Knight Writer

Knight Writer March 2018


Grand Knight Report

The District 58 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship was held at St. Caspar Parish, in Wauseon, on Sunday February 4, 2018 for boys and girls ages 9-14. Three contestants, who participated at our Free Throw Championship, will move on to the Regional Free Throw Challenge at the Bowling Green Community Center on Saturday February 17, 2018. The three winners are Michelle Marshall, Dakota Sines, and Patrick Paholak, congratulations.

UPDATE: Michelle Marshall, from Fairview, has won the age 14 yr. old girls at the Regional competition. She will move on to the State contest to be held in Columbus on March 17th. Congratulations Michelle and good luck at the State Free Throw Championship.

Our Council hosted our State Deputy Kevin Miller, his officers, and other Councils of our Toledo Diocese when they visited our Defiance Council 1039 Saturday February 10, 2018 to kick-off our 2018 Super Cash Bonanza Charity Raffle. The theme this year is “We Are Family”. The State’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 of tickets to be sold for our Charities. We will be setting up locations for our Brother Knights to sell the tickets. Please consider selling some tickets. This is a fantastic opportunity to earn rebates back to our council. The more we sell, the more we can have returned for our charity account in addition to supporting our state charities. Over $108,000 will be given out in cash prizes.

Father Eric is allowing us to have a Church drive at St. John Catholic Church, at all masses, the weekend of March 10th and 11th. We are asking Brother Knights to stand at the back of the Church and in the foyer to help answer any questions for potential members. Please wear your green shirt.

The 119th annual Ohio State Convention will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY. May 18-20, 2018. We plan on sending two Brother Knights to the Convention.

Giving up for Lent: A bartender notices that every evening, without fail, one of his patrons orders three beers. After several weeks of noticing this pattern, the bartender asks the man why he always orders three beers. The man says, “I have two brothers who have moved away to different countries. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond.” Several weeks later, noticing that the man only ordered two beers, the bartender said, “Please accept my condolences on the death of one of your brothers. You know, the two beers and all…” The man replied, “You’ll be happy to hear that my two brothers

are alive and well… It’s just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent.”


Vivat Jesus!

Your Grand Knight

Rex Eutsler


Knight of the Month: Robert Chapman

Congratulation to Bob for being awarded “Knight of the Month”. Bob joined our Order in April 2016 taking first, second and third degrees. He has since offered his support to council activities and was elected as our Council’s Treasurer. Bob has been a grateful addition to our council and our work. He holds a Level Two certification in Food Protection, and is the official named on our food service license.

Bob is a New York native. He met his wife at Defiance College and graduated from Boston University. Bob is a Navy Veteran with service in Danang, Vietnam.

Bob is a traditional Catholic who enjoys Latin hymns and periodicals that are faithful to Rome. He has a particular interest in Right to Life education, combating secular influences in society and academia. He’s very supportive of hands on Christian charitable societies locally and universally. Bob also is supportive of Holy Cross Catholic School and feels that Catholic education has a fundamental mission.



Family of the Month: Diane and Brad Stover

Brad and Diane have daughters Marisa and Brianna, sons Quentin and Cordell and 5 grandbabies, three girls and two boys.

Brad is the owner of All Occasions Event Decorating Company and Diane is completing her 31st year of teaching Kindergarten at Fairview Elementary

They do a lot of activities in the community through their business. They also help different organizations where they can by providing them with decorations and products we have available to help bring their events to life. They also try to serve the wedding industry in the community by sponsoring the Northwest Ohio Bridal Showcase. This year’s Bridal Showcase event brought 41 vendors to the K of C. The event showed the wonderful people what we have available in Northwest Ohio to support the weddings held in our community.

They are members of St. Mary’s and are always involved every year with the YES “Youth Elect Service” project and find it very rewarding to work for the homeowners and to help develop passionate youth who want to be involved in helping the community we live in.

Brad is a new member to the Building Board. He also volunteers every month to prepare the food for the K of C Breakfast Fund Raiser held on the first Sunday of every month.

The Stover family wanted to thank our Council for considering them for this honor.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Stover family for your great example, not only for our Council, but for the Defiance area.



Volunteer of the Month: Sharon Meyer

Congratulation Sharon as Volunteer of the Month for our Council.

