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OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS N A I B M U L O C N A G I H C I M “LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN ” October 2015 Volume 67 No. 2 Michigan Family Honored with International Award It’s a well-known fact among Michigan councils and parishes that when there’s charitable work to be done, the Weingartz family can be called on to help. The tradition of service runs across generations and is expressed in terms of funds raised and hours donated. For their strong family values, devotion to the Catholic faith, pro-life commitment, and service to the needy, Ron and Peggy Weingartz and their five grown children received the International Family of the Year Award on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 5, at the 133rd Supreme Convention. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and his wife, Dorian, conferred the honor during the annual Awards Session which recognizes the Order’s leaders in membership growth, fraternal programs, charitable initiatives and insurance excellence. Ron Weingartz has held nearly every elected and appointed position, including grand knight, for St. Mary Magdalen Council 12295 in Brighton, Michigan. “For my council to nominate us for this award is just overwhelming,” he said. “We have a great council that works together and really lives out its commitment to charity, unity and fraternity.” His wife, Peggy, is involved in many council activities and is also active in their parish’s religious education efforts. Council 12295 does “so many great programs, it’s just such a privilege to be able to take part and help out,” she said. “The Knights of Columbus is like a family to us. Our children have grown up in the Knights and they have learned how to serve because of that.” Ron’s father, father-in-law, two brothers and his son are all members of the Order. Ron and Peggy spearhead a program that works with the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative to place ultrasound machines at pregnancy centers. Together with their children, they were the driving force behind a parish “Kids Against Hunger” campaign, raising funds to purchase food and organizing volunteers to re-package it into meals for distribution to hungry families. In addition, Ron and Peggy own two family businesses, one of which is a banquet facility that hosts many fund -raising events. In all their good works, they follow the example of Ron’s father, Ray, who years ago established the Weingartz Family Foundation, which contributes to a number of church and community causes. International Service Awards Council Activities St. Hubert’s Council 11658, Harrison Township, Michigan: Fundraising for a Cure In December 2010, Brother Knight Adam M. Wit was diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood cancer. Adam had to shift his focus from enjoying his first Christmas with his new family to fighting for his life. Having received a diagnosis with no cure and a life expectancy under five years, Adam quit his job to undergo treatment. St. Hubert’s Council 11658 stepped in to help, offering encouragement, labor and support. The council also worked to raise funds for cancer research. continued on page 7

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OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MIC N A I B M U L HIGAN CO FIRE “LIGHT THE WITHIN” October 2015 Volume 67 No. 2 From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox My Brother Knights their Ladies and families, Here we are into fall and it seems the year had just started. I guess the old saying is true “time flies when you are having fun”. six over our quota of sixty two. Our round table of one hundred fifty five was also blown away at one hundred eighty five. We not only finished last year by meeting or exceeding our quotas set by Supreme but our intake of new members increased. All of this is due to the hard work of you, my brother Knights, and your families. Michigan was also honored at the one hundred thirty third Supreme Convention. The 2015 International Family of the Year was awarded to the Ron Weingartz family from council 12295 of Brighton, Michigan. Congratulations to a very deserving family and thank you for all that you do for mankind. In addition to the International Family Award, Council 11659 of Harrison Township received the 2015 International Council Activities award, “Fund Raising for a Cure”. Congratulations Council 11658. With the new fraternal year well upon us Michigan continues to move. Our July membership goal of eighty new members was surpassed with a total of one hundred twenty one new members. August, while not quite reaching the goal was still a substantial intake. To all the councils striving to increase our membership, congratulations and keep up the great work. With this initiative Michigan will reach the goal set by Supreme. At the Diocesan meetings that we held in July I remarked that at most meetings the attendees expect to hear words on membership, membership and more membership. You do hear that but why? If one looks around you can see that the world is in a fast forward movement toward a secular society. Our faith and the faith of others are under attack. Christians in the Middle East, which once numbered in the millions, are now roughly numbering three hundred thousand. Large numbers of refugees from these countries flee to other countries seeking to escape forced conversion or death. The Knights of Columbus responded through the Knights of Columbus Christian Relief Fund. Our donation paid for the construction of new homes on property owned by the Chaldean Arch Diocese of Erbil. Here in the United States we face a growing dissolution of the American family. Gone is the family dinners, time being spent just being together, being a family. The abortion battle is still with us but the good news is the tide is slowly turning in our favor. I ask that councils consider attending the Right to Life March in Washington this coming year. The State council has a bus as do many of the parishes. It’s something you won’t forget. This past November at the meeting of State Deputies we learned that the 500 th Ultra Sound machine had been installed. This past August it was announced that in that short time number 600 had been dedicated. Michigan is and always has been in the top six jurisdictions in the ultra Sound Program. Thank you to the councils participating in this initiative Personal responsibility is gone. If things don’t work the way people want then a lawyer is hired to get what they want. Michigan and the country now are dealing with issue of same sex “civil union”. I will not call it a marriage it is a civil union, marriage is between one man and one woman, period. How do we combat these issues? The Order needs men who will stand firm with the Orders first principle of Charity. Provide aid to not only those abroad but to the unfortunate right here at home. The Orders charitable contributions increased last year by more than $3.4 million to a record $173,550,680. It is by councils submitting their Fraternal Report that these figures are obtained. Michigan is number six of the jurisdictions leading the Order. Congratulations Brothers! We need men who will stand for their vocation in life. To most it will be the vocation of married life. To be a witness to what it means to be a Christian man, a Catholic husband and father or co -worker. We need men who will step forward and lead by the example of what it means to be a Catholic man. The Order needs men who will stand for religious freedom. In the words of Arch Bishop William Lori, ”No government should tell communities of faith what to believe or that they must change what they believe. And no government should punish citizens for acting on their faith”. continued on page 7

