Knights of Columbus

Ohio State Council




May 2009

State Deputy Message    State Chaplain Message    District Deputies   Pennies For Heaven

  110th KofC State of Ohio Convention      2009 State Convention Schedule     Directions to Millennium Hotel  
  Convention Childerens Activities   Squires’ Convention Food Drive  



Directors Reports

Miscellaneous Stories
General Program Director

Ohio ceremonials director `moonlights’

   Knights partner with Wheelchair Foundation
  Canton Knights protest proposed nursing home tax
  Ohio K of C Free Throw finals

State Deputy Message


Continue to work on that strong finish

 By Larry Moegling

State Deputy

Although the Following in Their Footsteps state general program is completing its activities for the fraternal year, council leaders still need to keep in gear for that strong finish overall. 

The positive scoreboard highlights continue for the “Following in Their Footsteps” state general program:

1. Membership is currently at 86% of Ohio’s Supreme quota.  (A great big THANK YOU!)  Let’s continue to spread Columbianism throughout Ohio.   The important question is the following:  Has every council brought in at least ONE new member during this fraternal year?  Membership is the key to the growth of the Order. 

2. A year ago we reached the 60,000-member benchmark. The current membership total (as of this writing) is 60,540.   

3. Hopefully, suspensions can continue to be minimal.  Again, please remember that before a member is to be suspended, there needs to be personal contact made and the proper procedure must be followed for the suspension to officially take place.  

4. There are five (5) new Ohio councils currently on the books with others in developing stages.  Our Supreme quota in Ohio is 10.There are some new councils brewing, and hopefully, one of two may be born before the state convention in May. 

With the state convention approaching, I hope that all councils will be recognized with many awards to denote the council’s accomplishments.  As the fraternal year closes, please continue to work toward membership growth and get many council members involved in council activities. 

In closing, I hope that each council will have two delegates at the State Convention. State Treasurer Dave Helmstetter and his convention committee have promised that it will be a great time and experience. More information on the state convention can be found in this issue of the Buckeye Bulletin.

I hope to see you at the state convention.  Please keep working on that strong finish!

 As always, let’s continue to “Follow in Their Footsteps.”

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State Chaplain


State Convention gives us an opportunity to share our faith

  By Fr. Paul Hrezo

State Chaplain

Faith formation and growing in your relationship with God through service, fellowship and opportunities for prayer with family, community and Brother Knights: how strongly has this been your motivation for your membership in the Knights of Columbus?  How well have your faith and your relationship with God grown, especially over this past year? 

We might not usually see these as typical questions to ponder in the context of the annual State Convention. Even if you are not planning to, or are not able, to attend the convention, these questions can help to renew our focus and motivation as Knights.  And, recalling award-winning projects and events from years past can help us to continue effectively Following in Their Footsteps in our current and future activities.  They can help to sustain and/or awaken your own council’s legacy of creative and effective programming.

The State Convention, indeed, gives us this unique opportunity to reflect on God’s action both in our own lives and in those of our brother Knights during this fraternal year.  We gather for fellowship with a special focus on honoring our Brother Knights who have reached out with effective, generous service.  Good ideas have a way of strengthening and inspiring our faith.  I’ve especially enjoyed the awards ceremonies both at the state and supreme levels as opportunities to see that the faith is very much alive, and that the Holy Spirit is working in very tangible and creative ways throughout the Order and throughout the Church. 

What inspiring stories of generous service by Brother Knights are you bringing to the convention?  In what ways has your faith been strengthened over this past fraternal year?  Look forward to opportunities to hand them on to others at the convention.  And look forward to taking note of those which you hear during the convention which you can recount to others at the local council level.  Be sure to “talk them up” because they form some of the surest materials for your own council’s continued vitality and growth.  

The Chaplain of the Year nominations honor council chaplains who have gone the extra mile in helping to develop much-needed social outreach ministries in neglected neighborhoods and in seeking fairness in city ordinances or state legislation. Other council chaplains have participated front and center in council activities such as the Measure-Up Campaign or in providing meaningful Memorial Masses and prayer services with a formative depth.  I’m sure our Lord often pats Fr. McGivney on the back and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” for providing a courageous example for all priests who serve our brother Knights, our communities and our parish families.  

