Council 8291 receives November Council of the Month

By: Martin Brown - Wed, Dec 20, 2023 6:05 AM

Posted For: Council #8291

Congratulations to Msgr. Julian Moleski Council #8291 and Grand Knight Kenneth Grachan for receiving the Council of Month for November in the Grand Rapids Diocese.
Pictured is SDRR Marty Brown presenting the award to Grand Knight Kenneth Grachan.
Martin Brown
State Deputy Regional Representative


Council 2508 Exemplification

By: District Deputy 403 - Mon, Dec 18, 2023 7:03 PM

Posted For: Council #2508

On Monday December 11th, Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508 of Sturgis held a new member Exemplification.
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Pictured from left to right are: Alex Novak, Richard Yesh, Deacon Larry Kasuboski, Matt Huff, Daniel Collins (new member), Scott Hopkins, Grand Knight, District Deputy 403 Robert Matkin, and Pete Palasinski.
Congratulations and welcome Daniel!
Vivat Jesus!
Robert J Matkin
District Deputy 403


Council 4764 receives their third in a row Star Council Award

By: District Deputy 113 - Fri, Dec 15, 2023 5:17 AM

Posted For: Council #4764

At their December 12th meeting, Father Thomas Carey Council #4764 in Lake Orion received their well-deserved Star Council award. This council proudly serves Christ the Redeemer parish and St. Joseph parish.
What's even more impressive is that this is council 4764's "hat trick" ... that is, their third consecutive Star Council award!
Pictured are, L-R: Joe Brenner (AOD East Program Director), PGK Frank Kramarczyk, and DD113 Tom Kendziorski.
Pictured are, L-R: Joe Brenner (AOD East Program Director), PGK Frank Kramarczyk, GK Tom Tiffany, and DD113 Tom Kendziorski.
Two additional councils in District #113 also achieved this incredible three-fer: Pope St. John XXIII Council #5436 in Waterford and St. Daniel Council #15967 in Clarkston.
Congratulations to all the members of council 4764, 5436, and 15967. Keep up the fantastic work!
Vivat Jesus!
DD113, PGK


Council 5452 Sails past Quota

By: District Deputy 111 - Thu, Dec 14, 2023 10:38 AM

Posted For: Council #5452

Council #5452 Sails Past 100% New Member Quota
On December 12th, 2023, the Fr. Baumgartner Council #5452 welcomed three new members into their council. Also, 1 new member was welcomed into Blessed Sacrament Cathedral 8118. It was witnessed by the wives of two of the new members and about 40 members of the council.
Council #5452’s quota is 15, the maximum number. During the ensuing meeting, their Membership Director, Jack Allen, said their goal now is to attain Double Star. He still has good list of prospective candidates who have expressed an interest in becoming knights.
Welcome to the new knights!
Vivat Jesus!
John Carry
District Deputy 111, Michigan


Bi-District Exemplification visit at John F Kennedy Council 5460

By: Paul Thorn - Thu, Dec 14, 2023 10:08 AM

Posted For: Council #5460

On December 13th, I traveled to John F. Kennedy Council 5460 in Clinton Township to participate in a great evening.
At 6:30, the Council hosted an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. A total of 10 new members were welcomed into the Order. Council 5460 welcomed 8 new members while 2 new members were welcomed into St. Hubert Council 11658.
Included in the picture with the new members is Council 11658 DD101 Dan Nowakowski.
During the Council meeting that began at 7:30, I had the privilege of giving the November Council of the Month Award for Detroit East to 5460 Grand Knight Thomas Torrento. Council 5460 reached their membership goal of 15 during November. They are well on the way to 200% of their Membership goal.
Included in the picture of the Award are Grand Knight Tom Torrento, DD125 Joe Chimenti and Archdiocese East Membership Director Wally Papciak, also a member of 5460.
Congratulations to all involved in the great evening!
Paul Thorn
State Deputy Regional Representative
Detroit Archdiocese East


