January 2024 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, January 11th, 2024 – 7:00 PM

Brother Knights of Council 706,

Almost like a fresh blanket of snow (that we haven’t really experienced since Halloween), January brings a new start.  It offers us a time to reflect on the past year on what we did, good, average, and subpar, and an opportunity to commit to change for 2024.  How I certainly don’t want to start this letter with the “catholic guilt” implying we didn’t live up to what others expect of us or, far more importantly, what we expect from ourselves, but even a few changes or better decisions could probably all be in incorporated into all of our lives in 2024.  I, for one, could certainly make a few better ones……including the ones on the golf course.  Food for thought.

Keeping this in mind, the Knights of Columbus Council is a great fraternal organization, and we are fortunate to have a building in which to hold our meetings and gather.  This past year and in the role of Grand Knight, I had the opportunity to open my eyes to all the wonderful members and spouses of members that contribute to making this council and building “work” or “happen” and I was amazed and surprised of all that is needed. 

For instance, the beautiful flowers in the pots and hanging baskets outside of the building are maintained and cared for by Chad Ernest….I never knew that until this year but he does it!  Sure, it takes a few minutes of his time a week….but we have all come to enjoy and expect them.  Scott Schlaffer does the accounting services….again, this is another example of one of those “behind the scenes” tasks that everyone just assumes will get done, but he does it!

The hall decorating before Christmas was done by a few spouses of members(sorry, I don’t recall who they were), but they did it!  And who can forget our hall manager, Steve Tejchma, and all he does for our organization, but he does it!  Now, these are just a few examples of activities that are needed to keep the building afloat, and I am certainly missing a lot of people who contribute their time and talents, so I apologize for all those I left out.

So, in 2024, I would challenge all of you to ask yourselves one question: what have I done to contribute to Council 706 or help maintain the building?  And for those who tell me,” Hey, I breaded fish back in the 90’s”, well, thank you, have you done lately?  Many hands make easy work.  If you want to contribute your time and talents, please let me or Steve Tejchma know how you want to help.  With Lent coming soon, we will need many to step up and help out.  This is how we financially maintain the hall and help our community.

I would ask that you add to 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. As always, our council meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the council room.  All members are welcome to attend.

Ushering at St. Francis:

  • January 21st
  • February 11th
  • March 3rd

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
Email: doug@dougzuidema.com

Special Announcements

January Events:

  • The online event calendar will be up-to-date.  Please check it out at www.kc706.com.
  • Watch for emails on Wednesday dinner or check the Event calendar online
  • January council meeting on the 11th at 7:00 p.m.

December – Council Meeting:

  1. We are in good standing with State and Supreme Councils.
  2. Please plan to attend the next meeting and see what we are doing with our council.

Building Association News

Our Annual Christmas Party was a blast. A HUGE THANKS to all who were there.  We enjoyed great food for the potluck, and Steve supplied the meat.  The Zagar Trio added some great Christmas music.  Thanks for all the help helped put it all together.  January and February are filled with events and dinners.

We look forward to the Lenten Fish Dinners that will start Wednesday, February 14th on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent.  Please contact Steve Tejchma to volunteer at 855-2796, it takes quite a few people to put these dinners on.


January 17
Polish Dinner
5:30 – 7:30pm

Also, a Bake Goods Sale fund raiser for The Muskegon Polish Festival

January 24
Pot Roast Dinner
5:30 – 7:30pm

January 31
French Dip/Reuben Sandwich
5:30 – 7:30pm


February 4 (Sunday)
French Dip/Reuben/Wings     
Irish Music Fund Raiser
Time TBD

February 7
Swiss Steak Dinner
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 9 (Friday)
Steak Dinner
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 10  (Saturday
Volunteer Appreciation
Time TBD

February 14
Fish Fry (Ash Wednesday)
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 16 (Friday)
Friday Fish Fry
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 21
BBQ Ribs Dinner 
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 16 (Friday)
Friday Fish Fry
5:30 – 7:30pm

February 28
French Dip/Reuben Sandwich
5:30 – 7:30pm

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!

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

From the Editors Desk

Happy New Year to everyone!  Let’s make 2024 the best of your life.  Pray more and love more!

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

Jokes and Reflections

Joke this month:  Short Sermon

A minister delivered a sermon in ten minutes one Sunday morning, which was about half the usual length of his sermons.

He explained, “I am sorry to inform you that my dog, who is fond of eating paper, ate the last portion of my sermon and I have nothing more to say.”

After the service, a visitor from another church shook hands with the preacher and said, “Pastor, if that dog of yours has any pups, I’d like to get one for my pastor.”

Bonus Joke this month:  Funny quotes about intelligence

“I’m not offended by blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…and I also know that I’m not blonde.” —Dolly Parton

“We use 10% of our brains. Imagine how much we could accomplish if we used the other 60%.” —Ellen DeGeneres

“My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” —Billy Connolly

“When in doubt, look intelligent.” —Garrison Keillor

Funny quotes about stupidity

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein

“Think of how stupid the average person is and realize half of them are stupider than that.” —George Carlin

“User: the word computer professionals use when they mean ‘idiot.'” —Dave Barry

“If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?” —Will Rogers

Random Thoughts

I just burned 1,200 calories.  I forgot the pizza in the oven.

Who knew that the hardest thing about being an adult is figuring out what to fix for dinner and doing it every single night for the rest of your life until you die?

I hate it when people act all intellectual and talk about Mozart when they’ve never even seen one of his paintings.

Never trust an electrician with no eyebrows.

So, my neighbor knocked on my front door at 3 a.m, 3AM!!!  Luckily, I was already up playing the bagpipes.

Instead of cleaning my house, I just watch an episode of “The Hoarders,” and think, “Wow!  My house looks great.”

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in just a week or two, he will feel as good as ever.

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