Friday, December 25, 2009

Irish Christmas Traditions--WIN RIVERDANCE TICKETS!--Christmas Lights Bus Tour and Pubs & Irish Event Listings

Brother and Sister Members of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society,

I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season for you and yours!

Just a few items....

1. I have included this Irish News E-Missive for your enjoyment and consideration. I encourage you to join the mailing list so that you may become aware of all the Irish cultural activities that might be of interest to us. Emerald Society members may consider going as a group activity and, if you are interested in doing so, please convey your proposed event plan here or to me directly by telephone and we will get the word out to our members for an organized group activity.

2. Our first meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 20th at the Los Angeles Police Academy at Elysian Park at 1900 Hrs. We are looking to vary the days and locations of future meetings to allow for greater participation. I know that many of you cannot attend a Wednesday meeting due to other commitments so we are looking towards a new meeting schedule that will be more event oriented and with varying days and locations. We also have some wonderful special guest speakers lined up for 2010 which I think will surprise, inform and entertain you! Further details will be forthcoming!

3. It is that time of the year and we are accepting applications and dues for 2010. Please send a completed application with a 25.00 check or payment to the : Los Angeles Police Emerald Society 714 W. Olympic Bl Unit 630, Los Angeles, CA 90015. We are looking towards automating and updating our membership records so that we are more efficient. Your sending in a completed application with dues will ensure that you are in the new system and a 2010 membership card and letter will be sent to you. So please while it is on you mind, just download an application from our and send it in before the end of the year. Your Society thanks you and we will continue to be able fund our scholarship program and make contributions to the many worthy causes we have supported over the years! Thank you!

4. Irish Guard/Royal Regiment of Scotland Concert reminder...I know this holiday season is hectic for everyone but there is a deadline to get the group rate tickets for this concert and that is January 15th! If you plan to go, and I know I am and many of you are, and you want to get the discounted ticket price of only 32.00 per ticket, please send your check to our Secretary: Lyle Lewinson, 1725 Virginia Place, Placentia, CA 92870. The order must be received by January 15th.

5. The Emerald Society will have a booth at the Queen Mary Scottish Fair and we are looking for volunteers to help with the Booth...The Scottish Fair will be on the weekend of 2/14 and Gil Sawyer of Clan Buchanan will be there with an adjoining Booth...If you haven't "worked" the Booth before it is a lot of fun and the Queen Mary Scottish Festival is a GREAT time!

That's all for now...Knowing that this is a busy season I may resend some of this information in a different heading to make sure it is received...

Lets remember our military and law enforcement brothers and sisters and their families in our thoughts, prayers and actions!

Merry Christmas and God Bless Us All, Every One!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Escort

A Cop's Christmas Eve

It was many decades ago when I first joined the police department, I knew there would be special occasions my family would spend without me. Knowing that fact didn't make the task any easier. The celebrations I missed that first year depressed me and sometimes made me feel bitter. Working on Christmas Eve was always the worst.

On Christmas Eve years ago, I learned that blessings can come disguised as misfortune, and honor is more than just a word.

I was riding a one man patrol on the 4-12 shift. The night was cold. Everywhere I looked, I saw reminders of the holiday: families packing their cars with presents, beautifully decorated trees in living room windows and roofs adorned with tiny sleighs. It all added to my holiday funk.

The evening had been relatively quiet; there were calls for barking dogs and a residential false burglar alarm. There was nothing to make the night pass any quicker. I thought of my own family and sunk further into depression.

Shortly after 2200 hours, I got a radio call to the home of an elderly, terminally ill man. I parked my patrol car in front of a simple Cape Cod style home. First aid kit in hand, I walked up the short path to the front door. As I approached, a woman who seemed to be about 80 years old opened the door. "He's in here," she said. She led me to a back bedroom.

We passed through a living room that was furnished in a style I had come to associate with older people. The sofa has an afghan blanket draped over its back and a dark, solid Queen Anne chair sat next to an unused fireplace. The mantle was cluttered with an eccentric mix of several photos, some ceramic figurines and an antique clock. A floor lamp provided soft lighting.

