Friday, December 31, 2010


This from Society Member Cliff Armas

Terry McCarthy and I have been attending the Summer School of Bagpiping every year. I have attended the last four years and Terry a tad longer than I. It is a fantastic school. For one week you get to be immersed in piping or drumming and better yet get to go out for a toddy or two every night. The instructors are literally world class.

I received an e-mail from John Keys,CAPT, LAFD (Ret.), giving the dates for the school in 2011. John helps organize the school.

Here is the info about the school and tuition. The school is held at the Army and Navy Military Academy in Carlsbad. The prices are: $775 for room and board (including linens), and $615 for day use (including 3 meals per day). The dates are June 17 to June 24. If you have any questions, talk to Terry or yours truly. I know it is some major coin but worth the money. Put it this way, a week of golfing or skiing would be more expensive.

Irish Honoree OTY Nominations Due (City of Los Angeles)

Nominations for Irish Man and Woman of the Year Requested

The 136th Annual Irish Day Civic Ceremonies Committee is now accepting nominations for 2011 Irishman And Irish woman
Of The Year (OTY) and also for 2011 Irish Honorees' of the Year.

The 2011 Irishman and Irishwoman and Irish Honorees' will be Honored By The Los Angeles Mayor And City Council on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011 at the136th Irish Day Civic Ceremonies in the Los Angeles City Council Chambers and then feted at the Official City of Los Angeles' St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Thursday, March 17, 2011 and the Grand St. Patrick's Day Ball and Rose of Tralee Presentation on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in the Grand Ballroom at the Atrium Hotel, Orange County John Wayne Airport.
Irish Day Civic Ceremonies are Sponsored By The Los Angeles City Council, Under The Auspices Of Councilmember Tom Labonge and the Irish Fair Foundation, Inc.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria For All Honors Is That The Nominee:
A. Is Recognized As An Outstanding Leader And Major Contributor In Their Career, Social, Arts, Cultural, Religious, Business, Academic, Sports Or Political Field, and as such, reflects great credit on Irish Americana in general; or
B. Is recognized as a major celebrity figure who by virtue of their success, character and integrity reflect great credit on Irish Americana. or
C. Is Recognized As A Major Contributor And Leader In The Local American Irish Community By Virtue Of Their Involvement And Service Efforts In Local Activities, Programs, Organizations And Clubs.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than February 11, 2011.

Nominations Should Be Mailed To:
Irish Nominees
C/O Irish Day Civic Ceremonies
Post Office Box 2429
Toluca Lake, Ca 91610-0429

Sunday, December 26, 2010

IRELAND & SCOTLAND: 04/18/11 - 04/25/11 Eight Day Trip

This from Society Member Larry Breazeale

IRELAND & SCOTLAND: 04/18/11 - 04/25/11 Eight Day Trip wife Rebecca Candelaria, a 9th grade English teacher, is looking for any Emerald Society members who may want to join in on an 8 day trip to IRELAND & SCOTLAND, leaving the L.A. area April 18 and arriving back on April 25, 2011.

The trip is part of the famous "EF" tours.

Rebecca will be a group leader. Every year, she and I go on these trips to Europe, with several of her fellow teacher friends from work. This time, she has several slots available. If you or, anyone else you know is possibly interested, please contact my wife Rebecca by phone at 714-282-9723 or e-mail her at . If you commit AFTER this Dec. 31st, 2010, the fee may increase somewhat.

Thank you for your consideration.
- Larry Breazeale,
Deputy Sheriff LASD retired

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas

Thursday, December 23, 8:00pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil Presents Eileen Ivers:
A rare treat for lovers of Celtic music! Experience fiddle sensation Eileen Ivers, her superb band and championship Irish dancers as they celebrate Christmas in the unparalleled magnificence of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

This is a great opportunity for the Irish community to enjoy a Celtic music celebration this holiday!

For tickets and information, visit:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Irish News Christmas Party

ALTADENA CA: Irish News Christmas Party Mon Dec 13 8pm – 10pm

Kris Colt Concert 8:PM at The Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 N. Lake St. Altadena, Ca. 91001

Hope to see a lot of you there; this will serve as our
Irish News Christmas Party.

Annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends Outside Children's Christmas

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums entertain children at the annual Saint Vincent de Paul Childrens Christmas Party in Anaheim, California. Pictured is the opening ceremony march. The second video shows the Band performing in the big tent.

NCLEES London 2012

Dear Emerald Society Members,

I wanted to give you an update on how we are progressing and I am pleased to announce that as of now you can reserve your rooms for the NCLEES Fall Conference in London 2012.

The below link will take you to the hotel information page where you will find full details including a photo slide show, sample food menus, facilities and a link to the secure on-line booking engine where you can reserve your room and get instant confirmation direct with the hotel.

