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4049 Hartley Avenue, Easton, PA 18045

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Grand Knight's Message

Brother Knights:

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter and festive Holy Week. A lot has happened in the first quarter of 2018. Below is an update of what has happened since the last correspondence in December.

Matters completed include the Children's Christmas Party, the Fall Recruitment Drive, anotherFifth Sunday Rosary Program was held, and the Memorial Mass was conducted.  Council again sponsored the bus for the annual March for Life on January 19, 2018.  According to the Right to Life Ministry this year was the largest turn-out in several years.

Its over!!!! The 2018 Lenten Fish Dinners is officially completed.    We lost one Friday due to a snowstorm, but overall the event was successful.  We had good participation and involvement from the Council, and I would like to thank everyone that worked the event --- it went smoothly, and everyone pitched in to make this event successful.

I will have a final tally in April, but I can say this year was a financial success with an expected profit close to $1,900.  A big part of this success is a result of the hard work and dedication of the Team of Brother Knights.  Each of you came and helped wherever you were needed and this goes a long way to the success of this season.

A big part of the success and profits are due to the great support from the ladies of the Women’s Group and wives of Brother Knights who deliver each week an abundant amount and variety of desserts.  We thank them dearly for their support!!! 

Dues notices for the calendar year were mailed in January.  A second mailing was also recently mailed, and the response has been underwhelming.  There are still 7% to 10% that have not replied.  In upcoming meetings Council will be discussing adding an administrative fee to the Brothers that do not pay their annual dues promptly.

In February, two Brothers advanced to the Formation (2nd) Degree, and four Brothers advanced to the Knighthood (3rd) Degree.  There will be a Patriotic (4th) Degree Exemplification on June 9, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville, PA.  Council #345 has approx 80 eligible members that are candidates for the 4th degree.  There is no need to purchase regalia, and more importantly there is no longer a requirement to dress in a tuxedo --- a dark suit (black, deep navy blue or deep charcoal gray) is now appropriate attire.  The only cost to make this degree is $75 and this includes the cost of the meal at the end of the ceremony.

Membership growth is the lifeline of every council and new members can invigorate councils by bringing new ideas and taking on new programs. A spring membership drive is forthcoming.

Elections will be conducted starting in May.  Nominations and first reading will take place May 9th, second reading will take place May 23rd, and final reading and elections will take place on June 13th.  If you are at least a Third-Degree Knight please consider running for an office.

The success of any organization depends on the commitment of its members.  As Knights we attempt to continually adhere to our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity to support our Parishes and Families.  To fulfill these goals, Council must rely on the talents, time commitments, and financial support of its members.  We realize some members have more time than others, but I am reaching out to all to have you personally reconcile your commitment of talent-time-treasury to give a 100% effort to this Catholic Men’s fraternal organization.

Financially, we need your support.  Unfortunately, too many of you Brothers think this is reaching into your own pockets.  We need you to SELL tickets for the various fund raisers we conduct.  Using the football sweeps fund raiser as an example, if every Brother Knight of our Council sold two sweeps tickets at $10 each, Council would earn over $5,000 --- instead we had 20 members sell just over 200 tickets.  We made money, but the potential is exponential.

How many of you that were unable to work a shift at the Lenten Fish Dinners came to support the event by buying a ticket and eating dinner, or provided baked goods or beverages???

I am asking all of you to examine your commitment and reconsider the reason why you became a member of the Knights.  Your Council needs you to fulfill our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity --- please join us!!!

Mike Hunsicker is assisting Steve Farnesi in making Council's facebook page more active with posts about Council activities.  Please take the time to "like" our facebook page.

1). Please contact Bill Bogari (email=bogieman1@rcn.com or call 610-258-3622) to provide accurate contact information for Council's files.

2). This has been a difficult year regarding the health and well-being of many Brothers. Several members have been hospitalized and many Brothers have been inflicted during this flu season so please keep them in your prayers

Look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming meetings in March, April, and May.

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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