South Akron Knights of Columbus

Council 3410

Steak out | Grandparents Day Cookout | The FEST

Grand Knight’s Message

Can you believe it is August already! Summer is flying by. July…gone. We had our July monthly meeting a week later than normal, which makes the August meeting on Tuesday, August 1, come quickly. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there.

At our July meeting, we approved the transfer of Joe Reiner. If you get a chance to meet him, please welcome him into Council #3410. Our Chaplain, Father Michael B. Smith, discussed how important council membership is. We need to increase and maintain membership. He encouraged all current members to attend our monthly meetings.

I want to personally thank Jerry Paridon for taking a Saturday out of July to attend the Ohio State Tour. Jerry brought back all our documents for this upcoming year, including the “Football Fund Crazr Sweepstakes” tickets. Last year we sold 168 tickets and, if you remember, we purchased an A.E.D. for the hall with the proceeds.

The “Football Fund Crazr Sweepstakes” is a 10-week portion of the NFL schedule. (Nov. 5 – Jan. 7). There are 23 winners weekly, ranging from $40 -$400. Each ticket is $20 (or broken down is only $2 per week.) South Akron Knights of Columbus receives $5.50 for each ticket sold up to 137 tickets and then the percentage goes up after that number is sold.

Star Council Update: As I mentioned in meetings and previous newsletters a goal for us is to achieve the Star Council award. In order to do that we need to have completed items in all their categories. Each category has a committee. See below for updates on the committees.

The Family Committee is up and running. Thanks to those of you that nominated families of the month for July. With those nominations, we have selected our first family of the month. I am pleased to announce that the Marc Compher family from St. Francis De Sales will be recognized as our July family of the month. Please nominate a family for August at the link later in the newsletter by August 15. The family committee is also planning a special Grandparents Day cookout on September 10. Look for more details below.

It is time to start planning and working on our recruitment for this fall. To lead the Membership Committee, I have reached out to our parishes and once we have the dates, I will be asking for volunteers to help at their parish weekend. I also plan to have recruitment tables at all our events this year. The plan is to hold an exemplification in the fall again.

Our other three committees are still in need of volunteers. Please consider signing up. Anyone can be on a committee whether a K of C Knight, a wife of a Knight or a social member.

The Life Committee can complete a Novena for Life, Support Special Olympics, Pregnancy aid/support, Christian Refugee Relief, Mass for people with special needs.
The Community Committee includes Coats for Kids, Clothing Donations, Free Throw championship for youth 9-14, citizenship essay contest and more.
The Faith Committee items can include supporting vocations, rosary, Sacramental Gifts, Memorial Mass, Ushering, holy hours and more.

Every Tuesday this summer, weather permitting, there will be bocce ball at the hall between 6-8 p.m. Where are all our bocce ball fans? Bring your chairs, BYOB and come out for some fun. Last week Dave DeShane represented the guys, and played with three lovely ladies. K of C knights, this week come out at 6 p.m. and then come inside at 7 p.m. for Rosary and our council meeting afterward.

I encourage everyone to come out on Wednesdays at the hall starting at 6 p.m. Sign the books for a chance to win the weekly/monthly drawing(s). Enjoy a hotdog and other delicious potluck items, plus socialization.

Please keep reading, as more information and events are listed later in the newsletter.

Be Good Everyone.
Steve Dort,
Grand Knight

Steak Out

Our next steak out will be Saturday, August 12, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and cooking starting at 5:30 p.m. Sign ups for chicken or steak are in the lounge. Please bring a dish or dessert to share with everyone. Contact Dave DeShane with any questions.

Grandparents Day Cookout

Grandparents, bring your grandchildren!  Grandchildren, bring your grandparents!  On Sunday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will start and end the afternoon with a prayer, and in between we can play games such as corn hole, bocce ball, water balloon toss, tug of war, cake walks and more!  To help cover the cost, it will be $5 per person to attend.  Sign-ups to attend will be at the hall or at this link. Grandparents Day Cook Out Sign up 

We are also in need of volunteers to donate cakes for the cake walk, help set up, run stations, grill and clean up.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at the hall or at the link. Volunteer Sign up for Grandparents Day Cookout

Family of the Month

Please use this link to nominate an August family of the month by Tuesday, August 15.  Paper nomination forms are available at the hall and can be turned in to Steve Dort. Family of the Month

Theology on the Rocks

August 21 – Bishop Edward C Malesic (You MUST pre-register for this one. There is no “pay-at-the-door” option.)
Our Lady of the Cedars – 507 S. Cleveland Massillon Rd, Fairlawn Ohio 44333. Typically, the cost is $15 for light appetizers. Cash bar. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the speaker starts at 7:30.


The FEST is on August 6 from Noon to 10 p.m.  A day of FAITH, FAMILY, & FUN for all ages, and it’s FREE!  It takes place at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio.  There are live concerts, Mom’s station, Man Cave, Affordable Food, convenient parking, and a beautiful outdoor mass at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks to end the night.

Sick or distressed list

Please call the council and let us know of any members that are sick. We will read the list at the next meeting and keep them in our prayers.

Nine Nights of Prayer

The next round of Nine Nights of Prayer for the Diocese of Cleveland starts on Monday, August 7 through Tuesday, August 15 (The Feast of the Assumption) Pray the night prayer of the Church at any of the nine parishes of Cleveland participating. The closest one for most of us this time around will be St. Joseph Parish in Cuyahoga Falls. Doors open at all churches at 8 p.m. and prayer starts at 8:15 p.m. Chocolate Ice Cream will be served on the last day.

Center for Pastoral Leadership
28700 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1454 Lexington Ave. Lorain

St. Anthony Parish
1305 E. Erie Ave. Lorain

St. Bridget Parish
5620 Hauserman Rd. Parma

St. Jerome Parish
15000 Lake Shore Blvd. Cleveland

St. Joseph Parish
1761 Second St. Cuyahoga Falls

St. Peter Parish
132 North Wood St. Loudonville

St. Stanislaus Parish
3649 E. 65th St. Cleveland

St. Wendelin Parish
2281 Columbus Rd. Cleveland