The MPS Emerald Society has an allocation of 60 rooms for this conference and we are advising NCLEES members to reserve their rooms for this event as soon as possible.

Flights will not be released until approximately one year prior to the conference, however at this stage you can reserve rooms for the core days of the event (11th October 2012 - 15th October 2012) and later add or amend the booking with extra days as your travel plans are firmed up.

I would be grateful if you could publicise this within your own Emerald Society so we can get as many people interested as possible and that early bookings can be made. This will help me with extra bargaining power when I return to the hotel to finalise the discounts along with other preferential offerings.

Rooms can be secured with a credit / debit card at no charge at this stage. You may cancel rooms at no charge up to 1400 local time, three days prior to arrival.

If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them by return email or by sharing them to the wider group on our web forum.

Please note that my mailing list for this event is still being developed and is by no means exhaustive. If you know of someone whom has expressed an interest in the conference please feel free to pass this onto them.

I look very much forward to seeing you in London in 2012 for this unique and first conference outside of the United States. I will be doing my utmost to ensure that you get an opportunity to see some of the very best of what London has to offer including some seldom seen sights. If you have been to London before and already done the tourist trail worry not there will be plenty more to do on the schedule.

Can I ask that when you book your rooms can you email me the room type you have booked along with confirmation numbers so I can ensure that they tally up with the hotel booking system.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas.

Patrick OHara
NCLEES 2012 Coordinator
MPS Emerald Society

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lee Robinson, Father of Milburn Robinson - EOW

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

Brother Milburn Robinson asked me to pass on the information on the passing of his father Lee Robinson, who some of you may remember when Milburn would bring his family to our Emerald Society events. Lee Robinson passed away peacefully at home and the entire Emerald Society extends its condolences to the Robinson family. Please see the attached information on the viewing and services for Lee Robinson. May Lee Robinson rest in peace and God Bless the Robinson family.

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2011 National Emerald Society Officer of the Year Nominations

Dear Society Member:

As a member Emerald Society of the National Conference of Emerald Society's, our President Steve Saletros can endorse nomination(s) for the award of the National Emerald Socities Officer of the Year designation. Nominations are due before March 15, 2011 for the calendar year 2010.

Certainly, if we do not nominate one or more officers, we can't win the nomination.

Since, this honor will be awarded during National Police Week, when Police Departments from across the nation honor those members, who have made the ultimate sacrifice; NCLEES intends to make this award a joyous event and asks that Member Organizations nominate Officers, who are survivors after having accomplished acts of valor or outstanding community service.

Please send any nomination you feel worthy to Steve at along with a justification for the nomination.

The nomination form can be found by following the below link.

Pipes and Drums Perform at 2010 Woman Leader's in Law Enforcement Conference

The Los Angles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band performed for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Women Leader's in Law Enforcement Conference in Pasadena CA, 11/09/10
Photo Credit: Cristina E. Fish, Pasadena Police Department

Emerald Christmas Gathering

Saturday, December 18th, 5pm to 10pm.

Please bring your favorite holiday side dish (like Mac & Cheese, etc...), salad or dessert (enough for 2-4 people). Contact: for potluck assignments.

The Waltons will provide the turkey, plates, cups, napkins, etc… Attire, dressy side of casual, but need not be formal. Men are encouraged to wear kilts. Family members and guests are welcome. There is not gift exchange. The Pipes and Drums will play a set at about 6:30 and 8:30 pm. Sheet Music will be provided for informal caroling later in the evening for whoever wants to sing. No RSVP required. Call Scott Walton with questions (562) 544-2678 or Email

Watch fo an email that will include the address and map link.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LA: Notre Dame IrishFest Tailgate

LA: Notre Dame IrishFest Tailgate


The place to be to party with the Irish!
Jesse Brewer Jr.Park: 12Noon – 4PM
Get your Green ON!!

Join the Irish faithful for the tailgater to beat all tailgaters! IrishFest 2010 will be in Jesse Brewer, Jr. Park, located at Exposition Blvd. & South Vermont Avenue, NW of the Coliseum and west of the Natural History Museum.

Entertainment: IrishFest 2010 will feature the band “Plough Boys” playing traditional Gaelic music to fire up the crowd. Then join the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Cheerleaders and Leprechaun at a pre-game pep rally emceed by Notre Dame’s Chuck Lennon.

Details: Admission is $5/ person or $25/family of 6 or more.

IrishFest will once again feature In ‘N Out Burger. Additional food and beverage options will be available as well. (No outside alcoholic beverages allowed due to local liquor laws.) Food and beverage sales will end at 3:30pm.

Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles
140 South Lake Avenue, Suite 207
Pasadena, CA 91101-2651
(626) 795-NDND

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friends of Saint Vincent DePaul Outside Childrens Christmas Event

Los Angeles Police Pipe and Drum Band performs at Friends of Saint Vincent DePaul Outside Childrens Christmas event on Saturday, December 11th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Phoenix Club 1340 S. Sanderson Avenue, Anaheim, CA. 92806

Demetria Lee
St. Vincent de Paul Friends Outside
675 N. Euclid Street, Suite A
Anaheim, CA 92801

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Emerald Society and Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House
763 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105-3019
(626) 585-1588

Kim Braden announced that Emerald Society member Santa Tim will be joining the Society at the Ronald McDonald House in South Pasadena to present toys and pop tops on Wednesday, December 8th at 1900 Hrs.

A hearty thanks those of you who saved and donated the pop tops and Kim for coordinating this very special event. And of course, a big thank you to Santa Tim who brings Christmas magic to youngsters and their families facing some tough times and treatment for some serious medical conditions.

SAN PEDRO: 30th Holiday Spirit of San Pedro Parade

Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band performs at 30th Holiday Spirit of San Pedro Parade
Sun Dec 5 1pm – 3pm at 15th Street and Pacific Avenue, San Pedro CA 90731

Holiday Parade Committee
390 West 7th Street
San Pedro, California 90731

Monday, November 8, 2010

NEW YORK CITY: NCLEES Fall Confeerence

The New York City Corrections Department Hosts the Fall NCLEES Conference

WEST COVINA: Pipes and Drums @ Legion Post 790

The Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will perform at American Legion Post 790's 11th Annual Menudo Breakfast on Saturday January 8th, from 9am to 11.  For more information call Post 790 @ 626-331-9063

American Legion Post 790 is located at 330 N. Azusa Avenue, West Covina.

PASADENA: Women Leaders in Law Enforcement

Pipe & Drum Band performs for Opening Ceremonies @ 08:30 a.m. 

 Women Leaders in Law Enforcement

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums Welcome JOSHUA J. CULLINS Home!

USMC Staff Sgt. & LAPD Officer JOSHUA J. CULLINS arrives at Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band, Marine Corps, LAPD representatives and numerous law enforcement agency bomb squad members joined the family plane side.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NCLEES Fall Conference

At last night's Emerald Society meeting LAPES President Steve Saletros reminded our membership, Society members are welcome to attend the NCLEES Fall Conference in San Diego beginning Thursday, November 4th thru Saturday, November 6th.

Additionally, Pipe Major Scott Walton reminded us that our Band will be performing at several of the events. That alone is worth the trip to San Diego.

Please take the time to view the agenda at and Come on Down ! ! !

Questions: or Kim ( (619) 990-1335

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October Meeting


The location for this meeting will be at the Los Angeles Police Academy in the upstairs lounge.

The general meeting will begin at 1900 Hrs.  Hope to see you there!

Be Safe and Well,
Steve Saletros

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010


The Fall 2010 N.C.L.E.E.S. meeting will be held in San Diego, November 6, 2010 at the Horton Grand Hotel. (800-542-1886) There is a Reception planned for 11/4/2010 at 18:00, a Pub Crawl on 11/5/2010, the meeting on 11/6/2010 from 09:00 to 15:00, followed by a San Diego Bay Cruise. For additional Information, check the San Diego Law Enforcement Emerald Society web.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Route 66'ers Arrive

2010 Route 66'ers arrive at Santa Monica Pier under Police Escort.

City of Santa Monica 2010 Irish 66'ers Proclamation

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will be performing at the Seaside Games, Ventura and they will have a tent set up alongside Emerald Society Member Gil Sawyer's tent. Stop by to support the band or to just say hello!

Ventura Seaside Highland Games

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

Monday, October 4, 2010

Route 66ers Update

Fellow Emeralds,

The Route 66ers will be arriving at the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday October 6th at 1200 Hrs. Brother Sean Carrion has once again been doing a fantastic job of coordinating the event with all the different entities involved from the Garda to Chicago Emerald Society and the many California law enforcement agencies from the state border to Santa Monica.  Sean has advised me that Brother Barry Maiten needs volunteers to help drive the vintage police cars that will be displayed on the Pier. If you are available to volunteer for this historic and worthy event please contact me.

The next Emerald Society general meeting will be on Wednesday 10/13 at 1900 Hrs with the location yet to be determined. More news to follow...The November meeting will be on Wednesday November 3rd with a special guest speaker to be announced in an upcoming message.

More information to follow.

Steve Saletros

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Track the Route 66 Ride

The 2010 DUBLIN IRELAND Temple Street Children's Hospital fundraiser Route 66 Motorcycle ride leaves Chicago for an eight State, eight day ride to the Santa Monica Pier on September 28, 2010.

You "techies" can track their progress this year via GPS.

Just go to:   In the top right click on "myscout" and log on with the following information:

Account Id = demoroute66
User Id = administrator
Password = barryroute66

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Route 66 - Chicago to Santa Monica - 8 Days - 8 States


Thanks to Shane Finnerty for this great poster. Print some copies and get them out to the community for this great charity.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dodgertown Ireland Game Details and Plan

Emerald Society Members,

Tomorrow is the Dodgertown Ireland event where Irish pride will be recognized at a Dodger Game! Think of it as Emerald Green meets Dodger Blue!

