20 Catholic men of Irish descent were initiated as charter members of The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America on October 24, 2006 in the meeting room of St. Ann's School of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell, New York. The Sons of Ireland, Division #1, Steuben County, New York State was formed with the help of brothers from Elmira, Niagara Falls and Staten Island Divisions of New York State AOH. We thank them for their help and encouragement in forming Our Division. The officers that were chosen that evening: Matt McAneney as President, Jerry McAneney as Vice-President, Dave Bordeaux as Treasurer, Tim McDaniel as Financial Secretary, Tim Coleman as Standing Committee Chairman, Steve Donlon as Recording Secretary, Mark Kelly as Marshal and John Cain as Sentinel. Bernie McAneney serves as Historian and Fr. Patrick VanDurme is our Chaplain. Other charter members initiated that night were Jim McGee, Charlie McCormick, John McCormick, Larry Gleason, Marty McLaughlin, Pat McHale, Casey Cameron, James Tobin, H Joe Donlon, Robert McLaughlin, and Jerry Kelly.
As of March, 2011 we are up to 101 members. The 2011-2012 officers are President Dave Watt, Vice President Robert McLaughlin, Treasurer Dave Bordeaux, Recording Secretary Mark Schafer, Financial Secretary Larry Vetter, Chairman of Standing Committee Tim Coleman, Marshal Joe Donlon, Sentinel John McCormick and Past-Pres. Steve Donlon. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with initiations planned for January, March, June, September and December. We hold a couple of major fundraising events each year, the Irish Fest in August and the Irish Open in September. We started a scholarship fund in 2008. Since 2007, we sponsor a baseball team in the Challenger Little League of the Southern Tier of NY.