A new Brother Hibernian was initiated into the Order at the April 9th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County. The candidate was sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the initiation ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director, and Brother Gerald Mulvaney, Richmond County Board President.
The Division bid a hearty cead mile failte to new Brother Raymond Henderson, who is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and is a union official of the Seafarers International Union AFL-CIO.
The newly-initiated Brother was presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, a lapel pin of the Emblem of the Order, and a document describing the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary.
The April Division meeting was attended by over 50 Brothers, and meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 190 members. Several Division # 4 Brothers also serve on the Richmond County Board as officers. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.
Photos provided by Brother Denis P. McGowan