Columbian Charities, during the 2012 year, assisted 81 California Knights and their families in distress with grants totaling $188,950 a new total. Another milestone was reached with 322 Councils and Chapters supported by 5 Assemblies donating a total of $135,707. The Councils donating represent approximately 60 % of our active Councils. Congratulations are in order to all of the Knights who reached out to assist their fellow Knights in Distress. Certainly, our motto “Brothers Helping Brothers in Distress” was in evidence. The year 2012 also saw the beginning of an “Awards Program” with approximately 100 Councils and Chapters receiving Blue Award Ribbons to be fastened to their Council Banners. This will continue in 2013.
We are now wrapping up year 2013. We trust that many Councils have adopted and implemented our “365 Program” a penny a day or $3.65 per member donated to our program. For those who did not adopt this program, we ask that you adopt an alternative approach, for example, by sponsoring a dinner or a breakfast dedicated to raising funds for our program. In 2013, we are modifying our “Awards Program” so that all Councils, Chapters or Assemblies who make any donation to our program will receive an "Awards Ribbon”. We are hoping that 100% of the active Councils in California will join us. Moving toward this goal, we are confident that at least 80% of the Councils will be included this year. Let’s make it happen! Donations can be mailed to the Corporation Officers, or better still presented at the Parade of Grand Knights at the May 2013 Convention in San Diego. This year only the name and number of the Council making the donation will be announced.
Finally, God Bless you all for your participation in the program of California Columbian Charities. We can be proud of our efforts to assist our Brother Knights and their families in Distress.
Dick Cutting PSD