Nick Avondet receiving an autographed football from Rocky Boiman for his contribution that was given back to the Knights Council after winning the SPLIT THE POT event at this year's annual Golf Outing. Thanks Nick for your generosity and service as a Knight.
Congratulations to SK Tom Rogers for receiving the 2021 SMOY K of C "Knight of the Year" award. GK Adam Pitz presented brother Tom this well deserved honor at the May social gathering in the Fr. James Brooks Memorial Hall.
We were honored to host Honor Flight Tri-State for our May social gathering. Cheryl and Tom Popp, founding members, presented their wonderful cause of bringing our veterans on an all expense paid trip to our nation's capitol to tour our military monuments. For many of the veterans it is their first trip to see these special memorials.
Founded in 2006, a growing waiting list of WWII veterans prompted Honor Flight to begin flying on commercial airlines to accommodate as many veterans and guardians as possible for this one day trip.
Since then, Honor Flight Tri-State has partnered with other hubs to form a nationwide Honor Flight Network.
Their is ZERO cost to the veterans. Their cost is picked up by donation and fundraisers. The typical cost for their day long accommodations is $600. The guardian pays their own way, but the memories of the experience will last a life time.
Cheryl Popp along with former Cincinnati Enquirer writer Peter Bronson have written two books so far sharing the many stories of those that have been on the Honor Flight experience.
For additional information and an updated schedule of events and fundraisers please visit: [http://www.honorflighttristate.org]
Our thanks to Deputy Grand Knight SK Gary Perdue for arranging our special guests.
L-R: Adam Pitz, Joe Klosterman, Antonio DeLaura (SEAS Council), Matt Hoying, Matt Shuler, Rick Bachman, Marty Bross, Ricardo DeAbreu (St. Susanna Council), Ray Connolly, Charles Abell, Gresner Colaco
(L-R) Adam Pitz, Mark Atwood, Craig Loucks, Jim Kruckeburg, Ryan McKenna, Sean Ryan, Dan Chalifoux, Dennis Bross, Pete Slamkowski, Kevin Finnigin
Congratulations to Dick Dowd for receiving the 2019-2020 Knight of the Year Award.
First in person business meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic at Symmes Township Park.
Back Row (L-R): Adam Pitz, Justin Leimeister, Ravi Samy, Mark Poole, Nick Avondet, Tony Levo, Jason Lipps Front Row (L-R): Dave Brandel, John Paxton, Francois Stiles, Dwight Caudill, Brian O’Donnell, Greg Evans
We had 60 players, raised over $800 for Coats for Kids and Ken Klaber & Jerry Heard were the 1st and 2nd prize winners, respectively.
Annual Free Throw Competition is this Sunday at noon in the school gym. Sign up to volunteer and/or bring your son or daughter, ages 9-14. http://www.smoykofc.org/freethrow
Welcome Deacon Mike Huffman and Kevin Finnigan as they received their 1st and 2nd degrees at the ceremonies held May 23rd at St. Columban.
GK Garrick Horton, SK Tom Rogers and Deacon Mike Muse were in attendance.
Congratulations to our newest "Sir Knights": SK Chris Knueven; SK Chris "Gooch" Gauche, SK Sean Hayes
The next regional exemplification will be held September in Dayton.
Today we welcomed Sean Hayes and Chris (Gooch) Gauche into full Knighthood at the third degree held at St. Susanna.
We were honored to spend time with our former parochial vicar Fr. Eric Roush.
SK Tony Conte led our group the Freestore Food Bank on Tennessee Ave on Saturday, January 26th. They packed 1,140 Power Packs! The power packs serve 19 surrounding counties with nutritious meals to area kids for the weekend when they are away from school.
Recent pictures of the soon to be dedicated "Fr. James Brooks Hall". 99% of the work is now complete. Recent additions of the LED lighting brightens the space.
Come see for yourself on Monday, October 22nd for the October Business Meeting.
Our very own SK Mike Muse shared his conversion story and continued journey to becoming a Permanent Deacon at our October Social.
Mike will be ordained at Deacon in April 2019.
Thanks to all of the Knights that participated and attended the Columbus Day Mass on October 7th. We always get a great response from the parish when they see the regalia and our members contributing.
