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Charity

There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.

Unity

Knights banded together can accomplish more
than any of us could accomplish individually
in support of our Church and priests.

Fraternity

Knights socialize together and take care of each other –
we have each others’ back.

Patriotism

Members of the Knights of Columbus are proud
of our devotion to God and country,
and believe in standing up for both.

The Grand Knight

The grand knight is the highest ranking elected officer of his council and is responsible for observing the laws of the Order and his council. The office of grand knight is one that is rich in opportunities to serve his fellow Knights and to lead his council in service to family, Church and community. Additionally, the grand knight must ensure the membership, insurance and programming growth of his council and the involvement of all its members.

The grand knight is primarily responsible for the successful conduct of his council. He will not be able to perform all its business details, but he must see that they are done properly and on time. This is done through constant supervision of the work of all officers, directors and committees. During their term of office, the grand knight and officers should set as their goal — “a better council.’’ Obviously this task is far too much for one man alone. It must be achieved by teamwork

  • through generous and eager cooperation with the council’s official “family,’’ and
  • by voluntary participation of all members in the affairs of the council.

It is the grand knight’s obligation to inspire mutual cooperation and voluntary service among the officers and members. In addition, the grand knight is directly responsible for cooperation with other Columbian groups and leaders, which include: Columbian Squires, Fourth Degree assemblies, chapters, district deputy, other councils, state deputy and state council — its officers and representatives.

  • Joe Delatte 1982-1983
  • Jim Kowalski 1983-1984
  • John Sinks 1984-1986
  • Steven Mitchell 1986-1988
  • Jim Kowalski 1988-1989
  • Richard Doucette 1989-1992
  • Ernie Coy 1992-1993
  • Ron Pinkston 1993-1994
  • Russell Gully 1994-1996
  • Richard Bates 1996-1997
  • Bill Chalko 1997-1999


  • Ron Suriano 1999-2001
  • Marce Tebbe 2001-2002
  • Dan Murphy 2002-2004
  • Ed O’Brien 2004-2006
  • Chris Kubin 2006-2008
  • Chris Edwards 2008-2010
  • Andy Goza 2010-2012
  • Frank Salazar 2012-2014
  • Nick Kleinhaus 2014-2016
  • Jim Richardson 2016-


 

A Message from Grand Knight Nick Kleinhaus

A Message from Grand Knight Nick Kleinhaus y brother Knights, as I assume the duties of Grand Knight, it seems appropriate to introduce myself to those of you who don’t already know me, and share something of the goals that I have for my time as your Grand Knight. I joined the Knights of Columbus…

Frank Salazar 2012-2014

Frank Salazar Grand Knight 2013-2014 Grand Knight 2012-2013 Frank Salazar is a self made man. He came to this country at a very young age and has been more than just a survivor. He is deeply compassionate in his beliefs and his way of thinking. He is a person that does not mind getting his…

Andy Goza 2010-2012

Andy Goza Grand Knight 2011-2012 Grand Knight 2010-2011 Andy Goza feels blessed the council’s 30th anniversary took place during his two-year term as Grand Knight, which began in July 2010 and ends as of June 30, 2012- the night of the anniversary dinner. “That’s pretty cool,” he said. Andy is very proud of the Knights’…

Chris Edwards 2008-2010

Chris Edwards Grand Knight 2009-2010 Grand Knight 2008-2009 When I asked Chris where he came from he said “I’m as local as you can get”. Born and raised in Oak Cliff, educated with a degree in Fine Arts from Mountain View College, and owner/ operator of Beacon Signs in Duncanville, Chris is indeed local. Cecelia,…

Chris Kubin 2006-2008

Chris Kubin Grand Knight 2007-2008 Grand Knight 2006-2007 In 2006, Chris Kubin was elected Grand Knight at the ripe old age of 32. That both flattered and concerned him. “I was honored that they thought that much of me,” Chris said. “But here were guys who’d been around the block – been around the block…

Ed O’Brien 2004-2006

Ed O’Brien Grand Knight 2005-2006 Grand Knight 2004-2005 Ed O’Brien left Buffalo, New York in 1978 with his wife Betty and their 5 kids (who all currently live in the metroplex) and moved into their present home in Duncanville to pursue his own business. Starting with a washer and dryer in his garage (which Betty…

Dan Murphy 2002-2004

Dan Murphy Grand Knight 2003-2004 Grand Knight 2002-2003 Dan Murphy, our Grand Knight for the 2002-03 and ’03-04 fraternal years, is proof that it doesn’t require numerous years in a council to assume high ranking officer positions. He joined the council in October 1998, less than a year after he and wife Pat joined the…

