The guest speakers for the August 4 membership meeting were from St . John's and St. Mary's parishes in Hot Springs. They spoke about their efforts to provide assistance to a village in Haiti, a project originally started by Father Hart of St Mary's before he was transferred in July to another parish.
Project co-chair Brenda Sanders gave the presentation complemented by pictures taken by Jackie Tomassi when she and her husband, Pietro, travelled to the village earlier this year with a variety of supplies for the teachers and students at the school. Their current emphasis is upon raising money to build a wall around the compound to protect both the children and also the equipment, including computers and solar panels.
The knights responded to the cause by appoving a motion to donate $500.00 from the $900.00 unspecified charitable giving fund. An additional $243 was collected from the generous knights by passing the bucket around during the meeting. A $743.00 check from Council 10208 was subsequently mailed to St. Mary's for the Haiti Mission Project.
The first step in identifying the programs for 2009-2010 was taken at a June 16 joint meeting of the incoming and outgoing officers and directors. Chaplain Monsignor Malone also attended. After consensus was reached on a preliminary list, Program Director Dick Breckon conducted a series of meetings with individuals to finalize the list and to recruit coordinators for the programs.
There were several new initiatives included in the planning:
- Blood Donor Recruitment
- Christ in Christmas Billboard
- Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center (St Joseph’s Helpers) Support
- CCD Teacher Recognition
- Support Sacred Heart of Jesus Helping Hands
- 20th Anniversary Celebration
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.