Knight Writer

Knight Writer June 2018


Grand Knight Report

I would like to say Thank You to all of the Brother Knights who helped out on the Charity Ticket Campaign and who helped out on the Measure-Up Campaign. It was a challenge this year being we had fewer sites to ask for donations. We may need to come up with a different strategy next year.

The Youth Elect Service (YES) weekend this year is Thursday, June 14 – Saturday, June 16, 2018. Brother Knights will be serving ice cream sundaes on Friday night. Then, after the closing mass on Saturday, June 16 at St. John, we will prepare the celebration meal in the church basement for approximately 200 people. Please mark your calendars as we will need volunteers for both events.

We will be having election of officers on June 13th. We are in need of a Recorder; if you have interest in this position, please let any of the officers know or please come to the meeting.

Deputy Grand Knight Mike Boff and I will be attending the Ohio Knights of Columbus State Convention this weekend May 18, 19, & 20. One of the duties we will have is voting on the Ohio State Council Warden position. We are guaranteed to have a Warden named Mike for the final results. The contestants are Mike Felerski, Michael Freil, and Mike Thomas. I will have more about the Convention in the next month’s report.

As you know our Council is named Monsignor Lang Council 1039. The Council’s namesake is Monsignor George H. Lang. He was born in Randolph, Ohio, July 13, 1877. He was ordained in Cleveland June 6, 1903. After serving as pastor at Landeck, Ohio Reverend George Lang became the new pastor at St. John’s Parish on February 7, 1920 succeeding Rev. Leonard Plumanns. The parish grew and prospered under Monsignor Lang’s long administration. During this time the old rectory was replaced with the current building. Monsignor Lang continued to serve the parish in every way until his death on April 26, 1953 at Mercy Hospital, Toledo. A Funeral Mass was held at St. John’s April 30, 1953. His burial was at Randolph, Ohio. Throughout the years of his pastorate, he was a conservative, but at the same time the parish was well cared for in both the material and spiritual sphere. At the time of his death the parish numbered 1,981 souls. Rev. Msgr. John Vogel followed Msgr. Lang as pastor of St. John parish.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.


Vivat Jesus!

Your Grand Knight

Rex Eutsler



Knight of the Month: George Masterson

This month we honor George Masterson as our Councils Knight of the Month. George was born and raised in Defiance, growing up on Jefferson Avenue. He has 3 brothers and was part owner of Masterson’s, Inc. a hardware business with stores in Defiance, Findlay, and Lima. Presently he is retired and out of the hardware business. He still has part of the family farm on Domersville Road.

George is a member of St. John parish and has served in many ways: Usher since 1981 and Parish Council with Fr. Thomas Oedy in the late 1980s. The back window on the north side of St. John Church is named for J. Delarber. That would be Johann Delarber, and George is his great-great grandson.

He joined the Knights in 1982 and became a Sir Knight in 1989. He has been involved with our Fish Fry Fund Raiser since he joined the Order. He first helped by frying fish and later worked with Jim Barber, Dick Romaker, and Gene Wittler on food preparation on Friday mornings. Under the leadership of Grand Knight Judge Joe Schmenk from 1986-88 George served as Deputy Grand Knight. Over those years George submitted lots of reports and as a result our Council received several State Council awards. In recent years, George helps with Charity Campaign as cashier for ticket turn in and is still an important part of the Friday morning Fish Fry crew.

CONGRATULATIONS George and thanks for all you do for you Council, Church, and Community. You’re a great example for all of us!


Family of the Month: Joe and Lorenza Lapid Burgei

This month we honor Joseph Burgei and Lorenza Lapid. They have been married 6 years. Joe has three sons and one daughter, Terry, Chris, Cherie, and Jason. Lorenza has two sons, Michael and Patrick. Joe has six grandkids and Lorenza has two.

Joe is an electrician at GM now going on 48 years. He has been a member of the Knights for 18 years, and is a 4th Degree Sir Knight in Bishop Rappe Assembly 824. He was Grand Knight of our council from 2003 to 2005. He presently serves as a Trustee. He and Lorenza have been involved in many K of C projects including the Senior Christmas Dinner, charity ticket campaign, and fish fry, and currently are on Pancake Team 1.

They are active members of St. Mary parish. They are world travelers and frequently head to Detroit to get on a plane going somewhere, most recently the Grand Canyon.

CONGRATULATIONS Joe and Lorenza, and thank you for all you do for your church, council, and community.


Thanx And A Tip O' The Hat [if you want to know where that expression came from, Google Jimmy Hatlo]

To Jimmy Miller for painting the bases of our light posts a bright shade of yellow, and spraying the weeds and trimming the bushes around the hall. Thanks, Jimmy!


Council’s Volunteer of the Month: Floyd Stites

Congratulations to Floyd Stites (Skip) for he has been selected as our Council's Volunteer of the Month. Floyd has been married to his wife Donna for over 57 years. They have 2 Daughters: Tammy Brown and Tonya Retcher in Defiance and 3 Sons: Timothy of Huntington, IN, Tony of Fort Wayne, IN and Terry of Pittsburg, PA. They also have 15 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and proud to say two (2) more on the way.

Skip is the Brother of past Council Chaplin Father John Stites.

He worked for Defiance Police Dept. and after 34 years of faithful service to our city, he retired as a Lieutenant.

Skip is a very active member of St. John’s Church. He helped in various roles with in the parish: School Board, Parish Council and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharistic.

For our Council, Skip has served in many ways: unload fish on Wednesdays, sell Cash Bonanza tickets and help with Measure Up to mention a few. He joined the Order in 1954.

