Aug-Sep State Deputy’s Message
Lois & I returned from New Haven, CT and the 5-day journey was just phenomenal. We got a chance to see my classmates and their wives from around the world. Although many incoming of the State Deputies had shared their stories as to how they got to be where they are now; one primary factor was always front and center, God put them on this journey as he did for me and we must “keep the faith” and believe we are on this journey for a reason.
Throughout this fraternal year, my monthly messages will include a message on St. Joseph, Patron of Fathers, like many of us are. As the State Deputy of Maine, you are a leader of brother Knights and their families; you make decisions based on the welfare of the “family”. That is to recruit new members into the family and to engage those members that have not kept in touch lately.
Summertime means reunions, BBQs, vacations, etc., the perfect time to reach out to those new brothers and reunite with our existing brothers. Don’t hold meeting during the summer?? No problem!! Later in this newsletter, we will outline how you can accomplish recruitment even in the summer. Vivat Jesus! ~ Mark Bourgoin
136th Supreme Convention
Baltimore, Maryland was the host for the most recent Supreme Convention. Five delegates were able to attend representing the Maine Jurisdiction this year. Thanks to State Chaplain Father Aaron Damboise; State Deputy Mark Bourgoin and wife Lois; State Advocate Michael Giroux and wife Barbara; IPSD Norman Gray and wife Kay and Alternate Associate Delegate Don Leeman and wife Eleanor for attending.
It was nice to see that all of us were housed at the Hilton which was directly connected to the Convention Center by a skywalk. Those of us that were able to arrive early were able to sightsee and tour many of the downtown areas. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday stated out each day with a Mass where more than 150 plus Cardinals, Bishops and Priests were able to concelebrate.
Tuesday evening was the States Dinner where we were all dressed in tuxedos and white dinner jackets for the men, formal gowns for the ladies except for Father Aaron as he was able to dress as usual.
Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland Robert P. Deeley was able to join us again this year for the few days. It was an awesome few days to have not only your State Chaplain but to have your “Shepherd” in attendance as well.
During the Wednesday morning Mass State Deputy Mark Bourgoin carried in the new Marion Icon “Our Mother – Protector of Persecuted Christians”. Maine should be receiving two of these Icons that will travel around the councils in the north and in the south once they arrive.
Wednesday evening, our delegation went out to dinner as a group; all 9 of us wearing the polo shirts that were supplied by our Mark and Lois. A great time and a meal was had by all as this would have been the last time we would see each other until we arrived back in Maine.
Photos – 136th at Baltimore
Camp Tall Pines Family Weekend
Another awesome weekend was held at Camp Tall Pines on 24-26 August. More families came out this weekend that in past years and almost every cabin was filled.
The weather could not have been any more beautiful. Temps ranged in the 80’s during the day and down to around low 60’s at night. Families started arriving around noontime on Friday.
The State Officers held their regional meeting Saturday afternoon on the back deck of one of the cabins overlooking Range Pond. General Agent Greg White and Ralph Rossi, our Supreme Membership Program Consultant also attended the 90 minute meeting. The officers were very happy to hear that Maine was doing well in the first 2 months of the fraternal year.
The usual crowd was at the camp for the weekend such as Dennis Guay (of Sanford) with his two daughters & extended family (of Portland & Massachusetts), Mark and Lois Bourgoin (of Limestone) with daughter & grandchildren (of Winslow), Michael & Barbara Giroux (of Augusta), and Norm & Kay Gray with their dog Mickey (of Auburn).
New families that attended included State Warden Bob and Priscilla Foley (of Caribou), State Family Life Couple Wesley and Charlene Tabb (of Houlton), and Stephanie Carignan (of Northport).
Many others came for Saturday only such at Jon, Pat and Ashley Harvey (of Hermon) and John Deetjen, Jr. (of Newport), Ray and Claire Sargent (of Sanford), Paul and Alma Ouellette (of Auburn), Normand and Nicole Bisson (of Lewiston) and David Roy (of Saco).
Dave Roy was recently appointed our new State Retention Director and this gave him and State Deputy Mark Bourgoin an opportunity to meet and outline expectations for the fraternal year.
Norm Bisson was installed as District Deputy during the Saturday outing and his wife Nicole placed the jewel on him. He was appointed as a DD after the State Summer Workshop occurred and was not able to be installed until then.