The 100th anniversary mass of Our Lady of the Lake celebration with the Bishop, Father Raz and the St. John XXlll Assembly Color Corps.

State Convention 2024

On Sunday May 5, 2024, Fr. William J. Turner of St. Mary Parish in Chelsea drew the winning ticket for the 3rd Annual District 2 Quilt Raffle to raise funds for our Veteran Support programs. The winner was Chelsea K of C Council #3092 member Scott York, seen here with District Master Joe Yekulis

On Saturday May 11th, Very Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea ordained seven new deacons for the Diocese of Lansing. The MI D2 Honor Guard had an opportunity to assist in the ceremonies held at St. Thomas Aquinas in E. Lansing, and the members pictured were from Ann Arbor Assembly #0489, Westphalia Assembly #1509, and Brighton Assembly #2050. They were led by District Master Joe Yekulis, FM David A. Buick, and Sr. Marshal Bill Currie.

On Saturday April 20th, MI District 2 of the Fourth Degree Exemplified 107 new Sir Knights at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brighton, MI. Former State Chaplain, Fr. Paul Erickson, was the Class Honoree, and Fr. Evelio Rameriz from Otsego Assembly #2135 and Fr. Georges Bidzogo from Burton Assembly $510 were also exemplified in this class. Sixty-nine ladies attended the Ladies Program, and 290 attended the banquet. Guest speakers were FN Don Powell of Brighton Assembly #2050, Master Joseph Yekulis, Former Master David Buick, Fr. Paul Erickson, and PSD/Supreme Regional Membership Director William Chasse’.

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MI District 2 Assemblies gathered for their 2024 Biennial Meeting at Queen’s Parish in Jackson on Saturday March 9, 2024, and Master Joe Yekulis passed out the Civic Awards that were earned by 11 Assemblies during the 2022-23 fraternal year. Pictured are L to R: FN Ben Dandrow #2186, FN George Wygant #2815, FN Don Powell #2050, FN Jack Tylus #510, FN Greg Ellsworth #523, Master Joe Yekulis, FN Mark Studnicka #1969, District Friar Fr. Brian Lenz, FN Brian Wemple #505, Capt. Jeff Kerner #489, FN James Martellini #496, FN Rev. James Batcha #2211, FN Sean Riley #3334.


The chalice presentation of SK Gary Bradley’s chalice to Seminarian Benjamin King on Tuesday, February 27th. FN Don Powell and HG Commander Michael Babiuk of Assembly 2050 in Howell performed the Honors.   Benjamin King is currently studying to become a priest within the Miles Christi priestly order.

 

On Saturday Feb. 10, 2024, the Honor Guard of the Kalamazoo Diocese led by Kalamazoo Marshal David Censke, participated in a 5 p.m.Mass with Bishop Edward Lohse. The event took place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek, and was in honor of the Feast of St. Louis Sanchez del Rio, the Patron Saint of their School Chapel. 


The Closing of St. Pius X Parish in Flint Michigan
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On Thursday December 7, 2023, new VAVS Representative Brian Wemple joined Master Joe Yekulis and Lady Denise at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek to present the District check to Volunteer Director Todd Greenman. MI District 2 allocated $1,500 from Operation Patriotism to provide the Battle Creek VA with services for Mother and Baby Care, Mental Health Care, and Nursing Home Care for our Veterans in the Kalamazoo Diocese. Day 2 of Operation Patriotism week continued with a visit to the New Hope Center in Downtown Lansing on Larch St. to meet with staff for their annual donation. District Master Joe Yekulis and FN James Martellini of Assembly #496 in Lansing met with Director Nancy Osborn to present a check for $1,000 to the New Hope Center. An affiliate of Holy Cross Services, the NHC provides services to homeless veterans on the second floor of their operation to provide them with shelter and resources.
On Monday, December 4, 2023, MI District 2’s Operation Patriotism continued to deliver Christmas cheer as representatives visited Fisher House at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Fisher House is a free program for families who need a place to stay, while their Veteran family member is being treated at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. District Master Joe Yekulis, Lady Denise, and VAVS Rep John Yanok presented a $1500 check to representatives Steven Rose and April LaRock along with 27 lap blankets made by the Women’s Program worth $750. These amounts will be matched by a donor, making this donation worth $4,500.


