Meals on Wheels

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
January
February
March
April
May
June

Columbian Award

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Council 11930 was awarded the Knights of Columbus Columbian Award from Supreme. It is awarded to councils deemed outstanding in their implementation of the Service Program for the 2014-2015 fraternal year. The award is a tangible testimonial of the efficiency, industry and excellent activity program of the council.

Soccer Challenge Results

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Council 11930 hosted the KC Soccer Challenge on September 12 at the Kennedy Elementary Soccer Fields in South Fargo and again on September 19th at the Moorhead Soccer Complex in Moorhead.

There were 53 eligible participants from Fargo, West Fargo, and Horace. 32 boys & 21 girls covering 11 of the 12 age/gender groups participated. All 11 winners are eligible to move on to regional competition on September 29th.

Winners:

  • Tina Nojang (Girls – 9)
  • Advin Mujcic (Boys – 9)
  • Jaedyn Heacox (Girls – 10)
  • Dustyn Olsen (Boys – 10)
  • Madison Ahlers (Girls – 11)
  • Noah Zent (Boys – 11)
  • Madelyn Esterby (Girls – 12)
  • Pablo Nunez (Boys – 12)
  • Alyssa Heacox (Girls – 13)
  • Xander Coleman (Boys – 13)
  • Jacob Stich (Boys – 14)

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108th State Convention Awards in Mandan

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Knight of the Year – Kevin Cowles, Council 11930 Fargo

Family of the Year Runner-up – Kevin and Marsha Cowles, Council 11930 Fargo

Supreme Service Awards

  • Youth Winner – Council 11930 Fargo – Altar Servers Recognition Picnic
  • Family Runner-up – Council 11930 Fargo – Beauclair Family Move
  • Culture of Life Runner-up – Council 11930 Fargo – 40 Days for Life

State Deputy Award of Excellence
Outstanding Council – Council 11930 Fargo, Grand Knight Wade D. Frank
By Division
Division III Winner – Council 11930 Fargo

Shamrock Awards, Highest Dollar, Highest Per Capita (Proceeds benefit the Home on the Range)

  • Division III Highest Dollar Amount – Council 11930 Fargo $850
  • Division III Highest Per Capita Amount – Council 11930 Fargo $2.88

Community Service Opportunities

Brother Knights:
As you know, our council is very active helping with a variety of parish activities. This year, we are making an effort to provide service and assistance to others outside of our parish. Our Community Director, Dave Nilles, has identified two groups who could use our help , Rebuilding Together and the Great Plains Food Bank. Please review the following information and let Dave and I know by email your interest in doing some projects outside of the church setting.

Thanks,
Wade Frank
Grand Knight, Council 11930

Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a nationwide home repair and rehabilitation initiative dedicated to keeping low-income homeowners living in safety, warmth and independence through volunteer services. The Fargo group recently started. Electrical and plumbing work does need to be done by a licensed electrician/plumber. The materials are provided. We would need to provide the manpower, skills and tools to complete the jobs.

Here is a list of their current projects, which they hope to conclude by the year’s end. Please let me know which project you can help with.

Resident 1 lives in a manufactured home in Fargo. He has a severe mental disability and lives solely on Social Security Disability. He needs repair to walls & flooring in kitchen and bath. The floors in bath and kitchen need to be inspected for strength and integrity.

Resident 2 is paralyzed on one side and lives on $700/month Disability. He has a home in north Fargo that has 6 old double hung windows that need to be replaced. These windows are original to home.

Resident 3 needs new kitchen drawers. The fronts are coming off and the drawers are plastic. There aren’t replacements made since the cupboards are so old. She is a widow of a Veteran and still has a day care to supplement her Social Security check.

Resident 4 is a widow of a Veteran who died of cancer. She has an older home just south of Barnesville, MN. She will need blown-in insulation installed in her walls and attic.

Resident 5 lives with her son and both have a disability. Her son was in the military for a short time. She has had her home in Moorhead for almost 20 years and needs help with new carpet in bedroom and linoleum in kitchen.

The Great Plains Food Bank
The Great Plains Food Bank always appreciates volunteers. I have attached their volunteer tips and schedule information. We are looking to do a volunteer project with them in December, after our busy Fall and because they typically schedule six weeks out. They have several programs, such as filling backpacks for disadvantaged schoolchildren or stocking shelves. We can shoot for a specific project, but it sounds like they would like us do to whatever is of greatest need at that time. GPFB_2014 Volunteer Tips and Schedule