Council Activities/Programs

Council Activities/Programs

Steve Hesprich, PGK, PFN - Council Director
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WELCOME to our Council Activities/Programs Page

The second and third principles of our Order are Unity and Fraternity.  A Knights of Columbus Council is alive because of these two principles with a purpose to serve in Charity.

First I’d like to introduce you to some of the Iowa state sponsored programs associated with State Council activities and the chairmen who run them.  Click on the links to either contact a chairman or to learn more about a program.

Archives / History Book                                           Tom Bormann

Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities   Dennis “Denny” Hagedorn

Football Frenzy                                                        Kevin McKinney

Perpetual Memorial Society                                     Francis Schlueter

Special Olympics (COMING SOON)                       Tom Wittrock

Knight of the Month                                                  Don Burger

Each of these Knights can answer your questions and assist you with the programs your council wishes to implement.

What Should a Local Council Director Do?

Some councils sometimes wonder what to do in order to achieve their Council activities.  Here we give you a few ideas on what you can do to get credit for Council Activities for your Columbian Award:

Create a Council Newsletter

A good way to stay in touch and to inform all your Council membership of what is going on, what is coming up, and what they can get involved.  For those members that have not attended Council events lately, it can be a way to tell them what they are missing.  It can be a Faith Formation tool giving your Chaplain a space to give a message beyond the one in the regular meetings. 

Whether you mail it or email it, make sure to include your state officers and the Archive/History Chairman  in your mailing list in order for the state leadership to be aware of your achievements and plans.  Archives Chairman Tom Bormann can be reached at  or 1103 115th Ave, Bode, IA 50519-7015.

Check out some Council Newsletters here.

Form a 4-person Degree Team

Does your council know about and have they reviewed the new Video tool to simplify and reduce the number of Knights needed to form a Degree Team?  Contact your District Deputy or State Ceremonial Chairman John Beckman.

Installation of Officers

This is a very worthwhile ceremony in which the Council Officers are officially installed by the District Deputy.  It is a wonderful tradition that we need to keep alive in order to preserve the solemnity of our Order and its ceremonials.

This is not an initiation ceremony, so you can invite the entire council, their families, and even the parish in general.

This allows the parish to recognize who is in charge of the council affairs.  It also gives other members an understanding on the duties and obligations of each office in the Council.  This is a great fraternal ceremony that is educational at the same time.  Most councils receive the "Installation of Officers" manual from Supreme Council at the beginning of the fraternal year.  District Deputies also receive a copy of the manual.  To get an idea what entails, click here to see copy of the Installation of Officers Iowa. Combine your installation with a social event of the council.

Iowa Knights of Columbus Archives

Make sure to send the historic information of your Council to the Iowa Knights of Columbus Archives.  Make sure to mail or email your Council's Newsletters and perhaps a chronological history (Officers, mayor accomplishments) to Archives Chairman Tom Bormann or to 1103 115th Ave, Bode, IA 50519-7015.  We will also be posting electronic copies of Council Newsletters here at your Iowa Knights of Columbus Webpage.  Make sure to email them to so we can publish them.  Create a Profile for your Council at the Sign Up on the Homepage.

Create a Profile for your Council in this web page

It is as easy as creating your user profile.  The instructions are here.

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