Pro-Life

Fifteen years and counting; that’s what the Joseph McGarry Division in Myrtle Beach, SC is saying and it’s a phrase you will be hearing throughout South Carolina over the next few years when Charleston, Columbia and, close behind, Greenville reach 15 years .The Division Also honored past presidents John Jennings (deceased), Robert Mott, Patrick Reilly, Matthew Tully, Fran Tuitte, Tom Watters, Dix Colbert, John Hands and Mason Luther. The evening ended with the swearing in of the new slate of Officers.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few of the members who help keep the Division going strong Brothers like Bill Raphael, John Galvin, John Farrelly, Mike Coleman and Matthew Tully who was a recruiting machine.  These Brothers and the other original members of the Division made the Division what it is today.

I traveled to North Carolina to swear in the Officers of St. Brendan Division Huntersville, NC where Past National Director and President of the Joe Dougherty Division was an excellent host.  I can only see good things happening in the Southern District We are working on a new Division in Huntsville Al. and hopefully we will be able to form a state board soon

Brothers what a wonderful site the Right to Life march was, there was in access of 300,000 people in attendance and the best surprise of all was the number of young people that were there from all over the country. Maybe we haven’t lost our way. Our Brothers from the DC Board did a great job as always with their President Bob April in the lead. Also in attendance were National President Seamus Boyle and National Vice President Brendan Moore along with National Director’s Jere Cole, Keith Carney and Chris Norris.

May the Hand of a Friend Always be Near You.

Pro-Life

THE SOUTH IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN:  I had the privilege of helping the Florida State board swear in a new Division in Lady Lake Florida where they also received the Shamrock Degree. South Carolina with the hard work of Jim Nettles and Neal Diamond is ready to swear in the Carolina’s latest Division in Spartanburg, SC that will bring the number of divisions in SC up to nine – not bad for a Southern Baptist state.  All states in the district are on the move to promote the Irish-American Heritage Month project.  I will try to get to as many state board meeting as possible to talk about the project.

I will be contacting all the state presidents to encourage them to support the DC State board with their annual Pro Life Breakfast.  I will also be asking them for letters from the Priest in their states showing their support for this project.

I have an E-mail out to the new Pro Life Chairperson at Notre Dame asking her to contact me so that we can discuss her plans for the new program and how the AOH can help. Brothers, if you have any ideas for Pro-life please contact me at my E-mail address.

AOH Brothers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida will gather to meet and greet the First Consul General of the New Irish Consulate in Atlanta,GA:  Mr. Paul Gleason. Thanks to the President of the St. Columba Division Jim Lawracy who was instrumental in setting the whole thing up.  The reception will take place in Columbia, SC where the Consul General will be given a true Southern welcome.

Brothers as we approach the Christmas season I would like to send you and your families a Christmas greeting:

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to y’all

MAY THE HAND OF A FRIEND ALWAYS BE NEAR YOU

Pro-Life

Brother Hibernians I would like to thank you for your caring and your prayers as I deal with the death of my Daughter which happened very suddenly as I was on my way to the Convention in Cincinnati. As you all know at this point I had to leave the convention so that I could do whatever it required to get my daughter home. I spoke to the National President Seamus Boyle and he assured me that it would be all right for me to leave. Fr. Gerry Reagan and Jim Lawracy filled in for me at the state caucus and South Carolina State President Len Byrne stood in for me at the swearing in ceremony from what I understand they did a great job. I would like to thank them all. I would also like to thank my fellow Hibernians for having the trust and confidence in voting for me even though I was not present at the election. I will strive to live up to their expectations.

As we move forward, I hope we are able to bring the South back into the limelight .We have too many bright stars down here to sit and go stagnant. I will be calling on every one of them to work with me to make things happen. Thank you for your support as we work to fulfill the ideals of our order: Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

I want to call to your attention an event coming in early October and hope you can attend in your area. On Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. STAND UP FOR LIFE, a silent pro-life vigil, will be held in Huntington, NY at the intersection of Rt. 25 and Rt. 110, and, in Manorville, NY at Long Island Expressway, Exit 70 South, along both sides of County Rd. 111. Rain or shine. Signs provided. 1400 similar events, called Life Chains, will take place across the U.S. To find the location nearest you go to www.lifechain.net.  These events are sponsored by the Long Island Coalition for Life. Call 631-754-9141/ 631-243-1435. National Coordinator: Royce Dunn 530-674-5068.

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

Director’s Report – Bob Mott

Brother Hibernians I would like to thank you for your caring and your prayers as I deal with the death of my Daughter which happened very suddenly as I was on my way to the Convention in Cincinnati. As you all know at this point I had to leave the convention so that I could do whatever it required to get my Daughter home. I spoke to the National President Seamus Boyle and he assured me that it would be all right for me to leave. Fr. Gerry Reagan and Jim Lawracy filled in for me at the state caucus and South Carolina State President Len Byrne stood in for me at the swearing in ceremony from what I understand they did a great job. I would like to thank them all. I would also like to thank my fellow Hibernians for having the trust and confidence in voting for me even though I was not present at the election. I will strive to live up to their expectations.

As we move forward, I hope we are able to bring the South back into the limelight .We have too many bright stars down here to sit and go stagnant. I will be calling on every one of them to work with me to make things happen. Thank you for your support as we work to fulfill the ideals of our order. Friendship, Unity and true Christian Charity

May the hand of a friend always be near you.