Volume 22 Issue 12 - June 2019

     "The Hardest Working Council in the Carolinas"

Grand Knight's Report


To the Officers, Directors, Committe Chairs, Volunteers, Sponsors, Patrons, Parish Priests and Staff, and my fellow Brothers - THANK YOU!  YOU have made it possible to make the past 18 months successful!  

Last month I talked about a few goals I haven't accomplished, like getting the newsletter out before each business meeting, or having the Knight and Family of the Month certificates ready for meetings.  I have failed miserably on getting the FTGOTO list out in a timely manner.  But engaging more Knights , especially those younger ones, was my biggest disappoointment.  Hopefully the new officers, under Bill McKenna's leadership, can do better.

But enough about that - let's review what our Council has accomplished in the past 18 months. First and foremost, was resolving the issues around Supreme's "Parish Based Council" dictates.  With the help of the Officers of our Council and the Columbus Club of South Charlotte, our Council defined their idea of the attributes and identified what we were doing right and what we needed to do to correct.  At the same time, the relationship between our Council, CCSC and SCBC was reviewed and changes made to ensure there were firewalls between the organizations as required by Supreme.  As a result, changes were made to the CCSC and SCBC relationship that have financially benefitted all three organizations, as reflected in the dramatic reductiuon in our Council's rent to CCSC.

Another result of our Council's desire to be more Parish Based are our donations to St. Matthew. We donated over $48,000 for the renovation of the Parish Center kitchen - not only did we donate the entire amount, we proposed the idea, planned the project, procured the providers and equipment and provided brother-power as needed!  Late last year we gave $5,000 towards the renovation of the Adoration Chapel and recently donated $9,000 for the renovation of the Confessionals, including changes required by the Diocese.  Smaller donations of our time, talents and treasure where made to help various ministries in our parish.  We've become quite famous for our hotdogs, chicken and breakfast sandwiches!

During the past 18 months, we kept our commitment to LAMB, keeping up our streak of $50,000 or more each year for the past 15 years.  In fact, in 2018 we collected over $72,000 and reached an all time total of over $1 Million!  Donations of over $50,000 were made to our other charities, like SPRED, Holy Angels, UMAR, Special Olympics, Mira Via, Help Crisis Pregnancy Center and more. During that same time, we provided our time and talent in inspecting and repairing as necessary, all the chairs in the NL Banquet Center and Parish Center.  We built new doors for the dumpster areas around the main parish.  A new flag pole and flag were erected at the South Campus.

In 2018, Operation Exodus donated 1,536 hours and $4,500 building handicap access ramps. Donated Goods, with the help of Brother Knights, collected and distributed over $58,000 of goods. We provided dinners to the Charlotte Men's Center, and Parish Breakfasts and Lenten dinners to parishioners.  In the past 18 months, between LAMB and our Council, we gave $231,541 and 10,226 hours!  Not bad!!! 

Again, Thank You to everyone who helped make the past 18 months such a success!  I challenge all of you to work even harder to make next year even better. 


I once again ask  every Brother in Our Council, to take the Safe Environment Program training provided by Supreme.  Below is the link and registration code :  
The Registration Code is:   kofcsafe

If you have any contact with minors in the Parish or Community, you should also take the Parish and Diocese  Protecting God's Children  workshop. This 2½ hour program is intended to educate volunteers to recognize and prevent sexual abuse. Preregistration is required. Sign up online at  www.virtus.org.

Please advise Bob Desch when you have completed either training.  He is maintaining a database for the Council.


JUNE  Knight of the Month: BOB JENSEN

                Family of the Month LEO and PAT TOSTO


Perhaps you have noticed on various communications from GK Tom Larkin his use of the acronym SPIRIT.  As a quick refresher, here are the details:
  • SERVICE - to our parish and community
  • PRIDE - in our Council
  • INTEREST - in our Council's success
  • RESPECT - for our Brother Knights
  • INSPIRE - our new Brother Knights
  • TRUST - in God
The question each of us needs to answer is: What am I doing to show my SPIRIT in our Council and its activities?  One way is to support the fund raising activities of LAMB, the North Carolina Knights of Columbus charity that supports those with intellectual and development disabilities - those whom Jesus calls the Least Among My Brothers.  The Knights of Columbus are, after all, a Catholic men's service organization - In Service to One In Service to All.  