We entered a small bedroom where a frail looking man lay in bed with a blanket pulled up to his chin. He wore a blank stare on his ashen, skeletal face. His breathing was shallow and labored. He was barely alive. The trappings of illness were all around his bed. The nightstand was littered with a large number of pill vials. An oxygen bottle stood nearby. Its plastic hose, with face mask attached, rested on the blanket.

I asked the old woman why she called the police. She simply shrugged and nodded sadly toward her husband, indicating it was at his request. I looked at him and he stared intently into my eyes. He seemed relaxed now. I didn't understand the suddenly calm expression on his face.

I looked around the room again. A dresser stood along the wall to the left of the bed. On it was the usual memorabilia: ornate perfume bottles, a white porcelain pin case, and a wooden jewelry case. There were also several photos in simple frames. One caught my eye and I walked closer to the dresser for a better look. The picture showed a young man dressed in a police uniform. It was unmistakably a photo of the man in bed. I knew then why I was there.

I looked at the old man and he motioned with his hand toward the side of the bed. I walked over and stood beside him. He slid a thin arm from under the covers and took my hand. Soon, I felt his hand go limp, I looked at his face. There was no fear there. I saw only peace.

He knew he was dying; he was aware his time was very near. I knew now that he was afraid of what was about to happen and he wanted the protection of a fellow cop on his journey. A caring God had seen to it that his child would be delivered safely to Him. The honor of being his escort fell to me.

When I left at the end of my tour that night, the temperature seemed to have risen considerably, and all the holiday displays I saw on the way home made me smile.

I no longer feel sorry for myself for having to work on Christmas Eve. I have chosen an honorable profession. I pray that when it's my turn to leave this world there will be a cop there to hold my hand and remind me that I have nothing to fear.

I wish all my brothers and sisters who have to work this Christmas Eve all the joy and warmth of the season.

We have all been there. God bless you all.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Australian Public Service Announcement About DUI

Since this time of the year finds many of us and those close to us attending holiday parties, we thought we would share this Australian produced public service announcement about driving under the influence.

Although the video contains some fairly graphic images, it provides a rather compelling message about the hazards of over indulgence behind the wheel. Especially if you have young drivers in your family, it would be a good idea to share it with them.

Click here: YouTube - TAC 2009 Christmas Campaign TV ad - 20 Anniversary retrospective montage "Everybody Hurts"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mounties March For Fallen Officers (Tacoma Dome)

Thanks to Emerald Society member, George Carroll for sending the following:

The following link is to Seatlle's KOMO News featuring a great video of The Royal Canadian Mounties marching for the fallen Lakewood, Washington police officers.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Party and Toy Drive

Brother and Sister Emerald Society members,

Members Ann Colburn, proprietor of the Irish Import Shop,and sister of Maeve of Maeve's Residuals in Studio City , informed me of the following Christmas Party at Maeve's Residuals, a cozy Irish Pub! Maeve's Residuals is sponsoring this Christmas Party and toy drive for the children. Toys will be collected and then delivered to LAPD North Hollywood Division where they will be given out to children.

Please review the flyer below and post it at your Stations or workplaces... All members are encouraged to attend and participate and be assured it will be a great time for a great cause!

Merry Christmas to our friends at Maeve's Residuals and thank you to Maeve, Andrew and Ann for brightening the lives of the children and sharing the Christmas spirit!

Seasons Greetings,
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Emerald Society News

Emerald Brothers and Sisters,

Item 1. Our Emerald Society Christmas Holiday Party is graciously being hosted by the Waltons again this year on 12/19 at their home in Long Beach! Many of you have attended over the years and you know how the Walton home is just magically filled with Christmas spirit, cheer and wonderful music! The details of the location and time can be had by contacting Scott at: This is a pot luck so if you would like to bring something home made or not it would be most appreciated. This is a great time to share the spirit of the season and remember, your family and friends are welcome! Thank you to Jennifer and Scott!

Item 2. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, in an effort to improve communication and advance into the technological information age now has a Facebook page. The idea is to improve cross communication between our members and other persons and organizations that have our similar and common interests. So become a friend of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society and spread the spirit. Thanks to members Rebecca Holzer and Mike Murphy for getting our face on facebook! Also dont forget to check our website: where you can find a calendar of events and a beautiful blog page maintained by members Liz Donovan and Don Kelly! Thanks to both!

