Brothers, this is my final report for this term as your National Director/Organizer. It has been my pleasure to serve you in this office. I hope I have done my job to your satisfaction and have helped to grow our Order. I will have my final report at the National Convention in Cincinnati. There will be totals on the State boards, County Boards, Divisions along with membership totals in that report. I hope to see you all there in July.
I would like to thank our National President, Seamus Boyle, for appointing me the post of Organizer. My thanks also go out to the National Board, in general, for all their help, along with my Deputy National Organizers, State Presidents and State Organizers all deserve a hearty thanks for a job well done. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all members of the rank and file that have helped in the organizing of new divisions and bringing in new members.
At this convention, I will have a power point presentation on organizing. At this program we will discuss ideas and ways of organizing new divisions in your state and/or area. All State Presidents and State Organizers along with any interested members should plan on attending.
During these past two years, numerous e-mails and phone calls have poured into the Organizer’s office. This was one of the busiest offices on the National Board. All inquiries were answered in a timely fashion, usually within 2 to 3 days. We had calls/e-mails from all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska, and other countries such as Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany, England, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As the calls and emails came in, I would either handle them myself or forward them to the appropriate State, County or Division Presidents for their direction to the new candidates. I would also utilize National Directors and State Presidents in their jurisdictions, to install new Divisions. Believe it or not, we also had an Episcopalian Priest in Cleveland call and ask if he could join. Of course, he
could not, but it is nice to know that our name is out there and a lot of people have heard of us.
Over the past two years, my articles in this paper have been trying to give you effective ways of drawing more Irish-Americans into our fold. The most important way is to show our good works in the communities that we live in. Articles in your local newspaper are often good avenues to take. Another way is to use your Church bulletins. We are looking for good Catholic men of Irish descent and where better to find them than in the pews. Our parades, parties and music fests can be attractive to future members. Set up stands or work tables and provide information and applications, and always have it manned by 3 or 4 Hibernians so there is a no wait policy. As always, for AOH materials contact me by email or phone.
At this National Convention in July, a lot of good men are running for offices. Delegates, get there and have your vote heard. This is a great opportunity to meet your brothers from around the country, your National Officers and men from your own state. Get involved, ask questions, offer opinions, and most importantly be part of the projects, committees and delegations that will guide our great Order into the future.
Again, thank you for your confidence in me for the past two years. I am running for re-election for this National Director post and I would appreciate your vote. I am always available to you for any questions you have, or information that you need. If you need organizational materials, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 570-323-7789.
Have a happy and safe summer and Beannacht De an obair.