OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
July 2016 VOLUME 68 NO. 1
FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink
Thank you for the confidence in sharing with you as the coordinator (State Deputy) of the leadership team of the Knights of Columbus in Michigan. This is a team effort of all knights. Our team of District Deputies, State and Diocesan Directors will share in the supporting on the dream of Fr. Michael J. McGivney as we continue to educate the ‘Heart of Michigan’ our councils. It is the responsibility of the State Officers, District Deputies, State & Diocesan Directors to educate our councils as to the programs that are available from our Supreme Councils and our state council. During the upcoming year, the ‘Building the Domestic Church’ is a priority with us to promoting our brother knights and their families to enter into the service of our parishes. That service in the parish is more than the lecturer or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. The task being asked is that our knights become involved in the education of our children in CCD or the youth groups. Our order in Michigan has seen a decline in numbers as new member recruitment has been unable to keep up with declines. What was once a few years ago 73,000 members is now at 67,000 members. Yes, the economy, decline of employment opportunity, not enough time for our family is and has always been an issue, our councils are in need of providing programs for our families. These programs can be implemented within our parishes. The ‘Coats for Kids’ program can be more than buying the coats and giving them to a third party organization, it is an opportunity to share with our families the working with the third part organization to distribute the coats to children. !!!The Soccer programs, the Free Throw program, the Essay program, the Poster contest program, the Spelling Bee are programs for our youth. In addition to the Coats for Kids, there is also the Food for Families, Habitat for Humanity, Blood Drives, Keep Christ in Christmas billboard & Christmas cards sales. Our Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) in support of our seminarians & postulates is important to us as Catholics. Our seminarians & postulates are the future of our church. While Michigan has been second in the order in support of vocations as to the RSVP program, for a little more, you can be #1. Pro-life and the support of pro-life is as important as ever. When we speak of support of politicians for office, ask, ‘Are you pro-life’? If life does not mater, than nothing else matters. Yes, life from natural conception to natural death is what defines our Christian humanity. As we enter this new fraternal year – 2016 – 2017, which started July 1st, it is time to start planning and implementing our programs and membership recruitment programs. It is always easy to say, “We will start in the fall”, “We are too busy in the summer”, “We are planning for the hunting season”, “It’s hunting season”, “Christmas is not the time”, “Everyone leave for the winter”, “We have asked everyone in the parish”, “Our youth have left to find employment elsewhere” and many more. However, if we are to serve the Catholic Church through the Knights of Columbus, than who, if not us? continued on page 5
FROM THE STATE CHAPLAIN V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS
To my brother Knights and families: I am especially honored to be appointed your State Chaplain. These many years I have experienced the responsibilities of service to you all as a Council Chaplain and as a Diocesan Chaplain. I have been very much aware of all our good works. I have become an enthusiastic participant in our projects for the Domestic Church in Michigan. !!!It has been recently announced that a new direction has been proposed by the Supreme Council and fully endorsed by our Michigan bishops. It is their wish, and their direction to me as State Chaplain, that these Supreme initiatives are to be enacted and encouraged. You can be assured that it will be my goal to implement their wishes within our jurisdiction. I know that Michigan Knights will continue to be what we have always been: in the forefront of Order’s activities and as faithful supporters of our bishops and priests. The initiatives will be as follows: 1. I am asking every Council, led by its Grand Knight, to make every activity and good work proposed a part of the ministry of the parish and under the vision of the local pastor and his direction. Knights will then become fully part of the Domestic Church and not creators of other programs in addition to the pastor’s initiatives, which could alienate them from him and his ministry. Councils with halls and chambers away from the parish grounds must double their efforts to show their priest that they are not competing ministries, but fully supporting him in what they do at their facility and by many more activities in which they participate at the parish continued on page 16
July 1 Begins A New Fraternal Year Thomas M. Wegener Supreme Director
My Brother Knights and Ladies, July 1 begins a new fraternal year for the Knights of Columbus with New Grand Knights, New District Deputies, New State and Diocesan Leadership, and a new State Deput y for Michigan. Congratulations all who have accepted a leadership role in our great jurisdiction. By now we have received our goals and quotas for the coming year. At first they may seem insurmountable. However, Michigan has achieved lofty goals before, and in the not too distant past. Working as a together as a team towards the goals set for us, state council and local council, we can be successful today and through the years to come. Integral to that success is the continuity of leadership for each council. Yet each year some of our councils have trouble presenting a full slate of officers for election. This past state convention we had a spirited campaign for one officer's position. Ask yourself – when was the last time more than one person competed for an officer’s position in your council? After you ask yourself, ask others in your council - why is that? Our councils are generally thought of in high regard by our priests, by our communities, and by our own members. However, do you have officers repeating in their office year after year? Are your meetings attended by only a few non-officers and non-directors? Is there a lack of communication from the officers to the council members? Are your members aware of the great things your council does? This disaffection towards participating in leadership probably took some time to develop and certainly it affects the successful operation of our councils. !!!There is an appeal to be an officer of a success council. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that touches so many lives with our charitable works. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that supports its Bishops and Priests, to be an integral part of the lay leadership for the New Evangelization. In order to increase and maintain that appeal, which will ensure the continued success of our councils, I offer the following ideas that I call the three “Ts” which may help you create that lure and maintain that success. Teach – The Order has provided for a corps of officers to lead the council. If, in 1882, the founding members thought councils could perform with one or two officers, then there would be only one or two officers. Wisely they knew that the successful operation of a council needed several elected and engaged officers. Each officer, with their specific duty, which when performed fully, assists with the successful operation of the council. We, as elected leaders, can teach the officers of the council their duties by first performing our duties well and then allow them to perform the duties of the office to which they were elected. Worthy Grand Knights, broaden the duties and responsibilities of the officers of the council to at least the duties in the Supreme Council By-Laws. Yes this can be messy at first, especially if they haven’t been performing those duties in the past. But if you want more and better qualified men to attain the peak of the pyramid, the base of the pyramid must be broad, strong and experienced. It is time to let the younger men, younger in age and/or experience, to help you help the Order. They bring new ideas, they bring an excitement to the office, and they bring a commitment to the order. Together, not alone, will we grow the Order, for our council, our district, and our state; making it stronger in numbers to assist with our charitable works, stronger to join our Bishops and Priests to help in the challenges of today and the challenges of tomorrow that are as of yet un-named. ! ! ! The Supreme Knight’s promotion of the Building the Domestic Initiative is one way that we can make our councils stronger in presence at our parishes. Knights of Columbus councils have always responded to the most urgent needs of the Church, particularly through charitable and social outreach. In order to support the evangelization of family life today, our councils must be even more fully integrated into our parishes. As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal and family organization, we have a responsibility to dedicate our time, talent and resources to ensuring that our parishes our beacons of the new evangelization. Trust – As elected leaders we owe it to our officers and members to perform our duties as our Supreme Knight, State Deputy, District Deputy and their appointees have directed. Their guidance and direction is for the good of the order. When we as local, state, and supreme council work with one goal we can accomplish great things. This starts with you and your officers. There are written and electronic communications from Supreme and State council that are meant to be transmitted from your council to your members. Often these contain messages of action for current issues of the day. They may contain new and important program offerings that a council officer or member may wish to undertake in the name of the council. They may contain progress reports for Supreme and State programs that would be of informational benefit to officers and members. It is important that these be relayed to your officers and members to fully inform them of the Order's actions. Your Council Members have entrusted you and your officers to fulfill the requirements given to you and promised by you at your installation. No member should be surprised by a lack of performance on our officers’ or directors’ part. The Order and its good works’ success rest on your complete and accurate performance of your duties. continued on page 21
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus
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State Deputy Robert W. Fox Res: 616.457.8291 Cell: 616.457.7008 State Secretary Kenneth B. Unterbrink Res: 734.475.1491 Fax: 734.475.4502 State Treasurer Antonio G. Vittorini Res: 586.247.9174 Fax: 586.566.4665 State Advocate William H. Chasse Res: 517.202.6163 Fax: 517.483.2798 State Warden Walter K. Winkle, Jr Res: 586.727.1724 Fax: 586.727.1864 State Chaplain Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson Bus: 616.669.9220 Fax: 616.669.9360 State Membership Director Douglas D. Kokot Res: 616.891.6922 Fax: 616.821.3861 State Program Director Gary L. Merritt Res/Fax: 616.698.1025 Cell: 616.821.3861 State Church Activities Director Thomas M. Schmidt Res: 616.457.4539 Fax: 616.450.4440 State Council Activities Director Jeffrey J. Gapczynski Res: 586.263.5942 Cell: 586.337.5942 State Community Activities Director Michael Wegener Cell: 517.331.3959 Bus: 517.323.4800 State Youth Activities Director Kevin F Rowley Res: 586.777.7436 Cell: 586.596.8649 State Family Life Director John Turek Res: 989.895.9818 Cell: 989.233.7871 State Pro-Life Chair Couple Paul & Sue Thorn Res: 248.852.1758 Fax: 248.852.5885 Executive Secretary Lawrence T. Grabowski Office: 586.883.9456 Fax: 586.883.9473
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From The State Warden Christopher Kolomjec
