Membership

The lifeblood of this Council is its new members.

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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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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

 

Sir Knight Freddy Vasquez

Freddy Vazquez – August 2015

Freddy Vazquez recently began the second year of his new adventure – teaching at Mark Twain Elementary School in the Dallas ISD following 34 years in the U.S. Army. He was living in Puerto Rico a year ago and responded to DISD’s recruiting of bi-lingual teachers. Freddy grew up in New York before moving to…

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Charles Turner – August 2015

Music has long been at the core of Charles Turner’s life. He studied music in college and was a band director and/or music teacher for 36 years before retiring in 2009. He has been a member of Holy Spirit’s choir at the 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass for the past three years. Charles joined our council…

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Jeff Wallace – August 2015

Jeff comes to our council only months after completing Holy Spirit’s RCIA program. He’s originally from Louisiana, where his grandparents being Catholic was a significant influence on him. Jeff lives in Duncanville, moving to this area from Virginia Beach, and attended UT-Arlington. He works in real estate and also does consulting for a physicians staffing…

Heleodoro Gonzalez – May 2015

The youth baseball concession stands in Cedar Hill has been the council’s primary source of revenue for years and also directly contributed to 8157’s membership rolls recently. Heleodoro – or “Elio” – was watching one of his sons play at the Valley Ridge complex when he struck up a conversation at the concession stand with…

Clint Kinard – March 2015

The council’s Kinard contingent continues to grow. Clint’s father, Rod, joined 8157 in 2010. Older brother Travis became a member two years ago. Clint lives in Duncanville just a few doors down from his parents. He’s married to Katie, and they have three daughters – Nevaeh (4), Lyla (3) and Trystan (who just turned 2)….