Heartfelt thanks to Callie and
Ben Taylor for all their efforts
to set a beautiful atmosphere
for our annual
by Victor Gaetan
ALEPPO’S SYRIA’S CHRISTIANS EMERGE FROM HARROWING URBAN WARFARE, DETERMINED TO REBUILD WITH K OF C SUPPORT
Bashar Hawale, an Orthodox Christian and private cab driver in Aleppo, Syria, was kidnapped in 2015 by jihadi terrorists and held hostage for 25 days until his family could pay a $4,000 ransom.
“Thanks be to God, my father was released, mainly unharmed,” said Adeeb, Bashar’s 24-year-old son. “But they kept his car, and since it was his own taxi, my father lost his means of making a living.”
When a bomb had blown out the Mazda station wagon’s windows two years earlier, the family — Bashar, his wife, Silva, and their three children — had funds to repair it. After the kidnapping, they couldn’t replace the car and concentrated only on survival.
In December 2016, the Syrian Army ousted the last pocket of organized Islamist insurgents from Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city and its industrial center.
Last year, the Hawales restored their damaged apartment with crucial help from the “Build to Stay” initiative, sponsored by the Melkite Catholic Archdiocese of Aleppo in partnership with the Knights of Columbus. Established in 2015 by Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, the program has provided Catholic and other Christian families with aid to repair homes and businesses, training in construction trades, and other humanitarian assistance so that they can remain in the city and rebuild their livelihoods.
SURVIVORS OF WAR
Life for the Hawales was precarious from 2012 through 2016 — as it was for thousands of Christians in Aleppo.
What began as local demonstrations for more democratic rights in many countries during the “Arab Spring” in 2010 and 2011 rapidly mutated in Syria into confusing military standoffs between rival militias, often financed from abroad, and the Syrian Army, defending President Bashar al-Assad.
A siege began in 2012 when an array of Islamist militias, supported by foreign jihadi fighters, occupied eastern Aleppo with the goal of taking over the city. The Syrian government maintained control of western Aleppo, where most Christians live, but it was surrounded and largely cut off from the rest of the country. Meanwhile, the notorious Islamic State (ISIS) surged across much of eastern Syria in 2013, taking as its “capital” the city of Raqqa, just over 100 miles east of Aleppo. In October 2017, U.S.-backed coalition forces recaptured Raqqa, and the civil war effectively ended a month later.
Before the war, some 175,000 Catholic or Orthodox Christians lived in Aleppo, about 12 percent of the city’s population. Four years later, only 75,000 Christians remained.
More than half the nation’s pre-war population of 22 million people was forced to flee — including some 6 million internally displaced persons and 5 million more living as refugees in neighboring countries.
In 2015, when many advocates were lobbying Western governments to accept more Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq, a lone voice from Syria, that of Aleppo-born Archbishop Jeanbart, gently asked allies for a different form of support: to help Christians stay in the ancient lands where the first seeds of the faith were sown after Pentecost.
“We could not remain indifferent to what was happening to us and let destiny just happen,” the 74-year-old archbishop affirmed. “We had to rise at all costs to confront this mortal adversity, invest ourselves fully, and act with all our might to safeguard our missionary presence, providentially protected by the Lord for centuries on this earth sanctified by the blood of the first disciples of Christ.”
‘A BETTER FUTURE’
While visiting the United States in 2014 to educate audiences on the Syrian conflict and the needs of local Christians, Archbishop Jeanbart reconnected with Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. The two had met in Rome a decade earlier, and Archbishop Jeanbart was touched by Anderson’s concern regarding the practical life of the Church in Aleppo.
“He kindly asked me how we were able to ensure the functioning of the archdiocese in times of war when we had no resources left,” the archbishop recalled. “It was then that a new page in our history began, marked by the generous support of the Knights of Columbus.”
A partnership was then created with the Supreme Council to advance Build to Stay, which was designed to give people practical assistance and hope.
“Making speeches and appeals to our faithful to remain and not leave their country was not enough and will never be enough,” Archbishop Jeanbart explained. “Discourse had to be matched by concrete action to give people reasons to believe a better future is possible.”
Since the partnership between the Knights of Columbus and Archdiocese of Aleppo began, nearly 900 apartments have been restored. In addition, more than 350 people have benefited from interest-free loans and approximately the same number have been trained in urgently needed job skills, especially in construction trades.
Meanwhile, the archdiocese continues to deliver basic aid with K of C support. Some 900 families received a monthly subsidy and more than 2,100 patients were given medical care from a Church-sponsored clinic last year. The previous winter, the archdiocese provided fuel to warm the homes of 1,400 families, and thousands more receive regular food baskets.
“Without the help of the valiant Knights of Columbus, we would not have been able to do all this,” said Archbishop Jeanbart. “We see the faithful regain confidence, and they feel reassured to find us firmly on their side.”
REBUILDING A CITY
Beneficiaries of the Build to Stay initiative include people such as Fadi Mistrih, a Catholic who received a loan of about business growth facilitated by the loan, he is now able to support not only his wife, Dalia, and 18-month-old son, but other relatives as well.
“Life and work conditions have improved a lot,” said Mistrih. “My business is going well!”