It is with Great honor and humble privilege to be addressing all of you and your families as your next State Warden. I am truly humbled by all the effort and support that went into my election. It is with special thanks I owe to the members of the Faith and Family (“Anchor”) Committee for all of their dedication and hard work. I especially want to thank my family (and now yours) for all they did to support my efforts to serve the Order. Thank you Julie, Jackie, Christopher and Madeline, I love you all very much and hope you get more than you give by servicing the Michigan Knights of Columbus family over these next few years! Finally, to all of you, my brother knights and your families, no matter whom you supported in the election, we are all truly family regardless of any circumstances and I want to thank you all for your dedication and service to our beloved Order and I hope I will make you all proud by my representation of all of you. The State Deputy has directed me to tell you a little about myself. Let me begin by saying I am born and raised in Michigan, Detroit, Michigan to be exact. I went to Saint Suzanne’s Catholic School on the west side of Detroit then to Bishop Borgess Catholic High School. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and also was selected to attend Cambridge University in Cambridge, England to study International Relations. I then attended the University of Detroit School of Law and received my law degree in 1993. While I attended law school, I was recruited by the United States Marine Corps officer program. I attended basic training in Quantico, Virginia and later the Basic School for basic infantry officer training. I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and was sent to the United States Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. I was then sworn in as a United States Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps. My first Duty station was Cherry Point, NC where I was a defense counsel and later Prosecutor. Eventually I would go on to be appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina by the United States Department of Justice. I prosecuted many Federal crimes from identity theft to bank robbery. I married my wife, July in June 1996 just after being promoted to Captain. We had our first baby, Jacqueline in 1998, just 2 weeks from being ordered to our next duty station, Okinawa, Japan. There I was selected as a Company Commander within the Third Marine Division. We had our other 2 children, Christopher and Madeline during our 3 year tour. I decided to return home to Michigan and start my own law practice. I did, however, remain an active Marine Corps officer at our local reserve unit 1st Battalion 24th Marine Regiment in Detroit, Michigan. I was promoted to Major while serving there. In early 2006, I was ordered to active duty and had to leave my law practice to join the Command element of my Infantry Battalion and headed for Fallujah, Iraq. What an experience! In late 2007 I returned home to restart my law practice and also to get back involved in the Knights of Columbus! It has been the Knights of Columbus that has been my rock throughout my adult life. I joined as a Second Lieutenant in Havelock, NC over 22 years ago and am glad I did. I also became a Fourth Degree Knight a year later. I look back fondly on how greatly the order has impacted my life over the years. Whether it was the baby shower the wives of my Council in North Carolina threw for us or my mother’s funeral luncheon put on by St. Clare of Motefalco Council without even my asking. The Knights have made my life better. I hope I have helped the Order as well. I have served in most every office at the Council level. I was Charter Grand Knight of continued on page 22
From The State Program Director Dale Schaedig
As the new State Program Director, I would like to share some of my background information with you and provide an update on the leadership and programs that we are working on in the Michigan Jurisdiction. I joined the Catholic Church through the RCIA program at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter on April 18, 1981. My brother-in-law and my father-in-law were both very active knights, so it took very little persuasion for me to realize that the Knights of Columbus was a great place for me to be active in the Catholic community. I joined the Dexter council on November 1, 1981 and have been an active member since then. Dexter is a home building council, and I have enjoyed great companionship with the members throughout the years. I have served as Recording Secretary, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight. Our council received the Michigan Achievement Award both years I served as Grand Knight. !!!I was a District Deputy under Past State Deputy James Hays and Past State Deputy Robert Stebler. I enjoyed the bond of friendship I established with my fellow District Deputies. I was called on again during the last term of Past State Deputy John Moody for a 5th term, as the District Deputy at that time could not continue. During my last year with Past State Deputy Robert Stebler I started to form the new Pinckney council and worked with my replacement, new State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink, to complete their formation under Past State Deputy Richard McCloy. I have received Knight of the Month awards from my council along with Family of the Month on two different occasions. The last time I served as District Deputy, I received the Star District award. I have also been recognized for helping to start the formation of the Pinckney council. For the last two years, I have served as Diocesan Program Director East for the Lansing Diocese. I have enjoyed working with the District Deputies and the 43 councils they represent, and have proudly reported to the State Director the programs that keep our order strong. It is the strength of these programs that allow the councils to recruit new members. I have been married to my devoted wife Ruth for 45 years. We have three children, two daughters and one son. We also have two granddaughters. I am embarking on this new journey as State Program Director and ask for your prayers. Please also pray for all of our Michigan State Leadership as they strive to maintain our many accomplishments in supporting the numerous charities we serve. We have been challenged by Supreme to promote the Domestic Church. “The family, is so to speak, the domestic church” from Lumen Gentium #11. We can do this through our many programs as we encourage our families to get involved. These include CHURCH Vocations through the R.S.V.P. programs which support our seminarians and our COMMUNITY efforts promoting food drives, blood drives and the mentally challenged fundraiser (tootsie roll drive). Also, our COUNCIL programs, such as Keep Christ in Christmas, Knight of the Month, visiting the sick and publishing council newsletters and our FAMILY programs, by selecting a Family of the Month and honoring them in our newsletters and parish bulletins. Our YOUTH activities include the free throw challenge, the spelling bee, the soccer challenge, supporting confirmation classes and our many Catholic youth camps. Finally, our CULTURE of LIFE program supporting the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 27, 2017, and our support of the current 38 ultrasound machines in the state. Our State Deputy has selected a slate of State Directors to promote these programs. In addition to my new appointment, the State Deputy has appointed Tom Arehart as State Church Director, Jeff Gapczynski as State Council & Community Director, Edward Strach as State Family Director, Timothy & Cindy continued on page 5
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State Membership Director
The Situation: Membership in Michigan is declining and is impacting our work as Knights of Columbus. Despite the efforts of past State Officers and membership teams, deaths and suspensions are taking a serious toll. At its highest in 1984, Michigan had 73,126 members. Over the years membership has had its ups and downs. However, over the past several years there has been a steady decline from 70,978 in 2009 to 66893 as of June 1, 2016. See the graph. The Question: What's happening? Certainly we cannot stop death. As an Order we are getting older. We can impact suspensions through programs and good communication. During the recent recession members moved out of Michigan and in many cases did not continue their membership. Our churches are witnessing a decline in Sunday mass attendance, decreases in baptisms and couples who wed in church at Catholic masses. The challenges are great, the main question: Can we turn things around? The Impact: Given our aging population of knights and declining membership, what's the effect? Fewer members mean fewer programs, a reduction in contributions to charities that need our help, and less support for Culture of Life issues. It also means less per capita paid to the State Council to cover a host of expenses. We shudder at the thought of raising the per capita tax. The Solution: If membership decline cannot be turned around this fraternal year, can it ever? This is the time for all good knights to come to the aid of our Order. There are two themes that have the potential to reverse the downward trend. On Guard for the Faith and the Order. This theme ties into the direction the Supreme Council has set with its Domestic Church initiative. Knights need to become more involved in parish leadership and activities. When we are visible participating and raising funds, other men will want to be a part of such an active organization. The K of C will be the organization to join. Success breeds success. The bishops in Michigan have sworn their support. Every council grand knight must make an appointment with the pastor / council chaplain, and ask: Father, what can the knights do for you and our parish? And then respond to the needs. Using Effective Communication and Programs to Improve Membership. A number of councils have dropped the ball in these areas. Effective communication between the State Council and district deputies, district deputies and councils and councils and members must be a priority. The body needs to know what's happening and how the individuals can become involved. When contact with members is lost and they don't attend meetings or council activities, they question why they should belong. Monthly quality, varied programs must be offered and held in ways that the council is tied to its members, the parish and the community. When district deputies were surveyed a couple months ago about their councils' activities and membership recruitment, many didn't know their councils' plans or what they were doing the last three months of this fraternal year. The main way to gain members is to try new, different and exciting programs that draw attention and participation. These programs must be planned for the entire fraternal year continued on page 20
Hello K of C Ladies, We are here to “SERVE” I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life, of which I would like to share with the Knights of Columbus Ladies. This Fraternal year Sue Vittorini- State Secretary ‘s Wife, Mary Beth Chasse-State Treasurer’s Wife - Karen Winkle-State Advocate’s wife, and Julie Kolomjec –State Warden’s Wife will assist me in bringing the Ladies programs to you. I appreciate all they are doing for our Knights and their ladies. The Summer Leadership Meeting is nearing which will be held at Boyne Highland in Harbor Springs. While the men are in their training the ladies and families can enjoy the beautiful resort. It is true that our Knights of Columbus is a family. We are called by the Supreme Knight and the Bishops of Michigan to build the domestic church with God at its center. We are called to pray with our spouses and family. Our fathers and grandchildren are called to lead the faith in the family. We are also called to look to the needs of others though the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. With helping others we show our love, for the grace from God. With this showing mercy, with helping others, our own marriage strengthens as well as teaching the family. Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and strengthen their indissoluble unity. Also, I would like to expand the sharing of the items collected at the winter leadership meeting, the sweatshirts and bath baskets with other catholic organizations. Our sharing with other catholic organizations is the forefront of our charity to as many as possible. “One whom focuses on sacrifice mainly will show mercy and love for others.” (Matt 9:13) There are so many persons in the Great State of Michigan that need help, warm clothes, personal items, and the acts of kindness, and to be taken care of. That is why I would like share our charity with many.
