Council News

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  • I hope everyone is having a great start to the Summer now that Memorial Day is behind us.  Please be safe during this hot weather.  I hope to see everyone at our Monthly Business Meeting this coming Thursday.  At this meeting we will be electing our leaders for the next year.  As soon as I find out from our District Deputy I will let everyone know when the installation of officers will be.  

    This coming week will be busy.  On Friday we will be serving lunch for the participants with the Special Olympics.  See Marty’s notes for time and place.  Also, this on Saturday June 9th we will have Quarterly Communion at the 4 pm mass.  This will be followed by our KC family picnic in the Youth Formation Center.  Come and enjoy fellowship with brother knights and enjoy some crawfish.  We will also have hamburgers and hot dogs along with refreshments.  This will start at 5 pm immediately following Mass.

    Brother Hugh Smith is still looking for someone who is in need of a motorized scooter.  Let me know if you are in need of it.  I hope everyone had a chance to come and see Father Matt Dupre’ when he came to St. Patrick for his fairwell mass.  He asked me how the knights were doing and he continues to pray for us.  I assured him that he is still on our prayer list and will stay on there until he tells us to take him off.  Let us keep him in our prayers.  He will be in Port Allen at Holy Family Catholic Church when Father David Allen until assigned in the diocese.

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Awards Announced at December meeting
Bryon & Janet Hume was named the Family of the Month for November at the recent December 7 meeting. Brett Herbert was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Bryon & Janet Hume/Brett Herbert!!!!!!!!!! See Brett Herbert picture on the Photos page.
Awards Announced at September meeting
Richard Littrell was name the Knight of the Month for August at recent September 7 meeting. Congratulations to Richard Littrell!!!!! See Richard Littrell picture on the Photos page.
Awards Announced at August meeting

Mike & Julie Gerard were named Family of the Month for July at the recent August 3 meeting. Jay Cefalu was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Mike & Julie Gerard and Jay Cefalu!!!!!

Awards Announced at June Meeting
Tyronne & Cynthia LaStrapes were named Family of the Month for May at the recent June 3 meeting. Bryon Hume was named Knight of the Month. Also Jay Cefalu was given special tokens of appreciation by the Council in a form of a gavel, KC pens, and vest. Congratulations to Tyronne & Cynthia LaStrapes/Bryon Hume/Jay Cefalu!!!!!!!! See Jay Cefalu & Bryon Hume picture on Photos page.
Awards Announced at May Meeting
Jason & Theresa Farris were named Family of the Month for April at the recent May 4 meeting. Marty Mumphrey  was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Jason & Theresa Farris/Marty Mumphrey!!!!!!!!
Speaker at April Meeting
Our speaker was Matt Marcel, who is our Field Insurance Agent, he talked about KC long-term care insurance.

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Awards Announced at May Meeting
Barry & Pam Glover were named Family of the Month for March at the recent April 6 meeting. Joe Lawler  was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Barry & Pam Glover/Joe Lawler!!!!!!!!
Award Announced at February Meeting
John Coco  was named Knight of the Month for January at the recent February 2 meeting. . Congratulations to John Coco!!!!!!!! See John Coco picture on the Photos page.

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Speaker at January Meeting
Our speaker was John Coco, who is our Cultural Life Director, he talked about the Baton Rouge LIFE MARCH that was going be held downtown Baton Rouge.                                                  IMG_0206.JPG
Award Announced at January Meeting
Mickey Brown was named Knight of the Month for December at the recent January 5 meeting. Congratulations to Mickey Brown!!!!!!!! See Mickey Brown picture on the Photos page.

 

Award Announced at November Meeting
Father Matt Dupre’ were named Knight of the Month for October at the recent November 3 meeting. Congratulations to Father Matt Dupre’!!!!!!!!
Award Announced at October Meeting
John & Nancy LeBlanc were named Family of the Month for September at the recent October 6 meeting. Congratulations to John & Nancy LeBlanc!!!!!!!!  See John & Nancy LeBlanc picture on the Photos page.
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Guest Speaker at October Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent October meeting, Lisa Zumo, from St. Patrick’s Life Brigade for the race” Born To Run”. She talked about the organization that was putting on the race.
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Guest Speaker at July Meeting

Our guest speaker for the recent July meeting, Barry Myers, the Executive Director of The Arc. He talked about the different programs that they offer to the community.

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Awards Announced at June Meeting
Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio were named Family of the Month for May at the recent June 2 meeting. Jerry Liparito was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio/Jerry Liparito!!!!!!!!  See Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio/Jerry Liparito picture on the Photos page.
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Awards Announced at May Meeting
Kristian, Tran & Ellis Fruge were named Family of the Month for April at the recent May 5 meeting. Marty Mumphrey was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Kristian, Tran & Ellis Fruge/Marty Mumphrey!!!!!!!!
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Council 8601 has received the Special Award
Jay Cefalu, our grand knight and Mickey Brown announces on May 5 meeting, that Council 8601 had awarded the 20th Council in the points to Supreme.
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Awards Announced at April Meeting
Richard & Joan Littrell were named Family of the Month for March at the recent April 7 meeting. Lenten Fish Fry Crew was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Bart Ackermann accepted the Knight of Month award on behalf of Lenten Fish Fry Crew. Congratulations to Richard & Joan Littrell/Bart Ackermann!!!!!!!!  See Richard & JoanLittrell/Bart Ackermann picture on the Photos page.
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Guest Speaker at April Meeting

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Our guest speaker for the recent April meeting, Dr. Gayhan, from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talked about dementia, Alzheimer disease, louis disease & heart problems.
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Check Present to Deshotel Family
Matt Marcel present a check to Bart Deshotel for $2400 from our KC January Fundraiser to go toward the Deshotel Family. See Bart Deshotel picture on the Photos page.

