Goals for 2016 - 2017 Fraternal Year
Our mission statement:
To build a fraternal order of catholic men from the St. Martin of Tours parish who are dedicated to the corporal works of mercy in the service to God and our neighbor, and to provide support to our Holy Father, bishops, and priests.
As one, we will accomplish our mission through selected programs of service, fund raising, and charity, while evangelizing our catholic faith, defending the unborn, protecting our religious freedom, and promoting patriotism.
2016 - 2017 Goals:
Our goals this year are as follows:
- Achieve STAR council - recruit 9 new members, increase insurance quota by 3, and achieve all service program objectives (see insert below from Supreme's website on achieving STAR council award)
- Achieve our fundraising objectives so that we can fulfill our charity objectives.
- Serve our bishops, priests, parish, and community (mostly through our service programs)
While the goals appear simple on the surface, they do require our commitment to recruitment and charity.
As Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reminded us, "It is our moral obligation to invite every eligible Catholic man to join the Knights of Columbus", where by increasing memberships allows us to increase our council’s manpower to assist parish and community members by providing for those in need — CHARITY; provide the opportunity for eligible Catholic men to work together and accomplish great deeds that they could not accomplish alone — UNITY; and provide the opportunity to build the bonds of friendship with council members that will last a lifetime — FRATERNITY. Recruiting is a moral responsibility for each member of our council.
Charity is the number one principal of our order. To enable our charity goals, we must similarly plan for fund raising activities. Our main fund raising activity is the fish fry's during lent. However, we also receive donations from members of our council and the community. Our main donation comes from the football pools conducted by Robert Schlebach.
In addition to these fund raising sources, this year we plan to add a "smoked meats" program. More details about this program will be presented in upcoming business meetings.
I look forward to working with each and everyone of you as we make this years goals a reality.