Knights of Columbus
Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 12845
1343 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410
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2017 Al Blythe Memorial Scholarship Winners Kayla Ruffo and Taylor Stokes
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The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 12845 meets at St. Gall’s Catholic Community in Gardnerville, Nevada. Grand Knight for fiscal year 2017-2018 is Brother Michael Houdyshell. You can contact this council by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at: (775) 790-5490.
Council Officers Meetings are held on Mondays before the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. The Council Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:15 pm. Both meetings are held in the Faith and Genesis rooms in St. Gall’s Pastoral Center.
Columbus Hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Columbus Hall is a 501(c)3 tax exempt corporation formed to manage a meeting and social hall owned by Saint Gall Parish. It will be used by Council 12845 and Assembly 2777 along with other parish needs. This will be a new building with meeting space, kitchen, offices and other areas as deemed necessary. It will be located on a part of a 5 acre parcel that will also have a prayer garden, a columbarium, and a storage building. The 2016-2017 Corporation officers and board are listed below. A construction date has not been set and will not begin until the rental agreement is approved by the parish and diocese.
President: James Baushke, Vice President: Andre Aldax, Secretary: Richard Morissette, Treasurer: John Solt
Directors (3): Mike Mullins, Julian Larrouy, Gary Aiazzi
About Council 12845
Immaculate Heart of Mary Council in Gardnerville, Nevada, has come a long way since its receiving its charter in January 2001. Sir Knight Al Blythe was the charter Grand Knight and Grand Knight for the first 18 months and right from the start, this council became actively involved in many programs and projects. It has been actively recruiting new members and has become a major contributor to the operation and maintenance of its home parish, Saint Gall. It has put on breakfasts, dances, golf tournaments, and Bingo Nights, and has supported community projects, helped seminarians, and participated in various religious activities.
How to Join the Knights of Columbus and our Council
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 forms are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus or contact the Grand Knight noted above.
Council 12845 puts on a Bingo Night twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a warm up game starting at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public and cash prizes will be awarded. Because of the cash awards, no one under the age of 21 can be admitted as required by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The $21.00 minimum package includes a 3-card warm-up, a 10-card play package, and a blackout/progressive card. Additional cards may be purchased. A progressive jackpot is available each night. Complementary coffee and popcorn is available. Hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, beer, wine, bottled water, and soft drinks can be purchased.
2015-2016 Community Service Bingos
Each year the council selects up to 4-5 Bingos to raise money for Carson Valley community service organization. For the 2016-2017 year a minimum of $1000 is donated to each of these organization. The following organizations were selected at the council budget meeting for this fiscal year:
Suicide Prevention – January 12, 2018
Carson Valley Food Closet – February 9, 1918
Between Horses and Humans – April 27, 2018
Back Pack Buddies – May 11, 2018
The Fourth Degree
Any Third Degree member in good standing, six months after the anniversary of his First Degree, 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”). Many members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions.
Knights of Columbus Insurance Program
The Knights of Columbus is one of the world’s most ethical insurance companies with over $100 Billion of insurance in force. The Knights of Columbus is ranked in the top 5% of the Highest Rated Insurance companies in North America while still holding true to our Catholic Faith, never investing in any company that supports activities and practices such as Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Abortion, Human Cloning, and Pornography.
My name is John Ruffo. I am a brother and a past Grand Knight in our council, Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 12845. I am proud to be your Field Agent. Here is a little history about me. I am one of 9 children who grew up in a strict Catholic/Italian Family. My wife Joanna and I have 4 beautiful daughters that we are extremely proud of. I have a Degree from Kaplan University in Business Management and recently completed my first designation of Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) in the insurance field. I am also an active and qualified participant of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).
Customer service has always been my strong point. Of course, my faith with God as the center from which I draw all my strengths is the true reason. My work as a Field Agent with the Knights of Columbus helps my Brother Knights and their families get a guaranteed and secure future. These are just a few reasons why I am passionate about what I do and why you should too. I look forward to meeting with you and your family in the very near future. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and check out our council newsletter on this website for my monthly insurance bulletin.
Thank you & God Bless!
John A. Ruffo,
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