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


Meeting Minutes of October 11, 2018

Call to Order: Grand Knight, Rick Trudell, called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Wardens Report: All were in possession of a valid membership card.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Led by the Grand Knight

Roll Call: Deputy Grand Knight, Outside Guard, Trustee 2nd Year were absent. Chancellor position has not been filled as of roll call.

Attendance: Present: 39. Total Membership: 369

Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the September 13, 2018 meeting were approved.

Grand Knight’s Report

The Grand Knight said that tonight’s food was provided by Tequila Harry’s – thanks Dan & Jo Ann Kanatzar.

Religious Education Fund Raffle tickets. We sold all ten. They have been turned over to our

District Deputy, Steve Glary.

Tootsie Roll drive is this weekend. Sign-up sheet is being passed around so you may

volunteer. Also, we need help after each Mass this weekend to sell Tootsie Rolls.

Book called “The Fraternalist The Remarkable Life of Virgil C. DeChantThe 12 th

Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus is available to us to review.

Chancellor vacancy needs to be filled. Bud Maskill and Greg Davis were nominated but Greg cannot hold 2 officers positions. Bud as the Chancellor was discussed and voted on, and was approved.

Honorary Life Membership was earned by Tom Spencer.

Deputy Grand Knight

Rich Triola was absent.



Financial Reports


Tom Gaume reported:

Checking:    $8,772.57

Financial Secretary

The following bills were presented and a motion to pay the bills was discussed and approved.

Sharon Hellings for KofC breakfast $700.00

Coats for Kids with shipping $2495.00

The following deposits were recorded.

Solidarity Crosses         $30.00

The Financial Secretary also reported that the two following checks were received for deposit:

Check for Play along Football       $25.58

Check for Council share of Play along Football $6,098.00

Lector’s Report

Michael McCray gave the lector’s report. Our culture is full of anger and violence. Where did it come from? Since the 1930’s there has been a communist influence. Even our seminaries were infiltrated by radical ideas. Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” is a book describing how to undermine our country’s values by polarizing politicians and institutions and vilifying the opposition. His agenda is to overcome from within, even up to the presidency. We can see the effects of this even to this day. It just seems to get worse all the time.

Our Lord told us to watch out for “Wolves in sheep’s clothing”, and “Beware of false prophets.” Pray the Rosary daily as our Blessed Mother advocates. Be loyal Knights.




Justin Lillich has a recruiting weekend setup for Nov 10 & 11. He is also designing a council t-shirt for us to wear at events for visibility. Please wear your name tag to Mass to show the parish how many of us there are. Our next First Degree will be on December 13.

Church Director

Everitt Fritz, no report.



Pro-Life Director

Dave Boone reported that Wyandotte County had about 600 abortions per year before the Wyandotte Pregnancy Center opened. After this abortions dropped 50% and the abortion clinic closed. The Olathe Pregnancy Center will open soon to try to cut down on the 900 abortions per year in Johnson County. They will need a sonogram machine and the KofC state council is currently raising the money for it. Pope Francis equated abortion to hiring a hit man.

40 Days for Life is going on right now at the “Women’s Health Center” at College and Roe. 16 knights protested at the facility on Saturday Sept. 29.

KofC Silver Rose program was at the Rosary at 3:30 and 4:00 Mass. The Silver Rose shows our unity on life issues and is making its way from Canada, through the US, and on to Mexico for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The annual Life Chain was held along 95th Street last Sunday. We had clear weather and many knights attended.

The Gosnell movie opens this weekend. It is about an abortion doctor who was convicted of killing babies born alive. A good attendance this weekend will insure the movie keeps showing.

Vocations Director

Howard Hunter mentioned that the Deceased Knights Mass will be Tuesday, Nov. 13. Mass is at 6:00 followed by a rosary.

Community Director

Tony O’Brien mentioned that there was a pro-life demonstration at Penn Valley Community College by young college age people. He also mentioned that the canonization of Fr. Willie Doyle, a battlefield priest who did heroic things, is in process.

