Member since: 6 years
Hometown: West Bend, Iowa
Ross Eoriatti was born and raised Catholic in West Bend, Iowa, and continues passing on the grace by helping those in need through the Knights of Columbus.
Ross graduated from the private Catholic Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he majored in finance.
In a small town of about 800 people, Ross was ready to live in the big city of Des Moines. Ross was able to get into sales in the Des Moines area and has now been in medical sales for the past 21 years.
Ross has a 28-year-old daughter and a son-in-law, as well as a 6 year-old granddaughter to share in their happiness.
Ross also has a 19-year-old son who is currently attending college. Both of his children were raised through St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and then Dowling Catholic High School.
Throughout Ross’ family he has many Knights to look up to and encourage him to pursue the path of becoming a Knight.
Ross’ father, grandfather and uncles all served as Knights while Ross was growing up in West Bend at the parish in town.
Ross served as a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus last year. Some activities Ross enjoys volunteering for include the yearly church fish fries, CPID, Bids for the Kids, Francisfest, Iowa Catholic Radio, Mary’s Meals, whenever father needs help for a parish event, and monthly meetings.
Ross is currently serving as a Trustee for the next few years with the Knights.
“I like being a part of the Knights because it is a great way to meet a lot of other people within the parish. St. Francis is a very large parish,” Ross said.
“I’ve met so many people, so one, I’ve been able to develop a lot of friendships and two, it’s just good to be a part of a group that shares a lot of the same values that I do like helping the less fortunate and helping those in need because we have been blessed with so many gifts from God and those in our lives. My family always grew up that way and the Knights is just one way to help give back.”
Ross offers advice to young and future Knights to help do their part in their parish.
“The Knights are involved in a lot of things and I think people see the many different things that we do and think ‘wow that’s a lot, I don’t have that much time. When I joined, I was told to just pick one thing and do that.
“That was great advice and if someone is thinking about joining the Knights or becoming more involved, I would pass that same advice along to them. Especially if they have young kids or family. What usually happens is they see that it isn’t that big of a time commitment and they usually see that they can get involved in even more”.