As a fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus offers not only the opportunity for its member to serve others, but also to join together in other activities ranging from athletic activities, to cultural programs, to social events.
Along with these fraternal activities are the programs councils regularly run to assist those of their members and their families who are in need.
Additionally, councils should work to keep their members informed on current council initiatives and to let the parish and community know about the good works of the Order.
The Council program supports the following fundraising activities and internal functions.
SignUpGenius is used to solicit volunteers for the following activities: PWID, Fish Fry, Fish Fry Appreciation Luncheon, Vidalia Onion Sale, Pumpkin Patch, and Council Christmas Party.
Council Christmas Party
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs in December prior to Christmas, frequently in the All Saints Parish Hall or gym. Purpose: The purpose of the Council Christmas party is for fraternity, to socialize, and to celebrate during the Christmas season. Activity Description: The party is a potluck dinner supplemented with meats provided by the Council. A cash bar is provided. During the function, the Knight and Family of the Year are recognized. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Set-up the venue,
– Clean-up the venue,
– Prepare/cook Council-provided meats and additional foods, and
– Procure/serve beverages.
SignUpGenius is used to solicit volunteers and eVite is used to track attendees.
Timeframe and Location: The Fish Fries occur annually during Lent, serving from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on eight nights: Friday before Ash Wednesday (Trial Run), Ash Wednesday, and the following six Fridays during Lent, in the All Saints gym. Prep, cooking and set-up occur at other times prior to each event. Purpose: The purpose of the Fish Fry is to raise funds for the many charities that Council 11402 supports. Activity Description: Annually during Lent, the Knights get together in the All Saints gym and prepare good fish and seafood meals at a reasonable price for members of All Saints Parish and other patrons in the Dunwoody and Metro Atlanta area. All are welcome!!! Fish Fry night dinners are served from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on eight nights as mentioned above. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help before, during and after each Fish Fry to:
– Cook/fry and prepare various fish, seafood, sides and chowder in the kitchens,
– Serve meals, sides, and chowder to patrons in the gym,
– Clean-up (dishes, utensils, etc.) in the kitchen and remove trash and recyclables from the gym,
– Set-up and take-down tables and chairs in the gym,
– Deliver meals to patrons’ tables in the gym and for customer take-out,
– Write meal orders and collect money for eat-in and take-out orders,
– Sell beverages,
– Wrap eating utensils,
– Recycle cans, bottles and plastics, and
– Miscellaneous jobs as needed.
SignUpGenius is used to solicit adult volunteers. Feel free to contact Tom Simon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-378-8999.
Student volunteers utilize a special SignUpGenius through the All Saints Youth Coordinator. Contact Bob Mitchell at email@example.com or 770-804-8060 for information.
Fish Fry Appreciation Luncheon
Timeframe and Location: This activity usually occurs on a Sunday from noon until 3:00 PM in the gym, approximately one month after the last Fish Fry dinner. Purpose: This event is a Thank You luncheon for all the many volunteers, spouses and significant others. Activity Description: Caniglia whiskey steaks, with sides, soft drinks, beer, and wine are served at no cost. This is the Council’s way to show appreciation to all who make the Fish Fry so successful! Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Grill the steaks,
– Prepare the side items,
– Set-up and break-down the tables and chairs in the gym.
SignUpGenius is used to solicit volunteers and eVite is used to track attendees.
Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to recognize the major commitments that Knights and their families make to promote council programs and activities. Activity Description: At the Program Chair/Officers’ meeting, nominations are considered for selection. Typical programs that draw nominations are the Fish Fry, Pumpkin Patch, special projects, and Brothers who consistently support the Council with their time and talent.
All parishioners are eligible for consideration. All volunteers are appreciated for the work they do to promote the Council’s activities. Sometimes, an individual or family goes beyond what is typical for participation and they deserve to be recognized for that effort.
Have a nomination? Contact the Grand Knight or another officer and pass on via email the person’s name and reason you are recommending the Brother or parishioner.
Knights Helping Widows
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs when and where needed. Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to keep widows in our activities throughout the year. Activity Description: This activity covers the following actions:
– Gratis card (one game card) for each monthly Bingo night.
– Gratis card (one dinner) for each Fish Fry night.
– Six week call after the husband’s death to “check-in” with widow.
– “Check-in” via a mailed Easter card.
– “Check-in” via a mailed Christmas card.
– Invitation to the Council Oktoberfest “on the banks of the Chattahoochee.”
– Invitation to the Council Christmas party.
– Invitation to the annual Knight’s Mass of Remembrance.
– Assistance with minor home repairs.
– Recognition of one year anniversary of husband’s death. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help with assistance with minor home repairs.
A working list of volunteers with home repair skills is used to solicit volunteers. Contact the Activity Chair to volunteer.
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs each fall, five weeks prior to Halloween, throughout the All Saints campus. Purpose: The purpose of the Pumpkin Patch is to raise funds for the many charities that Council 11402 supports. Activity Description: Annually, starting the last week in September, one truckload delivers about 3,500 pumpkins to All Saints and the pumpkins are arranged for sale around the front of the church, parish administration building, and in front of the parish playground. While other pumpkin patches around the area are displayed on sterile plots, ours provides a unique experience, with customers welcomed by scarecrows, hay bales, and pumpkins as they drive on the parish grounds. A staged area is provided for pumpkin photos and a unique sight and sound experience – the Singing Pumpkins – is sure to delight the children (and adults).
Sales are so brisk that a second truckload usually is received. A special arrangement of income revenue sharing between the pumpkin supplier and the Council ensures no financial risk to the Council and a guaranteed profit for Knight’s charities. Final arrangements are made for the disposition of unsold inventory. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Unload the initial truck and arrange the pumpkins around the church campus (Knights, family and friends),
– Unload the second resupply truck that arrives about halfway through the event and arrange the pumpkins around the church campus (Knights, family and friends),
– Collect sales payments during the day and after each weekend mass (Knights and family), and
– Clean-up the campus (wheat straw and unsold pumpkins) at the end of the sale (Knights, family and friends).
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs in the spring, with parish and local business participation. Purpose: This activity raises funds for a GA State Council KofC Charity known as People with Intellectual Disabilities (PWID), but is frequently referred to as the Tootsie Roll Drive. PWID supports teenagers and adults with programs to improve their quality of life. Activity Description: During a designated weekend, Knights are positioned outside the church exits to hand-out Tootsie Rolls and receive donations. Knights also stand outside local, participating businesses to receive donations. Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Collect donations at all weekend Masses (Sat. and Sun.) on the selected weekend, and
– Collect donations outside local merchant locations (normally on Saturday) during one of two shifts:
– 9:30 AM – noon, or
– noon – 2:30 PM.
Timeframe and Location: This activity occurs each spring, usually the last weekend in April or first weekend in May, The date varies based on when the onions are ripe. Purpose: The purpose of the Vidalia Onion Sale is to raise funds to support Council Charities. Activity Description: Annually, starting in late January, emails are sent to Atlanta area KofC Councils to ask them to be a part of the KofC Vidalia Onion Team for that year. Contact is made with the wholesaler in Glennville, Georgia to establish the relationship for that year. Working out of a local warehouse the week of the sale, Council Brothers distribute onions to our Council and to the other participating local Councils.
The Vidalia onions are sold during one weekend at All Saints with volunteers stationed at an area to load onions into parishioners’ cars, each church exit, and one “before you leave the property” station as cars head off campus. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are needed to help:
– Set-up sales locations,
– Accept delivery of onions at All Saints,
– Transport onions to participating parishes,
– Staff the various sales locations around All Saints, and
– Clean-up sales locations after the sale weekend.