News & Announcements

Welcome to our Website!

Our website is open to the public.  We welcome you to discover our council and activities. 

Only the "Members Only" area requires a unique Knights ID to access secured information.

 

This new site has everything from the old site.  However we still use Google Sign-Up Sheets for some events.  To access them please click this link...

Sign-Up Sheets

 

The old Mentor page has been closed.  However, there is a new Mentor/New Knight Area below.

The Complete Directory is now on this site.  Sign in to Members Only then scroll down to Council Documents Library.  The complete directory is available in both Excel and PDF.  (The complete directory is only updated about 2-3 times per year)  This area also contains other secured documents including a link to our Google Page showing a list of those that have admin access and who is responsible for doing what on the website.

Larry's List and other links are now available on the "Links of Interest" on this site.

Links to our Churches are on our "About Our Council" and our "Links of Interest" page's.

Hint:  As you roll your cursor over selected text throughout the site you will find links to more information!

If you would like to volunteer to help with our website please contact our Grand Knight or the Webmaster.

Watch our "New Site" grow!

 

To all Event Chairmen...

If you are a Chairman or Co-Chair of any of the events listed on our calendar, please update your event information.  You automatically have access to change and update your event!  Just click the "Members Only" link on the left, sign in using your Knights ID number and birth date and you can make changes (except the date) to your event!  Manage sign-ups, change wording, correct typos, add/change co-chairs or add flyers or photos.  Control of your event is in your hands and we highly encourage you to add and update your information.  * If your event is not yet listed on the calendar, contact our DGK or Webmaster to have the event added.  If the event date is wrong or you need any help with this please contact the DGK or Webmaster.

If your event requires scheduling specific time slots, you can start a sign-up sheet by clicking here.  Ultimately you are responsible to set-up, maintain and delete your sheet, but if you need help with this please contact Peter Stresino or the Webmaster.

We Need Your Help...

Our council is in need of help in the following areas...

 

•Write our monthly newsletter "Knightlines" for one year only (Until June 2018).

•Photographer for documenting our events for the newsletter and website.

•Co-chair for the ID (Tootsie Roll) Drive.

•Website Administrators to help with various website tasks.

 

If you are interested in helping out in any of these areas please contact your Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight or the Webmaster.

New Knights and their Mentors!

New Knight Welcome Letter

Welcome to our new Knights.  This area will list our newest members and their Mentors.  Your Mentor will help to answer questions and guide you through your first year of Knighthood.  Please refer to the New Knight Welcome Letter (above) and the Mentor Orientation form (below).  All contact information is listed on the Members Only Page.

 

First Degree        New Knight                   Church                         Mentor

5/11/17                Mike Sulentic                 St. Hubert                   Larry Arquilla

5/11/17                Michael Tereza              St. Hubert                   Dean Hoppesch

5/11/17                Vivian Fernendez          St. Matthew                 Ken Szott

April 2017            George Anstiss               St. Hubert   (Readmitted)   No Mentor

4/20/16 Transfer  James Lutz    (Jim is our New General Agent)  No Mentor

3/9/17                  Stephan Demczak         CHS                            Pete Munnich

3/9/17                  Jim Elder                       St Hubert                     Joe Tuccori

11/19/16              Roger Malinski              St Hubert                     Ken Szott

5/12/16                Jerry Bromley                CHS                            John Norkus

5/12/16                Albert Costanzo            St. Walters                   ________________

5/12/16                Gabriel Mascarenhas    CHS                            Leo Mascarenhas

5/12/16                Randall Mueller                                                Walter Watts

5/12/16                David Sertich                 St Hubert                     Jim Manfre

3/20/16                James Bamberger                                             Nick Caldarola

3/20/16                Alexander Alvarez                                             Jim Manfre

 

This area is still a work in progress.

Mentor Information

New Knight Orientation Form

To our Mentors...

You are responsible to help our New Knights feel welcome and an important part of our council.  Please take this responsibility seriously.  The growth and retention of our council is in your hands.  Most Mentors will be Trustees (Past Grand Knights).  Please check the New Knight area above to see who you are mentoring and use the orientation form here as a guide for you and your New Knight.  Print it out (along with the Welcome Letter) and go over this form with your New Knight and keep it handy for the first six to twelve months of your New Knights tenure.

