2019 Fall Major Degree Announcement

Dear Worthy President,

The Gloucester County Ancient Order of Hibernians, Commodore John Barry Division, with the approval of the New Jersey State Board and in association with the Isle of Erin Major Degree Team invites you to the following:

Major Degree Ceremony
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Richard Rossiter Memorial Hall / Fort Mercer Club
200 Columbia Blvd
National Park, NJ 08063

11:00AM (Sign In) Registration
Bagels, Coffee and Light Refreshments

Noon Shamrock Degree Ceremony
1:00PM Major Degree Ceremony

Cost: $35.00 Candidates – $30.00 Observers
Following the degree there will be a reception with a cash bar

Observing with no admittance to the reception is free

We ask that you stress the importance of the Order’s long-standing ceremony and the obligation each member must live by its great motto. As we continue to strive to strengthen the foundation, the sponsors of the event hope to increase the number of degreed brothers and bring together divisions from around the state and celebrate our Catholic – Irish heritage. Our goal is that each of us join and unify through a special unity as Hibernians and end the day as a stronger more unified Brotherhood. At the time when you were initially sworn into your division and took the oath, you promised “you would learn the lessons and take the test of the Order”. Now is the time to fulfill that promise.

To obtain an accurate headcount for food, refreshments and hall rental, we ask that Division Presidents contact your membership and provide a list of each member attending the Degree. Please contact Rich O’Brien with your list of attendees by October 26th. Seating is limited.

Rich O’Brien, Vice President 
New Jersey State Board
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: 201-532-8088

Please observe the following:

  1. Travel cards are required by all for admittance. All member must show their Travel card.  The degree team will not confer the Major Degree to anyone without a travel card.
  2. The exemplification of the Major Degree Ceremony is open to all formally sworn in members of the Order, who are in good standing in their division.
  3. All officers are required to be degreed members of the Order. Officers from newly established divisions are required to obtain their degree at the next available Major Degree ceremony to hold office.
  4. All degreed AOH members are welcome and urged to join in and help us in welcoming our newly degreed members to the Order.
  5. Dress code is business casual. This means absolutely NO tee shirts, shorts and or sneakers. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
  6. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is NOT permitted in the hall during the ceremony.