The biggest challenge for the Build to Stay movement is supporting larger businesses, because equipment is gone and personnel have disappeared. Firms that were thriving six years ago have largely been destroyed.
George Barnotty, a 43-year-old father of three, owned a company that produced organic fertilizers for a wide range of crops and employed some 60 people, including five agricultural engineers. But with the start of the civil war, all markets ceased.
“Some Islamic military groups took over the area where my company was located. They stole everything, and damaged the building extensively,” Barnotty said.
A Melkite Greek Catholic, Barnotty has known Archbishop Jeanbart since 2004, when they both helped organize a major youth festival.
“Even then, we were concerned to design programs to help keep our Christian youth in Aleppo,” Barnotty recalled.
During the war, Barnotty fled Aleppo with his family after his parents’ house was bombed. They have since returned, and with the help of an interest-free loan through Build to Stay, he is now repairing his property, purchasing new equipment and rebuilding his once-thriving business.
“Today, Build to Stay is very active and very appreciated,” he said.
Support from the initiative has certainly meant a lot to the Hawale family, allowing them to repair the severely damaged doors and windows of their apartment.
“Finally, I can sleep well at night,” said Adeeb, who is now back at the University of Aleppo studying business administration.
“During the war, we lived our life day by day,” he said. “We prayed every day, but it was so dangerous. We didn’t know whether we would live until tomorrow or not.”
Asked why his family didn’t leave, Adeeb replied that his family didn’t have the money to travel. He then added, “Home is home. Terrorists tried to kill us and wrecked our city, but we were stronger than them.”
VICTOR GAETAN is senior international correspondent for the National Catholic Register and a regular contributor to other publications, including Foreign Affairs magazine.
“What About Breakfast, What About
Second Breakfast, Lunches, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Supper…”
Chefs John and Mike have been cooking it
up for the Council’s breakfast as well as
parish events for more than 10 years.
They’ve recently been joined by Brother
Bob Foster flipping the pancakes. Remem-
ber that when you support the Council’s
breakfast, you not only pay less for that
meal than you would at a restaurant, but
you also contribute directly to the Council’s
charitable causes. Bring the family to our next breakfast on March 18th.
Chef Mike Kincaid and his Lady, Joann. Reiser Hall was filled to near capacityand the dinner was extremely well received. Grand Knight Lexy Larez wel-
comed all who attended and presented Fr. Dan’s mother with a bouquet of flow-
ers. Thanks again for all the volunteers who made this a memorable occasion,especially our Ladies who provided the desserts as well as Callie and Ben Taylor
for the festive decorations, and those who helped clean up — Monte Dragon,
Cong Van Tong, Dave Hertko, Larry Tweet, Bob Foster, and Grand Knight Lexy
Email me the names of people who worked this event. I forgot who they all were. I can’t even remember if I worked clean-up or not. Anyone remember?
FIESTA SETUP information:
St. Germaine Festival
Sunday, September 17th
11am – 4pm
Bingo & Lotteria
Proceeds Benefit The Building Fund
All-Day Children’s Games Wrist Bands Available For Purchase
(*Some Restrictions Apply)
7997 E. Dana Dr, Prescott Valley
Fiesta de St. Germaine
Domingo, 18 de Septiembre
11am – 4pm
Bingo & Lotteria
Juegos de Agua
Los Fondos Recaudados Son Para El Fondo de La Nueva Iglesia
Algodon de Azucar
Las pulseras par el día son disponible para su compra.
Council Corporate Communion
The Council’s first Corporate Communion of the 2017-2018 fraternal year was cele-
brated at the 10:00am Mass on Sunday, August 27th.
Fr. Dan, Council Chaplain, recognized the Knights in attendance, thanked them for their charitable works, contributions from their annual State Raffle, and joined them for a photo with their spouses.
Watch for details of the next Corporate Communion and plan to attend this Council family event.
In more exciting news, I will be ordained a deacon
at the end of September in St. Peter’s Basilica. My
class of 40 or so men will get together in St. Peter’s on
September 28th surrounded by our families and
friends to be ordained transitional deacons. Following
this we will finish out our last year at the seminary
here and if all goes according to plan, I will be
ordained a priest sometime in June of 2018. Please
continue to keep me in your prayers as I move closer
and closer to ordination.
I’ve attached some pictures to this email. Please
feel free to forward the email and share the pictures.
The first picture is of myself and the other Phoenix
seminarians at a museum. The last picture is of myself
serving a mass at the seminary in which my
brother seminarians where instituted as lectors.
Dear Brother Knights,
There is dire need of some good ol’fashion physical support during the load-up and return downloading of items required that will be taken to the pending Life Support Retreat now set for, September 9th thru the 11th.
The Point of Contact is our very Brother and Warden, James “Big Jim” Cloughessy. Please direct any and all questions you may have at, (H) 928.772.2590 or
Thank you for any assistance you can provide to this matter, “See’ya there…!!!”
Bro. Lexy Larez
Tomorrow morning (7:00am)
- We’ll have a quick clean up group on July 30, 2016 to clean the section of road by school fence line
- Volunteers needed, please come and meet at7am at Iron King Mountain Trailhead on the corner of Santa Fe Loop and Glassford Hill Rd
Thanks for all you do,
5/16….. Current Projects
One out of every three people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases, the demand for blood is constant. However, the supply is not. Volunteer to give blood. Volunteer to save a life.
