The division meetings of
Michael Collins Division 11, Suffolk County AOH are alway held on the first Thursday of the month
at 7:30 p.m. and as always, all brothers are encouraged to
attend. The next meeting will be on September 6.
Suffolk County AOH Board Meetings
are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:00 p.m. Next meeting is
at Division 7 in East Islip. All
are welcome to attend. We had a good turnout of division members at the last Suffolk county Meeting.
The Major Degree will be held at our Division on Sunday afternoon October 28th.
Brothers let me know if you wish to share anything in the newsletter. .
Please keep in your prayers our departed brothers.
Report on the 96th New York State AOH/LAOH State Convention
Pearl River, New York: 7/13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Thank you for providing us with the wonderful privilege of representing our division at the 96th Annual New York State AOH/LAOH Convention. It was a truly enlightening experience
that left both of us feeling extremely proud to be part of an order of Irish Catholic men and women who actively engaged in a democratic process to foster keen interest and hope for
the future of our shared Irish-American heritage at the local, county, state and national levels.
The Convention was held at the Hilton Hotel in Pearl River, New York. Approximately 700 delegates were in attendance.
The event opened with greetings and a light reception on Wednesday evening, followed by a formal opening of the convention in chambers on Thursday morning
at 9 A.M. Our State President, Charles “Chip” McLean presided over the affairs of the day, on Thursday and Friday, receiving delegates who verbally presented
committee reports on a range of issues important to the administration and operation of the order, or reflective of its various priorities. To that end,
several reports are highlighted below:
Report of the State Vice-President, Michael McNabb: regarding efforts to establish “Junior” divisions across the state as a feeder program to encourage
young people to develop early appreciation and interest in their Irish-American heritage and culture.
Report of the State Secretary, James J. Burke: regarding the status of all boards and divisions within the state.
Report of the State Treasurer, Tim McSweeney: regarding all income and expenditures of the AOH for the period 6/30/10 – 7/14/11
Report on Irish Immigration by State Chairman, Dan Dennehy: regarding efforts to educate federal officials about an improved visa and immigration program
for Irish citizens, and touchingly, the mission of the group Thar Saile regarding the unresolved status of former Irish Republican Political prisoners living in the
United States. For more information, visit www.Tharsaile.org
Report of the Political Education Committee, Liam McNabb: regarding efforts to work with the K of C, Catholic Conference, Conference on Private Organizations,
and legislators to promote family values, ways to improve revenue to various groups by lessening financial burdens borne by organizations the serve the commonweal.
Divisions are encouraged to document ALL activities of division Charities and Mission committees since this will help state efforts to demonstrate to elected officials
the level of charity work performed by our Order.
Report of the State Publicity Chairman, John C. O’Connell: as the natural companion to the mission of the Political Education Committee, all division are encouraged
to institute a local Publicity Committee to cultivate good public relations with local media and to educate the general public about the good works of the division.
Commodore John Barry Report by Chair pro tem, Mike Kearney: regarding ongoing efforts to gain formal Federal recognition at the Annapolis Naval Academy for
Irish Catholic Commodore John Barry, American Revolutionary hero and founder of the American Navy. A “Barry” Gate and interior memorial is proposed in his name.
It was our pleasure to hear from various candidates for state office and boards during the week. We also attended the Suffolk County AOH Caucus presided over by County President,
Tom McKenna to decide upon our choices for the selection of a location for the 2012 state convention (Saratoga, N.Y. won over Nassau), and in the one contested race -
to advocate for the successful candidacy of Suffolk County AOH brother, Vic Vogel from Division 7, Islip, for the position of AOH State Treasurer.
On Saturday Afternoon, we took part in the formal election of new officers. The election was conducted by outgoing state president “Chip” McLean.
Chip is a terrific speaker, who
is at ease in his role, inclusive in style, and conveys to all a wonderful sense of our core values of friendship, brotherly love and Christian Charity. His successor,
Mike McNabb of Auburn, N.Y. was warmly received by all in attendance. Mike was nominated by his father, followed by two seconding speeches from his two sons.
Once the convention was closed, we prepared ourselves for the formal Installation Dinner later in the day. Here, we observed the orderly
transfer of power from the current state administration to the newly elected incoming officers for the AOH and LAOH. Both ceremonies were conducted in a dignified manner
with all newly minted officials led into their respective places of honor by the members of the very polished Major Degree team.
Brothers, we express our sincere gratitude for the chance to represent our division at the convention,
,Robert “Bob” Boden,
President         Patrick “Skip” Heaney,
Se do bheatha, a Mhuire ata lan de grasta, ta an Tiarna leat
SHAY duh VAH-hah uh WEER-uh, uh_taw lawn deh GRAW-stuh, TAW un CHEER-nuh lat.
Is beannaithe thu idir mna, agus is beannaithe toradh do bhroinne Iosa
Iss ban-ee-eh hoo ihjur muh-raw, ah-gus iss ban-ee-eh TOR-uh duh VRIN-eh EE-suh.
A Naomh Mhuire, a Mhathair De, gui orainn na peacai, anois agus ar uair ar mbais. Aimean.
Uh NEEV WEER-uh, uh WAW-heer JAY, ghee OR-in nuh PAK-ee, ah-nish ah-gus air OOW-eer OR MAWSH. AW-may-un.
For further information contact President Dennis O'Rourke at email@example.com