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On June 8th we will hold our last meeting before the summer break. We will have events over the summer such as the picnic at Ross Park on July 25th, and the Golf Tournament on Sat. August 7 th. So during the break please participate in these events and continue to stop by the hall to socialize with our members and guests. If the pandemic taught us anything it is that we need our brothers and sisters and the support of one another. We need friendship, unity, and Christian charity.
But most importantly we cannot forget who we are or where we came from. We are Hibernians, we are a social, Catholic, and Irish cultural organization. Our organization was born of a long ago need to protect the welfare and image of Irish Catholics. In Ireland, negative Irish images were explicitly cultivated to justify rule by others. In America, anti-Irish stereotypes were embraced out of fear that the Irish Americans were organizing and would become a force in politics and labor. Today we don’t face such heavy negative attitudes, but the past should not be forgotten. Not over the summer and not over our lifetimes. Our order and our hall are things that should still provide a continuing bridge to Ireland and our past. Please support the hall, and your heritage.
Another way to further your interest as a Hibernian is to attend the AOH NYS Convention this summer. This year celebrates the 101st AOH NYS Biennial Convention and the 62nd LAOH NYS Convention. The convention is an incredible testament to the strength of the order and of the commitment of Hibernians to preserve Irish history and to serve our communities. The convention will be Wed., July 7th– Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at the Syracuse Downtown Marriott. Visit the NYS AOH/LAOH biennial Convention Website for more information and to make hotel and package reservations.
We welcome Josh Walsh as our newest AOH member. I have a full report on the NYS Spring Board meeting for anyone who is interested. Please purchase a $5 ticket to win the bagpipe mosaic, the proceeds will help support the Hall budget. The Rosary Rally at Recreation Park, although not an exclusively Hibernian event, was a warm, spiritually relaxing occasion. If you have not said the rosary lately, you might be surprised at the peace of mind derived from praying with like-minded people for the calming of worldly issues. Thanks go to Kate Hall for organizing the rally.
Golf tournament planning is underway. Mark Kadlecik will be taking registrations. Sign up your team now. Joe Mihalko, Bob Wiley, Pat Walsh, Craig Wagaman, and Jeff Largue will be preparing and cooking the food. Matt Gilroy has taken on the large task of finding hole sponsors and prize contributors. Jeff West will also be contacting businesses. We still need help to set up the course, tabulate scores, and other such work. We ask every member to collect donations for prizes with any business contacts you might have. It will be a fun day.
Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity- Bill Burke 607-240-6560