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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STATE COUNCIL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN July 2017 VOLUME 69 NO. 1 SENTINEL UNITY OF FAITH
 FROM THE STATE DEPUTY Kenneth B. Unterbrink 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 Doerfler, Bishop of Marquette, Most Reverend Joseph Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, Most Reverend Bishop Steven Raica, Bishop of Gaylord, Most Reverend Gerard Battersby, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Most ReverendArturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Most Reverend Robert Fisher, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit ,Most Reverend Donald Hanchon, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, Worthy State Chaplain Very Reverend William J. Canon Turner, Worthy Diocesan Chaplains, Worthy Council Chaplains, Worthy State Father Prior, Reverend Monsignors, Reverend Fathers, Deacons and Religious, Worthy Supreme Director, 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 117th 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 position of service as a council delegate and 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 116 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, 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 48th State Deputy of Michigan it is my duty as well as my pleasure to conduct the business of our Order at this annual business meeting and present to you the annual report on the State of Columbianism in the Michigan Jurisdiction.
 I wish to thank the Bishop of Lansing, Bishop Earl Boyea, for allowing Very Reverend William J. Canon Turner 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. Matthew Wigton, Diocese of Gaylord; Rev Fr. Robert Creagan, Diocese of Kalamazoo; Rev. Fr. Paul Erickson, Diocese of Lansing; Rev. Fr. James Bessert, Diocese of Saginaw; Rev. Fr. Cory Litzner, Diocese of Marquette and Rev Fr. Kenneth 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 thirty-seven (37) District Deputies was next on the agenda. I am very grateful to these men for their service. 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, reappointing seated District Deputies, State Directors and Diocesan Directors who were appointed and reappointed to serve this fraternal year. Again, as in years past, the new District Deputy and Diocesan Director training was held at the Queen of Angels facility, in Saginaw in June. The State Membership and State Program Director also conducted training for all the Diocese membership and program directors. It was a fruitful day with information presented that helped the new District Deputies and Directors prepare for their upcoming services. Thank you State Membership Director Kenneth Krause, State Program Director Dale Schaedig, with assistance Ed Nickel State Membership Assistant and Dave Bergeman State Program Assistant for your assistance. July 1st started out in grand style. Supreme assigned our state quota of 2650 new members, a very achievable number, but we fell short of the expectation. The weekend of July 1st to the 3rd saw the Summer Leadership Conference of District Deputies, State, Diocesan and continued on page 18

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2 July 2017 MICHIGAN FROM THE STATE CHAPLAIN V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS Brothers and Ladies: The term of a State Chaplain is a short one. This month I am at the half way mark and the initiatives of the Order are constantly on my mind as we attempt to implement them. I am called to give to you encouragement as the Order strives to live out the faith in 2017. You have heard much about the Domestic Church and our responsibility to strongly support this direction by visibly becoming witnesses in the sacredness of our own family lives. We then become examples to our children and other youth of Christian fatherhood and family men in every endeavor. By offering ourselves to our pastors as men of service and men of the Church family, there is no doubt that we will become builders of our faith as we have been called to be by our bishops in Michigan. I appeal to Grand knights to assure that Council Members are not only aware of this direction, but that they act upon it. Secondly, as I announced at the Mackinac Island Convention, we will be responding to the Supreme Knight’s call to support our suffering brothers and sisters in the Middle East, not only through the funds being sent by the State Council to Iraq, but also through the emergency funds I requested from each Council. These funds will be directed to Bethlehem St Joseph School, where there is no furnace for the early grade’s building, and to the various summer programs of the Catholic schools in the Holy Land. Specifically, I asked each Council, at the very least, to approve funds at their next Council meeting, under the limit which is allowed without approval from the entire membership. You can then send your support immediately to the State Office marked for this purpose. As I am writing for this article at the beginning of June and the funds need to arrive in the Holy Land in July, I am hoping that many Councils have already done so. If your Council has not, please inform the State Office as to your plan to participate. These funds can make a real effect of support that is directed to assist youth in the Holy Land. This initiative will bring honor to our Order as we show these Christians that we support them and that they are not alone as they struggle to remain in their homes through the violence and injustice that surrounds them Let us together strive to be bridges of peace to those around us, lest we be caught up in political unrest and polarization. Facilitating such disunity is not a charism of our Order. However, standing strong for the faith, supporting Church teachings, and supporting those called to proclaim them, is our hallmark. We act upon the spirit of our Founder not only in our efforts to assure the stability of widows and orphans, but each time we arise in support of life, in support of marriage and in support of the family. Do not be afraid of attacks against us. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” (Joshua 24:15) V. Rev. William J. Turner, PhD, KCHS State Chaplain Iron River (Mich.) Council 2300 hosted a Red, White, and Blue Mass in conjunction with their Corporate Communion At St. Agnes Parish in Iron River to honor the firefighters, EMS personal, police officers and all their family members for the unselfish service that they provide to the local communities. The Knights provided an honor guard for the emergency personal and a light brunch after Mass. The council also held its first “Black Cow” project at the Iron Mountain Veteran Hospital , serving approximately 75 patients, visitors and aids with cookies, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes. St. Peter Council 6534 in Eaton Rapids, Mi. , constructed a wheelchair ramp at the home of a Knight who had undergone an emergency leg amputation. The council 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. 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 Lawrence Stopczynski Res:248.658.8237 Cell: 248.514.0323 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 July 1 Begins aNew Fraternal Year Thomas M. Wegener Supreme Director July 2017 3 At the end of May we completed a most successful convention. Our accomplishments were celebrated as each council was recognized in all the categories that help make us successful, both programming and membership. Only together, state council and local council, working as a team towards the goals set for us, can we be successful today and through the years to come. July 1 now begins a new fraternal year for the Knights of Columbus with New Grand Knights, New District Deputies, New State and Diocesan Leadership. 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. Past state convention have had a spirited campaign for one officer's position. Ask yourself – when was the last time your council had more than one person compete for one officer’s position? After you ask yourself that, ask others in your council - why is that? Our councils are generally thought of in high regard by our priests, by our communities, and by our own members. However, do you have officers repeating in their office year after year? Are your meetings attended by only a few non-officers and non-directors? Is there a lack of communication from the officers to the council members? Are your members aware of the great things your council does? This disaffection towards participating in leadership probably took some time to develop and certainly it affects the successful operation of our councils. There is an appeal to be an officer of a success council. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that touches so many lives with our charitable works. There is an appeal to be part of an organization that supports its Bishops and Priests, to be an integral part of the lay leadership for the New Evangelization. In order to increase and maintain that appeal, which will ensure the continued success of our councils, I offer the following ideas that I call the three “Ts” which may help you create that appeal and 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. Likewise, it is important that council members attend council business meetings to take an active part in the life of your council. Our officers deserve our attendance. Your council deserves your attendance. Your input, verbal or by attendance, is of great benefit to your council. You will learn of the activities of the council, thereby being a true participant of the council. While continued on page 7