Each Year our council hosts a very special “Valentine Celebration” including a “Renewal of Marriage Vows” Ceremony followed by a “Potluck Dinner”. This ceremony emphasizes the importance of marriage as a “Sacrament” and provides all participants with an opportunity to reflect on and renew their marriage vows. Each couple receives a commemorative certificate from The Knights of Columbus presented and signed by Fr. Dan Vollmer and our Grand Knight. Couples participating in the event report an renewed devotion and spirituality in their relationship.
Fr. Dan Vollmer officiated at this unique event, reinforcing the sacramental bond of marriage over the romantic notion of marriage. Eighty-one” couples congregated in the church after Friday evening’s mass and renewed their commitment before God and their fellow parishioners. one-hundred and thirty one of these further celebrated by partaking in a parish-wide potluck dinner in the parish hall. After the meal and plenty of desserts, Fr. Dan drew tickets for one of the “22” door prizes provided by the Knights. All of the parishioners who attended were delighted to participate in this special event and a number of them later contacted the parish hall and requested that this become an annual event.
Free Throw Contest
The Free Throw Contest is a free program for boys and girls ages 9 – 14 yrs of age. They compete by gender and age group. The winners in each group then go on to compete in the District level and if they win there, on to the State Competition. All of the kids get certificates and the winners are awarded a special prize.
Firefighters of the local “Hotshots
A fund-raising Dinner for the families of the fallen Firefighters of the local “Hotshots” who were killed in the recent Yarnell Hill fire.
Tootsie Roll Drive
The Tootsie Roll Drive is a Knight’s fund raising event that provides support for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The event is hosted by Fry’s, Safeway, and Walmart. This year the council has set a goal of raising $2100 for the program, which represents a $300 increased from the previous year. The proceeds are given to the St Joseph’s Camp and the Special Needs Program at Sacred Heart School.
Arizona State Special Olympics
The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. The Queen of the Knights Council supports the Specila Olympics as a service project in which the Knights volunteer to assist in registration and conducting the games.
Rosary for the Unborn
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
A joint participation between the Yavapai Big Brothers & big Sister and the Knight’s council to support orphans and children of single parent families. The bowling event is not only a fund raiser but a community building endevor. Knights raise funds for the event by gathering pledges and participate in the events with the children served by Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Arizona State Charity Raffle Tickets
The Arizona State Charity Raffle benefits numerous state charities.
Easter Egg Hunt
This year’s parish-wide Easter Egg Hunt was bigger and even more successful than last year’s! The Knight’s of Columbus here at St. Germaine Parish hosted this event which drew over 200 children ages 2 years to 10 years of age. The Knights provided 1000 candy-filled eggs for the children. Thet were, of course, eager to collect as many as possible. There were three hunts: one each after the 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm Masses.
Ladies Night Out
For all spouses, widows and female “friends of the council”. The ladies will be seated and served a light dinner while the men have a brief council meeting. We will then join our lovely ladies for a meal and some social time.
Attendance and participation in Mass and Communion as an Order of the Church. This special expression of our faith and our fraternity as a council reflects the core principles of the Kinights of Columbus.
Twice a month the Queen of the Kinights Council host a parish breakfast following the 8:00 AM and 10:00AM masses. The purpose of the breafast is to build community and to raise funds for parish projects. The Knights participate by cooking, serving, hospitality and clean-up. The breakfast is a very popular event in the parish.
The Queen of the Knights Council continued its support of the Ladies Guild Christmas Bazaar. This year the council donated a Men’s Basket consisting of items that can be sold at the Bazaar, proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets, and donations by individual knights.
Trunk or Treat Project
In support of the parish religious education programs the Queen of the Knights Councuil hosts a special Trunk or Treat Celebration in which all of the children dress like their favorite saint and attend the church’s All Saints celebration. Then the children march through the parking lot and collecting “treats” from parishioners distributed out of the trunk of their car.
Mother’s Day Roses
Road Clean-Up Day
The Road Clean-Up Day is a project to build community and to keep our community beautiful. The knights take responsibility for a section of the highyly traveled Glassford Hill Rd.
Keep Christ in Christmas
As Knights we are in solidarity with our priests. This is the same for seminarians from their first day of college seminary until the day of their ordination. We must show our support to the public, by raising them up in prayer, and by helping others see how they are doing in the journey. They are called to be servants to the entire Catholic population, not just in our state, but the world. The support of the Knights helps shape their experience in many ways, further igniting their dedication to the Lord. Please accept my thanks as our Auxiliary Bishop for your council’s activities
Prescott Valley Annual Veterans Day Parade
Council Soccer Challenge
This card introduces a Very Important Person, the widow of a member in good standing of this Council. Among the privileges of this card are, but not limited to, free meals for all council events.”
Parish Clean-up Project
Our annual St. Germaine Parish clean-up in which Fr. Dan requests specific clean-up / construction projects.
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Free Christmas Dinner
7284 E Pioneer LN
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Helen and I have just returned from Ohio and visiting with Helen’s mother, who is ill and in Hospice. Please remember Helen and her mother in your prayers!