I already have the tickets in hand. They are loge level tickets just to the first base side of home plate. I have more than enough tickets for the requests I have received so if you think it is too late to join the is not. Just give me a call to reserve your tickets.

The Dodgers will be playing the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 PM. The gates open at 5:40 PM. If you get there early enough to find a parking space you can park at the Academy.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will be playing at the entrance to the stadium so that fans can hear celebration of Irish music and culture.

The meeting place where you can pick up your tickets and then walk over as a group will be the archway guard post and 1700 Hrs will be the meet time. If you are going to arrive late I will leave tickets with the security officer at the security post so that you may pick them up directly from him.

Wear your Emerald Society shirts, hat jackets ,etc and be ready to have a great time and represent our heritage proudly!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Monday, September 13, 2010

Funeral Services for Roy Millinger

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

I pass along to you the latest information on the funeral service for beloved Brother Roy Millinger. Our Brother Terry McCarthy has volunteered to perform as the Police Piper for the service. Thank you Terry! Please remember Roy and his family in your prayers.

Steve Saletros

Funeral services are as follows:

Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 2:15 pm
Riverside National Cemetery
22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, CA. 92518
(951) 653-8417

Enter main gate and meet at Staging Area #2.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Retired LAPD Captain III Timothy Lawrence King # 17387 - EOW

This notice is a little late but it should serve as FYI as Captain King was a long time past Emerald Society member.

Los Angeles Times Obituary

Daily Breeze Otituary

Friday, September 3, 2010

Brother Roy Millinger (NYPD Ret.) - EOW

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

Last night I received information on the passing of Brother Roy Millinger (NYPD Ret.) from his son, Kevin Millinger also a brother in law enforcement.

Roy was a retired Detective who served with NYPD and Mount Vernon, NY PD. Roy also served with Army Airborne and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Roy was very proud of his Irish heritage and was a beloved member of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society as well as the NYPD Emerald Society and South Florida Emerald Society.

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society extends its condolences to Samantha, his sons Kevin and Paul and the entire Millinger family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy and the entire Millinger family.

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Emerald Society Event Announcements and Details!

Fellow Emeralds,

I hope this message finds you all well! First, I would like to publicly thank LAFD Chief Dave Badgett (ret.) for allowing us to hold our LAPES September meeting at the LAFD Training Academy (the old Navy and Marine Reserve Training Center) and his outstanding presentation on his experience as part of the search and rescue team that was sent to WTC Ground Zero immediately following the 9-11 attack. His professionalism, bravery, selflessness and modesty are an inspiration to us all...truly one of LA's Bravest as are all of our firefighters! Chief Badgett, or Dave as he prefers to be called, went above and beyond in opening the Fire Academy to us and making the time and effort to make the very informative and moving presentation to us. I say above and beyond because during the planning of the meeting with Dave, his good friend John Callaghan, who he grew up in the Fire Service with, and the Fire Chief of San Luis Obispo suddenly passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 66. Dave had to travel back and forth to San Luis Obispo and was very involved in the funeral arrangements of his friend. Despite the tragic and difficult circumstances, he still came through on his commitment to be our guest speaker and be there for us at the LAFD Academy. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society thanks you for your sacrifice and going above and beyond for us.  I would like all of our members to say a prayer for John Callaghan and his family and all of our firefighters, that like us as law enforcement, make sacrifices big and small in service to our communities and country. Thank God for for men like Dave Badgett and all the firefighters
like him!

1. The 9-11 Memorial Tribute will be held on Friday 9-10 at the LAFD Training Center at 1700 Stadium Way at 0900 Hrs. The Los Angeles Police emerald Society Pipes and Drums will perform at the ceremony and all Emerald Society members are encouraged to attend in class "A" uniform or the Emerald Society polo shirt. We have not forgotten the victims of 9-11 and never will!

2. The 7th Annual Celtic Concert Series Hollywood, CA 90068
Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Presented by Celtic Arts Center

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums inaugurate the evening!

The Fureys and Davy Arthur at last make their U.S. West Coast debut! part of the contiuuum of playing, singing, dancing and storytelling that has united Irish everywhere, The Fureys are musical kin to the folksingers of the 1960s and 70s.  Their " Green Fields of France" is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's favorite peace song of all time. More info is available at

3. Dodgertown Ireland- On 9/17  the Los Angeles Dodgers will acknowledge and honor our Irish heritage.It is a night game and our Pipe and drum Band will be there performing to start off the night. How many of you are interested in participating in this event? Yes, friends and families are encouraged to attend and I am working on complimentary tickets that you might have heard were generously offered to LAPD officers as a way of saying thankyou to our men and women in blue. If you are interested in participating in this night celebrating our heritage and seeing a Dodgers game please rsvp as soon as possible so I can get a ticket estimate. Please get your requests to me no later than 9/5. Go Dodgers! Go Irish!

