K of C Business Meeting April 10, 2014 Knights of Columbus 12017                  

The Grand Knight, James Laraia, called the meeting to order and received a report from the Warden that all present were in possession of their membership cards. The prayer was said and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 The roll was called.

Grand Knight   Laraia   Present
Deputy Grand Knight   Laraia II   Excused
Financial Secretary   Wagner   Present
Chancellor   Dieppa   Excused
Advocate    Pahl   Present
Treasurer   Smith   Excused
Recorder   Riesmeyer   Present
Lecturer   Probst   Present
Warden    Ferro   Excused
Inside Guard    Peters   Present
Outside Guard   Daniels   Present
Trustee 3   Geschickter   Excused
Trustee 2   Shelton   Excused
Trustee 1   Niggel   Present

 The Chaplain was excused. 

Now that the previous meeting's minutes are published on the council website shortly after a meeting, the reading of the minutes will be dispensed with; however, the Grand Knight will ask for corrections and/or changes at the meeting. For the March meeting minutes no corrections or changes were offered so the minutes were approved as recorded on the website.

Grand Knight's Report:

Jim Laraia reported that the St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance had 235 paid guests. A profit of $5,377.20 was made and will be split between the Knights and the Columbiettes.

The Knight of the Month is "All the Knights who worked so hard to make the St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance a success".  

Any Knight, who is a 3rd degree, and wishes to become an Officer or Director please see Jim Laraia.

Any Officer or Director that wants to remain in post or move to another position please speak with the Grand Knight.

Any member who has new ideas or activities to include in our new Fraternal Year please speak with Ron Probst or the GK.

The key dates for the upcoming month are:

  • Easter parking - April 20th
  • Texas Hold'em Tournament - Friday, May 2nd
  • Clown Breakfast after all Morning Masses on Sunday, May 4th 
  •  3rd Annual Golf Extravaganza - Sunday, May 18th
  •  Family Picnic - Sunday, May 25th. Mark Pahl needs help with the clean up crew.
  • State Convention on the weekend of May 16th - 18th


Treasurer's Report: 

Note that the financials are excised from the online version of the minutes.

Reading of Bills and Communications:

The Grand Knight reported receiving:

A letter from Supreme regarding new member recruitment by each officer for credit to our council.

A letter from Supreme about the per-capita paid to the State and to Supreme.

A letter about the Fraternal Outreach Day for Father McGivney.

A letter from the 4th Annual Celebrate God's Gifts Gala on April 25th. Anyone that wants to attend please pick up an invitation in front of the FS, at the head table, at the end of our council meeting.

A letter to Mark Pahl on Vocations.

Our membership quota is 14 for this year. We have 9 members year to date.                                                                           


The membership Roster is being updated by Lee Wagner and will be merged with the list from Supreme and be available on Access.

A 1st Degree is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th at 10:00am at St Mark. Candidates should arrive by 9:15am. A 2nd Degree will follow the 1st Degree and start at 12:30pm. A light snack will be provided between ceremonies.


The various program directors were asked to provide their reports.

Culture of Life: Director Greg Decker said the prayer vigil outside the abortion clinic will take place on Friday, April 25th at 10am.

Church: Director Steve Peters brought up council support for Easter parking. Volunteers are needed by 8:30am for the 2 Masses at 9:30am. Volunteers also needed by 10:30am for the 2 Masses at 11:30am.

RSVP: Chairman Mark Pahl reported that letters of thank you were received from the seminarians Michael Burbeck, James Magee, and Marlon Mendieta. Michael Burbeck will be ordained June 7 at St. Mark Church. Mark led us in the Prayer for Vocations. 

Cathedral Update: Mark Pahl reported that St. Mark Parish reached a total Pledge amount of $600,000. This is 2/3 of our goal. The total collected is $360,000. No further campain efforts are planned.

Community: There will be another Mud Run on April 19 from 8:30am to 1pm. Contact John Bolger for more info.

John Bolger and Jim Laraia visited the VA Hospital and the DAV to drop of fruit packs and items to be distributed to the veterans. A list of items to be collected and distributed include cleaners, soaps, mops and brushes. A more complete list will be published in the weekly newsletter.

Council: Co-Director for Council, Craig Stinson, will accept input up to Thursday 2:30pm for the Weekly e-letter.

Family: Ron Probst named  the Family of the Month the Joe Sorenya and Derick Leonard family for their work at the St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance.

Special Programs: Chairman Lee Wagner reported that about $2,100 have been turned in for the State Raffle.  

Catholic Radio: Contributions are needed to fund two new radio stations to expand the coverage of our Catholic message. One station will be located in the Southport area, and one will be north in the Pender County area.

LAMB: The LAMB Chairman, Peter Kotas, reported the Street LAMB Drives are scheduled for  4/12 & 4/26. Lastly, the Clown breakfast was moved to May 4 so as to not conflict with the scouts' Shrove Pancake dinner.The Lamb drive in the Leland Area in March brought in $618. The Easter drive at St. Mark after the masses brought in $820.  

Texas Hold'em will be held on Friday May 2nd.    

The LAMB breakdown of funds distributed was published in the April 6th bulletin. Signup sheets for the future LAMB drives are in the front of the room.

New Business: 

 Jim Laraia said a Cape Fear Chapter of the K of C is being considered. Approval from Supreme is required. All area Councils in the Cape Fear Region can join. The membership fee is $100 per year and we have 3 delegates on the Chapter. The Chapter meets 4 times per year. Any questions please contact Jim Laraia. A Motion was made by Jeff Godshall. "I move that Council 12017 join the Cape Fear Chapter being formed." The motion was seconded by Mark Pahl. The vote was unanimous in favor of the motion. 

A Squires Council is being formed at the Assembly level. Brothers that want to volunteer and names of children interested in becoming members are needed. Give the names to Jim Laraia.

 Jim Laraia brought up the ABC permit needed to serve adult beverages at our various functions would cost $500 for the coming year. After a discussion a motion was made to purchase the permit by Jim Riesmeyer. Mark Pahl Seconded the motion and a vote will taken by the council at the next meeting.

Mark Pahl has taken over as Chairman of the Golf Tournament on May 18th. Greg Peters is assisting him and volunteers can sign up after the meeting.

Mark Pahl said that the Memorial Day Family Picnic will be on Sunday, May 25. Ideas for new games for adults and children are needed. Cleanup crew members are also needed.

Greg Decker said volunteers are needed to hand out books after all Masses on the Easter weekend. The book is "The Four Signs of a Dynamic  Catholic". 

Fourth Degree: Ron Daniels reported that the 4th degree meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Dr. Joe Werrell gave a presentation on Pro-Life and abortion. Because of time constraints we did not see his video portion.

Good of the Order: Prayers for Brothers in need; Roy Parker, Ken Dieppa and all the sick and deceased members of the Knights and their families. A Hail Mary was said.

Jim Riesmeyer