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Fraternal year 2015-2016

Title: Knights of Columbus - Free Throw Tournament

Council: 12290

Category: Youth

Date: 03/07/2016

Purpose of activity: The Council 12290 conducted the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament for area youth on January 16th 2016 where many Knights volunteered time as judges and scorekeepers.

Description: The K of C Council 12290 conducted the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament for area youth on Jan 16th, 2016. Many Knights voluntered time as judgesand scorekeepers. In total 11 Knights from Council 12290 participated in the event, along with 2 family members. The event was held at the Lumen Christi gymnasium and 5 free throw stations were measured and set-up for the event. We had 12 youth participate in the tournament Participation ribbons and certificates were given out to all participants as well as plaques to the free throw champions for each age group. In total about 55 hours were put into the event and we look forward to next year.

   


Title: Holy Name School/Parish

Council: 11321, Holy Name Council, Ketchikan AK

Category: Youth

Date: 1May-31Mar 2016

Purpose of activity: During this past year we demonstrated our commitment for the youth of our Parish. We answered Father Pats call to provide safe environment training to all the faculty and staff at Holy Name School and Church. Brother Eric Collins has volunteered hundreds of hours in support of Holy Name School providing maintenance duties free of charge. We hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt were we have over 100 children participating. Additionally, we get the older children involved to assist the younger children. We always volunteer to prepare a special breakfast for the youth after first communion and confirmation. Also we partner with the youth in fund raising, we helped our Boy Scout Troop 4 raise funds for camp.

Description: During this past year Ketchikan Council 11321 has demonstrated Fraternity, Unity and Charity in service to Holy Name Parish.  Knights of Columbus Council 11321 are committed to the youth of Holy Name Parish. When Boy Scout Troup 4 was funding raising for camp this summer we offered them to assist us in the Pot of Gold Raffle.  Our efforts raised $900 dollars for members of Troop 4 to attend camp. 
One of the highlights of the Easter season for the youth of Holy Name is the annual Knights of Columbus Easter Egg Hunt; this council has been hosting this event for years. Not only do we have over hundred children hunting for eggs we get the older children to assist in the egg hunt.  By involving all the youth not only does it teach valuable lessons but makes it an event that the entire family can enjoy.
Father Pat Travers recognizes that we love the fraternity we gain thru our pancake breakfasts. Each Easter season Father Pat calls upon us to prepare a special breakfast for confirmation and first communion participants and their families.  As Knights it is a privilege to be part of this special day and we hope the youth remember as they grow in the church. 
One of the biggest challenges for Father Pat and Bishop Burns is keeping the only Catholic School in Southeast Alaska viable.  This is where  Brother Eric Collins has answer the call to charity by volunteering hundreds hours to perform maintenance and custodial duties to Holy Name School.  By his efforts he has saved Holy Name School thousands of dollars in personnel cost and supply expenses.  
During one our monthly meetings Father Pat Travers was struggling with how to conduct safe environment training to the faculty and administration at Holy Name School and Church following the resignation of the Religious Education Director.  Our commitment to keeping our youth safe was demonstrate when we decided this is vital service we could provide, Past Grand Knight Tom Schultz a trained safe environment trainer answered Father Pat’s request.  During this school year Brother Tom has delivered safe environment training to most of the Holy Name School Faculty, Religious Education and Administrative Staff.  Currently we are looking to standardize the safe training throughout the Diocese buy working thru contracts with Virtus.  
Council 11321 is committed to youth of parish and city, and we always answer the call when requested this year alone we volunteered more 1500 hours in support youth services.


Title: Coats for Kids

Council: 9830, John A. Forsting Council, Eagle River AK

Category: Youth

Date: Nov. 23rd 2015

Purpose of activity: The purpose of this activity was to distribute new winter coats to children in the Eagle River community as part of the Thanksgiving Blessing project.

Description: Every Year , the council members agree to participate in the local Thanksgiving Blessing Project in Eagle River, Alaska. With a large need in our community for children's clothes, specifically warm coats, we decided to once again participate in the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program. This benefited children who would otherwise not have a coat for the harsh winter conditions experienced in Alaska. This year through intensive fundraising efforts, the Council was able to double the amount of coats that could be purchased through Supreme Council. A total of 196 coats were handed out to children in the Community. We collaborated with a protestant church known to hold annual food distribution to the needy before Thanksgiving Day. We used their facility to distribute the coats to children under the age of 16. Their pastor and staff were elated and promised that we will have our own room to fit and distribute the coats. Their staff did the screening and brought us the children who really needed a warm winter coat. We had a fantastic variety of sizes in boys and girls coats. We also received donations of new coats from our parish and other local churches. We handed out coats from noon until 8 PM that evening. Senator Dan Sullivan, a fellow Knight, even helped out for a few minutes while visiting this project. He was impressed at the number of coats we had and our work in the community. We had 15 Knights participate in setup and passing out coats. When they closed their doors at 8 PM we still had some coats left, so we donated them to Catholic Social Services in Anchorage so they could distribute the remaining coats to needy children in the local area.

     


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