Hello worthy officers and members of Assembly 0489. I hope this newsletter find you well and that you are staying warm
in these coldest of winter months leading up to spring! This year has gone so quickly, and I can’t believe the fraternal
year ends in 4 months. Spring will be here soon, meaning days are going to finally get longer, or at least feel like it.
I know it can be extra stressful to some who wake up being dark outside, work all day inside, only to leave work being dark
as well, and have no time to enjoy any daylight.
February was a quieter month for the 4th degree, as no events took place, outside of a Corporate Communion at Old St. Patrick
and St. John the Baptist. Our regular scheduled business meeting in Saline was cancelled to what was thought and predicted
to be a bad snowstorm, which in turn became nothing but a small dusting. We also had a 4th degree brother, Walter Nieman, pass away.
Please keep SK Walter and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace!
Speaking of the meeting, I want to express my sincerest apologies to those who travelled to St. Andrew for the meeting anyways.
On Tuesday prior to the meeting, I had sent out a blast email notifying of the meeting cancellation, however it turned out
many didn’t receive the email. I had my fn489 email address setup with everyone’s email (many of them still need to be updated)
and tagged everyone and sent the email to those who fell under the tag. Unfortunately, this proved to not work like I intended,
and am in process of changing my methodology for sending blast emails.
Lent is here, and many of our councils are having their traditional Lenten fish fry’s every Friday to encourage giving up red meat.
Lent is the season where we spiritually prepare for forty days, before the celebrations of Easter. It about making significant
efforts (more then ever) to give up our attachment to sin and material things, and to repent for all our sins and transgressions
that jeopardizes our relationship with God. It is also a time to improve with our prayer life, by praying more and often.
It also means going to confession to cleanse our souls of sin, frequently if needed (let’s be honest, we all should be going to
confession at least once a month). I hope everyone gets out to support your parish and council during this Lent. I am going to try
and make one of your fish fry’s at least once this season!
Our next business meeting is at my home council, 10963, Old St. Patrick, on March 11th.
Social to start at 6:30pm, dinner to begin at 7pm, meeting to follow at 7:30pm.
It will be inside the Parish Center. I hope to see you all there!
Our next spring exemplification will be in April 25 (Saturday), at St. Jude’s in DeWitt. Our class honoree will be our Excellency, Bishop Boyea!
With the change in the exemplification of the 1st through 3rd degree now in place, please continue to encourage those who are not
yet a 4th degree member to become one. The goal for the entire District II is no less then 100 members. Since we have 11 councils
in our assembly, if each council can get at least 1 candidate, we would have at least 11 candidates that could attend this exemplification.
That shouldn’t be a tall order. The candidates no longer need to rent or buy a tuxedo, which cuts down the costs for the candidate.
The candidate can come wearing a navy blue or black suit, something they may already have.
Speaking of exemplifications. A few of the past new sir knights from the last couple exemplifications have approached me
saying they did not receive their certificate or class picture. I have these now and will give to you when I see you next.
Please come see me!
During the months of February and March, I am going to really try making your council meetings so I can speak about the assembly and the 4th degree.
Grand Knights, please give me the short time at the end of your meetings to speak. I promise not to be long!
Honor Guard ... I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but if you would like to be in the Honor Guard
(even if it’s only serving at Corporate Communions at your home parish), we welcome you with open arms.
For those new to the honor guard, the assembly will always offer $200 towards the uniform. The new distributer is now taking orders
and is cheaper than before. New price is about $460 (plus costs for sword, service baldric, and gloves).
To order the uniform, or replacement parts, go to:
To order the sword, service baldric, and gloves, go to:
Upcoming Dates that Require Honor Guard
- Convention at Mackinaw Island. If you are part of the honor guard and are also attending the yearly convention
at Mackinaw Island in May, you are welcome and encouraged to bring your Honor Guard Uniforms and participate.
There will be Adoration that happens on Thursday through Friday, that will require Honor Guard to post and guard.
Additionally, on Friday, there is a Living Rosary in front of the Grand Hotel, and the Honor Guard participates during this ceremony.
