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Council 9038 Buda

By DGK Fred Sotelo

Vol. 4, 2016-2017


The Buda Texas Knights of Columbus Council 9038 continues to grow and strive in efforts to serve our Lord.Throughout the program year 2017 -2018 the council has done numerous charitable works to assist and support its membership, parish, school and the community.

In this last quarter Council #9038 carried out the following events:

The Council sent four delegates to the Texas State Council Convention in Houston, TX the members attended the business meeting and voting delegates carried out their responsibilities.The four Sir Knights were gracious to take their spouses to enjoy the State Banquet. The council members and wives attended the Austin Diocese Hospitality room and other hospitality rooms from throughout the Great State of Texas.Deacon Rey Garza a delegate from Council 9038 was privileged to officiate at the Sunday Mass with His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joe Vasquez, Bishop of Austin the State Chaplin.

In memoriam the council had two fallen brothers that were honored on Sunday Mass.The fallen Brothers were SK Robert “Bob” Vallilee and SK Raul Lopez.

The keynote speaker Patrick E. Kelly Deputy Supreme Knight is the son-in-law of Deacon Rey Garza.

The Buda Council received two Awards from the State Deputy Doug Oldmixon.One of the awards was Texas State Council and Charities Quick Start Honor Roll Award and the other award was Texas State Charities Hall of Fame Award for five (5) consecutive years of meeting state charity goals 2013 – 2018.

The convention had great speakers and the messages from Supreme on down the list of authorities were very informative and educational this is what enhances our commitment and dedication to be better Knights and Servants to Jesus.

On April 28th Council #9038 held its 25th Annual Golf Tournament at Onion Creek Golf Course in Austin, Texas.It is the fundraiser for Educational Scholarships awarded to students seeking higher education.The amounts awarded start at $500.00 and up to $1,000.00 per student. The revenue raised have been from $4,000.00 or more in the past 25 years.

The tournament consisted of twenty teams that participated and were eligible for the $10,000 hole-in one prize money, raffle prizes and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize awards, a meal was prepared at Santa Cruz Catholic Church Deane Hall kitchen for all the participants and council volunteers. The menu consisted of BBQ chicken, sausage, beans and rice with all the condiments and all you could drink beverages.

Council #9038 also holds Bingo every Sunday except on holidays, days of obligation or events that may hinder the schedule.This is the council’s main fundraiser which raises up to $3,000 or more each Sunday.The beneficiary of the event is the church community.The council also runs the concession stand for the church.PGK Al Garza is the Coordinator, Operator and Finance Administrator for the Bingo Operation.


In the month of May Council #9038 held its Corp Communion in Honor and Memory of its Fallen Members.A small but a dignified Fall Out was conducted with members and families in attendance at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda, Texas.

The Lady Knights held a Quarterly Bake Sale at all masses on Sat and Sun on the first weekend in May.This function generates from $500 to $1,000.The Ladies baked delectable cakes, cookies, and peanut butter squares and other dessert goods and donate them to the sale.Parishioners delight in purchasing the home baked goods as well as making monetary donations.

In addition, the council had its nominations for a new slate of officers for the FY 2018-2019 program year at the regular council meeting on May 8th 2018.

For the month of June the council will vote and elect a new slate of new officers to represent the council for the new 2018 & 2019 program year.


The council will lead the Fortnight Freedom of Religion Rosary Prayer Vigil on the Santa Cruz grounds behind Our Lady of San Juan Chapel for 14 days ending on the fourth of July with a festive picnic for all attendees.

The Buda Council is small but, very active and effective in its endeavors.The men and women who represent and support the mission of the Knights of Columbus are individuals who are dedicated to God to carry out the works of charity.

They serve the council, parish and school for the betterment and well-being of the community.These volunteers never expect anything in return other than the blessings from Jesus Christ.As always they do what they do to make a difference in the lives of humanity with love and respect.Council #9038 also puts out a monthly newsletter to keep members abreast of coming events, schedules, birthdays, anniversaries and special prayer intentions. The newsletter is informative in many ways to the council.The newsletter has been available to members for many years, it has revolutionized quite a bit with the technology of social media.

The Knight of Columbus and the Sacred Heart Men’s Club are contemplating a “Joint Force” BBQ fundraiser to benefit both ministries.The last venture was a success, but each endeavor always has room for improvement.

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