For all of us, may this time of year be a season for the kind of fellowship that can inspire further vitality and growth in service and in faith.  

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General Program Director

Remember to review your council’s final points


By Bob Byers

State General Program Director

Council leaders have received their final Following in Their Footsteps state general program points (as of April 15). Now it’s time to review this document closely to make sure your council point totals are accurate.

If there is a discrepancy, please contact the respective state director as soon as possible: Church: Kevin Miller (614) 853-2642; Community: Joe Mackos (330) 792-7745; Council: Mark Pickard (419) 833-1655; Family: Ken Gardner (513) 451-3079; Youth: Paul Barko (419) 388-4734; Membership: Larry Droesch (937) 383-3680.

The deadline for challenging any discrepancies is May 11.

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It’s been a great two years as your state general program director, working with an excellent group of state directors, chairmen, staff – and the great Knights of our councils throughout Ohio.

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 2009 State Convention

 Knights from across Ohio to gather in Cincinnati

 for 110th State Convention




The planning has just about been completed and Knights of the Cincinnati Archdiocese are awaiting the influx of visitors from all parts of Ohio for the 110th Annual Convention of the Ohio State Council Knights of Columbus. It will be held on the Memorial weekend of May 22-24 with headquarters at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

State Treasurer Dave Helmstetter, convention general chairman, mailed the First Call to Grand Knights on March 15. The Second (and final) Call was sent on April 15.

Helmstetter said hotel reservations could be made until May 7 to obtain the special Knights of Columbus convention rate of $89 per night (plus a special $59 rate for attendees interested in staying Sunday night). Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at (513)-352-2100.

State Deputy Larry Moegling hopes for a large turnout of Ohio council delegates will attend the 2009 convention. He emphasizes that each council should have two delegates in attendance.

The annual Msgr. Joseph Krispinski Golf Outing will kick off convention activities on Friday morning at the Glenview Golf Course, considered Cincinnati’s premier public championship golf course.  Cost is $70 and includes lunch and golf shirt. Proceeds will benefit Pennies for Heaven. The first Ohio Cup will be presented to the diocesan officer with the team having the lowest net. Additional prizes will also be offered for closest to the pin, longest drive and putt.

More excitement will be generated Friday at 7 p.m. with a Nite at the Races theme in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The annual Super Cash Bonanza drawing will take place at 9:30 p.m. with more than $100,000 in cash prizes at stake, including a top prize of almost $50,000. 

The convention mood changes Saturday for the annual Memorial Mass remembering all Brother Knights who passed away during the past fraternal year. State Chaplain Fr. Paul Hrezo will celebrate the Mass.

Following mass, beginning at 9:30 a.m., General Program Director Bob Byers and the State Council Directors will present the Following in His Footsteps program awards recognizing activities by councils throughout Ohio.

The business session begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Business sessions are open to Third Degree members. After the business session, caucus meetings will be held at 4 p.m. to elect delegates to this year’s Supreme Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., in August.

State Deputy Moegling will be honored at the annual Saturday evening banquet. The Grand Ballroom doors open at 6:30 p.m. The banquet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Top council and individual awards also will be presented during the evening.

Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk will be main celebrant for the Sunday Mass (8:30 a.m.) in the St. Peter of the Chains Cathedral. The cathedral is within easy walking distance of the hotel. For those requiring transportation, bus service will be provided at the hotel’s Elm Street entrance. Transportation begins at 7:15 a.m.

“We ask attendees to be mindful that this bus service is being provided for those who would have difficulty in making the walk,” says Helmstetter.

Following Mass, the business session will resume at 10:15 a.m.  It will include election of state officers for the 2009-2010 fraternal year. The ladies luncheon will be held at noon in the Bronze Ballroom. 

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Directions to Millennium Hotel

 The Millennium Hotel Cincinnati is located between 5th St. and 6th St. at Elm.  The main entrance is on 5th Street. The hotel is across from the Convention Center, and 3 blocks from either I-75 or I-71.


From Points Northwest (Toledo, Michigan): South on I-75 to 5th St. exit (left lane, exit 1E). Travel 3 traffic lights to Elm St. Auto entrance on the left.

