National Convention Change

National President Moore has appointed me as the Board liaison to the ST. Louis Convention Committee.  I have been working very closely with the Host Committee Chairman National Director Judge Jim Wahl.  We had a problem with the hotel that was slated to be the site of the 2014 Convention.  Because of construction problems there that would not be resolved before our Convention we have moved the Convention to the Renaissance Grand hotel a Marriott property.  It is located in downtown St. Louis. The National Presidents of the AOH and LAOH have visited the hotel and were very impressed by the facility.

The Committee is now hard at work planning for a great Convention.  It will be the Fourth held in St. Louis. The last in 1960 and before that 1888 and 1904.  It is the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the City and many events are planned as the Gateway to the West celebrates its heritage.  If we are lucky the Cardinals will be in town and of course something will be worked out in conjunction with the team.  All the Convention information will be in the next issue of the Digest and a web site will also be up and running.  So plan to meet us in St. Louis starting on July 30 and ending with the final banquet on August 2.

 

George J. Clough, Jr., Past National President

 

Missouri News

The Easter Rising was commemorated by a march to the Republican Monument in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Past National President George Clough was joined by Missouri State President John Wilson and Ladies Missouri State President Loretta Sheerin and members of Divisions from St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Missouri and St Clair County, Illinois.

The program included the reading of biographies of some of the men and women who participated in the Rising and the reading of the Easter Proclamation.

The Monument was built to commemorate those who are buried there who participated in the wars for Irish Independence. The Commemoration has been held each year and plans are already being made for the special Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary in 2016. Those attending the 2014 National Convention in St. Louis will be able to visit the Monument while at the Convention.

Treasurer’s Report

Recently the National Executive Board met with our CPA’s in Wilkes Barre, PA.  The meeting was called because of the confusion that many of our Divisions have been encountering when trying to file their annual 990 IRS requirement.  If you will recall, since 2007 all tax exempt entities must obtain a valid EIN number and file tax returns with that number on a yearly basis. If the Divisions or subordinate entities are below the $25,000 threshold income level, which are the majority of our AOH Divisions, County Boards, State Boards, then they could file a one-page 990 Form online.  When many of our Divisions attempted to do this their filings were rejected because the IRS did not recognize who they were.  A great deal of discussion was held that year with IRS agents from different parts of the country but the problem remained unsolved.  Consequently on October 12, 2010, our National President, Seamus Boyle, National Vice President, Brendan Moore, National Secretary, Tom McNabb, Legal Counsel, George Clough, and I met at the offices of Kronick, Kalada, Berdy & Company in Wilkes Barre, PA in an attempt to resolve these issues.  Our accountants have agreed to give us a “step by step” process that each AOH entity can follow when attempting to file their 990 forms (for those Divisions below the $25,000 threshold).  Hopefully these “process steps” will be ready in the next few weeks which I will publish in the next Digest.

In the meantime all Divisions who have not filed their 990 should continue to attempt to file so they can show an attempt to comply with the rules.  While we wait for those steps to be promulgated, I think it is a good idea for all Financial Secretaries to include their EIN number in their yearly membership report to our National Secretary, Tom McNabb.  Brother McNabb is required to keep a list of those EIN numbers on file at our National Office.  However, please remember that we do not file a group return and on advice of legal counsel and accountants we will never file a group return.

I look forward to including our next report from our CPA’s in the next Digest.  Don’t forget that all Per Capita dues are due in February of 2011.

National Legal Counsel Announces Appointments

George J. Clough, Jr. the National Legal Counsel has announced the following four appointments to be Associate National Legal Counsels: Pat Study of Michigan, John Fitzmorris of Louisiana, Kevin McKernan of New York and Dan Denveiney of Pennsylvania. Clough praised the new additions stating, “These Brothers are available to assist members who might have legal questions and will advise me on National Legal matters. Pat did an excellent job as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee and John served as Parliamentarian at the Convention and did a great job. Dan was a valuable asset with his advice for Kevin Donohue the Chairman of the Constitution Committee.”

Legal Counsel

George J. Clough, Jr. the National Legal Counsel has announced the following four appointments to be Associate National Legal Counsels: Pat Study of Michigan, John Fitzmorris of Louisiana, Kevin McKernan of New York and Dan Denveiney of Pennsylvania. Clough praised the new additions stating, “These Brothers are available to assist members who might have legal questions and will advise me on National Legal matters. Pat did an excellent job as Chairman of the Resolutions Committee and John served as Parliamentarian at the Convention and did a great job. Dan was a valuable asset with his advice for Kevin Donohue the Chairman of the Constitution Committee.”