NEWSLETTER Month of December 2017
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Need a Ride? Want to get to our General Meeting or Council functions but don’t have a ride?  Let the Phoning Committee know and we’ll do our best to pair you up with another Knight.
BKs Larry Whyte, Gerry Lockwood, Yvo De Boer and GK Ken Claridge present 4 boxes of coats to Chilliwack Community Services as part of our Council’s ongoing “Coats for Kids” program. COUNCIL ETIQUETTE 101 Br Dale Erikson/Membership Director: As observed at recent meetings, it seems that there has been some disregard for the protocol that comes with attending a Knights of Columbus Council meeting, so here is a reminder:  The Grand Knight (GK, Third Degree) or Faithful Navigator (FN, Fourth Degree) must conduct their meetings in strict accordance with the Charter, Constitution and Laws of the Knights of Columbus, supplemented by the council or assembly by-laws and according to parliamentary procedure. The standard reference on the subject of procedure is “Robert’s Rules of Order”.    In order to attend a Council meeting you must have a current membership card. As you enter the chambers you will be greeted by the Outside and Inside Guard who will need to see your membership card to be able to advise the Warden who will advise the GK that all that are present are in possession of a current paid up membership card. Once you have done that, please sign the attendance book. If you are an Officer, place the appropriate jewel around your neck for the meeting and take the seat assigned for your specific office. During the meeting, one rap of the gavel is a sign for the Council to come to order and be seated. Two raps of the gavel, is for Officers only to rise. Three raps of the gavel are for all members of the council to rise and 4 raps is for the Council to kneel in prayer. When a member wishes to speak, he does so by rising from his seat, and once the GK has recognized you, rise and address him by saying “Worthy Grand Knight” or “Worthy Faithful Navigator” and state your name, saluting with an upward motion of your hand which is the tree of the cross. The GK will respond with a sideward motion which is the arm of the cross. Then speak to the Grand Knight even if the subject is concerning another Officer. Once you stated your opinion, once again salute the GK with an upward motion of your hand which is the tree of the cross. The GK will respond with a sideward motion which is the arm of the cross. In the event that you are receiving an award, you will be asked to approach the GK, and again with the same gesture, once you have received the award salute the GK, turnaround and salute the DGK and return to your seat.    At the November General Meeting,  we agreed that a (voluntary) loonie fine box will be instituted starting with the January 2018 General Meeting for failure to correctly address the Grand Knight.  The collected loonies will be presented as our Pennies for Heaven donation at Convention.  Thank you and we will see you at the next meeting! Charity Appeal Chair Br Peter Pazdera Thanks to the many Brother Knights who signed up to sell Charity Appeal Tickets last month when we were in Cottonwood Mall.  It’s still up in the air whether we will get any more mall time in the New Year, so we are reliant on the ticket-selling technique of Brother Knights to get the job done. If you haven’t picked up a book yet, contact Br. Peter Pazdera after 11:30 Mass on Sunday or email him at         Church Director Br Lyall Dalman Many thanks to all the Brother Knights who helped to bring together last month’s Memorial Mass at St. Mary’s.  About 60 Brother Knights, spouses and parishioners were there to show support and remembrance for the 143 Brother Knights that have gone to their eternal resting place.  It was especially heartwarming to see at least a dozen widows turn out for the church service and the social that followed in the gym.  Special thanks to my right hand man Br. Larry Whyte who was an immense help at bringing together the last minute details. Help Wanted We’re still looking for a couple more Brother Knights to round up vacant Director positions: Culture of Life Director: You will liaise with the Chilliwack Pro-Life Society and report back to the General Meeting.  You would also ensure our Council remains true to the cause of Pro-Life in other ways. Family Director:  Your role is to explore ways our Council can sponsor activities that allow families to spend time together in volunteer activities, faith initiatives and social events.  This Director also looks at ways our Council can help widows and families of departed Brother Knights. Contact DGK Gerry Cranley or GK Ken Claridge if you can spare some time to fill one of these important positions.   
Christmas Dinner Date: Friday December 15, 2017 Time: Cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 Location: St Mary’s School Gym Meal Plan: Turkey, vegetables, fruit, salads, desserts, coffee/tea in a buffet style. The usual Christmas Supper stuff!!   Although this is short notice, it will be a great opportunity to get more Knights out for nice social evening with wives and any other family member that may want to attend. Please call me at 604-793-6344 or email before Dec 6th so we can advise the caterer of the number of people attending.   Tickets will be made available for $25. The price covers the cost of the catered meal, plus about $4 which we will use as a fund raiser as well as any money raised from the auction items that I will have acquired.   Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you ASAP.  Dave Johnson, Council Director 
Notices of Motion at the November General Meeting PUT FORWARD BY BROTHER PETER LINDENHOFF: That Council approve an expenditure exceeding $500 for the purchase of a computer projector for Council use. (NOTE: the October Notice of Motion was rescinded in favour of this one) PUT FORWARD BY BROTHER PETER LINDENHOFF: That Council approve a donation of $1000 towards the St John de Brebeuf Regional Secondary Mission Trip to Nicaragua during Spring Break 2018. BOTH ITEMS WILL BE BROUGHT FORWARD AS THE FIRST ITEM UNDER UNFINISHED BUSINESS AT THE DECEMBER GENERAL MEETING.