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4 July 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Warden Christopher Kolomejc Brother Knights, Ladies and Families: Wow what a great convention! The 117th Annual Convention Meeting held on the enchanted Mackinac Island in the Grand Hotel was a wonderful time to share information and present awards for many councils of the state. This has been a very busy year working with the State Board and the Official Family throughout Michigan this year. There have been many events that Julie and I will never forget: Summer Meeting, Supreme Convention in Toronto, Lugnuts and Tiger Baseball, Winter Meeting, several Clergy Appreciation Nights, Right to Life events, Vocation Fund raisers and now the State Convention. The most memorable experience will have been going to Washington D.C. with my brother state officers and marching directly behind our Supreme Knight in the annual Right to Life March in January. We have seen many friends that we have not seen for some time and made many new friends along the way. It is a very humbling experience each and every time we go to any of the events around the state meeting all of you, starting with the local councils to the State Events. I would like to thank my family, my daughters Jacqueline and Madeline, my son Christopher Jr., and especially my wife Julie, for all of their support during my first year as State Warden. Thank you to all of the other State Officers and their wives for all their help and guidance helping Julie and I adjust to the busy schedule. As the State Warden, I am here to help you with any protocol questions that you might have. I ask that you first refer to the Protocol handbook from Supreme. This may be ordered by your Financial Secretary. This book should answer most every question you might have. If not, or if you are not sure that you understand, please contact me and I am sure that we can work out the problem. The most frequent question that I receive is concerning the Litany, which can be found in the back of your State Directory. The proper seating for your event can be found in the Supreme Protocol book. How to address dignitaries is also asked very often. When a District Deputy, State Officer or Supreme Representative is introduced, all should rise in their place and properly welcome them. The answers to questions regarding the flag can be found on form #4686. Just remember that even if you encounter a rather difficult or even a unique situation, just use your best judgment and simply apply common continued on page 8 From The State Program Director Dale Schaedig The new 2017-2018 year is beginning and we are already looking for a report listing your new and returning council officers. The form is #185 and should be completed by all councils, even if they have no new officers. This is the way we keep the Michigan State Council Directory current. The form is due July 1st so if Grand Knights have not sent it please do as soon as you can. We are doing substantial training in June, July, August, and September. June found us training the New Council Officers and the New District Deputies. On the 29th of June we will meet with all the District Deputies, State & Diocesan Directors at Boyne Highland for Membership and Program training. At that time, we will also offer specialized training on a number of topics which allow the DDs & Directors to “brush up” on the subjects they may feel the need for additional preparation. The first two weeks of July will find the State Officers, State Membership, State Program Director, Assistant Program & Membership Directors, State Training Director, State Website and State AV Director traveling to all seven Diocese to present the Membership and Program training to all the Council Offices that can attend. Please check your calendars for the dates & times as they start on July 7th. When we have completed our training, the District Deputies will hold District meetings to aid their councils in planning their programs and membership recruitment. I would encourage all Grand Knights to have a plan for at least the first 6 months before the District meetings. The Supreme Fraternal Leader Success Planner has been sent to your Financial Secretary, he should have received them for your use from Supreme. There is also the MI-19 State form that you can use. The last item I would like to address is the new changes for the Columbian Award that we were informed of part way through the 2016-2017 year. We have what we hope is a detailed and informative training section describing the changes. There will be information distributed at the Diocesan Meeting to help the councils complete the Domestic Church requirements. We have omitted the Michigan Achievement Award so we can better concentrate on completing the requirements for the Columbian Award. We kept the MI-1 and renamed it the Columbian Award Activities Report. This is still due at the end of each quarter which will allow us to track your progress. The SP-7 (Columbian Award form) will still be electronically generated as it has in the past. This is a new year with both old and new officers and directors. With all of us helping to do the work of the “Lord” we can make this a good and fruitful year. Grand Knights, please do not hesitate to contact your DDs, Diocesan Directors or your State Directors with any problems or concerns. Your State Program Director, Dale Schaedig One Member Per Council Per Month

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN State Membership Director Ken Krause July 2017 5 The Membership Conundrum The life blood of any organization is gaining members who will share in the work of accomplishing its goals. This is certainly true of the Knights of Columbus. Our goals and activities are focused on charitable acts, positively affecting the lives of our members and their families, and the support of the Catholic Church. When we lose members, it makes it harder to accomplish what we want. First some statistics that help to paint the picture of our membership decline. On July 1, 2009 at the start of that fraternal year, Michigan had 70978 members. Since that time, Michigan has lost an average of 610 per year due to suspensions, withdrawals, and deaths. At the start of this fraternal year in July we had 66703 members. As of this writing on May 31, Michigan’s membership is 66189. Given our present 514-member loss and the Intent to Retain forms (looming suspensions) that councils have sent to the Supreme Council, we are in threat of dropping below 66000 members by July 1. There have been parish closings and mergers, a fall in mass attendance, shifts in population and a host of other reasons that challenge member recruitment. On the positive side councils have recruited 1818 new or reactivated members this fraternal year. On the other hand, there are about 80 councils that haven’t recruited one member. Obviously, some are trying while others aren’t recruiting for whatever reason. In addition to recruiting members, councils must examine the reasons they are suspending members. In many cases, members stop paying their dues when they don’t see a reason to belong. If his council isn’t telling the man what they’re doing through newsletters and other communications