Knights of Columbus

 Council 11483
St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church
Port Charlotte, FL

For  God  and  Country

Charity - Unity - Fraternity - Patriotism

Knight of the Month for December 2019 was presented to Brother John Sanders by our Worthy Grand Knight, Ted McDermott.  John's work with the "Coats for Kids" program begins a new tradition of giving and supporting our Charlotte County community.  Thanks John for All you Do for God and Country!

The Boss

Brother Joe Manna surveys the results!!  

Feb 5, 2020

Road Crew

The Highway to Heaven got a little help this week when Brothers led by Joe Manna moved sand and stone to repair our driveway at St Max. From Left to Right, road gang helpers - Jesus Galvan, his teammate, Ted McDermott, John Funk, Jim Hoover, Bob Wright, Mark King and Ron Kunda! Thanks Brothers! Thanks to the Keystone company and their very supportive delivery guy who gave us pointers and help spread the "love".

Feb 5, 2020

Pocket Tax Tables

Our Brother and Insurance Field Agent mentioned that he had the new Tax Tables and would pass along.  Click HERE  to see and download!!  Some very comprehensive information.  Good luck and thanks Alan! Kotlarski!

Knight Knews

Things You Need to Know Now
Always Scroll Down to the Calendar Below to Check All Scheduled Events
Have You Volunteered Some of Your Time and Talent to Support the Council?
Sign Up Today for God and Country!

Kext Business meeting is Monday, March 2nd at 7p
Next Officer's meeting is Monday, February 24th at 7p  

Knightline Magazine now OnLine! 

Want to get the latest edition of the Knightline?  Click HERE!

Columbia Magazine now OnLine!

Want to read the latest edition of the Colmubia Magazine?
Click HERE

Golf Tournament Set - Saturday, March 28, 2020. Scroll down to view more!  Click HERE for Golf Flyer.  Click Here for Sign-Up Sheets and Click HERE for Sponsor Sheets or use the ONLINE SPONSOR SHEET.

TOOTSIE ROLL TIME -  Click HERE to see the Opportunities to help support our annual Tootsie Roll drive to help those with physical and mental disabilities.  Sign Up Today!!  Once you view/download the attached, then call or email Bob Fogler, DGK , with the times you can work.

(513) 675-8194 or

Winn Dixie is our final  location for this year on the weekend of April 18 and 19.   You have held raise over $4000 so far!! Let's finish off strong!!  

Culture of Life Events - Please click on the Pages icon, upper right of this page and select Culture of Life page for more details on these coming events:

Pregnancy Careline Gala. Tuesday, March 3rd, Charlotte Convention Center

Solemnity of the Annunciation  - Wednesday,  March 25th

Abortion Bill Clears Key Hurdle in Florida  - Cick HERE to read more.

4th Degree Newsletter - Click Here to download - Contact Faithful
Admiral,  Dave Richardson, if you have other information you would like to see published - email or call (404) 944-9172.  For other 4th Degree information, contact Faithful Navigator Kellmis Fernandez:  email or call (941) 284-2388.  4th Degree Regalia - need to purchase?  Click HERE.

Ask These Old Knights - Scroll Down Past the Calendar to learn about this new program and how you can participate.

The Invocation - K of C State Council Publication of statewide Knight Knews!  I think they copied us!  Click HERE to see the latest endtion.

Special Prayers - Please keep the following Brothers and their family members in your Prayers as they seek peace and healing. Bruno Jankauskas, Fregg Dragone, Vic Caldara, Amber Dion,  Jan Levier, Ted Seiter, Ron Wasdin, Chuck Weber, our Veterans and those on Active Duty, Daniel Becker and his family, Ron Wasdin, Susan Chavez.

Everyday Heroes - Season 2 - Click HERE for links and more info.

Knights of Columbus, an Illustrated History,  is availabe now with pre-order 30% discount.  Click HERE, to find out more and to order.

I Still Believe - The Faith Movie of the Year featuring Gary Sinise.  Go to our Pages (top right corner), Click on Culture of Life and see info/links to marvelous movie coming to our local theaters.

Entertainment Series - Mark your Calendar for Sunday March 15th to head to Riverwood for our next music performance.  Two shows, 5 & 8p.  Click HERE for details and Sign-Up Sheet and HERE for the flyer

Exemplification of Charity, Unity & Fraternity - English

The New Exemplification  - explanation and ceremony.  Click on the Watch Now button below.  Once on the video page, click on the > to begin the video and see the introduction by Sir Carl Albert Anderson, current Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  Please note that this is the first publication so there may be changes to this exemplification before the rollout is completed sometime in January. 

One of the most significant changes in the new Ceremony is that it is open to wives, family and friends.   The ceremonials, which were always asked to be kept to the membership, are now open and will be held in Church.  You are encourage to have them watch this video and participate in the feedback survey.

So after you watch the video, Supreme would appreciate your feedback.  Please click HERE to take the online survey.

Myakka pines golf glub

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Never too early to book your Foursome, Become a Sponsor!  More Details to come but if you need more info now, email Bob Wright:   

Brother Tom Henning is leading an effort to support our Brother Knights who are either permanently or temporarily incapacitated and need help with some simple home repair support. This will include the Knight’s spouse and the widows of our Knights. Often either from skill set limitations, age or health issues, a Brother Knight needs some help in some simple chores/repairs around the house. Fun!

