Ronald J. Olinger
Ron Olinger has distinguished himself while serving in the officer position of Council Treasurer by providing reliable financial services in support of our council activities especially during our March events to include the Parish Lenten dinners and Enchilada sales weekend. His independent, efficient and reliable performance is noteworthy. He is the primary individual responsible for administering the Council’s operating funds account and provides steady leadership in maintaining our annual budget planning and execution. He willingly provides his expertise when called upon to do so and is readily available to provide his time and talents for our Council activities. He also volunteers his time as a Hospitality Minister for Parish Masses. He is a Third Degree member Knight of our Council who can be counted on to attend all Council Business and Officer meetings on a regular basis. Congratulations to Ron Olinger on being selected as Council 15126 Knight of the Month for March 2019
Darin Pollard has distinguished himself while serving as the St Francis Xavier Elementary School Principal by providing an excellent and effective level of liaison activity and coordination between the members of this Council and the Parish School. He is the primary individual responsible for establishing the Council’s “Student of the Month” program and continues to provide his leadership as Coordinator of the student awards program that has evolved. He willingly provides his talented MC services for Council events when called upon to do so and is readily willing to provide his time and talents for all our primary Council activities. He also volunteers as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector for both Parish and School Masses. He is a 3rd Degree member Knight of our Council who attends all Council Business meetings on a regular basis. Congratulations to Darin Pollard on being selected as Council Knight of the Month for January 2019.
Fr. Joseph Miller, C.PP.S.
Knight of the Month for June 2018 is hereby awarded to Fr. Joseph Miller in appreciation for the spiritual leadership and fraternal support he has given to the members of Council 15126 while serving as our Chaplain during the past year. He is a 4th Degree member Knight and as Pastor of the Parish has been a very effective spiritual leader for our entire congregation. While experiencing some serious personal health issues, he continued to be an active brother Knight participating fully in all our monthly business meetings by delivering messages that challenged each of us to grow in our faith and to become more involved as member Knights. Through his loyal support of this Council, Fr. Joe has helped to create meaningful improvements in both the fraternal and social interactions that we have experienced as member Knights. This Council sincerely thanks you for your dedicated and selfless service and for sharing so much of yourself with our Parish and the Knights of Columbus. God is truly good to share Fr. Joseph Miller with us.
Jean Paul Mundungu
Jean Paul has distinguished himself by volunteering many hours as an Instructional Technology consultant for SFX School. He recently assisted with the upgrading of SFX School teaching staff computers and the repurposing of their used computers for donation and shipping to Lycee Siama Elementary School in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. He recently made program presentations to a Parish Lenten Soup Supper and an Interfaith Alliance for Immigrants community program. He actively participated in the SFX Knights of Columbus Parish Center Technology upgrade project committee serving as the network installer and network administrator. He is a current member of the SFX Parish Council and along with wife Mijo are involved as members of the SFX Mr. and Mrs. Club. He is a 4th Degree Member of St Joseph General Assembly 569 and serves as the Council 15126 Outside Guard. Congratulations Jean Paul on selection as the Council 15126 May 2018 Knight of the Month.
Mark S. Werner
Mark Werner has especially distinguished himself this past month with his work as a Knight’s committee volunteer on the Parish Center Technology Project by assisting the electrical contractor with the initial installation of additional electrical power circuits, by his work during the removal of the old speakers and installation and wiring of the new ceiling speakers, and during the installation of wall mounted cabinet racks and Internet system cabling. His team co-workers recognized him as truly an enjoyable person to work with on this project. The volunteer hours that he devoted to this project saved the Parish a significant amount of money on the overall project costs. His unselfish efforts on this project were directed toward providing a better meeting space for our Council and the entire Parish community. He is a 3rd Degree member Knight of our Council who attends all Council Business meetings on a regular basis. He volunteers many personal hours for the betterment of our Council and the Parish. He performs as a Parish Mass Server on many occasions and is a regular weekly volunteer for the St Francis Xavier House of Bread. He is truly an “Unassuming Jewel of the Parish” that needs to be recognized for his productive efforts. Congratulations to Mark Werner on being selected as Council Knight of the Month for April 2018.
