International Free Throw Championship

By: Paul J. Palka - Mon, May 8, 2023 2:13 PM

International Free Throw Championship Winners

  I am proud to announce we have 2 International Supreme Free Throw Champions in Michigan.

·         Jackson Hill in the 10-year-old category from Wm. F. Fraser Cadillac Council #1224 in Cadillac.

·          Bryson Harper in the 11-year-old category from St. John Neumann Council #16169 in Canton.

Both of these contestants shot a perfect round of 25 shots in a row!

Thank you to all our participants.

Paul Palka SPD

Camporee Update

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, May 8, 2023 1:01 PM

You need to register now, there are only 5 sites left!

Thursday August 10th thru Sunday August 13th, 2023

Mecosta Pines Campground

550 S. Talcott St. Morley, Mi 49336

Mecosta Pines offers many amenities, plus in the event of inclement weather we may utilize their outdoor pavilion.  There is also an indoor gathering area.

Everything is finalized for this year's Fraternal Camporee. Due to high requests the campground is receiving they have asked that we book early.

So please get the word out to all your councils and Brother Knights.

Let's have some fun. Any questions please feel free to contact me. 


This link will take you to the registration form. Campout Registration 2023.pdf (

If you have any ideas, please email them to me at If you are interested in helping with any of our events for the Camporee, please reach out to me. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Michael A. Kozakiewicz  

Council 7018 Exemplifications

By: Paul Thorn - Mon, May 8, 2023 12:20 PM

St. Clement of Rome Council #7018 in Romeo has held two Exemplifications of Charity, Unity and Fraternity in the last two weeks at their Parish.

On April 21, 2023, Vincent Bernardi, Joseph Haddad, Fr. Vito Martinez, Mike Bauss and Ron Szeliga (left to right) were welcomed into the Council.

On May 7, 2023, Tom Boeve (front row 3rd from right) and Jason Bolton (front row 2nd from right) were welcomed into the Council.  

Included in the picture are DD124 Joe Suminski. Supreme Insurance Field Agent Bob Bovenschen, GK Mark DiPaola, Council Degree Staff and SDRR Detroit East Paul Thorn.

Congratulations to Council 7018 and welcome to the order to the new members.

Paul Thorn SDRR Detroit East

Council 4556 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 7, 2023 9:00 PM

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Council #4556 in Imlay City on Sunday May 7, 2023.  A total of 4 new members were welcomed into Council #4556 and 1 into Fr. Goentges Council #1987 from Lapeer.

Pictured in the front row from left to right are new members Brayden George Council #4556, Christian Vogeli Council #1987, Don Smith Council #4556, James J. Konarski II Council #4556, Brian Norris Council #4556 and Brian's wife Nichole Norris.

Included in the picture are GKs Richard Woodworth Council #4556 and Richard Spankie Council #1987, FDD Tom Parsch and SDRR Detroit East Paul Thorn and members of the Exemplification Team from Council #1987.

Congratulations to the Councils and welcome to the new members. 

Paul Thorn SDRR Detroit East

Protect Life MI New Video

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, May 7, 2023 11:48 AM

We JUST dropped an energizing new VIDEO that gives an inside look at our unique strategy to change minds on abortion - including stories of SUCCESS! 

This is the first time we've released a video like this, and we want to make sure YOU got to see it FIRST!

...and then hopefully share it with friends! :)

Our awesome producer has worked with legends like The Daily Wire and Hillsdale College and is now partnering with Protect Life Michigan to help tell our story! Check it out: 

Christen Polo
Executive Director

Protect Life MI

MI KC Ultrasound Number 83

By: Ed Strach - Sun, May 7, 2023 8:34 AM

Thursday May 4 the  Michigan Knights 83rd Ultrasound was dedicated at the Alpha Women’s Center in Hastings.

The Lead council for this ultrasound machine was Fr. John V. Dillon Council #3447 in Hastings. Joe Shea and 15 other Knights of Columbus councils, parishioners, personal donations, and the Wayland VFW.

