September Newsletter

Greetings,

I hope your summer has been a good one.  Its nice to spend time with the whole family, but I can’t wait till school starts!

Did you know that Labor Day, the national day commemorating America’s workers was first proposed by an Irish American. Depending on the source, the holiday is credited to either Peter McGuire, who was born to Irish immigrants on the Lower East Side in New York in 1852, or Matthew Maguire, a machinist and a member of the International Association of Machinists. Matthew Maguire served as a secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, which organized the first-ever Labor Day parade in 1882.  Peter McGuire, on the other hand was a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor and was the first to propose a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”  Both had storied careers in labor unions.

Our 4th annual “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race” to benefit “Cops for Kids with Cancer” will be held on Sunday September 16th @ 11:00 a.m.  We are calling on our members - we are in need of Sponsors, Prizes and Volunteers!  You may call Dan Adams @ 617-780-6535, email emeraldsociety5k@yahoo.com or stop by the next Road Race Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 5th @ 7:00 p.m. at the Hall. This is the first year that we will be running as a part of the “Kilt Run” Race series that was started in Chicago.  The first 200 to register will get a T-shirt, as well as the first 50 participants wearing a kilt!  You can also get a T-shirt by volunteering.  Post Race festivities include Music, food, raffles, prizes & giveaways, Irish Step Dancers, Simon Says, BPD K9 demonstration and Bomb Unit equipment, street vendors, finger printing for children, face painting, “Curious Creatures” animal presentation and more!  The Patriots and the Red Sox will be playing on the HDTVs inside the hall after the race.  For more info or to register, visit the Race website: www.emeraldsociety5k.org.  We hope you will come and enjoy the race/walk and all of the post race festivities with your family - this is a big day for your society, help make it a success!

At the October 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.  Fill out the form & send it in asap!

Slan,
Sean M. McCarthy, President ESBPD

Upcoming Events

September 5th: Road Race Volunteer Meeting
September 6th: Monthly Membership Meeting 8:00 p.m.  BPD Squads 1&2 are off
September 15th: Clean up & prep for Road Race
September 16th: Memorial Dedication and 100th Anniversary of the BPD Motorcycle Unit, Special Operations, Warren St. Roxbury 9:00am to 2:00pm
September 16th: 4th Annual Road Race 11:00 a.m.
September 16th: Happy Birthday to Jack Sheridan!

August Newsletter

Our “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race” to benefit “Cops for Kids with Cancer” is less than 2 months away!  It will be held on Sunday September 16th @ 11 a.m.  (mark it down). We are calling on our members - we are in need of Sponsors, Prizes and Volunteers!  You may call Dan Adams @ 617-780-6535, email emeraldsociety5k@yahoo.com or stop by the next Road Race Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 1st @ 7 p.m. at the Hall.  For more info or to register, visit the Race website: www.emeraldsociety5k.org. This is the first year that we will be running as a part of the “Kilt Run” Race series that was started in Chicago.  We hope you will come and enjoy the race/walk and all of the post race festivities with your family - this is a big day for your society, help make it a success!

The next Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, August 2nd @ 8 p.m.
(BPD squads 2&3 are off).

Slan,

Sean M. McCarthy, President ESBPD

July Newsletter

Happy Fourth of July! 

Emerald Golf Classic:  Another great job by Past Presidents Joe Sullivan & Mike McManus and their helpers on the June 1st outing!  A full course of players, including Connecticut State Police Emerald Society President Ken Cain, enjoyed a round of golf in great weather and the festivities back at the Hall.

PawSox Trip Recap:  On Sunday June 24th, a full busload of kids & parents headed down to McCoy Stadium, meeting up with more Emerald members who drove to catch the PawSox in action.  There were as many coolers as adults on the bus for the ride. We occupied almost 4 full rows behind home plate and were out of the sun.  “Irish Day” was theme and we fit right in!  Five chances were pulled for the five day round trip tour of Ireland and we had two of them.  Out on the field the final winner was pulled, with one of our guys, Rob Stowe winning the trip!

Emmet F. McNamara Sr. (ret. Det. BPD) passed away recently, he was one of our founders, earliest members and big supporter.  He served on the Eboard and was the brother of Arthur McNamara and father of Emmet Jr. both of whom were Past Presidents.
John “Jack” Smith (ret. U.S. Marshall) also passed away, respected and loved by the membership, he will also be missed.
“Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anam” May their souls be at the right hand of God.

Next Meeting: Thursday July 12, 2012 @8:00 p.m. BPD Squads 5&6 are off!

Slan,

Sean M. McCarthy
President ESBPD

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June 2012 Newsletter

Greetings, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, now bring on those summer vacations!

Payroll Deductions:   For those ESBPD members who are City of Boston employees and  opted to take advantage of the automatic payroll deduction, you may have noticed that it  was reflected on your pay stub a couple of weeks ago.  Next year it will be taken out in March at the time the dues are up. Remember, you don’t have to refill out any forms or write a check again!  If you did not get in on this - be sure to do it next year.

Merchandise:   Official Emerald Society Challenge coins, Barney McGinniskin coins & our newly designed ESBPD T-shirts will be available at the June 7th Meeting, get yours - they are going fast!

NCLEES Police Week Meeting:   The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies met for their annual Police Week events.  V.P. Doc Welby, member Rory O’Connor and I attended the festivities and meeting.  At the Candle Light Vigil, we stood with friends President Andy Hale and NCLEES Financial Secretary Mike Roe from the Greater St. Louis Emerald Society as the names of 362 fallen Officers were read.  The NLEOM reminds us that over 1/3 of the names on the Memorial are of Irish descent.  The next day had us very busy with the National Meeting, Pipe Band Parade & March and the NCLEES Social at the Irish Channel.

