A Message From Your State Deputy Robert W. Fox

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: All Articles      

My brother knights, ladies and families.

On behalf of my fellow state Officers, wives and families I extend my thanks to everyone who attended the installation of officers and District Deputies. It was a great weekend.

Now that summer is gone it's time to plan for gearing up membership. All those who were "gone" for the summer are back and councils should be at full strength. Time to start to do the work of the Order. 

The October Church Drive is approaching and you should have a plan in place. I heard of a district that was not doing the drive because of the fall MI drive and help would be limited. What a perfect time for a Church Membership Drive! Everyone around town will be aware of the Knights, including your fellow parishioners, you just need to ask. If help is the problem what about getting the youth involved in the MI drive? What about your other council members, you know, the ones waiting for someone to ask them to help. Train others in the council so that getting help is never a problem.

My goal for this month is 275 new members. Remember one member per council per month? If we did that, 275 is a snap. We could have twice that if we only applied it.

When recruiting, remember to explain that our programs are really a form of Evangelism reaching out to our fellow man. We, as Catholics, are challenged by our Holy Father to do just that. The Knights are a Faith based organization always have been always will be. It's time to start walking the walk. Once the person is initiated be sure to use the member interest form to find out his interests and the interests of his family. Get him involved, get the whole family involved.

I recently received word from Supreme that Michigan has winners in the International Service Program Awards. Congratulations  to Holy Family Council 10992 a third place International winner for their Benefit BBQ Also to Anchor Bay Council #5981 a 5th place International winner for their Onion Bag Food Drive and to Richard Council #788 for their fifth place award for their Pinewood Open. Also congratulations to Fr. George Ging Council #6824, a second place winner for their firewood cutting and distribution. Great job Brothers and families that were involved. Too the other councils around the state please submit your projects, you never know what will come of it.  The awards will be presented at the Tribute dinner.

May God bless each of you and your families. 

Good luck with the Church Membership Weekend and the fall MI Drive. 

One Member per Council per Month

Vivat Jesus

2015 Polar Plunges to Benefit Special Olympics of Michigan

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 11/05/2014 Under: Community      

Shown below is one of many regional Polar Plunges to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan. Come show your Knights Spirit by raising some money for a great cause and showing off your ability to swim in the winter! Please consider this event, or supporting others in your region. Check the SOMI website for other plunges throughout the State!

Vivat Jesus,

Paul Palka
State Director of Special Olympics
Address 40882 Hamilton Dr.
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Cell 586-980-7910
Home 586-446-9698

 2015 Polar Plunge   2015 Polar Plunges Pictures U of M

People poured ice water over their heads in the summer but here's the real challenge....jumping into icy water in winter for Special Olympics Michigan! 

When: February 15, 2015

We want to see you and your friends take the plungewith hundreds of others from the metro Detroit area all to benefit Special Olympics Michigan. 

What: It is a team or individual fundraising event where zany and courageous participants dress up in costume and prepare to plunge, ready tojump in and freeze their fur for a good cause. Funds can be raised by collecting pledges from friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. 

Where: University of Michigan's Plunge is held in the Big House right on the 50 yard line.

This year's goal is $140,000 and we can't do this without YOU! 

Timeline: Registration begins at 11:30 am Plunging begins at 1:00 pm

Post-Plunge Party begins immediately after the PLUNGE! 

For more information and to register please visit: https://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/UofM


Red Bag Food Collection Program

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: Community      

Red Bag Food Program

  1. Mark on the handle "Return to Grand Knight".
  2. Take bag to all events and council meetings, be sure to publish/announce that you will be collecting food there.
  3. Weigh the bag and report donation amount om MI-20 each quarter.
  4. Place bag in the food collection basket/box at church.
  5. Return to line two and repeat as often as possible.

Good luck and thank you for feeding the hungry in your community!

Michael Wegener State Community Activities Director Sig

Urban Harvest

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: Community      


  • Select a weekend.
  • Select a neighborhood.
  • Put a flyer at each house one week before explaining the drive and the recipient.
  • Go door to door and collect food.
  • Weigh and report the results.
  • Distribute to the recipient.

A Message From Your State Advocate William H. Chasse

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: All Articles      

As I write this I realize it's that time of year when school is about to start and I want to wish everyone going back to school a very successful new school year. 

It has been a busy start of the New Year for the Knights of Columbus and I would like to thank all the Knights of Columbus members that attended the Diocesan meeting this summer for their understanding and willingness to change. 