4. Celtic Cats- While visiting our friends at the Irish Import Shop I discovered that they have two very small kittens who lost their Mom up for is black and one is grey/blk striped. If you are interested in adopting one or both of these very sweet felines please contact me at 213 253-5966.

Stay tuned for more announcements coming to you soon!

Stay Safe and Stay Well,
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Friday, August 27, 2010

7th Annual Celtic Concert Series

7th Annual Celtic Concert Series Hollywood, CA 90068

Sun. September 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by Celtic Arts Center
Ford Amphitheater

The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums inaugurate the evening.

The Fureys and Davey Arthur at last make their U.S. West Coast debut! Part of the continuum of playing, singing, dancing and storytelling that has united Irish everywhere, The Fureys are musical kin to the folksingers of the 1960s and 1970s. Their “Green Fields of France” is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s favorite peace song of all time Also performing is Vocalist/guitarist Ken O’Malley, a Dublin native now based in L.A.

Emerald Society, Patrick Rose Fund

Patrick Rose a severely disabled police officer. On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, while enjoying his day off, Officer Rose witnessed a crime. In pursuit of the suspects, he was pushed down a set of steps that left him with herniated discs and head trauma.

Because he was off-duty, it's been hard for Mr. Rose to secure money from the state and social security. Patrick has just developed Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - from severe trauma to his head. His insurance is saying the MS was a preexisting condition. Yet, he's never been ill a day in his life.

Emerald Society, Patrick Rose Fund

Emerald Society of Metropolitan Law Enforcement

5965 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August Meeting Announcement!

The next general meeting is is special one that will be held on Thursday, August 26th at 1900 Hrs at the LAFD Fire Academy which is located at 1700 Stadium Way...a very short  distance away from our regular meeting place at the LAPD Academy.

With the anniversary of 9-11 just around the corner the theme of this meeting will be "9-11, We Will Never Forget". Our guest speaker will be LAFD representative Dave Badgett, who responded to Ground Zero and along with so many other courageous emergency response personnel, engaged in the extremely intense duty of working at the World Trade Center site. This will be a chance to hear about the Ground Zero rescue and recovery efforts from someone who was there. Additionally the LAFD Fire Academy is home to a Twin Tower girder which acts as a memorial and monument honoring those who were lost on 9-11-01. That girder is the largest WTC monument on the West Coast and Dave Badgett will tell the story of how this monument came to be from being a vision to a reality.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society will be participating in a joint law enforcement/fire department/military memorial ceremony marking the 9th anniversary of 9-11 on 9-10 at the same location to begin at 0900 Hrs. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will perform at the ceremony and all members are encouraged to attend!

A meeting reminder with directions will be forthcoming for this very special meeting.

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No July Meeting. August and September Meetings TBA

Fellow Brother and Sister Emeralds,

There will be no July meeting due to a combination of factors and after consulting with Board members.

There will be another message coming out in the next few days announcing the August and September meeting dates and events.

Just a reminder that our Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums along with other outstanding Irish/Celtic bands will be performing at the Ford Amphitheater on 9/12 and you won't want to miss out on such great music and fun to be had by all!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ian Campbell Memorial Trophy

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The Los Angeles Police Protective League & Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band announce the return of the Ian Campbell Memorial Trophy.

This event will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the Scottish Highland Games, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa.

An award will be presented to the Best Aggregate Bag Piper in Grade 4 Solo Competition.

For more information contact Emerald Society member and League Delegate, Cliff Armas at:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We marched in March and now we March On!

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

This March was quite a month as we celebrated our Irish heritage throughout the month and, of course, on the the actual day itself , St. Patrick's Day!!!

This was a great month and I'd like to thank all of you who participated by volunteering your time, talents and efforts in so many ways showing so many who we are and what we represent! From the Irish Fair, to the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade/Block Party, the LA LIVE St. Patrick's Day Festival, Tam O' Shanters St Patrick's Day Celebration, the St. Patrick's Day Festival in Hollywood, and our Society Dinner Party Celebration at Maggies Restaurant it was just a whirlwind of activities and events! Each event had its own unique character and charm and I hope you all had some wonderful experiences, times and memories as I did!

March was the month for us to shine and did we ever! The feedback from the performance of our Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums on CSI New York and the accompanying news coverage on CBS 2 News at our March meeting was overwhelmingly positive! Add to that the news coverage of our performance at LA LIVE on St. Patrick's Day and you could say we hit the "Big Time". Indeed, more people than ever before in the Los Angeles area are hearing and seeing our name and they are getting it right! The benefits of this higher public profile should be obvious...increased awareness of our Society,law enforcement and Irish heritage and what it represents in the law enforcement and American Irish community can only have positive effects for us, our community at large, our heritage and our nation!

