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Knights of Columbus June 2018 Newsletter

Greetings Brother Knights,

Grand Knight’s Report

I want to take this opportunity to say a big “Thank You” to my follow Officers and Knights for all your help and support during my term as Grand Knight of Verona Council #11155. Truly “Teamwork makes the Dream work and as our Founder, Monsignor Delbert Schmelzer always said, “Many hands make light work.” It is always good to know that if I needed help with any event, or a special project, I only needed to ask and Members graciously volunteer their time and talents. Once again thank you all so much for your support and help and I am sure that as Mark Rayha steps into the role of Grand Knight for his term, he will be able to continue to count on the same support when needed.

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration, June 24th is now fast approaching. We are planning on beginning the day with a Mass of celebration at 11:00 a.m. with the 4th Degree Honor Guard present. The mass will be followed by a social, meal and family activities (bingo, bouncy house, live music, lawn games). This is open to all members of St. Christopher Parish and their families. Hope to see many of you there to enjoy this event and fellowship.

Our Council was selected to participate in the Silver Rose Run on August 9th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish. We are hoping to have the 4th Degree Honor Guard in attendance. There will be more information and details to come as the date approaches.

We had 2 new members join our Council in the month of May, Ray Cobb and Patrick Ohm. If you know of anyone interested in becoming a Knight please contact Mark Heyde or Shawn Lyons.

As Tony stated we collected a total of $1901.47 from the 2018 Tootsie Roll Drive.
We will be donating 25% to each of the following charities:
Apostolate to the Handicapped
Wisconsin Badger Camp
St. Coletta
Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers Inc. (MARC)

Our Council donated $250.00 to the Love Begins Here program.
Proceeds from our recent Pancake Breakfast raised $544.00. Our Council contributed to this to donate $550.00 to Milwaukee KofC Council #16171, Culture of Life that will be used towards the purchase of an Ultrasound.

The 4th Degree, Bishop William P. O’Connor General Assembly #1200, donated $100 to BPNN Flags For Food to provide flags for St. Andrew’s and St. William’s parishes.
Funds raised from this event provides food and many meals for those in need.

Sept. 23rd Financial Planning night. Please mark your calendars and more details forthcoming.

Mark your calendars for the Diocesan Punt Pass & Kick, Soccer event on October 14th at St. Andrew’s Parish grounds. Bill Paar oversees this event and said he will 32 people to assist. More details to come.

Knights of Columbus Night at the Duck Pond, Mallard’s Game is August 11th. Tickets are $13 each. $2 of each ticket go to the Women’s Care Center. There is a pre-game tailgate starting at 2:30 p.m.with burgers & brats and game time is 6:05 p.m. If interested contact: Charles R. Kazmer at Cell 920-220-9149

Below is the Officer team for Fraternal Year 2018-19. As you can see we are still looking for someone to fill the Deputy Grand Knight position. If you are interested, please contact Mark Rayha.

Due to unavailability of several Officers, it has been decided to hold Installation of our new Officers at our July meeting. We will still be having our regular Council Meeting June 21st at the Parish Center.

Clyde Hellenbrand
Grand Knight


Knight of the Month – James Esser
Family of the Month – Ron & Ann Lease
Certificates of Appreciation – Linda Lyons & Brett Hoeft, for Hometown Days Bratstand locations, Doug Ulaszek, Tootsie Roll Drive, Bratfest and Parish Center Ceiling Renovation Volunteers

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, Knight Bill Cassel’s wife Leah, Knight Bill Paar’s Brother-in-Law Paul Purcell, Pam Heyde, Ann Lease, Lucille Pernot, Sue and Howard Jamieson, Military Personnel all around the world, First Responders, victims and families of violence and natural disasters, Elderly and the unborn.

Happy birthday to Knights celebrating in June:

  • John Duby Jr. – June 15
  • Erin Kennedy – June 15
  • Benjamin Rouleau – June 15
  • Phillip Fox – June 19
  • Eugene Laschinger – June 20
  • Roger Ringgenberg – June 21
  • Doug Ulaszek – June 23
  • David Michuda – June 24
  • Jim Kinney – June 26
  • James Vesely – June 30

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.

70 Letters Sent to Members
435 Calls Made to Members and Prospects
128 Members and Prospects Talked To
46 Appointments Made
41 Members I met with
6 Council Meetings Attended
1 Fraternal Benefits Night
3 Membership drive and (2)1st degree 1 pan cake breakfast
Applications Written: WL/Term ins., Long Term Care, Disability, Annuities, 3 Death Claim(s)

My wife and I spent a great weekend on June 2, celebrating our youngest grand child’s second birthday. Laydon had his Golden birthday (2 on 2), he is one of six, ages 2 – 11.

Food for Thought: Insurance by Brother Knights for Brother Knights –
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During our working lives, there are probably few financial matters we give more thought and attention to than our retirement. We want to make sure that once we finally stop working, we don’t have to stop living the way we want too.
Retirement income can be a tricky thing to calculate, especially with a changing landscape of federal and employee-provided benefits. But, with a properly structured retirement annuity from the Knights of Columbus, you can have retirement income that you cannot outlive, guaranteed.
It’s peace of mind that most of us hope to achieve.
The Knights offers a variety of annuities to members and their families, including traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and non-qualified, which are available as both single premium and flexible premium annuities. To our brothers in Canada, we offer RRSPs, and TFSAs.

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

Fellow Knights, I hope everyone is starting to really enjoy the summer weather. May was a busy month with many activities.

BPNN 1st Saturday Breakfast
Your time and efforts are surely appreciated by the BPNN staff. The next BPNN Breakfast will be July 7th. Here is the link:

The Flags for Food
Thanks for all who volunteered for the Memorial Day Flags for Food. Please be reminded that July 4th will be the next Flags for Food effort. If you are interested in volunteering please contact

Brat Fest
This year we also had a number of Knights volunteer at Brat Fest to grill brats! Take Your Brat to Work Day was a timeslot the Knights manned it was a great experience, hopefully we can have more Knights sign up next year! The final brat count was 134,528 brats. Special thanks to Knight Clyde Hellenbrand for coordinating this effort

Verona Hometown Days
Thanks for the Knights who volunteered for our 2 brat stands that grossed $739.00!

Tootsie Roll Drive
The Tootsie Roll drive was a success with $1901.47 going to 4 Charities!!

First Friday/Saturday Adoration
Fellow Knights we must not forget that the First Friday/Saturday Adoration still need Knights of Columbus to be involved. Please take some time to be a part of the Eucharistic Adoration. Please click the following link to check signups.

Knights of Columbus 25th Anniversary Party
The 25th Anniversary will be on June 24th at St Andrews. Volunteers are needed to help with setup beginning at 9 a.m. The party will begin after 11:00 Mass.

Volunteer Hours
Thank you to everyone who has diligently logged their volunteer hours. For any Knights activities that you sign in for, we will log your hours. Examples (pancake b-fast, Brat Fest, Hometown Day, KC meetings, etc.) We still ask that Knights log all other service hours using the below link. Don’t forget to log all service hours, even those that aren’t specifically Knight Activities.
Click Here to Enter Hours

Mallard’s game
Please keep in mind the on August 11th.

Respectfully Submitted,
Knight Tony Grant – Program Director