Item 3. Recently, I stopped by the Irish Import Shop at 742 N. Vine St in Los Angeles and spoke with fellow Emerald Society member and owner of the shop, Ann Colburn. The new shop is beautiful and Ann has a host of items that will help us celebrate Christmas in the Irish way...Of particular interest were the traditional Christmas cakes (yes, Guinness makes one) and pies and other delicious treats and there is even imported Irish peat or incense to fill the home with the fragrance of the "Auld Sod" aka Ireland. The shop is filled with wonderful items that would make great Christmas presents and, as a reminder, let Ann know you are an Emerald Society member and you receive a 10% discount!

Item 4. National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies to hold the National Fall Conference 2010 in San Diego during the first weekend of November! This is wonderful news as it will give the maximum number of our members to participate in a Fall Conference where you will get a chance to participate with other members from around the country and London to share the camaraderie of our heritage and profession. There will be more information forthcoming but this is big news and we want to plan early so as many of us can attend as possible. Your Board will be in contact with our San Diego brothers and sisters and looking to help....If you were there for the last Fall Conference you know what a great time it was...Nuff said.

Item 5. The 2010 meeting schedule will be forthcoming. There will be some exciting new changes of venue and alternate days that avoid the Dodger game traffic!

That's all for now!

Stay Safe and Be Well!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Meeting Reminder and Latest Information

Dear Members,

This is coming to you at this late time as changes (especially the weather) have been occurring up to the minute.

Arrangements were made for parking and seating at the new Police Memorial ceremony/tribute with a post ceremony meeting location. However, Pipe Major Scott Walton and I agreed that, with the heavy rain and a desire for maximum attendance...the meeting would be held at our usual location an time..1900 Hrs at the Los Angeles Police Academy.

For those members who would like to attend the Police Memorial ceremony at the new Police Headquarters at 100 West 1st St. Here are the details. The Band will be assembling at 1730 Hrs at 260 S. Main St. where parking will be available at the new Police building for the first 100 vehs. Get there early if you would like to park there. The best way to participate will be to follow the band as support, unless you are in the band throughout the event. The event will continue with the Band playing for the procession until sometime after 1900 Hrs....After the ceremony is over sometime between 1900-1930 Hrs all members are encouraged to come to our general monthly meeting. Hope to see you all at the meeting!

If there are any questions please contact me.

Steve Saletros


Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

P.S. Please remember to bring your pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House to our October or November meeting...!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Perform at Pentagon

This was sent in to us by George Carroll.

Just click on the link below.

Article: Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Perform at Pentagon

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

LAPES Wall of Fame Induction, Muldoon's Pub, Newport Beach, CA.

On September 13, 2009, a LAPES Wall of Fame Induction was held at Muldoon's Pub, Newport Beach, CA. Check out the You Tube clip below.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hot Off the Press!

Hello Emeralds,

Hot off the press! Brother Alan Donovan and his wife Cristina, owner of the Ciao Cristina Restaurant in Toluca Lake has informed me that they are having a 1/2 Way to St. Patrick's Day Event Party on Saturday 9/19! The event will start at Noon and continue until the late evening! There will be corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and the Notre Dame game will be on! GO IRISH!!

Brother Alan has generously offered a discount for Society members and welcomes all to attend!

The location is 4201 W. Olive, Toluca Lake 91505 and the phone # is 818 563-CIAO!

On Sunday, 9/20 the Donovans have invited our Society members to stop by before the Celtic Arts Concert at the Ford theatre...Ciao Cristina is only a short distance from the Ford theatre and a great place to get ready for the show! Members can expect a discount as well, and the food, from personal experience, is outstanding!

If you need tickets for the Celtic Arts Concert or need more info check or call 323 461-3673!

More info to come! Any questions or cocerns send an email here or call me.

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Next Meeting and Much More

Fellow Emeralds,

Our next meeting is scheduled to be on Wednesday, 9/9 at the Los Angeles Police Academy at 1900 Hrs.

