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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN January 2017 VOLUME 68 NO. 3 SENTINEL UNITY OF FAITH
 FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink The New Year is upon us. The celebration of Christ birthday has again come and gone. A new beginning for our country is in the making. Now we must evaluate our past successes. Our successes in our Order, in our jurisdiction, our districts, and our councils will need to be evaluated for our future actions. We are a jurisdiction of over 66,000 members and once were a jurisdiction of over 73,000 members. Our celebration of the Eucharist is being attended less frequent by our youth. Our children are leaving the Catholic Church in an alarming rate. It is said that 30% of our Catholic youth that leave our Catholic Christian Doctrine or now the Catholic Faith Formation classes in our parishes, believe that the Eucharist is a Symbol of the Body and Blood of Christ. Our Catholic parents accept that cohabitation is a normal in our society. Marriage is later in life and divorce is at 50%. We, as Knights of Columbus have been asked by our bishops of promote the Supreme Knight’s Carl Anderson initiative of “Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Parishes.” Through this initiative, the Order will promote various programs that support Christian family life and encourage councils and families to more fully integrate with the sacramental and social life of their parish. We thereby hope to not only help each family participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization, but to also strengthen our members and revitalize our parishes. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson states “The family as domestic church is central to the work of the new evangelization and to the future sustainability of our parishes. … The Knights of Columbus is providentially positioned to play a key role in the new alliance between the Church and family.” Councils are asked to promote some of the our current programs including: A Family Fully Alive, Consecration to the Holy Family, Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows, Holy Family Prayer Program, 5th Sunday Rosary Program, Journey to the Inn, and Food for Families. These along with A Community of Prayer, A School of Faith and Charity, and A Mission of Evangelization are part of the strategy for the family. We as Knights of Columbus, as fathers, as grandfathers are asked to involve ourselves more deeply in our families, with our children and our grandchildren. If we, the men of the family, are involved in the spiritual life of our families, then we will be successful in the mission of Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Parishes. We, as men are the key to success. I would invite all Knights of Columbus members to ask their council for a copy of the new 2015 version of ‘These Men Called Knights’ and read the pamphlet. Then ask your wife and children to read the pamphlet to know why you are a Knight of Columbus.` Coats for Kids Program – With State Youth Director Kevin Rowley coordinating the Supreme Coats for Kids this November 25th Black Friday event there were 1200 coats distributed throughout five locations in the state. Coats were distributed in the Grand Rapids area, the Flint area and three locations in Corktown and Southwest Detroit. The Supreme Council donated one half of the coats while the councils were asked to pay for the other half. The Coats for Kids events were for the members to set up distribution tables and help the children pick out the coat they wanted. But that is what the program is about, not just writing a check and giving the coats to another organization. Personal involvement with our families involved. Council and District Newsletters - Our members deserve to be keep ‘in the loop’ when it comes to the news, events and going on in our councils and districts. An informed members is an active member. Active is also when he or his family reads the council or district newsletter. All are members and their families are part of our domestic church. We pay dues and have a want to be kept informed. Membership for the sake of our Order and the Church. - If we are not growing, we are dying. This is said for business, or the Order. The data shows that the members from eighteen years of age to forty years of age are far far less than those members from sixty years of age on up. Do the math. Our mission for the Order and the Church is to provide programs in our councils for our families, our young men. Have our councils invited the young men to be involved in our councils and develop programs for today’s young men and families. Each council should have a sub set of those knights under forty to provide leadership for the council for programs for our young families. Maintaining our members. Suspensions are an issue in our councils. The majority of members be suspended are Admission (1st) Degree members and Associate (non-insurance) members. For a member to be involved in our councils is for the member to take ownership in the Order. Let the members know that you love them as brothers and provide that love through programs and inclusiveness in those programs and leadership of the council. Maybe, suspend after the district can maintain Star District. Remember we are an Order of charity. Membership Recruitment from the Leadership of Michigan - the Leadership of Michigan is called upon to recruit one (1) new member before the first of June 2017. The leadership is: all council officers and Past Grand Knights; District Deputies and Former District Deputies; State and Regional Directors and Former State and Regional Directors; State Officers, State Deputy and Past State Deputies. Above all, the Patriotic (4th) Degree – all Assembly officers and Past Faithful Navigators, District Masters and Former District Masters and if they hold another office or position, then you are special and asked to recruit another new member. You all have served and recruited before and are called to duty to recruit again. Many have said that Church Drives do not work for you. I ask that whatever works for you, is how you can serve the Order. The Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Parishes is also about Building the Order, While Strengthening Our Parishes. You are not asked to march in the streets, but to serve the Faith through the Order. continued on page 7

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2 January 2017 MICHIGAN FROM THE STATE CHAPLAIN V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS Happy New Year to you all as we enter upon 2017! With the end of the Holy Year of Mercy, we, as Knights have entered upon a new Initiative, directed by our Supreme Knight, to build up the Domestic Church (our families) in concrete and direct ways. Your State Council has been preparing such a program throughout this past fall, and it was announced and brought forward for action at the Winter Meeting in early December. It is the will of our Michigan bishops that we proceed enthusiastically with our plan and I have made known to all the District Deputies a methodology to be brought to each Council for implementation. I would like to specifically note that this initiative was close to the heart of our former State Deputy, Robert Fox, who asked that I would make sure that it moved forward with the full support of our current State Deputy. Last summer we met with the bishops of Michigan who were very enthusiastic about Knights taking part in this program, and saw it as a great tool in the New Evangelization. Upon our return from the Supreme Convention in Toronto a committee was in place to provide all Councils with a clear plan for success and education on the initiative so that the direction of our Supreme Knight may be followed and that Grand Knights may be clear on how it can be easily enacted in each of their Councils. We met with the Bishops again on December 7 to inform them on our progress. I am pleased to tell you that this plan, will encourage not only our Knights, but all young men with families in the parish to form small support groups to proceed with an education on the basics of what every Catholic should know, and to be nourished and encouraged in their roles of leadership in our families. Knights and our Catholic men may act as visible witnesses to their faith in the strengthening of the family. We all realize that the family is under attack from many sources, and we experienced this fact in the policies and directions that flowed freely in the past election campaign. The plan will proceed thusly: Each Council will receive two pamphlets that lay out the action to be taken within the parish to support the Pastor’s initiatives. I am suggesting the Chancellor of each Council be the point man in the implementation. I ask Councils to purchase more of these pamphlets at a minimal cost. Indeed the entire program is based on the Pastor’s enthusiastic support and his knowledge of the program. I have asked the Diocesan Chaplains to be proactive in this. The initiatives are: The New Evangelization through the parish initiatives and our Knights becoming a spiritual leaders and mentors. There is basic educational material found in the publication “These Men Called Knights.” Knights may support the Pastor’s programs through their fundraising efforts. Knights are asked to become a “hospital” for those who are struggling with their faith, pointing the way to education on such things as the decree of nullity for marriages and providing sponsors for the RCIA program. I encourage Grand Knights and all of our men to be in constant contact with their pastors, acting as a great support to them. This initiative must succeed. I will be doing everything in my power to promote it and assure that it takes place in our Councils. Please pray for its success and in thanksgiving for such a wonderful response from our Bishops of Michigan. May the Venerable Michael McGivney intercede for us and for our priests! V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS State Chaplain There was a donation of $10,000 from our Bishop Baraga Council 1585 to Bishop John Doerfler, Bishop of the Michigan Diocese of Marquette, for vocations. Those presenting the donation were Mike Bennett and Pat Spice- council Grand Knight. Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus 6025 Wall Street Sterling Heights, MI 48312 Phone: 586.883.9456 Fax: 586.883.9473 State Deputy Kenneth B. Unterbrink Res: 734.475.1491 Fax: 734.475.4502 State Secretary Antonio G. Vittorini Res: 586.247.9174 Fax: 586.566.4665 State Treasurer William H. Chasse Res: 517.202.6163 Fax: 517.483.2798 State Advocate Walter K. Winkle, Jr Res: 586.727.1724 Fax: 586.727.1864 State Warden Christopher A. Kolomjec Cell: 5313.570.3823 Fax: 248.344.1130 State Chaplain Very Rev. William J. Turner Bus: 734.475.7561 Fax: 734.475.3207 State Membership Director Kenneth C. Krause Res: 586.598.8453 Cell: 586.929.1009 State Program Director Dale E. Schaedig Res: 734.426.3610 Cell: 734.434.0605 State Church Activities Director Thomas C. Arehart Cell: 517.262.3285 State Council Activities/Community Director Jeffrey J. Gapczynski Res: 586.263.5942 Cell: 586.337.5942 State Youth Activities Director Kevin F Rowley Res: 586.777.7436 Cell: 586.596.8649 State Family Life Director Ed Strach Cell: 734.476.6296 State Pro-Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan Cell: 517.214.5120 Fax:517.223.3444-Call First State MI Director George J. Stump Res: 586.786.0938 Executive Secretary Lawrence T. Grabowski Office: 586.883.9456 Fax: 586.883.9473

