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LAOH Division Two
Deborah Burke, President
The luck of the Irish shines in March. As well as St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-American Heritage Month is celebrated in March. Irish Americans have played a prominent role in this country since before the American Revolution. This month gives everyone a chance to celebrate our Irish culture by enjoying the many events and activities in our community.
The Parade Officials were announced at the LAOH County Heritage Dinner Dance in February. Congratulations to Grand Marshal- Division 2 member, Ruth Chamberlain, Maid of Erin-Sarah Wagaman and Official Parade Starter-Officer Timothy Groover. Congratulations to this year’s Community Service Award winner, our sister, Nancy Hyatt. Thank you to Susan Connors and Meryl Deemie, co-chairs of the dinner dance who make this a memorable evening.
Thank you to Barbara Button, chair of our division craft table at Irish Days and to our sisters who baked goods and made crafts as well as donated items for sale. A special thanks to Marie Davenport and Nancy Hyatt, co-chairs of the event.
Parade Day on March 2 begins with Mass at St. Mary’s Church followed by the parade, and festivities at Seton Catholic High School. The A.O.H Hall opens at 11am with Pat Kane at 7pm. Thank you to the Hibernian parade committee for planning and executing the parade and events and the A.O.H Men’s Division for the beautiful mass. This mass honors St. Patrick and our deceased A.O.H/LAOH members.
Come enjoy breakfast at the hall from 8am to noon on March 10th sponsored by the A.O.H Men’s Division. The proceeds help defray the cost of the Mass on parade day.
St. Patrick’s weekend begins on Friday, March 15th, with the Flag raising in Johnson City at 9am at People’s Park (by Friendly’s) and in Binghamton at 11:30. Old Friends will play at the A.O.H hall on March 16th at 7pm. On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church followed by their party. The A.O.H Hall will open at 11am. Music by The Shambles from 6 to 9pm.
On March 22, enjoy a fun night with karaoke by Just Jack from 5pm to 9pm.
Our division will host a Lenten Soup night on Friday April 5 from 4pm to 7pm. Enjoy a selection of “all you can eat” soups (chowders, potato, tomato) with salad, bread, coffee, tea and dessert. $8
Our Scholarship Committee is ramping up for this year’s Mary Curry Memorial Scholarship for 2019. Keep your eyes open for the flyer in the April Chieftain and information on www.bcaoh.com as well as at our hall.
Don’t forget to get your Luck of the Irish ticket. The ticket is $50 and affords you the chance to win one of 5 prizes up to $2500 while supporting our hall. Tickets are available by contacting me and at our next meeting in March. Drawing will be held on April 10th.
Give some thought to attending the N.Y.S. LAOH Spring Board Meeting to be held in East Durham the first week of May. Think about reserving a room or driving up for the general meeting on Saturday.
Be sure to you pay your dues at our monthly meeting or send a check for $20 payable to LAOH Division Two with your dues card and a self-addressed-stamped envelope to A.O.H Hall, 148 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905, Attn: Christina Brown.
Sashes are available for purchase for $31. Contact Maureen at 648-8131.
The passing of Patricia Farrell, mother of member, Liz, saddens us. We are sorry for the loss of someone so important and special in your life. We will be praying for you and the rest of your family.
Our next division meeting is Wednesday on March 20 at 7pm. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
LAOH Division One
Maureen Kadlecik, President
The St. Patrick Day “season” is now upon us and we have all been very busy preparing for many wonderful events that have taken place and will be taking place.
Thank you, Meryl Deemie, Mary Gilroy and all mass participants for a beautiful mass honoring our Patroness, St. Brigid and the delicious luncheon after mass. The music was lovely!
The LAOH County Heritage Dinner Dance was a grand night! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make it a wonderful evening. Congratulations once again to our Parade Honorees, to Nancy Hyatt on being nominated and chosen the recipient of the Hibernian Parade Committee Community Service Award, well deserved and to Barb Walling and Noreen Lanko on winning the Waterford Raffle.
Irish Day at St. Thomas was a wonderful day. The venue is now so much larger and even more family friendly. The lassies and lads had a ball dancing to Shambles. Thank you, Kathy Blodgett and Terri Rogers for Co- Chairing our ladies table and our volunteers. Yes, it was profitable but more importantly a day to enjoy our Irish Heritage with Irish food, music, dancing, friendship and a little shopping!
Start parade weekend off on Friday March 1st at 4:30 at our hall to see The Ballyclare Irish Dancers and at 5pm hear the sounds of the BC Celtic Pipe Band. Our A.O.H/LAOH mass honoring our deceased members is March 2nd at 11:30am. All Officers please be in the basement of the church no later than 11am on arrival see Maureen Reynolds for your corsage. Please wear your medallion and sash as all of our membership should wear a sash if you have one. If you would like to purchase a sash, please contact Maureen Bradley 648-8131 cost is $31.00. The mass is a start of a glorious day with our Grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Touring Ireland” stepping off at 1:30pm. After the parade join us at Seton Catholic Central with the festivities continue until 6pm. We are especially looking for volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets and help clean up. Then it is down to our A.O.H Hall for more food, drink, music, friendship and dancing with Pat Kane and West O’ Clare beginning around 7pm. Always a great time.
The Parade Committee has Binghamton Parade Day pins for sale for $10.00 they can be purchased at the hall or by contacting me at the numbers below. They are beautiful and can be used as a Kilt or sash pin too. Why not come to our meeting on March 8th 7 pm and purchase some.
On March 10th 8am-12 noon the A.O.H Division I will be having their pancake breakfast and would appreciate our help.
Flag Raisings will be held March 15th 9am in Johnson City at People’s Park next to Friendly’s and at 11:30am at Binghamton City Hall. Come on out to our hall March 16th to dance the night away to music by Old Friends 7-10pm. March 17th Shambles will be playing from 6-9 pm and the hall will be open earlier in the day.
This year is the 125th Anniversary of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. There will be a celebration this year and a committee is being formed to begin planning. If you have any ideas of what you may like to see please contact me. Beautiful pins are also available for purchase cost is $10.00. Please let me know if you’d like to purchase one.
Luck of the Irish Tickets are still available for purchase at the hall or from any board member. Cost is $50.00 and more than one person can be on a ticket. Drawing will be April 10th 6 pm. Good Luck everyone! You cannot win it unless you’re in it.
Our Mission in Motion for March is Paper towels and Toilet Paper. Dues are due please send a check, your dues card and a self- addressed stamped envelope to A.O.H Attn: Linda Largue 148 Main St. Bing. NY 13905.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Liz Farrell and all the Farrell family on the passing of their mom Pat Farrell, The Holobosky family who lost their mom in January, (our sister Rosemary) and then lost their dad suddenly in February A.O.H men’s associate member. Until we meet again May God hold You in the Palm of His Hand. Get well wishes to Maureen Reynolds and Sharon Fields and all others in need of a prayer or two.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and “Dia Beannacht Leat”( God Bless You) Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
-Maureen- firstname.lastname@example.org 729-4561/206-2963