John D. Morin
John Morin is the recipient of Council 15126 Knight of the Month for Marsh 2018. He achieved the Third-Degree Knight level and serves as the Council’s 2-Year Trustee. During the past year he has stepped up his game as a member of this Council. He is now a volunteer member for several activities and committees. He is a Parish Hospitality Minister and serves on the Council Admissions Degree induction team. He has become a valued member of the council. He volunteers on a regular basis within the community at Mosaic Hospital. Congratulations to John Morin.
John J. Bitunjac
John Bitunjac holds the office of Council Advocate and participates regularly in all council events (Faith in Action, Walk for Life, Tootsie Roll drive, parish dinners etc. He is Youth Services Director, and as such is the coordinator of the Basketball, Essay, and Alcohol & Drug awareness Poster Contests which this month have all been successfully completed for this year. He was the Director of the recent District #2 Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Competition and accompanied the category winners to the Regional Competition in Kansas City. He is a Mass Server and a Eucharistic Minister. He is Head of the Parish Building and Grounds Committee and dedicates many personal hours to parish facility maintenance. He is a member of St Joseph 4th Degree General Assembly 569 and an Honor Guard member. He serves as a SFX Elementary School substitute teacher and as a Marriage Preparation - Lead Couple Team along with his wife Nyla. He recently donated a personally handcrafted wood and glass display case for use as the Council awards and mementos display cabinet in the Parish Center. John Bitunjac is hereby awarded the Council 15126 Knight of The Month for February 2018.
Fr. Ronald Will, C.PP.S.
Knight of the Month Award is presented to Fr. Ron Will in appreciation for the spiritual leadership he has given to all members of this council. Fr. Ron has served as Chaplain since the establishment of our Council in August of 2010 and is a 4th Degree member Knight. As Pastor of the Parish, during the months of March and April, Fr. Ron was the spiritual leader of our entire parish for the Lenten and Easter celebrations. He has been an active Knight participant during all of our monthly business meetings by delivering to the council membership a spiritual message that challenges each of us to be a better version of our self. Fr. Ron has asked us to reach out into society and to look outside the box for the bigger picture of what God is calling each of us to do and then to have a personal relationship with Christ in all of our works and actions. Through his active support of this Council, Fr Ron has made a significant impact on the member Knights. We sincerely thank you for your service and dedication and for giving so much of yourself to the Knights of Columbus.
Darrin M. Welchert
Darrin Welchert has volunteered his services as the Council newsletter editor during the past year. His efforts to improve the professional appearance of the new full-color newsletter using Microsoft Office Publisher software are noteworthy. The variety and timeliness of newsletter content along with the success of making it accessible directly to council member Knights through the online webpage are commendable. This reformatted and web-based newsletter has significantly improved overall council communications and information flow and has certainly enhanced the image of the council within our district. Darrin frequently volunteers his time and talents for all council projects and events, regularly providing his talents and services as a member of the smoker wagon cooking crew during our various dinners.
Leonard J. Archer
Len Archer performs the duties of Council Webmaster, Council Public Relations Director and Council Recorder. He established the initial U-Knight Interactive council website in this district providing enhanced information flow (both through email and print). He provides timely communications of all council activities to our local council, to the public and to other councils creating improved organizational performance and a better image for recruitment. He has produced an accurate collection and archive of all council meeting activities, documents and photos which are available on-line to all members on the council website. He is a loyal and reliable council member who is active in many council work and social activities. He recently authored the council’s Wing Ding Ministry competition rules, provided the event announcements for the parish, coordinated the celebrity judging process, developed the event schedule and communicated the final event results. He proposed and initiated the new council team Membership in Action plan aimed at increasing membership activity and involvement. He coordinates the council Knight and Family of the Month recognition program. Len is an active member of the 4th Degree St Joseph General Assembly #569, also serving as their webmaster, and is a frequent member of their Honor Guard team. He and his wife Jeanne are a Lead Couple within our parish for Engaged Couple Marriage Preparation and they are also Associate Members of the St Joseph Order of Malta.
Ray F. Heitman
Ray is the Council Chancellor and the Service Director of Community. He helps to create and bring great ideas into practice within our Council. During December he chaired and organized the first SFX Parish Wing Ding Ministry Challenge event. He volunteers at all council projects & dinners. He is a Member of the Parish Ministry Board. Ray donates or discounts food for many Council dinners. He was a volunteer participant in the St Joseph Walk for Life event and serves as a Mass Lector and Eucharistic Minister for the Parish. He coordinates our Council Corporate Communion Masses aimed at better parish Public Relations and new member recruitment. He is a member of the 4th Degree General Assembly 569.
