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Mark
Oct 11, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Update as of October 11, 2917

Brothers,
Hurricane Harvey was the most destructive storm to ever hit the United States.  It crashed into the Texas coast on August 25th as a category 4 hurricane with winds in excess of 130 miles an hour.  Over the next 5 days, Harvey slowly moved up the Texas coast making landfall three times and dumping over 50” of rain in some areas.  More than 185,000 homes were damaged by the storm, but only 20% of those suffering flood damage had flood insurance.  The Texas Knights are continuing to assist those suffering from this devastation. 
Here are some recent accomplishments of the Knights:
Charitable Works:

Approximately 54,000 meals have been served to neighbors, first responders, those in shelters, and others seeking assistance.
Supreme and the Texas State Charity Board have provided councils with over $28,500 for purchasing food and cleaning supplies.
Brother Knights from LaPlace, Louisiana came to Port Arthur and served a delicious pasta dinner to 1065 people displaced by the hurricane.
Council 12327 in the Woodlands donated $1000 in gift cards to Lowes, Target, and Walmart to those needing assistance in the Beaumont Diocese.
Council 3217 continues to serve 1225 meals a week to the local community and first responders in Dickinson.
Council 3110 fed 200 people suffering from the hurricane in Bayside last Saturday.
Working with Catholic Charities, several councils in Houston continue to receive and distribute donations of cleaning supplies, water, and food to the communities where they are needed.

Assistance to Brother Knights in Need:
Thanks to donations from across the nation, funds are being provided by Supreme and the Texas State Council Charity Board for Knights needing assistance.

310 Knights have received $100 gift cards supplied by Supreme.
403 grant requests have been submitted, and $518,000 has been given to Brother Knights.
Local Councils are continuing to help Knights needing assistance repairing and cleaning out their homes.

If you know of a Brother Knight, or widow of a Knight, who has suffered a loss from the hurricane, please have them contact me at 214-557-2923 or e-mail: hss@storeycorp.com for assistance. 
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH THE KNIGHTS IN YOUR COUNCIL.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
Harry
Harry S. Storey
Texas State Emergency Response Chairman
Cell: 214-557-2923    E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net

Mark
Oct 05, 2017
Mark
Oct 05, 2017
Hurricane Harvey October 4 Update!


Brothers,
The Texas Knights continue to assist those suffering from Hurricane Harvey.  Please share this update with the Knights in your Council.
Here are some recent accomplishments of the Knights:
Charitable Works:

Approximately 51,400 meals have been served to neighbors, first responders, those in shelters, and others seeking assistance.
Supreme and Texas State Charity Board have provided councils with over $23,600 for purchasing food and cleaning supplies.
Council 13927 in Austin is assisting St. Peter Church in Rockport by providing a large tent for the church to use for Masses, baptisms, and other events until the church is rebuilt.
Council 3217 continues to serve 1600 meals a week to the local community and first responders in Dickinson.
Council 10872 held a pancake breakfast fundraiser benefiting those suffering from Hurricane Harvey.
Working with Catholic Charities, several councils in Houston continue to receive and distribute donations of cleaning supplies, water, and food to the communities where they are needed.

Assistance to Brother Knights in Need:
Thanks to donations from across the nation, funds are being provided by Supreme and the Texas State Council Charity Board for Knights needing assistance.

292 Knights have received $100 Gift Cards supplied by Supreme.
351 grant requests have been submitted, and $472,000 has been given to Brother Knights.
Local Councils are continuing to help Knights needing assistance repairing and cleaning out their homes.

To handle the hundreds of grant requests from Brother Knights, our Worthy State Deputy Doug Oldmixon established expedited procedures where requests of $1500 or less are reviewed by 3 members of the State Charity Board and then forwarded to the State Deputy for approval.  Past State Deputies Javier Martinez, Leo Hanus, and Terry Simonton have spent many hours carefully evaluating the grant requests.  Because of their hard work and the efficient processing by Kari Jordan and Mike McLaughlin in the Texas State Council Office, Knights usually receive their funds within a week of turning in their grant requests.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
Harry S. Storey
Texas State Emergency Response Chairman
Cell: 214-557-2923    E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net

Mark
Sep 29, 2017
Mark
Sep 27, 2017
How Councils and Knights Outside Affected Areas Can Assist Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

The tremendous response by Knights of Columbus and Councils from Texas and throughout the Order is a true testament to Father Michael McGivney’s legacy.  We are clearly witnessing charity in action.  Thanks for all you and your Councils are doing to assist the affected communities.  Your charitable works and assistance go a long way in reinforcing the charitable and fraternal aspects of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus.   
 
