2023 State Bowling Tourney

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 22, 2023 8:15 AM

The year 2023 marks the 81st consecutive year of the Michigan State Bowling Tournament. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in the fun! 



Tournament dates:

Officers’ Tournament February 18, 2023 & February 26, 2023

Team event only entry fee is $150.00 per team.

(5 Man Teams - Need not all be officers)

Squad times are 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Saturday 2/18/23, and 10:00 am Sunday 2/26/23


Open Division begins February 25, 2023, to March 19, 2023

Squad times are 10:00 am for Singles, Doubles and Team events.

Entry fee, $30.00 per man per event

(Singles, Doubles and Team = $90)

 Entry fee must be enclosed with your entry.

Bowling Center: Monitor Lanes, 1700 S Euclid Ave, Bay City, MI 48705 (989) 684-4381

Headquarters: Double Tree by Hilton, One Wenonah Park Place, Bay City, MI 48708 (989) 891-6000

                          Room rate for the tournament starting at $109.00 per Night.

Entry Forms:    Officers and Open Entry forms are located on the website               



Tournament averages (on website) will be used by everyone who has bowled in past tournaments. Tournament averages are based on all games bowled over the last four tournaments; anyone who has not bowled in the tournament since 2018 will not have a tournament average.  If you need entry blanks I will be more than happy to send them. Karl J. Zawalski, Secretary  (586) 322-5275 state.bowling.association@mikofc.org


 Please submit entries early for priority registration and together for close assignments.

 Visit https://www.michigankofcathletics.com for more info.

KC Red Wings Night

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 22, 2023 8:13 AM

Family... This is a word that can carry different meanings, depending on who you ask.  What does that word mean to you? Traditionally, we consider our family, our parents, our siblings, and everyone that we’re related to.  Personally, I consider some friends closer than some of my actual family. These friends are truly my ‘brothers,’ that I met in the Knights of Columbus.  I don’t think I’m alone in this. 

 We are a very unique fraternity. Traditionally, we are a men’s organization.  However, we increasingly devote our time and attention to include the entire family.  This is a positive change!  Our family is what makes us. This change also broadens our worldview.  We all have family and friends that aren’t affiliated with the Knights for a variety of reasons.  It’s important that we don’t exclude our non-fraternal family.  We shouldn’t ask those close to us to pass a litmus test. 

In this spirit, we need to examine our role in the family of Christianity.  We need to open our hearts and be willing to embrace all of our brothers and sisters, regardless of station, creed, or race.  We should look to the example of Blessed McGivney for inspiration.  Our organization exists to help care for everyone, widows, orphans, and the less fortunate.  Blessed McGivney opened his heart and his doors to everyone. We have to do the same thing. When we conduct Coats for Kids, deliver Christmas baskets, and raise money for the mentally impaired, we are helping our Christian family.  We can’t demand they agree with our worldview- we need to unconditionally love.  Unconditional love is truly at the heart of family!

I'm very proud of my state board family. I'm very proud of my Council family. I'm very proud of every brother Knight that does things throughout the state for different families. That's what family is all about. You should be proud too.  

An opportunity to fraternalize with our State Family is March 23rd when we will be having Michigan Knights of Columbus Fraternal Night at LCA. Detroit Red Wings vs St Louis Blues

Chief of Fraternal Activities Michael Kozakiewicz

Thursday, March 23, 2023 @ 7PM

$30.00 per Ticket

Send checks and form to: Michael Kozakiewicz

7030 Bison Westland, MI 48185

 Westland MI 48185. Memo: Red Wings

Make checks payable to: Michigan State Council

Memo Line – Red Wings

Use form below and mail along with your check to address above

or call 313-550-1424.


Mobile Ultrasound Unit for Pregnancy Help Clinic Brighton

By: Gary Merritt - Sun, Jan 22, 2023 8:06 AM

It's been just over a year since we launched the fundraising for this opportunity and we, the members of Fr. John R. Day Council #2659 want to let you all to know how much we appreciate your generosity in making this one time dream a reality. 

In an effort to keep you and your council membership, parishes, & individual donors up to date on our progress for the Mobile Unit fundraising for Pregnancy Help Clinic please see the attached photos and information below to share with everyone.

On October 31, 2022 Pregnancy Help Clinic took possession of the mobile unit. The mobile unit remains at General RV in Wixom where it is undergoing retrofit and wrap which we hope to have completed by May 2023. Once the Mobile Unit is deemed ready we plan on having a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house so all that are interested may come and be part of this formality.