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3 O CT O BER 201 5 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Guardian Angels Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain I am writing this article on Labor Day, but I am aware that the members of the Knights of Columbus in the state of Michigan will receive it during the month of October. On the second day of the month of October, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Guardian Angels. I don’t know about you, but I relish the fact that God has given me an angel (or angels in my case) to protect me and watch over me. I came across the following which might help all of us understand better how we can be Guardian Angels for others. “There was a man shopping at a home supply warehouse on his lunch break. Before he knew it, he was wheeling around two carts full of soil and plants. As he stood in the checkout line, a handicapped person scanned her items. The handicapped man was incapable of lifting the huge bags of soil, and the man was pinned between two carts, unable to get to the front where he could assist him. From the next line over, a young woman darted out to help the cashier with the soil. The man expressed his sincere appreciation. Out at the curb, the man was loading his garden supplies into his car when he heard a loud bang. A man behind him was pushing an exceptionally heavy carts filled with bricks and had gotten stuck in the doorway. ‘Do you need a push?’ the man yelled. The man left his car and went to help the man get the cart to the curb. A truck drove up to receive and brick and out stepped the nice young woman who had helped him earlier in line! The man smiled and said the young woman, ‘Everything comes back to you.’ Just as the young woman was about the reply, her gaze switched and she took off running. The man turned around just in time to see the young woman stop the man’s cart from running into his car, which surely would have made a large dent. As he thank her profusely, she smiled and said, ‘We have to be sort of life each other’s guardian angels.’” In essence that is the role of the Knights of Columbus and each of its members….to be the guardian angels of the unborn, the widow, the disabled, the mentally impaired, the persecuted, and the refugee. We are the guardian angels of those who need a helping hand in order that they can be lifted up. We are the guardian angels of faith in the midst of an ever-changing culture. Some would say that guardian angels are unseen and work in mysterious ways, but I say that guardian angels are the faithful when they live out their baptismal call to bring Christ’s love, mercy, kindness, love, healing, and presence to those in need! Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus Publisher State Officers Robert W. Fox State Deputy Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson State Chaplain Kenneth B. Unterbrink State Secretary 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 Supreme Director Michigan State Council Office 6025 Wall Street Sterling Hgts., MI 48312 Office Phone Fax Email: mikofc@sbcglobal.net Lawrence T. Grabowski Executive Secretary Editorial Gary M. Kolbicz, Editor g.kolbicz@mikofc.org Copy Deadline Michigan Columbian Publication Schedule Month March 1st……………April 2015 June 1st………………July 2015 September 1st……….October 2015 December 1st………..January 2014 Please Send All Copy Material To: Gary M. Kolbicz 39373 Durand Drive Sterling Heights, MI. 48310 Phone: 586-939-3886 Home Fax: 586-939-3886 Email – g.kolbicz@mikofc.org Moving? Notify your local council. Send your new address and mailing labet to: Knights of Columbus Membership Records PO Box 1670 New Haven, CT 06507-0901 Court agrees with Becket—Protects World War II Monument From Atheist Attack 8/31/2015 Reprinted with permission from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Popular 60-year-old “Big Mountain Jesus” war memorial can remain standing WASHINGTON, D.C. – Moments ago, a Court agreed with the Becket Fund that a historical World War II memorial affectionately called “Big Mountain Jesus” by locals can remain standing in the ski slopes near Kalispell, Montana. The 60-year -old statue, located in the Flathead National Forest, honors soldiers who fought against the Nazis in the Alps of continued on page 11

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN O CT O BER 201 5 4 There Is Much That We Must Do Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director My Brother Knights and Ladies, As you read this Pope Francis has just completed his Apostolic Journey to the United States. The theme of the journey is Love is our mission. With the Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and his messages to the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and to the World Meeting of Families he no doubt electrified not only the faithful but the entire country as well. His visits to a school and a prison are in keeping with his preaching the gospels to all. With an estimated 1.5 to 2 Million in attendance at the concluding Mass for the World Meeting of Families we were all able to see and hear His Holiness live as he preached to us. His visit is a blessing and our Order was instrumental in making his visit to Philadelphia a memorable one. Volunteers, organizers, material support from the Knights of Columbus all played a part in the successful and lasting lessons of the World Meeting of Families Congress. For us Knights this is another reason to be so proud of our Order. In Service To One, In Service To All, We begin our 4th month of the fraternal year and we begin the last quarter of the calendar year. Our schools are busy, our activities seem to never end, and in a few short weeks we will brave the forest for deer, celebrate with family and friends at Thanksgiving, prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas and steel ourselves for another New Year. All that and some Knights of Columbus business too. The 133rd Annual Supreme Convention was held the first week of August in Philadelphia and we celebrated the Order’s record setting year in which Knights donated more than $173 million to charity, volunteered more than 71.5 million hours of their time, and raised the insurance program to new heights. So many wonderful projects that we do, so many gifts we give, all in the name of our First Principle of Charity. A prominent theme of this year’s convention was the Order’s assistance for Christian Refugees. Iraqi and Syrian Christians, as well as other religious minorities, continue to face violent persecution and the very real prospect of extinction. Thousands have fled their homelands to escape forced conversion or martyrdom. Michigan’s large population of Chaldeans, Iraqi Catholics, knows all too well the persecution of their relatives and friends in Iraq. Our help for the Christian Refugee Relief fund is necessary for their very survival. Michigan was once again one of the top states for charity dollars, charity hours, vocations gifts, etc. We can be very proud of the Knights of Michigan and their families for the work and sacrifice that we exhibit each and every day. We are an important jurisdiction in the order, a big state with a big heart. Michigan was honored to have one of our own families awarded the International Family of the Year. Ron and Peggy Weingartz Family of St. Mary Magdalen Council 12295 in Brighton. Their strong family values, devotion to the Catholic faith, pro -life commitment, and service to the needy were just some of their attributes. A member and past grand knight of St. Mary Magdalen Council Ron and Peggy are involved in many council activities and are also active in their parish’s religious education efforts. They also spearhead a program that works with the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative to place ultrasound machines at pregnancy centers. Together with their