Copyright Monsignor Lawrence E. Giblin Division One, Broome County, NY. All rights reserved.
I’d like to start out by thanking all those who participated in and helped to make this year’s mass Honoring St. Patrick and the deceased mem- bers of the A.O.H. and LAOH a success. The mass went well, and the turnout was great considering the weather.
Let’s all congratulate our Brothers Tom Kelly, Pat Smith, and Brian Murphy for the excellent job they did coordinating the parade and activi- ties held at Seton again this year. The parade was great, the turnout was good and without incident. We all need to thank the City of Binghamton for the excellent job their Highway and Parks Departments did clearing the roads, sidewalks and staging areas on an extremely short notice, so the parade could be held.
I’d also like to thank all those who supported or volunteered their time and talents, from all divisions, to make the A.O.H. breakfast a success. The monies received will help to offset the costs incurred for the mass. This also includes the LAOH Junior division and supporting supervisors who helped make the scones on Saturday before the breakfast. There’s nothing better than a fresh scone with butter!
The flag raisings in Johnson City and Binghamton went well. We showed our true Irish heritage with the good turnout at both. The Irish week- end was very successful for the hall. Old Friends and Shambles both did a great job to a packed hall. It was great to see all the people at the hall on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The bar was full, and the food was excellent. Our hats go off to Joe and Betty for their superb food preparation. Everyone appeared to enjoy the entertainment.
The Irish Life Experience Lottery is scheduled for April. With the rising costs of everything more monies will be required to send a candidate to Ireland. If possible, let’s do all we can to support this important fundraiser. If additional tickets are needed contact Bob Wylie.
Again, I’d like to thank all the members who have paid their 2018 dues. Those who are in arrears please bring your dues up-to-date as soon as possible. These monies are needed to help with our charitable contributions and offset some of our operating costs. Arrears letters will be going out in April and an increased cost for dues to $40. Let us know of any address changes.
We’ll be having a clean-up day at the A.O.H. Hall on Sat. April 7th from 9am-1pm. If possible please stop by for an hour or so to help us out. We’ll be cleaning the kitchen, storage closets, bar and any other items that need it.
The charter was draped, and prayers were conducted at our recent meeting for Brother Robert Gorman who passed away recently. The A.O.H. is extending our heartfelt condolences to the family as he will be truly missed.
Our next meeting is April 16th at 7pm. Please attend if possible as your input is invaluable. Bring a brother Hibernian with you. I hope everyone has a Blessed Easter and we're all looking forward to spring getting here!
April 11th – Luck of the Irish Drawing – 6 to 8pm
April 21st – LAOH Div’s 1 & 2 – Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner – 3 to 7pm – takeout’s available
May 4-6 – N.Y.S. Board Meeting – East Durham
May 13th – LAOH Division 2 – Mother Day Brunch – 11am to 2pm
May 16th – A.O.H./ LAOH Golden Age Luncheon - noon
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Mark Kadlecik President 729-4561