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Pictures vs. News Updates?

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If one has pictures to post, when should they be posted simply as pictures, and when should they be posted as part of a News Update? Thoughts?Continue

"Web training session for fraternal leaders" 7 March 2015 discussion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Decorah Knights Mar 8, 2015. 2 Replies

This is a place to discuss the contents of today's webinar which discussed "the importance of your council being visible during three Orderwide initiatives:  the Orderwide Church Drive, Orderwide Charitable Service Outreach Week and Orderwide First Degree Week."Continue

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A wallet card to aid in the recruitment of new members

Started this discussion. Last reply by M Dec 14, 2015. 1 Reply

I have printed up and sliced the attached document to make slips suitable for carrying in my wallet and, when I encounter a prospective member, I give him one slip with my name and contact info on it, and I jot down his name and contact info on another slip so that I can reach the prospect again at a later date.  This sometimes seems to break the ice when discussing the KC's with a potential member.Feel free to download and use or adapt this to suit your needs, and please feel free to provide comments/criticisms/suggestions on this.Let me know if you use this or some other approach for membership recruitment. Respectfully submitted, The Council 4208 webmasterContinue

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At 8:46am on October 14, 2018, Decorah Knights said…


At 8:15pm on October 7, 2018, Decorah Knights said…
At 4:34am on October 7, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

A BIG thanks goes out to the Diane & Erik Sondrol for helping out with the Decorah Kwik Star CPID yesterday morning!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 10:39am on October 6, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

A BIG thanks goes out to the Michael Hartz family for helping out with the Decorah Kwik Star CPID this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 7:51am on October 5, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

St. Placidus, October 5

At 6:02pm on September 19, 2018, M said…

I bring to your attention a critical effort in the Church:

We Want to Teach! We Want to Be Taught!

"We Want to Teach! We Want to be Taught!" is a grassroots initiative from the laity and religious to request that the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church publish, for the Universal Church, an Ordinary Sunday catechetical lectionary. The implementation of this initiative, which takes place in phases, will help combat the catechesis crisis we face in our Church today.


Sunday Night Prime video, 14 April 2013:

At 10:30am on September 10, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Tonight's monthly council meeting will be in the basement of Saint Benedict's Church building @ 7 pm. There will be a meal @ 6 pm. Call 563-379-9878 if you have questions.

At 6:30pm on August 21, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

The crisis we are facing in the Church and in the world was:

  • predicted by Cardinal Newman
  • prophesied by St. John Paul II
  • foreseen by Pope Leo XIII
  • envisaged by Anne Catherine Emmerich

And it’s far more serious than what many imagine.

At 10:50pm on August 6, 2018, Decorah Knights said…
School yard clean up @ Saint Benedict's School. Monday 13 August 2018
Knights of Columbus plan to have wood chips on site and will need help to spread them. Also help with weeding the flower beds and refreshing the wood chips on the school perimeter. Help to remove grass from the volleyball area and the ball diamond. Bring gloves and rakes, shovels and wheelbarrow's. We will have sandwiches and refreshments. School kids can help also. Moms and Dads, we will start about 4 pm but come anytime you can get there. Hope to be finished by 7 to 730. Bring a friend also.
Tuesday the 14th is the rain date.
At 5:36pm on July 11, 2018, M said…
At 10:39am on June 19, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Schedule of upcoming events
July 9th Monday evening meeting night. Family picnic and Installation of Officers. Drinks and fried chicken furnished. Bring a dish to share and your own silver and plates. 5:30 social, 6:00 supper, 7:00 installation of officers.
Meet at Whalen Cabin, Kids are welcomed.

July 14th We have been asked to serve pork chops at the Winneshiek County Fair from 2 pm to 6 pm (We have served for the last 3 years.) Call Brian to volunteer. cell 563-379-1639. After 4pm.

August 13th Monday evening meeting night. KC's and friends spread wood chips in playground area and do other repairs to the school yard as needed. Start about 4 pm or come as soon as you can. Bring silage forks, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows.
We will furnish drinks and sandwiches. A short KC meeting to follow.
June meeting news.
Sean Devine-Meyer elected as the new Grand Knight. 379-9878.
June Youth of the month - all St. Benedict graduates. Cheers and congratulations.
June Knight of the month - Mike Loney - good job with the dated cookies. Still tasted fresh as a daisy!
June Family of the month - Claude Mertzenich family. The family has done much to promote Knights of Columbus and our parish. As well as being just plain nice and good people. THANKS!

