Volume 22 Issue 8 - January 2019

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

Grand Knight's Report

Happy New Year!

As you are aware, we sent out a short questionnaire to each Brother to find out why people are not volunteering and what we can do to increase participation.  To-date, we've received about 50 replies and ask that if YOU haven't, please fill out the questionnaire quickly so we can implement recommendations as soon as possible.  

We will be analyzing the results of the survey and reviewing them with the officers and our Council.  Several good recommendations have been made, but one in particular from Larry Perez, stands out.  
He suggested we need SPIRIT in our Council:

SERVICE
to our Parish & Community
PRIDE
in our Council
INTEREST
in our Council's Success
RESPECT
for our Brothers
INSPIRE
our new Brothers
TRUST
in GOD!

So this New Year, let's get the  SPIRIT!

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

Please Congratulate our:

KNIGHT of the MONTH:  Dr. Jeff Kleinheinz

FAMILY of the MONTH:   Earl Hartenstine and his Family

CULTURE of LIFE
40 Days for Life
  
 
 
 
 
2019 March for Life Charlotte
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12 PM - 3 PM
Gather in parking lot across from 1123 S. Church St. Charlotte, NC

Arrive early at around 11:00am to park and be ready at 11:30am for instructions before we march. We will leave the parking lot for the march at noon to march to Trade and Tryon Streets for a prolife witness with guest speaker Fr. Peter Ascik from St. Matthew Catholic Church. We will then process to the Federal Courthouse on W. Trade St. for the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

There is a Mass offered for the Unborn prior to the march. The Mass is at 9:00am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Charlotte NC. There will be a reception in the Activity Center following the Mass so you can grab a hot coffee and some food before we march! Please join us! Any questions, e-mail marchforlifecharlotte@windstream.net or visit
www.marchforlifecharlotte.org for more information.
 
Baby Bottle Campaign
If you have a baby bottle, please turn it in at the Church office during office hours. It is still possible for us to exceed $19,000 this fraternal year.
Norman Gemignani, PGK, Pro-Life Director
205-547-7919
 
Norm Gemignani, PGK
St. Matthew K of C Council 10852 
Pro-Life Director
205-547-7919



LAMB

As you well know, Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. In North Carolina, the primary charity that we support is the LAMB Foundation, a charity created by North Carolina Knights more than 40 years ago to assist North Carolinians who have intellectual disabilities (see  www.lambnc.org ).
 
This year marks the 15th consecutive year that our Council has raised $50,000 or more to support LAMB. Since our Council's inception in 1992, our members have raised more than one million dollars!

Thank you to all our Brother Knights who have helped in this charitable endeavor. If you have not been able to participate, please consider making a personal donation to LAMB. Checks should be made payable to LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc. and mailed to 6420 Rea Rd-A1, suite 312, Charlotte, NC 28277. Or, if you prefer "e-giving" go to the LAMB website - www.lambnc.org - and click on the "Donate" icon.

Thank you for all that you do to help those whom Jesus calls the Least Among My B rothers    
 
May God Bless all Knights,
Bob Desch, PGK

Attention!!!!! Attention!!!! Attention!!!!!

Brothers All:
 
Operation Exodus is planning a Ramp Take down and a Porch Build next Saturday, January 5th and we could use your help.  The Weather Man says the rain should subside by the end of next week and next Saturday, January 5th should be a decent, rain free day.  Scheduling the work effort on a Saturday will hopefully attract a lot of our Brothers who work during the week but would like to help.  If you can help, please REPLY and let me know.
 
In July of 2018, we built a Handicap Access Ramp for Dianna Byers mother who lives in Meyers Park.  See the attached picture.  Dianna's Mother has now passed and Dianna asked that the ramp be removed from the home.  Plans are to meet at the Byers home at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 5th to disassemble the ramp. 
 
