The world is slowly beginning its return to the way things were – at least as much as it can. It’ll likely be months before we know what normal looks like now.
You’ve probably heard the saying attributed to an unsavory (to say the least!) historical figure that “there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.”
It certainly feels that way now. We have crammed decades of changes into these last several weeks, and it’s hard to know what change is permanent, and what changes will prove temporary.
Not everything is fluid though. I am struck by the resilience of the permanent things – our faith, our fraternity, our families. I’m sure you’ve seen the tremendous ways in which the Knights of Columbus in particular has proven itself equal yet again to this current challenge. Whether it was the establishment of the Leave No Neighbor Be-hind Initiative, or the launch of the diocesan loan fund, or just the every-day, every-city response of councils across the globe, we have responded as we always do: swiftly, powerfully.
Sure we’ve had to cancel some things. We’ve had to have some virtual meetings. We’ve had to stay a safe distance apart. But our distance hasn’t diminished our unity, nor has it changed our impact.
I continue to be proud to be a part of this great organization – especially in moments like this. And I know you are too. That’s why, for me, being financially committed to the Knights is such a point of pride. We all need life insurance. We all need to plan for retirement. We all need to think about and prepare for life’s what-ifs.
But when it comes time to decide who to make those preparations with, and who to choose to buy those products from, we can choose to spend our money with the company who establishes a multi-million dollar loan funds for Catholic dioceses in their most desperate time of need, or we can go another route. We can choose to buy our insurance from a company who leaves no neighbor behind, or a company who has no real concept of who their neighbor is. We can prepare for our retirement with a company whose members are – once again – setting an example of true Christian charity for all to follow, or we can go in a different direction.
I would challenge you, whether you’ve never inquired or its been a long time – to take a fresh look at the Knights of Columbus as a trusted financial partner, and see what products and services we may have that might help you and your family. As we all start to get back to things, I can meet with you in person or by video, whichever you prefer, and we can have a stress-free, no-commitment conversation about the possibilities.
It’s a way to further your commitment to all that we stand for, and – at the same time – obtain some much-needed peace of mind in times like these. I hope we’ll chat soon.
Lewans Agency Guidelines for personal visits during the Covid-19 pandemic
The vision of our founder, the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, was to protect Catholic families in times of need. As we navigate through these challenging times and look to continue that mission, the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Agency through its dedicated agents, have implemented the following Best Practices to ensure your safety as we strive to meet the needs of our members and their families.
- As always, appointments will be pre-arranged beforehand and confirmed.
- Upon arrival at your residence, the field agent will call to notify his arrival so as to be met at the door to limit contact with any doorbells or surfaces. Foot-wear will remain outside of the house for further safety.
- The field agent will maintain a 2-metre distance from you and your family. A meeting at the kitchen table or similar venue will facilitate this.
- The field agent will avoid touching any surfaces when at all possible.
- The field agent will use hand sanitizer prior to entering your home and prior to starting the meeting.
- Sorry, but we won’t shake hands; even elbow pumps are a little too close.
- The field agent will have his own pen, and may you please have your own. No sharing pens!
- When required, quotes will be sent electronically ahead of time in order to facilitate a more timely discussion and follow up questions. Please print off a copy of the illustration for easy review.
- The field agent will graciously decline to have a coffee or other beverage.
- The field agent will not ask to use your washroom.
- The application process can be handled electronically and signed as such.
- In the days leading up to your appointment, if you have shown ANY signs of Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment. The field agent will reciprocate. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- In the days leading up to your appointment, if you have been around anyone who has shown ANY signs of Covid-19, please reschedule your appointment. The field agent will reciprocate. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- In the 2 weeks prior to your appointment, if you have been outside of Saskatchewan for any reason, please reschedule your appointment. A meeting by Skype can be arranged as an alternative.
- If requested, the field agent will wear a mask during the meeting.
- After the meeting please clean your table and wash your hands as per provincial guidelines.