Current Newsletter from Our Grand Knight

From the Desk of the Grand Knight

Next Meeting Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM



Brother Knights of #706,


The Knights are really focusing on strengthening our church and there is an opportunity to learn more about it. There will be a power point presentation by Supreme Director Dannie Harris and a short film. It will be hosted by Holy Rosary Council #13579. If interested in attending please contact Garret Kelenske, District Deputy #76 at 231-571-3101


Grand Rapids Diocese Knights of Columbus

Building the Domestic Church

While Strengthening our Parish

What: A presentation on Building the Domestic Church

When: Thursday February 15th, 2018 6:30 pm Registration. 7:00 pm Start

Where: Sacred Heart Parish 150 East Summit Ave, Muskegon Hts.

Who needs to attend: All members interested in strengthening their Parish and Councils


You should have received your dues bill for 2018. If you have not sent it in please do so at your earliest convince. I also thank all who have sent it in already. Our dues gives the Council necessary revenue to do charitable things in our Church and community


            There is a Ladies night at the hall on Thursday January 25th. As of this publication I haven’t had any feedback, however as of this writing we have about 60 plus signed up. It was hosted by Barb Langlois and Sandi Gowin. The ladies are planning to decorate lunch bags for Kids for Food Basket here in Muskegon. There is soup and salad and rolls that night cooked by Barb and Sandi and dessert by Monica Galla. More news about this in our March edition, when I have more details regarding the night. I see more events like this coming in the future.  If you see Sandi or Barb or Monica please thank them for organizing this event.


            You should have received in the mail your State raffle tickets. Please consider purchasing some or selling them to your friends. Our council gets a portion of the sales back to us.


Another successful Stag event was held January 20th. If you missed this you missed some great shrimp with all the fixings, those that didn’t like shrimp had steak. The next time you see Steve Tejchma and Tim Kordecki please thank them for running this event. I’m not sure who else helped out on this but a big thank you to all who made it a great time for all in attendance.


            We had a First Degree initiation on January 18th at our hall. We had 10 new members initiated and 1 new transfer. So please welcome the following brothers: Ronald Maka, Mike Schanner, Allan Lowe IV, Richard Schichtel, Thom Hornik, Paul St. Amour, Paul Kuharevicz, Andrew Gabrielson, Steve Schuitema and David Eder to Council #706, also thank-you to all the sponsors who recruited these gentlemen. Keep up the good work everyone, we only need a few more to meet our 2017-2018 goal!! We added 36 new members or transfers in 2016-2017 year. Great job everyone!! For the fiscal year 2017-2018 our goal is 29 new members and 10 new insurance members. We are well on our way.


            We are having our second annual Beer Tent date July 28th so mark your calendar!!!  We are just in the planning phase, but that date will be here fast, so when asked to help, please say yes.


Our Council is still ushering at St Francis de Sales at the 11:00 Mass. We usher every third week and we really need your help. There is a select few who help, but it never hurts to have extra. With our members growing, we should be able to get 6 ushers to show up every third week. It only means getting to church about 15 minutes early. If Christ could endure the cross for 3 hours and extra 15 minutes doesn’t mean much. Please contact me if you can help!!


Ushering Schedule:

1-20-2018                                2-18-18                                    3-11-2018


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. Or if you know of a worthwhile organization to hold a fund raiser, contact Pat also.


Just a reminder our Appreciation Dinner is May 12th so mark your calendars, details to follow. This is a great way to thank those that volunteer throughout the year. GET INVOLVED IN THE COUNCIL EVENTS.


Degree schedules:

First Degree coming in April (more news on this in next month’s bulletin)

Second and Third Degree Exemplification at Our Lady of Grace March 10, 2018 9:00 – 2:00 (sponsored by the Spanish Council.  It will be done in English, but I’m sure the food will be great). If you are only a First Degree member, please mark this date on your calendar. These new Degrees are worth the time spent.


Please try to attend our next meeting. Always looking for new ideas and input from our members.  We had to hustle to get the February news out, because our Grand Knight and the Editor are heading out of town.


Vivat Jesus

Patrick Galla, Grand Knight

Cell: 231-670-7392




Tidbit Announcements:

February events:

a)      2-8 Council meeting at 7:00 pm

b)      2-9 Ribs & Perch dinner 5:00 – 8:00 pm

c)      2-12 Building Association meeting 6:30 pm

d)     2-14 Ash Wednesday, Fish and Shrimp Fry 4:30 – 7:30 pm

e)      2-16 Fish and Shrimp Fry 4:30 – 7:30 pm

f)       2-18 usher at St. Francis 11:00 am Mass

g)      2-23 Fish and Shrimp Fry 4:30 – 7:30 pm

h)      3-2 Fish and Shrimp Fry 4:30 – 7:30 pm


January - Council Meeting Highlights:

a)      Treasures reports approved.

b)      Motion to have an ad in the MCC Play book for our Council, Approved.

c)      District Deputy Bill Bernesser praised our Council for great job with new membership.

d)     Good standing with Supreme



Kids Food Basket News: John Schneller

We are 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


As you see in the above news, Barb Langlois and Sandy Gowin have a bag decorating party, on January 25th at 6:30.


Your help is always appreciated,

John, Schneller



From the Newsletter Editor:

If you are not getting emails from the council, we need your email address. Please contact Pat Galla or myself to get on the list. We do print a few copies and have them at the hall. The preferred method is electronic.


Follow us on Facebook and get event reminders through your Facebook page.  Search for KC706 when you are logged-into Facebook and click on the “Like” button when you are on the Knights of Columbus Dan M. Kennedy Council 706 page.  You will then see everything that is posted to our Facebook page. 


Our Council website is please check it out and save it as one of your favorites. The Events Calendar is very handy to see upcoming happenings. This will give you a good list for volunteer activities.


Denny Chandonnet, Editor & PGK



Joke of the month:

Tour of London

A Texan was taking a taxi tour of London and was in a hurry. As they went by the Tower of London the cabby explained what it was and that construction started in 1346 and it was completed in 1412.


The Texan replied, "Shoot, a little ol' tower like that? In Houston we'd have that thing up in two weeks!"


The cab passed the House of Parliament next, the cabby stating that it started construction in 1544 and was completed 1618.


"Boy, we put up a bigger one than that in Dallas and it only took a year!"


As they passed Westminster Abbey the cabby was silent.


"Whoa! What's that over there?" asked the Texan.


The cabby a bit annoyed at the Texan, replied, "Darned if I know, wasn't there yesterday..."






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