On November 7th, new SK James Laske from Kalamazoo  Assembly #513 was awarded a new sword to go with the new uniform he ordered on the night of the 87th Exemplification. Congratulations to James and his Lady Kathy.The Blue Star Service Dog program held its annual graduation ceremony on November 17th for 6 graduating veterans. Howell assembly #2050 was on hand for the pledge of allegiance and donated $6000 from their car show held this summer. MI District 2 also added $250 from operation patriotism to the cause.
Veterans Day was a glorious day for our Jackson Assembly #2186. We participated in two wonderful Patriotic Dedications that perfectly represented our commitment to the 4th Degree Principle of Patriotism that all Assembly members should be proud of. It was very fitting that these ceremonies occurred on Veterans Day. 
The first dedication was at Woodland Cemetery with the unveiling and dedication of the plaque honoring Revolutionary War Patriot Private Joseph Darling. This was the project that Sir Knight David VanHoof brought before the Assembly for financial support. David is Vice President General Great Lakes District National Sons of the American Revolution. We received two wonderful Certificates from them for our Support of the SAR and for Our Exemplary Patriotism in the Display of the Flag for our efforts in putting up the flags on the Patriotic Holidays. I will have these Certificates at the December meeting. 
The second dedication was the new flagpole at St John Cemetery at the foot of the Lost Soldier Monument. This too was a wonderful ceremony enhanced by the participation from members of SAR and various Veterans groups who stayed over from the Plaque dedication, and Fr Tim MacDonald who delivered prayers, benedictions, and blessing the plaque and flagpole. State Representative Kathy Schmaltz 46th District was in attendance and is pictured  in the attached picture. Kathy is a strong supporter of Life. 


 

 




Chuck Loader, District Exec. Asst., was named the Veteran of the year for Assembly 510 in Burton at ceremonies on Saturday 11/4


87th Exemplification in Kalamazoo Michigan
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Honor Guard Detail for the Veneration of St. Jude at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ann Arbor


This year Assembly 0500 Veterans collection went to the Branch County Veterans Agency. They assured us that the items would go to homeless Veterans in the area and if Battle Creek VA needed anything they would help. 

Congratulations to Assembly #500 in Bronson for a job well done!

 

The three assemblies from the Kalamazoo Area gathered together on Tuesday August 29th for their Mass and Officer Installation hosted by St. Mary Parish and Fr. Jose’ Haro on the northside of Kalamazoo. After the Mass and Installation, a spaghetti dinner was prepared by Kalamazoo Hospitality Director Stephen Lewis for all to enjoy at the parish center. The three assemblies and their Faithful Navigators were Kalamazoo Assembly #513 Dale Boone, Paw Paw Assembly #522 (Michael Austermann) and Otsego Assembly #2135 (Richard Van Eizenga).


“Most Rev. Bishop Boyea was at St. Louis Center in Chelsea on Sunday August 27, 2023 to rededicate St. Joseph’s Hall for residents with I/DD following an $800,000 upgrade. Members of the Ann Arbor and Howell Assemblies were present to assist in the Mass and special dedication ceremony.”
Buchanan Assembly #3542 & Benton Harbor Assembly #476
MI D2 Master Joe Yekulis and newly installed Kalamazoo Marshal Dave Censke traveled to the Niles K of C Council Hall to perform a joint Officer Installation Ceremony on Thursday August 17th for Buchanan Assembly #3542 and Benton Harbor Assembly #476. Benton Harbor FN Adam Bishop is featured 2nd from left, and Buchanan FN Carl Kent is 4th from the right.

    Hudson Assembly #1969 and Jackson Assembly #2186
Sr. Marshal Bill Currie joined D2 Master Joe Yekulis for a joint Officer Installation Ceremony at St. Joseph Shrine in the Irish Hills on Tuesday August 22nd. Rev. Zachary Mabee served as the Faithful Friar for both assemblies during the ceremonies, and the group enjoyed a great meal of pulled pork prepared by FN Mark Studnicka. FN/DD Ben Dandrow was sworn in for the first time as the new Navigator for the Jackson Assembly.



Westphalia Assembly #1509 and Dewitt Assembly #2982Once again, D2 Master Yekulis and Sr. Marshal Currie traveled to Fowler, MI to install the two assemblies of Westphalia and Dewitt at the Fowler Conservation Club surrounded by beautiful rolling farmland. FN Bill Vallier represented the Westphalia Assembly, while FN Jeffrey Archer returned as the new navigator for the Dewitt Assembly. Forty people were present to enjoy a great chicken bbq that had been prepared that day.


August 18th at Jackson Field in Lansing Michigan with District 2’s Honor Guard marshaling the Colors for the annual Seminarian Game.

 


Fr Mark Martin and Guest’s Maxine & Dennis Henderson FM Michigan District 2Assembly #0496 / LansingAssembly #3334 / LansingAssembly #2815 /  CharlotteAssembly #511 /  OwossoThe Lansing Area Fourth Degree Assemblies came together on the night of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th, to hold their annual Officer Installation Ceremony with District Master Joe Yekulis. The Assemblies that gathered were Bishop Albers #496 – Lansing, Robert Flynn #511 – Owosso, Bishop Povish #2815 – Charlotte, and Lansing Assembly #3334. Former District 2 Master Dennis Henderson was in attendance with his Lady, Maxine, and enjoyed swapping stories from the past during the meal afterward in the Parish Hall.
Cardinal O’Hara Assembly #0489 OfficersHowell Assembly #2050 OfficersFaithful Navigators retiring the flags”Cardinal O’Hara Assembly #0489 hosted Howell Assembly #2050 on the evening of Wednesday August 9, 2023 for a Flag Retirement Ceremony, Corn Roast, and Officer Installation Ceremony. Nearly 100 people were in attendance for this very special evening.” 
Burton Assembly 510Davison Assembly 523Fenton Assembly 2031Flushing Assembly 2211Mt. Morris Assembly 524Bronson Assembly 500 &
Battle Creek Assembly 505“The new fraternal year began on July 1st, and with that the Assembly Officer Installations commenced on Saturday July 29th with the first taking place at St. Pius Parish in Flint, MI with Fr. Anthony Strouse presiding. The assemblies of Burton, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Mt. Morris were installed that night. On Tuesday August 1st, the Assemblies of Bronson and Battle Creek were installed at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Bronson, followed by a nice meal at the Bronson K of C Hall.”

 


The Most Reverend Edward M. Lohse was ordained and installed as the Fifth Bishop of the Kalamazoo Diocese on Tuesday afternoon July 25, 2023. The Principal Ordaining Bishop was the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit in the presence of Cardinal-designate Christopher Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the USA. The Michigan Knights of Columbus were represented by State Deputy Christopher Kolomjec, State Chaplain Rev. Aiden Logan, State Warden Dan Fuller, and Immediate PSD Walter Winkle. The MI District 2 Honor Guard was led by Master Joe Yekulis, Sr. Marshal Bill Currie, and a group of 10 members from throughout the Kalamazoo Diocese. We congratulate Bishop Lohse on this special honor, and look forward to working with him in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. 

Sir Knights from Michigan District 1 and the 5th Ontario District joined together to help celebrate the Ste. Anne Novena Mass on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit, celebrating French Heritage. Nine days of Masses celebrating different cultural heritages in Detroit precede the July 26th Feast of Ste. Anne and St. Joachim.

Master Joe Yekulis and Former Master Bob Vandesteene met with Mt. Morris Assembly #524 on Tuesday July 18th to assist with their election of officers. Longtime member SK Lou Bryan was chosen to lead the Assembly for the 2023-24 Fraternal Year.
Navigator of Lansing’s Bishop Albers Assembly 0496 SK Ronald and Lady Philomena Pioch were both laid to rest at St Joseph Cemetery in a joint funeral, surrounded by 22 members of the Honor Guard.    May they Rest in Peace and See the Angles of Paradise ..

On Wednesday May 17, 2023, District Master Joe Yekulis traveled to Battle Creek Assembly #505 to present new SK Paul Rose with the sword he won during the 86th Exemplification for being the first to order a new uniform. Pictured are (L to R), CCC David Censke, SK Paul Rose, Master Joe Yekulis, and FN Brian Wemple. SK Rose expects to receive his new uniform any day now to assist in the Ordination ceremonies at the Cathedral during the next two weekends in Kalamazoo.

On Monday May 8, 2023, the Herman J. Fedewa Assembly #2050 of Howell delivered a $1000 donation check to the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Pictured (L to R) are SK Dan Burke, FN Don Powell, VAVS Director John Yanok, Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Pearse, Lady Denise Yekulis and Master D2 Joe Yekulis. In addition, MI District 2 delivered 45 Hospitality Comfort Bags to the VA from items that were collected by the Ladies during the 86th Exemplification. Ruth Yanok was added to the photo next to John, (2nd left).

The 86th Exemplification of MI District 2 took place on Saturday April 29, 2023. There were 61 new Sir Knights exemplified into the Fourth Degree at St. Gerard Parish in Lansing, and 50 beautiful ladies were in attendance at the Ladies Program. Two hundred fifteen people attended the evening banquet, and Supreme Regional Growth Director/PSD William Chasse was the Class Honoree.



On Monday March 27th, Master Joe Yekulis and VAVS Director John Yanok visit the training center for Blue Star Service Dogs in Livingston County to deliver a $250 check from Operation Patriotism to Director Christine Myran. Also pictured is the entrance sign and a Vet and Trainer working with a new service dog.
Members of MI District 2 traveled to Little Caesar’s Arena for K of C Night on March 23rd. 265 Knights and Ladies are pictured at Center Ice, while SK’s Gene and Matt Wierzgac, Mike Babiuk, and Lady Denise and Master Joe Yekulis enjoyed being at Center Ice after the game. 
New Navigator Ben Dandrow is welcomed at the District meeting on March 18th as the newest leader in MI District 2. He became Faithful Navigator on January 1, 2023 for Jackson Area Assembly #2186. L to R: Master Joe Yekulis, FN Ben Dandrow, FM George Walrath, Comptroller Jeff Thomas.
Supreme Civic Awards were presented to the following Assemblies by Master Joe Yekulis. Brian Wemple – Battle Creek, Ron Pioch – Lansing, Mark Studnicka – Hudson, Ben Dandrow – Jackson, and Don Pollard – Flushing
Master Joe Yekulis presents the 21-22 Star Assembly Award to Don Pollard of Flushing Assembly #2211.


“Twenty members of Cardinal O’Hara Assembly (and one from #2050), came together at St. Louis Center on Saturday March 11 for a Lenten Retreat led by Servants of Charity Fr. Franklin Arokiodoss.  It was a great day to be a Sir Knight”

This past Thursday, March 9, 2023, Worthy Comptroller, Tom Kehr and Faithful Admiral James Pitsch from K of C Assembly 2135 delivered three gross of toothpaste and toothbrushes with a $1,000.00 check to the Battle Creek Veterans Administration VAVS for our Veterans who are housed there and for our Homeless Veterans. The money will be used for in-house activities as our Veterans are still in lockdown as COVID continues to affect the operations there. If your Council or Assembly makes a direct donation to our VA Centers in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek or Wyoming, please let me know so that we can be sure to honor your group for your charity to our Veterans. Also please consider joining us with a donation of $250.00 to Operation Patriotism’Thank you and God bless.
Jim Pitsch
K of C District 2 VAVS Director



Feb. 25, 2023 was the State Chaplain’s Tribute Banquet for the MI K of C, and on behalf of the MI Patriotic 4th Degree I presented a new sword and baldric to State Chaplain Aiden Logan along with D1 Master Gene Shuchyta. Fr. Logan has been a Chaplain to the Navy, USMC and USAF, and it was an honor to make this presentation in front of the 460 Knights and their wives gathered together at Zuccarro’s in Chesterfield Twp. God bless America!
2022 District 2 Staff Christmas Party Hosted by Joe & Denise Yekulis.

