40th Annual Right to Life Banquet

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Apr 18, 2018 7:30 PM

Brother Knights, Ladies, & Families, we are creating this article so all of you are aware of the sacrifice that was made by many at the 40th Annual Right to Life Banquet held at Burton Manor in Livonia on Thursday evening April 5th.

Over 650 people were in attendance, including Archdiocesan Chaplain Fr. Paul Ballien, several Council Chaplains and Priests, Michigan State Council State Deputy Ken Unterbrink & wife Ellie, State Council board and their wives, Michigan Squires, Past State Deputies, State Representative Laura Cox, and representatives from Students for Life of Michigan. Barbara Listing and her husband Otto, Brian Cusack, and Dennis and Barbara Rotary rounded out the distinguished guests from Right to Life of Michigan. Our Emcee for the evening was Host of the Morning Light -WMUZ,103.5 FM Chris Stevenson.

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 Melissa Ohden Our guest speaker, Melissa Ohden provided an inspirational and moving testimony of how Faith and Trust in God can help anyone overcome the shadows and darkness of evil. Melissa concluded the evening by signing her most recent book,"You Carried Me" for all those interested in purchasing. Brian Cusack provided an Educational update along with some inspirational words of his own while conducting the Annual Appeal. This was the highest appeal total in over Twelve years that will help play an important part of our ongoing battle and War opposing abortion.


We hope all of you have the opportunity at some point to take part in The March For Life or any Pro-Life event in your local area that will benefit all of us in our combined efforts of Protecting the Sanctity of Human Life.

God bless!
Tim & Cindy Donovan
Pro Life Chair Couple 

Assessing Membership and Program Progress

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Apr 12, 2018 7:30 PM

      As I reflect on these past two years, I think it’s valuable to evaluate our progress. As a retired educator, I know that evaluation is an important part of the learning process. As reported in many meetings and publications, Michigan’s membership has declined for the past ten years. At the start of State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink’s term, I spoke about stabilizing the decline and turning it around. To do this the State Leadership Team set five objectives that are listed on page 6 of the Membership and Program Leadership Guide that the State Family, Grand Knights, Membership and Program Directors received at the beginning of these two years. Each objective is intertwined with the others. Follow the link below to read my entire evaluation of how we have done.




To view the entire assessment article on the above subjects click here: Are We There Yet?

The past two years leading the state membership program have been challenging and exciting. Many have contributed greatly. The State Officers, State Directors, Diocesan Program and Membership Directors and specially a clear majority of District Deputies have worked hard to provide program and recruitment support. The leadership in many councils are making positive strides that will pay future dividends. Especially I must thank Assistant State Membership Director Ed Nickel, who has worked tirelessly in this position and several others at the state level. I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Supreme Membership and Program Consultant Dannie Harris for the guidance and support he has provided. Many have done much, but there’s still so much to do making state program and membership growth the best it can be.

46th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Mar 24, 2018 7:30 PM

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In attendance (from left to right) GK Joe Williams from St Maximilian Kolbe Council, GK Doug Cryderman from Sacred Heart Grosse Ile Council 13475, PGK Jim Pryce form St. John Neumann Council,Pro Life Chair Couple Tim & Cindy Donovan, Executive Director Nancy Kujawa, MI K of C State Deputy Ken Unterbrink, GK Sean Piedmonte from Monroe Council, and GK Michael Goodhart from Msgr Kern Council. Others in attendance and pictured with the State Deputy are Ken Unterbrink, District Deputy's Ken Dressel & George Honer, and K of C Detroit Archdiocese Program Director Jeff Dombrowski.

Sunday March 18th 2018 marked the dedication for the 46th Ultrasound Machine in Michigan. Fr. John Kiselica began the ceremony with an opening prayer & blessing the Ultrasound machine which took place at Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing (MSU Campus Location).

Executive Director Nancy Kujawa communicated the importance of this Ultrasound Machine which is located at their Michigan State University location while thanking the Knights of Columbus for their generosity and commitment to Protecting the Unborn. Board President Jim Smiertka also thanked the Knights of Columbus for their overwhelming generosity that has and will continue to change the hearts and minds of those facing difficult decisions.

Councils, Assemblies contributing to the purchase this ultrasound 

Monroe #1266, Our Lady of Victory #5446, Sacred Heart Grosse Ile #13475, 

Msgr. Kern #8284, St Maximillian Kolbe #6549, Raisin River Assembly #488, 

Fr. John Kenna #11430, St John Neumann #16169, Notre Dame #3021, 

Msgr. Eppenbrock #3615, Riverview #13980, All Saints #4872, Divine Grace #15932, 

Bishop Foley #2660, Wyandotte #1802, Fr Victor Renaud #3292, 

Lady of Mt Carmel #8902, Fr Alfred Saylor #3774, Immaculate Conception #4513, St Joseph #7413 

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Let us not forget Supreme Knights of Columbus for their matching funds program which has now crested over 900 machines Order wide.

Listening Session Meeting Schedule

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Mar 1, 2018 3:30 AM

SMD headingWorthy Council and State Leaders:

Below is the schedule of Listening Session Meetings that will be held throughout Michigan beginning the week of March 5th.

Along with the Distrct Deputies at a minimum, council Grand Knights and Membership Directors need to attend. District Deputies should inform their area Diocesan Membership Director of the number attending from each council in their district. If there are schedule conflicts, councils may attend meetings outside their area.

