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 ”
Volume 67 No. 4
HAPPY EASTER MAY THE JOY OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION FILL YOUR HEART AND BLESS YOUR LIFE
State Chaplain Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson State Deputy Robert & Sandra Fox State Secretary Kenneth & Eleanor Unterbrink State Treasurer Antonio & Sue Vittorini State Advocate William & Marybeth Chasse State Warden Walter & Karen Winkle, Jr. Immediate Past State Deputy Michael & Maureen Malinowski Supreme Director Thomas & Joyce Wegener, PSD
Detroit Archdiocesan Chaplain Rev. Paul Ballien Gaylord Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Donald Geyman Grand Rapids Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Lam T. Le Kalamazoo Diocesan Chaplain Very Rev. Robert F. Creagan Lansing Diocesan Chaplain Very Rev. William J. Turner, PHD, KCHS Marquette Diocesan Chaplain Rev. Corey J. Litzner Saginaw Diocesan Chaplain Rev. James WM. Bessert
OFFICAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
N A I B M U L HIGAN CO
FIRE “LIGHT THE WITHIN”
April 2016 Volume 67 No. 4
From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
My brother knights and families, The Lenten season is now behind us and I hope that we are refreshed in mind and spirit. I trust that everyone enjoyed a blessed and family filled Easter Last month the state board met with all seven Bishops of Michigan, including the Auxiliary Bishops, to discuss how we are implementing the new initiative from Supreme, “Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening the Parish”. As Catholic men and families of the Knights of Columbus we are already involved with many of the ministries of the parishes. Eucharistic ministers, ushers, cantors, lectors and greeters are just a few of the ministries we are involved in. These ministries, while extremely important, are really quite easy to be involved in, we are at church on Sunday anyway. What we, the bishops and the Supreme initiative, are looking for is to implement a deeper involvement with our parishes. By now you are asking what are asking, “Deeper involvement”? What now? I do enough! It is a known fact that where the mother is the main faith strength of the family the children have a ten percent chance of retaining their faith after leaving home. On the other end of the spectrum where the father is involved with family faith the percentage jumps to seventy percent. That’s quite a difference. We need to become involved with the teaching aspect of the Church, the religious education of our youth. Many of the meetings I have attended and had the opportunity to speak with religious education directors revealed that a majority of the teachers were women. Please do not read me wrong, the ladies are excellent instructors, but we need more male leaders to step forward. It seems that our youth look at religious education as a girl thing since very few, sometimes none, of the instructors are men. We need our youth to see that it is ok for a man to lead them in faith formation, that it’s ok for a father to be the strong faith leader of the family and still do all the “guy things.” What I am asking is that we, as men of a parish, who happen to be Knights of Columbus members, become more involved with the faith formation of our youth. This means we need to become involved with CCD, both upper and lower elementary, children’s liturgy of the word at mass on Sunday. Probably the most important junior and senior high school religious education, these are the youth who are getting ready to enter the world and need a strong faith to depend upon in tough times. Also consider taking part in the RCIA program as a sponsor, you might be surprised what you will learn. Those who accept this challenge be sure to wear your Knights of Columbus shirts, a little advertisement doesn’t hurt. Shirts are planned to be on sale at the convention, this will be a perfect time to purchase one if you do not have one. At the meeting with the Bishops the consensus was that the male presence in faith development is the direction the Knights of Columbus need to impress upon its membership. It’s really a win/ win situation. The more we express ourselves as men of strong faith the more men of the parish, who are not knights, will look at us in a different light and consider joining. Being men and families of faith also applies to our challenge of Evangelization. We all have relationships with people that say they are Catholic but seldom attend Mass. By displaying a strong Catholic faith in our day to day lives we may just bring them back to the faith. Think about it! Therefore, I ask, please consider taking part in some aspect of religious education in your parish. We are down to the last three months of the fraternal year and now is the time to make sure that the candidates are ready and degrees are scheduled. After a degree, make certain that the form 100 is emailed in to Supreme. Michigan has been running in second or third place in the Supreme memberships top ten games. Ohio is ahead of us with Illinois leading. The percentage difference is small so let’s put Ohio, (Sorry Ken), and Illinois where they belong, behind Michigan. Michigan is finishing the year strong thanks to all the support from the councils. Keep up the good work. Our Convention is just around the corner, this being an important election year I ask that those coming as delegates visit the candidates’ hospitality room, get to know them. More importantly enjoy the time on Mackinaw Island. This is the last article that I will be writing for the Columbian. It’s hard to realize that ten years have gone by already. The journey has been awesome and there are a lot of people to thank. To all the councils I, and my wife, have had the opportunity to visit; your hospitality and friendship will always be in our thoughts. To the District Deputies, Diocesan Directors the State Directors I have had the chance to know I thank you for your service to the continued on page 13
