Council News

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Hello Brothers and Sisters,

A big thank you to all those who participated in our Lenten Fish Fry event. It was a tremendous success. We, of course, need to thank our Parish and Community patrons who purchased the fish meals we prepared. We exceeded the profit made in any previous fish fry event conducted by our Council. We exceeded the $10,000 profit margin goal we set for ourselves and intend to do it again next year.

As I have mentioned before, the Annual Knights of Columbus Convention will be held in Alexandria this Friday through Sunday. Kevin Heltz, Mickey Brown and I will attend. We’ll give you folks a no doubt stimulating report at the next meeting.

Our Annual Awards Banquet is coming up on May 14th. I am very disappointed in the response so far. To date I have 36 attendees and $560. That includes 6 unpaid guests. Deacon Pete and Deacon Alec will both attend. We have also decided to recognize the two young gentlemen that were our ‘runners’ during the Fish Fry events. We cannot reward them monetarily because that would void their voluntary status. So, we have invited them and their parents to the banquet (they have accepted) and we will present to them an engraved key ring with their name, date, event and a K of C logo. It’s really very nice.

It has been brought to my attention that some members receiving the Banquet invitation via email were unable to download and open the document successfully. A new invitation has been sent out in pdf format to attempt to eliminate that issue. If you still are not able to open the document or have other issues please contact me at: 225- 288-3044. If you have already sent in your RSVP, please disregard the additional distribution of the invitation.

Everything else for the Banquet is in place. The Menu, the Program, the award certificates and plaques, the Speaker and Jason’s frozen drink machines. What more could you ask for?

Many of you have probably heard the news of the explosion in the St. Agnes Catholic Church cafeteria. We are offering prayers and concern for those injured, the staff, the Sisters & ladies in the shelter, and the campus itself. The Lord shielded everyone from what could have been a far more tragic event—thanks be to God! Brother Byron Hume is coordinating with officials to determine the most effective and efficient ways in which we may assist in their recovery. Since their cafeteria and kitchen is completely destroyed it is likely that they will be needing meals brought in. We certainly are capable of doing that.

We are considering have Chef Jeremy Coco conduct a cooking class for our members that are involved in our cooking efforts and would have an interest in such a class. The fees for the class would be paid for by the Council. Brother Marty Mumphrey will be coordinating this event.

The most important Council task we have coming up is to nominate, elect and install new officers. At out last meeting ALL of the current officers agreed to stay in their elected roles for another year. They are as follows:
Grand Knight- Joe Lawler                          Deputy Grand Knight – Mike Giroir
Chancellor – Jay Cefalu                              Advocate – Curtis Lauret
Treasurer – Mickey Brown                        Lecturer – Mickey Brown
Warden – Butch Pitchford                         Recorder – Jimmy Doles
Inside Guard – Kevin Baronne                  Outside Guard – Lester Hitchcock
Financial Secretary – Bill Bozzelle             1st Year Trustee – Jim Cazes
2nd Year Trustee – Richard Littrell           3rd Year Trustee- Joe Mannino

At our next Council meeting we will go through the procedures of getting these gentlemen elected.

Viva Jesus

Joe Lawler

Grand Knight, Council #8601

  • Visit the Council website at mykc8601.com

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Marty Mumphrey

What’s Cooking with Marty

Cooking schedule for May

Nothing (so far)

We have done a great job with all the meals this fraternal year, I thank you all. The fish fry made more this year than all previous years. The LSU, Hurricane relief, and special occasion meals all went well also. We have a great              team, and I am blessed to have you as my friends and fellow volunteers.

Marty Mumphrey

Food Director KofC Council 8601

A special thanks to Jeremy Skupien, Manda’s fine meats and ExxonMobil. Both companies help us feed the masses. Please support these companies when possible.
I thank all of you for your hard work bringing meals to so many.
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Kevin Heltz
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Council 8601,I would like to wish everyone a joyous Easter Season.  As we draw closer to the end of our Lenten Fish Fries, let us all rejoice in the Fraternalization that this event brings to us.

There are several events coming up in the State.  First up is the State Council Couples Knight Out.  This event is on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 6 PM to 11 PM at St. Rosalie Cafatorium in Harvey LA which is on the westbank of New Orleans.  The address is 622 1st Avenue Harvey, LA 70058.  Cost is $30 per person which includes buffet-style food and open bar.

