‘We are all called to serve’
This has been and continues to be a key message within the Knights of Columbus. For the past five years, the members of our Council have put both trust and faith in me to serve at a level, only six years ago I would never have imagined was possible. For this and to each of you, I am forever humbled and grateful.
As I look back, two years as Deputy Grand Knight and three years as Grand Knight, I find it necessary to review some accomplishments. Firstly, I believe together we have removed any stigma that might have once existed about our Council being ‘an Old boys Club’. As I have shared and witnessed the many activities, actions of support and compassion, it is evident to me that we are anything but ‘an old boys club’. We have worked hard at ensuring a message of being inclusive to the whole family has prevailed. It is important that we continue to build on this message.
Secondly, an approach of bringing more faith development into our meetings has reinforced our true need of guidance from the Holy Spirit. This has never mattered more than when disagreements and certain crossroads have challenged us. But as Catholic gentlemen we are able to ‘dust ourselves off’ and pick up, working together to ensure, we always come back through unity to reach one common goal. I wish to extend my heartfelt thank you to Father Leo for his leadership in bringing these lessons of Faith into the forefront of our service.
Another area of accomplishment has been working closer with adjacent Councils. Assisting Council 7883 from Napanee with the Basketball Free-throw, as well as participating in a District Bingo evening, are two examples of expanding relationships with neighboring brothers.
Finally, I encourage all of us to support the new Grand Knight and his Executive with the respect needed to serve our God, with the true mission as set out by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. It is important that we not lose sight of the success of our Council and always explore ways to improve our service.
In closing, it has truly an honour to have met many of you and learn from your many talents. I can honestly say that having involved myself at this leadership level has only helped me to grow more compassionately and spiritually. I will now take my own lessons from this experience and go out and find new adventurous ways to spread the good name of our Order. Peace to all.