Council Meeting Location Changed For February

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/30/2016 (68 Hits)      

The regular business meeting of Council #788 will be held at St. Vincent’s Home in the Chapel at the regular time of 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. The reason for the change is due to the Fat Tuesday Dinner and we hope as many members as possible will be able to attend our meeting at this location.  

Fat Tuesday Polish Dinner (February 9th)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/28/2016 (23 Hits)      

Fat Tuesday

Polish Dinner


5300 N. Grand River Lansing, MI 48906

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2016    4:00pm to 7:00pm

$10.00 per person; ALL WELCOME 

Come & enjoy

Home Made Kielbasa & Sauerkraut, 

Cabbage Rolls, City Chicken, 

Potatoes & Gravy 


Invite Your Friends & Family

517 321 2209

*Carry Out Available*

Eucharistic Ministers (February 21st)

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/29/2016 (22 Hits)      

Rick Smith
Mark DeWitt
John Book
Mike Wegener
Dave Barker
Michelle Barker
John Leabu
Casey Griggs
Dan Beachnau
Dave Luedtke
Jay Corey
R. J. Kussmaul

The Francis ODonnel Project

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/31/2016 (54 Hits)      

My Brother Knights and Lovely Ladies,

Vivat Jesus !! We have just completed another successful Francis O’Donnell project and we are ready to start a New Year of Charity. For those of you, who have not heard of our Francis O’Donnell project, let me explain. The Project was started in 1986 and has undergone a few changes since its inception. During the 1992-1993 Fraternal Year, Deputy Grand Knight Al Boucher and his wife Marian took over the reigns as Chairpersons and have run this project up until this past year, when Al asked to step down due to health reasons. After acting as Al’s right hand man for the past several years, our Worthy Grand Knight Ken Morrison asked me to take over in that role. We were happy to have Marian stay on this year as the liaison between the Knights and the Ladies Auxiliary, who help us immensely. We have 2 members of the Ladies Auxiliary who have volunteered to take Marian’s place next year, so we can continue this worthy project.

In a nutshell, we adopt 24 Families of the “Working Poor”. We receive names from Capital Area Social Services, which acts as a clearing house for these projects, making sure that no family is double dipping. They fill out paperwork, asking them for a wish list of presents for each member of the family, including adults. Depending on the money that we raise, an amount is figured for each person and the Ladies Auxiliary takes these names and shops for these presents, wrap the gifts and bring them down to Columbus Hall. Meanwhile, another group of Volunteers does the food shopping. We supply a week’s worth of food to each family, along with a $25.00 Meijer’s gift certificate to buy meat, such as ham or turkey for their Christmas meal. Some years, we have local Vendors donate either money or food to our cause. Meijer’s has usually participated in this project to some extent.

Donations are solicited from our Council and Assembly Brothers and their Families, so this Project is almost solely self-funded by our Council. The term “Working Poor” means these families have jobs but because of the wages they earn, they are still considered at poverty level. These Families would probably have a Christmas without us, but we like to think that the Knights of Columbus support offers a much nicer Christmas than what they would normally experience. Another group of Volunteers amass on the Sunday before Christmas and make the deliveries each year. What a wonderful day that turns out to be. Most of these families are so appreciative of the gifts and food that they are receiving from us, and some are embarrassed, but a tremendous feeling permeates each one of the drivers that day. This is the Charity that gladdens the heart of the giver. I would like to thank all of the volunteers for making this Project another successful one. The Ladies who shop, the Volunteer Drivers, the helpers who pack the boxes of food and help load up for each Family. This is a project where we get more than we give. I would especially like to thank Past Grand Knight Al and Marion Boucher for their excellent work over the past 24 years. We all owe them a great deal of gratitude. Believe me; I now know how much they have worked over these years.

Lastly, our donations were down somewhat this year. We will gladly still accept any monies that come our way and will put them to good use next year. If you were meaning to donate to this Project and for some reason were unable, please feel free to send in a check to Columbus Hall with the Francis O’Donnell Project written on the memo line. Nothing will go to waste.

God Bless you all,
PGK, PFN Dave Luedtke
Francis O’Donnell Project Chairman

February Knight of the Month

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/01/2016 (56 Hits)      

Congratulations to Bob McDonald as our Knight of the Month.

February Family of the Month

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 02/01/2016 (53 Hits)      

Congratulations to Dave & Nancy Luedtke our Family of the Month.

February Newsletter Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic on 01/27/2016 (97 Hits)      

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