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Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson, KHS State Chaplain
Priests are not historians, recording only past events. Nor are they fortune tellers who can predict what will happen. Rather, priests are called to lead us decisively into the future, by fearlessly informing us of what God is doing in his world today, and what he expects and demands of us, his chosen people as we journey to tomorrow. Priests must speak with the voice of a prophet. Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah were compelled to proclaimed a message that in effect said: “Right now, this is what God asks and expects of you: we have seen the signs, and this is how God intends to use us.” A prophet is someone who speaks spiritually, seeing life as he does through the eyes of God himself. Or better still, he is someone with “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16), calling us to do fearlessly whatever is God’s will for us right here and now. Being is prophet is not easy, because often the message to be delivered is counter to the culture at the time. Many of the Old Testament prophets were not received well by the people of their day, and at times it is not much different today. People do not like to hear that they are living counter to God’s plan for humanity, and yet that is the duty of a prophet. Without prophets to remind us of God’s plan and God’s will for us, it is easy to convince ourselves that God will understand or that how we are living isn’t that far from the kingdom of God. Though the message may not always be received well by the people of God, it is the responsibility of the priest acting as prophet for our time to remind people of: the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, our commitment to the poor and downtrodden and that this is not optional, building our lives on a spiritual foundation and not a material foundation, the temptations that can so easily become pitfalls for our lives, values that are worth sacrificing for or even dying for, the truth found only in Jesus Christ and His Church, our need for a Savior, because we cannot save ourselves. This is not an exhaustive list of the prophetic task of the priest today, but it certainly reminds us that the message is no less counter cultural today than it was in the past. However, truth be told it is really the responsibility of each and every baptized individual to be a prophetic voice in the midst of the world. On the day of our baptism each of us was anointed with the chrism of salvation to enable us to live out our call to be “priest, prophet, and king. . .as member s of his [Christ’s] body, sharing everlasting life.” (Rite of Baptism) Though it is the responsibility of the priest to act as prophet for the faith community he serves, it is the responsibility of all the baptized to live in such a way that their lives speak prophetically in the midst of the world. This is no easy task, because as Jesus reminded his disciples, “no prophet gains acceptance in his native place.” (Luke 4:24), but we know that God will give us what we need to complete the task that he has given each of us even if the task may seem impossible. Remember. . .nothing is impossible with God! Living Rosary at the State Capitol There will be a Living Rosary for America’s Future on the east grounds of the State Capitol in Lansing on Saturday, May 21. The Living Rosary will start at 10am with Very Reverend Father William J. Turner, Lansing Diocesan Chaplain being the keynote speaker. All Knights including their family and friends are encouraged to attend this event as a demonstration of faith. This event is organized by Bishop Albers Assembly #0496 and the Lansing Assembly #3334 along with Michigan Districts 51 and 52. For further information contact PDD Chris Hanson at 517-388-0666.
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
State Officers Robert W. Fox
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
Michigan State Council Office 6025 Wall Street Sterling Hgts., MI 48312 Office Phone Fax Email: email@example.com Lawrence T. Grabowski
Editorial Gary M. Kolbicz, Editor
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The End Of The Fraternal Year Is Fast Approaching
Thomas M. Wegener, PSD Supreme Director
My Brother Knights and Ladies, The end of the fraternal year is fast approaching. However, before June 30 there is much that we must do. With 25% of the year remaining the final push for membership is so important. First Degrees need to be scheduled and conducted. There are state and supreme forms to submit by their due dates. And of course there are the upcoming council elections that will dictate the direction of our councils for the following year. The expectation at the beginning of this fraternal year was that each council will achieve Star Council status by June 30, thereby demonstrating that the council is fulfilling its commitment to be a strong and vibrant part of its parish and civic communities. Only by meeting our membership and insurance goals and submitting the necessary forms will we attain that lofty goal of Star Council. Again this year Supreme Council is offering a great incentive. If your council achieves Star Council by June 30, 2016, your council will receive a credit of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1st, 2016. Here is an example: If your council has 100 members on its roster on July 1st, 2016, the council will receive a credit on the September 2016 statement for $450.00 ($3.50 Per Capita and $1.00 Catholic Advertising). (Honorary life and disability waivers are examples of non -billable members). This is a truly unique opportunity and one that is attainable. Time is of the essence with the deadline set for June 30. Without a doubt meeting our membership and insurance goals helps to secure the continued health of the council. New members add new hands, new heads and new hearts for the growth of our council. By submitting our forms we communicate to the State and Supreme Councils