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.

2018-2019 Officers

Grand Knight      Craig Smith        913-706-0650
DG Knight         Gene Zwolinski     913-827-8014
Chancellor        Bob Vedder         913-645-4215
Recorder          Mark Mason         316-648-6101
Treasurer         Brett Schnake      816-210-1119
Advocate          David Didde        913-486-3015
Warden            Ken Logsdon        913-491-5110
Inside Guard      Vito Carabetta     913-558-6969
Outside Guard     Larry Brockhaus    913-491-0982
Fin Sec (A)       Tim Kane           913-544-8385
Lecturer (A)      Jerry Malone       913-488-5122
1 Yr Trustee      Joe Falco          913-530-0010
2 Yr Trustee      Mike Gorman        816-896-2283
3 Yr Trustee      Tom Fowler         913-231-0688
Chaplin (A)       Fr Francis Hund    913-491-5017

(A) = Appointed

2018-2019 Service/Program Personnel

Membership Dir    Gene Zwolinski     913-827-8014
Recruitment       Bob Vedder         913-645-4215
Recruitment       Jerry Raggett      913-638-8910
Recruitment       Al Samuelson       816-728-2636
Recruitment       Mark Mason         316-648-6101
Retention
Program Dir       David Didde        913-486-3015
Church            Joe Falco          913-530-0010
Community
Council
Culture of Life
Family
Youth             John Sesti         913-653-3664

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