|Jimmie Rogers (l), Bob Honzik, and Gary Wolfer.|
The Star Council award is the most coveted recognition that a Council can earn. It recognizes a council's overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service programs in the areas of church, community, council, family, culture of life, and youth activities. Of the 60 councils in Arkansas, only 14 achieved the Star Council award last fraternal year.
|Star Council Award|
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson conveyed the following message to councils earning the award:
"Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award You dedication to the Order to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community, is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue and the Order."
|Geri and Dub Green|
Dub and Geri have been involved in Special Olympics for 20 years, the first fifteen primarily as workers during the Olympics. For the past five years Dub has served as a Director of Special Olympics Arkansas (SOAR) in charge of Knights of Columbus (KofC) support and “Olympic Town”. Dub attended numerous planning meetings during the year, while Geri stays busy painting literally thousands of beads for the Olympians to make custom personal necklaces and bracelets at Olympic Town. She also makes all the motel and other arrangements for the numerous knights attending the Olympics in Searcy to work during the Olympics.
During this period Dub and Geri have been selected five times as Knight Family of the Month by their Council.
Olympic Town is a special area on the Olympic Games Site that is operated by the state KofC to provide entertainment and relaxation for the Special Olympians and their families when they are not participating in the actual Olympic events. It consists of numerous carnival type games where all the participants win prizes while the wives and other volunteers assist with colorful nail painting and bracelet making with the custom beads that Geri spends the year making.
|Community Director and Event Coordinator Tom Donnelly conducting the auction assisted by Family Director Jeffrey Silk.|
The dinner was prepared and served by Wittman’s Grill, and its German cuisine consisted of: garden salad, Wiener schnitzel, sweet potatoes, red cabbage, popovers, and apple strudel. Community Director and Event Chair Tom Donnelly was the emcee, and Carolyn Bodensteiner provided musical entertainment with her singing and guitar playing.
Wheeler Printing provided 300 tickets gratis, and Bill Hall Printing donated two posters. Most decorations were provided by Ladies of the Sacred Heart (LOSH). Fr. Elser, the Wolfers, and the Yerinas made contributions for the auction.
Ruth Wolfer and Mike Kerwin coordinated hall decorations with assistance from Ray and Gynnie Ambrozich,
Net proceeds for the event totaled $4,082 with $1,768 for CPID, $2,072 for Council charities, and $242 for the Flags Forever Program.
Pictures of the evening can be viewed by clicking PHOTOS.
|Winning Team (l-r) Tom Conrad, Rick Meyers, Tim Burke and Larry Stein|
There were tenteams entered in this scramble format event, with four teams from the Hot Springs Village Council 10208; three from the Hot Springs Council 6419; one from Little Rock Council 6615; one from Morrilton Council 5209; and, one from St Vincent Council 10908.
|Pictured (l-r) Youth Director Walter free and Counselor Jennifer Coats along with two students.|
Purchasing and delivering eight boxes of coats satisfies all four Columbian Award requirements for the Youth category. Since Jessieville Schools did not need coats this year, Youth Director Walter Free reached out to the Cutter-Morning Star Elementary School in Hot Springs. It happily accepted the offer.
Sales of Wisconsin cheese coordinated by Ed Miller will once again be the primary source of funds for this $1,760 project.
|Pictured (l-r): Tim Burke, Ted Giraud, and Jim Schmitz|
Of the three new knights, Jim Schmitz went on the fast track, as he was exemplified into the 2nd and 3rd degrees on October 4 at Conway along with Ed Aucoin.
|Larry and Jan|
The event was sponsored by the Parish Life Commission with JoAnn O'Brien as coordinator. Following social time, members of the several choirs under the direction of Lynne Border took the stage and sang a "Thanks for the Memory" parody to Larry. The lyrics were written by Maureen Morgan from ideas suggested by choir members. It follows:
"Thanks for the Memory" parody for Deacon Larry
Thanks for the memory
Of seventeen wonderful years, the laughter and the tears,
The Masses and the classes and your heart we hold so dear.
How lucky we are!
Thanks for the memory.
Your pilgrimage to Rome, so very far from home.
The Holy Land was very grand.
Your presence made us one.