The Byers residence is:
Dianna Byer's Parents
3216 Cambridge Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
 
We are also building a new porch for Ida McVay who lives near downtown Charlotte on January 5th as well.  Ida McVay already has a Handicap Access Ramp to the Front Porch that we will attached to the new porch.  Ida can't use the Ramp since the old porch deck has disintegrated.    See the attached photos.  Jim Gilsdorf and I have already built all the Porch Ramp Frames and cut the Posts for the new porch.  We will drop off the Porch frames and posts at Ida McVay's house on the way over to the Byers residence.  We will need the Floorboards and 2 x 6's and 2 x 4's from the Byers ramp to complete the construction of Ida McVay's new porch.    
The McVay's Residence is at:
Ida McVay
3106 Marney Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
 
If we get enough volunteers, plans are to have two teams working, one at each site, both starting at 9:00 AM.  Plans are to have one team install the Porch Frames and Railing Posts at the McVays while the 2nd team is at the Byers residence disassembling the ramp.  We will then load up the Byers Ramp Floorboards, 2 x 6's and 2 x 4's in the Open Trailer and take them over to the McVay's residence so we can complete the new porch and Porch Railings.
 
I will then take the Open Trailer back over to the Byers Residence so we can load up the disassembled ramp and take the components to the warehouse and drop them off.  I will then head back to Ida McVay's so we can pickup any materials left over after the Porch and Railings are complete, before heading back to the warehouse.
 
For the Byers ramp takedown, we will leave the ramp frames intact so we can reuse them on a future ramp.  We will remove the top layer of blocks from the ramp holes and then backfill the holes with dirt that we dug out of the holes and placed against the house, levelling the holes with the surrounding ground.
 
Again, Operation Exodus could use your help.  I would like at least 4 - 5 Brothers at each location so we can get all the work done on Saturday, January 5th.  Drinks and Lunch will be provided.  If you can help, please let me know so I can assemble teams for both Work Sites.
 
God Bless!
 
Chuck Elgin, Past Grand Knight
Operation Exodus President
St Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 10852

 

 

Donated Goods
 
PLEASE NOTE:
 
    Randy and Anne Mazur are retiring as leaders of this fantastic ministry after 6 years.  They 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 December 2018
A big thank you to all volunteers that help the St. Matthew Donated Goods Ministry!
Next monthly collection of donated goods is Saturday January 12 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.
Amazing October information: we delivered 4 truckloads of donated goods.
December 2018 highlights:
  • Saturday December 8 was our normal collection Saturday (2nd Sat. of the month) and we had a busy day, as we completed 25 scheduled pickups and over 100 drop offs of donated furniture, clothing and household items
  • Saturday December 8, we supported the Veterans ERG at UTC Aerospace Systems as we were able to:
    • Supply many donated furniture and household items to furnish 2 home for a veteran's and families in the Charlotte area.
    • The ERG team delivered and setup the furniture that day
    • The first truck load of donated items from our December 8 collection was delivered to SAFE Again in Young Harris, GA. The truck was driven on Wednesday December 12 by Chuck Curtis and Hank Kempton.
    • We donated a truck full of clothing and small household items to Salvation Army on December 8. They brought a truck on our Saturday collection in December. This will become standard operating procedure going forward.
Note: We are searching for volunteers to become the leaders of the Donated Goods Ministry
   





Faith, Fraternity, and Service

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

Please seriously consider serving as an officer of Council 10852.  

One position,Treasurer will be open. 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 fourth full breakfast of the new fraternal year was Sunday, December 23rd.  We served 324 people and made $784. The next breakfast will be Sunday, January 13th  after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses at the Main Campus. So bring your family and friends who are here for the holidays, so they can enjoy our famous buffet breakfast while you enjoy having US do the cooking!

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!


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

January 2019
 
 

 
   
1
Jan 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Men's Shelter: 
Serving
2
7:00 PM
Knights Business
Meeting
3
 
 
4
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
5
Operation Exodus - Tear-Down and Build 
6

7
BINGO

7:30pm - College
Football Championship at SCBC
8
   
9
7:00PM CCSC
Board Meeting
10
11
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
12
 Donated       
 Goods
 8 A.M - Noon 
13
Parish Breakfast
14
BINGO
15
 
16
  7:30 PM:
Knights Mass


17

18
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
19
 
20
 
21
BINGO
22
Assembly 780 Business  Meeting

 
23
 6:30 PM: Officers Mtg
24
25
11pm-Midnight:
Eucharistic
Adoration
26

27



28
 BINGO

 29
Assembly 780 - 4th on the 5th!


30

31
 
 
 
February 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
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
 
 
 
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