From Points Northeast (Cleveland, Akron, Columbus): South on I-71. Take 3rd St. exit (exit is on the left) and travel through tunnel.  Proceed on 3rd St. to Elm St. Turn right onto Elm St. Go up hill 2 blocks. Auto entrance is at corner of 5th and Elm streets.

From Points East (Huntington, Charleston, Portsmouth).  West on Rt. 52. Take the 6th St. exit.  Proceed on 6th St. past the rear entrance of the hotel, to Central Ave. Turn left on Central Ave., go to 5th St. Turn Left onto 5th St. Go 3 blocks. Auto entrance is on the left.

From Points South (Lexington, Nashville, Louisville, Airport): North on I-75.  While on the bridge over the Ohio River, take middle lane to 5th St. exit. Travel 3 blocks to Elm St. Auto entrance is on the left.

From Points West (Indianapolis): East on I-74 to I-75 south, exit at 5th St. Travel 3 traffic lights to Elm St. Auto entrance is on the left.


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Proceeds from Golf Outing will go to Pennies for Heaven


Ten years ago, the Ohio State Council named its annual State Convention golf outing in memory of Msgr. Joseph Krispinski, who had passed away only months before reaching the age of 100. He was a devoted Knight of Columbus, outspoken in his Catholic faith, and a regular convention attendee.

Today, the deceased Youngstown Diocese priest would be pleased that the event named in his honor supports vocations, as any net proceeds from this year’s event will be given to the Ohio State Council’s Pennies for Heaven.

This year’s outing, at Glenview Golf Course, is chaired by District Deputy Walter Amrein. “Walt has done an excellent job of promoting and organizing the event,” said Convention Chairman Dave Helmstetter. “Our goal is to support vocations in honor of Msgr. Krispinsky, and we also want it to be a fraternal event where Knights and their friends get together to support this great cause.”

Councils, assemblies, chapters and individuals can lend its support through a $50 hole sponsorship. Sponsorship checks can be endorsed to the Cincinnati K of C Convention Committee and sent to Amrein at 9779 Baughman Rd., Harrison, OH 45030-1709.

The golf package -- &70 -- includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, refreshment and a shirt. Additional prizes will be given for longest drive and closest to the pin. And any participant making a hole-in-one will receive a HD-TV -- a $1,700 value. Entry forms are available on the State K of C Web site.

For more information on the outing, contact Amrein by e-mail at, or by calling him at (513) 367-1511.

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Children’s activities are plentiful

Families attending the convention can take advantage of supervised activities planned for youngsters aged 5-15 at the Millennium Hotel.

Three programs are scheduled for the kids while mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa, are attending convention events.

During the Friday Night Party and Charity Drawing, from 7-10:30 p.m., it’s Friday Night at the Movies featuring snacks, soda or juice.

On Saturday during the State Deputy’s banquet, from 6-10:30 p.m., a Pizza Party is scheduled with soft drinks and juice.

On Sunday, a special Kids Sunday Luncheon is on tap from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cost for this children’s package is $25 per child. Parents must register their children PRIOR to the convention to take care of this service, using the convention registration form, which is available of the Ohio State Council’s web site –

If your teenage child would like to assist with babysitting, please contact Shawn Robinson (937) 545-5421, or by e-mailing him at

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Convention notes . . .

Downtown Cincinnati will be a busy place Memorial Day weekend. The Reds and Indians will square off in a weekend series at the Great American Ball Park, and the Queen City celebrates a Taste of Cincinnati at Fountain Square. Plus, Knights and their guests will descend upon the Millennium Hotel.

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Attendees are reminded that the hotel offers limited parking. But plenty of public parking is available within easy walking distance of the hotel. Attendees are encouraged to enter from the Fifth Street entrance and proceed to the hotel check-in desk. They should have their hotel confirmation number available.

Conventioneers can extend their hotel stay on Sunday night for only $59.  Checkout on Sunday also has been extended to 2 p.m.

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The Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer a “Show Your Badge and Save” program to several nearby eateries, including the hotel restaurant. Please visit the Convention Welcome and Information Desk to learn what restaurants offer the discounted rates.