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN It is a great time to be a Knight. Thomas M. Wegener Supreme Director January 2017 3 At the beginning of this New Year, Joyce and I hope that your holidays were blessed with faith, family and friends. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! It is January and the campaigns and election is over – Thank Goodness! The hype and promise now gives way to actual work by our elected officials. There are many issues that they will take up over the coming months, and we must pray that for the good of all the people, including the least among us, are all given the same considerations to protect and advance their futures. As Knights and as Catholics we have our tasks at the start the new year. We continue to fight for Religious Freedom; the 44th Anniversary of Roe v Wade will be observed; and the assault of pornography and the decline of civility continues in our media and airwaves. Now, however, it seems we may have some greater influence in the political centers. With our continuing hard work and focus victories may be at hand. As is our habit we take the beginning of the new year to take a hard look at our progress as Knights leaders, where we are in our membership and our programs. Throughout this issue of the Michigan Columbian there are articles and information for leaders and Knights to review. Please read them as they deserve our attention and our action. I’ve often said that it is a great time to be a Knight. And that is true. The Order continues to increase its charitable giving in both dollars and hours. The Order continues to increase its protection of its members and their families. And it does so in a most ethical manner. The Order continues to be financial sound. And the Order continues to grow in members and in councils and in jurisdictions. The Order also continues to bring its principles to our social fabric by supporting life, by supporting religious freedom, by supporting Christians in the Holy Land and by lobbying Congress on behalf of Christians in Iraq and Syria. The Order does this because they are the right things to do if you are a Catholic, Family, Fraternal Organization. My Brother Knights and Ladies, the Order that we belong to is in need itself. It needs the help of Michigan Knights and its families. While Michigan is one of the largest contributors in Charitable dollars and hours, and our programs are annually recognized on an international level, over the last few years our membership has declined to a level not seen since June of 1980 at the end of PSD Bill Walsh’s term. The problem is twofold – 1. Michigan’s gross intake each year has dropped by a third from just a few years ago. 2. Michigan’s member’s average age is now over 61 years old, and the we are getting older. Our dropping intake, compounded by not recruiting younger members, is causing our membership to shrink and to age. Our Supreme Knight has reinforced that growth is our primary responsibility. A portion of the Supreme Knight’s message is below: “Our responsibility as the leaders of the Knights of Columbus is to assure the continued growth and sustainability of our Order. This is our first and primary responsibility.” “While we have other goals and activities that are necessary, no other task is sufficient to advance the Good of the Order if we do not advance membership growth. Everything we do depends upon membership,” he added. Today there is a challenge that has to be met, he continued. Supreme Knight Anderson pointed out that the Knights of Columbus must recruit younger men and fathers of young families. Our councils need to emphasize programs more relevant to families with young children and we need to use recruitment tools that rely upon enhanced Internet and web-based connectivity. It is necessary, he said, to recruit younger members in ways that respect the more limited time they have to dedicate to volunteer activities and to schedule council activities in ways that respond to the more limited time young fathers have to participate in activities outside the home. “Let’s remember this: Father McGivney was not yet 30 when he founded the Knights of Columbus with what was described at the time as the 'young go-ahead men' of New Haven,” the supreme knight continued. “And I am totally confident that had there been a World Youth Day in 1882, Father McGivney would have been there with his brother Knights. Father McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus for the young working men of his day, to protect their families.” Our charitable works, our programs, our stance as the right arm of the catholic church, in solidarity with our bishops and priests, these are baked into our very being. Now is the time to let others in on what we know – the Knights of Columbus is the place for every catholic man and his family. As PSD Bob Fox promoted, we must encourage more faith formation in our council chambers, in our council programs and in our council members. This is what our younger men and family desire. As Michigan continues to implement the Building the Domestic Church Initiative, as we embrace the aspects that enhance the members’ and councils’ evangelistic role, our councils must adapt and embrace the same aspects. We must inwardly be what we outwardly profess to be - councils that infuse our faith in charity, unity and fraternity, in our words, actions and deeds. We must appeal to eligible Catholic men that will create a desire for them to join us. In turn we must welcome these new members and their families wholeheartedly. If they are worthwhile to be members, and when on their timeframe they are ready, then they are worthwhile to be directors and officers in our councils. Supreme Knight Anderson said “Our Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parish initiative combines two great traditions of the Knights of Columbus: building up Catholic family life and strengthening parish life.” Parishes are the natural home of Knights of Columbus councils and where they thrive best while strengthening the parish community as a whole, he added. “And these programs will do one more thing: They will help make our parishes more family friendly, especially for young families,” the Supreme Knight said. Along with this, he continued, the Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive program includes monthly themes, meditations, Scripture readings and activities for the whole family. It is a program for all families, but it is designed especially for young families. It can help families that need new ways to bring the light of the Gospel into their homes. This then is our task. This is what our focus is to be. Advancing the Building the Domestic Church Initiative, embracing the Family Fully Alive program, encouraging faith formation for our current members and our fellow parishioners, all while continuing to be good councils and Knights. This then is our New Year’s Resolution. One that together we can and we will accomplish.