Award Announced at February Meeting

Jackie Brady was named the Honorary Knight of the Month for January at the recent February 4 meeting.  Congratulations to Jackie Brady!!!!!!!!  See Jackie Brady picture on the Photospage.

Award Announced at February Meeting

Bart & Nicole Deshotel was named the Family of the Month for January at the recent February 4 meeting.  Congratulations to Bart & Nicole Deshotel!!!!!!!!  See Bart & Nicole Deshotel picture on the Photos page.
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 2017 Public Service Award Winners
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Trooper Cedrick Ross, LA State Police Troop ‘A’ 

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Chief Carl Dabadie, Jr. accepted for Officer Travis Norman, Baton Rouge City Police

2016 Public Service Award Winners
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(Left to right: Walker W. Cress-Baton Rouge Fire Department, Corporal Ronald Norman, Jr.-Baton Rouge Police, Deputy Jared Arceneaux-Baton Rouge Sherriff Office)

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Help Needed at the 4pm Vigil Mass
Do you like to sing?  Vivian Lucek, parish Choir Director is asking the KCs for help to sing at the 4:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass.  Patti Lauve, who has directed the Vigil Mass choir, has temporarily stepped down from her duties so she can focus her energies on the care of her mother who recently fell victim to a stroke.  The Saturday Vigil has become one of the most attended masses, yet has the lowest participation of Choir members. Singing talent is not a prerequisite for participation.  Also, those with a musical instrument background are also invited to join in.  If you are interested in helping out with the music ministry, this choir meets at 3:00 PM for practice just before the Vigil Mass each Saturday.  You may call Vivian at 752-3575 or simply show up on Saturdays at 3 pm in the Music classroomin the Preschool Education Center.
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Food Preparation Events Coming Up

Cooking schedule for June/July

June 8th          Special Olympic Camp Shriver

250 participants

Jesus the Nazarean Church

sausage po-boys, chips, ice cream, bottled water

June 8th               8:30AM           all food preparation

 

June 27th    4th Degree Banquet

St. Patrick Catholic Church

feed 50 jambalaya, salad, beans, and dessert

Cook time 2:30PM – volunteers needed

 

July parish anniversary dinner – to be announced

 

