May 2011 Mother Teresa Council 12202

Fr. Andrij Wasylinko 549-1327

Grand Knight
Dale Hofer 938-3253
Deputy Grand Knight
Bernie Lutes 545-9564
Financial Secretary
Steve Malerby 542-9579
Joe Bukowsky 545-8110
Bert Niehaus 549-7437
Ben Loewen 542-4342
Clair Methot 542-2051
Myles Bukowsky 550-5795
Trustee 1 year
Jack McLaughlin 260-1933
Trustee 2 year
Ron Gatzke 547-6022
Trustee 3 year
Juan Ferrigno 545-2065
Inside Guard
Anton Schnieder 549-1789
Outside Guard
Ben Allen 550-6111
Dave Sorokovsky 545-3352

Field Agent
Blaine Anhel 1-877-532-5632

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Calendar of Events

Executive Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7pm
General Meeting - 4th Tuesday of the Month, 7pm

1st Degree May 31st - Columbus Court

Major Degree - June 11th, 2011

Children's Festival - June 12th, 2011

Installation of Officers -Armstrong-- June 14th, 2011

BBQ Season

Program Director Will Stanton 250-545-0515
Church Director Juan Ferrigno 250-545-2065
Community Director Gerry Glasser 250-545-0577
Council Director Bernie Lutes 250-545-9564
Family Director Joe Bukoswky 250-545-8110
Youth Director Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Pro-Life Director Clayton Bzdel 250-503-3069
Membership Director Steve Malerby 250-542-9579
Recruitment Jack McLaughlin 250-260-1933
Recruitment Dale Hofer 250-938-3253
Charity Appeal Chair Gerry Glasser 250-545-0577
BBQ Director Myles Bukowsky 250-550-5795
Bingo Director Gerry Goudge 250-545-8986

Grand Knight's Report

Grand Knight Message from the May 24th, 2011 Meeting

Brothers Welcome,

As this evening we are holding elections, I want to thank all of you that at taking on executive positions. Most important is that we have some "new blood" in the group. This brings in new ideas and leadership.

There was a good write up in Sunday's newspaper on leadership. I want to quote a couple of the passages: This is from Keith Johnston.

"Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage," or so goes the old saying about good leaders.

It’s true that most leaders begin leading long before they’re granted a title, often because they’ve distinguished themselves by showing courage.

Have you done anything recently that distinguishes you as a leader? If you’re a natural leader you probably do something courageous every day –you just may not realize you’re doing it. This may be particularly true if you’ve had to work hard to develop your leadership skills.

Let’s look at leadership and courage. One of the behaviours that distinguishes leadership is the practice of challenging existing processes. Leaders are constantly seeking to improve their organizations and do so by challenging the status quo. This takes courage as most people don’t like change and resist challenges. Leaders will often stick their necks out and swim against the tide. Are you leading by challenging or do you follow the old adage: “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it......

......True leaders will show courage in many ways, particularly when the going gets tough.Are you being courageous?......To succeed, great leaders need great teams. And great leaders are never afraid to ask their teams for help."

What a great article and perfect timing for what we have going on tonight. Congratulations to all of you for your courage and leadership.

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

What Constitutes a Star Council?

What is a Star Council? A Star Council in a nutshell is a council that gets their paper work in on time and meets specific goals set out by Supreme. There are 6 requirements that make up the Star Council:

1. McGiveney's Award

This is for membership quota. For our council it is 6 new net members for the fraternal year. We are currently at 7 and will be at 9 by next week. Great job everyone.

2. Columian Award

This award is given when we have partaken in 4 events in 5 different categories set out by Supreme. The categories are Church, Council, Family, Youth, Community and Pro-Life. Thanks to all your efforts, we will earn this award.

3. Service Program Personnel Report

This report needs to be submitted by August 1st and is a report listing all the new directors going forward in the coming year. These are the directors for the categories mentioned above.

4. Supreme Per Capita Paid

We have a certain per capita that needs to be paid in January to Supreme. This has been completed.

5. Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity

This report needs to be submitted by January 15th each year that lists the volunteer hours we gave the prior year as well as the money spent on charities. This has been completed.

