NEWSLETTER Month of February 2019
NOTICE OF MOTION MOVED BY BR DALE ERIKSON:  “that $1500.00 of the profit from our 2018 Christmas Tree Sales fundraiser be used as a $500 second bursary for each of the three Senior Secondary schools in the Chilliwack School District (Chilliwack Secondary, Sardis Secondary and GW Graham) for 2019.”  This will be the first item under New Business at our February General Meeting. COUNCIL DUES ARE PAST DUE! A reminder from Financial Secretary Gerry Lockwood if you haven’t paid your annual $35 dues, please pay them as soon as possible.  Either bring your payment to the February General Meeting or give Br. Gerry a call at 604-846-8923 to line up a convenient drop off.
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Last minute instructions are given to a participant at the Council/District Free Throw at St. Mary’s Gym last mont
REPORT ON FREE THROW COMPETITION/BK Jean Godbout On Saturday January 26th , the Council/ District Free Throw took place at St Mary's Gym from 2-4 pm. Youth from ages 10 to 13 took to the hoops to test their skills .  We had a small contingent of students (9). Girls & boys with one playoff for age 12 boys.  Six of the students were awarded Knights of Columbus Free Throw Medals . With families on hand it was a very enjoyable time.  A grateful thanks goes out to all the Volunteer Knights who came out to help.  Looking good & very professional. Lessons learned & already looking forward to next year's Event.  BK Jean Godbout & Peter Prost
On a separate topic (but just as important) is the need to fill out our Directorships and Committees with more members.  As well, it appears we will need to elect or appoint a couple of Trustees given the attendance records of our existing ones.  Again, in whatever way you can offer your talents, call me at 604-819-4932. CHARITY APPEAL UPDATE/Br Knight Peter Pazdera   The 2019 Charity Appeal Draw campaign has been completed, and I wish to extend a hearty and grateful Thank You to all brother knights who participated in selling tickets at Cottonwood Mall, St. Mary’s Church after masses, and independently to family , friends and coworkers. Thanks also to those who purchased tickets for themselves.   Members volunteered 287 hours to administration, mall and mass sales, plus independent selling efforts.  Chilliwack Council 3478 has sold 345 books at $30 each, total face value $10,350. The state organization will rebate commissions and money to our council during March to June.  The early bird draw was held on January 19, and we had a Chilliwack winner for a $2000 prize. No Main draw winners though. You can find a list of all the winners at   Here are some statistics: Number of ticket books received: 350 Number of books sold: 345 Sales at Cottonwood Mall: $4140 Sales at Masses: $2040 Sales by independent sellers: $4170 Members participating in selling tickets at all venues: 43 (26% of membership) Members selling tickets independently: 31 (19% of membership) TOP SELLERS: #1- Jean Godbout, #2- Herman Korbeld (RIP),  #3- Blake Baxter, Peter Pazdera (tie),  #4- Ken Dillon, #5- Dale Erikson   I would hope that every member will keep in mind this important fund raiser for our council activities, and think forward to participating next year.   Let’s boost the member participation from an embarrassing 26% to where it should be, around 75%.  All you need to do is ask the people around you to buy a ticket – they will likely buy three. Start building a list of people to ask for next year. Every member of any age should be able to easily sell two books. That would be an additional $7000 towards our council work.   Vivat Jesus! Peter Pazdera, Charity Appeal Chairman 2017-2019
MEMBERSHIP/RECRUITMENT UPDATE/Br Knight Dale Erikson Just another reminder, Brother Peter Prost is working to put together a First Degree Team, if you are interested in helping out,  please contact him to join that important function of our council. We really need to get one together, as right now I have 4 new applications that we need to get through the Initiation Degree.  Finally, a Patriotic (Fourth) Degree is scheduled for Feb 9, 2019 at the Star of the Sea Parish in White Rock. We have 3 Brother  Knights planning to attend. On February 11, 2019, there will be a Knighthood (Third) Degree in Maple Ridge. We have 3 members that have already expressed  interest in going but we have 5 more members that are still at Second Degree, so please let me know if you will be available to  attend.  Then there is a Formation (Second) Degree being planned by our District Deputy at our Council probably in April, more details later. (…more on page 6) We have 15 members that are still First Degree and hope that they can attend this and continue to move up to the next level. Recruiting is an ongoing ministry, so if you know of a Catholic gentleman that might be interested in joining, either go through the interview sheet with him, or give me his contact information and I will complete the required meeting and paperwork.
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT’S CORNER/DGK Gerry Cranley Dear Brother Knights:  Your Council 3478 is requesting your assistance. We value your judgment, we appreciate your opinions, and we rely on your participation for our continued success. The Chilliwack Knights of Columbus Council 3478 conducts a variety of programs-programs where you can personally apply your talents and fulfill your ambitions. In an effort to satisfy your desires and interests, we ask that you complete a Member/Prospect Interest Survey. Last weekend after all Masses a survey was distributed to Brother Knights and prospective Knights at the exit.  Place the form in an envelope and mark the envelope  K of C Survey and put it in the collection basket at any Mass.       Bring the form to the next general meeting and hand it in to me. This option is for members only. General meetings are every third Tuesday at 7:30 at 46221 Margaret Avenue (KayCee Hall).       Or Mail the survey to Chilliwack Knights of Columbus 46221 Margaret Avenue. Chilliwack B.C. V2P 2G7.