Our Emerald Society Pipers, drummers, and all of our members who carry an American flag, an Irish flag, our Society Banner and Standard forge a strong link in the chain that connects the heritage of those who came before us to those who will come after us...Our heritage lives in our hearts and in the hearts of those who saw us this during this last month...It is a proud heritage and I am proud of all of you for carrying it on and to be associated with you all!

God Bless America and Erin Go Bragh!

MEETING DATE FOR APRIL is the 28th...It is a late meeting this month so please make a note of it! A reminder will be sent out.

That is all for now...until the next message...Be Well and Be Safe!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Friday, March 19, 2010

A GREAT Day for the Irish

Brother and Sister Emeralds!

Hopefully you all had a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day celebrating our Irish heritage!

I'd first like to thank all who participated in the Hermosa Beach St Patrick's Day parade which was another great time with a record number of pipers participating and two bass drums! Thanks to all the Band for a great show and all the members carrying the American and Irish flags and our Emerald Society banners high and proudly! Special thanks to Bill Hallett who once again hosted the Block Party at his home with such a famous Irish hospitality! Thanks Bill!

Yesterday, St. Patrick's day itself, was a GREAT day for the Irish and our Society! Thanks to all the members who participated...the Band performance was very well received by an enthusiastic crowd ...We had a Society booth adjacent to the LAFD Historical Society (special thanks to George Carroll, Jerry O'Keefe,Patrick Devine, and Bill Donoghue for working the booth!). Thanks to all the Band members for another great performance which was seen by all sorts of domestic and foreign language media!

Tam O' Shanter, arranged by Treasurer Phil Bowater( Thanks Phil!) was another fun filled event and the crowd was just so full of positive energy I thought they would blow the tent down! Pipe Major/Sgt at Arms Scott Walton said it was one of the best performances the Band had ever played! Well done and thanks to Scott and all the Band members who played!

As LAPES President I get to hear all the positive comments and compliments about our Band performance and our Society ...I wish you could hear them all...We did ourselves proud and I thank all of you for all you did and continue to do to celebrate and perpetuate our law enforcement and Irish heritage in service to our nation.

Now, our big event party of our Irish heritage month is fast approaching, our St Patrick's Day Party at Maggies Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs on 3/27...This is the premiere party in Southern California ...a finer party or value you will not find. Treasurer Phil Bowater advises that we are on schedule with ticket sales but I'd like to see an even larger turnout than ast year...Tickets are going to be sold at the that no one is turned away! Of course, prepurchased tickets is the preferred method of if you havent gotten your orders in please do so forthwith...Your Society appreciates it!

There is more news and acknowledgements to follow so...Stay tuned! Stay Green and GO IRISH!!!

God Bless America and Erin Go Bragh!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Emerald Brothers and Sisters,

Wishing you and yours a Happy St. Patrick's Day celebrating our Irish heritage and the contributions we have made to our great nation, America!

God Bless America and Erin Go Bragh!
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Friday, March 12, 2010

LAPPL & Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Band Ian Campbell Memorial Trophy

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The Los Angeles Police Protective League & Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band announce the return of the Ian Campbell Memorial Trophy.

This event will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the Scottish Highland Games, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa.

An award will be presented to the Best Aggregate Bag Piper in Grade 4 Solo Competition.

For more information contact Emerald Society member and League Delegate, Cliff Armas at:

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Couple of Up-coming Events

Michael De La Hunt's daughter and Celtic Gold dancers will be performing at Mary & Joseph Retreat 5300 Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 (310)377-4867. $25 per person. Sunday March 14th 1800hrs. There will be food, music and step dancing.

Also, The Irish News USA ask that you be reminded that the The Fenians will be performing at PECHANGA CASINO, (No address was given) March 17!! NEW CONTEST!! St. Patrick's Day Events.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Retirement Dinner for Chief McDonnell

Brothers and Sisters,

Attached is the retirement flyer for our Brother Chief Jim McDonnell...
If those of you who would like to attend would like to have our own table please let me know...and we will make that happen.

Brother George Carroll has volunteered to coordinate an Emerald Society booth at the Irish Fair this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, at the Pomona Fairgrounds...However, he cant do it alone and so this is a last call for volunteers to staff a booth...The latest word from Pipe Major Scott Walton is that the Band will still be at the Fair but they will be busy playing and cant be tasked with maintaining a presence at the Booth but will help out as they can....So this is it folks, we need volunteers or we will not be there with a booth.

More info to follow...

Steve Saletros

(Click on flyer to enlarge)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Our Time Has Arrived!

Brother and Sister Emeralds!

