After being delayed 11 months due to the pandemic, the Knights of Columbus Clear Creek Council 2261 celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday, March 5, with a Mass offered by Father Mark Smith, followed by a dinner and program.
The council was chartered on April 24, 1921, with 56 members.
The council was formed when six men from the area were initiated into the Knights of Columbus in Boonville, and later chartered this council in the Clear Creek area near Pilot Grove.
Current membership has grown to a robust and active 218 men.
Through the 100-year history, the council has followed the ideals of Blessed Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. These ideals include charity, fraternity and unity.
Over the years, the council has supported the Religious Information Bureau program, Right to Life, as well as provided various means of help to members and families with health or other problems, and in sharing the Catholic faith.
Combing through the 100-year archives of the Clear Creek Council revealed many activities, including: rebuilding barns for members and widows; holding a rally against the Ku Klux Klan; cutting firewood for widows; helping sick or injured members with the fall harvest; providing financial support for seminarians; supporting pro-life activities and initiatives; holding an annual turkey shoot; and sponsoring blood drives.
The council’s current grand knight, Andrew Felten, emceed the centennial celebration.
An inspiring keynote speech extolling the accomplishments of the council was given by the leader of the Knights of Columbus in Missouri, State Deputy Mike Grudzinski.
Other state officers attending included: State Secretary Doug Kissinger, State Faith Director Chris Teel, and State Program Director Lucas Volkman.
Earl Twenter was honored as the member with the most years of service – 77 years! At age 95, he still regularly attends the council meetings.
The Clear Creek Knights of Columbus remain very active with a thriving membership and looks forward to many more years of service to our Church and community.