Copyright Monsignor Lawrence E. Giblin Division One, Broome County, NY. All rights reserved.
Marie Davenport, President
The next meeting of the County Board will be Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30. All LAOH members in good standing can attend.
Wishing each of you and your family a blessed Christmas.
In our Motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity,
Barbara Walling, President
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and many thankful blessings.
The Juniors had a successful spaghetti dinner on Election Day. The Corporation’s Luck of the Irish drawing was held on November 17. Thank you to all who supported this raffle. It was great to see those at the hall gathering to watch the drawing, purchasing the remaining tickets, and enjoying friendship, light refreshments, and beverages. Division II’s Sock Hop for Socks was a fun evening.
On Saturday, December 17, at 2:00 pm there will be a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Savage-Demarco Funeral Home on Conklin Avenue in Binghamton. After the ceremony we will go to two cemeteries in Conklin to place the wreaths. All are welcome to attend.
Roberson Museum’s Home for the Holidays is open now through January 6th. This is a wonderful exhibit and a holiday tradition for many. Thank you to Bernadette Burke and her helpers for taking the time to decorate our division’s Irish themed tree.
A special thank you to those sisters who cooked turkeys for St. Mary’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Please remember in your prayers the family of Hibernian Brother Ed Evans on his passing. May he rest in peace. Continue to remember in your prayers our sister and brother Hibernians who may need a healing prayer. Continuing prayers go to our military, first responders, health care workers and for the people in the Ukraine.
Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 pm LAOH County Board meeting Saturday, December 10, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, volunteer at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen
Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm, Wreaths Across America ceremony at Savage Funeral Home on Conklin Avenue in Binghamton, placing wreaths at Conklin cemeteries following.
Our next meeting will be Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm with a decade of the Rosary being recited at 6:30 pm. Feel free to bring a holiday snack or cookies to share. Hope you plan on joining us.
Wishing you and yours a Blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Susan Connors, President
Welcome to our new members, Patricia Mulrooney, Anne Smilnak and Peggy Smith, we are happy to have you and look forward to your participation in upcoming events!
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Thanksgiving basket. The food and gift cards were delivered, and the family was so delighted, it sure is a good feeling to help those in need.
And, on that same note, a big THANK YOU to those who donated socks to our “Sock Hop for Socks.” “Just Jack” Almy had the members on the dance floor most of the night, thank you John and thank you to the members for bringing snacks. As most of you know, socks are the most requested item in shelters and soup kitchens, we are so fortunate to be able to distribute them. Let us make this an annual event!
Nancy Hyatt, our FFAI (Freedom for All Ireland) appointee has asked that we have a 50/50 drawing at our next 3 meetings and the money to go towards the Christmas Appeal. Nancy also has Good Friday 25th Anniversary Pins for $10, let her know if you would like to order one. I still have a few NYS AOH/LAOH 2023 lottery calendars left to sell, $25 with 365 chances to win, let me know if you would like to purchase one and Good Luck!
The All-Division Christmas Party will be held at the hall on Saturday, December 3rd from 6pm to 10pm, open to members and spouses, good fun, food and friendship with our Hibernian Sisters and Brothers.
Our December Meeting/Christmas Party is on Wednesday, December 21st at 6pm. Please bring an unwrapped baby gift for Birthright and if you wish to take part in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift with a value of $10. The Officers will be hosting a Dessert Bar after the meeting.
If you are interested in attending the Irish Heritage Dinner Dance, and meet the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Officials, you can contact me at the number/email below for a ticket or table. It will be held at Atrio Banquet Hall in Endwell on Saturday, February 18, music by “Old Friends”, and dinner choice is fish, beef, chicken or vegetarian, cost is $45. If you would like to place an ad in the journal congratulating the officials, remembering a loved one or spotlighting your business, contact Debbie Burke, 607.772.0280, the book is handed out at the dance, This is a new venue for us and it is always a night of fun, so we hope you will join us. The dance is sponsored by our LAOH County Board. Officials and more information will be available later this month.
We continue to pray for those in the military and for all our members in need, especially the family of AOH Brother Ed Evans.
Tá súil agam go bhfuil tú go léir a Beannaithe agus Nollaig Shona... (I hope you all have a Blessed and Happy Christmas)
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Beannachtai! “Lest we forget “The harvest to our forefathers meant so much that brought them peace and content. Because they were not afraid to say their thanks for all on Thanksgiving Day! Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
The Juniors had their October meeting at Uncorked Creations and had a fabulous time! Their creative and artistic abilities showed through in such different and unique ways. The girls enjoyed some Irish folklore while learning about the Dullahan (headless horseman) and indulged in spooky treats. Some of our LAOH sisters joined in the painting fun- it was a great time.
The topic this year for the National Irish History Writing Contest is, The life and history of Bram Stoker and the Castle Dracula, Dublin Ireland. It is for students grades 6-12. For entry details please contact Kate Hull.
SPAGHETTI DINNER IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th. Please get your tickets at the AOH hall or contact Debbie Burke or Kelly Cole.
The Juniors next meeting is November 20th at 1pm, AOH hall. The girls will be learning The Gay Gordons, an Irish folkdance from Susan Connors and getting a private bagpipe lesson (and hopefully a performance!) from Steve Cole.
We are actively recruiting new members for the junior division and looking to our brothers and sisters for help. Please reach out to family or non-family members who are eligible. As our girls age out, it is so important to keep our membership growing strong with the hope they continue to be lifelong members of the LAOH.
Until next time...if any of you know young ladies who are Irish by birth/descent/adoption between the ages of 6 and 18 that are practicing Catholics, please send them our way.
In our motto, Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity
Vice President LAOH Division 2