OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
AN I B M U L O C MICHIGAN
“LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN ”
July 2015 Volume 67 No. 1
From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
Michigan’s State of Columbianism State Deputy’s Report
Your Excellency’s; Most Reverend Allen Vigneron Arch Bishop of Detroit, Most Reverend David Walkowiak , Bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Paul Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, Most Reverend John Doefler, Bishop of Marquette, Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw,Most Reverend Bishop Steven Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Donald Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Worthy State Chaplain Reverend Father Ronald Hutchinson, Worthy Diocesan Chaplains ,Worthy Council Chaplains, Worthy State Father Prior, Reverend Monsignors, Reverend Fathers, Executive Director of Holy Cross Children’s Services, Brother Francis Boylan, Deacons and Religious, Worthy Supreme Directors, Worthy Former Supreme Directors, Worthy Vice Supreme Master, Worthy State Officers, Worthy Immediate Past State Deputy and Past State Deputies, Worthy Former Vice Supreme Masters, Worthy District Deputies, Worthy State and Diocesan Directors, Worthy Masters of the Patriotic Degree, Worthy Supreme Council General Insurance Agents, Worthy Delegates and Guests Vivat Jesus We are gathered here on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island to conduct the important business of the 115 th Annual Michigan State Council convention. We have joined together also to acknowledge the past years achievements of the Michigan Jurisdiction preparing us to return home to our councils better prepared for an even greater year to come. I thank each of you for taking time to join us this weekend and I ask that you take full participation in the work that lies before us. Our annual meeting opened today as it has for the last 115 years with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Arch Bishop Vigneron presided joined by our Bishops, our State Chaplain, Diocesan Chaplains and many of our council Chaplains. We will begin each day of this convention with the celebration of the Holy Mass at 7:30 am, I ask that you join us each morning and fill the theater to capacity as you did this afternoon for the opening Mass. As the 47th State Deputy of Michigan it is my duty as well as my pleasure to conduct the business of our order at this annual meeting and present to you the annual report on the State of Columbiansim in the Michigan Jurisdiction. One of my first official duties as State Deputy Elect was to contact the Bishop of Grand Rapids, Bishop David Walkowiak , requesting the appointment of the new State Chaplain Reverend Ronald Hutchinson to serve as our Spiritual Leader. To assist our State Chaplain the Bishops of each Diocese were contacted for their approval in the selection of the Diocesan Chaplains. Those appointed are, Rev.Fr. Lam Le, Grand Rapids Diocese, Rev.Fr. Paul Ballien Diocese of Detroit, Rev. Fr. Donald Geyman, Diocese of Gaylord, Rev Fr. Robert Creagan, Diocese of Kalamazoo, Rev. Fr. William Turner, Diocese of Lansing, Rev. Fr. James Bessert, Diocese of Saginaw and Rev. Fr. Cory Litzner, Diocese of Marquette and Rev Fr. Ken Mazur, the State Columbian Squires Fr. Prior. On behalf of the Michigan Knights of Columbus thanks to all of the Bishops for their permission in allowing these priests to serve our Order, and to all the Bishops our State and Diocesan Chaplains our thanks for your vocation to the priesthood. The selection of 92 District Deputies was next on the agenda. Not all positions were filled but thankfully State Officers and neighboring District Deputies stepped up to fill in. I am very grateful to these men for their assistance. This list was presented to our Supreme Knight for his approval on their appointments as District Deputies in the Michigan Jurisdiction. In addition to selecting the District Deputies I also made the selection of 37 State Directors and 34 Diocesan Directors to serve this fraternal year. Once the selection of the Official Family was completed Sandy and I traveled to the birth place of the Order, New Haven CT. There in three short days I was presented the information and I must say the inspiration, to prepare me for the responsibility that lies ahead as I was about to assume the role of State Deputy. With the permission of then State Deputy Michael Malinowski the new District Deputy and Diocesan Director training was held at Queen of Angels in Saginaw in late June. MPC Dannie Harris along with State Membership and Program Directors conducted the training. It continued on page 7
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“We reap what we sow.” Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
State Officers Robert W. Fox
At the beginning of the summer, an elderly mother wanted to give her two grown daughters a small but thoughtful gift to symbolize the joy of the season. At the local drugstore, she found a selection of seeds on sale for 10 cents each. She bought an envelope of zinnia seeds for each of her daughters. “This will be perfect!” she thought. “We reap what we sow.” The first daughter thanked her mother, yet thought, “I don’t have time to plant seeds, much less wait for flowers to grow.” When she got home, she stashed the packet of seeds in a dark corner of a kitchen drawer. She never thought about the seeds again. The second daughter thank her mother and pictured the beautiful blossoms the seeds would yield. She brought the seeds home and went directly into her backyard to choose the perfect spot for them in her garden. Once she found the ideal area, she prepared the soil, added compost, planted the seeds, and watered them.
Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson
Kenneth B. Unterbrink
Antonio G. Vittorini
State Treasurer State Advocate State Warden Immediate Past State Deputy
William H. Chasse Walter K. Winkle, Jr. Michael J. Malinowski
Thomas M. Wegener, PSD
The zinnias grew tall and lush all summer long. In fact, they grew so thickly that the woman thinned some out and transplanted them to other areas of her garden. The flowers were large and brilliantly colored, pink, and orange, and red. “Where did you get those outrageously beautiful flowers?” the one sister asked the other. “Didn’t you plant your seeds?” The first daughter blushed. “I didn’t imagine a dime’s worth of seeds would do all that,” she said. The second daughter’s zinnias continued to grow beautifully straight and vibrant. They bloomed past Labor Day. They bloomed past Halloween. She even cut a gorgeous bouquet of zinnias for her mother’s Thanksgiving table. And when the first frost finally brought an end to the long harvest, the woman cut back the plants and added them to her compost bin.
