|Ralph Melenson and Father Bill|
Chairman Hans Purkott worked tirelessly for the fifth straight year to make this a success. Ralph Melenson helped publicize and coordinate the event in the Village. Both the pre-event and the on-site volunteers together with the Lake DeGray Golf staff made it an enjoyable venture. The St. John's School staff also contributed by coordinating both the casino hole and the beer cart with income of $426.00 and $313.55, respectively.
Thanks to the Council 6419 tournament fundraising committee, there were prizes for every golfer. The minimum prize was $25.00 in gift certificates from local restaurants. David Myers again donated 16 sets of German steak knives with a $100 retail value for each set. A list of all the sponsor/donors was in the three Catholic Church Bulletins on August 25.
Guillermo also sang and played a guitar at the July 17, 2013, Taste of Faith in Little Rock, which is a fundraising event for educating the seminarians. However, Guillermo had to borrow a guitar for this event, as his required repair.
Interestingly, the original owner of his guitar was Bishop Sartain who was the bishop for the Little Rock Diocese prior to Bishop Taylor. When Bishop Sartain was in Joliet IL, he gave his guitar to a seminarian attending St. Meinrad's Seminary in Indiana; and, in turn, that seminarian gave the guitar to Guillermo.
Bob Honzik tried to have the guitar repaired for Guillermo, but was told that it could not be brought back to playing condition. Therefore, it has been given to the House of Formation to be put on display. A new guitar will be purchased for Guillermo out of the Council's 50/50 fund, and it will be presented to him at Christmas when he visits our parish.
|Angela Issacs (l) and Marianne Layne.|
After thanking the Knights for their on-going support, she mentioned that she feels strongly about the benefits of a Catholic education, and that it is hard to duplicate at home what children can get at a Catholic school. Her two daughters attend Catholic schools through 12 grades.
She emphasized the importance of being able to talk about Jesus throughout the day, and to tie religion into the courses as appropriate. She proudly stated, “We blend classic educational methods, Catholic faith formation, and technology to provide the best education.” Religion classes are part of the curriculum, starting in the 2-1/2 year-old class.
There are three Sisters of Mercy nuns on staff, with one being the assistant principal.
A meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools found that compared to traditional public and charter schools, faith-based schools have a significant academic advantage, narrower achievement gaps by race and income, and better student behavioral outcomes. St. John’s sets high academic expectations for all grade levels. Art, music, physical education, Spanish, Latin, library studies, and technology are included in the PreK3-8 curriculum. One Sister teaches fly-tying to the middle school students.
|Milt and Janice Spaniel's grandchildren (l-r) Abby, Reilly, Griffin, and Shelby with Milt, Father Elser, and Bill Veal at presentation of check.|
According to Bill Veal, "It was a great tournament. The weather was nice and comfortable. Chase Thorton is the champion with back to back 67’s for a total of 134 for 36 holes."
The purpose of the Junior Golf Association is to foster, encourage, and promote junior golf activities for young golfers between the ages of 8 and 18 by accomplishing the following:
1. To teach the fundamentals of the golf swing.
2. To provide opportunities for development of social, physical, emotional and mental skills.
3. To teach the rules, etiquette and sportsmanship of golf.
4. To secure instructional practices, playing privileges and other concessions.
5. To develop lifelong golfers who will continue to play long after the program is over.
This year there were 280 junior participants and 245 volunteers donating 3,650 hours. There are currently 14 juniors on scholarships valued at $2,000 each ($500 per year).
|Grand Knight Dick Breckon presents a check to Bishop Taylor with Monsignor Friend and Father Elser observing.|
Danny and Sandra Celestin's menu consisted of sensation salad, shrimp corn chowder, 10 oz prime rib steak, and roasted fresh vegetables. Father Bill made his now regionally-famous ice cream (Arkansas peach and cappuccino) for dessert.
After a 30-minute social period with Larry Linteau providing background music, Bob gave a brief history of the Council’s support of the seminarians and Monsignor Friend’s goal of having a House of Formation. He introduced guests Bishop Anthony Taylor, Monsignor Scott Friend, Monsignor Bernard Malone, and Father Bill Elser. The eight seminarians seated at tables throughout the hall would be introduced later by Monsignor Friend.