As we move forward, in life we will encounter many changes, we must remember that it is not what we do with the changes, but how we respond to them. Changes are important in life; changes make life better and gives us a chance to see how things can be done for the better of the order. 

Over the last three months I have received many calls about Building Corporations. Please remember the common answer is; we need to make sure the public sees two different entities and the Knights of Columbus do not own buildings. Councils that belong to a Building Corporation remember you must have separate checking accounts; Monies do not comingle between council and corporations. All Corporations must have their liquor license in the Corporation's name not in the Council's name. Many building Corporations have made the changes that were asked by Supreme, Thank you for your understanding and for making the necessary changes. 

I have come to see the many different responsibilities of the State Advocate's role with many different questions and concern s from councils and members. I will try my best to answer all questions as soon as possible and if I can't help you immediately, I promise to get back with you within a few days. 

I would like to thank my mentor State Treasure Tony Vittorini, with his guidance the transition into the State Advocate's role was very smooth. I would also like to thank our State Deputy Bob Fox and our State Secretary Ken Unterbrink for all of the help and guidance this past year. 

Marybeth & I would like to wish you a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a very happy, healthy and successful New Year. 

Vivat Jesus

A Message From Your State Chaplain Rev. Ronald D. Hutchinson

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: All Articles      

"Much obliged" is an old fashioned phrase first note din the Old Oxford English Dictionary in the sixteenth century. Over the centuries, the phrase has lost some of its richness. Originally, it meant to be bound to a person by ties of gratitude. Today, the phrase is more often used as an automatic response to someone who has performed a perfunctory service. Unfortunately, this practice does not convey the sense of truly being bound to each other by gratitude. What a loss! Because of that loss, many people understand the word obligation as a burden rather than a commitment and duty that flows from a relationship. Obligation is a form of indebtedness that comes from within the heart of a relationship.

Think of the obligations that make for a rich family life. A parent does not say, "I wonder if I have to feed my children this week?" Husbands and wives carry out a myriad of obligatory tasks in service to each other during the course of a week and never ask, "Do I have to?" In loving relationships, we are grateful for the gift of each other and we express that gratitude by doing right actions because we want to do so. Obligatory behaviors grow out of communication, intimacy, and personal and communal relationships. These examples can help us reflect on our "obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2041).

The heart of Sunday obligation is gratitude. The world Eucharist means "to give thanks." We gather each week because we are "much obliged" to God — for everything. This obligation is not an automatic response to someone who has performed a perfunctory service. We come together to "give thanks" to God, our Father who is the source of all life and creations, and to Jesus, God's Son who gave us eternal life through his death on the cross that is made present in every Mass as we participate again in Christ's death and resurrection through the Eucharist.

Each time we "attend Mass," we bring our lives, our very selves, to the Eucharist. We gather together as a community, grateful to have each other as fellow pilgrims in faith and grateful to be nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ. Just as the relationships and obligations in families are nurtured and strengthened by intimacy and communion, so too does our participation in the Eucharist nurture and strengthen our relationship with the Trinity. Food nourishes our body in the same way that our participation in Holy Communion nourishes our spirit and unites us together as individuals and as a community in Christ. Acting on our Sunday obligation of being "much obliged" gives us reason to be "more obliged" in the most authentic sense of obligation.

Vivat Jesus!

Charitable Giving

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: All Articles      

Brother Knights and Ladies:

I am not here to bore you with a longwinded article. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a man of few words. I will not beat around the bush. The Michigan State Council needs your help. If you think about why you belong to the Knights of Columbus, Faith, Family, and Charity must come to mind. We are here to help the downtrodden and less fortunate. Our great Jurisdiction has a long history of helping many charities. Charities and foundations think of the Michigan Knights of Columbus first and foremost when they are looking for help. This is something we should be proud of, Brother Knights.

Our biggest fundraiser for Michigan charities, traditionally, is the State Membership Raffle. Unfortunately, the support for the raffle is at an all-time low. We, as Knights, should never have to turn away someone that needs our help. It is why we ARE Knights. It’s time to stop the bleeding, and reestablish ourselves as the leader, STATEWIDE, in Charitable giving.

You will definitely hear more from me over the next several months. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (313)779-1348 or at M.Kozakiewicz@MIKofC.org. I am hopeful that we can do what we know is right, and reinvigorate the State Membership Raffle.

