The LAOH State Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill County Board, John F. Kennedy Division #2 Pottsville and all State Divisions are proud to place into nomination the name of Mary Ann Lubinsky for the office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that may become available.
Mary Ann joined the LAOH in 1994 and received the Major Degrees of the Order in 1995. She has been very involved with her division, John F. Kennedy #2, Pottsville, PA, previously serving as Irish Historian and Vice-President and is currently in her fifth two-year term as Division President. Mary Ann established the Division website and also serves as Webmaster.
She was instrumental in establishing the Schuylkill County Board in 2004 and served as the first County Board President, Vice-President, and is currently Past President and Catholic Action Chairperson.
On the State level, Mary Ann has served as Catholic Action Chairperson, Irish Historian, Secretary, Vice-President, the 2005-2009 Pennsylvania State Webmaster, 2007-2009 State President, and is currently the 2011-2013 Webmaster/Publicity Chairperson.
On the National level, Mary Ann was appointed the 2006-2008 National Webmaster by National President, Dorothy Weldon in Boston in 2006; and in 2008 in New Orleans, was re-appointed the National Webmaster for 2008-2010 by National President Mary Ryan. On every level—whether it be Division, County, State or National—she has served admirably in all offices, including concurrently serving as State President and National Webmaster.
She has served as a Pennsylvania Delegate to the National Conventions of 2002, 2004, and 2006 including the Constitution Convention, and National Board Delegate in 2008. She was to serve as a National Delegate at the 2010 convention, but was summoned home from Cincinnati due to a family emergency just prior to the start of the convention.
She is the daughter of the late John J. and Anna Valent Rehnert. Mary Ann is the widow of Edward P. Lubinsky, to whom she was married for almost 33 years. She is the mother of two sons and has two granddaughters, and has two “daughters”-in-law. She has spent the last fifteen years researching her Irish roots through her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McKeon Rehnert and great-grandmothers, Sarah McCabe McKeon and Margaret Gallagher Rehnert.
Mary Ann is very active in her home parish of St. Stephen Church in Port Carbon where she is a Lector and Extraordinary Minister and where she serves on the Parish Advisory Council. For the past two years, she has been the Parish Coordinator of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Mary Ann retired from her job of seventeen years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare in May 2006. Since September 1, 2009, she has been employed at St. Stephen’s Church as Parish Secretary. The job has many responsibilities including superintendent of the parish cemeteries.
In addition to the LAOH and her church, she is active in her community and a member of other organizations including the Historical Society of Schuylkill County where she serves as Secretary of the Board; the Saint Clair Community and Historical Society; and Phoenix Fire Co. #2, Pottsville, where she is the photographer. She is also a member of several Irish Genealogical Societies and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. The enjoyment she receives from family history and doing websites has resulted in her involvement with the IrelandGenWeb and PAGenWeb/USGenWeb projects where she serves as Webmaster for seven Irish websites and eight Pennsylvania genealogy websites respectively. Mary Ann is a volunteer for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia; and serves each year on the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital/Children’s Miracle Network Golf Tournament Committee. She is presently involved with the videotaping of WVIA Channel 44, Public Broadcast Station’s production of “Our Town Pottsville.
It is with the utmost pride and enthusiasm that we nominate our worthy sister, Mary Ann Lubinsky, to the Office of National Catholic Action Chairperson or any higher National office that might become available.