South Akron Knights of Columbus

Council 3410

Mass at St. Paul | Young Adult Holy Walk | Craft Fair

Grand Knight’s Message

Hello everyone,

We are now three weeks into Lent. How is everyone’s Lenten journey going? I do not want to get all preachy, but I would like to reiterate what Fr. Michael B. Smith told us at our February meeting because I think it’s important and I don’t think I’ve done a very good job of carrying it out. Fr. Smith told us giving up something for Lent is OK but kind of childish. He encouraged us to use our talents to do something for others and to consider going to confession. It’s not too late to start our Lenten trek and like Father said, try to carry it over into the rest of the year.

As we make our journey towards Good Friday and Easter, I wanted to recap some recent events:

  • We raised over $1,000 for our charity fund by selling football crazr tickets and our council had 3 winners.
  • Super Bowl Sunday at the hall was a hit for those who attended, with special thanks to Dave DeShane, Shawn Needham, and all the dedicated volunteers who hosted the exciting game watch party. Maybe we will be watching the Browns in Super Bowl LIX.
  • Council #3410 conducted another exemplification ceremony on February 25. We have 11 new Brothers into our council community. A big thanks again to the team that performed the ceremony, Fred Cafarelli, Pat DeShane, Paul Dort, Tom Goodhart, Shawn Needham, Mike Prebonick and Harry Vezzani. Thanks also to Mike Herhold for processing the paperwork.
  • The Friday Fish Frys have kicked off, drawing strong support from the community for our delicious dinners.
  • Congratulations to those whose lucky lottery ticket numbers have already been drawn this year! There is one more month left for potential winners.
  • Congratulations to the Hall Maintenance Raffle Winners: $2,000 Bob Jacob, $1,000 Mike Payne and $500 Roger Watson. Fred expressed his thanks to all that sold and bought tickets.

This year, with two exemplifications, we welcomed 24 new Brothers to council #3410. We’re excited to have you join us! Whether it’s attending meetings, events/activities, or participating in our weekly dinner/drawings, we hope you’ll be able to engage with us whenever possible.

To our younger members aged 20-35, your active involvement is especially encouraged. You are the future of our council, and your perspectives and contributions are invaluable. We urge you to attend meetings, take part in events, and volunteer where you can. We want to ensure that we’re keeping
your interests and needs in mind. Together, let’s shape the future of our council and make it a vibrant community for all.

Make sure you attend this month’s council meeting on March 5, where I will update everyone on our progress towards earning star council and what we need to do to finish off strong.

Be good everybody,
Steve Dort, Grand Knight

2024 Membership Dues

If you have not paid your dues, you are officially late, and your number will be removed from the weekly and monthly drawings until you pay for the year.

Cash Bonanza

Brother Don White is running our Cash Bonanza campaign again this year. If you were not at the February monthly drawing, he will make sure you get your tickets. They are $5 each and should be returned to Don as they are sold. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for us. We broke a council record of tickets sold last year, and let’s try to do it again!

Fish Fry

By the time you read this, we will have 4 more fish frys for the season. I hope those that can give their talents during this Lenten season by volunteering at the hall at least one Friday. I know not everyone is able to volunteer, and if that is you, I hope you have come in and had dinner at the hall. I am happy to report there has been a steady line of customers every week.

Mass at St. Paul Church

On Sunday, March 24, both masses will be dedicated for the intention of our council and all the Brothers of #3410. Even if St. Paul is not your parish, you’re invited to join us on Sunday for mass at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Any Brother attending either mass is kindly asked to gather at the back of the church and participate as a group, in carrying the gifts to the altar. If you have a Knights of Columbus shirt, we encourage you to wear it for the occasion.

Diocese Event: Young Adult Holy Hike

On Holy Thursday (March 28) the Diocese of Cleveland has asked many churches throughout the Diocese to remain open until 11 p.m. for people to come and worship the Eucharist at their altar of reposition. In Ohio City and Tremont, seven of these churches are within walking distance of each other and they are encouraging young adults to walk together and visit these seven churches on Holy Thursday evening. We’d like to get 1,000 young adults to participate that night! See complete details on the Diocese website.

Craft Fair

On April 13, the hall will be open for a spring craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All tables have been sold for this year! Please mark your calendar for some great shopping and share the date with family and friends. Volunteer sign-ups will be available in the lounge for those that would like to help.

Flags at the Cemetery

All council #3410 members and their families are encouraged to come to Holy Cross Cemetery on May 25, at 8 a.m. to place flags at the headstone of our veterans. We volunteered last year, and it was my favorite council activity of the year. Watch for details in the upcoming months.