Are you showing your SPIRIT in our Council's LAMB activities?  Vivat Jesus.
May God Bless all Knights,
Bob Desch, PGK

NC State LAMB Award!
Division IV Highest Average per Member

At the 2019 KofC NC Sate Convention held last weekend, I was honored to accept the LAMB award for Highest Average per Member in Division IV (Largest Councils). 

This is the 15th year in a row we have collected more than $50,000 with a whopping $72,000 in 2018!  Lifetime collections now surpass 1 million dollars!  WOW!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Bob Desch and Richard White and all the Knights who helped make 2018 a banner year!  And from what we've done so far this year, we're off to a great start in 2019!  For those who haven't worked a LAMB shift, what are you waiting for?  Get on the band wagon to help the Least Among My  Brethren!
Culture of Life

We are making progress!!  But we must continue to PRAY and to stay involved.

So much has been happening both nationally and locally.   On Saturday, June 1, 2019 there was a good turnout of Pro-Life people from around the Charlotte Diocese that attended 40-Hours Adoration and Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral. We then processed to the new Planned Parenthood facility in uptown only a mile from St. Patrick Cathedral.  We were led by Fr. Bond and prayed the rosary for the safety of the unborn. The new facility is expected to open in July, expanding the availability of abortions in Charlotte which services both North and South Carolina.

The Pro-Abortion faction has been lobbying Charlotte City Council to pass a more restrictive Noise Ordinance for areas around abortion facilities and medical clinics. Please attend any of the upcoming City Council meetings to support Pro-Life.

For a recap of national events,    Click Here

Please remember to donate diapers to the St. Matthew Respect Life Ministry by dropping them in the crib or collection boxes in the Narthex. They will go to support several local pregnancy centers.

Norm Gemignani
Culture of Life Director

Donated Goods
Donated Goods - Highlights for May 2019
A big thank you to all volunteers that help the St. Matthew Donated Goods Ministry!
Next monthly collection of donated goods is Saturday June 8 from 8am until noon.
Volunteers needed for all activities including sorting and packing but especially those that can help load and unload furniture and those that have trucks that can pick up from households that are donating furniture.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers.

WELCOME to the new Leaders of the Donated Goods Ministry, who will start in May!
Catherine and Kevin Sforza
to Randy and Ann Mazur, who have lead the Donated Goods Ministry for seven years!

Faith, Fraternity, and Service

CONGRATULATIONS to the newly elected Officer's for the 2019/2020 Fraternal Year!

Knights of Columbus 
St. Matthew Council 10852 
Officers for 2019/2020 Fraternal Year
Nominees As of May Business Meeeting:
          • Grand Knight - Bill McKenna
          • Deputy Grand Knight - Rory Wall
          • Recorder - Norm Smith
          • Treasurer - Earl Hartenstine
          • Chancellor - Jack Hickey
          • Advocate - Chuck Elgin
          • Warden - Hank Kempton
          • Inside Guard - Dave Donovan
          • Outside Guard - Mike Hankins
          • Trustee 3yr - Tom Larkin