This support also included the generous contribution by the Livingston County Ultrasound Initiative, a strong supporter of Ultrasound placements across the state.

Councils contributing to this life saving project include;

Council #2900, Fr Korst/Coldwater, Council #14366, St Mary of the Lake/New Buffalo

Council #575, Queen City/Battle Creek, Council #14729, St Augustine of Hippo/Edwardsburg

Council #2508, Deacon Jerry Mix/Sturgis, Council #2515, Allegan

Council #13251, St John Bosco/Mattawan, Council #4055, Fr Reynold G Thelen/Watervliet

Council #2113, Dowagiac, Council #4141, Pope Paul IV/Three Rivers

Council #13305, St Martin of Tours/Vicksburg, Council #1114, Fr Owens/ Battle Creek

Council #13633, St Ann/Augusta, Council #4036, Shower of Roses/Wayland

Council #14409, St Anthony of Buchanan/Buchanan

This life saving project began in June 2022 and this dedication will bring the unborn a chance of Life for many years to come!

Ken Warzybok

Council 7816 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, May 6, 2023 1:32 PM

On Tuesday May 2nd, Msgr. Jerome MacEachin Council #7816 in East Lansing hosted a new member exemption that involved three generations. The four new members are cousins and brothers. Their fathers and uncle are longtime active Knights, as well as their grandfather who was a Charter member when the Council was formed 45 years ago.

Front row left to right: Fr. Gordon Riegle, Patrick Bertsch, Jacob Bertsch, Steven Bertsch, Tom Bertsch, DD517 Kevin Duffy.

2nd row: Peter Bertsch (dad) Brian Bertsch (uncle) , Brad Bertsch (dad), Tom Bertsch (grandfather/Charter Member).

At top left GK Paul Gadola.

Heart of Christ Clinic

By: Ed Strach - Sat, May 6, 2023 10:19 AM

DETROIT — The Knights of Columbus in southeast Michigan are partnering with Detroit’s oldest parish to bring a new women’s health and pregnancy clinic to life in southwest Detroit.

Watch a video created by Detroit Catholic here.

The new Heart of Christ Clinic, located in the former convent of the Basilica of Ste. Anne near the Ambassador Bridge, will serve women and their families by caring for the whole person, said Msgr. Charles Kosanke, the basilica’s rector.

“The purpose of the Heart of Christ Clinic is to put the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church into action,” Msgr. Kosanke said.

The former convent has been restored and converted and will include nine examination rooms, a kitchen, lounge area, lab and ultrasound machine, which will be provided by the Knights of Columbus. Msgr. Kosanke said support is still needed to make the clinic a long-term reality, urging families with means to contribute to the pro-life clinic’s success.

“We would like this to be a permanent partnership for the Knights of Columbus in the state of Michigan and a partnership that will continue to grow and show our ultimate support of the pro-life movement,” said Christopher Kolomjec, state deputy for the Michigan Knights of Columbus.

Video by Andrew Kleczek and Rick Giffin

13749 Council of the Month

By: James Highfield - Fri, May 5, 2023 10:49 AM

St. Joseph Guardian of Mary Council #13749 of White Pigeon was chosen for the Kalamazoo Diocese Council of the Month for April.

The council has achieved it’s membership quota for the first time in many years under the leadership of Fred and will be receiving the Star Award.

Left to right is SDRR Jim Highfield , GK Fred Jakubowicz, and DD403 Bob Matkin.

Congratulations SDRR Jim Highfield

9909 March GR Council of the Month

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, May 5, 2023 10:03 AM

Wednesday May 3 at their Council meeting, I had the pleasure of presenting the Grand Rapids Council of the Month Award for March to St. Michaels Council #9909 and the Grand Knight Ray Maka.

Congratulations to Council #9909. Keep up the great work and finish the year strong.

Martin Brown


State Deputy Regional Representative