Knights Of Columbus

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Fraternal year 2013-2014

Title: Blood Drive

Council: St. Benedicts 12290

Category: Council

Date: Multiple

Purpose of activity: To give blood to the local Blood Bank.

Description: Once a quarter the council provides a blood drive after the 8am, 10:30am, and 12:15pm masses at which time there is between 20-25 units per drive donated to the Blood Bank of Alaska. This blood is distributed throughout the state to save lives.

 


Title:   Hospitality for Polar Plunge

Council: St. Benedicts 12290

Category: Council

Date: 12/21/2013

Purpose of activity: To provide hospitality at the Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Alaska.

Description: To provide Hot Chocolate and Hot Coffee for those attending and participating in the Polar Plunge jump at Goose Lake. Teams from all around the Anchorage raised at least $500 to make the plunge. All the money went to the Special Olympics events.


Title:   Hospitality for Winter Olympics

Council: St. Benedict 12290

Category: Council

Date: 03/08/2014

Purpose of activity: Provide hospitality to those attending and participating in the Special Olympics Winter Olympics.

Description: This event we provided Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Hot Apple Cider for those attending and those participating in the Winter Olympics for the Special Olympics of Alaska.


Title:   Founder's Day Banquet

Council: John A Forsting 9830

Category: Council

Date:12 Oct 2013

Purpose of activity: To commemorate the founding of the Knights of Columbus by Venerable Michael J. McGivney and to celebrate Columbus Day with brother knights, their ladies, friends, and guests.

Description: Council 9830 celebrates Founder's Day on the Saturday in October closest to Columbus day, thereby commemorating both the founding of the Knights of Columbus by Fr McGivney and at the same time celebrate the discovery of America by our namesake, Christopher Columbus. This year in particular, we invited Senator Anna Fairclough as our Guest Speaker and our Worthy State Deputy Jim Betts as our Senior Ranking Knight, his second consecutive time to attend this annual banquet. Other guests were widows and families of our departed brothers and our District Four District Deputy and his wife. The theme of our banquet was Be Protectors of God's Gifts, for which Sen Fairclough and SD Jim were asked to cover in their addresses. All members of our council and their spouses and friends were encouraged to attend. General Admission was $30.00 but no charge for our guests, priests, and deacons. The dinner was buffet style with three main entrées of Pepper Steak, Cordon Bleu and Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Bar, fruits, and variety of home made desserts plus drinks. Can't beat the price. We held the banquet at Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River, owned and operated by one of our full knight council members. Not only that we got delicious meals and outstanding service but also supported the business of our brother knight. The cocktail started at 6:00. At 7:00 pm, the gong rang for everyone to take their seats. The Grand Knight, who took the role of Master of Ceremony called the banquet to order and asked Deacon Jim Lee to lead the Opening Prayer. After the prayer, everyone was asked to join in singing the Opening Ode conveniently printed on the back of the program. After the ode's last note, the Boy Scouts marched with the flags to the front followed by our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Thereafter, everyone was seated and the ceremony master introduced the guests at the Head-Table according to protocols, made a welcome address briefly touching on the purposes of the banquet to include show of support of the widows and families of our departed brothers. The widows and families were asked to stand to be recognized. At the end of his welcome address, the Grand Knight offered the first toast, to Venerable Fr Michael J McGivney, that he'll soon be canonized followed by a roar of Hear Hear. Other members made their toasts before Deacon Hostman blessed the food, the cooks, and the consumers.

At the end of his welcome address, the Grand Knight offered the first toast, to Venerable Fr Michael J McGivney, that he'll soon be canonized followed by a roar of Hear Hear.  Other members made their toasts before Deacon Hostman blessed the food, the cooks, and the consumers.

The buffet went smoothly which was led by the head-table.  During the dinner, beautiful melodies were played to enhance the enjoyment with the meal.  When everyone was about done with their desserts, there was a quick intermission. 

 The program resumed with State Deputy Jim Bett’s foreword covering his roles as Protector of God’s Gifts.  Sen Anna Fairclough followed with how she, as a state leader and a public servant,  protects  God’s gifts.  She also highlighted the global works of the Knights of Columbus and expressed her admiration and appreciation for all the things the knights do here and abroad. 

After the speeches, the Grand Knight assisted the State Deputy recognize the 2013 Alaska Knight of the Year and the Family of the Year, both from Council 9830.  The State Deputy also presented the Council its 25th Anniversary Certificate. 

During the course of the banquet, door prize winners were randomly picked from a bag of tickets by the head-table, which kept the attendees on the edge of their seats.  Prizes consisted of gift certificates, boxes of candies, Knights of Columbus items, and bottles of wine, which winners were warned not to open their winnings until they get home.  After the recognitions, the Grand Knight made his closing comments and asked Deacon Lee one more time to do the closing prayers.  Before the end of the program, everyone picked up the program and joined the singing aloud the Closing Ode. 

All of the 78 attendees expressed positive comments about the banquet.   Many council members claimed this banquet was one of the excellent ones, if the not best ever Founder’s Day Banquet of Council 9830.  It strengthened our fraternal unity.  We hope that the next one will surpass the last.

   

 


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