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Knights of Columbus March 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Our Theme for March:

With the Lenten season now upon us we turn our focus to the temptations that we face in our daily lives. We all have different challenges to deal with. May we draw strength from our faith and others to face our temptations.

Our Financial Secretary, Clem LaMere reported that currently 25 members are still outstanding in paying dues. If you have not paid your dues for 2017, please submit to Clem as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please remember that our council has committed to assisting with the community meal at the BPNN (Badger Prairie Needs Network) the first Saturday of each month. Thank you to all that helped in March and hope to see many more of you in the future.

Greg Wagner of Fr. Inama Council #3924, Cross Plains has requested contributions to the Save A Life campaign to raise funds for a new ultrasound machine for the Women’s Care Center. Our council has contributed $1000 to this campaign.

There is an upcoming Fourth Degree Installation planned for April 1st in Green Bay. If you are interested in this next degree in your Knighthood contact Erin Kennedy (608-445-6051 or There will also be another opportunity in Madison in June if that would be more convenient. More details to come.

We will tentatively be having a Membership Drive weekend on March 11th – 12th. Mark Heyde is coordinating, so please contact him if you are able help. If we get interest we can plan on having an installation at our March meeting.

We have now received approval from the Bishop to our request for council name change. It has now been sent on to Supreme. I will let everyone know when we get a response.


Knight of the Month – Jon Pepper
Family of the Month – Mark & Diane Smith
Certificates of Appreciation – Couples Night Out Volunteers / Bill & Sheila Kuchenbecker, Rick & Marie Jaggi, Wendy Delaney, Rebecca Devereaux, Ryan & Laura Zakrzewski, Peter & Audrey Janssen

Call for Prayers

Mick Jameson, Dick Lyons, Chris & Cathy Decker, Linus Stampfl, Sonia LiBoy, Father Vernon’s Parents, Jenny Wakeman, Cindy Albertson, Mark Rayha’s Mother and Wife, Shari, Pam Heyde, Seminarians, and those in distress and in need of our prayers.

Happy Birthday to Knights celebrating in March:

  • Clem LaMere – March 7
  • Drew Olson – March 8
  • Leonard Wadas – March 10
  • Mark Wells – March 31

Clyde Hellenbrand
Grand Knight

Message from our field agent

Have You Insured Your Most Valuable Asset?

Is your income protected if you become sick or injured and cannot work? Your ability to work and earn an income is your most valuable asset. Yet a disability could prevent you from earning that income. Just one year of a disability could eliminate your savings.

Income Armor, an individual disability income insurance product from the Knights of Columbus, should be a key part of your overall financial plan and family’s protection. If you are ill or injured, Income Armor provides tax-free monthly benefits to help you meet living expenses and maintain you and your family’s standard of living. Your monthly benefits help you pay your mortgage and other monthly bills, while your savings and retirement assets remain intact.

In short, if you have a job and don’t have a way to protect that paycheck, you should seriously consider Income Armor today. I look forward to meeting with you. Call me at 608-721-1656 or email me a for more information.

God Bless,
James Froh, Fraternal Brother KOC
Field Agent KOC

Program Director’s Report

I pray you all are doing well this Lenten season. A number of Knights have taken the opportunity this Lent to commit to the monthly Eucharistic Adoration March 3rd, April 7th, and May 5th 2017. Sign up links were sent to members. This is a great way to free up some quality time during Lent and to draw closer to our mother Mary and her Son through the mysteries of the rosary and prayer. The shifts are 1 hour 6/7 pm and 7/8 pm.

Our Council will again be helping the PLC during lent by hosting a soup supper dinner this coming Friday, March 31st. Soup supper dinners are a simple meal of soup and some sides that are served after the Stations of the Cross. They are a great way for the Parish to get together during lent. Helping serve the meal is a great way for us to serve the parish. Please contact Grand Knight Clyde Hellenbrand if you are able to assist. Setup starts around 5:00 and we start serving right after stations.

Upcoming 1st degree March 15th: We will be doing another first degree at our April meeting, so please start thinking about people you would like to invite. We are also looking for our fellow knights to perhaps write a small story of why we are knights and continue to serve the St Andrew Council. There will be a 2nd and 3rd Degree at St James in Madison on April 8th which is very convenient. We have a great council and have a lot to offer so let’s see who else we can get involved!

Our Pancake Breakfast was again a success. We had abundant help from our council for all shifts, well done! Our baked goods table was fully stocked and was a nice draw, especially for the younger crowd. Thanks to all who contributed and donated items! We served 156 people and raised over $1998.00 dollars. Proceeds will go to St Christopher Building Fund.

Our Tootsie Roll Drive is right around the corner April 28th – 30th. Special thanks to Steve Rudolf who has helped coordinate this for a number of years. Steve would like to train a replacement this year, so please give some prayerful consideration to stepping up and helping lead this important effort. This is one of the largest fund raisers our Council undertakes!

Our raffle ticket sale is still in full force. Special thanks to Knight Mark Rayha as he continues to coordinate this effort. He is also coordinating a table at Mass and also at Millers to help increase our sales numbers. So far 526 tickets have been sold for a total of $2630.00!!! Please don’t wait till the last minute to complete your sales. Tickets need to be returned to Mark by the April meeting so that they can get them turned in by the deadline. If you are unable to attend, please drop them in the mail to Mark at:

Mark Rayha
2918 Winter Park Place, Madison WI, 53719

Special thanks to Knight Clyde Hellenbrand, for coordinating a group of Knights to donate time and raise money for the Council during the upcoming Brat Fest. Consider joining us in this uniquely Wisconsin way to support the Council. There may still be spots open if you are interested!

Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director