6. Founders's Award

Like the McGiveney Award, we receive a goal from Supreme for new Insurance members. As a council, we rank extremely high in BC for the percentage of members taking advantage of this perk. Our goal for this year is 3. Todate we have only one. This is the only contributing requirement we have not yet met to receive the Star Council Award. For all of you that have not explored the possibility of K of C insurance, please do so soon. As a matter of fact it doesn't even have to be insurance, it could be something as simple as a Tax Free Savings Account set up for as little as $300. If you were thinking of doing this anyway, now is the time. You will also find you will not get rates any better than from the Knights. This goes for both TFSA's and any type of insurance. The deadline to get all the paperwork submitted is June 30th, so we need to act fast. Thank you for your consideration.


Chaplain's Report

Christ is Risen!

Dear Brother Knights,

I would like to begin with a quote from Blessed Mother Teresa:

“In your life, in mine, in the life of each of us, God has made us to love and to be loved, so that we walk toward our heavenly home. As we carry Jesus in the world, we will be prepared to return eagerly to our Father’s house when the day arrives for us to be called.”

Dear friends, it is good to see you again after some time. I hope that you had a blessed Easter celebration and that you are all in good health. In light of Mother Teresa’s words which remind us of eternal life, I wonder how this past weekend was for you, especially Saturday, May 21, which was declared by one evangelical group in USA to be “Judgement Day”, the end of the world. It was reported that some members of that congregation sold everything and were expecting to be taken to heaven.  I read their reasoning for this event online, and it was indeed quite a strange understanding of the Bible.

Well, we as Catholics know that we need to be ready any time for Christ’s Second and Glorious coming, but there is no definite date known to us. We have to be ready always. I would like to share a meditation written by Fr. Anthony Coniaris entitled, “Watchfulness”, which presents the Catholic and Orthodox Church’s understanding of preparation for that day.

He wrote: “The whole theme of a Christian’s life is watchfulness, preparedness, expectant faith. The end is always imminent, always spiritually close at hand. We are constantly only a heartbeat away from judgement. ‘And just as it is appointed for me to die once, and after that comes the judgement. . .(Heb. 9;27).’ How well this sense of urgency is captured by the words of St. Andrew of Crete, recited each Lent in the Great Canon:

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why art thou sleeping!

The end draws near, and soon shalt thou be troubled.

Watch then, that Christ thy God may spare thee,

For He is everywhere present and fills all things.’

The Lord Jesus said,

‘Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at the table, and he will come and serve them . . . you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect’(Luke 12:35-40).

God will one day step into history in the Person of Jesus to judge the living and the dead. ‘We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body’ (2 Cor. 5;10). The purpose of Judgement is not to make us afraid but to drive us to repentance so that we may become truly ‘His people’ by faith, hope, and love. God’s judgement is redemptive. He wants all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth.”

Dear Brother Knights, may the Risen Lord continue to bless you with His grace in order that we all grow in holiness, which is the prerequisite for the inheritance of the heavenly kingdom.

Christ is Risen!

Election Results

Thank you to our Nominating Committee Chair Jack McLaughlin for putting this together. It was a real battle for positions, but in the end this is what we were left with. A fine lot of officers.

Grand Knight Bernie Lutes
Deputy Grand Knight Randy Piccini
Chancellor Dale Hofer
Treasurer Gerry Glasser
Financial Secretary (appointed by Supreme) Steve Malerby
Advocate Jack McLaughlin
Warden Myles Bukowski
Recorder Bert Niehaus
Trustee 3 Year Art Moeller
Trustee 2 Year Juan Ferrigno
Trustee 1 Year Maurice Bouchard
Inside Guard Anton Schneider
Outside Guard Ben Allen
Lecturer (assigned by Grand Knight) TBD
Chaplain (assigned by Grand Knight) Fr. Andrij Wasylinko

Tis the season...

Two men were sitting next to each other at a bar. After awhile, one guy looks at the other and says, 'I can't help but think, from listening to you, that you're from Sweden.
The other guy responds proudly, 'Yes, that I am!
The first guy says, 'So am I! And where about from Sweden might you be?
The other guy answers, 'I'm from  Stockholm, I am.'
The first guy responds, 'So am I!
'Sure and begorra. And what street did you live on in Stockholm The other guy says, 'A lovely little area it was. I lived on McCleary Street in the old central part of town.'
The first guy says, 'Faith and it's a small world. So did I! So did I!
And to what school would you have been going?
The other guy answers, 'Well now, I went to St. Mary's, of course.
The first guy gets really excited and says, 'And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?
The other guy answers, 'Well, now, let's see. I graduated in 1964.
The first guy exclaims, 'The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same bar tonight. Can you believe it? I graduated from St. Mary's in 1964 my own self!'
About this time, Vicky walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.
Brian, the bartender, walks over to Vicky, shaking his head and mutters, 'It's going to be a long night tonight.
Vicky asks, 'Why do you say that, Brian'?
'The Sedin twins are drunk again.

