Grand Knight’s Message
The excitement is all over! We finished the 137th Supreme Convention and everyone had a great time. As I was a delegate, I sat in on all the presentations during the week.
While there was a lot of information given; I’m still in the process of deciphering it and will gradually be sharing it over the next 2 months. It was an honor and privilege to represent Minnesota; as this was one the best experiences I’ve ever encountered since joining the Knights. I am truly blessed to be a part of this great organization and will continue to make it flourish in the future.
Times are changing and so must our council if we are going to succeed in the years to come. What can we do to make that happen? As we are going to be provided with some new resources over the course of the fraternal year; we need make use of them and give them a try.
I was interviewed by the Star Tribune on the future of the Knights in Minnesota and the new image of the 4th Degree. We cannot be afraid of the younger families; we need to talk to them. Get to know these families and find out what they like to do for leisure. Once we gather that information, the next process would be to put our minds together and build activities around it.
Finally, all we need to do is ask them to become a member or come to one of our events. The responses “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have time” is not good enough anymore. We are not just another men’s group and need to emphasize to those we encounter that this a family organization; and all members of the family are invited to come and participate.
With that being said, I am posing the following question and challenge to everyone ;
1) What New Family event would like us to try this year?
2) Move around to a different seat in Mass, maybe by a younger family. Talk to those nearby and ask them “Have you ever thought being a part of the Knights of Columbus?” Please think on the question between now and the membership meeting in September as I will be looking for answers to bring to the October Officer’s meeting.
Each year, the annual membership dues are in September. If you haven’t already sent in your dues, please bring your money to the meeting.
Please consider volunteering at the St. Tim’s annual carnival the weekend of September 6-8. The Knights of Columbus are known for providing huge support for the carnival.
The ladies don’t meet during the summer and our 1st general meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 18 when we begin by having a potluck with our Knights. We’ll collect information for the membership roster.
Saturday, October 19 is the Ladies Workshop in Shieldsville (which is a little over an hour from Blaine, off Highway 35 South) and hosted by Lakeville. Please look at your calendar and consider attending. Sign up during the September ladies meeting.
Have a good month and God Bless.
Jean Ackermann, Ladies Auxiliary President
September Potluck Dinner and Meeting
We meet in Rooms 128/130, Social starts 5:30pm, Meal at 6:30pm Presentation at 7pm and our meetings start at 7:30pm. For the presentation, Jeremy will read e a summary and highlights of the Annual report as presented by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. In addition, he may have some awards to present to those who did not make it to the year-end dinner.
St. Tim’s Fall Carnival
The Knights basically run the grill and need help to make it a success. Ladies are welcome to help to as servers, cashiers and order fillers.
Shift Times are as follows:
Friday September 6, 2019: Set-up 1pm-3:30pm, 3:45pm- 7:15pm, 7:15pm-11pm
Saturday September 7, 2019: 9:30am- 1:00pm, 1:00pm- 4:30pm, 4:30pm- 7:45pm, 7:45pm- 11:00pm
Sunday September 8, 2019: 9:30am- 1:30pm, 1:30pm- 5:30pm
Monday September 9, 2019: 8:00am- 12:00pm (Final Clean-Up)
Cashier shifts: Full
New (Job for those who would prefer to sit down) Talk to people about Knights and give out some things.
Times are as follows: Friday September 6, 2019: 5:30pm-8pm Saturday September 7, 2019: 2-4:30pm & 4:30pm7:00pm Sunday September 8, 2019: 1pm-3pm
Be sure to call Jeremy Hadash to sign up & help with any of the above activities!
GK's note about our Council Meetings
As many had hard time with our meetings inside the Hospitality center (gym) in hearing, all except our 2 steak fries will be in another room this year. Please come through the parish center doors. Summer meetings- As there is no staff in the evening, I ask you to be on time. At approximately 5-10 minutes past meeting start time, the doors will lock back up. These are the rules we need follow from the church for the safety and security of everyone.
Council Membership Dues
A second mailing has been mailed out. We still have 20 members who have not paid dues this council year. Please send your dues payment in as soon as you can. If you have concerns please contact your FS, Gerald Arel. Please send me a note at email@example.com, or if you wish to contact the Grand Knight, Jeremy Hadash, you may do so.
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.
Dance Floor Rental
Thank you to the eight brother Knights who helped with the setup and tear down of the dance floor, August 22nd & 25th. This was for the Stiftungsfest German Festival, held in Norwood Young American, which is the oldest German Festival in Minnesota. This is the 4th year we rented to Stiftungsfest. The money earned has now paid for the floor and the trailer. Dick Dols
We remember the following members who have gone before us. Please pray for them and their families. Dave Van Den Broke, Wilfred Weiers, George Antonozzi, Vern Hughes, Robert Murphy, Larry Silverdahl. Gilbert Speath, Norman Hovland, Leroy Primus, Paul Van Wagner, Frank Feeney, Patrick Pribula and Frank Nieland. May they rest in peace.
The following members will be celebrating birthdays in September. Frank Perry Jr., Dennis Koss, Douglas Otte, Harold Amiot, Gregory Hacker, Steven Schuetze and Michael Leibfried. We hope you all have great days.
“We lift up this concern to you, O Lord”
Harold Amiot, Ed Bicha, Teena Badzinski, Bob Cuddigan’s daughter, James Fortwengler, Craig Kalan (Rudy Kalan’s Son), Dave Lodemeier’s Nephew Noah, Deacon Tom Quayle, David Schleeter, Steve Schutze, Jorge Slater, Dick Smith, Family of James (Jim) Turner, Alice Turner (wife of James Turner), Ken Wallace. 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: Fall 2019 at Winona, MN on Nov 3, & Spring of 2020 in Walker, MN on April 18th. Interested in going? Or becoming a 4th Degree Member? Talk to Jeremy Hadash. Navigator’s Ball will be in September 2019. Watch for next newsletter on details. 1st Dinner meeting at St. Joseph the Worker on Oct. 7th.
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