February 2018

Brother Knights,

Congratulations to Council 10257, Boonville, their family members and other community organizations that participated in the 17th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away / Delivery in Boonville, IN.  The Community dinner provides a complete Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to anyone in the Boonville area requesting a meal in advance.  Volunteers who have prepared the meals box them up for delivery and the meals are then delivered to those who requested them on Thanksgiving morning.  This community effort includes merchants, teachers, clergy, students, and citizens coming together to make this happen. 

Activities kicked off on Tuesday night November 21, 2017 with the deboning of turkeys at St. Clement Catholic Church in the social hall.  Turkeys were cooked there on Wednesday and servings packaged.  Trimmings were prepared at Boonville Middle School where final meal assembly took place.  Deliveries began on Thanksgiving morning from Boonville Middle School. Approximately 440 meals were prepared and delivered Thanksgiving Day 2017.

Great work by Council 6323, Father Francis Pitka, Syracuse.  They held a fundraising event that invited Brother Knights, the church and the public to bring canned goods for food pantries, eyeglasses for the Lions Club, and old shoes to be sent to Central America. Horse race games raffled off various prizes, to include gas cards, televisions, and quilts.  The event raised enough funds and canned food to provide donations of $200 and 150 pounds of canned food to three food pantries. 


The State Service Program Award entries for Community are needed; please submit Supreme form STSP on the Supreme forms webpage, for an Outstanding Community activity to the State Community Director by February 28, 2018.  This is not the state activity form, but a form from Supreme that needs to be submitted by a council to the State Community Director.  The entries will be judged in March.  This can also include outstanding Special Olympics or Disaster Response activities.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week in April. This is a valuable opportunity to offer volunteers in your council and community some well-deserved praise.  Look for more information about National Volunteer Week activities by calling the Points of Light Foundation at 1-800-VOLUNTEER. Their Web site is www.pointsoflight.org.

The International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) in Lourdes was established in 1946 to promote reconciliation and peace after World War II.  Every year since, for one weekend in May, Lourdes has become a place of prayer and healing for active duty members and veterans representing more than 35 nations.

Since 2013, the Knights of Columbus has worked with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, (AMS) to sponsor the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage.  The event allows non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel, together with their designated caregivers and volunteers, to travel to the Marian shrine during the PMI for a time of rest, prayer and healing.

By financially supporting the 2018 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, which takes place on May 15-22, you can make this pilgrimage possible for our military personnel in need. By donating $2,600, you can cover the travel expenses of one pilgrim.   Any donation amount helps to contribute to sending a warrior to Lourdes.


Rick Santangelo 

Community Director
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"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight

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