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


Meeting Minutes of September 12, 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 Grand Knight Rick Trudell

Roll Call: Advocate, Warden, and Inside Guard were absent

Attendance: Present: 34, and District Deputy. Total Membership: 340


Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the August 8, 2019 meeting were approved.

Grand Knight’s Report

Grand Knight Rick Trudell reported:


1.He first introduced our new Knights inducted recently; including those participating at the 1st Degree Exemplification which took place immediately preceding tonight’s meeting in attendance. They were Brian Delantonas, Art Milnes and Thomas “Ethan” Patterson. Evan Welsh did his 1st Degree via the DVD presentation. Also, he introduced Ted Morrissey, a transfer to our Council attending the meeting.

2.He thanked the First Degree Team for doing an excellent job again.

3.He announced this Sunday, September 15, is Donut Sunday hosted by the Knights. He read the names of the Knights agreeing to host the event after the Sunday Masses as a reminder; and

4.He thanked all those helping with the successful Fun Fair held by the Parish September 6. He informed the Council the event was so successful the “walking taco” booth manned by the Knights ran out of food.

5.He sent around a thank you card from Fr. Nick Blaha thanking us for our $200 donation and a letter from the Rosary Crusade for a Noon gathering of their October 12, 2019, event.


Deputy Grand Knight Report

Deputy Grand Knight Justin Lillich reported:

He had three (3) remaining Religious Education Raffle tickets left going for $100 each. He reminded the Council the price of the ticket could be shared by as many as four (4) individuals.

Financial Reports


Tom Gaume reported:

Checking:             $11,890.01

Less earmarks for Chapel/Coats for Kids/Baby Bottles $4,942.90

Remainder        $6,947.11


Financial Secretary

The Grand Knight called on the Financial Secretary to give his report. The Financial Secretary, Greg Miller, read the current bills to the Council for payment. They were:


Coats for Kids                $2,995.00

Refreshments (Soda)              $ 11.98

Bill from Supreme                $ 5.58

On motion duly made and seconded, it was approved to pay the above bills by the Council.


Lastly, it was reported to the Council that the Officers, at the Officer’s Meeting held August 29, 2019, voted to restock the Knights’ Kiosk display at a cost of $159.75.



The Grand Knight called on the Lecturer to address the Counsel with his Program. Greg Brown, the Lector, was absent and John Weber gave the Lector’s prepared remarks on the “Our Father” to the Council.



  The Grand Knight called on the Membership Director to give his report. Chad Eickholt, the Membership Director, announced   besides the new members who recently joined the Council, he had two (2) additional applicants. He said assuming the two (2) applicants jointed, the Council would have six (6) new members toward our Council goal of 23 for this fiscal year.


  Chad thanked those Knights participating in the membership drive held the weekend of September 7 & 8 and for those Knights participating in the Degree Team this evening.




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  The Grand Knight called on the Family Director to give his report. John Weber, the Family Director, reminded the Council there will be Communion Sunday on September 29, 2019, with the Knights being asked to participate in 9:00 A.M. Mass together followed by Breakfast in the Margaret and Mary Room.




No report given.




  The Grand Knight called upon the Life Director, Dave Boone, to give his report. Dave Boone reported:

1.The Baby Bottle Life Program netted close to $7,000 this year. He indicated in recent years each New Year brings a new record;

2.The Council will be participating in 40 Days for Life. He said our date was a Thursday, September 26, 2019. He said a sheet will be passed around for those interested in volunteering to pray at the Abortion Clinic/Women’s Health Center for one (1) hour increments to sign up; and

3.There will be a Life Chain on Sunday, October 6 from 1:30 P.M – 2:30 P.M. at 95th and Antioch for those wanting to participate.


Unfinished Business

  The Grand Knight asked whether anyone had any unfinished business to bring up. Greg Davis stood and was recognized.


