Kudos to Council 1231, Msgr. William Kreis in Lawrenceburg for their assistance with St. Lawrence Parish's fourth annual Thanksgiving dinner for the needy and shut ins. 56 meals were served in the St. Lawrence gym with 325 meals delivered to shut ins, and nursing homes. An additional 22 meals were delivered to the Heart House, the county home for the homeless. 18 Knights from the council supported the effort, including cooking, setting tables, delivery, and cleanup. Spouses and children of the Knights, and about 30 other volunteers worked before, during, and after the dinner, some of whom were not members of the parish.
Fantastic job by Council 11044, Father M. Joseph McDonnel in Carmel with the biggest blood drive to date. The council collected 103 units of life giving blood. So far this year councils have collected 793 life saving units. The need for blood is never ending, so please consider hosting a blood drive or two before June 30, 2018. Where do you stand on a blood drive? Have you thought about hosting a platelet drive?
We are beginning the second half of our fraternal year, so please take stock of where your council is regarding community and other activities. If your council does not have 2 activities already reported plan now on what activities will be conducted before June 30, 2018. So far, only 41 of our active councils have reported two or more community activities, with an amazing 152 councils, or 75% of active councils with no reported activity.
Host a Blue Mass in February to honor law enforcement officials, firefighters, and paramedics. Include time for fellowship with the “blue knights” and have programs explaining to them the spiritual and material benefits that come from membership in our Order. Use this Mass to present your council’s Firefighter of the Year and Police Officer of the Year to deserving individuals. Consult their chaplains and pastors when planning the event.
"Our principles are just words if we do not live them out." Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight