It has been a busy year in the Treasurer’s office as the national per capita continues to come in. I am happy to say we are ahead of last years pace but sad to say that some divisions are still unpaid and no longer in good standing with the national board. Remember, the national per capita for 2014 was based on your membership as of December 31, 2014 and was due on February 15, 2015. For those of you unpaid this is unacceptable and it is up to you to rectify the situation. Divisions not in good standing are not permitted to participate in County or State Conventions.
The progress with the National Office computer system continues and we see improvements each week as we move forward. In October you can expect your division membership report to include a cover sheet that list the number of Regular Member, Clergy Member, National Life Member and Military member totals on the cover sheet and your grand total membership as of the day the report is printed. If there are no changes by your Financial Secretary or President by December 31, 2015 you per capita will equal the number of Regular Members times $12.00. If it does change it will the changed number for Regular Members as of December 31, 2015. This payment will be due by February 15, 2016.
I had the opportunity to attend the New York State Board meeting in early May. President Burke and many members of the New York State board have been extremely helpful in the computer updates and this is greatly appreciated. I also had the opportunity to visit with past national president, Secretary Emeritus Tom McNabb. Tom developed our system and process in the national office and in fact he initiated our first computer system as well. As you know Tom proposed the current computer update when he was still serving the national board as secretary. Each opportunity to meet with Brother McNabb is a learning opportunity for me.
I had the honor of being selected by National President Moore and the National Board to replace a seat on the Hibernian Charity Board. As of today I have only been involved with one meeting as a board member but can say I am excited about the opportunity. I think what is most important for every Hibernian to know and remember is that Hibernian Charity is a 501 C 3 and all personal and business donations are tax deductible. Remember this when it is time to make you personal and business donations regardless what time of the year it is. Talk to your tax accountant to see if additional tax-deductible donations help your tax situation.
Donations to Hibernian Charities can be unrestricted or can be directed to one of our great annual Hibernian projects. These include Project St. Patrick vocation scholarship, Hibernian Hunger, Irish Way scholarship fund, Irish History Day and more. Contact the various chairman of any Hibernian project to see how you can help today.
The saga with the IRS continues as of today. We are making progress however it has been a daunting and exhausting task. I have faith in our new Tax Accountants and believe we are getting close. The minute we have resolution you will be notified via every avenue we have. Notification will only be delayed by a short celebration and a review with our accountants. This issue dates back to 1990 and when it is resolved we will be good for years to come. As always, thank you for your patients, I know mine has worn thin. In closing, remember you can contact me any time with any questions. If I can’t answer them I can get you to someone who can. Enjoy the summer and Recruit a new Hibernian today!