The recent fires in the Los Angeles vicinity have devestated vast areas and their has been much property loss and tragically, loss of life.

Our Society expresses our sympathies on the loss of Los Angeles County Firefighters Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, lost in the line of duty when their emergency response vehicle went over the side and fell 800' into a steep canyon during fire suppression activities in the city of Palmdale. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and brothers and sisters in the Fire Service. Funeral services will be held at Dodger Stadium on 9/12 at 1000 Hrs. Sympathy cards will be sent from our Society for both of the fallen.

Celtic Arts Center 6th Annual Celtic Concert Series- The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums kicks off another GREAT night of traditional Celtic music and dance, featuring Seattle's The McKassons, San Diego's Highland Way, Slugger O'Toole, Ken O'Malley and Irish step dancers!

The event is on Sunday, 9/20 and begins at 1900 Hrs. The Ford theatre grounds open 2 hours prior to evening performances to give patrons a chance to relax and eat in the beautiful terraced entryway or amphitheatre. Bring your own food and beverage (alcohol is allowed) or order from the on-site concessions.

This will be a fantastic night and Emerald Society members are encouraged to attend and wear your Emerald Society shirts to display our pride and support! Members get a 10% discount on tickets by calling 323 461-3673. Tickets are ony 20 or 22 dollars when purchased by 9/13! What a deal!
More info can be found at

Emerald Society helping others help others: The Brothers of St. Patrick are building a school in Ghana and are in need of childrens books. Information on this project is available at Please bring your childrens books to our next meeting so that we might collect them. Our point of contact, Brother Joe Flood, has volunteered to bring them down to the Brothers of St. Patrick so that they might be sent to the children of Ghana. Thankyou in advance Emeralds for the books you will donate and a hearty thank you to Joe Flood.

Ancient Order of Hibernians present the Edward Casey Award to our Los Angeles Police Emerald Society!

On Sept.13th at Muldoon's Pub in Newport Beach, the entire Los Angeles Police Emerald Society will be honored to receive the Edward Casey Award. While the doors at Muldoons open at 11:00AM the Award presentation will not take place until approx 1350-1400 hrs, just before The Fenians perform. Thank you Jerry O' and the AOH!!

Brothers and Sisters, there will be another message coming forthwith but that is it for now! If you or any members have suffered during thes recent fires please let us know. Until then...

Be Well and Be Safe!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Celtic Thunder

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This is a news release on the recent release of Celtic Thunder - Take Me Home

Hot on the heels of their hit North American tour that dazzled audiences from coast to coast, pop vocal sensation Celtic Thunder has announced that their new CD and DVD, Take Me Home, will be released on Decca Records on July 14. Recently recorded live at Toronto’s Casino Rama, the set features stunning versions of brand new songs for the delight of “Thunderheads” everywhere, who will be able to experience Take Me Home when the program debuts nationwide on public television beginning this month. Check local listings for broadcast dates and times.

For more information contact Michael Londra at:
Phone +1 773 6910601
Fax +1 773 681-7349

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Meeting Reminder and BBQ Info.

Dear Emerald Society Members

I hope your 4th of July was good and that everyone is well.

This is just a reminder to everyone that our next meeting is on July 15th, 2009 at the Police Academy at 7 pm at the upstairs lounge. Hope to see everyone there.

Also, this month we have our 2nd annual BBQ at the Academy. The date of the event is July 25th, 2009, 9 am to 6 pm.

Los Angeles Police Academy End of Field
1880 N. Academy Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The society will be providing the burgers and hotdogs and we only ask that you bring a side dish or dessert.


Hope to see you at the meeting or at the BBQ. There's fun to be had by all.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

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We thought this might be of interest to those of you living in the San Diego area.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Free Tickets & Park Passes for the Irish Fair

Dear Emerald Society Members

There are free tickets available for the Irish Fair on June 20th and June 21st. (The fair is at the Irivine Meadows in Irivine. )The band members will get their tickets and passes from Scott Walton. He will have them available for you. Volunteers who are going to work at the booth at the fair (non-band members). I will mail the tickets and passes to you tomorrow or during the week.

