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Holy Spirit Council No. 11661 11300 W 103RD ST OVERLAND PARK KS 66214

Meeting Minutes of May 10, 2018

Call to Order: Grand Knight, Tom McChesney, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. est.

Wardens Report: Warden reported that all were in possession of a valid membership card.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Led by the Grand Knight

Roll Call: Advocate, Outside Guard, Trustee 2nd Year and Trustee 3rd Year were absent.

Attendance: Present: 30. Total Membership: 365

Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the April 12, 2018 meeting were approved.



Don’t forget that there is a donation jar to help defray the cost of dinner.

Thank you to everyone who help at the ladies’ luncheon on May 5. I think I have everyone: John weber, Don Watson, Bud Maskill, Howard Hunter, Dave Wellman, Joe Denk, Dave Boone, Tom Swortwood, Ted Swortwood, Rich Triola, Val Rusick, Rick Trudell, and Dan Kanatzar (who personally catered the event). (Tom McChessney did not mention himself.) If I missed anyone I apologize. Special thanks to the Women of Spirit, who helped to decorate and loaned us the tablecloths and centerpieces. A thank you note has been sent to them for their generosity.

Speaking of state convention, Rick and I learned a few things about officer roles and responsibilities as well as about a new program called e-membership. The latter is interesting. We’ll have to see how we might be able to use this new tool to out advantage as time goes on.

A Major degree is being held at St. Agnes on May 20. Any first degree Knight should strongly consider getting their Formation and Knighthood degrees later this month. 1st degree begins at 11:00.

Speaking of degrees, the officers voted to postpone the exemplification we have scheduled for June. Instead, we will have one in July. More on that during Chad’s report.

What happens when a freezer doesn’t freeze? You ask for help. One of the commercial freezers in the kitchen is now just an insulated box. The cost for a new compressor is $2600 and we’ve been asked if we could help with the repair. We have left it that we would look at6 our funds at the end of our fraternal year in June and see what we might be able to do to help. Be prepared for that discussion next month.

We had a donation request from the Marian Conference of Greater Kansas City for $100. It is a cross-diocese conference that will take place on June 22-23. Both bishops have expressed support for the conference. John Weber motioned to support it, It was seconded and approved.

Kansans for Life is holding a golf tournament on May 22 at the Painted Hills Golf Club. Cost is $100 per golfer. I have information and a registration form if anyone is interested.


  Thank you notes from Leroy Schmidtberger’s Family.

  Thank you notes from Project Rachel, Villa St. Francis, Project Uplift, and Little Brothers of the Lamb.

Tom Spencer was elected the new president of the Serra Club.

Deputy Grand Knight

Rick Trudell talked about the State Convention’s theme, “Love Your Life.” It was a story about a family’s experience at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Also, “Building the Domestic Church” which begins with family and spouse and working in our faith such as Mass and the Rosary. There is a booklet called, “The Family fully Alive.”

At the convention deceased members were recognized, ours being Leroy Schmidtberger, Felix Baz-Dresch, and Robert Lackner.

Also, 50 years of consecutive service was recognized by Greg Miller and James Easterday.




Rick Trudell reported in Tom Gaume absence:

Checking:     $17,617.09

He mentioned these deductions at the State Convention per capita, 5 X 347 members for $1735. (347 dues paying members) Also, Pennies from Heaven, $3.65 (a penny for each day of the year) X 347 for $1266.55.

Financial Secretary

Greg Miller reported the following bills:

Omega Engraving, 4 name badges     $46.50

Food, Costco         $43.67

Beverages $16.19

Sharon Hellings, breakfast $391.00

Philadelphia Insurance, liability    $1,113.00

John Weber, ladies luncheon $140.68

Tom Swortwood, gift of telescope to school $25.00

Marian Conference of Greater KC $100.00

KS State KofC, per capita $1,735.00

KS State KofC, pennies from heaven $1266.55

These expenditures were all approved.



Michael McCray asked the question does God delight in our suffering? He went on to speak about the noble heart, heroic love, love and being loved. We failed to love God back ever since the Garden. Suffering is valuable since we are drawn to God in our suffering, but complacent when we are satisfied. Trust transforms suffering, redemptive suffering. Jesus is gentle and humble of heart whose yoke is light. Let Jesus the gardener prune us by our suffering.




