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Reaching for the Star(s)
January, 2016
week. The Open House at St. Zachary will
be an excellent opportunity for new
members to join us in time for the major
degree at Holy Rosary Council on Sunday
January 31. Taking the First, Second, and
Third Degree on January 31 will enable new
members to attend the Exemplifications on
either February 20 at the Sheraton Lisle
Hotel and Conference Center or on April 16
in Bloomingdale at the Chicago Indian
Lakes Resort. The Open House at Our
Lady of Ransom will be an opportunity for
new candidates to take the First, Second,
and Third Degree on March 6 in Niles at St.
John Brebeuf and thus be eligible for the
Exemplification in Bloomingdale on April 16.
If you know of anyone who would like to join
the Knights advise him of these open
houses, give him a Form 100, have him Fill
it out and return it to you or get his name
and phone number and a Knight will contact
him before the open house. Our District
Deputy is requesting that at least one older
and one younger member of the Fourth
Degree be in attendance in Regalia to call
the attention of the Knights presence these
two weekends (Swords NOT required).
Please help the Council make these TWO
successful recruitment weekends.
The goal for star council remains the same
as last year 8 new members and 3.
To date we have two new members and
one new insurance member towards our
goals of 8 and 3.
From Your Editor, District Deputy, and
Financial Secretary
First off on behalf of myself, my family,
Supreme Grand Knight Carl Anderson,
State Deputy William Doerfler and all the
Officers in the Knights of Columbus, I would
like to extend our wishes to everyone for a
Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New
Year. May the Peace of the recently
newborn Baby Jesus be with all of you.
From Your Grand Knight
First I would hope that you all had a Very
Merry Christmas. On behalf of myself and
my family I would like to extend to all of you
our wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and
Prosperous New Year.
Now on to Council business matters and
recruitment information. On January 16 and
17 there will be a Church Recruitment Drive
at St. Zachary with a Pulpit Announcement
by our Field Agent Jim Keefe. There will be
an Open House at St. Zachary in The
Teachers’ Lounge at St. Zachary on
January 21 from 7 PM until 8 PM.
Depending on attendance, the Officers
Meeting may be cancelled that evening. On
February 13 and 14 a similar recruitment
drive will take place at Our Lady of Ransom
with an Open House to follow later on that
Vivat Jesus,
Jeffrey Jurczyk
Grand Knight
January Birthdays
3. John Mc Manemin
5. Robert Provenzano
12. William Perozzo
15. Joseph Webber
18. Ken Gault
18. Jane Gottwald
25. Dianne Gault
27. Katherine Hahn
29. Vincent Sison
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January Anniversaries
18. Ronald & Francine Jawgiel
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January-February Calendar
8. Business Meeting
9. Free Throw Contest at St. Zachary in
Parish Life Center
10. All You Can Eat French Toast Breakfast
at St. Zachary in Parish Room. 16-17.
Recruitment Drive at St. Zachary with Pulpit
21. Knights Open House in Teachers’
Lounge at St. Zachary
31. Major Degree at Holy Rosary Council
Hall in Arlington Heights.
February 4. Business Meeting (Pending
outcome of vote in January).
February 10 Ash Wednesday
February 12-13 Recruitment Drive at Our
Lady of Ransom
February 18 Officers Meeting
February 20 District 3 Free Throw
Championship at St. Zachary in PLC.
February 29 (It’s Leap Year…We Gain a
From Your Field Agent
Plan for this Tax Day and into the Future
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
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.
New Year’s Around The World
The most commonly sung song for Englishspeakers on New Year's eve, "Auld Lang
Syne" is an old Scottish song that was first
published by the poet Robert Burns in the
1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical
Museum. Burns transcribed it (and made
some refinements to the lyrics) after he
heard it sung by an old man from the
Ayrshire area of Scotland, Burns's
It is often remarked that "Auld Lang Syne" is
one of the most popular songs that nobody
knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne"
literally translates as "old long since" and
means "times gone by." The song asks
whether old friends and times will be
forgotten and promises to remember people
of the past with fondness, "For auld lang
syne, we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet."
The lesser known verses continue this
theme, lamenting how friends who once
used to "run about the braes,/ And pou'd the
gowans fine" (run about the hills and pulled
up the daisies) and "paidl'd in the burn/Frae
Jim Keefe, FICF – Field Agent
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morning sun till dine" (paddled in the stream
from morning to dusk) have become divided
by time and distance—"seas between us
braid hae roar'd" (broad seas have roared
between us). Yet there is always time for old
friends to get together—if not in person then
in memory—and "tak a right guid-willie
waught" (a good-will drink).
