April 2017

Brother Knights,

Many thanks to Council 14862, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Lawrenceburg for their outstanding work with blood drives. They conducted three blood drives this fraternal year, collecting 176 units. Let's keep up the good work with the blood drives-they truly bring the gift of life to those in need.  Council 11276, Father Solonus Casey, Fort Wayne also had a great blood drive collecting 60 units. Great job! 

Looking ahead:

Observe the National Fraternal Congress of America’s Join Hands Day, which is celebrated annually in the United States on the first Saturday in May (for more information visit the Web site, www.join-handsday.org. Urge the mayor or some other public official to issue a Join Hands Day proclamation. Publicize fraternal activities sponsored by your council. The objective of the day is to foster communication between the younger generation and the older generation, recognizing the various ways in which we all aid each other. While you might think that Join Hands Day is all about shaking the hands of strangers you meet in the street, it is in fact a day dedicated to attempting a union in our communities between the older generation and those who want to get involved. Try paying a visit to a community center or elderly home, and show that regardless of age we are all humans who need to be appreciated and loved.

Implement programs to highlight National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May. High blood pressure is especially dangerous because it has no clear signs or symptoms-it doesn’t make you feel dizzy or nervous. It can, however, cause heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Educate your community by conducting high blood pressure awareness programs and blood pressure screenings.

VOLUNTEER. There is a growing need for volunteers to find and implement solutions to society’s problems. These volunteers make an important difference in our world. Rally the other organizations in your community to work with your council in solving community problems. Recognize outstanding volunteer efforts within your own council. Following a council event, present a certificate of appreciation to those members who made the activity a success by donating their valuable time and talents. Certificates of Appreciation (#1579, E, F, S, 25¢ each) are available from the Supreme Council Supply Department. 

I look forward to seeing all of you at our State Convention!

VIVAT JESUS!

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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