CHOOSE LIFE MAINE APPEAL TO KNIGHTS’ UNITY. [edited]
I joined the Knights of Columbus at St. Boniface Church in Anaheim, CA twenty years ago within months after I converted to the faith from being an atheist for the previous 23 years. I now appeal to the Maine Knights of Columbus, every Knight, every Grand Knight, and every member of the State Council and Staff to support Choose Life Maine (CLM) today, to place a prepaid order for the license plate, if you have not already. CLM is in DANGER OF SHUTTING DOWN for lack of pro-life support.
I co-founded CLM with another brother Knight and in 2012 we started taking orders. The last time the Maine State Council actively supported CLM was with State Deputy Ray Sargent. Support has waned ever since. A handful of Knights, including our current SD have placed orders. Thank you.
If you do not know CLM wants to put a pro-life license plate on the road to spread a pro-life message and RAISE MONEY for every one of Maine’s Pregnancy Resource Centers EVERY YEAR. This year many of those centers experienced financial problems as they could not hold their annual banquet fundraisers and fundraising walks because of the virus. If they cannot afford to open their doors, they cannot use the ultra sound machines.
Here is an example of the fundraising potential of specialty license plates, the State returns $10 per annual registration to the specialty license plate’s sponsor or designated charity. In 2019 the Lobster Specialty Plate had more than 36,000 registrations. That approximates more than $360,000 for a state run Lobster Research, Education and Development Board. They had similar numbers in previous years. Just how smart are these lobsters? Source: https://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/stats/Reg19.pdf What could Knights do for our pregnancy centers just by registering their vehicle?
Our current authorization with the state expires soon, December 31, 2020 and unless the Bureau of Motor Vehicles authorizes us an extension CLM will be aborted. CLM currently has between 600 & 700 prepaid orders and we need an additional 1,300 plus. I have never given up on CLM. Today’s Gospel message was from Luke 18:1-8. Listen to EWTN Fr. John Paul’s homily for today on YouTube. His homily motivated me to write this post.
I am reminded of the Knights of Columbus principal of UNITY. On a K of C website it reads with unity a Knight “can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.”
Relying on the principal of unity, I appeal to every single Knight including every member of the State Council and Staff to lead our Knights by example and place a prepaid order for the proposed CLM license plate. I ask every District Deputy to convey this appeal with every Grand Knight and for every Grand Knight to every member of their council. DO NOT WAIT or it could be too late. I ask all of my Brother Knights to rise above Facebook’s community standards and support CLM today.
YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO LOSE BY PLACING A PREPAID ORDER AS YOUR MONEY IS ALWAYS REFUNDABLE UP TO THE TIME A FORMAL APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE.
I hope I can count on the Maine Knights to live out their principals and place a prepaid order for the proposed CLM license plate. I am personally giving up my “Support Our Troops” plate in support of Choose Life Maine, unwanted babies and the crisis pregnancy centers. Without life there are no troops.
An order form may be downloaded from our website (www.MeChoose-Life.org). The link to the download is at http://www.mechoose-life.org/content/file/Application%202019%20rev1.pdf
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