Welcome to the St Wenscelaus Knights of Columbus Council 10909
Our fraternal organization is founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. You will share in the sense of pride in knowing that their Order is second to none in support of Our Holy Father, our Bishops and Priests; in working for our fellow man, especially those most in need and in binding together to preserve traditional values in the face of attacks against the family and innocent human life.
Our Council has over 600 parish men, belonging to the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization with over 1.6 million brother Knights and 12,000 Councils. Simply put, our Council tries to be the "right hand" of the parish priest with service to the Church and the local community. Participation includes family, spiritual, social, civic-oriented, athletic and recreational events.
The St. Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus:
- Assist our parish priests to address needs and aided seminarians
- Contribute to school needs such as playground and cafeteria equipment
- Support the pro-life movement
- Volunteer time and food to homeless shelters
- Provide bus trips to local athletic events
- Help with parish boutiques and assisted with parish fun days
- Provide scholarships
- Assist with Honey Sunday to help the mentally and physically challenged
- Provide pancake fundraiser meals and Lenten dinners
- Provide Daily Bread Calendar Club fundraiser
Why Join Us?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.
Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
Our membership brochure gives additional information about what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus.
If you would like someone to contact you about joining the Knights of Columbus, please reach out to our membership director, Rod Hofschulte at email@example.com or call (402) 510-7250.
Past Grand Knights
2017-2019 Bob Cronin
2015-2017 Todd Trautman
2013-2015 Brent Kollars
2011-2013 Mark Pelan
2009-2011 Jim Nelson
2007-2009 Tom Tokos
2005-2007 Loren Steenson
2003-2005 Pat Hoke
2001-2003 Eddie Biwer
1999-2001 Norm Vogel
1997-1999 John Crowe
1995-1997 Beryl Thomas
1994-1995 Bob Hursh
1992-1994 Jim Haiar
We have five appointed members who help organize, recruit, and engage members with our various activities, services and fundraisers.
John Weitl -- Church/Spiritual Director
Steve Harley -- Community/Family Director
Chris Miller -- Council Director
Olivier Coutant -- Youth Director
Damian Howard -- Pro-Life Director
These are the various committee chairs and co-chairs for many of our activities.
Lenten Dinners - Matt Smith
Grill Committee - Brent Kollars
Tootsie Rolls - Jeff Green
Honey Sunday - Loren Steenson
Special Olympics - Tim Jensen
Stephen Center Meals - Dave Latenser
Facebook Page - Phil Fitzpatrick
The Council Director is an appointed member by the Grand Knight who advances the council overall. His responsibilities are to provide information on the council to the general public and to each individual council member. He also supports the building the fraternity of the Knights through social gatherings with the Knights. Membership recruitment and retention are also important and coordinated along with the Membership Chairman and Membership Committee.
Current Knights Activities:
Golf Charity Event, Knights Fraternal Social Outings (ie Bowling, Baseball game, Hockey game), Council Family Outing, Knights Softball team
The Pro Life Director is an appointed member by the Grand Knight. His responsibilities are to support building a Pro Life culture within the council and Parish. The Pro Life Director will coordinate Knights of Columbus Pro Life initiatives including the Buck-a-Month Club, One Rose-One Life, and the Pro Life essay contest. The Pro Life Director will also provide support for the Walk for Life, EPS Mother’s Day roses, praying at abortuaries, and act as the liaison with the Parish Pro Life Committee.
Current Knights Activities
Buck-a-Month Club, One Rose-One Life, Pro-Life Essay, Annual March for Life (Local and National), Essential Pregnancy Services, Bethlehem House
The Youth Director (previously called Youth Director) is an appointed member by the Grand Knight. He is involved in facilitating activities and services related to our youth and families. He additionally reports on the activities through the parish school, faith formation classes, and high schools.
Current Knights Activities
Annual Free Throw Contest, Scholarships for youth entering Catholic High School, Rosaries for the recent Confirmations, Gifts for Altar Servers
Vernon Benes, Tom McDonald, Howard Denker, Steve Samek
The Knight of Columbus Pancake Breakfasts have been a St. Wenceslaus parish tradition for over 20 years. We serve a full breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage 5-6 times a year on Sunday mornings from 8 am till noon. The season starts after Labor Day until the Spring Lenten Season starts. The Knights partner with other organizations within the parish to help raise free will donations for youth and parish needs that build the awareness of the organizations, the communities and spiritual life of our parish.
Past organizations have been:
St Vincent de Paul Society
St Wenceslaus Local Boy Scouts
American Heritage Girls
St Wenceslaus Football Team
Matt Smith, Tom Tokos, Tony Spurlock, Troy Merkel, Jimmy Allen
The Knights of Columbus Lenten Dinners have been a St. Wenceslaus parish tradition for over 25 years. We serve a full dinner of spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, baked fish, cheese pizza, tatter tots, bread sticks, coleslaw, salad, fresh baked cookies, and bread sticks. We offer a variety of drinks including lemonade, fruit punch, coffee, beer and margaritas. We serve dinners each Friday (except Good Friday) during Lent from 5 pm – 7:30 pm. We offer Bingo and movies for the children and we run raffles throughout each dinner with winners selected each week. We have a Grand Prize winner selected on the last Friday dinner.
The Free Will offerings for these dinners help the Knights support various council and Parish activities.
