SECRETARY’S REPORT TO FSSP 2016 SEPTEMBER QUARTERLY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a brief summary of the general condition of the Society under the administration led by President Joseph P. Heenan.
The 2016 June Quarterly Meeting was held at Maggie’s Waterfront Café in NE Philadelphia overlooking the Delaware River. Seven female member candidates and ten male member candidates were voted into the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick as full new members. A Golf Outing scheduled on September 19, 2016 at Yardley Country Club will benefit the Ivin’s House, a home offering support services for the elderly in Bucks County. A donation check for $500 from the Society was provided for the fine community service work being done by the Ivin’s House. The new set of Bylaws that had been reviewed and approved by the Board of Management and the Society’s Counselors was ratified by the membership at the June Quarterly Meeting. The new Bylaws provide eligibility to any Society member for nomination for a particular position in the elections that take place every two years without the requirement to attend a certain number of meetings. In addition, the previous total of seven committees is reduced to five committees with the Benevolence Committee and the Scholarship Committee merged into one committee, and the addition of a new Fundraising Committee. These changes will help to augment the three components of a vital Society targeted by President Heenan of Membership, Fundraising, and Benevolence.
The 2016 Annual Donation Appeal began in June and the membership is encouraged to give generously to this year’s appeal to support the Society’s benevolent work. Fundraising has been an important factor in facilitating the total of $294,850 in grants awarded by the Society in 2016. It is significant to note that the present Board of Management has made more charitable contributions in 15 short months than had been achieved cumulatively in the past 16 years. There have been four new universities and Camphill Special Schools added in 2016 to the Society’s Endowed Scholarship programs as follows:
• Villanova University received a Society grant of $100,0000 to establish The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Endowed Fund for Experiential Education in Ireland, in the memory of Stephen P. Stanton
• Gwynedd Mercy University received a Society grant of $100,0000 to establish The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Endowed Scholarship Fund In Honor Of The Sisters Of Mercy
• Cabrini University received a Society grant of $25,0000 (including a $12,500 member match) to establish The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Endowed Scholarship Fund In Memory Of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini – Patron Of Immigrants
• Immaculata University received a Society grant of $25,0000 (including a $12,500 member match) to establish The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Endowed Scholarship Fund In Memory Of The Irish Souls Of Duffy’s Cut
• Camphill Special Schools will receive a Society grant of $25,000 for four consecutive years (through a $25,000 member pledge for those four consecutive years) beginning January 2017 to establish The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Endowed Scholarship Fund For the Support Of Children in Need
An additional Society grant of $25,000 was presented at the 2016 June Quarterly Meeting to representatives from Saint Joseph’s University to add to the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Irish Studies Scholarship Fund bringing its current value to approximately $125,000.
Visitors to the Society’s website can find more information on the organizations receiving financial support from the Society, a copy of the new Bylaws, and the names of all individuals and organization who have provided their financial support to the Society to continue its benevolent work. The Letters of Appreciation tab includes letters expressing gratitude from Irish leaders and directors of organizations conducting charitable work. The Scholarships tab includes Testimonials from students expressing their appreciation for receiving a scholarship from one of the Society’s endowed scholarship funds. Internet based payments can be made through the website to pay in advance for an event or make a donation to the Society by credit & debit cards. Email blasts continue to be regularly sent to the membership with updated information about events, fundraising, and benevolent donations made by the Society.
It is my distinct pleasure to be able to report a continued progression of positive achievements for the Society based on prudent oversight, and the groundswell of participation and support by the members of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
Russell W. Wylie
Secretary, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick