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     Volume 22 Issue 9 - February 2019

   THE CROSS AND COMPASS
     
     "The Hardest Working Council in the Carolinas"

Grand Knight's Report

What a Year!

One responsibility of the Grand Knight is to ensure required reports to Supreme and the State are completed and submitted on time.  Most involve lists of officers and directors of our Council.  Two, due by January 31st, involve the amount of time, talent and treasure our Council gave in the past year.  I want to share a summary of one of those, Form 1780 - Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity - for 2018.  I know you will be impressed and proud by what we did last year!


ACTIVITIES
CHARITABLE
DISBURSEMENTS
HOURS
OF SERVICE
Faith 
$ 60,072
1,690
Family
$ 68,765
996
Community
$ 140,854
5,955
Life
$ 22,950
370
TOTALS:
$292,641
9,011 hours

WOW!  Just WOW!!  But just think what we could have done with more volunteers?  Our analysis shows approximately 100 brothers (~21.3% of our Council) contributed their time, talent and treasures to make the above possible.  What if 25 more Brothers got active - or 50 - or more?  

We know everyone can't volunteer - some are too frail or sick, too busy, or have conflicts with work or family.  But there are those who could and they are the ones we would like to hear from!  So, once again, I've attached a link to our Survey in the hopes we'll hear from all of you, so we can make changes to make it attractive for more Brothers to volunteer!


Virtus!
I once again ask  every Brother in Our Council, to take the Safe Environment Program training provided by Supreme.  Below is the link and registration code :  
The Registration Code is:   kofcsafe

If you have any contact with minors in the Parish or Community, you should also take the Parish and Diocese  Protecting God's Children  workshop. This 2½ hour program is intended to educate volunteers to recognize and prevent sexual abuse. Preregistration is required. Sign up online at  www.virtus.org.

Please advise Bob Desch when you have completed either training.  He is maintaining a database for the Council.


VIVAT JESUS!
Tom

CULTURE of LIFE
40 Days for Life
  
Baby Bottle Campaign
The 2018 Baby Bottle Campaign was a great success, netting over $18,000 - almost $1,000 more than last year.  The bulk of the money will be given to the following charities that foster a "Culture of Life":
  • Mira Via ($4,000) - this Belmont Abbey home provides housing and support for mothers and their babies while mom is attending college.
  • Be Not Afraid ($4,000) - a specialized Pro-Life ministry that stands side-by-side with parents who have received prenatal diagnosis that the child may not live for long.  The organization provides a network that helps them choose life and to help them get the best care possible for their delicate child.
  • Charlotte Diocese Catholic Charities Adoption Services ($4,000) - provides free confidential counseling services for expecting parents, adoptions, assessments for referrals for medical, housing and financial needs and post delivery counseling. 
  • H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center, Monroe, NC ($4,000) - is a voice for the unborn and a support to families facing challenging circumstances.  It's medical department and mobile ultrasound unit provides pregnancy testing and m,medical care to moms who lack the resources.  H.E.L.P. provides parenting classes, clothing and baby equipment as well as counseling.
The balance of the money will go to St. Matthew Respect Life Ministry, Rachel's Vineyard, 40 Days for Life and URSUS Institute.

On behalf of the Baby Bottle committee, I want to Thank all our Brothers who helped distribute and collect the bottles.  But more importantly, I want to THANK all those who gave to such a worthy cause!

God Bless You All!
 
Norm Gemignani, PGK
St. Matthew K of C Council 10852 
Pro-Life Director
205-547-7919


LAMB

The total funds collected by our Council for the LAMB Foundation throughout 2018 was a record  $72,000!   In and of itself that is a remarkable achievement. In large measure, LAMB was the beneficiary of several large donations made by a few corporations and a few individuals. We have our challenges in 2019 to match last year's level of funds raised.
 
As you know, Councils determine where 85% of the funds they collect will be given. As such, this amount of funds allowed us to make substantial donations to worthy organizations that serve those with intellectual disabilities. Here is the list of the major donations that our Council has made with the 2018 funds:
  • Holy Angels ($28,000) - Group home serving those with intellectual disabilities
  • UMAR ($10,900) - Group home serving those with intellectual disabilities
  • Gigi's Playhouse ($10,000) - Family programs for those with Down Syndrome
  • Special Olympics ($5,000) - For their needs in Mecklenburg County
  • St. Matthew SPRED Program ($3,500) - Faith Formation for those with special needs
Thank you to all who gave of their time and or treasure in 2018 to serve those whom Jesus calls the Least Among My Brethren!
 
May God Bless all Knights,
Bob Desch, PGK


Donated Goods
 
PLEASE NOTE:
   
Randy and Anne Mazur are retiring as leaders of this fantastic ministry on April 13, 2019 , after 6-years! We are looking for a well-organized individual or couple who can commit to one hour a week of organizational activities and six hours on the second Saturday of each month.  For more information or if interested, contact Ann McDonald at 704-543-7677 x1039 or amcdonald@stmatthewcatholic.org.

Donated Goods - Highlights for January 2019
A big thank you to all volunteers that help the St. Matthew Donated Goods Ministry!   Next monthly collection of donated goods is Saturday February 9 from 8am until noon.
Volunteers needed for all activities including sorting and packing but especially those that can help load and unload furniture and those that have trucks that can pick up from households that are donating furniture.   Visit our Sign up Genius page to volunteer. 
  • Saturday January 12 was our monthly collection Saturday (2nd Sat. of the month) and we had a busy day, as we completed 18 scheduled pickups and over 80 drop offs of donated furniture, clothing and household items
  • The first truck load of donated items from our January 12 collection was delivered to Church Mouse in Robbinsville, NC. The truck was driven on Tuesday January 15 by Michael West and John Feathers.
  • Saturday January 19, we supported the Veterans ERG at UTC Aerospace Systems as we were able to:
    • Supply many donated furniture and household items to furnish 1 home for a veteran's and families in the Charlotte area.
    • The ERG team delivered and setup the furniture that day
    • We donated a truck full of clothing and small household items to Salvation Army on January 12. They brought a truck on our Saturday collection in January. This will become standard operating procedure going forward (rotating between Salvation Army, and Monroe Outreach and possibly Crisis Assistance Ministry)

We are planning to make a 2nd delivery of donated goods and planning to deliver to Lumberton, NC.


Next monthly collection of donated goods is Saturday February 9 from 8am until noon.


Reservations are going fast!  Make YOURS NO W!




Faith, Fraternity, and Service

It's time to think about officer's for  the  next fraternal year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020) and the role YOU will play!

Please prayerfully consider serving as an officer next year. Call any of the existing officers or Past Grand Knights for more information concerning the responsibilities of the offices.
  
One position that will be open isTreasurer. You will work closely with the Grand Knight (GK) and Financial Secretary (FS) in this important role for the Council.  To ensure a smooth transition as Treasurer beginning July 1, 2019, the current Treasurer will work with you before July to explain your duties and responsibilities.  If interested in serving the Council as Treasurer, please contact either GK Tom Larkin or Deputy Grand Knight (DGK) Bill McKenna.
 
Treasurer Specific Duties:
·         The present records are in Excel
·         Attend business meetings and present Treasurer's Report
·         Provide written Treasurer's Report for review by Trustees
·         Attend officers' meetings
·         Make fund deposits at the bank in a timely basis
·         Working with GK and FS, write checks to pay the bills
·         Keep checkbook up to date and verify balances with South State Bank
                ·       Assist FS in the preparation of the Supreme biannual report
                ·       Prepare the annual budget and attend budget meetings

Parish Breakfast Schedule

The fifth full breakfast of the new fraternal year was Sunday, January 13th.  We served 328 people and made $927. The next breakfast will be Sunday, February 17th  after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses at the Main Campus. So bring your loved ones,and celebrate St. Valentine's Day with our famous buffet breakfast!

September 16 - Donuts, Pastries, Beverages Only
February 17 - Breakfast for St. Valentine!
October 21 - Breakfast for Ghosts & Goblins!
March 17 - Breakfast for St. Joe and St. Pat
November 11 - Breakfast to Give Thanks!
April 28 - Breakfast for Springtime!
December 23, 2018 - Breakfast with St. Nick!
May 12 - Breakfast for Mom and Grandmom!
January 13, 2019 - Breakfast for the New Year!
June 16 - Breakfast for Dad and Granddad! 

Please help us make it the best year yet by volunteering and/or attending!


Charity Fund Raising Golf Tournament - May 14, 2019

What are you doing May 14th?  How about a round of golf with three of your friends, including 18 holes, a golf cart, lunch, dinner, drinks and a slew of awards and prizes?

ALL for a charitable $125 per player!  We invite you to enjoy the hospitality of the Knights of St. Matthew Council 10852, while you master Raintree Golf Course and enjoy their Southern cuisine!  Can't put a foursome together?  Sign-up for yourself and whoever can join you. We will make up the remainder of the foursome.

Profits from the tournament  support our many community-based charities, including:
  • LAMB Foundation of N.C . -  Least Among My Brothers , supports Holy Angels, Special
    Olympics and many more for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • UMAR -  established by the United Methodist Church, UMAR promotes community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Allegro Foundation -  a champion for children with disabilities.
  • Operation Exodus  - builds access ramps for those in need.
  • H.E.L.P. Crisis Pregnancy Center  -provides free and confidential services for women and men who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy.
  • Mira Via  - provides a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children.
     
    Raintree Country Club
    8600 Raintree Lane
    Charlotte, NC 28277
     
    $440 -  Early Bird - Sign up and pay for Foursome by April 15th
    $500 -  Foursome after April 15th
    $125 -  per player when less than a Foursome
     
    Can't make the Tournament? How about supporting our charities by being a sponsor?
     
    Ask for Sponsorship Form
     
     
    1____________________________ Hdcp ______      2_________________­___________ Hdcp ______
     
    3____________________________ Hdcp ______      4________________­____________ Hdcp ______
     
    Make check payable to Knights of Columbus Council 10852, Attn: Golf Tournament,
    9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
     
    If payment by credit card:
     
    Name on card ____________________________ Acct. No. ______________________
     
    Exp. Date _________________ CVV ______ ZIP Code of Cardholder __________
     
    E-mail address: _____________________________________________________

     
     
    Your participation is sincerely appreciated.
     
    Questions - Contact Ron Schumacher (704) 618-2442; reschu8@gmail.com

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO

Where:           South Charlotte Banquet Center
 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277

When:            Every Monday with doors opening at 5:30 pm.

Who:              Open to the general public.

Games:          We play a total of 17 games.  The "Early Bird" game starts at 6:45 pm with 100% of the
 money collected going to the winner(s).  16 more games follow starting at 7:00 pm.

Prizes:           Prizes vary based on the number of people playing and the number of cards
 purchased.  The typical nightly game prizes have been around:  Early Bird game - over  $300 ... 8 Regular games - $75 per game ... 7 Special games - $130 per game ... Coverall  game - $500.

Cost:             The minimum cost is $10.  That lets you play 9 of the 17 games.  If a person wants to play
 all 17 games the minimum is $18.  The average player spends around $25.  Young children  can pay $2 to play the 9 games minimum or $10 to play all 17 games.

How Long:    Bingo is normally done by 9:45 pm.

Supports      The profits from Bingo goes to the Charities of the Knights of Columbus.  We have donated primarily to St. Matthew Catholic Church in the past but have also made contributions to LAMB.

CALLING KNIGHTS TO HELP:

We group our volunteers into 5 teams.  Each team is scheduled to work once every 5 weeks.  Holidays
nights are covered by a volunteer team, so a team may work once every 6 weeks on occasion.  We can use more callers (we can train).  We record all items on a computer and if interested, we can train you for that process also.

There are a few husbands and wives working on a team.  In addition, we have wives that play while their husband works on a team.  If you have a high school or older child that would like to help, we can use them also.   If you work, all items from the Bingo kitchen are free.   This can be a great family team event.

If you have questions or want to help p lease contact:
Ron Schumacher 704-618-2442 or reschu8@gmail.com

Lumberton Needs YOU - Now More Than Ever after Florence & Michael!

In October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew wiped out Lumberton, NC. It is about 2.5 hours east of Charlotte.  Hundreds of families are still not in their homes, and at the current pace, it's expected to take another 2 years to complete restoring all houses impacted.
  • St. Matthew is helping them, one house at a time, but we need more volunteers like you.
  • This is an ideal activity for families.  Minimum age for children accompanied by a parent  is 14.  All minors must be accompanied by a parent.
  • No Experience Required!  There are many tasks that can be learned on-the-job, or if you do have expertise, we will find a perfect match for your skills.  
  • For those volunteers staying overnight there are free accommodations at the United Methodist Church in Lumberton, so no need to make your own arrangements.  
  • Volunteers typically arrive Thurs evening and return to Charlotte on Sunday., This is totally flexible.
  • Future dates:
February 21 to 24
March 14 to 17
April 11 to 14
May 16 to 19

For Details and/or to sign up, contact one of the following;
  • Carolyn Balsley, carolynbalsley@gmail.com
  • Joe George, jmecgeorge@aol.com    
  • Ron Schumacher, reschu8@gmail.com

February 2019
 
 

 
   

 

 

 
 
1

11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
2

3

4
BINGO
 
Mens Shelter  
Cooking 
5
Mens Shelter Serving 
6
7 PM - 1st Degree w/
Knights Business
Meeting
Following
 
7
8
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
9
Donated       
Goods
8 A.M - Noon
10
 
11
BINGO
12
7 PM SCBC 2nd Degree
Ceremony
13
  7:00PM CCSC
Board Meeting
  
14

15
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
16
Valentine's Dinner Dance at SCBC
17
Parish Breakfast
 
18
BINGO
19

20
  7:30 PM:
Knights Mass
21 
22
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
23

24



25
 BINGO

 26
Assembly 780 Business  Meeting
27
6:30 PM: Officers Mtg
28
 
 
 
March 2019
 
 

 
   

 

 

 
 
1

11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
2

3

4
BINGO
 
Mens Shelter  
Cooking 
5
   
 
Mens Shelter Serving 
6
7:00 PM
Knights Business
Meeting
7
8
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
9
Donated       
Goods
8 A.M - Noon
10
 
11
BINGO
12
 
13
7:00PM CCSC
Board Meeting
14

15
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
16
St. Pat's Parade
17
Parish Breakfast
 
St. Pat's
Dinner
Dance
18
BINGO
19


 
20
7:30 PM:
Knights Mass
 
21 
22
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
23

24



25
 BINGO

 26
Assembly 780 Business  Meeting
27
6:30 PM: Officers Mtg
28
 29
 30
 
BIRTHDAYS!   Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday to YOU!!

February                                                March                                                     
Charles F Muller 02 01
Brian J Mc Cann 02 02
Joe M Llaneza 02 03
Bruce E Hull 02 04
Philip T McDonald 02 04
Paul S Sepesy 02 04
Sean P McGuire 02 05
Bernard A Dilisio 02 05
Thomas P Dougherty 02 05
Michael L Harper 02 05
John W Barton 02 06
Lawrence P Jarzombek 02 06
Eric J Oklar 02 06
Kyle M Sprenger 02 06
W Lawrence Richmond 02 08
C B Williams 02 08
Charles L Neeler 02 09
Jack J Amar 02 12
Robert J Kerfonta 02 15
Michael D Verardo 02 16
James A Bailey 02 16
Harry J Dobson 02 17
William H Bauer 02 18
Albert D Witbrodt 02 18
James E Weiland 02 19
Gabriel   Albuquerque 02 20
John E Forness 02 20
John F Driscoll 02 21
Daniel G Troy 02 22
Michael J Osmera 02 23
Stephen M Rusinko 02 23
Timothy L Mank 02 24
Paul A Schexnayder 02 25
Jeffrey   Zwally 02 25
Phillip S Budidharma 02 28
Clarence P Krull 02 28
Michael G Dawson 02 29
Christopher J Tonsing 02 29
Michael L Ferris 03 01
Armen S Boyajian 03 02
Steven J Canale 03 02
Thomas C Carton 03 02
Lou   Carletto 03 03
Matthew J Thompson 03 03
Michael C Dowd 03 04
Robert F Johnson 03 04
Michael J Novajosky 03 04
William K Stewart 03 07
Matthew E Merchant 03 07
Patrick M Herr 03 08
David L Berezin 03 09
Andrew M Burton 03 09
Anthony J Annunziata 03 11
Larry J Kitzinger 03 11
Patrick A Mauth 03 11
Thomas J Phillips 03 11
Robert F Wieler 03 11
Robert J O'Brien 03 12
Richard B Reynolds 03 12
William P Sabo 03 14
David M Donovan 03 15
Thomas E Dorazil 03 15
Daniel J Hines 03 17
Rory P Wall 03 17
Michael W Spicer 03 18
Thomas R Fitzpatrick 03 19
Joseph F Tittl 03 19
Albert J Smeraldo 03 22
James G Gilsdorf 03 23
Umberto   Silvagno 03 23
James M Cavanagh 03 27
Jeff F Prendergast 03 27
John G Tezza 03 27
Michael F Thompson 03 27
Donald P Mead 03 28
Martin B Musialowski 03 28
Michael P West 03 28
Christopher   Finnican 03 29
William K Martin 03 29
Jeffrey P Boyle 03 30
John G Connell 03 30

2018/2019 Council Officers

CHAPLAIN
Rev. Peter J. Ascik
pascik@stmatthewcatholic.org
704-543-7677 x1185
GRAND KNIGHT
Tom Larkin
twlarkin39@gmail.com  
803-762-8989
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT 
 Bill McKenna
billmaurmck@att.net     
704-560-6997
CHANCELLOR   
Jack Hickey 
jjhickey@att.net  
908-472-9019
RECORDER
John Schilling  
j4schill@earthlink.net 
704-309-2267
FINANCIAL SECRETARY  
John Coudriet
ccoudriet@carolina.rr.com  
704-543-9621
TREASURER
Earl Hartenstine  
elmstone999@yahoo.com

ADVOCATE
Don Gacevich
dgacevich@gmail.com
626-393-1876
WARDEN
Mike Hankins  
Mikehankins48@gmail.com  
704-315-7764
LECTOR
Chuck Elgin, PGK 
celgin01@earthlink.net
704-614-0504
INSIDE GUARD
Dave Donovan
dono67960@aol.com
704-904-7492
OUTSIDE GUARD 
Hank Kempton
henrykempton@bellsouth.net 

3 YR TRUSTEE
Bob Desch, PGK
deschr@bellsouth.net
704-543-8212
2 YR TRUSTEE
Ron Schumacher, PGK 
reschu8@gmail.com 
704-618-2442
1 YR TRUSTEE
Richard White, PGK
rmpwhite@gmail.com
704-543-6351