Passing of Life Member James J. Kelly

James J. Kelly
February 6, 1939 ~ July 14, 2020 (age 81)
 
We lost a great man and a true friend. Brother Jim Kelly personified the meaning of a true Hibernian!
 
Jim was born in Wicklow County Ireland in February 1939. He served in the Irish Army, then emigrated to America and served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division. Brother Kelly joined the AOH Division 1 Monroe, NY in 1978. Brother Kelly served as Orange County AOH Division 1 President from 1996-97, District 8 Director 1992-94, AOH Orange County Board President 2001-2005, AOH County Historian 1990-2014, Founder of the Fleming Scholarship Fund and was Chairman of that committee from 2001-2013. Brother Kelly initiated the Seamus Comisky Memorial Shamrock Degree and served as Degree Coordinator from 2004-2014.
 
In 1992, Jim was the Grand Marshal for the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade.
 
In 2016 Brother Jim Kelly was awarded The Burns-Hayes Award. The Burns-Hayes Award, is the highest award that can be bestowed to a Hibernian in the State of New York, by the AOH.
 
As well as a highly valued member to the AOH, Brother Kelly was a bagpiper and played a huge part in the Orange County AOH Pipe and Drums for 38+ years. Brother Kelly joined “The Old Brigade” in 1978. He was a stellar teacher and was the type of leader we were all proud of. Brother Kelly also mentored bagpipers at the West Point US Military Academy from 1991-1996, earning himself the SGM Jack Harris Award. Brother Kelly quickly raised through the ranks and became Pipe Sergeant in 1982 all the way through to 1997. He then became Pipe Major from 1997 until the year 2001.

Brother Kelly was a retired Detective for the New York City Police Department & an Analyst for the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.Here are a few words from Brother Kelly’s Lifetime Membership Application:

“Sharing my knowledge of the AOH Constitution and By-Laws with new members of our respective Division and County. Imparting the history of the Irish and the Irish American People and the contributions they made over many centuries as immigrants, their hardships, rejections and sufferings. And, of course, on a positive note, the many accomplishments they contributed to their adopted country…I enjoyed every minute of it.”

Please keep Jim Kelly, his wife Breda and his children, William and Maria and their families in your prayers.

May St. Patrick guard you
wherever you go,
and guide you in whatever you do–
and may his loving protection
be a blessing to you always.

Bill Coffey
President
Joseph Duelk Jr. AOH Division 1
Monroe, NY

Read the full obituary.

Note to those wishing to pay their respect:

Division #1 and other AOH members will participate in a Wake Service at 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 19.  The Division #1 hall will be open at 5:00 pm if anyone is interested in meeting there before heading over to Flynn Funeral Home.

On Monday, July 20th the Division and Band will lead a short procession of the hearse as it leaves from Flynn’s for the funeral.  This will be at 9:15 am.

At 10:15 the Division and band will lead an escort into St. Columba’s in Chester for an 11:00 am funeral Mass.

Burial will follow at the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery in Goshen.

County Members, if you plan to attend, please wear your parade uniform.

2020 NYS AOH Fall State Board Meeting & Testimonial Dinner


2020 NYS AOH Fall State Board Meeting & Testimonial Dinner

East Durham, NY

 
I am optimistically announcing that the AOH and LAOH Fall 2020 State Board meetings will take place in East Durham, NY on October 31st.  An official Call To Meeting will be sent in September.  I am advising all of our plans so as reservations may be made by anyone seeking lodging.  We have secured the same number of rooms we would have used on the cancelled Spring AOH/LAOH weekend at both Gavin’s Country Inn and the Shamrock House.  Please contact either location ASAP to arrange for rooms.  Rates will be the same as we would have had in May.  Availability is for Friday 10/30/20 and Saturday 10/31/20.  There are also plans to hold the Testimonial Dinners for both the AOH President and the LAOH President the same weekend in the East Durham area.  More details to follow.
 
