Director Mike McNabb

My article for this issue deals with my Appointed Office, Charity and Missions.

With State Conventions coming to a close and the end of the year approaching, all State Boards and Divisions should be submitting their National Charity and Missions Reports. These reports are used for many purposes.

One is that you will be recognized for your efforts with a certificate at the National Convention. Another and more important reason is they can be used as evidence that our Organization makes many charitable donations.

This happened in New York State where legislation was passed exempting the AOH from reporting and donating more from Bell Jar tear of tickets. These reports were vital in passing this measure. They were presented, along with those of the Moose and Elks clubs, to the NYS Legislators thru a lobbying firm and showed we went well above the minimum set for the use of these fundraising tickets. The fact is more AOH donations go unreported than are reported. With the AOH National Board having a 501(3)(c) for some specific Charities, we could possibly expand this with the proper paperwork. So please take a few minutes to fill out the report. The Form for this can be found on the AOH National web site, AOH.com. They are to be mailed to me, my address is listed on the bottom, or they can be emailed to mikeaohny@aol.com.

I would like to thank two State Charity and Missions Chairmen, Arnie Nagelhout from New York and Mike Wallace from New Jersey for their efforts in making sure reports are filed.

— Michael J. McNabb

Director Mike McNabb

Thank you to all of you who have made donations or volunteered their time and effort with the Sandy Relief.

I was in Brooklyn on Dec. 15 for the Irish clean-up day. The Sister and Brother Members I met were very grateful for the assistance that was being given them. This was my first trip to the area since the storm. To see the devastation first hand was unbelievable. I started the day at the Brooklyn AOH Hall doing floor work. Then, with a group from the Albany/Schenectady/Saratoga area we went to a Brothers home that was gutted. This brother is wheelchair bound. He is staying with his daughter in a second floor apartment. His wheelchairs have been destroyed by Sandy. He needs to be carried any time he goes out. The group was able to repair/replace and level the floor of his home. This was a task that may sound simple, but turned out to be a challenge. We all really wanted to be able to return the next day and the days after that until the home was restored. While the work was being done I returned to the Hall. I was there to pick up lunch for the group. When I arrived at the Hall, President Moore was handing out donations from the National Disaster Relief Fund. The Sister and Brother Members were very moved to receive their checks. For some it meant their children would receive something for Christmas. I am looking forward to returning to the area in the near future to help with more restoration.

With St. Patrick’s Day comes the “Marching Season.” I ask ALL Brothers to remember, whether you realize it or not you are representing our Order at every Parade. Proper attire should be worn. I hope everyone has a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a Happy and Holy Easter.

Chairman, Charities and Missions

This is my final report after four years on the National Board.  I would like to thank Worthy President Boyle for appointing me to what I consider two of the most important jobs on the National Board.  That is, the Organizational Committee and the Charities and Missions Committee.

I would like to thank the State Presidents, the State Organizers and the members at large for their help bringing in 22 new Divisions, 2 new County Boards and 1 new State Board while I was National Organizer.  I could not have done that without your help.  As for the Charities and Missions, we all know that the third pillar of our motto is “ … True Christian Charity”.  And that is what we practice every time we raise money or donate our time to help others.  I am proud and thankful to all of our jurisdictions for their efforts.

These past four years under the guidance of President Boyle this National Board accomplished many milestones.  All of your National Officers performed their duties superbly.  I am honored to be associated with and to have work with these men.

I am looking forward to seeing and meeting you at the National Convention this July.  It is going to be a great time – don’t miss it.

Finally, I would like to again thank all of you for your efforts in making our Order the most outstanding Organization in the country.  And as we say in the Donegal Irish (Gaeilge Thir Chonaill),  Mo chairde, go raibh maith agaibh agus tchifidh me thu, le cuidiu De.  Slan go foill.

Director’s Report

It is hard to believe that December is here and that this year is almost over. With the year’s end, we all have lots to do in our Divisions. By now your elections are over and your new officers are ready to begin their duties. Thanks to all retiring Division officers for your hard work during your terms of office. Remember to get in your election and per capita reports to your County, State and National secretaries. These forms will facilitate our efforts in providing the proper information to the right people in all jurisdictions.

