Knights of Columbus

 Council 11483
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
Port Charlotte, FL

                 Congrats Rich Choma!                     Knight of the Month!!  
Thanks for all you do!

Rich Choma, right, is presented the Knight of the Month Award, Sept 2018, 
by Grand Knight John Funk,
for contributing his time and talents!

Dear Brother Knight,
Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, its crushing winds setting up hours and hours of destruction. Rising water is bringing life-threatening storm surges – up to 10 feet – along the coasts.
In response to the devastation, the Supreme Council has launched an online donation drive to assist with local relief operations. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to relief efforts.
Your support is urgently needed. Please DONATE TODAY to help those suffering such devastation. Click Here

Knight Knews

Things You Need to Know Now
Always Scroll Down to the Calendar Below to Check All Scheduled Events
Have You Volunteered Some of Your Time and Talent to Support the Council?
Sign Up Today and Let Your Light Shine!

Pancake Breakfast - Our next breakfast is Sunday, Nov 4th.  Need help from 6a at set up thru the morning serving our guest and then cleaning up!  Come share some time and talent with us.

Membership Cards - If you have NOT received your membership card, please contact Financial Secretary, Bob Wright 941.875.1964.

4th Degree -  

The 4th Degree Newsletter is now published.  Click HERE  to download it.  Contact Faithful Navigator Dave Richardson for more information. Email  or call (404) 944-9172.

1st and 2nd Degree Dates for 2018-2019

The dates for these degrees have been established.  Click HERE to download the date plan or scroll down to the calendar below to find the dates in any given month or location. Special 2nd Degree to be held at St Max Nov 1st.  Details will be sent out.



Sunday, October 14, the Knights of Columbus will again be in the courtyard between the Church and the Parish Center to receive your donations of saleable tools, utensils, clothes and other small items. Stop by any time from 7: am to Noon. If you have large items that need to be picked up at your home, call Bob Wright 941.875.1964

RAFFLE 2018-219 

The new raffle has started and tickets are available NOW with specail discounted prices for a short period of time.  Contact Brother Al Heyman, (908) 625-4940, to get your tickets today!

Special Prayers -
Please continue to keep your Brothers and their families in your prayers, especially John Evano, Joe Karpach, Deborah Manna, Henry Liebergall.


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to join...

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Ted McDermott at: or call (941) 979-6428

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. If interested in becoming a 4th Degree Knight, speak with the Grand Knight or Chancellor of Council 11483.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.  We currently do not have a squires program at our council. If you are interested in the Squires program do not hesitate to contacts us and we will connect you to a local council that has the program.

We are council 11483 located at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, FL 
Interested in becoming a Member?  Contact Gregg Marrapodi, our Chancellor.  
(941) 628-8490

A Brief History of Our Council


It all started in the fall of 1994 when Charles Maloney, who at that time was District Deputy and Rich Oliva, the District Warden asked Louis Nagy for help to start a council at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.Our Rector Fr. Bob Mattingly gave the OK to proceed and by January 20, 1995 we had the over 40 members required by Supreme to start a Council and so Council 11483 was founded.One of our First events was a Spanish American dance held on September 16,1995. George Ponzio & Henry Libergall were the chief-cooks and music was provided by the Spanish American Society of Pt. Charlotte and a great time was had by all.Later that same month we sponsored a parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.On November 20, 1995 a lighted Christmas Holy Family Centerpiece valued at $ 325.00 was donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea for our first fund raiser. Art Croteau won a 50-dollar gift certificate for selling 190 tickets. Stan Brokaw and Ted Rivera both sold over 100 tickets each.On January 22, 1996 we held our first spaghetti dinner. Adults were served for $ 2.50 and children were admitted free of charge. Jim LaBee was our chief-cook and with his help we bought the stove for the kitchen which was used many times at future dinners.On February 19,1996 we held our first social dance and the music was provided by John Del Genio.On March 14, 1996 Father Bob conducted a service for members to renew their marriage vows and a certificate was given. Twenty-two couples were present representing 839 years of marriage and 92 children.Our first Tootsie Roll drive was held that March of 1996 and handled by Bob Mungovan, Jim LaBee and Roger King. We raised and donated $ 1,000.00 to A.R.C.On April 14, 1996 we hosted a pasta dinner at a cost of 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.On May 23, 1996 we received a Certificate of Appreciation for sponsoring Girl Scout Troop #177. Leaders were Dorothy King & Beatrice Briggs.We held our first Golf Outing on June 29,1996. Our chairman and golf-lunch, beverages and prizes.We also painted the inside of the Church building in August of 1996. The building included the parish hall, classrooms and offices.On November 3, 1996 we held our second parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.We sponsored our second fund-raiser in December of 1996, raffling off another nativity scene donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea.We had our first Valentine Day celebration with a pasta and meatball dinner held on February 13,1997.The celebration continued for St. Patrick's Day when we sponsored our first Corn Beef dinner on March 17,1997.This and many other events has contributed to the building of our council, organization, and parish. We continue this work today and have fun doing it every time. 

