Elections, a Draw and Looking Forward

Dear Brother Knights,

We are coming up on our Council elections this month. I am hoping some of you are going to step up and join the executive. We are looking to fill a few positions for this coming fraternal year. Let me know if you are interested, please. Call me GK Michael @ 613-650-7530.

As you may know, since COVID hit us last spring, we have been unable to raise funds for any of our charity commitments. Last year we had collected some money (and distributed it) from revenue we received from the Ontario State Raffle, for which we traditionally sell paper tickets in person and in the mall. We had actually made most of our sales before the first lock-down happened last year. Howard Gallivan has been doing a great job of running this (with Dale Tupah’s enormous help and also the help of so many other members). This year, we have no money to use to help our various charities because all events have been cancelled until further notice. While a few of these charities themselves are on hiatus and don’t need the money, many of them are actually in a desperate state because their own revenue has dropped too, and they still have expenses. We want to continue to help them.

This spring, we started participating in a new fund-raising venture, an Ontario-state on-line 50/50 draw. We started selling in early April and so far, we are in first place provincially by nearly a 25% margin over the second-place council. Keep up the good work. For any of you who do not know what this is about, let me explain briefly. The Ontario-state Raffle has been transformed into an on-line 50/50 raffle. We will get a larger percentage of the revenue from selling 50/50 tickets than we would have by selling the paper tickets because there is much less overheat cost to the on on-line program. So this is actually a more efficient charity event with a higher fraction of proceeds going to charity. Please support our council and by extension, its charities by purchasing a few tickets and by promoting sales to your family and friends. The link to buyCode to scan tickets that will get credited to our council is found on our web site http://kofc9652.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the poster advertising the draw. Or, keep a copy of the link on your cell phone or print a copy of the QR code (right) and keep it in your pocket so you can show and your friend can point his cell-phone camera at it to get instantly transported to the site where you can buy your tickets.
Or type the link directly into your browser
https://ontariokofcraffle.5050central.com/?olc=9652.

This year has been tough on all of us with so many new kinds of pressures we have never faced before. Our council has been facing these as best we can and has continued to carry out our mission using remote technologies, like Zoom and the good old telephone. Our zoom meetings are the first and last Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm with some socializing afterwards. If you have zoom, you can start it and use meeting ID: 948 3988 0913 with passcode 834615. You can even join us by regular telephone if you don’t have a computer, smart phone or network access. Just pick up any phone and dial
1 613 209 3054. Then use the meeting ID and passcode to log into the meeting and voila, we can all hear you and you can hear us all. Hopefully, the pandemic restrictions will be lifted soon (once we are all vaccinated) and we can resume meeting in person.

I pray for you all and I am looking forward to the day we can all meet and share a snack, a drink, shake hands and hug again. Maybe by the fall. May God bless you all.

Vivat Jesus,

GK Michael