Schenectady Division #1 Installs Officers for 2016

Schenectady Division #1 Installs Officers for 2016

National Director Charles "Chip" McLean (left) and New York State President Timothy McSweeney (right) with the Officers of Division #1 Schenectady

National Director Charles “Chip” McLean (left) and New York State President Timothy McSweeney (right) with the Officers of John F. Kennedy Division #1 Schenectady

The end of the calendar year brings a sense of renewal within The Ancient Order of Hibernians, as Divisions across New York State begin to install their respective officers for the upcoming year. The installation ceremonies season began as it always does in Schenectady as The John F. Kennedy Division #1 hosted their Annual Officer Installation Ceremony this past weekend.

Division Officers taking their solemn oaths of office during the ceremony this past weekened

Division Officers taking their solemn oaths of office during the ceremony this past weekend

It was the 135th Installation of Officers for the John F. Kennedy AOH Division #1 in Schenectady, and the 114th for the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. Incoming Presidents Kathy Turk of the Ladies and Jim Scott of the Men both spoke of the long tradition of dedication of Hibernianism in Schenectady, and both pledged to continue this fine tradition and look forward to the coming year of working together.

Hibernian of the Year Dave Connelly (left) being presented his award by last year's recipient Patrick Cremmins

Hibernian of the Year Dave Connelly (left) being presented his award by last year’s recipient Patrick Cremmins

The AOH also awarded member Dave Connelly the Hibernian of the Year Award, a distinguished honor bestowed on a worthy recipient.

AOH New York State President Timothy Mcweeney opens the Installation Ceremony with The AOH Capital District Honor Guard

AOH New York State President Timothy McSweeney opens the Installation Ceremony with The AOH Capital District Honor Guard

The Men’s AOH were installed by New York State President Tim McSweeney assisted by National Director Charles “Chip” McLean, under the guard of the Capital District AOH Honor Guard and Marshals Past AOH New York State Presidents Peter Durkee and Mike McNabb.  The Ladies AOH were installed by National LAOH Treasurer and NYS President Karen Keane, with the Capital District Trinity Degree Team serving as Marshals.

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Division #1 President Jim Scott 9 (center) receives the gavel of authority from NYS President Timothy McSweeney with Past NYS President Mike McNabb and AOH National Director Charles “Chip” McLean.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to all of the officers who were installed this weekend!