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Answer: The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City 4 May, 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization. 

The Order evolved from a need in the early sixteen hundreds to protect the lives of priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the reign of England's King Henry VIII. When England Implemented its dreaded Penal Laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available. Similarly, the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded May 4th, 1836 at New York's St. James Church, to protect the clergy, and church Property from the "Know Nothings" and their followers. At the same time the vast influx of Irish Immigrants fleeing famine issues in Ireland in the late 1840's, prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA - the largest of which was, and continues to be, the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially, politically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the U.S. traditionally have been among the first to welcome new Irish Americans. Here, the Irish culture -- art, dance, music, and sports are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of "their own" and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. the A.O.H has been at the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish, such as; Immigration Reform; economic Incentives both here and in Ireland; the human rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation; Right-To-Life; and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.

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2017 07 Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter

P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320

July, 2017

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 18th at 7 PM at the New London Elks Lodge, 81 Washington St., New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the meeting, call Rick Connell at 860-867-7866. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

 

We have three upcoming events (two sponsored by our Division) that I’d like to draw your attention to:

  1.        A very interesting documentary screening of The Brendan Voyage will be shown at the LaGrua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington, CT on Monday, June 26 @ 6:00 p.m. Suggested donation $5.00.   Check the website at:  La Grua Center 

 

  1.        On Tuesday, June 27th several of us will be driving to Hartford to attend Irish Night at the Hartford Yard Goats ballpark sponsored by Aer Lingus.  There will be a T-shirt giveaway for the 1st 1,000 folks in the door, a demo of Gaelic sports pre-game, and other activities from the Irish American Home Heritage group in Glastonbury.  Rick Connell will be leaving East Lyme around 4:15 PM and has room for 1-2 others if anyone wants to carpool. Tickets prices are expected to be between $5-10 depending on location.

 

  1.        Don’t forget that we will be staffing a table at the Rose Arts Festival in Norwich on July 1st, 2017 from 7am-6pm.  This is a good opportunity to showcase our Division and its mission by hosting a table and providing information to attendees at this all day event.  Under Paul Moriarty’s leadership, several members signaled their willingness to sit at a table and answer questions about who we are and what we do (Thank You..!).  If you have not done so already, let Paul know if you’d also like to sit at the table and support this outreach (see contact details below). 

 

A few weeks ago, Jim Gallagher, Paul Moriarty and I attended the AOH State convention hosted by the Danbury Division.  There are several items I think may be of interest to the larger Division:

  • AOH Membership: State Treasurer Frank Carney noted the AOH has 991 AOH members in CT.  This number is down from last year when we had just over 1,000 members across the state.  A significant amount of discussion was about how each division might grow their membership.  Recruitment materials were handed out to foster membership growth and a raffle for the division that grows its membership the most will be awarded 4 tickets to the Celtic Thunder concert on December 2nd at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods.

 

  • Selection of State officers: The Nominating Committee put forward a slate of nominees that were unopposed.  Past State Vice President Ted Lovely stepped down and Brenden Walsh was nominated and elected to replace him. The other officers were re-elected to their posts.

o   President:           Tom McDonough

o   VP:                         Brenden Walsh

o   Rec secretary:   Scott McNulty

o   Treasurer:           Frank Kearney Jr.

 

  • Bobby Sands Memorial: Tom McDonough noted that there will be an event on September 16th in Hartford, CT to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands and the hunger strikers of 1997.  According to Wikipedia, the Hartford memorial is the only Bobby Sands memorial of its kind in the United States. Set up by the Irish Northern Aid Committee and local Irish-Americans, it stands in a traffic island known as Bobby Sands Circle at the bottom of Maple Avenue near Goodwin Park.  Tom was encouraging AOH members, family and friends to make an effort to attend.  More details to come.

 

  • Major Degree: National AOH Director Bill Sullivan indicated there will be a Major degree offered on Aug 6th in Newport, RI.  Let me know if anyone is interested and I’ll get more specifics. 

 

  • NL AOH to host the next State AOH Meeting?  Our Division was asked, via Paul Moriarty, if we would be willing to host the next State AOH meeting on September 30th.  I noted I will be out of town that day and offered to have our Division host the next event in 2018 as long as the date and time worked for our Standing Committee Chair Bill Lacy.  Stay tuned for more on this.