Operation Exodus
Brothers All:
Operation Exodus has two Handicap Access Ramp installations scheduled in two weeks that we could use your help with. 
We will be installing a Ramp to the shed of Brother Knight Paul Stewart on Friday, June 14 th.  Paul Stewart's address is
Paul Stewart
1030 St. Paul Church Road
Clover, SC 29710
The ramp will be 6 feet wide and 11 feet long. 
We plan to build this ramp at the Wesley Chapel offsite storage location on Thursday, June 13th and install the ramp at Paul Stewart's Residence on Friday, June 14th.  Jim Gilsdorf and I could use 3 - 4 Brother Knights to assist us both Thursday and Friday.  
On Saturday, June 15 th, Operation Exodus will be installing a Handicap Access Ramp at the home of Frank Steele and Bob Beardsley.  Frank Steele and Bob Beardsley's address is:
Frank Steele
Bob Beardsley
10900 Flat Iron Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
There is a 24-inch drop from the Porch to the ground at the Beardsley/Steele residence.  Operation Exodus will install a 12-foot X 4-foot ramp over the sidewalk from the right side of the Front Porch to a 5-foot x 5-foot Turnaround Platform in the Driveway.  Another 12-foot X 4-foot ramp will be installed from the Turnaround platform towards the rear of the driveway and will exit on the driveway.
Plans are to preserve all the nice landscaping at the Beardsley/Steele residence by locating the Handicap Access Ramp over the existing Sidewalk and Driveway (NO HOLES TO DIG >>>> YEA!!!!).  Since the Front Porch at the Beardsley/Steele Residence is 7-Feet wide, there will be room to use the existing Porch Steps to ascend to the Front Porch to the left of the Handicap Access Ramp without using the Handicap Access Ramp.  We will also build a small transition Ramp (if necessary) from the Front Door Threshold to the Front Porch.  This "Mini-Ramp" will be the same width as the Front Door and @ 1 foot long. 
Jim Gilsdorf and I could use 6 - 8 Brother Knights to assist us with the Beardsley/Steele Handicap Access Ramp Installation on Saturday.
Lunch and Drinks will be provided.  If you can help on Thursday June 13th, Friday June 14th, and/or Saturday June 15th, please let me know.
God Bless
Chuck Elgin, Past Grand Knight & President
Operation Exodus, Inc.
St Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 10852
1204 Churchill Downs Drive
Waxhaw, NC 28173
Cell: 704-614-0504

Parish Breakfast Schedule

The nineth full breakfast of the fraternal year was Sunday, May 12th.  In spite of the short time between the April and May breakfasts, we had a sizable crowd of over 350 people and made over $700. The next, and last, breakfast of this fraternalk year will be Sunday, June 16th  after the 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses at the Main Campus. We'll be celebrating DAD, so bring your loved ones, and celebrate Dad and Grandpa - even great Grandpa - with our famous buffet breakfast!

September 16 - Donuts, Pastries, Beverages Only
February 17 - Breakfast for St. Valentine!
October 21 - Breakfast for Ghosts & Goblins!
March 17 - Breakfast for St. Joe and St. Pat
November 11 - Breakfast to Give Thanks!
April 28 - Breakfast for Springtime!
December 23, 2018 - Breakfast with St. Nick!
May 12 - Breakfast for Mom and Grandmom!
January 13, 2019 - Breakfast for the New Year!
June 16 - Breakfast for Dad and Granddad!

Please help us make it the best year yet by volunteering and/or attending!


Thanks to all who helped at the Annual Knights of Columbus, May 14, 2019 Golf Tournament at Raintree Country Club.

THANKS to all our Sponsors - Please support Them!
  • Platinum Sponsor: 
    •  The Keffer Auto Group




  • Sponsor of the two $1,250 Closest-To-The-Pin Contests:
    • Jim Keffer
  • Gold Sponsors:
    • Jeff Genant Agency, State Farm
    • DB's Tavern
  • Driving Range, Putting Contest, Beverage Cart Sponsors:
    • Davis Williams Wealth Management
    • Char Bar 7
    • McEwen Funeral
  • Hole Sponsors:
    • Zitel Family Chiropractic
    • Kleinheinz Dentistry
    • Mark McDuffie Insurance Agency
    • Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services
    • Dr. Patrick S McElgunn, MD, Dermatologist
    • O. H. Walker Insurance Agency
  • Lunch:
    • Jimmy John's Ballantyne (across from the Elevation Church on Johnston Road)
  • Donors & Gift Certificates:
    • State Farm - Will Brooks
    • True Crafted Pizza
    • Harris Teeter 
    • Via Roma 
    • Trader Joes 
    • The Fresh Market 
    • Sprouts Farmers Market 
    • The Porter's House 
    • Miro Spanish Grill 
    • Café Monte French bakery and Bistro 
    • Maggiano's "Little Italy" Restaurant 
    • Whole Foods  
    • Firebird's 
    • Dressler's 
    • Chuck McGuire- Bridgestone Golf Balls 
    • David Burke- Driver 
    • Jim Hobbs- Golf Accessories 
    • David Williams Wealth Management 
    • Zitel family Chiropractic
Thank you to Raintree Country Club for a great day and dinner!

