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Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Per Article 10: “A by-law may be adopted, suspended, amended, or repealed only by a favorable two-thirds vote of the active members present and voting of the Corporation whose dues have been paid for the year in which the proposal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

November Newsletter and Monthly Membership Meeting 11/6/14 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on November 3, 2014

NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

THURSDAY, 11/06/2014 @ 8PM

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP DRAWING WILL BE HELD

 

It is hard to believe that summer is over and fall is already giving way to the dreaded winter. The membership will be happy to know that we continue to receive compliments and thanks from our brothers and sisters from across the country and London, England for our hospitality during the NCLEES Boston 2014 endeavor.  I am very pleased with the overall outcome of the conference, but, admittedly relieved that it is over!!! The conference wrapped up on a Sunday afternoon but many of our visitors chose to stay and explore the City on their own for a few days longer. I chose to get out of Boston the next night and my girlfriend Jenna and I began our 3,500 mile road trip through 14 states in 11 days. We drove through some beautiful parts of our wonderful Country. The foliage was already turning in Pennsylvania and we thoroughly enjoyed spending five days with my sister and her family on their 63 acre cattle farm in Missouri before heading down to listen to some live blues in Memphis, TN and visiting Elvis’ home, Graceland.  Then we headed North with brief stops in Nashville and Knoxville, TN, lunch in Blacksburg, VA, continuing North through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley towards College Park, MD for dinner and then the last leg back home.

 

I hope you all enjoyed a safe and festive Halloween and that the little ones had fun dressing the part and gathering bountiful treats. Did you know that Halloween was born from Ireland’s Celtic past?  We look to the Festival of Samhain: an important fire festival celebrated over the evening of 31 October and throughout the following day.  The flames of old fires had to be extinguished and ceremonially re-lit by the Druids.  It was also a festival not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of casting out the old and moving into the new.  To our Pagan ancestors it marked the end of the pastoral cycle – a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields and selected for slaughter or breeding. But it was also, as the last day of the year, the time when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the Otherworld and were visible to mankind.

 

As November greets us with a light SNOW already, it makes me wonder what Mother Nature has in store for us this year…Hopefully we can all enjoy safe travels and family gatherings for Thanksgiving before we have to do any shoveling.


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 Memorial Wall. 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. Each 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. Please join me in representing the Emerald Society of the Boston Police at this important 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

 

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.

Thoughts and Prayers

 

The Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Patrick W. Whelan. We were all shocked and saddened to lose our buddy Pat on October 1 at the age of just 47. Pat was a gentle giant and a true pleasure to be around. His soft smile and quick wit will be sorely missed. Pat served as a Constable and was the Parliamentarian for the ESBPD.

 

The Society extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of

The Honorable Thomas M. Menino

on his passing, October 30. Mayor Menino served the citizens of Boston for 20 years and helped to make Boston the World-Class City it is today.

REMEMBER DECEMBER:

DECEMBER MEMBERSHIP 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

 

Quote of the month:

“Here’s what I see all across this great city – people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams.”

-Thomas M. Menino-

October Newsletter and Monthly Membership Meeting 10/9/14 @ 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on October 2, 2014

*****MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING*****
*****DATE CHANGE*****
THURSDAY 10/09/14 @ 8PM

(Pushed back a week from the first Thursday of the month to the second Thursday of the month due to the fact that everyone needed a break from the 4 days of hard work put forth to have a successful Fall Meeting of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies. I will be out of the state on vacation on the 9th. Vice President Jim O’Loughlin will run the meeting.)

A Tribute to Jack Sheridan

Friday, October 3rd 8:00PM @ the Corrib Pub
2030 Centre Street, West Roxbury MA 02132

Jack was a familiar face at the Corrib and the staff and his friends have arranged a toast in his honor. Members who wish to attend are encouraged to wear their favorite Emerald Society attire as Jack would get a kick out of that.

