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4049 Hartley Avenue, Easton, PA 18045

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Typically the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
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Wednesday, 04/26/17
7:30 PM Business Meeting

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Grand Knight's Message

Brother Knights:

It was an extremely busy March and I wanted to communicate to everyone about changes and events affecting our Council.

The Lenten Fish Dinner event has been completed.  While the final tally is not complete we do anticipate raising a profit of approximately $1,800 to $2,000.  Many Brothers volunteered making this event even more successful because of the comrade enjoyed by all.

During March we also completed another recruitment drive and reached out to Parishioners at all Parishes to explain the benefits of membership and how our Council helps local faith-based charities.

Degree Updates
While we usually don't encourage dual Exemplifications in one night, because of the success of the recent recruitment drive we will be having both an Admissions (1st) Degree and a Formation (2nd) Degree Exemplification on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  All-in-all we will have 6-7 candidates for the Admission Degree and 10-12 candidates for the Formation Degree.  We have also been contacted by neighboring Councils about their participation.

Once this dual Degree Exemplification is complete, we intend to return to our procedure of having Admission (1st) Degree Exemplifications in odd-number months and Formation (2nd) Degree Exemplifications in even-number months.

Not sure when there will be the next Knighthood (3rd) Degree, but we will keep everyone informed as we hear more.

A Patriotic (4th) Degree exemplification will be held on Saturday June 10, 2017 starting at noon.  The event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville.  Those interested should contact Tom Rafferty, our Council Director.

FYI, we still need members to serve on the Degree Teams.  We are looking for new faces for both the Admissions and Formation Degree teams so that there are more than one team for each degree.

Assembly News
The Pope Pius XII Assembly will have their April meeting on Thursday 4/20/17 --- this meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at the Martins Creek Council #14082. 

The "Big Raffle" tickets to benefit the Archdiocese for the Military Services are on sale. During the Lenten Fish Dinners we sold 32 tickets.  All Councils must sell 60 tickets at $10 apiece so the remaining tickets will be on sale at the April 12th meeting and must be sold by Brother Knights by May 31, 2017.

Lenten Fish Dinners
Its over!!!! The 2017 Lenten Fish Dinners is officially completed.  I must say that in all my years of participation this was one of the toughest four week stretches we experienced due to the weather --- four weeks of rain, cold, and winds.  We experienced bad weather before but I can’t recall where we experienced bad weather on all Fridays we served dinners like this year.

Well I want to say thanks and congratulate all who helped turn lemons into lemonade.  A big part of this success is a result of the hard work and dedication of the “Green Team” of Brother Knights.  Each of you came and helped wherever you were needed and this goes a long way to the success of this season.

Our receipts during the four weeks totaled $4,528 on 421 dinner servings and the sale of 77 soups; included in this total was $264 of 50:50 proceeds.  Our projections and cost estimates are in line and we averaged just under $4 profit on each dinner.  Also, when we introduced the soups a couple of years ago, our goal was to break even --- this year we recognized a profit of just under $1 per bowl of soup sold.

The Council's website has been moved to a new host.  Brothers are needed to assist Vince Condello, Webmaster, and Mike Andreano, Consultant to assist with picking, layout, format, colors, content, etc.  If interested please contact me.

This is the next high-priority project that must be addressed before the end of this Fraternal Year, so please step forward and help so we have a better vehicle to communicate to all Brother Knights.

Insurance Agent
We are apparently making progress in more Council #345 members becoming insurance members.  The Knights have some investment platforms to assist all Brothers based on their age and needs.  FYI, if you invest money in a savings or IRA you are considered an insurance member.  So if you plan on contributing to an IRA this tax season, please consider the Knights to use for this full or partial IRA contribution.  John can be reached at 570-574-1419 or john.hoolick@kofc.org.

Planned Activities

  1. To help bring parishioners together in a spiritual activity, Supreme has announced a new activity, "The 5th Sunday Rosary Program".  This program is open to Knights, their families, and fellow parishioners.  The next event is Sunday, April 30, 2017.  We will be having our event at Holy Ghost Parish (315 4th St, Easton, PA 18042) at 12:15 PM following the Parishes 11:00 AM Mass.

    FYI, if you have an opportunity to attend Mass at Holy Ghost, you will get to experience a true Ukrainian Mass with the main difference being the priest says many prayers facing the altar.

  2. It appears we will have to put the "Baby Bottle Campaign" effort on permanent hold because some Parishes or Ministries within Parishes  already use this forum to raise funds and the awareness and importance of life.  We do not want to interfere with their efforts and should refocus our efforts to support these existing programs.

  3. Have a designated Mass somewhere on Father's Day where "Fathers Reaffirm Their Marriage Vows" with their families in attendance.

  4. Initiate having a designated "Mass with the Catholic Daughters of America" to celebrate and pray for our organizations' success to our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

  5. Saturday 4/15/17 at 8:00 AM at FFH we need volunteers so we can record the formal inventory, repack supplies and equipment and move as many things to the Friary for centralized storage.

Good of the Order
If you know of a brother knight who is sick, in distress, or recently passed, please contact Vince Menegus.  The Council would like to extend its prayers to all Brother Knights and their families and offer a special prayer for deceased member Dave Ernesti and his Family.  Prayers also to Dan Bonner who broke his wrist, to Barry Laudenslager who continues to deal with his work injuries, and to any other Brother that has a special intention.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our meetings in April (4/12 & 4/26), especially the dual Exemplifications on 4/26/17.

Vivat Jesus!
Jim Di Paolo, Grand Knight #345

Vivat Jesus!


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Union Council 345
goes back one-hundred and ten years in the City of Easton and has a distinguished record of service to both our catholic parishes and our community. On the most part, the men who make up Union Council 345 today have lived in Easton most of their lives. We have seen a great deal of growth and changes to Easton and its Catholic parishes over the last two decades. We invite all Catholic men in the Easton area to join our council and become Knights.

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