and asking him to be involved in their activities, he figures they don’t need him. Although it’s a cliché it’s true, men don’t join the K of C to pay dues and attend meetings. They want to be wanted, to apply their talents and to accomplish things for others. Last July the membership team established the formula of activating new members, developing leadership skills, using effective communication with all members, providing recruitment strategies and training, and making recruitment a part of all council programs. That formula should work if the members of all councils assume responsibility for growing their membership by asking more men and their families to join in our work. Another number worth considering. Michigan has a Catholic population of 1,800,653 divided over the seven dioceses. With a membership of 66189 in 440 councils, that leaves 1,734,464 Catholics. Subtracting women and children, that still leaves about 433,616 eligible Catholic men that can be invited to join. The Michigan State Council has provided the resources, training, and organization to turn this nine year decline around. At the State Convention in May, Past State Deputy and Supreme Director Thomas Wegener asked the delegates and District Deputies if they would commit to increasing recruitment and reversing the trend. The response was a resounding “Yes!” As these men and their families return to their councils, they must turn their words into action. The Michigan State Council plan will roll out to District Deputies and directors at their Summer Leadership Conference June 30 – July 2. Information specifically will roll out to council leaders around the state at the diocesan meetings July 7-18 to be followed by the district meetings in July and August. Our mission and plan to impact almost a decade of membership loses is in place. We must all do our part to make it happen. We aren’t about gaining member for the sake of statistics, but we need more men and their families to serve our parishes, youth, and communities. If you’re reading this article and you believe in the mission of the Knights of Columbus, you know we all have a stake in this. Council 7011 The Knights of Columbus (Sterling Heights, MI Council 7011) recently conducted a 4-Life Story Scavenger Hunt Contest, where students in grades 7/8 and in grades 9/10 performed an online search for a real pro-life story. Then the students described in their own words the pro-life inspiration in this story. Some students also tied this story in with some real pro-life experiences in their own family. First place winners in each Group received $100 cash. Second place winners in each Group received $50 cash. Third place winners in each Group received a $25 Gift Certificate from Faith@Work, a local Catholic book store. All runners up received a Participation Certificate. An Awards Ceremony honoring all the winners was held on March 16, 2017 with more than thirty five students, family members and Knights attending. All winners and their families were thanked for their participation and support for this important contest and everyone concerned came away inspired to do even more for the pro-life cause. Pope John Paul I Council 6865 in SterlingHeights presented a $500 donation to Father Randy Phillips of St. Blase Parish to help pay for emergency repairs to the main water line supplying the parish. The ruptured water line occurred during the parish’s hosting of the Macomb County Warming Center, a ministry rotating among parishes, which provides shelter for homeless people.

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6 July 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Ladies Corner Hello ladies, We are here to SERVE! Summer is here and it I great. Life is Good! Since we last communicated, in the spring, lots have happened. The State Deputy and I have gone to many places to celebrate K of C functions. It is so pleasant to meet all the ladies on a personal basis. The Right To Life banquet was well attended with a great speaker. The Tootsie Roll Drive was very successful. The monies will be used for Intellectual Developmental Disabled (ID/D) persons-. State Convention on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel was so busy, but it was our pleasure to see so many ladies willing to assist the Ladies of the Board. Thank you so much and it was very rewarding and we had wonderful time assisting the new ladies on what to do and where to find interesting things to do at Mackinac Island. The sale of K of C shirts went well. We trust that there were some father’s day gifts being taken home. The Raffle monies will go to the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund and Holy Cross Children Services. Because of your assistance the Raffle went very well. It was reported that there were 103 gifts and the raffle returned about $15,089.00, with matching funds from Weingartz- Everything from Lawn to Snow, we will be able to donate over $31,000.00 to the two organizations. Once again thank you all!! Thank you to the State Advocate’s wife Karen Winkle and her assistants for a great job, well done. By the way- Wasn’t the Living rosary something special! The sight of the rosary in the sky was Chilling. In a couple of weeks we will be going to The Summer Leadership Meeting at Boyne Highland. June 30, July 01, 02, 2017. While the men are in their training the ladies and families can enjoy the beautiful resort. The Ladies will have a Ladies Program on Friday night. Hope to see you all there. The Supreme Convention this year will be held in St. Louis Missouri this August 1st to August 3rd . The Winter Leadership meeting is scheduled to be held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Hall on Saturday Dec. 2nd. This will be a one day meeting . The Building the Domestic Church is at the forefront of the Knights of Columbus. The 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. We are also called to look to the needs of others though the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. While helping others we show our love, for the grace from God. With this showing of mercy, with helping, others, our own marriage strengthens one, as well as teaching the family. This is our Domestic Church! We must not forget about our fellow Christians in the Middle East that are being targeted with Genocide because they are Christians.. Pope Francis and our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson have asked for prayers for these follow Christians. There is a support for the Holy Land from all Michigan Councils from the State Chaplain. At his request with the support of the State Council and following directions of the Supreme Knight who ask the Knights of Columbus Councils to support Christians of the Middle East: funds are asked for St. Joseph Patriarchal School in Bethlehem. The upper school has no furnace, cooling or proper fire protection. The Sisters of St Joseph are asking our help in funding replacement furnaces and safety devices. And second the Summer Programs for children, who in these months are caught between protest, the Israeli protection forces and retaliation for violence. Sort of like a Vacation Bible School Program. God give me Faith and Hope for prayers are powerful tool! Ladies let us keep these persons and others suffering in our prayers. They are our family. “Jesus we Trust in You.” Sometimes we are stressed out. Remember that we can ask the Lord for help. Find a quiet spot; Put your hand in the hand of the Lord. “I need some help. Walk and talk to me.” Remember his Mother Mary is always there waiting for us to listen and ask for help. Ladies thank you all for supporting you husbands in the mission of Knight of Columbus!! Let the Summer begin. Enjoy this beautiful land we live in!! Ellie Unterbrink, Sue Vittorini, Marybeth Chasse (Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano) Pope Francis received in private audience a delegation from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on June 21 during which, following an introduction by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, the Holy Father urged them to be role models and examples. In his address, Pope Francis observed that “Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values – in the religious sense, we can say virtues – that have guided your own commitment on the field. They are the values that help build a culture of encounter, in which we anticipate and meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family.”