children, they were the driving force behind a parish “Kids Against Hunger” campaign, benefiting hungry families. In all their good works, they follow the example of Ron’s parents, Ray and Marie Weingartz, who years ago established the Weingartz Family Foundation, which contributes to a number of church and community causes that the Michigan Knights know so well. Congratulations again to the Weingartz Families. In addition Michigan won the Council Activities International Service Award. St. Hubert Council 11658, Harrison Township. for their Fundraising for a Cure Activity. They won the award in May at the State Convention and they are now the International Award winners as well. Congratulations to all members of St. Hubert Council. However (of course there is a however), while the Order’s membership numbers are up, Michigan’s is not. Michigan is going through a 6 year period of declining membership. Not just slow membership growth, but actual reduction in total members from year to year for the past 6 years. My brother Knights and Ladies – ever wonder why the same old faces show up event after event? Why you seem to be working more and more? It’s probably because your council isn’t growing. Isn’t it time for you to contact your Council Grand Knight or Membership Director and ask if there is something that you can do to help grow your council? There are several membership drives scheduled for this fraternal year, perhaps you can ask to help during one. While helping on a charity project you can wear your K of C hat, shirt, or jacket promoting the Order during your good works. You can ask a friend or neighbor to join you during your charitable work, give him some exposure to the Knights. When there are corporate communions at a Mass that you don’t ordinarily attend, perhaps you can join your Brother Knights at that Mass. And of course there is that most direct way and ask a friend, family member or co-worker if they have thought about joining the Knights of Columbus, or ask if there are any questions you may answer for them. It is up to each of us to keep the order strong in membership. It has always been up to us. One or two cannot do it. One or two should not do it. We are the friends, the relatives, the acquaintances, and we are the proposers. We are who these prospective members have as their first contact in the membership recruitment process, and we are the ones that will see him through the first degree and beyond. Let us be those friends, relatives, acquaintances, those proposers that help our council’s membership by offering the gift of membership. It is up to us, it is up to you. On behalf of myself and Joyce we wish you and your family the very best Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and that peace is your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

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5 O CT O BER 201 5 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Advocate William H. Chasse My brother Knights fall is already here and we must ask ourselves are we true? True to our beliefs/God, True to our Charities, True to our Families/Friends, True to our Commitments, True to our Promises, and True to our Councils. If you answered yes to any of these, you’re off to a good start, if not; you still have time to make the changes to achieve your goals. But we can’t wait any longer; we need to make the changes now to achieve our goals. If we all try a little harder and look at what’s important; God, Family, Charity; all of our promises will be fulfilled and our councils will reap the awards. As your State Advocate I have come to realize that if we work together even though if at times we might not agree on things, as long as we get the job done and achieve what we want to achieve we are doing the work of the order. Within the past couple of years we have been asked by The Supreme Council to protect our Order and the dream of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, some changes are hard, but I ask you please help with the changes asked of us. I ask those of you who have not made the changes on your corporation buildings please do so and protect the name Knights of Columbus. I also ask those of you that are required to take the back ground check and training course to protect our children to please do so. I may not have understood why I should have done something and was reluctant to change, the more I listen and see, the more I understand why changes are necessary. We need to try harder with getting the word out to the public of what we do as Knights. When we do this, we may recruit others to join in and what better way to honor Fr. Michael J. McGivney’s dream. Please don’t hesitate to call me with any question you may have with our Orders Charter Constitution Laws. My wife Marybeth and I wish you a blessed fall season and look forward to seeing you at the winter meetings. God Bless State Program Director Gary L. Merritt Vivat Jesus! Well another Michigan summer has come and gone. I hope everyone enjoyed the activities that only warm weather accommodates. The time for council and parish picnics has passed, Independence Day celebrations and fireworks are only a memory and we will have to wait for the upcoming summer to enjoy them again. I would like to thank all the councils that organize and assist at these very important fraternal events. I would like to thank our State Family Life Director John Turek for organizing the State Family Campout. Although I was not able to attend, those that did had an exceptionally good time. The activities and games kept everyone busy and all were disappointed when it was time to pack up and go home. When John secures the dates and location for next year’s event I encourage you to put it on your to -do list. There are a couple opportunities to participate in Culture of Life activities this fall. 40 Days for Life runs from September 23 to November 1, 2015. Please pray for a successful event at your Council meetings or participate in prayer at a location near you. Check www.40daysforlife.com for opportunities in your area. Also Respect Life Sunday is October 4. Please join a 'Life Chain' in your area and/or pray for life on that day. State Respect for Life couple Paul and Sue Thorn are available to direct you. If you are like me I really enjoy the changing of seasons that living in Michigan provides. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year and outdoor activities are still possible. It also is a reminder that the Holiday season will be upon us shortly. And of course the kids are back in school. Many councils participate in the Youth programs now that summer vacations are over. The Soccer Challenge is growing in Michigan with promotion by the local councils within the schools and parishes. Many councils also provide a safe environment for the first holiday of the end of the year, Halloween. If you allow me to call Halloween a holiday. It sure is for many of our children. Here is an excerpt from a history of Halloween from catholicism.about.com; Various Christian churches had a hand in the early formation of Halloween as well. All Saint’s Day, November 1st, was very popular as was All Soul’s Day, on November 2nd. Paralleling these days was a feast celebrating the dead, known as Hallowtide, on October 31st. By the late Middle Ages, Hallowtide had developed into a fairly spectacular affair. Catholic traditions included the ringing of the church bells to comfort the souls in purgatory. As the Protestant churches began to gain influence in the early sixteenth century, and since they tended to abandon purgatory, a concerted effort arose to do away with this celebration. But even as Protestantism spread, religious authorities discovered that people loved the holiday too much to give it up. Treating the day as a time for fun I believe is the idea. Councils providing Trick or Treat parties and events such as Trunks for Treats with authorized supervision and parent involvement in a Christian atmosphere brings everyone together continued on page 9 Michigan State Council Membership Raffle Early Recruitment Contest One raffle ticket per new/reactivated member during the months of July & August was placed in a drum with their council number on the back of the ticket. One winner was drawn on September 4, 2015 “WINNER” Fr. H. Nouvel Council #4232 4840 Shattuck Rd. Saginaw, Michigan The $400 prize must be used only for the Councils RSVP Program A win for Fr. H. Nouvel Council #4232 and a win for Vocations

