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Knights of Columbus Newsletter A message From Grand Knight Ron Davis


rother Knights: All the good works we do are derived from our core principles: CHARITY - Our Catholic faith teaches us to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day. UNITY- Members of the K of C all know that together we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. FRATERNITY-The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family's bread winner died-often prematurely. The Order's top-rated insurance program continues to do this today. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another. PATRIOTISM - Knights of Columbus members are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country. May God Bless you and your family. Vivat Jesus !

Grand Knight Ron Davis

Agent Kevin Van Dusen, FIC, FICF contact number 423.505.2827

Newly Elected Officers to the Bristol Columbian Center On October 11, 2012, during the Bristol Columbian Center Board monthly meeting, elections were held to choose officers for the year 2012-2013. Those elected are as follows...President Kevin Corbett, Vice-President Kenneth Johnson, Secretary David Mehl, and Treasurer PGK James "Skeeter" Ritter. Other Board Members include Don Keene, PGK Clyde Hopper, DGK Kevin Bailey, PGK Bill Davidson and PGK Matthew Powell. Be sure to reserve the Bristol Columbian Center for your parties, receptions or meetings Please contact 276.466.8950 or 423.968.1822 for information or details.



Action ...

Meals on Wheels On the second Monday of each month you will find these long time volunteers working to prepare and deliver meals for Meals on Wheels. They all meet early at the Bristol Columbian Center to prepare delicious lunch meals, and then make deliveries in both Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia.

On August 13, 2012 (l) to (r) Nancy Weisenburger, PGK Chuck Weisenburger, Eileen Gibney, Jim Fiala, Barb Fiala, Bernie Raykowitz, and Marion Kyle take time out for a quick photo while working in the kitchen. Please contact one of these individuals to learn how you can volunteer for Meals on Wheels. They can always use more help to prepare and deliver meals to those less fortunate.

Congratulations to September 2012 "Knight of the Month" - John Meyer and also to September 2012 "Family of the Month" - Kenneth and Susan Johnson

Important dates to Remember - Save the Dates... Thursday, November 1 - All Saints Day, Masses at 7:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3 - Men's Communion Breakfast at the Bristol Columbian Center at 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4 - Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities (volunteers needed after each Mass at Saint Anne Church) Sunday, November 4 - Daylight Savings Time Ends - move your clocks back one hour Monday, November 5 - K of C Officer's Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 5 - K of C Regular Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6 - ELECTION DAY- Please remember to vote !

Thursday, November 8 - Bristol Columbian Center Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10 - 3rd Degree Exemplification at 10:00 a.m. Bristol Columbian Center (coat and tie) Monday, November 19 - K of C Social meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Important Future State Events... Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Mid Year Meeting at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN.

The 2012 Campaign For People With Intellectual Disabilities During the month of November, 2012, the K of C, MSGR. James J. Hickie Council 6695 will be participating in The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities, also known as the *Tootsie Roll Drive, is probably the Knights of Columbus’ best-known national fund-raiser. Unlike fundraising done by other organizations, 100% of the money raised through the Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities goes to help people with intellectual disabilities. Please consider working after your Mass to raise these important dollars. *The Knights of Columbus has no official tie to Tootsie Rolls or their manufacturer.

More Knights In Action and Great Volunteers Saint Anne's Ushers at Saturday's 5:30 p.m. Mass

Every Saturday and Sunday at Mass, numerous Knights and other great volunteers help with the Ministry of Ushering. If you feel this is a Ministry you can help with, please contact PGK Skeeter Ritter (423) 797-0069 or at email for additional information.

