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January, 2019

Grand Knight’s Message
The first half of our fraternal year is completed and now we must focus on finishing the year strong. As we prepare our activities coming in the next 6 months, our goal is the increase the membership or GTO (Grow The Order). I know it may seem like a struggle, but the most common way, yet old fashioned is to simply ask. This is a response that many get when asked “Why did they join?” Adjusting our programs seemed like the right fit, but the adjusting is not yet done; as we’ve got some more work to do if we are going to get this ship moving in the right direction. Stay tuned as more changes are coming in the near future.

The change to having a council Christmas party seemed to work a lot better and everyone had a wonderful time. For those who missed it, it will be at the same time next year. Let’s continue work together as we strive to become that group everyone wants be a part of. Thank you to those who shared their thoughts and ideas.

Upcoming videos at future meetings- In January, we will see 2 videos: Speech from Matt Birk & Mass of the Holy Spirit Highlights. In February prior to the meetings I invite the ladies also to watch a video on the Supreme Convention as this will highlight what we expect to see Summer 2019.

Incentives for 2nd half of the fraternal year
1. Recruit one New Member, Get 100 entries towards the $60 gift card, bring them or show up to support him as he goes through the degrees; Get 250 entries
2. Submit a new simple program, event, or activity that we could try in the future; Get 20 entries towards $60 gift card
3. Each recruited member gets you the chance to attend the Supreme Convention free of charge
4. Work a shift for one of our activities, receive entries towards $60 gift card. Number of entries varies.
5. Submit Hours to me for your volunteering outside of KC functions receive 5 entries per hour volunteered

4th Degree News
1. St. Tim’s will be hosting a Dinner meeting on Monday March 4, 2019
2. Spring Exemplification will be in May 4, 2019 in Bloomington, MN. Full Details TBA.

Jeremy Hadash
Grand Knight

Happy New Year Auxilians and families,
Jim and I hope you all had a safe and blessed Christmas season. We welcome you and your families to 2019, as we look forward to serving you again this year. During 2018, we documented 3615 volunteer hours and donated over $3673 to various organizations. St. Tim’s received the most donations throughout the year. Thank you, Margo, for collecting and submitting this information to State President Joyce Korsten.

After wrapping gifts for a couple of families at our December meeting, we had a short business meeting. Grand Knight Jeremy Hadash invited us to volunteer at the August Supreme Convention to be held in Minneapolis and told of future member recruitment plans. Due to increased security, the St. Tim’s Parish Center and kitchen doors may require keycard access. Contact Kristy LaValle to meet you at the entrance using the auxiliary’s assigned keycard. Reminder--There is no meeting in January. We have decided to stop hosting the coat check, but please consider helping elsewhere during the 12-hour Concertina Bowl on Saturday, January 27th at Blainbrook.

In February, we will be having a Respect Life meeting for Grannys Closet ( They need facial tissue, bathroom tissue, lotions, cleaning supplies, handy wipes, Clorox wipes, laundry soaps for sensitive skin. Grannys Closet hosts a warehouse site in each county stocked with clothing, personal care items, and general household necessities to help county and agency workers fill the needs of their clients at absolutely no cost to them. Thank you, Bev, for arranging for a speaker to attend the February meeting. Remember we start our bake sales the Friday before Lent (March 1). Please have your baked goods at the hospitality center between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Prices will be the same as last year. Help is appreciated for the bake sales or Fish Fries.

Prayer intentions were made for Becky, Linda, Lonnie, and Danny for improved medical health. May Gloria and Aki rest in peace. And may we pray for all those intentions thought and not spoken.

Yours in Christ,
Jean Ackermann

We Remember
We pray and remember the following members who have died. Many of them helped form and shape our council. Jack Sanders, Leroy Lewendowski, Kenneth Juneau, Dr. Matthew Plasha, Frank Kosiak, John Gayda, Joseph Boyko, Frank Kostick Otto Husnik and Alan Waldo.

Birthday Wishes
Birthday wishes go out to the following. Eugene Otto, Donald Ridout, Lawrence Daigle, Richard Witucki, Leonard Jansen, Steven Moorhouse, Edward Sherburne Jr., Peter Lundin, Edward Kidrowski, William Bayer Jr., Lonnie Rudolph, Dennis Hoch, David Lodermeier, Carl Wymer, Thomas Revering and Daniel Hayford. Have a great day.

The following had birthdays in December. We hope you had a great day. Aleo Barkon, Patrick Vandrovec, Richard Arett, Jan Darveaux, Dick Dols, Michael Rohr, Ed Bicha Jr., Bradley Hacker, Robert Cuddigan, Anders Robert Zmija, Andrew Helseth and Al Loerzel.

Prayer concerns
Jeff Revering, David Schleeter, James Fortwengler, Kraig Kalan, Ben Palmoti, Deacon Tom, Shawn(Harold & Mary Amiot’s son; Teena Badzinski, Ed Bicha, Ken Wallace, Jonathan Silverdahl, Don Hosford, Jim Jacobson(cousin of Steve Silverdahl), Harold Amiot, Dick Smith, Jorge Slater, Alice Turner(wife of James Turner), Bob Cuddigan’s Daughter, The feast of St. Ignatius, the prayer for life, The Pope’s prayer for peace, All those effected by the storms and natural disasters, All those suffering from depression, All those who are going Family Promise of Anoka County, All Serving Members of the Priesthood, Diaconate, and Religious Life, All serving members of the armed forces.

Good of the Order-
Reminder: I would like reported to me your good works, so I can mention during the meeting and in the guidepost. You can call me with the goods work that you or another brother knight has done.

41st Annual Concertina Bowl
41st Annual Concertina Bowl will be held Saturday January 26th from 12 Noon to 11 PM. Dancing and listening to Polkas, Waltzes and old- time favorites. Food on site. Let your friends and family know. Much help is needed.
Door Guards (2): 11am-2pm/2pm-5pm/5pm-8pm/8pm-10pm. Kitchen; serving food (2): 12noon-3PM/ 1:30-4:30/ 3pm-6pm/4:30-7:30 &6pm-9pm. Please consider some of the later shifts as they are hard to fill. Setting up and repairing dance floor Wednesday 1/23 10 am. Finish floor and set up stage extension Thursday 1/24 10am. Setup band equipment Friday 1/25 10am. Volunteers please call or e-mail me for your interest to help. This is a great Council Activity and fund raiser.
Dick Dols & Art Ohotto.

Council #5141 is Going Green
In 2019 the Guidepost will be going electronic and sent to members via email. Currently you should be receiving test copies via email and the usual paper copy. If you are a member and not receiving the electronic version that means we don’t have a correct email for you or we don’t have your email at all.

If you are the spouse of a member that is deceased we still want to get you information on what is happening in the council. If you wish to receive the Guidepost, via email, PLEASE provide your email address to FS Gerald Arel, ASAP! Email me at

Help Is Needed
Your help is needed with the following….Youth Assistance- Kristen is looking for 2 people on each night from about 6:30pm-8pm to be leaders of discussion or other small tasks as needed for the night. The upcoming dates are… Jan 9, 23, 30 Feb 6, 20, 27 Mar 27 Apr 3, 10 *There is training & background check needed only if you plan on helping for more than 2 nights.

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