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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  • 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 an installation of officers.

Here is the current schedule for 2015-206:

  • 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 KofC Clown. Our goal is to add three new clown clubs this Fraternal Year. Can your Council help? 

Ron Stuppy, Chairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Historian


The State Council Museum is located at Council 1054 in Jefferson City. Recently, bookcases and glass cases were purchased to hold the collection of materials that were
donated to the museum.

Several items from Past State Deputy Hilary Schmittzehe's estate were donated to be displayed in the museum. Donated items from councils and knights have also been placed in the museum.

Minutes from the state conventions of the Columbian Squires, the Columbus Girls, Ladies Auxiliaries, the bi-annual Fourth degree meeting and the exemplifications held, and the minutes from the State Officers and the Columbian Charities meetings are planned to be located in the library at St. Louis University in St. Louis (SLU).

If your Council has an item of historical nature and you think it should be in the museum, please consider making a donation to our State Museum.

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


Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Web Site

State Council Website

I am thrilled to again serve you as your Website Coordinator. I hope that many of you find the State Council's website useful, and full of good information. Hopefully you have used many of the online, interactive online forms that are available to help you report what you're doing, as it also helps us to gather and track information for historical purposes. Hopefully you have also used the State Calendar to help you keep track of state events upcoming, including degree events. With all of these nice features, we are about to turn the page into a new realm of available and easy to find information.

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.

It is the goal of the technology team to migrate our web site to fully utilize the web format provided by UKnight Interactive by the end of 2015. UKnight Interactive is a 3rd party program that has the backing of the Supreme Council to help setup consistent looking websites for the State Council on down to the local Councils and 4th Degree Assemblies. This will give us some new tools to use that will benefit many in the State Council. As we migrate, we will have all the same functionality we have today, and some new and exciting new ones. You will maintain your interactive forms, have a better and easier to use and manage Calendar tool, and we will gain the ability to open up some editing capabilities for our DD's and Chairman. Also, we will begin using an electronic marketplace for the reservation and registration for our future State Conventions.

As the year rolls on, you will see and hear more about UKnight Interactive, and how it may help your councils. Some of our councils have already made the move to UKnight Interactive for their websites, and rave about its ease of use and the information that they can have available with little effort. For more information, 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 questions or needs help, don't hesitate to e-mail or call me.

The State Web Site is maintained by:
Kevin Hudnut, Website Coordinator    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 2016 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.