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Friday, May 29, 2015

MAY MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING: THURSDAY 05/07/2015 8:00PM

Posted by David Isberg on May 3, 2015

I am pleased to report that Boston Police Officer John T. Moynihan continues to make remarkable strides in his long road to recovery after being brutally shot in the line of duty on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury on March 27th. Although we all wish this critical incident did not happen at all, I think we can all agree that the outcome was far better than it could have been; offender neutralized and Officer beating all odds to triumph over evil and live to fight another day. Hats off to John and the other Officers and Massachusetts State Trooper who were involved in the initial encounter and did what needed to be done. Once again, the men and women of Boston Emergency Medical Services and the Boston Medical Center worked miracles and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you to the BPD personnel of all ranks, districts and units as well as the MSP, other law enforcement agencies and first responders who came together at a moment’s notice and were and continue to be on hand to assist John and his family and friends. The BPPA and other BPD Unions, the BPD Peer Support Unit, BPD Family Assistance Unit and countless officers from BPD and surrounding jurisdictions were all on hand to lend support whether it be dropping off a “Box ‘o’ Joe” from Dunkins or driving family members where they needed to be. The Youth Violence Strike Force, more commonly called the Gang Unit (where John is assigned) exemplified unit cohesion and continues to do so. I ask that you continue to keep John and his family in your prayers as he still has a long road ahead of him; but as he has already proven, he is strong as an Ox, very determined and has a positive and upbeat attitude that we could all learn something from.

National Police Week

Past President Sean McCarthy, Vice President Jim O’Loughlin, Treasurer Ned Dervan and I will be representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department at National Police Week this year. On Tuesday, May 12, we will be attending the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Top Cop Awards ceremony where Boston Police Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan, and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and William Traft will be honored by the President of the United States. You may recall the Emerald Society honored these distinguished gentlemen as the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department’s Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin Police Officers of the Year.

On Wednesday, May 13, we will be attending the 27th annual Candle Light Vigil where numerous members of the BPD will accompany the family and friends of Boston Police Officer Dennis O. “DJ” Simmonds, Jr. as his name is added to the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. As you already know, Dennis was a member of the BPD and the Youth Violence Strike Force and sadly passed away April 14th, 2014 after collapsing during training at the Boston Police Academy. DJ’s untimely death was a result of a brain aneurism which was directly related to line of duty injuries received on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts while participating in the massive manhunt of the marathon bombers. On Saturday, May 2, Ned, Jim and I had the pleasure of sharing dinner with DJ’s aunt and uncle, cousins, grandfather and close friend as the Irish American Police Officer’s Association of Massachusetts (IAPOA) honored DJ posthumously with their Medal of Honor. Thank you to IAPOA President Mark O’Toole and his distinguished board for bestowing that honor on DJ. The IAPOA also honored fallen Plymouth, Massachusetts police officer Gregg Maloney with the Medal of Honor. Our thoughts are with the Simmonds and Maloney families as they cope with the first anniversary of the loss of their loved ones and prepare to trek to DC to have their loved ones names added to the wall.

On Thursday, May 14, we will attend the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) spring meeting where we will be updated on the national happenings and briefed on the plans for the fall meeting which will be hosted by Chicago from September 24th to the 26th. In the evening, we will attend the 21st Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service. For those of you who are unable to travel to DC but wish to participate in honoring our fallen, you can visit: www.nleomf.org/canle-light-vigil-wall/ where you will be able to watch the vigil and even light a virtual candle. There were 117 Police Officers lost in 2014.

