Knights of Columbus

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

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Our annual Winter Dinner and Dance will be held at the Parish Center on the evening of February 15--SOLD OUT!!!!  - Please scroll down to the calendar below and find times we need YOUR help with set up!

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The January 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.

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Special Prayers -

Please continue to keep your Brothers and their families in your prayers, especially Bud and Jan evier,  Victor Caldara, Larry Koby, and Mike Trombetta. Brother Nathan Dion's wife Amber, 38, Joe LaRezza, Mike Guido, Fred Draggone, Karen Verveer, Margi Marrapodi, Our Veterans!


Please take time to scroll down to the calendar below and check out all the time and talent we need over the next couple of weeks.  Tootsie Roll duty, tabels up/tables down,capopies up/canopies down for Ft Teo, Valentines Dance, Mass, etc etc.  If you can push a chair, you need to be there!

Next Business Meeting Monday, March 4th, 7p 

Pancake Breakfast - Our next breakfast is Sunday, MAY 5th!  

Baby Bag Fund Raiser - On March 16 and 17th we will have our membership drive combined with the handing out of baby bags.  Please click on the Pages icon, top right of this page, to go to the Respect Life page.  There you will see the details and the sign-up sheet link.

Vivat Jesus, James C. Wernicke 


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