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Knights of Columbus move to Theater Avenue

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Thomas Dillon Council 1014, officially opened their new facility in Huntington at 2817 Theater Avenue on Saturday, June 16. A dedication and blessing and ribbon cutting took place as part of the grand opening.

The event began with opening remarks by Grand Knight Jeff Young followed by the dedication and blessing of the facility by Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy. Participating in the service were Council Chaplains Father John Pfister of Huntington’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Father Ron Rieder, SS. Peter and Paul. Scott Cunningham, state treasurer of the Knights of Columbus, also addressed those in attendance. Mayor Brooks Fetters was on hand for an official proclamation of the opening of the facility and a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting by Steve Kimmel, executive director, followed.

Young welcomed everyone in attendance and said, “Many generations have thought about moving our club to a different location. I am thankful that God has put together this group of men with a common vision to achieve this goal. It is impossible to individually name everyone who had something to do with this great day; it took every person to bring us to this day.”

A dinner of pulled pork, sauerkraut, pasta salad, bruschetta, a celebratory cake and other assorted foods and beverages were served to all in attendance. Blue Grass music by the Rupley Band was played in the early evening followed by contemporary music by Nate Kaufman in the evening.

The Huntington Council 1014 of the Knights of Columbus formed on May 28, 1905 with 63 men from SS. Peter and Paul and St. Mary’s parishes. The first club was located at the Roche building, corner of Park Drive and Jefferson Street (Lehman building). In 1913 the Council moved to the Boos and Pfeiffer building at 21 E. Market and was purchased in 1946.

According to Young, “With the membership growing in both numbers and age the need for a single story building, allowing better accessibility for older members as well as the need for parking necessitated the move.” Young continued, “We currently have 470 members with 40 new members this year.”

Committees were formed under the direction of member Jack Mettler, 4th Degree Knight and 54 year member, and Mike Fisher, 4th Degree Knight and 55 year member, to raise funds and search for an appropriate location to satisfy the needs of the membership. In September of 2011, the new location at 2817 Theater Avenue was purchased and extensive remodeling began.

Young commented that much of the work was completed by the membership, “The building has been completely repainted, roofed and the interior remodeled to suit the needs of the club. A wall between the bar area and dining room has been opened up with windows so that members can see through the building. Dave Bowman was the project manager. Members Steve and Michael Zahn, First Federal Savings Bank, helped make the financing possible.”

The Knights of Columbus meet the first Thursday night of each month and the facility is open to members every Thursday and Friday evening for food, fellowship and beverages. The facility is also available for rental through the Knights of Columbus for parties, receptions, reunions and more. Currently, it is booked into August and preferred caterers are available.

“The organization is a not-for-profit and any money we make we give away to help the community. Members are practicing Catholics in good standing,” according to Tim Kaufman, Deputy Grand Knight. He continued, “Members participate in the Tootsie Roll Drive and funds are raised to help people with disabilities and the Relay for Life.”

The Knights of Columbus also holds Pitch-In, Living Rosary, monthly breakfasts, social times on the third Thursday of every month, cook-outs on the patio, special fundraising events, have a Mother-Daughter breakfast, Santa Claus at the club, free throw competition, sponsor Cub Scout Pack 3135 and Boy Scout Troop 135, have a golf league, a bowling league (formed in 1950), attend baseball games and celebrate the Fourth of July together. The golf league was begun this past spring.

The state golf tournament will be hosted by the Huntington Knights of Columbus in 2015. Young commented that the event will bring many participants to Huntington using both hotels. “From this new facility, the guests will be able to walk to their hotels and we will use both Norwood and LaFontaine golf courses.”

Officers for 2012-2013 include Grand Knight, Jeff Young; Deputy Grand Knight, Tim Kaufman; recorder, Jeff Scher; financial, Mike Bushee; treasurer, Dan Carmichael; advocate, Kevin Rupley; chancellor, Chris Rice; warden, Joe Wixted; lecturer Eric Lopshire; inside guard, Dan Lyons; outside guard, Ed Hinen; 1st year trustee, Mark Hesting; 2nd year trustee, Dave Rethlake; 3rd year trustee, Tim Godfroy and Dave Mettler, Faithful Navigator 4th degree.

For more information about the Huntington Knights of Columbus call (260) 356-0924 or email at msgr.dillon.1014@kofc1014.org. For more photos of the event, click on http://huntingtoncountychamber.com/gallery/knights-columbus.html