Condolences go out to the Families of John Kenny and Mike Walsh both whom passed away last month. Mike was a State VP and John was a past Division President for Pinellas 2. Both were officers in the defunct AOH Pinellas 1 when I first joined in ’92. We will miss these great Hibernians.
The AOH FL State Board is having a State Convention on October 29th, 2011. The location will be at Cocoa Beach, FL. The address and date have been posted on the State Website.
COMFORT INN & SUITE RESORT
3901 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
Phone: (321) 783-2221 * Fax: (321) 783-0461
We also ask all divisions to get sponsors to help build a Convention journal. Treasurer Jack Marshall has provided us with a Convention Ad form with the breakdown of the journal page prices. Please return them no later than October 14th to Jack.
Our AOH South Florida Organizer John Pesce and I represented the State of Florida and our Noble Order in New York City on May 21st for the Anniversary Mass. We had a great time in New York City on May 19-22, 2011 celebrating the 17th year anniversary. Upon arrival at the Metro Doubletree Hilton Hotel on Thursday May 19, I went to the Empire State Building, walked through Central Park, and stopped and said a prayer at the New St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Friday, I took a Ferry Boat to Liberty Island and walked up the 304 steps to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty. Then I walked through the museum in the pedestal of the Statue. The Ferry Boat took us to Ellis Island and I could look up a couple of my ancestors. Friday evening, all the AOH/LAOH National Board Officers and State Presidents were guests at a reception given by Noel & Nora Kilkenny at their Penthouse Apartment. Noel Kilkenny is the Consul General to Ireland. On Saturday, we met in Little Italy to warm up for a parade to march to the Basilica of the Cathedral of Old St. Patrick’s for the 175th Anniversary of the AOH. That was a GREAT Mass and afterwards a Reception at the School across the street. There was food and music within a crowded open-air terrace. I took a cab to Wall Street and then the subway to my hotel. Finally, I went on a tour of the museums by Central Park including the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. I came home early on Sunday Morning.