March has arrived! While we remember, celebrate and honor our Irish and law enforcement heritage throughout the year, March is OUR Irish heritage month! Throughout this entire month, with the high point being of course, Saint Patrick's Day, we will show the world how proud we are of our Irish heritage and what a contribution we have made to our beloved America!

Here are a few items of information and interest.

1. Our February meeting featuring our very own distinguished Brother and Giant of law enforcement, Chief Jim McDonnell, was one of our best meetings ever! We thank Chief McDonnell for his wonderful presentation and the treasure the time he spent with us all, sharing with us his compelling personal story and vast knowledge of our profession of policing! We congratulate Chief McDonnell as the newly appointed Chief of Police of Long Beach and wish him all the best in his future endeavors! Brother Tom Keleher of Long Beach PD and a director with Long Beach Police Officers Association, and I are already in the early stages of planning a summer Emerald Society meeting in Long Beach...more details will follow..but I can assure you of will be a fantastic event /meeting as I know from past experience that our Brothers in Long Beach know how to throw an event! Nuff said for now!

2. The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will be at the Irish Fair at the Pomona Fair Grounds on March 6/7 so come out and share all the Irish atmosphere and excitement!

3. Our Emerald Society general meeting will be on March 10th! The Honorary Consul of Ireland Finbar Hill will be our special guest speaker! If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing Finbar Hill speak on Ireland you dont know what you are missing. His presentations always combine great eloquence and candor as he speaks on the current situation of Ireland in all its aspects! Having Finbar Hill speak at our March meeting has become an Emerald Society tradition and we thank him for continuing to honor us with his presence and presentation!

4. Our Hermosa Beach St Patrick's Day Parade will take place on March 13th to be followed by a St Patrick's Day Block Party at the house and on the block of Brother Bill Hallett. Those of you who have attended this event in the past know how great it is with the wonderful hospitality of the Hallett family, the food, the music and Irish festive atmosphere! Another message will provide the exact details of the day but put that day aside for a Hermosa Beach Irish celebration! Thanks Bill Hallett, family and neighbors!

5. St. Patrick's Day...No Virginia, there is no St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Los Angeles this year. After last minute efforts to resuscitate the victim, Los Angeles City budget cuts and considerations were given for the reason there is no parade this year in Downtown Los Angeles...frown...However, there will be a St Patrick's Day Irish festival at LA Live which is the venue just north of Staples Center and is an entertainment complex. There will be a stage and a concert featuring Ken O'Malley and the Twilight Lords and there will be an actual festival taking place. Our Los Angeles Police Pipe and Drum Band will play at the venue and there is enough room to march around the entertainment complex. All are invited to attend and participate! We will be meeting at the Los Angeles Police Academy and taking a bus to the venue. Time to be announced... but the event goes on from 1100-1400 Hrs. Our group will then be going over to Tam O' Shanters restaurant in Los Feliz to continue the St. Patrick's Day celebration with our Band playing and everyone enjoying the celebration into the night! It's a fantastic time!

6. Our Emerald Society St. Patrick's Day Party at Maggies Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs will be on March 27th! Yes, we are using the whoooole month to celebrate! This is probably the best St. Patrick's Day Party anywhere and last year we had record attendance! With the Pipes and Drums, Irish step dancing, great food, great music, door prizes..where does it end? We do need volunteers to help with the event monitoring the door and other tasks...Please take a big Irish step dance forward and help out...Many of you did last year and we know who you are and are very grateful! Tickets can be purchased at the March meeting! More details to follow!

7. I know this has been a long message and I thank you for taking the time to read it..there will be following messages almost every day this month ...but hey...ITS OUR MONTH!

I may have forgotten something or there may be a question or concern that you need addressed right away...please contact me here or at 213 253-5966...I will do the best I can to get back to you as soon as possible...if the mail box is full call will be cleared..and if that doesnt work for you call or text 213 503-7322.

So, lets have a Great month! It's OUR month! For our ancestors and our heritage Be Irish and Be Proud!

God Bless America and Erin Go Bragh!


Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

LAPES Pipes and Drums

Don't forget to check our Pipes and Drums blog for updates.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pipes and Drums Performance for Corona PD

Here's a video shot by George Carroll & posted to YouTube from the Pipes and Drums performance for Corona PD on January 11, 2010

Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, Corona CA 01/11/2010


The Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum band will play the part of the New York Police Pipe and Drum band in an upcoming episode of CSI NY.

CSI NY (Season 6, Episode 17) Pot Of Gold airs MARCH 10, 2010

Pipes and Drums

Below are the "links" to a couple videos of our pipe and drum band playing at the Queen Mary this past weekend.

Click here: YouTube - Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Click here: YouTube - Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

(Each video is different)

Submitted by Marc Espinoza

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Congratulations to Chief McDonnell and Meeting Reminder!