The year of ”Mercy” --- Now is the time when we as Knights of Columbus Ladies can help our fellow Christians in the Middle East. Christians are being targets of “Genocide “because they are Christians. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson has discussed Genocide before Congress and the UN, and asked for help to stop the genocide, because of their Christian faith. Pope Francis asked for prayer for our fellow Christians. Faith and hope are gifts from God, and we must ask for it. “God give me Faith and Hope for Prayer” is a powerful tool. Ladies let us keep these persons and others suffering in our prayers. They are also our family. “Jesus we Trust In You”
The Installation of State Leadership will be held Aug. 27, 2016 at St Mary Parish in Chelsea Mich. The reception will be at the Marriott Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti, Mich. We hope many of the Knights and Family and join The Knight of Columbus for a new fraternal year. Enjoy this beautiful land we live in Ellie Unterbrink, Sue, Vittorini, Mary Beth Chasse, Karen Winkle, Julie Kolomjec Serving Those Who Served St. John Neumann Assembly 478 in Utica, Michigan has adopted a program to assist homeless veterans who are living in a newly-established local shelter called Vets Returning Home. The program at the shelter is structured to provide the veterans with the knowledge and skills needed to become self-sufficient wage earners with an apartment of their own. The members of the Assembly have been active throughout the year soliciting and purchasing several carloads and truckloads of gently used kitchenware, tableware, furniture, and small appliances for the veterans to have available when they move into their apartments. Fifteen basic tool sets and several cash donations with a total value of approximately $2000 were also donated to the shelter by the Assembly to assist the veterans in their transition to civilian life.
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The 2015/16 Family of the Year honor is awarded to the Phil & Mary Berkemeier family of Queen of the Miraculous Medal Council #609 in Jackson.
right foot was prayed for what the child's wants. On the Left foot was prayed for the child's future. When their children went on their Honeymoon they were asked to bring back a gift of a crucifix. In their search they would end up buying a cross for their home as well as Phil and Mary’s. The Symbolic idea is to get them to think of Jesus on their honeymoon. Mary & Phil felt these ideas are inspirations from our loving God. Phil and Mary’s involvement in their church and community is quite impressive; They serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharistic and Lectors and are on the welcoming committee as well as Conformation sponsors and sing in the Choir. Phil has served on the Education & Social Justice committees, and the Pastoral commission. He also has been a Eucharistic sponsor. As a Knight Phil has spearheaded many projects in the 30 years as a member. He is a PGK and has served as chairman of the both the Right to Life Activities and Family Activities committees. He is a successful recruiter and has participated in most of the council’s projects and has also been recognized as Knight and Family of the Month several times. Mary and Phil provided 12 years of Catholic education to all 9 of their children and are active in sponsoring and chaperoning youth events and trips. Phil and Mary have been active in the community serving on the Jackson Right to Life for over 30 years. Phil is also a 36-year member of the Kiwanis Club and served in many capacities on committees in the city and county of Jackson as well as a continuing involvement with the Boy Scouts. Recently Phil has been appointed to the board of directors of Good Shepard Catholic radio. Mary while teaching was very involved in and led many programs from room mother to varsity basketball coach to assistant band director. She still found time to volunteer for 40 Days for Life, National Story Telling League, and several other community programs including the American Red Cross as well as helping with council activities. All the Berkemeier children have been involved since childhood in extracurricular activities from sports to school service programs and helping at Knights of Columbus events. From elementary school though high school and college and now into adulthood service has been a part of their lives. Naming all the activities and programs they have and are participating in would take more time than we have here. As Grand Knight Frank Page of council 609 puts it; “Most great Catholic families have one or two members that are giants in prayer, community and Church service, but this family has eleven! The family is not only deserving the award but also can be used as a model to measure the award in the future”. Congratulations to the entire Berkemeier family.
P hil and Mary while raising their nine children; Matthew, Elizabeth, Mary,
Thomas, Juliana, Michael, James, Christi and Paul, had some Catholic family traditions which included; Sunday Mass as a family, Daily Mass as much as possible, many Masses in the home including extended family and friends with dinner afterwards. Anytime a child was hurt physically, spiritually or emotionally they prayed an Our Father over them. When a child was conceived they appointed the God Parents early. They were asked to pray for the baby's development in the womb, good health for the baby, good health for the mother and a safe delivery. Mary & Phil prepared a list of people that needed prayers. During the delivery they used the list. When Mary had a contraction she offered the pain up for someone on the list. They filled the home with Faith building pictures, cross's, and a kneeler in parent's bedroom as a reminder to turn to the Lord in Prayer. Post-its notes, some Saturday evenings they would quietly write words of encouragement on a post-it note for each family member and put the note on their head board. Joke Night was Tuesday nights at the dinner table, this was established to bring humor into the home. Pep up was once a month. Everyone's name was put in a bowl. A name was drawn each night at the dinner table. If your name was drawn they would go around the table and each person would give a compliment to that person. Some of the best pep ups were when grandma and grandpa were over and they experienced the encouragement. Foot rub night on Sunday nights: "Who touched Jesus in a loving way and how?" Scripture came alive in their home. Each child received a foot rub, on the
FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink
!!!Our future starts with us. It is we who will pass down to the future generation
what we accomplish. We are the future of the Catholic Church through the Knights of Columbus. Success is measured by the effort we put in, “the more you prepare, the more success will occur”.
The entire Knights of Columbus team is here and ready to serve you. May God the Father bless you and your family and your works. Kenneth Unterbrink, State Deputy
From The State Program Director
Donavan as State Culture of Life couple, Kevin Rowley as State Youth Director and!Wayne!Slomiany!as!State!Voca5ons!&!Evangeliza5on!Director.!The!State! Deputy has also appointed David Bergeman to be my assistant. He has been a great help in guiding me through the start of this fraternal year. Thank you David. With the help of these directors and the great group of District Deputies guided by our faith, pray that the councils in the Michigan Jurisdiction will all have a gratifying year in our goal to better the order.
