December 2023 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, December 14th, 2023 – 7:00 PM

Brother Knights of Council 706,

Isn’t this cool, crisp weather just beautiful?  It is a perfect reminder of the choices we can make each day … is the glass half full or half empty?  Knowing there isn’t anything we can do about the cooler weather (other than going south for the winter), I would suggest taking the half-full position and getting out and enjoying this wonderful winter weather!  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and some family time. It’s a blessing to all.

Along with the cooler air and snow, the month of December, of course, brings the celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25.  I would encourage everyone to “keep their eye on the ball” and not forget why we celebrate this day each year.  It is not to exchange gifts but to celebrate the birth of our savior and the everlasting love he represents.  I am the father of 4 young adults, and I fully remember those Christmas mornings and understand how young children (and grown children, for that matter) can be engulfed in this holiday’s gifts and material side.  But, again, take a quiet moment with your children and grandchildren and remind them that Christmas is more than a day to give and receive gifts – it is an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, let’s celebrate Council 706 style!!!!  The children’s Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Personally, I know that old St. Nick will arrive with his bells, big belly, and a warm lap around noon.  The sign-up sheet will be at the club, so please sign up early.  That adult Christmas party will be held that same evening, December 9, starting at 6 p.m.  This is a potluck, so bring a dish to pass and enjoy the time with friends.

A special event at St Francis is the “Four Lights of Advent” on Monday, December 4th, at 6:00 pm, with meditative music and reflection.  The Knight will serve a meal afterward, with some social time.  We will need some help serving and cleaning up after, so please contact Doug if you can help (his phone and email are listed below).

St. Francis will hold a St. Nick breakfast after 11 am mass on Sunday. December 10th.  There is no need to RSVP, but this is a great opportunity to strengthen that bond between church, Christ, and Christmas with the children and grandchildren of the parish.  I am told that Mr. and Mrs. St. Nick will be present for the youngsters.  The Knights will be helping with this, too.  There are so many ways to get involved in volunteering.

Ushering at St. Francis:

  • December 10th
  • December 31st
  • January 21st

If you can help out, please show up about 15 minutes before the 11:00 Mass.  Thank you to the Brother Knights that have been helping with this.  Our new pastor, Fr Steve, is very supportive of the Knights, so please help if you can.

Vivat Jesus,
Doug Zuidema, Council 706 Grand Knight
Phone: 616-402-8555

Special Announcements

Deember 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
  • Many events come up in December and January, check them out.
  • December council meeting on the 11th at 7:00 p.m.

November – Council Meeting:

  1. Our District Deputy, Robert Wassick, gave us the news from the State and Supreme. The work we are doing in our community is making us active as Knights.
  2. We were a little delinquent in our semi-annual report, but it was recently completed.
  3. Please plan to attend the next meeting and see what we are doing with our council.

Building Association News

Our Annual Turkey was a great success this year; a HUGE THANKS to all the volunteers who helped with this.  Great food to kick off the Thanksgiving party. The months of December and January are filled with events and dinners.  Come on down the hall and enjoy the Holiday Season.  Wednesday dinners have been well received and will continue in the new year.  Watch the emails and calendar for dinners as we wind down to Fall and Winter.  Please contact Steve Tejchma to volunteer at 855-2796. You may also want to contact myself, if you can help.


December 6
Meat Loft Dinner
5:30 – 7:30 pm
 (Polish Festival group will be selling Christmas Ornaments)

December 9
Kids Christmas Party (kids 10 and under)
10:00am – 12:30pm
(sign up for children’s gifts at the hall)

Also, the Adult Christmas Party

Happy Hour
5:00pm – Close

Dinner – We will supply the meat
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Bring a dish to pass
Music by the Zagar Trio
7:30 – Close

December 31
Anyone willing to have a New Years Eve party, let Steve know we will get the word out

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!

January dinners will be happening on January 17, 2024…stay tuned.

Building Association President
Tim Kordecki,

From the Editors Desk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Vivat Jesus,
Denny Chandonnet

Jokes and Reflections

Joke this month:  Police Dog on a Plane

A man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sat down in the aisle seat and put his black Labrador Retriever in the middle seat next to the man.

The first man looked very quizzically at the dog and asked why the dog was allowed on the plane.

The second man explained that he was from the Police Drugs Enforcement Agency and that the dog was a ‘sniffing dog’.  ‘His name is Sniffer and he’s the best there is.  I’ll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.’

The plane took off, and once it has levelled out, the Policeman said, ‘Watch this.’  He told Sniffer to ‘search’.

Sniffer jumped down, walked along the aisle, and finally sat very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds.  Sniffer then returned to his seat and put one paw on the policeman’s arm.

The Policeman said, ‘Good boy’, and he turned to the man and said, ‘That woman is in possession of marijuana, I’m making a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.

‘Gee, that’s pretty good,’ replied the first man.

Once again, the Policeman sent Sniffer to search the aisles.  The Lab sniffed about, sat down beside a man for a few seconds, returned to its seat, and this time he placed two paws on the agent’s arm.  The Policeman said, ‘That man is carrying cocaine, so again, I’m making a note of his seat number for the police.’

‘I like it!’ said his seat mate.

The Policeman then told Sniffer to ‘search’ again.  Sniffer walked up and down the aisles for a little while, sat down for a moment, and then came racing back to the agent, jumped into the middle seat and proceeded to poop on the seat.

The first man was really disgusted by this behavior and couldn’t figure out how or why a well-trained dog would behave like that. So, he asked the Policeman, ‘What’s going on?’

The Policeman nervously replied, ‘He’s just found a bomb.’

Bonus Joke this month:  She Knows Her Geography

I have traveled just about all over the world.

Wow, you must know geography well?

Oh yes, I spent 2 months there!

Luck you get a Second Bonus Joke:  Speed of Sound

A woman boarded a plane with her sister.

As she passed the pilot, she said, “Now don’t start going faster than sound. We haven’t seen each other in a long time, and we want to talk.”

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