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9/13/17 Wednesday, 7:00 PM Installation of Officers (MGMR)
See the Events page for more detailed event information & the current list of events for 2016 & 2017.
Grand Knight's Message
I am sorry for being a little behind with my schedule but right now my time is limited. This update is the first notice for the new fraternal year starting in July 2017 and is intended to cover July and August activities. Just want to remind everyone that our Council converts to a summer schedule and only has one (1) meeting in July (7/12/17) and in August (8/9/17) so please note this on your calendars
New & Advancing Members
The Retention Committee lead by Vince Menegus has been calling Brother Knights to advance their degree. Everyone else please offer your assistance to Vince whenever you can.
FYI, not having second meetings in July and August should not delay or slow down our recruitment efforts. Please RECRUIT---RECRUIT---RECRUIT every month.
A Patriotic (4th) Degree exemplification was held on Saturday June 10, 2017. Our Council had one Brother advance to this Degree, Bob Smith. Lets offer our congratulations to Bob.
Their August meeting will be on Thursday 8/17/17 --- this meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at the Riegelsville Council #4545.
This is the highest-priority project on Council's agenda.
This project has been delayed too long, so there will be a meeting immediately before Council's July meeting starting at 6:30 PM. Invitees besides Vince Condello, Mike Andreano, and Steve Farnesi are Nick Benatti, Peter Dudine, and David Yingling. Any other Brother that could attend, please do so and offer your feedback. Not having this website up and running to serve as our primary vehicle of communications is costing the Council money by requiring the mailing of a newsletter to all members.
To receive a "Star Award" we need to recruit 21 new members each year (7% of our total membership). This makes it nearly impossible for our Council to achieve. If an adjustment to the Star Award formula were made so the Honorary\Honorary Life\and out-of-state members were removed from the calculation for the Star Award, our Council would only need 14 new members to make Star Council, a number we came close to (11 new members) in the last fraternal year.
On behalf of our Council I will be preparing a resolution to be presented at the State level for their support to petition Supreme with this resolution so that older and larger Councils are not adversely affected because of their large numbers of senior members, many of which are not active because of age and health issues.
2). The Scholarship Essay Contest winner received their scholarship checks in June. The winners were Patrick Sidor going to Bethlehem Catholic, and Mark Petrik, son of Brother Knight John Petrik, going to NDHS.
3). The Fifth Sunday Rosary Program will be conducted as follows --- Sunday 7/30/17 at St Anthony's Church at 10:00 AM before their 10:30 Mass; Sunday 10/29/17 at OLOM Parish at 2:00 PM.
Mike Hunsicker is coordinating this program so he will let us know about having the rosary said on Sunday 12/31/17 at St Jane's Church.
4). Initiate having a designated "Mass with the Catholic Daughters of America" to celebrate and pray for each organizations' success to their principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.
5). While it was a learning experience and a continuing work-in-progress, our Council's treasury received $600 for their efforts at St Anthony's Festa making fried dough.
6). Our Council does not participate in the COAL (Chance-of-a Lifetime) Program because of the timing and limited return to the Council. However, by not participating we are excluding any children of Knights in our Council from being eligible to be participants in the PA Knight's Scholarship Program. This needs to be discussed and hopefully a Brother Knight, especially one with college age or younger children, will step forward to Chair and coordinate this effort. A minimum of 50-COAL books must be sold by Council in order for eligibility to participate. Many of us will support this program if a newer member will chair this committee.
7). The "Football Sweeps Program" will begin in August 2017. Jerry Krenik has coordinated this effort in past years. Jerry will be able to hand-off this committee chairmanship to Joe Cignarella who has accepted the responsibility to coordinate the distribution and collection of these tickets.
We have historically been selling around 200 tickets and made about $1,200 for Council. If we can sell all 300 tickets we will obviously make more money for Council by increasing our returns by an additional $600-$800.
8). Palmer Days will be held Thursday 8/17/17 through Sunday 8/20/17. Tom & Dee Rafferty will be calling workers to verify their availability, but if you know your availability don't wait to receive a call, just call Tom or Dee at 610-258-9491 so they can place you on the schedule.
Council will be ordering T-shirts and hats for Palmer Days. The hats will be the same yellow hat used during the Lenten Fish Dinners; the shirts will be yellow with green lettering. The cost is $10 a hat, $10 a t-shirt and Fran Pullo will collect your orders and money at the meeting on 7/12/17. FYI, there is no requirement to purchase this merchandise, it is strictly voluntary. What is a requirement is to wear a hat while inside the tent area.
9). The Knight of the Year Dinner will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017. In an effort to increase participation and recognize members and spend Council's money more prudently, this year I am proposing to this committee to invite the 10 oldest members in our Council (along with one guest) to be our special guest at this event to honor our new Knight of the Year. I have sent a list to Bill Bogari to confirm the members I have identified.
Good of the Order
Look forward to seeing many of you at Palmer Days as well as our meetings on 7/12 & 8/9/17.Vivat Jesus!
Jim Di Paolo, Grand Knight #345
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