Blessed Christmas from the State Family

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (8 Hits)      

49th Annual March for Life, Washington, D.C.

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (80 Hits)      

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Michigan State Council K of C Agenda

 Thursday January 17, 2019

                  Departs: Richard Council #788 - 5300 N. Grand River, Lansing MI 48906 - 5:00 pm

Thursday January 17, 2019

                  Departs:  Monaghan Council #2690 - 19801 Farmington Rd. Livonia MI 48152 - 6:30 pm

Friday January 18, 2019

                  Arrive:  Basilica, Washington D.C.:  7:30 am Mass

Friday January 18, 2019

                  Meet:  March staging area:  11:30 am

After March: 

                 Depart for Hilton Double Tree, 8727 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday January 19, 2019

                 Transportation (NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE) to the Tour of St. John Paul ll Shrine at 2:00 pm   along with Holy Mass at 4:00 pm

Cost for Hilton Double Tree:  $99.00 per room per night plus tax (KING ROOM ONLY)

                                                 Reservations:  Call Hilton Double Tree 1-800-560-7753

Request group code: MIK Rooms reserved under Michigan Knights of Columbus

Place room reservations on your credit card

                                               Cost of Bus:  $150.00 per person                                                                               

Helpful information for your convenience: metro                                                                                            

Sunday January 20, 2019

              Depart: Hilton Double Tree:  8:00 am.

Estimated Arrival:  Livonia – 6:30 pm.  Lansing – 8:00 pm.

Make check for bus payable to:

Michigan State Knights of Columbus

Mail to: Tim & Cindy Donovan 4074 Cemetery Rd. Fowlerville, MI 48836

Phone Inquiries:  517-214-5120 or 763-5621 Email:

Deadline for Reservations:  DECEMBER 18, 2018

Winter State Leadership Conference

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/04/2018 Under: All Articles (242 Hits)      

Friday November 30th through Saturday December 1st the Michigan State Winter Leadership Conference was held at the Crown Plaza west in Lansing, Michigan. There was a lot of information given to the State and Diocesan Directors as well as the District Deputies. This information will be communicated to the leadership of the local councils at their district meetings.

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To everyone’s delight all our Diocesan Chaplains along with the State Chaplain were in attendance. The State Deputy thanked them for finding time in their busy schedules to be with us.


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The State Deputy Bill Chasse stressed the necessity of communication which was the theme of the Winter Leadership Conference in his opening and closing addresses. He reminded all that communication needs to go both from the top down and from the Directors, DDs and the membership up.




The three Amigos; State Program Director Bill Leveque, State Membership Director Jim Kraus and SRGD Joe Ramirez Sr. worked with the leadership team to put together a great program for the weekend.

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FSD, PSD Tom Wegener gave us an update of Holy Cross and Monsignor Todd Lajiness along with State Operations Director John Rademacher presented the reason for and the current status of the Sacred Heart Endowment Fund.

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Supreme Council Insurance General Agent Brian Barlow gave a presentation on our Supreme Fraternal Benefits while SRGD Joe Ramirez Sr. passed greetings from our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and informed us of the news from Supreme.

PSD Michigan Charities Director Bill Walsh reported on the status and importance of the Ten for Charity Program.

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The State Raffle team of Gary DeCarlo and Kevin Rowley reported on the 2019 Joint Fundraising Raffle. A big stir was heard in the crowd when the grand prize of a trip to the 2020 Superbowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami was announced.  “Did We Tell You / We Love You, Today?”

Saturday morning was spent in four fantastic workshops with much more information for the DDs to communicate to their councils. The workshops were presented by: 1. GR Membership Director Marty Brown and State Training Director Jim Escott. 2. Detroit Membership Director Paul Palka and Gaylord Program Director Larry Herman. 3. Detroit Program Director R. Terry Carl and Lansing Regional Director Ed Strach. 4. State Chaplain Fr. Paul Erickson and Mike DiCosola.

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State First Lady Marybeth Chasse reported on the generosity of our Knights in Michigan with gifts donated to Holy Cross amounting to over 2,200 sweatshirts, 500 gift baskets, $11,000 in gift cards along with 280 hats and scarfs and 150 bedsheets.  These will be distributed throughout the Holy Cross system as Christmas gifts.