our actions over the past year, expressing our story of charity and commitment to the principles of our Order. Each year by June 30th we have these tasks to review and complete. And each year on July 1 st we begin again, we begin anew. The question we ask is how can we make the New Year better than the old year? The answer most often is multifaceted. And each answer can open yet another avenue to be better. When faced with what might be too many items to fix at once, we may be tempted to invoke the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. But this is little consolation if we do not understand that it is the courageous in the prayer who create the change. As an officer, director or interested member of our council, we know change is needed, but how to make the most of the change? As a leader of the council, of a committee, etc. we need to determine the path to take towards success and then convince our council or committee of the importance of the change. Human nature being what it is means that most people won’t change unless they are convinced of the importance of the change. As a temporary trustee of our council or committee, each change or each action we put forward should be for the advancement of the council, the Order in our midst if you will. Stasis is unacceptable. Sitting on our laurels is unacceptable. If that is our strategy soon there won’t be any laurels for us to rest ourselves on. True advancement, long -lasting and tangible change is what is expected and deserved. Making the change is the first step. Should we plan better? Perhaps it’s to involve all the officers in the operation of the council? Involve our younger members as officers? Or give strong membership growth the same commitment as strong programming? Once the change is made the convincing begins. Your leadership skills and perseverance may be put to the test here. The reason for the change is to make the council more successful. The change itself is the vehicle to get to that success. Convincing people is much easier when you, as the leader, give the change the importance it deserves. Involve your officers, your committee, on the status of the change and how it is making the positive impact that is expected. Celebrate the gains that the change is making and if an adjustment is needed then make it. Why mention all this in April? Because my Brother Knights, July is too late. The planning, the decision making, the gathering of personnel needs to be done by July to be truly effective. Perhaps the first change is to commit to be ready on July 1. Perhaps giving 12 full months of action is one of the first steps we need to help us be successful. Starting the real work of the council in July instead of September or October adds 1, 2 or 3 extra months of ‘on the job’ action each year and can make our goals that much easier to attain. This may be the easiest change to make, but it isn’t the last. Down deep we know that we can be better. My Brother Knights, let us begin now to make the changes that will move our councils toward success. We must thoughtfully select our officers. Then we must urge them to plan and be ready on July 1. We must be ready to accept the changes that our leadership asks us to make. If we need convincing then be open for convincing. As long as the success of the council is the end game, then you and your brother knights will know that the course is correct. Constructive change can be our recovery from annual middle of the road performance, or worse. We have elected the leaders, we have placed our trust in them, and we must let them be courageous.
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From The State Secretary Kenneth B. Unterbrink
The first nine months of this fraternal year has been exciting with new things happening. We, the board have been excitingly busy. While we continue to serve the membership and our councils we have been directed by our Supreme Knight to step up Our Mission to Building the Domestic Church and Strengthen Parish Life. In 2012, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops made clear the connection between the parish and the family in the new evangelization. The bishops’ documented as, “It is the responsibility of both pastors and laity to ensure that [the doors of the parish] are always open. Successful evangelization and catechetical initiatives must be focused on the parish.” As we move through the times, it is important to understand we are Catholic men of Catholic families. And as Catholic men, we the father of the family have a responsibility to maintain the Catholic faith within their families. Our leadership will be presenting opportunities in our programs to assist and guide our knights into the parishes to assist our youth. It is said that grandparents will guide their grandchildren into the future in our faith values. Please be active in the lives of your children and grandchildren in our faith values. The K of C Initiative 1st It was announced as a new ‘Order wide’ initiative to strengthen both our parishes and our families. It is Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish. The new initiative builds upon our past programs and accomplishments, and at the same time, it requires that we do some things differently in the future. The deployment of our resources should be made on the basis of mission integrity with our core principles of charity, unity and fraternity. 2nd Our Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative requires that our parish-based council move toward greater integration into the life of our parishes. Councils should begin to phase out the duplication of programs that may compete with parish activities. Instead, we will use our resources of time, talent, and treasure to strengthen parish-based and parish-sponsored programs. One important area where this will occur is youth -based parish ministry. Perhaps more than at any time, our youth are in need of greater evangelization, catechesis and pastoral care. The pastoral care must take place within the parish and at the direction and supervision of its pastor. Today our youth needs more not less involvement in the life of the parish. There is no better organization today in so many parishes than the Knights of Columbus to assist our pastors in this responsibility. Knights of Columbus councils should seek ways to work more closely with parish -based youth ministry programs. And Knights of Columbus councils should also seek new ways to support the activities of parish -based Catholic schools. Our councils have Supreme youth programs: Essay contest, Poster contest, Soccer Challenge, Free Throw contest, Spelling Bee, just to name a few. Our council Youth continued on page 7
