The fun never ends at Marquette.


Blood Drive

BLOOD DRIVE
The July General Meeting
Marquette Council
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wives and friends are invited to give blood and to stay for dinner.


Cadillac Party

Cadillac Party

The Cadillac Party

Every November

$10,000 Grand Prize Drawing

The Biggest Event of the Year! All proceeds benefit Marquette's Charities Program.

Admission: $100 per ticket

One ticket includes:
  • Admission for two adults
  • Entry for the $10,000 raffle
  • Open bar
  • Food
  • Music
Attire: Coat & Tie / Cocktail Dress
 Food

Drinks

Music

Fun

$10,000
Please support your Council’s one big annual fund raiser for Charity.

Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Dennis Haydel, Chairman

David Grego, Ticketmaster
(504) 554-1971

Can Shake



Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities

"Can Shake" 

Every October

Marquette Collects Donations for People with Special Needs.

We will need volunteers. Please contact Harold Vega for more information at hjvega67@yahoo.com.

Marquette Council does a great deal to assist people with intellectual disabilities, and we work to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities. One of the most popular and successful programs conducted by Marquette Council for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities is the "can shake" fund-raiser in which we collect donations outside various stores.


Christmas Party



Christmas Party
Sunday before Chrismtas

Christmas Party at the Council Hall

Doors Open at 4 pm

Please bring either a covered dish or a dessert for all to share.

Drinks and hors-d’oeuvres will be provided by the Council.

After food and drink and a bit of choir practice, we will head over to Jackson Square for Christmas carols.
All are invited – bring a prospective member and his family!

For more information, call: 
David Grego (504)554-1971
  
Caroling in Jackson Square
 
We meet at the Marquette Council Hall and walk to historic Jackson Square for Christmas Carols!
Caroling in Jackson Square
starts at 7 pm.

Join in a truly moving tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral.

Candles and song sheets provided.



Crawfish Boil

Crawfish Boil 

Date to be determined


Easter Party



Easter Party
Palm Saturday (the day before Palm Sunday)

It's an Egg-stravaganza! 

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Paul Gagnet's House
4001 Metairie Court
Metairie, LA
 Candy!

Barbeque!

Food!

Music!

Sweets!
 
 Bring kids!

Special Appearance by
Bucky the Bucktown Bunny

If you ain't in Bucktown, 
then you ain't at the real Bucky's.



Essay Contest

Boys & Girls Essay Contest

Rules and Entry Form

All Catholic students in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to participate

The Theme: The Importance of Religious Freedom
  • Between 500 to 750 words. 
  • Essays must reflect the assigned theme and be the student’s original work. 
  • Essays must be typed, single sided, double spaced on 8½” X 11” paper. 
  • The student’s name should appear only on the official entry form, and stapled to the essay. 
  • Official entry form must be completely filled out and signed by entrant and parent/guardian. 
  • Entries become the property of the knights of Columbus and will not be returned. 
    Grading will be based on a 100 point system and will be broken down as follows: 
  • 35 points: Content – How thoroughly is the topic examined? 
  • 30 points: grammar – How well is the essay written with respect to sentence and paragraph construction? 
  • 35 points: style – does the essay show creativity, imagination and development of the topic in a logical and compelling style? 
    Awards and Prizes
  • Entrants will receive a certificate of participation. 
  • Council level winners for each grade will receive a certificate for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 
  • Diocesan level 1st place winners for each grade will receive a plaque. 
  • State Level 1st place winners for each grade receive a plaque and a check for $200; and 2nd place winners for each grade receive a certificate and a check for $100. 
  • International level winners for each grade will receive monetary awards: $300 for 1st place winners for each grade receive $300; 2nd place winners for each grade receive $200; and 3rd place winners for each grade receive $100. 
If you have any questions or need further information, 
please contact Doug Saunders at dsaunders@tomba.com or 504-810-2970.


Fantasy Football

Marquette’s Fantasy Football League
Chance to Win $10,000! ~ Lots of Fun! ~ Easy to Play!

We use ESPN.com to manage the League.

$25 Registration Fee

Be part of the smack talkin’ fun!

If you want to play, contact League Commissioner
George “GS4” Schindler, IV,  at gfschindiv@yahoo.com or (504) 481-6384.


Fish Fry

Fish Fry for Seminarians 
To be announced

Buy a Catfish Dinner and Support Our Seminarians. 

Noon - 5 pm
4001 Metairie Court 
The Bucktown Bunny's House 

Take out orders are welcome. 