Representatives from MI District 2 present a $1,000 check from Operation Patriotism to support homeless veterans at the New Hope Center in downtown Lansing on Wednesday November 23, 2022. Present were FN Russell Pate from Assembly #3334, District 2 Master Joe Yekulis, Division Director Nancy Oliver from Holy Cross Services, Ron Weingartz – Holy Cross Board, FN Ron Pioch of Assembly #0496, and Sr. Marshal Bill Currie. The New Hope Center Building looking north from downtown Lansing on Wednesday November 23, 2022
New SK David Censkes of Battle Creek Assembly #505 receives his new sword after purchasing a new uniform on the night of his initiation into the Fourth Degree. Presenting the sword was District Master Joe Yekulis with the help of FN Brian Wemple on November 16, 2022 at St. Philip Parish in Battle Creek. 
Faithful Navigator Brian Wemple of Assembly #505 and District 2 Master Joe Yekulis present a $1500 check to Volunteer Services Staff Member Joe Devyak on November 16, 2022 at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek from Operation Patriotism. The donation supports three important VA programs during the Christmas holidays. 
District Master Joe Yekulis presented new Sir Knight Dan Burke (holding sword) with his new sword after his wife Wendi purchased a new uniform for him on their way home from the October 15th Exemplification in Michigan Center. The presentation took place after Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Parish on Nov. 10th.  (L to R) FN Don Powell, Fr. Paul Erickson, Wendi & Dan Burke, SK Roger Epps, and Lady Denise and Master Joe Yekulis. 
85th Exemplification at Our Lady of Fatima in Michigan Center         Oct 15th, 2022Additional Pictures: HEREExecutive Director of Fisher House MI spoke at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Grand Opening of Fisher House at Ann Arbor VA Hospital. She will be the guest speaker for the Ladies Program at the October 15th Exemplification. District Friar Fr. Brian Lenz and Master Joe Yekulis met with the leaders of Westphalia Assembly #1509 for their Officer Installation Ceremony on Wednesday September 21st at the Portland K of C Hall. “The four 4th Degree K of C Masters of Michigan and their wives came together for a photo at the State Officer’s Installation Reception at the Detroit Yacht Club on Saturday September 10, 2022. (L to R) Dale & Dee Korson MI4, Larry & Jennifer Herman MI3, Joe & Denise Yekulis, MI2, and Mark and Janice Brzezenski MI1.” Congratulations to newly installed Master Korson, covering the Northern Lower Peninsula from Grand Rapids to Saginaw.The Jackson and Hudson Assemblies gathered together on August 31st at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center to celebrate their Officer Installation ceremony and enjoyed a Mass with Fr. David Stawasz from St. Louis Center. Members of the Buchanan and Benton Harbor Assemblies gathered in Niles, MI for their Officer Installation Ceremony with Master Joe Yekulis presiding and Marshal Karl Kerchief assisting on Tuesday August 23rd. Lansing, Dewitt Assembly Officer installation 8/24/22Dewitt Ox Roast Parade 8/20/22Paw Paw Assembly Officer Installation 8/18/22Ann Arbor/Howell Assembly Officer installation 8/10/222022 Vocations night at Lugnut Stadium in Lansing on August 5th.       See Pictures HEREThe first assembly officer installation of the summer took place at the Bronson K of C Hall for Bronson Assembly #500 and Battle Creek Assembly #505 on Tuesday August 2, 2022. Very Rev. Fr. Robert Creagan served as our Kalamazoo Diocesan Friar, and the Installation was managed by District 2 Master Joe Yekulis with the assistance of Travel Marshal Matt Wierzgac. A special welcome to our new Assembly Navigators who have stepped up for the 2022-23 Fraternal Year, and thanks to those who joined us for training in their second years of service. (See Photo)FN Don Powell #2050, FN Frank Hanchak #522, FN Jack Tylus #510, FN Greg Ellsworth #523, MFD Joe Yekulis, FN George Wygant #2815, FN Bill Vallier #1509, Russell Pate #3334.Back Row Staff: Sr. Marshal Bill Currie, Exec. Asst. Chuck Loader, Memb. Dir. Joel Fournier, Historian/Photographer Mark Corcoran.July 4th, 2020 at Lugnut Stadium in Lansing, Presenting the Colors.Dcn. Wayne’s presentation in front of Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor during the Sidewalk Advocates Rally on 06/24/2022.



