January Newsletter: Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year to you and your family!  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that in light of some of the recent tragic national events, the Holidays have made each one of us appreciate what we have even more.

Nice to see so many people at our last meeting.  It doubled as our Christmas Party - Holiday Cash Giveaway and a number of people in house walked away winners.  The Hall and Christmas tree looked very festive, thanks to the decorating touch of Stacie Adams.   A bit of Christmas music, an Italian spread from Comella’s, turkey stuffers and finger sandwiches, great Irish bread made by Bill Ledbetter, cookies from Dick Hennessey and some well deserved refreshments added to the excitement of the drawing.  A big thanks to Liam Hawkins, Tommy Curran & Rory O’Connor and the Committee for pulling this fundraiser together.  A thanks to all those who bought tickets and those who helped in selling the tickets.  Especially the guys who gave that big selling push in the final two weeks.  A number of people who had multiple tickets freed up a few more and that allowed a few more people to get in on their chance at winning.  In the end, the demand for tickets was so great that if we had 50 more tickets, we could have sold them too!  Next year, get yours early so you don’t lose out.

Also at the meeting, members were asked to sign a Christmas Card for Nathan Norman, a 6 year old in Virginia suffering from terminal brain cancer.  His wish was to have Christmas cards sent to him from first responders.  Thanks to our Secretary BHPD Sgt. Dick Forrester for setting up the card & signing.  We were also able to sent some Emerald Society and Boston Police Challenge coins with members Lt. Marty Brooks and his brother Sgt. Paul Brooks and others in an entourage of first responder vehicles to Virginia.

Reverend Ray reported that between the last two meetings, our members donated over $400. for the Veterans Brotherhood Holiday Meal Program!

The City of Boston Elderly Commission’s “Memoir Project” has concluded its final meeting at our Hall.  The stories that were written by the seniors who participated in the past eight weeks have been turned over for editing.  The final product will result in a book on residents reflections of living in the Roslindale area.  The Emerald Society will be thanked in this book for the use of the Hall as a meeting place.

As we usher in the new year, know that the ball dropped in TImes Square is made of Waterford Crystal, a product made in Waterford City, Ireland since 1783.
This year, Ireland is hosting “The Gathering”, calling on those with Irish heritage to come for a visit.  Over 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home.  Communities throughout Ireland will showcase and share the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun.  It will kick off in spectacular style at the New Year’s Eve Festival in Dublin.
Speaking of Ireland, The Emerald Society of the Boston Police Hockey Team has been invited to return to the World Police and Fire Olympics to be held in Belfast from July 25th - August 9th.  The Team were Silver medalists in the last Olympics, held in New York in 2011.  Be a great time to visit, huh?

At the January 3rd Monthly Membership Meeting, there will be nominations of Officers for the 2013 year.  The voting will take place at the February meeting and the installation of Officers will be in March.  The next two years are of great importance to those on the Eboard.  2013 marks our 40th anniversary and 2014 will be the return of the National Emerald Society Fall Meeting to Boston.  I encourage you to seek one of the positions and partake in the direction and running of your Society.
Positions that are available include President, Vice President & Treasurer (1 year position and have to be an “Active” member).  The Secretary  (1 year position - Active or Associate member with 2 years on Board of Directors) as well as positions for Active, Associate and Honorary members.

Stacie Adams who has been running the hall, bartending, booking, cleaning, decorating and more, has given us her notice.  She has been with us for a number of years, juggling the responsibilities of the Hall, a job at the Hospital and her Family.   She will be hard to replace and we wish her the best!  We will be looking for someone to fill her shoes after the January Eboard meeting.

The Boston Police Gaelic Column will be hosting “OPERATION: BANDS OF BROTHERS” on Saturday January 19, 2013 starting at 5:30 at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury.  A number of musical groups and of course the Bagpipes will be there.  This will be an event to raise money for members of The NYPD Pipes and Drums whose homes were damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

The Boston Police VFW Post will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary on February 23, 2013at Lombardo’s in Randolph starting at noon. Tickets are $30.   The Police Post was one of our first meeting spots before the purchase of our current address on Birch St.