Chad Eickholt reported that we have 365 members. We have 1 new member, a transfer, and 5 new applicants.

The membership drive of May 5 & 6 was successful with the 5 new applicants.

The next major degree (2nd and 3rd) is Sunday May 20 at St. Agnes.

Our next 1st degree is July 12.

Church Director

Rich Triola had no report.

Vocations Director

Howard Hunter reported that the completed vocation posted contest had 4 winners, 3 in the district.


Dave Boone said Holy Spirit will hand out Baby Bottles on Mother’s Day. They will be collected on Father’s Day. This is our biggest fund raiser for prolife support, ½ our income. However, we lose many of the bottles that are not returned. If helping to hand them out do not just stick them out to everyone, but if someone seems interested please do hand it out.

National right to Life Convention is to be held June 28-30 at the Overland Park Convention Center, Sheraton Hotel. This is the first time to be held in Overland Park.

Community Director

No report.

Council Director

John Weber said we should consider inviting families to the Community breakfast adding children for free. It would be a great way to reach out to our younger members.


The awards dinner or Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled for June 16 in the Martha and Mary room. After the Saturday 4:00 Mass a social will begin at 5:00 with dinner at 6:00. Knights and Family of the month and year are requested to attend. Johnnies BBQ will cater and Mike Gallagher will tend bar!


Youth Director


Don Watson had no report.


Family Director

Dave Boone had no report.


Historian and Web Master


Bob Long asked for photos for the website. The records button on the website has historical data. Bob maintains and folder with a memory stick for our next historian.


Unfinished Business

Tom Swortwood donated his telescope to the school and the Knights reimbursed him $25.00 for it, a small portion of its cost.

Greg Miller reported that the server’s luncheon is coming up soon. Boys and girls are invited.

He also spoke about the rosary stand. 8 rosaries have been taken and we received one donation for $20. Two plaques were suggested to be made for the stand. One will read “HOLY SPIRIT Knights of Columbus” with a KofC logo added. Another will read The Knights encourage praying the rosary. Rosaries are free for your use.” It was decided not to include the following line, “If desired, donations can be left in church office.” A motion was made, seconded, and approved to proceed. We will place it in the narthex for the church’s convenience.








Knight of the Month:   Lyle Beckman

Family of the Month:     Dave and Pat Wellman


The following were elected to office for the next fraternal year.

Grand Knight,       Rick Trudell

Deputy Grand Knight,     Rich Triola

Chancellor,       Tom Maillard

Recorder,       Greg Brown

Treasurer,       Tom Gaume

Advocate,       Rod Hoffman

Warden,       Tom Swortwood

Inside Guard,       John Manning

Outside Guard,     Tony Schroeder

Trustee 1st Year,     Tom McChesney

Trustee 2nd Year,    Greg Davis

Trustee 3rd Year,     Trinidad Molina


Fourth Degree Report

John Weber reported that the next meetings is Monday May 21 beginning at 6:00 with cocktails, 6:30 potluck dinner, and a brief meeting at 7:15.

Insurance Agent Report

John Mahan is working to get a replacement agent for Joe Cummings. Until that person is named we should contact Luke Henry for any insurance needs.

District Deputy

Jeff Bitter arrived fresh from out of town. He emphasized new membership. He said the order is dying out, the average age being 70. E-membership is an effort to recruit younger members. He encouraged us to do our 1st degree initiation in June to help the district remain in the Circle of Honor.

He mentioned the Knights of Tarcisius, a high school server program, as a natural step for young men to become Knights of Columbus. We told him we are participating in this program.

Jeff follows up all suspensions with a call to the suspended member. He will setup an officer installation ceremony for us. He recognized tom and Rick for their roles as Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight this past year.

He is working on a Knight Out to the T-Bones. He mentioned Greg Davis’s night out to the Royals was tough to beat.

Dave West will be Jeff Bittner’s replacement.



Prayers Requested.

Ron Stump’s mother-in-law passed away.


Tom Maillard said 11 Knights plus some wives were present.