At the meeting, it was announced that San Francisco will host the 2013 NCLEES fall meeting, Boston will host the 2014 and Chicago has put in a bid for 2015.  A committee is being formed to make the Boston 2014 event one of the best!

Craig Floyd of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial spoke at the meeting, thanking the Emeralds for all they have done since the founding of Police Week and he gave us an update to the Law Enforcement Museum.  At an estimated $88 million, with $56 million raised, its opening is slated for late 2014.

Another guest speaker was John McInerney, Co-Chairman of the Commodore John Barry Memorial Project for the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  He spoke of efforts to erect the Barry Gate and Memorial at Barry Plaza at the pedestrian entrance to the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  Commodore John Barry was an Irish Immigrant from County Wexford and is known as the “Father of the American Navy”.  NCLEES supports this effort.

Eastern Shore Emerald Society, based out of Ocean City, Maryland was voted in as the newest addition to the NCLEES. One of our members, Tracey Geary came away with a $500. scholarship, the first winner pulled.

Post Parade, we moved over to the Social and enjoyed a night with Emerald members from across the nation. All are looking forward to coming to Boston in 2014 and some are stopping in to the city for a visit even before that.

 

Emerald Trip to Irish Night at the PawSox:   Sunday June 24th Pawtucket Red Sox vs Louisville Bats 1:05 p.m. The Paw Sox are having an “Irish Night” with entertainment, raffles and a give away trip to Ireland.  Group Box Seats, bus ride, refreshments and fun, all for $25 per person.  Bus pickup & drop off will be at the Emerald Society.  Fliers will be available at the meeting on June 7th or call Sean @ 617-529-1946.  Only 55 spots are available on the bus, so this event is sure to fill up fast!

Upcoming events:

June 1 - Golf Tournament
June 3rd - Police Memorial Sunday at Mt Hope Cemetery
June 7th - Free ESBPD Koozies at the Membership Meeting!
June 8-10 - Irish Festival at the ICC in Canton.   Show your pride & promote your heritage!
June 14 - Flag Day
June 17th - Happy Father's Day!
June 21st - Breithlá sona duit - your Emerald Society turns 39!
June 24th - Trip to Irish Night at the PawSox
July 16th - 5th Annual Maureen DeCoste Memorial Golf Tournament
September 16th - Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race

Remember, the next Monthly Membership Meeting & Free Emerald Society Koozie night will be on Thursday June 7th @ 8 p.m.
BPD Squads 1 & 2 are off!

Slan,
Sean M. McCarthy

May 2012 Newsletter

I hope everyone and their families had a Happy Easter.  Hopefully the nice weather continues.  Secretary Dick Forrester has been hard at work getting the Membership cards and stickers out and finishing up on the second batch of BPD payroll deduction forms.  April 30th will be the cut off date for this year for those who are taking advantage of this benefit.  This will be offered to City employees again next year if you already paid your dues this year or did not fill out the form in time.

All eyes were on our Emerald Society Honor Guard as they presented the colors during the National Anthem at the Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays on April 14th at Fenway Park. They did us proud and the Sox got the win.

NCLEES Scholarships were mailed in after the April meeting, we had only a few responses back. Hopefully we will have a winning member once again.

Congrats to Emerald bartender Tim West & his wife on the birth of their daughter Olivia!

A productive Eboard meeting was just held, with discussions on work to the Ceiling, Kitchen and the upstairs bathroom.  Building and Audit Committees are now in place and ready to get to work.
A new idea on a T-shirt was presented and adjustments are being made before production, thanks to Bernie Hicks (Special Ops)for his design!

Final adjustments to the Emerald Society Challenge Coins were made and submitted.  These will be available at upcoming meetings along with the “Barney McGinniskin” coins for a cost of $10.  Contact Tricia @ 617-327-5481 to place an order.

Koozies featuring our logo and motto were ordered and will be dispensed in June to all members who attend the June 7th monthly meeting.  Just in time for the summer, come down and get yours!

Upcoming Events

  •  Thursday, May 3, 2012 May Monthly Membership Meeting @ 8:00 p.m.  BPD Squads 1&2 are off.
  •  Thursday, May 10th @ 7:00 p.m. Road Race Committee open meeting - looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and help pull this event together

  •  Sunday May 13 - The 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the 400 block of E Street, NW. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.
  •  The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies meeting will held on Monday the 14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Capitol Hill.
  •  Also on Monday the 14th, The 28th Annual Emerald Society Pipe Band March & Service Sponsored by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies. Assemble at 4:30 p.m. at New Jersey Avenue & F Street, NW. Step-off promptly at 6:00 p.m.   *Emerald Societies Social is at the Irish Channel after the march.*
  • The Annual “Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament” to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held onSaturday May 19th at the Boston Athletic Club 9:00 a.m. start.  A day of fun for everyone, all are welcome.
  • Emerald Society Golf Classic will be held on Friday June 1st at Ponkapoag Golf Course this year.  Hole sponsors are still needed.

Emerald Society Trip to Pawtucket Red Sox

  •  Emerald Society trip to Minor League baseball game: Sunday June 24th Pawtucket Red Sox vs Louisville Bats 1:05 p.m. The Paw Sox are having an “Irish Night” with entertainment, raffles and a give away trip to Ireland.  Bus pickup & drop off at the Emerald Society.  Price and more info at the May meeting, website & the June newsletter - sure to fill up fast!

Remember the next Membership Meeting will be Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m.  BPD Squads 1&2 are off!

 Slan, Sean M. McCarthy
            President ESBPD

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