New Members

The lifeblood of this council is its new members!

T he lifeblood of this council is new members.  Without the passion and energy and ideas of new members, the council would soon become stale and lethargic and lose conviction and purpose.  It is with great pleasure, then, that we welcome these new members into our council and let us all encourage these new men to display their talents and energy for the good of the order.

Orientation meeting for New Knights

At the start of every quarter there will be an orientation meeting for new Knights to help them learn their way around our council. This will take place 1 hour before the general meetings on the:

First Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM in January, April, July and October.

Contact the Awareness Committee for more information.


 Welcome New Knights

 

James Vu

James Vu was a 9-year-old living in Vietnam when he was simply told to “get on the boat,” and his life changed dramatically. James, his mother and four siblings sailed off in the overloaded craft while bombs landed in the water. “I think if I was older then, it would have been more traumatic,” he…

Billy Callender

BILLY CALLENDER said he joined the Knights for a simple reason: to help people. He displayed that desire selflessly years ago when 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth needed a kidney; Billy donated one of his. “You just do it,” he said matter-of-factly. The kidney lasted 16 years, and Beth lived another six years after that, passing away…

Jack Ramsden

JACK RAMSDEN officially retired June 30 following 24 years running a ma-chine shop in Dallas – and almost immediately found “full time work” joining wife Juanita as regular rummage organizers in advance of the Fall Festival. So he can’t yet say how it feels to be retired. Jack is a graduate of South Oak Cliff…

Doug Karpan

DOUG KARPAN lives close enough to Holy Spirit that he can walk on over. “I love listening to the bells,” he said. He enjoyed a similar experience growing up on the family farm in Rhineland, Texas, near St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which is called the “Cathedral in the Cotton Patch.” Doug is an Air Force…

James Dean

JAMES DEAN joined his father, Larrie, in the council shortly before heading off for his freshman year at Texas Tech. He graduated from Midlothian High last spring with Distinguished Honors (GPA of 4.79), was on the tennis team’s top doubles pairing and already socked away 12 hours’ college credit. He was a captain of Holy…

Lupe Hernandez

LUPE HERNANDEZ mentioned “unity” and “brotherhood” as his primary motivations for becoming a Knight. He and wife Meyela became parishioners shortly after moving from Oak Cliff in the spring of 2010. Lupe grew up there and graduated from Sunset High School in 1994. He then spent four years in the Army before going into various…

Ken Struck

KEN STRUCK is a Chicago native who came to Texas 33 years ago and apparently likes it. Wife Diane similarly traveled south from Wisconsin. They met 30 years ago when working at the same company in Grand Prairie. They’ve operated their own business, “A Beautiful House,” for 17 years. Ken said he enjoys getting to…

Erasmo Zapata

 ERASMO ZAPATA—Business brought him from Minnesota to Texas 14 years ago. But forget trading in a parka for flip flops; he found the bigger transition to be going from small-town Barnesville to big-city Dallas. “I’d always lived in the country,” he said. “but the city has more advantages, more opportunities. I’m used to it now.”…

Chris Easdon

CHRIS EASDON experienced many different denominations of worship when growing up in Cedar Hill. As a young man living north of Dallas, he prayed to meet someone who might lead him to a church that he could call home. A week later, a co-worker at Oncor invited him to drop by St. Gabriel the Archangel…

Jorge Ruiz

JORGE RUIZ and wife Kathie moved to Texas from New York in 1980 and began attending Holy Spirit about two years ago. Jorge grew up in New York after emigrating from Ecuador at the age of 12, which reunited him with his parents and six siblings. He graduated from the New York High School of…

Michael Jarecke

MICHAEL JARECKE transferred his membership last year from Council 9563 in Lincoln, Neb. Michael and his wife, Ana, are Nebraska natives. He graduated from the University of Nebraska but notes that, as an Irish Catholic, he’s a proud fan of Notre Dame. He’s not sad the Cornhuskers recently left the Big 12 and no longer…

Juan Acuna

JUAN ACUNA is a 2003 Duncanville High graduate who joined the Knights while studying at  Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., and attending the nearby Jesuit parish, Sr. Francis Xavier. It struck Juan back then that most of the KC’s whom he knew were relatively older guys (at least to Juan). He wanted to get…

Russell Jones

RUSSELL JONES transferred his KC membership last year from St. Joseph in Waxahachie. He and his wife, Marybeth, live in Oak Cliff with their two children. Gabrielle is a sophomore in the law magnet program at the Dallas school district’s Townview High School. Benjamin is a seventh grader at St. Elizabeth of Hungary School, participating…

 


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