Congratulations to Council 9441, All Saints Council in Clinton, for their volunteer work at the town soup kitchen. Many needy families were provided a healthy lunch, with 111 people served.
Countless military personnel carry deep scars as a result of their selfless dedication to protecting everyone in our nation, including us and our families, yet most of us rarely think about the pain and suffering that our military members bring home. It is now our turn to protect each of them, to free them from feeling alone and broken, both spiritually and physically. Please join us in our efforts by supporting the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. For details, check out this video featuring of U.S. Army Special Forces First Sergeant Sompaul Vorapanich, a brother Knight and third time pilgrimage attendee. You can also follow the hashtag #WarriorsToLourdes. By donating $2,600, you can cover the travel expenses of one pilgrim.
Take advantage of the short-sleeve days of summer to conduct programs that promote fraternity among your members and serve the Church and community. Many councils hold annual summertime activities such as family outings or picnics; pickup baseball, football or soccer games; golf tournaments; and other events that give families an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and have fun together. Other councils use the warm weather to help with landscaping and maintenance at their churches or parish schools, often saving their parishes a substantial sum of money while having a good time. Some help clean up public parks or volunteer to plant gardens at hospitals or long-term medical facilities. Besides being a great way to encourage the spirit of fraternalism, outings also offer councils the opportunity to provide hospitality and spiritual growth Don’t let your council become dormant — stay active by getting everyone involved.
Focus public attention on heart disease — a leading cause of death, but a disease where the risk can be decreased. Bulletin boards, newsletter articles, and public forums should highlight National Cholesterol Education Month in September. A high blood cholesterol level is one of the three major modifiable risk factors. Encourage people to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) — the procedure for use in case of cardiac emergencies. Coordinate with the Red Cross or your local heart association to plan public information events.
"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight