New Division Forms in Westchester

The formation of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17 of Pelham & New Rochelle, Westchester County took place on Monday, October 16, 2017.  The new division is comprised of 25 Iona College students ranging in age from 18 to 24. The division was organized by its charter president, James McGlashin who canvassed the campus and surrounding community for prospective members.

Charter Officers of the Thomas Addis Emmet Division 17, Westchester, NY
Above (l-r) Chaplain Brother Joseph Morgan, Chair, Standing Committee Jack Stapleton, Financial Secretary Eoghan Gallagher, Vice President Micheal Collum, President James McGlashin, Recording Secretary James Shanley, Marshal Drew Donohue, Treasurer Clive Anderson, Sentinel Shane Hogan

In addition to the college members there were additional members recruited from the surrounding communities of Pelham and New Rochelle.  The newly chartered division, the first to form in Westchester County in more than fifty years, is hoping to attract new members from the eastern reaches of Westchester County, not only from the Iona College campus but from the surrounding communities. 

One of those charter members is Clive Anderson (second from right above) who was recently honored by the Aisling Irish Community Center for his community service. Clive is the owner of the Pelham Funeral Home — the site of the formation ceremony and officer installation. Clive will bring his business expertise to Division 17 as the Charter Treasurer.

The division formation and the new officer installation took place under new business during a Westchester County meeting led by President Brian Duffy (above center), himself the newly installed president of the county.

Shown above, the chosen members taking the oath of office in the formation of The Cross and in the presence of their Brother Hibernians.

Above, President James McGlashin (in green) being handed the gavel of authority by County President Brian Duffy.

In attendance at the historic occassion were officers and members from across Westchester County including division, county and state officers — each taking a role in the Order’s ritual of formation and installation.

Dan Dennehy, National Director for the NY Metro Area and Westchester County Organizer took the time to address each newly installed officer explaining the duties and importance of each office. Brother Dennehy is shown above with newly installed Westchester Division 17 President James McGlashin.

Also in attendance was Historian Liam Murphy (above) who drove in from Massachusetts to deliver a history lesson to the new members.

National, state, county and division officers assemble for a formal photo commemorating the formation of the new division.

Some of the many new members and guests are shown above.