Many Knights and Councils continue to contact the Texas State Council leadership team asking how they can help.  Here is a simple list of how you or your Council can assist those affected by Harvey:

 

·  Financial Contributions – Without question, the best way to assist those affected by Harvey is for your Council and/or members is to make a financial donation to our Disaster Relief Fund  via either http://www.kofc.org or www.tkofc.org.   The Supreme Council and the Texas State Council are working together to ensure that both victims and response workers in affected areas are provided immediate assistance.  Your financial support is the best and safest way to assist those who are in greatest need.  
 
·  Donations in Kind/Service Volunteers – Many Councils and parishes from non-affected areas are collecting supplies to send and mustering volunteers to travel to storm affected areas. Before sending any supplies or traveling to any affected areas, Council leaders are strongly encouraged to coordinate their plans with our Texas State Council Emergency Response Coordinators:

 

-Statewide - Harry Storey – Phone: 214-557-2923; E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net 

 

-Houston-Galveston Archdiocese - Larry Pellerito – Phone: 281-224-3728;
E-Mail: larry.pellerito@schneider-electric.com
 
- Corpus Christi Diocese - Edward Cantu – Phone: 361-855-3440 E-mail:  edwardcnt@gmail.com


                    - Victoria - Alvin Kulchak - Phone: 979-332-3465; Email: domecap@sbcglobal.net
 

               - Beaumont - Phil Chauvin – Phone: 409-963-9526, E-Mail: pchauvin@gt.rr.com

 
 

·  Coordination is vital for several reasons:  First—and most important—it is unsafe for unprepared volunteers to travel into storm affected areas.  Roads are closed or badly damaged, making travel hazardous and uncertain.  Fuel and available accommodations are severely limited.  Flood waters may be contaminated with sewage and chemicals, and may have displaced many domestic and dangerous wild animals.  In addition to uncertain travel, fuel shortages, contaminated waters and displaced animals, there may also be hazardous debris scattered throughout the area (e.g., exposed nails, broken glass, electrical wires, and broken gas mains).  Only properly trained and fully equipped personnel should be traveling into storm affected areas.  Second, we want to make sure that supplies and assistance are distributed to locations where they can be most effective and where relief workers are prepared to receive them. For these reasons, if you or your Council determine to take supplies or provide in-person assistance, please contact the TEXAS STATE COUNCIL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COORDINATORS before traveling.   
 
·  Please understand:  ANY COUNCIL OR MEMBER WHO TRAVELS TO STORM AFFECTED AREAS IS ACTING ON THEIR OWN AND ASSUMES ALL RISKS, HAZARDS, OR DANGERS.  Traveling into storm affected areas without proper coordination or authorization, puts not only you at risk, but your fellow volunteers and others—including local residents and trained first responders.  

 
If you have any questions regarding how to best provide in-kind donations or volunteer efforts, please contact Harry Storey. Thank you.
   
Respectfully & Fraternally
 
Diego J. Peña  
State Advocate
Texas State Council
Office:  (214) 757-3315
Mobile: (210) 542-2221 

Mark
Sep 27, 2017
Hurricane Harvey September 27 Update!