These Old Knights will be a team of Brothers who can trim a bush, do some minor drywall repair like fixing a hole, change that light bulb that needs a ladder to reach, and on and on. There are those things that we just cannot, for our safety or for legal reasons, do. They will include any type of major electrical or plumbing that calls for a licensed and bonded professional. We’re not going up on roof tops! No lawn maintenance, i.e. we can’t be in the lawn care business, but we could trim a hedge or drag a palm frond to the curb. We could install grab bars and other handrails.

Each request will be sent to Tom for his and the team’s review. Can we do the job with the skill sets in the team? Does it require more skills or special licensing? The team may need to go out and review the job and let them know the costs. We expect the requester to pay for all the expenses. We are saving them on the labor side and the Council is not budgeting for these expenses.

So how do we get started and how can you participate? As Tom Henning has volunteered to be the organizer/contact/gatekeeper, you need to have his contact information:

(864) 238-5101, cell/txt   LEAVE Message if you call      email:   

Next, you need to sign-up. Below, you'll be able to "click to download" a sign-up form.  These forms will be compiled into a master list that will help Tom organize the Brothers and their skill sets. Be as thorough as possible. Fill that in and email to Tom.  If you need to, call him to discuss.

Next, review the attached “requester” forms that will be used to send in the request to have some type of work done, typically with two Knights on the job. This form not only tracks the project but the estimated budget.

There is also a form that you would take to the job site to keep notes on the project and expenses. Your feedback to Tom on these forms is welcome too.

Tom looks forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. He'll be compiling the list of volunteers and then coordinate a kick-off meeting to further talk about the services and answer other questions.

Volunteer Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Site Notes Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Project Request Form - Click Here to Download and Print
Indemnification Form - Click Here to Download and Print


Who are the Knights of Columbus?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to join...

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Gregg Marrapodi at: or cal (941) 628-8490.  You can also click HERE for an online link.

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus. If interested in becoming a 4th Degree Knight, speak with the Grand Knight or Chancellor of Council 11483.


Under the guidance of Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald (1865-1929), the first Columbian Squires circle was instituted in 1925. Membership in the Squires is for Catholic boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Squires' activities are many, varying from spiritual to active service for the Church and community. Each circle elects officer members from their own rank, teaching skills of leadership and responsibility.  We currently do not have a squires program at our council. If you are interested in the Squires program do not hesitate to contacts us and we will connect you to a local council that has the program.

We are council 11483 located at St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Port Charlotte, FL 
Interested in becoming a Member?  Contact Gregg Marrapodi, our Chancellor.  
(941) 628-8490

A Brief History of Our Council

For God and Country

It all started in the fall of 1994 when Charles Maloney, who at that time was District Deputy and Rich Oliva, the District Warden asked Louis Nagy for help to start a council at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish.Our Rector Fr. Bob Mattingly gave the OK to proceed and by January 20, 1995 we had the over 40 members required by Supreme to start a Council and so Council 11483 was founded.One of our First events was a Spanish American dance held on September 16,1995. George Ponzio & Henry Libergall were the chief-cooks and music was provided by the Spanish American Society of Pt. Charlotte and a great time was had by all.Later that same month we sponsored a parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.On November 20, 1995 a lighted Christmas Holy Family Centerpiece valued at $ 325.00 was donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea for our first fund raiser. Art Croteau won a 50-dollar gift certificate for selling 190 tickets. Stan Brokaw and Ted Rivera both sold over 100 tickets each.On January 22, 1996 we held our first spaghetti dinner. Adults were served for $ 2.50 and children were admitted free of charge. Jim LaBee was our chief-cook and with his help we bought the stove for the kitchen which was used many times at future dinners.On February 19,1996 we held our first social dance and the music was provided by John Del Genio.On March 14, 1996 Father Bob conducted a service for members to renew their marriage vows and a certificate was given. Twenty-two couples were present representing 839 years of marriage and 92 children.Our first Tootsie Roll drive was held that March of 1996 and handled by Bob Mungovan, Jim LaBee and Roger King. We raised and donated $ 1,000.00 to A.R.C.On April 14, 1996 we hosted a pasta dinner at a cost of 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.On May 23, 1996 we received a Certificate of Appreciation for sponsoring Girl Scout Troop #177. Leaders were Dorothy King & Beatrice Briggs.We held our first Golf Outing on June 29,1996. Our chairman and golf-lunch, beverages and prizes.We also painted the inside of the Church building in August of 1996. The building included the parish hall, classrooms and offices.On November 3, 1996 we held our second parish picnic at Harbor Heights Park.We sponsored our second fund-raiser in December of 1996, raffling off another nativity scene donated by Ron Ferguson of Silk & Sea.We had our first Valentine Day celebration with a pasta and meatball dinner held on February 13,1997.The celebration continued for St. Patrick's Day when we sponsored our first Corn Beef dinner on March 17,1997.This and many other events has contributed to the building of our council, organization, and parish. We continue this work today and have fun doing it every time. 


1441 Spear St. 
Port Charlotte, FL


Contact: Gregg Marrapodi, Chancellor 
Phone: (941) 628-8490