Annual Trunk or Treat event! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 26th.
Pictorial update of the Knights Hall space. Many THANKS to all that have volunteered their time and talent in making this a usable space for our council and parish ministries.
Congratulations to our newest Sir Knight SK Tom Rogers. Tom was one of 23 new 4th Degree Candidates who participated in the District 2 Exemplification. Welcome Tom to the Precious Blood Assembly.
A pictorial update on the Fr. James Memorial Hall. Countless hours and many volunteers have been poured into the remodeling of the church basement. Drywall and paint were the latest steps. Next up flooring and finish electric.
Fr. Bedel was gracious enough to be "stumped" for our Stump the Padre event at our June Social. We had 25 brother Knights in attendance. Photo credit to SK John Burke
Thanks to the coordination of SK Richard Dowd, our council cooked over 1,000 hamburgers, dogs and some creation of a non-meat substance to the participants of the Milford Amazing Race.
Congrats to one of our new members, Chris Knueven on receiving his 1st and 2nd Degree at St. Gertrude on Thursday, June 14th. SK John Burke served as sponsor on behalf of the council.
Want to know more about getting your degrees? Join us at our next meeting!
Jim Ireton, Fred Jacobs, Eric Weichert, and EJ Weichert shot a -12 under par to win this year's scramble.
Congrats and we look forward to seeing your form 100s!
Thanks to our sponsors including Bill DeLord Cadillac, the Garrick Horton Group, Turner Construction and all of our hole sponsors for a fun day on the links.
2017 Knight of the Year - SK Paul Tilton
US ARMY Major and Sir Knight Paul Tilton was well deserving of this great accomplishment. Paul has made a positive impact not only for our parish but also for our council.
Paul, Jen, Madeline and Claire have forged lifelong friendships with many in our community and throughout their involvement with our parish, school and council. Their absence will surely be missed as they start a new chapter in Leavenworth, KS.
Our council members along with a few spouses (and a daughter) served around 68 families at the Ronald McDonald House at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center. We prepped, cooked, served, ate and cleaned. Look for future opportunities in July and October for a fantastic opportunity to serve the community. Pictured Front Row: Mrs. Bedel; George Yostel; SK John Burke; Sarah Burke; Jen Tilton; SK Paul Tilton. Second Row: Adam Pitz; Dave Bedel; PKG Keith Johnson; Cathy Johnson; Lori Dowd; SK Dick Dowd. Top Row: GK Garrick Horton
Congratulations to our very own SK Mike Muse. As many of you know, Mike has been part of the diaconate formation at St. Marys in Cincinnati.
On February 25th, Mike was part of the Acolyte Ceremony Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption. This is the next step in becoming a permanent deacon.
We are hopeful that Mike will be assigned to SMOY to join Paul and Jeff.
Mike is a heck of a guy and brother to many!
Thanks to our crew for volunteering at Freestore Foodbank on February 24th! Over 2160 Power Packs were put together and ready for distributing to the surrounding 19 counties!
For the 11th year, our council has supplied a new American flag for the school. Boy Scout troop 817 retired Old Glory amongst a crisp, blue sky.
Our Color Corp was led by Fred Bauer included John Burke, Tony Conte and Dave Bedel.
Veterans Major Paul Tilton and Ray O'Donnell were our honored guests.
New Sir Knight George Hedke, DGK Adam Pitz and GK Garrick Horton rounded out the council.
Pictures from the Color Corp presenting during the 9:00am Mass in observance of Columbus Day. Fr. Tim and Deacon Jeff presiding.
Congratulations to our new Sir Knights (SK) from our council 13429 and now members of the Precious Blood Assembly 2947! Pictured L to R: Charlie Kallmeyer, Frank Hoffman, George Hedke, Jason Hedke, John Cengel, Tom Deyhle, GK Garrick Horton. My thanks to PKG Chris Chalifoux and SK Paul Tilton for attending the festivities and representing our council.
