Who are the K. C. Ladies?
What do the K. C. Ladies do for John Paul I Council?
Do the K. C. Ladies do anything for our community?
Are the K. C. Ladies a valuable asset to John Paul I Council?
What do the K. C. Ladies expect from me when I become a member?
Over the years, I have been asked many questions about the K. C. Ladies. These five most asked questions and responses, explain what and who are the K. C. Ladies.
Who are the K. C. Ladies? As a Charter Member of the K. C. Ladies since 1982, we started the K. C. Ladies because we wanted to help our Council and at the same time help ourselves by meeting new friends and enjoying social activities. The K. C. Ladies By-Laws state we are a “service organization whose sole purpose is to supplement and foster the activities, purposes and functions of the Knights of Columbus John Paul I Council.”
What do the K. C. Ladies do for John Paul I Council? At Open Meetings, the K. C. Ladies are asked to furnish the refreshments. When the Council has their KOVAR drive, the K. C. Ladies are giving tootsie rolls out in all kinds of weather and volunteering our time as money counters. The K. C. Ladies and the Council have donated Thanksgiving Food Baskets to the Christian Concerns and Outreach program at the Church. Over the years, the K. C. Ladies have provided Halloween Treat Sacks and Santa Treat Sacks for the Council’s Children parties. One major fundraiser the Council holds is the Annual Art Auction. Since its beginning, the K. C. Ladies have been active in soliciting ads, door prizes, and silent auction items, preparing and serving food and participating as presenters of the Art. We have donated many items to our Council Home, such as the coffee thermos serving containers, flatware, furniture, and curtains in the TV Room. Did you attend an Installation Ceremony and take notice of the Council Robes? When you attend Breakfast with Santa or a Children’s Halloween Party did you notice the decorations? Did you attend Father’s Day Breakfast and Donuts for Dad? Did you enjoy the Breakfast after the 25th Anniversary Weekend? The K. C. Ladies provided all these items and more. We have also supported the Squire Roses over the years
Do the K. C. Ladies do anything for our Community?
Over the years we have made and provided materials for Baptismal Bibs. We have donated food for the Food Pantry. Monetary donations have been made to the American Red Cross, Hospice of Northern Virginia, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, ACTS, Birthright, Benedictine Sisters Monastery, Holy Family Catholic School, Aquinas Library, BEBRF, Holy Family Nurse Program, Parent Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, SPRED, Holy Family Liturgy Committee, Phone Cards for our wounded military Troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Special Olympics, Holy Family Youth Group Work Camp, Flatware for the Rectory, and Life Issue Committee.
Throughout the years, the K. C. Ladies have given thousands of dollars in monetary support and endless hours supporting our Council and Community activities.
Are the K. C. Ladies an asset to John Paul I Council?
The saying goes, “behind every good man is a good woman.” If you attend a Knights State Convention, you will see first hand the Councils that give the most and earn the most recognition, are the Councils that have a strong and supportive Ladies Auxiliary. Several years our Council received the best Scrapbook Award thanks to the K. C. Ladies talents.
What do the K. C. Ladies expect from me when I become a member? Be active and come to a meeting. We have nine meetings a year, some with speakers and activities. If you can’t come to all nine meetings pick the ones you are most interested in. Bake for the Bingo Cake Raffle, our major fundraiser. Without the funds from this fundraiser we would not be able to do all we do. Just donating a baked good several times during September through May helps more than you know. The Bingo Players don’t take you for granted. They look forward to our items. Many will purchase tickets when they know their favorite baker provided baked goods. Many have asked for recipes. Many have special requests (especially Monkey Bread). We ask that you help sell the baked goods at Bingo once in awhile. We have four teams and we need two ladies per team that can sell the raffle tickets. Come to our social functions and have fun. We try to have three social functions at the Council Home for social activities. We also try to have outings i.e. winery tour, museum tours etc. Nancy McDowell is our current Program Field Director and she welcomes your ideas for outings.
The next time you see a K. C. Lady ask her how you can join the K. C. Ladies and help make a difference in our Council. We need new members and new ideas for the future. Join us. We welcome you. Our membership dues are $10 a year with an option of $3.65 for a Penny-Knight-Day program to support religious vocations. You can join anytime. Our social functions are adults only with spouses unless otherwise advertised.
Our meetings are the first Tuesday of each month (Sep thru May) at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Home. Information on this meeting and upcoming activities for the year are advertised in the Council Newsletter.
Patti Ann Gleichsner
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