Our Council Officers

John Funk 

Phone: (614) 395-3141

Bob Wright 
Financial Secretary

Phone: 941.875.1964

Ted Mcdermott
Deputy Grand Knight

Phone: (941) 979-6428.

Bob Fogler

Phone: (513) 675-8194

Gregg Marrapodi

Phone: (941) 628-8490

Ben Rivera

Phone: (941) 268-3965

Dave Andrews

Phone: (816) 582-3181

Roger Chavez

Phone: (941) 661-0588

Julio Oliveira 

Phone: (941) 764-6197

John Oliva

Phone: (917) 975-0778

Joseph  LaRezza

Phone: (941) 224-7386

Al Heyman

Phone: (908) 625-4940

Larry Koby

Phone: (765) 524-0974 

Monsignor Rollin Darbouze 

Phone: (941) 625-1418


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Gregg Marrapodi, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 628-8490


Brothers, on behalf of Joe Manna et al, see info below on the upcoming November Yard Sale.
Location:  Southern Self Storage North Port - 2245 Bobcat Village Center Rd, North Port, FL 34288 - on Teledo Blade on the Left across form Bobcat Village/Gold
Activities November 5th thru 11th

Please reply to this email ASAP with questions or info regarding your ability to work. Please be as specific as possible. Joe is traveling a good bit right now so I’ll coordinate all info and pass along. Just hit reply button and then type in what you can do and when you can do it. Multiple days are AOK 😊 If we have too many or not enough in different roles, we’ll ask that you consider other jobs/times.

We plan to have a volunteers meeting at church sometime about Oct 29th/30th – we’ll update you ASAP.

Calendar looks like this as of today – it will be somewhat of a moving target so please touch base as needed or watch for additional emails. ALL of this will be on the web site too at  Just go to that link and scroll all the way down to the bottom where you will see Yard Sale Updates.

Monday, Nov 5th – circus tent and canopies go up- may or may not put out some merchandise

Tue, Nov 6th – Merchandise out from storage lockers and sort/pricing begins. Food/drinks will be cooked/served for you. Hours to be advised but generally we start about 7a and go until

Wed, Nov 7th – Same as the 6th

Thur, Fri and Saturday – SELL SELL SELL. Need lots of people to help with signs, selling, customer support, cashiers, food, raffles, etc etc. See jobs below. Hours: These will be firmed up but generally about 7a we arrive and yard sale starts at 8a but some come early. Departure is mid to late afternoons. Determine more on this over next couple of weeks.

Sunday – tear down and move unsold merchandise down the street to Goodwill. We need LOTS of help with this. You have truck or truck/trailer, we can use it. More time to start, etc to be advised.

Thanks, Bob Wright      941.875.1964


Merchandise Pickup – ongoing thru November 5th Be able to lift and load and unload. If you have a truck, even better yet!
At event site – Price and Sort – be able to organize items into groups and move to various tents. This will start as soon as Mon afternoon, Nov 5th.
Set-Up Mon/Tue/Wed – all the pricing/sorting done these days
Tear Down and Clean Up - some Saturday – a lot on Sunday
Cashiers – remember with the long hours, need to have shifts of people to do this. Need at least two at any one time.
Raffle Ticket sales – separate booth/cash box for this
Concession – Tue thru Saturday - food service to staff and customers – coffee and donuts early morn and cooking hot dogs and hamburgers and selling drinks/water/chips, etc
Advertising – get out signs, help with contacting newspapers, social media support, any way to get the word out
Signs – we have a lot but they need to be reviewed, added to and then put out and taken down in a large radius around event - down Toledo Blade, etc
Working β€œbooths” – tents are somewhat segregated by type of items so need lots of sales people to work those booths – talk to customers, tag items, mark tickets, help with loading cars and trucks.

Other notes from Joe–

NOTE: We will not accept the following items: TV's, except flat screens, Car Seats, Cribs, Computers, Mattresses, Underwear, Entertainment Centers, Stuffed Animals, Tires and Rims, Non-working machinery, Refrigerators, Washers and Dryers (Unless they are Pristine),Damaged Furniture that is not easily repairable, Dishes, Cups and Glasses that are not a Matched Set, etc., unless they are unique in some way.

OK, sign up now!! There cannot be tooooooooo many of you. Thanks.