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President's Message April 2018

Dear Brothers, As our marching season comes to an end, the Board of AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Memorial Division 1 would like to thank everyone that marched in the numerous parades. Orange County AOH president Edmund Burke sent his thanks to all our members who marched and supported the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Goshen and the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Our Division had the honor at both parades of holding the Orange County AOH banner as our Brother Keith Reynolds was Orange County Aide to the Grand Marshall in NYC this year. We would also like to thank our AOH Pipe and Drums for inviting us to march in the Pearl River Parade. We had some nice refreshments provided to us afterwards by AOH Pearl River it’s was nice to meet our fellow Hibernians. Our Yonkers AOH brothers were also very gracious in getting our Division and the Junior Division into the McLean Avenue St. Patrick’s Parade. The Westchester Emerald Society invited us to join them after for a private after-parade party. Ireland’s 32 tickets should be handed in as soon as possible as the drawing is on April 8th at 4 PM. We will be closed Easter week and reopen Easter Sunday to celebrate the Risen Christ. Past President Tommy Flynn and Recording Secretary George Anderson are working on the Memorial Mass for Joseph D. Duelk Jr. and Lt. Louis E Allen to be held Sunday, June 10th at St. Anastasia Church 9:30 AM and Wreath Layings at both Hero’s gravesites immediately thereafter. Breakfast to follow at the Hall. On Friday, April 6th the LAOH will be holding a Pocketbook Bingo event to bring awareness to the opioid addiction problem in Orange County. The money raised will go towards programs the help prevent the problem. If you don’t play bingo, stop by and support them with a donation. The Celtic Lounge will have live music by Paul Cray immediately following the event. Our next meeting will be Friday, April 13th at 8 PM. Doors open by 7 PM. Happy Easter to all our Brothers and your families. In our motto, Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. Neil O’Riordan

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