From the Grand Knight’s Desk:
As I was grocery shopping the other day there was a young mother with her four children including a newborn. As expected she was juggling trying to keep them under control and quiet while filling her cart with groceries
Although my own children are 15 and 17 now, this brought back memories, both good and bad, of their growing up. It reminded me of just how lucky I am to be a father and to be a part of their lives. It also made me think of all of the children who were never born due to abortion and what could have changed their parents minds during that time of what would have been a very difficult decision. Perhaps if they had seen pictures of their baby from a modern ultrasound machine they would have made a different choice.
Our Supreme Knight has challenged councils to donate 1000 ultrasound machines, so far 815 have been provided. Perhaps our council should be one of those? What a great feeling it would be to know our efforts would save hundreds of children for years to come. Let me know your thoughts on this and if you would like to be on a committee to investigate options for purchase and donation.
July is a very busy month for our council, albeit focused towards the end of the month. We began with several nights of prepping for Founders and cleaned and repaired our cooking equipment. Thanks to the new king of the dish pan hands, Keith Einecker, for scrubbing all the pots. Steve Wilson finally had others with him as Route 62 was cleaned as part of our Adopt a Highway commitment. But the big one for the month is Founders Days. Thank you to Kyle Nejman for stepping up to chair this fundraiser. This is a huge event and he has some big shoes to fill (both figuratively and literally) as Ken Prigge stepped down after 17 years as chair. Also thank you to Michael Kouvalis for chairing our participation in the Founders parade. It’s great to see our younger and newer Knights stepping up and taking charge. Having said all that, unfortunately Founders was cancelled due to the river flooding. There is a chance it could be rescheduled or we may host a fundraiser. Either way thanks again to all who worked to make sure it would have been a success.
The flooding has also affected some of our brothers and their families. As the water recedes we will look to the council to assist with cleanup and rebuilding. Also keep all those affected in your prayers as water in your home is a very stressful experience.
Are you a golfer? Great. Not a golfer? No problem. Either way we need you for this year’s Hammer Open on August 20. We need golfers to play, volunteers to setup and staff stations and hole event sponsors. Help is also needed for the planning committee. Please contact Tom Walker if interested. Talk to Kevin Wright if you want to volunteer.
Take some time this week to look around and count your blessings. We all have so many and we need to thank God for all He has given us.
See you at Mass. God Bless.