OUR HISTORY

Established in 1771 in Philadelphia, “The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland” is the oldest fraternal organization in America.

Our founding members include some of the most active and influential patriots of the country, including John Dickinson, Robert Morris, Thomas Fitzsimons, Generals Wayne, Irvine, Butler, Thompson, Hand, Cadwalader, Moylan, Knox, and Stewart, Commodore Barry and numerous others, distinguished in the Army, Navy, Cabinet, and Congress.

The San Diego chapter was established in 1953. We are an event-driven organization with formal and informal gatherings throughout the year.

OUR CORE VALUES

The friendly spirit and compelling melancholy of the Irish, mixed with fierce American patriotism and pride.
The passion of fellowship.
The compulsion to share our history.
The responsibility of legacy to future generations.
The duty to serve as Ambassadors of good will and good times for good causes.

OUR MISSION

To pay tribute to the Patron Saint of Ireland by fostering goodwill and fellowship among those of Irish ancestry and the greater San Diego County community through social, cultural, and charitable events.

We support our community by making charitable contributions to like-minded organizations and helping with events that share our Irish culture and values with everyone.

OUR MEMBERSHIP

For gentlemen at least twenty-one years of age of Irish ancestry possessing good character and a friendly disposition.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of San Diego is the largest and most active Irish fraternal organization in San Diego. We hold regular social and charity fundraising events that reflect our members’ passion for Irish camaraderie and community welfare.

2017 – 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr. Mark Wheelan
President

Mr. Trevor Wessman-Lavelle
1st Vice President

Mr. Patrick McCarthy
2nd Vice President

SgtMaj Neil O’Connell, USMC (RET)
3rd Vice President

Mr. Michael Duffy
4th Vice President

Mr. Chris McCain
5th Vice President

Mr. Steve Sheedy
Secretary

Mr. Tim Lane
Treasurer

SSgt Jonathan Kinny, USMC
Sergeant At Arms

Mr. Scott Harmes
Member at Large

Mr. Joe Spencer
Member at Large

Mr. David Scott
Member at Large

Mr. Timothy Ford
Member at Large

Mr. Everett Eveleth
Member at Large

PAST PRESIDENTS

Mr. Timothy Adler
Mr. Sean Brew
Mr. James D. Burke
Mr. Chip Dykes
Mr. Sean Fitzgerald
Mr. Ed Forbes
Mr. Frank Gallagher
Mr. W. E. “Skip” Geisting

Mr. Matthew Gleason
Mr. David Harrison
Mr. Robert W. (Hondo) Harrison
Mr. Thomas B. Henderson
Mr. Michael “Doc” LaMar, MD
Mr. Timothy McCarthy
Mr. Brian J. McLellan

Mr. Gary Meads
Mr. Robert N. Mulrooney
Mr. Michael I. Neil
Mr. J. Robert O’Connor IIIMr. Frank P. O’Dwyer
Mr. Mark O’Loughlin
Mr. J. Terrence O’Malley

Mr. Michael J. Reidy
Mr. James B. Ryan
Mr. Robert W. Sexton
Mr. Brian Smith
Mr. Stacey J. Sullivan
Mr. Leo Sullivan
Mr. Craig Sutliff