Congratulations to our Emerald brother Chief Jim McDonnell on becoming the new Chief of Police of the City of Long Beach! Chief McDonnell is our very special featured guest speaker for our February meeting which is tomorrow, February 10th, at the LAPD Police Academy at Elysian Park at 1900 Hrs.

There will be much information to share at this meeting as St Patrick's day is just around the corner...We hope to see you at the meeting and future updates will be forthcoming!

All the Best to you All,
Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

LAPD's Jim McDonnell Named Next Chief of Long Beach Police Department

Hot off the presses!

Congratulations to Jim on his stellar and honorable service to LAPD. Long Beach is fortunate to have him as their COP.

Read full story by clicking on the following "link":
Click here: LAPD's Jim McDonnell named next chief of Long Beach Police Department L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Onion Field Killer Stays Behind Bars

Brothers and Sisters,

Just sharing good news with you to be read in the accompanying article and Kudos to Brother Cliff Armas for going above and beyond! Thanks to Brother George Carroll for passing on this information! We have never and will never forget our fallen brothers and sisters! Our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends of the Fallen!

Steve Saletros

Bellville Woman Relieved Onion Field Killer Stays Behind Bars

BELLVILLE -- Lori Campbell hopes Wednesday's parole decision is the last time anyone will consider releasing her father's murderer.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Cliff Armas read Moniz's statement at the hearing.

"I grew up without a father because of the act of a sociopath. ... Gregory Powell must spend the rest of his life in prison. To release him dishonors the memory of my father, law enforcement and the Los Angeles Police Department."

Armas is a member of the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band, a group that honors the memory of Campbell, who had a passion for playing the bagpipes. Lori Campbell has her father's bagpipes, made famous in the movie.

As the result of his death, Armas said the bagpipes are played at the funerals of every officer who dies in the line of duty.

"I want to spend my time remembering my father, meeting people like this Cliff Armas who wants to resurrect an award to reward future pipers for their accomplishments, and at the same time honor my father's memory," Lori Campbell said.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

February 10th Meeting

Brothers and Sisters,

The January general meeting and a Board meeting was held 1/20 on despite the typhoon like conditions that existed in Los Angeles and surrounding areas and I want to thank those who attended for braving the elements.

At our request, Chief McDonnell was rescheduled to be our special guest speaker at our February meeting on 2/10 so that as many members as possible will be able to see and hear our very own member, LAPD Chief McDonnell speak to us. More info will be coming out very shortly on events and meeting schedule. Until then ...

Be Well! Be Safe!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Meeting Reminder

Brother and Sister Emeralds,

Our January meeting is this Wednesday at 1900 Hrs at the LAPD Elysian Park Academy...Hope to see as many of you there as possible!

All the Best to All of You!

Steve Saletros

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Brothers and Sisters,

I hope that you have all had a Happy Holiday Season and wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year to You and Yours!

In reviewing the year 2009 it is amazing how many activities our Society participated in which were meaningful in the law enforcement community, the Irish cultural community, and our community at large. Here is a list of the activities we were proudly involved in during the past year:

1. Welcome Home for the 173rd Quartermaster Company, US Army, Rose Bowl, Pasadena
2. Newton St. Memorial Motorcycle Ride, Baldwin Park
3. Celtic Games, Queen Mary, Long Beach
4. California Peace Officers Association, IC, Pasadena
5. Irish Fair, Pomona
6.St. Patrick's Day Parade, Hermosa Beach
7.St. Patrick's Day Parade, Los Angeles
8.Los Angeles Police Protective League Picnic
9.Pasadena Hospital Fundraiser
10.State of California Police Memorial, Sacramento
11.Memorial Day Parade, Canoga Park, Los Angeles
12.Irish Fair, Irvine
13.Emerald Society Summer Picnic
14.AOH Awards Ceremony, Newport Beach
15.Concerns of Police Survivors Family Picnic
16.Celtic Arts Concert at the Ford Theater
17.Public Safety Mass, Los Angeles Police Academy
18. Children's Parade, San Fernando Valley
19. Dedication of the new LAPD Police Headquarters Facility
20. LAPD True Blue Event
21. Dedication of the New LAPD Topanga Station
22. "Friends Outside" benefit for the children of the incarcerated, Anaheim
23. Santa and Emerald Society Visit to the Ronald McDonald House, Pasadena
24. Long beach Veterans Hospital visit to visit our wounded veterans
25.Welcome to the Irish Route 66ers benefiting Dublin Childrens Hospital
26.Visit to Maeves' Residuals to support the toy drive for LAPD North Hollywood Station

These are among the many activities which our Los Angles Police Emerald Society proudly participated in. Thanks to all who, by their very presence, supported these worthy activities and especially our Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band who performed so magnificently at so many of these events!

While we reflect for a moment on what we have accomplished as a unified Society in the past year, let us rededicate ourselves to what is best in our law enforcement and Irish traditions for our heritage and our nation!

Steve Saletros
Los Angeles Police Emerald Society