Knights of Columbus

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

Knight of the Month, April 2018

Brother Frank Dillon receives the Knight of  the Month award from Worthy Grand Knight, John Funk. Frank's many and outstanding contributions, dedication to his church, community and the Brotherhood are exemplary.  Congrats Worthy Brother.  Vivat Jesus!

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St Vincent De Paul Needs Your Help - have some time to help another great organization?  Contact Trustee Joe Manna who also donates a lot of time in support of SVDP.  They need help at the store as well as for pick-ups.  An hour or many, all is welcome.  Call Joe at (941) 661-2734 to get more details.

5th Sunday Rosary - Knights all over the world celebrate Mary, Mother of Jesus by having special rosary services in every month that has 5 Sundays.  We actaully typically have the services on the Saturday before but this month, due to other commitments with the 4th Degree, our rosary service will be held on Friday, April 27th at 2p at St Max.  Please come enjoy the prayers, peace and fellowship.  Open to all and all encouraged to attend.

Printed Calendars - we will not be providing printed copies of the calendar going forward. Too many changes, sometimes weekly, make it obsolete sometimes even before we hand them out at the meeting. If you want a printed copy, you can email or call me and I'll "print" and email it to you and you can then print it at home. But please, keep an eye on the website calendar and I will do my best to keep it accurate and timely.

4th Degree - Veteran's Ice Cream Social and the Biz Meeting are on Thursday April 26th.  Ice Cream for the Veteran's and staff handout begins at 2p with entertainment following.  The biz meeting, held at San Antonio, begins at 7p.  Check out the 4th Degree Website by clicking here.  Details of events, activitves, the color corp and links to many other info sources.  


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 for contact the Faithful Navigator, Dave Richardson at 404-944-9172.


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 Ted McDermott, our Chancellor.  
(941) 979-6428

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 

Phone: 941.875.1964

Ted Mcdermott

Phone: (941) 979-6428.

Dave Rinella 

Phone: (708) 250-6732

Cletus Wenz 

Phone: (941) 255-5667

Ben Rivera

Phone: (941) 268-3965

Steve Evans

Phone: (941) 740-1706

Buddy Levier

Phone: (941) 763-9212

Julio Oliveira 

Phone: (941) 764-6197

David Bedosky

Phone: (941) 979-1482

Joe Manna

Email: Phone: (941) 661-2734

Dennis Knaub

Phone: (317) 412-2151

Al Heyman 

Phone: (908) 625-4940 

Monsignor Rollin Darbouze 

Phone: (941) 625-1418


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Ted McDermott, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 979-6428


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