Monday, July 27, 2015

August 2015 Bulletin:
It's Not About Time

Lead article from the August 2015 bulletin, online now.

I sit here looking at my one week old son Micah thinking “Is this really such a good time to be taking on the role of Grand Knight?”  I remember this time last summer when Jim was deciding if he was going to serve a second year.  At the time, my wife Shawna, was finishing up her last year of college and I thought to myself: “Please Jim, just one more year and I will have more time to focus on the role.”  Three years ago, when I was asked to become Chancellor of this council, I had another new baby at home.  I accepted the role thinking “I won’t be Grand Knight for at least a couple more years.  Things will settle down by then and I will have more time to focus on it.”  It’s now 2015 and I’m a father of 7 children ages: 15,12,9,7,3,2 and 1 week.  If you look at those ages you will realize that 3 of those kids have been born since 2012 when I was asked to be Chancellor.  I have plenty of reasons to say no at this point in my life.  I can continue to fool myself into thinking I will have more free time in the future.  But let’s not kid ourselves.  Kids get older and they don’t consume less of our time, they just consume our time in different ways.  I don’t see how that will ever change.  Sure they may move out some day but then they will start having kids of their own and I kind of want to be a big part of their lives too.  So tell me when is a good time to do this?

I’ve realized that this isn’t about time at all.  I can convince myself that I don’t have time to do this but I can also convince myself to spend a whole evening sitting on the couch in front of the TV.  This isn’t about time, this is about commitment and charity.  I’m doing this because it’s my way of giving back to my church and my community.  The same church that welcomed us via RCIA in 2008 and has made such a wonderful impact on our lives since then.  I dedicate time as a baseball coach and swimming official to show my kids that I support them in their activities and want to be involved in their lives.  I dedicate time to the KC’s because I want to show my church, my community, and most importantly the Lord that I support them and I appreciate the impact they have on my life.

See where I’m going with this?  We never have enough time but we always have some time.  Don’t let the fear of a time commitment scare you away from getting involved.  If I asked you to commit 2 hours this year to the KC’s would that scare you off?  You may think that 2 hours isn’t enough to make a difference so why bother.  What if I said that a single 2 hour shift at the tree lot might let that brother knight who has spent the previous 4 hours working the lot go home and eat dinner with his family?  It’s unfortunate but it does happen.  We have well over 400 members in this council, there is no reason any one of us should have to make sacrifices like that.  So yes, your 2 hours a year are important even if it’s not immediately obvious.

I am very proud to be a Knight.  We do so many wonderful things for our church and our community.  I am in this role because it’s how I was called to serve at this point in my life.  How are you being asked to serve?  I ask that you think about this and make one commitment to take action this year.  No matter how big or small that commitment is.  It could be signing up for a shift at the tree lot, attending your first business meeting, or helping us coordinate one of our events.  Everything we do as KC’s is important and it makes us who we are.  Without each and every one of you we wouldn’t be Council 4174.

God Bless,
Joe VanHoorik
Grand Knight

Thursday, May 28, 2015

June 2015 Bulletin: Year In Review and Council Social!

Lead article from the June 2015 bulletin, online now.

Can you believe it? The fraternal year is over already!

With that, the State Convention was just held and we were lucky enough to take home some hardware. I wasn’t able to make it this year but Deputy Grand Knight Joe Vanhoorik represented us well. We took home 3rd Place for Outstanding Council Activity for the spaghetti fundraiser we held for Ivan. Even better than winning an award, Ivan was able to get the van he needed! Our Council won 2nd Place for Outstanding Youth Activity in recognition of all your hard work and commitment for the Christmas tree lot. Last but not least we won 3rd Place for Outstanding Church Activity for the rectory project. I have to admit that with all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that went into the Rectory, I thought 3rd was a little low. But then I drive by the rectory and see the Priests walking to their new home with smiles on their faces I think that is what it was all about, not an award. That project was probably one of the biggest projects undertaken in the State if not the Nation. The rectory team did an outstanding job of keeping the building on schedule and on budget. Many hours went into putting together a commemorative book which was sent to State. The book documented the rectory need and its building. Also, watch the Columbia magazine in the future, for there may be an article on this project in the upcoming months. This council amazes me with all our programs and accomplishments over the years. Nothing is impossible because of you, our members, by bringing your ideas and perseverance and seeing them through completion.

On another note my time has Grand Knight is almost over as the fraternal year comes to an end. I’m sure you are all excited to get rid of me and all my quirks! I just want to tell you all from the bottom of my heart I truly have enjoyed the last couple of years as Grand Knight. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about the Council along the way. I want to thank all of the officers for their hard work and dedication, with many of them doing double duties. I was proud to serve you guys and look forward to what is next on this journey. Thank you all for the help along the way.

God Bless.
Jim Wiegers
Grand Knight

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You and your spouse are invited to the
Knights of Columbus Council 4174 Awards Banquet and Social
 Wednesday, June 10, at St. Albert’s Parish Center

Come and enjoy some social time starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with awards to follow. Please join us! Please RSVP to

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sign Up Now to Help with Albertville Friendly City Days, June 12-14

Greetings Knights!

The AFCD beer tent event is almost here, and we still have shifts available to fill. Please sign up to serve beer and visit with fellow Knights of Columbus. I am not absolutely sure, but I believe the Venerable Father Michael McGivney himself would have signed up for at least two shifts.

Shifts are Friday, June 12, 7-10 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, June 13, 1 to 4 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, June 14/15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

 Attention! New this year, we are in need of your energetic older kids (or younger, focused kids) who can shag softballs at the softball tournament next door sponsored by the KofC. Your kids would shag foul balls, erratic throwing errors, home-runs, etc., during the games. 

Please go to the online signup page and add your kids in the comments line for ball shagging duty. Any questions or to have me enter your name for a shift, call or email me and leave your shift preferences, along with your name and phone number. See you there and God bless! 

Your Chancellor,
Gary Frandsen