 

In other events,

  • I wanted to thank Sean Moore and Jim Wasniewski for serving meals at the Homeless Shelter this past Friday, June 2.  We get a lot of positive feedback from the clients at the shelter for doing this, but this would not happen without folks like Sean and Jim willing to donate their Friday evenings to this important cause.

 

  • Mark your calendars for the State AOH softball event to be held on Saturday, August 26th at Foote Field in Milford CT.  This event is a combination social and fundraising event with a nice softball game on the side.  A few of us from the New London Division plan to attend so if you are interested, see Rick C. about carpool options or details on how to register for the event. 

 

  • At the last monthly meeting, there was significant discussion on, and interest in, a "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" musical event, on Saturday Sept. 23rd.  Jim Gallagher’s daughter and her husband would be open to hosting a 2 hour Irish music show, including a sing-a-long.  We need to sort out the venue and decide things like food or snacks, admission fee, if any, etc.  Feedback welcomed. 

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division in New London, CT.

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Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events in yellow

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

24-Jun-17

10:00 AM

North Haven, CT

The 55th Annual CT Irish Festival & Feis will be June 24 (today) & June 25 at the North Haven Fairgrounds.  For more information, visit the website at www.ctirishfestival.com

26-Jun-17

6:00 PM

Stonington, CT

A very interesting documentary screening, The Brendan Voyage, will be shown at the LaGrua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington, CT on Monday, June 26 @ 6:00 p.m. Suggested donation $5.00.   Check the website at:  La Grua Center 

27-Jun-17

7:05 PM

Hartford, CT

Come join the Yard Goats for Irish Night at the ballpark.  Aer Lingus is sponsoring the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball game against Binghamton (New York Mets)  at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.  There will be a T-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 fans 18 & older.  If you want to carpool with RC to the game, let Rick know at 860-867-7866 or email him.

1-Jul-17

All Day

Norwich, CT

Rose Arts Festival in Norwich from 7am-6pm.  This is a good opportunity to showcase our Division and its mission by hosting a table and providing information to attendees at this all day event.   Paul could use a few volunteers to help man the table, so call him at 860-227-6206 or email him if you would be willing to help man the table with me.

7-Jul-17

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Health Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

18-Jul-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

29-Jul-17

Noon to 5 PM

New London

New London Currach Rower's Irish Rowing Regatta to be held from noon till 5:00 pm at the New London Waterfront Park.

4-Aug-17

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Health Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

6-Aug-17

TBD

Newport, RI

Major Degree.  Contact Rick Connell for more information.

12-Aug-17

 

 

The 101th Anniversary of John P. Holland's death

13-Aug-17

9:30 AM

New London

To celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, the Division will join the Mass at St Mary Star of the Sea at 9:30 AM.  Afterwards we will process through New London to St Joseph’s where there will be a Blessing of the Sick.  Thereafter participants are invited to join Tony D for an Italian BBQ picnic as in the past.  We should plan on donning sashes in the vestibule of St. Joseph's about 15 minutes before Mass.  For more information, email or call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058.

15-Aug-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

26-Aug-17

9:00 AM

Milford, CT

Save the date for the 6th Annual Connecticut Softball Tournament! JFK Div 1 will be hosting this year’s event at Foote Field in Milford CT (870 North Street, Milford, CT).  Cost per player/attendee that gets a shirt is $25 each.  As in past years, we hope you will consider giving additional monies to support the selected charity.   If you want to play softball fantastic…but we also need coaches, spectators, chefs, cooler captains, etc.… Myself and 1-2 other folks plan to attend.  Carpooling available.  Contact Rick if interested (860) 867-7866

27-Aug-17

9:30 AM

New London

Mass and Feast to celebrate of Our Lady of Knock (OLOK).  We will celebrate OLOK at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St, New London, CT 06320. A potluck brunch will follow.  Details to follow.  Contact Anne T. at 860-334-9104 or anne.tortora@gmail.com for details.

