of Columbus, Breese Council 2869,
FATHER CHUCK’S CHATTER
First of all, congratulations to Leo Lammers for all that he did to make the Breese Council one of ten Councils in the State designated as “Illinois’ Finest” and a Star Council. He is truly a “Rising Star,” an award which he received (only eight are given in the entire State).
we extend to Joe Langhauser, and his team of Officers congratulations on being
elected Grand Knight and the various leadership positions, and know that they
will keep the momentum going! We
look forward to the Installation of Officers, which will take place on Saturday,
July 17, 2004, at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Anthony’s in Beckemeyer.
“Chatter” this year will take a new direction.
Each month we will spotlight and profile a Priest, Deacon or Religious
that minister within our Council’s territory.
would like to first introduce all the clergy and religious who serve within the
Breese Council area:
St. Felicitas: Sr.
Diane Turner, SSND, Parish Life Coordinator and Fr. Lawrence Nickels, OFM,
St. Anthony: Deacon
Robert Lippert, Pastoral Minister
St. Augustine: Fr.
Chuck Tuttle, Pastor
St. Dominic: Fr.
Pat Peter, Pastor
St. Joseph Hospital: Sr. Dorothy Niemann, SCSC and Sr. Loretta Schreiber, SCSC
Mater Dei High School: Sr. Barbara Bruns, PHJC and Sr. Virginia Kampwerth, PHJC
St. Boniface: Fr.
Steve Humphrey, Pastor
St. Rose: Fr.
Edward Schaefer, Pastor and Sr. Justina Schaefer, ASC, DRE
Next month we will begin the profiling of our
religious leaders, and, as we do so, we encourage you to continue to pray for
Vocations to the Life of the Church.
BREESE COUNCIL HONORED AT STATE CONVENTION
Grand Knight Leo Lammers, and other representatives from Breese Council #2869,
attended the 106th Annual Convention of the Illinois Knights of
Columbus on May 28-30, 2004 in Rosement, Illinois. While there, Grand Knight
Lammers accepted numerous awards on behalf of Breese Council, and one for his
Breese Council was awarded a trophy for being named “Illinois’ Best,
Columbian Spirit Award” . Of all the councils in the state, only 10 Councils
were awarded this distinction. Breese Council completed all the requirements for
the award, and sponsored at least 36 Programs during the last 11 months.
Council was also awarded the highest honor in their division, which is a statue
of Fr McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, for their activities
promoting and supporting vocations to the religious life.
2869 was awarded a plaque for their donations to the General Assistance Fund.
This fund is used for grants and loans in building and rebuilding churches and
public service buildings.
Knight Lammers was one of only 8 Grand Knights from through out the state to be
awarded the Rising Star Award. The Rising Star Award is giving to only those
Grand Knights who worked above and beyond the required level of leadership, and
increased member involvement. One aspect of his leadership that resulted in this
award is that Breese Council surpassed their membership quota this year, which
was the first time in 22 years!
to GK Leo and First Lady Barb on assembling a great scrapbook of the activities
of the 03-04 Fraternal Year. It was judged as being tied for First Place of all
the books submitted.
THE FIRST INITIATION OF THE FRATERNAL YEAR TO BE
HELD ON JULY
would be an excellent time for you to sign up a new member, especially one that
might be going on to college soon! The Initiation will begin promptly at 7:15 PM
at the council hall. Please bring the candidates that you signed up through the
front door, and into the downstairs
dining room. Once you have signed a new member, please call the Grand Knight so
that we can be prepared. We need completed Form 100's by July 5. Why not share
the privilege and benefits with another Catholic Gentleman by asking him to
join? Need assistance with a applicant? Call the Grand Knight!
Breese Council will host our annual Golf Tournament
at Bent Oak in Breese on July 10 and 11. Chairman Curt Zurliene and committee
have done a great job in planning, - now all they need are more golfers.
Saturday is open to all. Call a perspective member to join your team. Sunday is
limited to members. Even if you don’t have a team, let the committee know
so that they can fill out some other teams. Please don’t forget to show
up to work if you have been asked, or stop by to help or visit. Let’s show all
of our visiting golfers the usual Breese KofC hospitality! If you have a
question, call Curt @ 526-2018 or e-mail him @ email@example.com
along with the Daughters of Isabella, will be hosting a Blood Drive on July 17,
from 2 till 7 PM. More donor stations have been promised than last time, so stop
by and give the Gift of Life!
NEW OFFICERS TO BE INSTALLED
following Knights have been elected and will be installed as the 2004-2005
officers of our council after the 5:30 PM Mass at St Anthony Church in
Beckemeyer on Saturday July 17:
Chaplain - Fr Chuck Tuttle (appointed)
Grand Knight - Joe Langhauser
Deputy Grand Knight - Curt Zurliene
Chancellor - Bob Foote
Recorder - Ahren Langhauser
Sec. - Cyril Athmer (appointed by Supreme)
Treasurer - Mike Niemeyer
Lector - Kevin Korte (appointed) Advocate - Ron
Warden - Ray Brosch
- Steve Hagen, Steve Timmermann, Ken Jansen
3 Year Trustee - Leo Lammers
2 year Trustee - Craig Athmer
1 Year Trustee - Doug Kuhl
A light dinner will follow at the hall.
