Membership

The lifeblood of this Council is its new members.

INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC

Tom Greco

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. Tom joined the Knights on Nov. 13, 2007 and took his major degree on Jan. 20, 2008, dates that he can recite off the top of his head. He ironically was invited to join by the council’s membership director at the time, Bill Dover, and is now the council’s membership director himself. Tom moved from the office of Warden to that of Chancellor with the beginning of the new fraternal year on July 1, 2014. He is the leader of our Degree Team since its start in August 2012. He was voted Knight of the Year in 2014. Tom and his wife of 39 years, Helen Beggane, are familiar faces in the choir at 5:30 Mass on Saturdays, and Tom also serves as a lector.

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Testimonials

When you’re married and you have a wife and kids you’re always concerned that if something were to happen to you, what would happen to them? The main reason for the Knights of Columbus was to take care of the widows once the bread winner passed away.

Andrew T. 3rd Degree Knight

You could have a great impact on people’s lives by getting involved in your community – one way we do that is through our service program we call The Knight Hands. We assist the needy in the Holy Spirit parish area with minor home repairs, household chores, and transportation services.

Allen R. 3rd Degree Knight

Everything I got involved in with the Knights of Columbus, my wife and children were with me. It opens up an avenue of opportunity to socialize and do things together.

James S. 3rd Degree Knight

 


 

New Members

 

Clark Fajardo – November 2016

Clark is single and lives in Cedar Hill. He works as a nurse tech at Methodist Dallas Hospital and is scheduled to graduate from El Centro’s nursing program next May. He’s studying mightily now for three fall semester final exams. The first half of his final spring semester will consist of 96 hours of clinical…

Leonardo Estrada – October 2016

Almost immediately after moving to our area just over 4 years ago, Leonardo and Amparo Estrada joined Holy Spirit Catholic Church and became active members of our parish. Leonardo has been a Lector and both he and wife Amparo have participated in Adult Faith Formation Groups. They recently hosted the girls that came for the…

Inspiration in the First Degree

On Tuesday evening October 25, 2016 our Degree Team performed another inspiring ceremony and welcomed into the order ten new Knights. Three other councils brought their candidates in from Dallas and Grand Prairie while our own Council 8157 welcomed one new Knight, Leonardo Estrada from Holy Spirit Parish. Despite the crowded room conditions we had to…

Victor Zaragoza Jr. – July 2016

Victor was invited to join the council by La’Don Wright at one of our recent Friday afternoon snow-cone handouts under the church bell tower. He grew up in Dallas, graduating from Townview High, Mountain View College and getting a degree from the online University of Phoenix. Victor is employed by a law firm in Plano,…

Zachary Presas – July 2016

Zachary comes the latest “legacy” member of our council. He’s the son of Ramon Presas III, who joined 8157 in 2003. Zachary is a recent graduate of Midlothian High. He was involved in the school’s competitive entrepreneur program; three students were selected to participate from 500 hopefuls, and Zachary was the first one chosen. He’ll…