Support for the Holy Land

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/12/2017 Under: Church (158 Hits)      

Support for the Holy Land from All Michigan Councils

At the request of the State Chaplain and with the Support of the State Council and following the direction of the Supreme Knight who asks the Knights of Columbus Councils to support Christians of the Middle East:

The State Chaplain is asking all Councils to make one emergency check of support as their basic project in support of Our Brothers and Sisters.

These funds, which will receive receipts from the receiving agents will support the following initiatives: 

1) St. Joseph Patriarchal School in Bethlehem: The upper school has no furnace, cooling or proper fire protection. The Sisters of St Joseph there ask our help in funding replacement furnaces and safety devices.

2) Summer Programs for the children, who in these months are caught in conflicts between protests, the Israeli protection forces and retaliation for violence. The parishes provide summer programs for the children at the churches. One specific initiative has a traveling troop from parish to parish to provide for them half days much like our own Vacation Bible School Programs.

  Israeli school children

 These projects are time sensitive and I am asking Grand Knights to bring the support request to their councils immediately. Please send your checks, which should not exceed the amount that you are allowed to process that night from your Council funds to the Michigan State Council, Knights of Columbus and mail your check to the State Office at 6025 Wall St. Sterling Heights, MI 48312, and mark the check for the Holy Land Initiative.

Councils are free, and are encouraged to do more at a later date as this request represents only an emergency request for support at this time.

Vivat Jesus,

V. Rev. William J. Turner 

State Chaplain

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New Members Advocate Program

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/26/2017 Under: Council (7 Hits)      

 Do you want to retain more of your new members?

 Do you want to have more active members?

 Do you want to have more 2nd & 3rd & 4th Degree members?

 Do you want your new members to recruit more new members?

 Do you want to activate more of your old members who you haven’t seen in a while?

 Do you want a program that you can easily adapt to your council?

Then our new advocate program can help your council.

                            To view the Power Point presentation

                            of this new Retention program

                            click the logo to the right .......................> 

                            for link that will take you to

                            Retention Resources on our State website    

                            then look for Advocate Retention ppt     

Ex Perience of Lifetime logo 

  There are also many helpful items to help you initiate this program at Retention Resources including; Advocate Retention info sheet, Advocate Retention Council Activites list, Advocate Retention feed back survey, Shining Armor Award info & Advocate Retention new member questionaire.


Membership Horse Race Update

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/16/2017 Under: All Articles (134 Hits)      

Trackside with Mike Mal

Horse Race Logo

Now we are down to the last 2 weeks of racing in this quarter I have posted the results (6/14/17) of the top horses in each heat.  If you have any form 100’s now is the time to turn them in.

HEAT #1     HEAT #2     HEAT #3  
Council %   Council %   Council %
2198 180%   8710 78%   706 54%
10343 100%   3830 50%   2959 50%
15417 100%   13360 50%   609 46%
8441 75%   13362 50%   13453 46%
8785 75%   13983 50%   5280 43%
13115 75%   2724 45%   3092 41%
16223 75%   2569 38%   7418 40%
4141 67%   3848 38%   11957 40%
15204 67%   649 33%   4232 37%
      11811 33%   3257 35%
      14427 33%      
               

In HEAT #1: We still have a runaway with (Council #2198 at 180%) and pulling away from the field.  Two councils are neck and neck a few lengths behind. Can they catch the leader at the finish? Today you need 67% or better to even make the board.

In HEAT #2: This week (Council #8710 at 78%) has broken out of the pack coming out of the final turn. We have a pack of councils at 50%.  You need 33% or better still gets you on the board this week.

 

In HEAT #3:  We still have a grouping in the front. Who will break out for the win? Still too close to call This week 35% or higher will land you on the board.

 Now let’s take a look at the Diocesan & Bishop Race

                     Kalamazoo - 48%          Grand Rapids - 45%          Lansing - 45%

                  Detroit - 42%                 Gaylord - 38%                    Saginaw - 30%

                                                           Marquette - 13%

Kalamazoo still has a slight lead over Lansing and Grand Rapids.  Detroit had a good week and has an eye on the leaders.  Gaylord, Saginaw and Marquette are bringing up the back of the pack.  Two weeks to go who will get the top spot?

         man watching Mike Mal – Trackside   


SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/09/2017 Under: All Articles (355 Hits)      

At the Summer Leadership Meeting, there are five sessions of workshops.  Please sign up for one workshop in each session.  Click the link beside the workshop room that you like to attend.  It will take you to a Doodle link where you click “Participate” type in your name, check the box to the right and then click done.

