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Good morning my Brother Knights and a happy Monday to one and all!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your participation in the recently completed Exemplification in Lincolnshire this past weekend. 
To our Host Assembly, Christopher Columbus Assembly, my thanks are extended for all you did to make the day a memorable one for the 144 new Brother Sir Knights who received the honors of the Fourth Degree.  Please convey my thanks and appreciation especially to your Ladies Lunch Committee who put together a beautiful program for our ladies. The wonderful comments I received from them is a testament to the beautiful job they did. 
The Mass Committee is to be commended on a beautiful liturgy celebrating the Exemplification.  Needless to say, having the Archbishop from the Vatican as the Principal Celebrant is an honor that we never expected and I know that all were honored and thrilled that he was with us that afternoon.
Sincerest kudos to the Dinner Committee who, despite everything I through at them at the very last minute, were able to coordinate everything so wonderfully well and assure that the 400 plus guests at the banquet were seated and all of their needs were taken care of in a professional and capable manner.
Many thanks to my staff who assisted throughout the day either in the Degree Chamber, Candidates Holding Room, Mass, Banquet and anything else I requested of you.  Your constant willingness to go above and beyond what we need you to do is truly appreciated.
A very special thanks to our District Degree Team who, as always, did an exemplary job in Exemplifying the Patriotic Degree to our Sir Knights. 
Please convey my thanks to the Brother Sir Knights who were in the Color Guard at the Degree, Mass and Banquet as well as those 60 plus Sir Knights who donned the regalia of our Order and participated in the Honor Guard at both the Degree and the Mass.
From the many wonderful comments I heard from our new Sir Knights and, especially the ladies who attended, I believe that it was a very successful weekend and each of you played such a key role in assuring that it was as successful as it was.
Of course, while it was successful, there are lessons learned from this Degree that we will use to make our next Degree in October even more successful and, as we get nearer to that date I will share those thoughts with you.
Again, thank you one and all for a great weekend!  Take care and have a great day.
Vivat Jesus

Paul D. Isherwood
Knights of Columbus
Master, 4th Degree
Illinois District One
Marquette Province

Greetings Volunteers!
On behalf of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, I would like to personally thank each of you for your recent contribution of time and energy to the Shamrocks for Kids 2012 campaign.You were all were devoted to your respective assignments, and words cannot convey our gratitude for your tremendous dedication. 
The mission of this endeavor was to raise funds, create awareness, and give a voice to the thousands of kids who are abused, neglected, or at risk.  Our weeks of organizing Tag Days events, participating in parades and hosting parties could not have been as successful without the help of almost 1,100 volunteers, co-workers, family members and friends who donated their time. 
The Volunteer Resources department at Mercy Home prides itself on the overall volunteer experience, and we would like to know how you felt about your time assisting us during the Shamrocks for Kids campaign.  Below is a link to an evaluation form for you to provide your feedback.
Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CDPTCDN
The credit for much of what we accomplished for during year’s campaign firmly rested with our dedicated volunteers and supporters.  Please consider this message a personal round of applause for a job well done. 
Once again, thank you for your time.
Dee Yelvington
Manager, Volunteer Resources
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
1140 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

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