STICK TOGETHER

This year more than ever, National Police Week is an important time to honor and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who swear an oath and pin on a badge. Whether it be the ultimate sacrifice, giving one’s life, or the daily sacrifices that the average professional can’t fathom: missing kid’s sports games, working on Christmas, being ordered to work extra hours when already exhausted, the majority of people out there ARE good, DO care and DO appreciate what we do. I always explain to people that Police Officers are simply a cross-section of society and with that comes different upbringings, different backgrounds, different beliefs and, yes, human error. I would never profess that there are no “bad cops”, but there are bad letter carriers, sanitation workers, teachers, doctors and nurses also. A lot of the recent incidents in this Country have painted ALL law enforcement with a broad brush and portrayed the finest profession in the worst light. Certainly there have been some law enforcement officers who have made mistakes, some far more serious that others and even some that MAY amount to criminal offenses. Remember, the officers involved have the right to due process and NONE of us are in the position to judge them. The media will sensationalize these isolated cases and crucify the men and women involved regardless of FACTS. Now more than ever, stick together, back each other up, wear your body armor, make sure all of your gear is clean and in good working order and keep your head on a swivel. Remain professional and keep a cool head…don’t fall into the traps that a few rabble rousers will bait for you.

NOTICE RELATIVE TO FUTURE OF NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION:

At the Board of Directors meeting in April, we discussed the current process of newsletter distribution and how it proves to be quite costly and time consuming. Between printing, postage and envelopes it can be upwards of $300 per month to mail a newsletter. It also takes quite a bit of time (an paper cuts) to stuff nearly 400 envelopes. The board voted to suspend the printed version beginning in September 2015. We will distribute the monthly newsletter via email and post it to the website: bpdemeraldsociety.com

By doing this electronically, we can also supplement the newsletter more frequently by sending email blasts if we have pertinent information to disseminate to the membership after the “deadline” of the former printed version. Should you need assistance setting up an email account, we would be happy to help you. If an individual insists on having a printed document, we can print and mail a modified version of the emailed newsletter. We are in the process of updating and building an email address database and when we send emails we will make an effort to use the “BCC”(blind carbon copy) so that your address doesn’t get disseminated to hundreds of other members. We will also NOT release our contacts database/your information to any other organizations. Please assist us in this venture by providing a current/valid and LEGIBLE email address at your earliest convenience.

NOTICE OF INTENDED HALL CLOSURE
As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot’s Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can’t promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board’s focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints:

emeraldboston@gmail.com

APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PATRIOT’S ALL-PRO DRAWING THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015 @ 8 PM

Posted by David Isberg on April 1, 2015

The business portion of the membership meeting will be abbreviated so that we can get right into the Patriot’s All-Pro package drawing that you all have been waiting for. There will be light food refreshments on hand. We could use a few volunteers to assist with the food and the drawing, as we anticipate increased attendance due to the drawing. The drawing will take a considerable amount of time as it is a reverse drawing with 300 tickets to be drawn.

Changing of the Guard
As you know, Ned Dervan was sworn in as our new Treasurer at the banquet. Ned has some very big shoes to fill. Sergeant Detective Thomas Creavin (BPD, Retired) has been active in The Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department for more than 27 years as Treasurer and a Past President. We thank Tom for his dedication over the years and wish him well. Thankfully, Tom has agreed to stick around and help out during the transition and he will still be around the hall as an active member and past-president.

THANK YOU

My thanks to those who joined us for the annual banquet.

I would also like to extend my thanks to the board of directors and members who came out for the events on Saturday, March 14 and Monday, March 16 as we opened the hall to old friends, new members, brothers and sisters from various fraternal organizations and unions and to visiting guests from NYPD, Port Authority Police of NY/NJ and An Garda Siochana.
I was in Florida for some long overdue rest and relaxation and a little fun in the sun, so I missed both of these events. By all accounts, both events were successful and I thank those who participated for helping to make them successful.
April is Autism Awareness month.

The 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2, 2015.
“LIGHT IT UP BLUE”
is a global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month to help raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores as well as hundreds of thousands of homes and communities take part in “Light It Up Blue”. Boston Police Headquarters will be going blue for the third year in a row. Commissioner Evans is encouraging Department members to wear the color blue and to join him outside (weather permitting) for a group photograph to show BPD’s support for Autism Awareness, on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Boston Police Memorial.

THE EMERALD SOCIETY REMINDS IT’S MEMBERS TO WEAR BLUE ON THURSDAY APRIL 2nd
in a show of support for Autism Awareness.
(Shouldn’t be too hard for the sworn members to find a blue shirt!!!)