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4 January 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Treasurer William H. Chasse Merry Christmas brother Knights and families, I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. This is the time of year when people need the most help from others. I hope all of us can find a way to help someone in one way or another. It could be a brother, sister, parent or just a friend. Whoever it is, help them, even if it is to simply pray for them. I promise that you will get more out of it then they will and you’ll feel like you accomplished something really big. I think at times we don’t realize how fortunate we are with just the little things in life. My wife and I were reminded of this when our three sons came home this past weekend to continue our 30 year tradition; which is to go as a family and cut down our Christmas tree. It’s nice to get together and talk about what’s new or who’s doing what. It connects and grounds us as a family. I hope all of you get a chance during the holidays to have some time to cherish with your families. During the Christmas season is a great time to work with your communities and give a little back. We as Knights of Columbus should always look for ways to let the community know we are here and will help in any way possible. This is a reason why we need to replenish the army, and ask someone to join our organization. I don’t believe in recruiting to achieve numbers, I strongly believe we need to recruit to help our communities and to keep our councils strong. If we do this our numbers will be there. Have you ever taken a minute and thought about the time you were asked to join the Knights of Columbus? Take a minute, look at all the good you’ve done, shouldn’t we want that same feeling for someone else? We need to have faith in God and do the right thing. We need to make certain that our communities will always have members of the Knights of Columbus present to help when help is needed. What new programs have we come up with? I think many councils work well with the existing programs we have, but we need to come up with some new ones so we don’t go stagnate. New ideas will go a long way and may be long lived like other programs. We have to find ways to get our new members involved and stay involved. It all starts with a phone call to invite them to a function. I hope we find a way to find it within us to replenish the army. A strong army will defeat anything. I know members get tired of hearing this but we need to start taking it seriously. Without our members, we cannot help our church and communities, especially when they need it most. I hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas. From The State Program Director Dale Schaedig Here we are 6 months into the 2016- 2017 fraternal year. All the councils should have their form 185 (Council Officers elected) submitted along with their form 365 (Directors assigned) and your first half audit report. The second quarter of the MI-1 (Michigan Achievement & SP7 tracker) is due now which will tell me how well you are doing with your programs. This in turn will tell me how you are doing with membership recruitment. There has been a major change in the requirement for the Columbian Award. The new requirement is that at least four (4) of those programs need to be designated as “Domestic Church” programs. Please visit www.kofc.org/domesticchurch to review the most up-todate list of programs and activities. The following programs currently carry the Domestic Church designation: • Journey to the Inn • Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows • Consecration to the Holy Family • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program • Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide)Food for Families • Keep Christ in Christmas • Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach) • 5th Sunday Rosary Program • Family Week Celebrations • • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program • Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide) • Food for Families • Keep Christ in Christmas • Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach) Please visit the www.mikofc.org website to see the new SP7 (Columbian Award) form. We are currently working on revising the MI-1 form to include these changes. We are targeting April 15th as the date the revisions will be complete. You will not loose anything you submit prior to that date so please continue to list your programs. Remember to complete your 1728 Annual Survey of Fraternal Activities by January 31st. This is the form that is used to maintain our charitable status. Remember also to submit your Partnership Profile Report with Special Olympics - #4584 - due January 31st. This is the form that records the money and hours dedicated to the Special Olympics. The jurisdiction in Supreme that records the most hours and money for this will receive a check from Supreme for $10,000.00 to be presented to Special Olympics. For the last 5 years Michigan has received this check so please get this submitted by January 31st. You can claim the hours and monies collected for the MI drive continued on page 7

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN State Membership Director Ken Krause January 2017 5 INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL COUNCILS A successful Knights of Columbus Council qualifies for State and Supreme council awards because of the programs they offer, achieving membership and insurance requirements, being involved in parish and community activities, and having committed members who enjoy what they do in service to others. That’s a tall order, but one that quality councils strive to achieve. What’s the magic formula that results in a quality council? The three main ingredients are programming, leadership development and communication. When councils focus on these, they draw new members, activate senior members, and develop leaders who will carry the council mission into the future. At the start of the fraternal year in June or even at the beginning of the second half in January, council officers and directors need to project the programs they intend to do while evaluating the success of past programs. With the schedule planned, the chairmen, budgets and membership recruitment components can be put in place. This is essential for a sound organization to which men want to join. If effective programs are to be held, they need leaders. This is where new and senior members need to learn what jobs entail and the responsibilities of chairmen and officers. The State and Supreme Council offers training on their websites. State training is provided in June, and is now being offered to districts throughout the fraternal year. Council leaders need to encourage their members to attend and put what they learn into practice. The third major ingredient is communication. Council leaders must ensure they are in contact with their members through newsletters, websites, email contacts and invitations to participate in council sponsored and supported activities. It may be easier to ask the same men and families to work on projects, but it doesn’t get new members and those who may not be active to feel a part of the council’s work. When men aren’t active and they don’t feel a sense of belonging, it becomes easier to drift away and drop their membership. Financial secretaries need to make it a practice to periodically call senior members who don’t attend council meetings and programs. District Deputies receive training on developing successful councils. They bring ideas and a sense of direction that are guides for their councils. They want to be of help, but councils need to accept what is offered to them. Thus far recruitment efforts in Michigan so essential to growing councils have been lacking. A gain of 675 new members is diminished by 367 who have left the K of C since July 1. The number who drop their membership can be reduced when men feel they are involved, useful and wanted. Encouragement and recognition cement members’ commitment to the Order. Active councils with growing membership come through the ingredients of program, leadership development and communication. The other side comes through programs that men in the parish and communities want to be a part. Programs are the key to getting members while participation and communication give them a reason to stay. These ingredients are the simple solution that take real commitment to make reality. Who can deny how important they are for success. Now the question is: Will councils do what’s necessary? Do leaders believe that implementing these ingredients will result in their council’s success? If the answers to these questions are “Yes,” the Knights of Columbus in Michigan will grow and prosper. “Year of Mercy” Membership Tribute Banquet Sunday, February 26, 2017 DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center 6015 East 10 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091 Starts at 4pm Dinner at 5:15pm with Program to follow $30.00 per person Reservations are available through the Michigan State Office on a first come, first served basis. A check or money order must accompany all reservation requests. Make all checks payable to the Michigan State Council, in the memo line write “Tribute Banquet Tickets”. Mail checks to : Michigan State Council 6025 Wall Street Sterling Heights, MI 48312 There will be no Mass prior to the banquet. Our State Chaplain encourages your Mass participation at your home parish in line with our initiative to support our parishes with our attendance and involvement. The State Chaplain is requesting the Knights that will attend the Banquet to write down on a piece of paper an act of mercy that they have participated in or have received from another and place it in a Box that will be provided at the Banquet. No names are necessary. The State Chaplain will calculate the results to be credited to the Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus for the “Year of Mercy” One Member Per Council Per Month

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6 January 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Ladies Corner Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Ladies, We are here to “Serve” and are appreciated by our husbands. The fraternal year is half past. We have seen our husbands take the oath of office for their duties in the Knights of Columbus. It was a wonderful time we had at the Installation of State Leadership in August. Your support was greatly appreciated. Thank you for being there. The Fall season was a beautiful and busy. The Christmas season is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It is time to Keep Christ into Christmas, and say Merry Christmas without fear. I was able to decorate our home with a full array of Christmas. I have 7 different villages all set and lite, and a Christmas tree in every room. I loved sitting at night in a room and remembering my childhood dreams. How beautiful the world is with the snow and the Christmas music. The children’s Coats for Kids Program was a big success for the Children in Grand Rapids area, Flint area, and in Corktown and Southwest Detroit. The Knights helped the children pick a coat. The Knights distributed 1200 coats, and with many councils helping fund the coats for the underserved children, that’s what it’s all about. What a warm and great gift for each child. “Merry Christmas” Winter Meeting was a success. The Sweat shirts, Bath Basket and Gift Cards were well received. The many Ladies that helped receive and pack up the items for Holy Cross Children Services,, The Veterans of Michigan, and St. Louis Center. Thank you for support to the less fortunate people in our communities. “Serving is very important” Thank You Ladies for all you do to support the Knight of Columbus in Michigan. Christmas is upon us. Time to “Keep Christ in Christmas” It is Merry Christmas not “Happy Holidays”. It is hard to believe that 2017, is here. So may programs in the making. “Building the Domestic Church, While Strengthening Our Parishes” is a very important to our Supreme Knight and out Bishops in Michigan. The Knights are asked to play a key role in the alliance between the church and family. Ladies you position in the family is a key issue. Please have your Knight inform you how is proceed with these programs and within his council. “You are needed” The 44th Annual March for Life in Washington D. C. 1 / 26-28,2017. Building A Culture of Life. Please join us for the March For Life. The Knights of Columbus will always be at the forefront of the culture of life. –protecting life from it’s beginning to it’s natural end. This year, plan to attend the March for Life and encourage your husband Knight, family members, parishioners, and students to attend as well. There is more information on the State of Michigan Knights of Columbus website, www.mikofcr.org. We are hoping to see many Michigan Ladies on the bus and in the March. On February 26, 2017, there will be “The Year of Mercy Tribute Banquet at DeCarlo’s. Awards will be presented to councils for their success during the first half of the fraternal year. Please join us. St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2017. There will be a Parade in Detroit. More information to come on the on the State of Michigan Knights of Columbus website, www.mikofcr.org. The Michigan Knight of Columbus Right to Life Annual Dinner is scheduled for Thursday April 27th, 2017. The dinner will be held at the Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, Michigan. Reservations for this year’s dinner is $50.00 per person or a table of 10 for $475.00. More information on the respectlife@rtl.org. or call 248-37-0466. Looking forward to see you Ladies there to support Right to Life. A few other dates.- - 4- 14 2017 MI Drive (Palm Sunday Tootsie Roll Drive.) 4-22, 2017 State Charities Raffle Drawing-DeCarlo’s 5 14, 2017 Mother’s Day 5 25-27, 2017 State Convention- Mackinac Island. The Knights of Columbus Ladies Raffle at the State Convention is in hands of the State Advocate Walter & Karen Winkle. Karen is the key person this year. The raffle is in support of Holy Cross Children Services and the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Fund. It seems like a very busy few months. I/we appreciate all the assistance you Ladies can do to assist your husbands with the Knights of Columbus activates. Looking forward to seeing you all. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your families. “Keep Christ in Christmas” Mary is always there to listen and help one. Enjoy the “Winter Wonderland” This beautiful land we live in. Ellie Unterbrink, Sue Vittorini, Mary Beth Chasse Karen Winkle, Juli Kolomjec FIJI PROJECT AS A RESULT OF THE WINSTON CYCLONE On February 20, 2016, the Winston Cyclone hit the Country of Fiji as a category 5 Cyclone with winds of 145 mph and gusts of up to 190 mph. The Country of Fiji has a number of Islands. On the Island of Taveuni is a Village of Vuna. The village of Vuna is where the pastor, Fr. Kusitino Cobona was raised. Fr. attended Holy Cross Catholic Church in the village of Vuna. When the Cyclone hit the Island of Taveuni, it destroyed most of the homes and crops. Holy Cross Catholic Church was heavily damaged. Mason Council #9182, at St. James Catholic Cross, decided to help Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vuna. The Mason Council #9182 held a special Fish Fry after Lent for the project. With the funds raised from the Fish Fry, a Silent Auction, and donations from Council #9182 and other sources, we raised over $18000. The second part to the project was to collect clothing and supplies to be sent over to the Village of Vuna. St. James purchased a container measuring 10x8x20 to send these items to the Village of Vuna. The items collected amounted to 502 boxes to fill this container to include building material, tools, plus boxes of clothing. Holy Cross Catholic Church has used the funds to re-build the church that was destroyed. The container has finally arrived in the village after being held up in customs.