Of course, as an annual tradition the event ended with the State Chaplain, State Officers and their wives leading all in several Christmas Carols. 

Marquette Diocesan Knights Check for RTL

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (156 Hits)      

UP RTL check 12-1-18                  At the Michigan K C Winter Organizational meeting  at The Crown Plaza Hotel in Lansing Frank & Michelle Breen on behalf of the U.P. Knights presented Tim & Cindy Donovan, MI. Pro Life Chair Couple a check for $516.00 to be given to Right to Life of Michigan.  

Michelle was discussing the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Silver Rose to her students at St Mary's Catholic Elementary school in Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when Frank was bringing the Silver Rose to the church through the Knights of Columbus. One Rose, One Life was Michelle's art theme painting a baby in the center of a rose to decorate and honor a former student for exceptional grades and moral standing.

This is where Michelle also got the idea to make rose pins to raise money from donations to give to the Michigan Right to Life. One Rose = One Life. This was an idea that came about through designing Michelle's art curriculum and tying the Silver Rose ceremony Frank was having with the Knights.

This is a true example of how people can make a difference in our combined efforts of Protecting the Sanctity of Human Life.

God bless & Merry Christmas! Tim & Cindy Donovan

Pro Life Chair Couple MI Knights of Columbus

2019 Michigan State Bowling Tournament

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/26/2018 Under: All Articles (209 Hits)      

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To open an application for the Officers Tourney click here.

To open a Open Tourney application click here.

          Knights of Columbus          

                       Lakeshore Council #2733

                           25003 Little Mack

                           St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

                          (586) 771-4380

                           Tax Exempt# 38-1681473

                          Kevin McKay Grand Knight

                          Bo Kirk Deputy Grand Knight 


The Lakeshore Knights of Columbus is hosting the 2019 Michigan State Bowling

Tournament. For six (6) weekends in a row, starting in February and ending in March.

 Bowlers and their families across the state of Michigan will be in St. Clair Shores, MI.

As part of the tournament, every bowler and state officer will receive a book. In that book are advertising sections for the bowlers and their families to view and take advantage of while here. Proceeds from the sale of these ads offset the cost of the books and any additional monies go back to our Lakeshore Knights of Columbus.

The Lakeshore Knights of Columbus donates to many charities such as the American

Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Cops for Kids, Breast Cancer Foundations,

 AAIDD, Gianna House, and the Leukemia Foundation to name a few.

 Receipts are available upon request. Please make checks payable to:

 Lakeshore Knights of Columbus & mail to the address above, C/O Kevin M. Jones

 Sponsorship Ad opportunities are as follows:

 Inside Front or Back Cover - $500

 Full Page Ad - $200

 Half Page Ad - $100

 Quarter Page Ad - $50

Some participating places offer % discounts in their ads off of a meal, or tab, if they present the ad to them. This is one way to see how your ad is doing! Any ad is greatly appreciated!

For more information, please contact Kevin Jones at (248) 789-7559 or email him a

 On behalf of the Lakeshore Knights of Columbus, we truly thank you,

 Sincerely, Lakeshore Knights of Columbus Council #2733.

Michigan KC 53rd Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (122 Hits)      

Wednesday December 5th, 2018 marked the dedication of the 53rd Ultrasound Machine in Michigan.

Fr. Dave Buersmeyer provided the opening prayer and blessing the Ultrasound machine which took place at Mother & Unborn Baby Care in Southfield. Sponsoring Council: Fr Dolan Council #3170 which included an anonymous donor.

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In attendance, District Deputy John Snyder, Council #3170 GK Gariepy, Mother & Unborn Baby Care Executive Director Nancy Peterson, Mother & Unborn Baby Care Director of Client Services Christina Marchetti along with Board Chairman Jack McGrath, staff and Brother Knights from Fr. Dolan Council #3170.

Others in attendance and pictured are Bishop Gallagher Assembly #0482 Ernie Gargaro, Detroit Archdiocesan Program Director Mike Fontana, MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, and MI K of C State Warden Charles McCuen III.

