Knights of Columbus
WHO WE ARE
The Knights of Columbus is the largest catholic fraternal organization in the US, with more than 1.5 million members worldwide, and more than 73,000 in Illinois. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men who are 18 years of age or older. Every Knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members. The Knights have many social, charitable and fraternal programs, that not only include our members, but the entire family. The Knights offer opportunities to get involved and give something back to the community. They offer an opportunity for fellowship, with people who share the same beliefs and who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to those in need.
WHAT WE DO
What don’t we do? The Knights were founded on the principles of Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism, and our activities reflect those principles. The Knights are organized through a Supreme council (national level) and a State council as well as a local council, and many of the programs Brownson council sponsors are programs done either nationally or statewide by all Knights. Each local council sponsors a wide variety of charitable, community, church, youth and social activities throughout the year. Brownson Council’s activities at Saint Andrew parish include our MLB All-Star game party in July, our Tootsie Roll drive for the Mentally Handicapped in Sept, our Bears football game party in Oct, our Altar Server award presentation and family breakfast in November, our 13th annual Free Throw contest in January 2009 , our Superbowl party in February, and our 45th annual Essay Contest in April 2009. Other activities sponsored by Brownson include a family picnic, October Fest, Soccer shootout, Spelling Bee, Back-To-School movie night, Drug-awareness poster contest, Men’s retreat, Lenten Rosary, Marian Hour of Prayer, Pro-Life baby cribs, turkey raffle, food pantry food collection, Christmas party, lecture series. Also we hold fund raising events for seminarians, Newman centers, USO care packages, Bishop Fulton sheen prayer books for soldiers, Christmas presents for our troops and disaster relief. State activities include bowling, golf and horseshoe tournaments and baseball game outings. Also, our council is always eager to try something new, and if you have a vision, we can provide the framework to make it happen. The Knights give their members the opportunity to…______________________(you fill in the blank). The Knights also have many benefits for their members, which include life insurance coverage for themselves, spouse and children, widow/orphan benefits, police/firefighter survivor benefits, annuity/retirement programs, long-term care insurance and scholarship programs.
ARE THERE MEETINGS TO ATTEND?
Yes, regular business meeting are held at St. Viator’s recreation Center (gym) at 3644 N. Kedvale (1 block north of Addison, 1 block west of Pulaski) on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, starting at 8:30pm. The first meeting of the month is usually a business meeting; the second meeting is a social meeting, with family and friends invited. Refreshments are served following all meetings. Annual dues are $25.00.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT
As much as you want. Some members attend all or most of our meetings, others attend occasionally, or attend an event of particular interest to them or their family. It’s up to you to determine your level of involvement.
I’M INTERESTED IN JOINING, WHO DO I CONTACT?
If you would like to hear more about the Knights, please contact Grand Knight Tom Kaiser (630) 699-2079 (home), Tom.Kaiser@sprynet.com or Saint Andrew Representative Rudy Trejo (773) 327-5369. Also, visit the Knights web site at: www.illinoisknights.org and www.kofc.org.
There is a place for you and your family in ours.