and Sisters in Columbianism,
Growing our membership is truly the
life-blood of a council. As you can image this is a can be a real challenge. We
embraced this challenge by having a new approach to our membership drive. Thanks
to the efforts of our Insurance Agent Alex Keller we collected about 20
information cards. Currently of those 20 men, 6 of them will be taking their 1st
Degree in July.
Chapter Charity Drive books is another
success story for our council, this effort was led by our Chairman John
Jordan. I’m happy to report that our
council has sold 315 books. We have
about 2 more weeks until all books need to be turned in. If anyone still
has a book laying around please send it ASAP. Congratulations to all May’s
winners of the 200 Club. Our next drawing will be held on June 21, 2016 at our Social
During my term as
Grand Knight we have taken steps to move our council forward. To accomplish
this we set goals and a mission statement to guide us along the way. It has
been difficult but important for us to think outside the box and look at other
ways to run events so we can donate to our charities and come together as a
council. With us settling in at the American Legion Hall we have been able to
do just that. The American Legion has welcomed us with open arms over the last
year and we cannot thank them enough. With our two organizations coming
together to help support one another we have both benefited and grown. I want
to extend a special thank you to Victor the Commander of the American Legion
Post and to its members for their hospitality, help and support during my term.
It will be the mission of our next Grand Knight to continue to build our
relationship with the American Legion as I know he will.
For the last two
years I have had much support. Let me first thank our Pastor and Chaplin Msgr.
Joe DeGrocco for all his faith, support, and guidance that the parish and
clergy has shown us during my term. To the Ladies Auxiliary, thank you for
everything you have done for our council and for me. To our Squires program,
you are our future brothers and leaders of our organization and council, learn
what you can from the program.
During these two
years, I learned the importance and guidance our Past Grand Knights can
provide. Thank you to each of you! To my Brother Knights and Sisters, thank you
for your trust in me to guide our council. Finally I want to thank my wife and
my family for dealing with me over the past two years. Katherine I thank you
for providing me with the love, support and understanding that only a wife can
In closing, it has
been honor and privilege to sever as your 52nd Grand Knight of Our
Lady Perpetual Help Council #794. Most important it was an honor to follow in
my grandfather’s footsteps, I hope he thinks it was a job well done! My time as
Grand Knight I will cherish for years to come and remember the great times that
came with it. I thank you all for your continued support, let us in Charity,
Unity, and Fraternity move to a brighter future!
Philip A. Renna