Joseph F. Still
Joseph F. Still is serving as the present 2-Year Trustee for our Council. Frank is the Faith In Action Project Coordinator for our Council and is a member of the Faith In Action Advisory Board. He has successfully served multiple years during the month of November as the Council’s Chairperson of the Drive For Disabilities Project achieving higher collections each year. He volunteers his time and talents for all council projects and events and regularly donates his blood to our parish blood drive events. He regularly participates in the St Joseph annual Walk For Life event. He is a 4th Degree Knight and a member of the St Joseph General Assembly 569. Frank is one of four individuals from this parish who were recognized for the Mother Theresa Award by Catholic Charities of St Joseph during 2016. He is a long-time member of the Companions to the Precious Blood Priests who provide direct support and encouragement for our parish priests. In the community he serves as an elections clerk for all state, county and city elections and he is an active member of the St Joseph Chamber of Commerce Diplomats Committee and the St Joseph Hosts Lions Club.
Daniel L. Deatherage
Dan Deatherage is the council’s Service Committee Culture of Life Chair and is actively involved with the St Joseph Pregnancy Resource Center. He helped to coordinate the four previous Walk for Life events in St. Joseph held each year in October which has resulted in significantly improved participation by other church denominations each year. He individually built the K of C Walk for Life parade float entry and was the designer/ builder of the council’s meat smoker and fryer trailer - making council dinner events go much smoother. He is active in many council work and social events (ie. Tootsie Roll drive, House of Bread, and Faith in Action). He serves parish masses both weekends and weekdays and has completed multiple annual mission trips to Guatemala in support of a children’s orphanage. Dan is involved in the efforts of the Parish Breakfast Club and is a Men of Faith participant. He is an active member of Assembly 569 where he serves in the officer position as Faithful Pilot and is a 4th Degree Honor Guard participant.
Leo M. Violett
Mike Violett is a PGK and currently the 1-Year Trustee and Service Committee Director of Health. He coordinates each SFX Parish Blood Drive for the Red Cross on a frequency of about every 8-10 weeks. The September event collected a record number of 32 units of blood and he himself is a member of the 10 gallon donor club. He is a regular community volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Faith in Action and the St Joseph Youth Alliance performing 4-5 projects/year. He regularly serves both weekend and weekday masses, trains parish youth to serve mass, sponsors server field trips, is a Eucharistic Minister, and makes personal visits to the sick & bereaved. He very recently completed adaptation of the Quick Books financial software package for use by our council treasurer greatly assisting our council budgeting process. He actively supports and routinely contributes to the Knights of Columbus Missouri Special Olympics and the Food for Families programs and is an active member of St Joseph General Assembly 569 in the 4th Degree. He is a long time member of the SFX Sunrise Fellowship Breakfast committee and is a loyal and reliable worker supporting all of our council dinners and special events.
John J. Catron
John Catron has worked tirelessly and effectively for Council 15126 especially during the month of August by chairing the organization of the St Francis Xavier Parish 125th Anniversary Dinner. He directly enhanced our council’s reputation through his year-long efforts leading up to this event by serving on the overall parish anniversary steering committee. He coordinated our council planning committee for the purchase and preparation of all of the food menu requirements. He compiled and supervised the Knight worker schedules, coordinated the activities for dinner site set-up through the final clean-up. He currently serves as the Deputy Grand Knight and Council Program Director. He accomplished all this while personally experiencing and enduring some major medical and health issues. No other brother Knight is considered more deserving of Council 15126 Knight Of The Month for August 2016.
Mark and Betty Werner
Mark Werner is currently a Co-Director of the Parish Bi-Monthly Blood Drives and works effectively to make every drive a successful event. Mark and his wife Betty are both regular blood donors. Mark continues to serve as a weekly volunteer in support of the St Francis Xavier House of Bread Food Pantry. He is a contributing member of the Parish Building and Grounds committee and participates in all Parish workday events. He is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for all Council meetings and participates in all Council service and social events. Mark and Betty have contributed significant effort in service to this Council and our Parish community. Betty is a loyal member of the Ladies Altar Society Parish Funeral Luncheon Committee contributing many volunteer hours of funeral luncheon service to the families of deceased parishioners. Betty also provided much needed help to this Council during the 2018 Wing Ding by serving as the judge coordinator of the children’s dance contest. We extend our congratulations to the Mark and Betty Werner family on being awarded the Council Family of the Month for January 2019.
