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Our Next meeting will be held on December 15, 2017(3rd Friday) @ 7:30 pm,
at the
Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen

Directions from Middletown;

Take Rt. 17 East to exit 124, at the ramp stay left to make left turn on Rt. 17A (towards Florida, NY), at the light make a left onto Rt. 17 A , Greenwich Ave. (Suresky Chrysler - Plymouth will be diagonally across the street at the light). Go a short distance to the first street - Sorrento Drive, make a right.  The fire house is on the first building on the left. Make the first left turn into the firehouse. The entrance is in the rear, take stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Directions from Chester and points East of Goshen

Take Rt. 17 West to exit 124, at the ramp make a left. Continue to the next light and make a left onto Rt. 17A, Greenwich Ave. The next light after going over Rt. 17 overpass is the Exit / Entrance to Rt. 17 East on the left and Suresky Chrysler - Plymouth on the right.  Continue a short distance to the first street - Sorrento Drive, make a right.  The fire house is on the first building on the left. Make the first left turn into the firehouse. The entrance is in the rear, take stairs or elevator to the second floor.




  President's Newsletter December  2017 - Division, County and State News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is Friday, December 15, 7:30pm at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen.

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan 2017 AOH Division 4 officers: 

President - Kevin Dooner, Vice-Pres. - Conor Gillis, Financial Secretary - Edmond Burke, Recording Secretary - Thomas B. Quinn, Treasurer - James O'Malley - Chairman, Standing Committee, John Blaine, Marshal - Robert Heppes, Sentinel - Ronald Heppes

The Advent season is here and Christmas and New Year's will so quickly be upon us. Let us not forget what the holy days are all about as we get so busy shopping and celebrating. Remember family, friends and the Brothers who are no longer with us in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for those who need our prayers. Keep safe and to you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy and Holy New Year. 

Election of AOH Emmanuel Hourihan Division 4 officers for the year 2018 took place at the Division 4 meeting on Friday, December 15. A slate of officers was presented by nominating committee chairman Ron Heppes and voted on. Your new officers for 2018 are:

 A Christmas get together and meal took place immediately after the meeting's conclusion.The meal will be prepared by Brother Robert Heppes. Thanks very much Bob.

Congratulations to AOH Division 4 Brother Brian Strommer who will represent the Division in this year's Mid Hudson's St. Patrick's Day Parade held on Sunday March ? in Goshen. Brian's brother Kevin is also an Aide in this year's parade. They both are nephews of Brother Ron Heppes. 

Brian traces his Irish roots to counties Sligo, Mayo, and Down.  He was born in Goshen, New York in July 1963 to Gerard F. Strommer and Ann L. Strommer nee Sweeney. Upon graduating from Washingtonville High school in 1981, Brian enlisted in the United States Navy.  Brian served his country for over 22 years in the USN from May 1982 until his retirement in August 2004.  Brian enjoyed a successful career in the US Navy, traveling the world, receiving dozens of citations and commendations, as well as dozens of medals while serving over 13 years at sea on a variety of combatant ships.  He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 2004. Prior to retirement, Brian returned to Washingtonville, New York and married Sharon Hinchey in February 2001.They settled in Washingtonville and have four children, Brandy Leigh, Brian Thomas II, Owen Michael, and Keira Ann. Upon retirement, Brian began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he continues to work today. 

Mid Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee held its Grand Marshal and Aides Installation Ceremony at the AOH Division1Hibernian Hall on Sunday, December 3rd. Congratulations to Maureen Morse, the 2018 Grand Marshal of the Mid Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade and her aides.The 2017 Grand Marshal, George Anderson, performed a commendable job emceeing the event. Maureen's Aides are as follows: John McCabe, Joseph Duelk Jr. AOH Division 1 Monroe, Chris Sherwood, Fr. Donald J.Whalen AOH Division 2 Cornwall, Brian Strommer, Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4, Kevin Strommer, Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Lourdes Washingtonville, David Morse, Irish Heritage Festival Committee, Eileen McAllister Walsh, LAOH 5 Mary of the Gael Monroe, Aiden Maloney, St. Brendan's GAA Greenwood Lake, James O'Donnell, Mid Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Aide at Large Goshen, ? Greenwood Lake Cultural Society, ? LAOH Junior Division.

Maureen Morse's Bio:

Maureen was born and raised in Troy, NY. Her parents were James F. McGovern of Troy and

May Kathleen Coggins of Easkey, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Her only sibling, Eileen Anna McGovern

Izzo, passed away a few years ago. She attended St. Patrick's School, Catholic Central High

School and AIB - The American Institute of Banking. She also holds a Certificate of Irish

Studies from Tara Circle, Yonkers, NY.

Maureen and Fred, her husband of 57 years, live in Chester, NY. They have two children,

Michael and David and three grandchildren, Lyndsy, Kiana and Colin.