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN O CT O BER 201 5 6 State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot Greetings Brothers and Ladies: Let me give you a snapshot of how our state’s membership growth is going. Michigan is off to a good start toward meeting our membership goals thanks to our councils’ hard work. We have had our first Church Drive for the fraternal year. Compared to last fraternal year’s August Church Drive, we have doubled our performance. That is because more councils have seen the value of conducting a properly run church drive. In order for our State to meet Supreme’s goal of Circle of Honor (Star Council for states) we need to increase our membership intake by 17% over last fraternal year. At the end of August, we are slightly ahead of our goal. Keep up the great work! Often times, it seems like we are after numbers for numbers sake. That is the farthest thing from the truth. Let me put it into a different perspective. You may know that I am a retired Marine Corps Reserve SgtMaj. Whenever we planned an operation, be it a training exercise or giving aid to the locals, we evaluate our assets. Assets are our equipment and men. Our assets determine what we can accomplish and ultimately the success of the operation. This is also true for our Knights of Columbus. Particularly with our faith, Christian values and our Church being under attack from so many directions. More than ever, we need Practical Catholic men to stand shoulder to shoulder with us as we defend the poor, widows, orphans, elderly, unborn, family values and religious freedoms. The more men our councils have, the more they and our Order can accomplish. Our programs are the backbone of our Order, the more members in our councils, the more services we can provide to our Church and our community. Membership growth doesn’t come easily, it takes focus and hard work. Let me leave you with a quote from Pope Francis, “We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.”. Fraternally, Douglas Kokot “Catholic & Proud” K of C LADIES “CORNER” Hello Ladies, Now that we are moving into the fall we hope you were all able to relax, enjoy and refresh in the summers sun. It is always so good to watch the plants and flowers come and go and to get a few of those little projects around the house done. The Board was able to do something this summer that we have never done before, we went to the Knights Summer Camp out. Some of us brought our Grandchildren and thanks to all the planning by Lynn and John Turek we all had a great time. They had games for all ages and a lot of good food, even though we had to put up with a big boy with a water gun. It was a family event and something that all should think about. They had little cabins for those of us that don’t camp anymore. While at Supreme our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson and Supreme Chaplain, Arch Bishop Lori both commented on the sad state of affairs the world is in. Programs such as “The Witness of Faith, The Family Fully Alive”, the “Holy Family Prayer Program” and “The Knights of Columbus Christian Relief Program” are but a few of the many outreach programs from Supreme, they are asking you ladies to encourage your Knights to become active in as many programs as they feel comfortable with. As Pope Francis has challenged us, “we need to search out those fallen away and those in need”. What an honor it was for us at Supreme to see the “2015 Michigan Family of the Year”, the Ron Weingartz Family, receive the award for being chosen as the “2015 International Family of the Year”. We are so proud of them, congratulations Ron, Peggy and family. Our thanks also to the delegates and guests from Michigan that accompanied us to Supreme, we enjoyed spending time with you and getting to know you. Thank you for accepting to serve Michigan as delegates to the 133rd Supreme Convention. The State Charities Raffle tickets will be out soon. If you have not received your raffle tickets by November 1, 2015, have your husband check with the Grand Knight of his council or call the State Fund Raising Co_Directors Gary DeCarlo at 586-436-0121 or Michael Kkozakiewicz at 313-779-1348. These numbers can be used to request extra tickets to sell at council functions and fish frys. This is a very important raffle. It is from these funds that your State Council supports the many requests for aid.Please consider purchasing your raffle tickets, those in need will thank you. Winter Meeting is just around the corner so get all your sweatshirts, bath baskets, sheets, hats & mittens and whatever else I forgot ready to be loaded up. Volunteers are always needed to help get thing ready to go into the trucks. We will again be doing Christmas Casual with something a little bit better for the Prayer Service. So tune up your voice and be ready to have some fun. Just a reminder that at the Winter Meeting again this year we are doing lap blankets this time for the Veterans, so please bring your scissors. We look forward to seeing all of you there and having some time to chat. If you have Raffle Baskets ready for the Island you can bring them and the Board will make sure they get there safe and sound. Have a wonderful Fall and we will see you soon. God Bless, Sandy Ellie, Sue, Marybeth, Karen and Maureen Take Five Wally Papciak State Director – Michigan Charities Our state officers receive many request for donations in addition to the charities we already support. How can the state board respond to those in need? Where will the money come from? In the spirit of charity, the first principle of our order, will you help the Take Five Program of the Michigan Charities Fund continue to grow as a State Council resource for those in need? This program is so simple! If each member in the state would donate $5 our state officers would have over $300,000 at their disposal for the needy of Michigan. In the past year the Michigan Charities fund has been able to help many charities. Here is a list of just a few. Angela Hospice, CYO Catholic High School League, Pregnancy Centers all over the state, Jefferson House, Kids with Cancer, Capuchin Community Center, continued on page 7