Upon return I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had received “official” confirmation from the Corporate Office of Fry’s Grocery Store permitting us to conduct our “Tootsie Roll Collection” for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
I am, therefore, writing to request volunteers to help me in that collection. Please consider giving a couple hours of your day to help with this important cause.
I need “2” volunteers per shift or a total of “8” volunteers to sign up by September 24th.
(4 shifts X 2 volunteers = “8” volunteers)
I will again have everything set up prior to the start of the 1st. shift.
All money will be collected between shifts.
Instructions will be given to each volunteer upon arrival.
Collection vests will be provided.
Bottled water will be available.
I will again close down the site, count the money, and submit it to our F.S.
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Location: Fry’s Grocery Store (Glassford Hill Rd.)
Times: 2 hr. shifts (8:30 am – 5:00pm)
8:30am – 11am
(This is the only 2 1/2 hr time block)
11:00am – 1:00pm
1:00 pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Volunteer: Contact Paul Barko …. “ASAP”
Plans are underway for our council’s 2015 P.W.I.D. Campaign, kicking-off on July 11, 2015 at Safeway Grocery Store on Rt. #69. I am also requesting your support by asking you to volunteer to help with the collections. As noted in the attached schedule I have already enlisted a number of volunteers for our first two collections, however I would like two (2) volunteers per door for each collection time to allow for breaks and any last minute cancellations.
Volunteers can be: any member, any family member (over 16), and any friend (again over 16.)—- Email me at: email@example.com
or call at: 928-237-5663 to volunteer.
Please check the list and see where you can volunteer. Last year we grossed a little over $1,800.00 and split the money between: St Joseph’s Camp, the Special Needs Program at Sacred Heart School and our parish’s special needs students involved in our R.E. Program. At this time, we set our 2015 goal at $2,100.00 and are planning to provide the funds we collect to the same three (3) organizations.
If you are unable to volunteer: consider supporting this important cause by donating money via a check made out toK of C Council #8386 and give it to me at any council/church function or drop it off in our council box in the parish sacristy. (Any time until October 1, 2015.)
2015 – P.W.I.D. “Tootsie Roll” Campaign
Saturday, July 11, 2015 — SAFEWAY STORE
TIME ______________ ___East Door ______________ __ West Door
8:30 am. – 11:00 am. __________ __________Paul Barko ___Earl Boggler_______
11:00 am. – 1:00 pm.
__Tom Warner ___Cher Vang ___
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
__David Barko _____Jim Cloughessy
3:00 pm. – 5:00pm
__Ben Taylor, Sr. _______Robert Urzua
2015 – P.W.I.D. “Tootsie Roll” Campaign
Saturday, August 8, 2015 — WALMART STORE
TIME North Door _____________South Door
8:30 am. – 11:00 am.
Paul Barko Earl Boggler _
11:00 am. – 1:00 pm.
Bob Foster __________________________John Ravetto__________
1:00 pm – 3:00
Tom Warner Ben Taylor, Sr.
3:00 pm. – 5:00 pm.
Ben Taylor, Sr. Robert Urzua
Our collection date and times at FRY’s Grocery Store are yet to be determined. Once the State Council completes their agreement with Fry’s Corporate Office, our local store manager said he will arrange a date and I will begin enlisting volunteers for that collection site as well.
Prayers & much “THANKS” to all for your help!
Paul Barko, PGK, FDD, PFN.
Council #8386 P.W.I.D Chairman
FAITHFUL FRIEND PROJECT
Here’s a list of all recently deceased Knights.
if you can be a Faithful Friend to a family member of Deceased.
The Knights of Columbus has its origin in caring for those in grief. It is part of the charism of our order.
Deceased Brothers of Council 8386 are as follows:
Robert A. Palmer 04/16/2015 Deacon
Maurice J. Randall 02/20/2015 DGK
Clarence F. Dolezal 10/22/2014
Kenneth C. Hallows 10/16/2014
Robert J. Soikkeli 10/10/2014 Deacon
Lasaro M. Villa 03/28/2014
Robert J. Remillard 09/04/2013
Leroy C. Humes 12/31/2012
Joseph O. Eisenmann 11/05/2012
Walter F. Zydel 08/10/2012
Willard J. Diedrich 04/06/2012
John W. Farl 03/03/2012
Jerome J. Koellen 06/11/2011
Thomas McBreen 05/11/2011
Frank F. Medina 04/25/2011
Douglas A. Roberts 02/07/2010
Joseph D. Gour 10/27/2009
Gerald J. Richard 04/09/2009
Theodore A Steinberg 10/02/2008
Dcn. Wayland Moncrief at Parish Deacon
The Knights will have roses available for sale ($2.00 ea) at Sunday’s Masses. Thank you for your support.(I am just converting over my address list to a new computer, and I know I have missed names. I apologize for that. It is a new setup for me and I’m still in training.)Dave H
Buy a Burrito, Support a Child!
Below is the Volunteer information for the upcoming Arizona State Special Olympics Summer Games, which will be from May 7th thru May 9th 2015.
The Games will be held at Raymond S. Kellis High School, 8990 West Orangewood, Glendale, AZ 85305 (623-412-5425).
Please forward this to all Councils who might be interested in Volunteering.
