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
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!