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN July 1 Begins aNew Fraternal Year Thomas M. Wegener Supreme Director July 2017 7 we each cannot be at every business meeting, certainly we can make a few throughout the year to lend our voice and our vote to the issues that face our council. Council Officers must not use attendance at council business meetings as the only gauge of an engaged member. Whether due to employment schedule, family pressures, etc. not every member can attend business meetings. We have made that clear in our promotion of the 24 Hour Knight. Attendance at social, charitable, spiritual or fraternal events is also an important component in the life of a council and its members. Invite and welcome each member who can attend any gathering of members and their families. Knights of Columbus has always been an organization dedicated to the well-being and support of Catholic family life. The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a “domestic church” where husbands and wives, parent and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish. Transparency – An adjunct to Trust is Transparency. As trustees of our council’s welfare, each and every transaction, fraternal or financial, is a part of the life and history of our council. As elected leaders it is our duty to treat each action with the due diligence they deserve, to then carry out the wishes of the council, to record the wishes of the council for the true history of the council. As council members we must be offered and we must expect this information in full, clear and accurate language. Given this information makes us better educated in the life of our council members. Minutes, program reports, budgets, audits, etc. are the the milestones in the life of the council. They are the markers that list our achievements, our successes. They let us know of our condition and how we are doing. They also tell us if certain and/or immediate action needs to be taken. It is with these three “Ts” that foundational strength can be achieved. A strong local council complements its parish and community. A strong state council is made up of its strong local councils, working together to advance the Order throughout the state. It is this teamwork that leads to a strong order. Again it starts with you in your local council. Let this be the last year we have an opening in our offices, let this be the last year we do not function as a real team of officers, let this be the last year we aren't in solidarity with our state and supreme council. Let this be the first year, of many to come, that our council's growth is complete with members, programs and leadership. 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 Electronic Michigan Columbian 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 July 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN From The State Warden Christopher Kolomejc courtesy. Fr. Turner, our state chaplain who has added so much to the State Board both spiritually and in humor, has also spearheaded a statewide effort to bring awareness to the suffering our fellow Catholics have in the Holy Land. Please respond with your prayers and financial support! I ask that you remember in your prayers the Brother Knights and their families who have passed away in the last year. And in a special way you have all touched me and inspired me in your devotion to the Church and the Order. None was more inspirational than my dear friend and Deputy Grand Knight Dan Chambers, who despite his battle with cancer was working hard in my convention hospitality room teaching us all the true meaning of knighthood. This should remind us all that we need to continually invite new and former members to join us in helping change the world, making it a better place, with all of our programs, one member at a time. If there is anything I can do to help you reach your goals, please contact me and I will do everything I can to help. Vivat Jesus! Christopher A. Kolomjec State Warden St. Mary's Catholic Church - Spring Lake MI, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their church building, and also had a dedication of the Education Center on Pentecost Sunday June 4, 2017.  Celebrant for the Mass and Dedication Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak - Bishop of the  Grand Rapids Diocese. Con-celebrants: Reverend Father David Gross Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church also Chaplin for Council 2975, and former pastors and other priests of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  Council 2975, Color Corp Members participated in both events. This was followed by luncheon in the Community Center, which also had several brother knights assisting.  This is the first new school building build in West Michigan in over 20 years.  PROPOSER INCENTIVE AWARDEES MARCH AND APRIL 2017 In the March / April Proposer Incentive Contest 293 proposers recruited 392 new members into the Knights of Columbus. At the Michigan State Council Convention, the names of ten proposers were drawn, and will receive a check for $50 for their work recruiting new members to their councils and growing the Order. Proposer’s Name Council Scott D. Frank Tawas Council # 2709 David A. Micklash Holy Cross Council # 2739 Douglas A. Dewyse St. Stephen’s Council # 4102 Louis A. Mitlyng III Fr. H. Nouvel Council # 4232 Anthony L. Kotecki St. Bartholomew Council # 14206 Tom F. Ouellette St. Fabian Council # 13362 John M. Drzik Richard Council # 788 Roy D. Meyer Paw Paw Council # 3798 Andrew Martin Fr. Thomas R. Carey Council # 4764 Robert P. Kuhr St. Gerald Council # 13673 St. Helen Council 8390 of St. Helen Michigan held a water drive to help the Flint water crisis. The water was delivered to St. Lukes N.E.W. Life Center in Flint Michigan and will be given out to those in need. Pope John Paul I Council 6865 in Sterling Heights presented a $500 donation to Father Randy Phillips of St. Blase Parish to help pay for emergency repairs to the main water line supplying the parish. The