Supporting Parish Music

By , April 28, 2013 10:12 pm

On behalf of the St. Francis Knights of Columbus Council, State Secretary Dan Werner presents a check for $800 to Devin Sires, parish music director.  The funds will be used to purchase microphones and stands for the parish music ministry.  The proceeds came from the council’s annual Pies for the Parish fundraiser. IMG_5405

2013 Iowa Knights of Columbus State Convention

By , April 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Congratulations to Father George Komo, who was named Des Moines Diocesan Chaplain of the Year at the 2013 Iowa Knights of Columbus State Convention! He was honored at the convention awards banquet. At the convention, Dan Werner was re-elected as State Secretary and was elected as a delegate to the Supreme Convention. Rob Ryan was honored for his results as a field agent. Congratulations to all council members for their achievements over the past year.


St. Joseph’s Emergency Family Shelter Playground Build

By , April 28, 2013 9:40 pm

On April 20, nine men from St. Francis Knights of Columbus and 4 from Graham Construction worked to build a Playground at St. Joseph’s Emergency Family Shelter. The Shelter often has many young children that are in residence, and they were all excited to learn that they were getting a playground! Bob Rafferty, Rob Szalay, Steve Hauschilt, David Barry, David Heeren, Steve Cashman, Bob Bell, Dave Addicks and Bob Pederson (all from our council) work tirelessly to complete the construction in one day. Work involved digging holes by hand, carrying heavy steel parts, grading and leveling the ground and moving huge quantities of mulch. Though the work was hard, all had a great time worked with a smile on their faces. The project truly had God’s blessing, for after three straight days of lousy weather, the clouds parted, the rain stopped and the temperature was just right for construction.

A pat on the back goes to all that gave up a Saturday at home to volunteer for this worthy project.

Preparing the construction site

Preparing the construction site

Dave Addicks(K of C) pouring concrete with Pat Nesvedt(Diocese of Des Moines)

Dave Addicks(K of C) pouring concrete with Pat Nesvedt(Diocese of Des Moines)

David Barry(K of C) and Joey(Graham Construction) using lasers to make sure it is all level

David Barry(K of C) and Joey(Graham Construction) using lasers to make sure it is all level

Bob Rafferty still working hard after 7 hours

Bob Rafferty still working hard after 7 hours

Steve Cashman mentoring the younger guys on how to pour dirt out of a wheel barrow

Steve Cashman mentoring the younger guys on how to pour dirt out of a wheel barrow

Finished at last

Finished at last

Also see blog post on Iowa Knights of Columbus site. 

September 2012 Field Agent Message

By , September 18, 2012 9:40 pm

Dear Brother Knights:

Since 2003, each September has been designated as Life Insurance Awareness Month. Like most awareness-raising campaigns, Life Insurance Awareness Month was created because there is an overwhelming lack of understanding of the product among the general public. Each year, the Life Insurance Market Research Association (LIMRA)puts out the results from a recent survey, and unfortunately, the numbers they report continue to be discouraging.

A recent survey found that 76 percent of people polled did not have a personal financial advisor. Sixty-eight percent of that same survey group said their opinion of the current economic conditions was somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable.

In other words, a majority of those surveyed were uncomfortable with the economy and the uncertainty it brings, yet they did not seek professional assistance. Maybe they spoke with their friends and family. Maybe they hoped the instability would go away on its own. Maybe they did not know to whom to turn.

The Knights of Columbus can provide you stability and products you need and can afford. Please remember that as a member of the Knights of Columbus, you have a full-time, professional agent you can call your own. My primary responsibility is the care and service of your family’s life insurance, retirement, disability income and long-term care needs. I’ll answer your questions because I want your decisions to be informed ones. I want to help.

Another LIMRA statistic said 43 percent of people did not buy life insurance because they worry about “making the wrong decision.” A good number of those without life insurance realize the need and value of coverage; but are overwhelmed by the choices and types of policies available. Talk with me, and, afterwards, you’ll understand that the only wrong decision was not protecting your family’s future sooner.

God Bless,
Rob Ryan

Announcement – 1st Degree Exemplification

By , September 18, 2012 9:11 pm

First Degree Exemplification – Sunday, September 23.

Location: St. Francis of Assisi, Parish Center.

Candidates arrive between 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Exemplification begins at 6:30 PM.

Please contact Matt McGuire, GK, to make reseravtions.

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