Message From President Pat O’Connell

Dear Sisters,

By the time that you read this issue, we will be less than 30 days from the start of the 2018 AOH-LAOH National Biennial Convention being hosted in Louisville KY.  The local Louisville Convention Committee is busy finalizing the myriad of details that will enhance making all members’ stay at the Galt House Hotel a great experience.

Your National Officers are also working to prepare reports for the service they have provided over the past two-years in the duties of their office or in the duties assigned to them.  These officers are also preparing to chair committees that are related to some of their duties or to which they have gained experience through the years.

As I prepare to work with you as we, together, conduct the business of the Order at the 2018 National Convention, I ask you to pray with me, Come Holy Spirit.  May we be blessed to be able to share the gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely, knowledge, wisdom, counsel, and patience as we share, deliberate, and make recommendations to benefit the full membership for the next two years.  The decisions that are made at this 2018 National Convention will govern how we work at each level within the organization to meet our Mission as stated in our National Constitution, “While practicing Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity, we will work to strengthen our Roman Catholic Faith, our Country, and our Communities; and perpetuate the religion, history, culture, and traditions of our Irish heritage.”

I encourage all Convention participates to attend all general sessions and the individual committee sessions to which they are assigned or desire to attend.  Your participation in these sessions should be two-fold: (1) to learn and (2) to share.

Let me take this opportunity to CONGRATULATE our LAOH 2018 St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award recipient KATHLEEN SAVAGE of Massachusetts.  She will receive her award during the Banquet on Friday evening.

I would be remiss, if I did not thank the State Presidents and State Secretaries for meeting the defined timelines for making committee recommendations, certifying delegate counts, and providing specified information so that delegate/alternate and observer credential cards may be prepared for the 2018 Convention participants.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve you and to represent you as your National President during this 2016-2018 Term of Office.  Each day I have renewed my commitment to serve and to focus on the needs of all members across the states, to focus on membership growth as well as to sustain our membership number, and to explore how we may be more effective and equitable as we carry-out the business of our Order.  Thank you for the support you have provided  me.

Patricia O’Connell

LAOH National President