St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of Columbus Council 14754 Charity, Unity and Fraternity
Council 14754 Organization
Here is a list of the current officers and directors of
our council along with a description of their duties and
functions. There are also brief descriptions of the Knights
nonprofit status and a link to our local Knights insurance
Chaplain - Msgr., Perry Kavookjian
Grand Knight, (GK)
Deputy Grand Knight, (DGK)
Inside Guard,Andy Schoorl
Outside Guard, Ron Carr
1st Year Trustee,Michael Dhanens
2nd Year Trustee,Dennis
3rd Year Trustee,Brent Banducci
Family Programs,Andy Silvestro
OF OFFICER AND DIRECTOR POSITIONS
It is important for existing and prospective
members to understand the duties and functions of council
officers and directors so here is a brief explanation of
each of them.
POSITIONS ELECTED ANNUALY EACH FRATERNAL YEAR: The Grand Knight
(GK) is the chief executive officer of the Council and
responsible for all aspects of Council operations. He
presides over Council meetings and is an ex-officio member
of all committees. The GK and FS are the only council
members with sign-in access to the Member Management
database on the supreme web site. The GK can establish
committees in addition those prescribed by the Order to meet
specific council needs. In our council the GK has a
communications team to handle our newsletter, Flocknote
system, social media and printed materials.
Deputy Grand Knight
(DGK) acts on behalf of the GK in his absence and is usually
appointed as the Program Director. The Chancellor is the third ranking Council
officer. He oversees Council record retention and the
inventory of Council equipment.
keeps the minutes of Council meetings, conducts
correspondence as directed by the GK, and keeps historic
documents of the Council. In the absence of the GK or DGK,
he presides at Council meetings. The Treasurer keeps all funds, maintains the
Council checkbook and makes disbursements upon receipt of a
payment orders from the Financial Secretary (FS).
the equitant of a Corporate Counsel in the business world.
Thus, he must resolve procedural matters, acts as Council
parliamentarian, and be well versed in the supreme Laws of
the Order, and the bylaws of the local council.
assures that all members at meetings possess a current
membership card. He is custodian of all Council property,
except funds, and oversees properly setting up the Council
meeting space. He directs the activities of the two council
Inside and Outsideguards are
charged with the security of Council meetings and assist the
Warden in his duties.
along with the GK constitute the board of directors of the
Council. Unlike the other officers who are elected annually,
trustees serve staggering elected three-year terms. They are
all co-chairs of both the admission and retention
committees, and, along with the GK, conduct the semiannual
council audits which are forwarded to the supreme council.
The Council semiannual audit reports and accounting records
are available for inspection by any member upon request.
APPOINTED COUNCIL POSITIONS: The
Chaplain provides spiritual guidance to the Council. The Chaplain
appointment of the priest of deacon must be approved by the
bishop of the local diocese. Typically, the parish pastor is
the Council Chaplain, which is the case for our Council.
(FS) is appointed to a three-year term directly by the
Supreme Knight upon recommendation of the GK and Trustees.
He maintains the Council tax and accounting records, issues
and collects dues and other bills for the Council, issues
membership cards, and submits all funds collected to the
Treasurer for deposit and authorizes all disbursements made
by the Treasurer. He is responsible for maintaining the
supreme online membership roster and dues billing system on
the supreme web site. He is also responsible for making sure
the Council promptly files all tax forms as well as reports
required by both the state and supreme councils.
appointed by the GK and is responsible for providing
hospitality and enriching or entertaining presentations at
and chairmanship positions All directors and committee chair positions
are appointed by the council Grand Knight.
Membership Director reports directly
to the grand knight. He oversees the admission process for
prospective members, efforts to retain inactive members, and
promotion of the Knight insurance programs.
reports directly to the grand knight and is responsible for
the coordination of each of the four Service Program Directors
who report to him. The deputy grand knight is usually
appointed as the program chair, but any member can fill this
These are the four
service programs and examples of three programs suggested
for each area by the supreme office of the Knights of
Columbus. All the KofC supreme areas are covered in detail
on the Knights of Columbus supreme web site (see details at
Individual councils are free to create their own unique
programs within each of the four service areas. For example,
our council operates our Lent Friday Dinners, and our Advent
Wreath Event under the Family Director, and our quarterly
Adopt-A-Road clean up under the Community Director. 1. Example
Faith Director programs a. Spiritual development b. Vocation support c. Rosary programs 2. Example
Family Director programs a. Food For Families b. Keep Christ in Christmas c. Family of the month/year 3. Example
Community Director programs a. Coats 4 Kids b. Habitat for Humanity c. Wheelchair Mission 4. Example
Life Director programs a. March for Life b. Special Olympics c. Ultrasound program
DESCRIPTIONOF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS (K of
C) TAX STATUS
Each K of C
council, like ours, are subsidiary units under the umbrella
of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council in New Haven,
CT., which is our parent organization. The Knights of
Columbus Supreme Council is a tax-exempt nonprofit
organization classified by the IRS as a 501(c) (8)
organization which, if you look it up in the Internal
Revenue Code, is a fraternal benefit organization.
Therefore, although we are a nonprofit organization, we are
NOT a qualified charitable organization that can receive tax
deductible charitable contributions. (Only organizations
with a 501(c) (3) IRS classification are qualified
charitable organizations.) The supreme council has set up
the Columbian Foundation as a 501(c) (3) organization which
the Councils can use as a conduit for receiving charitable
subsidiary council, like ours, is required to have a tax
identification number at both the federal and state level
and must file both federal and state nonprofit tax returns.
Council’s must file 1099-MISC’s and W-2’s if applicable, and
any related employer federal and state forms.
fraternal books are maintained on a fiscal year ending June
30. For tax reporting we are on a calendar year (12/31)
NOTES ON KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS INSURANCE PROGRAMS
The primary reason the K of C is a
fraternal benefit organization is because of its member
insurance program. Our new supreme knight, Patrick Kelly,
reported in 2021 at the 139th annual Knights
Convention that the Knights have over 100 billion in life
insurance policies in force, and continues to be recognized
as one of the largest and best managed insurance companies
in North America. According to the 139th
convention report almost 550,000 Knights have Knight
insurance policies which is almost 30% of all members.
You can find out about Knights insurance at the
K of C.org website and locate your nearest Knight insurance
agent. Below is the digital card for our local K of C
insurance agent. Uriel, is a local agent who attends
St. Francis Parish and Is well known in ministry work as
well as K of C work.