Sunday, October 5th @ 1:00 PM
The 39th annual Roslindale Day Parade
Steps off from Washington Street and South Street in Rosi Square
Parade theme: “Honoring Our Fallen Local Heroes:
Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr & Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy”
The ESBPD Honor Guard will be marching in honor of these men and in memory of Jack Sheridan

EMERALD SOCIETY OF THE BPD ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 (BPD SQUADS 3 & 4 OFF)
BROOKMEADOW COUNTRY CLUB CANTON, MA
Contact Past President Joe Sullivan @ 617-872-6976 for more

A reminder as we settle in to the Fall season:

The $10,000 Christmas Cash Giveaway is right around the corner in December.
As always, there will be ONLY 150 tickets sold at $100 each. Numerous drawing prizes totaling $10,000 will be distributed to lucky participants.
NCLEES BOSTON 2014 re-cap

As I write this newsletter, the Fall Meeting and activities are winding down and coming to a close. By all accounts our visitors enjoyed their stay and taking in the many attractions that the City of Boston has to offer. Numerous Societies were in attendance with many of the early arrivals attending the POW MIA Silent Chair dedication at BPD Headquarters on Thursday. Friday afternoon we transported close to 200 guests to Doyles and the Sam Adams brewery and the Garda Pub was the place to be for our open house. The business meeting Saturday went very well with a great ceremony by the BPD Honor Guard and the BPD Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums. Cambridge Police Lieutenant Pauline Wells sang the Gaelic version of the Irish National Anthem as well as a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. The Harney School of Dance put on quite a show with traditional Irish Step, Former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn and Former Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linsky wowed the delegates with their speeches. While the meeting was in session, the ladies enjoyed shopping and makeovers in Quincy Market. Saturday evening the IAPOA Pipes and Drums led a pub crawl through Faneuil Hall. Sunday morning was the Annual Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day 5K and we drew quite the crowd down to the hall again. 100 of our out-of-town guests were able to get into the Champions Club at Fenway for 2 hours prior to the start of the Sox-Yankees game. Through my initial assessment, it seems that the majority of our guests had a blast . THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR MEMBERS THAT HELPED IN ANY WAY BIG OR SMALL. “Many hands lighten the load”.

MERCHANDISE

Merchandise continues to fly off the shelves. As the seasons change, we have supplemented the short sleeve T-shirt supply with a couple different styles of hooded sweatshirts and long sleeved t-shirts. We also just got a shipment of pint glasses with the ESBPD logo. Merchandise is now available at all meetings and most ESBPD events. You can also contact me by email at emeraldboston@gmail.com or cell phone617-592-5889 and we can coordinate merchandise transactions if you can’t make it to the Hall.

The Honor Guard of the ESBPD is recruiting. Interested? Step forward!!!

Scholarship Drawing

Open ONLY to members who are up-to-date on the current year’s dues. The beneficiary of the scholarship MUST be the child or grandchild of the member.
(Scholarship eligibility and selection shall be determined by current ESBPD bylaws)

Name of Student:______________________________________________________________

Name of School:_______________________________________________________________

Current grade;_________________________________________________________________

Name of MEMBER:_____________________________________________________________

The Emerald Society regrets to announce the passing of longtime member, past Secretary, past Sgt at Arms, and E-board member John F. Sheridan

Posted by David Isberg on August 20, 2014

Jack has been a fixture at 10 Birch St and a promoter of the Society for a number of years and was one of the original members of the ESBPD Honor Guard.

Those wishing to pay their respects:
Wake: Gormley’s Funeral Home: Thursday August 21, 2014 4:00pm-8:00pm
Funeral: St Theresa’s Church, Friday August 22, 2014, 10:00am
Collation: BPD Emerald Society Hall, Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:30am
http://www.gormleyfuneral.com/Obituaries

Respectfully,
Liam P. Hawkins
President, ESBPD

Jack Sheridan