Maureen is a founding member of the Irish Heritage Festival and a charter member of Ladies

Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4, Middletown, NY. She held several offices including her

favorite, Irish Historian. She was also Freedom for All Ireland Chair on the LAOH Orange

County Board.

Maureen has been an active member of the MHSPPC for more than 20 years as a delegate

from the Irish Heritage Festival Committee or the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4.

She has consistently served and chaired several committees, and has performed many other

jobs necessary to make our Parade a success. Currently, Maureen is Financial Secretary,

Journal Chair, and Historian of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade Committee.

Maureen has given Irish Language workshops throughout Orange County at various venues,

including Mt St. Mary College, elementary schools, and libraries. We are very proud to have her

as our 42nd Grand Marshal.


The AOH National is asking AOH Divisions to identify for them our members who are veterans. The National would like to have your veteran status reflected on AOH membership cards for the first time in the coming year. Please contact Brother Ed Burke at eburke@hvc.rr.com informing him of your veteran status: branch and years of service.

AOH Board News. Keith P. Reynolds has been selected by the County Board to be the 2018 New York City Aide to the Grand Marshal Lorretta Brennan Glucksman. Congratulations Keith for the honor bestowed upon you. Keith is our current NYS AOH Regional Director. Here is his biography as posted on the AOH County Board site.

Keith P. Reynolds of Middletown, N.Y. was born in the Bronx and raised in Congers, New York. Keith is the eldest of two brothers born to Kevin and Holly Reynolds. He is married to Janice (nee Boyle) Reynolds and has 3 children Jessica, Matthew and Keira. Keith traces his Irish heritage through his grandparents who emigrated from Counties Meath and Cavan. He attended SUNY Rockland and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves before being hired as a Police Officer with the Greenwood Lake Police Department in 1988. In 1991 Keith graduated the F.B.I. Firearms Instructors School at Camp Smith. He quickly became the department's Senior Firearms and Training Officer. Keith served as the department's Field Intelligence Officer and Dive Team Leader on the department's Dive Rescue Team.

He was promoted to the ranks of Corporal in 2001 and Sergeant in 2005. Keith received numerous commendations and awards throughout his police career, including the Medal of Honor. After retiring from the Greenwood Lake Police

Department in 2012, he joined the Town of Deerpark Police Department and served as the Firearms and Training Officer until 2017. Keith is a proud member and Past President of the AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1 in Monroe, New York. He is the past New York State AOH Organizer and District 8 Director. He is a member of the Pine Bush Knights of Columbus. Keith also served as a past Director of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. He is also a former Bass Drummer with the Orange County AOH Division 1 Pipes and Drums. Keith served his community as 1st Lieutenant with the Pine Island Volunteer Fire Department until 2009. He is also a member of the Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley.

The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee has selected Irish America Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Brennan Glucksman will lead the 2018 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the parade’s 257th grand marshal. Glucksman, who has long been a champion of Irish causes and devoted Irish American philanthropist, is the chairman emeritus of the American Ireland Fund and co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. She will be only the fifth woman in the parade’s history to serve as grand marshal. 

 Reminder Dues Payment for 2018 is coming up Brothers.

AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1 is in the process of recruiting Catholic young men ages 8-15 to form an AOH Junior Boy’s Division. This Division will be called the Louis Allen Division. AOH Division 1 President Thomas Flynn and Orange County Board President Thomas McDonald have contacted John S. Burke CHS to attract young men attending there to consider joining an AOH Junior Boy's Division. If you have family members or know someone who would be likely and deserving candidates, please have them contact me and I will obtain the pertinent information and put them in contact with Brother Tom Flynn and /or Brother Tom McDonald.

1st Lieutenant Louis Allen of the 42nd Infantry Division of NY Army National Guard was mortally wounded by a claymore mine in Iraq and died on June 8, 2005. He was a Physics and Earth Science teacher at George S. Baker High School in Tuxedo. He lived with his wife Barbara and their 4 boys in Milford, Pennsylvania. His Gold Star parents are Bob and Vivian Allen of Chester. Bob is an AOH Division 1 member. Lieutenant Louis Allen's death and the death of a fellow officer are tragic in that they were caused by the cowardly actions of a soldier in his command. That soldier who was accused and essentially admitted to his cowardly act, recently died in the state of Florida.

Remember to keep in your prayers our deceased Chaplains, Fr. Robert Greco, Fr. Jack Logan and Fr. James Matthias DesLauriers and AOH Division Brothers who have passed away especially Brothers Michael Garay and Dennis Simmons. Keep Michaela Cummings (Mike's wife), Brother Tom Cavanaugh, Tom McDonald's brother Frank and Mary Burdo, Pat Lahiff's cousin in your prayers. Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.



In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

     Kevin Dooner   





2018 Membership Dues
Membership dues in the amount of $30.00 are now Payable for 2018. Remittances may be made at the Meetings, or sent to the Division P.O. 436 Box or directly to The Financial Secretary:
Edmund T. Burke
7 Gardner Avenue
Middletown NY 10940