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Board Chairman Jack McGrath communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Executive Director Nancy Peterson also communicated her thanks to the K of C along with our State Warden Charles McCuen III recognizing the great work that's being done at these Pregnancy Centers opening the hearts and minds of those facing difficult decisions.

Fr. Dave Buersmeyer concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational 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 reached its original goal of 1,000 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide.

You may find a list of facilities that have received an ultrasound through the Knights of Columbus program in Michigan here.

God bless,

Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro Life Chair Couple MI Knights of Columbus

Michigan KC 52nd Ultrasound

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/29/2018 Under: All Articles (206 Hits)      

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Wednesday November 28th, 2018 marked the dedication of the 52nd Ultrasound Machine in Michigan. Tim Donovan began the days festivities requesting a moment of silence in memory of Antonio (Tony) Vittorini.

Vittorini ultrasound 3Deacon Donald Sandstrom and PGK of Council #11957 provided the opening prayer and blessing the Ultrasound machine which took place at Shared Pregnancy Women's Center in Lansing.

In attendance, District Deputy Jason Meyers, Council #11957 GK John Lamanna, Council #788 GK Jay Corey, Shared Pregnancy Women's Center Executive Director Sarah Gilliland along with Board President Jonathan Lowe, staff and Brother Knights from St. Therese of Lisieux Council #11957. Others in attendance and pictured are Detroit Archdiocesan Membership Director Paul Palka, Lansing Diocesan Program Director Bill Currie & MI K of C Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan.

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Sponsoring Council: #11957 St. Therese of Lisieux, home Council of our past State Secretary Antonio (Tony) Vittorini- Contributing Council: Richard Council #788.

Board President Jonathan Lowe communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment of Protecting the Unborn. Deacon Donald Sandstrom concluded the ceremony by providing us with an inspirational 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 reached in excess of 987 Life Saving Ultrasound Machines Order wide.

You may find a list of facilities that have received an ultrasound through the Knights of Columbus program in Michigan here.

 God bless,

 Tim & Cindy Donovan Pro Life Chair Couple                                               

 Michigan State Council Knights of Columbus

Michigan State Coats for Kids

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/16/2018 Under: All Articles (285 Hits)      

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Provide warmth for deserving children during cold winter months. Councils across North America can purchase new winter coats for children in need at a discount and distribute them in their local communities.

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The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program, which allows Local & State councils across North America the opportunity to purchase new winter coats for children at a discount and to distribute them to children in need in their local communities at no cost to the recipient. Through the Supreme Coats for Kids program, local councils have distributed hundreds of thousands coats to children in need throughout the United States and Canada.

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Families struggling to make ends meet use their scarce resources to meet the most basic needs and cannot always afford the vital essential of a new winter coat. The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that no child in North America goes without a coat during the winter season. Through the dedication of councils across the United States and Canada, hundreds of thousands of new winter coats have been distributed to children since program inception.

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Through the encouragement of Michigan State Deputy Bill Chasse’, State Program Director Bill Leveque and direction of Dan Searle the State Community Director combined efforts were established between Diocese and District councils. Through these efforts over 1500 coats were distributed on November 10, 11 & 13. State Coats for Kids distributions were held in Grand Rapids, Flint, Pontiac and Muskegon.

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 Over 80 volunteers spent an estimated 600 planning and working hours to make this transpire.

The pictures show smiling and surprised faces of children able to obtain a new coat for the winter. One young girl said she had only had hand me downs before and was so grateful for her own new coat.

One mother was so appreciative of the timely program. She had been trying to figure out how she would provide coats for her four kids. Another told of how her daughter was wearing her older sisters coat so she could come down to the drive for her own coat and give her sister her coat back.

You can also see the smiling faces of the volunteers that were overjoyed at the grace felt while participating in such a worthy program. 

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Of course, like most children the packaging the gift came in makes a great plaything.


10 for Charities Program - Michigan Charities Fund

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: All Articles (226 Hits)      

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In the spirit of charity, the principle of our Order, with your voluntary contributions the   Take “10” for Charities Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has continued to grow as a State Council resource for those in need.

 Since its inception in 1977 the Take “5” Program, now the “10” for Charites Program of the Michigan Charities Fund has been able to help many charities, listed below are a few of them.


