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ST. BRIGID OF IRELAND HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Information Letter from Karen Keane

2020 Nomination Letter

ARTICLE XXIV
ST. BRIGID OF IRELAND HUMANITARIAN AWARD

PURPOSE
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.
ELIGIBILITY
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.
NOMINATION PROCESS
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.
SELECTION COMMITTEE PROCESS
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.

2016 St. Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award

Pat O'Connell presenting Agnes O'Leary with the St. Brigid Humanitarian Award Winner
Pat O’Connell presenting Agnes O’Leary with the St. Brigid Humanitarian Award Winner

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. National Board recognized one of its members in recognition of her generous and extraordinary humanitarian works within the Order and her local community.  The 2016 St Brigid of Ireland Humanitarian Award was bestowed to AGNES O’LEARY, a member of NY Suffolk County Division 7.  Agnes O’Leary has been an active LAOH member for over 27 years serving in her Division, County Board, and State Board. Her leadership and giving spirit is well recognized by her New York Sister Hibernians.

As Agnes recently moved to a new local community, she has stepped up and is actively engaged in her new parish serving as a Eucharistic Minister and is working in her local community as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary to assist wounded warriors.  Getting involved in her new parish and community was a natural for Agnes as she had been active in her former parish and local community for several decades.

Serving others is part of Agnes’ daily living as she is quick to see a need and to take the necessary action to meet the need.  Agnes retired from her professional nursing career as an administrator in a home-care program for disabled youth who reside in several counties.

Agnes O’Leary is a woman of deep faith, a possessor of a strong character, and a giver of her time and talent. Through her sharing of her great sense of humor, she is able to provide both support and strength during difficult times.  Agnes O’Leary models the LAOH Mission of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity in her daily living.  Through her daily living and giving, Agnes O’Leary provides all LAOH members with an example of being a selfless humanitarian.  CONGRATULATIONS, AGNES O’LEARY!