Thanks to all the Knights and their families and friends along with students from Delone and South Western High Schools who helped in the Apple Harvest Apple Daiquiri Stand this year. Special thanks to Pam McMaster who provided assistance at SJ kitchen! With over 500 hours from nearly 100 volunteers involved in the preparation, set-up, sales, teardown, and clean-up, our unselfish efforts produced a net proceeds of about $5500 to be used for our various charitable donations! THANK YOU!!! - Dave Zinn
Becky Biter, President, Undefeated Courage Harrisburg and York, reports her group has raised around $9,000 of the $12,500 needed to purchase an ultrasound machine. K of C Supreme Council will match the $12,500 which will be the amount required to purchase the unit. The mobile unit will travel around South Central PA providing pregnancy testing and other services to women seeking health care. At present the plan is to have the van operational by mid 2020. PLEASE SEE DAN MLINEK FOR MORE INFO.
Many Knights from Hanover Council 871 have been busy this past year cleaning up the St. Joseph Picnic Grove woods and pavilion. Some of the accomplishments so far include tree trimming, landscaping, removing scrap, routing, sanding and painting picnic tables, replacing wiring and lights, replacing the siding and K of C emblem, painting the roof, power washing the concrete, posting signs. In the photo above is project chairman Will Smith, right, stands with electrician Wayne Groft while Chris Balanesi on the ladder helps Marc Heppding (hiding up on the roof) apply a final coat of paint. Will Smith would like to thank all those involved!
Hanover Council 871 had a good time at their annual family and awards picnic enjoying good eats and drinks while honoring those who have provided outstanding service to our council church and community. Some of the awards presented included: • Knight of the Year - David Keating III • Family of the Year - Dave and Rosy Keating • Past Grand Knight - Rick Harmer • Honorary Member - Rob Sheaffer • Honorary Life Members - David Keating, Jr., Frank Sanders and Greg Small • 50 Year Members - Steve Laughman & Mike Smith
Allen and Amy are members of St. Joseph's parish in Hanover where they attend mass on a weekly basis. The Smith Family is active in parish functions, Allen served on the parish Finance committee at St. Joseph's and Amy served as an Organizer in the Discovering Christ Program offered at the parish.The Smith's are dedicated to the Catholic school system as their children Justin and Makenzie attended both St. Joseph's School and Delone Catholic High School.
Allen and Amy have supported our council by volunteering their time with fundraising activities, including the numerous Council breakfasts held each year after Sunday masses. Allen and Amy also help support our largest fund raising event each October, the Annual Apple Harvest Festival Stand as part of a team volunteering 5-hour shifts during the two weekends. Their volunteering efforts are felt in the community as well. Allen serves on the Delone Catholic High School Board of Directors, chairs the Delone Catholic High School Academic Committee and serves on Delone Catholic High School Facilities and Grounds Committee. Amy Volunteers with the Tender Care Pregnancy Center a Pro-life facility that our council proudly supports. Council #871 congratulates Allen and Amy Smith and Family, June Family of the Month, a fine example for our Council and Parish, and most deserving of this award.
The Undefeated Courage Mobile Ultrasound unit which Council #871 has contributed to for the last two years is currently in Pennsylvania
being prepared for operation. The van will have a graphic “wrap” applied on
the outside of the van during the last two weeks of June. The ultrasound has been installed in the van as well as 3 monitors for viewing the ultrasound. Becky Biter, coordinator for the project, plans to have the van fully operational and traveling around South Central Pennsylvania during July.
At the Council 871 meeting held April 9, 2019, Dan Mlinek presented a check for $2500 to Becky and Shawn Biter, Directors of Undefeated Courage,
South-Central Pennsylvania. The donation will help fund a mobile ultrasound unit that will travel among the Planned Parenthood facility locations in
South-Central Pennsylvania. Women who board the mobile
unit will receive prayerful support, counseling, abortion pill reversal information,
free pregnancy testing, and limited ultrasounds. The women will
leave with an action plan connecting them with a pregnancy resource center
or medical facility to continue their care. The target date to have the
mobile unit on the road is summer of 2019.
Marc and Hope Heppding are members of St. Joseph's Parish in Hanover,
where they attend weekly mass.They are active in council functions and
parish activities as well as community organizations. Since becoming a
Knight, Marc has been very active in our council. Marc has volunteered this
past year for our annual Apple Harvest event, the monthly Pancake Breakfasts,
the Parish Picnic Pavilion cleanup, as well as our Friday Lenten Dinners.
Marc is currently assisting our parish by working on support and documentation of St. Joseph's parish cemetery. Hope has been involved in bible
study sessions as a participant and a facilitator, she has volunteered
her time in the past for food banks for the poor, and the
St.Vincent De Paul society. She has attended Catholic Women's
retreats and made a parish trip to Medjugorje. Marc and Hope
frequently visit Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine at Mount
Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg. Marc felt after his retirement
from MedStar Health that he wanted to give more of
his time to serve others. He felt the Knights was the right fit for
him. We are fortunate to have him as a fellow Brother of our
council. The Catholic faith is a major part of Mark and Hope's
life. They have three sons who are now in their 30’s - Eric,
Kevin and Marc, Jr. The Heppding Family is a fine example for
our Council and Parish, and most deserving of this award.
Vince and Eileen are members of St. Joseph's Parish in Hanover. They attend mass at St. Joseph's on a weekly basis. They are both active in council functions and fundraising events which benefit their parish as well as other community organizations. They have volunteered this past year for our annual Apple Harvest event and our Breakfast with Santa held at St. Joseph's parish social hall. Vince was a substitute math teacher at Monsignor Slade Catholic School and St. Jane Francis school as well. Vince and Eileen are a fine example for our Council and Parish. They are most deserving of this award.
Several Knights and family members traveled to Washington, D.C. on January 18 and participated in the 46th annual March for Life. The event honors the over 60 million babies lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, and this year’s attendance was one of the largest ever with estimates ranging from 500,000- 600,000. The theme of the March was “Unique from Day One”, which focused on the scientific case that life begins at conception. Among the speakers at the event were Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the K of C, Vice-Pres. Mike Pence and his wife Karen, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. Vice-President Pence stressed the importance of the attendees continuing to support the repeal of Roe v. Wade despite the opposition of many Americans. It was very uplifting to be with a large Pro-Life gathering. If you have never gone to the March for Life it is well worth the effort.