Not a Bad Deal for $20
Mark Evans, Charity Director
I know all Councils have had a very busy first two months planning the future and direction of your Council for this Fraternal year. The efforts you have made to identify and train your Officers, Directors, and Committeemen will result in your ability to achieve the reward of making Star Council.
The efforts you have made to identify and train your Officers, Directors, and Committeemen will result in your ability to achieve the reward of making Star Council. To achieve this goal, you have been busy conducting Audits, planning Council’s Budgets and identifying fundraisers to meet your obligations for this year. You have put in place plans for recruitment and retention, and secured ways to keep your Council programs active and moving forward for the success of your Council as well as the Order.
A few weeks ago you received your State Council’s Per Capita Bill along with your assigned State Charity Goal. Have your members made the moral commitment and identified concrete plans that will ensure that you are able to meet your Charity Goals? All activities of a Council come back to the 1 st principle of our Order: Charity. As our Order is enjoying the 130th year of our founding, the main thought of our Founder, the Venable Servant of God Fr. Michael McGivney, was all about helping others through Charity.
Your donations to the Texas State Charity fund are utilized for a wide variety of needs including the Special Olympics and Disaster Relief to name a few. However, the majority of these funds go to helping your Bishop’s chosen Charities. The Cardinal, Arch-Bishop, and all Texas Bishops have identified needed charitable programs in their respective Diocese that need your support. Your donations to Texas State Charities will support these programs at a rate of 70 cents on the dollar, funds that will go directly to assist your Bishop. The remaining 30 cents will go into the fund that supports State wide charitable causes.
We hope your Council has taken their first steps to do their part and keep Fr. McGivney’s Dream alive. One way to reach your goal is by encouraging your members to buy a State Charity Lapel Pin. This year’s pin is outstanding as it incorporates a picture of our founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney, a Cross on the bottom of the pin, the Compass of Charity from the 1st Degree, and the Emblem of our Order strategically placed on the East side of Texas. This pin brings together all of the things that we love and believe in: Our State, Our Founder, the Emblem of the Order and the Compass of Charity. One pin with all of the things we love and believe in? Not a bad deal for $20.00.