May Council meeting overview

By GK Ron Gay

We had a great meeting on Wednesday, May 2 with 25 Brother Knights in attendance.  We welcomed two new Brother Knights to our Council, Rodrigo Denolan and James Longoria.  We now have 15 new members for the fraternal year, and we need at least 2 more to meet our Star Council goal.
Our program was Karen Hall with the Central Texas Orphan Ministry Alliance (CTOMA).  Their building on East 29th Street is where we have placed our ultrasound.  Karen told our Council that the ultrasound has already saved several babies from abortion at the hands of Planned Parenthood.  Our Council gave Karen a check for $500 to help defray the costs of operating the ultrasound machine.       
The Grand Knight reported on the State Convention held recently in Houston.  The state meeting passed the State Council budgets, and several resolutions.  We also elected new state officers.  The Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight represented our Council at the convention.
The Grand Knight also reported that there will be a 2nd and 3rd Degree on Saturday, May 12, in Zurek Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas.  Candidates should report by 9:30 am to the 10:30 am exemplification.
The Treasurer reported that we have $14,527.53 in our operating account, and $8,015.14 in our charity account.  The May 2012 Budget summary is attached to this note.
Our Council Chaplain, Fr. Edwin, asked the Council to support the parish Corpus Christi celebration on June 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas.  Our Council voted to supply the canopy for the Corpus Christi celebration.
Friday, May 4, is Family Movie Night in Zurek Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas.  We will be showing the moving “Courageous” starting at 7 pm.  The Council will provide free popcorn and soft drinks.  Council Director Kevin Biasiolli has done a great job of pulling this project together.    
We sponsored another blood Drive, and Community Director Larry Hubbell reports that we collected 13 units of blood.  Thanks to Brother Larry for organizing another successful blood drive.
Our Council will help cook the meal for the Special Olympics Equestrian Competition on Saturday, May 19 at the Brazos Expo Center.  We need more volunteers for this project.  Please meet us at the Brazos Expo Center at 4 pm on Saturday, May 19 and give us a hand.
Matt Whiteacre reported that the Squire’s have 5 new members this year.
Our Council’s annual Hamburger Cook and Corn Cook will be Wednesday, June 20 in the PAC at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Our first order of new business was the election of Council Officers.  The list of new officers is attached.
In addition to our budgeted contribution to CTOMA our Council voted to make the following contributions. 
$250 to St. Thomas Aquinas to replenish paper supplies.
$250 to the Military Chaplainn’s Scholarship fund promoted by the Supreme Council. 
$50 to the American Legion
$500 to the Guatemalan Medical Mission at St. Thomas Aquinas
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 6 in Zurek Hall.
Ron Gay, FSD
Grand Knight

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