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink January 2017 7 Our State Convention is upon us for this coming May 25, 26, & 27, 2017. Delegates are chosen at the February council meeting and sent in a.s.a.p. for documentation. Paperwork is necessary and to be filled out in full and accurate. Room assignment at the Grand Hotel is reviewed by council membership intake. There is a reservation date on the reservation form. All incoming forms are date stamped. Hotel assignments are reviewed by date of reservation entry date. We pray each and every day for our Church and Order to grow and prosper. The bishops of Michigan support the Knights of Columbus and our diocesan chaplains are at our call to serve our councils. We have initiated a Training Team to go throughout the state to train and retrain our councils and its officers with the duties and obligations of their office. Avail yourself of this training team, our Diocesan Membership and Program Directors, our State Directors, for they are at your service. We ask nothing of you that we would not do ourselves. Our Faith is a 24-7-365. May God keep you in the palm of His hand. Knell in prayer with your wife, your children and grandchildren. It is not always easy to be a Catholic, but it is the one true church. Maybe that is why many make other choices. Fraternally in Christ, Kenneth Unterbrink, State Deputy From The State Program Director Dale Schaedig as the state uses their share to support Special Olympics. In closing I would remind you to be visible when you are participating in K of C programs. This is one of the ways we can increase membership. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year. Electronic Michigan Columbian Due to the fact that we are unable to get the names of members and widows from our web page provider who have signed up in the past for the Michigan Columbian because of privacy issues, we are asking everyone who has signed up in the past and those who wish to sign up to fill out the form below. The form below is to be mailed or emailed to the address on the form. Members need to make sure that they fill out the two areas with the * next to them. You need to make sure that you put the correct membership number on the form. You can find your membership number on your membership card. Widows who wish to receive the form only need to fill out the name, address, city , state and zip portion of the form and mail or email to the address on the form. Just as a reminder once you sign up for the electronic copy of the Michigan Columbian you will no longer receive the printed copy. If you have any question you can call the state office at 586-883-9456 or my home number after 5pm at 586-939-3886. Thank You Gary M. Kolbicz Editor Michigan Columbian Res.: 586-939-3886 Office: 586-883-9456 Email: g.kolbicz@mikofc.org Yes I wish to receive an electronic copy of the Michigan Columbian. *Council No. *Membership No. Name Address City State Zip Email: Mail form to: Email form to: Gary M. Kolbicz Editor Michigan Columbian 39373 Durand Drive Sterling Heights, MI 48310 g.kolbicz@mikofc.org Editors Note: Members must fill out *Council No. and *Membership No.. Widows must fill out the Name, Address, City, State and Zip portion of the form. By filling out this form you will no longer receive the printed copy of the Michigan Columbian.

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8 January 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Date of the Degree 1/28/17 1/28/17 Start Time of Admission Degree 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Start Time of "Formation" Degree 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Start Time of "Knighthood " Degree 12:00 PM 2:00 PM Location of Degree Rochester Hills Rockford Council Number 10343 7761 Host DD Timothy Dunning Zane Rice Host DD Phone No. 248-879-2148 616-513-0044 2/4/17 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Utica 2950 Jason Meyers 586-383-0284 2/11/17 8:30 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Macomb 7200 Michael Mejia 586-321-9491 2/11/17 9:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Waterford 13600 Robert Brines 248-842-8943 2/12/17 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM Caro 3224 Bill Laerman 989-551-7735 2/12/17 2/16/17 2/18/17 2/19/17 8:00 AM None 1:15 PM 9:30 AM 7:00 PM 10:30 AM 2:15 PM 10:20 AM 8:00 PM 11:30 AM 3:15 PM Allen Park Clawson Ortonville Pinckney 3774 4188 6824 11761 James Pease Mark Brezenski Joseph Brenner Matt Wierzgac 313-909-9888 248-227-8120 773-631-8497 734-323-5888 2/19/17 2/25/17 2/26/17 3/11/17 9:00 AM 9:00 AM STATE 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM DEPUTY 1:00 PM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM TRIBUTE 2:00 PM Davison Sterling Heights DINNER Harrisville 4090 Larry Prevo 5460 Richard Abernathy 810-664-0003 586-306-1296 4235 Mike Maturen 989-335-1661 3/11/17 3/18/17 3/18/17 3/22/17 3/25/17 3/26/17 None 9:00 AM 8:30 AM None None 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 11:30 AM 11:00 AM 8:00 PM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Jackson Sterling Heights Temperance Saint Clair Muskegon Dearborn 9301 Jeff Thomas 12102 11430 2251 13035 3860 Brien Dux Kenneth Dressel Michael Cousins Garret Kelenske Tom Kramarz 517-416-9677 248-219-8254 734-888-1192 586-610-6497 231-744-8126 313-410-2796 3/30/07 4/1/17 4/8/17 4/22/17 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Patroitic Degree Patroitic Degree 8:00 PM 11:00 AM Dewitt Lansing Gaylord Grand Rapids 7237 788 Terry Rouse Michael Wegener Mike Stanchaina Barry Borsenik 517-582--0441 517-331-3959 989-848-5322 989-295-1266 4/22/17 4/23/17 4/27/17 4/30/17 Patroitic Degree 10:00 AM 11:30 AM None 5:45 PM 9:30 AM 10:45 AM 12:30 AM 6:45 AM 11:45 AM Roseville Kingsford Saginaw 3797 1585 4232 David Buick Kenneth Warzybok Dennis Divoky James Callahan Jr. 517-927-8044 586-343-9972 906-875-0093 989-714-7768 Dearborn K of C donates bicycles to veterans through “Wheels for Warriors” program They’ve helped protect the country’s freedom, and now are getting some freedom of their own. Four local veterans’ daily lives will be a little easier, thanks to some new wheels from members of the Msgr. Schulte Assembly Knights of Columbus. The group marked Veterans Day by giving bicycles to the four men — who served in Vietnam, Kosovo, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom — through the “Wheels for continued on page 17

