July 2023 Newsletter

From the Desk of
the Grand Knight

Council Meeting
Thursday, July 13th, 2023 – 7:00 PM

Brother Knights,

As July is upon us, so is the time to bring the new officers to the council, with this new set of officers a new Grand Knight.  I am pleased and honored to introduce Doug Zuidema as your next Grand Knight of Council 706.  Doug has served as Deputy Knight throughout my 5-year term as Grand Knight.  I want to thank Doug for stepping up into the role of Deputy Grand Knight and for all that he has done for me and the Knights of Columbus.  Doug has always been there to assist in any capacity that he has been called to do.  If you see Doug or any of the other officers around, please thank them for their service and for their future service.

I’m lucky enough to work with a great group of council members at the Knights or out in the community.  What is even more impressive is our membership and their families.  It was not until I started as Grand Knight that I saw how many members of the Knights and their families in the community were helping people and making this crazy world a better place.

As my term as Grand Knight comes to a close, I reflect on the last 5 years, and it has been a pleasure to work with all the officers and all the extended families that we have at the Knights of Columbus.  It amazes me how many people are willing to donate their time and talents to help others.  When I’m selfishly thinking to myself, I do enough and don’t need to do that volunteer event.  I run into a fellow Knight or family member of a Knight at the council that just spent the last day or two in a nursing home with a sick member of the council or group that just worked a food truck or a group that worked the breakfast at First Congressional Church.  And I remind myself, choose to give rather than receive, and you will be rewarded when it matters.  Thank you all who have assisted me in the Grand Knight position, and I will miss serving as Grand Knight, but you have a great candidate in Doug to keep the Knights moving in the right direction.  Good luck, Doug! We have a stellar lineup of candidates for the next fraternal year; see the listing of officers below.  Please make sure you thank your council members when you see them; it is a very rewarding job but does take some work and time away from the family. 

  • Grand Knight- Doug Zuidema
  • Deputy Grand Knight- Eric Bollman
  • Financial Secretary- Steve DeWall
  • Treasurer- Brian Delong
  • Recorder- Brad Doriot
  • Advocate- Henry Hartwell
  • Chancellor- Bill McDermitt
  • Warden- Tom Seatrom
  • Lecturer- Brian Powers
  • Inside Guard- Tim Kordecki
  • Outside Guard- Kelly Powers
  • Trustee 1 year- Matt Carlton
  • Trustee 2 year – Dennis Chandonnet
  • Trustee 3 year- Lee Chandonnet
Michael Caughey

Our Lenten season mission to help support Brother Michael Caughey, attending seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska, is complete, and we have reached our goal of $10,000.00.  The check was presented to Michael at the Council Hall last Wednesday.  He was very gracious and wanted me to thank all of you that he could not thank personally.  I would also like to thank all of you for your help in reaching this goal and thanks for helping put another young man one step closer to the priesthood and reaching his goal of serving God. 

Council meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month, and everybody is welcome and encouraged to join us for our monthly meeting.  This month our council meeting will be the installation officers on July 13th @ 7 pm.

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. 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.

Ushering at St. Francis:

  • July 16th
  • August 6th
  • August 27th

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

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

Special Announcements

July 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
  • Our donations  for Seminarian Michael Caughey will be announced
  • Also, be on the lookout for emails of any additional dinners and special events that might come up.

June – Council Meeting:

  1. Meeting was held, we are in good standing with State and Supreme.
  2. We discussed the new officers and have a slate of Officers for 2023/2024.
  3. Please plan to attend the next meeting and see what we are doing with our council. 

Building Association News

Our events are able to run smoothly because of Brother Knights volunteering to help, we need help with these dinners.  We also need help before the dinners, it takes a lot of people to get all the fixings together.  Please get in touch with Steve Tejchma at 855-2796.  We want to thank all the volunteers that help out.  


July 12

Burgers on the Grill
5:30 – 7:30
Music be “Two Dudes in Flip Flops”

Wings and Fries are also available Wednesdays

Please check the website here – kc706.com/event-calendar/. 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,
Email: timkordecki@comcast.net

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
Email: famchando@comcast.net

Jokes and Reflections

Family Story

Grandma was a terrible cook and one gathering at her home she served bean soup that was over salted.

Little grandson Tommy saw everyone at the table struggling to eat it so he piped up, “Could someone pass me the salt?” and the entire group broke out laughing — except Grandma. 

On the way home, the family was discussing the terrible meal and again Tommy had a funny quip.

Tommy’s father, in grandma’s defense, said “Grandma does serve food that will stick to your ribs (a euphemism for it’s nutritious)” 

Tommy replied, “Yeah, you can’t even throw it up!”

Book Sales

In the United States, a book titled: “How To Change Your Wife In 30 Days”, sold 50 million copies in one week, before the author discovered that the title has a spelling error!

The correct title was: “How To Change Your Life In 30 Days”.

After the correction, for a whole month, only 2 copies were sold.

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