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7 O CT O BER 201 5 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN International Service Awards Council Activities St. Hubert’s Council 11658, Harrison Township, Michigan: Fundraising for a Cure Through a number of fundraisers, including an annual Super Bowl party, Lenten fish fries, bake sales, bowling tournaments, square dancing and dueling piano nights, the council has raised over $100,000 in less than five years. The council has continued this effort through multiple grand knights and has earned Star Council status in each year of this project. Even though milestones have been reached in service to brother Knight and community, the council plans to continue raising funds for research. Several events are already planned for the next fraternal year. From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox These are some reasons why we need membership. Every man has his time, we just need to ask. In the September issue of the Columbia magazine several Michigan councils were recognized. Our Lady of the Lake Council 12985 in Montague , and it’s ladies guild , donated funds for a new alter at St. Teresa’s Cathedral in Nigeria. Richard Council 788 in Lansing delivered more than 110 “Casey the Teddy Bear” to local police. Council 788 was also noted at the Supreme Convention. St Francis Council 13958 in Traverse City came to the aid of a fellow council member who had fallen on hard times. The Paw Paw Assembly joined the American Legion in presenting a $10,000.00 check to the VA center in Battle Creek. Congratulations to these councils and the many others doing the good work of the Order. There is more good news. The church drives this past August were awesome. In the previous year’s church drive in August we had 77 form 100s this year 171. Prospect cards increased also from 100 to 301. Outstanding job brothers, congratulations to all. Let’s keep the momentum in Michigan alive and well. God Bless CULTURE OF LIFE Former District Deputy Stephan Artz was the first to take on the challenge of purchasing an Ultrasound machine for Center for Women in Jackson. The machine was dedicated in July, 2009. It was recently announced that 100 babies have been saved by this machine which was also the third machine to purchased using Supreme’s Ultrasound Initiative. Congratulations to all those involved in purchasing this machine. A celebration is scheduled at the clinic during October. This program does work. Please remember in your prayers the people participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign that is currently underway. Thousands of babies have been saved during these campaigns. Plans are being finalized for the annual bus trip to Washington DC for the March for Life which takes place on January 22, 2016. Information about the trip is on the State Council web site and has been sent to all Councils. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you for supporting life from conception through natural death. Paul and Sue Thorn, State Culture of Life Couple Fr. Mc Givney Chair of Life Ethics Goes One More Year John L. Rademacher State Director Fr. McGivney Fund Donations from the membership of the Michigan Knights of Columbus membership exceeded expectation for fraternal year 2015. Approximately, $130, 000 was collected by councils and forwarded to the State Secretary for deposit. At the Bishops Gala this summer, State Deputy R. Fox presented a $125,000 check to Monsignor Todd Lajiness, President of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The Knights of Columbus commitment in 2004, for the Fr. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics was $1,250,000. With the generous donations noted above, the balance due to meet our commitment is approximately $85,000. Thus, the council Financial Secretaries will incorporate with their dues notice for 2016, a request for each member to include with their dues, a $12 donation for the Fr. McGivney Fund. Once the foundation is fully funded, Sacred Heart Major Seminary will draw from the interest and dividends to fund the Culture of Life department. Chaired by Dr. Janet Smith, the department provides education to seminarians and lay people on subjects such as abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, same sex relations, etc. PROSPECTS TO MEMBERS Take Five Catholic Times, Catholic Publications, Guest House, RTL – Life Span Of Michigan, St Vincent Home, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, St Francis Cabrini Clinic, Special Days Camp, Catholic Radio, Parochial Schools Cross Country Youth Rally, Prep Bowl, Madonna University, plus many others. To participate in the program is so simple, my brother knights! In just a short time. Your financial secretary will be sending out your 2016 dues notice along with a request to donate $5 to Take Five Program. Just include $5 to your 2016 dues payment or submit a separate check payable to your council (write “Take 5” on your check’s memo line.) Your financial secretary will send the total Take Five contributions to the state secretary. Working together as one membership of almost 70,000 brother knights we can be a tremendous source of support for those who need us. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at w.papciak@mikofc.org. Thank you in advance for your help to others. Vivat Jesus!

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN O CT O BER 201 5 8 The Importance of Fraternal Insurance Companies in the Industry To understand the importance of fraternal insurance companies in the industry today, it’s important to first look back at the history of the fraternal benefit society. Why did organizations like the Knights of Columbus and the others represented here today come into existence? Living conditions around the turn of the 20 th century were conducive to the rise of fraternal organizations. Many Fraternals were formed to serve groups and communities that were on the fringes of society, overlooked by the established institutions of the day. In 1882, when the Knights of Columbus was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, many of the government programs and agencies that exist today to render aid had not even been dreamt of yet. There was no welfare, no government assistance. No individual health care and certainly no employer -based health care. In fact, working conditions for these overlooked members of society were often deplorable. There was no OSHA and largely no rules or standard for safety. Keep in mind that the most dangerous jobs, as is often the case today, were held by immigrants or minority groups who were struggling to survive. In 1882, the vulnerable group was Catholics and their need was seen by Father Michael J. McGivney who, along with a few other brave men, gathered to form the Knights of Columbus. Their mission, through humble beginnings, was to provide for widows and orphans of members, killed while trying to earn a living, usually leaving the family destitute and hopeless on the church steps, with nowhere else to turn. Many Fraternals can cite similar origins, rendering assistance after the death of the breadwinner. Taking care of their community, whether based on faith, creed and nationality. Charity work that actually began at home, but it did not end there. It expanded to the neighborhood, to the council, to the parish hall, to the community at large then, expanded into the world beyond. In 2014, members of fraternal benefit societies donated more than 71.5 million volunteer hours into the communities they serve. Over the past decade, the Knights of Columbus volunteered more than 691 million hours, which, according to Independent Sector, a foundation that encourages charitable giving, the estimated dollar value of that time is in excess of 11.6 billion dollars. In 2014, Michigan Knights alone gave more than 1.9 million hours in charity service. In itself, the charitable work of fraternals has a positive impact upon the industry as a whole. There’s no way that that volume of service and good deeds could not influence the industry. But consider also the amount of money that fraternals put back into their communities. Annually, fraternals contribute more than 400 million dollars to charitable organizations. This is not to say that the large insurance companies do not participate in or give to charities, but fraternals and their members are driven to give and many local, grass-roots organizations could not survive without the contributions of fraternals. All of this reflects well on the insurance industry. Our presence is a flower in the industry’s lapel. Among our fraternal members, our organizations stand out among other insurance providers because of our commitment to give and because of our strong presence in our communities. Fraternals have a unique role in the industry and in the lives of our members. Our organizations are sometimes seen as two separate, but interlocked