Get Out the Vote

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/13/2020 Under: All Articles (198 Hits)      

                          SD Winkle Get out the Vote

Brother Knights, one of the reasons why Michigan leads the entire country in reducing abortions is because of strong prolife partnerships.  At the top of that list is our working relationship with the Michigan Catholic Conference, the Michigan Bishops and Right to Life of Michigan.

By working together, we have compiled a list of prolife accomplishments that is without parallel.

But today I am reaching out to you with an urgent request.  There are just a few weeks left before we vote in the August 4th primary election.  Regrettably, many of our fellow citizens neglect to vote in August and sometimes even in November.

That is a big mistake!  Elections have serious consequences!

Please do not underestimate the importance of the August 4th primary vote.  Many key races will be decided in August, making the November general election a mere formality in these districts.

In preparation for the August 4th primary election, Right to Life of Michigan PAC has thoroughly vetted and then endorsed 297 prolife candidates from virtually every corner of our great state.

Given the importance of this historic election year, I would urge you to do your best to encourage your fellow Knights, to not only vote on August 4th, but to help get out the vote!

Identifying endorsed prolife candidates in your community is simple.  Go to and follow the prompts.  Once at the website, you can print your personalized ballot of endorsed candidates.  Then you can make copies and distribute freely. You can also send the website to your entire address book.  There are endless ways to get the word out!

I would also encourage you to reach out to your local Right to Life affiliate and offer your assistance as they attempt to mobilize the community to stand up for the unborn child.  Time is running out, please act today.

Rise up and Answer the Call! 

SD Walter Winkle Jr.

RTL Petition Drive update

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/15/2020 Under: All Articles (205 Hits)      

Planned Parenthood Challenges Petition Drive Signatures Again

On July 13, Planned Parenthood issued an expected challenge to the second sample of signatures for the Michigan Values Life petition drive to end dismemberment abortions.

The second sample added an additional 1,371 signatures to be checked. Of the total 1,871 signatures that will determine the final validity of our petition drive, Planned Parenthood is claiming 298 are invalid—only an 84% validity rate.

Based on the original total we submitted—before hundreds of petitions were thrown out for really nitpicky reasons like torn corners and pin-prick holes—our petition drive needs a 90% validity rate to have 340,047 valid signatures.

It’s still unclear exactly how many signatures are needed to survive the second sample. Planned Parenthood’s legal paperwork indicated the Bureau of Elections added back 405 petitions that were improperly thrown out, but there is no indication yet of how many signatures were in those petitions. Strangely, nearly all of our communications to the Bureau of Elections went unanswered since the Board of State Canvassers decision on June 18 to recheck our petition drive.

On July 9, Planned Parenthood also made a frivilous complaint to the Bureau of Elections, demanding that people who made mistakes signing this petition drive be investigated for fraud. Keep in mind this is the same Planned Parenthood that killed a women following an abortion at their Kalamazoo facility in 2016, and nothing was ever done about it.

Now that the challenge has been issued, we have until the Board of State Canvassers meeting on July 24 to revive as many signatures as possible.

In the first sample, many of Planned Parenthood’s challenges were not accepted by the Bureau of Elections, but there were other typical errors the Bureau itself flagged, particularly voter registration problems. The first sample of 500 signatures had an 89% validity rate.

We will keep you updated! Right to Life of Michigan

July 2020 MI Columbian

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/14/2020 Under: All Articles (224 Hits)      

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To view the latest Michigan Columbian click on the above logo.


2020 Michigan State Camporee

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/26/2020 Under: All Articles (286 Hits)      

Our State Camporee is scheduled for Friday August 21 through Sunday August 22 with checkout on August 23rd.

This year’s event will be the Mecosta Pines Campground located at 550 S. Tallcott St. in Morley, Mi approximently 40 miles north of Grand Rapids.

We have a limited number of sites available, 20 water and electric sites at $38 per night, and 8 full hookup sites at $41 per night.

 Please complete the registration form then, send the form and payment to me at 15893 Leonard Rd. Spring Lake, MI 49456, by no later than Saturday, August 1st. If you are interested in Full Hookup, please contact me at 616-329-0781 to confirm availability before completing the Registration Form. Remember that sites are first come first served. Please find the Registration Form and tentative schedule here.

 For those who do not camp or do not have a camper, there are several hotels within 15 miles of the campground, see Hotel List. If you decide to come and stay in a hotel you will need to contact the hotel directly for reservations. If you are staying at a hotel, please complete the Registration Form so we can include you in updates and make sure to come by my rig to register and get any handouts.

 Mecosta Pines offers many amenities and activities, plus we will be able to utilize their Outdoor Pavilion in the event of inclement weather. There also is an indoor gathering area available.

 Just to give a few highlights of what we are planning, we will be doing a Bean Bag Toss Tournament, Pot Luck, and Mass as we normally do, but we are also looking into the possibility having something for the kiddos, and maybe a Wine Tasting for the adults. If you have any ideas please forward them to me at or if you are interested in helping with any of our events for the Camporee please reach out to me, your help will be greatly appreciated.

