From the President

Where has the time gone, it seems as though I just finished putting the Christmas Decorations away and it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Time flies when you are having fun.  My family and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed and Holy Christmas.

It was so nice to see so many State Presidents and Observers at the interim board meeting as well as the Officers of the National Board. Thank you for all your well wishes and thoughtfulness at my testimonial dinner.

I attended the AOH National President’s dinner in Pennsylvania and enjoyed meeting the recipient of the Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award Clara Reilly.  I traveled to South Carolina for their State Convention and observed our newest Degree Team from South Carolina as they exemplified the Degrees of our Order.  We presented our donation to Notre Dame and met the recipients of the Hibernian Scholarship.  I will be attending Georgia’s State Convention in November.  Thank you for all your invitations to attend your conventions, I tried to attend as many as possible.   It was great to meet the Ladies from around the country and see the wonderful things that they accomplish in the name of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Just a reminder that with the State Conventions completed for this year, a copy of your newly revised bylaws needs to be sent to me for my signature.

While you enjoy the Holidays give thanks for all of the gifts that God has given us and remember to say a prayer for our deceased brother & sister Hibernians and all of our troops that are serving our Country.

Virginia News

Another year, another Advent and soon another Christmas. Christmas time seems to come much faster now that we are adults doesn’t it. It was a long time between Christmases when we were kids. The birthday of our Savior is but a few more days away. The Virginia State Board has continued make a strong attempt to “Keep Christ in Christmas” again this year.  I encourage all Division presidents to contact radio stations in your local areas with a thirty second radio spot to keep Christ in Christmas. I encourage you to make a Nativity Scene as part of your Christmas decorations in your home and your meeting locations.

I encourage you to make sure that your Parish or perhaps an underprivileged Parish in your community is suitably dressed for Christmas. Offer to assist with decorations, flowers, cleanup or whatever is needed. Encourage our children to give gifts that they made themselves or a thoughtful act to those less fortunate this year.

As we approach the New Year it is also a time to reflect on our accomplishments or the things we did not accomplish in 2010 as a leader of the AOH. This is a time to set new goals, repair omissions and correct errors from last year and plan for a worthy future. It is always more meaningful and binding if we put our goals and commitments on paper, even if we do not show anyone else.

I hope that your schedule and plans enable you to spend a lot of time with your families this Christmas. I hope you will have the most wonderful and happiest Christmas of your life and that our Savior bestows his blessings on you and your family.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Holy New Year.

Picture (R – L) Back row: Joe Sabella; Aldo Direnzo; Marty Crimmins, Div 4. Front row: Dr. Craig Campbell, Div 1; Donald McAndrews, Div 4; Tom P Monahan, Div 4