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Dear Brothers,

I hope everyone had a great month of January. So far, the winter has been pretty nice with little or no snow.

February starts off with our famous groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” predicting the length of the winter. Happily, Phil did not see his shadow so it looks like Spring will be here before we know it.

The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. This year the first 25 days of February fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time . The remaining days of February are the beginning of Lent starting with Ash Wednesday on February 26th.

January Happenings at the Council

The Officers mid-year planning meeting was held on January 8th. We have many events planned for the second half of the year. We will keep all of you informed and you can also go on our website and read the Knightline to keep up on the happenings of our council.

On January 11th I attended the GK Mid Term Meeting at St Anthony of Padua in Hammonton NJ. It was an informative meeting focusing on recruiting new members and introducing us to the new combined degree called “Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity”.

New Brothers will be able to obtain all degrees in one session. After 6/30/2020 we will no longer be doing the old 1st, 2nd & 3rd degrees in NJ. Family and Friends can also attend the ceremony. It will no longer be kept a secret. If you are a First- or Second-Degree Brother, you can attend the ceremony and become a 3rd Degree Knight.

Pasta Night was held on January 11th by PGK Angelo and Diane Massaro. It was a great evening and the food was fantastic. We had over 140 people dining with all of the proceeds going to Race for Life. I would like to thank the Massaro’s for their generosity donating their time and food for this event.

Another fundraiser for Race for Life was held at the Howell Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday January 21st. The steaks and food were delicious, and a great time was had by all. Thanks to PCCP Rich Russo/PGK Lou McGraw and the RFL Team for putting this all together. The best is yet to come.

The basketball Free Throw Contest was held at Mother Seton Academy in Howell (St Veronica's). We had 20 participants. I would also like to thank PGK Brian Curran and all the Brothers who assisted with the contest.

Congratulations to the winners

Katrina DeLucia, Fiona Olsen, Amanda Brown, Jacklyn Capasso, Jeffrey Jimenez, Ryan Jarecki, Jake Schalen, Travis Kimball, Nicholas Epps, and Dylan Caldeira.

The winners now advance to the District Competition.

Looking forward into February

· Social Meeting Friday February 7th

· Pancake Breakfast on Saturday February 8th at the Council. Proceeds for Race for Life.

· Valentine’s Day Friday February 14th

· 20th annual Race For Life on Sunday February 16th for our two recipients Kelsey Kauffeld & Joseph Koslowski

· Presidents Day Monday February 17th

· Business Meeting Friday February 21st

· Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament Sunday February 23rd.

· Ash Wednesday February 26th Lent begins.

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 Pancake Fundraiser and Race For Life which benefits our two recipients Kelsey and Joseph.

Check out our Website for the latest news and events.

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

" Generosity is a principle, not an amount”

Millie Thornton

Vivat Jesus,

Tom Raulinavich GK