ruptured water line occurred during the parish’s hosting of the Macomb County Warming Center, a ministry rotating among parishes, which provides shelter for homeless people. The top ten jurisdictions in charitable giving for 2016 were: Texas with $9.1 million, followed by California, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Ontario, Missouri, New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin. The top ten in volunteer hours were Texas with 5.5 million hours, followed by Luzon North, Florida, California, Illinois, Luzon South, Ontario, Visayas, Pennsylvania and Quebec. Anchor Bay Council Anchor Bay Council held a public rosary June 11, 2017 before the 9 am Mass. Led by their Chaplain Fr. Charles White IV, over 70 members and parishioners prayed the Rosary together. After, Fr. Charles thanked the Knights of Columbus for taking the lead in this service. He also mentioned that this ties directly in with Archbishop Vigneron’s Pastor Letter recently published. One member per council per month

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN 2017 State Convention Awards July 2017 9 This year’s Council Service Award winner is St Jane Francis de This year’s Youth Service Award winner is Fr. Leo McCann Chantal Council 13340 for The Coffee House. Council 7304 for College Night. The Coffee House is a dinner project held 6 times per year for adults with intellectual disabilities. It gives guests an opportunity to socialize and have fun. It is open to the Tri-county area around Sterling Heights. Originally the Coffee House was a created by an Alhamra Caravan who in 2004 approached council #13340, St Jane Frances de Chantal, to assist. In a short period of time the council ended up taking over the program. The Coffee House is now in its 14th year. Over 75 group homes participate and over 1000 guests are invited. The social gatherings have all kinds of themes through the year. They have independence day, Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and more. It is rumored the guests have been visited by Santa Claus himself who did not have a single name on the naughty list! Not all gatherings are just a dinner. Several events are accompanied with dancing. It is never a surprise to see a guest ask a volunteer to dance. Whether you are a guest or a volunteer, everybody is guaranteed to have fun! Many of us question why friends and family leave the Church. Fr. Leo J. McCann Council 7304 had the same question and set out to find an answer. Their journey for an answer lead them to discover many of us lack knowledge of what it really means to be Catholic. Being Catholic is a lifestyle that follows the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholic High School graduates attend public universities and within a few short months they’re swept up into a secular society where their Catholic values are challenged and lost due to peer pressure or their new educational environment. College Fairs lack the spiritual aspect of campus living. Recognizing this, the answer was simple; Council 7304 developed a Catholic College Fair for high school students. 21 Catholic Universities presenting Catholic educational choices to over 400 interested students and parents from over 50 zip codes came. Plans are well underway for the 2017 Catholic College Night to be hosted by Madonna University on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. St. Martha Parish Knights of Columbus Council # 10006 The St. Martha Parish Knights of Columbus and American Red Cross are partnering to save lives! One of the core activities for Council # 10006 is working to organize blood drives at our church, up to quarterly. The drive receives enormous support with donations from members of the parish, knights of the council, and the surrounding community. Through the hard work of knights, parish volunteers, and the red cross, we have consistently met or exceeded donation expectations. Most recently, on May 13, 2017 St. Martha Parish Knights of Columbus Council # 10006 held a blood drive where we collected blood from 25 donors. These donors of the gift of blood generously gave their time and treasure. As they have so many times, volunteers from Council #10006 and the parish worked together with red cross staff to help make this drive a success. The St. Martha Parish Knights of Columbus plan to build on the success of our past blood drives and work to save even more lives in the future. Vivat Jesus! St. Francis KC Council #13958 of Traverse City, MI conducted a Golf-AThon on June 4th. Golfers sought sponsors and each played 100 holes to help raise funds for the Grand Traverse Area Right to Life & The Pregnancy Care Center of Traverse City. Over $3,600 was collected for these worthy causes. One member per council per month

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10 July 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN PROUD TO BE A 3RD DEGREE KNIGHT BY GENE MURAWSKI STATE CEREMONIAL DIRECTOR I am proud to be a 3rd Degree Member, because I love to work with my fellow Knights on church projects. Sure, you do not have to be a 3rd Degree Member to do this. However, now that I have gone through the Formation and Knighthood Degree's, I have a good knowledge of what is our function. We Knights are here to help the poor, sick, deaf, aged, disabled, and disadvantaged. The lessons of the 2nd and 3rd Degree give us a better understand of what these words really mean. I would ask the DD's, GK's, FS's to go through your membership roster, and get the guys who are still 1st Degree Members to go through the 2nd and 3rd. Maybe the reason they go out the back door is because they just do not feel comfortable with the group. Would you want to be part of a group if you do not feel like you are part of that group? Check the Web-Site for the schedule of Major Degrees, and get these Knights through the Formation and Knighthood Degree. So far this fiscal year we have had 66 degrees and we put 973 through the Formation and Knighthood Degree. We have 6 more scheduled