Marce Tebbe 2001-2002

Marce Tebbe Grand Knight 2001-2002 Marce Tebbe may have been small at birth (2 lbs 6 oz – his twin brother was 3 lbs 4 oz), but he has been a large force in the Knights of Columbus since joining the ranks of Knights in 1980 at Council #1580 in Highland Ill. Marce was an…

Ron Suriano 1999-2001

Ron Suriano Grand Knight 2000-2001 Grand Knight 1999-2000 Ron Suriano joined the Knights of Columbus in 1960 at the urging of his father. That was just about the time he graduated from the University of Detroit. With a mechanical engineering degree in hand, he joined the Air Force and served for 22 years and 22…

Bill Chalko 1997-1999

Bill Chalko Grand Knight 1998-1999 Grand Knight 1997-1998 Bill Chalko, our Grand Knight in 1997-98 and ’98-99, is one of a handful of 8157 members who have distinguished themselves beyond our council. A year after his two-year term ended, Bill accepted the challenge of becoming a District Deputy. In August 1999, Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant…

Richard Bates 1996-1997

Richard Bates Grand Knight 1996-1997 Of the 41 names that appear on the charter for Council 8157 dated June 17, 1982, the most recent of three original members who have served as Grand Knight is that of Dick Bates. He became Grand Knight for the 1996-97 fraternal year at the request of out-going Grand Knight…

Russell Gully 1994-1996

Russell Gully Grand Knight 1995-1996 Grand Knight 1994-1995 In his second year as Deputy Grand Knight, Russell Gully was in the process of getting prepared to take over council affairs beginning in July 1994. So he was somewhat startled at the March ’94 meeting when Grand Knight Ron Pinkston abruptly announced that he’d taken a…

Ron Pinkston 1993-1994

Ron Pinkston Grand Knight 1993-1994 Ron Pinkston was our Grand Knight for the 1993/1994 fraternal year. He was a Knight for seven years before he ran for the Grand Knight position; and Council #8157 benefitted from that decision. During the years prior to making the decision to run for Grand Knight, he was not idle….

Ernie Coy 1992-1993

Ernie Coy Grand Knight 1992-1993 When Ernie Coy opens his brief case the first thing you will notice is all the different name tags for all the various offices he has held over his 24 years as a Knight ofCouncil #8157. “I’ve held just about every office for this Council – I’ve been InsideGuard, Treasurer,…

Richard Doucette 1989-1992

Richard Doucette Grand Knight 1991-1992 Grand Knight 1990-1991 Grand Knight 1989-1990 Rick Doucette, our Grand Knight for the 1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 fraternal years, is proof that two terms is not a time or effort limitation if a need is still there.Rick continued publishing the Knights of the Spirit newsletter until June 2007 as a…

Jim Kowalski 1988-1989

Jim Kowalski Grand Knight 1988-1989 Grand Knight 1983-1984 At the urging of his father-in-law, Jim Kowalski joined the Knights of Columbus in 1962 and a storied journey with the Knights began. Though raised in MilwaukeeWisconsin, he finished high school here in Texas at Forest Avenue (now Madison high school) and was a member of the…

Steven Mitchell 1986-1988

Steven Mitchell Grand Knight 1987-1988 Grand Knight 1986-1987 Steven Mitchell was our Grand Knight for the 1986/87 and 1987/88 fraternal years. Steve joined the Knights of Columbus in 1983 at Council #5155 in Arlington, Texas. He moved to Holy Spirit parish and transferred to Council #8157 in May of 1984 and became our Grand Knight…

John Sinks 1984-1986

John Sinks Grand Knight 1985-1986 Grand Knight 1984-1985 John Sinks was our Grand Knight for the 1984/85 and 1985/86 fraternal years. John joined the Knights of Columbus in 1958. He moved to Holy Spirit Parish and transferred to Council #8157 on May 1 ~1 1983, bringing with him many years of valuable experience to a…

Jim Kowalski 1983-1984

Jim Kowalski Grand Knight 1988-1989 Grand Knight 1983-1984 At the urging of his father-in-law, Jim Kowalski joined the Knights of Columbus in 1962 and a storied journey with the Knights began. Though raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin, he finished high school here in Texas at Forest Avenue (now Madison high school) and was a member of…

Joe Delatte 1982-1983

Joe Delatte Grand Knight 1982-1983 Joe Delatte, our charter Grand Knight for the 1983/84 fraternal years, undertook the difficult task of starting and forming a new Council from its beginning and turning it over to future Grand Knights as a vibrant active Council. Joe still has feelings for his time in Holy Spirit parish and…