Octoober 2018 Newsletter

Council Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Blessings Brothers

I need to let everyone know up front that the State has increased our payment to them by $10 per member (excluding Honorary Life and Disabled members). The council is wrestling with a resolution to this. More to come. Feel free to attend a council meeting if you have thoughts on a solution.


We donated $1,500 to Kids Food Basket. Stephanie Kerr-Cathey, Muskegon Manager of KFB, accepted the donation and spoke about KFB on the Wednesday radio show. Thanks to Josh Bisson for making that possible. We will soon make a contribution to MCC for students who have fathers who are Knights. These donations were from the Beer Tent proceeds.

I gave checks to The ARC of Muskegon and Wesley School on our behalf. The money was derived from the MI Tootsie Roll Drive done at Easter time. These are two important charities worth supporting. The ARC of Muskegon helps adults with certain needs manage their lives so that they can live independently. Wesley helps developmental needs children to function with a quality of life they would not otherwise have. Both these programs gladly accept donations. Help if you can.

Father Charlie, St Francis de Sales, asked us to provide liturgical help; i.e., lectures, communion ministers, etc. We also need more ushers. If you can help in any of these roles, please volunteer your time.

Denny Chandonnet is finding a crucifix to put up in the banquet hall. I believe this is important to display our Catholic faith.

There will be a Fourth Degree Exemplification on October 26 in Wyoming at Bishop Hass Council Hall. Registration starts at 5 pm with the ceremony at 6 pm along with a banquet. You need a dark suit and tie (you must be a 3rd Degree Knight). The cost is only $70 and includes dinner. If you bring your wife, the price is $25 for her meal. The 4th Degree goes back to 1900 and is all about patriotism. One area they help is veterans. Unfortunately Michigan ranks 51 out of 51 for the quality of VA care. Even Puerto Rico does a better job than Michigan. This Exemplification only happens once a year on our side of the state. So please consider taking the last step. Your title will be Sir Knight and your wife will have the title of Lady. Contact Mike Lewis at 231-206-1023 to register, but time is short so hurry.

There is a 2nd and 3rd Degree on November 10 at St Mary’s in Spring Lake. We have over a hundred members who are still just a 1st Degree. You really do not know the full blessings of Knighthood until you complete the third degree. Plus you must be a 3rd Degree to go on to the 4th Degree. Contact either me or Denny Chandonnet or Pat Galla or any council officer to register.

The ladies are having a Silent Auction on October 18 at 6 pm at our hall (Ladies Only). Proceeds will be for the Kids Food Basket. They are accepting worthwhile items for the auction. Please contact Barb Langlois at 231.740.5998 or Sandi Gowin at 231.730.6955

There will be a Novena for Life at Sacred Heart beginning on December 4. This nine times event will offer prayers for life. We are welcome to participate. More info on this soon.

Our Lady of Grace had their annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser this past Sunday. We supported them as well as had an information table for the Knights.

We hosted a Soccer Challenge at MCC. Turnout was less than expected but it was still a good event. I took the unused trophies to MCC so they could use them.

I, with my wife, Carol, attended a Day of Recollection with our diocesan chaplain, Father Lam, at St John Paul II parish in Cedar Springs. It was a joyous day of reflection on holiness as Knights and how we can support our communities. There was much new friendship and prayer. There will be more of these and all are welcome and I encourage you to attend one or more of these. One will happen in the spring. More info when it becomes available.

Charity the 1st Degree Virtue
Saint James in his letter in the New Testament (James, 2:14-17 says:
“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

We are called to provide works of charity and as Knights of Columbus brothers and families, we collectively do a fantastic job. May God bless you all. But I think I can do more and am asking each of you to do more too. There are so many needs in our communities that go un-served each day. But we can help. We have 456 members. Please ask yourself this: Can I give one extra hour a month of my time to help those in need? You don't have to help with our projects maybe you quietly support something on your own. But as Knights, we are very strong in our numbers and can do so much more collectively. We need men to step up and lead events as well as others to join in helping them. Your council officers do not have all the answers. We need your ideas. Come to the monthly council meetings; help us get better please. Or just call one of us with ideas. My number is 231-286-3994.

St Francis de Sales Ushering Schedule:

Add these dates to your home calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early for 11 am Mass.

Vivat Jesus,
John Schneller, GK
Email: jjschnel@yahoo.com

Tidbit Announcements:

October Events:
⦁ Building Association meeting Monday, October 8th at 6:30 pm
⦁ Usher at St Francis 11:00 am Mass October 7

August - Council Meeting Highlights:
⦁ Per Capita assessment
⦁ In good standings 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

Some Serious Eats at the Low Country Shrimp Boil…We did it Northern Style.

What a great time by all that attended. It was huge--easily enough food for those that really like to eat.

Chuck Wahl and Kelly Powers did a great job of putting together the seasonings that were used to bring the shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn altogether. This will go down as one of the best tasting dinners at the Knights of Columbus. Your continued participation in events like this…Makes Things Happen.

We would like to thank those that volunteered to make the Shrimp Boil a great event. They are Chuck and Jackie Wahl, Jeff and Sue Zaloga, Kelly and Lisa Powers, and Tim & Jami Kordecki. A special thanks to Brad Doriot for providing the Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning. It was awesome.

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

Thank You for All You Do, You Make the Difference!!

Building Association President,
Tim Kordecki

From the Newsletter Editor

Summer is over, but still plenty of time to come and join the Thursday morning golf. We will meet at Eagle Island Golf Course at 10:00 am. 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 

First Day of School

It was an emotional day for me when my six-year-old twins headed off for their first day of school. Four-year-old Andrew and I accompanied them to the corner to wait for the bus.

When it arrived, and the boys climbed on and waved goodbye, I could no longer hold back my tears.

"Don't cry, Mommy," said Andrew reassuringly. "Maybe one day you'll get to ride in a school bus too!"

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