Category Archives: 2017

Charitable Welfare Trust Fund

The annual meeting of the Charitable Welfare Trust was conducted by John Saman. Statements presented showed the balances as of December 2016:

Scholarship Funds $23,542.91

Welfare funds $1,416.78

Bingo funds $1,565.21

Over the year 2016, $33,766 was donated to various charities: Stratford Hospital Foundation, Kiwanis Arts & Music Festival, Stratford Youth Soccer, the Arthritis Society, St. Joseph’s Church, Immaculate Conception Church, Ostomy Association, Kiwanis Club of Stratford/CJCS Basket Fund, Stratford House of Blessing, L’Arche Stratford, Salvation Army Stratford, Simple Dreams, St. Michael C.S.S., Optimism Place, St. Aloysius School, St. Joseph Church

Restoration Fund, Stratford & Area Right to Life, Alzheimers’s Society, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Special Olympics Ontario.

John Saman was re-elected to chair this fund for another year.

State Charity

We are at the point in our sale of state charity tickets where all returns must come to Jim Gaylor. We have had good participation from members and with the sale of tickets at the mall. Thank you to everyone who has sold (and bought) tickets. We are on track to surpass our 2016 sales this year.

At the State AGM, Grand Knight John Price was given this certificate of recognition for our council’s tickets sales in 2016. For a council of our size, we do very well. Jim Gaylor accepted the certificate on behalf of council members who each year buy and sell these tickets.


Based on these ticket sales, our council received back from State a sum of $2,502.50 into our charitable account and $625 for council use. Brothers, your efforts and support make a difference to what we can do as a council

Harry Visser and Edgar Chaput at the mall selling state charity tickets over the Easter weekend. 21 books of tickets were sold over 4 days.


Council Meeting

Field Agent Dev Bhagwat spoke to the members, congratulating them on the transfer of 4 members into the council and encouraging them to find ways to attract new members. He suggested using the enticement of a gift card to a local restaurant or a ‘steak dinner’ with the field agent as possibilities. He also looks forward to meeting members in their homes over coffee to discuss any concerns they may have over such things as estate planning.

Field Agent Dev Bhagwat spoke to the members, congratulating them on the transfer of 4 members into the council and encouraging them to find ways to attract new members. He suggested using the enticement of a gift card to a local restaurant or a ‘steak dinner’ with the field agent as possibilities. He also looks forward to meeting members in their homes over coffee to discuss any concerns they may have over such things as estate planning.

Executive for 2017-2018

Grand Knight Ken Gaffney

Deputy Grand Knight Fred Dubrick

Chancellor Mike Mooney

Warden Darryl McCadden

Recorder Kirk Gregory

Treasurer John Walsh

Lecturer Mike Lobsinger

Advocate Joe Lorentz

Inside Guard Shawn Raiman

Outside Guard Bill Ryan

Trustee, 3 year John Price

Trustee, 2 year Jim Miron

Trustee, 1 year Dave Wilby

Coming Events

Saturday May 13, 5:00 p.m. Fr. Ross Campbell Mass Immaculate Conception Church; Council will be making a presentation to Fr. Ross

Sunday May 14, Rose Sunday

Sunday May 28, Appreciation Day for volunteers in the cluster, St. Joseph’s Church Hall

Monday June 5 Council meeting 7:00 p.m.

Friday June 2, Relay for Life Survivor Walk SCSS, Food by Knights, 9:00 p.m.

Thursday June 8, Steak BBQ, 5:00 p.m. our hall

Monday June 12, Knights Inc 7:00 p.m.; Council Exec. 7:45 p.m.

Thursday June 15, K of C prepares and serves community meal at St. Joseph’s Hall

Sunday July 2, clustered parish swim and picnic Sunday September 10, St. Anthony’s annual Mass 2:00 p.m.

Sunday September 17, Walk-a-Thon fundraiser

Faithful Navigators Message

Sir Knights & Ladies

The feast of Pentecost is on Sunday June 4th. That afternoon the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held in our Parish Cluster at St. Joseph’s Church. Our Assembly will provide an Honour Guard.