Sharon has 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Sharon is the Past Local, District and State President of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and is presently a member of the Sacketees: an Honor and Fun Organization associated with the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

She is a member of St. John’s Parish. She taught the Catechism of our faith to the youth years ago at St. Mary’s Defiance, also taught at what used to be St. Stephen the Bend and Immaculate Conception Marysdale. Years ago she was a teacher and Catechist at St. Charles Catholic Church in Peru IN, teaching the Third and Fourth graders.

Finally Sharon has faithfully, for many years, helped our Council with the Fish Fry Fund Raiser. We appreciate your willingness to serve!!

Thank you Sharon for all you do to make our Parish and Local Community as well as our Council a very important influence on the lives of those in the Defiance area.

Again CONGRATULATIONS and job well done!!









Officer & Building Board meetings


Pancake Breakfast (Team 1)


Council Meeting


First Turn in for Charity Tickets Noon-8 pm


Good Sam Free Throw 10:30-12:00






Officer & Building Board meetings


Final turn in for Charity Tickets


Pancake Breakfast (Team 2)


Council Meeting


Ohio K of C Convention


Prayers for health and healing:

Past Grand Knight Ken Kregg Sister Ethel Evege passed on December 22, keep Ethel and her family in your prayers 2/18. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Keep these Brothers and their families in your prayers.

Your prayer request will remain on KW Prayer List for 2 months. If you want to keep your family member on Prayer List longer let me (editor) know and I’ll resubmit your request for another 2 months.

Anyone who would like their names on this Prayer List or if you know of someone who needs our prayers let me know. Thanks for all your prayers.



2018 Cash Bonanza:

Here is the incentive package for selling tickets this year. The First Half of the campaign runs until April 11, 2018 and we will award these prizes:

Top seller


Second Place


Third Place


Fourth Place


Fifth Place


The campaign runs to May 4, 2018. Sell forty (40) or more tickets and receive credit for a full year dues ($25); sell twenty (20) or more tickets and receive credit for one-half year dues ($12.50). These are the prizes for high volume sellers over the entire campaign:

sell 100 tickets



Top seller


sell 200 tickets



Second Place


sell 300 tickets



Third Place





Fourth Place





Fifth Place


Ticket stubs accompanied by checks may be mailed to the hall any time. Please do not mail cash. We will have people there to take tickets in person on Wednesday April 11 and Friday May 4. We will celebrate with a Victory Dinner in September and we’d like you to join us.



Men’s Retreats

Upcoming Men’s Retreat presented by Men’s Renewal of the Heart. This year’s theme “Resisting Happiness”. Come and join us at St. John the Evangelist Friday evening March 2nd 6-10 pm & Saturday March 3rd 8 am-9:30 pm. The weekend will consist of Fellowship, Personal Witness, Group Sharing, Mass, Reconciliation, and great food. Join us and take time with us to find the Vision of God in your Life. For more information or to register call George Westrick 784-3975 or Mike Weaver 762-5885.



Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament needed

The Adoration Chapel at St. Isidore Parish (formerly St. Stephen’s) Delaware Bend, OH is open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every week from Sunday evening at 6 pm thru Friday evening at 5 pm. They are in need of adorers and volunteers as substitute Adorers for hours that when someone is sick, hospitalized, vacation or other reasons.

If interested in Adoring for a regular Holy hour or becoming a substitute please contact Steve Nicely 419-439-1429 or email:

Everyone is encouraged to stop and spend some time with Jesus.



Bishop Rappe Assembly #824 4th Degree meeting

The next meetings for the Bishop Rappe Assembly 4th Degree will be on Monday March 26th at 7:00 pm. at Defiance KofC Hall. April 23rd 7:00 pm. at Montpelier Sacred Heart Church Hall. Both are regular meetings. Come and join the fun and fellowship.



Message from Pope Francis

God can give us the strength to change our lives."Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy."


Fish Fry

We are in our Lenten season with Fish Frys every Friday this month. Our last Fish Fry for the season will be Good Friday March 30th. Come join us and share your gifts. There’s a job for everyone. We can always use more help with this project. Come on out!



Pancake Breakfast

Team 3 is on duty March 4th. From 9:00 to 11:00 we will be serving pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice and coffee. Please tell your friends and neighbors about it and plan to attend.

Team 3 Members: Mike Boff, Rob Carr, Rex Eutsler, Ron Fisher, Doug & Traci Flory, Ernesto Jimenez, Dom Mekus, Dave Meyer, Arnold Ruhe, Mark Ryan, Sam & Debbie Slusser, Jim & Agnes Timbrook. If you can’t work on the assigned day, please call another team member and work out a trade with them. Many hands make light work. We need more team members; give it a try and see how much you like it! Just come and say you are there to help and we’ll give you a job.



Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. ”This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”, it is made manifest above all at the Passion. CCC #964



Good Sam Free Throw Contest

Free throw contest is on Thursday April 12th . Good Sam champion and PGK Bill Wray and crew will arrive at Good Sam around 10 a.m. The free throw contest will begin at 10:30am. Pizza for lunch will be served after the contest. Come out and you can help with the contest and get a great feeling inside. We will need 14-16 Knights for the success of this event. Give Bill Wray a call if you can help. 785-4416.



National Catholic Register

The National Catholic Register is a great way for us Catholics’ to keep informed about the many challenges that are confronting our Church and families today. Let NCR bring us all the details we need through this faithful Catholic lens! The Register is owned and operated by EWTN.

To receive National Catholic Register go on line at or call 800-421-3230.



Recent donations

St. Mary Food Pantry

Program support

$100/mo payable quarterly

St. Mary Furniture Bank

Program support

$100/mo payable quarterly

St. Mary St. Vincent DePaul Society

Program support

$100/mo payable quarterly


Address changes

If your address changes or we have your name spelled wrong, or you want the Knight Writer sent by email, please let us know. Email Terry Murnane at or leave a message at 782-4256.




Let us know if you and your family have any special celebrations or anniversaries that you would want to put in our news letter.



Reminder from Knight Writer Editor

All Knights who have e-mail: please communicate to me through my e-mail (listed below). This will help us reduce the postage and printing expenses of this newsletter

If you want something posted in Knight Writer, please get it to me no later than the 15th of the month. The best way to submit information to be printed is to email it to Mike Westrick at or call (419) 784-9125.Thank you.


New Insurance Agent

We welcome Jerry Tippman as our new agent. Jerry recently moved to Defiance and welcomes your calls about all the K of C insurance products. Give him a call today and arrange to meet with him and talk about it. (419) 769-2811

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2018 Membership Dues

Statements have been mailed and it’s past time to pay your dues. There are also some outstanding prior year’s dues to be paid. If you lost the bill and don’t remember what you owe, or have any questions about your dues, give Terry a call 782-4256.




2017-2018 COUNCIL YEAR

Meets 2nd Wednesday of Month 7:30 p.m. Rosary at 7:15







District Deputy #58

Willi Myer

(419) 206-8170

Grand Knight

Rex Eutsler


Dep. Grand Knight

Mike Boff



Neil Seimet





Financial Secretary

Terry Murnane



Bob Chapman



Charlie Bakle Jr.



William Ware


Inside Guard

Sam Slusser


Outside Guard

Nate Weber


Trustee 3 yr

Sean O’Donnell

(919) 215-5392

Trustee 2 yr

Joe Burgei

via email

Trustee 1 yr

Mike Berry



K of C Hall



Meets first Wednesday of Month 7:00 p.m.


Joe Singer (1 yr)


Vice President




Neil Seimet (3 yr)



Bruce Gamiere (2 yr)



Charlie Bakle Jr.


Board of Directors

James Timbrook Jr. (2 yr)


Jeff Weber (3-yr)


Hall Rental Director
Phil Meyer


Hall Custodian

Kevin Johnson


K-of-C Insurance





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4:30 redistribute fish




Fish Fry


St. John Men’s retreat 6pm-10pm

3 1st Saturday Devotion St. John Mass 8am

St. John Men’s retreat 8am-9:30pm




9-11:00 Pancake Breakfast Team 3



Patriot Rosary

Prayer for freedom ST MARY’S 4:30pm


St. John Parish Mission






St. John Parish Mission

7 7:00 pm Building Board and Officer Meeting

4:30 redistribute fish


St. John Parish Mission



Fish Fry


St. Mary Parish Retreat 6pm-9pm




St. Mary Parish Retreat 8am-9pm





Patriot Rosary

Prayer for freedom ST MARY’S 4:30pm





7:15 pm Rosary

7:30 Council Meeting


4:30 redistribute fish




Fish Fry






St. Patrick’s Day






Patriot Rosary

Prayer for freedom ST MARY’S 4:30pm



4:30 redistribute fish






Fish Fry







Patriot Rosary

Prayer for freedom ST MARY’S 4:30pm



4:30 redistribute fish


K of C Founder’s Day 1882








Fish Fry