Thank you for electing me Grand Knight of our Council for this 2016-17 Columbian Year. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to serve, and I want to thank our Deputy Grand Knight Kevin Weaver, our Worthy Chancellor Tim Hand, and all of the officers for stepping up this year to help lead our Council. I'd also like to give a special thank you to our Past Grand Knight, Ray Blaser, for all of his leadership and commitment to our Council over the past twelve months.
While our 2015-16 Columbian year was tremendous, I believe we can build on all that we achieved by focusing on three priorities:
1. Providing our Brother Knights more opportunities to grow in their faith,
2. Increasing the number of our Brothers who participate actively in our committees and programs,
3. Growing our Council overall.
The officers and I are working through ways we can accomplish these priorities, and I invite anyone who would like to help with ideas or other support to reach these goal to please reach out to me, at , or to the DGK, at .
My ask is that each and every Knight within our Council take part in at least one of our activities this year. It could be joining us on Retreat, helping with a breakfast, attending a social event, helping with the ARC drive, or any one of the charitable, community or fraternal activities we bring forward to our Parish and Council. The first opportunity this year will be Friday, August 5th, and Saturday, August 6th, to help paint and prepare Hope House and the Convent for the new order of Sisters, who will be joining our Parish later this year.
Please hold these dates and we will be sending out an email with more information, and a Doodle link asking for volunteers, once we have more details. Otherwise, I wish you a blessed summer, with time to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends. If you are traveling out of town on vacation, please be safe.
Today, I want to address the growth of the Order. Membership growth is the fuel that keeps this great fraternal engine running. All of our charitable works at the council, state, national and international level are thanks to our hard-working members. And more members equals more charity.
We know that the membership blitz is a tried and true way for councils to get more men to join. We see these pushes often in March, in celebration of Founder’s Day, and again in October. These drives are successful because brother Knights have increased visibility speaking or presenting during and after Masses and at special events. We must remember that we have a duty to ask each and every Catholic gentleman to join our ranks for the good of the Church, the community and the Order.
During the rest of the year, we often “forget” to ask men to join and to bring their families into the Knights of Columbus family. You probably know an eligible Catholic man you could ask today. What if the only reason he hasn’t joined is because no one has asked him yet?
When telling a prospect about the strengths of the Order, don’t forget our greatest fraternal benefit: our insurance program. This is often a “selling point” to a potential member who is on the fence. Many members become Knights simply to be able to buy coverage to protect their family. Soon after, they realize the good our charitable works do for their community, and they are proud to be members.
As your professional Knights of Columbus Field Agent, I look forward to helping us grow in fraternity in any way that I can.
The Fortnight for Freedom will end on July 4th. As you are enjoying the time with friends and family please take the time to listen to the video regarding our religious freedom titled “Dignitatis Humanae” (below), it would be great to share with friends and your family. There are also many great additional resources that you will find at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/.
When we come back from the holiday and begin the new Columbian Year let us commit ourselves to four things:
To Increase our prayer life both individually and as a brotherhood.
To defend our religious freedom and our Church.
To assist those who are victims of religious persecution.
To always boldly and openly proclaim The Name of Our Lord.
God Bless each of you, you families, and Our Country.
Where is 2016 going? It seems like Easter was just last week. I hope you and your family are getting ready for a great summer. Hopefully, you’ve established a few goals for this year. I’ve learned a great tip regarding resolutions. First, write them down. It’s not too late if you haven’t already done this. Commit your goals to paper and post it someplace you will see it often. Writing down a goal is the first step towards achieving it. It may not make sense at first, but I’m sure you have heard stories of the success this simple task can bring. Whether your goal is to exercise more, give more to charity, read more or watch less television, you’re more likely to accomplish it if you write it down.
Second, resolve to have an expert look at your finances. I recommend that you have a team of experts help you, and I would love to be the first you sit with. Let’s schedule some time to meet together, and I, your professional Knights of Columbus Field Agent, will provide an “insurance check-up” (at no cost!) that will evaluate any gaps in your family’s life insurance protection. Now might be the perfect time to fill those gaps, not later. Keep in mind that unlike many other products, you don’t just need money to obtain life insurance; you also need good health, and no one knows when your health could change.
Did I mention my check-up is free of charge? When was the last time you received something for free that could provide value to you and your family for generations? Call me today.
The Knights of Columbus Jubilee Council 3294 are proud to once again host our annual Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 15th. Please come join us for a great breakfast buffet featuring pancakes, eggs, ham, omelets to order, hash browns and of course the best waffles in town!
The Council would like to congratulate Grand Knight Ray Blaser and Lecturer Kevin Weaver on their advancement to the 4th Degree. The Exemplification was held on Sunday, April 17th. The next time you see them, be sure to congratulate them.
The Knight of Columbus District Free Throw Competition was held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. Ann’s School. Congratulations to all participates. With her amazing form and strength, Dagny Slomack swept the 9 years old girl bracket with making 18 out of 25. Once again, congratulations to all of our Council winners and to Dagny as the District winner. Hope to see everybody in the fall for the Soccer Challenge.