Message From President Pat O’Connell

February, 2017

Dear Sisters,

Message from the LAOH President

It is hard to realize that we have already celebrated the feast of our patron, St. Brigid.  Now, as we are in the midst of the 2018 Lenten Season, I am asking each reader to take of few minutes to thank our Lord for the many gifts He has given to each of us.  May we, as Hibernians, give of our time and talent as we work together to meet our 2018 Division, County Board, and State Board Goals and to enrich the lives of our members and to support our Catholic Faith in our communities.

I offer my thanks to the LAOH Officers who are working or who have worked to complete the 2017 Annual Membership Report and the 2017 Annual Financial Report.  Meeting your timelines at each level is critical to the support of the next level within each state.

Let me take this opportunity to personally invite each reader to attend the 2018 National Convention being held in Louisville KY in July.  The National Convention will officially begin the evening of Wednesday, July 11, 2018 with Mass followed by an “Ice-Breaker” event.  You may  access Registration, Hotel, and Journal Ad Book information by going to the LAOH website: www.ladiesaoh.com and then select the 2018 AOH/LAOH National Convention “button.”  The LAOH Degrees will be exemplified by the Ohio State Board Degree Team on Saturday July 14, 2018.  A Registration Form is available on the LAOH website with the National Convention information.  Currently, the planning for the General Business and the Committee Meeting sessions is underway.  You may expect to receive a tentative schedule for the General Business and Committee Meeting sessions in mid-April.  The 2018 tentative schedule information will be forwarded to State Presidents and to State Secretaries via email.  The Convention tentative schedule will also be placed on the LAOH website when it is available.

As the planning for the 2018 National Convention continues, I ask each State President to take the time to forward a copy of your State Board Officers to National Secretary Karen Keane (laohkaren@live.com) and to me (oconnellp407@comcast.net) so that we may be assured that we have the up-to-date officer information.  When sending your information, please include the following:  Office Position, Name, Street Address, City, State, Zip, Phone Number, & Email Address.

I encourage each Division to actively work to grow your membership during these first months of this new year.  All Divisions across our 29 States and the District of Columbia face the same challenge, namely, to increase their membership as well as to sustain their current membership.

May our patron saints, St. Brigid and St. Patrick, continue to bless our work and strengthen our membership.

Patricia O’Connell, National President