NY’s Hibernians in convention McNabb elected state presiden

Photo Credit: John O'Connell

New York’s Hibernians held their 96th biennial convention in Pearl River, Rockland County, July 13 to 17.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, second from right, was elected state president; James Burke, second from left, of Massapequa, was elected vice president; Timothy McSweeney, right, of Selkirk, was elected secretary; and Victor J. Vogel, left, was elected treasurer. Fr. Henry Reid, center, of Port Jefferson Station, was appointed state chaplain.

The convention was a wonderful experience, organized to perfection by A. Warren Scullin
2011 AOH/LAOH - NYS
Convention Chairman and his committee. And a big thanks to the Pearl River and Rockland County Hibernians for their hard work to make sure everything ran smoothly. They were great hosts.

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President’s Message

I start by thanking all of the Delegates for their support at our AOH/NYS Convention. I look forward to traveling our great state and meeting with as many of you as I can.

I would like to thank Charles “Chip” McLean for his leadership the past two years.

I congratulate the new Ladies State President, my cousin, Denise Sobus. I look forward to working with her and her Board the next two years.

I would also like to congratulate all the newly elected and appointed Officers of both the LAOH and AOH New York State Boards.

I must also thank Pearl River for hosting an outstanding Convention.

There is much work ahead for the new Board. We will have a wrap up meeting in Pearl River as soon as all the reports are completed.

We will also be going to Saratoga to go over the contract for the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention on November 5, 2011.

I am pleased to announce that Steve Curran will be the 2013 AOH/NYS Convention Chairman. The local Chairman will be Chris Burgman.

The new AOH/NYS Web Site is up and running. I thank Web Master Joe McDonald for all the time he dedicated to completing this endeavor.

Our next AOH/NYS Board Meeting will be held in Schenectady, NY on Saturday October 22, 2011. The day will start at 9:00am with a Pro-Life Mass. The Board Meeting will start at 10:30am SHARP.  At 2:00pm the AOH/NYS Mixed Doubles Bowling will be held followed by a dinner at the Schenectady Hall. I hope you are able to participate in all three events.

New York State Convention Information

Dear Fellow Hibernian:

The 96th Biennial 2011 AOH/57th Biennial LAOH New York State Convention will be held at the Hilton Pearl River, 500 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River, N.Y. 10965, from Wednesday, July 13 through Sunday, July 17.

You can make a reservation with the Hilton Pearl River by calling (845) 735-9000. When making your reservation say “AOH Convention.” The room rate is $143 a night and is available two days before and two days after the convention. Reservations must be made no later than June 26, 2011.

Room reservations can also be made with the Holiday Inn Orangeburg, 329 Route 303, Orangeburg, NY 10962, by calling (845)359-7000. As with the Hilton Pearl River, when making your reservation say “AOH Convention”. The room rate is $129 a night and is also available two days before and two days after the convention. Reservations must be made no later than July 5, 2011

In addition, mail your convention registration form to the following address:

Mr. Timothy O’Neill and Ms. Carmel Reilly
Convention Registration Committee Co-Chairs
P.O. 182
Pearl River, NY 10965

Please make your check or money order payable to AOH NYS Convention.  A convention registration form postmarked on or before June 1, 2011 will be $210.  After June 1, 2011 the cost will be $235.

For further information including package details please go to www.nyaoh.com.

 

Yours in our motto,

 

A. Warren Scullin
2011 AOH/LAOH-NYS
Convention Chairman

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Leadership Seminar

Pictured (L-R) Tom Beirne, Dan Dennehy, Matt Nelligan, Brian Kelly, Aidan O'Kelly-Lynch

An AOH Leadership Seminar was held Saturday, November 13 at the new Hibernian Hall at the Hudson Valley Irish Center in Verplanck, NY.  A panel including Matt Nelligan, 2012 National Convention Chairman and Past NYS President, Tom Beirne, NY County President, Brian Kelly, Westchester County, and Dan Dennehy, National Immigration Chairman. Over fifty Hibernians from New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio, as well as members from across NY State joined the members from the Metropolitan area in participating in this remarkable forum. Brendan Moore, National Vice President, along with National Directors Jere Cole & Danny O’Connell, Sean Pender, National FFAI, Joe McDonald, Digital Hibernian Digest and Ed Rice, NY State Organizer provided their observations and expertise to the forum. New acquaintances were made and information shared to benefit the good of the Order.

Brendan Moore congratulated Brothers Dan Dennehy, Matt Nelligan, Tom Beirne, and Brian Kelly for their efforts in structuring and presenting this seminar. “They achieved and surpassed all of their objectives. Their Leadership Seminar should be further developed and repeated throughout the AOH.”

The seminar focused on the following topics:

  • AOH Officer & Member
  • Roles, responsibilities & duties
  • AOH Halls
  • Meetings and Ceremonies
  • Layout and Decorum
  • Our Constitution & Bylaws
  • Robert’s Rules of Order:
  • For the Good of Our Order
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Brothers for Life

Matt Nelligan thanked Brother Dennehy for putting the seminar together stating, “In order to make sure that our Order continues to grow and thrive we need to constantly prepare our members for leadership roles. This Seminar provided a format for Local, State and National Officers in our organization to educate our future leaders on the rules, regulations and protocols that they need to be familiar with.”

“The goal of the seminar was to familiarize newer Hibernians with our leadership and organization, to provide a better understanding of our Order and to encourage recruitment and retention by sharing successful efforts and methods.” stated Dan Dennehy.  He added “I believe that the seminar achieved greater than anticipated success, highlighted aspects of our Order that further focused on and that the social aspect of the day definitely benefited all those in attendance.”

Food and refreshment were provided by President Aidan O’Kelly Lynch, Div 18 and the officers and members of the host Division – Westchester County Division 18, Peekskill. Visiting Hibernians admired the hall, which boasted relics from the Division including a poster from an 1898 boat ride sponsored by the local AOH. Those early Hibernians, many of whom were Irish immigrants, built the building and inscribed their names in the bricks outside on July 4, 1876.

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