At the January, February and March Meetings, City of Boston employees who wish to have their yearly dues taken out of their check once a year, can pick up the Payroll deduction form.  This has been widely successful with the Boston Police Officers who signed up last year.  This only has to be done once and we will only need to forward new employee deduction forms.
Also for sale at the meetings will be the Emerald Society lapel pins as well as the popular Boston Police Badge pins in silver and in gold with a shamrock on them.  Come down and get yours before they are gone!

Saturday March 9th is the set for the Annual Banquet. That night we will have Irish music, traditional boiled dinner, installation of our new Officers and awards for the Man of the Year, Officer(s) of the Year and more.

Slan, Sean M. McCarthy, President ESBPD

Next meeting January 3rd @ 8 p.m.  (BPD Squads 6 & 1 are off)

December Newsletter

Noiiaig Shona Duit!  The Holiday season is upon us and our Membership Christmas Party and $10,000. Cash Giveaway will be held on this Thursday December 6th.  The Hall will be open at 7 p.m.  Along with the monthly business, there will be food, music and member prices at the bar!  If you are looking for a ticket or to split one with somebody, they are going fast.  The cost is $100. for a chance to win one of 12 cash prizes.  The top prize is $5,000. and it is a reverse drawing.  You can reach me at 617-529-1946 for tickets.  We’ll have some merchandise on sale that night too, shirts, challenge coins, Emerald Society logo lapel pins and some of the silver & gold colored BPD badges with the shamrock on them also.

At the November meeting, V.P. Welby spoke about the Emerald Society Conference in London and what we can expect when we play host in 2014.  They are really looking forward to coming back to Boston, “the home of the Irish”.
Reverend Ray (State DOC) passed the hat during meeting for his Veterans Brotherhood Holiday Meal Program and used it to put some food in the fridge for a self employed vet who had broken his leg.  He’s hoping we can pass the hat once again to help out needy Veterans and their families with grocery store cards during the holiday season and beyond.
A thanks to Paul Morrison for donating the door prize and a congrats on his retirement from the Department of Corrections!

Speaking of Veterans, the Boston Police Veterans Association and the BPPA ran a very successful raffle raising over $8,000 for the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  The event at the McKeon Post was attended by a few NYPD Officers who spoke of the situations they are encountering on and off the job as a result of the hurricane. A great job by Mike Brown, Rita Foley, Dan Adams, John Quinn, Tom Finn and the rest of the committee.  Also a great response on packing up and shipping care boxes for the Troops on Sunday November 18th!

The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies has finalized a committee to oversee the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The website for information and donations is www.ncleesrelief.org.  Proceeds will go to help members and families of our fellow Emerald Societies in the Tri-State area.  We are still looking to have our own fundraising event after the Holidays.

On Saturday November 10th, a crowd of people in West Roxbury marched behind bagpiper Sgt. Det. Tim Horan, the sword wielding “Lord Mayor” Richie Gormley and a host of City politicians from the dedication of the Charles Doyle Bridge on Bellevue Street over to Park St.   The Park Street bridge was then dedicated in the name of our long time member, former Society Attorney and former State Rep Frank Coppinger.  One of the speakers at the event was his son and current State Rep Ed Coppinger who is also one of our members.  The bridge is fittingly situated a few yards from the Irish Social Club. The “Honorable Francis X. Coppinger Bridge is a wonderful tribute to someone who has given so much to the community, City and country.

Nice to see the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to go undefeated and go for the National Championship.  Need a reason to back the “Fighting Irish?”  Head Coach Brian Kelly is a local kid with Irish roots, born in Everett and raised in Chelsea.  His father Paul was a Chelsea Alderman.  Coach Kelly’s Grandfather, Kenzel Kelly was a Boston Police Officer!

