Grand Knight’s Corner

Welcome to the Good Shepherd Knight’s of Columbus website.  Here you will see messages from me and past Grand Knights.

August 2015 Grand Knight Message

My Brother Knights,

I would like to invite all brother knights to attend our business meetings on the third Thursday of the month.
Your involvement will enable the council to preform greater charity acts and meet with old and new friends.
At our business meeting in September we are having the installation of officers.

We plan to be a part of the Holbrook Fair on August 15th if you go to the fair please look for us. We are
planning to have an Italian night in October of this year. Tickets for Italian night will go on sale in September.
We will have the cost and dates firmed up by the time of our next Herald. The last Italian night was a great
success and we received many complements from people who attended the event. I am sure this dance will also
be a great success.

I am going to keep the letter short I hope to see you all at our next meeting.

John Rein
Grand Knight

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July 2015 Grand Knight Message

My Brother Knights,
We received an email from Tom Borruso saying he received unexpected
news from his lung surgeon – the PET scan he took shows cancer in his back
(lung area), liver and pelvis. The oncologist is setting him up for radiology
treatment for one of the three and in three weeks they will get together to
discuss treatment of the other two spots. Tom said “He (the oncologist)
indicates that these are not curable but I’m not buying that yet – it’s time to ask
Fr. McGivney for another miracle”, please remember Tom and Barbara in your
As you all know by now Nick Hernandez due to family issues was unable to run
for Grand Knight. My plans are to hold the position of Grand Knight for one
year until other brother knights are able to assume the position. Thanks go to
Rich Erario for assuming the position of Deputy Grand Knight. Rich is a
charter member of the Good Shepherd Council. Thanks go to all the brothers
who took officers positions in the council.
The summer is a slow time and most members are taking well deserved
vacations. The schedule for the coming year has not been finalized; our next
large event will be the Italian night in October. The Holbrook Fair is scheduled
for August 13-16, 2015 and we hope to run a food drive in the fall.
Please come down to our business meetings on the third Thursday of the
month in fellowship hall at Good Shepherd Church.
John Rein
Grand Knight

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June 2015 Grand Knight Message

Since this is one of the last heralds of the year I wanted to personally thank a few of our brothers who went out of their way to help the council and me this year.

  • John Leonardo for keeping me going and providing anything I needed many times before I even realized I needed it.
  • Tom Haberkorn for handling the Saint Patrick’s Day Party, which was the one fundraiser I was able to be mostly hands off with once he took it over.
  • Nick Guarino for his help getting prizes for the Chinese auction and for always being ready to help with whatever needs to be done.
  • John Rein for helping to get prizes for the chinese auction as well and for taking care of a lot of the councils related stuff so I didn’t have to.
  • Fred Flad for taking care of our membership and attending all of the degrees with our candidates.
  • Bill Mueller for his donations to the chinese auction and always helping out whenever I asked for help. He also has done a wonderful job with the herald.
  • Don Urbanski for running the most successful free throw contest this council has had in years.
  • James Turansky for storing and laying out the money for our Keep Christ in Christmas.
  • Phil Portanova for handling our scholarship.
  • Fr. Jim Shelton for being liaison with the church and going out of his way to help the council anyway he could.

If I missed anyone I am sorry. It was a rough year but we made it. I hope that we are able to make it through this coming year and that we are able to grow this council to a health size so everything isn’t so difficult.

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December 2014 Grand Knight’s Message

Brothers, I am happy to say that the decision made at our last business meeting was to fight to keep the council going. At that meeting I presented a plan with some ideas on how we can save the council.

The first area I think we need to focus on is improving our financials. We are already off to a great start after a very successful Keep Christ in Christmas Sale which far exceed last year’s income. If our other previously planned fundraiser our Saint Patrick’s Day Party is also a success we will be in good shape.

We also are working on two new events, a Golf outing and a Chinese Auction. With those two events I am going we will increase the cushion we will need to afford to keep the council going.

Another area which I think the council needs to focus on is membership involvement. We have lots of members but very few have been willing to help out. Some brothers have stepped up but if we are going to continue to survive we are going to need even more help. So we are going to send out a survey to all of our members in a few weeks to try and found out what we can do to get more people active. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

The other way I am hoping to get more help is through recruiting new members. We need to find young members who are willing to be active and are interested in being officers in the council.

I think if we are able to accomplish all of these tasks even partially we should be in good shape to keep the council going.

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October 2014 Grand Knight’s Message

Once again it is time to install our council officers, and it is also the perfect time to talk about volunteering.  Every organization out there is hurting for volunteers. People just don’t seem to have the time to volunteer anymore. With our council we have a lot of people who are willing to help work an event, but it is very hard to find people who are willing to plan and run an event.

Every year it gets harder and harder to fill all of the council officer positions.  This year we found ourselves without a Deputy Grand Knight at the very last minute.  Luckily John Leonardo PGK FDD FCB stepped up to cover the position for one year.

I know I have said it many times before but it is starting to become a very serious problem, if this council is going to survive we need people to step up and become officers.  This council has a lot of great members who are willing to give a hand but what we are missing is people who are willing to take the ball and become leaders.

This month we started planning the Knight’s October 25th Halloween Party which we will be doing with the Women’s Auxiliary.  This is going to be a costume party which will be targeted towards families and should be a good time.  We are looking for people to volunteer and help with the setup and cooking.  If anyone is interested please contact me.

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