The State Convention will be April 30 through May 2, 2022 in Alexandria.  If you have any Seminarian Raffle tickets, get those turned in soon as the drawing is at the convention.

Finally, if you know of anyone wanting to join our council, please sign them up as they are eligible for a free one year membership.

Kevin Heltz

District Deputy

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                Financial Secretary’s Message

                                                 Bill Bozelle

A BIG THANK YOU to all the Brothers of 8601 who have already sent in their 2022 DUES payments. For those of you who have not paid, there’s still time to beat the deadline.  It’s makes Council Administration much easier if everyone pays quickly.  Besides, if you pay quickly, you avoid my having to send my NuAwlins Cousins, Mario and Vinnie, to pay you a personal visit.  They have a wide variety of means to make you remember to pay…

But, seriously, our Council has had its first net INcrease in membership in quite a few years.  If everyone renews his membership by paying his dues, we will be well on the way to gaining “STAR Council” Status.  Once you have sent in your payment, why not come out to a meeting to learn what a STAR Council is and how you might be able to help 8601 reach that status.

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Awards Announced at December 2021 Meeting
Linda Mumphrey, Margaret Mannino, Renee Lindsey awarded Lady of the Month, ? awarded First Degree Knight Certificate, Lester Hitchcock award Knight of the Month 
Guest Accepted Something KC and Ladies Auxiliary
Our guest, Norman Boone, accepted a check on the behalf of St. Vincent de Paul from the Ladies Auxiliary.
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Awards Announced at November 2021 Meeting                                                                  Mickey Brown was named Knight of the Month for September at recent November 7 meeting. Congratulation to Mickey Brown!!!!!!! See Mickey Brown picture on the Awards and Community Activity page.

Awards Announced at October 2021 Meeting                                                                  Mike Giroir and Marty Mumphrey was named Knight of the Month for September at recent October 7 meeting. Congratulation to Mike Giroir and Marty Mumphrey!!!!!!! See Mike Giroir and Marty Mumphrey picture on the Awards and Community Activity page.

Awards Announced at August 2021 Meeting                                                                        Bill Bozzelle and Curtis Lauret was named Knight of the Month for July and a special award for the Council at recent August 5 meeting. Congratulation to Bill Bozzelle and Curtis Lauret!!!!!! See Bill Bozzelle and Marty Mumphrey picture on the Awards and Community Activity page.

Speaker at July 2019 Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent July meeting, Deacon Robbin Tomplet. He talks about hospitably towards visitors, guests, and even strangers.  
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Speaker at May 2019 Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent May meeting, Stacy Lamar, MS, M.ED, Program Director from Sanctuary House and St. Patrick House. She talked about the services they offer the community.
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Award Announced at April 2019 meeting
EJ Hebert was named Knight of the Month for March at the recent April 4 meeting. Congratulations to EJ Hebert!!!!!!!!!
Speaker at March 2019 meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent March meeting, Connie Anderson, Director of Donor Relations from Evergreen Life Services. She talked about a wheelchair ministry and their services they offer the community.
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Award Announced at February 2019 Meeting
John Coco was named Knight of the Month for January at the recent February 7 meeting. Congratulation to John Coco!!!!!!! See John Coco picture on the Photos page.
Awards Announced at January 2019 Meeting
Lester & Lynn Hitchcock was named Family of the Month for December at the recent January 3 meeting. Bryon Hume was named Knight of Month. Congratulations to Lester & Lynn Hitchcock/ Bryon Hume!!!!!!!!!!
Guest Accepted Something KC and Ladies Auxiliary
Our guest, Norman Boone, accepted a check on the behalf of St. Vincent de Paul from the Ladies Auxiliary.
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Awards Announced at December 2018 meeting
Joseph & Margert Mannino was named Family of the Month for November at the recent December 6 meeting. Robert Travasos was named Knight of Month. Congratulations to Joseph & Margert Mannino/Robert Travasos!!!!!!!!!! See Joseph & Margert Mannino/ Robert Travasos  picture on the Photos page.
Speaker at October 2018 meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent October meeting, Kay Keys, Pharmacy Director from St. Vincent de Paul. She talked about the pharmacy daily obligations and the troubles with certain medicines.
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Award Announced at September 2018 meeting
Joseph Mannino was named Knight of the Month for August at the recent September 6 meeting. Congratulations to Joseph Mannino!!!!! See Joseph Mannino picture on the Photos page.
Speaker at August 2018 Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent August meeting, Lorraine Besson. She talked about a situation with miracles that effect her life.
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Speaker at June 2018 Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent June meeting, Ms. Anita from Sanctuary and St. Patrick House. Sher talked about what they had to offer the community.
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Award Announced at January 2018 meeting
Jason Farris was named Knight of the Month for December at the recent January 4 meeting. Congratulations to Jason Farris!!!!!
Awards Announced at December 2017 meeting 
Bryon & Janet Hume was named the Family of the Month for November at the recent December 7 meeting. Brett Herbert was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Bryon & Janet Hume/Brett Herbert!!!!!!!!!! See Brett Herbert picture on the Photos page.
Awards Announced at September 2017 meeting
Richard Littrell was name the Knight of the Month for August at recent September 7 meeting. Congratulations to Richard Littrell!!!!! See Richard Littrell picture on the Photos page.
Awards Announced at August 2017 meeting

