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Monday, May 16, 2016

St. Clare Junque and Jewells Volunteer Opportunity

Here are the dates and times for Junque and Jewells that Knights are requested to volunteer for. Of course, you can volunteer for more, but these are the times we are specifically needed:

June 16, 6pm-8pm (should be plenty of time to get the floor down)
June 17, 6pm-9pm (will need Trucks to get tables and bookcases down from the shed)
June 26, 3pm (Trucks need to return to help with cleanup and moving tables back up to the shed)

Remember, many hands make for light work, and in addition, 4 hours of volunteering gets you a ticket for the early bird sale on Thursday, June 23.

June-July State Newsletter out

Find your State of Oregon Columbian Newsletter Here

This is the post-convention issue, and we are mentioned on page 16

Friday, May 13, 2016

K/C Council business meeting May 16 & Nomination of Officers

Meeting Agenda for May 16, 2016

John Clare Council #15485

Meeting Agenda

May 16, 2016

St. Clare Fireside Room

6:30pm Council Chambers opened by Ted Seeber

7:00pm Call to Order

Warden’s Report,

Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance,

Roll Call of Officers,

Chaplain’s Message,

Reading of Minutes

7:10pm Grand Knight’s Remarks – K/C convention with Michael Chau

7:15pm Treasurer’s Report

7:20pm Financial Secretary’s Report

7:25pm For the Good of the Order

7:30pm Community Committee – report on Mother’s Day Carnations

7:35pm The Return Series and other K/C resources – where to store?

7:40pm New Business

  • Nomination for 2016-2017 officers. (Absent members may be nominated.)
  • Pastoral Council Meeting Report - State of affaires at St. Clare – Ted Seeber
    • Junque and Jewells Requested Volunteer Dates
  • Upcoming events – St. Clare Picnic – Sept 11. We may be cooking….
  • Mother’s Day Flowers & Baby bottle drive May 7-8

7:55pm District Deputy/State Officers

8:00pm Sick or in Distress

8:05pm Closing Prayer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Monthly Reporting Form

Too many people had errors with the PDF form, so Click Here for the New Monthly Reporting Form: Hopefully it will work in all modern browsers. Remember, volunteer hours reported for our council for the previous month, are due by the 15th of each month (please do it earlier as Ken or I need to prepare reports).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day Carnation Sale - big success!

Thanks to everyone who helped sell flowers after Saturday and Sunday masses last week.

Today we were able to send off a check for $400 to Mother and Child Education Center (formerly Birthright) as a donation from our council.

At St. John Fisher, Phil organized several volunteers including Paul Pompili, Deacon Scott Kolbet, Mike Devlin, and me.  Phil and Donna did some behind the scenes work - including advertising, donation buckets and graphics. 

At St. Clare, Ted organized several volunteers including Michael Chau, Evan Crader, Daniel Salomon, Tom Owens, Mike Morgan, and Don Mey from the Knights.  From our unofficial widow's auxilary for this event, Lenore Hansen, Eva Bauer, Millie Dover, Mary Smith, and Laura Bowers joined us for selling.

May your reward in heaven be Great!

Flower Sale Totals

SJF $363.00

St Clare $272.00

Gross $635.00

Net $395.00

Time Change: Setup for Pentecost at St. Clare's

From Marsha Weber: The set-up time for the Pentecost Fair must be changed to Saturday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m. because of a funeral and reception earlier in the day.

Please volunteer for this opportunity if you can, many hands will make light work of this.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Flowers are here!

Feel free to help out after mass - distributing fresh carnations to mothers.

Mass times:
St. Clare                                                     St. John Fisher
Saturday 5pm                                            Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 8:30 & 10:45am                          Sunday 9 & 11am

We have 500 flowers to sell (suggested donation $1 each) and the proceeds benefit the Mother & Child Education Center (formerly Birthright) in N.E. Portland. 

These carnations sell themselves - and many people pay more than the suggested donation.  I'm sure we'll sell them all - and have a generous donation for M&C Center.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

From the State Health & Welfare Chairman

Dear Brothers 

State Warden Steve Steel's Father in Law, Allen Joseph, is in intensive care at St. Al's Hospital in Boise. He collapsed Sunday afternoon in the back yard. He was air-flighted to Boise and was in an induced comma.  He was scheduled to be 'awaken from the coma phase at 4:00 Tuesday morning May 3, 2016.  Tuesday morning Allen opened his eyes when his daughter, Teresa Steel was in there and looked at Teresa.  Allen was a little agitated but settled down when Teresa told him he was ok and so was everyone else and we were taking care of everything. Respiratory therapist went in later and checked breathing tube and come up with plan. Teresa Thank you all for the prayers and keep them coming. 

