Clown Clubs

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Clown Clubs

Missouri Knights of Columbus Clown Clubs

"Promoting Brotherhood by Replacing Tears with Smiles"  

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Clowning can be used in a variety of ways to benefit others, such as putting a smile on someone that is down, or makng a child smile with a balloon, or when you paint an image on their face or arm.  You can even use clowning to spread the Gospel.  There are balloon figures, magic routines, and face painting images that can be used to "bring God into the picture."

One of the best reasons is contained in the last verse of the Clown prayer we say at our meetings: "And in my final moment, may I hear you whisper, 'when you made my people smile, you made me smile'."  What better way to go through life than to have God smiling on you because you are bringing joy to others!


  • Recruit a minimum of five (5) members for a full club; a minimum of two (2) members are required for a "Mini- Club". Clown Club members maybe the child, grandchild, wife, or friend of a member of the Knights of Columbus.
  • Obtain a sponsor, i.e.: Chapter, District or Council.
  • Submit an application for a charter to the State Clown Club Chairmen. Include a check for $25.00 with the application for the first year's dues in the Missouri Knights of Columbus Clown Club.
  • Arrange to meet the State Clown Club Chairman, in order to hold an election of officers and hold an installation of the new officers.

Here is the current schedule for 2015:

  • April 11, 2015 - Introduction to Clowning Work Shop, Most Sacred Heart – Fr. Dowling Hall, Eureka, MO   Agenda  Flyer  Registration
  • TBD - State Clown Convention

Clown Club Officers:

Joe Moses
8438 Dittmer Catawissa Rd.
Dittmer, MO 63023
(636) 274-2927

Roland Cretel Jr.
6808 N Baltimore
Gladstone, MO 64118
Tony Braun
631 Sun Valley Dr. N
Arnold, MO 63010
(636) 287-6659
Jeff (Fancy) Brondel
314 Galena Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 893-5045
Deacon Steve Kliethermes
337 West Forest
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 893-3693

Active Missouri Clown Clubs:

Justin Jacobs
1694 F Herault
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 886-4892
Vince Benedetto
13807 Hillcrest Dr.
Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 213-8715
Herman Gerke
17620 Pink Elephant Rd.
Boonville, MO 65233
(660) 537-3190
Jim Ebone
2823 Sundowner
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 947-7925
Rodney Loesch
P.O. Box 237
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 263-3161
Darryl Griffin
P.O. Box 1218
Linn, MO 65051
(573) 897-2959
Larry Reynolds
1203 SW. Madison
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
(816) 524-8474
Joe Moses Sr.
8438 Dittmer Catawissa Rd.
Dittmar, MO 63023
(636) 274-2927
Roland Cretel, Jr.
6808 N Baltimore
Gladstone, MO 64118

Contact one of these clubs to learn more about being a K of C Clown. Our goal is to add three new clown clubs this Fraternal Year. Can your Council help? If you or your Council need some clowns at one of your events, give 'em a call.


Joe Moses, Sr., Chairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Historian


After many years, the Missouri Knights of Columbus will have its own museum. Council 1054·in Jefferson City have allocated a room that will hold the collection of material for the State Council archives. Over the last few years many items dealing with the Missouri State Council have been collected and now we have a place to properly store this collection.

The records archive for the State Council of the Knights of Columbus is located in the library at St. Louis University in St. Louis (SLU). We are working on the records of the State Council first and as space allows we will look at milestones of our councils. If you have any material that concerns the State Council contact the state historian as to the best way to get the information to him. The information will then be scanned and placed on a thumb drive (external hard drive) and then the document will be sent on to SLU for archiving.

Included at SLU we will keep the minutes from the state conventions of the Columbian Squires and the Columbus Girls, Ladies Auxiliaries. The minutes from the bi-annual Fourth degree meeting and the exemplifications held and the minutes from the State Officers meetings and the Columbian Charities meetings.

To help your Council maintain its long-term records, it is suggested that the Grand Knight consider appointing a Council Historian. Council should also consider making donations of historical nature to our State Archive as well.

When all is completed you will be able to e-mail the historian for information and he should be able to e-mail you back what you had requested.