The planning meeting for the first half of the Fraternal Year will take place at
the Breese North Park Main Pavilion (near the ball diamond parking lot) on July
22. The evening will begin with a meal @ 7:00 and the meeting @ 8:00. All
members, especially officers and program chairman are welcome anytime after 6:00
BREESE COUNCIL ENTERS THE ELECTRONIC AGE.
Council now has a web page to keep you and the community up-to-date on our
activities and programs. Web Master Shane Bowen has done a great job getting
this project off the ground. He and his committee, consisting of Mike Niemeyer
and Andy Cassibry, are continuing to improve the site. Please log on @
www.breeseknights.com and give them your comments and suggestions.
are also going to offfer this news letter via e-mail. If you have Internet
access and would like to get your news “hot off the press” please send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll
be added to the address list and start getting not only your news letters but
also notifications of recently departed Brother Knights. Please consider
using the Internet if at all possible. This will save time as well as
saving the council money on postage.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
for the Knights of Columbus insignia on death notification cards. We are working
with the local funeral homes to have the insignia added to the notification
cards when the family permits it. This will alert you that a rosary may be said,
with the permission of the family, if the departed is a member of Breese
Council. If you have any questions, consult the web page, the bulletin board at
the hall, or contact the funeral home.
A LITTLE HOUSEKEEPING
to all the Past Grand Knights and Officers who were willing and able to assist
in the “Spring Cleaning” of the Council Office on Saturday June 12. Many
hands made a big job seem small.
Squires continue to make us proud of our sponsorship. They did a great job of
cleaning up and assisting after the Breese Streetfest. Many great compliments
were given on your work and attitude!
you know of a Catholic young man, between the ages of 12 and 18, that would like
to join the #1 ranked Circle in the State, give Chief Counselor Brad Halstead a
call @ 526-4201!
FAMILY OF THE MONTH
and Mrs (Immediate Past Grand Knight and First Lady) Leo Lammers. I cannot in
this small space begin to adequately recite all the accomplishments and list all
the hours that Leo and Barb has given to this Council. The above list of awards
that were received at the annual convention is only a sampling of Leo’s
accomplishments. PGK Lammers’ commitment
and energy regarding the Breese Knights
of Columbus will always be appreciated.
keeps busy with her job at the U of I Extension Office. She is very involved
with 4-H along with Youth leadership training and education. Barb was a great
First Lady of the Council. She and Leo attended almost all the council functions
open to spouses, and she attended many events with Leo representing our council
throughout the State. Hopefully, she will now have more free time to devote to
her love of quilting.
and Leo have been blessed with 4 Children, Nathan, Glennon, Emily and Zach.
eldest, Nathan, keeps busy as communications trouble shooter with Savis
Communications. Nathan played football for Mater Dei and remains a devoted fan.
is a Brother Knight, and is currently serving our country in the Air Force as a
Load Master on a C-17 based in Charleston, SC. He keeps busy after-hours with
on-line courses to complete his degree in Criminal Justice.
is a graduate of Illinois College, where she excelled in basketball and earned a
degree in Early Childhood Education. Emily enjoys golf and other sports in her
and Barb’s youngest son, Zach, recently graduated from Mater Dei and became a
3rd Degree Knight. He has been very active in both the Breese and
State Columbian Squires for many years. Zach served as the Chief Squire of
Breese Circle this past year. They received the Circle of Year Award as well as
numerous other awards for their continued commitment and efforts. Zach also
served as the State Bursar Squire the past two years. I had the privilege of
working with Zach at both the local and state level. I could tell from the start
that Zach was destined for leadership, and what a great and responsible job he
did! Good luck as you continue your education at SIUE.
KNIGHT OF THE MONTH
He quietly serves as an example to all of what a
Knight should be.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND!
have a great and safe weekend with your families. Pray for all that made and
keep our country strong and independent.
July 8 - Initiation 7:15 PM
Meeting 8:00 PM
10 & 11 - Golf Tournament, Bent Oak, Breese
July 12 - 4th Degree Meeting @ Bartelso
July 14 - 8:00 PM - Squire’s Meeting
July 17 - St Anthony, Beckemeyer:
PM - Pro-Life Rosary 5:30 PM Mass
for living and deceased members of the Breese KofC Family.
by - Installation of
Followed by - Light Dinner @ Hall
July 19 - Clinton County Fair Parade
22 - Planning meeting @ Breese North Park, Main Pavilion by Ball Diamonds. 7:00
PM Meal, 8:00 PM Meeting
send all postal address changes to the Financial Secretary, even if you receive
your newsletter by e-mail. If your e-mail address changes, e-mail the Grand
Box 5, Breese, IL 62230
526-4277, Evenings: 523-8189
Box 124, Breese, IL 62230
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers,
you will surely be rewarded.