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ZELDA'S COLE SLAW
Shred 1 large head of cabbage. Shred 2 medium onions.
Put in Large bowl and alternate layers. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Bring following to a boil:
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups of vinegar
I teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of prepared mustard
1 teaspoon of salt
After boiling above ingredients, add about 1 cup of Wesson oil; stir and pour over cabbage.
Cover tightly immediately. Store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Mix occasionally.
Keeps up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
· When Knights get into an unforeseen bind, they always know they can turn to their Brother Knights for on-the-spot assistance. Such was the case on the morning of January 5, 1017 when Knight Paul Boike was notified that his younger daughter had been involved in an auto accident on her way to her new job in Tuscaloosa. He gave Grand Knight Ken Friedrich a call and Ken immediately hooked up his 20-foot trailer to his Duramax GMC truck and gathered together ratchet straps and a come-along winch. The men loaded the totaled car on the trailer and transported it back to Cullman. Fortunately, Paul’s daughter was not badly injured.
Ken refused any pay for helping out a Brother Knight “in distress.”
· The old saying goes: “What goes up must come down.” Christmas decorations at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church are certainly no exception. Knight Larry Keeney and his wife Linda disassembled all of the trees, most of the banners, and the nativity scenes with experienced proficiency. The figurines, trees, etc. from the sanctuary and vestibule were disassembled and carried up the stairs for storage in the back of the choir loft. At one point, Larry became a little over zealous and removed a picture from the wall of the vestibule that has a permanent position throughout the year! He then had to dig through to the back of the decoration stockpile and re-hang it once his error was discovered!
· Kairos team members ultimately concern themselves with the spiritual future of area prison inmates. Their dedication does not end with the intense Kairos retreat weekend. On the contrary, Kairos retreats are followed up with one or more one-day reunions. The idea is to replant the seed first sowed during the original retreat. Such a reunion was conducted at Donaldson Prison on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Knight Shawn Holly, one of a 20-man team, ministered to some 80 inmates. He served as a table leader and delivered one of the instructional and inspiration talks.
· Knight Cecil Morgan was a beloved Brother Knight of Council 10354 in many respects. Cecil was the father-in-law of Knight Jaimie Hand and the grandfather of Knight Nick Hand. He also may be the last remaining Council 10354 WWII veteran.
The family requested a Fourth Degree Honor Guard for the wake service on January 23, 2017. Fourth Degree Knights, Mike O’Laire, Corey McCray, Ken Friedrich, Iggy Lovoy, Mike Williams, Allen Belrose (Faithful Navigator), and Jake Schillaci stood guard over the closed casket during the visitation period. The Sir Knights dressed in tuxedoes and ceremonial baldrics. Other Knights were also in attendance.
The visitation was preceded by a family rosary of the Glorious Mysteries and was led by Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, at the request of the family. Visitation was followed by the Mass of Christian Burial with Father Bill Lucas presiding and the Hand grandsons serving. The Honor Guard also assembled at the cemetery for the interment and to say a final farewell to their Brother Knight. Cecil was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Billy. May they both rest in peace.
· Second Degree Knights Arturo Garcia and Andres Aguilera were elevated to the Third Degree during an Exemplification at Prince of Peace on January 28, 2017. They were among a class of 24 candidates and were accompanied by Grand Knight, Ken Friedrich, and Sir Knight Jose Rodriguez. Former Council 10354 Knight Bryant Collins witnessed the same Exemplification of his two grandsons.
The ceremonies were followed by a pizza lunch. The new Council 10354 Third Degree Knights expressed their enthusiasm about continuing to the Fourth Degree in February.
· Council 10354 smoked 112 Boston butts on February 4, 2017 as a fund raiser in support of our sponsored seminarians, Council 10354 Knight Jonathan Howell and Justin Ward, and for the Knights of Columbus Priesthood Scholarship Fund. However, the “process” spanned several days before and after the barbecue event. Pre-orders for butts from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Henry Parish, and various other individuals were accepted beginning three weeks prior to Super Bowl Weekend. On January 24, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich and Paul Boike spent the afternoon power washing the interior and otherwise preparing the smoker and the surrounding area, including wrapping tables and storage coolers.
On February 1, 2017, necessary supplies were purchased. These included paper plates, jumbo zip-lock bags, spray canola oil, “groceries,” and beverages. Two grades of aluminum foil had been previously acquired in commercial grade rolls. Gloves and aprons were laundered and readied for the smoking workers, affectionately dubbed the “Yellow Submarine Crew.”
