Jan 22, 2004 Fr. Diamond Council again this year will participated as Marshals at the annual Right to Life March in the District on Thursday January 22. The Knights of Columbus Councils in the Washington Metro area provide Marshals for the March. They provide a variety of support services that range from crowd control to collecting money. Before 1994 our Council unloaded buses at the Ellipse or parked the buses at RFK Stadium. Since 1994 our Council has been collecting money in the block in front of the National Archive Building. on Constitution Avenue. All money collected goes directly to the National Right to Life Committee to help defray the cost of the March.
Last year our Council had 20 Brother Knights and Jamie the wife of Peter Coniglio participated in our collection effort which also included Dennis Riley our Fraternal Benefits Advisor . As a result of this good turnout we collected $22,534 our previous high last year was $24,534 in 2002. Our first effort in 1994 netted $1,855. Our records show that since we started collecting at the March we have collected a total of 139,044 to help defray the expenses of the Marches.
We again this year have been asked to continue this very successful collection effort. Our success is determined by the number of Council members and members of their families that we can gather to carry out this most important role. The March starts at Noon and it normally takes about an hour for the Marchers to pass by our collection site where we stand in the line of March wearing white jackets and RTL Marshal Ball Caps and do our collection. We normally meet at the Hall and proceed as a group via Cue Bus and Metro to the Archives Bldg, some folks meet us at the location, we then gather at the Hall after the March and count the funds and prepare it for deposit. Mike Plumstead is our coordinator this year, if you can help please contact him ASAP at 703 352 0848 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org because he has to submit your names to the DC Police to get solicitation permits for each individual. Again the more folks that we can get to help the greater is our success, our best effort was two years ago when we collected $24,849 let's see if we can top that this year!
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