MICHIGAN’S STATE OF COLUMBIANISM STATE DEPUTY’S REPORT
Robert W. Fox
Your Excellency's; Most Reverend Allen Vigneron Arch Bishop of Detroit, Most Reverend David Walkowiak, Bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Paul Bradley, Bishop of Kalamazoo, Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, Most Reverend John Doefler, Bishop of Marquette, Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw,Most Reverend Bishop Steven Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Francis Reiss, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Worthy State Chaplain Reverend Father Ronald Hutchinson, Worthy Diocesan Chaplains, Worthy Council Chaplains, Worthy State Father Prior, Reverend Monsignors, Reverend Fathers, Executive Director of Holy Cross Children's Services, Brother Francis Boylan, Deacons and Religious, Worthy Supreme Directors, Worthy Former Supreme Directors, Worthy Vice Supreme Master, Worthy State Officers, Worthy Immediate Past State Deputy and Past State Deputies, Worthy Former Vice Supreme Masters, Worthy District Deputies, Worthy State and Diocesan Directors, Worthy Masters of the Patriotic Degree, Worthy Supreme Council General Insurance Agents, Worthy Delegates and Guests Vivat Jesus We are once again gathered here on beautiful and historic Mackinac Island for the 116th Annual Michigan State Council convention. We have joined together to acknowledge this past years achievements of the Michigan Jurisdiction, along with preparing us to return home to our councils supplied with information to continue to grow the order here in Michigan. I thank each of you for accepting the job of council delegate and taking time to join us this weekend, I ask that you enjoy full participation in the work that lies before us. Our annual meeting opened today as it has for the last 115 years with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Arch Bishop Vigneron presided, joined by our Bishops, our State Chaplain, Diocesan Chaplains and many of our council Chaplains. We will begin each day of this convention with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 7:30 am, I ask that you make it a point to join us each morning and fill the theater to capacity as you did this afternoon for the opening Mass. As the 47th State Deputy of Michigan it is my duty as well as my pleasure to conduct the business of our order at this annual meeting and present to you the annual report on the State of Columbiansim in the Michigan Jurisdiction. I wish to thank the Bishop of Grand Rapids, Bishop David Walkowiak,for allowing Reverend Ronald Hutchinson to continue to serve as our Spiritual leader. To assist our State Chaplain the Bishops of each Diocese gave their approval of the Diocesan Chaplains to continue their appointments. Those appointed are, Rev.Fr. lam Le, Grand Rapids Diocese, Rev.Fr. Paul Ballien Diocese of Detroit, Rev. Fr. Donald Geyman, Diocese of Gaylord, Rev Fr. Robert Creagan, Diocese of Kalamazoo, Rev. Fr. William Turner, Diocese of Lansing, Rev. Fr. James Bessert, Diocese of Saginaw and Rev. Fr. Cory litzner, Diocese of Marquette and Rev Fr. Ken Mazur, the State Columbian Squires Fr. Prior. On behalf of the Michigan Knights of Columbus I thank all of the Bishops for their permission in allowing these priests to serve our Order, and to all the
Bishops, our State and Diocesan Chaplains our thanks for your vocation to the priesthood. The selection of 22 District Deputies was next on the agenda. Not all positions were filled but once again the State Officers and neighboring District Deputies stepped up to fill in. I am very grateful to these men for their assistance. This list was presented to our Supreme Knight for his approval on their appointments as District Deputies in the Michigan Jurisdiction. In addition to selecting the new District Deputies the State Directors and Diocesan Directors were reappointed to serve this fraternal year. Again, as in years past, the new District Deputy and Diocesan Director training was held at the Holy Cross Children's Facility, Queen of Angels, in Saginaw in late June. Membership Program Consultant, Dannie Harris, once again, presented a program of what it takes to be a District Deputy. The State Membership and Program Directors also conducted training for the Diocesan membership and program Directors. It was a long day with a lot to cover but the information presented helped the new District Deputies and Directors prepare for their upcoming duties. Thank you Doug Kokot and Gary Merritt along with Bill Leveque for your assistance. July 1st started out in grand style. Supreme had reduced our state quota down to 2650 new members, a very achievable number, but we still had our work cut out for us. The weekend of July 2nd to the 5th had the District Deputies, State and Diocesan Directors Leadership Conference meeting at Boyne Highlands. Friday evening's program began with a prayer service by our State Chaplain followed by dinner and presentations from the Supreme Council lnsurance Representative, General Agent Joe Molosky. Our Supreme Insurance agents play an important part in every council's success, thank you Joe for your report. Following the insurance report our Supreme Director, Tom Wegener, brought greetings from the home office. Thanks again Tom for keeping Michigan up to date on what is happening at Supreme. Following the dinner program the men's meeting took place in the Tailgate room. Following opening prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and roll call Bill Leveque, the State Deputies assistant, presented the expectations and authority of what it means to be a District Deputy, thank you Bill for setting the stage for the weekend. The Michigan Achievement Award Requirements and using the Supreme Council Action Planner were presented by State Program Director Gary Merritt. Dane Jurkovic brought us up to date on the new form Ml and District and Council web sites. Following Dane there were presentations by Thomas Marcetti, State MI Director, John Hundiak State Special Olympics Director, thank you gentlemen for your dedication to the order. Bill Leveque gave directions on how the breakout sessions would run and following the closing prayer and a short break the Diocesan breakouts began. On Saturday morning the Michigan Take Five Program was explained by the Director, Wally Papciak, followed by the State Raffle Chairman, Gary De Carlo, with updates on the changes to the raffle. The Supreme Council Membership and Program Consultant, Dannie Harris, presented an in depth program of what are the roles and the responsibilities of a District Deputy. This was followed by the roll out of the membership and program campaign "Light the Fire Within".
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Membership Director Doug Kokot and State Deputy Assistant William Leveque did an outstanding Job of presenting the State Membership expectations and goals. The afternoon concluded with presentations by the Supreme Council General Agent, Don Wesley, NCD Director Dan Nowicki, Ceremonials Director Eugene Murawski, and Retention Director, Steve Jacek. To Don, Dan, Gene and Steve thank you for your reports. Sunday morning concluded the weekend with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass followed by breakfast with presentations by Brother Francis on Holy Cross Children's Service, Paul and Sue Thorn our Culture of Life Directors. The remaining days of July had the State Officers, Membership and Program Team traveling to each of the seven Diocese for the Diocesan Membership meetings delivering the message and providing the Membership and Program Guides along with other materials needed by the local leadership and councils to assist them in reaching their goals and in achieving a successful year.
what kind of help we could offer to the DD's to improve council programs and membership intake. Using a “SWOT" evaluation report both the DD and the councils were evaluated. Using the information obtained we saw the need for more training and developed the workshop idea for the winter meeting. Basing the subject matter of the workshops was done by compiling which complaints, failings or question repeated the most on the forms. On September 25th John Hundiak, State Special Olympics Director, represent the State at the Special Olympic Fall Games in downstate Michigan. Thank you John for representing the State. The rest of September had the Board meeting with various councils and attending charity event throughout the State.
September saw an increase of 151 new members, 21 short of our 17% goal we had set for ourselves. We needed to motivate.
Also in the month of July the District Deputies conducted their district
meetings. The format of single district meetings was well received as it afforded them an opportunity to establish a bond with their councils and explain the goals they expected to achieve. Our 17% target intake for July was 80 members; we brought in 121 new
members, on our way to 2650 members. On the 1st to the 7th of August the State Board along with eight Michigan Delegates and wives traveled to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia for the 1133rd Supreme convention. Michigan received two International awards at the convention. The first was the International Council Activities Award. St. Hubert's
council 11658 Harrison Township won this award with a program called
"Fundraising for a Cure" In December 2010 a council Brother Knight
was diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood cancer. The council went to
work raising funds for cancer research. The council has raised over
$100,000 in less than five years. Congratulations to members of St. Hubert's council 11658. The second award, the prestigious "Family of the Year "was won by the Ron Weingartz family. Ron, a member of St. Mary Magdalen council 12295 of Brighton, along with his wife Peggy and their five children were present to accept the award from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and his wife Dorian. With their strong family values, devotion to the Catholic faith! commitment to prolife causes and constant service to the needy, Ron and Peggy follow the example of Ron's father, now deceased, and continue the fund he created the Weingartz Family Foundation" . Congratulations to both International winners. The State camp out was held on August 14th to the 16th. State Family Life Director, John Turek and wife Lynn did an awesome job. The State Board attended and even though it rained a little Friday night Saturday was a beautiful day. A great day was had by all present, we even crowned the State's newest "corn hole toss" champion, whose name shall remain anonymous, but I think his initials are Be. Saturday was culminated with an outdoor Mass which also drew other campers. Thank you John and Lynn Turek.
In addition the first of many planning meeting for the winter leadership meeting were held.
October proved to be a good month. Several major degrees in addition to many first degrees were held. The State Board was busy attending various dinners' degrees and exemplifications throughout the state.