Ken braved 26-degree weather at 5:00 a.m. on February 4, 2016 to light the starter wood and ultimately sterilize the interior and the trays at elevated temperatures. By 7:00 a.m. the temperatures were equilibrated for slow cooking over freshly cut pecan wood. The smoker was charged with 113 Boston butts and the well-tested process began. The Yellow Submarine crew of trained and recruit “cooks,” included Knights Ken Friedrich, Paul Boike, Derrin Gaudet, Duane Holy, Larry Keeney, Mike Wallace, Dan S. Gardner, Charlie Friedrich, Earl Kreider, Mike Williams, and Jerry Ingram. In the wings as sellers, distributors, and otherwise supporters were Knights Shawn Holly, Doug Homman, Allen Belrose, Mike Jolly, Dee Haynes (near future Knight) and others…Rex Gill, Joyce Friedrich, and Sissy Hampton.
The lunch break featured two crock pots of beef stew and home-made white yeast rolls and raisin bread. Two servings remained after the crew of 17 had their fill!
Deliveries were made after each of the Masses at St. Henry and St. Elizabeth on Saturday and Sunday surprisingly without a hitch. Fathers Johnson Tharayil, Jim Handerhan, and Michael Deering were designated to receive complimentary butts. Six roasts were assigned to Cenacolo and two to another charitable cause. The 113th butt was smoked for the head of meat department at Foodland who supplies the raw product at cost plus 10%.
Approximately $3,500 is anticipated from this fund raiser once expenses have been subtracted from the gross proceeds.
· Council 10354 conducted a unique First Degree Exemplification in the man cave at the residence of Grand Knight Ken Friedrich on February 4, 2017. During a break in the otherwise hectic schedule around the Super Bowl Weekend butt smoking event, when the guys usually chew the fat, play pool, and watch television, it was decided that the time could be better spent in administering the First Degree to the candidate, Dee Haynes. Dee had earlier expressed his desire to become a Knight and joined the Yellow Submarine Crew to witness some of the Council activities. Ken appropriately arranged the room, setup the DVD player, expelled non-Knights, and hosted a unique First Degree Exemplification. Most of the “cooks” were in attendance at the ceremony.
· Faithful Navigator Allen Belrose of Assembly 2849 started a tedious phone campaign to offer the advancement to the Fourth Degree to current Third Degree members of Council 10354. Several individuals indicated their interest in becoming Sir Knights but only one candidate was able to follow through the process to its end. Allen escorted Knight Earl Kreider to Our Lady of the Valley for the Fourth Degree Exemplification on February 18, 2017. Earl was joined by 33 other candidates including Father Leonard of EWTN.
Fourth Degree team members from Council 10354 included Shawn Holly, Doug Homman, Allen Belrose, and Mike Williams, as well as former Council and/or Assembly 2849 members, Jack Boggan and Dr. Jim Fox. The formal ceremonies were followed by a pasta bar banquet. Earl’s wife Linda joined Earl at the meal to celebrate his elevation to the highest Degree in the Order.
· Some say that there is no such thing as a coincidence. Good things are rather the result of God’s loving plans for his children. You be the judge.
Knight Iggy Lovoy “inherited” a complete hospital bed when his son moved into his neighborhood. Iggy called Grand Knight Ken Friedrich in hopes of discovering a Knight who might have use of the bed. He then thought of Knight Fred Arceneaux whose wife is disabled and temporarily in the nursing home.
Arrangements were made to transport the bed from Morris to Hanceville and set it up for Fred’s wife. On February 23, 2017, Knights Iggy, Ken, Duane Holy, and Dan S. Gardner hauled the bed in Iggy’s pickup truck, made space for the bed in the house, and set it up to Fred’s delight. The bed was certainly a God-send and one of His “coincidences.”
· Eighty percent of the funds raised by the Tootsie Roll Campaign are dispersed to qualifying agencies in this area and the remaining twenty percent is returned to the Alabama State Knights of Columbus. These extra funds are combined from all the participating Councils and are available by request for special projects. All the funds ultimately support organizations that minister to mentally challenged children and adults.
A check in the amount of $300 was mailed to Nazareth House and another in the amount of $1,700 was personally delivered to the Burkett Center in Morris. Knight Ken Friedrich and “retired” Tootsie Roll Chairman, Larry Keeney, met at the school on February 24, 2017 and left the donation with the Principal’s Office. Both institutions were advised that they may request additional funds for a special project, such as computers, software, etc.
