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Division 5 is Born!
In a movement spearheaded by Gail Edmonds, wife of Division I Hibernian Glenn Edmonds, the formation of Division 5 of the Ladies AOH is now complete. The installation ceremony took place on February 27, 2009, in the meeting room of Flynn’s Funeral and Cremation Memorial Center. Tommy Flynn generously offered this room for our installation. The swearing in was performed by Anita Colman, Orange County LAOH President, along with members of the County Board.
The formation process began on December 30, 2008, when a meeting was held to discuss the possible formation of a new division of the Ladies AOH. At that meeting, it was decided to go forward with the process. Gail Edmonds spoke with Mrs. Colman on several occasions and given direction on proceeding with the formation.
At a meeting held on January 19, 2009, the membership voted on the board officers and named the division. After several suggestions, it was decided that the division would be called “Division 5 Mary of the Gael.” At the installation, all members present were sworn in by Mrs. Colman, followed by the installation of the officers of the Division:
President— Gail Edmonds
Vice President—Eileen Gertzkis
Recording Secretary— Gail Cane
Financial Secretary— Ann Curtin
Treasurer —Maureen Kopping
Irish Historian —Patty Ryan
Office of Missions & Charities—Mary Myers
Office of Catholic Action — Lorraine O’Dowd
Mistress-at-Arms — Barbara Slifkin
Sentinel — Janice Reynolds
Chaplain—Sr. Ann Daly (who was unable to attend the ceremony as she was out of town at that time).
Gail Edmonds was presented with a gavel, given as a gift from Eileen Gertzkis, Vice President, and the Division 5 board. A special thanks also goes to Tommy Flynn, for the use of the meeting space, and for arranging a celebratory dinner following the installation.
Gail Cane, Editor
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