Grand Knight December 2022

Brother Knights,

Happy Advent brother Knights!  What a wonderful season.  A season of candlelight, reflection, hope and wonder!  It is my hope that you and your family feel Christ’s blessings upon you and those close to you.

As I reflect, I am thankful to be a part of our parish and Fitzgerald Council 833.  We do so many important things for others and it is my hope that the time, treasure and talent we share with others, this sense of caring, is passed on to the younger people of our parish, so they continue our work.

As a very proud father and grandfather, it is most joyful to me to see the wonder of the season in my grandchildren’s eyes.  The gleam in their eyes as they look at decorated houses and Christmas trees gives me hope for a better world.  Not for me, but for our young people.  My grandsons, Weston and Lane, helped setup the St. Teresa nativity scenes along with John Lenich, Matt Schafers, Tony Schafers, John Weber, Randy Polak, Dan Wesolowski and myself.  The boys were particularly careful when placing Jesus in front of Mary and Joseph.  They were honored to put straw around Jesus to help keep him warm.  It warmed my heart to see.

I hope all of you have a Blessed Advent season and a very Merry Christmas.  I look forward to seeing you in the new year at our meetings and functions.

May God continue to bless us all,

Ron Schinkel
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight November 2022

Brother Knights,

What a wonderful time of the year as the leaves have changed colors and the weather has turned somewhat cooler. We are still experiencing beautiful weather as we enter into November but we know, as Nebraskans, this will pass and we will be facing cold, and hopefully, snowy forecasts! The fall weather this past weekend was perfect for our Council’s first Fall Party at the Knight’s Hall. Deputy GK Matt Schafers and his wife did a wonderful job hosting the party! Many children, and their families, were in attendance and enjoyed pumpkin painting, treats and the bounce house! Just a great time for everyone and the start of a something that we hope continues annually!

We also had our Corporate Communion on October 23rd. Father Kipper recognized the Knights that were in attendance at the mass and had kind words about our Council. Thank you for those that attended this special event and thank you to Father Kipper for allowing us to be a part of the mass.

Our council’s chain gang team consisting of Brad Behne, Ryan Weslowski, myself, Bob Codr and Brian Callan completed our 2nd year of holding the chains and down marker for the Pius football team at Aldrich Field. We would like to think that we were one of the reasons Pius made it to the Class B state playoffs this season! Thank brother knights for giving up some of your Friday nights to perform under the lights!

Our Knight of the Month for October is Matt Schafers for all of the time and effort he has put in with the St. Teresa’s teacher luncheon and the fall party! You have been busy since taking over the position of Deputy Grand Knight and we appreciate everything you do and will continue to do.

Our Knight Family of the Month for October is Ryan and Vonnie Weslowski’s Family. Ryan and his children helped to make our Tootsie Roll drive a success by working shifts at the 70th and Pioneers Hy-Vee handy out Tootsie Rolls. Thank you for your time and talents in all that you do for Council 833.

At this month’s meeting we will be having mass for the deceased brothers of our council. The meeting date is November 16th. We will have a very short meeting after the mass. We hope to have a great turnout for this meeting to honor those that have gone before us. We also have our annual bazaar happening on November 23rd. There are many ways we can support this fundraiser so please help out however you see fit.

Lastly, I have been in contact with parishioners that are elderly or home bound and that have asked for help with snow removal at their residence. I will be emailing a form out soon with addresses on it of these individuals. If you are able to help, please choose and address or two. This can be a great activity to do with your children. I am sure our brother knights will step up and make this a success too.

As always, thank you for everything you and your families do to make our parish and our council one of, if not, the best in our diocese!

May God continue to bless us all,

Ron Schinkel
Grand Knight

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Grand Knight October 2022

Happy Fall Brother Knights! What a beautiful time of year as the temperatures start to drop and the leaves change colors and drop from their perch in the trees. I would like to start by congratulating Father Kipper as our Knight of the Month. We are blessed to have you as our parish priest and look forward to you helping guide our council both spiritually and with your leadership.

As the winter months approach, we have many important things happening in our council. I am hoping you and your families find the time to take part in some of these activities and tasks we have planned. Our council’s Corporate Communion is October 23rd during the 10:00 AM mass. This is a special mass to honor the Knights of our council. You and your family are invited to attend. There will be reserved seating for our members and families if you wish to sit together.

We are going to start our snow removal program again this winter for the homebound members of our parish. So far we have 11 individuals that would like our service. In the very near future I will send out an email with the addresses of these people and will need Knights to volunteer to make this a success. Look for that in your email soon.