· The standing joke is: When in trouble, who do you call: 1-800-CALL-KEN! St. Elizabeth maintenance man, Rex Gill, phoned Grand Knight Ken Friedrich, on February 24, 2017, when the water valve inside the ice maker in the Parish Hall suddenly sprang a leak. Ken diagnosed the problem and called Knight Paul Boike, the appliance fix-it man, for a replacement part he had in stock in Good Hope. Ken picked up the valve and repaired the ice machine.
Who do you call? The Knights of Columbus, of course… who are always willing and able to help others who are in a jam or in “distress.”
· Knights Doug Homman and Shawn Holly take their roles in the Kairos prison ministry very seriously. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, they participated in a Kairos reunion at Draper Prison. The reunion is a follow-up of the Kairos weekend and reinforces the weekend prayer share, akin to the grouping of the Cursillio Movement. Nine chapel workers ministered to 35 prison residents. The program included Scripture readings, witness talks, and singing.
At lunchtime, each inmate was served 4 sandwiches, chips, and cookies. Any leftover meat and cheese were left to the prisoner’s disposal. Often food serves initially as a draw, but participants in the Kairos Movement take “home” much more.
- Council 10354 Knights have always worked well with the Ladies Altar Sodality at both St. Elizabeth and St. Henry. To that end, the Knights assisted the ladies prepare the breakfast food for their donations-only fundraiser on February 26, 2017. The meal was scheduled to begin immediately after the 8:30 a.m. Mass but preparations began much earlier. Knight Doug Homman “organized the cooking” and arrived at 4:45 a.m. Knight Tony Smith cooked about 80 % of the pancakes with Knight Paul Foti completing the other 20 %. Knight Mike O’Laire scrambled the eggs and ladies brought breakfast casseroles and coffee cakes. Approximately 200 people enjoyed the meal and the leftover pancakes were delivered to the Warrior Fire Department.
- Attendance at the Friday Lenten Stations of the Cross varied from week to week but typically averaged at about 60. Participation by Altar Servers from Council 10354 also fluctuated from 2 to 3 at each service. However, Father Johnson Tharayil has used a different format…requiring fewer Servers…than did Father Michael Deering. Father Johnson has eliminated the use of incense and has asked Deacon Tim Vaughn to lead the readings and prayers during the penitential service. Furthermore, the cast and crew of the Last Supper Reenactment were forced to miss the two Fridays in Lent when the performance was hosted by St. John the Baptist in Madison and Sacred Heart in Cullman.
- Council 10354 typically treats the parishioners of St. Henry and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes to a meatless pancake supper on a Friday night as a token of their appreciation of the support that the congregations gives to the Council and their causes during the year. Generally, the meal is scheduled for the first Friday following Ash Wednesday. However, in 2017, due to a scheduling conflict, the meal was moved to St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, after the 5:30 daily Mass and the 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross.
Knights Ken Friedrich and Shawn Holly purchased the ingredients and toppings the day before. Other Knights, including Thom Duran, Doug Homman, Dan S. Gardner, Tony Smith, Paul Boike, and Duane Holy mixed, grilled, served the pancakes to the parishioners, and cleaned the kitchen and dishes after the meal. Approximately, 60 people patronized the supper. Extra leftover pancakes were bundled for takeout.
- The All Knights Mass at St. Henry coincided with St. Joseph’s Feast Day on March 19, 2017. During the Mass, all ministerial positions are occupied by members of Council 10354. Father Johnson Tharayil presided over the Mass and was assisted by Altar Servers Ken Friedrich and Joe Holy. David Shaner proclaimed the Scripture readings and announcements as the Lector and was the Cantor for the Responsorial Psalm. The Offertory donations were collected by Ushers Duane Holy, Tony Smith, Paul Foti, and Mike O’Laire. Dan S. Gardner and Mike O’Laire then brought up the gifts to the altar at the Presentation of Gifts. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion consisted of Paul Townes III, Ken Friedrich, Dominick Viruleg, and Josh Stump. Participating Choir members in Council 10354 were Dan Foster, David Shaner, Rob Stump, and Ken Levesque. Knights had been asked to wear their red Council shirts and were easily distinguishable in the congregation. Attending the Mass were Malcolm Fifer, Bob McLeod, Tony DeCicco, Danny Mayfield, Mike Jolly, Cliff Papineau, Paul Homman, Doug Homman, Mason Baldwin, Paul Foti, Tristan Foti, Anthony Bishop, Todd Keeney, Kurt Keeney, Don Rydberg, John Rogers, and Louis Muro (St. Patrick’s Council).