My wife Ramona and I are planning to arrive at the campground Thursday, August 20th to begin getting things setup and to work with the campground staff. If you are interested in arriving Thursday or extending your stay, please contact me to let me know and contact the campground to make your reservation for the additional days only. Currently the plan is to have a Michigan KC Camper registration setup and also have 50/50 raffles, possibly some prize give-a-ways, etc.

 In years past the Michigan KC Campers hosted the KCIC event and we would love to be able to rebuild the group and get back to where we could bring the International Camporee back to Michigan in the future.

We are looking forward to this year’s Camporee and to rebuilding the Michigan KC Campers group. Lots of additional information to come before, during and after this year’s Camporee, so get your tent or camper ready and let’s make this a Camporee to remember and build upon.

tents & camper

Delta Drive & Council Growth Presentations

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/12/2020 Under: All Articles (317 Hits)      


Delta review screen  Jon Olson 

One of the main objectives of every council is to preserve its existence for years to come. To help you succeed in this task Supreme Regional Training Director Jon Olson  will be offering 2 presentations for you to attend. The 2 presentations are called Delta Church drive and Council Growth. The Delta drive is a method that councils all over the US and Canada have had great success in using to bring in members. It has changed within that last few months so if you have not attended one for a while you may want to attend just to review things.  The other presentation  is called Council Growth. This presentation answers the question we have all heard our brother mention when recruitment is brought up “why”. We as council leaders often forget to explain why we need members and why this helps my council.


Both of these sessions run under an hour and will have a Q&A after them. Please click here to register and Jon will send you a goto meeting link to attend the presentation or presentations you decided to attend. Thank you for your efforts this fraternal year. We all know it will be out of the normal way we have done things, but please remember that accomplishing things when they are not normal is when you know you have been truly successful.

Family Week

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/13/2020 Under: All Articles (199 Hits)      

Garret Kelenske 

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Family Activities. 




Cans for Seminarians

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/24/2020 Under: All Articles (182 Hits)      

Our challenge for the 2020/21 calendar year was born from one man’s dream to help boost donations to our seminarian fund.  As you know this fund was created so that no seminarian would have to forgo his calling due to lack of monies which happens to be one of the main issues for men to leave the seminary. We all have lots of cans at home and probably know of many in our parishes that also have cans. 

This challenge has been designed to function similar to the horse race, with three divisions based on council membership. The first part is a council competition which starts on July 1 and runs to September 24th. The object is for councils to collect those cans and turn them in for cash then build their donation fund to be turned in to the State Faith Director to be tracked in their division. 

The winner of each division will have their councils First and Second delegates to the state convention staying at the Grand Hotel. 

The second challenge is a District wide winner takes all competition with a great incentive prize to remain a secret to the end. I can guarantee it will be awesome! This will run from October 1 to June 15th. Let’s show our seminarians we have their back and start collecting those cans, we have a mission to fulfill.


Cans for Seminarians:  Tips for a Successful Drive With a


 *Ask Everyone in your Council for their help and their cans to reach our goal     

* Ask Your Friends and Neighbors for their help and cans, every little bit helps

* Talk with FR. about addressing the Parish for their help! Everyone likes to pitch in!

* Be organized, appoint a chairperson to track the funds and keep the drive alive!

* Remember to have FUN, after all that is what it is about, Brother Knights and their Families coming together to accomplish something Grand {as in Hotel} in showing our Seminarians that we support them 100% in helping them achieve their goals!   

*So, do not be shy and let’s round up those Cans for our Seminarians!!!

 For more information contact Charlie McCuen State Advocate at

Mich KC 61st Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/18/2020 Under: All Articles (233 Hits)      

Wednesday June 17, 2020 marked the dedication for the 61st Ultrasound Machine in Michigan which took place at Life Resources of Northern MI in Cadillac. 

Fr. Michael Janowski from St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac provided the opening prayer and blessed the Ultrasound machine.

61st ultrasound

In attendance, District Deputy Jon Bloemker who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Council #1224 GK Robert Harris, FS Frank Nixon and wife Rose, Treasurer Joe Pacella and wife Carol,  William Duley Sr. & William Duley Jr., and wife Terry, Bridget Roberts Executive Director, Beth Klimp RN, Denise Stamm RN, Ron Klimp Board Consultant, MI News 26, staff, and Brother Knights & ladies from neighboring Councils. Others in attendance Former MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.

Sponsoring Council: Cadillac Council #1224, along with help from neighboring Parishes & Councils #8556 & #16643.

Executive Director Bridget Roberts communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Council #1224 Treasurer Joe Pacella stated that fundraising wasn't an issue as everyone in the community understood the value and opportunity that Ultrasound provides. Tim & Cindy Donovan thanked everyone for their ongoing Passion for Life and encouraged the councils to stay in close contact with the Pregnancy center.

