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Oakhurst, CA 93644

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August, 2013

Dear Brothers,

     Hallowed be His name! His kingdom come! His will be done on earth!
(Therein lies our mission, brothers!)

   Hope to have seen most of you at the Lamb's Friday the 2nd. Thanks to all the Past Grand Knights and their Ladies for all they've done for God and our council. Thanks to Jim and Shirley for their labors in sponsoring the event!

   By an 8 to 4 vote we will start a change and hold Officer meetings by email and phone on the first Tuesday and then from 5:30 to 6:30 on the 3rd Tuesday before a meal and then general Council Meeting. The bylaw change will be up for a vote in a month or two. I have asked DD Don to allow us to proceed in the interim prior to ratification of the bylaw change. Please if you have any comment on this let one of us know!

   BIG thanks to Dave Kappes and Richard L. for their labors on the audit. Trustees Carl B and Richard R and I found all to be in great
order. We appreciate what you do Dave and Richard!

God Blesss Us All

Tony Tucker

The Knight’s Pen

A Word from the Financial Secretary

August, 2013

     Let us always remember, Brothers, the principles of our Order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Perhaps the least mentioned of the four principles is Patriotism. Patriotism is considered by theologians to be a virtue, the virtue of loving one’s country and being willing to sacrifice for it. While all Knights are called to love their native land, patriotism is usually associated with the Fourth Degree. But since we have just celebrated
Independence Day on July 4th, it might be a good time to reflect on this important virtue.

     Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William E. Lori, reflected that the Knights of Columbus contribute to the good of society by fostering authentic patriotism. That does not mean that we love our country right or wrong, he says, rather it means that we love our country so much that we want to embrace what is true and good in her. We want our country to be a place where religious freedom is robustly fostered, not just tolerated. And out of love for country, we are vigilant lest our freedoms be unduly curtailed for political reasons.

    During the recent Chapter meeting on Friday July 12, we learned that in the next Columbian Year patriotic awards and credit will be given to those councils that have one or more members involved in serving veterans at VA hospitals or clinics. If you are involved in any way in our local VA clinic or the VA hospital in Fresno, please let me or the Grand Knight know of it immediately. If you are not, please consider doing something for our veterans. In this way, we can exercise the virtue of patriotism through the council to the community.

     Additionally, congratulations to Brother Curt Rybaczyk who received the honors of the second and third degree in our Order on July 20 in Sanger, CA. Our thanks go out to the Grand Knight and brothers of St. Paul Council 8990 for their organization and good food.

     Please remember our council’s First Degree Team is gearing up. Anyone interested in becoming a team member or a back-up call the Grand Knight or FS. Organizational meetings will be on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM. First degrees will be held on meeting knights as much as possible.


Richard E. Lamontagne, F.S.
Knights of Columbus