State Program Director Gary L. Merritt Well spring is finally here and preparations for the State Convention are well under way. I know the leadership team and the entire State family looks forward to beautiful Mackinac Island as our host. We need to be proud of the wonderful resource we have for our use. I have heard from many Supreme representatives that we have a most beautiful spot, and they all would enjoy the trip to our convention. During the convention many awards are presented and recognized from Family of the Year to Michigan Achievement. These awards are determined through a compilation of necessary forms and applications. Councils that discover forms have not been processed, even though it is now the fourth quarter, should make arrangements to have them submitted by working with your District Deputy and Diocesan Program Director. If you are attending the convention this year make sure you experience one of the highlights of the occasion, the Charity Raffle hosted by the State Family’s wives. Ensure you purchase your tickets which are available from the ladies in the Terrace Room. There are always many great prizes offered, you’ll need a lot of tickets. I should mention all the prizes are donated and I would like to thank the donors. If you haven’t made a donation, although time is short, items will be accepted by contacting Mary Beth Chasse email@example.com or downloading the donation form from the State website home page. We are approaching the end of the 2015/2016 Fraternal year, but time is remaining to complete a successful year. For those councils that have achieved the Columbian Award and the Michigan Achievement, congratulations. For those still working toward that goal there is time to achieve the necessary qualifications before the end of the year June 30. I would like to take this opportunity to address some communication items that pertain to council officers and members. We all know the importance of communication and how difficult it is at times. This publication is an example. The function is to let our membership and their families know what is happening with our order around the state. As you peruse this edition you’ll notice the section titled Around the State. These are articles submitted by local councils to the editor Gary Kolbicz. We are excited and proud to recognize these events, but are unable to do so if they are not submitted. Please submit your articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be proud to show what your council is doing, Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Text messaging, email, web sites and social media are all popular ways of communication. Many of these methods are used by local councils to effectively communicate with their members. A necessary device is the council newsletter which can be incorporated into many of the “Techy” communication methods. If your council is not utilizing a newsletter I encourage you to do so. If you need assistance contact our State Public Relations Director Bill Grover email@example.com. There is much work to do before the end of the Fraternal Year but I would like to my express my pleasure in having the continued on page 7
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State Membership Director Douglas D. Kokot Greetings Brothers and Ladies: As we start the fourth quarter of the fraternal year, I what to thanks all of you for your efforts on membership growth in the jurisdiction of Michigan. Pope Francis has called us to serve our brothers and sisters. “Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn't mean we have to wash each other's feet every day, but we must help one another.” Pope Francis “Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one's life.” Pope Francis The Knights of Columbus is tangible way that a man can put his faith into action, by serving our parishes and our community. We need to give every Catholic man the same opportunity to put his faith into action. Inviting a man to join our Order not only strengths us, it also strengths him. Our Membership Team has been working hard to support our councils as they work toward membership growth and Star Council. Our team has been working on several new initiatives to assist councils in membership growth. We have a group working with zero growth councils to help them to set goals and achieve them. We are also focusing our efforts to assist councils with their membership growth plans. Supreme is also assisting us in achieving our goals by continuing the Star Council reward program for councils. Here’s how it works: If your council achieves Star Council in the 2015 -2016 fraternal year, your council will receive a credit for the 2016/2017 fraternal year of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1st, 2016. Here is an example: If a council has 100 members on its roster on July 1st, 2015, that council will receive a credit on the September 2015 statement for $450.00 ($3.50 Per Capita and $1.00 Catholic Advertising). (Honorary life and disability waivers are examples of non-billable members). This is a win-win scenario; grow your council’s membership and have more money in your hoppers to do more charitable works. Continual improvement is a goal of our State and councils. Let me leave you with a quote from St. Jerome. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.”