Members are asked to attend meetings and bring a prospective member with you. If you bring a prospect, please call the Grand Knight in advance. If you have a gentleman interested in joining the Knights, Contact the Grand Knight to assist in interviewing him.

At 6:39pm on June 15, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

At 11:16pm on June 11, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

At 11:30am on June 2, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

From: Samuel Scheidt (Grand Knight)
Sent: Saturday, June 2, 2018 11:15 AM
Subject: calling brother knights

Hi, all,

At our May meeting, we discussed the possibility of calling members for our future meetings. At our June meeting, I will pass around a roster of all KofC men, and we will all pick names of members that we can individually call. I will try to remember some extra paper and pens, but it would be helpful if every member at the meeting could bring a paper and pen to write down the name of ten or so Knights to call for our July meeting.
Thanks, gentlemen!


At 3:31pm on May 14, 2018, Decorah Knights said…
At 8:56am on May 14, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Due to construction, tonight's monthly council meeting will be in st benedict's school @ 7 pm. There will be no meal. Call 608-790-4246 if you have questions.

At 6:11pm on May 13, 2018, Decorah Knights said…
At 12:04am on April 13, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Lead with Faith

    Protect Your Family

        Serve Others

            Defend Your Values

At 4:43pm on March 8, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Next council meeting is Mon 12 March @ 7 pm in Saint Benedict's parish center large meeting room.

At 11:54am on February 10, 2018, Decorah Knights said…

Next Council meeting: Monday 12 Feb @ 7 pm. Location: Saint Benedict's school gym; click here for map.

This will be a very special meeting to celebrate Field Agent Dan Conlon's retirement and Deacon Dan O'Brien's service to the Decorah and Ossian/Calmar/Festina/Spillville parishes. It will also be a travel gavel meeting, so we need a lot of Knights to attend. The celebration will start @ 7 pm with an Admissions (1st) Degree Exemplification followed by meeting, spiritual formation, and light meal. All brother Knights are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Mardi Gras is this Sunday FEB 11 2018. Help is needed with the bingo and 50/50 card game. Please call Grand Knight Sam if you can help (608-790-4246). Bring your kids/grandkids! They can help you or just spend your change.

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Decorah Knights Council 4208 is a strong supporter of the Knights of Columbus organization as a whole. The State Council highly recommends that each member, Council, Assembly, and District have a Profile Page (website) here on the web platform. If you want information on how to set up your own personal Profile Page or a Profile Page for your Council, Assembly, and/or District, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the "ABOUT THE DECORAH KNIGHTS" box in this column on this website and read the very last two paragraphs.

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-->Council 4208 Mission Statement and Prayer

-->Aside from the numerous personal rewards that come from being a Knight,
click here for a list of the many TANGIBLE ($, insurance, and other) REWARDS for you and your family through membership in the Knights of Columbus.

-->The Knights of Columbus Insurance program has paid out over $14 million in FREE family benefits. This is money paid out to members and their families simply by virtue of their membership in the Knights of Columbus! Click here for details.

-->Insurance for Young Knights. Protecting our families from financial ruin is not just a task for the oldest among us. Whether they are 18 or 81, all Knights should be thinking about how they can and should protect the ones they love. But young Knights are different. Their needs are different. Their priorities are different. Their preferences are different. Their budgets are different. That’s why we’ve designed our Young Adult Insurance program for Knights and their spouses, ages 18-29. The program maximizes flexibility, convenience and affordability to enable young brother Knights, and their spouses, to get the coverage they need. Through it, members can receive an annual renewable term life insurance policy that will help protect their families and their futures. Click here for more information.


Meeting Information:

The Decorah Knights meet on the second Monday of each month (except November, December and July) in Saint Benedict's Parish Hall, which is the basement of Saint Benedict’s Church building, 307 West Main Street, Decorah, Iowa, USA.  Click here for map.

For regular meetings:
6 pm Meal/social+ [Please note that as of spring/summer 2018, there has been no meal before the meeting due to construction on the parish center.]
7 pm Admissions (1st) degree exemplification and/or meeting

For "Travel Gavel" meetings:
(1) 7:00 pm 1st degree exemplification (if an exemplification is held)
(2) 7:00 pm Meeting (if there's no 1st-degree exemplification)
(3) After meeting:  Meal/social
"Travel Gavel" meetings are usually held in January and/or February.  The "Travel Gavel" is presented to a Council in northeast Iowa for best membership showing at meetings with other Councils. Travel Gavel points are added up over the fraternal year, and the northeast Iowa Council with the most points earns the Travel Gavel. Attending Travel Gavel meetings is a way to learn what other Councils are doing, and winning the Travel Gavel is a source of pride for the Council. Attending Travel Gavel meetings is a wonderful manifestation of Christian unity and fraternity.