6/25/2022  District 2 at Faithfest in Dewitt MI,  Escorting the Mass Party  &  Presenting Donation Check for Fireworks.6/14/2022    Flag Day in Lansing at Assembly 0496          Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Columbus HallMay 14th 2022       Living Rosary on the Steps of the Capitol BuildingThe four Masters of Michigan and their Ladies gathered together at the Hilton Inn in Bay City, Michigan for the Exemplification of the 4th Degree in MI District 4 on Saturday April 30, 2022. (L to R) Master 4 Keith Woodrum and Lady Marie, Master 3 Larry Herman and Lady Jennifer, Master 2 Joe Yekulis and Lady Denise, and Master 1 Mark Brezenski and Lady Janice. 
Congratulations to Pat Stankey, winner of the 4th Degree Quilt Raffle held on Sunday May 1st at the end of 10 a.m. Mass. Pat’s entry was drawn by Fr. Bill Turner, and the quilt was immediately presented to her at her home that morning. Special thanks to all of the St. Mary Parishioners, Office Staff, and Leadership Team Members who supported the raffle, which raised $855 for Michigan District 2 of the 4th Degree and its patriotic work on behalf of Veterans and the Church. Thanks also to Susan Katona, who donated the beautiful handmade patriotic quilt for the cause.84th Exemplification of the Fourth Degree in MI District 2 at St. Philip Parish and High School in Battle Creek, MI on April 23, 2022A moment of Silence at Wreath Laying Ceremony, SD Walter Winkle and Class Honoree Very Rev. Robert Creagan 84th Exemplification – 42 Candidates 4/23/22Priest Exemplification in Portland, MI with one priest and four lay candidates, 4/20/2284th Exemplification – 61 Women at the Ladies Program 4/23/22
“On Monday March 21st, Assembly #2211 in Flushing, MI gathered 10 honor guards together for a refresher course taught by Sr. Marshal Bill Currie. District Master Joe Yekulis was also in attendance. In this photo, members led by their CC Commander process up the aisle at St. Robert Catholic Church in Flushing.”Members of Flushing CC #2211 practice the “sword salute” for a funeral detail.“Members of #2211 CC in Flushing gather for a photo on the altar of St. Robert parish with Sr. Marshal Bill Currie (1st row – rt.)”For Pictures of the March 5th  District Bienniel Meeting Click HERE
1. New FN Adam Bishop from Benton Harbor Assembly #476 is introduced to District leadership.2. Exemplification Asst. Kyle Thelen accepts the Provincial Knight of the Year for a member of Assembly #1509 in Westphalia.3. FN Kelly Donnellon receives the Civic Award for Assembly #0489 in Ann Arbor.4. FN Mark Studnicka receives the Star Assembly Award for Assembly #1969 in Hudson.5. Officers Dan Anderson, Gary Carlin, Jim Burns and Tom Bigelow receive the Star Assembly Award for Assembly #2211 in Flushing.6. Executive Asst. and FN Chuck Loader receives the Star Assembly Award with officers Jack Tylus and Keith Snyder from #510 in Burton.7. Sr. Marshal Bill Currie checks in at the registration table.8. Members at the head table take a break after the first hour.9. New Lansing Hospitality Director Tom Dyer prepares lunch service.