Deputy Supreme Knight Kelly plans to attend the March 7 meeting Sacred Heart hall in Grosse Ile and the March 8 meeting at St. John's Church in Howell.

The main purpose of the listening meeting is to gain ideas from councils and districts about their recruitment programs that work, suggestions how the Michigan State Council can assist membership growth and development and incentives that might be offered to council members to stimulate recruitment efforts. Snacks and beverages will be served at the meetings. Contact State Program Director Dale Schaedig or State Membership Director Ken Krause with questions.

Vivat Jesus!

State Membership Director Ken Krause


Mon, Mar 5, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit East – St. Margaret of Scotland, 21201 E. 13 Mi Rd, St. Clair Shores

DPD Mike Haughey and DMD Larry Pitruzzello

Thurs, Mar 15, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit N. – St. Clement of Rome Council No. 7018, 343 S. Main St., Romeo

DPD Terry Carl and DMD Dan Fuller

Tues, Mar 6, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Lansing W. - Richard Council No. 788, 5300 W. Grand River, Lansing

DPD Mike Wegener and DMD Steve Artz

Mon, Mar 19, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Grand Rapids W. – Bishop Haas Council No. 4362, 5830 Clyde Park Ave. SW, Wyoming

DPD Ken Skonecki and DMD Marty Brown

Wed, Mar 7, 18, 6:30 p.m. reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit S. – Sacred Heart hall, 21599 Parke Ln, Grosse Ile

DPD Jeff Dombrowski and DMD Bill Alati

Tues, Mar 20, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Grand Rapids E. – St. Michaels in Brunswick (Fremont), 6382 S. Maple Island Rd., Fremont

DPD Ken Skonecki and DMD Larry Adams

Thurs, Mar 8, 6:30 p.m. reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Lansing E. – St. John’s Catholic Church, 2099 N. Hacker Road, Howell

DPD Bob Moore and DMD Ed Nickel

Wed, Mar 21, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Gaylord E. – Alpena Council No. 529, 1880 Hamilton Road, Alpena

DPD Ben Albosta and DMD Mike Czajkowski

Mon, Mar 12, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Detroit W. – George F. Monaghan Council No. 2690, 19801 Farmington Road, Livonia

DPD Chris Pawlowski and DMD David Bergeman

Thurs, Mar 22, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Gaylord W. – St Mary of the Woods 438 Co Rd 612 Kalkaska

DPD Dominic Puroll and DMD Larry Herman

Tues, Mar 13, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Saginaw W. – Fr. Nouvel Council No. 4232, 4840 Shattuck Road, Saginaw

DPD Ray Gehlmann and DMD Jerry Leinberger

Fri, Mar 23, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Marquette – St. Ignace Council No. 2173, 120 Church Street, St. Ignace

DPD Dave Guenther, DMD Dale Bosley & DMD Dennis Divoky

Wed, Mar 14, 18, 6:30 reg. / 7 p.m. meeting

Saginaw E. – Caro Council No. 3224, 903 Ryan Rd, Caro

DPD Ray Gehlmann and DMD Greg Alexander

Sat, Mar 24, 18, 8 a.m. reg / 9 a.m. meeting

Kalamazoo – St. Augustine Cathedral, Crowley Center, 542 W. Michigan, Kalamazoo

DPD Lou Scohy and DMD Jeff Cypher


Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child

By: Gary Merritt - Fri, Feb 23, 2018 3:30 AM

Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child April 9, 2018

The Knights of Columbus has been a leader in the pro-life movement for over 40 years. The Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child is an opportunity for Knights to stand up and speak out against the evils of abortion.

Councils may use the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child, always a successful event throughout the Order, to come together with friends and family to host a variety of prayer programs within their parishes and their communities that show our never-ending commitment to unborn children and their mothers.

Prayer for life 

 Normally held on March 25, to coincide with the feast of the Annunciation, this year the

Day of the Unborn Child will be held on Monday, April 9. Why the change in date? This year

Palm Sunday falls on March 25, so the Annunciation gets moved to April 9. Be sure to mark your

calendar with the new date!


 Councils may order the prayer card 4665-06 from Supreme or print the PDF found here.

UP Special Olympics Winter Games

By: Gary Merritt - Sat, Feb 17, 2018 3:30 AM

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The Bishop Frederic Baraga Assembly No. 469 Color Guard poses during the opening ceremonies along with K of C Upper Peninsula Special Olympics coordinator Chuck Crotty, Faithful Friar Fr. Al Mott, Area 36 Special Olympics Director Pam Bahrman and State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink.

 Fr. Al Mott, Faithful Friar of Bishop Frederic Baraga Assembly No. 469, delivers the opening prayer with State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink and K of C Upper Peninsula Special Olympics coordinator Charles Crotty

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State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presents a check for $2500 to Pam Bahrman, Area 36 Director of Special Olympics, to support Special Olympics in the Marquette Diocese.

Marq S-O winter games participants Special Olympics participants prepare to run the bases during the opening ceremonies in the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Feb 15, 2018 3:30 AM

As a Special Olympics Statewide Civic Partner our State Council was present at the Winter Games opening ceremonies in Acme, Michigan on Wednesday January 31.

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 The Fourth Degree Color Corp and National Guard from Grayling presented the colors.

Dragos & SD

 Sharing the stage with Michigan Special Olympics Board Chairperson and WZZM TV personality  Juliet Dragos, our State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink presented a check in support of the Special Olympics Winter Games.