Meet Life Campaign

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Meet Life Campaign




At the Annual Organizational meeting of the Missouri State Council Knights of Columbus in July of 2011, the Missouri State Council announced a bold initiative with a goal of reducing the number of abortions by Missouri residents by 50% by the end of 2016. As we being our fifth year of this five year campaign it is most important that we reach our goal of $2 million dollars.

The Meet Life Campaign expands the Ultrasound Initiative begun by the Supreme Council in 2009, and places ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers in Missouri offering women a free ultrasound image of their unborn child and giving them the opportunity to choose life for their child. To date, Missouri Knights have placed 38 machines across the State. In the 2014 calendar year more than 2,900 babies were saved from abortion as a direct result of the Meet Life Campaign.

This exciting campaign uses the expertise of the Vitae Foundation to develop multimedia campaigns to get the message to women who are at risk of choosing an abortion. We have targeted appropriate centers for placement of the ultrasound machines.

The State Council asked each Council to pledge $50 per member over five years to accomplish this goal. We are now in the fifth year of this five year campaign with $200,000 more needing to be raised this year in order to meet our $2 million dollar goal. Councils are also encouraged to conduct Baby Bottle Campaigns in their Parishes to raise funds for this important effort or they can hold a variety of other fundraisers such as a dinner/dance, free will offering breakfast, have a second collection at Mass are some of the options they can use.

This is an exciting and wonderful opportunity to bring about a culture of life and the Knights of Columbus are leading the way. Please support this most important campaign. Please support this most important campaign so that we can successfully reach our goal of raising $2 million dollars by the end of this fraternal year!


Click on the links below to see how your Council or Assembly is doing toward it's goal (as of December 2015):



For more information:

Lou Holtmann, Meet Life Coordinator   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baby Bottle Campaign

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Baby Bottle Campaign

 Missouri Knights of Columbus

 “MEET LIFE” Baby Bottle Campaign

The Missouri State Council Knights of Columbus have always been leaders in respecting the lives of the unborn. The Baby Bottle Campaign is an easy and effective way to raise funds for the Meet Life Campaign helping to reduce the number of abortions and place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers throughout the State of Missouri by the end of 2016. We need every Council and Auxiliary to join us on this "MEET LIFE Baby Bottle Campaign.

Guidelines for a successful fund raiser: 

  • First, meet with your pastor to gain his approval and to set a tentative date for the campaign and share with him everything the Knights have done in the campaign and how successful we have been.
  • Request bottles from a Baby Bottle Board diocese coordinator. There are four (4) separate Boards formed within the state each being responsible for the Councils in their respective diocese. These boards are known as:
    • Baby Bottle Board of Metro St. Louis
      • Members: Bob Thalhammer–2951, Matt Nowak–1121, Brian Rash–11139, Dale Werner–14402
    • Baby Bottle Board of Kansas City
      • Members: Larry Pearce-4613, Mike Jarrett-4962, David Chapman-14972
    • Baby Bottle Board of Jefferson City
      • Members: Richard Wieberg-1171, Mitch Passini-2627, Brett Witte-1752
    • Baby Bottle Board of Springfield/Cape Girardeau
      • Members: David Buckley–10200, John Nabity–12650, Dr Milton Eichmann–1706, Brian Ziegler–6420
    • These boards are to be used to encourage and assist Knights of Columbus Councils conducting a successful Baby Bottle Campaign in their Parishes
  • Select a Knight who is comfortable with public speaking to make a pulpit presentation
  • Place a full page ad in the church bulletin the week before the presentation
  • Make sure you have several Knights to hand out bottles after Mass
  • Distribute bottles to your church organizations (the Parish school, PSR, Scouts, etc., and don't forget the Ladies Auxiliary)
  • Use your bulletin for reminders to bring their bottles back on a designated date bottles (around four weeks) and have Knights in the back of church to receive the bottles
  • When the Campaign is over please return the bottles to your diocesan coordinator
    • Keep in mind bottles will continue to trickle in so make a plan to get remaining funds turned in
  • Make your check payable to Columbian Charities of Missouri Inc. and mail to Meet Life Coordinator Lou Holtmann

For more information:
Ed Spence, Baby Bottle Campaign Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.