Current Newsletter from Our Grand Knight

From the Desk of the Grand Knight

Next Meeting Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7:00 PM



Brother Knights of #706,


            Where has the summer gone? I hope everyone had great summer. Fall is in the air and football season has started again, so please come down on Wednesdays and support the MCC radio show and of course we will have our burgers, patty melts and wings cooking if you are hungry.


            One of the end of summer things we are involved in is the Irish Festival. It begins Thursday night September 14 and runs through Sunday, September 17. Our Council’s main involvement over the years have been ushering at the Sunday 9:00 am Mass. Please, if you are planning to attend this Mass, get there a little early and help pass out the worship aids and again with the collection. This is also our ushering schedule at St Francis, so be aware of that for your home parish. Our OLG members will have to step up.  Thanks!


            We are having a 1st Degree on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 706 so if you know of anyone interested get them to fill out form 100 and get it to me ASAP so we can get them in the 1st Degree at our club. We have a good thing going, so help us grow this council.


            Our council is hosting the next 2nd and 3rd Degree on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s church in Spring Lake at 11:00 am with registration at 10:30 am. We have many members who are only 1st Degree, let’s have a great turn out from 706. I will need volunteers to help cook for this also, please let me know if you can.


            This year’s focus of the Knights of Columbus is “Works of Mercy and Membership Growth”. We have seen our numbers decline in the State of Michigan in the last two years. Our council has been doing great, but we cannot relax. The one area we need to work on is our insurance memberships and 2nd and 3rd degree members. Remember the Knights was formed for the widows and insurance membership is how we support them.


            We had a Steak Fry on 8-25 and it was an awesome night!! We had over 200 people. A big thanks to the crew who made it possible (Kay Earnest, Chad Earnest, Jake Secrest, Allen Lowe, Dan Tejchma, Steve Tejchma, Tim and Jami Kordecki, Jeff and Sue Zaloga, Steve and Pam DeWall, Sandi Gowin, Tom and Elaine Phee and Jerry Rackiewicz). This involvement is what makes our council great.


            There was a fund raiser at the hall on August 26th for the Child and Family Fund. To support youth services of the family court. Bermuda Triangle played the music. There was a dinner served by our Grand Knight, Pat Galla and Mike Hornak. They raised over $2,000 for their effort. It was a fun evening and support of the good cause. 


            I want to thank Denny Chandonnet and John Schneller for helping me cook at the 4th Degree picnic at St. Thomas on Tuesday 8-22-17. Great job guys.


            We are in the planning stages for our second annual Beer Tent so mark your calendar for July 21, 2018!!!!  We will need your help!


As of September 1st we are losing our District Deputy Dave Gibson.  He is retiring to Florida, so if you see him in the next month, thank him for all his support. We have not been assigned a new one as of this publication, once I know I will let everyone know.


We are continually looking for ushers at St. Francis de Sales. We usher every 3rd week and we struggle to get enough help. We are always asking people in attendance to help us. There is a select few who help. The parish is questioning us if we can field an usher team or not? This would not look to good with 436 members if we cannot get 6 ushers to show up every third week. Please contact me if you can help!!


Ushering Schedule: 

9-17-17                        10-8-17                        10-29-17


We are always looking for people to volunteer for fund raisers held at the club. If you are interested in helping out please contact (Patrick Galla at 231-670-7392) and I will be happy to get you involved in one of our events. Just a reminder our Appreciation Dinner is planned for May 12, 2018, so mark your calendars, details to follow.


We have added 36 new members or transfers in 2016-2017 year. Great job everyone!! This year’s goal is 29 new members and 10 new insurance members.


1st Degree schedule:

9-21-17 at 706

2nd and 3rd Degree schedule:

9-16-17 At St Mary’s Church in Spring Lake


Please try to attend our next meeting, September 14 at 7:00 pm, always looking for new ideas and input from our members.


Vivat Jesus

Patrick Galla, Grand Knight

Cell: 231-670-7392



News Tid-Bits:

September events:

a)      Building Association meeting Monday September 11th at 6:30 pm

b)      Council meeting Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 pm

c)      Hosting and putting on the 2nd and 3rd Degree at St. Mary’s in Spring Lake on 9-16-17

d)     1st Degree on Thursday, September 21st at 706


August - Council Meeting Highlights:

a)      Treasurers reports approved

b)      Good standing with Supreme


Membership Goals 2017-2018: 29 new members and 10 new insurance members.

Members needed: 28

New insurance members needed: 10


Kids Food Basket News: John Schneller

We are still supporting the Kids Food Basket (KFB) in Muskegon. If you are interested in helping our area kids in need please contact me at 231-286-3994. You can go to the web for more information at: or


One way to get involved in this ministry is simply decorating the bags they pack for the kids. There are groups that get together over lunch or whatever and have a decorating party. I know of a few that meet monthly in groups of 6-8 and talk and decorate. It’s a simple way to help and have some social time.


Your help is always appreciated,

John, Schneller



From the Newsletter editor:

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Thursday morning golf at Eagle Island is still going on. We tee off at 9:00 am, but soon will be changing to 10:00 am, around October. It won’t be long and we will be ending the season, because of that ugly white stuff. So get out while you can and join the fun. It’s not too competitive and all are welcome.


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Thank you,

Denny Chandonnet, Editor & PGK



Behind the Enemy Lines


Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School.


"Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  When he got to the Red Sea, he had his engineers build a pontoon bridge, and all the people walked across safely.  Then he used his walkie-talkie to radio headquarters and call in an air strike.  They sent in bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved."


"Now, Joey, is that REALLY what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked.


"Well, no, Mom, but if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"



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