Mike & Julie Gerard were named Family of the Month for July at the recent August 3 meeting. Jay Cefalu was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Mike & Julie Gerard and Jay Cefalu!!!!!

Awards Announced at June 2017 Meeting
Tyronne & Cynthia LaStrapes were named Family of the Month for May at the recent June 3 meeting. Bryon Hume was named Knight of the Month. Also Jay Cefalu was given special tokens of appreciation by the Council in a form of a gavel, KC pens, and vest. Congratulations to Tyronne & Cynthia LaStrapes/Bryon Hume/Jay Cefalu!!!!!!!! See Jay Cefalu & Bryon Hume picture on Photos page.
Awards Announced at May 2017 Meeting
Jason & Theresa Farris were named Family of the Month for April at the recent May 4 meeting. Marty Mumphrey  was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Jason & Theresa Farris/Marty Mumphrey!!!!!!!!
Speaker at April 2017 Meeting
Our speaker was Matt Marcel, who is our Field Insurance Agent, he talked about KC long-term care insurance.

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Awards Announced at April 2017 Meeting
Barry & Pam Glover were named Family of the Month for March at the recent April 6 meeting. Joe Lawler  was named Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Barry & Pam Glover/Joe Lawler!!!!!!!!
Award Announced at February 2017 Meeting
John Coco  was named Knight of the Month for January at the recent February 2 meeting. . Congratulations to John Coco!!!!!!!! See John Coco picture on the Photos page.

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Speaker at January 2017 Meeting
Our speaker was John Coco, who is our Cultural Life Director, he talked about the Baton Rouge LIFE MARCH that was going be held downtown Baton Rouge.                                         IMG_0206.JPG
Award Announced at January 2017 Meeting
Mickey Brown was named Knight of the Month for December at the recent January 5 meeting. Congratulations to Mickey Brown!!!!!!!! See Mickey Brown picture on the Photos page.
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Award Announced at November 2016 Meeting
Father Matt Dupre’ were named Knight of the Month for October at the recent November 3 meeting. Congratulations to Father Matt Dupre’!!!!!!!!
Award Announced at October 2016 Meeting
John & Nancy LeBlanc were named Family of the Month for September at the recent October 6 meeting. Congratulations to John & Nancy LeBlanc!!!!!!!!  See John & Nancy LeBlanc picture on the Photos page.
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Guest Speaker at October 2016 Meeting
Our guest speaker for the recent October meeting, Lisa Zumo, from St. Patrick’s Life Brigade for the race” Born To Run”. She talked about the organization that was putting on the race.
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Guest Speaker at July 2016 Meeting

Our guest speaker for the recent July meeting, Barry Myers, the Executive Director of The Arc. He talked about the different programs that they offer to the community.