9th Annual Commissioner’s Cup Hockey Tournament

March 30-April 4
Jim Roche Arena, VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

There will be games at:
6PM, 7PM and 8PM on Monday 3/30, Tuesday 3/31 and Wednesday 4/1
6PM & 7PM on Thursday 4/2 & Friday 4/3
FINAL 10AM Saturday 4/4

Monday 3/30
6PM Area A v. Area C
7PM Area B v. HQ
8PM Area D v. YVSF

ADDITIONAL MATCHUPS TO BE DETERMINED BASED ON WINS & LOSSES

The Emerald Society Hall will be open
after the Commissioner’s Cup games on Tuesday, 3/31/15
8th Annual Shamrock Shootout
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mother Nature has delayed the Shamrock Shootout by nearly an entire month this year. Now that the igloos are melting, the community will come together for the 8th annual Shamrock Shootout. The Emerald Society is one of the original sponsors of the Shamrock Shootout. Come out and enjoy the day as Temple Street in West Roxbury as it is transformed into numerous street hockey rinks. This event has grown so much over the years that it now covers a 1/3 mile stretch of Temple Street and has over 650 tournament players. In addition to the hockey, there is music and food.

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of long-time Emerald Society member Frederick W. MacDonald on his passing February 12th. In addition to being a US Army veteran with service in the Korean War, Fred served as a Constable in Boston and Cambridge for over 50 years.

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of retired Boston Police Officer James P. Lawless who passed away on March 17th. Jimmy was last assigned to the Hackney Unit and retired in 2006. Jimmy’s son Tim is a Boston Police Officer assigned to C-11 and my Academy classmate. I will miss running into Jimmy at the Dunkin Donuts at Spring & Baker in West Roxbury.

As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members and their families as they cope with a loss or battle an illness or injury.
NOTICE OF INTENDED HALL CLOSURE
As you know, the proceeds of the Patriot’s Drawing are earmarked for hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and floor. In order to make these improvements, we will not booking events at the hall in the month of July.

What do you think?

Do you have an idea for a shirt or a specific item of merchandise in mind that you would like to see?
Is there an event that you would like to see the Emerald Society host or attend?
Do you have goals for the Society for the coming year?

Although I can’t promise you that we will be able to bring each idea to fruition, I can promise you that we are open to suggestions and willing to listen. The Society all of OURS; where do you see us going this year? Your input and constructive criticism is welcome and could help direct the board’s focus for the future.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Suggestions? Compliments & Complaints:
emeraldboston@gmail.com

Emerald Society Membership Party: Saturday March 14th

Posted by David Isberg on March 11, 2015

Emerald Society membership party

February Membership Meeting: Thursday, February 5th at 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on January 28, 2015

This year, the February meeting is of great importance and it is my hope that we will have a record attendance. With the holidays and some other factors, numerous members, officers and potential nominees were unable to attend the January meeting.  As such, it was decided that the by-law change vote, nominations, and election (if necessary) will ALL be conducted at the February meeting. For the last several months, we have been discussing the proposed by-law change.  Article 7, Section 1 currently reads: “The officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. They shall be elected for one year or until their successors are elected by the members, nominated in January and elected in the month of February”. The proposed change would replace “one year” with “two years”.  

Per Article 10: “A by-law may be adopted, suspended, amended, or repealed only by a favorable two-thirds vote of the active members present and voting of the Corporation whose dues have been paid for the year in which the proposal is submitted to the membership for action”.

Per Article 5: ACTIVE membership shall be open to active or retired Boston Police Officers or to permanent Boston Police Officers who leave their position under honorable conditions for a full-time position as a Federal, State, County, City or Municipal law enforcement officer who establish Irish ancestry through either parent, whose sound character is proven to the satisfaction of the Board of Directors hereinafter established, and whose patriotism and pride encourage the welfare and security of the United States and those who profess to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. All members of the Corporation shall be eligible to vote on any and all matters pertaining to the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department of the City of Boston Incorporated. This shall include the election of all officers.  ACTIVE members only can propose the adoption, amendment, suspension or repeal of any By-Law and vote on same.

BREAKDOWN:

To vote for By-Law change: You MUST fall under the definition of the ACTIVE membership which is quoted above. Regardless of the outcome of the By-Law change vote, I am hopeful for a good showing of ACTIVE members and participation in this important meeting.