If anyone else is interested in working the booth please email me so that I can get the tickets and parking passes to you.

You can email me at my personal email at or just reply to this email you say when and what day you can help.

Thank you very much for you time I am looking forward to see you at the fair.
- Ms. Elizabeth Donovan

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June Meeting

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, June 10th, at the Los Angeles Police Academy Lounge at 1900 Hrs. President Steve Saletros will not be able to attend this meeting as he is still in New York on his yearly family visit. Vice President JJ Leonard will conduct the meeting and we are sure that a great time will be had by all with good cheer and Emerald fellowship.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Costa Mesa Scottish Festival

Volunteers Needed !!!

Emeralds Arise!

Volunteers are needed for this weekend 5/23-5/24 at the Costa Mesa Scottish Festival.
Last year was our first year to participate by having an Emerald Society Beer booth and we are looking forward to repeating our successful showing last year. The weather will be great and the United Scottish Society has really put out the welcome mat for please, if you have some free time and would like to have a great time helping your Society by pouring some cold ones contact Vice President JJ Leonard at 818 992-1414 for further details and coordination! The Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will be there and it will be a great time for all!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Irish Uilleann Pipes Presentation

Piperlink, a concert and presentation about the Irish Uilleann Pipes will be held Sunday, May 10 at 6:00 at The Neighborhood Church in Pasadena; details at:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Meeting Cancellation

Fellow Emeralds,

The May meeting, which was to take place on May 6th, of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society has been cancelled. Your Board unanimously agreed and voted to cancel this meeting due to our schedule conflicts caused by the many observances of Police Memorial Day which are taking place throughout the month. Many of you are taking part in Police Memorial ceremonies at the local, state, and national level. I encourage all Emerald Society members to remember the fallen and their familes and friends they left behind in their words, actions, and prayers!

Our Los Angles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band will be representing us at the California State Police Memorial Ceremony proudly and with honor!

I, along with Pipe Major Scott Walton, and Brother Mike Apodaca will be representing our Society in Washington, D.C.! If any other members are planning to attend the National Ceremony please let me know so we can share the experience as fellow Emeralds.

While May 15th is Police Memorial Day and we will be participating in special memorial events, let everyone know that our fallen and those they left behind are always remembered and never forgotten every day of the year!

We salute the fallen and remember the National Police Memorial motto---

"In Valor there is Hope"


Stephen Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Benefit for Ruben Matthew Ramirez

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The following event information is from Society member Bill Robertson

Dear Friends:

I have attached a flyer for a very special event this Sunday, April 26, 2009 @ 5:00 pm.

The event is an evening of Jazz, Rock and Blues for the benefit of Ruben Matthew Ramirez ~ Children First.

We will also have a Silent Auction featuring sports memorabillia, animated cells, Thomas Kinkaid fine art, as well as, a raffle with many great prizes!!!

This is the inaugural event of Chidren First, which is a non-profit organization working to reach at-risk youths to prevent child abouse.

Ruben was only 18 months old when he died as a result of child abuse. I am working very closely with Ruben's mother and grandmother to get this worthwhile memorial organization off to a good start.

Tickets are $10.00.

It is at the Sage Restaurant in Whittier. There will be a no host menu and bar. I had dinner there last night. The food is outstanding and the chef promises that you will have excellent choices on the menu.

I will be the MC for the evening, so I would love to get a large group of my friends to come out and support this great cause.

I am looking forward to see my friends from: The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, the Hollywood Republicans, Upsilon Omicron Alumni Association, the Parrotheads, Coldwell Banker, GEM Mortgage, Prudential CA Realty, Bristol Home Loans, etc, my friends in the entertainment business, etc.

So, bring your credit cards, check books and/or good old American cash!!!

I hope to see you there.

RSVP ~ 562-371-4371


Friday, April 10, 2009

AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration

The AOH 1916 Easter Commemoration will take place on Saturday, April 11th, at 12:00pm at the VFW, 805 E. Sycamore St., Anaheim: 714-533-3173. This event pays tribute and honors the fallen heroes who fought for Irish freedom. Eamonn and the Ravens will be the musical entertainment. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

The program journal will be produced to raise funds for the Pol Brennan defense fund. If you would like to take out an ad, full page ads are $50, half page ads are $30, and quarter page ads are $20. All ads must be camera ready, and the deadline is April 1st. Please show your support by attending this worthy event or taking out an ad.