One of the most touching biblical images of God describes the Creator striding through Eden. You don’t have to have your hands in the earth to understand the metaphor of the garden. Each of us is given a plot, a lot, a patch of lifetime. What we do with it is up to us. The garden does not simply regurgitate produce. Before the gardener reaps, he first sows. He weeds and feeds, pinches back and prunes, stakes ungainly plants and stalks harmful pests. All of which makes the harvest much sweeter. How does your “garden” glorify God? How does your “garden” serve humankind? Where does your life need weeding? Where does it need feeding? Although the summer can be filled with lazy, hazy days, it is a wonderful time to sit in a chair in the backyard as the sun sets and ponder our life. Just as a worthy garden takes careful planning and preparation, so too does a commendable Christian life. It doesn’t happen just by chance and it certainly won’t happen if we leave the “seeds” of faith hidden in the dark recesses of our hearts. Like all things, our faith lives need light, nourishment, and pruning: the light of Christ’s Word daily, the nourishment of the Body and Blood of Christ regularly, and the pruning that comes acknowledging our sinfulness and seeking forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God has gifted us all with the “seeds” of faith…..do you see the “flowers” possible in your life?
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“As Elected Leaders We Owe It To Our Officers And Members To Perform Our Duties .” Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director
My Brother Knights and Ladies, At the end of May we completed a most successful convention. Our accomplishments were celebrated as each council was recognized in all the categories that help make us successful, both programming and membership. Only together, state council and local council, working as a team towards the goals set for us, can we be successful today and through the years to come. Integral to that success is the continuity of leadership for each council. Yet each year some of our councils have trouble presenting a full slate of officers for election. Past state convention have had a spirited campaign for one officer's position. Ask yourself – when was the last time your council had more than one person compete for one officer’s position? After you ask yourself that, ask others in your council - why is that? Our councils are generally thought of in high regard by our priests, by our communities, and by our own members. However, do you have officers repeating in their office year after year? Are your meetings attended by only a few non-officers and non-directors? Is there a lack of communication from the officers to the council members? Are your members aware of the great things your council does? This disaffection towards participating in leadership probably took some time to develop and certainly it affects the successful operation of our councils. There is an appeal to be an officer of a success council. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that touches so many lives with our charitable works. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that supports its Bishops and Priests, to be an integral part of the lay leadership for the New Evangelization. In order to increase and maintain that appeal, which will ensure the continued success of our councils, I offer the following ideas that I call the three “Ts” which may help you create that appeal and mainta in that success. Teach – The Order has provided for a corps of officers to lead the council. If, in 1882, the founding members thought councils could perform their duties with one or two officers, then there would be only one or two officers. Wisely they knew that the successful operation of a council needed several elected and engaged officers. Each officer, with their specific duty, which when performed fully, assists with the successful operation of the council. We, as elected leaders, can teach the officers of the council their duties by first performing our duties well and then allow them to perform the duties of the office to which they were elected. Worthy Grand Knights, broaden the duties and responsibilities of the officers of the council to at least the duties listed in the Supreme Council By-Laws. Yes this can be messy at first, especially if they haven’t been performing those duties in the past. Bu t if you want more and better qualified men to attain the peak of the pyramid, the base of the pyramid must be broad, strong and experienced. It is time to let the younger men, younger in age and/or experience, to help you help the Order. They bring new ideas, they bring an excitement to the office, and they bring a commitment to the order. Together, not alone, will we grow the Order, for our council, our district, and our state; making it stronger in numbers to assist with our charitable works, stronger to join our Bishops and Priests to help in the challenges of today and the challenges of tomorrow that are as of yet un-named. Trust – As elected leaders we owe it to our officers and members to perform our duties as our Supreme Knight, State Deputy, District Deputy and their appointees have directed. Their guidance and direction is for the good of the order. When we as local, state, and supreme council work with one goal we can accomplish great things. This starts with you and your officers. We learned as young boys about commitment. We learned, probably from our fathers, that a handshake was a bond that should not be entered into lightly and that bond was not to be broken. As Knights we have taken pledges at our degrees that bind us for life. As Officers we take our oaths to devote the time and our talents to lead the order in our councils and districts. Please take these commitments, these bonds, these pledges and these oaths seriously for the good of our order. Your Council Members have entrusted you and your officers to fulfill the requirements given to you and promised by you at your installation. No member should be surprised by a lack of performance on our officers’ or directors’ part. The Order and its good works’ success rest on your complete and accurate performance of your duties. There are written and electronic communications from Supreme and State council that are meant to be transmitted from your council to your members. Often these contain messages of action for current issues of the day. They may contain new and important program offerings that a council officer or member may wish to undertake in the name of the council. They may contain progress reports for Supreme and State programs that would be of informational benefit to officers and members. It is important that these be relayed to your officers and members to fully inform them of the Order's actions. Likewise it is important that council members attend council meetings to take an active part in the life of your council. Our officers deserve our attendance. Your council deserves your attendance. Your input, verbal or by attendance, is of great benefit to your council. You will learn of the activities of the council, thereby being a true participant of the council. While we each cannot be at every meeting, certainly we can make a few throughout the year to lend our voice and our vote to the issues that face our council. Transparency – An adjunct to Trust is Transparency. As trustees of our council’s welfare, each and every transaction, fraternal or financial, is a part of the life and history of our council. As elected leaders it is our duty to treat each action with the due diligence they deserve, to then carry out the wishes of the council, to record the wishes of the council for the true history of the council. continued on page 10
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From The State Warden Walter K Winkle, Jr.
As we prepare to start a new fraternal year I would like to sincerely thank my family for all of the help and support, especially my wife Karen. We have traveled from end of the state to the other meeting new Brother Knights and their families as well as seeing others that we have not seen for some time. We enjoy being a part of your events as they unfold. I ask that you please send your requests for these events to the State Deputy, Robert Fox, at least two months in advance if you would like a state officer to attend. This allows us the time to meet other Knights and their families though out the year. I am always amazed of the dedication of each council in the State working to fulfilling the dream of Venerable Fr. McGivney in one way or another. I ask that if you have any questions about protocol or anything else I may be able to help you with to please contact me. Whether it is a question of the seating arraignments, the litany, setting up your chambers for a meeting, greeting your guests, Speakers and speeches, Procession and even placement of flags. All answers will be referred to the “Protocol Handbook” that can be order from your Financial Secretary though Supreme, Book number 1612. Although every circumstance is not addressed in the manual, together we will come up with a solution. Mark Twain summed up the situation when he said “Always do right. You will please some of the people and astonish the r est” I look forward to working with the State Board and all my brother Knights and their families across our state. If there is anything I can do to help your council succeed please contact me. May God Bless all of us in the fraternal year ahead.
