Spotlight on Service, Sept. 22, 2015

Spotlight on Service, Sept. 22, 2015

This week: Urbana Knights of Columbus

About the club

Grand Knight:Jeff Kneer

Origin: Chartered 50 years ago Saturday — Sept. 26, 1965.

Meets: 10:15 a.m. on the third Sunday of the month at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church Parish Center Lounge.

Did you know? The Urbana council started as a spin-off of the Champaign-based Twin City Knights of Columbus Council 891. Among Urbana's well-known alums: Tom Berns, Ed Clancy, Steve Beckett, Tom Costello, John Gremer and Tom Kacich.

Proudest of

1 Its Father Charles Martell Scholarships, named after a former St. Patrick's pastor and presented annually to the parish's graduating high school seniors.

2 The Urbana Schnucks store allows members to pass out Tootsie Rolls while standing outside, taking donations for children with intellectual disabilities.

3 The Knights have worked on at least four home-maintenance projects — on James Street, Nevada Avenue, North Market Street and Bradley Avenue — the past 15 years. They provide material funding and labor.

Coming up

1 The Knights help build cupboards and distribute food parcels during what they call "Mega Work-A-Thons," which are coordinated by Empty Tomb.

2 The group plans pancake-and-sausage breakfasts whenever there's a fifth Sunday in a month.

3 Being planned: a Merry Christmas breakfast, fish fries during Lent, a Ladies' Night Out and a Super Bowl breakfast.

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