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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
10-09-11 Schenectady MDT Schenectady, NY Michael Glenn 518-505-3588 email@example.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!