businesses: a fraternal, charitable group and an insurance provider. This interesting distinction is one that other companies in the industry cannot claim, along with our non profit status. These give fraternals an edge in the market as well as a responsibility to that market. At the Knights of Columbus, we refer to this edge as the fraternal advantage. Most other fraternals likely make the same claim. Unlike commercial companies, we do not solicit business from the general public. We don’t advertise our products and services to non-members. When a brand new agent walks in the door to my agency, he already knows who his target market is and already has a lot in common with them. Fraternal companies, unlike the industry as a whole, do not ask the agents to find people to call. There is no cold calling. Every lead is a warm lead and every call is to a brother and his family. This allows us a great privilege: access to people who may not speak to a commercial agent, but they will speak to a fellow Knight or a fellow Woodman. This goes back to the origins of our benefit societies. We are not strangers to our members. We share much in common with them, and we can understand their financial situations better than those in the commercial world. This insight helps us gain their trust, which is so very important in any sales or consulting situation. We take on the role of advisor in a way that is unique in our industry because of the close interactions we have with our client members. After all, this is a family who attends your church, volunteers with you on the weekend, attends councils meetings. We are our marketing and that keeps our organizations strong and ethical. Today, our market needs us more than ever. Statistics show that more than half of American families have no individually owner insurance policies. Most who have any insurance know that they have too little coverage. Many families, especially young families, plan to buy life insurance products in the next year, but they are procrastinators. They will put it off because the need doesn’t seem as immediate as it really is. They don’t purchase because they are afraid the coverage they so desperately need will be too expensive. They don’t purchase because they don’t understand our products, how they work or how simple the buying process really is. Study after study provides hard data that reaffirms this. The trust and rapport that agents in fraternal benefit societies form with their clients-members gives us a great responsibility in the industry. It is our duty to educate our members, to reach these men and their families as only fraternal agents can. To go into households every day and discuss the needs that family has, for today and for the future, is the mission. We are tasked with overcoming their objections and getting to the root of their fears about our products. Pushing through the procrastination, fraternal agents must show the immediacy of the need that uninsured or underinsured families face daily. We must show that coverage has a cost in dollars and cents to can fit into any budget, but having no coverage has a price beyond measure. We must educate and explain our products in simple terms and breakdown the human element of insurance that is too often intangible. We all have personal stories of families who went without coverage. It is our responsibility to share these stories with all of our members in hope that future tragedies can be avoided. continued on page 9

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9 O CT O BER 201 5 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN State Program Director Gary L. Merritt for an enjoyable time. Promotion of the upcoming All Saints Day and All Souls Day can make it a true Catholic celebration. As I think about it Halloween isn’t the first holiday of the year, Columbus Day comes on October 12th. Many communities have parades to recognize the day and I am always proud when I see our 4th Degree Color Corps participating and many of our councils help organize these events. Of course the weekend prior is the scheduled fall MI Tootsie Roll Drive which is a great way to promote our namesake. Thanks to all the councils that raise funds participating in this drive. Many, especially non -Knights know us by this event. As fall continues and we move into winter councils will be finalizing plans and conducting many youth activities. The Free Throw Tournament is very popular throughout the State, but there are many other activities in which our kids love to participate. The Drug and Substance Abuse Poster Contest, Spelling Bee, Essay Contest, and Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest are all valuable programs for our youth and are easy to conduct. Support is available from the Supreme and State levels. I encourage all councils to participate in these programs. Diocesan Program Directors and State Youth Activities Director Kevin Rowley are available for your assistance. November marks the beginning of mailing the State Raffle tickets to members. Please see the information on the back of this newsletter describing the prizes. I thank Gary DeCarlo and Mike Kozakiewicz for heading the project this year. Buy tickets, sell tickets, please help raise funds for our State’s charities. Just like every program is a recruitment opportunity, every program is an opportunity to sell raffle tickets. Veterans Day cannot be over emphasized and is recognized as a Holiday by our councils and assemblies. Again community parades and celebrations are the most popular way to celebrate and I commend the councils that participate in these. I am always impressed with the Masses dedicated to our Veterans and I thank all the members that help organize these special liturgies. One such example is the Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on November 8th. All are invited to join our State Officers in attending this beautiful memorial. By the time you read this article information should be on the State website. As we move later into November family get -togethers increase to celebrate our families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Most of our councils participate in food drives to help support those in need so they may provide meals for their families. This is especially important during this time of year. Thanks to all that share in this program. Your Thankfulness could be that you are able to help others enjoy the season. Other important programs during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day seasons are the Fraternal activities, dinners, parties and get-togethers. It is necessary to share this time with your Knights family also. The council and parish New Year Eve parties are a fantastic way to end the year. Keep Christ in Christmas programs are as elaborate as billboards and as simple as Christmas cards or car magnets and are a great way to promote the theme, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Information can be obtained from our State Community Activities Director Mike Wegener. And of course the most important thing we can do is attend Mass. Many of us become more involved in church activities as Advent starts, attending daily Mass and special programs at our Parishes. As Knights we should also be promoting our faith and Church. What a great time of year to spread our word. It can be done by working with your Chaplains and Pastors to organize programs such as a Mass of explanation, retreats, scripture studies or prayer sessions. Thanks to the councils that have taken the initiative to evangelize. Our State Director of Evangelization Tom Arehart is on board to help you develop programs where needed. I encourage all to continue your great programs and consider trying a new one this year. Remember it’s why men join us, for our programs. Even though I have touched on the holidays it is still hard to