Brothers, this is the last article for the Hibernian Digest that I will be submitting as your treasurer. Some days it seems like just yesterday that I started this job and other days it seems like 10 years.
The Order is in better financial shape than it has ever been. This has a great deal to do with the per capita increase that we secured in New Orleans four years ago as well as reorganizing our stock portfolio, which now seems to be on a firm financial and conservative base.
We are still suffering through the new IRS regulations requiring each Division to have a current EIN tax exempt number allowing them to file their 990 forms on a yearly basis. Many of our Divisions are in compliance, however some are not. This is a very frustrating experience for many of the Division’s financial secretaries. I have attempted to preach patience and tenacity dealing with the IRS and I know slowly but surely all the divisions of our order will be in compliance. We continue to be, as we have in the past 15 years, in good standing with the IRS and have diligently filed our tax returns in a timely manner.
I have been fortunate to be associated with one of our Order’s most historic projects in recent times, the erection of the Commodore Barry gate in Annapolis, Maryland. It is still an ongoing project and I think by the time you read this article we will have attained or be close to attaining our monetary goal. This is the type of brick-and-mortar endeavor of our Noble Order that will stand the test of time. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to read in stone what their Hibernian grandfathers and great grandfathers did on behalf of a great Irishman, John Barry, father of the American Navy.
Hope to see many of you at our National Convention in Turning Stone, New York.