Go Canucks.....


Major Degree Here in Vernon

On Saturday June 11th, there will be a major degree (2nd/3rd) be held right here in Vernon. This is a fabulous opportunity for all the 1st degree members to take adavantage of this. For all the sponsors, please talk to the gentlemen you sponsored into the Knights about receiving their 2nd and 3rd degrees. Our Worthy State Deputy Michael Yeo will be here to partake in the event. For those of you already 3rd degree members, this would also be a great opportunity to come out and observe this exemplification as well. There is a whole new format to this now and you would be some of the first to witness it. Registration for candidates is at 12:30, with the degree at 1:30, followed by mass at 5pm where the Knighting will take place.

100th Anniversary Celebration!

June 11th - Banquet to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Knights of Columbus in BC/Yukon Jurisdiction.  Four Course Dinner at Schubert Centre . $20.00 per person. Tickets available at St. James Rectory, Advance Fur Dressers. 4311- 31St., and De Vine Vintners.   Coctails are at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. Phone Michael at 250-542-7200 or Dale at 250-938-3253 for more information.

Greeting at OLOV

Brother Art Moeller who is also a member of the OLOV Parish Council. He has suggested that the Knights take one Sunday a month to assist the Greeting Group welcome parishioners to the Church. Our council will be doing the 4th Sunday of the month. We need two volunteers per month for this. We will be starting July 24th.

May/June Birthdays

Igo Pielecki
May 1st
Reinie Berndt
May 3rd
Paul Allen
May 6th
Ken Lehman
May 10th
Fr. Richard
May 12th
Dick Vest
May 16th
John vanden Heuval
May 17th
Bill Kovach
May 18th
Chris Melesko
May 19th
Fr. Andrij
May 19th
Brian Malerby
May 23rd
Henry Detourdonnet
May 30th
Richard Howkins
June 4th
Jim Schommer

June 9th

Deloy Routley
June 9th
Sherman Dahl
June 10th
Dale Olson
June 11th
Will Stanton
June 13th


The Funny Bone ....

A pastor concluded  that his church was getting into very serious financial troubles. While  checking the church  storeroom, he discovered several cartons of new bibles  that had never been  opened and distributed.
So at his Sunday  sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be  willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately  needed money for the church.

Jack, Paul and Louie  all raised their hands to volunteer for the task. The minister knew  that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of  selling some bibles.. But he had serious doubts about Louie  who was a  local farmer, who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his  speech impediment.

Poor Louie stuttered  badly. But, NOT WANTING TO discourage Louie, the minister decided to let him  try anyway.
He sent the three of  them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with bibles. He asked them  to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts  the following Sunday.
Anxious to find out  how successful they were, the minister immediately asked Jack, 'Well, Jack,  how did you make out selling our bibles last week?'

Proudly handing the  reverend an envelope, Jack replied, 'Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20  bibles, and here's the $200 I collected on behalf of the church.'

'Fine job, Jack!' The  minister said, vigorously shaking his hand... 'You are indeed a fine salesman  and the Church is indebted to you.'
Turning to Paul, 'And  Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the Church last week?'
Paul, smiling and  sticking out his chest,  confidently replied,  'I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here's $280 I collected.'

The minister  responded, 'That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You are truly a  professional  salesman and the  church is indebted to you.'

Apprehensively, the  minister turned to Louie and said, 'And Louie, did you  manage to sell any bibles last week?'Louie silently offered the minister a  large envelope.

The minister opened  it and counted the contents. 'What is this?' the minister exclaimed. 'Louie, there's $3200  in here! Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church,  door to  door, in just one week?'

Louie just  nodded.
'That's impossible!'  both Jack and Paul said in unison. 'We are professional salesmen, you claim to have sold 10 times as many bibles as we could.'

'Yes, this does seem  unlikely,' the minister! agreed. 'I think you'd better explain how you managed  to accomplish this, Louie.'

Louie shrugged..  'I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,' he stammered.

Impatiently, Peter  interrupted. 'For crying out loud, Louie, just tell us what you said to them  when they answered the door!'

'A-a-a-all I-I-I  s-s-said wa-wa-was,' Louis replied, 'W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like  t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks  ---o-o-o-or--- wo-wo-would yo-you  j-j-j-just l-like  m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??