Grand Knight’s Blog
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . doors open at 7:00
Place: St. Matthias Parish Hall
Activities and News Since Last Meeting
· Welcome new members:
Rev. Anthony Didongo from Ghana has been spending 8 weeks each summer at St. Mike’s for 5 years and is well known among the Hudsonians. He is a member of the SMA Fathers (Society of African Missions). He was educated in France and England, and missioned in the Ivory Coast for 15 years. Wecome Fr. Tony!
· St. Michael Parish Outdoor Memorial Day Mass
On Memorial Day, Council #81 supported St. Michael Parish’s outdoor Mass at the parish cemetery:
Thanks to Brendan Butler who coordinated and helped move heavy objects, Frank Ramsbottom who picked up, delivered and set up our Coffee, Muffin and Donut donations and everybody else, including little Louis Armstrong, who helped serve.
· So Long, Fr. Ren
Council #81 hosted a nice send-off party for Fr. Ren Tocci at St. Mike’s at the Horseshoe Pub. Fr. Ren is on his way to St. Cecelia in Ashland. We wish him a smooth transition, a productive ministry, and hope he won’t be a stranger to Hudson.
Thanks to the Knights to turned out: Deacon Chuck Rossignol, Soon-to-be-past Grand Knight Mike Tremblay, John Harrold, Brendan Butler, Frank Ramsbottom, Chris Lundberg, Kevin Armstrong, Mike Wells, and Rich Caissie.
And thanks to Mike Wells for organizing the event.
· Andy Tivnan’s Special One Year Anniversary Party
Here are two difficult statistics to think about:
(1) About 3,500 patients are on the list for a heart transplant in the U.S. at any given time, but only about 300 heart transplants per year are actually performed. This leaves many waiting years on the list, and many never getting to the finish line.
(2) If a heart transplant recipient survives the first year, he or she has about a 75% chance at making it to ten years.
In the face of those statistics, you can imagine how joyous Andy and his family were to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his heart transplant with a nice commemoration at the Manor in West Boylston.
Andy’s not out of the woods yet, he is still having rejection issues, and is headed for an overnight hospitalization for a 24-hour I.V. anti-rejection course of therapy and another biopsy, but he’s made it to the first hurdle and we are all rooting for him.
And because of it, little Isabella has a grandfather to enjoy life with.
Along with their joyous merriment, Andy, Nancy and family were all heartily grateful (pun intended) to the donor of this organ, who made it all possible.
Andy and Nancy Andy’s daughter
Melissa, Isabella, and Nick
Of course, Council #81 would not let this event go unpunished. We formed an ad hoc Chorus and performed a song in Andy’s honor: “You Gotta Have Heart” from the 1955 Broadway musical “Heart.” Here’s the ensemble:
(L-R) Dale Dolesh (Soprano), Mike Bleecker (Alto), Mike Wells (Tenor) and G.K. Mike Tremblay at the keyboard. Rumors that the chorus was under the direction of Jack Daniels are greatly exaggerated. You can see the entire performance on video, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10j6jOPSlZuIXcqruB0qCLNsp5J3jQ2nh/view?usp=drive_link
Programs and Upcoming Events
· It’s Election Night!
The nomination committee has proposed the following slate of candidates for the July 1, 2023 fraternal year:
Grand Knight Brendan Butler
Deputy Grand Knight Kevin Armstrong
Chancellor * open
Recorder Dale Dolesh
Treasurer John Dedecko
Advocate Rich Pulice
Warden Ernie Waingortin
INSIDE GUARD John Harrold
OUTSIDE GUARD Tom Hirsh
Trustee 3 Year: Mike Tremblay
Trustee 2 Year : Mike Bleecker
Trustee 1 Year : Scott Snyder
Financial Secretary Richard Caissie (Appointed by Supreme)
Additional nominations may be made from the floor. If there are none, per tradition, the slate will be offered for election on a single ballot.
p.s. if you are not at tonight’s meeting, there is a chance you will be elected for the open Chancellor position! Just saying. . .
Other News and Meeting Agenda Items
· Fraternal Year Hiatus
Per our bylaws, we are off-duty until September, in other words, there are no meetings until the second Tuesday of September, i.e., September 12th.
In the interim, there will probably be an “Officers” only meeting during the summer at the call of the new Grand Knight to focus the agenda for the upcoming fraternal year.
· Prayers / Intentions:
Keep Andy Tivnan in your prayers this month while he faces his next challenge in anti-rejection therapy.
Also please keep Mike Fallon’s son Craig in your prayers.
· Other business?
If you have an item to add to the next meeting agenda, please let me know.
If you have any news to report, email GrandKnight@kofcmarlboro.org.
See you all tonight.