August 2018 Newsletter

Installation of Officers, (no business meeting)
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:00 PM

Brother Knights of #706,

Our 2018 Beer Tent is history. Posters should be down by this reading. Advertising around town paid off, we had a great crowd. If you did put up a poster or yard sign please take it down and return them to the hall. Thanks to everyone who helped put this on. It is quite a project. The Polka band was good for the early crowd and there were a few dancers too. The late-night band, The West Side Soul Surfers, were also very good and the crowd enjoyed them. Please stay tuned next month for results and donations to the Kids’ Food Basket and other West Michigan Charities.

The 31st Annual Crusader Open charity event will be held August 3rd. We donated $250 to the MCC outing and our name “Dan M Kennedy Council #706” will be on one of the tees.

August 9th at 7:00 PM Installation of Officers is scheduled instead of the normal business meeting. Everyone is invited if you would like to see the ceremony. Also, spouses and family are invited and encouraged to attend. A dinner will follow. Be sure to thank the officers who volunteer their time and talents to help keep Council 706 moving forward.

We now have over 450 members. This is thanks to all of you encouraging your fellow Catholic men to join. Our new goal for this fiscal year is 31 new members and 11 new insurance members. If everyone reading this newsletter could ask one practical Catholic man if he would like to be a Knight we could easily hit our goal.

On September 16th at 1 pm, we will host an annual soccer challenge charity event at MCC. We need four men to help out. It will be held at the MCC soccer field. We did it last year and it is a very easy event to run. Contact me if you are interested.

If any Knights out there would like to be an insurance agent for our District, let me know and I will get you in touch with the right person. We are in need of a new agent. Our recent agent retired from his position. This may be an interesting opportunity. Knights of Columbus insurance is one of the best and most ethical agencies in the business and it isn’t just insurance, there is a full range of products.

On November 10, 2018, at St Mary's in Spring Lake there will be a Second & Third Degree ceremony. We have a lot of First Degree only members. This would be a great time for you to get to full Knighthood. It is a Saturday morning and usually is complete by early afternoon. Let a council officer know, so we can put you on the list. It isn’t often these degrees are this close to home. Let’s see if we can be the largest Council to attend.

At the diocesan meeting in July State Officers discussed many new items that are part of a new “Faith In Action Program”. I will cover these in more detail over the coming months. But the new areas are as follows: Faith, Family, Community, and Life. We are encouraged to step up and support these areas. I think we do many of these already but can always improve.

Here is the official State description of the new program:
Q: Why were these four categories chosen: Faith, Family, Community, and Life?
A: These four categories represent our main priorities as an Order. This model by no means seeks to eliminate the need for Knights to serve youth or foster fraternity; rather, it seeks to expand on these in a more holistic way.

  • Faith: Our goal is to strengthen our men and their families in the faith. When we entered the Order, we were reminded to constantly inform ourselves in the Catholic faith. This formation goes beyond mere facts or religious practice to an authentic connection with a loving God and his son Jesus Christ.
  • Family: Father Michael J. McGivney sought to strengthen the familial bond of father to mother and children to parents. Our family programs are an evolution and response to a society that seeks to weaken the bonds of family. We must make it clear that society should value a family that is faithful to God and each other.
  • Community: As Knights of Columbus, we are called to serve our family and our God. Our first principle is Charity, at home with our families or in our communities. This is a critical part of our Knights of Columbus mission.
  • Life: The urgency of the threat to a culture of life cannot be misunderstood. Respect for the dignity of life demands a commitment to human rights across a broad spectrum. Both as Knights of Columbus and as followers of Christ, “Catholics must be committed to the defense of life in all its stages and in every condition” (Saint John Paul II, 1995).

Here is a website for you to review for more information:

We are in need of replenishing the flower fund for our deceased members and need ideas for fundraisers. One idea brought up is to host a night at the hall to have chili supper that we would provide in lieu of routine Building Association fare. What do you think? Any other ideas out there? If you would like to lend a hand, please contact me.

Local charities in need:
You can donate nonperishable food items to food banks at any time. Also, we take specific items for the Kids Food Basket. There is a box at our entry into the hall. Please help!

LOVE, INC needs people to help build wheelchair ramps for folks in need. Contact Tammy Woodring to volunteer. 231-773-3448 X 231 or .

St Francis de Sales Ushering Schedule:

  • 8-5-18
  • 8-26-18
  • 9-16-2018

Add these dates to your home calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early to 11 am Mass. It helps to be a little early so we know if we have the six ushers for Mass. Also, we need help handing out bulletins, taking the offertory basket to the vault and straightening up the pews at the end of Mass.

One final note: Please share the newsletter with your wives. They are a big part of us!

Vivat Jesus, Thanks, and Blessings,
John Schneller, Grand Knight
Cell: 231-286-3994

Tidbit Announcements

August events:

  • Building Association meeting Monday, August 13th at 6:30 pm
  •  Installation of Officers for 2018-2019, Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 pm

July - Council Meeting Highlights:

  • Treasures reports approved.
  • Good standing with Supreme

Membership Goals 2018-2019: 31 new members and 11 new insurance members.
Members needed: 31
New insurance members needed: 11

Building Association News

Thank You for All You Do, You Make the Difference!!
Thanks to all who are coming down to the hall this past month. Celebrate with brother Knights and Families. We look forward to a great August.

We are getting ready for Crusader football and some additional celebrations. Go MCC!

Watch the event calendar for future parties.

Thanks for making the Knights of Columbus #706 a great organization and a great place to meet.

Building Association President,
Tim Kordecki

From the Newsletter Editor:

Our Thursday morning golf has seen some new faces. We meet at Eagle Island Golf Course at 9:00 am. Come out and join us. You don’t have to be a great golfer to join this group, just have some fun.

Denny Chandonnet, Editor & PGK

Joke of the month:
Bubba Turns Catholic:
Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. But, all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic....And since it was Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest.

The Priest came to visit Bubba and suggested that he become a Catholic. After several classes and much study, Bubba attended Mass, and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him, he said, "You were born a Baptist and raised a Baptist, but now you are a Catholic."

Bubba's neighbors were greatly relieved until Friday night arrived, and the wonderful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood. The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors, and, as he rushed into Bubba's yard, clutching a rosary and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in amazement. There stood Bubba, clutching a small bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over the grilling meat and chanted: “You wuz born a deer, you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish.”

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