NEWSLETTER Month of April 2018
A reminder that your Annual Dues are past “due”.  Please bring your payment to the General Meeting or call me at  604-846-8923 to make alternate arrangements. Thanks, Br Gerry Lockwood
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PRO LIFE NEWS Join us at the 2018 March for Life in Victoria!  Contact the Chilliwack Pro-Life office at or 604-795-3091 if you are interested.  There’s usually a good sized delegation from St. Mary’s Parish that makes the annual trek, which starts with Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria with celebrant Bishop Gary Gordon.  That is followed by a walk to the steps of the BC Legislature.  Keep an eye on the Church bulletin for details on either car pooling or a bus taking participants to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal. It’s a long one-day round trip but time well spent standing up for the unborn and those facing “End of Life” decisions with their loved ones.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR (BK Dale Erikson) The following Knights were unable to attend the Christmas Dinner so we were able to present their Loyal and Faithful awards in person. They were Jacques Francoeur and Edward Brien (both 40 years), John Vollebregt (41 years), Jacques Hardy (43 years), Gordon Randall (49 years), Daniel Kingston and Paul Rollheiser (both 67 years). They were all very appreciative of the award and thank Council 3478 for it.  Congratulations to all of them! Thank you very much to BK Larry Whyte for accompanying me for the presentations and recording them in pictures and thanks to BK Peter Lindenhoff for entering onto our Facebook page. Copies are also in the albums at the Chambers.    It was a very enjoyable experience to visit these Brother Knights, who we do not see very often as they are not able to attend meetings. This should be a reminder to all of us of the need to visit our Brother Knights who are home bound and try to brighten their day a little. Our Grand Knight, Brother Ken Claridge will be talking about that at our next meeting and asking for a Visitation Committee to be formed to coordinate and implement this process.    We have several Brother Knights that are still 1st or 2nd Degree and we like to move them up to 2nd and 3rd Degree at the earliest possible date. I am searching for a Second Degree at a neighboring Council or trying to get a Second Degree Team to come to our Chambers and have it right here in Chilliwack. Following that we will try to have another 3rd Degree at our Chambers. I will advise everyone when they are arranged and encourage you to attend and be reminded of some of the basics values of Knighthood.     We will have more gentlemen that would like to become members of the Knights of Columbus, so I am hoping to get them both approved by Council at the next meeting and then get them through the First Degree hopefully in March.  So, if you know any good Catholic gentlemen that are not a member of the Knights, please get them to sign a Form 100 and complete the interview form at the same time. Or give me their contact information and I will look after it. Once that is completed, the next step is for our Council Chaplain, to approve the candidate for membership, then Council must approve it and then we can invite him to a First Degree ceremony.
A Few Words from the Deputy Grand Knight (DGK Gerry Cranley) Brother Knights have responded to the call to help plan our Grand Knights Ball on Sat. September 15th at the St Mary’s Parish Hall.  A pasta dinner with roasted Italian chicken, salad, tea and coffee desert is planned. Doors will open at 5pm with Dinner at 6:00 followed by a dance with hopefully a live band. All for only 20.00. There will be a bar, 50/50 draw and a can’t miss speech by our GK Ken Claridge. We still have room for a few more Brother Knights on our organizing committee.  Call me all at 604-819-4932. This event will be open to the Parish Community
District Deputy Shawn Veters presents the 2016- 17 Star Council Award to GK Ken Claridge. Well done Brother Knights. Let's go for a three-peat in 2017-18
Be the envy of the neighborhood with this stylish Council 3478 Ball Cap.  Our hats include “Council 3478” along with the logo. Cost is an affordable $25 and they’re available through our Financial Secretary Gerry Lockwood.