It was a great day in the Golden State as the Orange County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians hosted the 90th Biennial California State Convention in beautiful San Juan Capistrano on June 13, 2015. More than 30 brothers and their families joined together at the beautiful Capistrano Royale Clubhouse to renew old friendships, enjoy some great craic’ and conduct the business of the Order.
Orange County Divisions were tasked with the organization of the operation. Brother Chuck Gildea, Past President of Division 3, and his lovely wife Doris spearheaded an operation that gave us great entertainment and fabulous food, along with a great venue to conduct business.
Among our special guests for the event were, National Board Vice-
But there was much more with a number of heretofore unknown Irish tenors among the ranks. Songs, recitations and jokes were the order of the day after the business of the Order was completed.
The entire entourage departed for Mass at the San Juan Capirstrano Mission Basilica. We experienced a bit of an issue when it was discovered the electrical power was out for several blocks around the Basilica. This made for a challenging Mass as we strained to hear the priest and cantor in the huge but beautiful hall. If you have not visited this wonderful church, we urge you to make it a stop on your next trip to California. You will not be disappointed.
After Mass, we returned to the clubhouse to enjoy a special meal catered by Claros Italian Market. The lasagna and the chicken parmesan were delicious but it was Doris Gildea’s fabulous Italian sausage that everyone raved about.
After dinner with quite a few toasts, the evening entertainment resumed with plenty of rebel songs to rouse the crowd.
In the end, it was a great end to a great day as delegates and their families reluctantly departed. Knowing we will be together in two years eased the pain of parting. Thanks to all for a great day.