+A meal/social time starting one hour before most meetings, open to anyone (male or female, young or old, member or non-member, single or married), occurs in the basement of Saint Benedict’s Church building; all people are welcome to enjoy fellowship over a meal.  In the warm-weather months, this meal is sometimes a steak fry, which is very popular with the members.  A prospective member making his first visit to the social hour gets his meal paid for by the Council!    Meal costs vary.

Council and Assembly meetings and degree exemplifications are open ONLY to members of the Knights of Columbus.  Almost all other Knights of Columbus activities are open to all people.

If you are a practical (1,  2) Catholic man, age 18 or older, we welcome you to join the leading organization of Catholic laymen in the world. Click here for more information on joining the Knights of Columbus.


About Saint Benedict's Council 4208:

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service Organization.

Saint Benedict's Council #4208 was chartered May 6, 1956, and continues to be an active contributor to Saint Benedict's parish after over fifty years of service.

Council 4208 is a “STAR” Council! It has been recognized by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus for outstanding service to our membership, parish and community. Saint Benedict's Council has a long record of support to St. Benedict's parish and the Decorah, Iowa, community. Over several years, our council has donated over $25,000 to various groups, projects and organizations:
-----St. Benedict's parish
-----St. Benedict's parish elementary/middle school
-----St. Benedict's parish youth groups
-----Boy Scouts -Girl Scouts
-----Community youth projects
-----Disaster assistance to Council members in distress
-----Money to support seminarians (via RSVP) and the fostering of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life
-----Birthright of Decorah
-----Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (CPID) drive (aka "tootsie roll" drive). Knights, their families, and friends collect money to support the CPID program. Tootsie rolls are handed out in thanksgiving to donors. Check out these links for info about the CPID program: Thanks to the following Decorah stores for allowing us to collect funds in front of their locations: Fareway, Kwik Star, Walmart. Thanks, too, to the Decorah School District for allowing us to collect funds before football games.
-----Knights for Life
-----National Center on Sexual Exploitation
-----9/11 Heroes Fund
-----Annual Council 4208 Spring Dinner. Brother Knights prepare, serve, and tear down after the meal, and they have plenty of help from family and friends.  Members of Saint Benedict's parish as well as friends from the Decorah area and beyond attend and enjoy good food and conversation. Money raised is used to fund charities in northeast Iowa and beyond: $3800 (2015); $4042 (2014); $3030 (2013); $3162 (2012); $2789 (2011); $2812 (2010).

-----and more...

The members of St. Benedict's Council 4208 also support the parish by donating time and talents:
-Singing in choir
-Serving as extra-ordinary ministers of the holy Eucharist
-Assisting with fundraisers
-Financing and clean up projects at St. Benedict's parish elementary/middle school
-Providing help with special building projects in the parish and at the parish elementary/middle school
-Serving on parish council
-Serving on school board
-Assisting the parish pastor with any special parish needs
-Leading Rosary prayers before weekend Masses and at wakes
-Running Free-Throw Championship
-Roofing the parish school
-Installing handicap railing by the Church building
-Built a garage at the parish school
-Building playground equipment
--Raised $1361 and $1454 in 2009 and 2010, respectively, for persons with intellectual disabilities.  These funds went to special olympics (65%) and to Spectrum Industries (35%).
--Men prayerfully and quietly leading lives of charitable service to their families and the Church as workers and citizens in fraternal unity with their brother Knights
-and more


Council 4208 Leadership & Contact Information:

------>Council email
------>Council meeting & postal addressCouncil 4208 meets in the parish hall (basement) of St. Benedict's Church building (307 West Main Street, Decorah, Iowa, 52101).
------>Grand Knight: Sean Devine-Meyer,, 563-379-9878

------>Past Grand Knight: Sam Scheidt, 608-790-4246,
------>Deputy Grand Knight: Tom Hartman
------>Chaplain until noon on Tue 10 July 2018: Father Phil Gibbs, 563 382 9631,
------>Council 4208's Insurance Field Agent: Click here.
------>District Deputy (District 15): Click here.
------>Council 4208 webmaster: M,




------>Iowa Knight Life radio program
------>Iowa Catholic Radio. Can be heard over the radio or on the internet.