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN January 2017 9 76th Annual Michigan Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament We are pleased to extend to you a most cordial invitation to participate in the 76th Annual Michigan State Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament, which will be hosted by Bay City Council #414. Tournament dates: Officers’ Tournament February 11, 2017 & February 19, 2017 Team event cost is $100.00 per team. Open Division begins February 18, 2017 to March 19, 2017 Squad times we be 10:00 am for Singles, Doubles and Team events. Entry fee, $20.00 per man per event, $5.00 all events optional. ($65.00) Bowling Center: LeFevers’ Family Bowl, 6220 State St. Saginaw, Mich. (989)793-3010 Headquarters: Ramada Hotel & Suites, 3325 Davenport Ave. Saginaw, Mich. (989)793-7900 Group rate for the tournament $79.00 (King) $99.00 (Junior Suite) plus tax. My contact information is available on the front of this letter for anyone interested in participating in Michigan’s largest fraternal bowling tournament. Get those entries in early so you can be assured of a spot. The location of the tournament is selected by the bowling association board of directors at its’ annual meeting. 2018 tournament will be in Lansing, hosted by Richard Council #788. Councils hosting the tournament have reported making $20,000.00 or more. Funds which can use to support the programs the Council sponsors. The tournament can be hosted by individual councils or by district as was done last year in Monroe. The location of the 2019 and 2020 tournaments have not be selected. . If your council is interested in hosting a tournament I will be happy to meet with you and discuss what is required. George A. Lechy, Secretary Michigan State, Knights of Columbus Bowling Association The following are the winners for the “Family of the Month” contest, obtained through a random drawing held at the Supreme Council office from among many nominees submitted by councils throughout the Order. August 2016 Family of Eugene & Kathy Staelgraeve Council 1266 - Monroe Family of William & Patricia Galen Council 2733 - St. Clair Shores Family of Frederick & Connie Riplo Council 4404 - Conklin Family of Conrad & Joni Ausmus Council 7413 - Erie Family of Brent & Martha Williams Council 9182 - Mason Family of Joe & Judy Brown Council 10542 - Lansing Family of Peter & Grace DeJong Council 12985 - Montague Proposer Incentive Program State Membership Director Ken Krause In September and October Michigan recruited 339 members. In the Proposer Incentive Program State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink drew the names of ten proposers, who received checks for $50 to recognize their efforts in recruiting new knights. The Michigan State Council appreciates the efforts of members who extend invitations to Catholic men to join our Order. Recruiting these men and encouraging them to be active in their councils and programs in parishes is vitally important. The responsibility of proposing a man to become a knight doesn’t end there. The proposer should be willing to mentor the new knight, encourage him to attend council meetings and invite he and his family to participate in council programs. All knights are asked to talk with their Catholic friends and family about the good the Knights of Columbus and their council do for church, Right to Life, family, youth and community. Bringing a new member into the K of C is a part of the proposer’s legacy that lives beyond him. September and October Michigan recruited 339 members. In the Proposer Incentive Program State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink drew the names of ten proposers, who received checks for $50 to recognize their efforts in recruiting new knights. The Michigan State Council appreciates the efforts of members who extend invitations to Catholic men to join our Order. Recruiting these men and encouraging them to be active in their councils and programs in parishes is vitally important. The responsibility of proposing a man to become a knight doesn’t end there. The proposer should be willing to mentor the new knight, encourage him to attend council meetings and invite he and his family to participate in council programs. All knights are asked to talk with their Catholic friends and family about the good the Knights of Columbus and their council do for church, Right to Life, family, youth and community. Bringing a new member into the K of C is a part of the proposer’s legacy that lives beyond him. PROPOSERS NAME COUNCIL James R. Highfield Pope Paul VI Council 4141 David Micklash Holy Cross Council 2739 John D. Wojnar Msgr. Oliver J. O'Callaghan 649 Jimmy C. Szott Holy Cross Council 2739 Mark A. Windy Reese Council 9305 Edmund L. Matuszewski 3590 Msgr. Eugene A. Forbes Council Arnold C. Robinson 3830 Queen of the Holy Rosary Council Donald R. Price Fr. F. B. McCormick Council 7545 Jeffery D. Thomas Medal Council 609 Queen of the Miraculous Jermain L. Jones Blessed Sacrament Council 8118 Clinton Township Council 11689 purchased and distributed 25 coats to local needy children under the Koats for Kids Program. St. Catherine of Siena Council 6980 in Portage sponsored its annual Blue Mass, this year celebrated by Bishop Paul Bradley of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, at St. Catherine of Siena Church. After the Mass, the council provided the main course of a luncheon hosted for the first responders in attendance. The event was organized by Knight and police officer Steven Clark.

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10 January 2017 Michigan’s 37th Ultrasound MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN State Council/Community Activities Director On Oct 27th Fr. Evelio Ramirez Pastor Holy Angels Church, GK Council 2508 Scott Hopkins, FS 2508 Richard Yesh, IPSD Robert W. Fox, Kalamazoo Diocesan Program Director Lou Scohy, DD Jim Highfield, Andy Boyd, Board President, Carol Stuckey Director, both of Pregnancy Helpline of St. Joseph county and many other Brother Knights, gathered with State Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan for the dedication of Michigan’s 37 ultrasound to the Pregnancy Helpline of St. Joseph county in Sturgis. President of the facility Andy Boyd and Carol Stuckey the Director graciously accepted the check to pay the balance of the cost from GK council 2508 Scott Hopkins unit with IPSD Robert Fox participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Ultrasound Initiative is a Supreme program providing half the cost of the unit while the local councils provide the remainder of the funds. Link to Ultrasound Initiative for the Supreme information. Since 2009 Michigan has provided ultrasound machines for 37 centers throughout the state. After the placement of a unit in a center, donations are always needed to maintain and support the operation. You may view of the locations here with their contact info. Michigan Pro Life Couple Tim and Cindy Donovan 517-214-5120, t.donovan@mikofc.org . Iron River Council 2300 My brother Knights: With the first half of the fraternal year complete, I want to thank all the councils that have submitted MI-02 reports for the Knight of The Month. Also, thanks to the councils that have purchased Casey Bears. With that being said, we are falling very short of councils reporting for Knight of the Month. Only 102 councils out of 400+ have reported. It is important to recognize brother knights monthly even though the requirement is quarterly. It only takes a few minutes to complete the certificate or have a plaque made. When you send the MI-02 report to me, please send it as a .pdf file. When you send it as a jpeg, I either can’t open it or I can’t read it. Remember…Knight of the Month is a requirement for the Michigan Achievement Award. “Casey the Bear that Cares” is a great program to comfort all in our parishes and communities. I ask that you please use Casey the Bear to bring recognition to the Knights of Columbus. Remember, people always recognize us by seeing the color corps. Why not have people know us by seeing and using Casey the Bear. Right now, only 43 councils have submitted MI-18 blood drive reports, and 7 MI-20 food drive reports. No councils have submitted Habitat for Humanity reports. Thank you to the councils who have reported. Let’s all try to do a better job for council and community activities the second half of the fraternal year. Fraternally Yours Jeff Gapczynski State Council/Community Activities Director “SOCKTOBERFEST.” Knights of Columbus Council 2300 of Iron River, Michigan Host a Red, White, and Blue Mass. On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the Knights of Columbus Council 2300 of Iron River, MI hosted a Red, White, and Blue Mass in conjunction with their Corporate Communion at St. Agnes Parish, in Iron River, to honor the local Firefighters, EMS Personnel, Police Officers and all their family members for the unselfish service that they provide to our local communities. The Mass was celebrated by Pastor Reverend Fr. Gregory Veneklase, assisted by Deacon Robert Kostka. The Firefighters, and Police Officers that were in attendance along with Knights of Columbus family members were led into Church. Eleven Sir Knights of the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Degree formed an Honor Guard to salute them as they processed in. The Mass was followed by a light brunch. The brunch was provided by Council 2300 and was served by the ladies from the St. Agnes Altar Society, and St. Anne’s Society of St. Cecilia Parish. The event was chaired by Financial Secretary Terry Verville and Grand Knight Rick Commenator. One member per council per month Planning ahead for the cold winter days in Michigan, Riverview Council 13980 and our families sponsored a brand new event. During the month of SOCKTOBER 2016, new socks and shoes were collected to help warm the “Soles and Souls” of needy men, women, and children with our first annual “SOCKTOBERFEST.” The least and most needed items donated to homeless shelters are socks. With over 85,000 homeless people in the State of Michigan, approximately 40% living in the Detroit Metropolitan area, a sock drive seemed not only a necessity, but also long overdue. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of the wonderful parishioners of St. Cyprian Church, 2991 pairs of socks, and 69 pairs of shoes were donated to St. Vincent de Paul, local charities, safe havens, and homeless shelters. With each sock/shoe covering one foot (12 inches), a grand total of 6120 feet were covered….that’s a whopping 1.16 miles (or 1.86 kilometers to our metric friends). Starting from the heart of the City of Riverview, traveling 1.16 miles lead us right to the altar of St. Cyprian Church. Truly a gift from God!!!!