Council Director

John Weber reported that the communion breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 30 served 77 people. Sharon Hellings prepared a wonderful breakfast even though the kitchen in the cafeteria is not yet ready. We had 5 pews set aside for Mass but needed more. The next communion breakfast is Dec. 30.

John mentioned that we have 369 members but 114 of them are only 1st Degree members. He emailed these knights about advancement but got no response. He will continue to pursue advancement.

There are two Major Degrees coming up in Johnson County, St. Michael’s, Oct. 28; Sacred Heart, Gardner, Nov. 3.

Unfinished Business

Tom Maillard’s KofC shirts were donated to us by his friend Sandra Whitman. They are available for the taking.

In memory of Tom Maillard a grandson donated $1000.00. The officers recommend that we use 50% toward the Adoration Chapel and the wood frame structure for the Blessed Sacrament. The remaining 50% is recommended to go to helping with the cost of a sonogram machine for the Olathe Pregnancy Center with an additional $500.00 donated from our council. Motions to proceed were discussed and approved.

Coats for Kids, Bud Maskill ordered and delivered 10 cases of coats to various diocesan schools in need. Resurrection School in KCK requested 24 more coats. The council discussed and approved buying 24 more for $470.00 (coats and shipping). A signup sheet was passed around to get knights to help raise money after the Masses Oct. 20 through Nov.4. Many hands make light work.

Little Brothers of the Lamb open house is Nov. 3. They would like our financial help with the open house. We discussed and approved $300.00.

Golf Outing was a success. Al Gracik said 32 people played, 22 of them were knights. Don Watson’s team had a player with the longest drive of 310 yards. We have averaged about 25 per year. Al wants to take it to the next level with a target of about 50 for next year.


Play Along Football, Ken O’Bryan dropped off a report for the meeting stating that our proceeds for the council are $6,098, last year’s was $5,727.50.



Knight of the Month: Greg Davis

Family of the Month: Dave and Janet Grant

Christmas Card sales, Greg Miller said sales will begin the weekend of Oct. 20 & 21 and go through Nov. 18. A signup sheet was passed around for helpers to sign up.   

Everett Fritz wants to promote a good idea. It is called, WE’D LIKE TO PATRONIZE YOUR BUSINESS. He passed around a form that he will compile. The form will go out with this year’s dues as well.

Fourth Degree Report

John Weber said there will be a Chalice Dinner Oct. 20 in the Martha and Mary room, after the 4:00 Mass. Dinner will begin at 6:00 after a cocktail hour. Cost is $25.00 ($10.00 goes toward paying for chalices). All knights are invited, not just 4th degree. Help will be needed so contact David Roth if you wish to help out.

Our next Fourth Degree meeting will be Monday, Oct. 29 (delayed due to a conflict), in the Martha and Mary Room.

The next Fourth Degree Exemplifications are coming up. Two nearby are Saturday, Nov. 17, Marysville, KS; and Saturday, April 27, Ascension.



Insurance Agent Report

John Lawrence is the interim agent. His number is 913-645-4820. Please call him with your insurance needs.

District Deputy Report

Steve Glary, 913-302-6500, mentioned several things for us. The traveling Icon: Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians will be in our area Feb. 10 through Feb. 23, 2019. It will be available for Mass or prayer services. He mentioned that it will count towards one of our Faith Activities. We expressed an interest in it.

He talked about membership opportunities. Please invite all your male acquaintances to join. He said Benedictine U has the most new members of all the councils. He suggested getting graduating seniors to join before going to college. E-membership is very easy to join.

Next month has election day. Johnson County needs election workers and one council uses this as a fund raiser. Each worker gets $150.00 which they donate to the council. Even if you do not donate please consider working the election. Go to to sign up.



Prayers Requested.

No one was mentioned.

Adoration Chapel Report

Jerry Gerstberger said 6 knights plus 1 said the rosary.