Fried Catfish, French Fries & Salad 
 
$12.00 per plate, includes soft drink or water 

RSVP/Questions: 
 Eric Snyder: ericjsnyder@bellsouth.net or 504-247-4050 
Shane Collins: shane19@me.com or 504-400-0712 

All proceeds benefit Marquette's Seminarian Fund. 


Four Chefs Dinner and Auction

Four Chefs Dinner

Saturday in May 

Doors open at 6:00.  Dinner service begins at 7:30.

Cost is $30 per person for a four-course sit down meal.

Following dinner, we will have auction to benefit our seminarians.

All guests are encouraged to donate items for the auction.

Cocktail Attire is requested for all.

Only 60 RSVPs will be accepted. 

To RSVP, email Tony Grego at tonygregonola@gmail.com


Free Throw Contest



Free Throw Contest
Saturday in January
Registration from 9:30 a.m to 10 a.m.
Contest starts at 10 a.m.
St. Ann School Gym (Metairie, LA)

Boys and Girls Ages 9 - 14 
No entry fees!
Hosted by Marquette Council.

All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. 

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through council, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the KofC international headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 130,000 sharpshooters participated in over 3,000 local competitions.

All contestants on the council level are recognized for their participation in the event, and awards will be handed to the winners of their respective divisions. Participants are to furnish proof of age and signature of parent or guardian the day of the competition.


Gumbo Cook Off

Gumbo Cook-Off Championship

December 
Councils Compete for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana.


Marquette Council - 2011 State Champions 


Halloween Party


HALLOWEEN PARTY

October
At Marquette 
(Doors Open at 5 p.m.) 

Family and Friends are invited.

Mardi Gras drink prices will be in effect.

Bring a dish to share.

There will be a Halloween Parade!  The Krewe of Boo rolls at sunset.

Contact: Dave Grego at 504-554-1971 or drgrego@bellsouth.net. 



Installation of Officers

Installation of Officers 
Saturday in June
Mass starts at 6:30 p.m.

Marquette's Officers are Installed. 

Marquette Council Hall

Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. and Mass begins at 6:30 p.m. 
Installation and Reception to immediately follow. 

Each year Marquette installs its new officers. 
The event, include Mass, the installation ceremony, a presentation of awards, and a reception with food and drinks.

Officers being installed must wear coat and tie.
Proper attire required for all others attending the event.


Marquette Home Building Association

Marquette Home Building and Improvement Association Meeting
30 minutes prior to the September General Meeting

The Marquette Home Building and Improvement Association was incorporated on July 24th, 1956. On September 2nd, 1959, the Association completed the first and most important part of its mission, the purchase of our council home at 314 Saint Charles Avenue. The purpose of the Marquette Home Building and Improvement Association is to hold title to our property at 314 Saint Charles, to collect the income derived from the property, and after paying maintenance and other expenses, turning over the surplus funds to Marquette Council.

Every first degree member of Marquette Council is also a member of the Marquette Home Building and Improvement Association, but only third degree members can vote. The business of the Association is managed by an eleven member Board of Directors made up of the Grand Knight, the Immediate Past Grand Knight, and nine other elected Council members. On the second Wednesday of September, the Association holds its annual meeting. At that meeting, three members of the Board of Directors are elected to serve for a three year term.

Members currently serving on the Board of Directors:

Doug Saunders, President
Shane Collins, PGK, First Vice President
Michael Haag, Second Vice President
Dr. Ken Schott, Treasurer
Barry Waller, PGK, Secretary
Mark Carver, Grand Knight
Eric Snyder, PGK
Dave Grego, PGK
Phil Jones
Justin LaGrange, Immediate Past Grand Knight
Tony Grego, Deputy Grand Knight


Oyster Party

Oyster Party 

October

The shucking will be held at Paul Gagnet’s house, 4001 Metairie Court, Metairie, LA. If you have shucking tools and knives, please bring them. Bring your own beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks. Donations to cover the cost of the oysters will be appreciated.



Picnic



July
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Notre Dame Seminary

Swimming Pool ~ Fun ~ Food ~ Horseshoe Tournament ~ Sack Races ~ Egg Toss


Pizza Party


Pizza Party
Date to Be Announced

"Mom’s Knight Out"

Doors Open at 6:00 P.M.
Cooking Starts at 7:00 P.M.

Give mom a night off from cooking and take the kids out for handmade pizza at the Council Home.
No kids.   No problem.  All Brother Knights are invited!
We supply the crusts and toppings, and how you make it is your choice.
Sausage, Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Artichokes, Pineapple, and of course lots of Anchovies, among other toppings will be available.

$5 per family donation appreciated.
Specially imported Italian Beer only $2.00 a bottle.

