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