Michigan held their 80th Annual AOH State Convention May 1 and 2 in Flint, Michigan. Everyone in attendance agreed the event was a great success. The Convention kicked off on Friday night with a Hooley where guests in attendance were treated to the music of Michigan’s own Diggers. The business meeting convened on Saturday morning with National Director Patrick Sturdy in attendance. Director Sturdy spoke to the membership about the need to make membership development the highest priority.
Kevin Burke, long time member of the Patrick Ryan Division, was elected as the new State President. Mike Kelly, long time member of the Stephen Walsh Division, was elected the new State Vice President. Tim Higgins, also a member of the Patrick Ryan Division, was elected as the New State Recording Secretary. And, Gerry Mato, longtime member of the Thomas Kelly Division, was re-elected as State Treasurer.
The Convention festivities conclude on Saturday with a Banquet at which Monsignor Russ Kohler, the AOH State Board Chaplin was awarded the Pat Kileen Award. The Pat Kileen Award is given biannually at the State Convention to a Michigan Hibernian who has shown dedication and commitment to the Order.