Message From President Pat O’Connell

February, 2017

Dear Sisters,

During this first quarter of the 2017 Year, we celebrate the feast days of our patron saints, St. Brigid and St. Patrick.  I am hopeful that each LAOH member takes a few minutes to think about the contributions each of our patron saints provided to the communities in which they lived.  May we, as Irish Catholic women, live our motto and contribute to the communities in which we live.

On behalf of the National Board, I want to thank the many officers who worked so diligently to complete the required 2016 Annual Reports.  Your attention to following the directions and details in completing these reports at the Division, County Board, and State Board Levels is recognized.  I am hopeful that working with these electronic files is becoming an easier task for all the record keepers at the Division, County Board, and State Board Levels.

Once more, I ask all Presidents and Treasurers at each level within the organization to follow and to respond to the information given to you or the requests made to you by National Treasurer Marilyn Madigan as our LAOH work with the IRS continues.  Give National Treasurer Madigan a phone call or send her an email as you have questions.

As State Boards are in the planning process for holding their 2017 State Conventions, I am asking State Presidents to forward your State Convention calendar information providing dates, times, and place to National Secretary Karen Keane so that a State Convention Calendar may be developed.  I would like to post the calendar of State Conventions in the next edition of The Hibernian Digest as well as post the information on the LAOH Website in early April.

I encourage all LAOH members to not only pay your Division dues, but to also actively invite persons who meet our eligibility criteria to consider membership in our organization.  May St. Brigid and St. Patrick continue to bless our LAOH members as we engage with each other to strengthen and sustain our organization.

In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Patricia O’Connell, President