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Dear Brothers

Season Greetings!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday. It is a time for us to look back and reflect on what we and our families are grateful for. A time to spend with our families and friends. A time to give back to the less fortunate.

Our Deceased Members Mass was held at St Aloysius Church on November 8th. A special thanks to Father Bambrick for having the Mass and Linda Salvi for leading us in song. I would like to thank Hu Mador for organizing and taking the role at Lecturer. Thanks also to PGK Barry Kakos and Joe D’Angelo for their devotion on reading the names of our deceased members of Council #6201.

The Formation/2nd Degree was held on November 20th led by the Formation Degree Team of Brian Curran. We had nine Brothers making their Formation Degree. Thank you, Brian and Team, for your commitment. Congratulations to Shaun Duwe, Chris Rathbauer, Vincent LaBianca, Andrew Mannikus, Daniel McGraw, Bernie Polatschek, Jim Nash, Mark Dislivia, and Steve Carlucci.

The Thanksgiving Food Baskets was held on Saturday November 23rd. We had a great turnout of Brother Knights and their Families to help the less fortunate at Thanksgiving. We fed 35 families. I was glad to be a part of it again this year. Thanks to PGK Bob Clifford and all who came out to help with this event.

Iron Couples Knight was another fun event held on Saturday November 30th. Thanks to Steve Stazko and Family for hosting it again this year. If you have never participated before, please mark your calendars for next year. You will be glad you did. Loads of fun and laughs.

As we move into December the Advent Season begins. The word Advent derives from the Latin word “adventus” meaning coming. The Lord is coming. During Advent we anticipate the coming of Jesus. It is a time of reflection, excitement, and hope. Give of yourself by doing good works. Good works help heal the hurts caused by sin, including our own. Each day do a good work, say a prayer for a person, help a neighbor in need. It doesn’t need to be someone you know. At the end of Advent, one will have a beautiful gift for the Lord.

For the month of December, we will be holding our annual Coat Drive. Any new coats, hats, and/or gloves can be dropped off in the Narthex at St Veronica’s church or at the Council. Plastic Bins that are clearly marked Coat Drive will be available. Please be generous.

We have the Nativity Lighting coming up on Friday, December 6th. There will be no Rosary or Social Meeting that night but come out and bring your family to sing some Christmas Carols and help decorate the Christmas Tree. We will have some cookies, cake and hot chocolate as we celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season and the birth of Jesus. It will begin at 7pm so please mark your calendars.

Sunday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Breakfast with Santa (Children’s Christmas Party) is on Saturday December 15th. Yours truly will be in the kitchen along with Santa’s helpers whipping up pancakes and other breakfast treats!

The Adult Christmas Party will be held right after the Business Meeting on Friday December 20th and most importantly the Christmas Food baskets will be held on Saturday December 21st. From what Bob Clifford tells me we are feeding 175+ Families this year. If you never participated in anything at the council this year you will want to do this. Please bring your families to our Council home to help assemble “baskets” at 9 am. This by far in my opinion is one of the best events and truly brings the message of what Christmas is all about.

The “Old Timers Reunion” will be held from noon on Saturday December 21st. Come out and meet some of the Brothers that helped make this Council to what it is today.

Finally, please keep an eye on the calendar on the K of C website for updated events.

For the latest news expect a few e mails to come your way.

To all my Brothers and Their Families. Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.” -Mother Teresa

Vivat Jesus,

Tom Raulinavich GK