Kevin Tierney and Mick O'Keefe are the co-chairmen.

Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians: Michael J. Farrell Sr. Division #2 and the Jerry O'Keefe Division #3


**Note that the event will be held on Saturday rather that Easter Sunday due to our Brother commitments to their church and family gatherings.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Loss of Four of Oakland's Finest

Fellow Emeralds,

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society offers its heartfelt condolences for the loss of four of Oakland's Finest, Mark Dunakin,John Hege,Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai. We honor the ultimate sacrifice that each of our brothers made in the line of duty. We keep them, their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

We support our Brothers and Sisters of the Oakland Police Department in this most difficult time in the wake of such a momentous tragedy. We stand with you and will be with you in spirit, words, and deeds.

Together As One Always,
Stephen Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

Wherever you are I hope that You and Yours have a Happy St. Patrick's Day celebrating the spirit of St. Patrick and our Irish heritage!!!

Remember, on St. Patrick's Day everyone is Irish!! Be Proud!! Be Irish!!
God Bless America and Erin Go Bragh!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

For those of you marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Downtown, some of us will be having breakfast at the Academy at 0800 Hrs, the Band will take the official Band photo at 0900..There will also be a Society photo taken and our Academy Bus will leave at 100O Hrs and may be making more than one trip...The parade starts at 1130 from Olvera St...If you run into problems enroute to the Academy and will be a little late please call(Phone # is in the email) and let us know...We will do our best to make sure no one is left behind! It will be a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Day After

Fellow Emeralds,

This is the day after our Emerald Society St Patrick's Day Party at Maggies Restaurant. I hope that everyone who attended had a wonderful time! It was great to see everyone there and if you weren't there you missed out and we missed you!

An event such as our Party is not a success without much planning, preparation, and perspiration on the part of everyone involved. I would like to thank Brother Jerry O'Keefe for honoring us with his performing the duty of Master of Ceremonies and a fantastic job he did! His booming voice, energy and eloquence really kept the Party humming( an Irish tune of course) and we are hoping to have him back next year!

I would also would like to thank all our volunteers who helped at the door(not an easy job). Your efforts were and are greatly appreciated! An Emerald thank you to Maureen Humes, Jan Lewinson, Patrick Devine, Bill Robertson, Tom Trimble, and Karla Miralles for all the help.

Thanks to Kim Braden and Lisa Golden for handling the wares! I am told we had a record night and in this economy that is really saying something!

Thanks to Liz Donovan for her assistance in planning.

Thanks to Vicky Larson for her donation of two Afghan blankets that she knitted herself and were offered as door prizes!

Thanks to Sgt-at-Arms Gil Sawyer for the wonderful dirk he donated for the raffle. Despite being under the weather Gil came through, as usual, and the dirk raffle was a huge success. Feel better Gil!

Thanks to our other Board members VP JJ Leonard (apologies to JJ for forgetting to announce his 12 yr Jameson whiskey donation) , Treasurer Phil Bowater, and Secretary Lyle Lewinson for their door prize donations and all their efforts!

Thanks to the "Everything Celtic" dance group who really kept the Party jumping with their electrifying Irish step dancing! They were just amazing!

Thanks to Pipe Major Scott Walton and the entire Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band (Cliff Armas, Susan Morrison, Terry McCarthy, John Humes, Sean Thompson, Michael and Cindy Apodaca, Phil Bowater,Thom MacNamara, Ron Cody, Bill Partridge, John Dewar, Charlie Ezelle, Bill Robertson, Joe Harvey and Lyle Lewinson)

The Band just keeps getting bigger and bigger and sounding better and better and I was deluged by compliments on the evenings performances! Our Band does us proud!

Thanks to "Sligo Rags" and Jennifer Walton for the outstanding musical entertainment!

Celebrating our Irish and law enforcement heritage and traditions and having a wonderful time doing it!

