Knight of Columbus Council #5476 Meeting July 26, 2012
7:05pm Grand Knight Paul Kitchen, Meeting Called to Order
GK Kitchen requested committee reports
Council website report: John VanderSyde, reviewed progress and recommend brothers look at the website and mark it. Emails with new link to be distributed
Matt Costello, Treasurer’s report. The current balance is _____________.
Randy Boyd, 54 members including Father Joseph Mary
Dale Matanic reported the Council committee to the Little Sisters of the Poor project, Thrifty Sisters. The LSoP Store Committee has signed a lease this week. Research on physical assets for the store The Council committee will report progress after the August 6th LSoP meeting.
Gary Port, received check return from Third Presbyterian for cancellation of the 8th Grade retreat.
Alan Serafim, Membership, report on planned visit with St. Bridget’s School principal, Ray Honeycutt, to discuss needs of school
Sam Patterson, District Deputy, report.
This coming Sunday at 3pm Sunday, July 29th at Holy Rosary Church. Rehersal on Friday evening at 7pm.
July 24th, Fourth Degree Meeting: Holy Rosary Church
August 1 First Degree at Columbian Center, Pump Road, 7:30 pm
August 18th Third Degreee @ 10: 00 a.m., St. Michael’s 4494 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, VA
October 7th Knights of Columbus Mass 11 a.m. Fourth Degree Knights in tuxedos, All other Council
members in Coat and Tie. Participants should arrive by 10:15 a.m.
Topic of interest is a membership goal of one member per Council per month is a District goal.
Collection for the vocation of military chaplains.
District cookout is August 26th at the Bishop Ireton Center. Time 1:30pm to 6:00pm.
Grand Knight Paul Kitchen received “GK Starter Kit” from Sam Patterson
Grand Knight Paul Kitchen – reviewed his recent completion of the 2nd and 3rd Degrees. Thanks to previous officers: Dick Willig, Joe DiVincentis, Alan Serafim, Matt Costello. Thanks to David Whitehead for encouragement to both Paul and David to accept leadership roles. Membership has to grow. In comparison to other local Council’s membership ranks, St. Bridget’s Council is small. Councils are seen as “Arms of the Church”.
The work of the Council is good for us all as Catholics. We become better Catholics because of our efforts.
GK talked with Monsignor Carr to discuss potential. All sorts of activities including the Squires program are encouraged. The Council can lend some structure to the Parish activities. A goal of 200 members is easy to envision. Parish Council is discussing growth of fellowship. More social activities such as coffee and donuts, food programs, food bank support, etc. Parish council has to serve as managers of activities and the Knight Council can and should take that role. The activities will be a tool for recruitment.
Comments of Council members are welcome.
Mike Kozak: Parish Council looking for the Knights to take the lead on several activities such as a Lenten Fish Fry next year. Our council can expect each member to recruit one new member each. Parish council is a
David Whitehead: many new parishioners do not know other parishioners. David recommends a piece of collateral as a handout to new people on Knights of Columbus profile and key contacts. Mike concurs that a membership handout needs to be handed out regularly.
Alan Serafim: prepare the meeting room to receive prospective members for a get to know Council members. Plans to use the “12 hour Knights” card to emphasize a minimal investment.
Paul Kitchen: Knights are frequent hosts of events in all parishes. A council can get a mile wide and one inch deep in their activities. Pick some activities and do them well. Fellowship emphasized and outreach to new people is a priority. Opportunity exists to intersect with Parish Council to facilitate preferred actions and parish goals
Gary Port: Member of Richmond Assembly, our council has 33 Third Degree Knights who need to take advantage of October 27th 2012 Fourth degree ceremony.
Paul Kitchen: Presentation of plaque to Council recognizing efforts of John Port referencing the “Keep Christ in Christmas” The plaque states “Lord, Make us insruments of Your PEACE. Presented to Council #5476, George Serafim Grand Knight, Richard Willig, Chairman In Recognition of Outstanding Promotion of the 2011 CAMPAIGN”. This was done by the Virginia State Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Gary Port and Dick Willig made the following recommendation. Dick agreed with me to change the wording in the ‘Keep Christ In Christmas” plaque Chairman from Richard Willig to John Port. Gary is working with Crown Trophies to make this change. John has been chairman for the past 3 years.
Seminarian Tom Keys vehicle situation results in a capital need to buy a car. Total about $1,500 is needed. Consideration made of disbursement from Council funds. GK asked for a motion, PGK Dick Willig made the motion that was seconded and voice of in favor was supported in favor of issuing a $500 check immediately for the support of Seminarian Tom Keys.
Dick Willig made a motion for voter registration effort this fall to the Parish. Man a desk one weekend. Volunteers are directed to speak to Dick about a schedule.
Sunday September 15th, Back to School Breakfast is scheduled. The Council can take an active role. We need to identify the coordinator
August 1st, Second Degree Exemplification will be held at the Columbian Center. Will bring more information about contributions for child supplies collected by the Knights.
Fellowship committee, Dick and Randy, stated that representation is important as a presence for the Council.
Mike Kozak – Little Sisters of the Poor Golf Tournament, September 17th 1 pm at Jefferson Lakeside Club. Lunch and Dinner, $150 per person.
For the Good of the Order – Any member in need, none mentioned
Grand Knight Paul Kitchen closed the meeting.