  Greg announced he still had four (4) tickets left for the annual Royal Baseball outing for tomorrow night, Friday September 13, 2019, at $50 each. He said the air conditioned bus with a bathroom would be leaving Holy Spirit grounds at 5:30 P.M. so those going should be there between 5-5:15 P.M.


  Also, he reminded the Council of the 7th Annual Golf outing scheduled for September 30, 2019, at the Heritage Park starting at 8:30. The cost for 18 holes, a cart and two drinks is $33.00.



  With Unfinished Business being concluded the Grand Knight asked whether anyone had any new business to bring up with the Council. Bud Maskill stood and was recognized.


  Bud reported he purchased 12 cases of coats and did/will distribute them to the Schools interested. He said the cost for the coats this year was $2,995.00 from the treasury balance earmarked for Coats for Kids off $4,442.90. He said because there is such a carry-over in the treasury for the Program there would not be a fund raiser for this Program this year.


  Following Bud Maskill, Phil Fouler stood and was recognized. Phil informed the Council the annual Toostie Roll Drive would be held October 11. 12, and 13 at HyVee located at 95th and Antioch. He said 80% of the money collected stays in Johnson County, Kansas, with the remaining 20% going to the State for the Knights’ Special Olympic Program. He said he’d be sending around a sign-up sheet for Knights to volunteer.


  Following Phil Fouler, Greg Miller stood up and was recognized. Greg announced the Council received a $500 check from Supreme for the Council’s participation in the Food for Families Program. Greg made a motion and it was seconded to donate $200 of the $500 received from Supreme to Catholic Charities. Upon discussion, a motion was duly made and seconded to modify the donation amount from $200 to $250.


  The Grand Knight took up the initial motion of a donation to Catholic Charities first. This motion carried and it was passed to donate $200 to Catholic Charities.


  With this order of business being concluded, the modification to the motion to increase the amount from $200 to $250 to Catholic Charities was put to the Council for a vote. The modified motion to increase the amount to $250 failed and was not authorized.


  Following Greg Miller, Chad Eickholt stood and was recognized. Chad said he was not coming to the Council seeking a donation, but he wanted to make the Council aware of a worthwhile charitable event being participated in by two Holy Spirit Parishioners, each with a child having Down Syndrome. He said the event was being hosted at Arrowhead Stadium October 26, 2019. The two Holy Spirit families participating were the Conrad and Rose families forming the Sole Sisters Team. He asked the members to get behind the two families if they could and support them in this noble charitable cause.






  The Grand Knight called upon Dan Hageman to give the 4th Degree report.


  Dan reported the 4th Degree Assembly had their first meeting of the New Fiscal year this coming Monday, September 16, 2019. Also, he reported the Colored Guard participated in the Mass at Holy Spirit on Labor Day.




  The Grand Knight extended an invitation for the District Deputy, Steve Glary, to address the Council.


  The District Deputy congratulated Chad Eickholt in his efforts in bring the new members to the Council. He raved about how active and vibrant the Holy Spirit Council was and encouraged the Council to keep up the good work. Finally he informed the Council of upcoming exemplifications for 2nd and 3rd Degree work.




The Field Agent was not present at the meeting. The Grand Knight informed the Council our new Field Agent was Luke Henry. His e-mail address was His phone number was (913) 568-6581 or (855) 356-4859. His address was P.O. Box 265, Gardner KS 66030. Anyone having Insurance needs was asked to reach out to Luke Henry.




Prayers Requested


  Before closing the meeting the Grand Knight asked whether any Brother Knight wished to request prayers for the sick and distressed. Names for which prayers were requested were:

Steve Glary’s wife’s relative located in Paxico KS, Paul Haggert;

Trinidad’s uncle Joe Leanos located in Dallas TX




Jerry Gerstberger reported 12 people present for Adoration on Wednesday night.


50 / 50 DRAWING


The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Jerry Gertstberger


The meeting closed at 8:10 pm.



Respectfully submitted,


Everett Fritz, II, Recorder