Fourth Quarter 2019 President’s Message


I am proud to provide our quarterly update and highlights for your Division for the 4th quarter of 2019.

October 2019

Our Irish Music Festival in Wake Forest was an exceptional event.  With the help of great weather and outstanding musical and dance performances, our primary goal of supporting Irish culture and local charities was a success.  To all the Brothers and volunteers who put so much effort into the event we are grateful.  To relive some of the fun and information, you can always visit our Irish Music Festival website at, or on Facebook at  Our charity for this years event (NC Diaper Bank ( will receive their donation at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 7 at 8pm.  To learn more about the dinner dance, purchase tickets or contact us, please go  Thank you again to all of our sponsors for Irish Music Festival

Your AOH Division also supported “Wags for Tags” ( again this year and their mission to provide emotional support dogs for our veterans across NC with trained dogs rescued from high kill shelters.

November 2019

November was the official beginning of the 2019 holiday season including All Saints Day (a Holy Day of Obligation).  November is also the month for our annual Turkey Drive for The New Bern House run by Helping Hands Mission (  With the help and extra efforts of our Brothers we were able to provide 66 turkeys and 3 hams along with pounds and pounds of side dishes from potatoes to deserts.  The spiritual and energetic leader of the Helping Hands Mission, Sylvia Wiggins was there to express her overwhelming thanks for all the AOH does for this critical mission and the families they support.  November was also the date for another of our sponsored charities “Three Bluebirds Farm” (, formerly known as Three Irish Jewels.  At their annual black tie dinner attended by Brothers Sullivan and Ryan and their wives, Three Bluebirds announced they were able to raise $125,000 for the most worth cause of children with autism.

We also began ticket sales for our Annual Trip to Ireland raffle.  We are again selling 150 tickets at $100 each.  For details visit  This is our most important fund raiser for the AOH Charity so please help this become the best ever.

December 2019

December is also a very happy and busy time for the Wake AOH.  In addition to our annual Christmas Division meeting and the festivities, December is when we nominate new board members. 

At this years meeting on December 11th at the Knights of Columbus club, we thanked departing Wake Division Board members Jack Ford (retiring Recording Secretary), Mike Scanlin (retiring Financial Secretary) and Jerry Ryan (retiring Marshall) for all they have done for the division and all they continue to do.

We also welcomed new Division Board Members Dennis O’Brien (Financial Secretary), Kevin Murray (Marshall) and George McEvoy (Recording Secretary).  Very excited and thankful for the continuing support of the members especially in these essential roles.

At the Christmas event we raised $250 for the Freedom For All Ireland fund, and collected blankets, coats and glove again to provide to the homeless.

Of course at the very end of December (New Years Eve) Brother Jerry Ryan and his wife Susan organized another New Years Eve celebration with a toast for Ireland at the stroke of midnight in Ireland (7pm eastern time) and our very own Ewes Tree performed for the group (  All the excess food (and there was a lot) was delivered to the New Bern House on New Years Day by Brother Jerry Ryan and Bob Klien.

In our Motto
Kevin Meagher
President, AOH, Governor Thomas Burke Division

Fall 2019 President’s Message


I apologize for the long delay in updating the President’s message for our Division, Division 1, Governor Burke, Wake County. We are using this part of our website to provide a simple update, every quarter of the year. This is to provide the significant events from the previous three months, and what we believe are the significant events for the next three months.

July 2019

Historically, July is the “rest” month for Division 1. In fact, we do not have a Division meeting normally scheduled but we do have Board of Directors meeting and we do have activity. The most important item for us was the annual Ulster Project Picnic. The event was a success with some baseball, some food and some playing around in the water. This is a wonderful organization that has been helping bridge Ireland for more than 24 years!!

The AOH also completed another room renovation for New Bern House. The New Bern House is run by the Helping Hands Mission. Helping Hands has been operating the New Bern House since 1995 and the AOH has been remolding rooms and providing food and gifts for many years. The goal of the New Bern House includes Transitional Housing to provide a temporary home, tools, resources and opportunities for single mothers and other families, experiencing homelessness, to transition into independent living.

August 2019

This August we focused on preparing for our big events in the Fall and Winter. Most important of those is the Irish Music Festival. In addition, 7 new members completed the training to receive the Shamrock Degree! August begins the next 12 months of Division and Board meetings as well as the election of Brother Bob Martin as Vice President and Brother Jerry Ryan as Marshall.

