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Dear Brothers,

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that I am halfway through my Fraternal Year as your Grand Knight and we are now in the year 2020. I hope everyone had a great Christmas Holiday and New Year.

In the first part of January we continue to celebrate Christ's coming at Bethlehem. We have the feasts of Mary, Mother of God, where we honor Mary's highest title, and then we follow the 3 kings to the crib as they bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on Epiphany. Then we reach the high point of this season with the Baptism of Our Lord by St. John the Baptist.

December happenings at the council.

The Nativity Lighting Ceremony was held on 12/6. Father Bambrick lead us in prayer and blessings. We sang carols, trimmed the tree & enjoyed light refreshments. Everyone had a great time. The children looked great. Thanks to the Erin Bradley and Naomi Capasso, and all who lent a hand making this event a success.

On Friday the 13th the Ladies Auxiliary held a Karaoke Knight. It was a fun night and there were a lot of great singers. Thanks to Jim Londis for volunteering to run the Karaoke board. Who knew Jim was a great backup singer.

The Breakfast with Santa / Children’s Christmas party was held on 12/15. Over 40 children attended along with their families. Santa’s Crew was busy in the kitchen whipping up pancakes, sausage, bacon, and eggs. Thanks to “Santa”, Jean Marie, Ronnie, and a everyone that helped make this event fun for the children.

The Council’s Adult Christmas Party was held on 12/20. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to PGK Dave Idank, PGK Victor Salvi and crew for providing the food and refreshments.

Thanks to PGK Bob & Donna Clifford for taking on the huge task and coordinating our Christmas Food Baskets for the Needy which was held on 12/21.

Thank you to the tremendous turnout of Brothers & their families who helped put together and deliver the baskets to those in need. We handed out 183 Food Baskets as well as gifts at Christmas this year. This really makes me happy and proud of our Council for what we do as Knights.

The Council’s Annual Old-timers Reunion was held on Saturday 12/21. It was great to see so many long-time members back at the council. Thanks to PGK/FDD Barry Kakos for coordinating the Reunion and to Joe Pucilowski and John Kunkle for supplying a delicious meal of meatloaf for the members.

Looking forward into January

· Friday January 3rd and 17th Social and Business Meeting at the Council 8:30 pm

· Saturday January 11th Pasta Night. (Benefiting our two recipients for Race for Life)

· Tuesday January 21st Texas Roadhouse (to benefit our two recipients for Race for Life)

· Saturday January 25th Free Throw Contest (St Veronicas)

Please join us every first and third Friday for our meetings. It’s a great time to socialize and meet new friends and see old friends.

We have a lot of events coming up like the Pasta Night which benefits the two recipients for Race for Life as well as the Pancake Breakfast at the council and Texas Roadhouse Event.

Get Involved with YOUR Council. You will be glad you did. Remember Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. That’s what we are all about.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

―Winston Churchill

Vivat Jesus,

Tom Raulinavich GK