Council #3540
2015 Seminarians Flyer

These young men can use your prayers and support while they are at St. Joseph’s Seminary studying to become a priests.


Father Michael J. McGivney Guild

IL 60th State Certificate
 From Grand Knight
Matt Martinez.....

Hello Brother Knights,

All the Glory and Honor and Praise belongs to God our heavenly Father, it is through his Grace, Mercy and Love that we are together during this moment in time and of this article printing. Thank you to my Brother Knights for voting your confidence in me as your council’s 48th Grand Knight. I am privileged to have served under many PGK from; Rich Czarnecki who took me to my degree ceremonies which gave me my start with the Knights, the guiding words of PGK Brian Fisher on how our council needs to open better lines of communication with the parishes we serve, to PGK Bob Layne instilling upon me the importance of Council Membership and how it’s not just with a committee person – but we all must take a part in its growth, to PGK Mike Wysocki who began to show me the behind the scenes of how the council is maintained, and to my current/outgoing GK Dom Ramierz which showed me that the Grand Knight must show patience with good judgment as his decisions/actions of today have lasting consequences for Tomorrow. To these men and many other of Lansing’s PGK such as; Joe Matlon, Al Torres, Robert Blake, Howard Morrison, Pete Marx, and Ken Cuprisin – you all have been my mentors and I owe you my thanks. I would not be here it not for a very important woman in my life, my wife Lena. After I received the sacrament of confirmation from the Catholic Church, I asked her how can I become more active with the Church? Not to miss a beat, Lena encouraged me to pick an organization with the Church and to get involved. She is truly the air I need to breathe each, and every day. I owe her my extra heartfelt thanks for her love and patience with me, especially these next 2 years.

As we head into the 64th year of being a council, we face many challenges but I couldn’t ask for a better team of officers that, working together we can and will accomplish anything we plan and put into action. Thank you for sharing in what my vision is for our council, and I hope that you are ready for some hard work. However I re-assure you that we will have some fun in these many events and work, trust me! To You, my brothers I now ask you: Have you purchased your Raffle tickets? By the time you read this, our early Bird Drawing (on June 30th) has come and gone and we’ll be in the home stretch of our Main Fundraiser drawing on August 15th. See a full retailed report from our Co-Chairperson and Deputy Grand Knight in our July/August bulletin. I hope you and your Family had a Happy and Safe 4th of July! This is the 239th anniversary of this country’s independence as a Nation. Remember that Freedom isn’t free, and we should be ready to defend the Church in areas such as the protection of religious liberty, the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers cover free birth control and to put our words into action where need to assist the poor and those in need. In August, the council will be planning it’s Soccer Competition and Essay Contest for our Youth, please be on the look out for future details. With changes to our soccer location in Lansing, we might be looking for another venue to host our Soccer competition – if you know of any soccer fields in your area – please contact me directly!

Council Goals:

1) We need YOU to attend council meetings, so your assistance can be used with our programs and/or participating in our social events. Although I appreciate all of our volunteers and membership, I know that we all work and have our main obligations. However my Brother Knights, I need your assistance with more participation from our council - if you'd like to become a part of our future programs, I invite YOU to an officer's planning meeting which is the last Tuesday of Each Month at 8PM. And as always, you've paid you dues - so Join us at our general Meetings which are held Each first Tuesday of the month at 8PM. Just in case all of our meetings are held at our Clubhouse!!

2) Achieve Star Council, We are a blessed membership of over 300 men, if each of us asked 1 or more of our friends, co-workers, family members to join we can meet the guidelines for Star Council. In order to keep this benevolent council running another 63 years, we need your help and recommendations for good Catholic Men to answer the call toward our Membership. I challenge our council to bring in the needed 28 men to Meet the Supreme office's Quota. But this is half the challenge, we also must meet with our Worthy Insurance Agent to meet the Supreme quota as well. Insurance with our organization is voluntary, but death comes to us all. Contact Tim whose telephone number can be found either on our news bulletin, or the officer's page of this website. TO UP THE ANITY .... the council will be giving away a Council T shirt to the top Knight that brings in the Most new members from July 1 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Finally, I would ask for your prayers and support as we, the officers, Past Grand Knights and myself hope to guide the Lansing Council # 3540 for the Knights of Columbus into the 2015-2016 Fraternal year.

Vivat Jesus!

We still need your help and/or co-chairpersons for the following programs;

  • Soccer Competition - August/September 2015
  • Supreme Essay Contest – August/September 2015
  • Children's Halloween Party - October, 2015
  • Breakfast with Santa - December, 2015
  • Adult Christmas Party - December, 2015
  • Basketball Free-Throw Competition - January, 2016
  • Spelling Bee Competition - January, 2016

Prayerfully consider attending our next meeting and stay afterwards to learn more about these great programs. We need your help to run and have another successful program.

Please see take a look at our Crawler in the upper right of this webpage. You can get more information about the following events planned:

Our next major degree exemplifications, for those wishing to join our council and the Knights will take place on:
  • (Take your 1st Degree) Wednesday, July 22nd at the Lansing Council #3540, 17800 Lorenz Ave - Lansing.
    Registration is at 6:30, Degree Starts at 7:00PM
  • (Major Degree Take your 1st-3rd Degrees) To Be Scheduled.
  • (Take your 4th Degree) To Be Scheduled.

Want to learn more about the Knights??
Please see the "How to Join" button on the left of this page.


Brother Knights, it is once again time for our Vocations Raffle. By the time you read this you should have received your letter along with a raffle book in the mail. All proceeds from the Raffle will be used to help support our Seminarians and Priests. They need our help, so please sell or buy your Raffle book and return the STUBS WITH COVER INTACT as soon as possible to Ron Fisher at 3538 193rd Street Lansing IL 60438. Or use the return envelope I will provide to you in the future mailing.

In addition to the many Seminarians we have supported in the past, many who are now serving in the Priesthood, we continue to sponsor two seminarians who are now in their third year of study. For the next several months our two Seminarians Rubin Chaidez and Theo McManigal will be working as understudies to Priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago parishes. Please see our flier on Rubin and Theo on this website in the upper right corner of this page!!

My Brother Knights we can be proud of our past efforts but we must continue to support out Vocations raffle for the future Seminarians, Priests, and Religious. For every book we buy or sell our Council receives a total of $9.00 to support our local efforts. In addition, the State receives $6.00 to support the greater worldwide cause, totaling $15.00 of support.

Remember, if it were not for a former Seminarian Father Michael J. Mc Giveney, we the Knights of Columbus would not be the organization we are today.

Vivat Jesus!!

Question? Contact Ronald P. Fisher Vocations Chairman at 708-895-5579.

If you are a member of the Knights of Columbus we welcome you to join us at our monthly meeting! The Lansing Council meets at our facility, located at: 17800 Lorenz Ave, Lansing, IL. See the "Directions" button on the left of this website page, for a map and driving details to find our council. Council meetings are held on the First Tuesday of each month starting at 8PM.