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN January 2017 11 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: Ed Strach, State Council Family Life Director, 522 Berkshire, Saline, MI 48176 Families of the Month Marquette Council 689 Charles Crotty family Fritz Henke family John Archambeau family Steve Richards family Will & Kathleen Hagard Tim & Fae Presley Marine City Council 856 Tom & Sandy Schweihofer Big Rapids Council 1300 John & Maryann Somers Mark & Monica Schriner Utica Council 2950 James & Suzanne Adams Pinconning Council 2986 Fred & Betty Koth Wayne & Joann Jasman Jeffrey & Annette Szyperski Lincoln Park Council 3078 Joe & Carol Hudak Join & Mary Thomas Chris & Jenny Sass Plymouth Council 3292 Eric Totzkay family Saginaw Council 4232 Joseph & Amy Murowski Sandusky Council 4693 Mark & Patty Roberts Taylor Council 4872 Ruben & Teresa Plascencia Timothy & Margaret Henderson Terry & Ann Cauley Matthew & Jennifer Heading Gladwin Council 5280 David Greayes, Donald Kingery Arden LaPalm Roscommon Council 6593 Bill & Darlene Kopko Bob & Dot Wolfgang Glenn & Melva Stuart John & Nan Abke Posen Council 6657 Kevin & Jess Szott RJ & Paulette Bordeau Victor & CarrieZaborney Swartz Creel Council 6694 Ken & Linda Klungle Bob & Marchell Weld Roy & Jeanne Beville Sterling Heights Council 7011 Joe & Sonia Honce III Brighton Council 7304 Patrick & Peggy McDonald James & Gloria Osborne Daniel & Amy Zimmerman Kevin Roach family Steven & Marie Schafer Ralph & Delores Yackley, Sr. Donald & Audrey Sucher Fenton Council 7418 Robert & Beverly Julip St. Sebastian Council 14642 in Byron Center made the final payment on its $25,000 pledge to the parish’s St. Sebastian Building Fund. Thanks to hard work and an array of events — including Sunday breakfasts, raffles, and beer and wine tasting — the council made good on its pledge 18 months ahead of schedule. West Huron Centennial Council 8042 in Caseville completed a two-year project to install two new energy-efficient and handicapped-accessible doors at St. Roch Church. The new entry replaced outdated and overworked doors. St. Peter Council 6534 in Eaton Rapids constructed a wheelchair ramp at the home of a Knight who had undergone an emergency leg Harrison Council 7571 James & Rose Evans James & Marlane Combs Durand Council 7955 Don & Sean Mellott Caseville Council 8042 John & Colleen Krohn Sanford Council 8043 Dan & Suzanne Reinke Marty & donna Westmeuller Flushing Council 8489 Jon & Mary Smith Matt Kassuba family Joe & Kim Cozart Auburn Hills Council 8659 Mike & Mary Alice Merlo Barry & Cheryl Doherty Montrose Council 8669 Donald & Gloria Weber Anthony & Eloise Sovis Mason Council 9182 Gordon Terwilliger family Jim Powers family Toby West family Lansing Council 11099 Ricardo & Michelina Cantu Donald & Gayle Gardner James & Judy Kenny John & Beth Gordon Daniel & Lou Ann Dowsett Harrison Twp. Council 11658 Ken & Diane Steil Dave & Olga Simcoke Tom & Nicole Fournier Clinton Twp. Council 11689 Joseph & Joan Phillips Shelby Township Council 11957 Paul & Claudine Taurine Vicksburg Council 13305 Scott & Amy Block Leo & Devon Swiat Midland Council 13452 Bill & Lisa Owens Marc & Jennifer Laurin Ted & Nancy Wolanin Grosse Ile Council 13475 Bill & Pat Mynster Council Officers 2015-2016 Pat Coakley family Tom & Donna Plegue Farmington Council 13673 Brien & Lynn Gulick Jon & Rochelle Esper Gerald & Kathleen Smith Tom & Nancy Lacey Shelby Twp. Council 13983 Joe & Lynn Kuligowski Ray & Pat Williamson amputation. The council had held a Mexican dinner fundraiser to cover the $1,500 cost of the ramp installation, but due to its success, an additional $3,100 was raised to help pay medical bills following the Knight’s long hospital stay. St. Catherine of Siena Council 6980 in Portage sponsored its annual Blue Mass, this year celebrated by Bishop Paul Bradley of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, at St. Catherine of Siena Church. After the Mass, the council provided the main course of a luncheon hosted for the first responders in attendance. The event was organized by Knight and police officer Steven Clark. May They Rest In Peace Marine City Council 856 Robert Beauvais, Ralph Nichols Detroit Council 2739 Casimir Cudnik Jr. Lincoln Park Council 3078 Ralph Telesz, Victor Bonora John Mosella Sr., Ronald Hodges William Radiger, Mark Winger Robert Solano, Peter Vukovich John Thomas, Donald Ibershoff Taylor Council 4872 Donald Stitt Oscoda Council 5083 Joseph Pat Copland FDD Posen Council 6657 Edmond Kapa Michigan Center Council 6687 Charles DeBoe, DD Whittaker Council 8113 Rev. Edmond L. Ertzbischoff Lake City Council 8556 Rev. James Van Tobel Mason Council 9182 Ross Ried Shelby Twp. Council 11957 Daniel Montpas