District 2 Master Joe Yekulis (2nd from left) presents a 2021 Civic Award to FN Paul Koleda (center) at St. Jude Parish on the evening on January 25, 2022 following a Mass with Bishop Boyea. Joining the photo were PFN Jeffrey Archer, State Warden Jim Kraus, and PFN Pat Schneider. The award was for the work of St. Francis Assembly #2982 for the 2021 fraternal year.District 2 Master Joe Yekulis (center), met with Faithful Navigators Brian Wemple (#505 Battle Creek) and Lou Scohy (#500 Bronson) at the Kalamazoo Diocesan Meeting in Portage, MI on 1/18/22 to  promote the upcoming 84th Exemplification of Michigan District 2 on April 23, 2022 in Battle CreekJanuary 7th Call-out for Fr. Dave Hudgins Viewing at St Joseph Church in Brooklyn Mi.Following the repatriation ceremony at the Fr. Custer National Cemetery on November 30th, District 2 Master Joe Yekulis and Kalamazoo Diocesan Marshal Karl Kerchief visited the Battle Creek VA Hospital to present staff with their Operation Patriotism check. Mr. Todd M. Greenman, Chief of Community and Volunteer Services, received our donation check of $1500 to support Veteran accounts for Personal Care, Recreation and “Remember-A-Vet” funds. This will be especially helpful as we enter the Christmas season of AdventOn Thursday December 8, 2021, members and wives of Howell Assembly #2050 delivered Christmas gifts to the many Veterans who are hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Although they were unable to interact directlywith the Veterans due to Covid19 restrictions, the gifts were given to Stephen Sparr, Chief of Development and Engagement at the Ann Arbor facility to be distributed throughout the hospitalDecember 2, 2021             MI K of C Fourth Degree Supports Repatriation of WWII Marine            Augusta, MIA WWII Marine who fought in the Battle of the Pacific was brought home to the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan to be interred at his final resting place on Tuesday November 30, 2021. Marine Corps Corporal Andrew Pellerito was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force when it landed in the Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific against heavy Japanese resistance on November 20, 1943. He was killed on the first day of the battle, and his remains were considered non-recoverable. However he was recently identified through DNA testing on August 19, 2021, and returned to Michigan for a full military burial.Accompanied by approximately 30 family members and friends, ten members of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard of the Michigan Knights of Columbus from three districts in the Father Hennepin Province were present to support the full military service, along with a dozen active duty Marines and ten members of the Ft. Custer Military Honor Guard.The wife of District 4 Master, Marie Woodrum, was actually a blood relative of Corporal PelleritoMembers of the 4th Degree contingent from Michigan who attended included:District 1 – Archdiocese of Detroit: Master Mark Brezinski, SK Robert Ciavaglia, SK Gene SuchytaDistrict 2 – Dioceses of Lansing/Kalamazoo: Master Joseph Yekulis, FM David Buick, Sr. Marshal Bill Currie, Marshal Karl KerchiefDistrict 4 – Dioceses of Grand Rapids/Saginaw: Master Keith Woodrum, SK Walter Cummings, SK Antonio RodriguezDistrict Master Joe Yekulis visited Lansing on Monday November 15, 2021 to visit the New Hope Community Center at 430 N. Larch St. to deliver the District’s Operation Patriotism donation check. Present for the check presentation were Director Sharon Dade and Holy Cross Board President Ron Weingartz. The Center received a $1,000 check that will be dedicated to the “Veteran’s Only” Room on the second floor of New Hope Center. Director Dade was grateful for the donation and said, “Our veteran’s really appreciate the help of the Knights of Columbus, and look forward to upgrading the furniture in their room.”Leaders of Michigan District 2 visited the Fisher House next to the Ann Arbor VA Hospital on Wednesday November 10th to deliver the check from Operation Patriotism. The $1500 that was donated to Fisher House Michigan will be matched as a result of a pledge drive currently underway and will now be worth $3,000 for this home away from home for Military Families whose loved ones are being treated at the Ann Arbor VA hospital. Pictured (L to R) are Pride Director Michael Babuik, House Manager April LaRock, District Master Joe Yekulis, Development Chief Stephen Sparr, and VAVS Director John Yanok. The money will be put to use to provide fresh food for the many families who stay at Fisher House throughout the year.83rd Exemplification in DewittThis picture was taken at the Annual Blue Mass held by Fr. Anthony Strouse at St. Pius in Flint.    10/2021“The Michigan District 2 Leadership Team met at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center on Saturday October 2, 2021 to prepare for the upcoming Exemplification on October 23rd in Dewitt. Pictured are Former Master Phil Arbanas, FN Mark Studnicka of Hudson #1969, District 2 Master Joe Yekulis, State Warden Jim Kraus, FN Don Burtnett of Jackson #2186, and Former Master George Walrath.”


On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Assembly officers from Benton Harbor and Buchanan were installed at the start of their meeting. Pictured are (l to r) FN Tom Erdmann of Benton Harbor, Fr. Bob Creagan (Kalamazoo Diocese), District 2 Master Joe Yekulis, and FN Carl Kent of Buchanan.State Deputy Walter Winkle, along with FM David Buick (L) and Master Joe Yekulis, presented a check for $7,200.00 to the Faithfest this summer to cover the cost of the evening’s fireworks.


The five Lansing Area Assemblies of Michigan District 2 came together for their Officer Installation Ceremony at St. Gerard Parish on September 1, 2021. The “Leadership Team” included Sr. Marshal Bill Currie, FN James Wyszynski #2815, FN Paul Koleda #2982, FN Lawrence Adams #1509, FM David Buick, Master Joseph Yekulis, FN Ronald Pioch #496, and FN Russell Pate.


Former Masters of Michigan come together at the home of FM Bob Godi in Reese, MI as members of the “Former Masters Club.” The current Master of Michigan were also invited to attend.
The beautiful Ladies of the Former Masters also came together for a photo at the home of Bob Godi on Saturday August 28th.

This year’s Officer Installation took place for six of the Flint Area Assemblies in MI District 2 on Wednesday August 18th. The leaders who were sworn in included, (L to R) FM Robert Vandesteene, Mt. Morris; FN Donald Pollard, Flushing; FN Douglas Edwards, Owosso; FM David Buick, Master Joseph Yekulis, FN Gary Lehr, Davison; FN Chris Porter, Fenton; FN Charles Loader, Grand Blanc.