Our council had a great turnout to serve food to the families in residence at the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to CHMC in Avondale this past Saturday (August 12th). Thanks to Greg Porta and his wife for leading the group. Our next serving opportunity will be October 21st. Picture courtesy: Carissa Porta
SK Tony Conte along with SK Dick Dowd, Lady Lori Dowd, SK John Burke and his daughter Sarah volunteered at the Freestore Food Bank in Norwood. Tony has led our group for the last several years during our monthly service rotation at the distribution facility. The Freestore Food Bank distributes food throughout 19 tri-state counties. We are always looking for volunteers on the 4th Saturday of every month. (Due to the festival schedule, we will not be volunteering in July)
A few of your Brother Knights and I recently dropped off our donated coats in our Coats for Homeless Veterans program. The representative of the VA was so thankful. Often what we see as a simple gesture, has a much greater impact on those in need. Thank you for your support in this charitable donation as well as all your help with our donations throughout the Fraternal Year.
Knights Walker Thorne, Jay & Julie Farmer and Keith Johnson served at the Married Couples dinner.
Our 4th annual Soccer Challenge was a success. We had beautiful weather and everyone that was there--kids & parents--had a great time. We had a total of 9 participants (which is about average) and 7 will be going on to Regionals. We even had a nail biting tiebreaker shootout in the 10 year-old girls group between Olivia Antro and Paul Kitcho's daughter, Mara. There were also a few 8 year-olds that tried it and will be ready to compete next year! Attached are some pictures of the event.
Ten members of St. Margaret of York Council 13429 in Loveland Ohio along with some additional family members funded, cooked and served Saturday Dinner to 70 families who were residing at Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati while one or more of their children were being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
We had a very successful degree ceremony with over 50 in attendance. There were five 1st/2nd degree candidates, and 17 additional 2nd degree candidates.
Please join me in welcoming Jeremy Barnes and Chad Husting as our newest members.
Congratulations to the following members who received their 2nd degree:
Chris O'Rourke, Marty Bross, Dick Doud, Scott Bauer, Frank Hoffman, Marc Dizard
As you are aware each year we buy a new flag and present it to the school on Veterans Day. The first picture is of Fred Bauer and his 2 sons, Scott (retired Army) and Paul, all 3 are Fourth Degree SMOY Knights. The second picture is of all the Knights who took part in the ceremony except yours truly who was taking the pictures. From left to right Walker Thorne, Chris Chris Chalifoux, Fred Bauer, Tony Conte, Paul Bauer, Scott Bauer, Garrick Horton and Ray O’Donnell.
The SMOY Scouts and several grades are excused from class to take part in the ceremony. There is music and speeches from school administrators and student leaders after which the old flag is burned showing respect and honor to the flag of our country. Thanks to all those who participated. It was a very memorable occasion.
-- Sir Keith Johnson
The July Family Movie Night was a blast! We had quite the crowd show up to watch Frozen and enjoy a fun evening. We even had a surprise visit from Bishop Joseph Binzer who joined in on the festivities.
The golf outing was a great success! Denny Thompson and his foursome from Milford came in first place with an astounding 15 under par. Jerry Heard and his foursome and Jerry Rotella’s foursome were second and third.
The Flege family has been chosen as the St Margaret of York, Knights of Columbus, 2014 Family of the Year. Please congratulate Adam and Erin and their fine children. They set a great example of all of us. Thank you Adam and Erin!
The Knights were proud to take part in the ordination of Tom Wray into the priesthood. We had 4th Degree Knights serving in the Color Guard and many Knights helping at the reception. Congratulations Fr. Tom!
Photos taken by Deogracias Lerma.
The Knights have donated the following items to the Funds for the Future silent auction. It is called the patio collection and includes a fire pit, St. Francis bird bath, hanging bird feeder, two hanging candle lanterns, two solar garden flowers, a solar garden cross, vase, angel statue, and two citronella candles.
Friday’s Fish Fry went well. Setup and 1st shift was Thorne, Klaber, Owens and Toelke. I left early, but Chalifoux, Wood, Farmer, Faulhaber and Wey showed up to help serve and shut things down.
Welcome new first degree members: Dick Dowd, Dennis Braun, Randy Lampe, Layman Cobb, Brian Haynes, Bob Balogh, Brian O'Donnell, Chris O'Rourke.