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Letters from the Grand Knight

December 2018

Brother Knights,

As we welcome the time when we celebrate the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ, let us reflect upon the activities that we have done throughout the year to help our community and our church. 

We have had a great fall and it is looking like we are going to have a great winter.  I first want to thank Matt Meyer for stepping up and accepting the nomination for Recorder.  I know he will do a great job as our new Recorder.  I also want to thank Gerry Mattix-Wand and Brian Werts for setting up the “Coats for Kids” program for our council.  We were able to donate 4 cases of coats to Riverbend Area Ministries on Black Friday (November 23rd).  This program will help children in need to stay warm this winter.  I also wanted to thank the members who volunteered for the Boy Scout Food Pantry drive that took place on November 10th and 17th.  This was a great opportunity to help OLQP’s food pantry as well as the local Boy Scout Chapter.

Some of the events we have coming up the next couple of months include our meetings on December 10th, January 14th and January 28th.  We are aslo currently running the “Keep Christ In Christmas” Poster contest at the OLQP school (thank you to Leo Mushill for leading this project).  We have a spaghetti dinner on January 6th and a chicken dinner on January 20th.  Keep in mind that all profits from the spaghetti dinner go to Belize Mission trip scheduled for June of 2019.  We are also going to be hosting a Member and Family Fun night coming up in January with more details coming soon.  Please come out and join us for these events – we need you to continue to make a difference. 

I’m so proud that our council continues to be an active example of leadership and service. As we look ahead to the next year, let us remember that we as Catholic gentleman should always be thinking about new ways we can best serve our Savior, our church, our family, our school and our community.  

Yours Truly,

Troy Lively, G.K.


October 2018

Council Members,

We need your help. Members we have several events coming up in the next couple of months that need volunteers to be a successful activity for our Council. Please review the following list of activities and contact the chairperson responsible for the event if you are able to help. These are our fundraisers that allow us to continue to support our church, priest, school and missions.

October 12 – 13 35th Annual Bishop’s Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction (See attached flyer). Contact Gerry Mattix-Wand at (618) 791-6111. Our council will be preparing the meal for this event. We will need assistance from 4 to 5 people in setting up the K of C Hall (McNicholas Club Hall 1713 Stamper Lane) in Godfrey on Friday night (Oct 12th) – Plan to meet at OLQP at 6:00 p.m. to take stuff to Godfrey and setup. We will also need 5 to 7 people to help work the event and tear down at the Godfrey Hall from 3:30 till 7:30 p.m.

October 16th OLQP cooking chicken strips and Corn Dogs for OLPQ students. Contact Louis Mushill at (618) 806-7465. Need 2 to 3 people to help starting around 8:30 to cook and serve the students for lunch.

October 21st K of C Chicken Dinner. Contact Mike Poulson at (618) 616-5580. Need 5-6 people to assist in running the chicken dinner from 9:30 till 2:00. Also need 3-4 people to assist in cleanup starting at 1:45 p.m.

October 27th Edwardsville (St. Boniface) Pasta Dinner Catering. Contact Jim Albarado at (618) 623-9325. Need 5-6 people at noon to assist in cooking at OLQP basement and transporting to St. Boniface. Also need 4-5 people for running buffet line at St. Boniface from 4:00 till 6:30 p.m. We will also need about 3 to 5 people at OLQP around 7:00 p.m. to help clean-up from the event (wash dishes and put away items).

We also have a couple other events that I am excited about coming up this month and next:

On October 22nd Our Social Meeting Night - we will be hosting the meeting at the Olin Trap and Skeet Field. We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Olin Trap and Skeet Field for some rounds of shooting. Bring your own shotgun or borrow one of Olin’s for the event. Rounds of shooting will cost $12. K of C council will be providing pizza at the event. Please contact Troy Lively at (618) 304-0672 to reserve your spot and enjoy an evening of brotherhood.

November 11th Memorial Mass at Holy Angels Parish at 10:30 a.m. mass honoring all deceased members of the Knights of Columbus from Alton, Bethalto and Wood River (see attached flyer). All Knight of Columbus and widows are invited to attend. A 4th Degree Color Guard will be Present at this mass. This is sponsored by Pere Marquette Assembly (4th Degree). Contact Randy P. Bauser for further details (618) 920-6762.

Please consider donating some of your time to some of these events that allow us to help support our church and community. Also consider coming out to the great opportunity to socialize with members and potential members of our council at the social meeting night on October 22nd. Also check out our Council website and calendar at www.bethaltoknights.org

Yours Truly,

Troy Lively, Grand Knight