President Message Nov 2012


As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season I hope this letter finds you and your families safe and sound. I realize that the last few weeks have been difficult ones for many of our members especially those who call the Jersey Shore home. There has been so much loss and devastation that it can be hard to imagine that life will one day be the same. Since Super storm Sandy hit NJ many Hibernians have risen to the occasion and helped out their fellow members and communities. At our upcoming State Board meeting on December 1st we will re-cap some of those efforts, review AOH relief available to our members from both the state and national boards and host a benefit to aid relief. Please do everything in your power to bring members to this meeting and at least make sure that you have a representative of your division at this important meeting.

Divisions who have donations for the Hurricane Relief should bring them to the meeting; Checks should be made out to NJ AOH with Hurricane Relief in the memo.

Hosted by Cape May Division 2 All Irish Martyrs
Meeting at the VFW Post# 8695; 15 Lyndhurst Road Marmora, N.J. 08223.
There is ample parking in the bank parking lot next door.

Meeting schedule:
12:45 pm lunch compliments of Division 2
2:00 pm NJ State Board meeting
4:00 pm mass celebrated by NJ AOH Chaplain Father Brian Woodrow
5pm–8pm Hibernian Hurricane Relief with music by Jamie and the Quiet men; donation $20.00 all proceeds to aid and assist members who suffered loss due to the storm. Donations should be made out to NJAOH and Hurricane Relief in memo.

Lodging Information:
Boulevard Motel. Across the street from the hall.
Econo Lodge, Marmora,

I have included in this mailing the form (Download Here) that should be completed by any member who occurred losses the NJ State Board and AOH National Hibernian Charity. Please have members complete this form and submit at our state board meeting. The NJ State Board will review and forward to national.

Additionally to aid our relief efforts:
The NJ State Board has created a long sleeve t shirt to help fund our relief efforts. Enclosed in this mailing is the order form, we are asking that for the initial orders division presidents consolidate the orders and send to Pat Jockel or Sean Pender so that we can deliver at the meeting on December 1st. All details are included in the flyer (Download Here).

2012 Hurricane Relief Event:
The NJ State Board and Msgr. Crean AOH will sponsor a Hibernian Relief Benefit on Thursday December 6th at the AOH Hall 2419 Kuser Rd. Hamilton NJ. The event will be from 7pm to 10pm and feature the music of the 12 piece Temporaries, playing your favorite rock and roll from the 70s to today. Suggested donation is $20.

2013 NJ State Board Events
Date TBD January/February 2013: NJ State Board Meeting at Seton Hall University

Sunday March 3, 2013: NJ State Board will march in the Belmar St . Patrick’s Day Parade. Please make every effort to attend this event; it will be off special significance considering the challenges that Belmar and the Jersey Shore has faced.

Sunday April 14, 2013 – NJ State Board will host a Major Degree at the Msgr. Crean AOH Hall 2419 Kuser Road Hamilton NJ 08691; a short state board meeting will precede the degree.

Friday May 17th and Saturday May 18th 2013 – NJ AOH State Convention at the Msgr. Crean AOH Hall 2419 Kuser Road Hamilton NJ 08691

It is my hope that by providing these dates early enough we can plan better and improve the attendance at our meetings.

All the best,

Sean Pender