Council #13958 Feb. Mar. Newsletter

Published by: Gary VanRaalte on 01/28/2017 (453 Hits)    

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  St. Francis Council                                                                           


                 13958 Newsletter




Grand Knight Report -


         Brothers, as some of you may know, we have embarked on a new initiative for our council. The “Strategic Planning Committee” held their first meeting this past Tuesday (Jan.24th) . This committee consists of nine members from our council that are dedicated to making this great council even better! (We can always improve, right?) The intention of this committee is to develop a longer term operational blueprint for our council. This includes a “deep dive” look at what we do well and what we can improve upon. The process helps us to analyze our current status and develop a plan to make the council more effective in the Parish and the Community.




Right from the start of our meeting we realized in order set and meet goals we needed to have “Mission Statement” which we could work from. So I have copied our proposed “Mission Statement” which we will discuss at   the next business meeting held on Feb.19th @ 7:00PM in Conf. Room “A”




The prime objective of our strategic planning committee is to increase the overall productivity of our council .Currently, only about  20-25% of the 175 members are engaged in council volunteer work. We will be stronger and better positioned to support the parish and community with more KCs actively involved. It is also a main objective of our committee to explore new fund raising opportunities in order to facilitate our being able to continue with donations to worthy groups even when we will not have the kitchen/family center during church construction.




We all need to strive to be better, or we will become stagnant! Please help us in any way you can. We are open to ideas, all you have to do is call me @ (231) 883-3532 or e mail me




We will keep the council informed at every meeting as to our Ideas,plans,timelines !




Thank you, G.K. Gary VanRaalte









Knights Birthdays Februrary/March




02/03  Bradley  Parker


02/06  Phillip Parker


02/10  Rev. Anthony Cureton


02/10  Thomas VanSipe


02/12  Roger Sladek


02/13  Isaiic Healy


02/14  Francis DeMarsh


02/14  Gilbert Gauthier


02/15  Chris Grace


02/18  John Roeser


02/20  Donald Schopieray


02/28  Joseph Lamie






03/04  Raja Asava


03/06  Phillip Detloff


03/09  Rev. Ronald Gronowski


03/14  Steven Swan


03/17  Joshua Niewiadomski


03/22  Deacon Thomas Bousamra


03/26  Raymond Hosek


03/30  Trevor House






  Wishing all of our Knights with birthdays a very Happy & Blessed Birthday !!!!










             Officers 2016/2017




Grand Knight – Gary VanRaalte




Deputy Grand Knight – Al Henning




Chancellor – Ken Brzozowski




Warden – Francis “Skip” DeMarsh




Recorder – Al Svec




Advocate – Wayne Sterenberg




Treasurer – Greg Harrand




Financial Secretary – Dave Jodway




Trustee    Larry Herman




Trustee    Greg Ingold




Trustee    Howard Super




Chaplain   Rev. Fr. Kenneth Stachnik


Lecturer    Rev. Fr. Benjamin Rexroat







Calendar of Activities






02/04/17  Saturday


Father Fred Frostbite Food Drive !  contact Ken Brzozowski (269)598-0812








02/06/17  Monday Social Social :


  “Italian Night”


This will be an evening of information and photos from one of our Knights ,taken when our group from St. Francis was in Rome last fall for a pilgrimage.. Council will furnish Decaf Coffee,& water.


Please bring a Italian dish to pass! If your last name starts with: A—H  a main dish


      : I—P  Salad or appetizer


      :Q---Z  Dessert


Contact Al Henning: (231) 357-5490






02/11/17   “Early  Spring K. of C. Picnic   After the Saturday 4:00PM Mass   We will serve “plevalean burgers”,hot dogs, potatoe salad,Decaf Coffee,Lemonade,Water,Iced Tea, and cookies for dessert 


Contact :Sam Pratt 231 392 9111  or Rene’ Lebel 231 620 5473




02/18/17Saturday & 02/19/17Sun K. of C. Bake Sale after all weekend Masses..Contact: Richard Kras 231 421 1767






02/19/17 Sunday 5:30 PM


“Admissions Degree”  Christ the King Church


Ceremony starts @ 6:00PM,candidates must arrive by 5:30PM


Contact : Gary 231 883 3532






Business Meeting 7:00PM


Conf. Rom “A”






03/01/17  Start up of Forty Cans For Lent.  We will have a grocery cart stationed in the welcome area of the church for collection of non-perishable food items for our St. Francis Food Pantry






03/06/17  Social Night


Baby Shower , please bring baby clothes to help fill a dresser for the Pregnancy Care Center of Traverse City.We will provide the dresser! Decaf Coffee and Water will be available,please bring snacks to pass!






















Pancake Breakfast after both Sunday Morning Masses


Contact :Rene’ Lebel  231 620 5473








“Admissions Degree” 5:30PM Christ the King Church


Contact: Gary VanRaalte  231 883 3532




03/20/17 Monday Business Meeting  7:00PM  Conf. Room A    contact Gary VanRaalte


231 883 3532








We have a Facebook page,it is-- traverse city st. Francis knights of Columbus  


Check it out! We intend to keep it current with events and notices for our council!!