Again CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS Skip for your constant efforts of service and hours of volunteering for our Council, you are much appreciated.



Prayers for health and healing:

Brother Knight Daniel Bakle passed May 11th Keep him, wife Janis and family in your prayers 6/18. Brother Knight Gerry Held passed away April 16th keep him, wife Rosalie and family in your prayers 5/18. Brother Knight Mark Bakle passed away March 21st keep him and his family in your prayers 4/18. Brother Knight Deacon Don Meyer is at Twin Rivers pray for his restored health and strength 4/18. 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.




Events coming in July


Pancake Breakfast Team 1


Officer & Building Board meetings (moved due to holiday)


Council Meeting






Officer & Building Board meetings


Pancake Breakfast Team 2


Council Meeting (Steak Fry)




50th Wedding Anniversary:

Congratulations to John and Linda Miller on their 50th Wedding Anniversary! They were married on July 6th at St. John the Baptist Church in Continental. John and Linda our proud parents of their 4 children: Terry wife Amy, Lisa Callies husband Bud, Tammie Santo husband Rob and Frank wife Bridgette. They are also very proud of their 8 Grandchildren, 7 Step Grandchildren and 12 Step Great Grandchildren.

John is a Life Time Member of our Council for over 24 years. He has helped in various ways over those years by being a past Officer and assisting in the many Fund Raisers conducted by our Council.

Again CONGRATULATIONS to Brother John and Linda on their 50th Anniversary!!!


Charity Tickets Campaign

This year we had 930 for the first turn in and finished with a total of 1,225. Top 3 sellers were Joe Tumeo with 175, Skip Stites 101 and Jimmy Miller 96. Thanks to everyone who bought or sold tickets. There were sales recorded from 111 people, with 20 of them selling 10 or more tickets. More information coming later. The Victory-Appreciation Dinner will be in September.



Measure Up

This year’s collection amounted to $1,112.28. And we had $367 to send along for the Gimme Five collection. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this a successful event. Our share of the collection is donated to Good Samaritan School. That puts us at $142,729.98 collected since 1984.



Officer Elections

We will be holding the Election of Officers at the June 13th meeting. There are presently several openings. So if you are interested in serving Council as an officer or have someone in mind who you know would make a good officer please let one of the Trustees know. Here’s your chance to get involved! Officers must be Third Degree Knights.



Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

“Have you strayed from the path leading to heaven? Then call on Mary, for her name means ‘Star of the Sea, the North Star which guides the ships of our souls during the voyage of this life,’ and she will guide you to the harbor of eternal salvation.” From St. Louis de Montfort “The Secrets of the Rosary.”


Pancake Breakfast

Team 3 is on duty June 3rd from 9:00 to 11:30. We will be serving pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice and coffee. And those pancakes are going to be made from scratch. Please tell your friends and neighbors about it and plan to attend. Meal price: Adults $7 but Senior Citizens $6; Children 6-12 $4 and 5 and under are free.

Team 3 Members: *Mike Boff, Rob Carr, Rex Eutsler, Ron Fisher, Doug & Traci Flory, Ernesto Jimenez, Dave Meyer, Arnold Ruhe, Mark Ryan, Sam & Debbie Slusser and 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. *The person responsible for Saturday preparation.



Message from Pope Francis

Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil.



Bishop Rappe Assembly #824 4th Degree meeting

The next meetings for the Bishop Rappe Assembly 4th Degree will be on Monday June 25th Paulding KofC Hall 7:00 pm and July 23rd Edgerton KofC Hall 7:00 pm. Both are regular meetings. Come and join the fun and fellowship.



Recent donations

Ohio State Council K of C

Measure Up $1112.28; Gimme Five $367


Brook's Bucks Foundation

fund raiser 5/26/18


St. Mary Catholic Church

2nd Quarter payment of $300 for Food Pantry; $300 for Furniture Bank; $300 for St. Vincent DePaul Society


Annunciation Radio



St. John Catholic Church

2 registrations for NGCI conference July 5-6, 2018




Youth Elect Service

On June 15th around 9:00 p.m. at the YMCA we will be serving ice cream sundaes to all those participating in this year’s Youth Elect Service program. High School youth from St. John and St. Mary and their adult advisors come together Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to do some service projects while they learn things a lot more important than just how to hold a paintbrush. If you want to help dip ice cream, or just eat some ice cream and talk with the kids, come on out. We’re also serving them ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans and salad for dinner at St. John’s on Saturday night after the 5 pm closing Mass. And maybe a little more ice cream for dessert. If you’d like to help with that, please give Terry a call 782-4256.



2018 Membership Dues

Statements have been mailed and it’s 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.



Address changes

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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

(386) 576-3627


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



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


Joe Singer (1 yr)


Vice President

James Timbrook Jr. (1 yr)



Neil Seimet (3 yr)



Bruce Gamiere (2 yr)


Board of Directors

Brad Stover (2 yr)


Jeff Weber (3-yr)



Charlie Bakle Jr.


Hall Rental Director
Phil Meyer


Hall Custodian

Kevin Johnson


K-of-C Insurance

206 402-8586


K of C Hall



Calendar is next page.

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1st Friday Mass St John 9am followed by Adoration until 6pm




1st Saturday Devotion Mass St John’s 8 am.




9-11:30 Pancake Breakfast Team 3



Corpus Christi



Pro Life Holy Hour St. John’s 6pm





7 pm Building Board and Officer Meetings

















7:15 pm Rosary

7:30 Council Meeting w/Election of Officers






Serve ice cream at YMCA 9 pm for Y.E.S. volunteers.



6 pm Dinner for Y.E.S. at St. John






Father’s Day