Upcoming and current projects

Adopt a Highway:  Our council has volunteered to pick up litter along a local roadway!  Jerry Bromley is setting this up now to start in 2017.  Click here for more details.

Council 6964 Windbreaker Jackets:  Nick Bratt is taking orders for custom Knights Jackets for our council.

Nick is also currently taking orders for short sleeve Knights Polo Shirts.

We Need Volunteers:  We are asking our Knights (newbies and veterans) to  help chair some of our events and projects.  We also need volunteers to help with this website.  You can work from your home and on your own timetable.  Please get involved.  It is a great way to enjoy your membership.  Contact the Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight or Webmaster for more information.

Dine To Donate:  Eat at participating restaurants and a portion of your bill comes back to the council.  Bring your family and friends.  Restaurants and dates change often.  Check our Council Calendar for specific events.  Talk to Tom Senese to get a restaurant involved.

Food Pantry at Church of the Holy Spirit

Food Pantry Flyer

The Food Pantry at Church of the Holy Spirit serves about 150 families per week and provides them each with about $150 worth of groceries!

 

Anyone with a valid Cook County ID can shop at the Pantry once each month.

The Pantry is open every Thursday from 2 to 5 pm.

Send your family and friends in need.

For more info or to volunteer as a helper, please contact Tim Figiel.

Adopt A Highway Program

Our council will be helping to keep our local roadways clean.  Volunteer to clean up litter along Higgins (Rt 72) between Plum Grove and Rt 53.  The dates we will be working in 2017 are: April 22, June 24, August 26 and October 28.  We will meet at the I-Hop on Higgins near 53 at 8:30 am before each event.  Sign up online to volunteer or contact Jerry Bromley for more details or to volunteer.

SUPPORT THE NEWMAN CAMPUS MINISTRY - Let's hit our contribution goal!

Newman Flyer

Newman Centers are the Catholic presence at secular colleges and universities. They are the communities where our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and neighbors can grow and mature their faith. The Illinois Knights of Columbus are dedicated to supporting Newman Centers for nearly 100 years. You receive a mailing from the Illinois State Council asking for your financial support. Please follow the Newman link to learn more about this vital charity. And pray for our young people.  Link to State Newman Site. We are nearing our contribution goal. Please help push us over the top. You can find a contribution form at the KofC State Newman website.

Our Ways & Means Committee

Our Ways & Means Chairman is Tom Senese.   Tom is always looking for new ways to raise money for our Churches and local charities. 

Our "Dine to Donate" program is one of Tom's favorites!  Eat at a participating restaurant, give them the coupon and a portion of what you spend comes back to the council!  Bring your family and friends.  See the calendar for current events.

If you are interested in helping in any way or if you know of a restaurant that would be willing to participate in this program PLEASE let Tom know.

The Tootsie Roll Drive

The "Tootsie Roll Drive" (aka: I.D. Drive) is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Proceeds from our collections go to local charities that help those with Intellectual Disabilities. 

CHARITIES... We are always looking for more local I.D. charities to work with us.  We have the corners and will gladly share our collections. 

Our ID drive takes place every September.  However, donations to this worthy cause can be made by anyone, anytime!  Just make a check out to Knights of Columbus and send it to:  Knights of Columbus, PO Box # 68035, Schaumburg, IL 60168-0035

 

The 2016 ID Drive was a Great Success!  We would like to thank all those that helped: Our Knights, their family and friends and especially the volunteers from our charities.  Also a big THANKS to those who donated!  You can see who volunteered online at: ID Drive Sign Up Sheets

Vocations Raffle

Vocations Raffle Memo 2016

Our council holds a Vocations Raffle every Fall to raise money to sponsor one of our Seminarians.  By buying a ticket for $1 you can win up to $10,000.00!!!!   Details will be posted for the next Vocations Raffle.

 

The 2016 Raffle has just ended.  The drawing will take place on Dec 2, 2016.   See our Chancellor SK Peter Munnich for more info.  Or  for more information about the 2016 raffle please click: "Vocations Raffle Memo 2016" link above.

Info for New Knights and their Families

A Ladies Guide to the Knights of Columbus

This handy guide will help you and your family to understand much of what the Knights are about and how being a Knight can become a positive addition to your family life.