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110th Annual Ohio State Council Convention

May 22-24, 2009 - Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati

Friday, May 22

8:30 a.m.                  Msgr. Joseph A. Krispinski Memorial Golf Outing.

                                        Glenview Golf Course, Cincinnati

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.  Registration (Crossroads, 2nd floor).

3:00 p.m.                  Audit Committee Meeting (Cabana A).

                               Resolutions Committee Meeting (Cabana B).

7:00 p.m.                  Friday Night Party: “A Nite at the Races”  (Grand Ballroom).

9:30 p.m.                  2009 Super Cash Bonanza Drawing (Grand Ballroom).

Saturday, May 23

8:00 a.m.                  Memorial Mass (Grand Ballroom).

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.    Eucharistic Adoration Chapel (Atrium).

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Convention Registration (Crossroads).

9:30 a.m.                  Awards Session (Grand Ballroom).

11:30 a.m.                Assistant Wardens Committee (Cabana A).

                               Minutes & By Laws Committee (Cabana B).

                               Credentials Committee (Salmon Chase Boardroom).        

                       Good of the Order Committee (464 Queen Conference).

                               Tellers Committee (Cardinal Room).

1:15 p.m.                  Business Meeting (Grand Ballroom).

4:00 p.m.                  Area Caucuses (Assigned rooms).

7:00 p.m.                  State Deputy’s Banquet (Grand Ballroom).

Sunday, May 24

8:30 a.m.                  Sunday Mass (St. Peter of the Chains Cathedral).

                               Shuttle bus service provided starting at 7:15 a.m.

10:00 a.m.-12 noon    Eucharistic Adoration Chapel (Atrium).

10:15 a.m.                Business session (Grand Ballroom).

12:00 noon                Ladies Luncheon (Bronze Ballroom).

12:30 p.m.                 Men’s Luncheon (Grand Ballroom).

1:15 p.m.                   Business session resumes (If necessary).


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Squires’ Convention Food Drive

Each delegate and guest to the State Convention is asked to bring two items of either:

          -- Food (box or can).

          -- Paper Products (toilet tissue, facial tissue or paper towels).

          -- Soap (hand or laundry detergent).

All collections will be donated to a local Catholic food pantry.


Bring items to the Squires’ display adjacent to the  registration table.

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  Miscellaneous Stories

Ohio ceremonials director `moonlights’

As ceremonial coordinator for Supreme


 LaVern Fortkamp has been doing ceremonial work for the Ohio State Council for many years. He’s now State Ceremonials Director for State Deputy Larry Moegling, and held the same position for State Deputy Gery Eckstein, scheduling about 35 Third Degrees each fraternal year. He also has been on Third Degree teams.

For the past two years, Fortkamp also has been a Supreme Council Ceremonial Coordinator, usdually traveling two weekends a month, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, reviewing and re-certifying Third Degree teams.

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 Knights partner with Wheelchair Foundation

providing wheelchairs for the needy worldwide

 Information for this story was obtained from an article published in Knightline (Dec. 29, 2008).

Since the start of their partnership in 2003, the Knights of Columbus has helped the Wheelchair Foundation distribute more than 710,000 wheelchairs to needy recipients worldwide. What began with 2,000 wheelchairs committed to recipients in Afghanistan has grown to regular distributions in Mexico, the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Knights have become some of the most ardent supporters of the Wheelchair Foundation, based in California, and its work. In November, 2007, the Order distributed 1,000 wheelchairs to veterans in four U.S. cities with help from local VA hospitals.

In practice, collaboration with the Wheelchair Foundation, founded in 2000, is simple. For every $75 donation that the foundation receives, it provides matching funds to purchase a wheelchair for $150. The chairs are shipped, 280 at a time, in large containers, directly to where they will be distributed. Wheelchairs have been sent to more than 140 countries at no expense to the recipients.

Councils, assemblies and circles are encouraged to promote this program to their membership, inviting personal consideration as well as implementing this as an ongoing charitable event.

For more information about the Order’s partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation, visit 

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Canton Knights protest proposed nursing home tax


Knights of Bishop McFadden Council 3777, North Canton, have come to the aid of a Canton nursing home – The House of Loreto -- in its fight against an increase in the daily bed tax (Franchise Permit Fee) that Gov. Ted Strickland has included in his proposed budget.