9-Sep-17

1:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Our NLAOH Annual Picnic will again be in McCook Park, Niantic (after Labor Day) at the Pavilion.  For info on the park, visit http://www.discovereastlyme.com/things_mccooks.php. Please RSVP to Dave Meara at (860) 437-0698 or email him so we can get an estimated headcount and plan the food. 

16-Sep-17

TBD

Hartford, CT

There will be an event on September 16th in Hartford, CT to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands and the hunger strikers of 1997.  AOH members, family and friends from around CT are encouraged to make an effort to attend.  More details to come.

19-Sep-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

23-Sep-17

TBD

TBD

"Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" musical event.  Jim Gallagher’s daughter and her husband will host a 2 hour Irish music show, including a sing-a-long.  We need to sort out the venue and decide things like food or snacks, admission fee, if any, etc.  Feedback welcomed. 

1-Oct-17

8:00 AM

Woonsocket RI

The Irish Coastal Club is hosting an event called "Breakfast with the Saints": a bus trip to St. Ann's Cultural Center in Woonsocket RI. The event includes a breakfast buffet, live music, tour, gift, and a door prize.  The church has the largest collection of frescoes in North America and the paintings feature the faces of local residents.  Price of $28.00 includes bus, event, and gratuity.  The bus (coach) will be leaving @ 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 1 from the commuter lot on exit 92 (off 95). in North Stonington.   To reserve a spot please make a check out to the Irish Coastal Club and mail it to the ICC, P.O. Box 1881, Westerly, RI 02891. 

 

2017 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Paul Moriarty; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Joe Kelly; Past President: Jim Gallagher.

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In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Sláinte agus beannacht    Good health and God’s blessing

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2017 06 Newsletter

Ancient Order of Hibernians: John P. Holland Division Monthly Newsletter

P.O. Box 1463, New London, CT 06320

June, 2017

Division website: www.aohnewlondonct.myclubcircle.com

John P. Holland Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/AOHJPH

 

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The next monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20th at 7 PM at the New London Elks Lodge, 81 Washington St., New London.  Please make an effort to attend. If any member needs transportation to the meeting, call Rick Connell at 860-867-7866. 

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A Letter from the President

 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends of the Hibernians,

 

I am pleased to report that Financial Secretary Bob Curry has secured our 501-c-3 status as a non-profit, i.e. an organization exempt from state and federal taxes.  This brings with it several immediate upsides (see below).  Many thanks to Bob for the wisdom, judgement and persistence he demonstrated over these past several months in getting this done.

-          Ability to apply for grants that are eligible only for non-profit, tax exempt organizations,

-          Ability to waive sales tax for purchases made by the club (food, flags, other), 

-          Ability to get matching grants from companies like EB, and Pfizer that match donations made to charitable organizations. 

 

Speaking of money, Treasurer Victor Dowling, acting on a motion made at our May meeting, transferred money from our checking account to our CD increasing its value by a third.  This is positive sign for a Division our size..!

 

Many thanks to VP Paul Moriarty for organizing the Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Norwich, CT to commemorate the victims of the Irish Hunger at on Sunday, May 21st.  We had a good turnout of Hibernians to process in and help present the gifts.  Several attendees met up for lunch at the Caddy Shack at the Norwich Country Club for lunch thereafter.  The weather, food and company were all quite enjoyable. 

 

In terms of upcoming events, the 67th Biennial Connecticut AOH State Convention will be from June 9-11th.  Several people from our division will be attending on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event.  If you would be interested to attend the state meeting with me, let me know and we can sort our carpooling options.  We placed an ad in support of the convention (see attached).

 

Coming up soon….

June 27th will be Irish Night at the Hartford Yard Goats ballpark sponsored by Aer Lingus.  There will be a t-shirt give away for the 1st 1,000 folks in the door, a demo of Gaelic sports pre-game, and other activities from the Irish American home Heritage group in Glastonbury.  Rick Connell will be going and has room for 1-2 others if anyone wants to carpool.

 

Don’t forget that we will be staffing a table at the Rose Arts Festival in Norwich on July 1st, 2017 from 7am-6pm.  This is a good opportunity to showcase our Division and its mission by hosting a table and providing information to attendees at this all day event.  Several members signaled their willingness to sit at a table and answer questions about who we are and what we do (Thank You..!).  If you have not done so already, let me know if you’d also like to sit at the table and support this outreach. 

