Grand Knight’s Message for May 2018

My Brothers,

Well I’ve returned from my retirement cruise and saw the power God has. My wife and I visited the Eastern Caribbean and visited Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maartin.  Those islands suffered through two category 5 hurricanes last year. Both arrived 11 weeks apart and the destruction was unbelievable.  People are still without power in some of the areas. Yet through this tragedy the people were very hospitable and happy that the tourist trade had returned to their islands. They couldn’t do enough to make sure we were taken care of.

I would like to thank Brother Dave Dibble for taking over the reins while I was gone.  He gave me a set of notes that outlined the actions of the evening.

On Saturday April 28th I participated with a work crew of other Knights who helped do a massive cleanup of a parishioner’s yard. Thanks to those who showed up.  A funny side note to this project was the realization that the dumps does not take everything in the house.  IT’S THE DUMPS, and one would expect that whatever you have will be taken at the dumps. So, my story goes as follows. After we loaded my truck with over 20 large hefty bags of grass, weed, and leaves I proceeded to the central landfill in Cotati. The bags are tied, and I have a cargo net over the back of the truck.

I get in the lone line at the dumps and finally after a 25-minute wait to get to the weigh station, I’m told they do not take yard waste. “IT’S THE DUMPS”.  I take a deep breath and started to laugh and went to the Stage Gulch transfer station. The line was short and I spoke to the attendant who tells me to park by the other yard waste piles. He then informs me that I must tear open the bags and dump out the yard waste. IT’S THE DUMPS.

Luckily while I’m unloading Brother Kilgore arrived with his pickup of yard waste. Same story as mine at the Central dump but at least he helped me tearing the bags open.  So, the moral of this story is even when you do a good deed, God may throw you a curve. Just smile and know you helped someone less fortunate than yourself.

I would like to welcome our newest brothers to Council 1586, Brother Marcos Castro, Brother Mark Walton, and Brother Erik Kraus. You’ve joined a great organization whose purpose is to help those in need. Also a welcome to Brother Bernie Hansen who has transferred into our council

A reminder that the Grand Knights Barbecue has been moved to June 12th due to the confirmation ceremony being held on May 8th.  We still will have our normal business meeting, but parking may be a problem.  Plan a head for the May business meeting.

Thanks again to those brothers who donated blood in April.

The Cinco De Mayo dinner is Saturday May 5th with doors opening at 6 PM. Tickets are $16.00 and contact Brother Ospital for tickets.

God Bless,

Michael P. McBride, Grand Knight