Vice President’s Message

WE’VE MOVED!

In case you need to get in contact by means other than email:

Brendan Moore

25 Avner Lane

West Nyack, NY 10994

914-712-5463

 

THE MAJOR DEGREE

Once someone has joined the AOH, what really is the purpose or value of the Major Degree?  The Major Degree of the Ancient Order of Hibernians is an important component of who we are and what we are as an organization. The Degree ceremony itself must be seen and experienced as a journey towards greater and deeper awareness. It is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on and absorb the very purpose of being a Hibernian. As such, it is, indeed, a significant opportunity for all in attendance (candidates, Degreed observers, and even Major Degree Team members) to focus on why we call each other brother. And it should directly challenge each of us to pause and re-commit ourselves to the AOH’s ideal that our Hibernian Brothers stand at our side and on our side, truly caring for and about us.

With all of that in mind, I am providing below the details for upcoming Major Degrees, hoping that you will take the opportunity to participate.

 

DATE         TEAM                    LOCATION        CONTACT        PHONE           EMAIL

07-24-11     Brian Boru MDT    Richmond, VA      JJ Kelly              703-475-9415   IrishKnight@cox.net

10-02-11    Tara Court MDT     Worcester, MA      Dick Thompson 617 755 8467    rthomp521@comcast.net

10-09-11    Schenectady MDT  Schenectady, NY   Michael Glenn   518-505-3588    mglen2@nycap.rr.com

10-23-11    Tara Court MDT     Suffolk, NY           Walter Butler     631-736-2171

 

PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT  

June 29 brought a team of National Board members to Washington, DC, for a variety of purposes. The day was planned around an invitation to lunch with Irish Ambassador Michael Collins, who was anxious to promote communication with the AOH and provide an opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and reactions on a range of topics. While I am certain that this event will be alluded to elsewhere in this edition of the Digest, I would simply like to focus on my own perception.

I was quite proud of the manner in which we presented ourselves! In our listening and our speaking, we came across on the whole broad range of “Irish issues” as both truly committed and knowledgeable. Whether it was visas, the undocumented Irish, U.S. immigration legislation, tourism, the state of the Irish economy, the Six Counties, or future joint ventures with the Irish government, our team clearly articulated facts, impressions, and solutions. Great job, Brothers!

 

New Jersey News

NJ AOH 49th biennial Convention Scheduled

 

On May 13th and 14th The Ancient Order of Hibernians in New Jersey will be conducting their 49th biennial convention. The theme for the convention will be One Island, One Ireland. The two day convention will be hosted by the John Cardinal O’Connor Div 32, Belmar It will be headquartered at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake. With daily events thru out Belmar, Saturday May 14th will culminate with a gala banquet, at which Congressman Frank Pallone and State Senator Sean Keane will be recognized for their outstanding contributions toward a United Ireland. Installation of the newly elected State Officers will be conducted by National President Seamus Boyle after mass on Saturday evening at Doolan’s. The mass will recognize and remember the 30th anniversary of the Hunger Strikers of 1981. For additional information contact Chairman Ray Barnes Ray-barnes@comcast.net or visit www.njaoh.com

Delaware News

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Brigid and New Castle County Irish Society are busy planning an event on March 20th with Rita O’Hare, General Secretary and Sinn Fein Representative to the United States.  Rita O’Hare will discuss partition, the meaning of “Freedom for All Ireland” and what Irish Americans can do to support a united Ireland. She will also review the recent election in Ireland. Relax afterward upstairs in the hall at a ceili. If interested, contact Stella Carrigan 302-766-0623 or delawarelaoh@comcast.net.

Past National President

I have updated minor changes to the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Ritual that were approved at the 95th Biennial National Convention and forwarded hard copies to the LAOH National Board and forwarded numerous hard copies to the National Supply Chair for availability to the membership. In my role as immediate past national president, I was responsible for the organization, development and support of new states of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.  January, 2010, I installed the St. Brigid Division #1, New Castle County, Newark, Delaware. LAOH State #28.  President – Stella Carrigan, 401 Jackson Ave., Wilmington, DE 19804.  stellacarrigan@comcast.net I also organized LAOH STATE #29 – Tucson, Arizona.  It was the request of the President and State Organizer that the installation be held in October, 2010 due to the extreme summer temperatures. It is my intention to comply when preparations are confirmed. I have been notified by the chair of the Selection Committee, that on Saturday, September 25, 2010, Carlow University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I received a BSN in Nursing Education, will present to me the Alumni Association Board of Directors – 2010 recipient of the Alumni Association Award of Distinguished Service and Achievement for Dedication to Education, Professional and Personal Achievements.

Immigration and Legislation

Our worthy National President, Margaret Hennessy, has reappointed me to the position of Immigration and Legislation Appointee for the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. I also serve as the LAOH President of Division 8, Lawrence, MA and the LAOH State Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I look forward to working with Dan Dennehy, my newly appointed AOH counterpart.  He and I have been in contact and I am sure it is the beginning of an inspiring and communicative relationship.  I count on him for his support and guidance.  This relationship with my new counterpart will prove both educational and beneficial for the LAOH since Dan Dennehy is the husband of Siobhan Dennehy who has just received the JFK medal from the AOH and LAOH for her work in immigration.  I intend to tap into her wealth of knowledge.  I am excited and hopeful that her contacts and expertise will open up a whole new door for the LAOH. I will continue to familiarize myself with as much information on immigration and legislative issues that I am able to access.   In the fall I will accompany a group of AOH members and Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform members to my own Massachusetts Senator’s office to engage in a discussion of immigration reform.  The AOH has been supportive in voicing our joint concerns as the LAOH representatives are sometimes limited in what can be voiced due to our nonprofit status which is an important consideration. I will continue my efforts to educate not only myself but also our members via email and the Hibernian Digest.  If you have any questions or wish to contact me, please do at dancingds@comcast.net or by telephone at 978-390-3400.  I would also ask that you send me the contact information of your State and Divisions’ Immigration & Legislation chair.  This information would be most helpful and allow me to pass along important information. Again, I would like to thank our National President, Margaret Hennessy for her confidence in me and I promise that I will live up to her and your expectations during the next two years.  As we begin this new term on the National Board.  I hope that my goals and ambitions will help this organization, ladies and men alike, and I will strive to live up to the faith that President Hennessy has in me. It is an honor and a privilege to represent you all.