Once again on October 10th to the 15th our Membership and Program Consultant, Dannie Harris, held training meetings in Detroit East and West as well as Lansing and Grand Rapids The final Focus meetings were held the first part of October while the State Deputy and the State Treasurer journeyed to Sandusky for the Provincial meeting of the Patriotic Degree. Our first new council was instituted on October 4th I the Detroit Diocese. St. George Council 16311 was the result of the hard work of District Deputy Jim Escott and Detroit NCD Director Larry Frontera. Thank you, Jim and Larry, for your efforts in achieving this and welcome members of council 16113.
On the 29th and 30th of August the first state wide church drive was held with about 43% of the councils participating. 183 form 100's and 297 prospect cards. The hope was to get these men thru degrees as soon as possible. The numbers were not what we wanted but given that it was summer it was acceptable. August ended with 137 new members, almost the same as last year but short of our 17% goal. We needed to improve. In the month of September the State Membership and Program team started the District Deputy Focus meetings. These meetings were an attempt to find out just
October also brought the Order wide church drive on the 10th and 11th. While many of the councils did the drive there seemed to be some confusion again as to what exactly is a church drive and how a church drive is conducted. The State Membership and Program Directors began formulating directions to be placed in the membership and program guides. Much of the feedback we received was directed to the fact that Michigan Diocese are closing and consolidating churches due to lower participating Catholics and far too few priests to facilitate the parishes. This presented another problem for the Membership and Program Directors to overcome. On the 16th of October the State Board traveled to Jackson for an award presentation from the very first Ultra Sound Machine. Since it's installation at the Center for Women it has saved over 100 babies. Michigan is consistently in the top of the Order in installation of Ultra Sound Machines. Give yourselves a round of applause. The Prep Bowl was once again a great success. While we do not recruit many members our presence is always appreciated. My thanks to Mark Gaworecki, the State Special Projects Director, who chairs the event and all who manned the Knight of Columbus table. Once again the Color Corp was at their finest. Thanks to all Brothers who fell out in color for the event. On the 18th of October the State Soccer Challenge was held at the Everest Academy in Clarkston with 32 State Level participants. 21 councils reported but based upon the level of participation it is estimated that 3 times as many councils
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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN December ended with 188 new members brought into the Order. 58 short of the goal we set for ourselves. The deaths and suspensions were still our downfall. Death we can do nothing about, suspensions is another matter. As I said at the beginning of my term “I will not stand in the way of suspensions as long as the proper procedure is followed". The State Board started out the New Year with a Retreat at the Capuchin Retreat Center in Washington Twp. This is a great way to start the year off; your mind and spirit are refreshed. All councils should become involved in a retreat of some sort at the beginning of the year. The State Board had planned on joining several hundred thousand pro- life marchers in Washington for the annual march to end abortion. Thanks to Sue and Paul Thorn with help from John and Elizabeth Hundiak for putting this together and making sure everything went smoothly, however Mother Nature had other plans. We cancelled the trip due to the severe winter storm predicted, a good choice! Our prayer is someday it will no longer be necessary to have a RTL march. We also held the second Order wide church drive on the 23rd and 24th. Michigan brought in 179 form 100'5, 286 prospects. The job once again is to turn them into members. In January Arch Bishop Allen Vigneron received a letter from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announcing the initiative; "Building the Domestic Church' While strengthening our Parishes". His Excellency contacted me wanting to know how, we, the Knights of Columbus, were going to implement it. A meeting was set for March 2, 2016. January closed with 167 new Knights. Two off our prescribed 17% goal, things are looking up! February 1st the State Keep Christ in Christmas poster Contest judging was held. State Youth Director Kevin Rowley did an excellent job. The number of State Level Participants was 75 with a total number participating at 274. Thank you Kevin Rowley again for a great job. The State Board traveled to Traverse City for the Winter Games of Special Olympics of Michigan. This is an annual event that I and the Board look forward to. I get to give away money. We present SOMI with a check for $10,000.00 each year. Because of your reporting on the form and your efforts on the MI drives Michigan is ranked in the top of the Order for support of Special Olympics. February was filled with various meetings and dinners from Council Vocation Nights, Clergy Appreciation Dinners to Game Dinners at councils. To those councils holding such events we thank you for including us in your planning. It's always a great opportunity for your State Board to be able to meet the people we serve. February 28th the State Deputy Tribute Dinner was held at DeCarlo's in Warren, Michigan. The evening began with a capacity crowd at Mass. The dinner and program saw the presentation of fast start and quick start awards as well as a slight roasting of yours truly, I forgot about a lot of those things, surprised I'm still here. Worthy State Secretary, thank you for helping me recall some of the great experiences of my life and some not so great. Thank you Worthy for the great gifts, much appreciated. February finished with 212 new Knights, only 13 off our goal, good work brothers; it looks like we are back on the membership track. On March 2nd a meeting was held with the Bishops of all Dioceses in Michigan along with the Auxiliary Bishops and the President of the Michigan Catholic Conference to discuss the Supreme Knights initiative on "Strengthening the Church". I had contacted ourState Chaplain Fr. Ron Hutchinson for his thoughts and with the State Officers developed a plan and presented it to the Bishops. As Catholic men we already do many things for the Church. We Cantor, Usher, we are Greeters, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers; duties that are very important but relatively easy, we are at Church anyway on Sunday, right!
participated but did not report. Worthy Council Program Directors if you do it please report it. There were also many other events throughout the month that we, the State Board, could not attend but covered by State and Diocesan Directors. Thanks to all of you who covered these events for your State Officers. October ended with an intake of 220 new members', good numbers, but still short of our 17% goal we set. November was a slower month, if there is such a thing. A major degree at Gaylord started the month followed by the Guest House All Souls Mass. The fall MI drive held on November 10th and 11th was a great success. One hundred eighty four councils participated bringing in $474,031.69 an increase of $55,669.80 over the previous year. These funds generated by the councils in Michigan help your State Council assist
organizations such as Special Olympics and St. Louis Center as well as many other MI requests. Thank you PSD Tom Marcetti for chairing our very successful MI campaign. The Memorial Mass for deceased members at Sacred Heart Seminary was next on the agenda. Always a solemn event, it is our way to honor our fallen Brothers. A reminder to all councils is to be sure to let the State Office know if you want a deceased members name on the plaques. Thank you again Bob Garsta for heading up this event. November ended with your State Deputy and Lady Sandy traveling to San Antonio for the mid-year State Deputies meeting. While there I learned of the new program being put out by Supreme," Building the Domestic Church; while strengthening the Parish". This new initiative is aimed at the councils becoming more involved with parish programs. More on this will follow. The end of November also saw another Ultrasound installed in Remus this is one reason why Michigan is in the top three or four states in the Order for placement of ultrasound machines. To those councils involved in its placement congratulations a job well done. Congratulations to State Culture of Life Director Paul Thorn and his wife Sue, for the time spent working with the councils in Michigan on behalf of RTL. This is one reason why Michigan is in the top three or four states in the Order for placement of ultrasound machines November intake was 168 members, 70 below what we needed to make our 17% goal. December 4th to the 7th was the Winter Leadership Meeting. Friday evening started with a prayer service by our State Chaplain Fr. Ron Hutchinson. The Supreme Council Insurance Agent presented an update of the Agencies programs followed by greetings from Supreme Director PSD Thomas Wegener. Following a brief intermission the night's meeting was underway with comments from your State Deputy and presentations from the State Service Program Directors. We then dispersed to the various workshops. This is where all the information gathered at the Focus meetings came into play. Instead of the normal meeting agenda of power points we switched to work shops. These workshops were specifically aimed at the problems the councils were experiencing. Following the Winter Meeting the District Deputies held their Winter District meetings. Several were held in December while the rest were during the month of January thru February. The meetings were split up into groups which allowed the State Board, State Membership and Program Directors and State Deputies Assistant to attend as many as they could. Again the individual DO's meeting with their own district as opposed to tri district meetings proved beneficial.