Brothers,
Below is an update on our efforts to assist those suffering from Hurricane Harvey.  Please share this information with the Knights in your Council.
This week was highlighted by a visit from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Worthy State Deputy Doug Oldmixon, Supreme Treasurer Ron Schwartz, and Supreme Master Dennis Stoddard to the Houston area.  They visited Knights and widows of Knights adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey and attended mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church under a tent provided and installed by Knights.  The Supreme Knight made several generous donations while in Houston.
In addition, here are some other accomplishments of the Knights:
Charitable Works:

Approximately 48,800 meals have been served to neighbors, first responders, those in shelters, and others seeking assistance.
Supreme and Texas State Charity have provided councils with over $21,000 for purchasing food and cleaning supplies.
Council 8096 held a BBQ dinner fundraiser and raised $2500 for those suffering from the hurricane.
Council 6557 prepared and served 200 meals to neighbors around the council hall that had flooded.
The Points of Distribution operations center in Houston continues to receive and distribute donations of cleaning supplies, water, and food.  This week the Notre Dame School in Dallas provided a trailerload of cleaning supplies, and Knights from Ashland, Kansas delivered a truckload of food and supplies.

Assistance to Brother Knights in Need:
Thanks to donations from across the nation, funds are being provided by Supreme and the Texas State Council Charity Board for Knights needing assistance.

266 of the $100 Gift Cards supplied by Supreme have been distributed to Knights.
276 grant forms have been submitted, and $372,000 has been given to Brother Knights.
Local Councils are continuing to help Knights needing assistance repairing and cleaning out their homes.

Thanks to the hard work of our Brother Knights, Grand Knights, District Deputies, and Diocesan Deputies, life has improved for those suffering from Hurricane Harvey.  The Emergency Response Coordinators have worked long hours to provide the needed resources and coordinate disaster response activities in their areas.  I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the great work done by the following Emergency Response Coordinators:

Mike Buecher – Regional Emergency Response Coordinator for the Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Laredo, and Brownsville Diocese
Bob Sumicek – Regional Emergency Response Coordinator for the Galveston-Houston, Beaumont, Austin, & Victoria Diocese
Edward Cantu - Emergency Response Coordinator for the Corpus Christi Diocese
Phil Chauvin – Emergency Response Coordinator for the Beaumont Diocese
Larry Pellerito - Emergency Response Coordinator for the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese

Please keep our Brother Knights and those suffering from recent disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico in your prayers.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
Harry
Harry S. Storey
Texas State Emergency Response Chairman
Cell: 214-557-2923    E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net
Knights of Columbus

Mark
Sep 22, 2017
43rd Annual Johnny Lopez 2017 Knights of Columbus     State of Texas Open Golf Championships

Brother Knights and Fellow Golfers,
 
2017 Tournament Information:
 
Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas Gulf Coast and amidst it was the cancellation of the Golf Championship slated to be held in Sealy that weekend.
 
After feedback from many of you we have made the decision to reschedule th for the weekend of November 10, 11, 12, 2017, at old faithful; Squaw Valley Golf Club, Glen Rose, Tx.
 
Some of you have indicated you will not be able to attend and to that end we will be processing refund checks as quickly as possible.  Also we are resolved to locate another venue for the 2018 Championships and will work diligently to schedule this tournament in the late spring/early summer rather than the August/September time frame. 
 
Because of the shorter days in November the Friday Scramble Tournament will have a 12:30pm shotgun start.  YThe Saturday and Sunday individual tournament play will have a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. both mornings.  Golfers are asked to be at their assigned golf cart no later than 8:00am. 
 
Late registration for the Friday Scramble and the Saturday/Sunday Individual Tournament will be held at the Golf Club starting at 11:00am Friday morning and continuing until 5:30pm Friday evening and on Saturday morning 7:00 to 8:00am.  Late registration is subject to availability!!
 
I am attaching a tournament entry form for Knights that have not registered and may now wish to do so.  Be sure to complete all the information requested, including council number; flight; division; e-mail and membership numbers.  Incomplete forms will delay your entry.  
 
 Activities:
 
Council 15320 of Glen Rose will again host this year’s event.  Activities will be centered around the golf course and the Holiday Inn.  We will provide two meals, now included in the entry fee (burgers/bbq).  One before tee off on Friday and another after the Saturday rounds.  The council will host a “happy hour” after Mass on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn.
 
A Saturday evening Mass is being scheduled, further information will be provided when this is confirmed.
 
