District 105 Coats for Kids

By: Richard Shelt - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 11:38 AM

Because of the cooperation of the councils in District #105 and the State Councils arranging for bonus coats from Supreme, an amazing event happened Saturday Dec 17 at St. Andre Bessette Parish in Ecorse.

The district hosted a Coats for Kids giveaway. Over a hundred families were served and almost 300 coats distributed.

The children were extremely excited about getting these coats. After they received the coats and gloves and hats that were available, the families were allowed to enjoy a light meal and some snacks.

In the picture from left to right is David Kudla DGK #3856, Mark Garcellano GK #3956, Ray Bilyk DD105, Richard Shelt SDRR, Sean Roland DW 105, John DeFrancesco GK #3078 and David Hayward DGK #3078. David is also the program director for #3078.

This is just one example of the several giveaways by councils & Districts around the State. Michigan Knights of Columbus (mikofc.org)

5436 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 11:35 AM

On December 18, an Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity was held by Pope St. John XXIII Council #5436 at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Waterford.

New members brought into the Council were Kevin Rolinski, Frank Kotz and Thomas Binasio.  Current Council member John Kempf advanced to 3rd Degree. Also included in the picture are DD113 Tom Kendziorski, SDRR Paul Thorn, Archdiocese Program Director Joe Brenner, Grand Knight Michael Mandziuk along with members of the Exemplification team.

Welcome to the Order Kevin, Frank and Thomas.

Paul Thorn SDRR - Detroit East

7341 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 11:32 AM

Three gentlemen became Knights before Christmas at Holy Family Parish in Caledonia on Saturday December 17th. Bishop Allen J. Babcock Council 7341 hosted an Exemplification after the 5 PM Mass. Sacred Heart of Jesus Council #13641 in Grand Rapids brought 2 candidates to the ceremony and Council #7341 reactivated a member.

Front row left, new members to #13641 Rock Phelps and Bennett Kalafut. Front row center Larry Barton of #7341. Council Staff are pictured in the back row, GK 7341 Jeff Hernandez, GK 13641 Jason Bargenquast, D.J. Regan, SPRD Gary Merritt, Phil France.

Also pictured are family members that observed the Exemplification. 

Congrats guys! Gary L. Merritt SPRD

11658 Exemplification

By: Paul Thorn - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 11:29 AM

An Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity was held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at St.Hubert Council #11658 in Harrison Township.  Welcomed into the Order were Alex Avito and Darrin Preston who are in the picture.  

Included in the picture are DD101 Dan Nowakowski, Former DD Ernie Boulus, SDRR Paul Thorn and members of the Degree Team.

Welcome to the Order Alex and Darrin.

Paul Thorn, State Deputy Regional Representative, Detroit East

1266 Exemplification

By: Gary Merritt - Mon, Dec 19, 2022 11:26 AM

Monroe Council #1266 held an exemplification on Wednesday December 14th. Welcome to the four new Brother Knights, including Father Mike Anigbogu from Nigeria!

2023 State Raffle Update

By: Lawrence Grabowski - Fri, Dec 16, 2022 2:37 PM

The State Raffle deposits are smoking hot this week.  State Raffle Total sales update as of 12/16 = $176,240.00.  We are currently +28,808.00 ahead of last year! 

Great job by all.  Early bird tickets were a great incentive and are really paying off.  Keep it up, let's hit $200,000.00 by 12/31.

Remember they make great Christmas stocking stuffers!

Original State Raffle Article HERE.

11658 Columbian & Founders Award

By: Paul Thorn - Fri, Dec 16, 2022 7:01 AM

On Thursday December 15, District Deputy #101 Dan Nowakowski presented Past Grand Knight Ronald Rabine with the Supreme Council Founders and Columbian Award for Fraternal Year 2021/2022 to St. Hubert Council 11658 in Harrison Township,. 

The award is for Insurance Promotion and Program Execution when Rabine was Grand Knight. Congratulations to Council 11658.

Paul Thorn, State Deputy Regional Representative, Detroit East.

Coats for Kids Program Success

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Dec 15, 2022 10:40 PM

This years Michigan Coats for Kids Program was more successful than ever.

With the Supreme and State Councils support and help over $53,000.00 of donations and over 5,000 coats have been distributed to children in need thus far throughout our state.

Thanks for the local councils envolved and for the State Council, State, Regional and Diocesan Directors  help organize diocesan-wide and local givaways. 

Council 7545 Star Award

By: Gary Merritt - Thu, Dec 15, 2022 10:25 AM

On Tuesday December 13 DD 517 Kevin Duffy presented Rob Subrizi, Grand Knight of Fr. F.B. McCormick Council #7545 in Williamston with the 2021/2022 Star Council Award.

This is the second straight year that Council #7545 has been awarded Star Council.

Pictured L-R are District Warden Stan Fedewa, District Deputy Kevin Duffy, Grand Knight Rob Subrizi and Deputy Grand Knight Andrew Brieschke.