Worthy Brother Knights,
It’s time again for the exciting Knights of Columbus NFL sweepstakes. This important fundraiser netted o $1,475 in profit for our Council last year and allowed to our contribution of Faith in Action events. It’s a fun activity that really requires very little to no football knowledge. Tickets are now available and are valid for the last 10 weeks of the regular NFL season. This will close the second week of October. There are 25 winners each week. That’s 250 winners for a total of $25,000 in cash prizes. Prizes are awarded for the 17 highest scores and also for the 8 lowest scores. These tickets are easy to sell. Please buy a ticket and help sell tickets for this important Council fundraiser. You do not need to buy the ticket just help sell them please. See the Deputy Grand Knight Brother John Witkowski at the August 6th Council meeting or contact him to purchase your tickets. We have 400 tickets to sell so if each member sold 10 tickets each that would be ideal. Some have already taken 5 and others 60! During the 10-game sweepstakes period, you can check results each week at https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.fundcrazr.com&data=02%7C01%7CDAVID.ODONNELL%40KOFC.ORG%7C7ad28e9c2705457d457508d70f70fa9a%7C8a4b69f88bb74be59eda6c40a157248c%7C0%7C0%7C636994850227172116&sdata=eQre4t1Q9osfQABd34objc51lXFNTLGcmiZQZ4VPCyo%3D&reserved=0 Tickets are for the last 10 weeks of the regular season and are $10 dollars each. Please sign for the tickets when you get them. We accept checks made payable to the KofC Council 4057.
Grand Knight Council 4057
We have a change of location for our business meeting tomorrow. It will be in the Boy Scout Room in the PAC starting at 7:30 PM.
Welcome to the new fraternal year that started on July 1, 2019. There has been many exciting changes in the past year with our refocus on why we all became Knights of Columbus. This coming up fraternal year we will continue to build upon Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Be a part of the new year. If you haven't been to a Knights function in a while, commit to at least one event, or meeting, or both. Our 1st. business meeting with our new Grand Knight, Chuck Bailey, is scheduled for 7-9-19 at 7:30 PM in the PAC on Marsh Drive.
In preparation for this 1st meeting and the new fraternal year, please keep in mind that we have vacancies for several service positions for the 2019-2020 year. There a 4 critical positions we need to fill, and 7 supporting positions that are open. We plan to talk about these openings at the 7-9 meeting.
Open positions include:
- Vocations Chairman
- Life Director
- Health Service
- Public Relations
- Membership Director
- Recruitment Committeemen
- Retention Chairman
See you all next week.
What does that mean, “Discover the Catholic Difference?” Is it just a marketing slogan or is there real meaning behind it?
Let’s look at that at several levels. Our Catholicity as an organization forms all that we do. Our Order was founded on the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity; as a Catholic business we also have core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Excellence and Respect. In all our dealings we try to embody those values in the field and at our Supreme Office.
Money from insurance premiums and annuity deposits is managed by our investment department colleagues, Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors. They manage that money, now amounting to more than $24 billion, using sound investment strategies in full compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ socially responsible investment guidelines. We will not invest in companies that engage in abortions, producing abortifacient drugs, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning or pornography. Our Asset Advisors prove that a business can operate on these principles and still produce a healthy profit. That’s a Catholic Difference!
Our charitable contributions of more than $185 million last year went to a wide variety of organizations. Many were Catholic, but some were not. We give money to support worthy causes and we do that, not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. That’s what our faith calls us to do; Sirach 40:17 tells us that acts of kindness and charity last for an eternity. We are supporting victims of genocide in Syria and other places in the Middle East. We have placed more than 1000 ultrasound machines in all 50 states and saved more the 1 million lives. We financially and spiritually support seminarians, disaster victims, Special Olympians and many others. All this from the profits of our insurance program and investments and the contributions of members. That’s a Catholic Difference!
And speaking of the insurance program, let’s talk about the “Discover the Catholic Difference” there. Here are a few examples: First, our products are designed with our members’ needs in mind. For example, I’m not aware of any other company that offers a Spousal Waiver of Premium benefit…and there is no additional premium for that! Second, we have never raised our Long-Term Care Insurance premiums, something very few, if any, insurance companies can say. Third, we offer Disability Income Insurance to blue collar workers as well as white and grey collar workers. We recognize that it’s not just the affluent that need that coverage. Fourth, we still meet with brother knights and their families in their homes if they prefer; it might be more convenient for them. Fifth, young children; we want to make sure a member has the opportunity to protect their insurability with life insurance that has a guaranteed purchase option. Sixth, our fixed-rate annuity has a minimum guarantee for life, meaning a member will always make money on his money. Seventh, our Supreme Office is currently developing new products to meet even more needs of our members…so stay tuned! Now that’s the Catholic Difference!
If you’d like to find out about more Catholic differences that could make a difference in your life, let me know. I’ll be around after the meeting and I’d appreciate the chance to meet with you.
Fraternal Benefits Advisor
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SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.