September 2019

In addition to the regular meetings, September 21st is our Irish Music Festival – The Festival In The Forest. This year is shaping up to be another wonderful event and our festival partner Diaper Bank of North Carolina is a very worthy charity.

October 2019

October’s major event is the biennial North Carolina AOH State Convention. It will be held in Wilmington, NC for all of the Brothers in the State of NC.

November 2019

In addition to the normal meetings at the Knights of Columbus Events Clubhouse, November will include fundraisers for our annual Turkey Drive for the New Bern House. Last year the Division collected and delivered more than 25 turkeys  and all the fixin’s to the delight of the staff at the New Bern House and the countless they cook for.

December 2019

December is all about Christmas and our annual Christmas event at the Knights of Columbus Club. We hope 2019 is a blessed and happy year for all!


Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,
Kevin Meagher
President, AOH, Governor Thomas Burke Division

February 2016 Division Meeting


As you know, AOH membership meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month which means that February’s meeting would be on Ash Wednesday.  In an effort to allow members to attend Mass that evening, February’s membership meeting will now be held on Monday, February 8th at 7 pm.  It will be held in the same location at the Knights of Columbus hall.  I apologize for any inconvenience that this schedule change may have but I ask you to please make every effort to attend as it will be our last meeting before our Dinner Dance and Trip to Ireland Raffle on March 5th.  It will also allow those of you who go off “the drink” for Lent to have one last beverage with your brothers before Lent starts.

In other news, as most of you, a dear friend of the AOH, Annie Nice was mugged and badly beaten outside her home last week.  The brutal attack has left her in a neck brace and barely able to walk.  Surgery will be required to repair the damage.  A fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 5th from 5:309:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus at 4301 Columbus Club Drive in Raleigh, NC 27604.  The AOH House Band, Ewe’s Tree will provide the entertainment while the Knights of Columbus will be selling chicken and BBQ dinner plates.  Our own, Jerry Ryan, will be running several raffles on the night.  He is looking for raffles prizes so if you can bring a bottle of whiskey, gift certificates or other items that could be raffled off, it would be much appreciated.  The money raised will go to Annie and her family to help with the cost of hospital bills and other expenses.

I look forward to seeing you all at these two events.

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,

Eddie Foley

President, AOH, Governor Thomas Burke Division

January 2016 Division Meeting


I’d like to ask you all to make an extra effort to come out to our monthly meeting next Wednesday for the investiture of our new board members.

George McEvoy

December 2015 Division Meeting


I ask all of you to make every effort to attend our December meeting to celebrate the Christmas holiday, to vote for next year’s executive board, and so that I might personally thank you for all of your efforts and support during my tenure as president these last two years.

Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity
George McEvoy


Leo & Anto @ Southland Ballroom 5/20

Leo & Anto are playing the Southland Ballroom at 614 N. West Street, Raleigh at 7:30pm on May 20th.



President’s Message – July 2012

It is hard to believe the first half of 2012 has come and gone, and as a division we can be proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved thus far.  Our annual trip to Ireland raffle this year could not keep up with the demand for tickets. We could have easily sold a couple of dozen more beyond our limit of 125. That is a testament to this brotherhood’s dedication to Charity one the three aspects of our motto.  The driving force behind the success of this raffle is that we are all energized and proud that we can share the benefits of this raffle within our community to those in need.

I am proud and thankful for all for the hard work and dedication you put forth to make everything we do as a division successful. With that said as you are all aware we are taking a big step in our music fest this year moving it to downtown Raleigh. As we have often talked about making a name for the AOH within Raleigh and the greater Wake County this is our chance to shine. Knowing the members of this division; I know each and every one of us will do what we can to help make this a successful event. So mark your calendars for Saturday September 29th!

Also just reminder that our summer meeting schedule we will not be having a July membership meeting.

I wish you and your families a very happy and safe summer.


Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity

Stephen Sullivan

President’s Message – August 2011

Please plan to attend the August business meeting which will be on
Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. I
have also attached the June Meeting Minutes below. Please plan to
attend as we will be wrapping up our plans for the upcoming Irish
Music Fest. Brother T.J. Cellery and his committee has been
working hard preparing for this wonderful event. Tickets will be
available at the meeting, please keep in mind the price before
the event is $15 and day of will be $20. If you need tickets,
please contact Brother Bill Keely (919-618-0556).

Items to be Discussed:
Shamrock Degree @ Sept Business Meeting (Sept 8th)
Irish Music Festival (Sept 10th)
Upcoming Mass Schedule
Ulster Project Re-cap (July 6th)

Yours in Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity Tim