* All Diocesan Vocations

* Archdiocese Clergy Outing – Vocations

* Bishop Baraga Association

* Catholic Education

* Capuchin Community Center

* Catholic High School League

* Catholic Publications

* Center for Women

* Family Donations all Dioceses

* Catholic Radio

* Holy Cross Children Services

* Most Holy Trinity Parish

* Guest House

* Livingston County Ultra Sound Initiative

* Sacred Heart Major Seminary

* RTL Agencies

* Parochial Schools Cross Country Youth Rally

* Shared Pregnancy Crisis Center

* Special Days Cancer Camp

* Prep Bowl/RTL Mich. Education Fund

* Squires Scholarship

* St. Anne’s Mackinac Island

* St. Francis Cabrini Clinic

* St. Francis Retreat Center

* St. Vincent Home Lansing

* Solanus Casey Center

* Students for Life

* Summer Scripture, Lansing

* UP Catholic Newspaper


   A $10.00 contribution by each of the approximately 66,000 Michigan Knights would give the Michigan Charities Fund $ 660,000.00 to distribute. Just think of the good that we could do if each member gave his fair share.

   We need your support! Please include $10.00 or more with your dues payment or send a separate check payable to your local council. (Write “10” for Charities Program) on the memo line. Your Financial Secretary will send the total ”10” for Charities Program contributions to the State Secretary.

   Working together as a team of 66,000 we can be a tremendous force of support for those who truly need us. Please do what you can. We thank you in advance for your help to help others. Vivat Jesus!

Attention Worthy Financial Secretaries,

   As the council, annual dues billing season approaches please insure the list of charities which receive support from the State Council is distributed with your billings.

   For those councils that bill manually by hard mail it is easy. Just insert the slip listing the charities provided by the State through your District Deputy into the billing envelope.

   For councils that bill electronically we need you to make an extra step and either mail the slip separately or add as an e-mail attachment to your members.

   A copy of the slip which you may attach to your e-billing is found on our website under Resources/Forms/Council Forms and is linked here.

    The promotion of the “10” for Charities Program by distribution of the slip is essential for the funding of our charities program.

 Thanks for your cooperation.  Any questions may be directed to:

 William J. Walsh PSD Director “10” for Charity Program - Michigan Charities Fund. 517-629-9273

41st Annual KC RTL Dinner

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/17/2018 Under: All Articles (250 Hits)      

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Mark the date of April 4 on your calendar so you won't miss the annual RTL Dinner. More info to follow later. 

Endowed Scholarship Fund- - Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: All Articles (219 Hits)      

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The Endowed Scholarship Fund is an agreement between the Michigan Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Major Seminary initiated April 5th, 2018.  The agreement specifies that the Michigan K of C jurisdiction will commit to fund the Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,000,000.



My Brother Knights All: 

Mid November, signals the start of over 400 Financial Secretaries in our jurisdiction preparing to send out dues notifications to their council membership.

Inclusive with dues notice will be a request for our 65,000 members to include a $6/member or more donation to the S.H.M.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Pray fully consider a donation when you receive your dues notice.  I encourage councils to host a fund-raising project or make up the difference between total council collected 

membership donations and actual member donations.


One of our members accepted the challenge and personally donated $11,000. If we all donate, we can have the Endowed Scholarship Fund fully funded in 3 years.  

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Council checks should be mailed to the State Secretary Walter Winkle and payable to Michigan State Knights of Columbus Charities.  Memo line:  S.H.M.S. Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Thank you for your generous donation assisting the many Seminarians who will be benefitting from the "Fund".

Fraternally, John L. Rademacher Chairperson, Endowed Scholarship Fund   517-749-6757

2018-2019 Youth Activity Dates

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 11/08/2018 Under: Youth (73 Hits)      


Michigan State Council

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster ContestCouncil winners are due to State Youth Activities Director by January 31, 2019.  Age groups 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14.  Order kits by 10/31/2018.

State Free Throw ChampionshipMarch 10th, 2019.  Held at Sacred Heart Parish Gym located at 319 E. Illinois St. in Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

 ·       Council Championships are suggested to be held in January

 ·       District (if needed) and Diocesan Championships are recommended to be held in February.

