Current Newsletter from Our Grand Knight

From the Desk of the Grand Knight

Next Meeting Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:00 PM



Brother Knights of #706,


            In May we held our elections and I want to introduce the new council starting 7-1-2018. Here are the results: John Schneller – Grand Knight, Matt Carlton – Deputy Grand Knight, Francisco Dela Torre – Chancellor, Doug Zuidema – Recorder, Joe Kelly – Treasurer, Ed Hodges – Lecturer, Joe Gawron – Advocate, Thomas Seastrom – Warden, Chris Schneller – Inside Guard, Leo Denslow – Outside Guard, Denny Chandonnet, Leroy Chandonnet and Don Martines – Trustees. Please thank them for stepping up for these positions when you see them.


            We need to thank the Tejchma family and friends who helped put on the appreciation dinner on May 12th. Great job everyone. At the appreciation dinner we handed out a check for $1,350 to Angel for the Kid’s Food Basket (see photo). The money was raised from the $100 raffles during Lenten Fish Fry’s and a private donor.





There was a little competition for our Fish Fries, the Tejchma family had the most dinners with 437 dinners and the Kordecki team served 365 dinners on the May dinner. The Tejchma family is holding a fish fry on June 8th. So tell everyone to come that night to help break the record!! I heard Steve is pulling out all his tricks in his bag to win this challenge.


            John Schneller and I went to the Knights of Columbus State Convention this year on Mackinac Island. The theme of the Convention was Building the Domestic Church while strengthening our church. So I know John will be looking at how we can get more involved with our church to help them grow.


We will be holding a first degree on June 14th, so if you have some gentlemen in mind to join our Council, please get their application into me ASAP. We need two more to meet our quota of 29 new members.


This is my last newsletter and I can’t believe how fast 3 years went by. I want to thank all the members for all the support they gave me the last 3 years. It was an honor to be part of this council. Please give John Schneller the same support you gave me when he takes over 7-1-18. Don’t worry, I will still be part of the Council Officers as I take on the Financial Secretary roll.


The Kids Food Basket of Muskegon currently services five area schools. They are able to send 940 sack suppers home with kids so they don't go hungry. You and I can make a difference in a child's life. There are volunteer opportunities at the Kids Food Basket: Working the packing line or food prep (making sandwiches, cutting veggies). Your time commitment is one hour! Yes only one hour per visit. The KC involvement of men and women would be awesome. The KFB would like to grow their numbers. They having a waiting list of schools to get in the program. It takes volunteers!


            Our second annual Charity Beer Tent date is July 28th so mark your calendar!!! If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Charity Beer Tent please contact me, Pat Galla at 231-670-7392.


We still have about 50 Knights who have not paid their dues!!! Please mail or drop off at club


We are always looking for people to volunteer for fund raisers held at the club. If 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.


Ushering Schedule: 

6-3-18                          6-24-18                        7-15-18

Add these date to your home calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early to Mass. It won’t hurt you to be a little early.J


Please check our website for all the events we are having, too many to name!


Vivat Jesus

Patrick Galla, Grand Knight

Cell: 231-670-7392




Tidbit Announcements:

June events:

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

b)      Council meeting Thursday June 14th and a 1st Degree Initiation


May - Council Meeting Highlights:

a)      Treasurer’s reports approved.

b)      Good standing with Supreme

c)      Elections held and positions filled


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

Members needed: 2

New insurance members needed: 9


Please try to attend our next meeting. Always looking for new ideas and input from our members.


Greetings from our incoming Grand Knight:


My name is John Schneller. I will be your next Grand Knight on July 1 this year. I am actually excited to take on this duty. Although the bar has been set high by my predecessors, with their help, yours and The Holy Spirit, I am confident we will all keep Council 706 moving in a positive, Catholic direction. What follows is a very short description of me.


I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and graduated from Saginaw Arthur Hill High School. My wife, Carol, and I are high school sweethearts and will be married 47 years in July. We have a son, Chris, who is our Council’s Inside Guard. We also have a daughter, Heather, who lives in Grand Rapids. Chris and his wife, Anne, have 3 children and Heather has one son. While attending Central Michigan the draft board came calling so I joined the Navy. I ended up as a Reactor Operator/Reactor Technician aboard a nuclear submarine. After serving my term, I came back to Saginaw and took a job with Consumers Power Company at the plant in Essexville, Michigan. When I rejoined civilian life, I went back to college and obtained a Masters of Business Administration. I worked in various power plant related positions with the company for 35 years. Since retirement, besides the Knights, I have supported various charities, the most recent of which is the Kids’ Food Basket. I also usher at St Francis. The most important thing in this short bio is that I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to move the Council forward. Your input is important! See you around the club,


Vivat Jesus,

John Schneller, Deputy Grand Knight (currently)



Kids Food Basket News:

Beginning Tuesday, July 10, the Knights of Columbus #706 has been assigned a regular day of the week for volunteering at the Kids Food Basket. Every Tuesday, for one hour, 10:45-11:45 a.m., we will serve. If you could get a team of four together, perhaps you might like to sign up for one Tuesday a month. Signup sheets are on the bulletin board in the lobby of the club. Any questions, please contact Barb Langlois 231-740-5998 or Sandi Gowin 231-730-6955. Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization.


Stephanie stopped us to say how grateful they were to the K of C's for the check that was given to Angel on Saturday at the Appreciation Dinner. She commented that Angel and her spouse had a great time. And they are so pleased to have us among their volunteer family.


We also talked about drivers. Yes, they could use some drivers to deliver the lunches to the schools. Again, a one hour commitment. I am wondering if you could bring this before the Council to see how we could go about getting some involvement from the men to do this. They will see if they could coordinate the drivers for a Tuesday as well.


I would like to ask that something go into the newsletter for June talking about the Every Tuesday and need for drivers. I would be happy to draft it up.


Barb Langlois


Building Association News:

The Fish Fry that was held on Friday May 18th was well attended.  Your continued participation in events like this…Makes Things Happen at the Knights #706!  Also, we want to thank those that volunteered…from the people who bread the fish to the dish washers.  Thank you for all you do…you make the difference. 


Also the steak fry on April 13th was well attended. A great time was had by all.  If you missed it, the next steak fry is June 22nd. 


Thanks for making the Knights of Columbus #706 a great organization and a great place to meet.


Building Association President,

Tim Kordecki


From the Newsletter Editor:

Senior” Thursday morning golf is underway. We meet at Eagle Island Golf Course at 9:00 am. Come out and join us. You don’t have to be good to join this league, just have some fun.


If you are not getting emails from the council, we need your email address. Please contact Pat Galla at 231-670-7392 or myself at (231) 670-3469 to get on the email list. We do print a few copies and have them at the hall, although the preferred method is electronic. Plus it saves us the expense of printing and postage.


Denny Chandonnet, Editor & PGK


Joke of the month:

Bank Teller


Did you hear about the bank teller that was fired on his first day on the job?

A woman asked him to check her balance, so he pushed her.



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