Bradley and Milley Carr
Bradley Carr is currently the elected Council Warden and serves as a member of the council’s Admissions Degree team. He is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for all Council meetings and participates in all Council service and social events. He is a reliable service member of the council fry cook team. Bradley along with his wife Milley have contributed significant efforts in service to this Council and our Parish. Together Brad and Milley continue to serve Saint Francis Xavier Parish as coordinating leaders of the volunteer team that provides and prepares monthly meals to the Saint Joseph Community Open Door Food Kitchen, an outreach program providing critically needed meals to underprivileged and hungry persons of our community. Brad’s father William, and their son Spencer, are also members of our St Francis Xavier Knights of Columbus Council. We extend congratulations to the Brad and Milley Carr family on being awarded the Council Knight Family of the Month award for October 2018.
Douglas, Nicole and Marisa Glidewell
Doug Glidewell is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for all Council projects and charitable service events. He performed commendable service as a fry team cook on a very hot day in June during our recent Parish chicken dinner event. Doug completed the 4th Degree of Knighthood in April and volunteers as a Hospitality Minister for weekend parish Masses. Doug is also completing a three-year term this year as a member of the St Francis Xavier Parish Council. He and his wife Nicole are members of the St Francis Xavier Parish Youth Ministry Team that most recently coordinated and organized the presentation of the Confirmation program to 32 of our finest youth as they completed their sacrament of Confirmation this past May. They were joined on an equal basis in this volunteer religious instructional activity by their daughter Marisa, thus making it a complete family unit volunteering to serve our Parish as lay leaders. This award is presented to the Family of Doug and Nicole Glidewell who serve as an inspiration to our Parish and Council by supporting and strengthening Christian family life. Congratulations Doug, Nicole and Marisa Glidewell on being awarded Council 15126 Knight Family of the Month for June 2018.
Gordon and Mag Carmichael
Gordon Carmichael is the Financial Secretary of our council and is a Past Grand Knight. He is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for all of our Council events. He directs the council’s annual Food for Families program which has received award recognition from Supreme Council for the past three years. Gordon regularly volunteers his personal time for the mission of the SFX House of Bread food pantry. His wife Mag is a long-time active member of the St Francis Xavier Parish Altar Society and recently made and donated a personally handcrafted patchwork quilt for use as a year-end incentive award for individuals who donate blood to the St Francis Xavier Knights Quarterly Blood Drives. Mag and Gordon recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Gordon is an active member of the Fourth Degree St Joseph General Assembly 569 serving as their Faithful Controller and is a member of the Honor Guard. He has also served as the event chair from Council 15126 to coordinate the Assembly 569 annual covered dish dinner meeting in our Parish Center during month of February.
Larry and Paula Bahr
Larry Bahr is the Church Service Director of our council. He has coordinated and led the Knight sponsored monthly Rosary services for the parish. He personally trains and coordinates the youth servers for our parish Masses and conducted the most recent training session during the month of January. Larry supervises many of the kitchen cooking activities for our council events including the enchilada preparation sessions and our fryer cooking team for council dinners. He is an active supporter of council projects including the St Joseph Walk for Life, St Joseph Youth Alliance and Faith In Action. Paula, his wife, is a ministry group leader and an active participant with the Parish Celebration Choir which provides music for the 4 PM Saturday parish Masses. Larry and Paula are a long-time Lead Couple within our parish for Engaged Couple Marriage Preparation. Larry and Paula have both volunteered their time and talents as active team leaders for the Open Door Food Kitchen - a parish outreach program which provides critically needed meals to the underprivileged and hungry members of our St Joseph community. They are both reliable and frequent supporters of all of our council work and social activities.
Roger and Renee Rohrer
Roger Rohrer has been our Council Treasurer for multiple terms. He coordinated the use of the electronic debit/credit card reader scanning device for use in collecting fees for Council events and collection of payments. He originally set up and now monitors the Council Endowment fund For Education. He is a Mass Lector for the Parish. He is an active member of the 4th Degree General Assembly 569. Along with his wife Renee, they have co-chaired the Christmas Giving Tree program in the Parish during the month of December for multiple years. They both have participated in the St Joseph Walk for Life event. They both participate in all council social and volunteer events.
