April 2021 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 7:00 PM

Fellow Brothers,

Happy Easter, HE IS RISEN!  This is one of the most important feasts of the church calendar.  I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.  Hopefully, some of you were able to spend some time with family and friends.  This COVID pandemic has put us in a tough spot sometimes.

As most of you know, our dinners at the hall have been very successful.  Although most of the dinners have been via drive thru, in the past few weeks the hall has also been open for dining in.  We have been able to adhere to the social distancing, well, as much as we can!  The dinners have raised quite a bit of money through donations to various local charities.  The last charity to benefit was AMBUCS.  We did more than $5,000 on the first part of donations.  Then a donor stepped up and offered an additional $2,500 match for the next couple weeks.  Well, thanks to all your help we matched that $2,500, bringing our total donation to AMBUCS, over $10,000.  Great job Brother Knights and everyone who contributed.

Our next effort will be to help our area Handicapped individuals through our Tootsie Roll Drive.  The next few dinners, we will be asking to help with this worthy cause.  Through the parishes after the Masses on Easter Sunday. we have collected over $1,000 already.  We are hoping the dinners will get some additional donations.  The last few years, we have given our donations to Wesley School and ARC Muskegon for their handicap programs.

At Easter Vigil this year, we welcomed in the Catechumens at St Francis.  The Knights served a luncheon at noon for the family retreat.  Then after the Vigil Mass, we served hors d’oeuvres for them at a reception in Shepherds Hall to congratulate them on joining the Catholic Faith.  Thanks to the Brother Knights who help serve these two events for the parish. Our Council is doing some amazing things in our parishes and our community.  We should all be proud to be a Knight.  Please mention the things we are doing the next time you see someone and ask them to join our Council.  Also, step up and help when you can, be it for a dinner or a fundraiser or helping out ushering at church or when we have a cleaning bee at the hall or becoming an Officer.  We have about 450 members in our Council, we would like everyone to help out.  Many hands make light work.  Talk to members you see involved and ask them; how you can help?

Ushering at St. Francis:
April 18th
May 9th
May 30th

Please help ushering at Mass on Sunday 11:00 am.  Please add these dates to your calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early to get your instructions.  Things are getting a little back to normal.

Vivat Jesus,
Matt Carlton, Grand Knight
Phone: 231-740-4651 – Email: carlton29@frontier.com

Special Announcements

April Events:

  • The online Event calendar is up-to-date.  Please check it out at www.kc706.com  Please be aware and watch as things may change as the COVID things get worse.
  • Dinner events are drive-through and also in hall dining. All our dinners have been supporting local charities, please stay tuned to the charity we will be supporting each week.
  • Lenten Fish Fries will end April 2nd but Wednesday dinners will continue and a few Friday dinners in April.  Check the calendar online. Please support these dinners, volunteer if you are able. Contact Matt Carlton or Steve Tejchma to help.

March – Council Meeting:

  1. The meeting held was held at the Council Room, with social distancing.
  2. We are in good standings with State and Supreme.
  3. We will plan on meeting in person in April with social distancing. Bills and deposits for the Council will happen sooner, hopefully. However, our Financial Secretary is in Florida helping their daughter for a while (see prayers for Tyce his son-in-law). So it still might be a challenge.

Membership Goals 2019-2020: 31 new members and 11 new insurance members.
Members needed: 23 now. Please try to always recruit new gentlemen.
New insurance members needed: 11

Building Association News

We are still planning to do dinner in April, but will be cutting back on the Friday dinners.  Wednesday Drive Thru and in hall dining will continue.  Please follow the social distancing rules.  We have been doing very well with this, but your support has been very much appreciated.  Thank you.

  • We were all flexible in handling all types of situations to meet our members and the public’s needs
  • We kept our dinners to an affordable cost for our members and general public
  • We effectively reinforced our volunteers’ emotional connections with your organization
  • We provided strong support to our community with donations to many local charities/organizations

These recognitions have been sustainable through this year of many uncertainties and disruption. Plus, they’re valuable for us in getting support of volunteers’ over the long run. With this, it boosts high energy, engagement and retention to keep our organization on solid ground.