State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot
Greetings Brothers and Ladies: It is hard to believe that one year has gone by already. This past year has given me the opportunity to meet many of our cou ncils’ officers and members. I have truly enjoyed getting to know them and see, first hand, there enthusiasm for our Order and our faith. As last year, our goal continues to be “Focus the Flame”. In membership, our focus is on “Sharing the Flame” with other Cath olic men. Remember, the importance of growing our membership is not viewed as numbers and quotas. Rather, it is gives every Catholic man the opportunity to grow in their faith, serve their parish, help those in need and have access to our fraternal benefits. It is impossible to know how many lives have been touched by the works of our Order. We’ve helped to change lives through ou r programs, you only need to look at the faces of the people we touch with Special Olympics. The lives that have been saved because of our Ultrasound Program. The children we have helped clothe with our Coats for Kids. The lives that have been saved because of our Blood Drive Programs. The people that have been fed because of our Food Drive Programs. And last but not least, the men ’s lives that have been changed by being a Knight of Columbus. August 29th and 30th is the first state wide church drive of the year. Properly conducted church drives are a tried and true method in reaching the Catholic men in our parishes. Our goal is to give every Catholic man the opportunity of brotherhood in our Order. In order to do this we need to invite him to join us. The August church drive is an excellent opportunity to do just that. The Knights of Columbus gives us the gift of living our faith through action, Pope Francis said: “Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one’s life. Those who listen to us and observe us must be a ble to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God! I am thinking now of some advice that Saint Francis of Assisi gave his brothers: preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words. Preaching with your life, with your witness.” Can you think of anyone you would like to share this gift with?
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State Program Director Gary L. Merritt
Here we are beginning a new Fraternal Year. The previous year went by quickly PROGRAMS - Sharing the Warmth proving the old adage “the older you get the faster time goes by”. CHURCH - Shine the Flame of the Holy Spirit My first year as State Program Director was exciting to say the least. Beginning COMMUNITY - Warming Others with planning sessions for the State Leadership and Diocesan meetings and then COUNCIL - Growing the Flame traveling to these meetings to assist in implementing the Focus ideas of our State CULTURE OF LIFE - Protecting the Flame Deputy, although time consuming, was a pleasure. One of the benefits of State FAMILY - Feeding off the Flame Leadership is the opportunity to visit various councils and Churches around the State YOUTH - Fueling the Future of Michigan. Not all the traveling was to assist in conducting learning sessions. Many times it was just to enjoy a council program which the State Deputy allows me to attend. I am so impressed with all the programs councils conduct for fund raisers and fraternal enjoyment. Many councils submitted applications to the State for recognition of one of their programs. One of the toughest duties I and the Top 6 State Directors had this year was to choose one winner in each category from the applications. Decisions were made after much deliberation and awards were presented at the State convention. Congratulations to the following councils; St. John Vianney Council 11772 of Shelby Township in the Culture of Life category for their Baby Bottle program which raised enough money to completely remodel Compassion PRC and supply much needed items to Birthright of Macomb. Anchor Bay Council 5981 of New Baltimore in the Church category for the remodel program of St. Mary Queen of Creation Church Gym into a multipurpose room for more functionality for parish activities. Fathers Rudy and Clem Council 13035 of Muskegon in the Community category for their Cars for Cancer Car Show raising funds for the Johnson Family Center for Cancer Care. St. Hubert Council 11658 of Harrison Township in the Council category for Raising for a Cure program incorporating many events to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Holy Rosary Council 13579 of Muskegon Heights in the Youth category for their Cognitive Impaired Story Authors which gives special needs youth the opportunity to exhibit their writing skills. Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 in Caledonia in the Family category for the Holy Family Comes to Holy Family Church which provided a near life sized Nativity scene for the church grounds for annual display. These programs are an example of the various programs which display the activity of our councils and their members. I opened this article mentioning entering the new Fraternal Year. As I write this the leadership has come down from the excitement of the convention and are planning for the training, leadership and Diocesan meetings for June and July. As we prepare I am anticipating an even more exciting year with more visits to councils to enjoy their programs. Programs are the driving force behind our councils. They not only help us fulfill our calling of service but also keep members active and interested while recruiting new members. Grand Knights and Council Program Directors please continue to keep your programs interesting and enjoyable but also develop new programs which serve the needs of your membership, Faith, Church and Community. This will help your council to meet the commitment of “One Member per Council per Month” and also reduce the number of suspensions. Focus the flame and share the warmth of our Order. I would like to emphasize that all our directors are available to assist your council to succeed. The State Directory has information for your convenience. All directors are listed, please feel free to contact us for your questions, comments or assistance. I look forward to speaking with you.
ARE YOU NOW A COMPLETE KNIGHT?
Gene Murawski State Ceremonial Director The past year I talked about being a True Knight. Now I want to expand that thought to being a Complete Knight. When we all joined the Knights of Columbus, we wanted to join a group to help in the parish, to know more of our fellow parishioners, help with charitable projects, work in the community, and enjoy many family type events. To understand why we do some of these various great events, we should really think about completing the 2nd and 3rd degree. It is when we truly understand the lessons of Unity and Fraternity, we work on council projects, and help the sick, the poor, and the needy, we can say we are a Complete Knight of Columbus. When you first joined the Knights, you learned the lesson on Charity, which is very important to us all. So why not learn the lesson on Unity and Fraternity? It is just as important. If you have already completed your 2nd and 3rd Degree, ask your fellow Knight if he has gone through his 2nd and 3rd? If not, why not? Tell him how great of an experience it was for you to complete all three degrees. Not only will he be a better Knight, but so will you for asking him, and giving him the opportunity to complete his three degrees.