to do as of June 1, 2017. We need to increase the amount of candidates next year. Why do we not ask these gentlemen to get their full Knighthood? Let’s work on this. Date of the Start Time of Start Time of Start Time of Locatio n of Council Host DD Host DD Host GK Host GK Degree Conferri ng Degree Admissi "Format "Knight on ion" hood" Degree Number Phone No. Phone No. Staff Officer Degree Degree Degree 8/6/17 None 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Carson City 8/19/17 Patriotic Degree Marquett e 9/16/17 Patriotic Degree Warren 2198 Ralph VanOck er Mike Stanchai na 616-240 -0273 989-848 -5322 Jerry Waldron District #3 989-235 -6424 GR #1 John 248-652 District Hundiak -3433 #1 Jakobiak 10/15/17 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 1:30 PM Portland 2168 Lawrenc e Adam 616-374 -8340 William Vallien 517-526 -2956 GR #1 Murawski 11/4/17 None 1:30 PM 2:30 PM Grand Rapids 16199 Douglas Graves 616-363 -7904 Joseph Vig 616-633 -4639 GR #1 Shelt 3/3/18 Patriotic Degree Warren John 248-652 District Hundiak -3433 #1 West Branch Council 2022 Michael Buckel, Junior Clemens Alton Leduc Livonia Council 2690 Lawrence Kenney Standish Council 2724 Michael DeMura, Henry Filipek Lincoln Park council 3078 Robert Datini, Leroy Lavella May They Rest In Peace Joseph Petrowski, William Martin James O’Grady, Thomas Witkowski Edward Green Mt. Plesant Council 3651 Vernon Halfmann, Robert Ginzinger Gary Schumacher, Donald Pung Allen Park Council 3774 John Spaight, Stanley Bartnicki Gary Chick, Arnold Priebe John Scannell, Henry Bucon Posen Council 6657 Jerry Leginza, Leonard Otremba Milford Council 7444 John Hudspeth St. Helen Council 8390 Les Gravlin, Tony Canty Lawrence Bigelow, Pete Borrillo Donald Jacobs, Clarence Dupuis Joseph Friday Yale Council 8710 Patrick Kleitch West Branch Council 8948 Leonard Dziurman Southfield Council 14928 Vernon Rougeau, John Herod Ron Pardon

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN July2017 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 Alpena Council 529 Gordon & Cheryl Koester Michael & Cindy Szydlowski Jim & Cathy Cathers Dave & Dixie Hilla Battle Creek Council 575 Michael O’Hare family David Sprague Mt. Clemens Council 744 Brian Hein family Lansing Council 788 Dick & Terrie McCloy John & Sherrie Drzik Ray & Lori Drouin Marine City Council 856 Bob & Joyce Thompson Paul Berger family Tom Cook family Dale & Denny Vantiem Kingsford Council 1585 Todd & Nichole Phillips Ogemaw Council 2022 Alton Leduc St. Clair Council 2251 Robert McClaren family Daniel Eves family Patrick & Melanie Schindler Standish Council 2724 Mitch & Elaine Pula Utica Council 2950 Paul & Lisa Burmeister Dale & Karen Niedzwiecki Pinconning Council 2986 Thomas & Alice Rodak John & Maureen Duley Fred & Martha Ruppel Lincoln Park Council 3078 Richard & Beverly Nicholson James & Rosalinda Salliotte Louis & Delphine Kish Saginaw Council 4232 Bert & Mitsi Murphy Sandusky Council 4693 Dick & Bev LeGault James & Barb LaBelle Taylor Council 4872 Ruben & Teresa Plascenci Herbert & Joan Weiss Thomas & Mary Goniea Ken & Brendo Lavely New Baltimore Council 5981 Wayne & Judy Miller Richard & Roz Hilla Arvin & Pamela Stephenson Posen Council 6657 Ernie & Terri Romel Ray & Laurie Wozniak Eric & Tammy Hincka Art & Julie Konieczny Gladstone Council 6667 Larry & Cindy Johnson Gary & Diane Gobert Michigan Center Council 6687 Steven & Joanne Arnold Dale & Linda Fisher,*cfy James & Virginia Healy Swartz Creek Council 6694 Ken & Molly Lixey Ralph & Mary Lou Palka Greg Vaughn family Jenison Council 7487 John & Luanne Wood Armada Council 7561 Ralph & Nancy Roy Tony & Lisa Seefried Caseville Council 8042 Jerry & Kathy Wroblewski Sanford Council 8043 Jeff & Debbie McGraw Bill & Karen Carey Ray & Sue Ellen DeWyse Jeff & Shelley Weckesser St. Helen Council 8390 David & Elaine Kaffenberger Melvin & Judy Merleno Gerald & Joann DePew Robert & Vivian Fenton John & Kathy Hodapp Lake City Council 8556 Kristopher & Sharon Caverly Auburn Hills Council 8659 Dough & Toni Rusch Montrose Council 8669 Bryan & Becky Root Gloria Zomorski family Mark & Lisa Briggs Yale Council 8710 William Radvansky Cass City Council 8892 Bob & Barb Butucel Kevin & Laura Kausch Okemos Council 10006 Brian & Michael Rue John & Karin Matuszak David & Francie Herring John & Ruthann Finn Gordon & Judy Tuthill Rochester Hills Council 10343 Valentine & Valentina Dushaj Lansing Council 11099 Steve & Lisa Simonson John & Beth Belfiglio Eric & Bridget Cullimore Clinton Twp. Council 11689 George & Kathy Sakorafos Bruce & Claudia Arnold Port Huron Council 11756 Chip & Diane Gerlach Robert & Monica Weaver Pinckney Council 11761 Earl & Jan Blackburn Dan & Kate Leonard Dan & Ann Langford Novi Council 11811 Thomas & Catherine Herc Michael & Margaret Meyer Laingsburg Council 12044 Geraid & Barbara Gialanella Gaines Council 12186 Ray & Bata Hanna Al & Jan Prouix Brighton Council 12295 Dave & Karen Alfanos Vicksburg Council 13305 John & Michelle Klein Hugh & Jennifer Swager Adam & Arlea Swager Nicholas Ostrosky & Barbra Pula Grosse Ile Council 13475 Frank & Melanie Magda Clio Council 13703 Jerome & Angela Waldron Sterling Heights Council 13799 All 41 Brothers who helped with the MI Drive Winner Winner Fish Dinner FDD John Rodgers os Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Council #7444 of Milford, Mich. is shown presenting Sr. Mary Dominic, Sr. Cora Rose, Sr. Lucy Fidelis and Sr. Mary Bethany tickets for this years Knights of Columbus State Raffle at their lenten fish fry. So if you see a couple of sister’s running from a bear in Alaska or sitting at a pool side in Alantis Paradise Island or relaxing in a deck chair in Cancun, you know how they got there, they had a winning raffle ticket. Good luck. The Sisters are, Dominicn Sisters of The order of Mary Mother of the Eucharist of Ann Arbor. Their presence at our Fish Fry was greatly appreciated as Sr. Lucy Fidelis and Sr. Cora Rose help sell tickets for this years Michigan State Council Raffle. Picture taken by Tony “Short Shot” Mazza.

