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Charity

There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.

Unity

Knights banded together can accomplish more
than any of us could accomplish individually
in support of our Church and priests.

Fraternity

Knights socialize together and take care of each other –
we have each others’ back.

Patriotism

Members of the Knights of Columbus are proud
of our devotion to God and country,
and believe in standing up for both.

The Retention Committee

The grand knight, in consultation with the membership director, appoints a retention chairman to direct other facets of the membership program. A retention chairman and committee should be named to oversee important efforts to conserve membership. It is their task to anticipate problems and causes for membership suspensions as early as possible, and to identify solutions to those problems and work to resolve individual situations as soon as they arise. (It is suggested that the deputy grand knight be named to the position of retention chairman, and that his committee be made up of the council trustees.)

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Keith Archer

Membership Director

A growing council is a vibrant and exciting council spurred on by new ideas and new lifeblood for the many and varied activities of the council. Without new members the council becomes stagnant and as time passes slowly drift away from it's mission. The duties of the membership director include recruiting new members through direct contact with prospective candidates as well as encouraging everyone in the council to prospect for new members. The director must then follow up on prospective candidates after they have signed their application for membership to assure they are voted upon and approved by the council at a regular business meeting or an Officers and Directors meeting. In addition the director must then insure that each approved candidate attends a 1st Degree ceremony where he is officially declared a Knight of Columbus. Keith Archer grew up in Oklahoma City and came to the Dallas area for work in his mid-20s. He’s a project manager for Weldon Parts. Keith spends most Saturdays participating in the Catholic ministry that’s held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in downtown Dallas. Keith and Mary have been married for 29 years.

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Wendell Jean Pierre

Retention Director

Wendell had done extensive reading related to increasing his faith life, including research on the Knights, when he was invited to join our council by Tony Gonzalez during a Holy Spirit ACTS retreat. Joining 8157 is just the latest chapter in his long and varied life. Wendell grew up in New Orleans, graduated from St. Augustine High and soon after went into the military, in 1965. He spent three years of active duty in the Marine Corps, three more in reserve duty and returned to military service with the U.S. Coast Guard 1985-2006 before retiring. He and wife Connie celebrated their 35th anniversary in March. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They left New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. They were initially put by a nephew who lives in DeSoto and decided to make their permanent home here.

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Jorge Ruiz

Awareness Committee Director

Jorge is the editor of the council's newsletter, Knights Life, and our website editor and administrator. He also manages our web calendars and our email marketing campaigns. Along with six other council members in the Awareness Committee they serve as the Public Relations unit of the council. Jorge discovered his appetite for art and creativity at a young age, soon after emigrating from Ecuador to New York City and reuniting with his parents and siblings. Jorge has owned his own print broker and web design business since 1990, his clientele has included high-profile national political campaigns for 16 years. After handling the Public Relations for Holy Spirit’s Fall Festival two years in a row, he joined the council’s Awareness committee soon after joining the Knights then turned his attention to creating this new website for our council. Inspired by the fact that his father was a natural illustrator, Jorge attended the New York School of Printing in New York City where he studied pre-press and graphic design. Kathie, his wife of 37 years, is a psychotherapist in private practice. They moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit in 2010. They have three grown children, Jorge Jr., Javier and Rafael.