But it was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and
not Robert Burns, who popularized the song
and turned it into a New Year's tradition.
Lombardo first heard "Auld Lang Syne" in
his hometown of London, Ontario, where it
was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he
and his brothers formed the famous dance
band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal
Canadians, the song became one of their
standards. Lombardo played the song at
midnight at a New Year's eve party at the
Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929,
and a tradition was born. After that,
Lombardo's version of the song was played
every New Year's eve from the 1930s until
1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first
years it was broadcast on radio, and then
on television. The song became such a New
Year's tradition that "Life magazine wrote
that if Lombardo failed to play 'Auld Lang
Syne,' the American public would not
believe that the new year had really
Hogmanay (Scotland)
The birthplace of "Auld Lang Syne" is also
the home of Hogmanay (hog-mah-NAY), the
rousing Scottish New Year's celebration
(the origins of the name are obscure). One
of the traditions is "first-footing." Shortly
after midnight on New Year's eve,
neighbors pay visits to each other and
impart New Year's wishes. Traditionally, First
foots used to bring along a gift of coal for
the fire, or shortbread. It is considered
especially lucky if a tall, dark, and
handsome man is the first to enter your
house after the new year is rung in. The
Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is the
largest in the country, and consists of an all-
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night street party (visit their Hagmanay
website here).
Oshogatsu (Japan)
The new year is the most important holiday
in Japan, and is a symbol of renewal. In
December, various Bonenkai or "forget-theyear parties" are held to bid farewell to the
problems and concerns of the past year and
prepare for a new beginning.
Misunderstandings and grudges are
forgiven and houses are scrubbed. At
midnight on Dec. 31, Buddhist temples
strike their gongs 108 times, in an effort to
expel 108 types of human weakness. New
Year's day itself is a day of joy and no work
is to be done. Children receive
otoshidamas, small gifts with money inside.
Sending New Year's cards is a popular
tradition—if postmarked by a certain date,
the Japanese post office guarantees
delivery of all New Year's cards on Jan. 1.
The Spanish ritual on New Year's eve is to
eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition
is meant to secure twelve happy months in
the coming year.
The Netherlands
The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees
on the street and launch fireworks. The fires
are meant to purge the old and welcome the
In Greece, New Year's day is also the
Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of
the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the
traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St
Basil's cake. A silver or gold coin is baked
inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in
their piece of cake will be especially lucky
during the coming year.
United States
Probably the most famous tradition in the
United States is the dropping of the New
Year ball in Times Square, New York City,
at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch
the ball make its one-minute descent,
arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition
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first began in 1907. The original ball was
made of iron and wood; the current ball is
made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070
pounds, and is six feet in diameter.
A traditional southern New Year's dish is
Hoppin' John—black eyed peas and ham
hocks. An old saying goes, "Eat peas on
New Year's day to have plenty of everything
the rest of the year."
Another American tradition is the Rose Bowl
in Pasadena, California. The Tournament of
Roses parade that precedes the football
game on New Year's day is made up of
elaborate and inventive floats. The first
parade was held in 1886.
Widely Observed New Year Symbols and
Resolutions: It is believed that the
Babylonians were the first to make New
Year's resolutions, and people all over the
world have been breaking them ever since.
The early Christians believed the first day of
the new year should be spent reflecting on
past mistakes and resolving to improve
oneself in the new year.
Fireworks: Noisemaking and fireworks on
New Year's eve is believed to have
originated in ancient times, when noise and
fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and
bring good luck. The Chinese are credited
with inventing fireworks and use them to
spectacular effect in their New Year's
For more New Year's features see the
History of New Year and Saying “Happy
New Year!” Around the World.
January, 2016
Dan Schultz (recovering from a 95%
blockage in a major artery and other health
Cassandra Samborski (Granddaughter of
Sir Knight Andy Samborski – passed away
at the young age of 21 from a rare blood
Again on behalf of your editor, all your
officers in the Council, in the State
Office, and at the Supreme Office in
Connecticut MAY YOU ALL HAVE A
Any comments about the Linden Lines may
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Knights of Columbus, PO Box 261, Des
Plaines, IL 60016. Please remember to visit
our Council web site at www.uknight.org.
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then be able to see the many links
containing information about the Father
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Vivat Jesus,
LeRoy Dziewulski
Good of The Order
Barbara Berg (Mother of Tim Berg –
recovering at home from illness)
Diana Schultz (Wife of Dan Schultz
recovering at home from Spinal fusion
Thomas O’Connell Passed Away
Ron Zydel (recovering from Heart
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