envision the winter season because as I am writing this it is 90 degrees outside. This will be the last Michigan Columbian before January so I would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! SPD Gary L. Merritt Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney pray for us. The Importance of Fraternal Insurance Companies in the Industry Don’t get me wrong, commercial agents are driven. But there is a different underlying drive in every fraternal agent. He may not be aware of it. He may have taken the field agent contract out of simple need for a new career path, maybe the flexibility of schedule offered, or maybe the income potential. But somewhere in that agent is the same calling that the founding members of his fraternal society heard. The desire to help like-minded members and their families lives through him and the work he does. Above all, this spirit sets fraternals apart in the industry and keeps our organizations a valuable part of the insurance industry. In Christ Don M. Wesley FICF Knights of Columbus Supreme Council Insurance General Agent-Southeast Michigan 2 Crocker Blvd., Suite 301 Mount Clemens, MI 48043 Office: 888-393-7539 Fax: 586-591-6500 E-Mail: don.wesley@kofc.org Casey Teddy Bears Richard Council 788 in Lansing, delivered more than 110 “Casey the Teddy Bear” Plush toys to be used in police patrol vehicles in the Lansing area. The bears will be used by local law enforcement agencies and victims advocate groups to assist children in traumatic situations. SHINING ARMOR AWARD

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN O CT O BER 201 5 10 Shining Stars Winners of the 2014-15 Star Council, Columbian, Father McGivney, and Founders’ awards have been announced by the Supreme Council office. Star Council winners numbered 2,163. As of June 30, 2015, Luzon led with 286 councils, Visayas with 139 councils and Texas with 125 councils. The totals for the other awards were: 4,989 Columbian Award winners; 3,509 Father McGivney Award winners; and 2,878 Founders’ Award winners. Awards are now being engraved and will be forwarded to the district deputies of record. Awards will also be sent to the state deputy, if requested. If a council wins only a Founders’ Award, it will be sent to the general agent of record. A complete listing of award winners is listed below. The listing is in alphabetical order by jurisdiction and contains the council number followed by one or more of the following letters: C (Columbian Award), M (McGivney Award), F (Founders’ Award), and S (Star Councils, including Double Star and Triple Star). 305 S 389 C 414 S 521 C 575 F 600 M 609 F 640 C 649 M 689 C 706 C 744 S 788 C 791 C 853 C 856 C 2022 C 2084 F 2141 C 2168 C 2251 C 2291 C 2463 M/F 2508 C 2632 C 2660 C/M 2667 C 2690 C 2713 M 2740 C 2890 C 2924 C 2934 DS 2950 C 2966 S 3027 C 3029 S 3042 C 3170 C/F 3191 S 3230 C 3292 C 3312 C 3590 C 3615 C 3774 C 3797 C 3823 C 3848 C/M 3956 DS 3959 S 4055 F 4064 S 4188 C 4232 S 4235 F 4401 S 4404 C 4764 C 5255 C/F 5436 C 5446 C 5460 C 5492 C/F 5981 S 6293 S 6548 C 6549 S 6593 C 6657 C 6687 C 6742 C 6824 C/M 6980 C 7011 DS 7018 C 7115 S 7227 C 7239 S 7329 C 7340 M/F 7341 C 7444 C 7487 C 7545 S 7561 C/F 7587 C/M 7761 S 7780 C 7869 C 7891 S 7918 C 7955 C 8043 C 8071 S 8113 C 8117 C 8169 S 8186 TS 8274 C 8284 S 8291 S 8392 C 8489 C 8500 C 8556 C 8582 C 8605 S 8659 C 8687 M/F 8710 S 8820 C 8892 C/F 8902 C 9182 C 9301 C 9305 C 9346 M 9526 C 9568 C 9802 C 9909 M/F 9937 C 9962 C 10006 C 10170 C 10542 S 10724 C 10777 M 10992 S 11099 S 11113 M 11581 S 11658 C 11756 C 11761 C 11772 S 11811 C 11957 C 12044 C 12102 S 12258 M 12295 S 12403 C 12479 S 12985 S 12998 C 13035 C 13319 C 13340 S 13360 C/M 13362 C 13419 S 13432 C 13449 C 13452 C 13453 DS 13475 C 13485 S 13499 TS 13579 DS 13600 S 13607 M 13634 S 13641 TS 13645 C/F 13653 M 13673 S 13731 C 13749 S 13782 M 13793 S 13799 S 13810 S 13930 S 13939 C 13958 DS 13980 S 13983 C 13992 C 14056 S 14206 C 14211 DS 14366 F 14404 S 14427 DS 14586 C 14598 S 14642 M 14883 C/M 14928 C 15021 M 15057 C 15135 C 15186 M 15204 M 15213 C/M 15337 S 15352 DS 15417 M 15439 S 15454 C 15495 C 15548 S 15691 S 15692 S 15889 S 15937 S 15967 DS 16169 M/F Knights of Columbus Earns Top Rating From A.M. Best for 40th Consecutive Year phy, which combines good business decisions with an outlook that puts people before profits." Supreme Knight Anderson added that “a key to our organizaCiting the Knights of Colum- tion’s strength consists of our excellent agents, who are Knights of bus' strong presence Columbus, and who view their brother Knights as family memin Catholic commu- bers.” Concerning the Knights of Columbus, A.M. Best noted: nities and its mem“Through conservative management, active fraternalism, and high bers' loyalty, ratings -quality insurance products, the fraternal society has grown to a agency A.M. Best multi-billion dollar international insurance organization.” reaffirmed the K of C’s rating of A++ (Superior) for financial A.M. Best also reported: “Historically, the order's continued strength. The rating agency’s announcement marks the 40th constatutory gains from operations after dividends coupled with realsecutive year that the Knights of Columbus earned A.M. Best's ized investment gains has enabled the order to build its adjusted highest marks. unassigned funds in excess of needs to an exceptional level of risk The Knights of Columbus has $99.1 billion of life insurance in -adjusted capitalization.” force and $22 billion in assets under management. No insurer in “As a result,” said A.M. Best, “the order's investment earnings North America is more highly rated than the Knights of Columon surplus allows protection against market fluctuations and are bus. used to produce dividends paid to policyholders, which aid in the "Knights and their families are not just customers, they are sale and retention of its business. The currently strong risk members of a fraternal family, united by their common bonds of faith and service,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "Our rat- adjusted capitalization has resulted in considerable financial ing is a testament to our ethical and sustainable business philoso- strength and provides it with substantial capital to support future growth opportunities.” 8/24/2015 Financial strength rated A++ (Superior)

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11 O CT O BER 201 5 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Annual Report of the Supreme Knight In his annual report delivered at the 133rd Supreme Convention in Philadelphia, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson noted the Order’s record levels of charity, with over $173 million in donations and over 71.5 million hours of volunteer service. The supreme knight cited some of the major accomplishments of the Order: a new record in charitable giving, continued membership growth, and an increase in membership for the 43rd consecutive year to a total membership of 1,883,598 brother Knights. At the opening of his report, the supreme knight officially announced the convention’s theme, “Endowed by Their Creator With Life and Liberty.” “It (the theme) is appropriate since we are meeting in the city of Philadelphia, a city steeped in Catholic history,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson as he opened his report. “My brother Knights, this is the 15th time that I will fulfill my responsibility as supreme knight to report to you on the accomplishments of your Order during the past year. Today, I report to you that the Knights of Columbus has never been stronger and more relevant.” The supreme knight spoke to an audience of nearly 95 archbishops and bishops, including 11 cardinals, scores of clergy and approximately 2,000 members of the Knights and their families from throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. “Our parishes and neighborhoods are better