To nominate a candidate and/or vote in an election (if necessary):  

ALL members may participate and are encouraged to do so!!!

***Also, regardless of the By-Law change vote, there are openings on the Board of Directors for the following: 1 ACTIVE one year, 1 ACTIVE two year, 1 ACTIVE three year, 2 Associate one year, 2 Honorary one year***

 

Annual Awards Banquet and Installation of Officers and Board of Directors

Saturday, March 7th 2015

The evening will be complete with a traditional Irish meal and live Irish music. Individual tickets will remain $40 and tables of 10 will fetch $400.

In addition to swearing in any new officers or board members and re-affirming any existing officers or board members, we will have three award presentations.

The Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin Police Officer of the Year Award

McGinniskin was the first Irish-born Police Officer in the United States and the first of many to serve with the Boston Police Department.

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to honor Sergeant T. Joseph Teahan and Police Officers Ryan Lenane and William Traft of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) as Officers of the Year.  In December of 2013, these officers were involved in a violent encounter with an armed gang member during which Officer Lenane was shot. By the grace of God and a few inches Officer Lenane’s injuries were not life-threatening. The three professional law men worked as a team to neutralize the threat and once again good prevailed over evil.

Man of the Year Award

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to honor columnist Joseph Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald as Man of the Year. Joe has emceed the Boston Police Relief Association’s annual ball for a number of years.  Fitzgerald is also known for his no-nonsense columns such as “Cops just can’t win-unless they’re killed” which was printed in the Herald on November 26th, 2014 and can be read at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/joe_fitzgerald/2014/11/fitzgerald_cops_just_can_t_win_unless_they_re_killed

Humanitarian of the Year

This year, the Emerald Society is pleased to posthumously honor Jack Sheridan as the Humanitarian of the Year.  “Humanitarian” as defined by Merriam-Webster: “A person who works to make other people’s lives better” Jack was quite fond of the Emerald Society and served with pride with the Society’s Honor Guard. Jack represented the Society with great distinction and brought our good name to everything he did.

GOOD OF THE ORDER:

The ESBPD is offering just 300 drawing tickets for the Patriot’s All-Pro drawing to be held at the April membership meeting. $100 per chance, first come, first served. There will be cash prizes and TV’s in addition to the grand prize of the Patriot’s package. All proceeds to benefit hall improvements; specifically the ceiling, lighting and a new floor.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES $25:

Checks payable to: Emerald Society BPD

Name:____________________________ Membership level:________________________

Email:____________________________________________________________________

Address:____________________________________________________________________

ESBPD’s year is from March 17 to March 17. Any dues paid after January 1st, 2015 go to the full year covering you until March 17, 2016. BPD employees who have not already successfully registered with payroll deduction (check your deductions for THE EMERALD) can fill out a payroll deduction form available on the website: www.bpdemeraldsociety.com

I challenge each of you to bring new members of all levels for this coming year!!!

December Newsletter and Monthly Meeting 12/4/14 @ 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on December 4, 2014

Need ideas for Christmas shopping? Visit our “Store/Merchandise” tab for current inventory.
Also available but not pictured are: 3 styles of lapel pins and a new pint glass.
Coming soon: 2 styles of 3/4 zip medium weight sweatshirt pullovers.
(click on link above)
Merchandise available for purchase at all monthly meetings
and by contacting us at: emeraldboston@gmail.com
or
Ned Dervan: 617-512-8641
Jim O’Loughlin: 617-749-7906
Liam Hawkins: 617-592-5889
(Minimal shipping costs may be assessed depending on size of order and distance of shipping)

DECEMBER MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

THURSDAY, 12/04/2014 @ 8PM

CHRISTMAS PARTY & $10,000 HOLIDAY CASH GIVEAWAY DRAWING

LIGHT FOOD REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

 