Chuck Elgin has agreed to Co-Chair with me next year.  Any suggestions or comments for next year, please let us know.

Ron Schumacher, PGK
Knights of Columbus
The tentative date for our 2020 tournament is May 5, 2020! 

Field Agent Report
NEVER INVEST IN AN ANNUITY!!  You've no doubt seen this kind of headline in the financial pages or you've seen pop-up ads on your computer or you've heard some friend repeat what he's heard from his buddy's uncle.  Are they serious? 

Let's start with the basics: An annuity is a tax-favored savings instrument.  The government gives it special tax treatment because it's designed for retirement income.  An annuity can be qualified or in other words, funded with money that you have not yet paid taxes on, like an IRA. Or non-qualified, that is, funded with money you've already paid taxes.  Like money you take from your paycheck or out of your savings account.  Either way, the tax on the growth in your Knights of Columbus annuity each year is deferred...you pay no current tax on it and pay only when you withdraw money.

An annuity is a is a great product in the right situation.  Especially a Knights of Columbus annuity.  In addition to tax deferred growth, here are a few more reasons why I think that way:

⦁   Your minimum interest rate is guaranteed...for life!  There is a floor that the interest rate will never drop below.  The good news is that we've always paid a higher current interest rate than the guarantee.  This feature means nobody has ever lost a dime in a Knights of Columbus annuity...and never will!
⦁  Your principal is guaranteed by the Knights.  Now that kind of guarantee is only as good as the company backing it...and we've had 40+ years of Superior ratings from A. M. Best for financial strength.  (As of January 2019, rated A+ Superior by A. M. Best)
⦁  You are charged no administrative fees each year. 100% of your money goes to work for you earning interest from day one.
⦁  Even though annuities are designed for long-term growth, after one year you can access 10% of the value without any KofC penalty.
⦁  Owners of annuities name a beneficiary; this means that at death, the proceeds bypass probate.  This saves time and usually money, too.
⦁  You can enjoy an income that you (and if you wish, your wife) can never outlive!

But let's be fair; an annuity is not the answer every time.  It's not a short-term product.  It's not designed to be a "put and take" account where you stick some money in and then take it out a short time later. There is a reducing early withdrawal penalty over the first seven years if you take out more than the 10% free withdrawal. That feature, in all annuities, not just the KofC, is to encourage people to leave the money alone until retirement age.

How do you know if an annuity is right for you?  Meet with me and let's look at your goals.  It might be the perfect fit.

Where do you keep your safe money?

Vivat Jesus!
Larry Lantz
KC Field Agent #18547
(704) 305-0699
* "Social Security Fact Sheet," United States Social Security Administration, accessed April 5, 2018,  www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/basicfact-alt.pdf .
** "What do You Know about Disability Insurance?" Life Happens, accessed April 5, 2018, www.lifehappens.org

American Flags for Sale

The George L. Gettier Assembly 780 is selling 3 ft x 5 ft. American Flags for $25.  These flags are made in the good old United States of America.  

When flags are purchased by a St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 10852 member, $5 of the proceeds is returned to Council 10852.

Sir Knight Chuck Elgin, Faithful Navigator of Assembly 780, will have the flags available for sale at Council 10852 and Assembly 780 Business Meetings.  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards are accepted.

If you cannot attend an Assembly 780 or Council 10852 Business meeting but are interested in a flag, please contact Faithful Navigator Chuck Elgin at Email:  celgin01@earthlink.net; Call or Text: 704-614-0504.

Where:           South Charlotte Banquet Center
 9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC 28277
When:            Every Monday with doors opening at 5:30 pm.

Who:              Open to the general public.

Games:          We play a total of 17 games.  The "Early Bird" game starts at 6:45 pm with 100% of the
 money collected going to the winner(s).  16 more games follow starting at 7:00 pm.

