Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus!
With the month of June behind us I want to reflect on what WE as a Council
did to better Serve our Community last month. I want to Thank our Past Grand
Knight, Gerry Wiilczynski, or the success of the Blood Drive and ask all to
“Say a Little Prayer for Him” He had a heart episode and a couple of stents
put in last week. He is well on the mend and is a tuff old bird that is hard
to keep down. Filling his shoes as Grand Knight is an eye opening situation.
I had five events this week, many of which were open to all Brother Knights.
The General Membership Meeting, The District Meeting, and Officers
Installation Mass Ceremonies and Luncheon were all opportunities to get
together to better the Order. I want to Thank the 4th Degree for there
continued representation at the Officers Installation. I want to Thank our
new Treasurer, Fred Kuplicki for attending the Diocesan Meeting with me. Our
New State Officers were there and attending these meetings is informative
and motivating. It really gives a much larger picture of what the Knights
are all about on a State, National and Global level. Amazing Stuff.
The ongoing Car Shows are an opportunity for all you Brother Knights to come
out and support our Council’s Programs. We get together every Thursday
afternoon / evening to share a Burger or Hot Dog and enjoy each others
company and reminisce about the vehicles we all owned in the past. I know
that many Brother Knights have collectable cars and it would be good to see
them. So dust them off and come on out.
At our General Membership Meeting last night, we reviewed many issues.
Supreme has rolled out a NEW Membership Program. E-Membership. Men
interested in the Knights can go online to (kofc.org) click on “join us” and
review what the Knights of Columbus is all about. I strongly recommend all
Brother Knights visit this site and become familiar with it and ask another
Catholic Man to do the same. It is easy to navigate and is very informative.
There are two new charities that we plan to support. The old “Take Five” is
now “Ten for Charity” and as always you can participate at the time you pay
your dues. Also a new and great opportunity to support our Seminarians is
“Sacred Heart Major Seminary Endowment Fund”. The suggested donation is Six
Bucks, and goes a long way to support the Success of a young man on his
journey to Priesthood. Remember: “If you can’t give time, give money and if
you can’t give money, give time.”
Texas Holdems. Past Grand Knight John Kelleher does a stellar job organizing
and working this very important program. As I have said this Program is one
of our Major Fundraisers. Our next one is on October 17, 18, 19, 20. Here
again is an opportunity to HELP support YOUR Knighthood. 50% of the proceeds
of October will be donated to St. Frances Camp. This is an “easy lift”
program. Showing up is eighty percent of the job.
The Joint Council and State Charities Raffle is coming up. You will be
receiving Tickets in the mail. This year, the 1st Place Prize is an All
Expense Paid Trip to the 2020 SUPER BOWL & $8,500 CASH. Do I need to repeat
that? It should be an easy sell and 20% of what we sell comes back to our
Council. A true WIN WIN.
Another GOOD DEAL is Holy Cross Services Calendars.
Everyone needs a calendar and this one can pay you back. A Fifty dollar
winner is picked every day and $500 is picked once a month and a $5,000
winner is picked annually. Just let me know if you want one. It makes a
great Christmas or Birthday Gift.
Some upcoming events. KNIGHTS NIGHT OUT on Friday October 12. We are having
our 2nd Annual Knights Night Out. It’s a Dinner / Dance Event Night
featuring the Prolifics. They are a Motown / Doo Op group that sing the
oldies like no one else. They regularly perform on the Detroit Princess
Cruise Boat that goes up and down the Detroit River. Tickets are $40 each or
$70 per couple. Catered Dinner and Open Bar. Contact Paul Desjardins
(586-405-0664) for tickets.
MSGR James Stapleton Council #3191 is hosting an Elvis and Tom Jones Show on
October 26th at the Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights. Tickets are
$45 Catered Dinner and open bar. Contact Paul Desjardins or Joe Gomez
(586-773-9896). See elsewhere in this newsletter for all the information.
On November 18th, there will be a Special Mass at St. Margaret’s of Scotland
celebrating the One Year An-niversary of the Beatification of Fr, Solanus
Casey. Mass will be at Noon.
Please watch the Knight Line, attend Membership Meetings and or come out to
the many programs and events to get further information on up coming events.
In Closing, I Thank all my Brother Knights that participate in the many
programs and events our Council is involved in. And I want to invite all my
Brother Knights to become more involved in the many programs and events our
Council sponsors. Give yourself a chance and you will be surprised that a
good time can be had.
P.S. To all My Brother Knights that had a Birthday in July, myself included,
Sincerely & Humbly Your Grand Knight Paul Desjardins -