Keep sending in your Charities and Missions reports to me. Our Order needs to show our works on a national level. Please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable events. The reports are self-explanatory. Fill in all requested information and send to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is, in fact, a charitable cause and not simply a donation. List the charity benefited in your report. Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event. Donations to the AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, National History Day, Hibernian Hunger, etc., are encouraged. Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable. Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and your church bulletins of your good works. Have information on our Order readily available at your functions. Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, that no effort is too small. If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines, we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at  norrisaoh@aol.com or (570) 323-7789. I want to wish all Beannachtai na Nollag daoibh.

Charities and Missions

By now, almost all of the State Conventions are finished. I would like to congratulate all the new State Officers on their election to office. I attended the Pennsylvania State convention and was honored to assist National President Seamus Boyle with the installation of the new State Board. Knowing these men and their past accomplishments as I do, I am confident that they will serve our Order well.

I continue to be amazed by the generosity of our members. Numerous reports have come in since our last convention and I am overwhelmed by the continued support to our charities. During this summer, reports have been coming in at a slower rate. But I understand this, as summer is the time for vacations. As autumn continues, I know we will getting back to our good works. All reports are tallied and recognition will be given at our next National Convention.

Mission and Charities forms can be found on line at AOH.com. The forms are self-explanatory. Fill in all the requested information and send them to me at norrisaoh@aol.com or mail to 925 Campbell St., Williamsport, PA.  17701.

Adh mor.

Charities and Missions

The State convention season is now upon us and with it all the activities such as elections, resolutions, meeting with old friends and making new ones.  Let’s not forget to renew our enthusiasm for the good works or our Order.  We are asking all state Presidents, along with their Charities and Missions chairmen, to make your charitable works an important part of your convention agenda.

As we finish our first year of this administration we have noted that our Charities and Missions committees have done great work.  Many divisions and county boards have been done an excellent job of keeping up with the paper work that is so important to our Order.  Of course, next summer at our National Convention we will be making presentations to our workers.  As always, our thanks go out to you for making the difference in our world by your charitable works.

Please continue your charitable works.  Complete the forms that are found on our National web site and send them to me.  My address is listed on the forms.  Again, thanks and have a great convention!

Slan.

Director’ Report

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Saint Patrick’s Day and season.  My schedule brought me to events throughout Pennsylvania.  I attended parades on the Saturdays and Sundays before and after our big day.  On March 17th, I attended my Division’s Mass celebrating our Patron Saint.  Following the Mass we had our annual Division luncheon, as we always do.

In January, I traveled with the National Board to Washington, DC to attend the Annual Right to Life breakfast.  The DC Board does a great job every year with that breakfast and the march through the streets of DC that follows.  I would like to congratulate John McInerney and Jack O’Brien , the leaders of the Commodore John Barry Memorial Project at the Naval Academy, for their dedication to this project.  A gate and plaza named for Barry has been approved by the Academy thanks to their efforts.  Also in January, I attended several Hibernian of the Year events and installation of new officers around the state.  Congratulations to all of those honored and to all new officers elected.

Our thanks and congratulations go out to the boards and divisions who continue the charitable efforts of our Order by organizing projects and supporting causes in their communities.  As I stated in the last Digest issue, please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable works.  The reports are self-explanatory.  Fill in all the requested information and send them to me.  Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and your church bulletins of your good works.  Have information on our Order with you at your functions.  Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Any questions, call or email me at;  norrisaoh@aol.com or 570-323-7789

Tchifidh me sibh, le cuidiu De!

 

Director’s Report

The Holiday Season is over and our Big season will soon begin.  We as Hibernians know how to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day.  We will have Masses, parades, parties and the like.  That is all great but let’s not forget our alms for the poor.  As we move into this season let’s not forget our charitable works.  As I stated in our last Digest issue, please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable works.  The reports are self explanatory.  Fill in all the requested information and send them to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is in fact a charitable cause and not simply a donation.  List the charity benefited in your report.   Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event.  Donations to AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, Hibernian Hunger, etc. are encouraged.  Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable.  Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and church bulletins of your good works.  Have information on our Order with you at your functions.  Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, no effort is too small.  If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at;  norrisaoh@aol.com or 570-323-7789.

Adh mor oraibh agus Beannachtai na Phadraig daoibh.

