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January 2013 Newsletter _____________________________________________________________________________ Monthly Meetings:

Meeting Location:


Board Meetings 1 Mondays, 7:00PM rd General Meetings 3 Mondays, 7:00PM VFW Post# 8695, 15 Lyndhurst Road, Marmora, N.J. 08223

Calendar of Events: January th 7 Board Meeting st 21 General Meeting th 26 Holiday Party PRESIDENT Patrick Jockel TREASURER James Roche RECORDING SECRETARY Eric Ramsey

February rd 3 Super Bowl Party th 4 Board Meeting th 18 General Meeting

March rd 3 Belmar St. Patrick’s Parade th 4 Board Meeting th 16 Sea Isle & A.C. St. Patrick’s Parade th 18 General Meeting VICE-PRESIDENT FINANCIAL SECRETARY Kelly Keppel James McNally Chairman Standing Committee Marshal Bernie Keppel Richard Kramer ORGANIZER Sentinel Bernie Keppel Robert Bergen

President’s Report Dear Brothers, Now that the first quarter is here, the fun begins. This is the time of year that as a division, we have a lot of activity. We have marching season, open houses, masses, our super bowl party and of course, Saint Patrick’s day. This year we have devised a quarterly calendar of events and will update by the end of each quarter. Please make sure you check our website and its calendar with regularity. We will be having events out of the hall this year at local establishments. This will get our name into the community bring added unity to our members. As I have stated in past letters, the only way we can keep this division going is through added membership and involvement. This all starts with its members and for everyone to try and bring a new member throughout the year.

Our annual budget has been passed and our donations set. We have started to present our recipients with the first grouping of checks. There will be more to come, so please look for your updates on the website and newsletters. Our division hosted the State Board Meeting on December 1, at the hall. Thank you to the Kramer brothers for providing us with traditional Irish fare and for Jamie and Paddy for the entertainment. Our end of year party will be at the Lobster Loft in Sea Isle on Jan, 26. Your financial secretary James McNally has sent out his annual dues letters; please respond as quickly as possible to receive your 2013 Traveling Cards. I ask you to come enjoy our hall with your brothers that we as a group have worked so hard to improve. In our motto:

Patrick Jockel Division President.

Division News 2013 Charities Support for our 2013 charities has begun and we’re pleased to announce that funds have been dispersed to:  Middle Twp Booster Club  Community Arts/ Celtic Radio -Gene O’Brien Scholarships  Alzheimer Assoc  Upper Twp - Youth Hockey Assoc.  Father Nick Dudo, Assumption Church

Social Media If you have not checked out the AOH National website ( before or if you have not in a few months, now is a good time, as it has recently been updated. You’ll find updated events, news, important projects and Irish/AOH History. Stay tuned as our division website is being redesigned to be more up to date, easier to update and navigate. Did you know that have a phone number? 609-545-7706 Did you know that we’re on Facebook? Twitter? Subscribe today for the latest news and updates.

AOH Clothing Remaining donations have been allocated and are in the process of being distributed. Celtic Radio Scholarship The founders of Celtic Radio: Harry Patterson and Gene O’Brien have worked tirelessly over the past few years, entertaining the Cape May area with traditional Celtic music. With the passing of Gene O’Brien, his legacy must live on. Harry Patterson will be mentoring two students from Wildwood Catholic thru an internship at the radio station. They will be taking turns behind the mic on a bi-weekly basis. They will be offering Celtic music and culture every Saturday from Noon to 1pm on 101.5 FM (low power) Congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners, Rita Marino and Patrick McGann

The Division is looking to place a group clothing order sometime in January. This is a great time for new member or those with damaged/worn items to purchase AOH/Color guard clothing. With parade season just around the corner, now is a good time to act. Long sleeve black shirts for the winter, short sleeve black polo for the summer. Please notify Mike Hagan of your needs. 609-780-5111 /

Marketing (formerly recruiting) A new committee has been formed to work on expanding our membership. Work has already begun on setting up a full years worth of events to not only help us recruit members, but to foster Brotherhood and unity within our division. A schedule of events will soon be sent out to members for upcoming Craic nights, movie parties, sponsored masses, meet and greets with our charities, and other great opportunities to interact with your Brothers and neighbors.

