Our next meeting will be held on Friday 9/22 at 8 pm at which we will have nominations for House officers. I hope you and your families had a pleasant and safe summer. It sure was a busy one. Many thanks to all of you who supported the Michael McDermott golf outing and attended the NYS AOH convention in Buffalo. Many members of the AOH and LAOH served as volunteers at a three-day Grand Opening Weekend that the GAA held for their beautiful new clubhouse in early July. The GAA reciprocated on July 22nd at our County AOH Ceol Mor Festival and Bagpipe Competition by not only hosting us but providing numerous volunteers for our event as well. Working side by side, the AOH, LAOH, GAA, and local musicians put on a fantastic display of our musical heritage. Approximately 50 solo bagpipers competed in individual competitions in the morning and six bands competed against each other in the afternoon. While the band competition was small this year, I am confident that it will grow rapidly after hearing remarks from both competitors and judges who were so impressed by the show and the venue. Save the date for our encore on July 21 of 2017 and many thanks to all for your hard work. It would be nice to get good Division 3 representation at the County Meeting on the 19th to support newly elected President and VP John McGowan and Bill Young as well as at the Metro Conference meeting on September 30th at Orange County Division 2’s hall. We will be hosting a Rambling House on November 3rd and the NYS AOH board meeting the following day. More details to follow.
Dan Callanan reports the following Good and Welfare News…Please say a prayer for the repose of Bobby McBride, John O’Connor (not Jack), John Ardizone, Tom Anderson’s father Richie, and Ray Gallagher. Another prayer or two are in order for Jim Whelan’s bride Joanne who underwent rotator cuff surgery, John McElligott’s bride Pat who broke her arm, Pete Blickley who suffered burns to his leg, Frank Cull who has developed melanoma, Bob Metcalfe’s 3 children who were injured in a serious vehicle accident, Tom Girondel who is following doctor’s orders to slow down after being diagnosed with a heart flutter, Gene Flood who is recovering at home from surgery, Brian Gallagher who has run into more complications after being released from the Mayo Clinic and is now being diagnosed at Duke University Hospital, and Jim Walsh who is now a resident at the Raso Hospice.
Now for some good news, we have two sets of new grandparents. Jim and Eileen Finn welcomed Finn as presented by their daughter Eileen and husband John while Bob and Phyliss Scully welcomed Stetson Alexander as presented by their daughter Shannon and husband Ryan.
As always, please remember to say an extra prayer or two for our wounded warriors and their families.
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Dermot O’Connor Moore, President