K of C LADIES “CORNER”
When we first started I never realized what an awesome journey this would be or how fast it would go. And now this will be my last article so before I start with the news I would like to say, “Thank You”. First, to all of you, you have been wonderful about everything we have done and when I have asked something of you your response was always overwhelming. Your contributions, your eagerness to help out, your friendliness, your helpful hints and your support have been what makes this job easy. We couldn’t have done it without you. To all the Ladies who stepped forward and took charge of different projects, Susan Wasmund, Chris Brennen, Mary Hebert, Yvette Corey, Lynn Turek, Sue Schmidt, Margaret Palka and the whole team that worked on the Raffle. Linda & Bob Luxford, Teresa & Don Robinson, Deb & Pete Faraci, Karl & Jan Knittel, Sue & Mike London and LouAnn & John Wood and everyone else who helped make our Hospitality Room outstanding. To everyone I may have missed I really appreciate all of you and what you have done for us. God Bless You All. As you have probably noticed, this year we are splitting all the funds from the Ladies Charity Raffle at the Island. Half of what we make will go to the Christian Charities Fund, to aid the Christians abroad who are being persecuted, starved, tortured and murdered because of their faith. We all need to keep them in our prayers and do whatever we can to help them out. We don’t realize how fortunate we all are to live in this great country of ours. Ellie has also asked that if any of you have knowledge of a place or organization that has need of special aid like the sweatshirts, bath baskets or any other item please let her know. Thank you to everyone that were able to attend the State Deputy’s Tribute Dinner. We had a full house and a good time was had by all. Bob is putting his new camera to good use. Thank you again. The Convention at Mackinaw Island is going to be here before we know it. If you have a basket for the Ladies Charity Raffle and want to send it up with the Board, you have until the last weekend in April to get it to one of us. If this will be your first trip to the convention be sure to bring a warm jacket and comfortable shoes. We never know about the weather and it is always chillier than it is at home. If you are not staying at the Grand Hotel, for the Banquet you can bring up your clothes earlier in the day and then just change at one of our rooms. Or you can bring up casual clothes when you come up for the Banquet and then you can change for the evening festivities. Once again, it has been our pleasure to serve you for the past 10 years. You have always made us feel welcome where ever we have gone and we will miss you. God Bless You All, Sandy Fox, Ellie Unterbrink, Sue Vittorini, MaryBeth Chasse, Karen Winkle and Maureen Malinowski
If you woke up this morning God has given you another chance to chase after your goals and dreams.
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From The State Secretary Kenneth B. Unterbrink
Activity chairmen should act as liaisons with the parish youth ministry teams to determine how councils can appropriately support parish youth activities. We are the men and families of Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus has always been and will always be an organization dedicated to the family and to helping our brother Knights to be better husbands and fathers. This new initiative is refocusing on this core mission. A major aspect of the family as “domestic church” is our responsibility to transmit the practice of the Catholic faith to our children and grandchildren. The 116th Michigan Knights of Columbus State Convention will be May 26th to May 28th, 2016 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The annual convention is to attend to the business of the Order. It will be a pleasure to be in the company of all the delegates and directors who serve the Order. It is with your understanding and cooperation that this convention will be successful Our State Deputy Robert W. Fox has directed that the name badges be bar coded and with this bar code the delegates and guests will be scanned and recorded when entering and leaving the convention meetings which is open only to 3rd Degree members. It is expected that all registration will be timely. Newsletters: Councils are asked to inform their members of the activities within the council with newsletter or at least through the parish bulletins each week. Your membership is part of your family, your Knights of Columbus family. For those councils that are informing there members – thank you. When a Family of the Month or Knight of the Month is recognized by the council, write about those members and families in the parish bulletin. Our parish family need’s to be informed about those in their parish family. Informed families are close families. We, the Knights of Columbus family have a responsibly to our clergy and seminarians. Therefore, we have a responsibly to support the education of our seminarian through the McGivney Chair of Life Ethics, an endowed chair at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, first initiated by George Dann, PSD, then with the banner picked up by other Past State Deputies and until he passed away John R. State Program Director Gary L. Merritt privilege to serve as your State Program Director these past two years. Although challenging at times it has been a joy working with the leadership team, District Deputies and council officers. I thank the State Deputy for giving me the opportunity to serve. “And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful” Titus 3:14. As we draw toward the end of the Fraternal Year continue to perform your council programs that serve our responsibility to help others but also encourages men to join our order. “One Member per Council per Month”. Men will be drawn to your council when impressed by the programs. “Bob” Moody. Our responsibility is still short about $90,000.00 of the 1.25 million pledged. One dollar – per month - per member - each year for ten years. We have not reached that goal as of today. Checks should be made to: Michigan State Council – Memo line: McGivney Chair of Life Ethics and mailed to the State Secretary. The funding method, of which request for charity, are handled with the Take ‘5” Charity Fund and the State Charity Raffle is: With the State Charities Raffle, Twenty Per Cent of the gross go back to the councils of the state (by their recorded sales), what a great fund raiser for your council charities. The State Charity Raffle proceeds, after expenses, has been divided into the budgets of Holy Cross Children Services, Catholic Education, Youth, Right to-Life, Vocations, Squires and Special Projects. Since March 2006, the Michigan State Council has had a Charities corporation; a 501(c)(3) called the “Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.”. This “Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.” a 501(c)(3) is a charities account dedicated to charity donations only. Donations to this “Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities” account, an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation under the Michigan Knights of Columbus, a Michigan corporation, are tax deductible. Donations can be sent to the State Secretary, written to “Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. A letter of contribution will be written to the donor from the Michigan Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. In closing their are several Questions that need to be asked and as people of faith and members of the Knights of Columbus you are the only one’s that can answer them? What and how are we as Catholic men and families going to invest in our families and parishes? 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SPRING INTO KNIGHTHOOD