- “Two halves make a whole.” Sometimes that adage is even true with lawn mowers! Deacon Tim Vaughn presented Grand Knight Ken Friedrich with two “crippled” mowers of different brands, different motors, different horse powers, and different problems.
Ken’s mission was to make one functional mower from the two. The worse model was determined to have been the victim of running without sufficient oil. The final solution involved removing the blade shaft and pulley from the one and replacing the damaged parts on the better of the two mowers. Several approaches were attempted including using a hammer, engaging a dent puller, and finally heating the rusty shaft with an acetylene heating torch. Knight Mike Jolly then helped Ken replace the belts and protective covers. Ken also changed the oil in the self-propelled push mower before giving it a test run. The project from start to finish took Ken the better part of a month…off and on (March, 2017).
Deacon Tim picked up the repaired mower and took it home and successfully mowed his entire yard without incident. The Knights donated their time and efforts and Deacon Tim donated the spare mower for parts.
- First Degree Knight Paul Eder has moved away from the Gardendale area to a place in Florida. However, on March 28, 2017, while finding himself in Wisconsin, Paul completed his 2nd and 3rd Degrees. Council 974 in Chippewa Falls, WI hosted the degree ceremonies. No word as yet whether he plans to become a Sir Knight at some future Fourth Degree Exemplification. Congratulations are out to Paul, especially since he made this advancement on his own and with no necessary promptings from the “powers that be.”
- The Knights at St. Henry annually host a Lenten Fish Fry for their parishioners. In 2017, the selected date was Wednesday, April 5th. The complimentary meal followed the weekly Stations of the Cross and was enjoyed by approximately 60 people. Predictions of severe weather did not dampen the attendance nor the enthusiasm of the Knights nor the parishioners. Working the event were Knights Doug Homman, Dominick Viruleg, Duane Holy, Paul Foti, Tony Smith, Mike Jolly, and Rob Stump. The menu included fried and baked Tilapia, French fries, poppers, corn fritters, and pizzas. Cleanup included the washing of all the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, and straightening up the parish hall.
- Little did Knight Fred Arceneaux know about the versatility and resourcefulness of Council 10354 members when he joined the Council. Recall that a Brother Knight donated and delivered a hospital bed for Fred’s disabled wife. In April, 2017, Knight Jim Jernigan, who owns and operates Jernigan Healthcare, learned from Grand Knight Ken Friedrich that Fred had a desperate need for a lift to get his wife in and out of bed. Jim checked his warehouse and determined that he had a used lift in stock and agreed to loan the lift to the Hanceville couple until they no longer had a need for it. The lift was delivered and Fred was instructed on its operation.
- The Last Supper Reenactment began its 18th consecutive year with its first rehearsal on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2017. All the actors and cast were the same as in 2016, with the exception of the Narrator. Knight Mike Shields passed on the narrator role due to health and business problems. Knight Thom Duran attended a couple of practices as narrator but had to drop out at the last minute due to family issues. Knight Mike Jolly stepped into the position with a mere three days’ notice before the first performance.
Preparations before the first performance were rather involved. They included laundering all the costumes and the table cloth; providing scripts for the narrator (and Voice from Above); washing cups and plates; and purchasing pita bread and grape juice; loading all the lights, stools, dishes, boom box, and ladders, etc. Knight William Acevedo also made a couple of attempts at videoing the presentation at two separate dress rehearsals. Equipment malfunction and other contributing factors, however and unfortunately, prevented a flawless copy of the video.
- The first live performance took place on March 24, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Madison, Alabama. This venue is the parish assignment of our own Father Jim Handerhan, who, by the way, portrayed the part of James the Lesser in years past. Father Jim had vigorously promoted the performance, as did Danny Garcia of Council 10232. Approximately 150 people witnessed the presentation that was preceded by Stations of the Cross and KC-sponsored fish fry. Council 10232 treated the cast, crew, and family members to the Lenten supper.
Needless to say, the Reenactment was well received by the audience. One of Council 10232 members took exceptional black-backed (no flash) photos of the individual cast members and volunteered to make them available to Council 10354. Somehow he seemed to catch each of the Apostles in true form.
