Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 28, 2003
Recruiter extraordinaire targets his 500th Knight
Wally Streit chalks up another 100 new recruit year
By WCR Staff
Wally Streit, recruiter extraordinaire, is hoping to sign up his 500th member to the Alberta-Knights of Columbus next year.
This is the third year in a row that the Edmonton knight, now state council director and state athletic events chairman, has enlisted more than 100 new recruits to the order.
The 111 new members he has recruited in the 2002-03 Columbian year puts him number one in the entire order for the period.
Over the last five years, he has brought in 463 new knights.
"It takes a lot of work and it's worthwhile," Streit told the WCR.
"By recruiting new members, no matter how much I could do, these new members can do infinitely more."
Only one knight in the entire order has recruited more new members over a lifetime - he has more than 600. Streit, with his 463, is sitting in second place.
The assistant vice-president of the Canadian Western Bank attributes many of his organizing skills to many years of service in the banking industry. He has recruited most new members through parish-based campaigns and especially campaigns to set up new councils.
Over the past five years, he has worked on forming seven new councils as well as resurrecting St. Joseph's College council.
He also attributes much of his success to Father Michael McGivney, the order's founder whose cause for canonization is now being considered by the Vatican.