On February 5, 2020 we held a Degree Ceremony at our council home in Dunellen. We used the new format that combines Three Degrees; Charity-Unity-Fraternity. Our 2 new members are now Third Degrees. In addition, three other members made their Third Degree by participating in this ceremony.
So far this fraternal year we brought in 7 new members plus 2 transfers from other councils. In addition, we have 3 candidates ready to join us when we have our next degree. Please keep talking to fellow Catholic men about joining the Knights. We now have business cards with contact information that everyone can use in our ongoing recruiting effort. You can pick some up at a meeting our when you come to any council events.
Our Lenten Fish Fries begin on February 28th and will continue through April 3rd. We will not be serving on Good Friday this year. I ask all Brother Knights to volunteer some time for this effort or to support us by bringing your family for dinner. This is a major undertaking and will only be successful with many of us working together. Contact Grand Knight Jim Whelan or chairperson Garry Kosteck at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or to get more information.
Please be sure to read the address given by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson at the November Convention. It was printed in the January edition of Columbia Magazine. It can also be found on this website under NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. The crisis facing our Church and our Order is discussed. In addition, the role of the Knights in helping the Church evangelize and the need for a change in how degrees are delivered is also detailed. This was discussed at our last meeting and I encourage all brothers to read this in its entirety.
Accomplishments in 2019
- Collected $1,200 through our Right to Life Rose Drive and donated the money to Good Council Home, St. Ann’s Center Grandma’s House, and Rutgers Catholic Center for their bus trip to Washington DC in January.
- Purchased trophies in excess of $1,100 for the OLF basketball program
- Collected 684 pairs of used eyeglasses and donated them to New Eyes for the Needy.
- Sponsored a barbecue for seminarians of the Diocese of Metuchen and collaborated with Father Paul for a Holy Hour for Vocations on the same evening.
- Donated $500 to help offset education expenses of our seminarian and Brother Knight, Ariel Bautista
- Contributing sponsor for St. John’s Casino Night
- Donated to Rutgers Catholic Center to help offset cost of a bus for students so they could assist in repairing homes damaged by Florida hurricanes.
- Collected over $5,300 with our Special Needs fund drive to be distributed to local Arcs, Special Olympics, and St. Peter’s Hospital For Keeps Program.
- Donated $100 so that 10 Veteran residents of the VA Home in Menlo Park could attend a Somerset Patriots baseball game
- .Contributing Sponsor of St. John’s Golf Outing in October.
- Ran blood drives in April and October at our council home
- Prepared a Christmas luncheon in December for over 100 clients of FISH
- Donated to and participated in Wreaths Across America
- Volunteered man hours;
To clean out the old feast storage container so that it could be removed from OLF property.
To move tables, chairs, and statues in the our Lady of Fatima school building
To help set up and breakdown tents, tables, and chairs for the OLF Family Picnic
To clean St. John’s auditorium and basement area
We ask Catholic men over the age of 18 to consider joining us. Please talk to any Knight for more information about who we are and what we do. You can also visit our website, www.KofC2544.com for more information or you can email our Grand Knight, Jim Whelan, at email@example.com.
WHY JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie, it is being involved with your community. It is supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith. It is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
Courtesy of Council 12173, www.knights12173.com