March 2019 Newsletter

Council Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 PM

Brother Knights,

This month’s news will be from the editor of our newsletter. As some of you are aware our Grand Knight John Schneller had to resign, because of health issues. Our Council will be looking for some new leadership to keep us moving forward. The Council was started in November 1903 and we need to keep our Council going. We have had some rough times, but lately, we have become a strong Catholic organization in our community. We have supported our parishes, the Muskegon Catholic Schools, Arc Muskegon, ESL Muskegon, Kids Food Basket, Wesley School and many other groups in town. With all this going on, we have managed to maintain the hall and held many events, that I hope have been enjoyed by many.

We are looking for a few Knights willing to take on an Officers role. As an Officer, it means attendance at one meeting a month, second Thursday at 7:00, not a whole lot to ask. It would also keep you up to date on all the happenings of the Council. Please prayerfully consider helping out in some capacity as an Officer on the Council. As we go through this transition of Council Officers, let us remember that through our faith we can still maintain our Knights of Columbus principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

February 23 and 24, a French Dip Dinner after the Masses at St Francis. This was held to raise money for AED units at the church. The official money raised has not been totaled yet, but preliminary numbers indicate it wasn’t enough to fund an AED. Looks like we will have to have another fundraiser to reach the final purchase price. Stay tuned to help out on other fundraisers.

There will be a Major Degree (2nd and 3rd Degree) held at Council 14586 Fr Hecker-St Luke University Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St Luke University Parish 10144 42nd Ave, Georgetown Twp., MI 49428. Registration 10:30 am, Degrees will start at 11:00 am. There will be a dinner after the Degree. Cost for the dinner is $5.00 per person. We need to get reservations in by March 10, 2019. Please contact Pat Galla at or call him at (231) 670-7392 for more info. We can meet at the hall early and carpool to the church.

By the time you get this news, Lent will be upon us. I am sure there will be one evening where we are asked to support Lenten activities. In the past, we have helped St Francis with soup suppers after Wednesday Mass as well as Stations of the Cross. Please consider helping out with one or more of our activities as a Knight. This would be one way to give for Lent, rather than just give up for Lent. Check the events calendar online for functions at the hall also.

Wednesday, March 6th will start our Lenten Fish Fries. After that we will continue the Fish Fries every Friday during Lent. We serve only Fresh Lake Perch and they are the best in town…just my opinion. Come down to the hall and support these dinners.

You should have received your dues for 2019. Please return as soon as possible if you have not already.

St Francis Usher Schedule for Sunday’s 11:00 AM Masses:

  • 3/10/2019
  • 4/7/2019
  • 4/28/2019

Vivat Jesus!
Dennis Chandonnet, PGK (Editor)

Tidbit Announcements:

March Events:

a) Building Association meeting Monday, March 10th at 6:30 pm
b) See the online calendar for all the events.

February - Council Meeting Highlights:

a) No meeting, no quorum of officers available
b) Next meeting March 14th at 7:00 pm. We need your input.

Membership Goals 2018-2019:

  • Members needed: 31
  • New insurance members needed: 11

2019 billing for dues has been sent out, please remember to send your dues in. The funds help support all our charitable activities throughout the year. We cannot do these things without your continued support. We have made an impact this year to ARC Muskegon, Westley School, Kids Food Basket, Muskegon Catholic Central to name a few. In addition, some of the money goes to State and Supreme and they do support many charities also. So you dues do a lot when multiplied by the number of Knights worldwide.

Building Association News:

2019 Winterfest…was a Winter Blast
This event was a great success and we are hoping it will be an annual party going forward. The food, games, chili cook-off was fantastic. The music from the Shagwells was entertaining and so were the people dancing and singing along. The Chili Cook-off winner was Roy Holden...Delicious!!

We truly appreciate all the support and efforts to make the Knights of Columbus a healthier, happier organization and a great place to meet.

Here is a list of volunteers…if we missed anyone we sincerely apologize.

Chad Earnest, Al Lowe III, Al Lowe IV, Kay Earnest; Joyce Rhodes, Barb Lowe, Pam DeWalt, Sandy Gawon, Aaron Langlois

We had another….Good Ole Fashion Steak Fry….Yeehaa!
We fired up the Grill in February…but we were inside for this one. The steak grillers did not want to brave the cold temperatures and the high winds this time. The dinner was well attended, as usual, and we appreciate everyone coming out and having a good time.

We want to thank those that volunteered to make the Steak Fry a great event. They are: Jeff Zaloga, Bill Hicks, Dan Tejchma, Jim Tejchma, Frank and Betsy Thompson and Tim and Jami Kordecki.

Building Association President,
Tim Kordecki

Joke of the month:

Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful, so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination, so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.

So, if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember its God's will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

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