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12 January 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Dear Brother Knights, With the end of 2016 upon us, we want to thank all of you for your support throughout the past year and we hope your Christmas season is a blessed and cheerful one. In November, Brother Chester Freel, CSC, the Provincial Superior of the Brothers of Holy Cross, sent a letter to State Deputy Unterbrink notifying all Brother Knights that our executive director emeritus Br. Francis Boylan is moving on to a new ministry within the Congregation of Holy Cross. Br. Freel said they are still working out the exact details of the new assignment and location and that will be announced once finalized. Br. Freel also wrote, “After 50 years of Br. Francis serving the children and families of the State of Michigan on behalf of the Church, the Michigan Knights of Columbus, and the Congregation of Holy Cross, this brings to close a remarkable record of teaching, administration and advocacy at the agency.” He also added, “On behalf of the Brothers of Holy Cross, I thank you and all of the Michigan’s Knights of Columbus for the support provided over the years to Brother Francis as he led Holy Cross Services. The agency has contributed greatly to the quality of life for Michigan’s children and families. Working in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church in Michigan, I firmly believe that Brother Francis Boylan played a significant role in this story of success. Please know of my prayers for you and Knights of Columbus.” We are very grateful for all the good Br. Francis did and for his true dedication to this agency. We hope you will all help us wish him the very best in his new endeavors. We hope you have a very blessed holiday season and Happy New Year! With gratitude and humility, John Lynch CEO Visit our website to see what new things we are doing and to learn more about HCCS! www.HolyCrossServices.org Calendar Fundraiser Winners Below is a list of recent awardees October: Connie Palazzolo, Donald Faxlanger, Kenneth Lixey, William Richardson, III, Dolores Baranski, Kenneth Ross, Rosemary Barosko, Kim Thelen, Thomas Bouchey, Gerald Stroup, Edward Cousino, Edward Howe, Robert Frasier, Michael Hoover, Peter Cornwell, Gloria Hensley, David Laughlin, Raymond Carl, Ernest Scheid, Trevis Pitsch, William Lawrence, James Roman, John & Tracy Garcia, David Yonkers, Robert Remondini, Gary Bendall, Gary Lenneman, Robert McGowan, Charlene Kast, Lisa Caudill, Randall MacGeorge, $500 WINNER – Duane Bogus November: John & Janet Vermeesch, Mark Tepen, Russell & Joan Scholtens, George Loewen, Marie Thelen, Msgr. Oliver O’Callaghan Council #649, John Lehman, Gary DeLamielleure, Bernard Albosta, Jan Behring, Arthur Orlowski, Stella Keesling, Alpena Council #529, Arthur Wiza, James Roof, John Derer, Zachary Schlicht, Carol Shinska, Carole Gilmore, Ed LaRoche, John Thelen, John Moskwa, Robert & Susan Spangler, Brigitte Grobbel, Clarence & Nancy Mroczkowski, Ronald Roggenbuck, Chris Weber, Carl & Mary Treadway, Phillip Wesley, Daniel Gorman, $500 WINNER – Pere Marquette Council #1492 December: Gary Weber, Kay Fetchiet, Alphonsus Helner, Merrill Charboneau, Don & Barb Gehlmann, Vincent Sobell, Lloyd & Margaret Gates, Alfred Paiz, Gary & Betty Brown, Frankie Hribar, Irvin Wrubel, James Sattler, Dallas Ostrander, George & Esther Jaksa, John Armock, Mary Simon, Leo Wagatha, Ronald Laffler, Jerome & Marie Manofsky, Barbara Kula, Amy Middleton, Alan Stark, Bill Kostrzewa, George Garcia, John Rogers, Bryan Nolan, Joseph Zilke, Karen Hill, Aaron & Susan Klenke, Tony Mauhar, Walter Sierakowski, Jr., $500 WINNER – Gerald Armbrustmacher

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN January 2017 13 Notable Activities Friday, December 2nd, 2016 Michigan Knights of Columbus Collect Thousands of Christmas Gifts for Vulnerable Children Across Michigan Michigan Knights of Columbus and their spouses from across the state collected and packaged thousands of sweatshirts, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, and hundreds of bath baskets on Friday, December 2, all to be delivered to the children at Holy Cross Children’s Services. This gift program was started nearly 30 years ago when the main donation was brand new sweatshirts. Over time, other gifts have been added, such as hats, scarves, mittens and gloves, gift cards, bed linens, and bath baskets. Save the Date! Saturday, May 20, 2017 2nd Annual Hope Walk Holy Cross Services created an event to increase foster care and trauma awareness to help raise funds to help children, adults and family in care of Holy Cross. We held the first annual walk at Ojibway Island in Saginaw, Michigan. Our second annual 5K walk will take place at the same place on May 20th. Join us if you can! It’s only $25 to participate and it goes towards a great cause. aisnfcwcathewiiYcolvtiloteclioribtu.ltiall,eyeanrpubsnedamrmedsosnonseuagnfeimctpranaifiahmrzvtbtmoieetaoeiigdslssnrnirte,sksgamhhsuimd.ieempssansmlta,thnceadrmps, Hope Walk for KidsOS5ajKitbuwwrdaalaykyI,sMlanady 2in0Stha,g2in0a1w7 Trauma AwarenessS1Oaa2Tgjnt1ihSihbTndeeaEewhaBrzwbiwwvanrseaiiy,euaclwlnMeelRIskbsadseuleIelwaksifif4nndtaoih8ldtlrDlaoa6tcsnfrsni0o.thnag1ebsritffegttlehoedraennrnrctSeaeodtarorgneegglnraiineaandniacsinoozweteundeadRrOwdifcbvjaoayeibarmrmHe.wnmnoaidelyluysineIsCsialtrsayobn.sodsut 8H:0o0pea.Wma. lk Schedule: kckorenttzasccthaKmta2as4sri@8e-h9K8crce0st-nz4se8ct3h.0omrogarr wHwowly.HCroolysCsrSoesrsvSiecervsicbersin.ogrsghope, promotes HCS change, HopweSPWpWwLaoElawAknlwSks.E,oiHll8rStosa7Ekh5lNePyiE9appNDCn9lrC9saRot:krScl:3roaoiiee3Pynn0nv0rOgstgaFaaosiia:Nen.isnSm.elSmota-e:OreM.b.srRrhlvaeiSntcAi,H$ecooEc,c25IenrvnWdPa0Ko(eoslRasPenplrw.sdeAyolte5cfa.fYurco1,rrlanMokogCmp7dtnmelbs/-E:iec9nrweHNlst2tugiohlToolid7nneSbnpe-es,3OTseiMsO2jsWi9ub:Ie6w4da.9aly2k3p6ark FQYaHaWuySoleeetalt.eltsaSVnehtnirionHdnefcogeHeAtutnoo,nstu6negHs2e,Pe61lols,a3m,Y6c23a1ee1l4e4,,4S39SE0.42t.F4.S5H,a.0SNyoWaSel.lg.taaRtiWnsneivhdaaSeiwnsAtrrh,gvReiMtendeo.gt.,In,,tS4oSSRa8anadg6gg.iR0in,innd2Saaa.aw,wwgS,,i,aMnMMgaIiwInI44a4,88wM8666,0I00M14928I 64081601