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12 July 2017 MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN Dear Brother Knights, Now that June is here, I hope you have a great summer planned ahead and are enjoying the beautiful Michigan weather! In April, I was named President/CEO of Holy Cross Services. I have been with Holy Cross for 26 years and look forward to continuing our ministry of serving disadvantaged kids and families in Michigan. Thanks to your loyal commitment and support over the years, we continue to expand our programs across Michigan. THANK YOU! You will see on the following page upcoming events we have planned, so please bring your family and come see us if you have a chance. We have a need for volunteers and would love to have the Knights join us and share our 70-year partnership with others. May you and your families enjoy a safe, fun and relaxing summer. With gratitude and humility, Sharon Berkobien CEO If you would like to get a 2017 calendar, it’s not too late! For more information and/or to purchase, please contact Karen Rupley at krupley@hccsnet.org or at 517-423-7556. Calendar Fundraiser Winners Below is a list of recent awardees April: Harry Roggenbuck, Paul Janiszewski, St. Louis the King Council #6447, Eric Fisher, Thomas Scheller, Albert Post, Thomas Villarreal, Erich O’Brien, Dennis Fink, David Welch, Frederick Domine, Robert Gancarz, Dale Niedzwiecki, Bernard Lorenz, Michael Tobolic, Katherine Toyeas, Eric Emming, Brian Barkkari, James Mrenza, Robert Frasier, LaVerne Newman, Dallas Ostrander, Yvonne DeLorge, John Galindo, Jay & Roxanne Michalski, Ralph Pung, John Will, Paul & Tina Trosper, Scott Schneider, Agnes Petkus, $500 WINNER – Scott Thelen May: Mary Zacker, Mark Chandonnet, Kyle Thelen, David Pardon, Robert Zuker, Daniel Borkowicz, Katherine Sziisz, Robert Prusakiewicz, Norman Smith, Valerie Clark, Tim Miller, Steven Thelen, Dorian & Tom Fix, Blaine Douglas, Joseph Jaworski, Robert Walsh, Bryan Root, John Calianno, James Ault, James Mason, Judy King, Richard or Margaret Tanghe, Celeste Heckman, Alice Becker, Theodore Monfette, Patrick & Lori Mattingly, Jr., John & Tammy Guth, Louis Rosenmund III, Albert Fleury, Albert Schaller, C. Thomas Hickey, $500 WINNER – Ronald Foldenauer June: Claude Feldpausch, Katie & Kyle Gilstad, Marie Filipski, Juan & Donna Hinojosa, Marlene Dahlin, Julie Witt Thelen, Joseph Pridgeon, Steven Renne, Marc Hoffman, Randal Wheelock, Timothy Steffes, Ernest Scheid, James Delhey, Roger Mawby, John Glennon, Jerold Stratton, Thomas Czubaj, Dale Fisher, Connie & Daryl Iwankovitsch, Richard Carl, Joan Foster, Gary & Janet Brown, Gregory McCarty, James Barbara, Daniel Shields, John Dunn, Walter Sierakowski, Jr., Barbara Gates, Sami Makhoul, David & Mary Jane Schafer, $500 WINNER – Charles Bolda Visit our website to see the new things we are doing, and to learn more about HCS! www.HolyCrossServices.org

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN July 2017 13 Wanted: Champions of Hope Become a part of a special group of people who invest and believe in our cause and mission! As a Champion of Hope, you too could be helping provide care and support every month to children and adults served by HCS all across Michigan. Give the gift of HOPE and help HCS provide positive change in the lives of hundreds! • Hassle-free monthly donations • Automatic donation payment from your credit card • An acknowledgment letter for tax purposes • Change or suspend your donation at any time • Your donation, in ANY amount, will be put to work immediately to help children, adults and families ANY AMOUNT MATTERS!! EVERY DOLLAR IS AN INVESTMENT IN A PERSON’S LIFE! To sign up and for more information please email: info@hccsnet.org. Upcoming Events & Activities Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Diamond Jack’s River Tour The Good Samaritans group is hosting their annual evening out benefitting Holy Cross and the Samaritan Center. This year’s event – a fun-filled dinner cruise on the Diamond Jack’s River Tour charter boat on the Detroit River. The cruise will be from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Ticket are $150.00 per person, which includes dinner, music and a relaxing river cruise. Boarding will be at the Detroit Dock by the Stroh River Place in Detroit. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call Karen Rupley at 517-423-7556 or email at krupley@hccsnet.org. The Diamond Queen Saturday, September 16, 2017 Annual Grosse WN O G R O SSE T DOW N 7 Pointe VillageFest Benefitting Holy BENEFITTING Cross Services Come join us for this year’s VillageFest EPTE M BER 16, 201 in Grosse Pointe, which will feature kids’ activities, food trucks, music and more! Raffle tickets for prizes are available for $10 each. For more information, contact Kassie Kretzschmar at 248-980-4830 or at kkretzschmar@hccsnet.org. POIN T E S

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14 July 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: Lawrence Stopczynski, State Council Activities Director, 885 E. Dawson Rd., Milford, MI 48381 Alpena Council 529 Barry Nelson, Don Liptak Roy Wekwert Battle Creek Council 575 Michael O’Hare, David Sprague Thomas Hengesbach Mt. Clemens Council 744 Dennis Kelley Lansing Council 788 Ben Warner, Bill Schaner John Drzik Marine City Council 856 James LaLonde, Dan Steinmetz Lenny Schwartz, Mike Welser Monroe Council 1266 Richard Miller Kingsford Council 1585 Francis Lafleur, James Karle Portland Council 2168 Patrick Heckman, Richard Leik Michael Pugh Hart Council 2199 Hector Rosalez St. Clair Council 2251 Tom Meyers, John Brothers Craig Mahn Standish Council 2724 Ken Bottomley, Roger Hus Randy Huovinen Gaylord Council 2781 Anton Ackerman, Terry Avenall Utica Council 2950 Edward Campbell, George Wiegand Raymond Keller, Robert Murawski Pinconning Council 2986 Francis Sequin, Keven McKee Vince LaFramboise Lincoln Park Council 3078 Dennis Palm, Paul Ross John Maclean Caro Council 3224 Rick Terbush, David Kolacz Plymouth Council 3292 Joe Bauer Allen Park Council 3774 Terry Gerin, Mark Sitko Ewight Behm, Harold Dropeski Ruth Council 3823 Wilfred Block,Alvin Peraski Dearborn Council 3860 Tom Fedewa Walled Lake Council 4064 Thomas Prosak Saginaw Council 4232 Mike Ross, Rev. Richard Jozwiak Sandusky Council 4693 Richard LeGault, Jim LeBelle Taylor Council 4872 Paul Pesta, Stan Silka Mike Cleaver, William Kessler Jorge Gonzalez Oscoda Council 5083 Edward Howe Rochester Council 5452 Jerry Grubba New Baltimore Council 5981 Frank Hubbard, Paul Johnson Dale valliere Roscommon Council 6593 Glenn Stuart, David Reynolds Jose Valdez Posen Council 6657 Phil Lewandowski, JohnTalaska Gladstone Council 6667 Larry Johnson, Gary Gobert Michigan Center Council 6687 Gerald Brown, Timothy Dewaters Swartz Creek Council 6694 Jim Drummond, Claude