And Now I’m a Council’s Advocate

At last night’s business meeting I was elected to the office of Advocate for my new council’s 2018-2019 fraternal term.

The duties and responsibilities of the Advocate of a Knights of Columbus Council are summarized as:

Advocate

  • Acts as parliamentarian for the council
  • Should have a working knowledge of Robert’s
    Rules of Order, Charter, Constitution & Laws,
    council by-laws, and Method of Conducting
    Council Meetings (#10318)
  • When needed, will seek legal assistance from
    the state advocate

Having previously served as the Grand Knight of another Council, I’m already familiar with the Office of Advocate and I’m looking forward to this upcoming term.

A new K of C Council

So tonight I attend my first Council meeting of a new (to me) Knights of Columbus Council to which I’m transferring my membership.

Since joining the Knights back in the 1990s, this will be the third Council I’ve belonged to. I already know several of the men here, and I’ve been attending Mass at the Parish to which this Council is attached for some time. But most of the guys will be new to me.

I’ll be asked to stand and introduce myself and probably answer a few questions. But I’ve already completed the paperwork required for making the transfer. So after being voted in by the members at tonight’s meeting, whatever else may be needed will happen automatically. And a new chapter in my life with the Knights will have begun.

A Good Morning’s Work

At 08:30, shortly after Sylvia left for work, I found myself facing the monster bushes that have been creeping steadily across my back yard for at least the last five years. (It was five years ago when we moved here, and those bushes were a serious presence even then.)

Armed with a set of manual hedge clippers, a manual tree pruner, and a small hand saw, I went to work.

Three hours later I had cleared away those bushes that were pushing up against and in some places through  my neighbor’s wooden privacy fence. Now a path is clear (more or less) back to my fence bordering the alley.

Nearly Noon at the time of this second picture, our South Texas summer day  was heating up nicely. I decided it was time to call a halt to the yard work  and move indoors.