Deputy Grand Knight Matt Schafers has organized an appreciation luncheon for St. Teresa’s teachers and staff. This will take place on October 11th and be catered by Amigos. This is just a small token of appreciation to our teachers and staff of St. Teresa’s that do amazing things everyday.

Our council will also be hosting a Halloween party at the Knight’s Hall on October 30th. Look for details in the bulletin. This will be a family event with pumpkin painting, games and snacks. Be sure to put this date on your calendar!

Lastly, we had a great turnout at our last general meeting! Thanks to the brother knights that attended. With 240+ knights in our council we would like to see many more in attendance. This month’s meeting date is October 19th.

May God continue to bless us all.

Ron Schinkel

Grand Knight

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Grand Knight September 2022

Brother Knights,

I want to begin by thanking everyone for the kind words, texts, emails and prayers as I begin my tenure as Grand Knight of Fitzgerald Council 833. This isn’t my first time being Grand Knight of our council, as I was Grand Knight in the mid 2000’s for 3+ years.

My wife, Claire, and I have 2 daughters, Hannah and Kelly. We also have a wonderful son in law, Brian and have been blessed with 4 grandchildren, Weston, Lane, Maren and Truitt. We have been members of St. Teresa Parish for 34 years and I look forward to serving you and our Council as Grand Knight.
We recognize Knights and Families of our parish on a monthly basis for doing outstanding things for our parish and/or council. This month’s recipient for Knight of the Month is Tom Hoffman. Tom organized the alter boy outing to the Saltdogs game that was held on August 20th. Tom acquired the tickets and took care of the planning of the meal that the boys and their chaperones enjoyed. Thanks Tom for your continued outstanding work and dedication to our council.

Our Family of the Month is James and Lisa McCarville. James and Lisa took on the task of beautifying our grounds around the Knight’s Hall and boy did they do a great job!! From removing unwanted plants and weeds to replanting new plants and laying down mulch, this family did an amazing sprucing up of our grounds. They put in many, many hours and we are so thankful for their efforts for our council.

I would also like to thank James for his role as Past Grand Knight of our council. He was a great leader during one of the most trying time is our council and in the Knight’s of Columbus history, having led us through the Covid pandemic. James made sure that we continued meeting whether it was in person of via Zoom. He understood that our council still had a mission to serve our parish and his leadership never wavered during this difficult 2 years. James we thank you for your time, talent and treasure and sincere dedication to 833 as our past Grand Knight.

Our council’s focus for the future is going to be FAMILY. Officers of our council have met and discussed this and we are excited to announce that we will have many family events in the upcoming months. Please keep an eye on the church bulletin and our Knight’s newsletters and emails. These events will be published in these ways.

With that being said, we need to also have Knights willing to help with these events. We need the sharing of your time and talents so we can make all of these things successful and continue to make Fitzgerald Council 833 one of the best councils in the state! One way to begin helping out is by coming to our council meetings. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Knight’s Hall. We need the men of our parish there to share their thoughts and ideas so we can keep building on the great things we already do.

Thank you again for welcoming me as your Grand Knight. If you ever have questions, comments, or suggestions I can be reached via email at schinkelr@gmail.com

Thank you and may God continue to bless all of us,

Ron Schinkel
Grand Knight, 833

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Grand Knight May 2022

Dear Brother Knights and Families,

Summer is just around the corner and graduation plans are in full swing.
I pray that every graduate has a successful and happy future!

I hope all Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day this last weekend. They are so deserving of love and praise and Mother’s Day is an opportune time to let them know just how much they are appreciated!!

Please make an effort to attend our next meetings. We always have important discussions, heartfelt prayers and great companionship. In the next few weeks, I will announce the date for our K of C #833 Annual Awards Dinner after confirming the date and finalizing plans. This important evening will take place in June and I hope many of you will make the time to attend. It is important to recognize the sacrifice and hard work of so many of our Brothers.

Our next Big Fundraiser is just around the corner. 2022 Fireworks Sales are closing in fast. Let’s make our tent #1 this year!

REMINDER… in June, Patriot Pete’s (our firework supplier) will put on a free demonstration of the fireworks we will be selling. Having first hand knowledge of what we have available helps us meet our customers needs which helps increase sells. All Knights and families are invited to attend!! It’s a great show, so grab some chairs, pack up some drinks, snacks and the kids and make an evening of it.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting. Really appreciate all our volunteers that make our Council #833 such a success!

God Bless and Vivat Jesus!

James McCarville,
Grand Knight

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