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Grand Knight's Message

January 2018

As we enter the New Year of 2018, I want to wish bountiful blessings to each of you, and each of your family members, as this time of renewal progresses. Along with that goes my
profound thanks for all the support and assistance during this difficult transition period.

During this New Year please keep in mind, and in your prayers, the many Knights, including
Grand Knight Tom, who have passed away this past year. Special thanks to our Color Guard who attend the funerals of our Brothers, and to Mike Planko for his work in making arrangements for the Knights representation.

December was an active month, the highlight of which was the superbly presented K of C Party and dinner. Plaudits to our most gracious host, Columbian President Ken Davis
for all his efforts, setting up and decorating for this wonderful event. Also for allowing us free reign on the menu which was well received. Frank and I also extend our deepfelt thanks to Karen Powers, Ann Argentine, Dan and Sue Matrazzo and Cathy Bunch for their help
preparing this meal. Also a special thank you to Tom and Liz Zwickle
who chose to work that night in the kitchen, as did Dan Matrazzo, rather than attend the party. All these wonderful people make our job much easier.

Other events included a frantic hospital breakfast that served over 700 meals. The large participation from our Brother Knights, some of their wives and Catholic Daughters made this huge event successful. We also had a lightly attended, but thoroughly enjoyed, K of C Children’s Christmas Party with an appearance from Santa and decorations by the Catholic  Daughters. Our $10,000 Raffle finally turned a total profit of $4,000, due largely to the marketing skills of
Manny B, Dave T, Ken D, Frank T, Charles M, Ralph F, and many others.

Thank you to Bill and Ann Argentine
for taking over one of Frank’s and my store pick-ups. They have graciously taken over the Thursday morning pick up at Price Chopper so Frank and I can start cooking earlier for the Homeless Vets and Code Blue. The groceries we
collect Thursday –Saturday are appreciated by many local organizations.  Thank you also to
John, and Elwin for their many years of service to our Bingo Program. I
wish as much success to their successors Dennis T, and
Pat M as John and Elwin enjoy their
well deserved retirement, although I know they will still be making many Wednesday appearances.
Again I’m very appreciative of all the people who have helped me in my new position and in the kitchen. I also look forward to working with our newer members as we continue in
our charitable work. Thank you Jeff Koppi for your hard work in creating our monthly newsletters. And to Dr. Grimm for your help and gentle push to keep me on track to get my thoughts in the newsletters.

Vivat Jesus,
Joe Fredette
Grand Knight