- Two nights later, the troupe traveled to St. Paul’s Cathedral where they were treated to a pasta supper as part of a fund raiser dinner-theatre. The “play” ironically took place in the “Upper Room” to an audience of about 140. Knight Dan Foster and his grandson provided the sound equipment for the event. He set up four $1000 speakers and was able to remotely control the two wireless microphones. The presentation was near perfect…perhaps the best yet…and was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. Father Jerabek talked of heavily promoting the Reenactment next year and moving it into the Cathedral so as to better accommodate a larger crowd. Knights Jack Boggan and Harold Gray of Council 9862 were responsible for much of the success and flow of the evening.
- At least 150 individuals attended the performance at Sacred Heart Church in Cullman on April 7th. Some issues were experienced with the sound system, but, as whole, the microphones functioned at a more acceptable level than some times in the past. The date corresponded to the second anniversary of the death of a childhood friend of Ken Friedrich. Two years earlier, Carl had witnessed the Reenactment for the first time and expressed his appreciation after the performance. In his heart, Ken dedicated the 2017 performance in the memory of Carl and unknowingly passed on this inspiration to the entire cast. Everyone was at the “top of his game.” The Reenactment was preceded by the Stations of the Cross and a Knights’ sponsored fish fry. The cast, crew, and the “groupies” were invited to enjoy the Lenten meal free of charge.
- The final performance for the year came home to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Gardendale on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, after a six-year hiatus. Approximately 175 people attended the “play,” which was preceded by a hot dog and hamburger supper offered by Council 10354 and St. Elizabeth. Barbara McCray…Knight Corey’s Mom…had invited a mutual friend and former coworker of Ken Friedrich to St. Elizabeth for the Reenactment. It was quite a touching reunion of Annie and Ken after 38 years!
- Father Johnson Tharayil suggested and requested that the Knights furnish a meal before the Last Supper Reenactment scheduled at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017. Most likely, he saw the supper as an additional draw to boost the attendance at the Last Supper performance. However, the commitments to the Reenactment precluded many of the Knights from planning and preparing the meal. Knight Thom Duran fortunately agreed to do the lion’s share of the work, including purchasing the entrees, condiments, sides, and paper products; grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers; serving the food; and cleaning up the site after the supper. Thom operates the catering service “Two Fat Men Catering,” however, on this day, it would have been more appropriately named “One Man and a Lady,” since Lou Ann supported him all the way. Thanks, Thom and Lou Ann! Assisting Thom and Lou Ann were Knights Doug Homman, Larry Keeney, Jerry Ingram, and Mike Williams. Everyone enjoyed a nice and nourishing supper and it set the stage for an audience of about 175 for the Last Supper Reenactment.
- The statues, especially in the sanctuary, are typically covered before Holy Week to symbolize the dryness of Lent and the absence of Jesus during His three days in the tomb. Knights Ken Friedrich and Dan S. Gardner met at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on the morning of April 11, 2017. They covered all the statues and the crucifix with purple cloths. Accessing the large crucifix above the tabernacle required setting up the big ladder to reach the top. The covers will then be ceremoniously removed at the Gloria during the Easter Vigil.
- A major part of the Good Friday services is the veneration of the cross. Traditionally, the life-size crucifix from the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall is tenderly carried by the Knights to the Church. Arrangements are then made to transport the cross from the vestibule to the sanctuary for veneration by the congregation. On April 14, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich, Mike Williams, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, and Shawn Holly transported the crucifix to the church on Friday after the 2:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross. During the actual Veneration of the Cross, Knights Ken, Dan, Mike, Earl, Shawn, Rod Cameron, Donald Hand, and Jaimie Hand alternated in threes holding up the crucifix as individual parishioners kissed the feet of Jesus. It was very moving to see the sea of red Council shirts around the crucifix…especially since they matched the color of the vestments worn by Knights Father Johnson and Deacon Tim Vaughn!
- Holy Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. has always marked the Knights of Columbus annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of and associated with the Parishes at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry. Knight Mike Shields spearheaded the project and ordered and purchased Easter baskets for prizes and stuffed eggs for hunting. Knights came early and hid the eggs for the various age groups. Thirty seven children…and their parents and/or grandparents…participated. Knights who worked the event included Mike Shields, Mike Williams, Allen Belrose, Dan S. Gardner, Earl Kreider, Ken Friedrich, and Father Johnson.
