Col. Thomas J. Cunningham Jr. Division, Loudoun, Virginia
1st Quarter, 2016 Report
January, 2016 started off very busy for the Cunningham Division. Many of the Brothers participated in the wrapping (1/2/16) and then the distribution (1/16/16) of sweat outfits as part of the Knights of Columbus initiative at the Martinsburg, VA veterans hospital. Aside from a healthy donation made by both the Division as well as by the State, over 600 sweat outfits were distributed to the residents. Several members from the Division proudly took part in what has become a major annual event by the Cunningham Division.
The Division Officer Installation took place (1/13/16) with all new officers in attendance, including the State President, Eugene Bransfield, who presided over the installation. The turnout and the evening was a big success!
Attendance at the January and subsequent Monthly meetings have been very good, averaging 20+. New faces are attending every month which is very encouraging.
Several Brothers and their families took part in the cold (1/22/16) to support the March for Life in Washington, DC.
February for the most part was spent on identifying 2016 initiates and finalizing the annual budget. The major, long term project that got underway was the Sept/2017 Division Trip to Ireland. At least 30 Brothers and their spouses have indicated an interest to participate in this trip. More will be determined in the upcoming months.
“St. Patrick’s Month” aka March was a very busy one for the Cunningham Division! Several Brothers with their families participated in the annual Ballyshaner’s Parade (3/5/16) in Alexandria, followed by the block party hosted by our Brother Hibernian in Alexandria. That same evening, the Division provided Irish coffee and dessert for the 225 guests at the annual OLOH St. Patrick’s party in Potomac Falls. The Division represented 30 of the total guests that evening.
Several Brothers and their families marched the following week (3/12/16) in the annual St. Patrick’s parade in Manassas.
O’Faolain’s along with Jameson Distillery, hosted a St. Patrick’s 5 course dinner (3/13/16) for 50 guests, mostly Hibernians, commemorating the achievements of St. Patrick and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. This event was so well received that another similar one is now scheduled for 5/15/16 known as St. Brendan’s Celebration Dinner. This type of event has enhanced fraternalism and is a great vehicle for membership recruitment. O’Faolain’s and it Manager, Francis Thornton, is a strong supporter of Hibernian initiatives for which the Division is deeply grateful for at this time.
Several Brothers and their spouses attended the annual Gaelic Mass (3/14/16) at the Arlington Cathedral. The Division made a meaningful donation to the organizing Division.
On St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/16), the Division was successful in their annual launch of the “1/2 way to St. Patrick’s” raffle drive at O’Faolain’s. Over a 2 day period, over $2,500 was collected to support our initiative to provide at least 6 tuition assistance grants to parochial school children moving up to 8th grade. Several Brothers and their spouses came out during the 2 day period to sell tickets and promote the Division. A very successful start of our program!
The following evening (3/18/16), several Brothers and their spouses attended the 2nd annual Irish concert hosted by the Judge Division in Triangle, VA. Through our Division’s “1/2 way to St. Patrick’s” raffle, we were able to contribute almost $600 to the Judge Division for their 2016 initiatives.
As you can see, March was a very busy month for the Cunningham Division!
April will be remembered for the Installation (4/13/16) of our new Division Chaplain, Fr. Joseph W. Farrell, Parochial Vicar at OLOH Church in Potomac Falls, VA. It has been a difficult time this past year in “filling the shoes” of Fr. Timothy Harris who is now doing God’s work in Vienna, Austria. FR. Farrell brings both enthusiasm as well as a concert tenor voice to the Division. We sincerely look forward to His participation and spiritual guidance in the coming months at the Division.
Membership continues to grow with the Division each month.
I am blessed to be serving as President for the Cunningham Division!
In Our Motto……….
Col. Thomas J. Cunningham division President
AOH VA State Secretary
Cc: Cole Slattery, VP