For further information, please contact:
David Kiesling, Historian     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Blog


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Web Site

State Council Website

I am thrilled to serve as your full time Website Coordinator. The intention for this year is to keep moving forward on the foundation built by our past webmasters, but also toward integrating new and exciting things into our website, not just for State Council use, but also to benefit the local councils as well. 

You should see some new online forms for information gathering, new and fresher pages for the committee chairman, and more concise ways to get the information you need to grow and excite our members.

One of the main initiatives for the upcoming fraternal year is the rollout of UKnight Interactive to the State Council site and to the local councils. Those of you who were at the convention in April may have seen a presentation about this exciting new tool. The intent is to provide an easy to use web tool for all councils to utilize, and to maintain a consistent look and feel across the board. This will enable us to build our “brand” and “sell” it to prospective members. Grand Knights, be looking in your e-mail soon for information about how to get started with this wonderful program. If any of you need someone to come talk to your council about this initiative, let me know and I’d be happy to try and schedule some time for a visit.

Don’t forget about the wonderful communication tools that are available to everyone. The monthly State Newsletter is published exclusively on the website. The Mariner, the greatest State Council publication in the order, is also now available online.

Also, District Deputies and Grand Knights, when you have a 1st Degree scheduled, please submit them to me via e-mail. This will ensure that they get on the State Council calendar, and may attract more members to attend your degree!!

If anyone has any ideas on what they’d like to see on the website, I’m all ears. Send any questions and/or comments to either of the e-mail address listed below.

The State Web Site is maintained by:
Kevin Hudnut, Web Site Chairman    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. McGivney Guild

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Fr. McGivney Guild


Apostle to the Young and Protector of Christian Family Life

The Order of the Knights of Columbus has established the Father McGivney Guild to promote the cause for canonization of our founder. The goal of the Guild is to spread the good word about his holiness of life, to encourage devotion to his memory, and to seek his intercession before the throne of God. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to share in this mission. All one need to do is fill out the application below and mail it to the address listed to become enrolled. There is no cost or obligation.

The Guild is anxious to receive reports of favors received through Father McGivney’s intercession before the throne of God on our behalf. As a member of the Guild you will receive a newsletter and periodic update on the progress of his canonization.

Fr. McGivney Guild applications:  Single  Multiple

For more information, check out

Please consider using the following "Prayer for Canonization of Father Michael J. McGivney" at your meeting:

"God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here you make your request). Through Christ our Lord, Amen."
Follow with the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

Please report all favors received to:
The Father McGivney Guild
One Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT  06510-3326.

John Nabity  Father McGivney Guild    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Technology and Communications

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Technology and Communications

Technology and Communications


As many of you know, as you look around you, technology is everywhere. Most of the homes in today’s world has at least one computer, and a seemingly infinite number of other gadgets like smart phones, tablets, interactive music players, etc.

It is time for the Knights of Columbus in Missouri to catch up. It is my job as the Chairman for Technology and Communications to see to it that we make better use of the available electronic media, and its countless ways to streamline and speed up communications amongst Knights in the state.

In the coming months, be looking for some new initiatives around making our internal communications more modern. While good old “snail mail” still has its place, be looking for more communications from the state level to be coming to you electronically. The first task that I will be working on is setup a directory consisting of e-mail addresses for our local council leadership.

For the directory, I will need the following: your name, position, Council number, and email address. When completed, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with a header of State Directory – Council number. This information will be kept strictly confidential, and will be controlled only by me, and will only be used for Knights of Columbus business.

With this directory, we can then utilize the State Council mass e-mailing partner, Constant Contact, to keep in touch with all of you. This will allow for fast delivery, and will save the State Council money on mailings. Be looking in the near future for your State Newsletters to arrive via this method, as well as mailings regarding state meetings such as the 2015 State Convention.

Also, become a fan of the State Council Facebook page, and follow our Twitter feed as we try capitalize on the age of social media.

As you can see, it is an exciting time, and I am thrilled to be leading this fun and adventurous time!!

Robert Hook, Chairman - Technology and Communications       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.