Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia has continued to be very busy. After many years we have organized a new division in Powhatan, Virginia named for Msgr. Charles A. Kelly, Jr.  Congratulations to charter Division President Michael McGee and his newly elected officers.  We continue to have more and more St. Patrick’s Day Parades in Alexandria, Manassas, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Fredericksburg.

On March 15th we had our 31st annual Gaelic Mass in honor of Saint Patrick sponsored by Col. John Fitzgerald Division #1 Arlington at St. Charles Catholic Church. The Gaelic Mass chairman was past State President Jim Carmody. The Celebrant for the Gaelic Mass was Reverend Gerald Creedon from County Cork, Ireland.

On January 23rd during our quarterly state meeting hosted by the Col. Thomas J. Cunninham Division, it’s founding Brother, Edwin (Ned) Woisard was honored by the Virginia State Board as the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Hibernian of the Year. Ned has served in numerous capacities at both the Division and State Levels and has been a stalwart supporter of all the AOH programs and initiatives throughout his 24 year membership.

On January 23rd Major Dooley Division had their annual wreath laying ceremony of their namesake Major Dooley.  Major James Henry Dooley was the son of Irish immigrants John and Sarah Dooley. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, one of nine children. His Father, John Dooley, Sr. was a successful hat manufacturer. The Dooley family was prominent in the community and the Parish of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. After the wreath laying ceremony Dr. Lynn Baylis took the group on a walking tour of the Italian garden. The Dooley’s brought back a gazebo on a ship from a vacation in Italy.

Ned Woisard is Virginia Hibernian of the Year

On January 23, during the recent quarterly State business meeting, hosted by the COL Thomas J. Cunningham Division, its founding member, Brother Edwin (Ned) Woisard was honored by the State Board as the recipient of the 2009 Virginia Hibernian of the Year.  Ned has served in numerous capacities at both the Division and State levels and has been a stalwart supporter of all AOH programs and initiatives throughout his 24 year membership. Ned was a Charter member of the Cardinal Cushing Division and throughout his 12 years with that Division he served in various leadership and committee chairmanship positions.  Brother Ned parlayed his experience and vision into the founding of the Colonel Thomas J. Cunningham Division of the AOH in 1998, thus expanding the Order to Loudoun County, one of the fastest growing counties in the Commonwealth, as well as the United States.  While others assisted, it was his personal determination that made the Cunningham Division a reality.  In Ned’s spirit, the Division has become a successful and vibrant organization that has significantly contributed to the local community and our membership parishes.  Ned is always there to assist all of the Division’s officers, Committee Chairmen, and general membership in all of their functions and responsibilities. This should not be a surprise to any, as Ned is a World War II veteran and a member of the exclusive club that Tom Brokaw refers to as the “Greatest Generation.”  Ned has not slowed down a bit; if anything he has accelerated his enthusiasm for not just the AOH, but our Holy Catholic Church and country.  Congratulations Ned!

(L to R) Gene Bransfield (State Treasurer), Chuck Curran (State Vice President), John O’Hara (Div. President), Ned Woisard, Rich Aleksy (State President), Bruce Denault (State Rec. Secretary), J.J. Kelly (National Veterans Committee Chairman)