News & Announcements

Zach Bevins Awarded 2021/2022 Knight of the Year

Brother Zach Bevins was named 2021/2022 Knight of the Year for his many years as the Council 2117 grill master and chef. This past year included preparing pulled pork, chicken and racks of ribs for the summer BBQ fundraiser, grilling for farewell receptions and the officer installation.  Zach was also key to our beer sales success at Greentree where he was tap master for the entire day at the busiest booth at the event.

On top of his cooking and tapping efforts, Zach generously donated a large space in his shop to assemble and store the Nativity Set for last Christmas’ successful fundraiser.

Finally, Zach stepped up to be the Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming 2022 Summer BBQ where his significant financial support of the event virtually assures us a successful outcome for our event featured charities.

We are fortunate to have such an ambitious and generous Knight as our brother…
Zach Bevins was most certainly the Council 2117 Knight of the Year!

Donation Presented to Kenrick Glennon Seminary

Thanks to the generous support of Knights of Columbus Kirkwood Council 2117, their family and friends, as well as parishioners at St Elizabeth/St Raymond, St Gerard Majella and St Peter, Council 2117 was able to proudly donate $5,500 to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. 

Council 2117 raised the funds by assembling, packaging and selling 250 outdoor nativity scenes to help showcase the true meaning of Christmas and to support seminarians as they answer God’s calling to the priesthood. 

The idea for this project was sparked by a homily given by Msgr Jack Costello during the 2020 Advent Season. 

The Council wanted to find a way to encourage more homes in our Kirkwood, Missouri community to display the real reason for the Christmas holiday.  

Pictured (Left to Right): Deputy Grand Knight Keith Beardslee, Fr James Mason, President-Rector at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Grand Knight Joe Booth.

Thanks to all for making this event such a special success!

Council Sponsors Young Man Through Unbound

CLICK HERE to read Andre's inspiring letter
 

Unbound (https://www.unbound.org/) is an international nonprofit founded by lay Catholics grounded in the Gospel call to put the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable first. It builds relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious, and economic divides.

For many years Council 2117 has sponsored Andres (now a 15-year-old young man) who lives in Mexico. Our sponsorship offers a hand up — not a handout — to a family working to lift themselves out of poverty through hard work, initiative, and hope. Our support empowers sponsored individuals and their families with tools to achieve self-sufficiency.

Local staff members work with sponsored families on how to best use their benefits to achieve personal and family goals. This may include resources for nutrition, health care, education and skills training, and improved living conditions.

We receive letters from Andres a couple times a year and recently received a letter he had sent before Christmas.  Click the link above to read Andre's recent update.

Order Your K of C Polo Shirt Now!

CLICK HERE for Order Form
 

Do you have a Knights of Columbus polo shirt that is a little tight after lockdown, a little faded, a little too BBQ stained…or have you just never gotten around to getting one?

NOW is the time to update your wardrobe for the next season of sevent and activities.  If you need to replace your Knight name badge you can also request that on the polo shirt order form.

Print the order form and bring it with your check to the next business meeting or mail to David Renard at the address on the order form

Thank You Video from Cardinal Glennon Childrens Foundation

CLICK HERE to view the video thank you message to the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus are significant contributors to the Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital and the specific efforts of the Knight of Columbus Development Center at the hospital.

Colleen Dolnick, Director of Annual Philanthropy at Cardinal Glennon Childrens Foundation emailed "We are so incredibly grateful for your Council’s continued support! Our partnership with the Knights of Columbus means so much to our staff and families".

The link above will take you to a touching message from a family assisted by the Development Center.  Take a minute to see where the fundraising efforts of our Council and other local Councils are helping and just how much they are appreciated.

Visit the Council 2117 Facebook Page

Deputy Grand Knight and Communications Director, Brother Keith Beardslee oversees the Knights of Columbus Kirkwood Council 2117 Facebook page, expanding our ability to quickly disseminate important information through another channel that many members frequently use.

You will find a Facebook link on this website and you can CLICK HERE now to jump to our Facebook page and like it to begin receiving updates as soon as they are posted.

Complete Youth Protection Certifications Now!

CLICK HERE for Prevent & Protect STL Registration Instructions
 

The St Louis Archdiocese Office of Child and Youth Protection has developed an updated set of requirements for parish volunteers.  The NEW program is called Prevent & Protect St. Louis.  Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults is required to register in the new system, whether you are new to volunteering or not. 

Even if you completed the previous training program, this new certification must be completed.

As Knights, we frequently interact with the Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, school students and others so it is imperative that we help our parishes to stay in full compliance with the Archdiocese requirements.

DIOCESE OF ST LOUIS PROGRAM:

The Archdiocese previously required "Protecting God's Children" certification training which many of us have completed. This program was replaced in 2020 with the NEW "Protect & Prevent St Louis" and now all volunteers that interact with young people are required to have this new certification.

If you have not completed this NEW program, please click the link above for  printable instructions to register for and complete the certification. 

This internet based program takes just about an hour, so get your certification now and be ready to volunteer in full compliance with our parish and Archdiocese requirements.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PROGRAM:

In addition to the Archdiocese program, The Knights of Columbus Office of Youth Protection has established a "Safe Environment Program" to safeguard children and other vulnerable persons.

This program assures members and families that we maintain a safe environment, protect members from awkward situations, misunderstandings, and appearances of impropriety, builds trust with parishes and the Diocese, and protects the good name of the Knights of Columbus.  Every member that interacts with youth as part of our Council activities should also complete this certification program. 

For most members this program takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.  Please click on the this Youth Safety Program link to be taken directly to the program website and complete your certification today!

Update Your Contact Information

Your Council Officers have been working for several months updating contact information for all members.  We have found many members with missing email addresses, out of service phone numbers and undeliverable mailing addresses.

You now have the ability to review and update your own contact information right here on your Council website in just a few simple steps:

 - Select "Members Only"  from the left column menu

 - Enter your KofC member ID (from your member card) and your birth date

 - Select "Access Council Members List" button and scroll down to your name

 - Select "Update" button and make corrections to your personal information

 - When complete, select "Submit Corrections" button and close window

By keeping your contact information current, you give us the ability to easily keep you informed of important events and activities of Council 2117.