Friday, June 30, 2017 9:00 p.m. (40 mins.)   Session One

 1. Linking Programs with Membership  Church / Culture of Life / Family Life

State Directors: Deacon Tom Arehart, Tim Donovan, Ed Strach

Room C (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/8swdvhzr5y232nyu

2. Linking Programs with Membership  Council / Community / Youth

State Directors: Larry Stopczynski, Kevin Rowley,

Tailgate Room (CC) https://doodle.com/poll/dhnz3geuhfnchinn

3. Evangelization: A Key to Membership Growth Building the Domestic Church

Deacon Wayne Slomiany, State Evangelization Dir.

Room B (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/aw8riqw3cvi7upwr

4. Membership Admission and Retention Talking Points / Round Table

Steve Jacek, State Retention Dir. Daniel Remeika, State Director

Room D/E (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/352k93cz4d9wvyyb

5. Degrees and Ceremonials

Gene Murawski, State Ceremonials Dir.

Walter Hagen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/qcxvqy5p4xgzpqzt

6. Motivating Members and Volunteers 

Ken Krause, State Membership Dir. Ed Nickel, Assistant Membership Dir.

Gene Sarazen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/5559yvuzqw4f4ubt

Friday, June 30, 2017 10:00 p.m. (40 mins.) Session Two

1. Linking Programs with Membership  Church / Culture of Life / Family Life

State Directors: Deacon Tom Arehart, Tim Donovan, Ed Strach

Room C (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/p7vhwvumzex8krmt

2. Linking Programs with Membership  Council / Community / Youth

State Directors: Larry Stopczynski, Kevin Rowley,

Tailgate Room (CC) https://doodle.com/poll/4r5asq6drxtgm927

3. Evangelization: A Key to Membership Growth Building the Domestic Church

Deacon Wayne Slomiany, State Evangelization Dir.

Room B (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/98kqm5qzkkrgmcd2

4. Membership Admission and Retention Talking Points / Round Table          

Steve Jacek, State Retention Dir. Daniel Remeika, State Director

Room D/E (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/gw4uw2e8kg3en8sf

5. Columbian Award Requirements

Dale Schaedig, State Program Dir.

Walter Hagen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/tifbi933bdsr4gwg

6. Motivating Members and Volunteers

Ken Krause, State Membership Dir.   Ed Nickel, Assistant Membership Dir.

Gene Sarazen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/q5wf93qdtwcxw8eu

Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 a.m. (40 mins.) Session Three

1. Developing Quality Service Program Submissions Featured Service Programs, Fraternal Planner

David Bergeman, Assistant Program Dir.

Room D/E (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/gnrnfvzqmhethx2v

2. Columbian Award Requirements

Dale Schaedig, State Program Dir.

Walter Hagen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/xhdpc37vt3qr8s2k

3. District Deputy Roles and Responsibilities

Thomas Wegener, PSD, Supreme Director

Room B (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/668syn79ruh2wrxr

4. A Winning Team: Insurance Agents and DDs

Dan Thelen and Don Wesley, Insurance General Agents

Gene Sarazen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/2v7shg8izk4ebdxi

5. Council/District Websites/Technology/Email

Dane Jurkovic, Technology Dir. Doug Kokot, AV and Email Dir.

Room C (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/ksguuqwue2hh7wa3

6. Public Relations as a Membership Tool Using Print and Social Media

Gary Merritt, State PR Director and Gary Kolbicz,   Michigan Columbian Editor

Tailgate Room (CC) https://doodle.com/poll/4dxhpnde4buz4k53

Saturday, July 1, 2017 1:30 p.m. (40 mins.) Session Four

1. Linking Programs with Membership Special Olympics / Athletics

State Directors: Tom Turek, Mark Gaworecki

Walter Hagen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/9ec3qaw459ffascc

2. Linking Programs with Membership  Council / Community /Youth

State Directors: Larry Stopczynski, Kevin Rowley,

Room D/E (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/mynxetaxbsx75tzu

3. Council/District Websites / Technology

Dane Jurkovic, Technology Dir. Doug Kokot, AV and Email Dir.

Room C (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/kr69icikzx8ph37x

4. Legal Issues - Bylaws, Fraternal Issues, Form 990, Legal Questions

Walter Winkle, State Advocate, Don Chadwick, State Auditor, Fred Boncher, Legal Council

Tailgate Room (CC) https://doodle.com/poll/prncifw3s5hasaua

5. Effective District Meetings

Rich LeMay, DD

Room B (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/nbr56uqexyc5p7aq

6. Developing Leadership / Public Speaking: Membership Enhancement

Ken Krause and Ed Nickel

Gene Sarazen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/uzg6a23wy9qw8v6g

Saturday, July 1, 2017 2:30 p.m. (40 mins.) Session Five

1. Linking Programs with Membership Church / Culture of Life / Family Life

State Directors: Deacon Tom Arehart, Tim Donovan, Ed Strach

Walter Hagen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/mu2ue837q94ur7fm

2. Columbian Award Requirements

Dale Schaedig, State Program Dir.