Sir Knight Rick Dew of Council 3302 Scappoose and Assemble 1292 will undergo surgery tomorrow,Thursday May 5, 2016, to repair a broken collar bone that resulted from a motor cycle accident recently where he broke 5 ribs and his collar bone. Please pray that Rick Surgery is successful and that he has a quick recovery.

Brothers, please pray for the repose of the soul of brother Jim Keryan’s of William J. Leahy council  #1307 mother who passed away recently and keep Jim and his family in your prayers to.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Walt Fransen, father of brother Trygve Fransen of William J. Leahy council  #1307, who passed away earlier this week, and remember Trygve and his family also.


Health & Welfare Chairman

Andrew F. Robinson, Jr. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bread for the World

Deacon Scott is encouraging us to write letters (preferably by hand) to Sen. Jeff Merkley, encouraging him to support funding for international maternal and child nutrition programs.  I will provide additional information about this at our next meeting.

Mother's Day Flower Sale

Brother Knights

Please volunteer to assist after Saturday and/or Sunday masses in your parish to help distribute / sell Carnations on Mother's Day.  The flowers are on their way... we just need kind gentlemen to collect the $1 (suggested donation per flower) - to be collected by Phil.  If you're at mass anyway, why not pitch in on this project?  (You DO attend mass right?)  Just show up a bit before the end of mass at one of the exits.... better yet, let Phil, Ken or Ted know which mass you'll attend so they can count on you.  This is probably the easiest function of the year - and everybody loves you for it too!!!  The buckets of flowers will be delivered before the Sat. evening mass.  We'll cover all masses except the 5:30pm Sunday mass at St. John Fisher - unless we have some flowers remaining that late.  (Generally they sell out...)
Here's some email addresses if you want to respond.....
Ken -
Phil -
Ted -
Thank You..... .Thank You...... Thank You!

Calling all 1st Degree Knights

Formation and Knighthood Degrees will be offered in our area on Saturday, June 6 at 9:30am at St. Pius X Church in Beaverton. Ted Seeber is planning on being there early along with Daniel Salomon, who else can join us? Email Ted at

Get In your April Volunteering Hours

Please record service hours you've completed through April using this link (if on Chrome, right click and Open in Acrobat):

Perhaps you have one or two things - helping a neighbor, serving at mass, holding the door for someone.  Amazing how small things count!  Anyway, let me know as I have to fill out a form to prove we're alive and doing well. - Thanks, Ken

Sunday, May 1, 2016

2016 K/C State Convention

Brother Knights,
I am happy to report that Brother Michael Chau and I attended the 3 day State Convention in Salem and were impressed by what we saw and learned.  Foremost in my mind is the obvious dedication to our faith exhibited by Brother Knights - through their tireless effort in serving the Church.  It was humbling to see the great works so many have accomplished.  There were many great speakers - including Archbishop Sample, and lots of ideas presented for member involvement. 

One interesting detail - the 1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree are going to be renamed to "Initiation degree", "Formation degree" and "Knighthood degree" respectfully to better describe those degrees. 

On my part, I think my focus on fundraising should be tempered, with more attention to how we put those funds to charitable use.  Granted, we must be responsible, but a big nest egg isn't the goal.  I will mention several charitable causes supported by our State Council at our next meeting.

I better understand the structure of our fraternity too.  The state council is comprised of officers pretty much like our own council - but the state "Grand Knight" is called the "State Deputy".  The District Deputies (about 23 in our state) answer to the state council.  I suppose the national council ("Supreme") is pretty much the same.  The organization is well structured and functions like a well oiled machine.  Seems to work...

As is true with any large group of people, some people talk more than they should.  Granted, every subject is important, but some subjects are more important than others.  One Brother, who was an expert on procedures (Robert's Rules of Order) made a point of correcting minor mistakes in procedure.  He was called the "State Agitator" - a title well deserved.  He may have thought this was funny, but like an old joke, it got stale after the 3rd or 4th interruption.

All in all, it was a good experience and I would recommend that every Knight attend a State Convention once in their lifetime.  Once.  (HA!)  Seriously, it was worthwhile and eye opening.