—– Forwarded by Kevin Donnelly/US/Raytheon on 04/09/2015 08:56 AM —–
Here are the group registration forms for Summer Games, along with a role description. Our biggest need is the later shift on Thursday night on the track and in awards. The other big need is the later shift on Friday afternoon, again on the track and in staging.
(See attached file: Friday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx)(See attached file: Saturday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx)(See attached file: Summer Games Volunteer Role Description.pdf)(See attached file: Thursday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx)
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Director of Volunteers and Human Resource | Special Olympics Arizona
Special Olympics Arizona
Support Services Office | 2100 S. 75th Ave. | Phoenix, AZ. 85043
Office: 602.476.0836 | Cell: 480.353.6813 | Fax: 602.230.1110 |
From: Kevin Donnelly [mailto:Kevin_Donnelly@raytheon.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:33 AM
To: Sarah Haines
Subject: Fw: Summer Games GMT Meeting-TOMORROW 6pm!!
Good Morning Sarah,
What are going to be your Volunteer requirements for the below event?
Do you have a list broken down by day and shift that I can send out to the KofC AZ State leadership?
This way we can try to get you maximum participation for the Knights.
Example from Coronado Area is attached.
Thank You Sarah,
Friday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx
Saturday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx
Summer Games Volunteer Role Description.pdf
Thursday – Summer Games Group Registration Form.xlsx
Order your Name Badges through our Treasurer, Bro Doug Becker.
Approach Bro Becker after our meetings i.e., tonight or email him at
Direct your questions to Bro Warner or email him at
Rosary for the Unborn
(see photos at “PRO LIFE” CATEGORY above)
SK Robert Foster
BB,BS, Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Dear Brother Don,
A friendly reminder that the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Training Webinar Focusing on Orderwide Initiatives to Promote Council Growth begins in two days.
LIVE WEBCAST DATE: March 7, 2015
LIVE WEBCAST TIME: 2:00 PM EST
Use the link below to enter the webcast up to 15 minutes before the start.
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Gary R. Nolan
Vice President for Fraternal Training and Ceremonials
Thanks to Bro Paul Barko and numerous volunteers we had three(3) very successful PWID fund raising events.
Check’s in the mail and the results are attached.
Good job everyone!
Council 8386, FS,
Our Council’s “Adopt-A-Road Clean-up Project” has finally started …… Here are the details!
When: Saturday, May 17th. at 7:30am…. till we are done or you need to leave!
Where: Meet at the church parking lot to carpool to the starting place or drive to the starting place at the Iron King Mtg.Trail Head (Corner of Glassford Hill Rd & Santa Fe Loop Rd.) and park in the “Eastern” parking zone, where the old “ore car” is located.
Who: Any/all council members and their family members 12+ years of age. (We are cleaning Glassford Hill Rd. and there is too much traffic for younger children.)
Bring: Protective gloves (preferably leather), any “pick-up devices” you own, and wear light colored clothing. (Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided by the Town of P.V.)
*** NOTE: All participants will be required to sign a waiver statement prior to participating in the clean-up, per the Town of P.V.
See you Saturday!
4/22/14 ADOPT A HIGHWAY Project
Thanks to the efforts of Brother Cher Vang, our council has been approved to adopt the stretch of Glassford Hill Road between St. Rt. #89A and Santa Fe Loop Rd. The signs marking our responsibility for cleaning-up the road have been erected (see below) and the time has come to sign-up volunteers to get the initial crew to work …. hopefully on Saturday, May 17th (8:00am – ?)
Brother Cher will be recruiting volunteers at both the upcoming Anniversary / Awards Dinner this Saturday(the 26th. — after the 4:30pm Mass) and again at our next council meeting on May 12th, at 6:30pm in Reiser Hall!
I am asking for your support of this “new project” and for you to say yes to Cher when he asks you to volunteer! We will be providing clean-up crews 2-4X year.
My “THANKS” to Brother Cher for his work in getting this project off the ground! It is a project that helps both our community as well as promoting our presence within the community!
A real “win-win” program!!!
Paul Barko, GK
The St. Germaine Easter Egg Hunt: A Tremendous Success
This year’s parish-wide Easter Egg Hunt was bigger and even more successful than last year’s! The Knight’s of Columbus here at St. Germaine Parish hosted this event which drew over 200 children ages 2 years to 10 years of age. The grassy area between the church and Reiser Hall was a great place for the Knights to hide the “1,000” candy-filled eggs available for the children, eager to collect as many as possible. There were three hunts: one each after the 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm Masses.
My “Thanks” to Brother Knights: Cher Vang (Youth Chairman), Earl Boggler, Ben Taylor, Sr, Robert Hughes, and Thomas Gugliotta for volunteering a large portion of their Easter Day to setting-up, running and cleaning-up after this special parish event.
My “Thanks” also to the parishioners who supported this event by bringing their children and coming to Reiser Hall to socialize afterwards.
Paul Barko, Grand Knight
Mary, Queen of the Knights council #8386
K of C Charity Raffle Update #4
Thought each of you may be interested in the following information that we received from our State Raffle Director, Bro Richard Armanini, which concerns 4 relevant Q & As.
Please direct any questions to me. Thank you for your cooperation!
In your service.
