A new slate of officers had been elected for the 2014-2015 fraternal year. They are already listed on the officers page, although it will show 2013-2014 until July 1st. The slate looks excellent, and we should get much good fraternal work done. Special thanks to Bob Pessia, who has served as our Grand Knight the past two years. Thanks Bob, and all the other officers, for their service.
We've all heard tales about the various use of goats at our ceremonies. Apparently these guys from Houma, LA take that seriously. Thanks to Vickie Detiveaux for this pic!
As of our last business meeting, the council voted to return the meeting times to 7:30 PM from the 8:00 PM time we have been conducting our meetings. This will facilitate getting the business portion of our meetings completed at an earlier time.
St. Elizabeth Council #8773 was well represented this year at the annual Knights State Convention. Six members made the weekend trip to Dallas. Leading the delegation was Grand Knight Judd Campbell and Deputy Grand Knight Bob Pessia. They were accompanied by Chito Morales, F.S., Fidel Marquez, Ernest Rodriguez and Nick Engel. All in all, there were over 2000 brother knights from around the state in attendence at this year's convention.
We first stopped at Joe T. Garcia's Resturant in Fort Worth for lunch after a long drive. Needless to say, the food and atmosphere were outstanding. Then it was on to the Dallas Sheraton for the evening's activities.
There were several Hospitality Rooms, hosted by various Dioceses and Councils, to welcome everyone to the Convention. We were able to visit with and meet Knights from all over the state. Several State Officers and Clergy were also present to discuss the various topics concerning our Order.
Saturday morning the convention opened at 8:00am by State Deputy Tony Herreth and State Officers. Judd and Bob were our Council's delegates and voting members for this convention. There were several resolutions passed and voted on by the members of the Convention. The convention concluded on Sunday morning following Mass and a short business session.
This was a very fun filled and informative trip for all of us in attendance. I hope that we will be able to continue to send representatives to future conventions. The big news of this convention was that in August of 2013, The Great State of Texas will host the Supreme Convention in San Antonio! Sounds like another good road trip for our council!
(check out the pictures of the convention group on the Event Pictures page -ed)
On the evening of Monday, January 17, the Odessa first degree team initiated four new brothers, three of which are from our Council 8773. They are:
Jacob DeLoera, the son of Brother Knight Roy DeLoera. Jacob is attending UTPB and working at Sam's Club.
Robert DeLa Garza is a banker at First Convenience Bank, and is married to Roy DeLoera's daughter, Jennifer.
David Ortega works for Warren Cat, and is married to Dolores. David also serves on the Pastoral Council at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Please welcome these new brothers when you see them. We are glad to have them join our Council!
Grand Knight Judd Campbell and the lovely Mrs. Campbell became proud parents again this morning. Lucia Lynn Campbell arrived at 9:21, weighing in at 8 lbs, 5 oz. Mom and daughter are both doing well. Be sure and congratulate the GK when you see him. And as a father of 3 daughters, I can tell him that even with 2 he's in for quite a ride (if he didn't realize that already!)
On Saturday, October 23, three of our first degree members traveled to Pecos to receive their second and third degrees. Pano Mata, Rudy Castelo, and Victor Martinez are now third degree members of the Knights! Also making the trip to support them were third degree members Adan Arcides, Albert Valencia, Peter Vasquez, and Chito Morales. There were a total of 44 candidates there to receive the degree, including several from Odessa Council 3203. Please congratulate these brothers when you see them!
On Thursday, October 14, Rudy Castelo completed his first degree at St. Elizabeth's, along with two other new members from Council 10404. Rudy works for Urban Electric and is married to Zarina. Thank you to those who were there for the ceremony. Please welcome Rudy when you see him!
My wife Annette and I spent the past eight days in New England, "leaf peeping" as they call it up there. We took a day out and went to New Haven, where we got to see several Knights related landmarks. First, we toured the Knight's of Columbus Museum, which features a complete history of the order. Also there for a limited time is a display of the life and work of Mother Teresa. Located across a downtown plaza from the museum is the Supreme Headquarters, a huge building featuring four massive pillars, each about 100 feet across. These four pillars, which support the building, represent Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, the four great pillars of the order. The Supreme Headquarters building is quite impressive. Most enjoyable, too, was the opportunity to actually see St. Mary's Church where the order was founded. The church is located in what is now the middle of the Yale University campus.
I have posted pictures of our day in New Haven on the event pictures page.
On Tuesday, September 28, we inducted three new brothers to the First Degree: Pano Mata, Victor Martinez, and Eddie Puga. Pano is married to Diane and works for Express. Victor is married to Diana and works for ABF Trucking. Eddie is married to Debbie and works for Musslewhite Trucking. Welcome to the Order!
Thanks to the Odessa degree team and all those who attended, including brothers from Council 3203, who had two new brothers go through the ceremony also.
On Saturday, September 18, our Council will be hosting the Installation of Officers for our district. The event will be held at Council 3203 KOC Hall on Andrews Highway, beginning at 6:00 pm.
We have also teamed with Council 3202 to (re)form a 1st degree team. It has been a while since we have had a 1st Degree team. This will allow us to host 1st Degrees in Odessa, and schedule them when we need them. Look for information on a 1st Degree coming soon!
We have several upcoming events in October, including trash pickup with Keep Odessa Beautiful on Oct. 2, a possible work project for Catholic Charities on Oct. 16, major degrees in Pecos on Oct. 23, and Gooberfest at St. Elizabeth's on Oct. 30. While everyone cannot attend all of these events, it is great to have several opportunities for our Brother Knights to be involved. I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming weeks.
Lastly, let me say "Thank You" to Tom McMinn for his work on creating this website. I hope that this can be a useful tool for our Council. Please check back regularly for news, upcoming events, and pictures. Also, for prospective Knights or others who are interested, refer them here to learn about us, our Council, and our Order. If you are not a Knight, please look around at the site, and feel free to contact us on the "Contact Us" page, or submit your information to our Membership Director on the "Become a Member" page. If you have other questions, you can email our officers directly from the "Officers" page.
Knight of Columbus Council 8773 announces the debut of its new website. The website, which is a major upgrade from the previous site, is designed to serve Council members, but also to provide information to the general public about Council 8773 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
A page is offered to allow those interested in membership to get more information, as well as to contact the membership director with any additional questions or to initiate becoming a member. Also provided is a page which allows the user to contact the Council for questions and comments. The officers of the Council are listed on their own page, along with contact information.
The website was built by The Site Craftsman in Odessa.