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Grand Knight's Message

June 2017

Grand Knight’s Message

It seems like yesterday that we began our 2016-17 Columbian year. Boy does time fly! We set ambitious goals to work closer with our Parish’s, especially our Pastors and Priests and we have done so. We have met with the Principals of St. Clement’s, St. Mary’s and SPA Central Catholic to get more involved in promoting Knights of Columbus initiatives such as “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest and Citizenship Essay Contest. Our Membership Recruitment Drives, led by Brother Mike Planko, will account for an increase of 40+/- new members by the time we finish the last 1st Degree Exemplification on June 19th. And lastly, we did make changes in how we operate and how we manage our expenses. The financial results were favorable as shown in the monthly reporting of the Treasurer’s Report. We will have an operating budget in place at the beginning of the 2017-18 Columbian year. We need to continue to work hard in continuing all of these efforts that got us this far in such a short timeframe. I thank every one of the members that helped in any way to make this Columbian year so special.
On Saturday, June 10th, 2017, the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 will be celebrating our flag and symbol of our country’s freedom at its 50th Annual Flag Day Parade. This year’s parade will honor active members and Veterans from all five branches of the Military service – Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.
As in the past, all Council, Assembly and Catholic Daughter members, families, children and grandchildren are requested to join us in the celebration of our flag. In addition, I have requested other area Council, Assembly and Color Corps members to join us in this celebration. Please make every effort to join us as we assemble starting at 11:15am at 2nd Street and N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Those who are carpooling should meet at the Knights home at 11am. Parade will start at 12:00 noon. A reception will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs immediately following the parade (approx. 1pm). Lunch will be provided.
And lastly, let us not forget Brother Jeff Koppi. Jeff was instrumental in putting together on a monthly basis our newsletter. We now have more information to provide to our members in a cost effective manner. Thank You Jeff for your contributions and efforts made in this area.
May 2017

Vivat Jesus
Tom Gurka, GK