We would like to identify each and every person who volunteered this year but there are too many to list. Each and every volunteer went above and beyond to support the Knights of Columbus. We cannot express our gratitude enough and what your support has meant to our organization.

Of course, we do not want to forget all the individuals that have volunteered for many years prior to 2020 but were not able to continue because of the issues involved with the pandemic. We understand that and we stand behind all these individuals and their personal decisions. We know deep down that you wanted to be there to help as always.

Additionally, we cannot forget the entire member’s and general public that came through one or multiple drive thru dinners. We appreciate ever singly one of you. Without our dinner customers we would not have had the success we did with keeping our organization functioning at a high level during this very disruptive year. 

Thank you for all you have done in 2020. We look forward to your volunteering in 2021.

Please continue to spread the news on our Friday and Wednesday Drive Thru dinners in 2021. It is very much appreciated.

Current dinner schedules coming up, all are Drive Thru at this time. Please consult the online Calendar for changes:

April 2 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
April 7 Meat Loaf Dinner $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
April 14 Polish Dinner $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
April 16 BBQ Ribs $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
April 21 Swiss Steak $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
April 28 French Dip $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
April 30 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wings and Fries are also available Wednesdays

We are looking forward to 2021.  Please see the Website at www.kc706.com click on the Calendars, then Event Calendar to see what activities are planned.  Thank you!

Stay Safe and where those masks (it’s helping)!

Building Association President,
Tim Kordecki, Email: timkordecki@comcast.net

From the Editors Desk

It is a little early, but the weather has been very good lately, so we may look at starting the Eagle Island Golf soon. This time of year, we need to watch the weather and usually begin at 10:00 am for the first month or two. We hope to start in April, but stay tuned, definitely in May.

Vivat Jesus,
Denny Chandonnet, Email: famchando@comcast.net

Joke of the Month

Lunch With An 85 Year Old:

One day I had lunch with some old friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type, about 85-years old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please.”

I wasn’t sure my ears heard him right, and the others were aghast, When Jim continued, completely unabashed… “along with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream.”

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy eating mine. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Jim as I watched him savoring each bite of his pie a-la-mode. The other guys just grinned in disbelief as they silently ate their lunches.

The next time I went out to eat, I called Jim and invited him to join me. I lunched on a white meat tuna sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. Since I was chuckling, he wanted to know if he amused me. I answered, “Yes, you certainly do, but you also confuse me. How come you always order such rich desserts, while I feel like I must be sensible in my food choices?”

He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is possible for me to taste. I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy, but life’s too short, my friend. I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned.) I’ve never been this old before, so, while I’m still here, I’ve decided it’s time to try all those things that, for years, I’ve been ignoring.” He continued, “I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There are more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.”
“There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
“I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face.” “I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.”
“I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast.”
“I want un-timed long-distance calls to the one I love the most.”
“I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain.”
“I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.”

“So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final piece of pie before my life expired.”

With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind.” I said, “I want what he’s having, only add some more whipped cream!”

This is my gift to you – We need an annual Friends Day! Live well, love much, & laugh often – Be happy and enjoy doing whatever your heart desires. You only go around once on this crazy planet. Be mindful that happiness isn’t based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like, respect, and enjoy spending time with. Remember that while money talks, ICE CREAM SINGS!

Bonus Joke: Now That I’m Older

My goal for 2020 was to lose 10 pounds. Only have 14 to go.

Ate salad for dinner. Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce, and cheese. FINE, it was a pizza … OK!?

A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet though shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero outside, they closed school? Yea, me neither.

I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this.

I love aging, I learn something new every day and forget 5 other things.

Had Room for a 2nd Bonus Joke(s)

  • Why should basketball players wear bibs?
    – Because they dribble a lot.
  • What do you call bears without ears?
    – B
  • If Apple made a car, would it have Windows?
  • What capitals are in Washington, D.C.?
    – W, D, and C.
  • Why did the cannon have trouble finding work?
    – Because it kept getting fired.
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