KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
                                    ST. CHRISTOPHER COUNCIL 9836
                                                      August 2007

                       GALT KNIGHTS NEWS
         Grand Knight’s Notes                                comes to generating fund raising ideas. Quite frankly,
                                                             there were only five or six ideas, most of them coming
                                                             from the same person. Is that really the best we can do
                                                             as a group?
                    Staying Positive
                                                             I say no again. But I can see why some men would be
In March, I wrote an article for this newsletter about the   shy about brining ideas forward. Too often in some of
art of being a target. I have been reminded quite a bit      our meetings, an idea gets vocalized only to be criticized
lately that the bulls eye is not limited to people and       before it fully hits the table. I’ll be the first to admit to
organizations. Ideas are even easier targets for pot-        being guilty of pooh-poohing someone else’s idea.
shots than groups or individuals.
                                                             One of the suggestions was that we hold a breakfast. It
Father Bob this spring made the decision that                was an idea that I took issue with because it wouldn’t
organizations which perform services for the Parish          raise “enough” money. I wanted a big event that would
should not be charged fees to use the Catholic               yield big bucks. But here we are several months later,
Community Center. As Grand Knight, I committed this          and ideas for “big money” events have gone nowhere
Council, in conjunction with other organizations, to a       and we have contributed nothing further to reduce the
large fund raising event with proceeds going to the          debt. If we had gone ahead and had that breakfast, at
building fund as a way to show our appreciation for this     least the parish debt would be a couple hundred dollars
decision.                                                    closer to payoff. I am only one of many in this Council
                                                             to find fault with others’ ideas. And I am saying that the
During the course of time, several ideas for fundraising     fault-finding must end here and now.
events were shot down for one reason or another.
Some were postponed so as not to conflict with other         If someone has an idea for a fundraiser, has thought it
parish events, others as infeasible for the time remaining   out, and seeks only help to carry it forward, it is our duty
to plan and conduct the event successfully. In the end,      as Knights and our responsibility to support Father Bob
we were forced to cancel an August 18 reservation of         and the Parish by helping to make the event happen.
the Littleton Center for lack of an event to hold there.
                                                             If you as an individual don’t like the idea, then don’t
As we start our Columbian year, we should think back to      volunteer to help with the event. As a member of this
our roots as an organization as we consider goals for the    Council, you are not required to follow. Nor are you
year. The organization was founded to provide for            required to lead. BUT, if you’re not going to favor us
widows and children of deceased members, thereby             with your participation, please favor us with your silence.
easing the burden on the churches by providing for
these families.

Secondarily at the time, but perhaps our most important      You’re Grand Knight,
mission now, is to support our Priests and Parish. What
is the most important issue facing Fr. Bob and the           John Brodie
Parish? If you ask him that question, I’m pretty sure
Father would say the debt on the church. What have we
done to support the parish and Father Bob with this

There are those who will say that we’ve done enough
already by contributing $25,000 as an organization, and
even more as individuals. Does that mean the debt isn’t
an issue for the Parish or Father Bob? Does that mean
we as an organization are finished helping solve the
debt issue?

I contend that the answer to those questions is a
resounding “No!” But that is not how we act when it
 August                                             19—Wednesday 7pm Council planning
                                                   meeting. All members welcome CCC
                                                    28—Friday 12 noon Parish Festival set-up.
                                                   All members and families welcome. Church
                                                    parking lot. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and
                                                   beverages served to all set up crew at 6pm
BIRTHDAYS                                           30—Sunday 6pm Parish Festival Tear
                                                   Down. All members and families welcome.
    4   Jorge Martinez
   12   Adolfo Ruiz
   13   Leonard Podbilski
   14   Francisco Ocampo, Rodrigo R. Ramirez           ST. CHRISTOPHER
   16   Adin Selby
   18   Pedro Gutierrez                              COUNCIL 9836 OFFICERS
   20   Lawrence Peters
   22   Ervin Hatzenbuhler                         GRAND KNIGHT: John Brodie—327-2823
   27   Javier Camarillo                           DEP. GRAND KNIGHT: Lupe Escobar—663-
   28   Gary Neely                                 7151
   29   Mike Dawson                                CHANCELLOR: John Mansu—368-9695
   31   Bill Planchon                              WARDEN is Raul Jara —745-3230
                                                   RECORDER: Brian Vanderspek—745-1321
 Be sure to wish these brothers a happy birthday   TREASURER: Roque Lavagnino—745-2894
when you see them at a meeting, Mass, or other     FINANCIAL SEC’Y: Joe Schaffhausen—745-
                                                   ADVOCATE: Patrick Mulligan—369-4401
                                                   TRUSTEE: Wendell Conrad—745-3767
            KOC CALENDAR                           TRUSTEE: Dino DeLaurentis—745-2868
 AUGUST                                            TRUSTEE: Jerry Mackey—744-9313
                                                   INSIDE GUARD: Aristeo Flores—745-3767
 1—Wednesday 7pm Council business                  OUTSIDE GUARD: Alfred Nicolini—745-4376
meeting. All members welcome. CCC                  LECTURER: Nick Neuburger—745-3119
 4—Saturday 9am first Saturday Devotions.
All members and families welcome. Church
 11—Saturday 7am C Street Clean Up. All
members and families welcome. Harvey Park.
 Breakfast to follow clean-up at the CCC.
 15—Wednesday 7pm Council planning
meeting. All members welcome CCC
 25—Saturday 1pm Family Picnic. All
members and families welcome. Residence of
 Larry Armer 11726 Valensin Road, Galt
Officer installation at 2pm.                              Family Picnic Sat. Aug 25th

 1—Saturday 9am First Saturday devotions.
All members and families welcome. Church
 5—Wednesday 7pm Council business
meeting. All members welcome CCC

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Nick Neuburger receives award for                Ron, Ricky, Mark Stewart and Joe
Knight of the year and for 50+ years as Knight   All Past Grand Knights

   Lupe and Past Grand Knight Rick Garcia        Wendell Conrad receives award for 50+
                                                 Years as Knight from Joe Schaffhausen

   Past Grand Knight Ron Raider with
   Deputy Grand Knight Lupe Escobar                       Steve looks on with Awe

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