KC Family Fun Day at the Race Track – July 20


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Special Iowa Cubs outing – July 24


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KCs to sponsor Free Throw Championship on Sunday, January 26

 All boys and girls ages 10-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, at the Newton YMCA, 1701 S. 8th Ave E. in  Newton.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners advancing through local, district, and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in their respective age and gender divisions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.

All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information contact: Tim Bloom at 641-521-1848

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2014 Spelling Bee – January 25, 2014 – Capitol II Theatre, Newton, IA

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Spelling Bee – Msgr TJ McCann Council of the Knights of Columbus


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KCs observe Respect Life Month

In commemoration of Respect Life Month, and in support and remembrance of the victims of abortion, both born and unborn, members and family of local Knights of Columbus McCann Council 2663 set up pro-life crosses and sign in the front lawn of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Pictured above are Grand Knight Tim Bloom (left) and Brother Knight Emigdio López-Sanders.

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Knights receive international recognition

Knights of Columbus Council #2663 of Newton, Iowa, is a Columbian Award winner for the 2012-2013 fraternal year. The award is presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve the Church, community, families, culture of life and youth development – as well as council members.

The Knights of Columbus international headquarters, located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement. Chris Determan, District Deputy of the Iowa Knights of Columbus, presented the engraved plaque to the council at a special ceremony held on September 10, 2013.

In recognizing the local winner, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, president of the international organization, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations on attaining this prestigious award. The dedication to the Order shown by your council is seen in the high standards of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of service for the good of the Church, your community and the Order.”

In accepting the award, Tim Bloom, head of the local council, said, “Receiving this award is quite an honor. We are very pleased with this accomplishment. Our council works hard to support our Church, the community and families throughout the area.”

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Knights post Pro Life sign along Interstate 80

The Knights of Columbus have erected a Right to Life Sign along I-80. It is 2-3 miles West of Newton, just beyond the first underpass bridge, on the South side. The portrait of Pro Life parishioner, Liz (Ike) Hammerly and baby, was done by Polly Zmolek Eades. Sign printing was done by Paul Cox of Cardinal PDC.

Thanks to the following KCs for their good work: Bill Price, Bob Raymock, Emigdio Lopez-Sanders (and son David), Galen Hammerly, Ike Hammerly, Cody Muhs, Tim Bloom, Kurt Kruse and Lee Zmolek.

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Field Agent May Update



Dear Brother Knights:

Some people believe that ethics in business is a contradiction in terms. They think that in order to be profitable, a company and its leaders must abandon morality and embrace the dark, greedy side of capitalism.

At the Knights of Columbus, we know this business model is incorrect. As a Catholic organization, we understand the value and importance of our core beliefs and the original mission of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney. In fact, much of the strength and financial security we provide to members and their families can be attributed to our ethical, moral standards.

More than 96 percent of Knights who buy our life insurance keep it, year in and year out. The Order takes this commitment to our members very highly. This means carefully planning when it comes time to invest. Our professional staff researches all transactions to insure that they fall in line with Catholic values. If a transaction makes them uncomfortable, they don’t make it.

“We exclude any company engaged in activity that conflicts with Catholic moral teaching: companies directly involved in abortion, contraception, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, for-profit health care that pays for any of these, or pornography,” said the Supreme Knight. “There are many companies in the pharmaceutical and communications industries that would undoubtedly provide excellent returns for us, but which are not in our portfolio because they engage in research and development or programming in ways that violate the sanctity or dignity of human life.”

In the end, the Knights of Columbus investment strategy is motivated by morality and not money-making. Yet, each year we remain profitable, increase our assets and stay dedicated to this vision that will keep the Order sound financially for generations to come.

“Faithful Catholics have choices when buying life insurance,” said the Supreme Knight. “But they know that at the Knights of Columbus their policy is supplied by an insurer that shares their moral and ethical values and is guided in all of its investment and sales practices by those values.”

To learn more about our products, contact me today.

Paul Falck
(641) 660-1341
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Fish Fry – Friday, February 22 – Canceled!

Due to weather conditions and concern for public safety, the Fish Fry at McCann Center in Newton on February 22nd has been canceled! We regret this decision and realize the importance of this weekly event to many in the community.

This announcement does not affect any other week… plan to join us next Friday, March 1st!


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Cubs Trip Raffle – Win 2 Seats/Tickets to Wrigley Field!

The Knights have seats available for the June 13th trip to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds.  This is the 3rd Annual trip that includes a luxury bus, games and fun for everyone.  This is a family fun trip that is full of enjoyment.  Transportation and ticket to the game is included for $85 with the bus leaving early and returning the same day.

Cubs Trip Raffle, Msgr. TJ McCann Council, Newton, IA

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Cubs Trip Raffle:  The Knights of Columbus are raffling 2 seats/tickets for the Cubs trip on June 13.  Stop by Sacred Heart McCann Center or contact Marty Stratton at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.  Winner will be drawn on Monday, April 1, 2013.

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