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, and the food is usually quite good.

Schedule of travel gavel meetings for the 2017-2018 fraternal year:

Tue 9 January: Waukon
Monday 12 February in Decorah @ Saint Benedict's school gym; click here for map.
Thu 1 March: Monona
Mon 5 March: Ossian
Thu 12 April: Lansing

All travel gavels start @ 7 pm.

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Comment by District 15 Knights on April 13, 2018 at 12:19am

Council 8178 is the winner of this year's Travel Gavel contest. Congratulations!

Here's the breakdown:
29063 points Monona
19728 points Decorah
17265 points Lansing
12841 points Ossian
11131 points Waukon

There were 49 KofC members present at the 12 April 2018 travel gavel meeting in Lansing plus Brother Joe Ramirez (Membership Program Consultant) and three priests: Fathers Lechtenberg, Cletus Hawes, Moser. It was a fantastic meeting which was preceded by an Admissions Degree, included great information, and was followed by great food provided by Council 12244. 

Comment by District 15 Knights on March 16, 2018 at 9:39pm

Here are the current standings in the district 15 travel gavel contest 2017-2018 after the travel gavel meeting in Ossian:
21672 points Monona
15695 points Decorah
8828   points Waukon
8668   points Ossian
0000   points Lansing

One more travel gavel meeting to go. Lansing has a good history of having strong turn outs at its meetings, so Lansing is STILL in the running to WIN. It's anybody's game at this point, so let's have a GREAT turn out at the next travel gavel.

Comment by District 15 Knights on March 1, 2018 at 10:20pm

Here are the current standings in the district 15 travel gavel contest 2017-2018 after tonight's travel gavel meeting in Monona:

18113 points Monona
13443 points Decorah
8828 points Waukon
5813 points Ossian
0000 points Lansing

Comment by District 15 Knights on February 16, 2018 at 3:36pm

Travel gavel points calculations for a council take into account the number of men present at the meeting, the size of the council, and the distance the council needs to travel to get to the travel gavel; therefore, all five councils have an even chance of winning.

Comment by District 15 Knights on February 16, 2018 at 3:27pm

Here are the current standings in the district 15 travel gavel contest 2017-2018:

9909 points Decorah
7880 points Waukon
5534 points Monona
5058 points Ossian
0000 points Lansing
This is still wide open, gentlemen. Decorah had a strong showing at the 12 Feb meeting, which allowed Decorah to take the lead away from Waukon. All Lansing has to do is bring a few guys to each of the remaining out-of-town travel gavels and have a strong attendance at home to win this.

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Comment by District 15 Knights on November 13, 2017 at 10:14am

Click here for a picture of the Travel Gavel.

For a travel gavel meeting, members of the councils in the district go to that particular meeting in addition to their own council’s regular monthly meeting. For example, if the January travel gavel meeting is in Waukon, members of the other four councils in the district can travel to Waukon, attend the meeting, and earn points toward the winning of the travel gavel; they should also attend their own council's meeting.


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