Grand Knight’s Message
I wish everyone with a wonderful New Year ahead. With a New Year, come resolutions to improve; so are we as a council. What are our council resolutions? Well, they are… 1) Trying a new program that engages our parish community 2) Asking each member to participate in one new program 3) Working together to grow our own council. My Goal is to have all our resolutions met by end of Fraternal year.
It seems only yesterday that I remember joining the Knights, when the degrees were quite extravagant. Then only a few years later; all the “costumes” went away, and everyone was in suits. I have had the privilege of sitting in on these degrees several times and welcoming many new Knights to the order. Newly introduced was the new ceremonial of Charity, Unity, & Fraternity; which done in only 30 minutes. With this new ceremonial, everyone is welcome to view it as new members are initiated into the order. A step Supreme has taken to adapt to today’s generation.
Once finalized, I hope to try this. I will be sending out a link to view it and then you may provide your own feedback to Supreme, before it’s made final.
There are many incentives for the 2nd half of the fraternal year. I will be sending a flyer with the details of those available from Council level to Supreme level. Stay Tuned.
This month I am again posing a challenge to everyone. Make a resolution that involves giving back to the community. Share it with me and receive 25 bonus entries towards the $60 gift card at Year End Dinner.
As many had hard time with our meetings inside the Hospitality Center (gym) in hearing, all meetings except our 2 steak fries will be in another room this year. Please come through the Parish Center doors.
Many of us as leaders have many great talents and like the Knights of Columbus. Together we do good for the parish and the community. As council leaders, we are all volunteers and when you agreed to take on a leadership role as part of the leadership team; no one said that you had to be “perfect” at it. Many of us have a regular job and sometimes that gets in the way and you must miss a meeting or two. I understand that, that’s why as part of council leadership; you’ll be there as much as you can and provide great input when requested. Together we’ll keep this council going. As a leader of the council I simply ask you to set a great example of the Knights of Columbus and be there when you can to discuss programs and ways to make the council better.
With that being said; I am asking anyone in council who is interested in being on the council leadership team to please contact me so we can be prepared to nominate, when the time comes.
All we need to do is ASK. Asking those to Join is the key if we are going to grow and be a better council. We simply can’t be afraid. Helpful tips that may work is if you see the husband is busy, ask the wife; and even invite her to be part of the Auxiliary. Utilize our recruiting tools such as the Blue “Join us” card for online membership or the new “I’m a Knight” cards which I introduced at the meeting in September. Need Some let me know.
Happy New Year Auxilians and families, Jim and I hope you all had a safe and blessed Christmas season. We pray you have a Happy and Blessed New Year.
During 2019, we documented 3,539 volunteer hours and donated $2,568 to various organizations. Thank you, Margo, for collecting and submitting this information to State President Joyce Korsten.
Thanks to all who braved the cold weather to wrap gifts for 2 needy families, and thanks for sharing your Christmas goodies with the other ladies. We didn’t hold a meeting tonight.
Reminder--There is no meeting in January.
Please consider helping during the 12-hour Concertina Bowl on Saturday, January 25th at Blainbrook.
Remember we start our bake sales on Friday, February 21st. Please have your baked goods at the hospitality center between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Help is appreciated for the bake sales and Fish Fries.
Yours in Christ,
Jean Ackermann, Ladies Auxiliary President
Spiritual Reflection Retreat
Our Spiritual Reflection retreat is January 18, 2020. I am encouraging you highly to attend this. It will be an enlightening & fun day.
42nd annual Concertina Bowl
January 25th, 2020 Noon until 11pm at Brookhall next to Blainbrook, 11930 Central Ave NE, Blaine, MN. Dancing and listening to Polkas, Waltzes and old-time favorites. Food available on site. Let your friends that may be interested know about it. This is our first Council fundraiser of 2020. Much help will be needed.
Saturday Help: Door Guards (2 per shift) 2:00 - 5:00 5:00 - 8:00 8:00 - 10:00 Kitchen (2 per shift) Serve food to Customers 10:00 AM - 1:30 (Initial Setup) 12:00 - 3:00 1:30 - 4:30 3:00 - 6:00 4:30 - 7:30 6:00 - 9:00
Setup and Teardown (4 people each time): Wednesday 1/22 @ 10:00 AM Bring in Dance Floor from trailer (Repair of the floor after) Thursday 1/23 @ Noon Assembly of the Dance Floor Sunday 1/26 Tear Down Dance Floor and put on trailer
The Call List has been modernized. Instead of Phone calls, the Grand Knight will e-mail all Blaine #5141 members upon the passing of a Brother Knight, Wife or Child. Phone calls will still be made to individuals who do not have Computers. Anyone still wanting to be notified by phone, please give me a call and I will put you on the ‘Does not have a Computer list’.
Dick Dols, Call List coordinator.
District Deputy Notes:
• There is a crisis of evangelization
• Degrees are now open, and families are welcome
• Webinar Jan 14th – Developing your halftime strategy to win
Mark your Calendars!
• Our Spiritual Reflection retreat will be held on Saturday November 16th.
• Our Council Family Christmas party will be held Friday December 13th.
• Details and Flyers in next newsletter. Families are welcome at both events.
This month we take time to remember members who have passed away over the years. Ivan Barthel, Joseph Hillenbrand, John Parsons, Duane Arett, Leo Van Uden, Bill Murray, Jerome Jaspers, Bruce Southmayd, Williard Weber, George Abernathy Jr., and Don Overkamp. Please keep them and their families in your prayers. May they rest in peace.
The following members will be celebrating birthdays in January. Eugene Otto, Donald Ridout, Lawrence Daigle, Dick Witucki, Leonard Jansen, Steven Moorhouse, Edward Sherburne Jr., Peter Lundin, Edward Kidrowski, William Bayer Jr., Lonnie Rudolph, Dennis Hoch, Dave Lodermeier, Carl Wymer, Tom Revering and Daniel Hayford. We hope you have a great.
“We lift up this concern to you, O Lord” Harold Amiot, Ed Bicha, Teena Badzinski, Bob Cuddigan’s daughter, Keith Friendshuh, James Fortwengler, Diane Holen (Lenny Resler’s sister), Herb Hoppenstedt, Rubey Karels (wife of Lee Karels), Dave Lodemeier’s Nephew Noah, David Schleeter, Dawn Shelton (Lenny Resler’s Niece), Jorge Slater, Dick Smith, Alice Turner (wife of James Turner). The prayer for life, and the Pope’s prayer for peace. All those affected by the storms and natural disasters, all those suffering from depression. All serving members of the Priesthood, Diaconate, and Religious Life. All serving members of the armed forces.
4th Degree News
Next Exemplifications: Spring of 2020 in Walker, MN on April 18th.
Interested in going? Or becoming a 4th Degree Member? Talk to Jeremy Hadash.
St. Tim’s plan to host Dinner meeting May 2020, details TBA.
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