Accommodations:
 
Holiday Inn  Express                                   254-898-9900 – Block of 30 rooms
113 Paluxy Summit Boulevard                    25 Double Queen Bed - $109.00 plus tax
Glen Rose, TX 76043                                     5 King  Suite - $119.00 plus tax
Continental Breakfast each morning from 6:30am to 9:30am
 
Comfort Inn & Suites                                  254-898-8900 – Block of 30 rooms
1615 NE Big Bend Trail                               5 King Bed - $74.00 plus tax
Glen Rose, TX  76043                                  19 Double Queen Bed - $74.00 plus tax
                                                                        4 King Suites - $83.00 plus tax
                                                                        2 Double King Bed - $83.00 plus tax
Continental Breakfast each morning from 6:00am to 9:00am
 
La Quinta Inn & Suites                               254-898-0680 – Block of 30 rooms
101 W. Bo Gibbs Blvd.                               15 King Bed - $79.00 plus tax
Glen Rose, TX 76043                                   15 Double Queen Bed - $79.00 plus tax
                                                                        (Thursday or Sunday - $69 plus tax)
Continental Breakfast each morning from 6:00am to 9:00am
 
Entry Fee:
 
The entry fee for the scramble is $70.00 per golfer and the entry fee for the individual two day tournament is $165.00 per golfer, and if you sign up to play all three days your entry fee will be $189.00.  Your entry fee must accompany the registration form.  The fee will provide two meals now at no additional cost.  Any surplus will be donated to assist in disaster relief efforts in Florida, Louisiana, Texas the Caribbean and Mexico.
 
The entry form and your payment should be mailed to:
 
Knights of Columbus Council 15320
State Golf Tournament
P.O. Box 1675
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
 
The deadline to enter or cancel is October 20, 2017.  Late entries will be accepted subject to availability.
 
Please pass along the word!  
 
DGK David Hatcher, Council 15320
2017 Golf Tournament Chairman
drhatcher@yahoo.com
713-302-4613
 

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Mark
Sep 20, 2017
Hurricane Harvey September 20 Update!


Brothers,
Below is an update on our efforts to assist those suffering from Hurricane Harvey. Please share this information with the Knights in your Council.
While conditions are improving, it will take months for those effected by Hurricane Harvey to recover.  During the past week, the Knights have continued feeding those suffering from the hurricane, aiding homeowners and churches with the cleanup, and assisting our Brother Knights in need. Here are just a few highlights of what the Knights have accomplished:
Charitable Works by The Knights:

Approximately 47,000 meals have been served to neighbors, first responders, those in shelters, and others seeking assistance.
Supreme and Texas State Charity have provided councils with over $14,000 for purchasing food and cleaning supplies.
Councils 1651, 11663, and 14756 served meals to over 500 people in Refugio last weekend.
Brother Knights from Indiana and Falfurrias, Texas delivered a semi-truck load of much needed supplies to continue the clean-up in the area east of Corpus Christi ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Several councils in the Houston and Port Arthur areas are working with Catholic Charities as points of distribution for truckloads of supplies.
Council 3217 in Dickinson is providing their hall for Mass and are feeding 150 to 200 people twice daily, Monday through Sunday.
Council 8771 provided 5000 man-hours to demo and clean 200 homes.

Assistance to Brother Knights in Need:
Thanks to donations from across the nation, funds are being provided from Supreme and Texas State Council Charity Board for Knights needing assistance.

In less than 2 weeks, 247 of the $100 Gift Cards supplied by Supreme have been distributed to Knights.
173 grant forms have been submitted, and $216,000 has been given to Brother Knights.
The Knights of Columbus Emergency Response Coordinators have been going to areas hard hit by the hurricane and flooding to distribute grant forms and give $100 Visa cards to Brother Knights needing assistance.
Local Councils are continuing to help Knights needing assistance cleaning up their homes.

