The January, 2012 meeting was called to order by the Grand Knight at 7:00pm, with the opening prayer offered by Fr. James, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag”. All officers were present except for the Outside Guard, Inside Guard, Chancellor, and 2nd Year Trustee. The Minutes from November were approved. A total of 12 Knights were present.
From the Grand Knight:
1. Read a letter of Thanks from John Clark, thanking us for our participation in the Bartenders Ball.
2. Read a card from our Seminarian thanking us for our monetary gift to him.
3. Read a letter of Thanks from Republic Schools, thanking us for our donation.
4. Read a letter of Thanks from the Youth Group, thanking us for our support in helping them attend the Youth Conference.
5. Read a letter from Missouri Right to Life about a lobbying event with noon rally in Jefferson City on March 27th.
6. Read a letter about the upcoming State Convention on April 27th, 28th, and 29th. Need in by March 29th for delegates and resolutions.
From the Chaplain:
Both Fr. James thanked us for the Christmas lights. Father said the Capital Campaign is now at $1,004,000. Mentioned the Diocesan Youth Conference in West Plains if coming up on March 23rd thru March 25th. Father said the new bathroom in the Cathedral will be done in a month.
Treasurer’s and Financial Secretary’s Report:
The Treasurer reported on the bills and money received from activities after the last council meeting. Also, he mentioned that financial condition of the Council was in good condition and reported the amount of monies the Council had in the bank. The Financial Secretary’s report indicated the Council’s condition was in good shape.
Randy said that there are still 38 members that have not paid their dues. He also said that there are still four members that have not paid dues for two years, so he will probably be sending out suspension letters to those four.
Unfinished and New Business:
1. Erwin discussed the Free Throw Contest. He said participation was even lower than last years. Discussion held on ways to increase participation next year. Possibly looking into moving the event to another date to avoid the conflict that was discussed (found that several kids would like to participate, but their season is already underway and can’t make it due to practice, etc.). Erwin also talked about the Essay contest. 5th, 7th, and 8th grades participated, with around 20 per grade involved. Motion made to give each 1st Place winner $20 like we did last year. Passed.
2. Keith discussed the Blood Drive coming up again at St. Agnes sometime in June. He said the December Blood Drive was relatively successful. Discussion about the book we can sign at the Blood Center and that sometimes we need to ask the staff where it is at. St. Agnes has a page in the book and we get credit even if we donate at the Blood Center.
3. Greg discussed the St. Agnes volunteers at Crosslines on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 8:45am until around 1:45pm. Very rewarding and Greg explained the procedure about helping a family go around and get a cart of food.
4. Greg mentioned that this coming Sunday is a 5th Sunday. A reminder for us Knights to wear our Knights of Columbus shirts to Mass.
5. Reminder to get dues paid.
6. GK talked about the Abortion Initiative statewide. Several communities in Southwest Missouri would like a mobile ultrasound machine.
7. Give and Taste coming up this weekend out at the KC Hall on Grand. Need help pouring wine and also getting the auction items over to the hall on Sunday afternoon. Signup sheet passed around.
8. Discussed the Valentines flower delivery, which is a great fundraiser for our council. We get $5 per delivery and last year made $600 for our council. Signup sheet passed around. GK mentioned that if Dillon’s does not get enough of us to participate, they will also use other volunteers. So is important for us to have as many participate to maximize our profit.
9. Discussed purchasing LED lights for Christmas decorating for next year. Realized research is needed before a decision is made, so Donald and Chris will be the team that researches the LED lights, and will get back with the council with their results.
10. The weekend of Feb 18th and 19th is the Bishop’s Blast on encouraging men to become Knights. Will get in the bulletin the weekend before. The Bishop had a great article in the latest Mirror encouraging all men to consider becoming a Knight. We need help handing out literature and form 100’s at all the Massed that weekend. Signup sheet passed around.
11. Discussion held on the upcoming Fish Fry on Friday Feb 24th (first Friday of Lent). Menu will be smoke/baked/fried tilapia, slaw, hush puppies, tater tots, mac/cheese, and cake. Same price as last year (although much discussion held on pricing as a way to increase attendance). Ken B. is going to get word out over at CCM so the students are aware of the Lenten Fish Fry. Motion made to that all profits from the fish fry will be donated to the Kitchen (this will be in bulletin also, so people will know they are helping the Kitchen after their recent disaster). Passed.
12. Motion made to purchase a can of paint to paint the smoker. Passed.
13. Motion made to create an Emergency Fund of $300 that could be used in an emergency situation between meetings. Discussion held on what would deem something being an emergency and would the GK feel comfortable making that call. Also point made that we are a small council with limited funds. If we were a larger council this would be more workable. Failed.
14. Sunset Stroll was discussed, with the possibility of moving it to another date to avoid conflicts and weather (possibly August). Will discuss later.
15. Keith discussed the Call to Purity Weekend coming up the first weekend in February at First Evangelical Free Church (the old James River building) on Wood Avenue. $20.00 per person and $10.00 per teen.
16. Chris discussed the Be Not Afraid Campaign. He had the coin to show us that is given.
17. St. Patrick’s Day Parade discussion. Motion made for $200 for food and trailer for the parade. Passed.
From the Insurance Agent:
From the District Deputy:
Pray for Special People:
Deacon Bill’s recovery from surgery, and Msgr. Swalina’s death.
Closing of Meeting:
Closing prayer offered by Fr. James then followed by thee Hail Mary’s.