Boucher Grand Blanc Council 6742 Victor McElhose, Mark McElhose Andrew Randazzo, Ryan Londrigan Sterling Hgts. Council 7011 Rick Yamin, Thomas Langston Michael DiGregorio Brighton Council 7304 Michael Carrigan, Dan Rainko Caledonia Council 7341 Clem Andrusiak, John Bursch Jenison Council 7487 Adam Roberts Armada Council 7561 Mike Seefried, John Devers Hale Council 7623 John Kszywonos Lowell Council 7719 James Francis Remus Council 7869 Christopher White, Donald Mayer Durand Council 7955 Donald Mellott, Douglas Thompson Caseville Council 8042 Fred Busch Sanford Council 8043 AAron Skrok, Dennis Taylor Joe Reinke, Fred Lyon Howell Council 8169 Mark Grajek, Rodger Epp Deacon Dave Piggot St. Helen Council 8390 Alexander Galant Lake City Council 8556 David Blaszak Fowlerville Council 8605 Mike Rebarchik Auburn Hills Council 8659 Matt Fuhrmann, Herb Stacer Sam Crowl Montrose Council 8669 Ronald Woodward Fr. Gordon Reigle Yale Council 8710 William Radvansky Cass City Council 8892 Richard Pachia William Klinkman Ken Micklash Okemos Council 10006 Doug Hunter, Thomas Kent Richard Olson Burton Council 10170 Fred Muzer Rochester Hills council 10343 Valentino Dushaj Ann Arbor Council 10963 Gary Perrydore, Thomas Cook Lansing Council 11099 Kenneth Corrigan, Jason Mendiola Patrice Quinn, Richard Schaefer Saranac Council 11113 Douglas Thelen Battle Creek Council 11114 David Goff, Mike Byrne Erick Stewart Marne Council 11581 Tony Leale Clinton Twp. Council 11689 Joseph Bono, Henry Leflere Philip Bonnette Port Huron Council 11756 Norm Noble, Robert Weaver Pinckney Council 11761 Roy Czopk, Dan Kinter Sterling Heights Council 12102 Gorodon Felczak Gaines Council 12186 Timothy Stanis, Ray Hanna Al Prouix Brighton Council 12295 Patrick Pousset, Ronald Duncan PaulSchifko Ubly Council 12850 Gary Krause,Charles Briolat Vicksburg Council 13305 Michael Klein, Nghiem Nguyen Fred Janofski, Jr., David Curtis Randy Ferrier Sterling Heights Council 13340 David Wilgus Midland Council 13452 Chuck Finney Troy Council 13453 Fr. Greg Piatt Grosse Ile Council 13475 Brian Kane, John conroy Wyandotte Council 13607 Emmanuel Lughermo Farmington Council 13673 Terry Grabinski, Frank Geriepy Clio Council 13703 Larry Allen, Michael Godoshian Phillip Scott Sterling Heights Council 13799 Ed Biegas, Mark Tuscany All 44 who worked Mi Drive Baldwin Council 13865 John Miller White Cloud Council 13939 Wayne Thompson Rochester Hills Council 13950 Robert Jackson

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MICHIGAN COLUMBIAN ! July 2017 15 Preparing pierogi, a member of St. Isidore Council 7200 in Macomb and a volunteer work to make the council’ Polish Dinner fundraiser a success. More than 280 diners enjoyed the meal, which raised $3,400 for organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities. Alpena Council 529 worked with managers at local branches of three clothing retailers to take advantage of seasonal reductions and provide for those in need. Council 529 obtained 42 coats, worth a retail value of $2,245, for $500. The coats were given to the Children’s Closet, a local charity. Ten councils in southeast Michigan united to host a dinner that drew more than 400 people and raised $7,804 to support formation and pilgrimage for seminarians. Fourteen seminarians attended, and several shared testimony about their vocations and the impact of travel to the Holy Land Bishop Joseph A. Albers Council 4090 in Davison held its annual fundraising dinner for seminarians. The event featured a dinner prepared by Most Blessed Sacrament Council 11532 in Burton, pie provided by the Daughters of Isabella, auctions, raffles, stores and more. Proceeds totaled more than $17,000, making this dinner the most successful in the event’s 33-year history. Between the council’s efforts and a donation from Ardon F. Dubie Assembly, also in Davison, $1,030 was donated to each of the 19 seminarians in Lansing Danielle Castellon of Gratiot  County Pregnancy Services accepts the proceeds of a two-week diaper drive from Grand Knight John Raducha of Ithaca Council 8785 and Josh Milkulka, project chairman. St. Fabian Council 13362 in Farmington Hills runs an annual “Crosses for Confirmation” project, during which handmade crosses, made by the council, are presented to the confirmation class of St. Fabian Church. Since 2011, the expanded program has given more than 500 crosses to confirmands, the RCIA group and St. Fabian School teachers. St. Paul of Tarsus Council 11689 in Clinton Township  held a pancake breakfast to support the Detroit Archdiocese Vocations League (DAVL). The event’s proceeds, along with funds raised through additional projects, enabled the council to offer $7,000 of support for seminarians and postulants. Father Solanus Casey Council #3797 has officially moved to their new location at St. Margaret of Scotland parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.  Council Chaplain Father Ron DeHondt blesses the council's shrine to Father Solanus as parishioners welcome our Brother Knights to their new home! Knight Louis Wills presents a tootsie roll to patron Mary Ann Raymond during Iron River Council 2300 42nd annual Tootsie Roll Drive for the Iron County Mentally Impaired. The Council would like to thank the public for making this another very successful drive. During the month of May in honor of our Blessed Mother Mary, the Knights of Columbus members of Council 8902, with the generous donations from members of the parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) parish, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance Michigan and the community at large were blessed to be able to deliver a full truck load of baby diapers, toys, clothing, food, and various other baby care items to Heart Beat of Monroe. Heart-Beat of Monroe is a pro-life, Christian centered, non-profit center founded in 1973 two months after Roe vs. Wade decision was announced. They have been serving Monroe Michigan and surrounding communities ever since. The center is Dedicated to improving the bond between parent and child. Diapers, formula, food, clothing and other items are provided without charge to their clients. West Huron Centennial Council 8042 in Caseville/Pigeon, 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 The Color Corps from Pope John XXIII Assembly 1536 led the 23rd annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross, hosted by Fr. Victor J. Renaud Council 3292, Plymouth Michigan Color Corps members participating were: rear row (L-R) Mike Shesterfirn, Jim Pryce, Bill Arkesteyn, Richard Fullmerhouser, Dan Timmerman,. Front row (L-R) Ken Pietryga, Joe Lenze, Dennis Lipski Council 3092 Fish Fry State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink working a Fish Fry at his home parish.

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