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Meeting Reminder Notice

Dear Brother Hibernian,

               The next scheduled meeting of the State Board, Hannan and Gibbons Divisions will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 7:00 PM at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 2215 Cleary Avenue Metairie LA 70001 (On Cleary between W. Napoleon and Veterans Blvd). Refreshments will be served at 7:00 PM and the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

We will hold a provisional ritual for new members at this meeting, so please invite anyone you know that may be interested and qualified to join our ranks.  Remember, all members of the AOH must be Catholic and of Irish descent.

The following items will be discussed at the meeting:

               October Fundraiser Results

Ash Wednesday

Hibernian of the Year

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Updates on La. Hibernian Charity and Celtic Cross Project

               If you would like to discuss another subject at the meeting, please let me know in advance so I can put it on the agenda. 

I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at (504) 202-0501 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yours in Our Motto,




Veterans honored at Avenue of Flags dedication ceremony in Ponchatoula

PONCHATOULA, La. —On the Northshore, Veterans Day was commemorated with the emotional dedication of the Avenue of Flags at Ponchatoula Cemetery.


The entire community came together in support of its veterans, and they found a permanent way to say thanks.

What started out as a dream for folks here in Ponchatoula became a reality on Veterans Day with the Avenue of Flags.

“I was just glad to get home when I got home,” said World War II veteran Marine T.J. Williamson.

Williamson walked the brand new Avenue of Flags Monday, seven decades removed from memories as fresh as yesterday.

“Some people remember where they came from. Some of them don't even know what it all means. I know what it means.”

After years of putting up flagpoles every year, Ponchatoula American Legion Post 47 and the Ancient Order of Hibernians decided to make the flagpoles permanent.

“Each flagpole was purchased by a family, a family member in memory of someone who served in the military or was an old citizen of the city of Ponchatoula as well,” said mayor Robert Zabbia.

“I said we got to do this, so we put our heads together and we did it,” said project chairman Bruce Caliva.

Now 58 identical flags line the avenue, a red, white and blue salute to very different veterans of very different times.

“Come here to honor them. We got our honor in our hearts, and we keep these guys in our hearts too,” said Vietnam veteran Billy Barnes.

“Seeing this now, I am glad that they got them up. It's about time,” said Vietnam veteran Mike DiPadova.

Sitting quietly near the avenue is the grave of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Raymond Mike Clausen, who braved both enemy fire and a mine field to save his fellow Marines 40 years ago.

”He's probably happy as H-E-L-L. I don’t cuss,” said Clausen’s wife Lois.

Vietnam helicopter pilot Philip Monteleone flew the Avenue of Flags in salute to Mike and all veterans.

It was a nod to the past and hope for the future.

“Here we have the freedom and the love and the country. Everybody is going to stick together, and we are going to get through a lot of this mess,” said the wife of a veteran, Sharon Schilling.

And with flags flying, we know just who to thank



State President's Message

Greetings Brother Hibernians!

I want to thank all of you again for supporting my re-election as State President. It is an honor to serve our Brotherhood in this capacity. We’ve got some exciting events and projects coming up and I’m glad to be involved with making sure they are successful for all of us. Of course, I won’t be doing it alone. Your State Board is dedicated to making sure the business of the Order runs smoothly and our variouscommittee members are equally committed to getting their jobs done. Please thank them for their service when you see them and assist when you can.

On Friday, October 25th, we are holding our annual Irish Night Fundraiser. An ad for the event is included in this edition of the Crescent Harp. If you haven’t already done so, please make plans to attend. It promises to be a fun night with plenty of delicious food and drink, along with live Irish musicand dancing. Oh and I almost forgot, you also get a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. You know what they say, “You can’t win if you don’t play.” So make sure you’re in that number at St. Dominic’s on October 25th.

Speaking of St. Dominic’s, I want to thank our friends over there for being so supportive of us for so many years. No one should think that our dedication to St. Dominic’s or our admiration for their staff has waned because we recently started holding our meetings at the Deutsches Haus. Nothing could be further from the truth. We still have a great relationship with St. Dominic’s and we will continue to support them in all of their endeavors as they will ours.

Another topic that bears noting is the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill that is working its way through Congress. The AOH has staunchly supported Irish immigrants in this country for over 175 years and we are doing everything we can to help get the current Bill passed to assist thousands of Irish menand women who are in this country without the proper documentation while paving the way for others to come here on more readily obtained visas. You can help in this effort by calling your Congressmen and urging them to support this initiative.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who participated in this year’s State Convention. It was a most productive and successful event. Our brothers in Ponchatoula sure know how to throw a party! Special thanks to their Division for hosting the event and for making sure we all had a fantastic time!

That’s all I’ve got for now. Hope to see you on October 25th where another great time awaits!

All the best,

Joe Casler.


Annual Irish Night

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