Prizes:           Prizes vary based on the number of people playing and the number of cards
 purchased.  The typical nightly game prizes have been around:  Early Bird game - over  $300 ... 8 Regular games - $75 per game ... 7 Special games - $130 per game ... Coverall  game - $500.

Cost:             The minimum cost is $10.  That lets you play 9 of the 17 games.  If a person wants to play
 all 17 games the minimum is $18.  The average player spends around $25.  Young children  can pay $2 to play the 9 games minimum or $10 to play all 17 games.

How Long:    Bingo is normally done by 9:45 pm.

Supports      The profits from Bingo goes to the Charities of the Knights of Columbus.  We have donated primarily to St. Matthew Catholic Church in the past but have also made contributions to LAMB.

We group our volunteers into 5 teams.  Each team is scheduled to work once every 5 weeks.  Holidays
nights are covered by a volunteer team, so a team may work once every 6 weeks on occasion.  We can use more callers (we can train).  We record all items on a computer and if interested, we can train you for that process also.

There are a few husbands and wives working on a team.  In addition, we have wives that play while their husband works on a team.  If you have a high school or older child that would like to help, we can use them also.   If you work, all items from the Bingo kitchen are free.   This can be a great family team event.

If you have questions or want to help p lease contact:
Ron Schumacher 704-618-2442 or reschu8@gmail.com

Lumberton Needs YOU - Now More Than Ever after Florence & Michael!

The Lumberton ministry name is changing to "Christian Responders".  While we are still doing work at the Lumberton, NC area, we are also gearing up to be able to respond to out disasters or needs.
We are a truly diversified group of people with several things in common:
* We enjoy helping people in need... in fact it nourishes our souls to get out and actually assist people in need.
* We like experiencing spiritual growth, attending church together, sharing our faith, learning from each other, learning from the people we serve, and being the hands and feet of Jesus.
* We enjoy socialization, making new relationships, and celebrating life together.Together we work, rest, pray, talk, laugh, eat meals, and help God's people who desperately need assistance.
* We enjoy having people of all ages and skills, especially families with teens, and we're committed to building a team of diversified people who enjoy traveling together for a weekend or other time frame to help disaster survivors in their time of need.

  •  Aug   9
  •  Sep 13
  •  Oct  11
  •  Nov 15
Activity: Helping restore houses so flood victims can return to their homes.
Lodging: We will be staying at the United Methodist Church in Lumberton.
Requirements: A desire to help God help those in need. No experience needed.
Please join "Christian Responders" in helping our neighbors by going to Lumberton, NC for a weekend and working with us and the United Methodist Church in restoring the homes of flood victims.

Contact: For information, please contact Joe George at jmecgeorge@aol.com or 704-906-0784, Ron Schumacher at reschu8@gmail.com or 704-618-2442, or Ray Misiunas at 980-226-4100/
Our team is busy recruiting volunteers for our upcoming weekends in March, April and May. We are also seeking trainers to assist with teaching our volunteers basic home repair skills.  

Please forward this link to all those who may be interested!

In Gratitude,

Joe George

Stephanie Chadwick

Christian Responders Ministry
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Charlotte, NC
Email:   christianresponders@gmail.com
Web:     https://stmatthewcatholic.org/responders 

June 2019





LAMB at 7 Harris Teeters

Mens Shelter  
Mens Shelter Serving   
7 pm - Knight's Business Meeting

7 PM 


Parish Breakfas t - Last One Until Sept!

7:30 PM:
Knights Mass



Assembly 780   Meeting
6:30 PM Officers Meeting 

July 2019
Mens Shelter  

Mens Shelter Serving

Knight's Business Meeting - Moved to July 10th!




