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Thomas F.X. Flynn, Jr.
President AOH Division 1



As we begin the Lenten Season with Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 we are reminded that Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We wish all members peaceful presence of prayer during this time of reflection, penance and renewal of the gift of our faith, the grace of our faith and much more the presence of Christ in our daily lives.

May we continue as an organization to support the efforts of Mother Church in all that our Holy Father guides us in deepening our relationship with Christ in service to others, forgiveness of others, and in our prayers for one and other.

We also begin the many events in the Irish Community set forth below are a partial listing of events such as:

1. 5th Annual Kick-off to St. Patrick’s Day at Kelly Jeans located at 145 North Church Street, Goshen , New York during the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 PM – This event is sponsored by the Mid Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade Committee;

2. Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Irish Day at the American Legion in Greenwood Lake, a great day of music and dance with the Pipes & Drums of the AOH, Chris Turpin Band, The Parting Glass, the Sheehan Gormley School and Kerry School of Irish Dance, West Point Pipe and Drums. Lets now forget the Irish Soda Bread Competition , for additional information call 917-576-5522;

3. Sunday, March 6, 2016 – the 50th Annual Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner at Sacred Heart School, 26 Still Road, Monroe, NY 10950 sitting at 4:00 PM;

4. Sunday, March 13, 2016 Mid Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade starting with a 9:00 AM Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 70 Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY; followed by the Grand Marshal’s Brunch at Kuhl’s Highland House, located at 512 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY, tickets 25 per person – Advanced Reservations Required.

5. Sunday, March 13, 2016 the Mid Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1:00 PM Line up at the Orange County Government Center with a 2:00 PM Kickoff. Please remember the 2016 Mid Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade – AFTER THE PARTY AT THE HALL, AOH Division 1, come celebrate with our Aide to the Grand Marshal our own Brother George Anderson.

6. Thursday, March 17, 2016 – New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, once again the Orange County AOH is marching in the Honor Brigade at the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and will be stepping off at 11:00 AM. Buses will be leaving from the Hall at 8:30 sharp. Brother Tom McCarthy will be arranging the bus detail, please contact him for tickets and additional information at  . Please meet at the Hall at 8AM for the bus ride down. Proper dress would include Green Jacket, Balmorals, White Gloves, Black pants, socks and shoes.

I would like to remind all members of the Annual Fundraiser for the Bethel Woods 2016 Law Pass Raffle at $ 10.00 a ticket – season passes value at $ 958.00 with admission to all concerts, includes lawn chair rental. The drawing will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 during the May AOH meeting, the winner need not be present. This is a great source of revenue for our division use and of charitable funding efforts for our Division and as past winners will state, well
worth a ten dollar investment. Tickets will be for sale at the bar and during all upcoming meetings, for ticket purchase or additional information please email me at
  or call my cell at 845-782-2345, or see any bartender at working at hall while you visit the hall on your weekends.

I would like to thank all the members that paid their respects to Brother Gerald J. Sullivan a long time member of our Division and former Right to Life Chairman who passed away on January 18, 2016, I would ask that you remember Gerald and his family in your prayers. We shall drape our Charter in his memory at the February 12, 2016 meeting. One of Brother Sullivan’s last words were “Jesus I Trust in You”, what a statement of faith and devotion, I am honored to have known Bother Sullivan and his wonderful family.

Our Vice President has begun the work of organization of our Junior Division and we have opened conversation with our web hosting firm to update our web page and increase the information on the site and the use of the calendar and even payment of dues in the 2017 calendar year. Any suggestions please contact any board member or feel free to personally call my cell at 845-782-2345 or work number of 783-1811. Both items will be discussed further at our meeting of February 12, 2016.

I would like to personally, thank brother Robert Ronayne for conducting the January 2016 General Membership Meeting of which I was not able to be attend, I have heard wonderful reports on his professional conduct.

Please if you have not paid your 2016 dues please see Brother Tom Keahon at our next meeting or mail your dues to Tom’s attention at P.O. Box 337, Monroe, NY 10950.

