Open Positions within the Council
With the beginning of a new Fraternal Year, we find ourselves with several open positions which need to be filled on July 1st. It takes many Knights to run the Council and to coordinate all of the activities and charities that we support. This year we are looking for Knights, or Member couples, to support our various activities.
Therefore, we are looking for volunteers for the following Council positions:
Culture of Life Chairman
Health Services (Blood Drive)
Public Relations (Advertisement Chairman)
Family Activities Director
(3) Membership Committee Members
(3) Recruitment Committee Members
Holy Cross Children’s Services Liaison
(3) Retention Committee Members
Admissions Committee Chairman
(3) Admissions Committee Members
Membership Directory Chairman
Coats for Kids Chairman
World Marriage Day Chairman
RSVP Fund (Seminarian Support) Chairman
St. Vincent’s Home Liaison
These positions are for a one year term and the amount of time required varies from one night a month up to several days a month. No experience is required, but we are looking for enthusiastic Members to drive our Council forward. If you would like more detailed position information, or to volunteer, please contact Grand Knight Ken Morrison at 719-4097 or Deputy Grand Knight Jim Warner at 719-6794.
2014 Lugnuts Game to Celebrate Vocations
LANSING LUGNUTS VS WEST MICHIGAN WHITECAPS
Friday, August 8th, 2013 @ 7:05 pm
The 2014 Knights Family Night to Celebrate Vocations is Friday, August 8th at Cooley Law School Stadium!
All are welcome!!
Early entrance for families || inflatable toys in left field || Pre-game activities || Catholic Information Fair on the Concourse || Flat screen TVs given away through the game || Chance to win the Grand Slam Event || Chances to win many in-game Lugnut prizes || Free Lugnut web pictures of your group || Donated tickets will also be accepted to bring children from Holy Cross Children’s Services, St. Louis Center, and St. Vincent Home for Children || LAFCU Fireworks after the game.
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE at the Hall at 5300 N. Grand River. Only 50 tickets are available at $12 EACH. Seats are behind home plate, one section toward 3rd base (section J).
Eucharistic Ministers (August 10th)
Rick Smith – Captain
Top Rating from A.M. Best for 39th Consecutive Year
Financial Strength Rated A++ (Superior)
Citing the Knights of Columbus' strong presence in Catholic communities and its members' loyalty, ratings agency A.M. Best reaffirmed the K of C’s rating of A++ (Superior) for financial strength.
The rating announcement marks the 39th consecutive year that the Knights of Columbus earned A.M. Best's top marks. The Order has $94 billion of life insurance in force and $21 billion in assets under management. No insurer in North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columbus.
"Our top rating from A.M Best underscores our commitment to our members and their families," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "We were founded to protect the financial futures of Catholic families, and we take that obligation seriously. In our sales, operations and investments, we keep in mind that Knights and their families are more than customers, they are members of our fraternal family.”
Supreme Knight Anderson added: “We credit our commitment to our members, our excellent sales force of agents who are all Knights of Columbus, and our commitment to our Catholic values, which are the keys to the work we do.”
Earlier this year, the Knights of Columbus was named a 2014 "World's Most Ethical Company" by the Ethisphere Institute — an independent center for research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. It was one of two companies named in the “life insurance” category, and one of fewer than 150 total companies worldwide.
A.M. Best noted that the rating of the Knights of Columbus “reflects its strong fraternal and insurance presence within the Catholic communities in the United States and Canada, its strong risk-adjusted capitalizations as measured by Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio, and its consistently positive statutory operating results." It added that the Knights of Columbus "has a strong affinity with its large membership base through its charitable programs and competitive portfolio of life insurance and annuity products."
To learn more about Knights of Columbus Insurance, contact our local field agent Michael DuMont.
A Message From Your Grand Knight
My Brother Knights and Families: Vivat Jesus!!
Brothers, I would personally like to give a BIG thank you to the Council for the all the support and warm welcome not only for me, but for my officers as well. As I glanced back on my first month as the Grand Knight of Council # 788, I had a vision and a picture in mind of what the first month would look like. My vision was off just a bit. I haven't had a day where the Knights of Columbus didn't need my help or my thoughts so I guess what I'm saying is Council #788 is a very active council which is a good thing. My first month looked something like this: We had the 4th Degree flag day ceremony, built a new budget to better the order, put together a trip for a Tigers game on August 2, went to diocesan meeting, District Meeting, Officer Meeting, Council Meeting, a major Degree, Golf Outing and a Cornish Hen Dinner. We are all working hard to make this council a better place. I also believe that if we work harder and smarter we as a team we can make council # 788 a better council than yesterday. Just for the record, I wouldn't change a thing. I knew taking on the role as your Grand Knight I was going to be very busy and active to make a difference and to better our council.
Attention all 4th degree members, when was the last time you went to a 4th degree meeting? I attended last month’s meeting and I was very impressed on how well the meeting was run. I was also very impressed with how busy they are. They are running different projects like the Flag Day ceremony, Francis Fest on September 27th and Keeping Christ in Christmas program which will help the 4th degree and the council to raise money for the good of the order. They have many different projects that need our help. If you are able to help on any of these project please feel free to contact myself or the new Faithful Navigator Bob Spehar. Come to a meeting with me on August 19th at 7:30 pm which will last a little over an hour. Make sure to introduce yourself to the New 4th Degree Team as they have changed a lot of the officer positions.
I would personally like to invite all council members, their families and friends to join us on Saturday, August 23rd from noon to 6 pm for our annual Council #788 picnic. This year, I have also asked our Fourth Degree Assembly #0496 to join us in our picnic, which I'm hoping will become a new tradition for many years to come. This year we are having hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, beans, chips and beverages of your choice, so I hope to see you all there to share in faith, fellowship and FUN !!!
I would like to thank Ed and Kathy Stouffer for making the Cornish Hen Dinner a success and for all their time and preparation for the meal. Its members like this that makes Council #788 what it is today. Make sure you put the date of September 19th on your calendar. This will be our Walleye Dinner from 4 to 7 pm. More information will follow next month.
The council is putting on a scrap metal drive for the month of August. Any type of metal is welcomed and we will even come to your house for pick-up. Please feel free to call Chairman Ray Drouin at 517-372-4266
Lastly, I would like to say this: (IF NOT US THEN WHO?). I’ve lived my life knowing I can make a difference in people's lives. I've always been told to work smarter and harder, and I believe if you work harder and smarter you will be able to handle all tasks given. Come join us this year and see how many lives we as a team can change.
In service to one in service to all,
Grand Knight Council # 788
August Newsletter Available Online
The August issue of the Lansing Columbian is made available for viewing in two formats below. A Flipbook version that needs no plugin to read or a PDF version that needs a plugin. We suggest using Foxit PDF reader over Adobe reader.
-- Lansing Columbian August 2014 (Flipbook) --
-- Lansing Columbian August 2014 (PDF) --
Family Mass (August 31st 9:00am Mass)
Come Join Us For Family Mass At St. Gerard On Sunday, August 31, 2014. All Knights and Their Families Are Invited to Sit Together and Worship At The 9:00am Mass.
Scrap Metal Fundraiser