July 2016 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Auxiliary Bishop Michael Burns stated that statistics show that when the female half of the family is the leading force in faith development only 10% of the children remain in the faith after they leave home, while 70%, yes 70%,remain in the faith when the male is the leading force of faith in the household, that's quite a difference. We, as Catholic men, need to share more deeply in the Faith programs in our parishes. By this I mean we need to be involved in the teaching aspect of parish life. We as Catholic men need to become teachers of our faith, become involved in CCO for upper and lower elementary students, Religious Education for senior and junior high school students, children's Liturgy of the Word at Mass, the list goes on. We need to show our youth that men can be both strong Faith leaders bringing the Word of God to our youth and still do the "men things" We need to become involved as Catholic men of the parish first, who just happen to be, Knights of Columbus. Let us, Catholic men, Knights of Columbus, be that guiding force that the 70% that cause our youth to remain faithful to our Church. On March 13th the State Free Throw Challenge was held in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at Sacred Heart Parish gym under the direction of State Youth Director Kevin Rowley. 129 state level participants took part. 95 councils reported with a total number of participants reported of 2,232, a substantial increase over last year. March 15 brought the judging of the State Essays with 49 state level participants and only 19 councils reporting. Brothers this is an easy thing to do, we need to have more participation. You do not need a school! You have CCD and Religious Education at your parishes, use them. On March 12th the State Spelling Bee was held at Fr. Vanrooy Council 2740 in Essexville, Michigan. The number of state level participants was 22 with each diocese with the exception of Marquette, sending Diocesan and runner up winners to the State Championship. A decision was made that we need to develop a form for council level reporting. An estimated 72 plus councils participated based on Diocesan level results. Brothers, once again, these programs are directed to our youth. They have parents; parents lead to acceptance of the Knights of Columbus, acceptance could lead to members, think about it It looks like March was Kevin Rowley month, give him a hand! Thank you, Kevin Rowley and your teams for your dedication to our youth. The second State Church Drive weekend was held on the 12th and13th of March with 299 form 100's, 252 prospect cards. Congratulations to those councils that held the drive. Lent is always a tough time to hold church drive weekends but we did our best. New council number 16422 San Jose Obrero was initiated March 20, 2016 in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. I wish to thank District Deputy Robert Grove and Regional NeD Director Michael Lewis for their hard work. La bienvenida a los Caballeros de Colon. My thanks also to State NCD Director Dan Nowicki for his assistance in starting both new councils. The end of March 265 new members were reported brought in, a good month, but still 94 members off our goal. And thank you to State Membership Director Doug Kokot and all the Diocesan and Council Membership Directors for your hard work in achieving this number. It's off our goal but shows we can do it. During April the State Board attending many council functions throughout the State as well as planning meetings. During the first weeks we had Focus meetings in the Gaylord, Saginaw, Kalamazoo and Marquette Diocese; once again a round table type of meeting resulted in many thoughts and ideas shared by those attending. Thanks to my
fellow State Officers the State Membership and Program Directors as well as Diocesan membership and program directors for helping with these meetings. On the 16th of April the State Secretary and I, along with our wives, attended the District 4 Exemplification in Grand Rapids. This was a bitter sweet event. Bitter, because it was the last Exemplification for Master, Sir Knight, Robert Krausneck and also my last Exemplification as State Deputy. Sweet, because I had the distinct honor of Knighting His Excellency Bishop David Walkowiak into the Patriotic Order of the Knights of Columbus Also on April is" the State raffle drawing was held. The top prizes this year went from cash prizes to really nice vacation trips. Members from the State Council, State Raffle Chairmen Gary DeCarlo and Mike Kozakiewicz, Exectutive Secretary, Larry Grabowski and Gary Kolbicz, Michigan Columbian Editor drew the winning tickets. Members from throughout the state also attended and were treated to hot dogs, chili French fries and potato salad. The raffle this year earned over $263.000.00!! Thank you Gary DeCarlo and Mike Kozakiewicz for your hard work on making this happen, great job! And for the tenth year I didn't win, Mike and Gary we need to look into that. The Palm Sunday MI drive was a great success according to State MI Director PSD Tom Marcetti. With approximately 43 plus percent of the councils reporting as of 4/26/2016 we collected $382,714.97, dollars. That is only 283 councils participating. If you held a spring MI drive and have not sent in what your council collected, it needs to be turned in to the State MI Director PSD Tom Marcetti. Now! Those funds go to support the many charities we support they are not meant to be held in council accounts. Great job Tom, thank you for your dedication to our MI recipients. April had 248 new members and a further reduction in our net/net. Congratulations Brothers. The "Take Five" program will finish the year well over $80,000, thanks to Michigan Charities Director Wally Papciak, Thank you Wally for your hard work. Proceeds from this program and the State Charities Raffle help fund the many charity requests we receive each year The Mcgivney Chair Director John Rademacher, reported that we will be able to retire the McGivney Chair of Life Ethics commitment this year. At the Bishops Gala this June 17th your State Board will present a check for $125,000 to Arch Bishop Allan Vigneron. Give your selves a
hand brothers! Thank you John for your commitment to this program and thank you to all the councils for your support. There several major accomplishments we made this fraternal year. The first of which was converting from the DOS system of doing our finances. The State Secretary and State Treasurer and I worked with Eugene Murawski starting in May and June of 2015 converting to Quick Books. I am pleased to announce that as of July 1st we were up and running with no looking back. Thank you Gene and your staff for all the education you provided. Worthy State Secretary and State Treasurer thank you for believing it could be done. We also changed our method of banking. Instead of changing banks every two years, one Bank was selected with the State Office as the address. Scanning of checks was also incorporated in the system. To Gene and his staff thank you for assisting us with this project. Your expertise was much appreciated. We also introduced bar coding as a more efficient way of taking roll call. There may be a few glitches with the bar coding, but nothing we can't fix. Thanks to Dane Jurkovich for developing this program.
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN In conclusion, based on this report I have submitted, it is my opinion, as State Deputy, that in the Jurisdiction of Michigan the State of Columbiansim is alive and well and a great future lies before us. Venerable servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, Pray for Us Our lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us
To the State and Diocesan Directors, Regional Directors, General Insurance Agents, and Field agents, Assistance to the State Deputy, Grand Knights, Council Officers and the general membership I served with, I congratulate you and thank you for all your achievements and support during the past year, and for your service to the Church and your commitment to the Order. The successes that were included in this report are the direct results of your actions. You are the most important part in this Jurisdiction. You are what is and will continue to make the difference in this great State of Michigan. I thank you for your support and the friendship you have given me and the State Leadership this past year.
Vivat Jesus Robert W. Fox State Deputy
Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus Annual State Convention, Mackinac Island May 27, 2016 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GOOD OF THE ORDER Daniel Remeika, Committee Chair Worthy State Chaplin, Reverend Clergy, Worthy State Deputy, Worthy Supreme Directors, Worthy State Officers, Worthy Delegates, and My Brother Knights, Vivat Jesus. On behalf of the nine members Good of the Order Committee, I thank you for giving us the opportunity to offer our comments and observations on our Order in Michigan. For we are confronted with life and moral issues that shortness of time prevents us from discussing in more detail at this meeting. Fortunately, various state councils, including the Michigan State Council, presented specific actions that were affirmed at the Supreme Council meeting last August. These include support for a culture of life, a culture of marriage, a defense of religious liberty, solidarity with persecuted Christians, and honoring our armed forces. The committee thus recommends that each council review and implement the Actions on Resolutions taken by the Supreme Council at the 133rd Supreme Council Meeting in August 2015. The Actions are posted on the Supreme website. A copy was also mailed to each and every financial secretary. In brief, they are as follows dimension of religion. That we join together to oppose the HHS mandate and protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience. 1. Culture of Life. As Knights of Columbus we will continue to speak out to our elected representatives about the need to enact legislation protecting human life in all its stages. That we will continue to support crisis pregnancies with alternatives to abortion, including adoption. That we promote projects which provide spiritual support to those women and men suffering from the traumatic psychological after-effects of abortion. That we reaffirm our longstanding policies of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children, or who advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia, and that we prohibit such persons from renting or otherwise using facilities over which our members have control. That we once again commit ourselves to praying the Rosary frequently, to fasting and to doing penance in reparation for the evils perpetrated against the gift of life. On January 1, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori said, “The goal of the pro-life movement is not political power, but rather to create the conditions in our society whereby the life of both mother and child are cherished and nurtured. 2. Culture of Marriage. As Knights of Columbus we will remain steadfast in our efforts to promote the Church’s understanding of marriage as the faithful, exclusive and lifelong union of one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love. That we pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten elected officials to adopt laws, and judges to make judicial decisions that affirm the family and the authentic nature of marriage. The committee here also recommends that councils promote the teaching of St. John Paul II on The Theology of the Body and Pope Francis on The Joy of Love, either through sponsorship of parish programs or invitation of spouses to council meetings on the family led by the chaplain or pastor. 3. Defense of Religious Liberty. As Knights of Columbus, we will remain steadfast in our support for the free exercise of religion as it is enshrined in the First Amendment, including the public dimension of religion. That we join together to oppose the HHS mandate and protect religious liberty and freedom of conscience. 4. Solidarity with Persecuted Christians. As Knights of Columbus we will stand in solidarity with all those Christians around the world who are suffering from violent persecution. The committee here also strongly encourages every council to devise ways to further support our persecuted brothers and their families in the Middle East. Use the guidance of your local and diocesan chaplains. Contribute to relief efforts through the mechanism set up on the Supreme web site. And pray that God will look with mercy on His servants who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. On March 17, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that genocide is taking place. On May 1 this month during his address at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, spoke this warning, “The descendents of the ‘first Christians’ … are now in danger of nonexistence.” He then thanked the Knights of Columbus for remembering his people. 5. Honoring our Armed Forces. As Knights of Columbus we reaffirm our unequivocal gratitude, support, and encouragement for the men and women of the armed forces who defend our liberties and freedoms. That we will never waver inour commitment to recognize the contributions of every service member on Active Duty, in the Guard, in the Reserves, and all veterans and retired service members. That we prayerfully support and encourage the families of those servicemen and women who are deployed overseas. The committee here also adds our gratitude, recognition, and encouragement to all first responders. In addition to these five general actions adopted at the Supreme Convention, the committee makes the following eight observations and recommendations. 6. Last month, Father Jonathan D. Kalisch, OP, Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development, wrote, “I ask my brother priests and pastors: How can the Knights better serve your parish? In what ways can they assist you in evangelizing the young adults, young families and, especially, the men who are inactive or fallen away from the sacraments? …are there new tasks (where) our brother Knights can assist you?” The committee recommends that every council ask its chaplain and pastor for his reply on how we Knights can help, carefully listen, and prayerfully respond.
MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GOOD OF THE ORDER 7. The Christian Service Commission is set up in every parish to enable the parish community, which includes us Knights, to put social teachings into action. Our Supreme Knight has said and our Order recognizes how important it is for us to bear witness through our councils in our parishes. Therefore, the committee recommends each council volunteer to serve on the ministry of the Christian Service Commission and be represented as empowered parishioners with access to council resources. 8. For the past 40 years, the Supreme Council has encouraged all local councils to become more closely integrated into the life of the parishes with which they are associated. Since local councils with home corporations may tend to shift focus away from parish life, it is essential that these councils focus on greater involvement in their parishes. For this reason, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is asking every council using facilities owned by a home association to undertake a serious assessment of how that relationship supports the council in its fulfillment of the core mission of the Knights of Columbus. Therefore, the committee recommends that non-parish based councils begin by establishing an active parish presence through the Parish Round Table Program. 9. Pope Francis has frequently spoken about the role of the Christian family as a domestic church, and he expressed special interest in our Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive initiative. Then on November 20, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish. Therefore, the committee strongly recommends that every council use the October through September themes in The Family Fully Alive program in planning its events and activities. Quoting the Supreme Knight, “Councils that formulate their activities through the Surge with Service Program should give priority within the Family Activity category to those activities related to our Building the Domestic Church program; they should give priority within the Church Activity category to those programs which more fully integrate their council’s activities within the life of their parish; and they should give priority within the Youth Activity category to those programs which strengthen or support parish-based youth ministry. They should also consider how their activities in the categories of council, Community and Culture of Life may be enhanced through greater participation by the wider parish community.” 10. It is critical that we retain members, but members are often lost in the first three years of membership because they were not personally involved in the local council and the Order. In Michigan Three for Life was begun to address this need. Therefore, the committee recommends local councils personally make a quarterly contact with each member who joined the Order during the previous three years. Show concern, listen, inform him of upcoming events, and invite him to participate in council projects.
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11. It is hard to imagine a geographic area without young people looking for things to do. Even if a council is aging, it is surrounded by youth. The chaplain and pastor can also recommend places that need the involvement of more Knights, including our fund raising experience. Therefore, the committee recommends that the programs of all councils, including aging councils, include local youth and become the catalyst for a lifetime of service. 12. Our fraternal benefits program sets our Order apart by providing sound life insurance products to protect our widows and orphans. Therefore, the committee recommends that you include our benefits program whenever you discuss our Order with prospects and that you encourage members to contact their dedicated field agent to see what he might be able to offer to them and their families. 13. Finally, we offer special thanks to the clergy, for your service and for your ministries of encounter. We thank you for stirring our hearts, for walking with us, and for building our hopes and dreams. Therefore, the committee recommends that all Knights work alongside our clergy and especially with the pastor on all aspects of the parish as he may request. In conclusion, I hope that we all realize the importance of the work of the Order. The needs and cries of the world continue to challenge us to renew our commitment. Let us bring a renewed Knights of Columbus presence to every Catholic parish and community. Offer membership to every eligible Catholic gentleman. Be excited about where we will make a difference. And be extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Knights of Columbus in Michigan. Brothers, it has been my privilege to present this report on behalf of the Good of the Order Committee. Worthy State Deputy, thank you for the honor to address the 116th State Convention of the Knights of Columbus on Mackinac Island and to present this report to our distinguished brother Knights. The Good of the Order Committee requests that this report be approved and incorporated into the proceedings of this meeting.
Worthy State Deputy, I would ask that all the members of the Good of the Order Committee please stand and be recognized by this body for the job that you have done. Daniel P Remeika, Round Table Director, Committee Chair; Daniel Searle, State Regional Council Retention Director; Richard LaMay, District Deputy; Rod Polzin, District Deputy; James M. Klepoch, District Deputy; Mark H. Hornbacher, GK #2569; David A. Yonkers, GK #2934; David Brezinski, GK #4232; Gerard Mahaney, GK #4872
Car Show Prince of Peace Council 6593 in Roscommon, hosted a custom car and motorcycle show to benefit Special Olympics. The show featured 29 cars and seven motorcycles and raised more than $1,400.
May They Rest In Peace
Flint Council 695 Frank Mazza Detroit Council 2739 Zachary Drewniak Westphalia Council 2890 Jeffrey Pline Beal City Council 3651 Michael Scully Roscommon Council 6593 Joe Huszarik, PGK Ralph Desloover Durand Council 7955 Carlton Purdy Vicksburg Council 13305 Lawrence Potvin George Fahrni Arthur Mucciante
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The Catholic Difference
Many companies claim that their founder was a saint. As brother Knights, our claim is not simply hyperbole: We know that our beloved founder lived a virtuous and holy life. We hope and pray that he will be raised to the dignity of the altar. In fact, by proclaiming Father McGivney “venerable” in 2008, the Catholic Church has declared that Father McGivney exercised Christian virtue above and beyond the call of duty. As members of his brotherhood, it is incumbent upon all brother Knights to act in a way that pays homage to Father McGivney, carries on his mission and works with the same virtuous spirit that animated his life. That duty applies to all aspects of Columbianism, whether it be our charitable work, our fraternal work or our business endeavors. Those two concepts — Catholic virtue and profitable business —may seem incompatible, but the Knights of Columbus has long been a shining example of how businesses can succeed by placing faith and values before financial gain. Our Catholic heritage permeates our business. It’s part of what makes us so unique. We call it our Catholic difference. Asked recently about the Knights of Columbus and its Catholicism, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson replied: It means that we are different. We talk a lot about the “Catholic difference” of doing business with the Knights of Columbus. We present our members with a clear choice between doing business with us and doing business with a secular insurer. We are proud of our identity as a Catholic company. … Our ethical practices, in fact, received international recognition in 2014, 2015, and 2016 when the Ethisphere Institute designated the Knights of Columbus as a World’s Most Ethical Company®. We stayed true to our principles and knew that if we did the right thing for the right reasons, we would get the results that we wanted — and we have. Last year marked our 15th consecutive year of insurance sales growth. The signature way in which our Catholic identity impacts our business is in our investment strategy. We put our money where our faith is. We have established a strict screening process that prevents us from investing in companies that participate in any of the following lines of business: • • • • • • abortions and abortifacients contraception human cloning embryonic stem cell research for-profit health care that pays for any of the aforementioned pornography
We also do not invest in junk bonds or in risky investment instruments. We do not believe that the potential for profit is worth jeopardizing our Catholic faith or our solemn promise to our members and their families. “It is a principled approach to investing,” the supreme knight said, “that highlights the depth of our commitment to our faith. And while following these principles, our investment team has consistently achieved positive and competitive financial returns.” That’s integrity. Not all insurance companies are fraternal benefit societies. Not all fraternal benefit societies are Catholic. Not all Catholic insurers are like the Knights of Columbus —we are different. We are different because of who we are. We are different because of what we believe. And we are different because of the way we act on those beliefs. It’s a difference that traces its way back to Father McGivney, and that ought to be a point of pride for all brother Knights and their families. Contact me today to find out more about how you and your family can benefit from our Catholic difference.