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2015 Knights of Columbus Volunteer of the Year
Insurance for brother Knights by brother Knights
In any type of service oriented business – but especially a business like ours – we believe that it ought to be personal. There ought to be a personal touch; there ought to be a long-term relationship; there ought to be friendly, top-notch service; and with us- there is. Buying life insurance, preparing for retirement, or protecting against disability or extended care should not be a cold, sterile process. It’s important. It’s personal. It’s something you should be able to work through with someone you trust. And that relationship, that bond with the company you purchase from, becomes even more important when you start to collect benefits from that policy. When your wife has just been widowed, or when you’ve just been seriously hurt, or when you’re ready to celebrate retirement, you don’t want a stranger at your doorstep to help your through the process, you want a friend – a brother Knight. That’s what insurance for brother Knights by brother Knights is all about. The Supreme Knight said it best: “I believe that access to a brother Knight field agent is the best benefit of doing business with the Knights of Columbus,” he said. “These men are not just salesmen, but men dedicated to our Order and its principles. They are men who care deeply about brother Knights’ families and their financial protection.” Being bound by brotherhood also means we do business differently. We do it passionately, we do it ethically, and we do it with vigor. Insurance for brother Knights, by brother Knights means something concrete, and it’s something we should all be proud of. That’s why you and your family should always look first to the Knights of Columbus when it comes to your life, long-term care, and disability insurance needs, and your retirement annuities – because we, unlike any other company, are in this business with you and for you. So when your Field Agent calls, let him in. Take that 1st step toward building a personal relationship with a Brother Knight who has dedicated his entire career to helping you and your family. You’ll be glad you did.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson along with the Supreme Officers and Board of Directors congratulated District Deputy Gus Groat as the 2015 Knights of Columbus volunteer of the year in a memorandum dated December 22, 2015. DD Gus has served as the K of C VAVS Representative at the VAMC in Battle Creek for the past five years, previously serving as the K of C Deputy representative. During this time Gus has accumulated nearly 160 hours of volunteer service which includes initiative of many collaborative community programs as well as attending quarterly meetings. Sir Knight Gus volunteers in the Community Living Center, the Inpatient Mental Health Unit and the Therapeutic Recreation Center. He has spearheaded fund raising efforts to restore the historic fountain, provide a nativity scene near the Chapel and the refurbishing of the inpatient waiting room at the Ann Arbor facility. He was also instrumental in securing one of “Stiggy’s Dogs”, a companion/rescue dog to work with Vets with PTSD. Quoting Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, “It is with great pleasure that we congratulate and thank Sir Knight Gus Groat for his accomplishments. Gus is highly motivated, efficient and fully dedicated RS volunteer and K of C VAS representative. He has shown us what it means to “Serve those who Served”.
From State Deputy Robert Fox and all the members of the Knights of Columbus of Michigan congratulations!
Celebrating Our Founder The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council marked the 134th anniversary of the founding of the Order at a Mass on March 29 in St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, where the Knights began when Father Michael J. McGivney first gathered a group of men from the parish. Attending the Mass were relatives of Venerable Michael J. McGivney and Knights from Connecticut. continued on page 23
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St. Louis Center Thanks MI Knights for Support
The St. Michael Parish School hosted the 2016 Spelling Bee, sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Council 7311, on Wednesday, February 3d. Participants in the competition were:
Landon Birchmeier Landen Pilcher Seventh Grade: Cole Goodman Andrew Walczak
Mya Bennett Lindsey Walczak Eighth Grade: Erin Blayer Grace Weston
Sixth Grade: Patrick McCrackin William Leisenring
The winner from the 4th through 6th grade group is: Landon Birchmeier The winner from the 7th and 8th grade group is: Erin Blayer Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council #7444 On March 11,2016 at the archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council #7444 at their Friday night Lento Fish fry they had honors of having four sisters from the Dominian Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist located in Ann Arbor. Our council was very happy Pictured front row L-R – Sr.Juan Jose-Sr. Mary Berthat they joined us for dinner. I nard -Sr. Chiara Lucy -Sr. Mary Consaolate -John Rogers hope they enjoyed their dinners Back Row L-R- Ken Hulewicz -Hal Steward -Tim as much as we enjoyed their Demers-Pete A. Essenmacher-Gus LaRuffa G.K. presence that evening. Cindy Sobczak-Robert Sobczak-Cory-Marilyn RogOur council supports these ers JaniceCastilione-Paul Castilione sisters through the RSVP which was established by the Supreme Council. We are looking forward to attend vespers with the sisters at their mother house in the near future. Caro Knights of Columbus Council 3224 On Monday March 14, 2016 Caro Council 3224 along with the American Red Cross held a Blood Drive which collected 6 pints of blood.