7 pm - Knight's 


7:30 PM:
Knights Mass

Assembly 780   Meeting

6:30 PM Officers Mtg


 4th on the 5Th

BIRTHDAYS!   Happy Birthday to YOU, Happy Birthday to ME!!
June                                             July

Patrick G Barry 06 01
Jacob Patrick Brannon 06 01
Tom S Harceg 06 01
Hector J Jasso 06 01
Dennis A Maale 06 01
Barron K Stark 06 04
Mark J Spisak 06 05
06 07
James M Barnaba 06 07
David T Tibbitt 06 09
Michael F Nido 06 11
William   Smith 06 12
Ronald C Kempton 06 15
Joseph   Pata 06 15
Robert T Desch 06 16
Charles John Wigger 06 17
Michael F Keiser 06 18
Joseph C Stankovits 06 19
Salvatore   Della Villa 06 20
Richard M White 06 20
John T Irvine 06 21
Joseph P Madden 06 21
Chaalan K Bitar 06 22
James B Hamrlik 06 23
Russell M Marren 06 23
John P Hubbuch 06 24
Thomas E Sileo 06 24
William J Bradley 06 25
Justin C Ezennubia 06 25
Christopher M Gushue 06 25
Michael E Brannon 06 27
Paul L Cal 06 27
Steven R Kuzma 06 27
John E Schilling 06 27
A Dennis Mahedy 06 28
Mark R Hendel 06 29
Michael J McNulty 06 29
Richard C Bergeron 06 30
John F Coudriet 06 30

Barry D Biller 07 01
Kurt   Haller 07 01
Robert J Jensen 07 01
Gary J Schrieber 07 01
Greg F Stevens 07 02
Howard   Cole 07 03
Ronaldo B Beltran 07 04
Scott W Davis 07 04
Donald   Herzhauser 07 04
Adolfo R Carrion 07 05
James V Rotondo 07 05
Scott T Smith 07 05
Jerry M Joseph 07 06
Markus W Kuncoro 07 07
John M Watt 07 07
Norman A Gemignani 07 08
William M Lo Presti 07 08
Matthew R Redd 07 08
Alex   Rodriguez 07 08
Victor J Procaccini 07 09
Joseph P Corso 07 10
Malcolm E Earles 07 12
William M Launders 07 12
Timothy P Quinn 07 12
John   Restaino 07 12
Michael M Berens 07 13
James G Burton 07 13
Gilberto M Borrero 07 14
Robert E Morin 07 14
Dean W Nikodemski 07 16
Richard   Burroughs 07 17
Nicholas L Cimmento 07 17
Richard D Killian 07 17
Michael V Aiello 07 18
James W Simmons 07 18
Joseph   Beato 07 19
Felix P Cuneo 07 19
Quentin M Vultaggio 07 19
Michael W Byrne 07 20
James A Mac Callum 07 20
James L Conlin 07 22
Bruce E Congdon 07 24
Miguel A Santiago 07 24
Richard M Hamber 07 26
Andrew James Kerfonta 07 26
Michael C Santa Maria 07 26
Douglas A Bose 07 27
Michael D Miller 07 29

2018/2019 Council Officers
CHAPLAIN  Rev. Peter J. Ascik  pascik@stmatthewcatholic.org 
704-543-7677 x1185 
GRAND KNIGHT  Tom Larkin  twlarkin39@gmail.com    803-762-8989 
DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT   Bill McKenna  billmaurmck@att.net       704-560-6997 
CHANCELLOR     Jack Hickey   jjhickey@att.net    908-472-9019 
RECORDER  John Schilling    j4schill@earthlink.net   704-309-2267 
FINANCIAL SECRETARY    John Coudriet  ccoudriet@carolina.rr.com    704-543-9621 
TREASURER  Earl Hartenstine    elmstone999@yahoo.com   
ADVOCATE  Don Gacevich, PGK dgacevich@gmail.com  626-393-1876 
WARDEN  Mike Hankins    Mikehankins48@gmail.com    704-315-7764 
LECTOR  Chuck Elgin, PGK   celgin01@earthlink.net  704-614-0504 
INSIDE GUARD  Dave Donovan  dono67960@aol.com  704-904-7492 
OUTSIDE GUARD   Hank Kempton  henrykempton@bellsouth.net    
3 YR TRUSTEE  Bob Desch, PGK  deschr@bellsouth.net  704-543-8212 
2 YR TRUSTEE  Ron Schumacher, PGK   reschu8@gmail.com   704-618-2442 
1 YR TRUSTEE  Richard White, PGK  rmpwhite@gmail.com  704-543-6351