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)