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


Meeting Minutes of March 14, 2019

(the February meeting was cancelled due to weather)

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 and Trustee 3rd Year were absent

Attendance: Present: 32. Total Membership: 338

Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the January 17, 2019 meeting were approved.

Grand Knight’s Report

Rick reported that the Lenten Dinners started Mar 8. Our six charities are Project Rachel, Villa St. Francis, Honduras Water Project, Project Uplift, Little Brothers (and Sisters) of the Lamb, Wyandotte Pregnancy Center. The Lenten Dinner last Friday was a huge success. Gross revenue was $4385.00. This was $1500.00 over the first week last year. We served approx. 400 people.

Due to an unforeseen family situation I will not be running for reelection for the position of Grand Knight. Our Deputy Grand Knight, Rich Triola, has offered to fill the position for the next fraternal year. He will be seeking a replacement for the DGK position as well as ensuring that all the other officer positions are filled. We have to provide a list of candidates at the April council meeting and vote on the candidates at the May council meeting. If you would like to be a candidate for an Officer position please see myself or Rich Triola.

Two thank you notes were received. Wyandotte Pregnancy Center thanked us for the $1533.00 proceeds from the Life Saver drive. And St. Thomas Aquinas High School thanked us for the $250.00 donation for their trip to March for Life in Washington, DC.

Deputy Grand Knight Report

Rich asks us to answer his phone calls as he is recruiting officers for the new year. He is seeking a Deputy Grand Knight primarily. He would also like volunteers for Community Director and Family Director. Both of these require safe child training and a background check. The background check requires your social security number.


Financial Reports


Tom Gaume reported:

Checking:             $25,719.37

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

Remainder        $20,776.47

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.


Chip reader for credit card purchases. $54.54

Donation to State for the movie “Unplanned”        $250.00

General and liability insurance             $2,520.00

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Walk for Life       $300.00

Lector’s Report

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

The presentation was called “Fasting and Alms Power in Intercessory Prayer,” by Sister Anne Shields. She says Lent is a great time for fasting and alms giving. We are rewarded for our prayerful efforts because it takes us out of our comfort zones. It elevates us into closer union with our suffering Lord. St. Augustine said it this way, “Fasting and alms are the two wings that lift our prayers to heaven.”



Justin Lillich was absent but Chad gave us an update. Three new knights were introduced having just had their 1st degree ceremony this evening. Max Karges and Vincent Jischke are 18 and the grandsons of John Weber. Daniel Skinner and his wife have been at Holy Spirit for 3 months.

May 4 and 5 weekend we will have another membership drive at all the Masses. June 13th is our next scheduled 1st degree but we can always use the DVD process too. Each knight should invite someone to join. We would easily meet our goals if everyone did. There is also a recruiting post card, form 921A, that can be distributed.

Church Director

Everett Fritz, had no update on church business but did update us on the Knights Business Directory. It is now online on our website. Please keep it updated and use the information to support our brother knights.

Pro-Life Director

Dave Boone said we have Thursday, April 11, for the Forty Days for Life demonstration near College and Roe. Please sign up to stand and walk for life. He will also recruit at the April 6 & 7 Masses.

Vocations Director

Howard Hunter, reported that there were 285 vocations posters submitted for the vocation poster contest this year. They were pared down to 24 with 4 going on to the state completion.

Community Director

Tony O’Brien, no report.

Council Director

John Weber, the next Communion Mass and breakfast will be March 31 (fifth Sunday). Meet at the 9:00 Mass followed by a delicious breakfast. Cost is $10.00, kids 12 and under are free. Contact John Weber for reservations via phone, email, or in person.

Youth Director

Don Watson said the CYO Free Throw Contest was held. 13 teams partook with 42 boys and 24 girls participating. Two girls went to the regional competition and 1 went on to state.

Unfinished Business

None reported.



A Major Degree (2nd and 3rd) is April 13 at Council 10932 (Ascension). This is a great opportunity for our new members. It was mentioned that there is another Major degree on March 24 at Good Shepard.

Val Ruzick reported that Fr. Storey’s father, John Storey’s funeral was this day. It was a very inspirational Mass and service.

The next Officer’s meeting is March 28th.

John Weber proposed that we provide flowers at funerals for members or their wives. The cost is limited to $50.00. In lieu of flower a donation can be given to charity at the discretion of the Council Director. John agreed to manage this program. John will also send out sympathy cards to others that have passed away. Also birth cards to new parents. This proposal was discussed and approved by the council.

Knight of the Month: Tom Gaume (Feb.)    Jerry Gerstberger (Mar.)

Family of the Month: Everett and Sandy Fritz (Feb.) Val and Sheila Ruzick (Mar)

Knight of the Year:    Joe Thomas

Family of the Year:    Bud and Linda Maskill

Fourth Degree Report

John Weber, the March meeting is cancelled. The next meeting is April 15, the 3rd Monday.

The next 4th Degree Exemplification is Saturday April 27 at Ascension. Several are signing up and John will contact 3rd degree knights that might be interested. The 4th degree is the Patriotic degree. All 3rd degree knights are welcome to join.

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.

District Deputy Report

Steve Glary, was not present.


Prayers Requested.

Michael McCray, and his brother who has Alzheimer’s and rejects God.

Tom McChesney’s coworker Jim Mytinger is fighting a brain tumor.

Ed Matoka, may he rest in peace.

John Storey, father of Fr. Storey, may he rest in peace.

Adoration Chapel Report

18 total knights and several wives were in attendance to pray the rosary last night. 16 last week.