OOLSANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA Fr. Joseph M. Geary Council 3523
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Grand Knight Message - May 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 4:26 PM | Rafael Betancourt (Administrator)

Dear Brother Knights,

Last month I was encouraging you to dedicate a reasonable 24 hours a year to help with our multiple projects and activities. This time I would like to comment on recent projects and recognize the people who made them happen.

I would like to start with our sponsorship of a Free Throw contest at St. Justin School. I am proud to report that two students, Julia Lemak,11, and Zac Viano, 12, won the San Jose regional contest and went on to compete at the State Championship in Fresno. We thank Brothers Matt Noisat and Wayne Cope for their leadership.

We also had a great turnout for our annual Essay Contest with 99 participants from St. Justin and St. Clare schools. The Grand Champion was Katherine O’Donnell, 8th grade, from St. Justin. We thank Br. Claude Remillard for organizing this event and Br. Vince Gonzalez for providing expert judging.

With over 50 people in attendance, our March 27th Social, was a great success. We thank the Carvalho family for providing dinner. Also, Br. Carvalho and family lead the effort of cooking breakfast for over 100 people who received the Sacraments Easter Vigil.

Our March recruitment drive, lead by Br. Martin Orlando was also a great success as 8 people joined our Council and 5 of them advanced to their Second Degree by April 11th. We also had our first ever First Degree ceremony held on April 10th at St. Justin, honoring Br. Davison Vivit, PGK.

Like these, there are many other activities you can participate. For instance, Br. Israel Gonzalez is leading a fundraising effort to grant a $500 scholarship to a seminarian from this Diocese. He is also coordinating a Hispanic Roundtable at the San Jose Cathedral. Br. Wayne Cope needs help as he is starting up a monthly pancake breakfast to raise funds for the St. Justin Pastor’s Assistance Fund – to make resources available for members of the Parish who are in need. Finally, we will give a special welcome to all of our new members at the April 24th Social, where Br. Knights prepared a succulent spaghetti dinner under the expert guidance of Br. Israel Gonzalez.

I encourage all of you to find those 24 hours in a year and help, or even better, to lead a project of your liking – the opportunities for service are virtually limitless.

Vivat Jesus!

SK Rafael Betancourt, GK

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