Because of your donations and the hard work of Brother Knights in affected areas, we are making life better for those suffering from the hurricane.  Please keep our Brother Knights and those suffering from recent disasters in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico in your prayers.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
Harry
Harry S. Storey
Texas State Emergency Response Chairman
Cell: 214-557-2923    E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net

Mark
Sep 15, 2017
September 13 Hurricane Harvey Update

Brothers,
Our worthy State Deputy, Doug Oldmixon, has asked me to give you a weekly update on Knights’ activities in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and related flooding.  I am pleased to report that your Brother Knights have been working hard to assist those in need in their communities.  Here are just a few highlights of what the Knights have accomplished in the first two weeks:
Charitable Works By The Knights:

Approximately 25,000 meals have been served to neighbors, first responders, those in shelters, and others seeking assistance;
Corpus Christi Knights have provided over $150,000 in goods and services to those in need in their community (served meals, delivered supplies, assisted with clean-up, etc.);
Supreme and Texas State Charity have provided councils with over $12,000 for purchasing food and cleaning supplies;
Supreme established an account at SYSCO so councils can order food and have it delivered directly to them (at no cost to the council) to make it easier to serve meals to those in need;
Council 2433 in Hallettsville housed nearly 200 residents evacuated from a nearby nursing home;
Council 3217 in Dickinson used boats to evacuate stranded neighbors and a local priest;
Council 2490 in El Campo cooked and served meals to the National Guard deployed to that area;
Several councils in the Houston area are working with Catholic Charities as points of distribution for truckloads of supplies;
Councils throughout the area are now assisting churches and homeowners with post-flood cleanup (removing drywall and insulation, treating with bleach, removing damaged furniture, etc.)

Assistance to Brother Knights in Need:
Thanks to donations from across the nation, funds are being provided from Supreme and Texas State Council Charity Board for Knights needing assistance.

In less than a week, 157 of the $100 Gift Cards supplied by Supreme have been distributed to Knights.
53 grant forms have been submitted and $55,800 has been given to Brother Knights;
New expedited approval procedures result in most grants being approved and funds distributed in just a few days;
Local Councils are helping to Knights needing assistance cleaning up their homes.

We expect our efforts will continue for many months to help the community and Brother Knights devastated by Hurricane Harvey and the related floods. 
You have every reason to be proud of the Knights of Columbus organization and the great work your Brother Knights are doing to help those suffering from Hurricane Harvey.  Many thanks to all of you who contributed funds, supplies, and assistance.
Vivat Jesus! Viva Cristo Rey!
Harry
Harry S. Storey
Texas State Emergency Response Chairman
Cell: 214-557-2923    E-Mail: hss@storeycorp.net

Mark
Sep 12, 2017
CANCELING REGULAR COUNCIL MEETINGS DUE TO INABILITY TO MEET IN STORM AFFECTED AREAS

Brothers – Because of the adverse conditions caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Victoria, Corpus Christi, Galveston-Houston, and Beaumont Dioceses, it may be impractical or dangerous for Councils to hold their regularly scheduled monthly business meetings.  Many Council meeting locations have either been destroyed, damaged, made inaccessible or are being used in relief operations. 

For this reason, any Grand Knight in any of the storm affected dioceses who believes that it would be not be safe or it is impractical to hold a regular business meeting should notify his District Deputy or Diocesan Deputy that regular meetings of the Council will be postponed.  The Grand Knight should also notify his District Deputy or Diocesan Deputy when he reasonably believes the Council can begin conducting regular business meetings.  If the location for the Council’s business meeting has been destroyed or will be inaccessible indefinitely, then please work with your pastor and Council members to find a new meeting location.  Notify your members and keep your District Deputy and Diocesan Deputy informed of when and where your Council will resume its regular business meetings. 

In the event a Council decides to temporarily cancel or postpone meetings, Grand Knights are reminded that they may make necessary expenditures of not more than $500 with the approval of at least two—preferably all three—Council Trustees.  Grand Knights making these expenditures are reminded that they need to keep good records showing the need for the expenditure and that at least two Trustees approved the expenditure.  The expenditure will need to be placed in the minutes of the next regularly scheduled Council meeting for review and approval. 

Diocesan Deputies and District Deputies in affected areas are encouraged to check on the meeting status of Councils.  Please report any health, safety, or charitable concerns to your region’s Emergency Response Coordinators. 

This process has been approved by our Worthy State Deputy Douglas Oldmixon.    

  
Respectfully & Fraternally
 
Diego J. Peña  
State Advocate
Texas State Council
 



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