Dan Ondack, of Bishop McFadden Council, is asking members to write to the governor, state senators and state legislators protesting the measure, which would increase the “bed tax” from $6.25 per bed per day to $11.00. And he’s urging Knights from throughout Ohio to do the same.

“If this goes through the Legislature, it will present a hardship for any nursing home,” wrote House of Loreto administrators Sister Marilee Hener and Sister Janet Harold. “Surely the government of Ohio does not want to take funds from a nursing home that has always given excellent care in a most efficient manner to its citizens for over 45 years and to force its doors to close.”

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Two Columbus area youths are perfect

in the Ohio K of C Free Throw finals

The 2009 Ohio State Council Free Throw champions (from left), Lindsey Mayle, 10; Hannah Gulley, 11; Landrie Grace, 12; Bailey Thleman, 13; Aubree LaForce, 14; Tyler Blind, 14; Drew Onega, 13; Brandon Hempfling, 12; Reece Dup[K 11; Derek Jay, 10.

Two young men from the Columbus Diocese became instant Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Champions when they shot perfect 25-for­25 attempts to win their age divisions in the Ohio State Council's competition. They are:

·    Reece Duplet, .11, sponsored by Fr. Bill Johnson Council 11665, Newark.

·    Drew Onega, 13, sponsored by St. Jude Council 5801, Gahanna.

Supreme Council rules state that any participant who makes a perfect score in state jurisdiction competition automatically becomes an International champion.

Ten boys and girls between the ages of 10-14 were crowned champions in Ohio's Free Throw Championships, held on March 22 at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus.

Fifty-nine boys and girls from Ohio's six dioceses participated in the state finals. They had won competitions at the council, district and regional levels.

Paul A. Barko, Youth Activities Director for the Ohio State Council, was in charge of the State Finals. A Fourth Degree Honor Guard composed of Columbus area Sir Knights led the participants into the gym.

The complete list of winners follows:


Age 10: Lindsey Mayle, sponsored by Geneva-Madison Council 5286, Youngstown Diocese.

Age 11: Hannah  Gulley, sponsored by Holy Trinity Council 711, Bucyrus, Toledo Diocese.

Age 12: Landrie Grace, sponsored  by Canton Council 341, Youngstown Diocese.

Age 13: Bailey Thieman, sponsored by St. John of Beverly Council 4617, Waterford, Steubenville Diocese.

Age 14: Aubree LaForce, sponsored by Vermilion Council 4539, Toledo Diocese.


Age 10: Derek Jay, sponsored by St. Mary's Council 1592, Cincinnati Diocese.

Age 11: Reece Dupler, sponsored by Fr. Bill Johnson Council 11665, Newark, Columbus Diocese.

Age 12:  Brandon Hempfling, sponsored by Edgerton Council 1494, Toledo Diocese.

Age 13: Drew Onega, sponsored by St. Jude Council 5801, Gahanna, Columbus Diocese.

Age 14: Tyler Blind, sponsored by St. Andrew Council 11275, Upper Arlington, Columbus Diocese

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District Deputies

Some things to do during May and June

 By Marty Schumacher

District Deputy Director

One key item in May that needs to be accomplished is the Measure-up program. We need to remind councils to fill out the grant forms and send their checks in by May 31 to State Warden Bob Collins.

In June, we must prepare and send in our Semi-annual report on council status (Supreme Form 944-B) to Supreme by June 30. This is vital in that it tells Supreme what your councils’ strengths and needs are.

Also in June, we need to follow-up on the Columbian Award form (SP-7) which is to be sent by June 30 to Supreme (with copies to the State Deputy, and to you as District Deputy). I hope we have 100% participation. This tells us that your councils are active and working the programs.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a council or district newsletter. It has been a pleasure reading some great material about the activities that go on throughout the state.

Last, I want to thank all District Deputies for a great “Following in their Footsteps” year. It has been a pleasure working with such a great bunch of Christian men with a love for the Church and the Knights of Columbus. I hope to see all of you at the State Convention.

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