As we enter the season of Lent and support the Holy Father’s “Year of Mercy,” we give thanks to the Lord for all of His blessings during the past year; especially our friends in the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Another Palm Sunday MI Drive is here, and we are grateful to all of our Brother Knights, their Ladies and family members for the great work they do to raise funds on behalf of the intellectually and developmentally disabled residents of our state. We know that during this time, you are considering which organizations to support with your MI Drive funds this year, so please consider becoming a benefactor for St. Louis Center. Our annual budget has grown to nearly $4 million, and $1.7 million needs to be raised from outside sources to maintain a balanced budget. SLC cares for a number of residents who have no family support, including several residents at Knights of Columbus Hall. These are our charity cases. We have also been providing assisted living services for older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2014, and this has also increased our costs because of the special care they require. We are grateful to those of you who have been helping us all along, and we continue to seek more brothers to help our brothers living here at St. Louis Center with very little support. Four of the corporal works of mercy include feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless. Your MI Drive contributions to St. Louis Center help to accomplish all four of these works by supporting the operations and the people who live here who have no other place to call home. May God bless you and your families this Easter Season. For more information, please visit our website at www.stlouiscenter.org, and we will be happy to provide you with additional materials or resources. Your Brother Knight, Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC., Administrator
Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.
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Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP)
Action Steps 1. Review RSVP guidelines and eligibility requirements. 2. Locate a candidate to support. If you need help, contact your pastor or diocesan vocations director. 3. After a candidate’s name and address is secured, prepare and send a letter of introduction from your council, assem bly or circle. 4. Define how money is to be raised. 5. Define how the relationship will be managed. 6. Define how money will be exchanged or presented. 7. When presenting money to an RSVP candidate, notify the diocesan vocations director. 8. Take photos and send them to your local and diocesan news papers, and Columbia magazine. Be sure caption infor mation is complete and each individual’s name is spelled correctly. 9. RSVP assistance also involves prayer and moral sup port. Make at least one personal visit to each seminarian, and send four letters – i.e.: birthday, Christmas, Easter, and welcome back to school greetings – each fraternal year. 10. Encourage members and their families to keep seminarian or postulant in their prayers; make personal visits to them; and send communications throughout the year – i.e. birth day, Christmas, Easter greetings. 11. Invite seminarian or postulant to all council activities and include in mailing of newsletter or other communications. 12. Invite seminarians or postulants to make a presentation to the council, parish, and/or parish youth groups on what it means to prepare for priesthood or religious life. 13. Arrange for seminarian or postulant to host a group of young people from the council or parish at their seminary to meet other seminarians and get a feeling of preparing for priesthood or religious life. 14. Make sure to offer congratulations and support to your semi narian or postulant on their ordination. 15. Apply for a refund from Supreme Council office – to be eligi ble for refund, monies must be given directly to an individual (not a an institution of fund)); money given to an individual must be vocations related and donated between July – June 30 of the respective fraternal year; paid with a check drawn from the council-assembly account; and copies of check or other documentation must accompany applica tion for refund. Refer to the RSVP Refund Application (#2863) for exact details and procedures for filing for this refund. 16. Request an RSVP Award Plaque. To qualify for an RSVP plaque, the council, assembly, or circle must provide finan cial assistance, as well as moral support throughout the fra ternal year. Refer to the RSVP Refund Application (#2863) for exact details and procedures for requesting this plaque.
HAPPY TO BE A 3RD DEGREE KNIGHT Gene Murawski State Ceremonial Director Yes, we are happy to be a 3rd Degree Knight. Once you learn the lessons of the 2 nd and 3rd, we Knights then know what is expected of us. This past year, in my travels and talking to the new 3rd Degree Knights, it is just amazing what comment we hear. These Knights are so happy that they finally did the 2nd and 3rd Degree and know what is expected of them. Should you be one of those 1st Degree Members who have not yet taken the plunge, think about doing it when the 2 nd and 3rd Degree come to your or neighboring town. Our numbers are up from last year, which means more and more 1 st Degree Knights have taken that plunge.