Council 8386, FS,
———- Forwarded message ———- From: Richard Armanini <REArmani@cox.net> Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM Subject: K of C Charity Raffle Update #4
A message from the State Raffle Director, Richard Armanini! Any questions or comments should be sent to Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 480.818.1774. Reply to this message, Delete Rick Garrison before sending. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, COUNCIL NUMBER, POSITION, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER AT THE END OF THE MESSGE. This message was sent to the Charity Raffle Team of State Officers, District Deputies, Grand Knights, Riffle Chairman, Financial Secretaries, Faithful Navigators, and Field Agents. Four questions and answers about the Charity RaffleQ1: Can the winner of a trip take cash instead of the trip? Short Answer NO! More information: 1. The total list of prizes is worth $25,430 up from $25,019 last year. 2. The first, second, and third prizes are vacation packages and can only be redeemed as such within one year of the raffle. Winners may use the value of their prize trip as a credit toward another vacation package of their choice. If their chosen package is greater in value than the prize they won, the winner is responsible for the difference in cost. 3. Winners may transfer their trip to a third party or organization, if they so desire. Notify us of the transfer within 60 days of the raffle. All time constraints would still apply. Work with the travel agent if there is a problem with travel dates. 4. Since we have already paid for the trips, cash is not an option for the first three prizes. 5. Winners must confirm their acceptance of the prize within 30 days of being notified by returning a copy of the letter we send them asking for a signature and their social security number. 6. The original winners are responsible for all taxes. Q2: Is this raffle tax deductible to buyer of tickets since all the money is going to 501C3 charities? Short Answer NO! More information: The Internal Revenue Service, in its Publication 526 Charitable Contributions, states that taxpayers cannot take a charitable deduction for money paid to purchase raffle tickets from nonprofit organizations. The IRS includes raffle tickets in its list of “contributions you cannot deduct.” If you receive or expect to receive a financial or economic benefit because of contributing to a qualified organization, you cannot deduct the part of the contribution that represents the value of the benefit you receive. You cannot deduct as a charitable contribution amounts you pay to buy raffle or lottery tickets or to play bingo or other games of chance. Q3: Who is the ‘seller of the ticket’? When a Brother Knight buys tickets, he is the seller of the ticket. The seller of a winning ticket will receive $100. Put your name or member number on the front of the ticket to be eligible. All ten  prizes on the ticket are eligible for the sellers award. If you give outside groups tickets to sell for your council, [example: St Vince de Paul] the person from that group who sells the ticket/s is the seller and entitled to the $100 bonus. Outside groups need to be 501c3 eligible and are pro-life. Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools, and Church Ministries are eligible. The bonus is to encourage sales. Q4: Are the trips for two? Short Answer YES! More information: All trips include airfare, ground transfers, lodging, and transportation for two. God Bless you, your council, and the Charity Raffle! Richard Armanini State Charity Raffle Director 3315 E Dry Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85044-7022 Telephone: 480.706.9314 Cell phone: 480.818.1774“Leadership is action, not a position”
“Valentine Marriage Vow Renewal and Potluck Dinner”
On Saturday, February 15th the members of Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386 organized and hosted a parish-wide “Valentine Marriage Vow Renewal and Potluck Dinner” at St. Germaine Parish in Prescott Valley, Az.
Fr. Dan Vollmer officiated at this unique event, reinforcing the sacramental bond of marriage over the romantic notion of marriage. “81” couples congregated in the church after Friday evening’s mass and renewed their commitment to each other before God and their fellow parishioners. “131” people then walked across the grounds and further celebrated this event by partaking in a parish-wide potluck dinner in the parish hall. After the meal and plenty of desserts, Fr. Dan drew tickets for one of the “22” door prizes provided by the Knights.
All of the parishioners who attended were delighted to participate in this special event and a number of them later contacted the parish hall and requested that this become an annual event.
Paul Barko, GK
Parish Valentine Wedding Vow Renewal
Back on November 15, 2013 I sent a letter to Fr. Dan, and copied to you, regarding a proposal by the K of C to sponsor a Parish-wide Valentine Celebration.
As I mentioned in a previous Email, I am aware of the business and oftentimes hecticness of your work weeks, so I am forwarding the following to you, and copying Fr. Dan and the officers of the K of C, so that you and Fr. Dan have sufficient time time to comment / edit / etc. as needed and nothing is put off till the last minute.
To review: ……. the planning considerations that I proposed were,
I realize that Fr. Dan asked me to be flexible with the dates of each of these activities due to a Diocesan event that needs to be promoted as well during that same time period. Rest assured that as we formalize these plans all needed rescheduling will be introduced as Fr. Dan requests!
God Bless you and all you do for the parish, the K of C ….. and for me!!!!!
(Have a smile on your face and know that you are appreciated!)
Dear Bro. Tom,
While up at church this morning (11/19/13), Fr. Dan informed me that the Hispanic Community has notified him that they have plans for a raffle of their own during the next few weeks, culminating in a drawing on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec.12th), just as we had planned on doing with your proposed raffle of the statue of Our Lady.
Therefore, he requested that we not have our raffle so that we do not compete with them. I informed him that as our pastor we will respect his request and postpone the raffle at this time.
My Fellow Officers and Trustees,
As I stated in our Officer/Trustees’ Meeting on November 7th, I have completed the “Year of Faith” Activity Report on behalf of the council, indicating our council’s participation in the Supreme Program.