When the meal was ready, Father Elser recited the Father McGivney prayer and gave a blessing.
|Action at the Fiesta Bowl with Knights and spouses assisting blind bowlers.|
Over a period of four days, from Monday July 8th through Thursday, 67 campers from came to Fiesta Bowl to test their bowling skills. Eighteen top performers returned on Friday for a roll-off to determine who was the best bowler and also to establish bragging rights. Bowler's scores ranged from the mid 60s to a top score of 151. Campers and volunteers all had a great time and are already making plans for next year.
|New Grand Knight Dick Breckon addresses the knights and guests.|
Grand Knight Dick Breckon (pictured on the left) received the gavel from outgoing Grand Knight Bill Roe. In addition to Chaplain Father Bill Elser, officers include: Deputy Grand Knight Bob Honzik; Chancellor Steve Fetcko; Recorder Rick Meyers;
Financial Secretary Gerald Krawczynski; Treasurer Larry Stein;
Warden Steve Schramer; Advocate Mike Frantz; Inside Guard Scott Krantz; Outside Guard Larry Cruz; 3rd Year Trustee Bill Welch; 2nd Year Trustee Dave Johnston; and, 1st Year Trustee Bill Roe.
Dick introduced his appointed directors: Program Director Tony Cifelli; Church Director Tom Yerina; Community Director Milt Spaniel; Council Director Gary Wolfer; Family Director Bob Rodgers; Pro-Life Director Jim Goodson; Youth Director Ike Eisenhauer; Membership Director Ron Cuba; and, Communications Director John Bodensteiner.
Milt Spaniel was named Knight of the Year for his work as the Council’s Community Director for three years. He is personally involved in most of the activities he supervises and is very active in both church and community. Marvin and Lucy Young received the Family of the Year award for their involvement in many community outreach projects as well as being very active in Sacred Heart of Jesus activities.
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The members of the Knights of Columbus Council 2305 in West, Texas are among those helping to run the distribution site and organizing the volunteer activities. They have a strong presence in the town. Although West has fewer than 3000 residents, the Council counts more than 500 members.
Cheese sales for 2012-2013 started in October with the Wisconsin picnic with Kraemer's donating $200 in cheese products that were given out as door prizes. Order forms were also distributed and accepted. At the picnic next fall, there will be an extra supply of cheese that can be purchased on site in addition to submitting orders.
Through the rather lengthy sales season, there were eight deliveries from Watertown WI, four by UPS and four in person by a member of the Kraemer family. Products could also be shipped directly to clients. One Village visitor purchased $125 worth of product and paid $21 to have it shipped to Omaha NE.
With each delivery, extra cheese was ordered and sold at Knights' events, including parishioner breakfasts. Timely announcements by Father Bill helped sales as well. High pressure sales tactics were not needed as the products sold themselves with many repeat orders.
In addition to Ed Miller and his wife Mary Ann, the sales team consisted of John Meyers and Wayne Winters. Ron Cuba, Bill Gribbon, Steve Fetcko, Mike Frantz, and Steve Schramer assisted with distribution.
Ed states, "I wish that I had every knight selling cheese, because I know there are a lot of people we could get to buy our products. I still run into knights who ask me if their non-catholic friends can buy cheese. YES, they can. Sell some to them."
Sales will commence again when the weather gets cooler. Some intersting facts about the Kraemers is that all of the men are knights. The four children and families work at their store. They make all the cheese spreads at their factory and other products are purchased from vendors.
The Opening Ceremonies began Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM. Athletes from 17 areas of Arkansas were led into the Harding University stadium by twelve Honor Guard members consisting of 4 from Mountain Home Assembly 2060, 5 from Hot Springs Village Assembly 2316, and 3 from Heber Springs Assembly 2919. The Honor Guard was well regimented and did an outstanding and impressive job presenting the Colors.
The Knights of Columbus Olympic Town was very successful, with nearly 1200 athletes plus other attendees visiting our games. We had 56 volunteers, consisting of 23 Knights of Columbus members, 19 spouses, and 13 others compiling a total of 1829 hours. The Friday night meal catered by Golden Corral served KofC volunteers, spouses, 3 members of the Arkansas State Special Olympics Board, and Bruce Kelley from the Batesville Council. Bruce is responsible for our receiving a prime and large location with the extra tents, tables and chairs needed for Olympic Town. We are also grateful to other councils who provided game prizes, beads, and Tootsie Rolls.
Next year, we hope to add another tent and at least two more games to accommodate the large numbers who visit, participate, and enjoy Olympic Town, fondly called "the happenin' place" by the athletes. We are growing, and it is wonderful to bring joy to these athletes. The response from our volunteers was that this is a truly special and heart-warming experience.
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