Brothers, I hope that this mes-sage finds you all well and weathering the latest of our winter wonderland. We here on Long Island can now em-pathize with those of you in the Northland. We have had enough of this snow. But take heart, pitchers and catchers have reported.
A couple of reminders: first, Per Capita Assessments, Divi-sion Presidents, if you have not yet sent in your Form 11 and payments you are late and in arrears. Please submit them immediately! This is critical this year if your Division is to be included in National’s application to the IRS for tax exempt status. It is also important that you submit a new Form 9 each year whether or not there have been changes. Next, our NYS calendars, many Divisions have done a great job in selling their allocated calendars and we thank you, others not so much. There are still ten months left and over 300 days in which to win. If you still have unsold calendars please sell them now and return the stubs to the Calendar Chairman, Tom Conway. This is our only fundraiser to help with our charitable endeavors.
We are now in the season of St. Patrick’s parades and par-ties. Please celebrate respon-sibly and do not buy or wear any clothing, etc. that make a mockery of our Irish heritage. If you plan to march in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade remember there is a dress code for the AOH. Simply said, that is “business attire” or unit uniform. Please cooperate. The State Board will form at 1:45 pm on West 46th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues, approximately mid block.
Wednesday, March 19th will see the annual “Catholics in the Capital” in Albany, day of prayer and lobbying sponsored by the NYS Catholic Conference. We would like to see a strong AOH presence at this event and encourage as many of you as can to attend, partic-ularly those from the Albany area, if you are going to go please wear your sashes.
We are hoping to have a State bowling tournament on April 12th in Watervleit. More info to follow.
The Spring State Board meet-ing will once again be held in East Durham on Saturday, May 3rd and will start at 10:30 am in the Shamrock House. It will be preceded on Friday, May 2nd by the annual James Hayes memorial golf tournament which will start at 8:30 am at the Sunny Hill Golf Course. Come and join your brothers for a great time.
If you have not already done so, please make you plans to go to the National Convention in St. Louis, Mo. July 30th thru Aug. 2nd. It is particular-ly important this year to have a strong showing from New York as there will be voting on changes to the Constitution that will affect us all. Now is the time to make your reservations, especially for flights. Some Divisions are running fundraisers to offset the cost of sending delegates. That may be something to consider.
Save the date! The Fall State Board meeting and AOH /LAOH Presidents dinner will be held on Saturday Novem-ber 8th at the Marriott Hotel in Melville, Long Island. Hope to see you there.
I had the honor to be seated next to Cardinal Egan at a dinner a few weeks ago and the he asked that I convey a message to the AOH. He said “Mr. Burke, please ask your Hibernians to become more involved in their Parishes”. I know that many of you al-ready are but I think this is something we should all con-sider during the upcoming season of Lent. There are many things we could do. We were after all founded to pro-tect the Faith.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and a very Happy and Holy Easter to you and your Families.