 

Finally I am pleased to acknowledge that organization of a recruitment Mass at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme.  Tom Yourell, Bill Lacy and Joe Kelly have agreed to identify a date this fall where we will organize a Mass commemoration, perhaps say a few words and hand out brochures at the Mass. 

 

Submitted by Rick Connell on behalf of the Officers in the AOH John P. Holland Division.

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Calendar of Events:  Please make an effort to attend and support these upcoming Division events in yellow

Date

Time

Place

Details or Comments

9-Jun-17

 

Danbury CT

67th Biennial Connecticut AOH State Convention will be from June 9-11th.  Carpooling may be available for Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Rick if interested in going (860) 867-7866

9-Jun-17

 

 

St Columba is remembered on June 9

June 14-17

3-days

Hamden CT

Conference on Children and the Great Hunger at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT

20-Jun-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

24-Jun-17

10:00 AM

North Haven, CT

The 55th Annual CT Irish Festival & Feis will be June 24 & June 25, 2017 at the North Haven Fairgrounds.  For more information, visit the website at www.ctirishfestival.com

27-Jun-17

7:05 PM

Hartford, CT

Come join the Yard Goats for Irish Night at the ballpark.  Aer Lingus is sponsoring he Hartford Yard Goats Baseball game against Binghamton (New York Mets)  at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.  There will be a T-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 fans 18 & older.  If you want to carpool with Rick to the game, let him know at 860-867-7866 or email him.

1-Jul-17

All Day

Norwich, CT

Rose Arts Festival in Norwich from 7am-6pm.  This is a good opportunity to showcase our Division and its mission by hosting a table and providing information to attendees at this all day event.   I will be willing to staff the table for a few hours that Saturday so let me know if you would be willing to help man the table with me.

7-Jul-17

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Health Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

18-Jul-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

29-Jul-17

11 AM (?)

New London

Currach Regatta.  Details to follow. 

12-Aug-17

 

 

The 101st Anniversary of John P. Holland's death

13-Aug-17

9:30 AM

New London

The Division will march from the Fort to/from St. Joseph to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption (Aug 15th) with our Division Pastor Fr. Mark.  Email or call Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 for more details.

15-Aug-17

7:00 PM

NL Elks Club

Monthly AOH Meeting at the Elks Club.  All members are welcome

20-Aug-17

9:30 AM

New London

Mass and Feast to celebrate of Our Lady of Knock (LOK).  We will celebrate the LOK at the Pequot Chapel, 857 Montauk Ave, New London, CT 06320. A pot-luck brunch will follow.  Details to follow.  Contact Anne T. at 860-334-9104 or anne.tortora@gmail.com for more details.

26-Aug-17

TBD

TBD

Save the date for the 6th Annual Connecticut Softball Tournament! JFK Div 1 will be hosting this year’s event at TBD. If you want to play Softball fantastic…but we also need coaches, spectators, chefs, cooler captains, etc.… Myself and 1-2 other folks plan to attend.  Carpooling available.  Contact Rick if interested (860) 867-7866

1-Sep-17

6:30 PM

New London, CT

Members serving food at the New London Homeless Health Center. Contact Sean Moore at 860-443-2058 if you would like to help serve food.

TBD

TBD

East Lyme, CT

IHM Planning Meeting hosted by RC.  Details to follow.

9-Sep-17

1:00 PM

East Lyme, CT

Our annual Picnic will again be in McCook Park, Niantic (after Labor Day) at the Pavilion.  For info on the park, visit http://www.discovereastlyme.com/things_mccooks.php. Please RSVP to Dave Meara at (860) 437-0698 or email him so we can get an estimated headcount and plan the food. 

 

2017 Division Officers: Chaplain: Father Mark O’Donnell; President: Rick Connell; Vice President: Paul Moriarty; Financial Secretary: Bob Curry; Treasurer: Vic Dowling; Recording Secretary: Russell Carr; Standing Committee Chair: Bill Lacy; Marshall: Brian Moore; Sentinel: Joe Kelly; Past President: Jim Gallagher.

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Sláinte agus beannacht    Good health and God’s blessing

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