“To be Irish is a Blessing, to be a Hibernian is an Honor.”
This quote is displayed with pride by many Hibernians on clothing, letterhead, newsletters, vehicles and much more, and rightfully so. Today, I stand before you as a Hibernian, blessed and honored.
Early Sunday morning, August 21, I was involved in a one-car accident that the state highway patrol claim I was lucky to survive. When my car slammed into a tree backwards off the interstate at over 60 miles per hour, I wasn’t lucky, I was blessed.
By the grace of God, I survived without even a broken bone. Many have commented that my hard Irish head saved me; I know it was God who placed an angel on my shoulder that day.
In my vehicle with me was my trusted laptop, including my Hibernian Digest article due to be sent later that morning to our new editor, John O’Connell. As I cleared the trauma team I asked my sister to call Seamus and let him know of the delay. When I learned she left a message I then insisted she call Sean Pender to be sure Brother O’Connell knew I would be delayed.
The result of these calls was prayers from my brothers, which without question led to a quick recovery. Special thanks to our new editor who allowed me some extra time to recreate my article.
I am sure we all have felt the blessing of the Irish over the years and understand what an Honor it is to stand with our Hibernian brothers. This is the basic fabric of recruiting new Hibernians from the ranks of the Irish Catholic men from around the country who have not yet received the honor of being a part of the Largest Irish Catholic Organization in the United States of America. In each article since I have become the National Organizer I have asked you to assist in growing our Order by recruiting one new member each and every year. The sales pitch is easy and the discussion should be centered on why the potential member is not a member. We need you to grow our Order and recruit at least one member each and every year.
I enjoyed the honor of attending many state conventions and presenting a recruiting PowerPoint addressing the recruiting process. At each stop I had the opportunity to share ideas, and with each stop we updated the presentation to reflect these new ideas.
I am currently working to place this updated presentation on a video that can then be used at the division level as well. I understand that many of us are unable to attend the convention, however also understand the important role that each and every Hibernian plays in the success of our Order. Once completed, we will place the video online and we will make efforts to get the DVD to each division.
In addition to the recruiting presentation, I am working with Sean Pender to get his FFAI presentation online as well. We recorded both presentations during the Maryland Convention as the first step in the process. I am hoping to find a few students from Youngstown State or a few Hibernian brothers to assist me in this project, since this is a bit beyond my talents. If you have any thoughts on the project or are able to assist, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Again, thank you for the prayers as I know your prayers have expedited my recovery. Remember, recruit a new member today and, as always, contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. God Bless, Danny O
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