Georgetown Knights of Columbus and Friends of the Council,
In preparation for the Spring 2018 semester, I would like to provide a statement summarizing both the current state of the council, as well as the direction we are hoping to take in 2018.
Regarding the official State of the Council:
Thanks to the work and vigilance of our former treasurer, Michael Poorten, and immediate past Grand Knight, Hunter Estes, our council’s budget was successfully managed and utilized to benefit our council and better serve others. Our new Treasurer, Chris Castaldi, will undoubtedly carry on this tradition of financial integrity.
Beyond simple numbers and commas, we have a strong and active membership—something the board will hope to maintain through several avenues. To foster the fraternal bonds which make the Knights a brotherhood, our Warden, Nicolo Orozco, is planning an array of events the likes of which this council has never seen. While reviving old favorites that he orchestrated last year, such as a group Wizards game and a poker night, he has designs to have a Super Bowl Bash, a group Georgetown game, a Knights Movie Night, and more. Not to mention Massketball, which the Worthy Warden will run with the legendary Trustee Geoff “Lonzo” Fitzgerald.
But like any group, our council has to bring in new members to maintain both the necessary numbers and a constant influx of fresh ideas. So, in addition to all of the events which our Warden has planned, our new Advocate, Luke Lamey, and Trustee, Richard Howell, will revitalize our mentorship program. By allowing the new members to choose their mentors, and then encouraging those pairs to attend events together, we can make our council more approachable and form lasting bonds between future and current Brother Knights. This will all be augmented by a new tabling campaign spearheaded by Inside Guard Andy Hanzlik—complete with weekly board tabling sessions, candy, and the hottest T-shirts—to make sure every Catholic gentleman on campus knows of our Brotherhood.
As in past years, our council’s commitment to being servants to our fellow man remains strong. Our incoming Advocate, Jack Przypyszny, will work with our Deputy Grand Knight, Ryan Anderson, to continue the ever-loved Grate Patrol. This, along with recurring events like card-making and working with the Northwest Pregnancy Center, will ensure that our members stay busy! Also, in the spirit of fostering fraternity, our council will seek to participate in larger service events, which allow large portions of our membership to commune and form memories in the context of service. Charity races offer excellent opportunities for such bonding; races like the Scope It Out 5K in March and the Relay for Life in April are just some examples our council plans to help run.
But none of these events and service would matter without the Catholic spirituality which gives both impetus and meaning to our work as Knights. Already, our Lecturer, Paul Keh, has spiritual discussions planned, working closely with MyLan Metzger of CWAG to keep Catholic thought and doctrine strong and accessible on campus. Not stopping there, Paul has also planned a house Mass, and promises more in the future. These Masses, along with Adoration and increased participation in the monthly L’Arche Prayer Nights, guarantee that we will all grow together in our love for Christ this semester.
To make our Catholic voice even more audible on campus, Our Worthy Recorder, Michael DeFelice, will continue to operate our blog, social media accounts, and, with Trustee, Melvin Thomas, and immediate past Deputy Grand Knight, Jack Segelstein, a Knights column in The Voice. To help with increasing our public presence, our council plans to designate a council “Historian”—a position which may be formalized in the future. This person would take pictures of the plethora of events our council offers, or ensure that members who do attend said events send him images of our members representing our Brotherhood out in the world. The goal would be, not only to provide evidence for advertising our council’s vibrancy to potential members, but also to document our good times and successes for posterity. Our Outside Guard, Victor Gamas, will also work with other faith groups on campus, giving the Knights the opportunity to bring Catholic thought to discussions at Georgetown.
Clearly, our council has laid out a very ambitious plan for the first semester of 2018. But with such a capable board and active membership, I am confident that we can not only meet our goals, but surpass them. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our blog for updates on what is sure to be an amazing few months!
Yours in Christ,