For details contact David Grego 504-554-1971 or Tony Grego 504-554-0453.
Reserve your place by e-mail to drgrego@bellsouth.net. 

Let us know the ages of any children that you will bring so we can plan appropriate activities and entertainment.
We will have video games on the big screen TV for the kids! 


Mardi Gras - 12th Night Party



Twelfth Night Party

January 6

Doors Open at 6 pm
Mardi Gras Music
We will have Red Beans & Rice and King Cake.
Bring your favorite dish.
The Phunny Phorty Phellows usually pass in front of the Hall at 8 p.m.



Mardi Gras Parades



Marquette Council opens its doors the entire Carnival Season. All are invited.

Refreshments ~ Music ~ Brotherhood ~ Safe Location ~ Clean Bathrooms
Tables & Chairs ~ On the parade route ~ Fun

All parades pass directly in front of the Council Hall.
Fantastic location to watch the parades.


Marquette’s Commandments of Carnival

1. All persons entering Marquette Hall must purchase, possess and wear a Marquette wristband on Endymion Saturday (purple wristband), Bacchus Sunday (green wristband), and Fat Tuesday (gold wristband). Persons not wearing the appropriate wristband will not be admitted. Admission is free on all other days, and admission is always free for kids 17 and under when accompanied by parent or guardian.

2. Disrespectful, offensive, vulgar, or obscene behavior, language or costumes are not permitted inside Marquette Hall.  This is a family friendly environment. Intoxicated persons will not be served alcohol and may be asked to leave Marquette Hall.

3. Do not invite a guest to Marquette Hall if you would not invite that person to your own home. 

4. All beverages must be purchased at the bar, especially alcohol. Exceptions may be made for persons with special dietary needs or children. NO outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed to enter Marquette Hall.

5. Ice chests are not allowed inside Marquette Hall. Exceptions may be made for small ice chests containing perishable food or non-alcoholic beverages. 

6. Mardi Gras ladders must be removed from Marquette Hall by the first general meeting following Mardi Gras. You are responsible for your ladder.

7. Smoking is strictly prohibited on the 2nd Floor. However, smoking in Marquette Hall is permitted only at the bar on the 3rd Floor.

8. Please clean up your spills and discard your trash. Marquette Hall does not have janitorial staff. 

9. You are responsible for your safety and for the safety of your guests. Adults are responsible for the behavior of their children.

10. Pets are not allowed in Marquette Hall.


Wristbands and Admission Fees

Wristbands (paid admission) are required for admittance only on the following three days:

Endymion Saturday - Purple Wristband
Bacchus Sunday - Green Wristband
Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day) - Gold Wristband

Those persons without wristbands on the above three days will not be admitted.

$15 per wristband (Members may buy wristbands in advance at discounted prices.)

Kids 17 and under are always free - when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Admission is free for all on every day, except the above three days.


Mother's Day Rosary 

Mother's Day Rosary Crusade for Life
Saturday before Mother's Day in May 
Join Us in this Rosary March and Prayer for the Unborn.
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
3044 Ridgelake Dr.
Metairie, LA

Marquette’s Right to Life Couple, Brother Paul and his wife, Darlene Elmer, invite you to participate in the Annual Mother's Day Rosary Crusade for Life in support of unborn children and their mothers.

For more than 24 years, the Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Ministry, a ministry of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, has been organizing the Rosary marches. While members of the group peaceful pray the Rosary, counselors offer pro-life literature to the women going into the abortion clinics and try to dissuade them from having the abortion. For more information about the Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Ministry, please contact John and Pam Richard, Coordinators, at 504-460-9360.



Nominations Committee

Officers’ Nominations Committee Meeting 
Meets immediately before the March Officers' Meeting 

The Officers’ Nominating Committee meets at 7 p.m. (immediately before the Officers’ Meeting) in March. 

To aid and assist the Council in identifying the best qualified candidates, Marquette Council has established a Nominating Committee. The Committee recommends specific members that the Council should consider for nomination. The Marquette Nominating Committee meets each year immediately before the March Officer’s meeting, and all members are invited to participate in the meeting and in the discussion of eligible candidates. 



Priest Ordination Reception

Priesthood Ordination Reception
Usually First Saturday in June

Brother Knights are needed to provide assistance at this reception.

Ursuline Convent

10:00 a.m. - Set Up
Noon - Serve Food and Refreshments
2:00 p.m. - Clean Up

The Seminary has requested our assistance at a reception in honor of our newly ordained priests.
Help is needed to set up tables, chairs, clean up, and to assist as needed.

Please consider helping at this event.

Please dress appropriately. Wearing Knights of Columbus shirts is encouraged but not required.