Gavin’s Country Inn                                   Shamrock House
118 Golden Hill Road                                2388 Route 145
Cornwallville, NY 12418                            East Durham, NY 12423
518-634-2582                                            518-634-2897 or 347-241-6489 
 
Thank you,
Tom O’Donnell, Secretary, NYS AOH
 
 
 
 

2020 NYS AOH Fall State Board Meeting & Testimonial Dinner

I am optimistically announcing that the AOH and LAOH Fall 2020 State Board meetings will take place in East Durham, NY on October 31st.  An official Call To Meeting will be sent in September.  I am advising all of our plans so as reservations may be made by anyone seeking lodging.  We have secured the same number of rooms we would have used on the cancelled Spring AOH/LAOH weekend at both Gavin’s Country Inn and the Shamrock House.  Please contact either location ASAP to arrange for rooms.  Rates will be the same as we would have had in May.  Availability is for Friday 10/30/20 and Saturday 10/31/20.  There are also plans to hold the Testimonial Dinners for both the AOH President and the LAOH President the same weekend in the East Durham area.  More details to follow.

Gavin’s Country Inn                                   Shamrock House
118 Golden Hill Road                                2388 Route 145
Cornwallville, NY 12418                            East Durham, NY 12423
518-634-2582                                            518-634-2897 or 347-241-6489 

Thank you,
Tom O’Donnell,
Secretary, NYS AOH

Immediate Action Needed! Keep Malachy McAllister in the United States

Since the original Call to Action went out in support of Malachy McAllister, we have been advised that the White House switchboard will not be active for the foreseeable future. We therefore encourage you to email the White House with your support for Malachy.

To send an email to the President simply follow the steps below

Access the contact the White House Web Page at “www.whitehouse.gov/contact“.

On the Form, for “Message Type” select “Contact the President”

Fill out the remaining fields for your name, address, etc.,
In the box

“What would you like to say?”; just copy and past:

“I am making an urgent appeal to President Trump, who has been supportive in the past, to prevent the June 5 deportation of Malachy McAllister, an ardent supporter of the Irish Peace process, who, as a law-abiding resident of the U.S. for 24 years, has become a job creator and essential member of our Irish American community. This effort has received support from bipartisan members of Congress and Cardinal Dolan. Last Thanksgiving, President Trump stated his desire to see a permanent resolution to Mr. McAllister’s effort to stay in the USA. As an active Irish American voter, I implore our President to keep Malachy here. Thank you.”

NYS AOH Board Scholarship Awarded to Elizabeth Encke

(l-r) Tom Beirne, NYAOH Treasurer, Lisa Encke, Elizabeth Encke, 2020 NYAOH Scholarship recipient, John Encke, Financial Secretary, Division 2 Orange County, Dermot O’Connor Moore, NYAOH Scholarship Chair and Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Assistant Webmaster and Scholarship Committee member.

On May 27, 2020, the New York State AOH Board 2020 Scholarship was presented to Elizabeth Encke, daughter of John and Lisa Encke of Highland Mills, NY.  Elizabeth’s father, John is the Financial Secretary for Division 2 in Cornwall, Orange County.  Elizabeth was presented with a check in the amount of $3000 and a certificate in recognition of her outstanding achievement.  Presenting the award and representing the NYAOH Board were Tom Beirne, NYAOH Treasurer, Dermot O’Connor Moore, NYAOH Scholarship Chair and Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Assistant Webmaster and Scholarship Committee member.

Receiving the AOH Scholarship will allow Elizabeth to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She was recently accepted to the nursing program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and hopes to complete part of her studies in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland where the university maintains an affiliate clinical site. Elizabeth is excited about the opportunity which will give her a chance to visit the area where her great-grandparents lived as well as visit with cousins still living in Ireland.