JUST ASK HIM TO JOIN US
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K of C LADIES “CORNER”
Greetings Ladies, This has been a whirlwind year, it seems as though we just started. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the State Advocates wife, MaryBeth Chasse and to all the ladies that helped with the Holy Cross Children’s Services Raffle at the convention. Yo ur help made this one of the most successful Raffles to date. And thanks to Ray Weingartz, “Lawn to Snow” and Peter Bertsch, “Earth com”, for doubling what we made. For a grand total of $49,000.00. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all who bought tickets, your continued support of Holy Cross benefits so many children t hroughout the state. Those of you who donated baskets and other items, thank you, thank you, thank you! Without you it would not have been the success it was and what a wonderful combination of items. The Supreme Council Representative Javier and his wife Marietta had a wonderful time at the convention. They remarked many times how friendly and helpful the Michigan people are. Marietta remarked that what you, the Ladies of our Knights, do at convention rivals only what the wives of the Supreme Officers do at the Supreme Convention. Congratulations Ladies. The Summer Meeting is just around the corner. Once again we will be meeting at Boyne Highlands. This venue has proven to be a great place for families, which is what we, the Knights of Columbus, are about. We will be doing a scarf exchange so if you could all bring just one scarf of any type or kind and do not package it. We are also collecting craft items for Special Days Camp. In today’s world family time seems to be largely forgotten. Families are torn in all directions what with Soccer, softball, baseball, swimming and everything else one could list. We need to take stock of our family life. We need to come together as a family, pray as a family, share a meal or take time to just talk. I may be dating myself but remember the Sunday family picnics or just driving around with Mom and Dad in the country. Sunday Mass was special. We dressed appropriately for Church and we stayed till Mass was complete. Ok, maybe I have dated myself, but it seems that if we do not have our Smart Phone with us we are lost and I am no different, it’s the first thing I look for in the morning and Bob would be lost (he usually is) without his. What I am trying to say is we need to step back once in a while and take time to smell the roses, take time to be a family. Enjoy the summer, be safe and enjoy life Sandy Fox, Ellie Unterbrink, Sue Vittorini, MaryBeth Chasse, Karen Winkle , Maureen Malinowski
Time for a Checkup?
By Daniel Thelen, GA South, Central and Western Michigan Do you own a life insurance policy? Maybe you own more than one. Depending on what type of policy you own, and how long you’ve owned it, you may not have given it much thought since the day you signed the application and wrote the first premium check. Perhaps you need to keep your life insurance policy in force, or maybe your needs have changed. If substantial assets have been accumulated, survivors may already be adequately provided for. The middle of the year is an excellent time to give your life insurance policy a thorough checkup. Once we recognize the need for and make the decision to buy that life insurance policy, we need to make sure we don’t skip pa ying premiums, thereby preventing the policy from lapsing. Seniors may not realize that their life insurance may offer them access to cash values to use for retirement or to pass on to their spouse. Additionally, sometimes changes can be made to the policy allowing the insured to forego paying ongoing premiums. There are many different types of life insurance policies, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Likewise, there are all kinds of reasons people decide to buy life insurance. The most common reason for purchasing life is to ensure that the family can maintain their standard of living after ones death. Since the death benefit is generally received income-tax free to the beneficiaries, life insurance can be a great way to pass a specific amount of money at time of death to a particular family member or even to a charitable organization. Also, the cash value from your life insurance may be used to help finance your retirement in the event that other resources are insufficient. Think back why you decided to buy the life insurance policy. Does the reason still exist today? Are there remaining debts? Is there a second home mortgage or a large outstanding home equity line of credit? Have you made arrangements for your final expenses? Will there be a need to protect against the loss of social security? Do we need to create an income source for the loss or reduction of a pension? Whatever you’re personal and family needs are your Knights of Columbus agent will take time to help you with your check up. Contact your agent today. Go to www.KofC.Org and find your local agent.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi
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Michigan’s State of Columbianism State Deputy’s Report
was a long day with a lot to cover but the information presented helped the new District Deputies and Directors prepare for their upcoming duties. July 1st brought the realization that Michigan was in trouble. We were facing well over 700 suspensions and were ranked 70 out of 72 Jurisdictions. We had our work cut out for us. Thanks to the diligent work of the State Retention Director the number was reduced. The weekend of July 4th to the 6th saw the District Deputies, State and Diocesan Directors Leadership Conference meeting at Boyne Highlands. Friday evening’s program began with a prayer service by our State Chaplain followed by dinner and presentations of the McGivney Guild, Supreme Council Insurance Programs and welcome from the Vice Supreme Master and Supreme Director. Following the dinner program at the men’s meeting the State Program Director, Gary Merritt, along with State MI Director, Thomas Marcetti, Web Technician, Dane Jurkovic and State Warden Walter Winkle for Special Olympics did an excellent job of presenting the State and Supreme Programs. On Saturday our Supreme Council Membership and Program Consultant presented an in depth program of what are the roles and responsibilities of a District Deputy. This was followed by the roll out of the membership and program campaign “Light The Fire Within”. Membership Director Doug Kokot and State Deputy Assistant William Leveque did an outstanding Job of presenting the State Membership expectations and goals. The afternoon concluded with presentations by the Supreme Council General Agent, NCD, Ceremonials and Retention. Sunday morning concluded the weekend with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass followed by breakfast with presentations by Brother Francis on Holy Cross Children’s Service, Paul and Sue Thorn our Culture of Life Directors. The remaining days of July saw the State Officers, Membership and Program Team traveling to each Diocese delivering the message and providing the Membership and Program Guide along with other materials needed by the local leadership and councils to assist them in reaching their goals and in achieving a successful year. While at the Saginaw Diocesan meeting a presentation by Fr. Denis Heams regarding the formation of a FOCUS (Fellowship Of Catholic University Students) group at Central Michigan University. He stated that while there were 4000 plus Catholic students only three to four hundred attended church. An outreach program was needed. The Board held a quick meeting and presented Fr. Heams a much needed check for $2000.00 as seed money to get things rolling. Also in the month of July the District Deputies conducted their district meetings. The format of single district meetings was well received as it afforded them an opportunity to establish a bond with their councils and explain the goals they expected to achieve. Intake in July was 68 members, not a good month, a long way to go to reach our State quota of 3100 new members. The 5th, 6th and 7th of August saw the State Board along with eight Michigan Delegates and our wives traveling to sunny Orlando, Florida for the 132nd convention. This was a homecoming of sorts because in 2006 I was a newly elected State Warden and now Supreme Director Thomas Wegener was a newly elected State Deputy. This year I was the New State Deputy and Tom was a Supreme Director. I was also honored to nominate Tom for his last term as Supreme