On Wednesday February 1st 2007, Mary Cunningham from St. John the Baptist Conference was recognised for her unbroken record of over 40 years as a serving member at Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas. Liam Casey, East Regional President, presented Mary with a medal and scroll. Present day and retired members also attended the ceremony.
Mary was twice president of the St. Vincent de Paul, Naas and was a founding member of the St. Ita’s Conference (Housing). She also started a Breakfast Club in Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Ballycane.
The presentation was organised by John Miley, the outgoing Conference President, who had served his five years. The event was opened by Tom O’Doherty, Kildare North Area President who welcomed everyone and introduced Liam Casey and John Miley. Margaret Kelleher, the new Conference President was presented with a bouquet of flowers to welcome her to the position.
A member of the conference Timmy Conway wrote a poem for Mary to mark the occasion, read the poem aloud and then presented it to Mary.
Fitting tributes were paid to Mary on the night, extolling her hard work, dedication and above all her charitable heart.
From all of us at SVP, thank you Mary.
This article appeared in the Spring Bulletin 2017. Read more from this edition here.