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Knights of Columbus Named a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company 3/7/2016 K of C earns designation by Ethisphere® Institute for third year in a row The Knights of Columbus has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere® Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ethisphere and its World’s Most Ethical Companies® designation, which recognizes companies that align principle with action, work tirelessly to make trust a part of their corporate DNA, and help shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. The Knights of Columbus has been recognized among the world’s most ethical companies since 2014 and is one of only two in the life insurance category, underscoring the Knights’ commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices. “The Knights of Columbus was founded on providing financial security to our members and their families in keeping with Catholic values,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Those principles continued to guide our company as we grew into a top -rated insurer with the same ethical commitment in every aspect of our business, our corporate governance, our professional agency force, our investments and our day-to-day business operations. It is this commitment to our Catholic principles that is the key to our ethical, sustainable and successful business model.” Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior, said Ethisphere’s CEO Timothy Erblich. “Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," said Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at the Knights of Columbus for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company.” The World's Most Ethical Company® assessment is based on the Ethisphere® Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework, developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria for specific core competencies, generating scores in five key categories: a company’s ethics and compliance program (35 percent); corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent); culture of ethics (20 percent); governance (15 percent); and leadership, innovation and reputation (10 percent). The Ethisphere® Institute has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at http://ethisphere.com. Knights of Columbus Surpasses $100 Billion of Life Insurance in Force 11/4/2015 Milestone highlights K of C’s financial protection of Catholic families The Knights of Columbus surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force this week, marking an important milestone in the Catholic fraternal benefit society’s mission to protect the future of Catholic families. This milestone was achieved despite continuing adverse conditions affecting the insurance industry. Established in 1882 by a young Catholic priest, the organization — which offers its line of top-rated products exclusively to its members and their eligible family members — manages $21 billion in assets and ranks 939 on the 2015 Fortune 1000 list, placing it among the largest life insurers in North America. “The $100 billion milestone is not simply a number,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl A. Anderson. “It highlights the fact that each year we are protecting the future of more Catholic families, continuing the mission of our founder, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.” The Knights of Columbus offers insurance to its members and their families through a network of more than 1,500 dedicated, professional agents in the United States and Canada — all of whom are members of the Knights of Columbus. “With each dollar of top-rated insurance in force that our professional agency force adds, additional, meaningful security is provided to the families whose livelihoods we protect,” said Anderson. The $100 billion milestone caps a year in which the Knights of Columbus set a new record for insurance sales with $8 billion sold, earned the top rating of A++ Superior from AM Best for the 40th consecutive year, and was named a “World’s Most Ethical Company” for the second consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute®.
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2016 State Deputy Tribute Dinner
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From The State Deputy Robert W. Fox
Michigan Jurisdiction. All of you are what makes this great state what it is. Thank you. To my fellow State Officers, those I have served for and those who have served for me I thank you for your knowledge and friendship, even if you thought I wasn’t listening. There is a special group of people I need to thank. They have been with us since the decision was made to run for state office. Fourteen years of friendship and support. The “Light the Fire Within” committee has been an inspiration to both Sandy and I. To Pete, Bob, Karl, Tom, Bob, John and their wives, my lead people, and so many others, thank you for all the work you have done over the years. From the golf outings, dinners to the installation, your support, leadership and friendship made it all possible. It has been an awesome road we’ve traveled and something I will always treasure. God Bless the Knights of Columbus and God Bless the USA. Robert Fox State Deputy Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community. Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another. Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
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May They Rest In Peace
Alpena Council 529 Fred Bluck Cheboygan Council 791 Charles Shall, Arthur Miller John Paul Viau, Robert Livo Kingsford Council 1585 Ralph Izzo, FM Midland Council 2141 Samual MacCutcheon Standish Council 2724 Paul Michalke, Thomas Pavelka Ronald Rau Detroit Council 2739 Jerome Wrobleski, PGK,PFN,FM River Rouge Council 2819 Walter Dzwigalski, PGK Westphalia Council 2890 Joseph Spitzley, Melvin Smith Dale Thelen Utica Council 2950 Ray Weingartz Chelsea Council 3092 Larry Kranick Beal City Council 3651 Lavern Yuncker Manchester Council 4354 George Day, Howard Durussel Gerhard Schulz, Paul Antonelli William Schwab, PGK,FDD Joseph Busch, James O’Sullivan Taylor Council 4872 Nenard Kovik, Ray Lisecki Douglas Pietzsch, Ernest Tolinski Concord Council 8820 Fr. John Canavan Montrose Council 8669 Charles Lyon, Donald Reinhart James Knowles, David Pesta Frank Balanowski, Jr.