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Awards Announced at June 2016 Meeting
Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio were named Family of the Month for May at the recent June 2 meeting. Jerry Liparito was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio/Jerry Liparito!!!!!!!!  See Neal & Angela & John Paul Lorio/Jerry Liparito picture on the Photos page.
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Awards Announced at May 2016 Meeting
Kristian, Tran & Ellis Fruge were named Family of the Month for April at the recent May 5 meeting. Marty Mumphrey was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Congratulations to Kristian, Tran & Ellis Fruge/Marty Mumphrey!!!!!!!!
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Council 8601 has received the Special Award
Jay Cefalu, our grand knight and Mickey Brown announces on May 5 meeting, that Council 8601 had awarded the 20th Council in the points to Supreme.
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Awards Announced at April 2016 Meeting
Richard & Joan Littrell were named Family of the Month for March at the recent April 7 meeting. Lenten Fish Fry Crew was named at the meeting was the Knight of the Month. Bart Ackermann accepted the Knight of Month award on behalf of Lenten Fish Fry Crew. Congratulations to Richard & Joan Littrell/Bart Ackermann!!!!!!!!  See Richard & JoanLittrell/Bart Ackermann picture on the Photos page.
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Guest Speaker at April 2016 Meeting

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Our guest speaker for the recent April meeting, Dr. Gayhan, from Pennington Biomedical Research Center, talked about dementia, Alzheimer disease, louis disease & heart problems.
Check Present to Deshotel Family
Matt Marcel present a check to Bart Deshotel for $2400 from our KC January Fundraiser to go toward the Deshotel Family. See Bart Deshotel picture on the Photos page.
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Awards Announced at February 2016 Meeting

Bart & Nicole Deshotel was named the Family of the Month for January at the recent February 4 meeting.  Congratulations to !!!!!!!! Jackie Brady was named the Honorary Knight of the Month for January at the recent February 4 meeting.  Congratulations to Bart & Nicole Deshotel/ Jackie Brady!!!!!!!!  See Bart & Nicole Deshotel/Jackie Brady picture on the Photos page.

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 2017 Public Service Award Winners
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Trooper Cedrick Ross, LA State Police Troop ‘A’ 

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Chief Carl Dabadie, Jr. accepted for Officer Travis Norman, Baton Rouge City Police

2016 Public Service Award Winners
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(Left to right: Walker W. Cress-Baton Rouge Fire Department, Corporal Ronald Norman, Jr.-Baton Rouge Police, Deputy Jared Arceneaux-Baton Rouge Sherriff Office)

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Introduce the 2019-2020 Officers
Richard Littrell- Grand Knight                      Manuel Sierra-Outside Guard
Kenneth Koehler- Deputy Grand Knight   Matthew Spitznagel-Inside Guard                          Jim Cazes- Chancellor                     Kevin Heltz-Third year Trustee
Bret Hebert- Advocate               Joseph Mannino-Second year Trustee
Mickey Brown-Treasurer/Lecturer   Jay Cefalu-First year Trustee                                             John Coco- Recorder                            Bill Bozzelle- Financial Secretary                            Butch Pitchford- Warden
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Time to Get Your KC Shirt for Spring

The Council’s Membership Director John Ricca asks that you let others know you are a member of the KCs.  Buy a shirt; buy a cap; dust off your name badges and wear them often.  John says, “Wear your Council shirts to mass!”  Others will see the logo and might approach you to want to know more about the Council.  Don’t have a shirt?  Order one – see below.

John can furnish an order form – just give him a call at 753-0393.   Merchandise is available in Green or White and comes in various sizes.  You can even have the logo placed on your “own” shirt, cap, or whatever.  See product descriptions below.  The prices include tax.

Hanes polo shirt, 100% cotton, no pocket, short sleeve.  Green or white.  $23.00 each (XXL is $25.00)

Port Authority Full Button-down shirt, with pocket, 100% twill, button-down collar, short sleeve.  $30.00 each (XXL $32.00)

Port Authority Full Button-down shirt, with pocket, 100% twill, button-down collar, long sleeve.  $37.00 each (XXL $39.00)

Richardson cap, one size fits all. $13.00

KC logo placed on any of your own person items – shirts, caps, aprons, etc. (indicate your item on the form).  $8.68 each logo placement

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KNIGHTS MAY BIRTHDAYS

5/1   Rodney Kirschner

5/2   John Coco

5/2   Zachary Ledet

5/18 Jason Farris

5/20 James Doles

5/22 David Fazekas

5/26 Robert Bourgeois

5/30 Donald Pipes

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Website Director request
Kevin Baronne -our current Website Director ask if anyone has anything they would to put on the website, they should direct the information and photos to kpbgemini@bellsouth.net.
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