State Spelling Bee Winners 2023

By: John Hundiak - Fri, Mar 17, 2023 7:17 PM

Students from around the state competed this past weekend, Saturday March 11, 2023 in the State Spelling Bee Finals at Fr. Van Roo Council #2740 in Essexville, MI. 

There were 16 competitors in Level 1, Grades 4,5,6, and 13 competitors in Level 2, Grades 7,8,9.  The competition lasted over an hour and a half. 

Winners from Level 1 are:

1st Place Aleah Thelen sponsored by Fenton Council #7418 of the Lansing Diocese.

2nd Place Ava Chebli sponsored by John A Gabriels Council #11099 in the Lansing Diocese.

Winners from Level 2 are:

1st Place Dominick Swager sponsored by St. Caterine Siena Council #6980 in the Kalamazoo Diocese

2nd Place Tyler Bodreau sponsored by Our Lady of Lake Huron Council #11432 in the Saginaw Diocese

Please join me in congratulating all the winners and thank all the competitors and their families.

John Hundiak

State Community Director

Region 3 February Council of the Month

By: Martin Brown - Fri, Mar 17, 2023 6:56 PM

The Grand Rapids Council of the Month for February Award goes to Basilica of St. Adalbert Council #15213.

The Award was presented at their Council meeting March 14 to Grand Knight Mark Ferguson.

Also at the meeting was Supreme Field Agent Dan Thelen who did a Fraternal Benefit night for the council.

Pictured on the left Dan Thelen in the Center Grand Knight Make Ferguson and on the right District Deputy Randy Mac George.


Martin Brown Region 3 State Deputy Regional Representative

International Essay Contest Runner-up

By: John Hundiak - Thu, Mar 16, 2023 9:37 AM

The Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus has awarded Nethanya Foneska of Macomb, Michigan the International Runner-up in the Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest in the 9th grade category. 

The essay entitled “Lighthouses and Fishermen” was chosen from the hundreds of entries submitted.  Nethanya was sponsored by St. Lawrence Council #2950 in Utica MI. 

The winning essay may be viewed HERE on the State website.

John Hundiak State Community Director

Exemplification Council 14427

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Mar 15, 2023 11:02 AM

On Tuesday, March 14th, Our Lady of Victory Council # 14427 in Northville conducted the Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity in their parish Chapel.

Three men were initiated as 3rd Degree Members. Pictured are our 3 new Brother Knights along with Grand Knight Paul Kueber and District Deputy #112, Gary Mallia.

Gary T. Mallia District Deputy #112

13251 Council of the Month

By: James Highfield - Wed, Mar 15, 2023 10:53 AM

Grand Knight James Kondor of St. John Bosco Council #13251 in Mattawan holds the Region 3 Kalamazoo Diocese January Council of the Month award.

The council has qualified to receive the McGivney Award having achieved 120% of their yearly membership quota.

Presenting the award is SDRR Kalamazoo Jim Highfield on the right and DD #408 Tim Jansen on the left.

3292 Star Award

By: Richard Shelt - Tue, Mar 14, 2023 9:40 AM

Finally, Victor J Renard council #3292 in Plymouth received their Star Council Award.

Pictured left to right DD Brian Zan, Immediate Past Grand Knight Paul Gelinas, GK Mike Driscoll and SDRR Detroit West Richard Shelt,

Congratulations, to a well deserved hard-working council!

9526 Exemplification

By: R. Terry Carl - Tue, Mar 14, 2023 9:36 AM

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity was held on Monday March 13, 2023 at Marysville Council #9526  at St. Christopher Catholic Church. 

Welcomed into the Order was Jeffrey Malinowski (center) pictured with State Youth Protection Director R. Terry Carl (left) and Grand Knight Scott Heim (right).

Welcome to the Order Jeff!

David E. Kelley II, D.D. #103

Thanks from Knights of Columbus Council #414 - Bay City

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Mar 13, 2023 5:07 PM

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! everyone who participated in the 81st State Bowling Tournament.

Thank you to the MI State Council officers and directors.

Thank you to the MI State Bowling Association.

And especially thank you to all of the volunteers - Knights, Ladies, and friends of 414 who spent the last 4 weekends score keeping, selling raffle tickets, running brackets, managing the accounting, managing the bar and food at the hall, and so much more.

Thank you to Area 9 Special Olympics for running the ball check.

And thank you to our program chairman - Jeff Seifferly along with Steve Pawlak who spent countless hours attending meetings and helping secure our bid for this year. We couldn't have done this without all of you. God Bless all of you for your dedication and volunteering time.


Bradley Covaleski Grand Knight

9979 Exemplification

By: Larry Herman - Mon, Mar 13, 2023 5:00 PM

Knights of Columbus Charity, Unity and Fraternity Exemplification on March 11, 2023.

We welcomed 9 new members for Christ The King Council #9979, St Francis Council #13958, and Grand Traverse Council #1213 all in Traverse City.

Larry J Herman Gaylord SDDR

11756 Exemplification

By: District Deputy 103 - Mon, Mar 13, 2023 4:39 PM

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity was held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Fr. William F. Welch Council No. 11756 at St. Mary Parish in Port Huron.

Welcomed into the Order were (front row, left to right): Martin Hannigan, Bill Spencer, Caleb Kovach, and Chris Kovach, who are in the picture along with Grand Knight Anthony Paladino and Chaplain Rev. Zbigniew Zomerfeld (back row).

Welcome to the Order Marty, Bill, Caleb, and Chris!

David E. Kelley II, DD #103