Director, thank you Tom. The excitement of the Supreme Convention was saddened by the news of the passing of Past State Deputy John “R” Bob Moody. I had visited Bob just days before we left and shared a Manhattan with him. Although he was unable to join me it was a special time. As I left he wished me well said “say hi to all”. I had a feeling that I would not see my friend again. Bob passed the day after we arrived. State Secretary Ken Unterbrink and his wife Ellie cut their time at the convention short and returned home to represent the State Board at Bob’s funeral. Thank you Ken and Ellie for making that trip. I will miss my friend. August also saw the State Board along with State Membership, Program and several other key personnel meet for three days to construct the State Strategic Plan. This is a long term plan, agreed to by all, for Michigan dealing with the why and how we will achieve our goals. A living document that we can modify as required on a yearly basis. Michigan mourned the passing of Edmund Cardinal Szoka in late August. The board and wives attended this solemn event. Cardinal Szoka was a great supporter of the Knights of Columbus. On August 28th the State Deputy and Supreme Director Tom Wegener and State Secretary Ken Unterbrink traveled to the Gaylord Diocese for the Ordination of Bishop Steven Riaca Congratulations Your Excellency and thank you for honoring us with your presence here at the 115th annual convention, the first of many more I am sure. The 9th and 10th of August saw the first state wide church drive with about 43% of the councils participating. Not what we wanted but given that it was summer it was acceptable. August ended with 140 new members. We needed to improve. September 6th brought the fulfilment of years of planning for the Installation of the State Leadership. The event was held at the beautiful Basilica of St. Adalberts in Grand Rapids. The Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend David Walkowiak, Bishop of the Grand Rapids Diocese assisted by our State Chaplain Reverend Ronald Hutchinson. Following the celebration of the Mass the installation and oath of office by the State Board, District Deputies and the State and Diocesan Directors was held also in the Basilica. The Installation Banquet was held in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, a venue that rivals the Grand Hotel. September saw the Board meeting with various councils and attending charity events throughout the State ending with the State Deputy and State Secretary and wives attending the Provincial meeting in Sandusky, Ohio. September saw 147 new members, an increase but not what we were looking for. October started with the State Board attending the Guest House Bishops Dinner. Guest house is one of the charities we help support. It is a facility for priests and religious suffering with addiction. continued on page 8
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In addition the first of many planning meetings for the winter Leadership meeting was held. October also brought the Order wide church drive on the 10 th and 11th. While many of the councils did the drive there seemed to be some confusion as to what exactly is and how is a church drive conducted. The State Membership and Program Directors began formulating directions to be placed in the membership and program guide. Much of the feedback we received was directed to the fact that Michigan Diocese are closing and consolidating churches due to lower participating Catholics and far too few priests to facilitate the parishes. This presented another problem for the Membership and Program Directors to overcome. Columbus Day weekend MI drive again proved a success, collecting $428,361.90 for those with mental impairments. Thank you Past State Deputy Tom Marcetti for chairing this important program and supplying the results. These funds generated by the councils in Michigan help your state council assist organizations such as Special Olympics and St. Louis Center. October 18th the state Soccer Challenge, under the direction of State Youth Director Kevin Rowley, was held at Everest Academy in Clarkston with 72 participants. Eighteen councils reported but it is estimated that many more held the event but did not report. Something we need to look into. There were a total number of 342 participants reported. The 26 of October saw the dedication of an ultra sound machine at The Oxford Pregnancy Center in Oxford Michigan. Thanks to DD34 Dan Fuller for spearheading this project. Michigan is consistently in the top of the Order in installation of Ultra Sound machines. October proved to be a good month. Several major degrees in addition to many first degrees were held. The State Board was busy attending various dinners’ degrees and exemplifications throughout the state. On October 30 your state Deputy traveled to Baltimore Md. for the mid-year State Deputies meeting. Finding out that many jurisdictions were experiencing the same problems as Michigan was somewhat of a relief but it did not remove the fact we had a long road to go yet. The meeting involved training and interviews to address many of the problems we were experiencing. October ended with an intake of 230 new members’, good numbers, but our net/net still hovered around a -500. November started with a check presentation to the Veterans Facility in Grand Rapids. Grand Knight David Reese, Master of District 4 Robert Krausneck and your State Deputy presented a check for $14,000.00 to the veteran facility. The Money was generated by a bike run from Grand Rapids to Newago put together by David to purchase blanket warmers. A future event is planned for this year. On the 14th of October the State Deputy and State Secretary traveled to Our Lady of Czestochowa church is Saginaw for an update on the FOCUS groups progress. The members of the group gave a very positive report on the group’s efforts at Central Michigan. A letter was planned to go to the councils in the Saginaw Diocese asking for monetary help. The State Board pledged $2500.00. As Pope Francis has challenged us, we need to evangelize, and this organization is doing just that with our young people. The State Secretary and I along with our wives attended the first Annual Banquet of Students for Life of Michigan at Lansing, Michigan. The Knights of Columbus were recognized for their
unending support of Right to Life programs. November 23rd saw the Institution of a new council. Holy Redeemer council #16092 was instituted in Vanderbilt, Michigan. Thank you to DD Ed Kelenske and NCD Director Dan Nowicki for their hard work and welcome Holy Redeemer council. Final planning for the Winter Leadership Meeting rounded out the month. November intake was 203 members. Good numbers. Thanks to our State Membership Director, Diocesan and Council Directors for their hard work. December arrived with the news of the passing of long time Executive Secretary Ralph Walters. Ralph served the Knights of Columbus here in Michigan well. He and Lionel “Rad” Radofski will be forever remembered for their service. December 4th to the 7th was the Winter Leadership Meeting. Following the Winter Meeting the District Deputies held their Winter District meetings. Several were held in December while the rest were during the month of January thru February. The meetings were split up into groups which allowed the State Board, State Membership and Program Directors and State Deputies Assistant to attend as many as they could. Again the individual DD’s meeting with their own district as opposed to tri district meetings proved beneficial. December ended with 210 new members brought into the Order. Three months in a row, we were improving. The deaths and suspensions were still our downfall. Death we can do nothing about suspensions is another matter. As I said at the beginning of my term “I will not stand in the way of suspensions as long as the proper procedure is followed”. In January the State Deputy and State Secretary and wives attended a recognition Mass for Former Master Jim and Gwen Rich at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Gaylord. Those of you who remember the horse race of the past, Jim was “Jimmy the Geek”. Both Jim and Gwen gave so much to support the Knights of Columbus here in Michigan. The State Board joined several hundred thousand pro-life marchers in Washington for the annual march to end abortion. Thanks to Sue and Paul Thorn with help from John and Elizabeth Hundiak for putting this together and making sure everything went smoothly. Our prayer is someday it will no longer be necessary. Saturday January 31st Michigan was asked to take part in a study by Supreme. Several members representing new members with six months or less, Hispanic and top recruiters from the Michigan Jurisdiction traveled to Chicago to meet with representatives from Supreme to discuss what need to be done to improve the order to make it more attractive to possible new members. Thanks to top recruiters Mike Lewis, David Bergeman and Julis”Corky” Horvath and to new Knights Joe Scrima, Paul Tulega and Kevin D’Agastino along with Manoel De Souza, Napoleon Lopez and Erick Muniz representing our Hispanic Knights. Thank you gentlemen for the generosity of your time and information. January closed with 144 new Knights. We were going backward. February 1st the State Keep Christ in Christmas poster Contest judging was held. State Youth Director Kevin Rowley did an excellent job. The number of state level participants was 55 with a total number participating at 174. The State Board traveled to Traverse City for the Winter Games of Special Olympics of Michigan. This is an annual event that I and
