Copyright Monsignor Lawrence E. Giblin Division One, Broome County, NY. All rights reserved.
President’s Message May 2023
Greetings and Happy May Day! As we conclude our Easter Season, I hope that all of us have that renewed feeling from our Easter Celebration. We continue to promote our Irish Heritage and work for our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity. Speaking of Christian Charity, we as a service organization, have given thousands of dollars this year to those less fortunate than we and will continue our commitment of serving those in need. Thank you to all that contribute to make this possible.
Mark Kadlecik continues his do diligence to collect the dues of those in arrears. Mark does a great job. For those who are late in their dues, you have already received a letter. Please try to make the effort so your membership does not lapse.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a gentleman that has been highly active in our division. Bob Wylie is moving to North Carolina to be closer to his family. I for one will miss you, Bob. You have been with me since I started many years ago. You have inspired me, work with and for me, and you are one that truly lives our motto. You have done great work with all that you have done especially with the Irish Life Experience. Best wishes and safe travels to you and Linda. Just know that we are here and hope to see you soon.
As some are aware, the New York State bi-annual Convention will be held in Binghamton this year. The dates are July 13th through 16th. For those not keeping the box scores, our division has opted out of sponsoring the convention. The State Board and the State Board have chosen Binghamton as the sponsor. With that said, I encourage everyone to attend, mainly to see how the state or- ganization functions. If nothing else, I want to encourage everyone who has not taken their degree to do so on Saturday morning July 15th. It will take an hour or two of your time, but it is worth it. Please contact me for details.
Our Division welcomed 7 new members last month. We are looking to hold an induction later this month or early next. If you know anyone who would like to be a Hibernian, please let us know before our May meeting which is May 9th.
Our annual Chicken BBQ was held on Saturday April 29th. Thank you to VP Pat Walsh and Secretary Chris McManus for chairing the event, and thanks to everyone who helped.
Our next big event is the Golf Tournament to be held on August 5th at Ely Park. Thanks to Ian Haines and Bill Burke for chairing. Watch for the flyer in the next Chieftain.
I have to say, I am not here to win any personality contest. I am here because I believe in our order, and I strive every day to make it better. Have a happy May.
Wishing that we never forget our motto and - Yours always, In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
– John Walker