My Dear Brothers in Christ…
I recently ran across an interesting saying and it describes perfectly what I am feeling right now: “Be proud of where you have been and have faith in where you are going.” This has proven to be a most interesting year and I am so grateful for the help and support provided by all of you. I don’t think any of us quite expected the year to end the way it has – a pandemic in our generation? We have been taught that science can achieve the seemingly impossible from putting a man on the moon to decoding the human genome. When all is said and done, our faith, family, and dedication to the life and Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ continues to be the most endearing and enduring part of our lives. Just like our forefathers, we will persevere and come out of the current situation stronger and better prepared for the future.
There are so many things to talk about in this final month of the Columbian Year. I am so proud of you and the many accomplishments this past year including over twenty-one ultrasound machines placed in pregnancy centers in California and even one in Ireland! Enough money was raised for five containers of wheelchairs for veterans which will be distributed in collaboration with the statewide Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations. We also experienced twelve months of continuous membership growth even if it has become painfully apparent we won’t quite make our statewide membership goal for the year.
As our churches and businesses begin to open up the coronavirus continues to be a concern. Please continue to focus on the five pillars of the Leave No Neighbor Behind program which includes supporting our Brother Knights, supporting our parishes, supporting our communities, feeding the hungry and participating in blood drives. There are many, many stories of Knights and Councils stepping up during the current emergency. As I have said on several occasions, our principle duty for the immediate future is to lead our families, protect our parishes, and serve our communities while being conscientious about our own health and the health of those around us.
Please do continue to strive to grow our Order. The more active Catholic men we have in our churches and councils the more we can do, the more we can serve, and the more we will be a force for good in the world. From now through June 30 there are two online membership specials – one allowing men to join at the discounted rate of $15 by entering “CAKOFC” in the online application found at kofc.org/joinus, OR, a second allowing their entire $30 first year membership payment to go to Leave No Neighbor Behind charities by entering “GIVE2020” when filling out the online application. Remember, an online member counts as a new member when they attend a Combined Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity and join your council.
Remember also, the State Recruiter membership incentives for the 2020-2021 Columbian Year began on June 1 of this year and include dinners, hats, shirts jackets and watches. Get a head start and qualify for one of these valuable prizes right away!
Thank you for your charity and service! It has been a pleasure to serve you. Congratulations to State Deputy Elect Stephen Bolton and all the incoming State Officers, Directors and Committeemen for the new Columbian Year. In all that you do be Knights of Faith – Knights of Charity – Knights of Action!
May God Bless…