August 21st: Honor Guard presence in the Dewitt Ox Roast Parade


FN John Sexton, Jr. of Kalamazoo Assembly #2135 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Gaines on 8/12/21 FN Dale Boone of Kalamazoo Assembly #513  at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Gaines on 8/11/21 FN Frank Hanchuk of Paw Paw Assembly#522 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Gaines on 8/11/21

FN Chris Porter of Fenton Assembly #2021 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Gaines on 8/12/21FN Kelly Donnellon of A2 Cardinal O’Hara Assembly #0489 at Ann Arbor St. Thomas Picnic Grounds  8/11/21FN Michael Babiuk  of Howell Assembly #2050 at Ann Arbor St. Thomas Picnic Grounds  8/11/21


The Kalamazoo Honor Guard can take pride in helping Fr. Tom celebrate 8 years of priesthood.


 

Council 4090 and Ardon F. Dubie Assembly 523 teamed up with The Young Marines of Lapeer County in the annual Davison Festival of Flags.


June 15, 2021
Joint Award Night for the two Lansing Assemblies. Sir Knight of the Year was presented to SK Ben King of Assembly 0496 and to SK Bill Currie of Assembly 3334.


June 5th, 2021

Living Rosary at the State Capitol 



 



5/27/21

 

District 2 Master Joe Yekulis and Lady Denise had the privilege of meeting his eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, following his presentation Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in East Lansing on Thursday May 27th. Cardinal Burke was in the Lansing Diocese supporting Catholic Healthcare International, and their efforts to build a St. Padre Pio Spiritual Center in Howell. District 2 Fourth Degree Color Corps members supported three Masses at Holy Spirit (5/25), St. Mary Star of the Sea (5/26), and St. Thomas Aquinas (5/27). Thank you to all of the Color Corps members who gave their time for the Cardinal and these three Masses.


5/22/21

Marshal Karl Kerchief  and Carl Kent at the Diaconate Ordination in Kalamazoo.


04/30/2021

VAVS 100 hour Service  Award, (After completing 100 volunteer hours at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital/Health Care System. 
John Yanok received a handsome 100hr Service lapel pin, and gifts of a compact travel lantern and cargo organizer for his Jeep. 
Pictured left-to-right:
Dr Genny Croseman – Medical Center Director
SK John Yanok
Stephen Sparr – Chier Voluntary Services

 


Award Recipients for 2020

Dan Reineke received the Man of the Year Award in District 2 from FM Dave Buick.Paul Koleda, Capt. received the Star Assembly Award on behalf of Dewitt Assembly #2982
& Jackson Assembly #2186 was awarded the “To be a Patriot” Award for 2019-2020


01/27/2021

Members of Lansing Assembly #3334 raised the Colors for the start of the Roe v Wade Memorial service at the State Capitol on Wednesday January 27, 2021. Participants were (L to R) State Deputy Walter Winkle, Sr. Marshal Bill Currie, Dan Reinecke and Ken Balcer. Several hundred people were on hand to pray for the aborted children of Michigan who lost their lives as a result of this landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973.01/22/2021Observance of 48 years of legal abortion included nearly 100 vehicles. The witness of an unknown woman who stood in the cold on the side of MLK Jr. Dr. and stopped to pray while the motorcade passed was a beautiful witness and showed the spirit of Pro-Life people.Thank you to the clergy and legislative leaders who provided beautiful prayer and reflection on this somber day:
Pastor Jim Toth – Skiff Lake Bible Church, Senior Minister Donald Eason – Higby Street Church of Christ, Archpriest Fr. Dusan Koprivica – St. Demetrius Orthodox Church and Very Rev. Timothy MacDonald, pastor of Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church and Vicar General of the Diocese of Lansing.
We are grateful to Congressman Timothy Walberg, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Representative Julie Alexander whose unwavering defense of the sanctity of life we are blessed with.Thank you to Sgt. Lillie and his crew of the Jackson City Police Department for the escort, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard, Watson Funeral Home, Deacon Carol Franssen, photographer Linda Hass and very special thank you to Matt Dame of Absolute Video Productions for providing the sound system.Lastly, and certainly not least, thank you to our amazing Pro-Life community who participated and braved the very cold weather to be a witness to LIFE.        More Pictures here01/22/2021Supporting Bishop Bradley and Fr. Bob Creagan at St. Augustine Cathedral for their RTL Mass.11/15/2020 Quilt presentation to the Ann Arbor VA  Hospital by John and Ruth Yanok and
Livingston Assembly 2050
members FN Mike Babiuk, Compt Roger Epps, and PFN Don Sucher.11/15/2020Unite Lansing Michigan Eucharistic Procession:  November 15th 2020 Callout
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