The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) John F. Kennedy Division #1 of Auburn, New York recently held an Installation Ceremony for its officers at the AOH Hall on Van Anden Street. The Division welcomed New York State Vice President Tom Lambert, who served as the presiding officer for the event. Vice President Lambert was assisted by AOH New York State Treasurer Tom O’Donnell, New York State District #1 Director Owen Cole, AOH National Director Liam McNabb and Past AOH National President Ed Wallace.
The Fall State Board Semi-annual Meeting took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Hibernian House in Pearl River — home of Rockland County Division 3. The meeting was well attended with a standing room only crowd.
(View a photo album of the day’s event courtesy of John O’Connell)
Reports from the Executive Board Members and District Directors were delivered along with reports on Right to Life, Buy Irish, Website and Social Media, Publicity, Empire Hibernian Newsletter, Special Projects, Freedom for All Ireland, Charity and Missions, Veteran’s Affairs, NYS Scholarship, Sports, Catholic Action, Historian and the Organizer’s report. NY National Directors Liam McNabb and Dan Dennehy also spoke about Political Education and Immigration.
AOH members in attendance from across the state heard state officer and committee chair reports on activities since the last board meeting. Reports on upcoming events included a fundraiser on November 12th for the Restoration of the Emmet Graves Project being carried out by the newly formed Westchester County Division 17. Additional upcoming events include the Peekskill Division 18’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and the Bronx County AOH Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Rory Dolan’s where NYAOH President Vic Vogel will be among the honorees.
National officers like Tim McSweeney, Brendan Moore and John O’Connell and gave a short update on the recruiting initiatives of the new Marketing, Promotion and Advertising Committee. Programs like the ‘Why I’m a Hibernian’ effort were explained. The many project help recruit new members and retain existing members. All NYS members are asked to participate by submitting a short paragraph or two explaining why they chose to become a Hibernian and to expand on the benefits of being a Hibernian. They intend to use the best responses in various social media campaigns, on the national and state websites, and in other media. They are also encouraging Hibernians to make brief, informal videos that will enable brothers to tell potential membership candidates “in person” why they are Hibernians and why other Irish-American Catholics should join, and how.