Charities and Missions

It is hard to believe that December is here and that this year is just about over.  With the year’s end, we all have lots to do in our Divisions.  By now your elections are over and your new officers are ready to begin their duties.   Thanks to all retiring Division officers for your hard work during your terms in office.  Remember to get your election and per capita reports in to your county, state and national secretaries.  These forms will facilitate our efforts in providing the proper information to the right people in all jurisdictions.

Your Charities and Missions reports are starting to come in now.  I understand a lot of you don’t submit reports because you don’t want the recognition.  Please do not let that stop you.  I know that we were all raised not to flaunt our good works.  However, this is not just for you.  Our Order needs to show our works on a national level.  Please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable works.  The reports are self explanatory.  Fill in all the requested information and send them to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is in fact a charitable cause and not simply a donation.  List the charity benefited in your report.   Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event.  Donations to AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, National History Day, Hibernian Hunger, etc are encouraged.  Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable.  Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and church bulletins of your good works.  Have information on our Order with you at your functions.  Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, no effort is too small.  If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at;  norrisaoh@aol.com or 570-323-7789.  I want to wish all a Merry Christmas and Beannachtai na Nollag daoibh.

Charities and Missions

I’m very happy to report that the response for our request for support for those affected by the 2009 flooding in Ireland has generated donations totaling (as of the end of April) $19,280.00 and the checks are still arriving. Over 100 boards, divisions, individual members and non-members answered the call by opening both their hearts and wallets and mailing contributions. This is especially gratifying given economic times and the number of charities we support. Every member should be proud of the response.

Our thanks and congratulations go to the following boards and divisions who continue the charitable efforts of our Order by organizing projects and supporting causes in their communities. The following have submitted reports since our last edition:  St. Patrick Division 4 of Allegheny County who donated over $4900.00 to 28 various causes as well as working 950 man hours; St. Columcille Division 4 of Staten Island who contributed $13,500 to 28 various funds as well as working 250 man hours; Thomas W Carroll Division 1 of Erie County who contributed $1495.00 to several local charities including the Buffalo Irish Center and the Patrick J Curran Division 15 of Queens who’s $450.00 supported local funds including the Cystic Fibrous Foundation. Note to Divisions: When submitting reports of man hours worked please remember to include the charity you are supporting. The information is helpful in providing ideas to other divisions. Please also remember to include one of the form reports with your submissions to all activities. The information provided on the report: Division Name, location and number of members in the division is needed to properly record your activities. Thank you to all for your efforts in reaching out to those in need!

OMAGH BASKETBALL TOUR UPDATELocal organizers of the tour: Dennis Daly in Pennsylvania, Kevin Weldon in New Jersey, Dick Thompson & Dick Wall in Massachusetts and Frank Kearney Jr in Connecticut held a conference call with Eamon Daly, Omagh’s coach on April 20th and all have been (and are) busy finalizing local plans for the teams visit from July 15th to the 26th.  While a few details must still be ironed out the following is the planned schedule for the tour: July 15 arrival at JFK Airport; July 16 and 17 games and clinics in Neptune, New Jersey; July 18 a tour of New York City; July 19 a day at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ; July 20 a game and clinic in Philadelphia, PA; July 21 a day in the sun & surf at Wildwood NJ and then off to Connecticut where they will end their day with a pool & pizza party; July 22 a morning clinic and afternoon game in Meriden, CT and an evening with the Minnesota Twins minor league baseball club in New Britain, CT; July 23 a visit to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield MA while on route to an evening game in Watertown, MA; July 24 game and clinic in Watertown, MA; July 25 a day in Boston, MA including a visit to Boston Garden, the home of the teams favorite professional team, the Boston Celtics and July 26 brings their flight back to Northern Ireland.

Local expenses for the visit are being covered by donations and fundraisers and we ask that members and friends in each area do what they can to support local efforts. Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check made payable to Hibernian Charity-Omagh Basketball and mail to the Charity at PO Box 391, Meriden, CT 06451.

It’s difficult to believe it’s been two years since the New Orleans Convention and that Cincinnati is only a month away.  It’s been a busy and productive two years and I’d like to extend my gratitude to all those who have worked as hard as they have in promoting the charitable works of our noble Order. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve the membership as Missions & Charities Chairman and I offer my prayers and best wishes to all for success in your future efforts.