Twenty brother Knights enjoyed trap shooting, a delicious steak dinner and fraternity on September 12th at the Shooting Park in Horace.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to the States of Texas and Louisiana has affected tens of thousands of people. We in North Dakota have been through a number of floods in the past twenty years and know the feelings of loss and devastation to families and communities.
With this in mind, I ask each council in the State of North Dakota to support the relief effort by contributing funds through the Disaster Relief Fund managed by the North Dakota State Council. Please write your checks to the ND State Council and make sure that in the memo line you enter Texas/Louisiana Flood Relief. Send checks to Mike Steiner, North Dakota State Treasurer, 2938 Southgate Drive, Fargo, ND 58103.
Although the need for support will continue into the months and possibly years ahead, I have set October 15, 2017 as the deadline for the state contribution to be completed.
Please give generously not only with material support, but also with your prayers.
I would like to thank Tom Summerville for his work on the monument lights, it looks great! Bob Bennett spent some time last week cleaning around the base and cutting back the plants. Doug Jordan, our project lead, sealed the light fixtures to protect them form the elements or rain, snow and cold. Things are really looking up!
Our next task in this rejuvenation project is to determine what is needed to level the stones in the walks. Consideration is being given to leveling the protruding or sunken stones, or pulling the existing walk piece by piece and leveling all of the paths.
John D Clark
Grand Knight, Council 11930
Council 11930 was recognized as the Outstanding Council of the Year. We also received the State Deputy Award of Excellence and were Division 3 winners for Shamrock sales benefiting the Home on the Range.
Supreme Service Awards
- Youth Winner – Brother Knights helped the ND Special Olympics by providing monetary support and cooking and serving meals at their summer games.
- Community Winner – Meals on Wheels Call to Action. Brother Knights distribute meals on a monthly basis to participants.
- Culture of Life Runner-up – Brother Knights worked the Fargodome consessions to raise money for the March for Life.
- Council Runner-up – CHI Riverview Fundraiser and Social. 10 Brother Knights and their wives helped serve dinner and wine at the Annual Wine and Dine Fundraiser to help support Riverview Place, a senior living center in Fargo. The funds from the event help provide needed funds to staff the facility.
- Family Runner-up – Ramona Lincoln Move. Brother Knights helped a disabled veteran move.
The council is committed to supporting St Gianna’s Maternity Home in Warsaw, ND. We have been supplying the needed car seats for each new born for the past three years. This year, 5 seats have been donated so far.
On November 11th, 10 Brother Knights and their wives helped serve dinner and wine at the Annual Wine and Dine Fundraiser to help support Riverview Place, a senior living center in Fargo. The funds from the event help provide needed funds to staff the facility.
Serving the 5 course meal from left to right were Galen and Karla Schell, John and Sharon Pollard, Jeff and Michele Bates, John and Jeanine Bitzen, Neil and Jolean Pederson, Pete and Margaret Peters, and Bev Welder.
The wine stewards were Steve and Harlene Valenti, John and Cecile Clark, Wade and Allison Frank and Todd and Laurie Braun.
Grand Knight John Clark delivered two wheelchairs as part of the KC Wheelchair Mission to St. Gerard’s Community of Care in Hankinson, ND on December 19. Pictured with John is Sister Dianna Hell, a St Gerard’s board member.
Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by the folks at Meals on Wheels. There were a number of people who could not cover their routes due to holiday commitments. We were asked if there was anyway we might help cover some of the routes for the week. A call out for help was e mailed shortly afterward and the response was tremendous and immediate! All the shifts we were asked to cover were covered. Thanks to the men and their families. Many of the routes covered were done with the wives, sons or daughters of the Knights. This is such a wonderful way to share the virtue of charity within our families. I would also like to thank those men who volunteered, but did not have a route to cover.
The folks at Meals on Wheels were so appreciative. What seemed like a daunting task to deliver the many meals for the week was eliminated by the generosity of our council. Thank you Jim Padden, Mark Helen, Steve Valenti, Dave Nilles, Corey Jones, Kevin Cowles, Dave Shorma, Jacob Vigness, Wade Frank, Dan Seefeldt and Bob Perius.
John D Clark
Grand Knight, Council 11930
Brother Knights, along with more than 40 Shanley students, held our first breakfast of the season on Sunday, Sept. 11. We had a great crowd of parishioners and friends, including a Brother Knight from Minot, have breakfast and help support our September cause–FOCUS. Our next breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9. We look forward to seeing you there!
As part of our continuing effort to provide more opportunities for service, our Community Director, Steve Valenti has set up an opportunity with Meals on Wheels. This involves picking up and delivering meals to seniors throughout the community. To start, we have elected to provide a two-man team to deliver meals on the third Thursday of each month. If we have a lot of guys interested in doing this, we will add more shifts as we go.
Volunteering should take less than 2 hours, from about 11:00am to 1:00pm. Volunteers need to go to Valley Senior Services at 2801 32nd Avenue South in Fargo. The two-man team is intended to be a driver and a delivery guy. If you have any specific questions about volunteering, you can email Steve Valenti.
This service opportunity is open to all members, but was developed with our retired members in mind, along with those with flexible work schedules or are otherwise available during the day. Following are the dates for the first half of the year. Please contact Steve if you are interested in helping out. Thanks!
September – John Clark
October – Tom Dolan
November -Dan Seefeldt
December – John Clark