Meeting Room D/E (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/qisv339ni5c3nv98

3. Council/District Websites / Technology / Email

Dane Jurkovic, Technology Dir. Doug Kokot, AV and Email Dir.

Room C (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/t8iqrzg2spyp8nms

4. Effective District Meetings

Rich LeMay, DD

Room B (ML) https://doodle.com/poll/s3459dwqwqvdyv57

5. What Would You Do: Challenging DD Situations

Ken Krause and Ed Nickel

Gene Sarazen Room (HH) https://doodle.com/poll/3yrz3h78s8x2ba8w

6. NCD and Council Reactivation

Mike Lewis, New Council Development Dir.

Tailgate Room (CC) https://doodle.com/poll/u78x5qxwdxhpemf7


2017 Summer Diocesan Meeting Schedule

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/08/2017 Under: Council (342 Hits)      

 Michigan State Council

 Saginaw: July 6, Thursday

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m., Meeting Starts at 7 p.m.

 Fr. Van Rooy Council 2740, 1021 Woodside Ave., Essexville, MI 48732

Marquette: July 7, Friday,

 Dinner at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Program Presentations

 Attendees are invited to stay Friday night

Marquette: July 8, Saturday

 Registration 8 a.m., Membership Presentations 8:30 a.m.

 Marygrove Retreat Center, 6411 State St., Garden, MI

 Attendees are invited to stay Friday night

Gaylord: July 9, Sunday

 Mass at the Cathedral at 9 a.m.

 Registration and Lunch 10:30 a.m., Meeting Starts at 11:00 a.m.

 St. Mary Council Hall, 2763 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord, MI 49735

Detroit West & South: July 12, Wednesday

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m., Meeting Starts at 7 p.m.

 Fr. Patrick O’Kelley Council 3860, 23663 Park, Dearborn, MI 48128

Kalamazoo: July 13, Thursday

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m., Meeting Starts at 7 p.m.

 St. Catherine of Siena parish, 1150 W. Centre St., Portage, MI 49024

Grand Rapids: July 14, Friday

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m., Meeting Starts at 7 p.m.

 St. Charles Council 2084, 505 S. Lafayette St., Greenville, MI 48838

Lansing: July 17, Monday

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m. Meeting Starts at 7:00 p.m.

 St. John of Hartland Council 8169, St. John the Baptist Church,  2099 N.Hacker Rd Howell, MI 48855

Detroit East & North: July 18, Tuesday

 St. Hubert Council 11658, 38751 Prentiss, Harrison Twp. 48045

 Registration and Meal 6 p.m., Meeting Starts at 7 p.m.

  Councils are asked to invite their members to attend, but specifically Grand Knights, Deputy Grand Knights, Program and Membership Directors and Financial Secretaries to the meeting in their diocese. If there are schedule conflicts, members can attend meetings in other areas / dioceses. Meeting times, locations, registration and meal information is included in the attachment.

 The meetings will again be structured with separate membership and program presentations that will run at the same time, thus multiple council members need to attend to gain information about all topics.

 Grand Knights, Membership and Program Directors should bring their Membership and Program Leadership Guide binder that they received last fraternal year to the meeting, so the new materials can be inserted in them. The binder containing these materials should be given to those serving in these positions in the new fraternal year.

 In addition councils should complete the Membership Recruitment / Program Action Plan (MI-19) form (located on the Michigan State Council website under Resources / Council Forms) and the Major Recruitment Activity form that is attached and bring three copies of each to the meeting for their DD, Diocesan and Program Directors. Prior planning using these forms helps achieve a successful year of quality programs and membership growth.

 Contact Diocesan Membership and Program Directors with questions about the meetings.

 The State leadership looks forward to meeting council leaders as we begin a new fraternal year.

 Vivat Jesus! Ken Krause State Membership Director


Cardinal Simoni speaks on Catholic persecution

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/16/2017 Under: All Articles (220 Hits)      

Cardinal Ernest Simoni, who endured 28 years in communist labor camps in Albania, delivers the homily during Mass at St. Paul Albanian Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, Mich., March 19.

The 88-year-old priest suffered nearly three decades of torture, imprisonment and forced labor at the hands of Albania’s 20th-century communist regime. Today, he stands as a living symbol of those persecuted by Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha’s brutal dictatorship, which outlawed the practice of religion for all Albanians in 1967.

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“Christianity is no joke; it is not a game,” Cardinal Ernest Troshani Simoni said during his homily March 19. “It is a very serious matter. You have to know Christ and choose Christ. As he himself says, ‘Without me you can do nothing.’”