William and Gail Eddins
Bill Eddins is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for most all of our Council events. He and his wife Gail are both members of the St Francis Xavier Parish Adult Faith Formation Team that initially coordinated and organized the presentation of the Discovering Christ series, the Following Christ series and then the Sharing Christ series within our parish. They also helped to organize, facilitate and then participate in the parish Koinonia Retreat last year. They both volunteered their efforts as lay leaders in each of these series, serving as worship leaders and table leaders. Bill and Gail both serve as Hospitality Ministers for weekend parish Masses. Gail recently completed a three year term as a member of the SFX Parish Council and served as the immediate Past President. Gail was the founding organizer and coordinator of the St Francis Xavier Parish Women’s Tea held for the past two years during the month of November.
John and Nyla Bitunjac
John Bitunjac is Head of the parish Building and Grounds Committee. He holds the office of Council Advocate and participates in all council events (Faith in Action, Walk for Life, Tootsie Roll drive, parish dinners etc.). He recently donated a personally handcrafted cedar-lined bed chest for use as the prize in a K of C raffle during our Lenten dinners. He is Youth Services Director (coordinator of the BB, essay, and alcohol & drug awareness poster contests). He is a Mass Server and a Eucharistic Minister. He is a member of Assembly 569 and a 4th Degree Honor Guard member. His wife Nyla is the Parish School of Religion Coordinator and is a team member of the KC-St Joseph Diocese MAX prison/jail ministry team. She received a 2016 Mother Theresa Award from St Joseph Catholic Charities. As a couple they were both selected as representatives to attend the KC-St Joseph Diocese awards ceremony held in October – as Parish Volunteers of the Year. They both serve as SFX Elementary School substitute teachers, Discover Christ Series team/table leaders, as a Marriage Preparation - Lead Couple, and have organized and chaperoned parish youth field trips for the mass servers.
Leo and Shirley Hoefer
Leo and Shirley Hoefer exhibit the values desired in the Knight Family of the Month award by showing exemplary status in our community. Leo is a PGK and is currently the 3-Year Trustee and Service Committee Membership Director. Leo attends mass daily and serves one week a month and any other times they need help. He is also a Eucharistic Minister who can be found every Tues. and Thurs. morning volunteering to work at the SFX House of Bread food pantry. He recently provided some personal carpentry services within the pantry by constructing a needed safety railing to accommodate access for elderly clients. Leo is currently serving as a Discovering Christ Series table leader for the parish while Shirley coordinates the food preparation and serving of meals for the series participants. Leo frequently volunteers time as a 4th Degree Honor Guard member to appear at numerous community and church related events. Both Leo and Shirley readily volunteer to provide support for all of our council events. Shirley is a versatile, dedicated and reliable worker and most recently took council photos for the Parish’s 125th Anniversary Mass and Dinner. Leo and Shirley have both provided dedicated service to the SFX Parish Sunrise Fellowship Breakfast committee and are known as people who will help you any way they can. Although their children are all grown, they are now frequent baby setters for their grandchildren.
Scott and Stephanie Hudson Family
The Scott and Stephanie Hudson family exemplifies many of the values that the Knights Of Columbus extols as their goals. Scott is one of the newest Knights in our council but has contributed much since being initiated. He is an appointed member of the Recruitment Committee, he coordinates our new council Facebook page and he is already an integral member of our kitchen crew for council dinners. Scott is a community leader, serving on committees for the St Joseph Chamber of Commerce, serving as the Office Manager for Reece Nichols-Ide Capital Realty Inc. Scott is President of the 2016 LeBlond High School Boosters Club, he developed the initial SFX Elementary School Facebook page and he served as a volunteer Catholic Youth Chaperone for the bus trip to the 2016 March For Life in Washington, DC. Scott's wife of 20 years Stephanie is the 2016 LeBlond High School Booster Club Vice President for Special Events and together they have coordinated four August events: 1) Kick-Off Dinner Aug 13th at SFX Parish Center, 2) LB Carnival Booster Club Food Booth, 3) LB Booster Club Football Tailgate Party Aug 26th, 4) LB Booster Club Beer Tent at the Rosecrans Air Show Aug 27-28th. Scott's two oldest children (Kalvin and Benjamin) play varsity football at LeBlond and his two youngest (Katrina and Lucas) attend St Francis Xavier Elementary School. Scott and Stephanie are integrally involved in all aspects of their children's very active lives as well as with the Knights of Columbus.