Grand Knight’s Message December 2018

Grand Knight’s Message

Coats for Kids 2018:

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Bros. Dan Dooley, GK and Dean Beaudry, DGK with Kelly Letourneau, Development Manager of Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

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

Caravel November 2018

Caravel November 2018

Grand Knight’s Message

I perceive that there is some uncertainty about the ongoing efforts of the Corporation Board to determine the appropriate course of action with respect to the future operation of the Knights Hall. It occurs to me that the Grand Knight’s Message in Caravel may be an appropriate means by which to provide some information – at least from my perspective. I ask only that readers keep in mind that as Grand Knight I am just one member of the Corporation Board and as one of two Council representatives to that Board my perceptions and comments are in the context of what I believe to be in Council’s best interests.

From my perspective, discussions concerning the Hall’s management and future arise principally in two contexts: (1) recent indications by Supreme that Councils are to be discouraged from ownership and management of Halls, and (2) whether or not our Council’s management and operation of the Hall is economically feasible.

As regards indications from Supreme that Hall ownership is to be discouraged, I perceive it to be the will of the significant majority of our Council’s members that we continue to manage and use the Hall. As such, the issue from my perspective is not whether the Corporation’s continued ownership of the Hall is in the Council’s best interests but, rather, how best to ensure that continued ownership is economically-viable.

The position I take as one of Council’s current representatives to the Corporation Board is that “financially viable” means that the Hall generates sufficient revenue to sustain itself without requiring that Council contribute money that Council has raised to sustain its operations and fund its charitable work.

I perceive that the Hall is currently “financially viable”. I also perceive that this is largely due to efforts bordering on the heroic by Brothers Bud Duguay, Jim Morrison, John Poirier, Andre Charlebois and many other Brothers who have volunteered considerable time and effort during the past year. I am most grateful to our Brothers in this regard.

But the need for significant volunteer hours by our Council’s members indicates that a longer-term solution is required. To that end, the Corporation’s Board has been very active in exploring the wisdom of proposals that include retaining an on-site manager or retaining an independent, off-site, manager or management firm.

Every proposed solution has its complications. There is no “quick fix”. For example, retaining an on-site manager would require renovations to the Hall’s currently-unoccupied residential unit. The renovation cost remains unknown, despite ongoing communications with consultants, because of uncertainty over the scope and resultant cost of the work required to comply with current regulatory standards – uncertainty that may only be resolved after an expenditure of a significant sum that may not be recoverable if the renovation cost proves to be prohibitive.

Retaining an independent, off-site, manager involves (1) finding a suitable candidate and (2) determining the cost of such candidate as against the likely return in revenue without the need for significant volunteer labour.

The process of getting this critical decision right is time-consuming. But I am pleased to report that the Corporation’s President, Brother Glenn Krelove, has been working through the uncertainties involved in possibly renovating a residential unit for an on-site manager. As is often the case, working with regulatory authorities and consultants can be slow and frustrating, but with Brother Glenn spearheading the effort the task is in the best possible hands.

I am also pleased to report that Brothers Ted Land, our St. Mary’s Church liaison, and Allan Johnson, our Council’s Treasurer, have agreed to form a committee to examine the possibility of retaining an off-site manager. When I learned of this, I immediately thought of Brother Jim Morrison as a valuable potential contributor to this committee’s work. I am grateful that when I asked Brother Jim to consider participating, he readily agreed – as is his wont.

I know that the members of the Corporation’s Board and Brothers Ted, Allan and Jim would value your suggestions and input. Please do not hesitate to comment on this important and ongoing initiative.

Bro. Dan Dooley, Grand Knight

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