Fifth Annual National Summit of the Friendly Sons - September 13, 2013

 Bernard Buckley, Frank Moran, Norbert McGettigan and Russell Wylie

Bernard Buckley, Frank Moran, Norbert McGettigan and Russell Wylie

On September 13, 2013, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Philadelphia joined members of other national Friendly Sons societies to host a special luncheon at the Union League.

 A close-up of the obeslisk

A close-up of the obeslisk

Representatives from the Friendly Sons of San Diego; Baltimore; Atlantic CIty; Morris County, New Jersey; and Honolulu, Hawaii were present to commemorate the original founders of the Society with the presentation of a special obelisk of green Connemara marble to Frank Moran, president, and Bernard Buckley, vice president of the Philadelphia Friendly Sons.

Norbert McGettigan also received a special award for his support of the national summit, which is now in its fifth year.

 Bernard Buckley and Frank Moran accepting the obelisk on behalf of the Friendly Sons

Bernard Buckley and Frank Moran accepting the obelisk on behalf of the Friendly Sons

Commemorative Ceremony at the Union League of Philadelphia - September 13, 2013

The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the oldest benevolent Irish fraternal organization founded on March 17, 1771 in Philadelphia, is celebrating its significant history in America at a luncheon to be held at The Union League of Philadelphia.  

 On Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. members of visiting Friendly Sons organizations from across the nation will present a Commemorative Obelisk to honor the original founders of the Society to the current President and Vice President of Philadelphia Friendly Sons.  The luncheon will be held in the Lincoln Memorial Room, which features a life-size bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln positioned next to a large bronze plaque of the Gettysburg Address.  The Union League of Philadelphia, founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and visiting dignitaries from around the globe, and is recognized as the Best City Club in the country.

The original founders of The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick represented members of both Protestant and Catholic faiths.  Stephen Moylan, the first President of the Society, was Catholic and subsequent presidents followed a tradition of alternately representing these two major faiths.  Founding Society members who became leaders of the American Revolution include Stephen Moylan, who served as aide to General George Washington and Commander of the Cavalry of the Continental Army; Thomas Fitzsimons who was a signer of the United States Constitution; and, George Meade who helped finance George Washington’s Army and was the grandfather of Major General George G. Meade, heroic Union commander of the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War. Early members of the Society include Captain John Barry, who served valiantly in the Continental Navy and was later appointed by President Washington as the first commissioned naval officer of the United States Navy.  General George Washington became an honorary member of the Society in 1781.  

The Commemorative Obelisk is a gift from the Friendly Sons organizations in Baltimore, Maryland; Honolulu, Hawaii; Morris County, New Jersey; and, San Diego, California. Presidents of these Friendly Sons organizations will be attending the luncheon to present this commemorative gift to Frank Moran, President, and Bernard Buckley, Vice President of the Philadelphia Friendly Sons.  A lecture by James Mundy, ‎Director of Library & Historical Collections at The Union League of Philadelphia, will follow the presentation ceremony.

 

Additional Applicants for Membership

In addition to names listed for new membership application in the FSOSP August notification, please note the additional new member applicants:

Ed Cotton - Sponsored by John C. Heenan and John A. Nienius  

John A. Fitzpatrick - Sponsored by Edward J. Wilbraham and Kevin Maginnis 

Timothy Joseph Foy - Sponsored by Ryan Heenan and Joseph P. Heenan

Brady L. Green - Sponsored by Kevin Maginnis and Edward J. Wilbraham 

Bernard Vincent Kueny - Sponsored by Bernard E Kueny III and Edward J. Wilbraham

Patrick H. Kueny - Sponsored by Bernard E Kueny III and Edward J. Wilbraham

Brendan McNabb - Sponsored by John A. Nienius and Corey R. Heenan

Peter McNabb - Sponsored by John A. Nienius and Corey R. Heenan 

Brian Mills - Sponsored by John C. Heenan and Corey R. Heenan 

Edmond “Ted” Powell - Sponsored by Edward J. Wilbraham and Kevin Maginnis 

Joseph V Rosanio  - Sponsored by Joseph P. Heenan and Shawn Carroll 

Daniel J. Rubini - Sponsored by Daniel L. Rubini and John C. Heenan

Stephen P. Stanton - Sponsored by Ryan Heenan and Joseph P. Heenan

 Timothy L. Sullivan III - Sponsored by Edward J. Wilbraham and Kevin Maginnis

Martin Ward - Sponsored by John C. Heenan and John A. Nienius