Vivat Jesus!

Michael A. Kozakiewicz

Keep Christ in Christmas

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 11/09/2014 Under: Community      

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KCIC Michigan will kick off the 2014 season with a challenge to every Council in Michigan. Let this be the year that the True message of Christmas is Preached and Heard by all. This First is a day of Honor to Christ. Second, a day for Family, and Third, an Opportunity to Share the Christmas Message. Knights are uniquely positioned to make this happen and you can Leverage your Community Influence to make a difference in a very Positive way. 1/ Find out who the contact person is for the Billboard company that serves your community. Meet with, and find out what their Public Relations program is all about. 2/ Arrange for a KCIC Billboard to be posted for the month of December displaying your Parish name and Council name. 3/ Order the KCIC Billboard poster stock from KCIC Michigan. 4/ Purchase a starter case of Keep Christ in Christmas Cards and sell them after Masses the 4 weeks before Christmas. Profits from the Card sales should come pretty close to paying for your Billboard, and you get to infuse the True message of Christmas into your Community.

Your Council will be mailed further information by mid-summer. Plan NOW to engage the Community with the REAL Christmas message, the one that keeps Christ as the focal point of Christmas. Use your influence as Knights of Columbus to stand against the secularization and the dumbing down of our Holy Christmas season. And remember: it is NOT a holiday, it is a Holy Day.

SK Ken Watterson
Bishop Albers Assembly 0496

Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 11/22/2014 Under: All Articles      

The Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary is funded by the Knights of Columbus and named after its founder, Father Michael J. McGivney. This video focuses on the important work being done through the Chair of Life Ethics, and in particular by its chair holder, Dr. Janet Smith, to help ensure that future priests are being trained now and will have a good solid foundation in life ethics. 

Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics Video

Fr. Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics Video (Download)

State Membership Director Article Douglas D. Kokot

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: All Articles      

Greetings Brothers and Ladies:

The first quarter is already behind us. We are off to a slow start but I am confident that we will gain momentum. The response to our FOCUS ON FAITH has been well received. This focus will help lead to new membership opportunities and to the ultimate goal of "One New Member per Council per Month".

We have conducted two church drives so far this year. Properly conducted Church drives are a tried and proven method in reaching the men of our parishes. However, there are many other methods that also have proven to be successful in reaching out to our catholic men. Recruiting during Knights sponsored events, parish social events, youth activities and other such events is an excellent way to reach out to catholic men. Our goal is to give every catholic man the opportunity for membership in our order so that they too have the opportunity to grow in faith. Our Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, said it best; "We have the moral obligation to offer every eligible catholic man the opportunity of membership in the Knights of Columbus. By doing this, we will strengthen the vitality of our councils, we will build a greater future for our order, we will brighten the lives of so many who need our help and we will better the lives of our new brother Knights."

Let me highlight some of the incentives program the state has launched this fraternal year. We know most Knights don't do the work of the order for recognition. They do it because of their desire to contribute to an organization that exemplifies the belie fs and values that are important to them. That being said, it is important for an organization to acknowledge the efforts of its membership.  Our new program is titled "Reach for the Ring". This is how it works:

  *  For your first new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.
  *  For your second new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus portfolio.
  *  For your third new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.
  *  For your fourth new member, you will receive a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  *  For your fifth new member, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your efforts.
  *  For your sixth new member, you will receive a Knights of Columbus ring.

 Membership Incentives Program 2014

In addition to the above awards, Grand Knights that achieve Star Council will also receive a Knights of Columbus ring awarded at the end of the fraternal year.

District Deputies, there has been a change in the requirement for you to receive a Knights of Columbus ring. The original requirement was for your district to achieve and All Star District, meaning that all of your councils needed to achieve Star Council. It is no longer required that your district be an All Star District, Star District will qualify you for a Knights of Columbus ring after at the end of the fraternal year.

A note about the rings, I have been asked if they are gold or are they plastic… They are metal. They look sharp and you will be proud to show it to your brother knights.

In addition to the State incentive, Supreme has also added a lapel pin recognition. When a council achieves Star Council, the Grand Knight, Council Membership Director and the Council Program Director will receive a lapel pin with the year and their position on it. It will also indicate how many stars the council has achieved (See below).