Congratulations to the many members of our Society who received awards at the Annual Boston Police Relief Association banquet Sunday.

On behalf of the Emerald Society Executive Board, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Slan, Sean M. McCarthy

Upcoming Events

Thursday December 6th - Meeting, Christmas Party & Cash Giveaway
Friday December 14th - BPD Retirees Annual Christmas Party
Thursday December 20th - BPD Gaelic Column Holiday Raffle
Tuesday December 25th - Christmas

Next meeting Thursday December 6th BPD squads 2&3 are off!

2012 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year's Scholarship Winners:

1. Christian Adams son of Dan Adams
2. Catherine Hurley daughter of Michael Hurley
3. Daniel O'Connor son of Rory O'Connor
4. Jack Broderick son of John Broderick
5. Devon Kildroy grandson of Frank Rines
6. Brendan Kelly child of Robert Kelly

 

Atlernates

1. Sean Hawkins child of Thomas Hawkins
2. Connor Adams son of Dan Adams

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November Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

I hope all is well after the visit from Hurricane Sandy.  I’m a little bit late getting this out, we have been waiting for info from the newly formed “NCLEES Sandy Relief Effort” to help with the destruction and losses faced by our Emerald Society Brothers & Sisters and emergency personnel in the NY/NJ/CT areas.  As you are aware of, some of the hardest hit areas are the places they call home.  Not only are they working full time and extended tours, they have to deal with destruction of their own.  The last relief effort (Katrina) had involved just the New Orleans Emerald Society, this effort could involve as  many as 15 Emerald Societies!   Our National President Joe Keenan (Ret NYPD) has no power and little access to communication,  same with Jamie Wilson the Secretary of NCLEES, from the Nassau County Police Emerald Society and Lou Walker the Treasurer of NCLEES also of the Nassau County Emerald lost 2 cars and had 6 feet of water in his basement.  A posting from Brian Sharkey, the Treasurer of the New York Corrections Department Emerald Society, on facebook tells the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has left.  The NYCDES has lost a member and his son as they were both killed during the Hurricane.  Their President Mike Barzal along with many other members lost their homes, many others lost cars, or had severe water damage to their homes, cars and belongings.  Many people  have reached out and are looking to contribute in whatever fashion, while we wait for further assessment from Emeralds in the effected areas, we will accept donations for the “NCLEES Sandy Relief Effort” starting at this Thursdays Meeting.  Unfortunately, at this time, that is all the news I can get to you in this newsletter.  As more info comes in, we’ll put it up on the website & facebook.  Once the fund is fully established, an email will also go out to those on the email list with any details.

Vice President “Doc” Welby returned from the NCLEES Fall Conference in London and will give a recap of the events at this Thursdays meeting.

The new “Koala Kare” baby changing station has been installed in the handicapped bathroom.  A nice benefit for Hall rentals, especially the Christenings and family parties.

The Connecticut State Police Emerald Society annual “Pub Crawl” in Faneuil Hall has been cancelled.   They were returning this Saturday, November 10, but Hurricane Sandy has them working OT, same for the group from New Jersey and NY State Police.

Sunday November 11th is Veterans Day.  World War I was formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.  Originally called Armistice Day, it was changed to include Veterans of all wars. Thank a Vet for their sacrifice & service.

Sunday November 18th from 12-4, at the Hall, the Boston Police Veterans will be packaging care packages for our Troops.  They are also accepting donations at local Police stations.

The Annual $10,000 Holiday Cash Giveaway will be held once again during our December 6th Monthly Membership Meeting.  It is also our Christmas Party.  Food and Holiday music will be provided.  Tickets will be available at the meetings or by seeing P.P. Steve DaCorta, Tommy Curran or Rory O’Connor.

New Pins & Badges & Merchandise have been ordered and will be available for the December Meeting.

The Executive Board wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!  By the way, Did you know? Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.

Next Membership Meeting will be held this Thursday, November 8th @ 8 p.m.

Slan, Sean