Thank you all who made last night possible and for being there!

All the Best to All My Brothers and Sisters,
Steve Saletros

PS...Get ready for our St Patrick's Day parades on 3/14 at Hermosa Beach and 3/17 in Downtown Los Angeles! More details to be announced or re-announced!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Meeting Reminder

Brother and Sister Emeralds!

Our March meeting is tomorrow, March 4th ,beginning at 1900 Hrs (7PM) at the Los Angeles Police Academy. Our special guest speaker will be the Honorary Consul of Ireland, Finbar Hill! It is a great honor to have such a distinguished guest at our March meeting! Finbar has been a great friend of the Emerald Society and his presentations are always the most eloquent and informative on the current conditions and events of Ireland and Irish-American relations. March is OUR month to celebrate our Irish heritage! Let's start it off with a grand meeting with Finbar Hill, a grand son of the Old Sod!

Our St. Patrick's Day Party on March 7th at Maggies restaurant is shaping up to look like one of our best! Tickets are selling briskly and will be on sale at the meeting for 30.00 per ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the door so please get your last orders in for planning purposes! Thanks!

March IS our month and there will be much information to share at this meeting!

A new shipment of wares is coming in and will be available for sale at Maggies. You will want to make sure that you have your Emerald Society shirts, hats, etc for our month long celebration of our Irish heritage and especially on St. Patrick's Day!

So, for this whole month be especially Green and especially proud of our heritage!
After all, we are the EMERALD SOCIETY and WE ARE IRISH!

Brother Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Events and Items of Interest

1. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, with our Pipe and Drum Band leading the way represented the "Green" at the Scottish Fair at the Queen Mary this last weekend. We had an outstanding Emerald Society Booth right next to Clan Buchanan (thanks to Sgt At Arms Gil Sawyer for all his efforts!) which attracted much interest. Thanks to Phil Bowater who donated a sporran and sgian dubh( the traditional dagger worn in our hose) that were raffled off on Saturday and Sunday respectively which raised funds for the Society (Three cheers for our Treasurer Phil Bowater!). Our Pipe and Drum Band had a very strong showing and marched with the other Bands and Scottish Clans, receiving a warm welcome, applause, and many compliments! Thanks to the entire Band who played so well, made us proud and worked the Booth! We couldn't have done it without our Society volunteers at the Booth ( Callum Thomson, Elizabeth Donovan, Patrick Devine, Jan Lewinson, Maureen Humes, Ron Cody). Thanks also to Bill Robertson who joined me in the Color Guard of the opening ceremony at the request of the Queen Mary Scottish Games organizer. This was a great team effort and a great time for everyone involved. We were a point of green in a sea of plaid and we shined brightly!

2. The "Catalpa" fund raiser is set for Branagan's Pub at 213 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831 Phone (714) 447-3544. Date and Time: Wednesday FEB. 25 at 7:00PM! Brother Jerry O'Keefe is our contact person for this event (714) 385-5681.

In the 1870s, thousands of Irish immigrants worldwide raised more than 25,000 to rescue six Fenian prisoners from the Freemantle Jail in Western Australia. In a feat that would stagger the imagination of a fiction writer, a group of conspirators bought a whaling vessel called the Catalpa, sailed to Australia, set the prisoners free and brought them to a hero"s welcome in New York in August, 1876.

Film maker Mark Day is nearly finished with an hour -long documentary on the Catalpa escape. He is currently raising completion funds. Day will show a promotional reel of "Catalpa:Rescue at Freemantle." Actors will read from the writings of Catalpa heroes John Boyle O"Reilly, John Devoy, and Captain Anthony and the audience will sing the Catalpa Ballad and other Irish songs to the accompaniment of a local Irish band. The event sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, our Emerlad Society, and other Irish groups is reminiscent of the solidarity shown to the Fenian prisoners by the Irish Diaspora in the 1870s.

Three Orange County Hibernians, Brothers O'Keefe, Tim Weston, and Jeff Gallagher make cameo appearances as re-enactors in Day's film! This a most worthy and noble project to preserve our history. Be a part of history and help make this film a reality!