Archbishop Vigneron 

During his visit to Michigan March 18-19, Cardinal Simoni was the guest of honor at a Saturday evening dinner at St. Paul Albanian Parish  in Rochester Hills, which drew local Albanians and others, including State Deputy Kenneth B. Unterbrink. Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron attended and said he was “blessed to spend the evening with a true hero of the faith.” 

Cardinal Simoni with SD

Cardinal Simoni is pictured here with Michigan State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink and members of Fr. Gjergi Fishta Council 10343 in Rochester Hills, Mi. shortly after he became the council's honorary 100th member on March 18, 2017.

The article in The Michigan Catholic may be viewed here.

The article in the Supreme Columbian Magazine may be viewed here.


Supreme Knights Video at 2017 State Convention

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 06/06/2017 Under: All Articles (347 Hits)      


*If your using Microsoft Internet Explorer you might need to install VP8 codec (get it here).


117th Annual Mi State Convention Awards Presentation

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 06/01/2017 Under: All Articles (366 Hits)      

Program Awards opening slide 17

The power point presentation of this years convention awards presentation can be found under Resources/Manuals and Documentation/Council Materials. Click here and then look for Awards Presentataion Convention 17.


Proposer Incentive Award

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/29/2017 Under: All Articles (321 Hits)      

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

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Michigan State Council Tiger Day 17

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 05/04/2017 Under: Community (373 Hits)      

Detroit Tigers Vs Minnesota Twins Saturday August 12, 2017.

The 2017 Michigan Knights of Columbus Day is scheduled for Saturday August 12 against the Central Division rivals the Minnesota Twins. First pitch-6:10 P:M.

As in previous years all ticket requests must be sent to the State Director of Special Projects & Athlectics Mark Gaworecki.

Do not send ticket request to the Tiger box office.

This year once again we will have tickets in the baseline box seat area along the right field line and in the mezzanine area. The Lower Baseline Box Seats are $46.00 each and the Mezzanine Seats are $28.00 each. The price of the tickets to you are the same as the State Council pays the Tigers.

Since there are no fireworks scheduled after the game tickets are priced slightly less this year.

We currently have 200 box seats & 200 Mezzanine seats for sale to our brother Knights for this Saturday evening game.

To order tickets download the order form here: 17 Tiger tics order

Tiger logo     Deadline to order tickets is Friday July 14, 2017   Twins logo

 


Columbian Award SP-7

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/14/2016 Under: All Articles (729 Hits)      

 Columbian Award Changes 

Please note that Supreme Council has made a change in the requirements for the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7).  The new requirement specifies that four of the programs have to be designated as Domestic Church programs. For a list of the qualified Domestic Church programs as designated by Supreme Council please see the attached “Columbian Award Changes for the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year” or visit kofc.org/domesticchurch.  The updated Columbian Award Application (Form SP7) now has a check box on the left hand side of the form to designate the four selected Domestic Church programs.

The selected Domestic church programs can be added the Quarterly MI-1 Report by selecting “Add Program” at the end of each list of selected programs in the six different activities categories.  Please contact your Diocesan Program Director or State Program Director Dale Schaedig  if you have any questions about the new requirements.

 COLUMBIAN AWARD CHANGES FOR THE 2016-2017 FRATERNAL YEAR

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, each council must be even more fully integrated with our Catholic 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 are beacons of the new evangelization and that our families are supported and strengthened by our activities. In order to highlight the importance of this new initiative and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council is announcing changes to the Columbian Award effective immediately. In order to earn the Columbian Award, councils need to meet the following qualifications:

Submit the Service Program Personnel • Report (#365)

• Submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728).

Councils instituted after November 1 do not have to meet this requirement.

  Annually conduct and report at least four (4) programs in each of the six categories of the Surge with Service Program AND at least four (4) of those programs need to be designated as “Domestic Church” programs. Please visit kofc.org/domestic church to review the most up-to-date list of programs and activities. The following programs currently carry the Domestic Church designation:

 • Journey to the Inn

 • Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows

 • Consecration to the Holy Family

 • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program                     

 • Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide)

 • Food for Families

 • Keep Christ in Christmas

 • Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach)

 • 5th Sunday Rosary Program

 • Family Week Celebrations

An expalnation of thse program is decribed in the article; Domestic Church Columbian Award requirements 16-17

 Link to SP-7 Columbian Award Application here


April Columbian Available Online

Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 03/13/2017 Under: All Articles (516 Hits)      

This issue of the Michigan Columbian is made available for viewing in two formats below. A Flipbook version that needs no plugin to read or a PDF version that needs a plugin. We suggest using Foxit PDF reader over Adobe reader.

-- Michigan Columbian April 2017 (Flipbook) --   OR   -- Michigan Columbian April 2017 (PDF) --

View previous Michigan Columbian issues here

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