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the board look forward to. I get to give away money. We present SOMI with a check for $10,000.00 each year. Because of your reporting on the form and your efforts on the MI drives Michigan is ranked in the top of the Order for support of Special Olympics. February was filled with various meetings and dinners from council vocation nights, clergy appreciation dinners to game dinners at councils. February 28th was the State chaplains dinner at DeCarlo’s in Warren, Michigan. This years dinner was a change from the usual Sunday. Held on Saturday the 28th the evening began with a near capacity crowd at Mass. The dinner and program saw the presentation of fast start and quick start awards. The honoree State Chaplain Fr. Ron Hutchinson was presented with a scroll listing over 1300 new members brought in. In addition a clock and a Kitchen Aid Mixer,” something he always wanted” with pasta maker was also presented. February finished with 193 new knights, not the 200 plus we were looking for but good a number. March began with the State Focus meetings with the District Deputies of each Diocese. Your State Deputy along with the State Membership Director Doug Kokot and State Program Director Gary Merritt and Special assistant William Leveque attended each meeting. With an open forum type of meeting much information was shared. The goal of these meetings was to find out what problems existed within the state and how we could assist and what help the DD’s wanted from us. The second new council was instituted in Canton, Michigan on March 2nd 2015. St. John Nuemann council #16169 was the results of the hard work of District Deputy Mike Kisabeth and NCD director Larry Frontera. Congratulations Gentlemen and welcome St. John Nuemann Council. On March 22nd the State Free Throw Challenge was held in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at Sacred Heart Parish gym under the direction of State Youth Director Kevin Rowley. Eighty five state level participants took part . Ninety five councils reported with a total number of participants reported of 2,054. On March 28th the State Spelling Bee was held at Fr. Vanrooy Council 2740 in Essexville, Michigan. The number of state level participants was 24 with each diocese with the exception of Marquette, sending Diocesan and runner up winners to the State Championship. A decision was made that we need to develop a form for council level reporting. An estimated 100 plus councils participated based on Diocesan level results The Essay Contest judging also took place the end of March. The number of state Level participants reported was 64 with the number of councils reporting at 16 Thank you Kevin Rowley and your teams for your dedication to our youth. The end of March 310 new members were reported brought in. A great month. And thank you to state Membership Director Doug Kokot and all the Diocesan and council membership directors for your hard work in achieving this number. It’s been a long time since we have seen numbers this high. Our net/net has also dropped, we are now in the -400’s. April saw the State Board attending many council functions throughout the State as well as planning meetings. On April 11th the State raffle drawing was held. Members from the State council ,State Raffle Chairman Mike Kozakiewicz , Executive Secretary and Gary Kolbicz, Michigan Columbian Editor
drew the winning tickets. And for the ninth year I didn’t win, Mike we need to look into that. Thank you Mike Kozakiewicz for your hard work. April 11th the newest council was instituted in Grand Rapids at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. District Deputy Doug Graves and NCD Director Mike Lewis worked hard to bring this council in. welcome Council 16199. Thank you for your hard work Mike and Doug. The installation of a council at the Cathedral in Grand Rapids means that all Diocese in Michigan now have a council at the respective Cathedrals. Another exciting and possible historical point is the newly appointed and new Brother Knight, His Excellency Bishop David Walkowiak is a charter member of the council. Congratulations Bishop Walkowiak. The Palm Sunday MI drive was a great success According to State MI Director PSD Tom Marcetti. With approximately 50 plus percent of the councils reporting we collected $830, 000.00 dollars. Great job Tom, thank you. These monies and those from the fall drive help the many MI recipients we support throughout the State April saw 254 new members and a further reduction in our net/ net and Michigan was no longer at the bottom of the list we have made it to the middle. Congratulations Brothers. May saw many more planning meetings and travel culminating in this your 115th State Convention. Throughout the year we, your State Board and Program and Membership Directors , discovered areas that we need to work on. The State Raffle, while it started out slow, did exceed last year’s intake bringing in over two hundred one thousand dollars. We will be looking into ways to publicize the raffle, give it a face, because gentlemen this is where our funds for the charities we support comes from. The less we bring in means less monies that we can distribute to local and state charities. The Take Five Program and the McGivney Chair of Life Ethics also were down at the start. Thanks to Michigan Charities Director Wally Papciak and Mcgivney Chair Director John Rademacher sending correspondence to the membership and reminders at the focus meetings the numbers turned around. Thank you gentlemen for your hard work. I am pleased to report that we will be presenting a check for one hundred thousand dollars to Arch Bishop Allen Vigneron at the Bishops Gala later this year. This means we should be able to resign our commitment to sacred Heart Major Seminary next year. These programs I have just mentioned with the addition of the Boysville/Holy Cross quota are programs that need to be reintroduced so to speak. We have found that over the years with all the new brother knights the reason for these programs has been lost. The State Program Director will be addressing this in the future. To the State and Diocesan Directors, Grand Knights, council officers and general membership I congratulate you and thank you for all your achievements during the past year, for your service to the church, your commitment to the Order. The successes that were included in this report were the direct results of council actions. You are what is important, you are what is and will continue to make the difference in the great State of Michigan. I thank you for your support you have given me and the State Leadership this past year In conclusion based on this report I have submitted it is my continued on page 10
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Michigan’s State of Columbianism State Deputy’s Report
opinion, as State Deputy, that in the Jurisdiction of Michigan the State of Columbianism is alive and well and a great future lies before us. Venerable servant of God, Fr. Micharl J McGivney, Pray for Us Vivat Jesus
“As Elected Leaders We Owe It To Our Officers And Members To Perform Our Duties .” Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director
