Knights of Columbus

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

For  God  and  Country

Charity - Unity - Fraternity - Patriotism

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?
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Next Business meeting is Monday, September 9th.  The Officer's meeting will  be held on TUESDAY, Sept 3rd as the 2nd is a holiday.


Knightline Magazine now OnLine! 

Want to get the latest edition of the Knightline?  Click HERE!


Columbia Magazine now OnLine!

Want to read the latest edition of the Colmubia Magazine?
Click HERE!


RAFFLE 2019-2020 IS HERE!! - Scroll down to get the details.

Special Prayers - Please keep the following Brothers and their family members in your Prayers as they seek peace and healing.  Mike Trombetta, Bruno Jankauskas, Fregg Draggone, Vic Caldara, Rudy Vitale, Susan Chavez, Maria Fernandez, Jan Levier, Deborah Manna, Cliff Wendricks, Ted Seiter.







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4th Degree Newsletter - Click Here to download - Contact Faithful
Admiral,  Dave Richardson, if you have other information you would like to see published - email dr0675488@gmail.com or call (404) 944-9172.  For other 4th Degree information, contact Faithful Navigator Kellmis Fernandez:  email kellmis@aol.com or call (941) 284-2388.


Ask These Old Knights - Scroll Down Past the Calendar to learn about this new program and how you can participate.


K of C Documentaries - Scroll down to find out about 2 new film productions coming out soon-  Warriors to Lourdes and Everyday Heroes.  Links to both are below as well.


The Invocation - K of C State Council Publication of statewide Knight Knews!  I think they copied us!  Click HERE to see the latest endtion.





2019-2020 State Wide Raffle Is On!!

Raffle mania!

It's Baaaaaaack‼️ Yep the mega K of C State Raffle is here again and you can WIN Big💲 . But just like the Lotto, ya Gotta be in it to WIN it. So contact one of these Brothers - Allen Heyman (908) 625-4940 or John Funk (614) 395-3141 - and arrange to get your tickets. Early birds get the best deal - book of 12 tickets for $10.00!!!!!

Your Council Wins

When you buy or sell tickets, we receive 50¢ for each one sold!!  Great way to fund raise while giving yourself, family member or friend a shot a some major money!!

raffle mania!


Es Baaaaaack‼ ️ Sí, la mega K de C State Raffle está aquí nuevamente y puedes GANAR Big💲. Pero al igual que la Lotería, tienes que participar para GANARLA. Comuníquese con uno de estos hermanos: Allen Heyman (908) 625-4940 o John Funk (614) 395-3141, y haga los arreglos para obtener sus boletos. Los madrugadores obtienen la mejor oferta: ¡reserve 12 boletos por $ 10.00!

Ya Gotta Be In it to win it!

Get your books of tickets today by calling  Al or John or pick up at the next Council Meeting.  Don't wait as last year we sold 300 books and this year, we only have 161 available!

Brother Bob Haas is leading an effort to support our Brother Knights who are either permanently or temporarily incapacitated and need help with some simple home repair support. This will include the Knight’s spouse and the widows of our Knights. Often either from skill set limitations, age or health issues, a Brother Knight needs some help in some simple chores/repairs around the house.

These Old Knights will be a team of Brothers who can trim a bush, do some minor drywall repair like fixing a hole, change that light bulb that needs a ladder to reach, and on and on. There are those things that we just cannot, for our safety or for legal reasons, do. They will include any type of major electrical or plumbing that calls for a licensed and bonded professional. We’re not going up on roof tops! No lawn maintenance, i.e. we can’t be in the lawn care business, but we could trim a hedge or drag a palm frond to the curb. We could install grab bars and other handrails.

Each request will be sent to Bob for his and the team’s review. Can we do the job with the skill sets in the team? Does it require more skills or special licensing? The team may need to go out and review the job and let them know the costs. We expect the requester to pay for all the expenses. We are saving them on the labor side and the Council is not budgeting for these expenses.

So how do we get started and how can you participate? As Bob Haas has volunteered to be the organizer/contact/gatekeeper, you need to have his contact information:

941-217-9639, cell/txt           email: thisoldknight@gmail.com    

Next, you need to sign-up. Below, you'll be able to "click to download" a sign-up form.  These forms will be compiled into a master list that will help Bob organize the Brothers and their skill sets. Be as thorough as possible. Fill that in and email to Bob.  If you need to, call him to discuss.

Next, review the attached “requester” forms that will be used to send in the request to have some type of work done, typically with two Knights on the job. This form not only tracks the project but the estimated budget.

There is also a form that you would take to the job site to keep notes on the project and expenses. Your feedback to Bob on these forms is welcome too.

Bob looks forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. He'll be compiling the list of volunteers and then coordinate a kick-off meeting to further talk about the services and answer other questions.

Volunteer Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Site Notes Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Request Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Indemnification Form - Click Here to Download and Print

K of C Documentaries


We are thrilled to share that two very special Knights of Columbus documentary projects will be airing on U.S. television networks in the coming weeks — “Warriors to Lourdes” and “Everyday Heroes.” Both of these films capture compelling personal stories of individuals who have found strength through their faith and for whom the Knights of Columbus have played a special role.

These moving films are an excellent way for the Knights to help show the world who we are as an organization. While most people have heard of the Knights of Columbus, there are many who are not well-acquainted with the breadth and character of the Order. We welcome your assistance in promoting these two documentaries. We invite you to share our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Click HERE to link to Warriors to Lourdes
Click HERE to link to Everyday Heroes

WHO ARE THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

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 Gregg Marrapodi at: chancellor11483@gmail.com or cal (941) 628-8490.  You can also click HERE for an online link.

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.


Squires

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
chancellor11483@gmail.com

A Brief History of Our Council

For God and Country


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

Ted McDermott
GRAND KNIGHT

Email: grandknight11483@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 979-6428


Bob Wright 
Financial Secretary

Email: fs11483stmax@gmail.com
Phone: 941.875.1964

Bob Fogler
Deputy Grand Knight

Email: dgk11483@gmail.com
Phone: (513) 675-8194

Tom Ozimek
RECORDER

Email: ozimek1@msn.com 
Phone: (941) 585-7071

Gregg Marrapodi
Chancellor

Email: chancellor11483@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 628-8490

Ben Rivera
TREASURER

Email: wsspiderman1@comcast.net
Phone: (941) 268-3965


Bob Watson
LECTURER

Email: riverwoodbob@gmail.com  
Phone: (941) 764-7157 

Peter LeBrun
ADVOCATE

          Email:  pdlebrun761@gmail.com   
Phone: (613) 867-1993

Julio Oliveira 
OUTSIDE GUARD

Email: bjoliveira55@yahoo.com
Phone: (941) 764-6197

John Oliva
INSIDE GUARD


Email: johnnyo1977a@gmail.com
Phone: (917) 975-0778

Al Heyman
1ST YEAR TRUSTEE

Email:  alheyman7@yahoo.com
Phone: (908) 625-4940 

Larry Koby
2ND YEAR TRUSTEE

Email: lsk4414@gmail.com 
Phone:  (765) 524-0974

John Funk
3RD YEAR TRUSTEE

Email: jwillfunk@aol.com
Phone: (614) 395-3141 

Monsignor Rollin Darbouze 
CHAPLAIN

Email: rollind914@gmail.com
Phone: (941) 625-1418

address

1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL
33948

phone

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

email

chancellor11483@gmail.com