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Wednesday, 09/14/16 NEXT MEETING
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Grand Knight's Message
Since our last meeting some changes have been approved that I want to share with everyone.
A special meeting has been scheduled for August 24, 2016 to have a second degree exemplification at St Jane's MGMR. It will begin at 7:00 PM. As the host facility, I hope many 345 Brother's attend and please dress accordingly --- we should strive to set an example of excellence and respect to any new member.
Also, the degrees are being renamed as follows --- 1st- Admission Degree| 2nd- Formation Degree | 3rd- Knighthood Degree | 4th- Patriotic Degree. The ceremonials will eventually be modified so now is the time for more Brothers to be part of degree teams. Ideally, we would like to have 2-3 brothers for each roll so we can have an "A-Team", "B-Team" and "C-Team".
FYI, Council #345 has adopted the procedure of holding degree meetings separately (unless an extreme circumstance arises). In holding to this process odd number months will be 1st Degree exemplifications; even number months will be 2nd Degree exemplifications.
If you go to www.pakofc.us/degree/ne.html you will find a list of ALL the scheduled degrees in the NE up to June 10, 2017. The 3rd Degree seems to be the degree that is the most difficult to schedule and this has been brought to the attention of our State Deputy, Charles J Vagnarelli.
The Football Sweeps tickets have been received. Jerry Krenik will be distributing them for sale at the next meeting and throughout Palmer Days. We have 300 tickets to sell. Last year we sold 274 tickets and made just under $1,300 after the rebate. This year's program provides the opportunity to earn more. The deadline is to have all monies submitted to Jerry by 10/1/16.
Next year's State Convention will be at the Kalihari Resort in the Poconos. To defer some costs, the Northeast Board of District Deputies has a raffle. The ticket cost is $5 and if the ticket number assigned matches the PA Lottery Pick-3 (7:00 PM Drawing) you can win $25 to $50. At the next Council meeting, besides the 50:50 ticket sale, I propose for an additional $1 you get a second ticket for a chance at one of these lottery raffle tickets --- for every $5 sold one raffle ticket is in play; $10--two raffle tickets in play, etc. We have 9-tickets to sell.
Palmer Days are approaching ---
Thanks to Vince Menegus, the St Francis Friary has allowed the Council to use garage space to keep our goods and equipment in one place. Vince will discuss this matter at the August 10, 2016 meeting. To ready and secure the space, Vince and Phil Katz have already measured the space so that after we close down Palmer Days we can store all our tents, polls, grills, flooring, etc in one place. To ready this space, besides muscle, someone with electrical skills and carpentry skills is needed. Vince's former company is providing the panels\material to block-off and secure the space given to the Knights.
The Knights have been asked to cover hours during times of Eucharistic Adoration. Every Tuesday and First Friday of the Month St Jane's has Eucharistic Adoration. The times are every Tuesday following the 8:15 AM Holy Mass and ending at 9:00 PM with benediction; every First Friday following the 8:15 AM Holy Mass and ending at 12:00 Midnight with benediction.
Tom Rafferty, former GK and now Council Director, has just returned from the Supreme Convention in Canada. Tom will provide a brief report on this ceremony.
Our Council Picnic is on Sunday, September 18, 2016. More info to follow.
The Diocese is having a Family Festival at Steelstacks on Sunday September 25, 2016. (See below for details).
Mike Hunsicker is attempting to arrange a Family Rosary on Sunday, October 2, 2016 outside St Jane's Church. If there are no scheduling conflicts, during this rosary it would be wonderful if the mysteries are announced by five different people --- the first by a Parent, a father that is hopefully a Brother Knight, the second mystery by a wife, the third & fourth mysteries by a children (one boy; one girl) and the final mystery by an active Knight (i.e. Joe Di Marco).
Thank you for the prayer chain for Nick Benatti, whose new born is still at CHOP. His wife and daughter are improving, but still more tests need to be done and more prayers need to be sent their way.
Also, Joe Dagan had recent surgery. He is at LV Cedarcrest and is not doing well so keep Joe & his family in your prayers.
We are still seeking brothers to participate in the following leadership roles and committees, so if interested please contact any officer whose contact information appears on our website (kofc345.org) --
Community Director --- Family Director --- Youth Director
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on August 10, 2016 and many more of you during the Palmer Day celebration.
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