Grand Knight Report July 2020

Brother Knights,

Here is to the beginning of what will be a great new fraternal year. While the pandemic is currently affecting our community and council, it does not mean all Knights business is put on hold. I exhort you to attend our virtual council meetings and help out in any manner that you can. If you have an idea for how the council can support our parishes and community, please reach out and we will work hard to make it happen. 

Testimonial 

I would be remiss if I did not celebrate the great work of PGK Robert MacIssac who led our council this past fraternal year. Rob was a wonderful leader even when the end of his year was altered by the pandemic. Unfortunately, we were unable to have a testimonial event in his honor so we are unable to toast to his accomplishments in person, so please make a toast to Rob and this past fraternal year. 

Covid 19 and Council Operations 

Our normal schedule has been greatly changed by the current pandemic, but we remain a strong council. On Friday June 26th the member’s quarters were open in a restaurant style where members sat at tables in groups smaller than six and were fed by an excellent cook PGK Micheal Phelps and served their favorite beverages by DD/PGK Fausto (Tito) Cabrera. This was an excellent way to bring Knights together. (All city regulations were followed) 

This does point to the fact that, for the foreseeable future, many of our normal customs as a council will be changed. There is a calendar in this newsletter listing dates for future events but these are subject to change and some events that take place will probably occur in a modified manner. Updates will be sent out via email, on facebook, and on the council website. Our number one priority will always be the safety of our members and community. I wish to extend my thanks to PGK Micheal Phelps who stays very up to date on government regulations and to PGK Don Collins who attended a training on food service regulations during the pandemic.

Goals 

This upcoming fraternal year I wish to set three goals which I believe are all reasonable even during the pandemic. We can earn the star council award by accomplishing these three goals, which is an award bestowed by Supreme that recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities.

1. Increase our council membership by 20 members. 

We need new active members of the council so that our faith filled work can continue. There are three men who are interested in becoming Knights and we scheduling a ceremony. You can assist in this goal by asking Catholic men you know to join the Knights. A personal invitation is the most successful and do not be afraid to be persistent. If you show someone how joining the Knights will improve their life, then they will want to join. 

2. Run successful programs and earn the Columbian award. 

The Knights of Columbus program, titled Faith in Action, focuses on four key areas: Faith, Family, Community, and Life. We as a council have always completed various programs in these areas and this past year we earned the Columbian Award for receiving multiple program points in each of these categories. I wish to build upon this success by running many of the same programs and adding more. You can learn about the Supreme recommended programs by following this link (http://kofc.org/en/what-we-do/faith-in-action-programs/index.html). If you want to help run a program or start a new one in the council, please email me at kofc70@gmail.com

3. Promote the insurance program. 

While insurance is not every member’s favorite topic, it is an important service that the Knights offer. We will be holding two insurance seminars this fraternal year to help members learn about the products that are available. You can assist by attending the seminar even if you do not plan on buying issuance.

Fraternally yours, 
GK Matthew Harrington 
978-394-6315 
kofc70@gmail.com 
harrington.www@gmail.com