Our Division was active in January with the annual Fleming Scholarship Fundraiser with a good amount of work by Brothers Chris DeBold and Don Higgins. Also once again our very strong support of the Right to Life movement in Washington which I will ask Brother Keith Reynolds to update us on as he marched with members of the State Board.

I would like to thank our members and their families for the continued support of our Division, and I hope to see you at our next meeting or one of the many events coming up.

Please consider rental of our hall for the next family party or family event, please see Brother Ken Quinn for additional information.

In our Motto of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Thomas F. Flynn, Jr.,
President of Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, AOH.


Division New Year Blessing

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians please accept our best wishes and prayers for our membership and family members this coming year.

May God bless you and your family physically, mentally and spiritually, in our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.

Thomas F.X. Flynn, Jr. President
Rob Ronayne, Vice-President

President's Statement

I, Thomas F. Flynn (Tommy) and Robert Ronyane are honored to be called your President and Vice-President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Both Rob and I had the honor of working under the administration of Immediate Past President George Anderson.

We would like to share our contact information - if you have questions or concerns regarding our Division

Thomas (Tommy) Flynn - President

Rob Ronyane - Vice President

We invite all Catholics of Irish birth or descent to seek
admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic Organization in the
World — all we would ask is for you to live our motto of:
“Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.
Dia ‘s Muire dhuit! (God and Mary be with you)

From the President's Desk

I am preparing my first statement as the new President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1 Ancient Order of Hibernians. I must qualify this statement with the fact that this is the second time in my life I will be serving our Brotherhood as President. I have served in many positions of the Executive Board when I was younger.

I am in awe of what our Worthy Immediate Past President George Anderson has completed in his terms as Vice President and then President of our Division for the past two years.

I have seen the interest in our Order begin to grow again and the respect of the membership increase in their confidence of the Board. Worthy President Anderson has truly governed our Division with the principals of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

Brother Anderson’s administration will be a very difficult administration to follow, I am honored that George will be a VERY ACTIVE BOARD member of our Division as Immediate Past President.

Brother Anderson, I speak not only as a member of 33 years in our Division, nor only as a present member of the Executive Board, but now as President of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, job well done my friend. On behalf of the membership and the new Board, thank you for sharing your time, your family and your talents with our Division.

May God Bless you and your family, may the simple joys of your life continue to grow under the guidance of all of your good deeds and hard work. May your blessings outnumber the stars in the skies.

I wish to also thank our Division for the trust you have placed in my ability to continue the advancement and growth of our entity.

During my tenure as President of our Division, I look forward this coming year to begin a Jr. membership drive at the two area Catholic High Schools of John S. Burke High School and Dom Bosco Preparatory High School, both being private Roman Catholic Schools that believe and support Catholic Education for our children or grandchildren.

I wish to continue to work with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary of the Gael Division 5, St. Brendan’s GAA Gaelic Football and the Orange County Division 1 Pipes and Drums, as all of our organizations wish to support our Church and our youth in knowing their sense of faith, family and service to others.

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Joseph Duelk, Jr., Division 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians please accept, our warmest regard’s and prayers for our members and their family members this coming year.

May God bless you and your family physically, mentally and spiritually, in our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity, we remain.

We invite all Catholics of Irish birth or descent to seek admittance to the FINEST Irish Catholic organization in the World — all we would ask is for you to live by our motto of: "Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity”.

“ May the Lord bless you and keep you!
May the Lord smile upon you
and be gracious to you!
May the Lord look upon you with
kindness and grant you His peace.
The Lord bless you!”
(Numbers 6:24)

Féadfaidh an Tiarna bless tú, agus tú a choinneáil!
Féadfaidh an Tiarna aoibh gháire ar tú
agus a bheith gracious a thabhairt duit!
Féadfaidh an Tiarna breathnú ar tú leis
cineáltas agus deontas tú a suaimhneas.
An Tiarna bless tú!
(Uimhreacha 06:24)

Thomas F.X. Flynn, Jr. President
Rob Ronyane - Vice President


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