for Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral and the rededication of the Nuns of the Battlefield Monument. This monument was approved by an Act of Congress and paid for and built by us the then Ladies Auxiliary of the AOH in 1924. Thank you to our sisters for making sure this event takes place each year with the dignity that it deserves. We will be adding info on this wonderful monument to our website.

I am happy to announce the Interim National Board meeting and President’s Dinner will be in Elizabeth, NJ on Saturday October 24, 2015. Please see our national website for complete details.

On a sad note, our Past National President Eleonore Grimley passed to her heavenly reward on April 20, 2015.  Together with PNP Mary Dolan and many of our sisters from Virginia and Maryland, we attended the wake and provided an honor guard for the funeral mass. A Project St. Patrick Grant will be named in Honor of Eleonore.

I will be attending as many State conventions as possible to install the new officers. If you haven’t sent in the details of your state conventions please do so as soon as possible. If I am unable to attend then I will arrange for another Board member to attend and install the new State Officers.

Congratulations to LAOH Division 4 on Staten Island on their Division’s 45th Anniversary on May 9th, 2015.   I look forward to meeting my sisters throughout the country.   Have a happy and safe summer.