Yankee Trails

February 2019 - Florida

Yankee Trails

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02 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 The Villages ® Community yankeetrails.com | 352.633.4643 T C L U B O F T H E M O N T H The Ancient Order of Hibernians Contact Kelly McKiever at kmckiever@yankeetrails.com For more info, visit aoh.com Would you like your group to be featured as Club of the Month? he Ancient Order of Hiberni- ans (AOH) is a storied organi- zation of Irish Catholics and one of the many organizations in The Villages making a positive impact on the world. The organization was originally started hundreds of years ago to protect Irish priests from being persecuted – they were called the "Defenders." Members also came to America in the 1800s to protect Irish immigrants from discrimina- tion. As the need for militant support of their Church dwindled, the AOH shifted its purpose to char- itable activities in support of the Church's missions, community service, and the promotion and preservation of Irish cultural her- itage in America. There are Di- visions all over Ireland and the United States. Recently, the AOH designed a Lapel Pin for AOH Veterans. Their Division is called Mother Teresa of Calcutta. "The Ancient Order of Hibernians helpfulness extends to its own members in times of need either by supporting each other through difficult times," says member Ed Sullivan. This year, local members donat- ed over $4,000 to various orga- nizations such as St. Timothy's Catholic Appeal, Hands of Mercy, Pauline Fathers Care of St. Marks Church, Diocese of Orlando Semi- narians, and donated food and bi- cycles to the Sumter County Sher- iff's Villages Sub-Station to give to needy children. In addition, the club brings canned food to every meeting for disbursement to the needy in the area. AOH has various events and drives to raise money for these charities. Some of the events they have are breakfast at local restaurants, movies at recreation centers, an Irish breakfast at St. Timothy's Church Auditorium on St. Patrick's Day, and recently, a presentation from an international expert on the Shroud of Turin at St. Mark's Church.

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