Brother Knights:

April is now past and we have some nice weather to enjoy.

We had our annual Garage Sale on April 21st and 22nd and fortunately we did have some very nice weather for that sale. The garage sale was a lot of fun because we had so many Brother Knights, wives and parishioners helping to make it a success. I can’t mention everyone’s name as I’m sure to miss someone so I will just say a huge thank you to all who helped make this work. A very special thank you to the committee who put this all together and those members are Jenny O’Dell, Vicki Baran and Frank Gerritsen. Their tireless efforts were crucial as we no longer have Kevin Lopresti and Leo Bunz to spearhead this event. Once again, thank you to all.

The 2018 State Convention held April 27th, 28th, and 29th has come and gone and I will tell you that the State Board did not change as all state members were re-elected.  To refresh your memory, they are Brothers Ron Schuster as State Deputy, Ferdie Mendita, State Secretary, Gaston Launiere, State Treasurer, John Onyskiw, State Advocate and Andy Shosalski as State Warden.

The Resolution to increase the per capita levy by $4.00 per member was carried and will be effective January 2019 for the 2018-2019 Columbian year.

The resolution regarding the Youth Protection Program was carried.

The resolution to adopt measures that would allow the membership of women over age 18 in the First Degree of the Knights of Columbus was opposed and not carried.

In all it was a very good convention, well organized and on time.  The hospitality and fraternity among the brothers was great to see and offered us time to get to know many of the Brother Knights throughout Alberta. I encourage you, my Council Brothers to take the opportunity of attending the State Conventions and see how the organization works on a larger scale.

Brother Knights, it is that time of the year when we as a Council will be having elections.  We have to decide on what roll we are ready to take on to be active.  Many of you will be asked to let your name stand for election on the executive in Council 4878 and we count on you to say YES.  Brother Andy Haynes is stepping forward and will be the Grand Knight beginning July 1st. 2018. The executive will consist of those brothers who are willing to assist Brother Andy. I plan on doing whatever I can do to help our Grand Knight have a successful year and I hope you will all do the same. Please feel free to discuss the possibility with me or with Brother Andy if you have any questions.

Thank you Brothers and God Bless you All.

Dave Allen,

Grand Knight