A special thanks goes to the July 14 blood donors who responded to the Knights of Columbus recruitment efforts. Both Jo Elliott and the Red Cross coordinators were very appreciative, because the number of donors in the summer is typically fewer, but the need for the gift of life remains high.
|Using some precious vacation family time to donate blood (and catch up on his reading) is brother knight Jimmie Rogers, one of eighteen Council 10208 members to donate blood on July 14.|
Although 40 donors is the average turn out in July at the Village United Methodist Church location, there were 75 total donors that day with 32 (43%) from Sacred Heart, including 18 brother knights.
The bowling portion of the National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC) was held at the Fiesta Bowl
|Waiting for the campers to arrive are (l-r) Keith Weatherbee, Ed Pilarski, George Vierling, Mike Franz, and Joy Weatherbee.|
A new feature offered by the Knights this year was to invite teens enrolled in the Sacred Heart of Jesus CCD program to participate in this social ministry.
This new web site has been under development since the officers of Council 10208 gave its approval last spring. The technical architect and co-manager of this project is brother knight Mike Miller. Grand Knight John Bodensteiner and his wife, Carolyn, have been gathering and editing the information from a variety of sources, with Carolyn massaging it into the required formats. On an exploratory basis, John will use the home page, rather than the monthly newsletter, as the primary vehicle to keep in touch with the members.
The web site is being developed for a variety of reasons including to:
More than 80 knights attended the July 7 membership meeting, and they were treated to a great meal and two excellent speakers who feel very strongly about their life’s work and spoke to the knights directly from their hearts.Nancy Goodwin, one of three regional directors in
Council 10208 can take a great deal of pride in knowing that it supported Edward Pereira D'Almeida in pursuing his vocation, both monetarily and in prayer. Edward of Conway and James Melnick of Cabot will be ordained to the priesthood at 10:00 am Saturday, July 11, in the Cathedral of St Andrew in Little Rock. A reception will follow in MacDonald Hall.
Edward recently attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He will celebrate his first Mass at noon, July 12, in St Joseph Church in Conway.
On June 2 following the rosary,
social time, a dinner catered by Home Plate, and a short meeting, Council 10208 installed its officers for 2009-2010. Including the 14 officers and their spouses, there were 95 people in attendance. Ed Miller, a former Grand Knight and the new District 10 Deputy for the Arkansas Knights of Columbus, conducted the installation with the assistance of Gerald Krawczynski, who is serving his second term as Warden for the Arkansas Knights.
Preceding the installation of officers
at the June 2 meeting, Grand Knight Ron Boudreaux was pleased to announce that Ed Miller earned the Knight of the Year Award. GK Boudreaux commented about Ed not taking a break after completing his tenure as grand knight, but he played an integral part in the successes of both the Fall Fest and the Mardi Gras fundraisers. As a member of Sacred Heart’s Disaster Response Team (DRT), Ed serves on its steering committee as well as coordinating the work of the clean-up crews. Mary Ann and Ed were selected as Family of the Year for 2006-2007.
As of May 28 the Sacred Heart of
Jesus Disaster Response Team had made ten trips to Mena, the scene of a tornado on Holy Thursday evening. Five case managers were involved in making three trips to help tornado victims become aware of appropriate assistance for their individual needs. There were 23 clean- up crew members (several volunteered four times) who made seven trips to help remove trees and debris from St. Agnes Church grounds as well as the properties of parishioners identified by Father Norbert Rappold and his staff. In providing these services, team members volunteered more than 400 hours and drove approximately 3,000 miles.
John W. Bolton (5/28/1925 – 6/7/2009) was Council 10208’s first grand knight. The council was officially started on January 1, 1990. A memorial mass at Sacred Heart was celebrated by Father Vic Bieberle on June 11, with internment following in the Sacred Heart Columbarium.