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


Meeting Minutes of January 17, 2019

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: Advocate arrived a few minutes late.

Attendance: Present: 34. Total Membership: 335

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

Grand Knight’s Report

Tootsie Roll drive proceeds of $1,025.80 each went to the Friends of JCDS and Lake Mary Center, both supporting those with intellectual difficulties. Thanks go to Phil Fowler’s efforts.

The Columbian Award, is for council achievement during 2017-2018 with Grand Knight Tom McChesney.

The Chili Cookoff winner tonight is Mike Bergkamp. Nine contestants put on tonight’s guys night out.

Lenten dinner charities need to be selected. Six charities, basically the same as last year, were recommended at the officer’s meeting. They are Project Rachel, Villa St. Francis, Honduras Water Project, Project Uplift, Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Lamb (both together as one recipient), and Wyandotte Pregnancy Center. Project Rachel has a new leader and remains in operation. Bishop Muldoon who runs the Honduras Water Project is retired but the project still gets much needed help for clean water to those in need. The Little Brothers and Little Sisters of the Lamb offered many thanks for our support especially that of Joe Thomas. These charities were approved after a discussion and vote. The first Lenten dinner is March 8.

Deputy Grand Knight

Rich Triola had no report.



Financial Reports


Tom Gaume reported:

Checking:    $21,179.64

Less earmarks for chapel and Coats for Kids $4,942.90

Remainder $16,236.74

Tom also handed out the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity individual member worksheet. He needs us to report back to him all of the hours we worked as knights, even hours volunteered in personal activities apart from the council.

Financial Secretary

The following bills were presented by Tom Gaume (standing in for Greg Miller) and a motion to pay the bills was discussed and approved.

Supreme per capita for advertising and prolife $1,018.50


Chip reader for credit card purchases. Tom Gaume purchased it

for personal uses and plans to share its use with Knights $50.00

Food and refreshemens             $26.61

Lector’s Report

Michael McCray was absent but he gave us a short devotion through our Grand Knight, Rick.

The presentation was called “Saving Our Country,” by Sister Anne Shields. She quotes 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name (Christians) humble themselves, pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land! I will hear from heaven if you seek me, with all of your heart.”

She goes on to say that God wants to show us mercy but we must humbly go to confession. She asks us to pray the rosary for peace in our country and the world, and to end abortion. She longs to hear this Chronicle’s quote recited throughout the nations diocese.



Justin Lillich introduced and transfer candidate Charlie Salvo. Please welcome Holy Spirit parishioner Charlie when you see him. We have one possible candidate for our March 1st Degree.

Church Director

Everitt Fritz, said the Icon for Our Lady of Persecuted Christians is available from Feb 10 to 23.Fr. Ric is considering the idea.

The Patronizing Your Business forms were sent out with the dues statements. 20 forms were returned and will be added to our collection. Please patronize these Knights.

Pro-Life Director

Dave Boone was absent but Rick Trudell filled in for him. Life Saver Sunday is this weekend, Jan. 19 & 20. Please help out after each Mass. Also the next 2 weekends, Jan 19 and 26, is the Baby Shower. Bring something for underprivileged mothers and place it in the baby play pen in the Narthex.

The National March for Life is tomorrow, Jan 18, in Washington DC. The Kansas March for Life is next Tuesday, Jan 22, in Topeka. Knights are encouraged to attend.

The latest issue of Columbia magazine is devoted to Pro-Life and has several great articles to read.

Vocations Director

Howard Hunter, no report.

Community Director

Tony O’Brien, requested that Knights consider joining the choir, especially the 9:00 choir which needs more singers. All singers are welcome.

Council Director

John Weber, Communion Mass and breakfast had 68 attend it. The next one is March 31st. John suggested we invite and pay for widows of our deceased knights. We have 14 widows that can be invited.

The next Major degree is Sat. Feb 9 at St. Joseph’s in Shawnee. 11:00 am for 1st degree, noon for the 2nd degree, and 3rd degree at 1:00.

Youth Director

Don Watson said the CYO Free Throw Contest was held. 13 teams partook with 42 boys and 24 girls participating. District competition starts Feb. 10. Several knights helped out but John Waters was at 5 shoot arounds.

Unfinished Business

None reported.



Lenten Dinner Chairmen, Bud Maskill strongly recommended we get new help directing the lenten dinners. Four chairmen are recommended, Cooking, Set-up, Clean-up, and Beverages. Finances are already run by Tom Gaume and Rick Trudell. Several volunteered. Cooking, Joe Thomas (about 8 people); Set-up, Greg Brown (3:30 to 5:30); Clean-up, Rod Hoffman and Greg Davis (5:30 to closing); Beverages, Phil Fowler. Each chairman will need to call and recruit knights to help in their respective positions.

February Council meeting is scheduled for Feb 7 so as not to conflict with Valentine’s Day. Good idea!

The next Officer’s meeting is Jan 31.

Ushers needed, John Weber asked for help ushering at various masses, in particular the 4:00, 10:30, and 6:30.

Knight of the Month: Jamie Flood

Family of the Month: John and Margie Waters

Fourth Degree Report

John Weber , the next meeting is January 21st, 3rd Monday. See Don Watson for dues statements.

The 4th degree is the Patriotic degree. All 3rd degree knights are welcome to join. The next Fourth Degree Exemplification is coming up, Saturday, April 27, at Ascension.

March for Life in Topeka is an opportunity for color guard service. Car pool on Jan 22 at 9:30.

Insurance Agent Report

John A. Mahon is the new agent. His phone is 785-408-8806, fax 785-408-8801, email, address is Knights of Columbus Insurance, 1275 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66612. Contact him with your insurance needs.

Joe Cummings strongly recommended KofC insurance and stressed the importance of recruiting new knights.

District Deputy Report

Steve Glary, mentioned the St Joseph admission degrees mentioned earlier in the report.

He said the knight and family of the year are due by March.

The latest surveys show that Americans are split 50/50 on pro-life or pro-abortion. This is an improvement in the last few years.

Regarding recruiting, reinstatement of a knight counts as a new member.



Prayers Requested.

Michael McCray

Don Goodwin, sciatic nerve issues

Son-in-law of Phil Fowler

John Speck Jr.

Federal workers on furlough and those working without pay.

Adoration Chapel Report

8 to 10 knights and several wives were in attendance to pray the rosary.