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Knights of Columbus May 2018 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Grand Knight’s Report

Looks like Winter had finally loosened its grip and Spring has arrived, with flowers blooming and lawn mowers are humming! Mother’s Day is approaching, so take time to give thanks for all the Mothers in your lives and all that they do.

The state convention was a great success. The 50/50 Raffle sales totaled $3,082.00. 50% of the total sales was awarded to 4 winners. The other 50% of that amount, $1,541.00 went to three charities, Women’s Care Center, Special Olympics and an Ultrasound Machine. The Basket Raffle total ticket sales were $2,458.00. There was additional income from the Ladies Luncheon and Packer tickets of $850.00 for a total of $3,308.00. After expenses the Net Income was 3138.00! This was divided between the 9 councils that participated to provide a return of $348.00 to each Council for the charity of their choice.

Discussion have begun to get ideas for our Council’s approaching 25th Anniversary Celebration. Please mark your calendar for June 24, 2018 for this celebration. We are planning on beginning the day with a Mass of celebration at 11:00 a.m. followed by a social, meal and family activities. We will be having meeting May 14th at Verona Draft House at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to join us if interested or have ideas to be involved on the committee for this event, please let me know.

Our Council was selected to participate in the Silver Rose Run. It is planned to be in Verona on August 9th. There will be more information to come in the next few months.

Currently we have one potential new candidate, Patrick Ohm to have a 1st degree at our May meeting. If you know of any others interested, contact Mark Heyde.

Currently there are 4 tickets remaining for Knights of Columbus Night at the Duck Pond, Mallard’s Game August 11th. Tickets are $13 each. $2 of each ticket go to the Women’s Care Center. There is a tailgate with burgers & brats prior to the game. If interested contact Leo Warren.

Clyde Hellenbrand
Grand Knight


Knight of the Month – Brad Stiner
Family of the Month – Paul & Bonnie Lynde
Certificates of Appreciation – State Convention Volunteers – Jim Esser, Ray Esser, Mark Rayha, Bill LaBerge, Clem LaMere, Leo Warren, Bill Paar, Erin Kennedy, Clyde Hellenbrand. Ryan Zakzrewski for the Brewery Basket

Call for Prayers

Let us pray for all of our fellow Knights and their families that are in need of our thoughts and prayers while they are facing difficult times in their lives, Knight Richard Lyons, Knight Lee Purdy, Bill Paar’s Brother-in-Law Paul Purcell, Pam Heyde, Ann Lease, Lucille Pernot, Sue and Howard Jamieson, Knight Larry & Sheila Raab family for the loss of her Sister Jenna. Military Personnel all around the world, First Responders, victims and families of violence, Elderly and the unborn.

Happy birthday to Knights celebrating in May:

  • Scott Schmiesing – May 17
  • Michael Clifton – May 18
  • John Winters – May 24
  • Tim Hauer – May 26
  • James Bassuener – May 27


Message from our field agent

In an effort to keep you informed of my efforts, I hereby submit my Field Agent’s report.
I know that I do not make it to your meetings as often as I would like, but meeting your families, in your homes, and carrying out the mission of Fr. McGivney is my duty as your field agent.

90 Letters Sent to Members
384 Calls Made to Members and Prospects
119 Members and Prospects Talked To
30 Appointments Made
36 Members I met with
5 Council Meetings Attended
1 Fraternal Benefits Night
2 Membership drive and (2)1st degree
Applications Written: WL/Term ins., Long Term Care, Disability, Annuities
2 Death Claim(s)

Food for Thought: Insurance by Brother Knights for Brother Knights –
May is Disability Income month!
What if your last paycheck was your last paycheck?

What would you do? How would you continue to provide for your family?

Disability income insurance from the Knights of Columbus can help protect your most important financial asset – your ability to make a living – so it should be an important part of every family’s planning.

Long-term disability is much more common than things we all regularly insure against. You and I face a 1 in 100 risk of losing our home to a fire, but a 1 in 5 risk of suffering a long-term disability.*

Perhaps now is the time to consider the value of privately-owned disability income insurance.

The Knights of Columbus has a great product with many great options.
As your professional Knights of Columbus insurance agent, I look forward to helping you and your family.

Call Jim Froh, FIC
Have a Blessed Month

Program Director’s Report

First Degree- Welcome new member Ray Cobb! We are blessed to have him join our ranks! Special thanks to Mark Heyde and the degree team for coordinating the First Degree ceremony for May 10th. Pizza and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

First Saturday Breakfast- Again thanks for all the BPNN KC volunteers for the first Saturday Breakfast. All positions were covered! The next breakfast is planned for June 2nd. Please take time to spend a few hours helping out for the all the work that BPNN does to feed the Verona families in need.

The raffle ticket sales are completed! Thank you all for helping with this important fundraiser. Special thanks to Knight Mark Rayha for again chairing the ticket sales. We had another great year with sales of 915 tickets generating over $4575 in total deposits!! Statewide 121,345 tickets were sold. This fundraiser goes toward Council charitable requests throughout the state.

Our Tootsie Roll weekend will be May 18th, 19th and 20th. Please donate some time to help collect donations Doug Ulaszek will chair this drive.

The KC Pancake Breakfast is on May 20th. Setup will be at 6:30AM and serving will start at 7:30AM and stops at 10:30AM. The proceeds will go into a fund for an Ultrasound Machine in Milwaukee.

Brat Fest is on May 25th-Take your Brat to Work Day. We are in need for 1 more volunteer for the 5:00 – 9:00 a.m. shift. Please let Clyde Hellenbrand know if you are able to take part. This is a fundraiser for our Council.

Verona Hometown Days is scheduled for June 3rd. We will again have 2 locations as in past years. One location will be on Knight Dick Lyons front yard and the second in the LSM Chiropractic parking lot. Set up will begin at both locations at 8:30 a.m. and continues through the parade, wrapping up about 2 p.m. Any time that you spend to help out would be appreciated.

2018 Flags for Food is approaching. Flag are put out on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. This work only takes ½ to 1 hr. in the morning to place the flags on the donor’s front lawn and ½ hr. to collect them back in the evening. Funds raised go to BPNN and is a very worthy cause for Knights to participate in which gives back to the Community. If interested in helping with any dates please contact Marcia Kasieta at:

Eucharistic Adoration is the first Friday/Saturday of each month. Please sign up at the following link:

The 25th Council Anniversary is on June 24th. The celebration will begin after 11:00 Mass followed by an outdoor gathering on the Parish grounds with food, drinks, games, and socializing. It will be a great time for all to celebrate our 25th year!!

Volunteer Hours – Please remember to log your volunteer hours at the following link.

Another option is to email them to or hand them to me at the meeting and I’ll get them logged for you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director