State Culture of Life Award
!!The!winning!Program!entry!in!the!Culture'of'Life!category!is!Anchor!Bay!Council!5981!in!New!Bal5more!for!their!Celebra5on!of!Life!Tea!Party.! A little over four years ago, our PGK, Brian Yacks, wanted to do more locally to increase awareness and support for the Culture of Life program. Brian, with the aid and support of his wife, Debbie, called upon Brother Knights and their wives to work jointly forming a committee; thus the Celebration of Life Tea Party was born. The Tea Party has been a financial success each year since the it’s beginning. Because of this the council has been able to give substantial financial aid to Compassion Pregnancy Center & Michigan Right to Life Educational Fund, our parish youth for the Right to Life March in Washington D.C., Turning Point, St. Mary Queen of Creation Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, All-Ways Care, New Baltimore Place and Prestige Commons, both of which are senior housing for lower income residents in our community, and the Mobile Ultrasound Unit. These benefactors were chosen because they encompassed the values of respecting the Culture of Life. This year they were able to schedule the Image Clear Ultrasound (ICU) Mobile Unit to their parish the same weekend as the Tea Party. The complete event, including take down time, involved 80 members and over 400 combined hours. This year our net profit was $ 2462.00 which exceeded projections.
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NOTE: FOR GRAND KNIGHTS AND COUNCIL PR CHAIRMAN
In each issue of the Michigan Columbian we print the Current Knights and Families of the month as designated by the local councils in the State. These men deserve State wide recognition. We appreciate your help in keeping this information current. The names of the Family of the Month and those of the deceased members, need to be sent to: Gary M. Kolbicz, 39373 Durand Drive, Sterling Heights, MI 48310. The Names of the Knight of the Month need to be sent direct to: Jeffrey J. Gapczynski, State Council Activities Director, 41240 Scarborough Ct., Clinton Twp., MI 48038
Families of the Month
Bay City Council 414 Thomas & Shannon DeLorge Alpena Council 529 Wayne & Miriam Benott Gerald & Donna Kowalski Marine City Council 856 Bill Cullen family Tom Cook Family Bob & Joyce Thompson Benton Harbor Council 1120 Tom & Peggy Hanley Joe & Anne Campbell Cadillac Council 1224 Jim Postonick family Big Rapids Council 1300 Stephen & Sharrell Kooistra Scott & Elysc Leach Kingsford Council 1585 Patrick & Cathryn Spice Sam & Lisa Trebiloock Howell Council 2659 Richard & Lori Ann Pavlack Daniel & Deanna Tarvis Dearborn Council 2660 Joe & Colleen Grenn *cfy Richmond Council 2667 Walter & Karen Winkle, Jr. Standish Council 2724 Ken & Patricia Adrian Westphalia Council 2890 Kurt & Carol Thelen Chesaning Council 2943 Garrett & Tina Newman Thomas & Julia Mahoney Michael & Christine Maxa Harold & Nancy Knieper Utica Council 2950 Tim & Anne Murphy Kenneth & Lynn Grunewald Pinconning Council 2986 Harold & Patricia Schumann Jacob & Florence Gatfryd Raymond & Sharon Skrabet Grand Rapids Council 3104 Theodore & Gerri Simons Caro Council 3224 Austin & Kandie Hessling, II Scott & Cristi Smith Daniel &Denise Birstol Warren Council 3257 Ronald & Erin Southerland Mike & Teresa O’Neil Plymouth Council 3292 James Inch family Roseville Council 3797 Thomas & Trudi Podeszwik Ruth Council 3823 Richard & Flo Stein Warren Council 3848 Dan & Cindy Arredondo Sandusky Council 4693 Brandon & Kristy Nunn Jay Bolsby family Taylor Council 4872 Robert & Linda Marris Gladwin Council 5280 John & Dorothy Kolhoff Robert & Carolyn Brinkman Peter & Valerie Van Der Elzer Rochester Council 5452 John & Barbara Thompson Michael & Marti McDermott Robert & Sandy Krueger New Baltimore Council 5981 Frank & Maria Bartolomeo Louis & Christina Carducci Roscommon Council 6593 Ed & Donna Thoma Ben & Edith Zimmerman Pat & Mary Mattingly *cfy Posen Council 6657 Clarence & Pat Zwolinski Tom & Ann Hein RicK & Sandy Gronczewski Swartz Creek Council 6694 Jim & Sue Drummond Pete & Susie Glynn Dave & Pat Schoenfield John & Pat Gillette Grand Blanc Council 6742 Thomas & Susan Hasselbach Richard & Kristin Perry Romeo Council 7018 Edmund Redlawski family Bernardo & Pat Bianchi Brighton Council 7304 Donald & Audrey Sucher Lawrence & Beth Bacon Erie Council 7413 David & Marilyn Burgard Thomas & Mary Jane Chuev Jenison Council 7487 Dan & Cathy Irrer Aemada Council 7561 Ed Seefried family Tony & Lisa Seefried James & Mary Raska Hale Council 7623 KofC Council 7623 Remus Council 7869 James & Camille Stech Schulte Paul & Mary Ann Twigg Brighton Council 7891 David & Paula Rais Durand Council 7955 Leon & Lisa Letter Mike & Diane Pelky Sanford Council 8043 Tony & Madonna White Howell Council 8169 Jullian & Nancy Driscoll Lake City Council 8556 Kristopher & Sharon Caverly Fowlerville Council 8605 Todd & Connie Conte Raymond & Sue Tyle Auburn Hills Council 8659 Steve & Linda Boston Montrose Council 8669 Jerry & Ann Kaczmarczyk Lake City Council 8556 Kristopher & Sharon Caverly Fowlerville Council 8605 Rick & Debbie Collins *cfy Montrose Council 8669 Juliana Petiprin family Cass City Council 8892 Dale & Cathy Muter Marco & Karla Estrella Ken & Teresa Micklash Muskegon Council 9802 Jesus & Juana Muniz Paz David & Martha Sanchez Okemos Council 10006 David & Francis Herring Ronald & Georgia Styka Rochester Hills Council 10343 Mark & Stacy Gjeloskaj Lansing Council 10542 Lester & Patty Didle Lansing Council 11099 Eric & Bridget Cullimore Brett & Jennifer McDonald David & Annette Halll Marne Council 11581 James & Margaret Lothschutz Anthony & Nettie Leale Harrison Twp. Council 11658 Larry & Carolyn Socia Port Huron Council 11756 Robert & Marie Nobel Pinckney Council 11761 Dan & Ann Lanfngford John & Carol Fackler John & Julie Kukalis Novi Council 11811 Tom O’Conner family Chris & Lynn Yokus Laingsburg Council 12044 Jack & Julie Risch Larry & Jane Bouck Keith & Nancy Kienitz Sterling Heights Council 12102 Edwin & Michele Mcleod Alan & Jennifer Yakubesan Pat & Jeannette Little Brighton Council 12295 David & Jackie Rabold Muskegon Council 13035 Thomas & Loretta Kasprzk Vicksburg Council 13305 Joseph & Stephanie Klien Matthew & Julie Mayer White Lake Council 13319 John & Barbara Abela Lawrence & Jill Stopczynski Sterling Hgts. Council 13340 Lawrence & Marilyn Hess Troy Council 13453 Michael & Janelle Micene Grand Rapids Council 13499 David & Brandy Iacopelli Belmont Council 13526 James &Theresa Teneyck Michael & Beth Sochacki Peter & Daina Luczyk Robert & Ann Lothschutz Farmington Council 13673 Tom & Arlene McPhail Sterling Hgts. Council 13799 Rocco & Mary Lou LaTorre Rochester Hills Council 13950 Daniel & Jodi Kennedy Dennis & Tammy Swider Alexander & Shari Dominique Grand Rapids Council 15495 Scott & Pamila Sue Southland Clarkston Council 15967 Brad & Jacquelyn Hasenfratz Allan & Christine Moore