Elizabeth will soon be graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA) in Bergen County, New Jersey, where her mother Lisa is on the faculty and where Elizabeth pursued a well-rounded and rigorous academic program. While attending IHA, Elizabeth served as the service president of Campus Ministry and coordinated Midnight Runs to feed the homeless of New York City. She also served as vice president of the National Art Honor Society. Elizabeth served as Secretary of her parish youth group for three years and volunteered in various activities with the Sisters of Life, and the Franciscan Friars of Renewal. Elizabeth also spent time assisting at the warming station for individuals experiencing homelessness, a pastoral activity coordinated by the Newburgh Ministry.  She also accompanied her father and his AOH brothers as they prepared and delivered Christmas turkey dinners for families in need in the surrounding communities. Elizabeth thanked the committee and asked that they covey her sincere gratitude for the opportunity to pursue a career where the Order’s motto is practiced.

According to Dermot Moore, NYAOH Scholarship Committee Chair, “The committee received 28 applications from across the state and it was incredibly difficult to choose a winner from all the highly qualified applicants–all exceeding bright young men and women.” Moore continued, ” All those who applied should be proud of their accomplishments and we wish them the best of luck in their future studies.”  Moore added “I want to thank the NYAOH Executive Board for allowing me to lead this effort and I thank the Scholarship Committee members:  Neil Cosgrove, Kevin Cummings, Tim McSweeney, Michael Tobin and John Wolfe for their long hours during this difficult but highly successful application cycle.”  

(l-r) Tom Beirne, NYAOH Treasurer, Elizabeth Encke, 2020 NYAOH Scholarship recipient, Dermot O’Connor Moore, NYAOH Scholarship Chair and Kevin Cummings, NYAOH Assistant Webmaster and Scholarship Committee member.

From the desk of NYS AOH Vice President

Brothers,

Please keep Brother Peter C. Lyne, S.S.P. of AOH Division 4, Staten Island, NY  and his family in your prayers. Brother Peter passed away on May 14, 2020.  Although his funeral services were private, AOH Division IV along with fellow AOH & LAOH Hibernians organized outside of the Alba House to honor him on his ride from the funeral home to his final resting place. 

A Post from Kevin F. Mannion President AOH Division IV

” Yesterday we joined our fellow AOH & LAOH Hibernians to honor Brother Peter Lyne of the Society of Saint Paul, a man who devoted his life to serving God.

When people ask why I’m a Hibernian, I have many reasons, but the motto of Friendship, Unity & Christian Charity sums it up best.

Men and women of all ages stood outside wearing masks and maintaining distance from one another to honor one of their own. We may have be ‘socially distant’ but we’ve never been closer together.”

Thank you all for displaying what a true Hibernian looks like.

Rest In Peace Brother Peter,

John Manning
NYS AOH Vice President

You can read his full obituary here…
https://matthewfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1035/Brother-Peter-Lyne-S-S-P/obituary.html

 

Call to Semi-Annual Spring (Virtual) Meeting

The attached Call to Virtual Meeting was sent via US Mail on April 2, 2020 by our Worthy NYS Secretary, Tom O’Donnell to all State Board Officers, County Board Presidents and Division Presidents. The virtual meeting will be held on MAY 2, 2020. Contact information will be forthcoming. We never rescheduled the State Board Meeting to June 6, 2020, only the LAOH did that. If that date holds (uncertain at best in this pandemic environment), it did not appear that the hotels would have had sufficient rooms available for both the AOH and the LAOH. If anyone has additional questions, please feel free to contact me at 716-796-7687 or at Tomlambert12@aol.com. Stay safe!  

Tom Lambert,  
President NYS AOH

To View the Attached Call to Meeting, Please CLICK HERE

A Message from NYSAOH President ~ Tom Lambert

On behalf of the New York State AOH Board; I would like to thank the Veterans not just of our Order but all Nation wide. We owe each of you a debt of gratitude. It is because of your work and sacrifice, we enjoy the many freedoms we have in the United States of America. Thank you and God Bless!

Thomas Lambert NYSAOH President