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Spokane Valley KCs host emergency preparedness talks

the Inland Register

(From the November 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Harold Kellams (right), Master of Ceremonies, makes a point as presenter Darrell Core listens. (IR photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus)

Knights of Columbus Council #8201 at St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane Valley, got serious about their primary charism of charity in a new way on Tuesday evening, Nov. 4, by sponsoring a free seminar that focused on dealing with family emergencies.

The seminar was presented by Spokane Valley firefighter and paramedic, and parishioner, Darrell Core.

MC for the event was Harold Kellams.

Fifty-five people, both parishioners and others, attended the presentation.

The book The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is not on the way, by Joseph Alton, was one of the prizes in a free drawing during the evening. The volume was won by Rita Cosby, Director of Religious Education at St. John Vianney. She said that she was going to go home and start reading the book right away.

The event was the first of three seminars in a new series titled “Charity Begins at Home: Protecting Your Family and Neighborhood,” scheduled for fraternal year 2014-2015.

The next presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. Frank Cejka, a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross of Spokane, will speak on “Home Disaster Preparedness.” On Tuesday, May 5, at 6 p.m., a law enforcement officer from the Spokane County sheriff’s office will speak on “Home and Neighborhood Security.”

Organizing the series is Dr. Jonas Hiner, a member of Council #8201, who pointed out that the series fits perfectly into the parish’s “Know, Love, Serve” five-year plan, and into Pope Francis’ special “new evangelization” focus on doing corporal works of mercy.

Dr. Hiner, who is a leadership expert educated at Gonzaga University, also said that he was encouraged by the results of the first seminar, “because the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization based on training lay men and women to be leaders in the their families, their parishes and their communities. And we saw that happening between 6 and 7 p.m. on Nov. 4.”


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