As council members we must be offered and we must expect this information in full, clear and accurate language. Given this information makes us better educated in the life of our council members. Minutes, program reports, budgets, audits, etc. are the the milestones in the life of the council. They are the markers that list our achievements, our successes. They let us know of our condition and how we are doing. They also tell us if certain and/or immediate action needs to be taken. It is with these three “Ts” that foundational strength can be achieved. A strong local council complements its parish and community. A strong state council is made up of its strong local councils, working together to advance the Order throughout the state. It is this teamwork that leads to a strong order. Again it starts with you in your local council. Let this be the last year we have an opening in our offices that is not filled, let this be the last year we do not function as a real team of officers, let this be the last year we aren't in solidarity with our state and supreme council. Let this be the first year, of many to come, that our council's growth is complete with members, programs and leadership. For our Councils, our Districts, our State and ultimately for our Order.
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Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
Annual State Convention, Mackinac Island May 23, 2015 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
Worthy State Chaplin, Reverend Clergy, Worthy State Deputy, Worthy Supreme Directors, Worthy State Officers, Worthy Delegates, and My Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus. The Good of the Order committee thanks you for giving us the opportunity to offer our comments and observations about the work of our Order in Michigan in the following 10 areas. 1. Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive. In the video we saw at the opening session and in a message last December entitled “Loving Concern for the Family,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said, “Our families need an evangelization that is new in its ardor, method and expression.” In the words of Pope John Paul II, we need to return to the early Church’s vision of the Christian family as a “domestic church” in order to “discover anew” the Church’s “love and concern for the family.” This is the reason why the Knights of Columbus recently began our new program called “Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive.” Although the program began last October, the committee strongly recommends that every council pick up this program and participate. 2. Evangelization of Fallen Away Catholics. Florida State Chaplain Msgr. Thomas Skindeleski said at the Supreme Convention last August that Knights are especially effective in the work of spreading the faith. He noted, “They do great work in evangelization. They can go places that we as those who are interested in the faith at work, in the community and other places you don’t often see priests.” Therefore, the committee recommends that every council work with its local and diocesan chaplains on how it can engage in the evangelization of fallen away Catholics, including using the Mass of Explanation being promoted here in Michigan. 3. Youth Today; Leaders Tomorrow. The Supreme Knight said in his annual report last year that youth are the future of our society and the future of the Knights of Columbus. “When we involve young people in our programs, they benefit from our experience in charity and our commitment to faith, and they witness our vocation to fraternity.” The Columbian Squires in particular strives to provide "the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members, and the development of their leadership qualities." It is hard to imagine a geographic area without young people and activities like the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Big Brother/Sister program, scout troop, 4-H club, some athletic activity, or a school that can bring opportunities for youth programs and new growth. Thus the committee strongly recommends that the programs of all councils, including aging councils, include youth and highlight for youth the transformative power of charitable service and become the catalyst for a lifetime of service. 4. Give Non-Active Members a Reason to Reactivate. It’s usually a given that councils invite active members to help with and attend council events. However, what about nonactive members? The committee recommends in addition to sending mailings and emails to all of your members, also include former members and prospects. Give everyone a reason to reactivate. 5. We offer special thanks to the clergy , for your service and for your ministries of encounter. We thank you for stirring our hearts, for walking with us, and for building our hopes and dreams. Therefore, the committee asks all Knights to routinely show appreciation to those who take up with enthusiasm the call to serve the needs of people. 6. The committee also reaffirms our gratitude, support, and encouragement for the men and women of the armed forces who defend our liberties and freedoms. May we always recognize the contributions of every service member on Active Duty, in the Guard, in the Reserves, and all veterans and retired service members. The committee recommends that we pray for the families of those servicemen and women who are deployed overseas; and pray for the safe return of all military personnel. 7. The committee encourages active support for the institution of marriage and the family as a complete unit. Marriage is a natural institution based on ancient human values, a lifelong union between one man and one woman that provides for the mutual fulfillment of spouses as well as the procreation and education of children. The committee recommends that we do not waiver in our efforts to promote the Church’s understanding of marriage. 8. Recruitment, retention, and insurance promotion are all membership activities. Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said, “Time and again, I have stressed that we have nothing less than a moral obligation to offer membership in the Knights of Columbus to every eligible Catholic man.” In our zeal to add new members we must not forget our responsibilities are twofold. First, we must take the time to learn about the prospect and examine his qualifications for membership. Second, the council needs to see that your recruit becomes fully accepted by his fellow council members and stays involved in council activities. These two responsibilities – qualification and involvement – are explained in Duties of a Proposer Flyer #4636. Thus, the committee repeats its recommendation from last year and asks every council to maintain an outreach program to every member and his family who do not attend membership meetings or social events – keep track of absent members and assign men to report and follow up on their welfare. 9. Our fraternal benefits program sets our Order apart by providing sound life insurance products to protect our widows and orphans. The drive to offer financial protection for Catholic families comes from our venerable founder Father Michael J. McGivney. On numerous occasions in his brief life, Father McGivney witnessed firsthand the devastation wrought at the untimely death of a breadwinner. Therefore, the committee recommends that you include our benefits program whenever you discuss our Order with prospects and that you encourage continued on page 12
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Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
Annual State Convention, Mackinac Island May 23, 2015 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GOOD OF THE ORDER Daniel Remeika, Committee Chair
members to contact their dedicated field agent to see what he might be able to offer to them and their families. 10. The dream of Father Michael J. McGivney to have a council presence in every parish needs to be our daily focus. The Parish Round Table Program is an easy and effective way for Knights to better serve their individual parishes and be the visible force for good in their communities where parishes are not able to support a full council. This means if a council is not a part of a parish, if it does not meet in a parish, then it must establish a presence in a parish through the Parish Round Table Program. In conclusion, the work of the Order is important enough for you to have high standards and expected outcomes for the Good of the Order. The needs and cries of the world challenge us to renew our commitment, to offer membership to every eligible Catholic gentleman, and to bring a renewed Knights of Columbus presence to every Catholic parish and community. We should be extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Knights of Columbus in Michigan and equally proud and excited about where we are headed.