In my meeting with Fr. Dan yesterday, he reviewed and signed the report as our Chaplain, as required by Supreme. I have made copies and sent the original to Supreme and copies to our State Deputy and our Worthy District Deputy, Steve Byers today (11/15/13), since it is due to Supreme by November 30th.
Paul Barko, GK
Hello Blood Donors at St. Germaine’s Church.Our next scheduled Blood drive is December 1 from 9 to 2 pm. Click on the appointment link and schedule your appointment. What better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of life.Thanks, please click here: make an appointment
(Saturday, October 5th / 9:00am – Noon)
Our Council has been approached by the Parish Council to help with the upcoming Parish “OPEN-House” on Saturday, October 5th (9:00am – Noon) as the parish goes public with the news of our new church. We need volunteers to:
What a great way to support our parish and Fr. Dan’s efforts to get our building project off the ground!
Please contact Paul Barko, Gk. to sign-up to volunteer! (9828-379-5862) / email@example.com
Training will be provided for all volunteers so that you know what to do!
TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE
I am still in need of volunteers (You don’t have to be a KNIGHT) to help with the collection of donations for our annual “Tootsie Roll Drive” coming up next Saturday (9/28/13).
Please consider donating an hour of your time to help with this awesome program.
Where: Fry’s Grocery Store (Glassford Hill Rd.)
When: Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Volunteers Needed: Between 9:00am – 6:00pm *** Chairs will be available for those needing to sit. ***
To volunteer: Call or Email Paul Barko at (928-379-5862) or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your time.
“Please” consider helping with this program: its easy, its fun and it supports a “very worthy” cause!
Upcoming Council Events for September:
#3.) Council Shirts:
All council shirts recently ordered through Brother Tom Warner are now available to be picked up at either the September 9th Meeting or by contacting Tom directly at: 928-227-1282 or by Email at: email@example.com If you or your wife are interested in purchasing a council shirt, Tom is getting ready to place another order soon, so please contact him ASAP to order your shirt and “Wear it with Pride
“Council “Holy Family Statue” Raffle:
Brother Tom Warner has donated a statue of the Holy Family to the council to raffle off as a fund raiser for the council. Tickets are available through Tom and most council officers or can be purchased at any council meeting or event. (The tickets are $1.00 = 1 / $5.00=6) The drawing will be held at Our Columbus Day Dinner (October 12th) Please show your support for this event and purchase your tickets ASAP.
August 9, 2013
SGCC Bulletin:St Germaine parishioners contributed $3,560 toward the Arizona State Charity Raffle, of which $1,780went to St Germaine’s building fund. Thank you all very much! In addition, our Arizona State Councilraised a record $270,620, half of which was distributed to charities designated by participating Councils.The other half will be used for numerous charitable causes throughout Arizona during the Knights ofColumbus Fraternal Year (07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014). Once again, with your help, Mary, Queen of theKnights Council 8386 engaged the Knights of Columbus’ first and most important tenant: CHARITY.Knights of Columbus Arizona State Charity Raffle winners are confirmed as follows:PRIZE WINNER COUNCIL HOME TOWNPORTUGAL George Falkenback 10062 Hilliard, OHBARCELONA Anna McSherry 6933 Tucson, AZITALY Jan McElheny 13272 Tucson, AZ$2,500 Mike Summers 3121 Gilbert, AZ$1,500 Julia Lobo 1784 Concord, CA$1,500 Jan Krieski 13272 Tucson, AZ $1,000 Dick Allen 12851 Surprise, AZ $1,000 Leonard Serpa 4339 Phoenix, AZ $500 Jim Levth 14089 Tucson, AZ $500 Francis (Berry) Wills 7114 Glendale, AZ Congratulations to the winners. Thank you all for your participation! God bless, Co-Chairmen Earl Boggler and Douglas “Doug” Becker.
July 20, 2013
I have recently attended the semi-annual District Meeting held by our DD Steve Byers. He shared information with me about this years PWID Program, also known as the Annual Tootsie Roll Drive!
In recent years this important program has not been able to raise the amount of money that it should be able to collect for this important cause! This year the Officers / Trustees of our council have decided to make this program a focus of our efforts, hoping to improve its success just like we did with the State Charity Raffle last year, under the direction of Earl Boggler (a 295% increase in sales!)
To this end I am putting out a call for Two (2) Co-Directors to help organize and run this program this fall!
The primary duties of the two co-directors are:
PLEASE, PLEASE consider volunteering to help organize and run this state-wide program for our council!
To volunteer, contact me at: 928-379-5862 (Hm.) or 419-388-4734 (Cell) or E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Barko, GK
Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386
3.) Our council has been approached about taking primary responsibility for running the Saturday, July 20th. Fund-raising Dinner for the families of the fallen Firefighters of the local “Hotshots” being held at our parish. The dinner will be a simple spaghetti & meatballs affair with salad and drinks, the focus being on raising financial support rather than on impressing anyone with the menu.
I will be needing 4-5 members to help in the kitchen with the food preparation and serving. Other volunteers from the parish will be responsible for the hall set-up/clean-up and busing of tables. PLEASE: RSVP to me by Tuesday, July 16th. whether you are available to help with this important event.
