August 2023 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, August 10th, 2023 – 7:00 PM

Brother Knights,

Well, I certainly have big shoes to fill, as Matt Carlton has done a sensational job as our Grand Knight for the last 5 years.  Most don’t realize that his 5-year term length as Grand Knight is almost unheard of.  Matt had every right to step aside after the normal 2-year commitment but stuck it out through Covid.

Through Covid, the building association and council raised thousands of dollars for local charities, and Matt, his wife Jennifer, and along with their beautiful kids were there leading the charge working Friday evening fish fry’s along with championing other charitable activities.

Please take a moment to thank Matt (and Jennifer) the next time you see them for their dedication and leadership throughout the last five years.  On top of that, Matt has agreed to accept the role of Trustee on the council for the next couple of years, so his dedication of time and talents will continue.


On a personal note, I take a great deal of pride being your Grand Knight and look forward to continuing Matt’s legacy.   I will work closely with the council members and will welcome any ideas in which to make Council 706 the best it can be.

Ushering at St. Francis:

  • August 6th
  • August 27th
  • September 17th

If you can help out, please show up about 15 minutes before the 11:00 AM Mass.

Vivat Jesus,
Doug Zuidema, Council 706 Grand Knight
Phone: 231-780-1268 – Email:

New Officers 2023 – 2024

District Deputy & New Grand Knight

Special Announcements

August Events:

  • The online event calendar will be up-to-date.  Please check it out at
  • Watch for emails on Wednesday dinner or check the Event calendar online
  • Also, be on the lookout for emails of any additional dinners and special events that might come up.
  • August council meeting on the 10th at 7:00 pm.

July – Council Meeting:

  1. The new officer installation was held with our District Deputy, Robert Wassick, presiding.
  2. Please plan to attend the next meeting and see what we are doing with our council. 

Building Association News

We want to thank all the volunteers that help out with dinners and special events.  If you have not helped lately, please check with Steve Tejchma to volunteer at 855-2796.  Our events can run smoothly because of Brother Knights who volunteer.  


August 2
Wet Burritos/Chips
5:30 – 7:30

August 9 
Burgers on the Grill
5:30 – 7:30

August 16
Steak Dinner 
5:30 – 7:30

August 23
Deluxe Salad Bar
5:30 – 7:30

August 30
French Dip/Reuben Sandwich
5:30 – 7:30

Wings and Fries are also available Wednesdays

Please check the Event Calendar for the most accurate information.  We try to keep it updated to the best of our ability!

August 14th, 6:00 pm is the next Building Association Meeting.

Building Association President
Tim Kordecki,

From the Editors Desk

Remember, our Brother Knights in need of prayers.  Please let me know if you have special prayer intentions.  See my email address below to let me know.

The Thursday morning golf is in full swing.  We are always looking for a few more golfers everyone is invited.  Play starts at 9:36 am weather permitting.  Come join us, this is a fun group.

Vivat Jesus,
Denny Chandonnet

Jokes and Reflections

Kids Thoughts

My six-year-old son, David, and his grandmother were taking a walk and detoured through the local graveyard.

Stopping to read the tombstones, grandma explained that the first date was the day the person was born and the second date was the day the person died.

“Why do some tombstones only have one date?” David asked.

“Because those people haven’t died yet,” his grandmother explained.That night, David couldn’t stop talking about the excursion. ‘Mom,” he said with wide eyes, “some of the people buried there aren’t even dead yet!”

No Lie

Once, in the 1820’s, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house.  During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse.  Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn’t come out until after got dark.  When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him.  He asked suspiciously, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?”

“No, pappy,” Sam lied.

“Well, let me tell you a story,” said the father. “Once, not that long ago, Mr Lincoln received a shiny new axe from his father.  Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down.  But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother’s favorite cherry tree,” his pappy paused.” just like you, he ran into the woods.  When he returned, his pappy asked, ‘Abraham, did you cut down the cherry tree?’  Abraham answered with, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie.  I did indeed chop down the tree.’  Then his father said, ‘Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment.  I hope you have learned your lesson, though.’  So,” the Sam’s father asked again,” did you knock down the outhouse?”

“Pappy, I cannot tell a lie anymore.” said the little boy.  “I did indeed knock down the outhouse.”

Then his pappy spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue.  The boy whimpered, “Pappy, I told you the truth!  Why did you spank me?”Pappy answered, “That’s because Abraham Lincoln’s father wasn’t in the tree when he chopped it down!”

No Judgement

A few years ago, a 24-year-old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted… “Dad, look the trees are going behind us!”

As his dad smiled, a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year-old’s childish behavior with pity, when suddenly he again exclaimed… “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man.  “Why don’t you take your son to see a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said… “I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, and he just got his eyes today.”

Remember: Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

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