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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

President's Message October 2014


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Division One President Kevin Ellis




October 2014


Brothers,


     The month of September had a lot of developments concerning the Irish Community in the New York area, there will be much to discuss in the weeks and months ahead of us.  First, let’s have a short rundown of some events that happened.

     I would like to welcome George McShane, Michael Maher, and James Hamill who were sworn in as Hibernians at our Division Meeting on September 3rd. Welcome Brothers! Our membership has now grown to over 100 members!  Let’s keep it going!

     I would also remind all members who still have outstanding membership dues for 2014 to please get these paid up this month.  It is essential that we have all of our members in good standing to make our Division even more successful going forward.

    In September, the rain cut short the Annual McLean Avenue Fall Festival, but we did get in several hours of meeting and greeting people along the Emerald Mile.  Let’s pray for better weather next year.  I attended The 6th Annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest in Peekskill and the event seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year.  Congrats to our brothers in Division 18 Peekskill for putting together another tremendously successful festival!  I attended the AOH Westchester County Board meeting in Tarrytown and I am happy to report that Paul Clarke is recovering from his serious leg injuries.  He still has several more weeks before he up is and about, but it appears that he is on the road to a full recovery.  AOH National Immigration Chairman and member of Division 18 Peekskill Dan Dennehy has been selected to serve as The Westchester County Aide to The Grand Marshal for the 254th Annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an honor that is very well deserved.  Dan is one of the hardest working AOH members in the entire country, and we extend our congratulations to him and his family.

     As we look forward toward October, the first weekend will be a very busy one.  The Aisling Irish Community Center will hold its Annual Dinner Dance on Friday, October 3rd.  I am proud that our members will be present to present our annual donation of support to the center.  Sunday, October 5th is an all day event.  It is Respect Life Sunday in the NY Archdiocese, and the Annual Respect Life Mass will host AOH members form around the entire metro NY area.  We will have a bus to transport members to and from St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday morning.  The mass will be followed by a buffet breakfast hosted by The AOH New York County Board.  The bus will then return us to Dunwoodie Golf Course to attend the American Irish Association’s 40th Anniversary Dinner Dance, where Division 1 Yonkers will be honored for our Charities and Missions work.  Sign up sheets will be available at our membership meeting for both the Mass and The Dinner.

     At this date, we are still attempting to put together the final details of The Sean Tallon Memorial Football Tournament for 2015.  I will hopefully have more details within a week or so.

     Finally, we are well aware of last month’s developments concerning the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  I think I would be understating it when I say we were surprised by the announcement that changes were made to allow LGBT marching groups to participate next year.  There seemed to be a lot of confusion on the part of the committee concerning the particulars involving both the decision itself and the process by which the decision was made.  The announcement was accompanied by many conflicting statements being made by different committee members, and this only added to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the parade itself.

     Since the formation of the separate parade committee, The Ancient Order of Hibernians has no direct control of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. However, the AOH is still heavily invested in the parade, and I believe our support and participation is now more important than ever.  It is my personal belief that the AOH and its members must continue to serve as the shining example when it comes to the true meaning and message of St. Patrick’s Day.  
    I attended the parade delegates meeting on September 29th, and will have a full report on some late developing details that have come to light concerning the NYC Parade at our general membership meeting.


Yours in Our Motto,



Kevin Ellis, President
Division One, Yonkers

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