January 2011 Mother Teresa Council 12202
Website is www.kofc12202.ca
Calendar of Events
Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
Pro-Life Baby Basket - January/February 2011 - OLOV
Valentines Extravaganza - February 12th, 2011 Parish Center
Youth Viper Event - February 20th, 2011
Mass for the Unborn - March 25th, 2011
Ladies Appreciation - May 6th, 2011
Major Degree - May 7th, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt - May 1st, 2011
Pro-Life Living Rosary - May 15th, 2011
Installation of Officers - June 5th, 2011
Children's Festival - June 12th, 2011
Grand Knight's Report
Grand Knight Message from the January 25th, 2011 Meeting
This month as I did in November, I would like to quote a section from "The Rediscovering Catholicism" book. This is taken from the chapter, "Who will be next?"
I quote....."Life is passing us by. Life is wonderful but brief, and yet, filled with unimaginable potential. Within each of us, there is a light. It is the light of God, and when it shines, it reflects not only the wonder of God, but also the greatness of the human spirit. We live in difficult times. I pray that we never become fearful, but rather, that we turn our focus to the nurturing the light within us. I hope we allow that light within us to be nourished and to grow. Darkness has one enemy that it can never defeat - light. Let your light shine." End Quote.
I use this as a prelude to discuss what our council is up against at this time. As most of you know, Brother Will needs to step down as DGK and the next GK. We need some brothers to "let their light shine" and step forward to take on leadership of this council. As the end of June, my term is completed. We need someone to step forward to take on the DGK role and ultimately the GK position in July. We also need people to begin thinking of taking on other executive roles in the coming year. We will need a DGK for next year, Treasurer, Trustee, and any other role you would like to take on. Any of you can take on any of the roles and do a great job. We have a lot new knights that could take on the new roles. New knights bring fresh ideas and new energy.
Brother Will once said, "I feel it is my duty to be GK at least once". Brother Clair said that same thing to me last Sunday after mass. I believe that 100%. You joined the K of C for a reason. What is going to be your legacy with the Knights? I've said it many times that this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Being GK has helped me grow spiritually, and enabled me to be a better person. I know we are all busy, but as GK, you decide how active a council you want. Yes, I went a bit nuts with activities, but that does not need to be the case. Quite frankly, I would suggest that the next GK, pull back on the number of activities a bit unless he has the backing of the executive to go forward with full steam.
As for administrative responsibilities, everything is on computer. On top of what supreme and state have created for electronic reports, I have added my own short cuts to that. Quarterly reports take less than an hour to do. That's one hour every 3 months to keep state and supreme happy. If you are computer-less, then your DGK or FS can help you out. There are a few councils around that do that. Anything is possible.
Thank you for attending this evening. Thank you for your time. Until next month, live, laugh and be happy, all while doing God’s work.
Dale Hofer, Grand Knight 12202
District Deputies Report:
(repeat of November bulletin...)
My Brothers All,
It’s happening, here we are a month before Christmas and I have had to stop and give myself the reality check……its’ not about getting the lights up on the garage or trying to figure out what kind of gift to get my wife…..its about stopping and rejoicing in the reason we are celebrating this season. It is about the fraternal friendships that we share with one another as Brother Knights and more importantly about the good works that our Order does BECAUSE we celebrate the Birth of Christ and what that means to all of us. I look around and see how fortunate I am. I think of those men and women who are away from home because they are defending the right to worship I think of all of those who are cold and hungry while I write in my daytimer yet another social event. I think of the little girl I watched on the Santa Claus parade who wished everyone a Happy Holidays. I think of the money that will be spent “buying” happiness. I think of all of these things and I want to say, I’m sorry God….. Thank you for the reality check. I will be attending the semi-annual DD’s meeting in Surrey the first weekend in December. It provides an opportunity for all of the DD’s to come together and share ideas and successes, as well as to find out the goals of the Jurisdiction for the next six months of our fraternal year. I am pleased with the recruitment results to date in District 11, but one thing that this season does provide us with is the coming together not only at mass, but for other seasonal occasions….look around you, do you see a catholic gentleman that is not a Brother. Extend that hand of welcome and invitation!
On behalf of Deb and our family, I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Be safe in your travels over the holiday season and remember, when you are greeted with a seasonal salutation, return that greeting with a MERRY CHRISTMAS and give thanks for the glorious gift of the Birth of our Saviour!
Merry Chritmas, Joyeux Noel
Michael Gernat DD #11
Knight of the Quarter - Gerry Glasser
Gerry was a little hesitant, to say the least, when asked to take on the role of Charity Appeal Chairman. He did however take it on and ran with it remarkably. We had a very successful campaign, and a lot of that goes to Gerry's credit. From October to completion (this past week), he had been dealing with delivering and picking up tickets, arranging the sellers for location and times, collecting and reconciling all the money, ordering new tickets, sending back the sold tickets, and on and on. One of the things I (Dale) loved about this, was that he just went and ran with it. He kept who he needed to "in the loop", but made it his project. Thank you very much for all your time and effort on this Gerry.
As most of you know, our council is leading the Rosary at OLOV on the 4th Sunday of the month. What we need is brothers to lead some (or all) of the rosary on these Sundays. Please be at the church prior to 10am on these Sundays to take this on. We have been doing this since November and the congregation attendance and participation has gone up substantially, but it would be nice of some more people took on the leadership role. Thnak You.
Valentine Dinner and Extravaganza
Brothers, We are hosting a Valentines Dinner and Variety Show on February 12th. To date, ticket sales are a little bit light. Pleas come out to support this event. We are having a 4 course Italian Dinner with all the trimmings; a variety of entertainment such as the Zirka Dancers, Ukes for Fun, Morgan Hillis, The Cheek to Cheek Dancers, and a couple more that we are just firming up. Later in the evening, we will have dancing for those that want to kick up their heals. Tickets are $25 each. Where else are you going to get this type of meal and entertainment for that kind of money. Please support your council and our local charities. The servers for the meal will be representatives of World Youth Day trip.
Charity Appeal Report
as of January 25, 2011
Received from K of C Charity (BC) Foundation at start of campaign 800 books
Received additional books in December 100 books
Received additional books in January 150 books
Total received 1,050 books
I wish to thank the members who have given so generously of their time for making this event a success.
Last weekend the 28th and 29th, the CWL and our council 12202 co-sponsored and a youth retreat held at OLOV. At total of 17 youth partook in the event. A special thank you to Father Dale, brother Will Stanton and his wife Simone, brother Dave Sorokovsky and his wife Nyssa, brother Ben Loewen, brother Angelo Sabaddin, Veronica Stanton and Dianne Hofer for all their efforts in putting this together. The event began at 6pm Friday night and went until 4pm or so Saturday afternoon. Great job everyone.
January and February Birthdays