------>For Greater Glory. This excellent movie is available free of charge from the Decorah Public Library courtesy of the Decorah Knights of Columbus.
------>For a live view of Decorah (courtesy of KWWL television), click here and go to the fifth camera; the white-domed belfry and roof of Saint Benedict's parish building can be seen in the top right corner of the image.

------>The Iowa Knight Today is the longstanding publicity flagship of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
------>The Witness
is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (AoD). All members of the Knights of Columbus in the AoD should subscribe to The Witness to get information directly from our Bishop and to have access to local, State, national, and international Catholic and other news. Click here to subscribe to The Witness.
------>"Parish Priest", a book about Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus.


------>Decorah Knights private online group.  If you're a member of Council 4208 and have a profile (account) on the website, you may click here to request to join this group.
------>Andy Milam (Iowa KofC Catechesis Chairman) blog post: The Precepts of the Catholic Church
>"Why are you a Knight" blog: The Harlan Knights of Columbus is proud to share their Blog Series - "Why Am I a Knight?" Click here to access the blog.
------>Website sponsorship: Businesses, click here to learn about sponsoring the Iowa Knights of Columbus website as a way of advertising.


------>Decorah Knights' Council 4208 is a part of Iowa Knights of Columbus District 15
------>Catholic Daughters of the Americas Decorah Regina Mundi Court 1737
------>Knights of Columbus Insurance Facebook Page
------>Decorah Fellowship of the Spirit
------>Real Estate for Life donates vital funding to pro-life organizations through agent referrals at absolutely no cost to you.


Council 4208 Mission Statement, Prayers, and Dedication:

The Knights of Columbus was founded by Venerable Servant of God Father Michael McGivney, a New Haven parish priest, in 1882. The organization was formed to provide charitable outreach and care for the financial well being of Catholic families, focusing on the protection of widows and orphans, and on strengthening the faith of its members. It has grown into the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, with more than 1.8 million members throughout North and Central America, the Philippines, the Caribbean and Europe. The enormous force for good of the nearly 15,000 Knights of Columbus councils donated more than $1.5 billion and 682 million hours of service over the last decade to various charitable causes.  The Decorah Knights of Columbus Council 4208 follows in this tradition in our local area, and we ask for the prayers of our guardian angels, Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, the blessed Virgin Mary under the title of our Lady of Guadalupe, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus), and all people as we try to help our brothers and sisters in the service of our Lord Jesus the Christ.  May the Holy Spirit come upon our Council and all people such that we may serve our heavenly Father in Truth and Justice.  Amen.

Given State Deputy Jon Aldrich's charge to "be courageous" during the July 2015 - June 2016 fraternal year, the second Mass reading for Sunday 14 June 2015 is a timely Scripture passage

"Let's be charitable with our own brother Knights."--Worthy State Deputy Jon Aldrich, Iowa Knightline - October 2, 2015.

Please pray for vocations to Holy Orders AND to Holy Matrimony.

Prayer of An Iowa Knight

Vivat Jesus!

This website is dedicated to good Saint Benedict of Nursia, to the Venerable Servant of God Father Michael J. McGivney, to Christopher Columbus(1234, 5) and, most importantly, to Saint Mary, most holy Mother of the Church 


The information on this Profile Page (website) is, to the best of the ability of the Decorah Knights' webmaster, in line with the website policies of the Iowa Knights of Columbus. Notwithstanding this, please feel free to contact the Decorah Knights should you have any questions or concerns about the Council 4208 Profile Page (website). All media posted on this Profile Page (website) are copyrighted and may not be used in any way by parties not associated with or the Iowa Knights of Columbus without the express written permission of Council 4208.

If you want to get a Profile Page (website) operating for your Council, Assembly, and/or District, click here for an instructional video. For more information and discussion on this issue, click here. [Kudos to Marty Stratton ( webmaster) for helping to get the Decorah Knights Profile Page (website) up and running. In thanksgiving, please take some time to visit Brother Marty's business website.]

If you are a member or friend of the Iowa Knights of Columbus and want to sign up for your own personal Profile Page (website) on the platform, click here.  Once you have been approved, click here for information on how to modify your Profile Page (website).


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