Family of the Month – September 2017


Allen and Linda Reitmeier

KC “business” for Allen and Linda Reitmeier extends well beyond what we’re become so familiar with through the years – primarily, the extensive time and energy devoted to overseeing our youth baseball concession stands in Cedar Hill and the Knights Hands program that Allen started in 2010 with 250 jobs completed to earn national KC recognition. During the short breaks in council doings that allow them to travel, they visit their four grown children and nine grandchildren spread across the country (Baltimore, Nashville, Lubbock and Huntsville, Ala.) and also return to their native Minnesota. Most recently, the latter involved caring for Linda’s father. The KC principle “charity begins at home” knows no bounds for Allen and Linda, who were married in 1969 while he served in the U.S. Army. “This award belongs to Linda,” Allen notes. “She’s the one who cares for her elderly father in Minnesota and babysits the grandchildren in faraway places and, when in Texas, is constantly volunteering her time as church receptionist, hospital minister and whatever may need to be done at the church. She’s an angel.” Allen joined the Knights in 2007, assumed supervision of the concession operation in 2008 and was honored as the council’s Knight of the Year for the 2009-10 fraternal year. Linda, in addition to involvement in parish doings, is Allen’s “right-hand man” relation to concessions — putting in many hours before, during and after so-called business hours.