Our Council

Our council of the Knights of Columbus council was founded in 1993 and represents the parish of the Church of the Nativity in Leawood, KS. The Church of the Nativity is located at 3800 West 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209. The Parish Office phone number is (913) 491-5017.

Our council has approximately 200 members and the current officers are displayed below. We are a very active council and can always use a few more good men to help us with the many activities we undertake throughout the year. If you would like to get involved with our council, please use the Contact page or show up to one of our scheduled events or meetings and ask a fellow Knight for details.

Fund Raising Efforts

  • Pancake Breakfasts / BBQ Dinners: Several per year with proceeds benefiting our general fund.

  • Roses for Life: Every January with proceeds benefiting pro-life causes.

  • Lenten Fish Fry's: 6 weeks during Lent with proceeds benefiting our general fund.

  • Football Raffle: 17 week profession football lottery raffle with proceeds benefiting our general fund.

  • Tootsie Roll Drive: Every October with proceeds benefiting the mentally challenged.

What We Support

  • Seminarians: One of the core principals of the Knights is to support the Church. Encouraging and supporting those considering the Priesthood and those attending a seminary is vital. Our council currently supports local seminarians with prayers and financial help of approximately $14,000.00 per year with direct payments of $500.00 - $1,000.00 per seminarian per year.

  • Local Church: Aside from the community building activities of our fish fry's, smoked BBQ Dinners and breakfasts, we actively try to support the major events that happen at the Church of the Nativity. We regularly work with other parish organizations and the parish administration to help sponsor, coordinate or fund special events throughout the year like an ordination reception, the Fall Festival, Breakfast with Santa, alter server training, set up and maintenance of the Nativity Scene, as well as our own Free Throw Competition.

  • Community: Our council's annual Tootsie Roll drive raises money for children with mental disabilities. Eighty percent of the money raised stays local, which allows us to donate to the Lake Mary Center in Paola, KS. Our council's annual Roses for Life drive raises money for pro-life causes and all the money raised goes to local pro-life organizations. We also participate in the St Mary's Food Kitchen by hosting a BBQ meal during the month of August.

Funding Requests

Our main funding requests come from our membership or our Parish with the majority of our charitable giving being allocated with our yearly budget. If you would like to submit a funding request idea for our consideration, please use our funding request form.

2022-2023 Officers

Grand Knight Tim Kane. 913-544-8385

DG Knight Mark Mason 316-648-6101

Chancellor Mike Kirby 913-908-1372

Recorder Lee Sabata 402-367-8344

Treasurer Brett Schnake 816-210-1119

Advocate David Didde 913-486-3015

Warden Kirk Kinsinger 913-687-6347

Inside Guard Vito Carabetta 913-558-6969

Outside Guard Larry Brockhaus 913-491-0982

Fin Sec (A) Tim Kane 913-544-8385

Lecturer (A) Michael Buffa 913-433-3611

1 Yr Trustee Tom Fowler 913-231-0688

2 Yr Trustee Craig Smith 913-706-0650

3 Yr Trustee Gene Zwolinski 913-827-8014

Chaplain (A) Fr Mike Hawken 913-491-5017

(A) = Appointed

2022-2023 Service/Program Personnel

Membership Dir Ben Biller 816-591-3843

Recruitment Toby Boschert 816-591-2917

Recruitment Jerry Raggett 913-638-8910

Recruitment

Recruitment

Retention Mark Mason 316-648-6101

Program Dir David Didde 913-486-3015

Faith Dir

Family Dir John Sesti 913-653-3664

Community Dir Rod Carson 913-638-4834

Life Dir Mike Bartkoski 913-909-4519

Insurance Contact

David Soukup david.soukup@kofc.org 913-240-4545


Join Our Council

How do I join?

If you would like to join our Church of the Nativity council of the Knights of Columbus, the initial process is done online at knights.net and clicking JOIN to fill out the registration form and paying the $30 current calendar year eMember dues. To ensure we get notified properly from Supreme, please include our local council #11067 and our membership director's member number (see images below or here) during the signup process. (If there is a specific council member solely responsible for you joining, please contact us and we can email you their member number prior to registering.)

Once you have registered, we will contact you to schedule a first degree ceremony to attend and this will allow you to transfer into our council. The first degree ceremonies are normally scheduled during our regular monthly council meetings. Our local membership contact is Gene Zwolinski and his phone number is 913-827-8014.

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