St. Joseph’s Church will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary the weekend of June10-11.

Our Assembly has made a contribution to mark this milestone occasion.

Bishop Fabbro will be the celebrant & homilist at the weekend Masses. Our Assembly will provide an Honour Guard at the 11:30 AM Mass.

There will be an open house from 1:30 until 3:30 PM

Lady Betty Doherty passed away. Our prayers & condolences are extended to SK Seamus & their family.

SK’s your help is needed to work at our bingos. The dates have been added to our upcoming events.

Our May Euchre Party is the 2nd Friday May 12 due to the start of the long weekend on May 19th.

Our next Dinner Meeting will be Monday May 29th,

Fraternally Yours

Jack Palleschi

Faithful Navigator.


Upcoming Events

Friday May 12, 2017 Euchre Party 7PM (Host John Price)

Sunday May 13, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Sunday May 28, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Monday May 29, 2017 Dinner Meeting Cocktails 6:30 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Sunday June 4, 2017 Honour Guard Confirmation St. Joseph’s 2 PM

Sunday June 4, 2017 Bingo 5 PM

Sunday June 11, 2017 Honour Guard St. Joseph’s 150th Anniversary 11:30 AM

Friday June 16, 2017 Euchre Party 7PM

Monday June 26, 2017 BBQ Dinner 6:30 PM

Tuesday June 27, 2017 Bingo 5 PM


Message from your Chaplain

Dear Brother Knights,

By the time that you receive this bulletin, we will be celebrating Easter. Holy Week as you know, is the week which precedes the great Feast of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  This week includes the last days of Lent and the beginning of the Easter Triduum.  During Holy Week, the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of His life on earth, beginning with His messianic entrance into Jerusalem.

The Resurrection is the central doctrine of our faith.  Historically, it is rooted in Christ, and we wait for the resurrection on the last day.  It is a source of hope for all of us and gives our life direction.

For the Resurrection to be experienced, it has to touch all the aspects of our lives, here and now , here and everywhere.  We all have our days of Calvary and we all have our days of Resurrection.  But it is our belief that there is life after death that sees us through the difficult times.  At every Eucharist, we celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This is what we call the Paschal Mystery and this Pascal Mystery is what is experienced in our life.

At this time, I want to wish you and your families a Happy Easter and thank you for all that you do for our Church and the wider community.

Your Chaplain

Father Dick Bester

Grand Knight’s Message

Dear Brother Knights & Ladies:

As I am writing this message we are entering the “Easter Triduum” a time to reflect on the passion and death of Jesus Christ only to rise on Easter the greatest feast in our Liturgical Year.

As Christians we are still being challenged in our faith. One of these challenges is Physician Assisted Death.

Our cluster is holding a day of Palliative Care Prayer at Immaculate Conception Church on Thur. May 4th starting with the 8 a.m. Mass. Please make an effort to participate. The Knights will lead in the Rosary which will be at 11 a.m., one of many prayers selected for this day. Also we will have some speakers give us a talk on this subject. Refer to an upcoming church bulletin for more details.

Deacon Ross Campbell, a member of our council, will be ordained to the Priesthood on May 6th. He will be celebrating the 5 a.m. Mass on Sat. May 13 at Immaculate Conception Church with a reception and presentations following in the parish hall. I urge you to attend. It is not often that we get a chance to partake in something as wonderful as this.

Rose Sunday will be weekend of May 13 & 14. The Knights will be at the church doors. Proceeds go to support our local Stratford and District Right to Life.

Once again we will be preparing & serving food at the Rely Lay for Life on Friday June 2nd. Please keep this date open to assist. Harry Visser is our contact person.

Harry Visser has some open dates in December for Hall Rentals. Any members wanting to rent hall contact Harry.

Our next Boston Pizza Night is Wed. May 10th. Come out & support. Proceeds are for Sick Kids.

