Jim Burke Elected President

The NY AOH met in Saratoga for it biennial convention back in July and new slate of officers were elected. Jim Burke of Massapequa was elected President. Tim McSweeney of Selkirk, NY was elected Vice President, Victor Vogel of Islip moved up to Secretary and Thomas Lambert of Buffalo was elected Treasurer.

You can view our complete list of new officers by clicking here.

Irish 2000 Festival

For two days in mid-September, the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, NY is home to all things Irish as the 16th Annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival takes place.

The festival, ranked one of the top five of its kind in the United States, kicks off with  non-stop music from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Friday, September 14. On Saturday, the festival gates open at 10 a.m. and performances continue until 11 p.m. with some of the best Celtic entertainment in the world.

“Irish 2000 has become a tradition — a grand celebration of midway to St. Patrick’s Day. Each year we welcome about 15,000 people to the Fairground’s for two days filled with music, dance and so much more,” said Festival Executive Director Matt Nelligan.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival.  The goal of the organization is, “To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.”

In addition to producing the festival, Irish 2000 also supports other non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities.

New Website Feature, the Event Calendar

The New York State Board has added an event calendar to the New YorK State Website. You can find it at www.nyaoh.com/events.

We will be putting on the calendar various State, County and Division sponsored events throughout the year and your and your division can submit events to be posted on this calendar.

Now, we are only going to post events that benefit the Hibernian Division, for example, the Irish 2000 Festival in Saratoga, the Hudson Valley Irish Fest, and the Nassau County Feis are run by corporations, but the members that  run these events are Hibernians and the events benefit the underlying Counties and Divisions, so they will be posted.

An example of what not to submit is a local Knights of Columbus dinner, where maybe 10 members of the Divisions are also members of that Council. Since no benefit goes to the AOH, please do not submit it since it will not be posted. Also please do not submit division meetings. They are already listed on the division directory, so there is no need to list them twice.

When posting events, please send in a word document that can be copied and pasted or type directly into the email information about the event. Do not send a PDF as many times they can’t be copied and pasted. PDFs will not be accepted. The address of the event, including the zip code and phone number of the location. Include the Date, the Time, and the Sponsoring Division. Also include the Contact Person’s Name, Phone Number and Email Address.

And please send it to calendar@nyaoh.com or nyaohcalendar@gmail.com to submit it. You can contact me at 516-515-0484 for any questions.

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 Elects New Officers

One of the main reasons the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians meets every two years in convention is to elect its new board of officers.

The 2011 gathering in Pearl River was no exception.

Michael J. McNabb of Auburn, NY ran unopposed for the position of President, while James Burke of Massapequa, NY and Timothy McSweeney of Selkirk, NY also were elected to the to the positions of Vice President and Secretary, respectively without any competition.

That didn’t mean there wasn’t drama. Victor J. Vogel, who hails from Islip, NY won a three person race for State Treasurer. Vogel beat out Thomas Beirne and John Hyland for the position.

The other competitive race was for the site of the 2013 convention where Saratoga, NY bested Nassau County for the location, which will take place from July 10 – July 13, 2013.

The fully elected appointed board can be viewed on our officers page.

Saratoga Selected Site 2013 Convention

Saratoga Springs was selected as the site of the 2013 convention, beating out a contingent from Nassau County.

Saratoga Springs has been home to the AOH since the 1800s and also hosted the 1906 National Convention.

The convention will he held at multiple locations, with the Holiday Inn as the main hotel and The Inn at Saratoga and the Hilton Garden will act as overflow hotels.

The convention will be held from July 10- 13, 2013.