Here is a flyer regarding the dinner and the parish breakfast being run by the Ladies Guild & Catholic Daughters on the following Sunday, July 21st.
4.) DD Steve Byers’ District Meeting on Tuesday, July 9th. was attended by your Grand Knight, your Deputy Grand Knight, Wayne Theobald and your Financial Secretary, Earl Boggler. The meeting was very informative and helpful in directing your officers and our council for this coming fraternal year. One very important message from DD Byers was a reminder that: All knights involved in any fraternal activity through the council “MUST HAVE” the Diocesan Called to Protect Training!
**** To volunteer to help, contact me at: 928-379-5862)
So, Come join the fun and help with a good cause ….
Co-sponsored by: The Ladies’ Guild & The K of C!
Bring yourself and some tools helpful in taking down cabinets.
*** I’ll have the coffee on, waiting for “you“! ***
Parish Rectory Sidewalk Project Update:
3.) State Raffle Outcome:
Special Project for Fr. Dan
I have two (2) requests for volunteers to help with several projects being done aT ST. GERMAINE PARISH in the next few weeks!
#1.) All of the arrangements have been made/confirmed to replace the broken sidewalk between the rectory and the church for Fr. Dan & the parish.
The project will begin Tuesday, June 25th at 8:00am.
In order to help keep costs down for this project we are in need of:
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DONATE THE USE OF YOUR TRUCK & TRAILER, OR BE ABLE/WILLING TO HELP WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING SIDEWALK…
PLEASE, call Paul Barko to volunteer at: 928-379-5862 or 419-388-4734
#2.) We are working with the Ladies’ Guild on a project to upgrade the kitchen in Reiser Hall. Brother Keith Bricker will be working at the hall on Tuesday July 9th. to remove the existing cabinets as part of that renovation and needs 1-2 men to help in their removal.
Cabinet Removal Project – Tuesday, July 9th. / 7:00am / Reiser Hall
Again, Please call PAUL BARKO to volunteer at: 928-379-5862 or 419-388-4734
I will be helping with both projects and would welcome and “appreciate” your help!
Paul Barko, GK
The council is in the process of obtaining an estimate for the repair of the sidewalk to the parish rectory. Once the estimate is received, we will be coordinating the payment for the job with our co-sponsors: the parish’s Ladies’ Guild. We are looking for a volunteer with a truck / trailer to haul away the broken sidewalk pieces & carry it to a nearby dumping site. Please contact Paul Barko (928-379-5862) or John Ravetto (928-899-2705) if you can help!
|Hello all blood donors, the next blood drive at St Germaine Church sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is scheduled for Sunday June 23rd in Reiser Hall.Please contact Douglas Becker at 928-775-0660 or go online to schedule an appointment.
For our next blood drive this sunday, please follow the link to make an appointment, still many available
Subject: Next blood drive at St. Germaine
Thank you for helping save lives. make an appointment
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- Meet on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00am in the parking lot next to the dumpsters.
- Everyone can register on the clipboard that I or another officer will have for our project.
- We will attack the area behind Reiser Hall, removing rocks, debris, and anything else that doesn’t belong.
- personal gloves
- plastic bags
“K of C Corporate Communion” Planned
My Brother Knights and Lovely Ladies of Council #8386,
We have established a planning committee to initiate plans to celebrate our council’s “30th” Anniversary. (Chartered: 4/26/1983)
Members and State Raffle status as of 02/08/2013
Members: 33 paid dues ( collected $1,114, paid Supreme – 279.73, paid State – 237.96, paid Postage – 60.70 = $535.59 remaining) 03 inactive 01 honorary 18 honory life 02 disability 01 died, Bro Leroy Humes, 12/31/2012 01 transferred, Bro Mike Long moved to Paulden and xferred to St Catherine Council 01 very ill and w/n renew, Bro Lasaro Villa, who resides in Chandler (I will try to work disability paperwork for him) 37 prior members who have not paid dues (next week, will mail each a “KNIGHT ALERT’. . . dues are 30 days or more in arrears notice) 97 potential overall State Raffle: 15 members have sold/purchased tickets and have turned in $720.00 (pass through money) 04 members have returned all tickets 75 have not responded In your service, Financial Secretary ********************
Membership in the Knights of Columbus
“An Experience of a Lifetime”
Started in 1882 by a humble parish priest, Fr. Michael J. McGivney and a handful of men in his parish to:
serve their Church, their families and their communitythrough works of Charity,
The Knights of Columbus has grown to 1.8 million Catholic Men
in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Puerto Rico and South America.
Under the leadership of Fr. DanVollmer, our pastor and chaplain, and with the support of our 4 dedicated and committed deacons the “91” members of the Knights of Colmbus at St. Germaine Parish continue the mission of Fr. McGivney to “serve” our parish, our families and our community through planned activities of charity.
We invite you to join our “Daring Band of 91 men”
dedicated to living our”Faith in ACTION”!
We will have a display booth at the coming Parish Ministry Fair (Feb 22nd & 23rd.) in Reiser Hall and encourage you to come learn more about our organization, meet some of our current members and consider “joining our council”!
On Sunday, March 9th.
(2:00pm. in Reiser Hall)
we will be conducting an
to bring interested men into the
Knights of Columbus and Our Council
Come join us!