Brothers, it has been my privilege to present this report on behalf of the members assigned to this committee. Worthy State Deputy, thank you for the honor to address the 115th State Convention of the Knights of Columbus on Mackinac Island and to present this report to our distinguished brother Knights. We ask that the Good of the Order Report be incorporated into the proceedings of this meeting.
With appreciation I ask the committee members to stand and be recognized.
Personnel Report and Council Audit Due This period’s Semiannual Council Audit Report (#1295) and Service Program Personnel Report (#365) are due at the Supreme Council headquarters in the beginning of August. The forms may be accessed at kofc.org/forms or in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436). Please return the completed report to the Fraternal Service Department by Aug. 1. The audit must be completed by your council’s trustee and returned to Council Accounts by Aug. 15.
Next Copy Deadline September 1, 2015
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Flint PGK crafts decorative reindeer for council fundraiser By George Jacks
FLINT -- Past Grand Knight Paul Drevon is hoping his crafty reindeer will rain big bucks for Msgr. Dunigan Council 695 of Flint. Bro. Drevon has offered to make highly polished wooden replicas of Santa's high-flying sleigh leaders as a fund-raiser for the council. He brought a sample reindeer to the council Lenten fish bakes for people to see and place orders with the promise of having the finish product ready by December 1, just in time for display during the Christmas season. The price-tag for each reindeer is $25. And, you can order them by leaving a message at the council (810) 235-6333, by calling Bro. Drevon directly at (810) 732-5961 or sending a check for $25 made out to Msgr. Dunigan Council 695 at 2415 Bagley St., Flint, MI 48504 by Nov. 1, 2015 for Christmas delivery. Bro. Drevon suggested the project at the February council meeting, showing council members an unfinished product. He was following up on an earlier brainstorming session at a council meeting where knights considered various fund-raisers to bolster council finances so the council could respond to more PGK Paul Drevon displays one of his hand-crafted reinrequests for charitable assistance and pay council bills. Members thought the deer he has promised to make for individuals as a fundfund-raising suggestion was a good idea and recommended that the past grand raiser for Msgr. Dunigan Council 695 in Flint. He is now knight bring a finished reindeer to the fish bakes. accepting orders that will be ready in time for Christmas. Bro. Drevon is aware of the need to raise money for the council since he had Photo by George Jaksa to deal with fiscal matters while serving 15 years as council financial secretary. The past grand knight has had a lot of experience with craft-making. He has stepped up doing projects for family members since retiring from Buick Motor Division in 1995 as a tool & die worker after almost 42 years' service. With 12 children, 31 grandkids and now three great-grandchildren, he has plenty of opportunity to display his talent. He's made a table for one son, a deck for a daughter, a shoe case for another, "god zillion" toy boxes, baby cradles, kids' fishing poles and more than 30 turtle stools for grandkids to use in bathrooms. "I've made so many things I can't remember them all," he said. Then, there's the reindeer. "l really don't remember now where I got the idea to do them," he admitted. "l must have seen something like that in a magazine or someplace." First, Bro. Drevon made a pattern for the reindeer out of plywood and then he bought one inch pine wood from lumber retailers and went to work. He makes the reindeer in four pieces so they can be easily put together and stored when not in use. The finished product stands about 13.5 inches high and includes front and back legs, a body and antlers. He applies two coats of stain and a clear coat to give the reindeer a shiny surface. He is considering purchasing ready-made eyes and painting the nose black. (If you want a Rudolph red-nosed reindeer, ask him.) For the earlier reindeer, his amateur artist daughter Theresa Pursell painted the eyes and nose before Bro. Drevon applied the stain and clear coat. “It’s a hobby," said Ms. Pursell, assistant principal at Holy Family Catholic School in Grand Blanc, who estimated that she a pplied her artistic touch to almost 20 reindeer. Bro. Drevon said he has plenty of tools to work with. "l've got all the bells and whistles," he said, including band saw, radial table saw, planers, joiners and anything else to do the job professionally. He figures if he worked steadily at the project he could make a reindeer in three-to-four hours but he wants extra time to get them done so he has set a pick-up date for just after Thanksgiving. And, in good time for the hand-crafted reindeer to find a place of honor in someone's home for the Christmas holidays
Change. It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate, surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience and create excitement in life. Certainly it is worth the risk.
May They Rest In Peace
Bay City Council 414 Fr. Chester Pilarski Alpena Council 529 Aloysius Krajnik, John Niemiec, James Garant, Dale Precord Joseph Milecarnek, Richard Huggler Flint Council 695 Orville Hawley PGK Robert Orschell, Robert Keil Matthew Metzger, Carlo Lubiato John Etue, Robert Ragnone Cheboygan Council #791 William Young River Rouge Council 2819 Daniel Kramer Mt. Plesant Council 3651 Gerald Pohl Yale Council 8710 Mark Degrande
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