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January 2011 Newsletter _____________________________________________________________________________ Monthly Meetings: Board Meetings 2nd Mondays, 7:00PM General Meetings 3rd Mondays, 7:00PM Meeting Location:

VFW Post# 8695, 15 Lyndhurst Road, Marmora, N.J. 08223

Upcoming Events: January 10th January 17th February 6th February 14th February 21st

Board Meeting Division Meeting Super Bowl Party/Poker 3:00 pm Board Meeting Division Meeting


March 7th March 9th March 14th March 17th March 21st

VICE-PRESIDENT Robert Hudson Chairman Standing Committee Robert Bergen ORGANIZER Michael Hagan

President’s Report Dear Brothers, As a division, we have had a GREAT QUARTER! We had our first division meeting in August at the newly constructed meeting hall of Our Lady of Angels. It was nice to see some of the old faces again. Albeit it was a smidge tepid in that little room. Going forward, we will have two meetings a year there. We started destruction on the hall. What a mess it was and fun at the same time. Thank you to Keith for spear heading the first phase of the hall. We have also painted the walls and floors, thanks again to Kramer2 , as they are always there to help

Board Meeting Ash Wednesday St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Hall St. Patrick’s Day Division Meeting

FINANCIAL SECRETARY James McNally Marshal Richard Kramer Sentinel Gene O’Brien

out. And a big thank you to one of our newest members, John Hockenberry, for making the final push to complete the work. We had our first soggy march in the Wildwood parade. I would like to thank the 14 guys who turned out to show our divisions pride. Gene O'. Thanks again for being in charge of our color guard. We had our annual Christmas dinner at the Avalon Country Club on December 11. As with last year everyone had great time at this venue, so it was an easy decision to return. Finally, we had our festival. We beat last year’s totals and impressed Kramer beverage. We named Brendan Moore, Hibernian of the year. He showed us his true colors as he came down Friday evening

and started the festivities at the 19th hole. He marched with us and stayed all day at the festival. He finished up the night at the after party. He kept saying how much he enjoyed our division and how close we all are. If you go onto our face book page, you will see photos of the event. Plus we were bestowed the honor of Greg Canning flying up from his retirement home in Florida. Our unofficial member was shy and reserved as is his way. Thank you Greg for being a part of our day. In closing, I just would like to thank you for electing me and my board. It is an honor to serve as your President and I will not let you down. Respectfully, in Brotherhood, Unity and Christian Charity Patrick Jockel President Division 2 Cape May County

2010 National Convention Our Division sent two Delegates to the AOH National Convention in Cincinnati, who reported on a number of topics both locally and internationally. Jere Cole was elected National Director and Martin McGuiness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland addressed the AOH on the current state of Northern Ireland politics. Be sure to check out the video of his speech on our Division website. Michael Collins, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Ireland also spoke to the AOH. Deacon O’Clisham discussed his Ministry of Consolation in the Camden Dioceses and how members can become involved. Again, check our Division website for more information.

Division News 2010 Smithville Irish Festival Our annual festival activities kicked off Friday night at McGettigan’s with Jaime & the Quiet Man performing. It was a packed house and no better way to start off the weekend. Saturday brought fantastic weather, our largest crowd ever and a full day of music, food and shopping. Ceremonies opened with invocation by Deacon O’Clisham. Brendan Moore, AOH National Vice President was in attendance with his family and he was named Hibernian of the Year. We wrapped up the weekend with an after party at the Dubliner, with the Bantry Boys providing the entertainment. It continues to amaze me that our group founded this annual event and the steady annual growth that we enjoy. Even Smithville Management has voiced appreciation of how well we run the festival – no small feat, when you consider the many events they sponsor all year. So, here’s a toast to you, my Brothers, for giving so much, so that we can support our worthy causes throughout the year.

VFW Building Maintenance Thanks to all those Brothers who helped with the Hall renovations. As a group we were able to tear down & paint the ceiling, paint the walls, new back bar, taps, sink, clean up the oil tank, fix the gate, re-do the storage area and update the bathroom. A special thanks to John Hockenberry for the final push. This is a great example of helping others and ourselves.

May those who love us love us. And those that don’t love us, May God turn their hearts. And if he doesn’t turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles, so we’ll know them by their limping.

Annual Christmas Party Our annual Christmas party was held at the Avalon Country, where a good time was had by all. Our annual awards were distributed;      

Hibernian of the Year – Eric Ramsey Rookie of the year – none (which is why new membership is important) Quiet Men Award - Jaime & Paddy Shamrock Award - Rich Kramer Inaugural Lifetime Award – Gene O’Brien Silver Spoon Award – James Roche

Annual Dues Reminder that 2011 annual dues are now due. Please mail a check or be prepared to pay at the January meeting. We must complete a membership report along with our per-capita dues and submit to the National, State, & County Secretaries before February 15th, 2011.

Recent Charitable Donations $350 for Cape May Trinity Catholic – Sponsored Gooble Wooble 5k run and 1mile fun at platinum level $600 to fund Celtic Radio - $400 to be funded by advertisers

About Hurling Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick. It is Europe's oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years. The stick, or "hurley" (called camán in Irish) is curved outwards at the end, to provide the striking surface. The ball or "sliothar" is similar in size to a hockey ball but has raised ridges. Hurling is played on a pitch approximately 137m long and 82m wide. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one.

Other News Congratulations to Douglas Yearsley in being named our official Press Secretary. Doug – here’s a few answers to questions you may find useful: “ I’m sorry, that’s all the questions I have time for today” “Have you seen my patriotic swim trunks?”

