Fellow school dads,
Hi. I’m Dave Frendreiss. My son Max is in 6th grade at StMM and my older daughter Mia and older son Matthew have already graduated from StMM. I’m with the Knights of Columbus at St. Margaret Mary here as well. I’d like to reach out to you and invite you to become a Knight with our council. The Knights of Columbus are actually a global organization started in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney. More than 2 million men call themselves Knights of Columbus, and the organization reported more than $185 million and 76 million volunteer hours to charity in 2019 (2020 numbers to be announced soon). There are Knights in United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Poland, and several other countries.
The Knights of Columbus are very active here at St. Margaret Mary as well. We sell car magnets, Christmas trees, do food events, and much more to raise money for charity, and then we distribute that money to various organizations and people – including big projects here at the parish (McDonnel Hall room and kitchen, the parish roof, etc) the Lake in the Hills food pantry, St. Vincent DePaul local chapter, Pioneer Center in McHenry, seminarians who will become priests, donations to active military serving abroad, individuals in the community in heed of help, as well as many others. We also host rosaries in the church and outside at the grotto area, prayer hours for families in need, do our manpower events for the parish and individuals in the community, and have painted just about every room in the school over the years.
We can use your help with our work for the various charities we support and for the parish. We don’t need your every moment you have just what you can spare when you can spare it. Your family and your job come first. For that matter, anything else that you need more important comes first as well. We’ll take whatever time that you want to give. At one of our events a while back, we had a Knight who hadn’t been around for a while for whatever reason (doesn’t really matter), he walked into the event and there was no one asking where he had been and complaining to him. I just heard a lot of greetings and people happy to see him. We have no minimum time commitment. When you come out to help, you will quickly recognize that what we are doing doesn’t seem like work. It feels more like hanging out with a bunch of great guys who happen to be working for a great cause. We are guys like you and you will likely find that your work with us is fun, rewarding, and leads to many new friendships. Be like many of our Knights who have said, “I wish I had done this years ago”.
While I’m part of the council, I’m also the “Grand Knight”. This just means that I’m steering the ship this year but with this great group of guys, it only needs a nudge every once in a while. I’d like for you to consider becoming a Knight. We are having a degree ceremony this Sunday, May 23rd in McDonnell Hall. The setup for it will be at 1:00 pm. New Knights should show up at 2:00 and the ceremony will start at 2:30. Your families are welcome to attend. We actually will be live streamlining it as well for anyone who can’t make it in person.
Please consider joining up. It is not something that you will regret.
Learn more about us:
Supreme website: https://www.kofc.org/en/index.
Our council’s website: https://kofc11091.org/
If you have questions, give me a call to discuss or send me an email if you have any questions.
GK Council 11091