News & Announcements

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship



All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the Fr. Tolton Catholic High School gym, located at 3351 E. Gans Rd., Columbia, MO. Registration will begin at 1 PM and the competition will follow immediately.


The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2022 are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. In 2019, more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,600 local competitions.


All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact the Columbia Council 1529 Free Throw Championship director Tim Vargesko at or (573) 639-0878


The Knights of Columbus in an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with over 1.8 million members in more than 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.

Missouri State Council Placed Ultrasounds

MO State Council Ultrasounds Placed

See Life Meet Life Choose Life!


Placed Ultrasounds provided by the Missouri Knights of Columbus


We're committed to Life and one way the Knights assist in this mission is providing Ultrasounds throughout Missouri to encourage woman to See "Life Meet Life Choose Life!"


Please see the locations with Ultrasounds placed in Missouri (PDF Doc)


All Life is Precious & Worth Living!

Midwest March for Life (February 1)

The Midwest March For Life / Novena for Life 2020

The March


Saturday: 1 February 2020 Jefferson City


There will be several events beginning at 8:00 am in the Capital, including a 12:00 Noon Chili and Hot Dog fundraiser Lunch for life. Most importantly there is a 2:00 pm Mass for life at St. Peter Church in Jefferson City. Last year's Mass was very beautiful. 


Also, the Knights of Columbus will be an honor guard in the Capital at 10:45 am. 


There are more details on the event website, see below or the Events Calendar. Let me know ( if you plan to go to any of the events so we can report this in our Fraternal activities. . 


The Novena


If you cannot attend the March for Life on 1 February, then consider participating in the Novena for Life which will happen from 21 - 29 January 2020. The details and prayers for the Novena are on the Events Calendar. Please e-mail me to let me know if you participate so we can report this in our Fraternal Activities.

Tootsie Roll Drive - October 2020

October 2020 Tootsie Roll Drive - Council 1529 - Going online this year!


 More to come, including a link to donate. 

Ronald McDonald House 12/1/2018

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Council #1529 provided a meal for the Ronald McDonald House based upon a casserole recipe supplied by the Wehner family.  The menu consisted of a casserole, salad, and freshly baked brownies with additional casseroles prepared and frozen in case inclement weather forces a hosting organization to cancel.  This frozen meal is then prepared by the Ronald McDonald staff as the house serves three meals a day, 365 days a year.  In attendance were Dean and Gretchen Gregory, Brian McKeage, Chris and Renee Pearman, and Adam and Christine Wehner.  During this 3-hour event, we had the opportunity to hear from a resident that had been at the house for the last three weeks while her child was receiving care at Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  The homecooked meals allowed her to spend time with her child at the hospital and not have to worry about eating out and the associated costs.  As the chairperson, I look forward to providing this service every quarter in 2019 and after hearing the positive responses we received from both the staff and resident concerning dinner, I foresee a very successful partnership with this philanthropy. 


Thank you to all the volunteers for your help.


Adam Wehner

Inside Guard

RMcD House Chair


Knights cook dinner at Ronald McDonald House

            On Saturday, March 23, Council 1529 provided dinner 30 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House here in Columbia, MO. The menu consisted of taco ring, fruit salad, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert and was well attended by our brother Knights: Chris Pearman, Tim Vargesko, Donbosco Kim, with the help of Christine Wehner and Renee Pearman. 

            The Ronald McDonald House provides free lodging to families whose children are seeking treatment at either of the two local hospitals.  Different organizations fix meals from 4-6 PM and residents grab meals when they can.  This philanthropy is part of the Council’s Family Activities and is a great way to socialize with Knights and wives, learn a new recipe or provide one, and provide a little bit of home to families with children seeking medical care.  After cooking dinner, it is starting to become a tradition to go out to dinner and share some fellowship with Knights.  I will begin planning the next adventure with this charity for over the summer so please stay tuned for upcoming announcements. A big thanks to my brothers and the wonderful wives for making this a great event to attend.

SK Adam Wehner (Chairman)

Ronald McDonald House June 1, 2019

On June 1, 2019, Council 1529 prepared and served a meal for 9 families (30 people) at the Ronald McDonald House here in Columbia.  We served a chicken pasta bake, salad, and a dessert of brownies.  A special thanks to Al & Stephanie Vargesko, Bill & Janice Johnson, Joe & Debbie Spence, Marilyn Hagerman, Patrick Roche, and Christine Wehner.  After serving dinner, Vargeskos, Johnson, Spences, and the Wehners went out for dinner and fellowship.  Stay tuned for future opportunities with this worthy endeavor in the coming months.


In October, Columbia Council 1529, Newman Center Council 7231, and Sacred Heart Council 14414 for Columbia, MO, presented 12 cases of coats for the Columbia School District for distribution to needed children.