Saint Anne's Ushers at Sunday's 8:30 a.m. Mass

(l) to (r) Charlie Duff, Bernie Raykowitz, PGK Skeeter Ritter, Lee Kyle, and Stephen Clark

Jack Sardina, Martin Swann, Kevin Bailey, Terry Radnoczi, PGK Jim Kosinski, and PGK Greg Chudzik Saint Anne's Ushers at Sunday's 11:30 a.m. Mass

Moore Saint Anne's Ushers at Saturday's 5:30 p.m. Mass (l) to (r) Nelson Harris, George Dickert, and Joyce Paloian

back row (l) to (r) PGK Joseph Crosby, Jorge Figueiras Gene Rossetti, Kevin Berry, Sean Kelly front row (l) to (r) Grand Knight Ron Davis, PGK Lou Pingo, Eleanor Heinis, John Flanagan, and Bearl Jenkins

This is a very important Ministry and we thank all of our Ushers for your dedication at Mass.

Support the Knights of Columbus cause for Father McGivney. Visit this website for more information.

Welcome to Our Newest Knights

Council 6695 hosted a 1st Degree Exemplification on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Those receiving this Degree include from left to right Gregory Dye - Bristol, Jim Tolton - Abingdon, and Gene Eng - Abingdon Congratulations and best of luck to these newest members of the Knights of Columbus.

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Are you looking for an alternative way to pray the Rosary because you are not able to join with groups before or after Mass? Try visiting the Knights of Columbus web page at and find the above link. This link was made possible by a grant from The Esseff Foundation. You will be able to pray with groups or individually. The Rosary is also offered in English or Spanish language. What a wonderful experience and new way to pray the Rosary.

People You Should Know...

Meet PGK, PFN Clyde J. Hopper

Clyde J. Hopper was born on January 4, 1930 in Bristol, Virginia and has been married to his wife Betty since 1953. After Clyde graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School in 1949 he began serving a fourteen year active duty term with the United States Marine Corp. During that time he served in Intelligence and Photo Interpretation units. Clyde served active duty until March 1963 and then returned home. Clyde continued serving in the U. S. Marine Reserves until accumulating more than 40 years of service and retiring as a Sergeant Major (the highest enlisted rank that can be obtained). Upon his retirement Clyde received a letter from President George H. W. Bush congratulating him for his dedicated and long service to the United States of America. Clyde and Betty proudly display this letter in their residence. As previously written, Clyde returned home in 1963, and began a long career with the United States Post Office. He served as a Letter Carrier and later advanced to a Postal Supervisor position, eventually retiring in 1986. Clyde's civic experiences run very rich in this community. He has served as Exalted Ruler of the Elks, Past Grand Knight of Council 6695, Past Faithful Navigator of Father Aiken Assembly # 1840, is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post here in Bristol. In the past, Clyde has been a member of the Civitans and served three term on the Bristol Public Library. Clyde has been a member of Saint Anne Church since his birth in 1930. He admits one of his finest accomplishments was becoming a Boy Scout of America and earning his Eagle Scout. Scouting has been a part of his life for more than 70 years and he currently serves as a Supervisor for young men achieving their Eagle Scouts. Clyde's fondest memories include working and organizing Council 6695 from its beginning days. He is a former Bristol Columbian Center President and is currently serving his third term on the Columbian Center Board of Directors. Clyde reflected back on the days when Wallace Hayes started the Bristol Columbian Center and how hard money was to come by. They organized projects like 50/50 raffles and assessed monetary fines to members totaling one dollar for not having their name badges and Rosaries on their person or in their possession at meetings. The money was used to help pay telephone, cable and insurance bills back in the days. Later, Clyde served as Grand Knight when bingo operations were started which made finances and budgets easier to manage. Clyde remembered back and appreciated the days he worked with former Bristol Columbian Center President Michael J. Smith in 1993-94, and said of him, "Michael's leadership was continual and his dedication never ended as he served." Clyde's wishes are that more Knights would complete their Third Degree becoming fully Knighted and their individual sponsors follow through to ensure new candidates pursue interest in the Church, Council and Community. He is very proud of the growth of Council 6695 over the years. If you see "TOP" at Mass, don't forget to tell him how grateful we are for his leadership, guidance, and continual services.


The Our Father Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

K of C newsletter-Nov. 2012  

Knights of Columbus Council 6695 November Newsletter

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