- During a “time-out” at the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15, 2017, Knights Ken Friedrich, Dan S. Gardner, and Earl Kreider skillfully hung the “Risen Christ” Easter banner over the large crucifix and above the tabernacle at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. At least three men were required set up the tall A-framed ladder necessary to reach the pinnacle of the crucifix. The banner represents the risen Christ stepping out of the tomb and also depicts the stone that had been placed in front of the entrance. Spot lights highlight the image which generally displayed throughout the Easter Season.
- The four pillars of the Knights of Columbus are “charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.” Knights annually contribute thousands of dollars and thousands of man hours to charitable causes and volunteer services. Sometimes these man hours involve volunteering time and talents to deserving individuals in the local community.
The men donated their time and talents with a smile. They charged only for the dump fees and fuel costs…a total of $200…a savings of at least $800. “Charity” is one of the most visible pillars of the Knights of Columbus!
- Knights met for the 114th annual Alabama State Convention in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel for the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. The theme was “We are family” and was hosted by State Deputy, Griffin Shreves. When patrons arrived at the hotel, they were informed that the electrical power to the guest rooms had been disrupted because a box in one of the halls had “blown up” and had to be replaced.
Council 10354 won 6 out of 26 possible awards. Award divisions included the best (or Supreme) Award for the best individual activity in a category and the State Deputy Awards which were given as First Place and Runner-Up. Council 10354 was awarded 2 Supreme Awards: Family Service Award for the Last Supper Reenactment and Community Service Award for the North Jefferson Charity. Others were First Place for Community Activities and Runner-Up for Youth of the Year (Drew Capolupo), Youth Activities, and Outstanding Council Over 100 Members. Only Council 10232 at St. John the Baptist in Madison won more awards at 7.
The Convention was adjourned after the awards announcements. Fortunately, the hotel only charged for parking.
- For seven years, Knight Deacon Tim and Penny Vaughn have almost singlehandedly organized and conducted the annual Adult Retreat primarily for the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Henry. The planning included not only the scheduling of the retreat master and the lodging and facilities but also involved the hosting and maintenance of fundraisers throughout the year. These fundraisers reduced the overall retreat expenses to the point that the weekend was readily affordable for all families at $75 per attendee. Thirty individuals enjoyed the weekend and it is the consensus of the group that Father Bede did an excellent job as retreat master.
Needless to say, the continuation and success of the annual retreat would not have been possible were it not for the dedication and hard work done by the Vaughns throughout the year. Surely, no one totally appreciates the effort, the love, and the unseen hours that they put into the events each year. Thank you Deacon Tim and Penny! You have made a huge difference in the spiritual lives of our parishioners.
- Several candidates were invited but things just didn’t fall into place. Some of the individuals were out of town and others had other family commitments. The final candidate was eager and ready to attend a First Degree at the residence of Grand Knight Ken Friedrich when the potential Knight came home from work sick. The Degree was rescheduled for May 9, 2017 and only Joseph Homman was again able to participate. Joe is the nephew and grand nephew of Knights Doug Homman and Paul Homman, respecvely.
The electronic version thankfully permits greater flexibility in scheduling the Exemplification into a candidate’s calendar.
- When a long-time supporter and friend of the Knights needs help, of course, the Knights step in. Vicky, as a single person, had rented a house in Gardendale for 25 years without ever having owned a house herself. This is especially ironic in view of the fact that Vicky has worked for HUD for many years.
- What an advantage it is to be able to volunteer in an area that is one’s personal hobby. Such is the case for new Knight Dee Haynes. Dee volunteers a minimum of 8 hours a week at the Alabama Historical Radio Society…a 501(c)(3) charity that provides an opportunity for men and women of all ages to join together and pursue their interest in vintage radio. In his words: “Our society does many things that pertain to radio and the broadcast industry. My day at the society mostly consists of helping other members or guests repair their antique radios. I am currently working on a teletype from the 1930's for a man who lives in Pensacola, Fl. I also help with presentations about radio to church and civic groups. I help teach electronics to anyone who is interested from preteens to 80 year olds. I am usually there every Tuesday and Saturday for 4 or 5 hours each of those days. I have held the office of president and am currently the recording secretary. We have a board meeting usually 6 times per year.
- Dee Haynes wasted no time getting into the swing of volunteerism as a new Knight of Columbus. For example, in May 2017, apart from his radio and electronics work, he also prepared new numbers for the song and hymn board displayed at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. He then volunteered to be the “official” photographer for Council 10354. He stated that he has a better than average DSLR camera and good professional software for editing the photos. Hired!