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4049 Hartley Avenue, Easton, PA 18045



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Typically the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Msgr. Gobitas Room at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church

Wednesday, 09/13/17
7:00 Rosary, 7:30 PM Business Meeting

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Our Next Event

9/13/17 Wednesday, 7:00 PM Installation of Officers (MGMR)

See the Events page for more detailed event information & the current list of events for 2016 & 2017.

Grand Knight's Message

Brother Knights:

I am sorry for being a little behind with my schedule.  It has been a long summer dealing with family medical situations.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes for me and my family during this time.  This update is for September 2017 of the new fraternal year.  Just want to remind everyone that our Council converts to a regular two-meetings per month schedule beginning in September (2nd and 4th Wednesdays).

Council Picnic
Our Annual Council picnic at Louise Moore Park, Pavilion #2, will be held on Sunday, September 10. We have the pavilion all day, although attendance is normally from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.  Council will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and beverages.  We ask all attendees to bring a covered dish, a snack, or a dessert.  Look forward to seeing many of you there.

Home Association
As many of you know, the Home Association donates to local worthy charities who assist those that are less fortunate.  Especially organizations that help women and children.  This custom dates back to the founding of our organization!!

To that end, the Home Association is offering 10 tickets for an event October 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM on a first come -- first serve basis via email back to Bob Hale, skihale@rcn.com

Tickets are $75 each.  Event is help at Hampton Inn in Easton, and benefits ProJect Easton which is on Council's donation list every year.   They have indicated that we should avail our membership to enjoy this fund raiser as they get 100% from sale of the ticket.  Donations from area business provides the food and goodies.  There will be lite fare, many cookie and chocolate desserts, silent auctions, and 50/50 tickets for sale.

New & Advancing Members
Two new first degree candidates were initiated in August.  Please welcome Christopher Hope & Rich Nagy to our Council.

The Retention Committee lead by Vince Menegus has been calling Brother Knights to advance their degree.  Everyone else please offer your assistance to Vince whenever you can, because we would like to have a Formation Degree (2nd) in October.

When we learn more on the next Knighthood (3rd) Degree we will inform all eligible candidates.

FYI, our focus should be on our recruitment efforts.  Please RECRUIT---RECRUIT---RECRUIT every month.

Assembly News
The Pope Pius XII Assembly will have their September meeting on Thursday 9/21/2017 --- this meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at the Union Council #345, here in Easton.

Website
The Council's website has been moved to a new host.  Brothers are needed to assist Vince Condello, Webmaster, and Mike Andreano, Consultant to assist with picking, layout, format, colors, content, etc.  If interested please contact Vince.  Hopefully the committee will provide a progress report at our September meeting.

Insurance Agent
Our agent, John Hoolick, is available to discuss the many Knight voluntary insurance\investment programs.  Let me know if there is a large enough group interested and I will arrange to have John attend one of our meetings. If you want a private consult, John's cell number is 570-574-1419.

Newsletter
The newsletter was distributed over the summer.  Hope all of you have retained this newsletter because of the important information contained regarding the meeting schedule and list of events planned for the entire upcoming fraternal year 2017-18.

Analytics
The District Deputy provided some analytics for our roster.  There are some interesting facts that I would like to share with the members ---

  • The average age of Our Council is 63.6 years
  • There are 51 Members age 40 and under.
  • There are 70 Members in their 50s.
  • There are 73 Members in their 60s.
  • There are 56 Members in their 70s.
  • There are 38 Members in their 80s.
  • There are 10 Members age 90 and older.

Planned\Pending Activities
1). The installation of officers will take place the first meeting of September, 9/13/17.  The rosary portion of the meeting will not be conducted in September.  All officers, their spouses\significant other, and all Council members are encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

2). The Fifth Sunday Rosary Program will be conducted as follows --- Sunday 7/30/17 was at St Anthony's Church at 10:00 AM before their 10:30 Mass; Sunday 10/29/17 at OLOM Parish at 2:00 PM.

Mike Hunsicker is coordinating this program so he will let us know about having the rosary said on Sunday 12/31/17 at St Jane's Church.

3). Initiate having a designated "Mass with the Catholic Daughters of America" to celebrate and pray for each organizations' success to their principles of charity, unity, and fraternity.

4). Our Council does not participate in the COAL (Chance-of-a Lifetime) Program because of the timing and limited return to the Council.  However, by not participating we are excluding any children of Knights in our Council from being eligible to be participants in the PA Knight's Scholarship Program.  This needs to be discussed and hopefully a Brother Knight, especially one with college age or younger children, will step forward to Chair and coordinate this effort.  A minimum of 50-COAL books must be sold by Council in order for eligibility to participate.  Many of us will support this program if a newer member will chair this committee.

5) The "Football Sweeps Program" has begun.  Jerry Krenik has coordinated this effort in past years.  Jerry will be able to hand-off this committee chairmanship to Joe Cignarella who has accepted the responsibility to coordinate the distribution and collection of these tickets.

We have historically been selling around 200 tickets and made about $1,200 for Council.  If we can sell all 300 tickets we will obviously make more money for Council by increasing our returns by an additional $600-$800.

To date we have distributed 160 tickets.  We are asking all members to sell two (2) tickets so please contact me at 484-821-7325 (cell) or dipaolojd@rcn.com for tickets.

6). Palmer Days was held Thursday 8/17/17 through Sunday 8/20/17.  A final accounting has not been complete.  Again this year the weather was a factor in keeping attendance low.  The Council T-shirts and hats presented a good appearance at Palmer Days.

I personally would like to thank everyone who stepped up in my absence to work the event and assist with the tear-down and storing of our equipment and supplies.

7). The Knight of the Year Dinner will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017.  In an effort to increase participation and recognize members and spend Council's money more prudently, this year I am proposing to this committee to invite the 10 oldest members in our Council (along with one guest) to be our special guest at this event to honor our new Knight of the Year.  I have sent a list to Bill Bogari to confirm the members I have identified.

Good of the Order
If you know of a brother knight who is sick, in distress, or recently passed, please contact Vince Menegus.  The Council would like to extend its prayers to all Brother Knights and their families, especially those Brother that have a special intention.  Please keep in your prayers Pat Clark who had been hospitalized, as well as Brother Barry Laudenslager (surgery on neck\back) in your prayers.

Look forward to seeing many of you at our September meetings on 9/13 & 9/27/17. Vivat Jesus!

Jim Di Paolo, Grand Knight #345

Vivat Jesus!

 


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Union Council 345
was formed 120 years ago in the City of Easton and has a distinguished record of service to both our catholic parishes and our community. Our Council serves the parishes of Holy Ghost, Our Lady of Lebanon, Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St Anthony's of Padua, and St Jane Frances de Chantal.  As Knights we try to create a better world through charity and volunteerism. If you are looking to live out your faith in the spirit of charity by helping others, the Knights of Columbus welcomes you to join and become a Knight.


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