February-March 2021 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 7:00 PM
Meetings will be through Zoom until further notice.

Fellow Brothers,

The Lenten season is upon us, starting on Ash Wednesday February 17th and continuing to Holy Thursday April 1st. This is a season of preparation for Easter, Lent has both a penitential and baptismal character. There are many different penitential practices, some of the traditional ones include fasting, prayer and almsgiving. For those preparing to be baptized at Easter, the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” includes a “Rite of Election,” usually done early in Lent and three “Scrutiny’s” (done on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent). This is a wonderful time of year for reflection and to allow ourselves to take up our crosses as Christ once did. Lent is a season of solemnity and sacrifice commemorating Jesus’ exodus into the desert. The sacrifices we make is a reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us from our sins. Find your way to sacrifice and take up your crosses this Lenten season.

The Building Association will continue to have dinners throughout the Lent Season. Please come down for a dinner or if you would like to volunteer your talents, we would love to have your support. The next couple of weeks we will be collecting money for Family Promise, which is a local organization that supports families that are having troubled times. The focus of the Family Promise group is to keep the family together under one roof and support them so they can get back on their feet. As we continue with our dinners, I’m continued to be impressed with the support that our membership and our community offer. Please thank our volunteers if you come down to the club for a dinner or drive thru or if you see them in the community. We are making a difference in the community as an organization and it is definitely needed at this time.

I would ask that you add into your prayers, that God may guide our leaders and all of us to make the place we live in better than the day before. I believe that all of us can make a difference, especially in our own community, it starts with each one of us.

Council meetings will be the second Thursday of each month and everybody is welcome and encourage to join us for our monthly meeting. However, this month our council meeting will be on February 18th @ 6:30 pm. Until further notice the council meetings will be a Zoom meeting.

I hope all Brother Knights and their families are doing well, but for those that are going through tough times please pray for them. See the members in need on the website and keep them in your prayers.

Ushering at St. Francis:
March 7th
March 28th
April 18th

Please help ushering at Mass on Sunday 11:00 am.  We are needed more than ever to help with social distancing and some cleaning after Mass.  Please add these dates to your calendar and try to arrive about 20 minutes early to get your instructions.

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

Special Announcements

February/March Events:
>> 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 thing gets worse.
>> Dinner events are drive-through, but 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 begin Wednesday, Feb17th, and continue every Friday in Lent. Please support these dinners, volunteer if you are able. Contact Matt Carlton or Steve Tejchma to help.

January – Council Meeting:
a) Meeting held was a Zoom meeting and it went very well, considering.
b) We are in good standing with State and Supreme.
c) We will plan on meeting in person in February with social distancing. Bills and deposits for the Council will happen via a manual process. Please be patient with your check deposits, we are working through this with the virus. It has been a challenge.

Membership Goals 2020-2021: 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

Amid this year’s many disruptions, we have certainly seen our fair share of new challenges—but we also saw a surge in support, as well.  We would like to recognize the following:

  • 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:


February 24 French Dip $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
February 26 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wings and Fries are also available Wednesday


March 3 BBQ and Soup $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
March 5 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
March 10 Pot Roast $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
March 12 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
March 17 Corn Beef and Cabbage $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
March 19 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
March 24 Pork Chops $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
March 26 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
March 31 French Dip $10.00 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
April 2 Fish Fry $11.00 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wings and Fries are also available Wednesdays

We are looking forward to 2021.  Stay tuned to events coming up and please volunteer if you are able.  Lenten Fish Fries will be posted soon, stay tuned.  Please see the Website at www.kc706.com click on the Calendars, then Event Calendar to see what dinners are planned.  Thank you!

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

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

From the Editors Desk

Blessings to all. May we all get our vaccines for this virus. Keep praying for the recovery and health during these winter months. All you Brothers and family that are enjoying the southern climate, pray for those of us that remained up north… PLEASE!

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

Joke of the Month

A Parable….

A Russian Jew named Jacob was finally allowed to emigrate to Israel. At the Moscow airport, a customs inspector found a statue of Lenin in his luggage. “What is this?”

Jacob replied: “Wrong question, comrade. You should have asked ‘Who is this?’ This is Comrade Lenin. He laid the foundations of Socialism and created the future prosperity of the Russian people. I am taking it with me as a memory of our dear hero.”

The customs official sent him on his way.

At Tel Aviv airport, the Israeli customs official also asked “What is this?”

“Wrong question, sir. You should be asking ‘Who is this?’ This, my friend, is Lenin, the bastard who caused me, a Jew, to leave Russia. I take this statue as a reminder to curse him every day.”

The Israeli official sent him on his way.

When he settled in his new home, Jacob placed the statue on a table. The following evening, he invited friends and relatives to dinner.

Spotting the statue, one of his cousins asked, “Who is this?”

Jacob replied, “Wrong question. You should have asked ‘What is this?’ This is five kilograms of solid gold that I managed to bring with me without having to pay any customs duty or tax.”

The moral: “Politics is when you can tell the same story in different ways to fool different people and come out smelling like a rose.” And we’ve seen this lately!

Bonus Joke: Fitness Time

A FRIEND wanted me to enroll in an aerobics class.

“No. Absolutely not!” I exclaimed. “I tried that once.”

‘What happened?” she asked, looking puzzled.

“I twisted, hopped, jumped, stretched and pulled,” I replied. “And by the time I got those darn leotards on, the class was over!”

Had room for a 2nd bonus joke:

CAUGHT up in the fitness craze, I joined a club that offered a reasonably priced membership.
Although I never went, a year later I hurried back to renew.

“Do you guys have a name for people like me who join and never show up?” I jokingly asked the well-muscled man behind the counter.

“Sure,” he responded with a grin. “Profit.”

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