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Reverend Father’s, Supreme Director Paul, State Deputy Bob, State Deputy elect Mark, MN State officers, Auxilians, Brother Knights and ladies. I thank Bob for the opportunity to welcome you to the MN State convention and I hope you enjoyed the weekend. My name is Nancy Mathewson and I am a member of the Fr. Reiser Auxiliary #10138 from the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids. My husband Bob & I have been part of the Knights family for 18 years.
Four years ago, I was called to join the state board. I thought I would start in a supporting position but was called to the Vice-President position. Two years ago I stood before convention delegates as the newly elected State President. I saw my role as a bridge connecting the past to the future. I asked that as councils brought in younger men that they would consider building an auxiliary and help to bring in younger women.
I also stated that below this bridge of leadership, was a mass of water that flowed in many directions similar to the Zumbrota River that flows here in Rochester. Our board members were sailing vessels loaded with gifts and talents. While the general membership of Knights was the wind that helpedour vessels sail.
Last night, Marc Peters stated the new abbreviation for the state is GTO or Grow the Order. To me, GTO is a car. One that needs gas and can travel a long way. What is the gas to make this GTO go? It is you and me. It is each member of your council and your connections. Are you the bridge that the GTO travels on or are you a broken road?
Auxiliaries need your help to grow. It is sad and disheartening when auxiliaries fold and this last year the number of auxiliaries within the state dropped by one. Their get up and go, got up and went. Please support your ladies and help them keep their auxiliaries going.
On the bright side, overall membership increased by 35 for the year and our auxiliaries have been volunteering and having fun. Not all auxiliaries or members reported volunteer hours. Those that reported listed a total of 78,085 hours with $45,292 dollars given away. Two auxiliaries gave out more than $300 per member. What makes an auxiliary thrive? Food, Fun and camaraderie between members!
We also have award winning members! Each year we ask our auxiliaries to submit their “Auxilians of the Year” and we choose one to be named at our Auxiliary State Convention. The winner this year is Rosella Kes from New Prague. She is a Charter Member of her auxiliary and a member for 41 years. She is currently their President, and it is the 3rd time she has held this office. That is dedication! The rest of her nomination shows more of her spirit.
Another dedicated person is the newly elected State President Joyce Korsten from Bloomington. She could not be here this weekend and you will hear more from her soon.
The vehicle of the Knights of Columbus State Auxiliary is moving forward. We will celebrate our 50th Anniversary in April of 2020 and we look forward to a long relationship with the state councils. Your GTO needs to move forward too.
Before I conclude, I would like to present a few items
- To State Deputy Bob Penas, a copy of our Annual Audit Report and the Hours/Money donated.
- To Fr. Jeff, a check for Pennies for Seminarians in the amount of $800.00 and
- To Fr. Gabriel, a check for the Jim Campbell fund.
I frequently ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in my words and actions. I pray that the Holy Spirit is working in you to build auxiliaries along with your councils and that you have safe travels back home. God bless you all.
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Minnesota Knights of Columbus Auxiliary
Auxilian of the Year
Rosella Kes - New Prague
Our nomination for Auxilian of the Year has been a Charter Member for 41 years. She is currently our President, which is the 3rd time she has held this office. The other times were in 1976-1980 and 2001-2003. She has also held Vice-President two times, secretary 1989, treasurer 2011 and trustee. She has also served on the State Board as Treasurer and later as Trustee.
Volunteering wherever she sees needed, contributes a great deal to our Auxiliary. She helps coordinate a pot luck supper for our September meeting which is the installation of officers. Our husbands are included in this. She also coordinates contributions to the marathon for non-public education participants. She works on getting items for our Christmas fund raising raffle.
At our Christmas party to which our husbands are invited, she organizes the food and card games. Our Auxilian collects contributions to the food shelf and makes sure they get delivered.
She is the one who organizes and leads the rosary at deceased member’s wakes. She works for the bloodmobile that our Auxiliary sponsors every year. She is in charge of coordinating the volunteers and ordering snacks for donors.
Our Auxilian’s husband is a very active 3rd and 4th degree member as she supports him in attending exemplifications, dinners, and assists if there is a need at their fundraising breakfasts, dinners and other functions.
She organizes and serves refreshments at the Knights Memorial Mass for deceased members.
She works on scheduling workers and ordering supplies for the lunches at the weekly KC Bingos. She takes her turn with the chairmanship for the Bingo lunch where she is in charge of planning the menu and serving it. Bingo lunches are a huge money raiser for our auxiliary.
There are many Sunday mornings where you see her friendly face serving as greeter in her Parish. She takes her turn with the cleaning of the church. Every August, you will see her at the Parish Festival in the chicken dinner take out stand working hard and serving the guests in her friendly manner.
