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Irish History Writing Contest Winners 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following States on having winners in our Irish History Writing Contest “History of the LAOH in the USA (honoring the 125th Anniversary.”)

Letters, certificates and checks have been mailed.

Level 1

1st: D Clark, Massachusett

2nd: M Wade, Pennsylvania

3rd: N Merritt, Connecticut

Honorable Mention: N Rivers, Connecticut

Honorable Mention: K Regan, Connecticut

Level 2

1st: L Nguyen, Massachusett

2nd: J Fields, South Carolina

3rd: G Ramirez, California

Honorable Mention: Tripp Currier, South Carolina

Honorable Mention: B Termine, South Carolina


Information Letter from Karen Keane

2020 Nomination Letter


Section 1. The prestigious St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian award will be bestowed biennially at the National convention to a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. in recognition of extraordinary acts of humanitarianism. The St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award embodies the significant difference that the members of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. make in the lives of others, their community, and church furthering our motto of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
Section 2. The nominee must be a member in good standing of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. The nominee’s contribution to the community must be of a humanitarian or civic nature. The nominee must demonstrate qualities of compassion, kindness, understanding, and respect for all human beings promoting Catholic Action and the Hibernian Spirit.
Section 3. The nomination process requires the following completed documents:
A. Completed nomination form that bears the State President’s signature.
B. A letter of support from the State Board that summarizes how the nominee meets the standards of eligibility. Every effort should be made to submit only one (1) application per State.
C. The deadline for the submission of the nomination form is April 15.
Section 4. The selection process shall be as follows:
A. The National Vice President shall serve as the Chairman of the Selection Committee.
B. Voting members of the Selection Committee shall be as follows: National Board Officers, Past National Presidents, and State Presidents.
C. The Nomination materials shall be mailed in February to recognize St. Brigid’s Feast Day.
D. The Nomination materials and ballots shall be forwarded to voting members of the committee no later than May 1st.
E. The Chairman of the Selection Committee shall appoint a neutral Election Judge.
F. The Selection Committee Chairman shall first notify the National President of the St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award recipient followed by the State President of the recipient and then the recipient herself. A press release will be forwarded to the Assistant Editor of The National Hibernian Digest and any other appropriate wire services announcing the winner of the St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award.
G. All other nominees are to receive a letter commending them on their nomination and encouraging them to continue their service that exemplifies our motto.
H. The St Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian award shall be presented to the recipient at the AOH/LAOH National Convention. The recipient is requested to be present; however, attendance is not mandatory.
I. The Award recipient shall be reimbursed for room and travel expenses incurred if she is able to attend the AOH/LAOH National Convention to receive her award.

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Anniversary Special Event

It is my privilege to have been appointed the Chair of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Official Anniversary Celebration by National President Carol Sheyer. This is a once in a lifetime special event and such an exciting time for the LAOH…125 years of Greatness! The LAOH will continue to make history as its members, family and friends come together during this memorable celebration October 10 through 12, 2019.

The event will take place at the historic Dearborn Inn located in Dearborn, Michigan. As a cost saving measure for all, President Sheyer has combined the Interim Board meeting, her Testimonial, and the 125th Anniversary of the LAOH. All will take place during this weekend that promises to be nothing short of amazing.

The LAOH will kick off the celebration in a spiritual manner on October 10. We will go by bus to the Solanus Casey Center. At the Center we will have a private tour, LAOH National Chaplain Monsignor Gray will celebrate Mass and lunch will be following mass. While at the Center, there will be time to pray and petitions may be offered at the Blessed Solanus Casey’s final resting place. Later that evening there will be a special presentation that you will not want to miss.

All those in attendance will have the opportunity to visit the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village on October 11. Both venues are approximately one mile away from the hotel. That evening, the State of Ohio cordially invites you to attend a Hooley in honor of National President, President Carol Sheyer.  Plan on an evening filled with music, dance and a good time with sister and brother Hibernians, as we celebrate with our National President.

Saturday morning the Interim Board will take place. At 3:30, a photographer for a book that we will be producing commemorating 125 years of the LAOH. Each State will be asked to contribute their history to this publication. Photographs will be taken of all Boards and State representatives in attendance this weekend. This is our history in the making and we want to record it. The book will come out after the 125th Celebration so that we can include these photos.

Monsignor Gray will celebrate our evening Mass followed by cocktails and the gala dinner. After the dinner, there will plenty of time to enjoy the evening socializing, dancing and having a good time.

Don’t miss out on this memorable time as we make history with this momentous milestone of 125 years of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Inc.

Our group code for rooms LAOH 125 Anniversary you will also be able to reserve your room via email by going to the LAOH website. The cutoff date for rooms will be 9/13/19.

877-757-7103 Marriot Hotel line.

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

Maureen Shelton                                                                                                            125th Anniversary Chairperson/PNP and Degree Team Liaison