Supreme Membership Incentives Program 2014

New Ultrasound

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: Right to Life      

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On Aug 14 the Grand Rapids Diocesan Knights dedicated a new ultrasound for the HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid center in Grand Rapids. Shown in the photo are DD Garret Kelenske, State Culture of Life Director Paul Thorn presenting the Diocesan check to HELP Executive Director Paula Venesklase. Shown with her are some of the staff HELP.

Special Days Camp

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/14/2014 Under: Family      

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State Deputy & State Advocate presenting a check from the
GR Diocesan Knights of Columbus Family Day at the White Caps 50/50 ticket raffle to Jim Carey.

On June 29th Knights and their families joined together to enjoy a fraternal day at Fifth Third Ballpark watching the White Caps.  During the game 50/50 tickets were sold raising money for charity. This year the benefactor was the Special Days Camp held at Camp Pendalouan this summer. They treat children with cancer to a week at camp. Because of the illness of the campers special needs are provided from supervision, medication and necessary medical attention. Director Jim Carey invited the State Deputy, State Warden, the State Program Director and wives to tour the facility and enjoy time spent with the campers during lunch. After lunch the check of $1200.00 was presented to Jim Carey. This is a special place serving special kids. Information can be found on their website www.specialdays.org.

42nd Annual March for Life

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 10/20/2014 Under: Right to Life      

42nd Annual March for Life
Washington, D. C.
Michigan State K of C Agenda

Departs: Council 788 in Lansing:  5:00 p.m., January 21, 2015
Departs:  St. Mary Church in Chelsea:  6:30 p.m., January 21, 2015
Arrive:  Basilica, Washington D.C.:  7:00 a.m. Mass, Jan 22, 2015
Meet:  March staging area:  11:30 a.m., January 22, 2015
After March:  Depart for Hampton Inn, Old Towne Alexandria, Va
Cost for Hampton Inn:  $109 per room plus tax for up to 4 people
Reservations:  Call Hampton Inn directly at 1-703-329-1400
Place on your credit card
Rooms under Michigan State Knights of Columbus
Depart: Hampton Inn:  8:00 a.m., January 23, 2015
Estimated Arrival:  Chelsea – 6:30 p.m.  Lansing – 8:00 p.m.
Cost of Bus:  $110.00 per person
Make check for bus payable to:
Michigan State Knights of Columbus

Mail to: Paul and Sue Thorn
  768 Lockmoore Ct.
  Rochester Hills, Mi 48307

Phone Inquiries:  248-852-1758 or 248-709-9761 

Email:  p.thorn@mikofc.org 

Deadline for Reservations:  December 15, 2014

2015 Raffle To Benefit Holy Cross Childrens Services

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 11/13/2014 Under: All Articles      

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Please consider donating to the 2015 Raffle for Holy Cross Children Services on Mackinac Island. With your continued support we are able to supply much needed funds for those women and children in need. Donations as well as volunteers are needed to make this year's raffle a success.

Please follow the link to both Raffle Donation Form and Volunteer Information.

Thank you,
Marybeth Chasse

St. Francis Camp on the Lake Wild Game Dinner 2015

Publised by: Dane Jurkovic On: 11/12/2014 Under: All Articles      

St. Francis Camp WGD 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Doors open @6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m.

$45.00 in advance (until Jan. 9, 2015) $50.00 at the door

Tables of Ten $400 (until Jan. 9, 2015 $450 after)

Includes: Draft Beer-Cash Bar Available- 50/50’s – Silent Auction - Gun Raffle – Duck Shoot Contest

Dinner includes
Deep Fried Frog Legs,
Elk Sausage w/ peppers and onions,
Venison Stew, Turkey Wild Rice Stir Fry,
Pasta and Chili w/Venison and Buffalo
Red Skins, Vegetable and Cheese Cake
Coffee or Tea
PGC, PGK, PFN Russ Kreinbring,
and President St. Francis Camp
SN, BK Russ Smith, Executive Director
Ken Unterbrink , K of C State Secretary
BK, SN, Camp Board Member
VSC, Eddie Smith, Camp Board Member






License N0 C25801 www.saintfranciscamp.org


For Ticket Information
Russ Kreinbring 586-292-4589 - Larry Grabowski 313-268-5001 - Gary DeCarlo 586-436-0121  

DeCarlos (01)

6015 E. 10 Mile Rd. Warren, MI (586) 759 - 6500

PLEASE - make checks payable to St. Francis Camp on the Lake 


St. Francis Camp on the Lake WGD 2015 Flyer