Grand Knight’s Message
Coats for Kids 2018:
Thanks to funds raised by our dedicated Oktoberfest volunteers, once again under the leadership of Deputy Grand Knight Dean Beaudry, our Council has completed its 2018 purchase and donation of 204 new winter coats to Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions and the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.
I was told by Melanie McLearon of Family Connexions that again this year the need for new winter coats is so great that even our generous donation will quickly be fully used.
Representatives of both recipient agencies expressed their appreciation for our Council’s annual donation. They also expressed the hope that our Council can continue this donation for many years to come. Thanks to Dean and his Oktoberfest team, I anticipate that our Council will be able to continue to help these agencies meet the need for warmth of the children they help.
Supreme Director Arthur Peters wrote in the November 2018 edition of the Knights of Columbus Online Edition that Coats for Kids is one of the Faith in Action featured programs and also one of the ways that we as Brother Knights implement the principle of charity in our communities. Our Council has been implementing this charitable principle for a number of years, including but not limited to Coats for Kids, and I congratulate each of you, my Brother Knights, on our Council’s ongoing charitable contributions to this and other communities.
Knight of the Year:
The Knight of the Year award recognizes service program involvement in all focus areas of the Knights of Columbus. An appropriate Knight of the Year candidate is active in the charitable works of our Order and our Council’s individual activities. In so doing, he demonstrates volunteerism, responsibility for others, shares his time and talents and is enthusiastic and positive. He is recognized as a leader, excellent at building relationships and, above all else, is a good ambassador for our Council and for the Knights of Columbus.
We have had many such exemplary Knights of the Year, most recently Brother George Watson and Brother Paul Gamble. And there are many members of our Council who again this year would be very worthy recipients. But there can be only one Knight of the Year.
I am pleased to say that one of our Brother Knights personifies what it means to be the Knight of the Year, and I will be pleased, and humbled, to present this Brother Knight with the 2018 Knight of the Year Certificate at our December 4, 2018 Council meeting.
Brother Harry McConnell could easily rest on his very lofty laurels. But fortunately for our Council, Brother Harry remains an important leader and contributor to so many of charitable and Council initiatives. Brother Harry could be Knight of the Year every year, but what would he do with another award?
Ladies Appreciation 2019:
Just the latest example of Brother Harry’s important contribution to our Council’s activities. I urge you to support this event, the title of which is meant literally. It is one opportunity to show our appreciation to a person who is particularly special to us, and to recognize those persons who are special to, and much-appreciated by, our Brothers. And it is an opportunity to join me in congratulating, and thanking, our Council’s 2018 Family of the Year for their service to our Council, parish and community by their support and strengthening of Catholic Family Life.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Council’s Ladies Appreciation 2019.
Bro. Dan Dooley, Grand Knight