District 304 receives the Star DIstrict Award

By: Martin Brown - Tue, Dec 12, 2023 6:58 AM

Posted For: Council #7115

On Tuesday December 5th, District Deputy 304 Robert Wassick was presented with the Star District award for the 2022/2023 Fraternal Year. The presentation took place during Council 7115 meeting in Holland.
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Congratulations to District Deputy Robert Wassick!
Martin Brown
State Deputy Regional Representative


Council 8274 brings in a Knight Before Christmas

By: District Deputy 103 - Mon, Dec 11, 2023 6:56 AM

Posted For: Council #8274

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity was held on December 10, 2023 at Immaculata Council No. 8274 at St. Edward on the Lake Catholic Church in Lakeport, MI.
Edward "Eddie" Takacs became a Knight Before Christmas.
Pictured is (l to r) David Kelley II, DD #103, Rev. Lee Acervo, Chaplain, Edward Takacs, and Brian Solomon, GK. Eddie is currently a volunteer with the AmeriCorps.
David E. Kelley II, DD #103


District 131 receives Star District Award at Council 7487 meeting

By: Martin Brown - Thu, Dec 7, 2023 3:24 PM

Posted For: Council #7487

On December 6th, during the general meeting at Bishop Fulton J. Sheen Council #7487 in Jenison, SDRR Marty Brown presented District Deputy 313 Richard Olszewski with the Star District award for 2022/2023 Fraternal Year.
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Congratulations to District Deputy 313 Richard Olszewski!
Faith & Family First
Martin Brown
Grand Rapids State Deputy Regional Representative


Council 4401 receives Star Council Award

By: District Deputy 112 - Thu, Dec 7, 2023 11:56 AM

Posted For: Council #4401

On December 5th, St. Francis of Assisi Council #4401 in Farmington was awarded the Star Council award for their achievements in Membership, Programs, and Fraternal Benefits for the 2022/2023 Fraternal Year.
Pictured here from left to right: Mike Kandah- GK, Gary Mallia - DD112, Dan Wolocko - Family Director, Pablo Martinez- Immediate PGK, George Curran - Membership Director, and Adam Bonarek - Program Director accepting on behalf of Ryan Arndt (PD last year).
Congratulations to Council #4401!
Gary Mallia


Sturgis Council 2508 Celebrates 100th Anniversary

By: James Highfield - Sun, Dec 3, 2023 12:54 PM

Posted For: Council #2508

Saturday December 2nd was a night to remember amid several achievements for Deacon Jerry Mix Council #2508!
It began with Mass, celebrated by Bishop Lohse of the Kalamazoo Diocese, followed by a formal dinner for the Knights, their wives, and guests.
During the event, SDRR Jim Highfield had the honor of presenting the prestigious Star District Award to DD403 Bob Matkin, recognizing his outstanding achievements during his first year as DD. Additionally, GK Scott Hopkins was presented with a plaque for his council being chosen as the Kalamazoo Diocesan Council of the Month for November.
GK Scott Hopkins himself took the opportunity to acknowledge and honor the three longest-serving members of the council: Donald Unterkircher (since 1954), Lunger (since 1957), and Ronald Rambadt (since 1966). Dick Yesh was recognized as the Knight of the Year, while Danny Gomez received a certificate for his dedicated service to the Knights and the parish.
State Secretary Barry Borsenik presented the council with a congratulatory achievement certificate from Supreme Patrick Kelly, celebrating their 100 years of service to the church and community. The Worthy State Secretary also expressed the State of Michigan's deep appreciation for the council Knights and their spouses, recognizing their century-long commitment.
It was a memorable and joyous occasion, filled with recognition, appreciation, and celebration of the Knights' dedication to their church and community.
Pictured left to right is GK Scott Hopkins, DD403 Bob Matkin, Diocesan Chaplain Fr. Bob Creagan, Bishop Edward M. Lohse, Pastor of Holy Angels Fr. Andrew Raczkowski, SDRR Jim Highfield, and State Secretary Barry Borsenik.