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Pride. TEXAS PRIDE! Tradition. Bragging rights!

By Jack Gunn, Membership Director

Vol. 4, 2016-2017


My Brother Knights. Our collective performance over the next four months will determine whether we are standing tall or wondering what might have been. We all like to be part of a winning team, one that is widely recognized for sustained and superior performance in the National and International communities of the Knights of Columbus, and one that consistently delivers excellent results. Notwithstanding the uncountable acts of charity and good works performed by Texas Knights, from the perspective of recognition by our peers and the Supreme Council, achieving the Circle of Honor is a significant mark of our success in Texas. Our predecessors have worked diligently to accomplish this honor in 25 of 27 consecutive years. It’s now time for each of us to do our parts to ensure we maintain this tradition for the Knights of Columbus here in the great state of Texas.

"So what does that mean for me as a member?"

Scripture tells us the church is like a body with many parts, and that is true of the Knights in Texas. We each have a role to play and I’m asking each of you to play your role. To accomplish the Venerable Fr. McGivney’s vision here in Texas and attain this level of recognition, we need to recruit on average almost 500 members each month for the next four months (it has been done routinely before), diligently work to retain and care for our membership and achieve 125 Star Councils. So what does that mean for me as a member? I’m asking you to invite your practical catholic gentlemen friends or people you see at church to become a member. I can personally attest to the value of associating with Knights and catholic gentlemen in growing my faith, being a better husband and trying to live as Christ calls us to live in today’s world. Council leaders and DD’s – please actively discuss recruiting with your membership. What more could you do with more Knights? What is your plan to achieve your membership goal this year? Develop your talking points for inviting new members to join – what’s in it for them? Get your blitzes coordinated with your Pastors and church staffs. Diocesan leaders – encourage your GK’s and DD’s to help accomplish the Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney’s vision – a Knights of Columbus presence in every catholic community in Texas and the extension of an invitation to every practical Catholic gentleman to become a Knight of Columbus.

I am supremely (pun intended) confident in our ability to stand firmly in the Circle of Honor this year. Will you help your brothers in Texas stand tall at the end of the Fraternal Year? I look forward to visiting with many of you at this year’s convention in Dallas. If I or the membership team can help you in any way, please feel free to reach out to us.

Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!


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