Fr. Christopher Jarvis concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational and memorable closing prayer.

Many thanks to all who participated and donated that may not be mentioned, please know that without all of you none of this would be possible.

And last but far from least, let us not forget Supreme Council Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has surpassed its original goal of 1,000 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines, now at 1255 Order wide.

You may view a list of the facilities the Michigan Knights have provided ultrasounds and the current opportunities here.                                               

 Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus                                                                                                

Michigan RTL Dinner 2020

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 04/10/2020 Under: All Articles (510 Hits)      

New Date Wednesday Sept. 23, 2020

6:00 p.m. Social Hour

7:00 p.m. Dinner Served

New Venue

San Marino Club

1685 E. Big Beaver Troy, Michigan 48083


 $50 Individual

  $475 Table of Ten

Register online by Sept 12 at


For more information contact Brad at

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  Reverend Father, Brother Knights, Ladies, all;

  On this day that we all mourn the death of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ we hope and pray that you and your families are healthy and safe.

 Today we have made the decision to postpone the Respect Life Banquet which was scheduled for April 27, 2020 to Wednesday September 23, 2020. The time and venue remains the same as previously communicated which are listed at the top left of this article.

 We realize that many may be fearful of attending any group events which was the main reason to push it out until September. For those of you that have reserved a table or a single reservation, you will be receiving communication from Brad Smith at RTL of Michigan informing you of this change. However, if you have not reserved a table or an individual reservation and would like to attend, please know that you can do so online at until September 12, 2020.

 This is a very difficult time for many and even more difficult for others, however on this most Holy of Holy Days let us not forget the Gift that we have been given by the Sacrifice that provided us Life.

 May God bless all of you!

 Tim & Cindy Donovan MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple

 William Chasse' MI K of C State Deputy

 Mike Slater


Mike Slater

Mike is a 33-year-old graduate of Yale University where he majored in history. His passion is to speak for the prolife movement at pregnancy resource center events. Mike also speaks at churches about the importance of properly-defined masculinity, and the role they are called to play in the prolife movement. 


Knights in Action at St. Louis Center

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/08/2020 Under: All Articles (228 Hits)      

Local Councils in Action

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/01/2020 Under: All Articles (17 Hits)      

 promote the activities of our local councils around the State, various council programs will be posted here.

 Send your stories of worthy council programs along with pics to


 St. Stephen Council 15691 Grand Rapids

15691 grounds work

Members of the Council at St. Stephens Parish spent a warmest morning of the year spreading mulch, trimming trees and bushes and cleaning up around the church and school grounds. Father Scott Nolan and transitional Deacon Noah Thelen pitched in also. In the pictures you will notice the Priest working and the Deacon trying to figure which end of the pitchfork to use lol.


 Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 Caledonia

fireworks food drive

Holy Family Church provides a great viewing area for the community fireworks display allowing everyone to use their parking lot which is next to the launch site.

Admission to the lot was a non-perishable food item which the members of the parish Knights collected and donated to the food pantry.

Over 500 pounds of food along with monetary donations of over $400.00 were collected in this unique & fun program to feed the hungry in the local area.


Msgr. Victor Gallagher Council 12668 Reed City

12668 Pro Life Bench

One of the projects this Council has been working on is 2 Pro Life benches to be placed at St. Ann and Mt. Olivet Cemetery's locally. The Knights belong to St Philip Neri parish in Reed City.

The dedication and Blessing will take place on Sunday July 5, 2020.



Sacred Heart Council 13475 Grosse Ile

 13475 Desert Meal 20


District 59 Jackson Area

Knights deliver food to Henry Ford Allegiance Health

 The five Jackson area councils in District 59 contributed $400 each to buy lunch and dinner for the two shifts of medical personnel at Henry Ford Allegiance Health on Friday May 15th.  The caterer is a Brother Knight from Council #609 in Jackson. 

 Five Jackson County Knights of Columbus councils donated meals to 212 health care providers at Henry Ford Allegiance Health last week.

 The $2,000 donation in food from the councils representing the parishes of Queen of the Miraculous Medal, St. John the Evangelist, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Joseph and St. Mary Star of the Sea. All food came from Mat's Cafe and Catering, 212 S Mechanic St. in downtown Jackson.

 "The five councils want to show our gratitude for those medical workers who have given so much to serving the entire Jackson community, our parishes and our parishioners," said Ben Dandrow, DD #59. "They have risked their lives daily, and we want to say thank you and God bless the work you do."Clapping hands 2

St Pius X Council 14598 Grandville


Members of the council worked as servers at a local restaurant for a fundraising event which raised more than $1500.00 for Building Bridges of Hope, a Catholic non-profit serving the Dominican Republic. The funds will help supplement the building of a medical clinic in a remote area of the country.


 John E. Kennedy Council 5460 Clinton Twp.

 5460 polish dinner