Scholarship - Rudy Classen Scholarship

Annual Rudy Classen Memorial Scholarship 
Deadline: June's General Meeting 

A 250 word essay could result in a $250 scholarship a child's education. 
Read about it in the Knights in Action 
 
The annual Rudy Classen Memorial Scholarship will be awarded once again this Spring. Two $250.00 scholarships are awarded as a memorial to the great Knight, past Financial Secretary, and Honorary Past Grand Knight, the late Rudolph “Rudy” Classen. 

The criteria for receiving this scholarship are as follows:
 
(1) All students going from a Catholic school into a Catholic high school (8th or 9th grade) are eligible.
 
(2) A 250 word essay entitled “What my Catholic education means to me” will be reviewed by the committee consisting of the Chaplain, Grand Knight and Chancellor. Should a conflict of interest occur, or at the request of one of the committee members, the Chaplain will appoint a Marquette member in good standing as a substitute.
 
(3) Essays are to be presented no later than the June general meeting to the Deputy Grand Knight. In the event of multiple entries, the Deputy Grand Knight will code the entries to assure anonymity, before presenting the essays to the Grand Knight. Should there be a conflict of interest involving the Deputy Grand Knight then a trustee will be appointed to collect the essays. 
 
(4) The scholarships will be awarded at the Spring Quarterly communion, date and location to be determined by the Church director and Chaplain. 


Seminarian Fund

Seminarian Fund 

Donate to Marquette' Seminarian Fund. 

Each year Marquette asks its members to support vocations. This Easter season is a perfect time to reflect on the many services and blessings that Brother Knights have received from the Religious. lt is also the perfect time to make a personal commitment to ensure that Catholic clergy will be available to meet our future needs. 

For 30 years, the Seminarian Fund has been Marquette's way of saying "thank you" to Catholic men who aspire to serve the Church. Last year, the Marquette membership was very generous in its support of vocations. 
 
We hope that you will help us continue this wonderful Marquette tradition of assisting young men on their journey to the priesthood. Solidarity and support of religious vocations is a knightly trait and a blessing of the Catholic Church. 
 
100% of your donation goes to local seminarians.

Mail your donations to: 
 
Marquette Council 1437
314 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Make your check payable to “Marquette Council 1437.” 
 
Please note Seminarian Fund on the check. 

 
All major credit cards are accepted. 

Your online donation is easily, safely and securely processed through PayPal. 

You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. 


Soccer Challenge

Youth Soccer Challenge

September

Boys & Girls particpate in soccer skills challenge.
Boys and girls
Ages 9 – 14
All skill levels welcome!
Individual skills challenge. 


Special Olympics


Special Olympics
Saturday in May
 
Marquette Council will be assisting with the Special Olympics. 
 
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, Louisiana
 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
If you want to volunteer for this wonderful event, you must contact Shane Collins at shane19@me.com.


Transitional Diaconate Reception


Transitional Diaconate Reception
Usually the third Saturday in May

Brother Knights are needed to provide assistance at this reception. 
 
Ursuline Convent

10:00 a.m. - Set Up
Noon - Serve Food and Refreshments
2:00 p.m. - Clean Up

Please support our future priests.

Wearing Knights of Columbus shirts is encouraged but not required.
 
Read about it in the Knights in Action

  
Archbishop Gregory Aymond pictured with members of Marquette Council.




Trivia Night


See Calendar for dates.

At Marquette

Doors will open at 6 pm.    Competition begins at 7 pm.  

Come out and show everyone how smart you are.   And if you're not smart come out and provide some laughs for the rest of us.

Teams are limited to a maximum of four players each.

Individuals are welcome.  You don't need a team.

There will be 5 rounds of 10 questions each. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Drinks will be Mardi Gras prices, and drink tickets will be accepted.   
Food will be provided.  

This event is open to everyone. Bring family and friends! 

Questions? Call Tony Grego at 504-554-0453.



Turkey Fry

Thanksgiving Turkey Fry 

Wednesday  (Thanksgiving Eve) 

Enjoy fried turkey on Thanksgiving. We will fry four turkeys every hour starting at 5 pm. The cost is $10 per turkey. Reservations are required.  To reserve your spot, contact Paul Gagnet at unclpaul@aol.com or (504) 201-4443. Frying will be held at Paul Gagnet’s house, 4001 Metairie Court, Metairie, LA. No frozen turkeys. No injected turkeys. No turkeys larger than 15 pounds. Please bring your own beverages.


Baby Cakes Night

Baby Cakes Baseball

 . . . buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if I never get back . . .

Contact Justin Lagrange at (504) 428-5756 or justinlagrange87@gmail.com for more details.