The Boston Police Department Will Never Forget Our Heroes

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th 2014 @ 10:30AM

Boston Police Headquarters

One Schroeder Plaza

Boston, MA 02120

Commissioner William Evans and the men and women of the BPD will be adding the names of eight officers (discovered over the last seven years) to the Boston Police Wall of Remembrance. Special thanks to PO Bob Anthony, the BPD Chronologist, for his dedication and hard work in making sure that the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women of the BPD does not go unnoticed. I would also like to acknowledge the Boston Police Relief Association, as the BPRA both funds and maintains all memorials associated with the DepartmentEach of these names have already been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington DC and to the Massachusetts State Law Enforcement Memorial.  UPDATE: I have been informed that both the Irish Consulate General and the Canadian Consulate General will be attending this important event.  I have also been asked to read a biography of one of the fallen during the ceremony. Please join me in representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police at this historic event as we show the families of the fallen that they have not been forgotten.

Watchman Jonathan Houghton 1825

Watchman David Estes 1848

Patrolman Cornelius F. Regan 1898

Patrolman Walter E. Harris 1906

Patrolman Michael Brennan 1918

Captain Hugh J. Lee 1919

Patrolman John Condon 1927

Patrolman John Lynch 1944

 

***Important to note for the December meeting***

ESBPD By-Laws

“A By-Law may be adopted, suspended, amended, or repealed only by a favorable two-thirds vote of the ACTIVE members present and voting of the Corporation whose dues have been paid for the year in which the proposal is submitted to the membership for action. Any such proposal shall be made in writing and shall be filed with the Secretary at the December meeting, debated and discussed at the January meeting and shall be voted upon at the February meeting. The Secretary shall make a diligent effort to notify the membership at least seven days prior to the meeting at which a vote is to be taken.” (Article Ten-Amendments)

So, if you have any proposed changes or additions, make sure you follow the procedures outlined in Article Ten quoted above.

Elections of Officers:

The officers of the Corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary. They shall be elected for one year or until their successors are elected by the members, nominated in January and elected in the month of February.

 

Wishing You and Your Loved Ones a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

As you read this, I hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. As Christmas approaches, try to make time to be with your families. The majority of our members are active or retired public safety professionals who are accustomed to working odd hours due to the 24 hour, 7 day a week nature of “the job”.  Your family may not get to sit down to dinner at 4PM on December 25th; but make sure that you make time to celebrate with your family. Our families are the reason that we can be effective public servants, because they are our support system and our motivation to make the City of Boston a safer place to live, work and visit. Also make sure to keep our military brothers and sisters in your thoughts and prayers as many of them are still deployed around the globe helping to protect our way of life here at home.

 

Wreaths Across America

Last May during the Spring Meeting of NCLEES at Police Week in Washington, DC, Sean McCarthy and I listened to a presentation by the organization “Wreaths Across America”.  The program’s mission is to: “Remember, Honor, Teach”.  Each December, a convoy of 18-wheelers full of wreaths is escorted from Maine to DC by State Troopers and Police Officers from each state along the east coast that the convoy passes through. The Patriot Guard Riders also assist in escorting the wreath trucks. The “Arlington Project” has been committed to laying wreaths at each grave in Arlington National Cemetery since 1992.  At the November 20th E-Board meeting, the Board of Directors voted to sponsor Wreaths Across America’s “Arlington Project” with a “Small Business” level donation. Our small token will cover the cost of 10 wreaths on behalf of the membership of the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department. It is a small gesture of our gratitude to our fallen for the sacrifices they made for our freedom. The escort begins in Maine on December 7th and is scheduled to arrive in DC on December 13th.  The scheduled stops during the escort are listed on the web site:www.wreathsacrossamerica.org  Should you so choose, you may make your own donation by visiting the web site.

 

 

We Look Forward to Seeing You All at the December Meeting

 CHRISTMAS PARTY AND CASH GIVEAWAY DRAWING

 THURSDAY 12/04/2014 8PM

ONLY 150 DRAWING TICKETS WILL BE SOLD, $100/EACH.

A TOTAL OF $10,000 IN CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN THE DRAWING

Tickets sold on a first paid, first served basis. To see if any tickets are still available, you can email emeraldboston@gmail.com or call/text Liam at 617-592-5889

 

Quote of the month:

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.”

President Calvin Coolidge to the American People (December 25, 1927)