from Jack Schneider, National Ritual & Degrees Chairman …
On June 1, National Vice President, Danny O’Connell, National Rituals and Degrees Chairman, Jack Schneider, Pennsylvania State Rituals and Degrees Chairman, Jim Murphy and four senior Members of the Isle of Erin PA and Tara Court NY Major Degree Teams traveled to Pittsburgh to conduct the Certification Review of the prospective Tri Abhainn Allegheny County PA Major Degree Team. The Tri Abhainn Team asserted itself very well in this Exemplification and 11 Candidates received their Major Degree.
On June 17, the National Rituals Board convened in accordance with its National Constitution obligations to meet at least once annually. The main business topic of this meeting was to conduct the Major Degree Team Certification on the Tri Abhainn Team. The Board unanimously approved to certify Tri Abhainn as the Order’s newest Major Degree Team. This represents the third time this decade a new Major Degree Team has been certified. We congratulate Team Chairman, Denny Maher, and the Tri Abhainn MDT on achieving certification after many years of hard work and persistence toward this goal and wish them much luck and success in their future Major Degree efforts.
The summer months will afford several opportunities for prospective candidates to take their Major Degree at various state conventions throughout the land. Major Degree Ceremonies are currently planned at the following State Conventions that I have been notified of to date:
Sat. July 13 – New York State Convention, Hilton Albany Hotel, Albany, NY
Sat. July 20 – Pennsylvania State Convention, Greentree Doubletree Hotel, Pittsburgh PA
Sat. August 17 – Ohio State Convention, Radisson Hotel at Univ. of Toledo, Toledo, OH
Sun. August 18 – Virginia State Convention, Best Western Leesburg, Leesburg, VA
For additional details on exact venue addresses, please see the Rituals and Degrees subpage on the National Website at www.aoh.com.