Pages 3 and 4 have information on the scholarships. The first scholarship, Young Man and Young Woman, is what we are going to use for council scholarships and will be sent to the state. There is not a requirement for having any family member in the Knights. I would like to keep this to graduating juniors and seniors that are headed to college, trade school, or some other educational experience beyond high school. Speaking to Bob Blade, he has this advice: keep it strong and long. Let’s be very clear that these scholarships will go to a Knight’s family member if they are the strongest candidate.
I also published 2 education based scholarships for families that have lost their family member that was a Knight. These are based on financial need. Although we do not have Columbian Squires and Columbian Squire Roses, we may have had someone relocate to our parish.
In all cases, I did not print the application as it is available online and it is best to download them and type into the downloaded application before printing.
We had to cancel the Initiation ceremony scheduled for February. We continue to struggle bringing in new members and am looking for ideas on how to improve this. We have targeted the men with young families and must come up with a way to get them to overcome the valid concerns that they have in being too busy. We actually have some of that demographic in our membership and we need to ensure that we do not push them into certain officer roles too quickly and to gather information on how to enhance the family experience.
In January, we had the pancake breakfast on the 14th, the free throw contest on the 28th, and our inaugural Pub Night on the 20th, and the Right to Life March on the 19th.
In February, we have another pancake breakfast and 2 fish fries. And in March, we have our men’s retreat, our last fish fry, and our support (again fish) at the Irish Festival, and an Easter Egg hunt.
Our council will be 25 years old this month (we were chartered in 2/15/1993)
Jim Borden – Grand Knight