April 15 (tax day) is right around the corner. It’s become popular this time of year to encourage the opening of an IRA or similar retirement annuity, or the depositing of additional funds into an existing account, as a tax-savings vehicle. Or perhaps someone has tried to convince you to open an account, touting the rate of interest that money in one of these accounts can earn. Let me join the chorus of folks encouraging you to open or add funds to an annuity, but for a different reason.
Certainly, contributing money to a Knights of Columbus annuity will allow you to save some money on your income tax return. And, our annuities do pay a very competitive interest rate, consistent with our primary goal of absolute safety of principal. Opening or adding to an annuity for these reasons, however, strikes me as taking a short-term view of a product that is designed to provide long-term security. How much security? How does retirement income that you cannot outlive — guaranteed — sound to you?
Here at the Knights of Columbus, you can open a retirement annuity for as little as $300. Consistent and disciplined savings placed into that annuity over time can – properly structured – guarantee you an income at retirement that you cannot outlive. That guarantee — along with the fact that no one has ever lost money left in a Knights of Columbus annuity (remember – absolute safety of principal) — really will provide you with peace of mind.
I am happy to meet with you – at your convenience and in your home – to explain in detail the benefits of opening a Knights of Columbus annuity, along with the benefits of our top-rated life insurance, disability income and long-term care insurance plans.
VIVAT JESUS! This is just a reminder that there is a Regular Business Meeting on Wednesday, April 4th starting at 7PM in the St. Pius X Social Hall.
We will be opening nominations for Council Officers at that time. If you are interested in helping our Council by becoming an Officer, please attend this meeting. If you would like to know more about a specific position, feel free to attend the meeting or email me (raybilyk(at)kofc3956.org). If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in running for a position, please email me as well. (A great PDF pamphlet with descriptions of the Officers and their responsibilities can be found HERE.) After tonight, nominations will be tabled until the May 2nd Regular Business Meeting, where we will ask for nominations once more, close nominations and elect Officers.
A VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER… There are at least 2 Officers (Deputy Grand Knight Dave Sajdak and myself) that will NOT be running for those offices again! We REALLY NEED Brother Knights to step up and run for offices this year. I am serious when I say this: If I can do it, you can also!
NOTE: You must be a 3rd Degree member by June 30th in order to become an Officer. (Don’t worry… there are still 2nd and 3rd Degree Initiations being held before then, including one we are hosting on Sunday, June 24th.)
We will also be discussing our Coffee & Donuts/Membership Drive on Sunday, April 8th, our Charity Family Breakfast and Tootsie Roll Drive on Sunday, April 15th and other upcoming events.
As I’ve mentioned for the past 4 months, our November Business Meeting has been moved from November 1st to November 8th because Wednesday, November 1st is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation.
Also, on Sunday, November 5th, we will be holding our Council Memorial Mass and Corporate Communion at the St Pius X Parish 9:30AM Mass. Dress for this event is coat and tie. (Please arrive at least 15 minutes earlier so that we can process and sit together.) We hope that all of you can attend, as we have lost some amazing people over the past year!
Grand Knight #3956
This message is especially for our 1st and 2nd Degree members. Did you know that you are not a full Knight? Would you like to be?
We have a VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY for 1st Degree members to advance in the degrees of our Order by attending a 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremony (commonly referred to together as a Major Degree). This exemplification will teach you more about our Order and will teach you more about your Catholic Faith… I promise!
This event is happening IN OUR DISTRICT/AREA at All Saints Council 4872 (24900 Brest Rd near Telegraph in Taylor https://goo.gl/maps/ywLtqeri7R72 ) THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. This doesn’t happen often, so it’s a great time to become a 3rd Degree Knight.
Schedule of events:
Doors open at 8:00AM with coffee donuts and registration
1st Degree begins at 9:30AM
2nd and 3rd Degree begins at 11:00AM
Light Luncheon follows immediately afterwards (around 1:30PM)
(If you attend the 1st Degree Exemplification again, it gives you a chance to ‘review’, or you can recruit someone to join that day, and you will BOTH become 3rd Degree members by the end!)
Since this is in our district/area, I want to make a good showing from our Council. If you can attend this event, please contact Deputy Grand Knight Dave Sajdak by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 313-415-6023. We need to know IMMEDIATELY so that we can reserve a spot (and food) for you.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I really hope to see you this Saturday and welcome you as a FULL Knight of Columbus!
Ray Bilyk, Grand Knight
Bernard P. O’Brien Council 3956 – Southgate, MI email@example.com