How lovely it was.
|Action on the Alleys|
Including those who volunteered their time at the camp, there were 18 Knights, nine spouses and one granddaughter representing the Knights of Columbus Council who gave 210 hours of their time. Also, nine members from the Lion’s Club helped with the bowling.
Bowlling volunteer coordinator Mike Frantz received a “Thank You” from many of the bowlers and volunteers alike. Mike offers "My sincere appreciation to each and everyone who contributed to this successful event."
The following knights and spouses volunteered this year: Bob Bowman, Bud & Rose Campbell, Tony, Marilyn & Madison Cifelli, Tom Donnelly, Father Bill Elser, Mike & Chris Frantz, Dub & Geri Green, Father. Mike Hinken, Tom Impellizzeri, Wayne & Dee Kapple, Gerald Krawczynski, John & Mary Lucas, Rick & Karen Meyers, Bill Nosek, Del & Agnes Scheid, Ken Silvers, Dennis & Joan Sisson, and Terry Theisen.
Pictures are available by clicking PHOTOS.
District 10 Deputy Jimmie Rogers conducted the council installation with help from Lloyd Cambre of the Benton Council. A state representative conducted the 4th degree installation. Deacon Larry Lipsmeyer took Father Bill's place, as he was on retreat at Subiaco.
For Council 10208, Grand Knight Gary Wolfer and Deputy Grand Knight Jimmie Rogers are supported by officers: Bob Bowman, Bud Campbell, Tom Conrad, Ed Doyle, Mike Frantz, Dave Johnston, Gerald Krawczynski, Bill Ligon, and Gordon Wilson. Dick Breckon, Bob Honzik, and Bill Roe are trustees and Father Bill Elser is chaplain.
The following directors led by Tony Cifelli will be responsible for implementing the many activities of the Council: Al Bilgischer, John Bodensteiner, Tom Donnelly, Walter Free, Jim Goodson, Jeffery Silk, and Ken Silvers.
For Assembly 2316, Faithful Navigator Mike Kerwin will lead the following elected officers: Ray Ambrozich, Lloyd Cambre, Larry Cruz, Mike Garstecki, Bob Heisler, Dave Johnston, Sam Justus, and John Lucas. Ron Boudreaux, Ed Miller, and Bill Welch are the trustees, and Father Bill Elser is friar.
In other business at the meeting, family of the year Bob and Mary Anne Honzik and knight of the year Milt Spaniel were recognized, as well as May family of the month Bob and Renee Steinpries and knight of the month Mike Miller.
The dinner of fried chicken, rice, beans, and roll with a cake dessert was prepared by Danny with help from Johnna. There was a 50-50 drawing and the Pennies from Heaven bucket was passed.
|Olympic Town Volunteers|
Olympic Town, totally funded by the Arkansas Knights of Columbus and staffed primarily by Council 10208, is an area where athletes, chaperones, coaches and families can participate in free fun games in between their athletic events. There were 1,967 special athletes at this year's games. Activities include seven games where participants get prizes whether or not they win the game, nail polishing, wash-off tattoos, and a hand-eye coordination activity wherein they create one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets using plastic beads or hand-painted wooden beads.
On Thursday evening, nine 4th Degree Honor Guard members from several Councils, outfitted in their regalia, led approximately 3000 athletes plus their chaperones, coaches, and some family members onto and around the track of Harding football stadium for the Opening Ceremonies. Arkansas Special Olympics is divided into areas and, as a sign of unity, all the athletes wore red shirts. However, during their competitive events, area athletes wore various-colored shirts specifically designed for and selected by them, creating a colorful scene.
The Honor Guard posted Colors throughout the ceremonies until after the athletes had taken their Olympic oath, the Olympic Torch had been lit and the games declared open. To the delight and loud cheers of the athletes, over 200 motorcycle riders, representing clubs which had raised monies for Special Olympics, followed the athletes into the stadium. Then the dramatic entry of the Olympic Torch followed, carried into the stadium by law enforcement officers whose journey took them from Fort Smith, Pocahontas and Texarkana, through various cities and towns (including Hot Springs Village), culminating at Little Rock to run the torch the remainder of the route to Searcy. The final lap and the Olympic Torch lighting were conducted by several Arkansas special athletes who qualified for the International Olympic games to be held in California later this year. What a memorable and emotional ceremony!