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

October Newsletter

Greetings! Your Society stepped it up once again for the Road Race on the 16th, the organization and the members really shined.  Past President Danny Adams and his Road Race Committee put on another fabulous charity race with just under 500 runners.  Not bad considering all the other events happening that day.  Jim Mullaly, the Secretary of the Emerald Society of New Orleans ran this years race with his Massachusetts relatives Robert and Tanner Mullaly and they were the guests of P.P. Mike McDonagh.  A few runners were brave enough to wear kilts for the race, as well as VP Doc Welby working the beer taps.  The volunteers were clutch again in making the work easier on the Committee. Sponsors, donations and prizes came pouring in as race day came nearer.  Although a list of the banner sponsors is on the back of the newsletter, we could fill two pages on the names of those who contributed in even the smallest of ways, a big thank you to all of you for making this another success!  Pictures and more are being updated and posted on the race website as well as the facebook page.  Next year will be our 5th Annual race for Cops for Kids with Cancer and is due to be held on Sunday September 15th 2013.

The September 6th Membership Meeting was well attended and featured door prizes of 3 sets of tickets to the Red Sox game graciously donated by board member Tommy Curran.

Hall updates: the upstairs bathroom in the office has been finished, and can be used as a spare for our members and family on the more active event days (Road Race, etc.).  In addition, a quality fold-out baby changing table will be installed in the middle (Handicap accessible) bathroom on the main floor.  This has been recommended a number of times by members with small children.

October brings us another active month including Halloween, another holiday which has Celtic roots and includes many Irish traditions still today.  Halloween is traced to the Celts through Samhain (Gaelic for “summers end”).

At the October 4th Meeting, we will be awarding the annual scholarships. These scholarships are made possible as a result of the annual Golf Tournament held each June.  We will be giving out six (6) scholarships in the amount of $400.00 each, the rules are on the website.  Forms have coming in, make sure you send in yours asap or come drop it off in person or fill one out at the October 4th meeting, and be present for the drawing, the membership drawing and the door prizes too!  We have stocked up on the newly designed T-shirts - they will be on sale too.  Free steamed hot dogs and the NFL Thursday night game will be Arizona Cardinals vs the St. Louis Rams, watch it with us on our HDTVs.

October 11th - 15th, the 2012 Fall Meeting of the Nation Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) will be held in London, England. The Host will be the Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society.   Our representative attending will be Vice President Robert “Doc” Welby.  In the fall of 2014, we will be the host Society here in Boston.

Sunday October 14th is the Annual Roslindale Day Parade, be sure to give our boys in the Emerald Society Honor Guard a big cheer as they march by!

On Tuesday, October 16th, there will be a Lecture and Exhibit Celebrating Women Pioneers in the Boston Police Department.  This will be held at the Boston Public Library South End Branch at 6:30 p.m.  Illustrated lecture with Kim L. Gaddy and Margaret R. Sullivan.  The event is free and open to the public. www.bpl.org

Saturday, October 20th is a fundraiser at the Emerald Society for bartender/member Tim West and his Team Fisher House as they get ready to run the Marine Corps Marathon on 10/28 in Washington D.C.  This year, the group will be running in memory of Donald “DJ” Jackson USMC.  Hope to see you there!

The City of Boston's Commission on Affairs of the Elderly is bringing the “Memoir Project” to the your Emerald Society.  The Memoir Project aims to capture the stories of Boston seniors over an extended period of time by teaching senior residents the rudiments of memoir writing.  By capturing these stories, the Memoir Project intends to document the history of Boston and, in doing so, provide a greater understanding of the City’s past and present for all its residents.  A book is due to be published!  Class will start on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  It will be held one day a week for eight weeks, every Thursday (except Thanksgiving on the 22nd) from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  A light lunch will be served each date.  No writing experience necessary, just life experience!  Let your story be told.  Space is limited, so call to RESERVE a seat: Tula Mahl 617-635-1922.

Massachusetts is due to issue a Law Enforcement Support license plate.  The proceeds for the license plates will be split to benefit two organizations - the Nation Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. (WBTB).   The plates feature the logo from the NLEOMF.  For more information, contact: Victoria LeBlanc at MassLawenforcementplates@gmail.com or at www.facebook.com/massachusettslawenforcementsupportplates.  Also P. P. Steve DaCorta has left some applications at the Hall.

The Eboard has appointed a Committee to run the popular $10,000 Drawing for our December Christmas Meeting & Party.  The date will be Thursday December 6th and the Committee will be Past President Steve DaCorta, Board Member Tommy Curran and Rory O’Connor.  Tickets will be available soon!

Upcoming events:
October 4th Monthly Membership Meeting 8 p.m.
October 11th -15th Fall Meeting of NCLEES in London England
October 14th @ 1 p.m. The Roslindale Parade
October 16th Women Pioneers in Policing Exhibit & Lecture 6:30 p.m.
October 18th Eboard Meeting 8 p.m.
October 20th Team Fisher House fundraiser for the Marine Corps Marathon
October 25th The Memoir Project begin at the Emerald Society 10 a.m.
October 31st  Halloween - Samhain (Celtic Origins)

Road Race Banner Sponsors:

Mount Washington Bank                                    Greater Boston Constable Office
Aftermath                        Boston Police Patrolman’s Association
Jump Trax                        BPD Detectives Benevolent Society
In Memory of Trooper Mark Charbonnier        BPD Veterans
Gentlemen’s Gym                    Local 7 Iron Workers
Gormley Funeral Home                 Corrib Charitable Trust
Stinky Socks Hockey                Continental Home Loans
Fitzsimmons Contracting                Robert & Tricia Shea
Hearn Painting                    Crowley Insurance Agency

Water Table Supporters:

Team Connolly (City Councilor John Connolly)
Team Consalvo (City Councilor Rob Consalvo)
Team Murphy  (City Councilor Steve Murphy)
Team Coppinger (State Representative Ed Coppinger)
State Senator Mike Rush