Our new field agent Dev (Dave) Bwagwat was at our last council meeting and spoke. His intentions are to partake in our fund raising events & get to know members & their family. He commented on how vibrant our social is following the meeting.

Donna and myself wish everyone a holy and joyous Easter.

Your Grand Knight

John J. Price

Sick and Shut-ins

Our prayers are requested for the following Knights who are either sick or shut in:

Brothers Gary Birmingham, Father Richard Tremblay, Harry Thomas, Eugene Hagen, Al Grant, Marco Eusebi, Ron Bourque, Frank Flood, Dave Franks, Michael Gomes, and Frank Krauskopf.

Also for Theresa Kelly, Debbie Mahood, Shirley Reeve, Anne Ryan-Murphy, Abigail Gregory-Mooney, Betty Dubrick, Lorraine Minten, Mary Lou Palleschi and Myrna Hagen.

Council Meeting


Field Agent

Our newly appointed Field Agent Dev Bhagwat was introduced to Council members.

Contact information

Tel. (519) 888-0869

Many knights first think ‘insurance’ when hearing the title, Field Agent

But Dev made a point of stressing how important it is that he meet members in their home so that he can be of greater help to the widow of a member at the time of the passing of a knight.

He is looking forward to attending special functions of Council

Stratford Knights Incorporated



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stratford Knights Inc. will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall 93 Morgan Street, Stratford Ontario on the 5th. of June, 2017 at the hour of approximately 8:30 p.m. for the following purposes.

  1. To receive and consider the financial report of the corporation as of December 31, 2016.

  2. To elect the Directors of the Corporation

  3. To appoint the Accounting Firm for the Corporation for 2017

  4. To consider, if approved to ratify and confirm all by-laws, resolutions, contract, acts and proceedings of the Board of Directors of the Corporation enacted, made, done or taken since the last annual meeting of the shareholders.

  5. To enact such further business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments thereof.

TAKE NOTICE that the Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight will no longer be appointed as ex officio without the necessity of election. This will comply with a direction from Canada Revenue.

At this Annual Meeting, there are to be nominations for five (6) members to the Board of Directors who are to hold office for a two (2) year term. Each nominee to the Board of Directors must be a member of the Corporation in good standing of Council 1431, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. Each member shall be nominated in writing by a member of the Corporation in good standing and such nomination shall be filed with the Secretary of the Corporation or, in the absence, an officer of the Corporation not less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time of the meeting. Each nominee to the Board of Directors must signify his intention, in writing, to so stand by 9:00 p.m. on the 5th. of June, 2017, or he shall not be eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

Directors who still have one year remaining to serve on the present Board of Directors are:

Jim Miron, Fred Dubrick, Joe Lorentz, Lorne Twamley, Mike Mooney

Directors who have completed their term of office and are eligible for re-election are:

Tom Gould, Tony Vigar, Harry Visser, Frank Flood, John Price, Ron Marcy



94 McCarthy Rd Apt 4

Stratford, Ontario N5A 7K8

Stratford Knights Inc.

Statement of Operations and Fund Balance

(Unaudited – See Notice to Reader)

For the year ended December 31 2016 2015


Facility Rent $ 7,285 $ 7,094

Council Rent 4,200 5,100

Interest on Investments 3,753 4,896

Miscellaneous 3,600 4,840

18,838 21,930


Amortization 12,829 13,606

Insurance 5,091 4,852

Janitorial Supplies 707 658

Maintenance 17,154 2,298

Miscellaneous 373 405

Professional fees 1,102 1,074

Property taxes 5,724 5,702

Telephone & cable 2,038 1,718

Utilities 3,575 3,486

48,593 33,799

Loss Before Income Taxes (29,755) (11,869)

Income Taxes 8 479

Results of operations for the year (29,763) (12,348)

Fund Balance, beginning of year 590,449 602,798

Fund Balance, end of year $ 560,686 $ 590,449