Youth Essay ContestCouncil Winners are due to the State Youth Activities Director by March 15th, 2019.  Open to Catholic students in public, parochial or private schools from grades 8-12.

State Spelling BeeMarch 16th, 2019 at Fr. Van Rooy council #2740 located at 1021 Woodside Ave. in Essexville, MI 48732. 

Age groups are grades 4-6 and 7-9.

 ·       Council spelling bees are suggested to be held in October or November.

 ·       Diocesan bees are suggested to be held in December or January.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness Poster Contest – Due to State Youth Activities Director by March 30th, 2019.  Age groups are ages 8-11 and 12-14.

Michigan Columbian October 2018

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (9 Hits)      

To view the recent Michigan Columbian News click on the logo below;

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Local Councils in Action

Published by: Gary Merritt On: 12/07/2018 Under: All Articles (13 Hits)      

To 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

Basilica of St. Adalbert Council 15213 Grand Rapids 

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Council 15213 in Grand Rapids held their Coats for Kids give away on Saturday November 17. Over 500 new coats were distributed to needy children.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Council 8425 Sand Lake

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Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 Caledonia 7341 coats for kids

Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 at Holy Family Catholic Parish and the Holy Family Council of Catholic Women combined efforts with a drive to provide coats for those in need. Together over $1,300.00 was raised to purchase 48 coats from the Supreme Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program along with various sizes of gloves, boots and hats which will be distributed to the Caledonia, Middleville and Kentwood school children that are in need of winter clothing.

District 44 Kalamazoo

Last year Bob Smith, Knights of Columbus District Deputy for the Kalamazoo/Portage decided that he needed to do more to recognize our local Knights for their contributions to our Church and community. With that in mind he awarded the first District 44 Knight of the Year to Gene Roberts.  This year, he is adding District Family of the Year award as well as District Knight of the Year.

In 2012, Holy Family Health Care was founded by a group of physicians to provide dignity in health care for the poor and migrant families of Southwestern Michigan. Using the teachings of the Holy Church with a mission to care for body, mind and soul.  HFHC treated over 6,000 patients last year and served over 50,000 meals to the needy of South Western Michigan.  Further, in November of 2017 HFHC partnered with Caring Network, part of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo providing prenatal healthcare as well as ultrasound services for young mothers.   The family behind this organization is Deacon Dr. Don and Theresa Bouchard, founder of HFHC and our District 44 for 17-18 Family of the Year.  Congratulations!    

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Our recipient for District 44 Knight of the Year is no stranger when it comes to the Knights of Columbus.  At the age of 18 he joined the only council in Kalamazoo, Bishop Markevitch Council 1616 and has been a faithful Knight for 78 years, the longest seniority in the Michigan Jurisdiction. (I won’t tell you his age, but…do the math) As council member he participated in numerous council functions including his favorite, the MI Drive known as the Tootsie Roll Drive. This energetic Knight, though retired, has volunteered for the past 2 decades providing magazines and reading materials to the patients of Bronson Hospital gaining him the title of Magazine Man and our District 44 2017-2018 Knight of the Year is Bob Johnson. for 2017-2018.


North Branch Knights of Columbus Council 9568

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 Our Grand Knight Drew Edwards presented a check to help fund special education at North Branch Public Schools at tonight's board meeting. So far the Knights have donated over fifty thousand dollars for special education in North Branch.


St. Mary Magdalen Council 16223 Kentwood

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The idea of supplying school supplies to needy students was brought up at our last District meeting. I brought the idea to the Parish of St. Mary Magdalen and asked if they thought it would be a program we could run during the month of August (since it is a program the Parish currently didn't have) to help out the kids at are local community schools in Kentwood.  All agreed and an announcement and directions for dropping off the items was made at all weekend mass announcements, inserted into the bulletin and a flyer the Parishioners could pick up at any time with a list of the items requested.  The parish then allowed for the drop off of any items to the church throughout the month of August so the Knights could make collections a couple times a week and place them in storage until the presentation date. Pictured on the left are all the supplies in my car with my two kids going to drop it off at the school administration building.  The second picture is dropping them off the to the director of homeless student services.  GK 16223 Sean Klisz