places today because of the efforts of our nearly 1.9 million members,” Supreme Knight Anderson said in referring to the records of over $173 million in donations and over 71.5 million hours of volunteer service. “We are building a better world, one council at a time.” He also announced that the Knights of Columbus has seen impressive membership growth including in new areas such as Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and South Korea. “Most brother Knights say they were asked to join the Knights of Columbus by a family member or friend,” Supreme Knight Anderson said. “Yet too many Knights today rarely ask someone to join us. All of us need to make an extra effort to extend the benefits of membership to more Catholic men, so today I ask every brother Knight to recruit at least three new members this year.” Supreme Knight Anderson also highlighted the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund that has already sent more than $3 million to assist Christians in Syria and Iraq. “Our dollars provide housing and medical care,” he said. “But we can do more. Today I announce that the Knights of Columbus will redouble our efforts to bring aid to those victims. We will begin a new education campaign to expose the crimes against humanity that are being committed. It is time for a season of truth about what is happening to Christians.” The supreme knight then asked the convention attendees to raise with him the Olive Wood Crosses that had been supplied to them as a show of solidarity with persecuted Christians. Supreme Knight Anderson also announced that the Knights will be partnering with the group, charity: water, to build 20 new clean water wells in Africa. “As one African priest told us when he heard of our initiative, ‘Water is life, and I thank the Knights of Columbus for reaching out with this precious gift of life,’” the supreme knight said. In discussing the Order’s insurance program, Supreme Knight Anderson said that insurance in force is at $99 billion, an amount that has more than doubled in the last 12 years, and also that the Order’s Insurance program has earned A.M. Best’s highest rating, A++ (Superior), for the 40th consecutive year. Court agrees with Becket—Protects World War II Monument From Atheist Attack of Italy. Lawyers at the Becket Fund defended the memorial against a Wisconsin-based militant atheist group demanding its removal and claiming that the mere presence of the statue violated the First Amendment. “Today’s decision rejects the idea that history and the First Amendment ought to be enemies,” said Eric Baxter, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “Freedom From Religion Foundation wanted to use the First Amendment to erase Big Mountain Jesus from memory, even though it is, as the Court recognized, a crucial part of the history of Montana. Thank goodness for common sense.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the popular memorial can remain atop a Montana ski slope where it has stood without controversy for more than 60 years (see video). The monument, modeled after the statues soldiers encountered in the Alps during World War II, was erected in 1954 by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization that worked with veterans from the Army’s Tenth Mountain Division to commemorate their comrades who died fighting for our freedom. “Does a statue standing alone in the forest establish an official state religion? Today the Ninth Circuit emphatically said no.” said Senior Counsel Eric Baxter. “The Court rightly rejected Freedom From Religion Foundation’s radical idea that a privately owned memorial standing in the middle of a ski resort violates the Constitution.” The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, publicinterest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions. For over 20 years, it has defended clients of all faiths, including Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians.Its recent cases include three major Supreme Court victories: the landmark ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and the 9-0 rulings in Holt v. Hobbs and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, the latter of which The Wall Street Journal called one of “the most important religious liberty cases in a half century.”

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN O CT O BER 201 5 12 Date of Degree 9/26/2015 9/26/2015 9/26/2015 9/26/2015 9/26/2015 9/27/2015 9/27/2015 10/1/2015 10/3/2015 10/4/2015 10/10/2015 10/10/2015 10/11/2015 10/18/2015 10/18/2015 10/19/2015 10/20/2015 10/24/2015 10/24/2015 10/24/2015 10/25/2015 10/28/2015 10/31/2015 11/7/2015 11/14/2015 1/16/2016 1/23/2016 1/24/2016 2/13/2016 2/14/2016 2/20/2016 2/27/2016 2/27/2016 2/27/2016 2/28/2016 3/5/2016 3/13/2016 3/19/2016 3/19/2016 4/1/2016 4/3/2016 4/16/2016 Start Time of First Degree 9:30 AM none 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 9:00 AM none 11:30 AM none 9:00 AM none 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM none none none 9:00 AM 9:00 AM none none 4th Degree 4th Degree 10:00 AM none 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 8:30 AM 1:15 PM 1:30 PM State 9:00 AM 9:00 AM n/a 4th Degree 9:00 AM none 9:30 AM 4th Degree 1:00 PM 4th Degree Start Time of Second Degree 11:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:15 AM 11:00 AM 10:30 AM 2:00 PM 1:00 PM 6:30 PM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 2:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 6:30 PM Exemp Exemp 11:30 AM 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Deputy 10:30 AM 10:30 AM n/a Exemp 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Exemp 2:30 PM Exemp Start Time of Third Degree 12:00 noon 10:30 AM 11:15 AM 12:00 Noon 11:30 AM 3:00 PM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM 11:30 AM 2:00 PM 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 Noon 1:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 3:00 PM 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 2:00 PM 7:30 PM Location of Degree Clio Lansing New Baltimore Coldwater Grosse Ile Cooperville Lincoln Park Kalamazoo Sterling Heights Jackson Clarkston Eastpointe Centerline Imlay City Host DD Phone No. Don Faxlander Gaylend Meeks Anthony Jubinski Jim Highfield Jeff Dombrowski W. David Gibson David Bieniak Jeff Cypher Michael Hughes Jeff Thomas Daniel Fuller Larry Pitruzzello Harry Deneweth Matthew Stapels 810-610-1773 517-896-8327 586-725-3207 574-286-3290 734-693-0808 231-865-2193 313-610-3200 269-382-5879 586-549-0302 517-416-9677 248-394-1034 586-871-8716 586-772-5463 810-728-4087 12:30 PM 10:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 Noon 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Tribute 11:30 AM 11:30 AM n/a 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 Noon 3:30 PM Portland Lawrence Adams Remus John Mayer Owosso Rick Stone Howell Richard LaMay Waterford Robert Brines Harrison Township Richard Abernathy Grand Rapids Ken Skonecki Livonia Ed Strach Battle Creek George Walrath Bay City Robert Krauseneck Taylor Felice "Tony" Lalli Grand Rapids Douglas Graves Utica David D. Kuptz Dearborn Tom Kramarz Clinton Township Michael Mejia Pinckney Jim Osborne Lansing Dave Myers Dinner Gross Pointe Park Jim Kelly Sterling Heights Richard Abernathy Allen Park David Bieniak Warren John Hundiak Clawson Mark Brezenski North Muskegon Garret Kelenske Bronson Caro Grand Rapids Jim Highfield George Walrath William Learman Robert Krauseneck 616-374-8340 989-560-8572 517-755-0570 517-304-2625 248-842-8943 586-466-4932 616-698-0380 734-476-6296 614-216-5673 989-893-7863 313-779-4976 616-363-7904 586-651-3133 313-410-2796 586-321-9491 313-613-4105 517-281-1092 586-909-8359 586-306-1296 313-610-3200 248-652-3433 248-227-8120 231-744-8126 574-286-3290 614-216-5673 989-551-7735 989-893-7863

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