The Thomas Carroll, Erie County Division 1 of the Ancient Orders of the Hibernians have announced their annual Hibernian of the Year and the Commodore John Barry Medal winners.
Division President Kevin Lafferty has been awarded Hibernian of the Year.
Kevin has been on the Executive Board of Officers since joining the organization in 2013. Kevin has chaired the Annual Christmas Awards Dinner for the past 3 years and has been integral to the recruiting and membership committee of the AOH. He has was instrumental in the success of the 2017 AOH/LAOH Biennial Convention that was held in Western New York. Kevin served on the organizing committee as Treasurer and Registrar.
The Commodore John Barry Medal is presented to a member that embodies the spirit of the AOH. Deacon Michael Comerford, Division Chaplain, is a well deserving awardee. Deacon Comerford came to the AOH in 2015 and jumped right in as the Chaplain of the Division. He leads the Division in prayer and provides spiritual guidance for the members.
The awards will be handed out at the Annual Christmas Awards Dinner. The dinner will be held on December 9, 2017 at the Buffalo Irish Center. Tickets are $30.00. If you are interested in attending the dinner or would like to be a sponsor please contact Kevin Lafferty at 716-913-6080 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October, 20 at the Buffalo Irish Center, Division #1 hosted Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffintgton. Dr. Skeffington gave an intriguing lecture on her Grandparents and how integral they we were to Irish History. It was chock full of great information as her grandfather was killed by the British Government and he grandmother was forced to flee to the United State where she worked with organizations such as the AOH, to inform American of the atrocities going on at home.
We thank Dr. Sheehy Skeffington for allowing us to host her!
Division Members Bill Powers, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, Jim O'Brien, Kevin Lafferty, Dan McCarthy and Kevin McNamara pose before throwing flowers overboard in remembrance of Commodore John Barry. The Division celebrated Commodore Barry Day aboard the USS Little Rock on September 16th.
Please see Vice President Tom Lambert for new clothing and apparel items for sale.
We are looking for brothers to join the Membership Committee. It is important for that we start increasing our membership. Please see President Kevin Lafferty if you are interested in helping recruit new brothers.
Brothers from Division #1 represented themselves at the Buffalo Irish Center "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" party. The Divison had a table at the Organizational Fair and were able to share our work in the WNY Irish Community.
President - Kevin Lafferty
Vice President - Thomas Lambert
Treasurer - Mike Liszewski
Recording Secretary - Norm Hamilton
Financial Secretary - Kevin McNamara
Standing Committee Chair- Jim O'Brien
Sentinel - Tim Green
Marshall - Craig Speers
2017 Commodore John Barry Day Celebration
Executive Officers - November 14, 2017 - 7:30pm Buffalo Irish Center
General Meeting - November 27, 2017 - 7:30pm Memorial Mass & Meeting - Buffalo Irish Center