$500 to Our Lady of the Angels Church $250 – Jaime’s High School Band $500 for St. Patrick Church in Lexington Virginia – funds to be used for VMI student food, drink & phone usage. First year VMI students, of which Mike Hagan’s son, Michael Jr, is a first year VMI student and as such, have limited access to recreational activities and telephones. St Patrick’s provides post Sunday Mass activities for these Roman Catholic future men and women of our military branches. $1000 - Annual Freedom for all Ireland Christmas Appeal (for this donation, the Division will receive a customized hurling stick)

“Our President was not even in the county that day” “Níl a fhios agam” Thanks to the success of this year’s festival, we were able to start a building fund. Please join me in welcoming our newest members: Craig Furlano Michael Garvin John Hockenberry Kelly Keppel Bernie Keppel Please keep Bill Becker and Frank McCall in your prayers.

Irish History Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Charles Carroll is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate from Maryland. Charles Carroll was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to die. This last survivor of one of his nation's foundational moment died on 14 November 1832. This was 56 years after the events of 1776.

Upcoming Events Belmar St. Patrick’s Parade Sunday March 6th 12:30 St Patrick’s Dinner at the Hall Monday March 14th – bring a friend AOH NJ State Convention / Major Degree May 15-17th Doolans’ Shore Club 700 Highway 71 Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762

Membership Membership is the life blood of any organization. We need to actively recruit!! We need to expand our Division and take advantage of every possible opportunity to make every Irish-Catholic man aware of us, what we do, and how to join!!

Charles Carroll was descended from Irish Catholic ancestry. His grandfather, Daniel Carroll, was a native of Littemourna, in Ireland, and was a clerk in the office of Lord Powis, in the reign of James the Second. Under the patronage of Lord Baltimore, the principal proprietor of Maryland, Mr. Carroll emigrated to that Colony toward the close of the seventeenth century, and became the possessor of a large plantation. His son Charles, the father of [Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll], was born in 1702, and lived to the age of eighty years, when he died and left his large estate to his eldest child, Charles, who was then twenty-five years old. Charles Carroll, the Revolutionary patriot, was born on the twentieth of September, 1737. When he was only eight years of age, his father, who was a Roman Catholic, took him to France, and entered him as a student in the Jesuit College at St. Omer's. There he remained six years, and then went to another Jesuit seminary of learning, at Rheims. After remaining there one year, he

entered the College of Louis le Grand, whence he graduated at the age of seventeen years, and then commenced the study of law at Bourges... The question arises, why did Mr. Carroll append to his signature the place of his residence, "Carrollton"? [He signed his name on the Declaration of Independence: "Charles Carroll of Carrollton".] It is said that when he wrote his name, a delegate near him suggested, that as he had a cousin of the name of Charles Carroll, in Maryland, the latter might be taken for him, and he (the signer) escape attainder, or any other punishment that might fall upon the heads of the patriots. Mr. Carroll immediately seized the pen, and wrote "of Carrollton" at the end of his name, exclaiming "They cannot mistake me now!" From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Declaration: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1975), page 43-45: As one of the wealthiest men in America, Charles Carroll III of Carrollton risked his fortune as well as his life when he joined the Revolutionaries. Possessing one of the most cultivated minds of any of the signers, he achieved remarkable success as planter, businessman, and politician. He was the only Roman Catholic signer, the last to survive, and the longest lived. Of Irish descent, Carroll was born in 1737 at his father's townhouse, Carroll Mansion of Annapolis. Jesuits educated him until he reached about 11 years of age. He then voyaged to Europe and studied the liberal arts and civil law at various schools and universities in Paris, elsewhere in France, and in London. Carroll sailed home in 1765 at the age of 28, and built a home at Carrollton Manor, a 10,000-acre estate in Frederick County newly deeded to him by his father. At that time, he added "Carrollton" to his name to distinguish himself from relatives of the same name... In 1773 Carroll became a champion of the patriots through his newspaper attacks on the Proprietary Governor. The latter was opposing reforms in

officers' fees and stipends for Anglican clergy that the lower house of the legislature had proposed... In the years 1774-76 he supported no importation measures, attended the first Maryland Revolutionary convention, and the council of safety. In 1776 he and his cousin John, a priest-chosen because of their religion and knowledge of French--traveled to Canada with Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Chase on a congressionally appointed committee that sought but failed to obtain a union of Canada with the colonies... In his final years, revered by the Nation as the last surviving signer of the Declaration, Carroll spent most of his time at Doughoregan Manor. But he passed the winters in the home of his youngest daughter and her husband in Baltimore. There, in 1832, he died at the age of 95. His body was interred in the family chapel at Doughoregan Manor.

Irish Humor Finnegans wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning him. "Did she say anything before she died?" asked the sergeant. "She spoke without interruption for about forty years," said Finnegan. THE NEW PRIEST Father O'Malley, the new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks the older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears a couple of confessions, then the old priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions. The old priest suggests, "Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand." The new priest tries this. "Try saying things like, 'I see, yes, go on, I understand and how did you feel about that?" The new priest says those things. The old priest says, "Now, don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying 'No shit! What happened next?


Is fearr Gaeilge briste, na Bearla cliste iss far gale-geh brishteh naw bear-elh clish-teh Broken Irish is better than clever English


Is fhearr fheuchainn na bhith san duil iss far vue-chonn nah vith san du-ill It is better to try than to hope


Tada gan iarracht taw-dah gonn ear-ockt Nothing is done without effort

Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

All Irish Martyrs P.O. Box 126 Marmora, NJ 08223

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