3. St. Patrick's Day Party at Maggies: Ticket sales are brisk and the arrangements are running smooothly for another great party this year! Please be sure to send in your ticket payments to the office at 714 W. Olympic Bl # 630, Los Angeles, CA 90015 early as it helps for planning on how many tables we need and seating configuration. Tickets will be on sale at the March meeting which is on March 4th. Thanks to all the members who have stepped up to volunteer and help with making this the best St. Patrick's Day Party anywhere!

There is more info and details to come my Brothers and Sisters! As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

All the Best to All of You!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Sunday, February 15, 2009

L.A. Centurions Football

The L.A. Centurions will start their 2009 season by taking on the Inland Empire Enforcers on Saturday February 28th, 2 PM, at Salesian High School, 960 S. Soto St. Los Angeles, CA 90023. (Hollenbeck Area)

At 9 PM there will be an After Game Bash at the Quiet Cannon Night Club, 901 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA. It'll be in the main club, two levels, large patio with DJ, two dance floors. For more info call (323) 960-5649 or go to:

Friday, February 6, 2009

Congratulations to Our LAPES/AOH Brothers

Fellow Emeralds,

As President of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society, I, on behalf of our entire Society, offer congratulations to Emerald Society Brothers Jerry O' Keefe, Joe Harvey and Jeff Galagher on their recent election to the AOH Board as President, Recording Secretary and Vice-President respectively . We look forward to being good partners in our common pursuits and vision!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Emerald Society Meeting Reminder

Fellow Emeralds,

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM at the Los Angeles Police Academy. New 2009 membership cards and copies of "The Garda" will be available. I want to thank all of our members who have already renewed their memberships for 2009. Members who have not renewed are encouraged to do so by sending in the application, available on our website, Just click on the application link to download the form and send it to the office with a $25.00 check. We have held the line on a membership dues increase but we do need the funds to continue the good work and deeds our Society has been doing and will continue to do!Your membership, participation, and commitment are critical to the operations of our Society!

Queen Mary Scottish Festival- Feb 14/15th Our Pipe and Drum Band will be at the Queen Mary performing both days. Our Society will also have a booth among the Scottish clan booths and volunteers are needed to help with the booth in the morning starting at 0900 Hrs. Our Band members will be volunteering the afternoon so non-band members are essential for the morning operation of the booth. Volunteers may respond to this email for schedule and sign up information details.

St Patrick's Day Party at Maggies- The best St Patrick's Day Party in Southern California will be held by our Society at Maggies Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs on March 7th at 6:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale for $30.00 each which includes an all you can eat buffet, door prizes, Sligo Rags, Irish dancers, and Pipes and Drums. Volunteers are also needed to sign up for the door and help with the preparations/set up for the evening. Contact the Society by responding to this email or contacting any Board member.

As usual, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns please contact me via telephone or email. Your comments, suggestions and input are highly valued and our Board is committed to serving you!

Steve Saletros

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Passing of Ronnie Lomas

Fellow members,

I regret to announce the death of Ronnie Lomas, wife of Bill Lomas, both of Pageantry productions, organizers of the Los Angeles St. Patrick's Day parade and Irish Fairs.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society offers our condolences to the family and friends of Ronnie Lomas.

We and the Irish community will be be diminished by her passing as she was a woman of great Irish spirit and she will be missed!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year

Fellow Emeralds,

May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

I want to thank all of you for all you have done to represent our law enforcement and Irish heritage proudly in 2008 !!! I look forward to all of us moving together in the same direction bringing honor to the great traditions and heritage with which we have been blessed! Through all of our efforts , our Los Angeles Police Emerald Society has established itself as a highly acclaimed partner in the law enforcement and Irish Cultural Community. Our Pipe and Drum Band continues to grow and improve and represent us with great distinction under the leadership of Pipe Major Scott Walton! A special thanks to Scott and our Los Angeles Police Pipe and Drum Band members for always being there displaying such talent, dedication, and heart!!!

2009 will be a year of challenges for all of us but I am confident, that together, as always, we will march forward proudly with our flags, banner and the sounds of the pipes and drums for our Society, our heritage and our Nation!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society