 A special thanks to Jeremy Skupien and Manda Fine Meats for helping us keep down the cost of our dinners. Also a special thanks to Paul Geissler and Exxon Mobil for grants that help pay for some of our dinners. And last but not least, all the Knights, Auxiliary, and retired Exxon employees volunteers that put in so many hours preparing and serving meals.
I thank all of you for your hard work bringing meals to so many.
Marty Mumphrey
Food Director KofC Council 8601
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Introduce the 2016-2017 Officers
Jay Cefalu- Grand Knight                       Jerry Liparito-Outside Guard
Frank Grabski- Deputy Grand Knight   Matthew Spitznagel-Inside Guard                          Jim Cazes- Chancellor                     John Ricca-Third year Trustee
Marty Mumphrey- Advocate               Curtis Lauret-Second year Trustee
Mickey Brown-Treasurer/Lecturer   Bryon Hume-First year Trustee                               John Coco- Recorder                            Bill Bozzelle- Financial Secretary                             Richard Littrel- Warden
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Guest Column From Your Field Agent-Matt Marcel
I am here to share with you the story of a very special Family, The Deshotel’s.  I met Bart and Nicole Deshotel about 11 years ago when Matt and I were in the process of adopting our first child, Connor, through Catholic Charities.  Bart and Nicole at that time were in the process of adopting their daughter, Hannah.  They are an amazing family.  Bart is a career Firefighter with the St. George Fire Department.  Nicole is also in the community service industry as a nurse with OLOL and the Tau Center.  Then there is Noah, who is one of the smartest 16 year olds I know, with a heart bigger than he is; Hannah who is a beautiful, smart 10 year old, and finally Jonah, our special surprise baby who is now 3 and the reason for this presentation. Two years after we met this wonderful couple the unthinkable happened, we lost our beautiful son to an accidental drowning.  I truly do not know how we would have made it through this dark time without these two people.  They basically put their life on hold to help Matt and I get through this time. Almost four years ago, Bart and Nicole thought their family was complete, Nicole had even entertained the idea of selling her van..ha..ha.  But Hannah and the GOOD LORD, had other plans.  Because you see Hannah had been praying for a baby brother and the LORD was listening. So when Nicole got a phone call from another homeschool mom asking if they wanted to adopt a baby that was due in a month and the previous adoption plan had fallen through because the baby was going to be born hydrocephalic.  Nicole said, Let me think about it and ask Bart. Then she texted Bart, jokingly, of course and said, “I just got a call and my friend wanted to know if we wanted to adopt another baby…ha..ha.”  Bart’s response was shocking, he said, “Is it a boy!”  Nicole’s jaw hit the ground and she said, “Yes.”  Bart said, “Well, you know I have always wanted a little boy named Jonah.”  Nicole, then told Bart this baby’s story how his mother had problems and that the baby would be born Hydrocephalic.  They did the one thing they always do, they prayed.  Then they said yes we will adopt this baby that no one else wanted.  Then   a month later they get a call saying the birth mother was giving birth in San Antonio, Texas and if they wanted the baby they would have to be there at 9:00am the next morning, to be in court.  Bart and Nicole took off at 8:00 pm to San Antonio Texas to meet their son.  They went to the court and adopted this beautiful boy before they even met him.  Within hours Jonah was in surgery to correct some gastric problems and that was only the beginning.  He then had surgery to insert a shunt from his brain to his heart to release the fluid on his brain.  This surgery was going to give Jonah a chance at a normal life.  However, several months after his birth they found out that Jonah’s birth mom was a drug addict and Jonah was a very drug addicted baby.  Jonah began having seizures, as many as seventy a day,  he lost the sight in his left eye, and  began to lose the progress in his development that he had made.  Life as Jonah’s parents has been a challenge to say the least, you see it was at this time they were told they could not apply for Medicaid for Jonah.  But that would not stop this amazing family from helping this child and doing what is right for Jonah.  Local doctors told them there was no hope, even when Jonah proved them wrong at every turn, you see doctors said Jonah would not learn, and probably not walk.  Yet, Jonah is not only walking but running, at least before the seizures got really, really bad.  Nicole and Bart had Faith, in GOD and in Jonah.  She found some wonderful doctors at a hospital in Tennessee that said Jonah did have hope and they would do whatever they could to give him his chance.
Now their lives have gotten really difficult, Jonah can have up to seventy seizures a day and that is on a good day.  He needs lots of medicine, one costing $2500 a month and frequent trips to Tennessee to a doctor who does believe in Jonah.  In the month of October they have made 4 trips to Tennessee for medical issues with Jonah.  They do have insurance but it does not cover some of the medicines.  Last year the Insurance paid over $1 million dollars in medical coverage, and this year they are considering raising their deductible to $10,000.  If they can stop the seizures Jonah can get back to his mischievous self.  They have applied for Medicaid and Disability and were denied both, this I do not understand.  Bart and Nicole are good Christian, hardworking people.  But between homeschooling two other children and each trying to hold down jobs and dealing with Jonah.  Nicole has had to move to very part time position at OLOL because Jonah requires so much. Jonah requires around the clock supervision.  When Bart is not working at the St. George Fire Department or working part time at the Prairieville Fire Department, he is giving Nicole a break with Jonah.  The way they care for this child and their other two children, Noah and Hannah, is truly remarkable.   Don’t get me wrong Bart and Nicole would not trade their life with anyone.  Nor do they ever regret their adoption decision.  However, having missed so much work they would really appreciate some financial help with the medicines and travel expenses.  It is taking everything they have to allow me to ask for help.  But, in their eyes if it helps Jonah then they will do everything.   These two people have ALWAYS been the givers, and to this day anytime anyone asks Nicole for help the answer is always YES.  I have set up a Go Fund Me account so that we can help them cover their deductible when the insurance doesn’t pay for his medicine.  We are also looking into some fundraising options.  November is National Adoption Month so it is fitting that we help this family who has adopted a very, very special baby.   So if you could see it in your heart to give a little… it would and is much appreciated.
Donate at the GO FUND ME – Jonah’s Medical fund
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Time to Get Your KC Shirt for Spring

The Council’s Membership Director John Ricca asks that you let others know you are a member of the KCs.  Buy a shirt; buy a cap; dust off your name badges and wear them often.  John says, “Wear your Council shirts to mass!”  Others will see the logo and might approach you to want to know more about the Council.  Don’t have a shirt?  Order one – see below.

John can furnish an order form – just give him a call at 753-0393.   Merchandise is available in Green or White and comes in various sizes.  You can even have the logo placed on your “own” shirt, cap, or whatever.  See product descriptions below.  The prices include tax.

Hanes polo shirt, 100% cotton, no pocket, short sleeve.  Green or white.  $23.00 each (XXL is $25.00)

Port Authority Full Button-down shirt, with pocket, 100% twill, button-down collar, short sleeve.  $30.00 each (XXL $32.00)

Port Authority Full Button-down shirt, with pocket, 100% twill, button-down collar, long sleeve.  $37.00 each (XXL $39.00)

Richardson cap, one size fits all. $13.00

KC logo placed on any of your own person items – shirts, caps, aprons, etc. (indicate your item on the form).  $8.68 each logo placement

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Website Director request
Kevin Baronne -our current Website Director ask if anyone has anything they would to put on the website, they should direct the information and photos to kpbgemini@bellsouth.net.
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