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14 January 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Knights of the Month 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 Alpena Council 529 Patrick Gapske, Joseph Bleau James Hubert Battle Creek Council 575 John Knapp, Edward Thomas Brett Cutshall, Maximilian Stark Richard Vitale, Jeffrey Zdebski Marquette Council 689 Nick Aho, Ned Stockard Marine City Council 856 Corey Johnson, Msgr Brown John Wagner Monroe Council 1266 Mark Sobol Kingsford Council 1585 Deacon Don Christy John Gaudette, Francis Antonetti Warren Council 1874 Rodney Ratliff, Harry Crile John Festerman Sr. Hart Council 2199 Rev. Norbert Leyrita, Wally Carrier Howell Council 2659 Harold Aardal Standish Council 2724 Mitch Pula St. Clair Shores Council 2733 Michael Lavis, Daniel Corcoran Gaylord Council 2781 Ken Tomaski, John Sera Thomas Wojtkowiak James Steward Utica Council 2950 John Ternes, Terry Donoan Grand Haven Council 2975 Terry Johnson, Dieter Tober Pinconning Council 2986 Richard Compeau, Ernest Turmell Dennis Michalik Lincoln Park Council 3078 Ron Lott, Mark Lukasik Ronnie Roush. Sr. Crystal Falls Council 3082 Frank Siewiorek Grand Rapids Council 3104 Richard Nawrocki, Richard Hanson Plymouth Council 3292 Gregory Zdan II Ruth Council 3823 Douglas Klee, Ronald Roggenbuck Walled Lake Council 4064 Richard Sefcovic Saginaw Council 4232 Dan Porath, Robert Franz James Church, Mike Berent Concklin Council 4404 Mark Kline, Randy Graftema Sandusky Council 4693 Mark Roberts, Richard LeGault Taylor Council 4872 Ruben Plascenia Michael Shoniker Timothy Henderson, John Bunarek Oscoda Council 5083 Brian Conners Gladwin Council 5280 Donald Kingery, Arden LaPalm David Geaves New Baltimore Council 5981 AAron Scarpelli, Brian Yacks Brooklyn Council 6223 Edward Broich, George Hoffman Don Rostago, Jim Scuddu Roscommon Council 6593 Marv Peplinski, Sr., Greg Milne Donald Croff Posen Council 6657 Dave Purgiel, James Kendzorski Louis Urban Swartz Creek Council 6694 Jerry Klein, Tom Roke Dave Scheonfield Grand Blanc Council 6742 Rev. Gary Koenigsknecht John Prosniewski, Jayson Richert Sterling Heights Council 6865 Mark Bruski Sterling Heights Council 7011 Joe Honce III, Bill Siffin Anthony Fiorelli Brighton Council 7304 Thomas Steller, Benjamin Derocher Michael Moorman, Frank Woody Gary Delamielleure Indian River Council 7365 Mike Litzner, Don Rosenski Fr. Varn Dlmer, DFM, Danial Miller Fenton Council 7418 John Thomas Jenison Council 7487 Thomas Parrish, Richard Olszowski Nathan Topie Armada Council 7561 John Harris, Darwin Martindale Ron Elwart Harrison Council 7571 Ralph Conrad, James Evans Milan Council 7587 Chris Overbeek Hale Council 7623 Donald Rem, Bernard Lorenz Andrew Micklash Lowell Council 7719 Robert Schultz, Nate Fisk Rockford Council 7761 Aaron Sweeney, Richard Lupico Remus Council 7869 Harry VandenBrink, David Minkel Richard Klenk, David Martin Durand Council 7955 Gayle Stee Caseville Council 8042 John Nofs Sanford Council 8043 Barry Skutt, Jr., Frank Allbee,Sr. Bill Carey Howell Council 8169 Dr. William Metz, Eric Ross Verne Buehler, Mike Rozewski St. Helen Council 8390 Clarence Dupis, Robert Berg Ricky Maynard Flushing Council 8489 Larry Maniak, Jim Burns Matt Hartmann Lake City Council 8556 Fr. Bryan Madlin Auburn Hills Council 8659 Mike Kurkowski, Ron Steinmayer Montrose Council 8669 Raymond Anders, Roger Feckovics Frederick Domine Morrice Council 8735 John Esper Cass City Council 8892 Ronald Brzuchowski, Tom Osantowski Mason Council 9182 Ross Reid, Anthony Orlando Al Schulien, Tom Trimmer Paul Schnipke, Deacon Tom Feiten Lansing Council 9711 Steven Forgey Okemos Council 10006 Brian Beck, David DeKoninck Carl Boehlert Burton Council 10170 Greg Girard, Steve Carroll Timothy Donlan Rochester Hills Council 10343 Mark Nicaj Lansing Council 10542 Steve Tews Lansing Council 11099 Steve Simonson, Samuel Riley Marne Council 11581 Mark Amaya, Bob Gatt Shelby Twp. Council 11957 Ralph Williamson Sterling Heights Council 12102 Jim Martin, Al Shulin, Mike Padalino Brighton Council 12295 Edward Loniewski, James Kronk Leo Mayer Montague Council 12985 Tom Bart Vicksburg Council 13305 Donald Amstead, John McGoff Chuck Colligan, Greg LaPrees

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN January 2017 15 Knights of the Month 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 Sterling Heights Council 13340 Robert Rucinski, Robert Brent Mario DiPonio Howell Council 13450 Paul Gotelaere Midland Council 13452 Mark Robertson, Todd Lovely Donald Dice Troy Council 13453 Gary Smith, John Carry Grosse Ile Council 13475 Pat Coakley III, Albert Marson Knights Working Baccalaureate Bkfst. Vito Atonazzo, Grand Rapids Council 13499 Gary Novak, Russell Danhof Farmington Council 13673 John Davis, Peter Becks Clio Council 13703 Keith Barkiewicz, Eric Barton Rex Kincaid, Jerold Terrell Sterling Heights Council 13799 Bill Edward White Cloud Council13939 Richard Skowronski Pontiac Council 13950 Steve LeFaivre, Arnold Vandercruyssen Twp. Council 13983 Steve Szubielski, Tom Westerland John Moore, Tim Meyer Northville Council 14427 John Yungman, Dave Kramarczyk Al Goscinski Allendale Council 14586 Joel Dykstra Grand Rapids Council 15495 Richard Meyers, Frederick Kraemer JohnYowaish Kentwood Council 16223 Sean Klisz St. Louis Center Corner By Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC. Our Founder, St. Louis Guanella, spent his life caring for people with disabilities, and felt strongly that we all have a responsibility to care for those who cannot care for themselves. In his own words, he said “We walk together with the people entrusted to our care. Every step of the way, we bring to them the heart of a father or mother, of a brother or sister, traveling the same road towards their greater well-being. Therefore, we stand by their side as journey companions, not superseding, but respecting individual freedom and harmony.” As we enter the season of Advent, we thank the Michigan Knights of Columbus and their wonderful Ladies, who stand firmly at our side as our “journey companions,” helping us to realize our dream of creating a new St. Louis Guanella Village on the property we own here in Chelsea, Michigan. The new St. Louis Guanella Village will be an effort where together, we will build an “intentional community” where all of the service elements we provide will be brought together for the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who call SLC their home. This includes children’s services, direct care for adults, assisted living for people with I/DD, and family homes for parents raising a child with I/DD who would like to live independently within MI K of C State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presents Fr. Enzo Addari, SdC. with a check from the State Council. our Village. Several milestones occurred this fall to set the wheels in motion. First, our Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on September 29, 2016 with 275 people and members of the State Council in attendance (see IPSD Bob Fox’s column). Then at the beginning of November, Stante Excavation arrived from Northville, MI to begin re-shaping the land and laying out the infrastructure for the new Village; including roads, water, and sewer. Our warm Michigan November actually helped us to move quickly on our project as these huge earthmoving machines carved out the engineering designs that have been years in the making. Finally, the financial commitments that we have received from the Michigan Knights of Columbus have been critical to our future success, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Our State Council Officers have committed to support the St. Louis Guanella Village Project in the amount of $250,000 over the next ten years, ($25,000 per year), and the successful fundraising efforts that come from the annual MI Drives help to the pay for these pledges. The State Council was also recently present at our Annual Fall Dinner Auction at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital- Chelsea, and State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presented us with a $25,000 check to help us purchase a new generator. Our residents can see their dreams coming together as they look out their windows each day at the farm fields shaping their new homes, and they know that their prayers are being answered when they ask Our Lord to look over them. As Fr. Guanella said, “It is God who Works.” May our communion of Saints, led by St. Louis Guanella and Fr. Michael J. McGivney, continue to bless and watch over the Michigan Knights of Columbus and their families, and all of their good works, for the people in the world who are abandoned and have no one. Thank you all for sharing in our journey of faith, for being part of our family, and for caring so much for “God’s Special People.” Holy Redeemer Council 16092 in Vanderbilt, with the help of family members, performed the fall cleanup of the parish grounds in early November. Annually, the council also participates in their local "Adopt a Road" program and cleans over three miles of old US Highway 27. Monroe Council 1266 built and installed 150 white crosses for St. Michael the Archangel Parish. The 150 white crosses represent the total number of abortions taking place every hour of every day. Council 1266 also sponsored the informational sign accompanying the two-month display.

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