Council 12216 serves the parishes of Leon and Mt Ayr Iowa. The two communities are a marathon distance apart - 26.2 miles from one to the other on Highway 2. Their parishes are served by two different priests. But when this council comes together as Knights to take on projects they speak with one voice. On June 14th that was a booming voice as the council erected a 7 foot by 14 foot Pro-LIfe sign at mile marker 20 on I-35.
When heading north, you’ll see the message “FRAGILE - Life begins at conception” and heading south you’ll see “Cherish Life - Born and Unborn.” The project took months of planning, fundraising and preparation. The lion’s share of the $2500 cost was provided by the council’s annual sweet corn project. Each year the Knights raise and sell sweet corn from a 2 acre field. These sales help fund their other projects too which include helping the Boy Scouts fill sandboxes for lucky kids.
Saturday, June 14 was very windy. But undaunted, 6 Knights reported for work to put the sign in its place. Nick Gannon from Osceola Council 8702 was at the site with equipment to provide the heavy lifting and heavy drilling. The guys got the job done before the rain arrived, but fighting the wind with the signs acting like sails wore them out a bit.
“It went well, and it looks great!” remarked Jon Leahy. It is good to see it finished.