Irish Discussion Group

Major Degree + State Board Meeting

An Irish discussion group is being formed that will meet monthly from 6-7pm prior to our general meetings. Attendees will share knowledge of Irish history, culture and literature in an informal and interactive setting.

Sunday April 14, 2013 - NJ State Board will host a Major Degree at the Msgr. Crean AOH Hall 2419 Kuser Road Hamilton NJ 08691; a short state board meeting will precede the degree.

Upcoming Events Holiday Party Our annual Holiday Party is scheduled at the Lobster Loft in Sea Isle for Saturday January 26th from 7:00-10:00PM... There will be live music, a buffet style dinner and an open bar for drafts & house wine. Spouses & significant others are free and a $20/pp. fee for other guests. RSVP to Mike Hagan @ 609-780-5111 /

2013 Membership Dues 2013 dues reminder letters will be going out soon. Please pay promptly and help support your division and the AOH mission. Dues remain at $35 for current members. Students and clergy due are free, seniors $18. Super Bowl Party This year’s Super Bowl party to be held Sunday February 3rd Mark your calendar and most importantly this is an excellent opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to the AOH. Please RSVP Rich Kramer for info: 609-432-2221.

Irish Literature and Poetry

Danny Boy Score – an Irish Love Song?

2013 St Patrick’s Day events St Patrick’s Day Sunday March 17


The tune was first called "Londonderry Air" in 1894 when Katherine Tynan Hinkson set the words of her "Irish Love Song" to it:

AOH Mass - Church of the Resurrection 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ 08223 Sunday (Mass time TBD) Please wear your dress attire, Kilts, division shirts. We need members to act as a color guard for the priests serving the mass.

Would God I were the tender apple blossom That floats and falls from off the twisted bough To lie and faint within your silken bosom Within your silken bosom as that does now. Or would I were a little burnish'd apple


Belmar Parade - Saturday March 3 12:30pm. We will carpool to event and make merry on our way back home. Sea Isle Parade - Saturday March 16th Party starts at 10:00am and parade at 3:30 Atlantic City – Saturday March 16th Our brothers at the Atlantic City Division have invited us to march with them in this event. We will have to juggle a few things to make these two events possible.

For you to pluck me, gliding by so cold While sun and shade you robe of lawn will dapple Your robe of lawn, and you hair's spun gold.

The Londonderry Air is an air that originated from County Londonderry in Ireland (now Northern Ireland). It is popular among the Irish diaspora and is very well known throughout the world. The tune is played as the victory anthem of Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games. "Danny Boy" is a popular set of lyrics to the tune.

The title of the air came from the name of County Londonderry in Ireland. The air was collected by Jane Ross of Limavady.

Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.

Ross submitted the tune to music collector George Petrie, and it was then published by the Society for the Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest events, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

Ireland in the 1855 bookThe Ancient Music of Ireland, which Petrie edited. The tune was listed as an anonymous air, with a note attributing its collection to Jane Ross of Limavady. The most popular lyrics for the tune are "Danny Boy" ("Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling"), written by English lawyer Frederick Edward Weatherly in 1910, and set to the tune in 1913.

Irish History Reminder to remind all that March is IrishAmerican Heritage Month!

St. Patrick's Day in America The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York City in 1762-fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence! It was organized by Irish soldiers serving with the British army. During the Potato Famine of 1845-1846, close to a million Irish immigrants fled to America to escape starvation. But they didn't find easy acceptance here. When Irish Americans celebrated St. Patrick's Day, newspapers portrayed them in cartoons as drunken, violent monkeys. However, the Irish Americans refused to let prejudice defeat them. They started to organize politically, and their voting bloc, the "green machine," was influential in deciding local and national elections. Annual St. Patrick's Day parades became must-attend events for a slew of political candidates. In 1948, President Truman attended New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, a proud moment for the Irish. Wearing of the Green Goes Global Today in Ireland, the traditional religious observances are accompanied by events designed to attract tourism. Last year, close to one million people took part in the St. Patrick's Festival in

Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity.

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

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