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


Meeting Minutes of April 11, 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 and Trustee 1st and 2nd Year were absent.

Attendance: Present: 31. Total Membership: 338

Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the March 14, 2019 meeting were approved.

Grand Knight’s Report

Rick Trudell reported that the Lenten Dinners were a huge success this year. We had record crowds the first 4 weeks. Thanks to all for your hard work.

May 18 is the Deaconate Ordination at Holy Spirit. K of C will be asked to assist. Please keep the date open. There may be a dinner the night before. We may be asked to help with this and parking the day of.

State Convention (May 3,4 & 5) in Manhattan. Delegates are Rich Triola and Justin Lillich.

FYI. Awards (Hall of Fame) Dinner is just two months away. June 15. Probably time to start planning. All previous Hall of Fame recipients plan the dinner and award presentations for the new Hall of Fame recipients.

Life member Jim Huslig passed away recently. We donated $50.00 to the City Union Mission per the family’s request. This is a new program we instituted last meeting. We received a thank you from the family.

Deputy Grand Knight Report

Rich Triola said we are all welcome to go to the state convention in Manhattan. Wives are welcome too.

He is putting the organizational chart together for the new fraternal year. The chart was passed around the room. Let Rich know of any changes needed. The Columbian award is hoped for.

Financial Reports


Tom Gaume reported:

Checking:             $26,281.39

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

Remainder        $21,338.49

Financial Secretary

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


Postage $114.20

Communion Breakfast, Sharon Hellings        $600.00

Vocation Poster Contest, 4 X $50.00 each contestant      $200.00

Jim Huslig memorial                $50.00

Food, Chris Horvat                $54.40

Lenten Dinner Misc, John Weber            $65.49

Omega Engraving, 9 name tags, Greg Miller          $110.25

Sam’s office supplies, Greg Miller            $11.46

Sysco Foods, Lenten dinners             $2,591.60

Holy Spirit Lunch Program, 6X $100.00 + $55.00 for cole slaw   $655.00

John Water for gumbo                $120.00

Lector’s Report

Michael McCray presentation was on “Two ‘mystifying’ remarks Christ made during his Passion and death on the cross.” This is based on a presentation by Mike Scherschligt, School of Faith.

“Father, let this cup pass from me, but not my will but Thine be done.” Jesus shows that we have a choice what to do with our sufferings.

From Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Later in Psalm 22 we hear of a man who is assured of his efficacious suffering.

Michael Scherschligt puts it in perspective by saying, “What you do not choose, do not like, cannot change, accept with trust and offer it with love to God for the suffering in the world.

Michael McCray’s complete presentation is sent out monthly on email and is posted on our website.



Justin Lillich was absent. The Grand Knight reported that 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 might delay it until July.

Church Director

Everett Fritz, had no update on church business but did update us on the Knights Business Directory. Let him know of any updates.

Pro-Life Director

Dave Boone said we had Thursday, April 11, for the Forty Days for Life demonstration near College and Roe. We had a successful campaign. “Unplanned” the movie is in theaters through this weekend and it is recommended we all go to see it.

Vocations Director

Howard Hunter reported that there were 4 poster contest winners and each received a $50.00 gift.

Community Director

Tony O’Brien, not present.

Council Director

John Weber, the Communion Mass and breakfast on March 31 was successful with 67 attending. Four widows of knights attended and one or two said it as wonderful to be there.

Youth Director

Don Watson said the CYO Free Throw is done. He would like a volunteer to step forward and take over the free throw contest next year. He would be very glad to help in the transition.

Web Master

Bob Long reported that the website is up to par. Currently photos from 40 Days for Life are posted. There is also a link to sign up to join the Knights.

Unfinished Business

Greg Miller reported that Mike Jaworski needs help with Food for Families at the 9:00 and 6:30 Masses.



Nominations for Officers positions for Fraternal Year 2019-2020 as follows: GK – Rick Triola; DGK – Justin Lillich; Chancellor – Bud Maskill; Recorder – Everett Fritz; Treasurer – Tom Gaume; Advocate – Rod Hoffman; Warden – Tony Schroeder; Inside Guard Mike Burkcamp ; Outside Guard – Tom Swortwood; Trustee 1st Year – Rick Trudell; Trustee 2nd Year – Tom McChesney; Trustee 3rd Year – Greg Davis. The Grand Knight Rick Trudell read off each nomination 3 times. No other nominations were recorded. The election is set for next month’s meeting.

The next Officer’s meeting is April 25th.

Knight of the Month: Joseph Langr

Family of the Month: Doug and Tilita Leikum

Fourth Degree Report

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

The next 4th Degree Exemplification is Saturday April 27 at 1:00 at Ascension. Several have signed up. The 4th degree is the Patriotic degree. All 3rd degree knights are welcome to join. The dinner is $25.00 each. Help is needed for the color guard.

Next 4th Degree meeting is this Monday April 15.

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, 913-302-6500, was not present.


Prayers Requested.

Max Karges’s cousin Chase Karges passed away Feb 13. Please pray for Chase and his father Craig. May Chase rest in peace.

Sandy Fritz, Everett’s wife, will have knee replacement surgery.

Greg Davis’ step father Virgil Davis passed away March 22. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Tom Dolezal is in the hospital for tests.

Lauren Holcomb, Mark’s wife, is unemployed and looking for work.

Adoration Chapel Report

Thanks to Jerry Gerstberger for taking charge.