A beautiful ceremony to be a part of, so I strongly encourage you to attend and participate
- Living Rosary at the Lansing Capital. Equally important, the Honor Guard is required.
It is on May 30th, in front of the Capital Building. There will be a Mass and Procession in the morning,
followed by a Living Rosary after. Please attend
- Memorial Day Parades - There are several different parades happening on Memorial Day. The American Legion has already
requested a callout for theirs in Milan. We will need Honor Guard for this! I think Saline and Dexter/Chelsea
have a parade as well (will confirm). We will need to come up with a plan to maximize attendance for all these parades.
Given that we have over 22 Honor Guard, I would think we should be able to get about 4-5 or more Honor Guard per parade to attend.
Lastly, it is not too early to start thinking about officers for the next fraternal year. Come in April/May we will be starting
to make our rounds of nominations, for June’s elections. I know there are going to be a couple positions opening up, so will need
some new faces to help complete the officer roster. I would like to get this ironed out by our June meeting, so I can prepare
and schedule installation in July.
Sir Knight Birthdays for March ...
I would like to wish those Sir Knights who will be celebrating Birthdays in March.
The list is long, but never too long to be acknowledged.
Please wish your fellow brother a happy birthday.
SK Richard Zmijewski SK Nicolas Haroney SK Thomas Kabisch
SK Joseph Twist SK Richard Badics SK Glenn Broski
SK Todd Elekonich SK John Esposito SK John Dolson
SK Fr. Gerald Gawronski SK James Delhey SK Joaquin Lamus
SK Raymond Schrock SK Kevin Wayne SK Daniel Williams
SK Patrick Chantelois SK Thomas Herbel SK Larry Veasman
SK Jason Furgeson SK Wayne Meier SK Myron Welch
SK Matthew Wierzgac SK Philip Donato SK Fr. Ed Fride
SK Pieter VanRooyen SK Art Humpert SK Thomas Monaghan
SK Kenneth Rusiniak SK Gary Talbot
Lady’s Birthdays for March.
Equally important is the wife’s birthdays.
Lady Pam Heldt
If you have a wife that has a birthday in March is not listed here,
please contact Ron Roznowski or I to have this information updated.
March Anniversaries ...
No Anniversaries in March
Anniversary in March but not listed here? Please contact Ron Roznowski
or I to have this information updated.
4th Degree Anniversary ...
SK Richard Frank (63 Years) SK Kenneth Unterbrink, PSD (41 Years) SK Thomas Lienert (38 Years)
SK Jack Ghastin (26 Years) SK Richard Benson (25 Years) SK Joseph Winkelmann (25 Years)
SK Richard Biggs (21 Years) SK Daniel Fromm (19 Years) SK Robert Johnson (19 Years)
SK Larry Ketola (19 Years) SK Daniel Krebs (19 Years) SK Philip Rutledge PGK (19 Years)
SK Ed Strach (19 Years) SK Louis Richard II (17 Years) SK Dale Schaedig (17 Years)
SK Robert Ziegler (17 Years) SK Fr. Gerald Gawronski (17 Years) SK Michael Brcic (7 Years)
Deaths in 2019-2020 Fraternal Year ...
Please keep in your prayers the brothers who passed away this fraternal year, and their families:
SK DCN Ellis (November 2019)
SK Norman Gladych (November 2019)
SK Ray Gavin (December 2019)
SK Thomas Ciesicki (December 2019)
SK Walter Nieman (February 2020)
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen!
Continued homework ...
We really, really need to grow the assembly in both participation and attendance, and growth in numbers.
If you have any 3rd degree knights curious about the 4th degree, or wanting to join the 4th degree, don’t wait
to get them a membership form to complete. Like those brothers who still haven’t become knights yet
(which I hope you are also working on to bring them into the order!), I am sure there are those who want to join,
but just are waiting to be asked. So, let’s not hesitate to ask!
"Feed my lambs ... Feed my sheep:"
John 21:15, 17
Gospel to reflect on this month:
"Lord, strengthen me with your grace this Lent so that I can overcome any temptation."
God Bless and VIVAT JESUS, brothers!