If anyone has questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me, otherwise please share this with as many people as possible so they are aware of our progress.

God bless you all, Tim

Vivat Jesus!

"For With God All Things Are Possible"

Tim Donovan Mobile: 517.214.5120

December Council of the Month Detroit E.

By: Paul Thorn - Thu, Jan 19, 2023 9:29 AM

On Wednesday, January 17, 2023, Sacred Heart of the Hills Council #8659 of Auburn Hills was awarded the December 2022 Council of Month Award for Detroit Archdiocese East during the Tri-District meeting for Districts 111, 113 and 124.

The award was presented by State Warden Dan Fuller, (lft) and State Deputy Regional Representative Detroit East Paul Thorn, (rt) to Grand Knight Jayson Graves (center).

Congratulations to Council 8659.

Paul Thorn SDRR Detroit East

Joint C,F,U Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Jan 19, 2023 8:53 AM

On Tuesday January 17 Bishop Kevin Britt Council #8117 in Ada along with Sacred Heart Council #13641 from Grand Rapids conducted a joint exemplification at St Robert.of Newminster Parish.

Welcome to new members to our Order; for 8117 - Guillermo Arce, Don Wotring, and Jeff Dills. For 13641 - Joel Bading.

Many thanks to the Exemplification Team and GK Jason Bargenquast, who made for a memorable event.  Council #8117 is now at 100% of their annual membership quota! 

I'm confident the momentum for the council will continue with additional new members before the fraternal year-end.

The Knights pictured in the pic include:

Front Row: New members - Joel Badding, Jeff Dills, Guillermo Arce and Don Wotring.

Second Row: Steve Kenyon, Quincy Leslie, George Christopher, Scott Hamilton

Third Row: Paul Allie, GK 13641 Jason Bargenquast, Ted Wright, Gary Cook, Pat Droste, DD 311 Jack Sablan.

Back Row: Scott Przekop,, Joe Szperski, Gene Gutting, Tony Buzcek, Joe Stojak, Larry Adams, GK 8117 Steve Vanderlaan.

Many thanks to Worthy GR Diocesan Membership Director, Larry Adams for joining our exemplification and council meeting!

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

For the greater glory of God

Jack Sablan District Deputy #311

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn

By: Gary Merritt - Wed, Jan 18, 2023 7:08 AM

Most precious Lord, You dwelt within the womb of your dear mother, sanctifying the womb, and elevating the dignity of all human life. I pray today for the full legal protection of every unborn child. I also pray that every heart that supports abortion will be changed so as to experience the freedom that comes from living in the Truth. I offer to You, this day, all my sufferings and sacrifices to help atone for every violation against human dignity committed through acts of abortion. Please bring healing, hope, and freedom to all. Mother Mary, pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

District 608 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Jan 17, 2023 12:54 PM

On Sunday January 15t St Louis the King Council #6447 in Marquette.  The District Team of District #608 held an exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity for St Louis the King Council #6447 in Marquette.

Brother Knights and parishioners witnessed two new members along with a 1st degree member who completed his second and third degree. Congratulations Brother Knights!

15439 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Tue, Jan 17, 2023 12:49 PM

On Sunday January 15th, St Augustine Council #15439 in Kalamazoo held an exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity at the Cathedral of Kalamazoo.

Congratulations to our new Brother Knights Jeff Brennan, Kevin Dillon, and Craig Thompson!

Council of the Month Detroit West

By: Richard Shelt - Mon, Jan 16, 2023 11:17 PM

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas A Dooley Council #5492 in Livonia. On Thursday January 12th they were presented with Council of the Month award.

Pictured left to right DD# 129 Charlie Rosum behind, SDRR Richard Shelt on the left and, GK Tom Jackett along with DPD Hans Hansen on the right.

Richard Shelt State Deputy Regional Representative Detroit Archdiocese West


Star Award Council 7623

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Jan 16, 2023 10:51 PM

District Deputy #202 Jim Szafran presented the Star Council Award to Our Lady of Carmel Council #7623 in Hale.

Receiving the award is IPGK Roger Houthoofd. 


Also in the picture to the left is Treasurer Bernie Lorenz and Council Financial Secretary Phil Donnelly and to the right is Council Grand Knight John Stayer.