She goes above and beyond with social justice. It is her passion.
Since 2012 the first Thursday of every other month our Auxilian and her husband help with the Loaves and Fishes in a neighboring community. They prepare, cook and serve food for around 75 to 100 people in need a free, nutritious meal.
Our Auxilian since May of 2014 helps with Families Moving Forward Southwest (FMF) which has been serving homeless families with children in our county and a neighboring county, but it took three years of work before the program was ready to go. She was in on the groundwork necessary to launch the program on the county and especially at the local community level. The hosting site is a home like structure owned by a local business in our community. When FMF was granted permission to use the building it was empty except for a large table and set of chairs. She spearheaded the local drive to furnish and equip the house for use, a tremendous task that involved soliciting, taking in, and sorting through many donations from the local area to provide a fully
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useable, comfortable space for families to stay. She coined the name “Hope House”, as it is known today.
Since the first guests visited the house, she has served as lead host coordinator, which has involved many hours of recruiting and scheduling volunteers, making sure the house is readied before each hosting session, hosting many trainings for new volunteers, welcoming and orienting guests on the first evening, solving problems and challenges as they arise, and taking shifts, especially those hard to fill early morning and overnight time slots or taking a guest and child to receive medical care in the middle of the night. She completes the paperwork we are required to turn in to FMF, manages the checkbook and makes sure that necessary maintenance is done in the house. It’s hard to overstate how critical her efforts have been to the success of the program. Our community hosts FMF once every quarter for 2 weeks straight.
She has also voluntarily coordinated support for families as they move into housing. She and her husband have personally delivered dozen of beds to families, along with other household items collected to support them or finding resources to help individuals such as money for Christmas presents when no other agency was available.
She also serves on the host operations committee on the county level which serves to support local congregations with training and communication. This involves monthly meetings and attending training sessions, one of which she co-sponsored.
In addition to the countless hours she has devoted to the program, she has grown in her understanding and compassion for the people served at Families Moving Forward. She has truly made a positive difference in the lives of many families.
This Auxilian and her husband has been married 47 years and raised 5 children. Most of their married years they had been dairy farming and when herd was sold in 2003 are now doing cash crops of corn, soybeans and some hay, plus working full time jobs.
Besides doing a good job being a wife, mother of 5 children and proud grandmother of 8grandchildren and one on the way, she shares her time and talent where she sees it is needed.
She is a devoted Catholic and a most valued member of our Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.
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Heavenly Father, Author of Life and Grace, In Your Mercy grant me and my loved ones, the strength to live and persevere as real Christians, concerned citizens and kind neighbors.
Give me the knowledge to understand and the will to carry out my obligations as a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Let all my actions today and every day bring Christ to everyone I meet.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.Amen.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
Let us ask God to give worthy Priests, Deacons, Brothers, Sisters, and Consecrated Seculars to His Holy Church.
O God / we earnestly beseech Thee / to bless this archdiocese / with many Priests, Deacons, Brothers, Sisters, and Consecrated Seculars / who will love Thee with their whole strength / and gladly spend their entire lives / to serve Thy Church / and to make Thee known and loved.
Bless our families. Bless our Children.
Choose from our homes those who are needed for Thy work.
Mary, Queen of the clergy.
Pray for us. Pray for our Priests and Religious Leaders. Obtain for us, many more.
Say an “Our Father”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be” for all of our ill and deceased members.
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- to unite all of the individual auxiliaries throughout the State of Minnesota
- to assist the Knights of Columbus Councils in Minnesota with their activities
- to bring closer relations to all Knights of Columbus Auxiliaries, in order to join in common projects, to unify their work and thus increased their efficiency and service.
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To be held at the Bloomington Event Center (AKA: Bloomington KC Hall)
Work is under way to plan an event you will enjoy. We are in need of photos from the past and any other old document that you would like to share.
Our annual convention is the celebrated event and the convention would commence during the day as usual but Mass and the officer installation would be moved from the morning to the afternoon. Following Mass, the festivities will continue.
Assessments were sent to all auxiliaries and to date some auxiliaries have returned the entire amount assessed. We thank you for your financial support of the celebration.
Committee members include Jean Burnett, Pat Ruffing, Marilyn Jacobs, Nancy Mathewson and Corine Meyers. Please dig in your past and send items to one of the committee members.
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Nancy Casey on Human Trafficing ( a very important subject at this time)
Alice Thraen Bees & the Environment
Rafael Tilton Poetry & This Delight in Life
Claren Sellner Adult Children of Acoholics
All can be reached 507.282.7441 Assisi Hgts Rochester, MN 55901
Thanks Sister Claren