My Brother Knights,
The Deputy Grand Knight and I attended the quarterly State Meeting in July and the State is very focused on Membership this year with a goal of 1400 new members in the State of Virginia.
Our membership committee is not solely responsible for recruitment. Each of us has a responsibility to help recruit new members and grow the order. Many of us participate in other Parish missions or activities. When taking part in these activities I would encourage you to wear you Knights of Columbus badge and help promote the Order. Maybe someone will see your badge and ask what the Knights are all about. These other Parish activities are also excellent opportunities to identify potential new members and start talking to them about the benefits of being a Knight. Try to come up with a 1 minute story about why you are a Knight, or about something going on in our Council that you are really excited about and be prepared to share that with potential new members.
I want to thank the Enrique Nieto family for making our first Family Pasta Night last month such a huge success. The food was delicious and got rave reviews from those in attendance. They served over 130 meals and a great time was had by all. Working together to make the Pasta Night so successful, the Nieto family really showed what “Faith & Family” is all about.
I would also like to extend an invitation to those Brother Knights that have not been able to make a meeting in a while to come out and join us. We miss you at our meetings and would like to see you again!
Our Council will be focusing a bit more on retention this year. PGK Rich Aleksy has graciously agreed to Chair the Retention Committee with help from several of our Worthy Past Grand Knights. If they ask for your assistance in bringing Brother Knights back into our Council please give them all the help you can.
Remember that all of the great work our Council does throughout the year is due in large part to the success of our Bingo Program. To all those who so graciously donate their time to this program I offer you a huge “THANK YOU!” If you have not yet had the opportunity to help out with the Bingo Program why not volunteer a few hours one day a month? Please contact me or our Worthy Chancellor if you would like more information on how you can get involved.
The Council will be hosting many exciting events during August. The first blood drive of the Fraternal Year will be held at George Brent Council on August 2nd. What a great opportunity to give the gift of life to those who need it the most.
On the night of August 8th, George Brent Council will be hosting a First Degree Exemplification. Then on August 12th we will be hosting a Second Degree Exemplification. I would very much like to see as many Brother Knights attend both Exemplifications as possible. This is a chance to welcome our new Brother Knights to our ever growing family.
We will be hosting the pro-life booth at the Prince William County Fair from August 8th through the 16th. This is such a great opportunity to show that we as Catholics stand up for the unborn. Our culture of life chairman Aaron Messier will need as much help as possible to tend the booth.