Mike Smolsky, Rod Hofschulte, Tom Tokos, Zach Royse, Jeff Green, Dwain Weigand, Phillip Fitzpatrick, Matt Reilly,
Bill Daily, Tim Seberger, Mike Miller, Chris Miller
The St Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus 10909 Charity Golf Event started in the summer of 2012. This is a large fundraiser for the council. We average 115 golfers for an 18 hole best ball scramble. The first 4 years were held at Miracle Hill golf course. Since 2017, the event has been located at Pacific Springs Golf Course on 168th Street.
The event has included breakfast and lunch, 18 holes with cart, goodie bag, door prizes, flag prizes, pin prizes, and cash for both the 1st place team and 2nd place team. Teams are separated into 2 flights at the end of the day by course staff.
Our Committee starts to meet mid spring to work on gathering community sponsors and donations, working with the parish and her members to gather golf foursomes, and deciding on day of event games and prizes. Along with the committee members, many Knights of Columbus members help with the day of event fun by helping with set up of items the day of the events, working some holes for fundraisers or just fun, and distributing prizes and clean up at the end.
For more information, contact any committee member.
Brent Kollars, Tim Seberger, Jason Velinsky
The St Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus 10909 council owns towable grill which is used for building fraternity among brother Knights and supporting the spirit of our faith community at St Wenceslaus.
A few events and organizations supported by our K of C council:
- Various St Wenceslaus school events
- Annual K of C steak night & random summer grilling following monthly K of C council meetings.
- Family Life Committee – Grill & Family Fun Night at Lake Zorinsky Water Park
- Softball/Baseball tailgating
- Private parties for Celebrate Auction Winners
- Trunk or Treat
- Faith Formation Committee
If you are member of the St Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus and would like to assist with grilling events, contact one of the members of the grill committee below to learn how you can get involved.
If you are part of a St Wenceslaus school or parish organization and would like the Knights to grill at your event, contact a member of the committee for more information. (Note: food must be provided to the Knights to prepare. Subject to proper advance notice and adequate staff to man the grill)
For more information, contact any committee member.
Annual Drive for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Tootsie Roll Drive)
Jeff Green, Rod Hofshulte, Ken Landolt
The Annual Drive for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Tootsie Roll Drive) is a Knights of Columbus volunteer based mission that focuses on local organizations designed to provide care and assistance to persons with intellectual disabilities. Organizations such as Special Olympics, Madonna School, Ollie Webb, and others received 100% of all donations.
Committee members: Everyone!
Lead Steering Committee: Zach Royse, Loren Steenson, Rod Hofschulte, Bob Cronin, Todd Trautman, Tony Spurlock, Gene Walker, John Weitl, Steve Harley, Matt Smith, Tom Worthington, Brent Kollars, Chris Miller
The Daily Bread Calendar Club started in the Fall of 2016. Each year, the St. Wenceslaus Knights of Columbus 10909 Council sells 1,250 calendar club tickets for $50 each during a 90 days sales period in the Fall. Each ticket represents the chance to win 400 prizes total $30,000. The remaining proceeds are used to support charitable causes and activities, with the main pillars focused on Catholic Education, Pro-Life Advocacy, Vocations Support and Community Outreach. With the 3rd year of the program recently completed, we will have given away $90,000 in total prizes and raised another $90,000 to support these charitable causes and activities.
Several examples of charitable causes and activities supported by the Daily Bread Calendar Club include the purchase of a 3D/4D ultrasound machine for Essential Pregnancy Services in Omaha, funding renewable scholarships for parishioners to attend Catholic high schools in the Omaha area, building houses for Syrian refugees returning home after religious persecution, providing financial support to seminarians and funding special projects such as the new EPS chapel and the Bethlehem House storage space.
Our Committee now functions on a nearly year-round basis. We begin planning in May, and this continues until the 90 day sales period begins in September, we work vigorously to sell all 1,250 tickets through the conclusion of the sales period in December. In January and February, we work to put the funds raised to good use. Other marketing and administrative matters require year round attention as well. Many hands make light work, and additional help is always welcome!
For more information, contact any steering committee member.
Loren Steenson, Tom Tokos
Honey Sunday is a fund raising effort of Ollie Webb, Inc. whose mission directly aligns with one of the core missions of the Knight of Columbus to aid those with developmental disabilities. Ollie Webb states their mission as being to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs and advocacy. Honey Sunday is the first Sunday in November. On that day, Council 10909 Knights coordinate the efforts of Skutt students to sell honey in the neighborhoods near St. Wenceslaus by assigning routes, allocating honey to sales groups of students and collecting money and unsold honey from the students upon their route completion. On either Honey Sunday or the next Sunday, depending on parish schedules, Knights also sell honey after all St. Wenceslaus masses. The funds received from the honey sales flow directly to Ollie Webb without passing through the Council treasury because Honey Sunday is Ollie Webb’s project for which we provide supporting labor. Knights are needed to assist in any of the tasks described.
Stephen Center Meals
Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty, serving homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. On 4 Saturdays each year, Saint Wenceslaus Omaha Knights prepare 200 hot meals for the men, women and children admitted to The Pettigrew Emergency Shelter; the HERO Program (Health, Empowerment, Recovery, and Opportunity) building, a 64 bed state licensed substance abuse treatment program; and the Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments; at the Stephen Center located at 28th and Q Streets in Omaha.