Greetings Brothers,

Family of the Month has three new committee members: Ronny Timonera, Orly Alcantara and Ken Moen. Chairs Mike Driscoll and Henry Feddema, will be selecting a Family of the Month for February.

Online membership is coming; Supreme is progressing towards going paperless. I am presently working on familiarizing myself with the officer online console to conduct administrative duties and monitor online membership. I am finding it very efficient.  I will be registering our council with Supreme for a prospect-landing page through kofc.org. This page will give us the ability to see, communicate and manage new prospects for our council via online. I am hoping to have this up and running very shortly. We are also working on implementing E – transfers as an optional means of payment for membership dues and other transactions as a convenience to our membership.  These transactions will go directly to our Financial Secretary and is a secure way to send funds. As an added convenience, we also have a Point of Sale terminal that can be used for the same transactions.

Family and Community Director positions: Mike Driscoll volunteered last meeting to adopt the Family Director role and go through the security checks requested by Supreme. Henry Feddema has accepted the Community Director’s position and will complete the same security checks that apply to the Family Director position. I would like to congratulate these two in their new roles and thank them for their dedication to our Order and council.

I believe we still have three candidates that need to go through a First Degree.  We will try to get them to an exemplification as soon as possible or a video session.

World Day of the Sick February 11th was celebrated at the 11:00 AM mass on Sunday February 10th.   Our council hosted a continental breakfast for the parish after the mass. A big Thank you to Dan and Elaine Barth, Katherine Feddema, Fred Bremner, Mike Abday and others that I may have missed for preparing, serving and generally helping out where help was needed. I was a little disappointed that we did not have many Brothers help out.  Elaine Barth prepared and laid out most of the breakfast by herself. Thanks again to the small group that gave some time to help out and make the breakfast a success for all.

Padre Night on February 28th at the Polish Canadian Cultural Center was a wonderful evening with Priests and Brothers.  I was surprised at how many Brothers came out from all different councils within the Calgary Chapter and beyond. The highlight of the evening was a talk by Bishop Emeritus Frederick Henry who spoke very insightfully and openly about the sex scandals that have impacted our Catholic Community.

The State Convention in Edmonton is coming up on April 26th, 27tth and 28th. I have registered and paid for one couple’s package and will be registering Brother Bernardo Alejandria and his wife Elenor as our second delegate for the convention. Two hotel rooms have also been reserved. The hotel this year will be the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Sherwood Park as the Westin in Edmonton experienced some flooding in their facility and are unable to accommodate our convention this year.

Coming up is the March for Life – May 9th in Edmonton.   St. Bonaventure Council 7432 is organizing buses so we can go as a large group.

God bless you all, and I look forward to seeing you at the general council meeting on March 4, 2019.

Andy Haynes

GK 4878

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