K of C Business Meeting Minutes of September 18, 2014

The Grand Knight, James Laraia, called the meeting to order and received a report from the Warden that all present were in possession of their membership cards. The prayer was said, led by Father Michael, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The roll was called.

Grand Knight   Laraia  


Deputy Grand Knight   Laraia II   Present
Financial Secretary   Wagner   Present
Chancellor   Dieppa   Present
Advocate   Pahl   Excused
Treasurer   Probst   Present
Recorder   Riesmeyer   Present
Lecturer   Philips   Present
Warden    Varghese   Present
Inside Guard   Peters   Present
Outside Guard   Schadt   Present
Trustee 3   Daniels   Present
Trustee 2   Merck   Present
Trustee 1   Shelton   Present

Now that the previous meeting's minutes are published on the council website shortly after a meeting, the reading of the minutes will be dispensed with; however, the Grand Knight willask for corrections and/or changes at the meeting. For the Junel meeting minutes no corrections or changes were offered so the minutes were approved as recorded on the website.

Greg Decker led the Knights in the Prayer for Vocations.

Report of Admission Committee

James Laraia II reported that Paul Abbe be accepted into our Council as a transfer. A motion for acceptance was made and seconded and a unanimous vote for acceptance was taken.

Grand Knight's Report:

 Jim Laraia said that of the 124 Councils in NC only 27 are Star Councils. We were a Star Council for the past year. The Columbian award is necessary to achieve a Star Council award. The Columbian award is based on our programs. Membership is a critical to the growth of our Council. All members need to be involved in the recruitment of new members. 

The upcoming events that need volunteers are the September Parish Breakfast. We need a cooking team, servers, and a clean up team. please speak with James Laraia to volunteer your services.

The Texas Hold-em fundraiser needs promotion of tyhe event and ticket sales. Speak with Ron Probst about helping.

The Columbus Day Dinner & Show needs tickets sold and volunteers to set up and clean up. We need a Silent Auction Team. Speak with Pete Kotas about helping with this event.

The Knights Before Christmas breakfast will be held after each morning mass. Set up and clean up teams are needed. Speak with Steve Peters or the Grand Knight.

The Culture of Life activities include the Life Chain, Prayer Vigils, pro-life talk, March for Life. Speak with Greg Decker about these activities.

Special Programs include Faith Formation Kick-off Meal, Parish Breakfasts, a special Thanksgiving Meal, unloading the Christmas Tree truck, selling Christmmas cards, a Caroling event to nursing homes, Christmas Parades, Wine and cheese Silent Auction. Youth programs include Soccer, Basketball Free Throws, and Teaching, support to DRE & St. Mark Youth Minister.

The St Patrick Dinner and Dance needs two co-chairmen. Steve Shelton and Steve Peters were mentioned by the GK as nominees. 

At the end of the meeting, our various Directors will be in the back of the room to discuss their activities.

Key Dates:

8/22/14 Friday Prayer Vigil

9/6 & 9/7 Membership Drive after all Masses

Columbus Day ticket sales begins 9/6 & 9/7

9/7 Parish Breakfast

9/12 Texas Hold-em Friday night

9/18 1st degree ceremony at Thursday meeting

The Columbiettes have their Attraction Books available for sale.

Golf Package 4 Rounds of golf at Porters Neck Country Club

The bid will close at the end of our Council meeting- Bid available for $425. 

Treasurer's Report:

Note that the financials are excised from the online version of the minutes.

Reading of Bills and Communications:

A 3rd degree will be held at St. Mary's K of C on 10/11/14.

Financial Secretary's  Report

 No report.

 Program Reports

The various program directors were asked to provide their reports.


James Laraia II reported that a Membership Drive is scheduled for September 6th and 7th. A 1st degree ceremony is scheduled for September 18th.

Culture of Life: 

Director Greg Decker said the NFL Football pool will be our fundraiser for Culture of Life activities again. We have plenty of time before the start of the NFL season tosell tickets. Anyone who sells 10 tickets will get one free. Tickets are $20 and are available from Greg Decker.
Prayer Vigil is
 scheduled for  8/22 on 16th St. near the Planned Parenthood Building. 

Special Programs

Catholic Radio: 

Greg Decker reported that work continues on the Ogden station. On October 17th, Ken Staples will be giving a talk at St. Mark. 


John Bolger thanked everyone that donated blood at the recent Blood Drive. John asked for help on the Mud Run to be held od October 18th at the Armory. 


Pete Kotas reported that $16,965 was collected YTD as compared with $25,081 last year. Pete thanked all the knights involved.

Fourth Degree: 

Bobby Phillips reported that a 4th degree will be held on November 15th in Durham.

New Business:

Jim Laraia proposed that the Budget that was proposed last meeting be approved. James Laraia II made a motion to approved the Budget as recommended by the Officers.Tim Niggle seconded the motion. A voice vote approved the budget. 

Good of the Order: 

Prayers for Bill McFarland,Roy Parker, Father Joe Vetter. Also pray for all the sick and deceased Knights and their families.
The meeting closed with a prayer led by Father Michael.

Good of the Order:

Cary Newman spoke to us about the International Seamen's Center in Wilmington. A service that provides comfort and ministry to foreign sailors while they are here in Wilmington.

Jim Laraia invited the members to enjoy the refreshments provided and to talk to the various team leaders in the back of the room. Knights need to step up and volunteer for the various activities that are coming up. A prayer was led by our Chaplain, Father Pat.

Jim Riesmeyer