I send my greetings to all of you as you continue to do good works in the name of our Order. By the time you receive this edition of the Hibernian Digest, all of our LAOH State Conventions will be completed. I congratulate the officers elected to serve for the 2011-2013 Term of Office and those appointed to serve for the 2011-2013 Term of Office. To those of you who completed your State Officer or Appointee duties, I say thank you for your service.
It was my pleasure to be able to spend time with so many of you in Long Island, NY at the Interim National Board Meeting and at National President Margaret Hennessy’s Testimonial Dinner where we recognized Margaret Hennessy’s service to our Order. Your presence at these events strengthens our Friendship, Unity, & Christian Charity.
As many of you have questioned the need to complete the Annual History Reports at the Division, County Board, and State Board Levels, I discussed this matter with the National Board members at the Interim National Board. At this time, I am informing all of you that the Annual History Reports are to be completed at the end of the calendar year. This report at each level summarizes the history of the Order at that level for the given calendar year. This document may be shared with any entity who wants to know who we are and what we do each year.
Yes, some of the information requested on the Annual History Report is also provided on other forms required to be completed by various officer holders. This fact was taken into consideration when the timelines for the completion of the Annual History Reports were set. Thus, the Irish Historian is able to secure most of the information requested on the Annual History Report by gathering the data from other officers at her Division, County Board, or State Board level. All Division, County Board, and State Board Annual Reports for each State are to be submitted to the National Historian. The National Historian will complete an electronic file of all of these documents to be maintained as the History of the Order for the given calendar year.
I will be communicating directly with State Presidents and State Irish Historians in late November to remind them to work within their State to complete these reports. I encourage all members to be aware of the timelines for the completion of these Annual History Reports:
(1) Division Level Annual History Reports are to be completed by January 31 and forwarded to the County Board Irish Historian, if applicable, or to the State Irish Historian.
(2) County Board Level Annual History Reports are to be completed by February 28 and forwarded along with all of the Division Level Annual History Reports to the State Irish Historian.
3) State Board Level Annual History Report is to be completed by March 31 and forwarded along with all of the County Board Annual History Reports and all Division Annual History Reports to the National Irish Historian.
It was good to see many of you in Philadelphia PA at AOH National President Seamus Boyle’s Testimonial Dinner. In addition to recognizing Seamus Boyle’s service, the Sean McBride Humanitarian Award was presented to Clara Reilly, and the final 175thAnniversary celebration of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was completed.
I pray that you will enjoy some special time during the Thanksgiving season to give thanks for the many blessings you, your family, and your Hibernian Sisters share. Let us give thanks for those to serve to keep our country free and for their families who make such sacrifices for us too. May each of us make some special time to prepare for the coming of Jesus during Advent.