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Message from the Grand Knight
CHURCH, FAMILY AND FRATERNITY
I am wishing all Brother and sister Knights and their families a Very Happy New Year. Each Year I make New Year’s resolutions. They usually include losing weight, getting more exercise and eating better. This year my New Year’s resolutions will focus on Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. I am planning to better utilize my spare time to help organizations that help our community, the homeless, the veterans, and Brother and sister Knights who are less fortunate than l.
We are blessed at George Brent. Again, we had many successful events in the Hall since our last meeting. Brother Jeff Vallimont and his team did another tremendous job with Un-Trim-A-Tree. They were able to provide a better Christmas for over 1200 children from needy families in the Manassas
Park and Manassas area. Thanks to all who participated by purchasing gifts, organizing the gifts and delivering them to the needy.
The weather was threatening with snow and ice as we were able to hold an outstanding Children's
Christmas Party. In spite of the weather, the party was attended by nearly 140 parents and children.
All had a terrific time thanks to Justin and Mary Ann Rackowski who chaired the event and their helpers.
This year Sir Knight Harry Post from the Bishop Flaherty Assembly and Worthy Outside Guard, Ken
Ball from the George Brent Council, Co-Chaired the Adult Christmas Party. There were nearly 140 in attendance. The party was attended by the State Deputy, Steve Kehoe and his wife Wendy as well as the District Deputy, Craig Radcliff and his wife Cynthia, the District Warden, Carlos Sousa was there with his wife Tuxa, the Faithful Navigator, Roger Loy and his wife Sandy were in attendance. There were also several Grand Knights from councils in (our district) District 19 who attended with their guest. This year, we were able to reach new highs for attendance.
The Worthy Warden, Billy Bolton has collected a record $1,514.75 for Keep Christ in Christmas this year. Great job Billy!
Message from the Deputy Grand Knight
Happy 20181!!! And praying for many blessings and graces to all as we head into the second half of the Fraternal Year.
The Church has dedicated the Month of January to The Holy Name of Jesus. Remember that January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The feast days this month include Mary the Blessed Virgin (January 1), St. Genevieve (January 3], St. Elizabeth Seton (January 4), St. Sebastian (January 20), two Sts. Aqnes, both Martyrs (January 21 and 28), St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28), St. Francis de Sales (January 29), and St John Bosco (January 31).
The next "6 Point Meeting" will be at 7:30 on Tuesday, January 16 in the Club Room. Anyone chairing an event in late January, February or March is encouraged to attend this meeting. We can help by getting volunteers, advertising the event, and answering any questions or concerns of the event chairman. If you are a chairman of a recent event, please send me your completed
"Event Report". If you would like to help with any of our upcoming events, please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-314-7397.
Upcoming George Brent Council dates to keep in mind:
Jan 13: Evening with Zac (4th Degree event)
Jan 19: March for Life (4th Degree event)
Jan 20: Learn to Dance
Deputy Grand Knight
General Program Director
Knight of the Month - December
I have known this Brother Knight since l joined the Council. He became a brother Knight in 1992. This Brother helps with "That Man is You". This year he helped perform the "Miracle on Route 28 in Manassas" by organizing the "Un-Trim-A-Tree". This Brother had over 40 helpers as they sorted over 2500 gifts for over 1200 children of needy families in the Manassas and Manassas Park area. He has been the chairman for "Un-Trim-A-Tree" for the past several years.
It is my pleasure to present the December 2017 Knight of the Month for the George Brent Council to Brother Jeff Vallimont.
Family of the Month - December
I have known this Brother Knight since l joined the Council. He is very active in the Council and the Assembly. He is a member of the Past Grand Knights Association as well as the Past Faithful Navigators. This Brother Knight first joined the Knights in 1978. His wife is a member of the Ladies of the Fourth Degree, he organizes the Bingo Kitchen and she helps him in the kitchen. He chairs Relay for Life. This year he volunteered to send all leftovers from events to feed the homeless. He is one of my trusted advisors.
It is my pleasure to select Dave and Sue Riley as the December 2017 Family of the Month for the George Brent Council.
Bingo Appreciation Award - December
I have known this brother since he joined the Council. This Brother Knight took his first Degree in 2015. After joining the Council he started working Bingo and became a Bingo Caller. He likes to work the ticket sales. He is very popular with the Bingo players. This year when the Lecturer was unable to work at the Hall he stepped forward to prepare meals for the meeting with other brother volunteers.
It is my pleasure to present the December 2017 Bingo Appreciation Award for the George Brent Council to Brother Greg Hall.
Ladies Auxiliary of the George Brent Council
WOW! 2018 Already. Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season. Now that the holidays are over and everyone's schedules get back into a normal routine, I hope to see many more new faces in the Auxiliary. We would like to invite the wives, mothers, mother in-laws, sisters and daughters (18 or older) to join the Auxiliary. We support the Knights in their activities and help with the events in the
Knights Hall. Dues are only S8.00 a year plus $3.65 (if you wish to contribute to the PKDL) which is passed onto the state organization. Some of the ladies work the bingo kitchen to get money to donate to charity in the spring.
We will soon be looking for new officers for the 2018-2019 fraternal year. So hopefully everyone will give this some thought. We will discuss this more at our February meeting, when we set up a nominating committee.
We had our annual Christmas Party at the December meeting. Good food, great company and much fun for everyone. Thank you to everyone that participated.
Important dates to Remember
Jan. 6 (mid-day) Take down Christmas decor.
Jan. 8 Ladies meeting
Jan. 16 6 pt. meeting
Jan. 19 Set-up Learn to Dance
Jan. 20 Learn to Dance
Jan. 21 Family Breakfast
Every Tuesday - Rosary in Club Room 7:00
Bingo Kitchen Schedule:
Thurs, Jan 11 - Carol S., Audreenia D., Ann K., Katy P., Gillian Q.
Sun. Jan 14 - Barbara G., Margaret O., Mary I., Sarah R., Barbara K.
Sun. Jan 21 - Sue M., Tuxa S., Mary Ann R., Carol S.
Sun. Jan 28 - Tuxa S., Sue M.. Suzette C., Sandy C.
Please remember to bring a food item for the Bethany Pantry to our meetings. Let’s fill those shelves.
Please consider having dinner in the club room on Friday evenings. It's a great time to sit and socialize with other members and get to know everyone better while supporting charities. Meals are yummy and always reasonably priced.
Welcome New Members:
We would like to welcome our newest members, Ginny Billeaud and Erika Laos. We look forward to working with all of our new members and getting to know them better.
Ladies, if you are part of the widows program, please don't forget to contact your person. Many of the widows look forward to getting those calls or maybe an occasional card just so they know you are thinking of them. If you send cards, remember to include your phone number so they can contact you if they need to contact you for any reason. After you contact your person, please send me an e-mail to let me know you spoke to her.
Our next meeting:
The next meeting will be on Monday, January 8th.
Officers for the fraternal year are:
Sue Masarick, President 703-368-1603
Tuxa Sousa, Vice President 571-355-9160
Judy Bolton, Secretary 571-432-8552
Dawn Myers, Treasurer 703-868-7073
Suzette Curry, Historian 240-993-6756