Who WE Are - History

Presented by Past Grand Knight Joe Nicosia,

At the Charter Dinner May 15, 1999

Revised 12/2020

The Beginning

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal Catholic men’s organization founded by Father Michael J. McGivney on Feb. 6, 1882 with a mission of charity.

Auburn Council 6149 was established on May 20, 1969 by Frank Weigl. Our Council replaced the old Auburn Council No. 2276 which was instituted on May 15, 1921 and dissolved April 7, 1934. Auburn Council was chartered in honor of John F. Kennedy who was also a Knight. Founding member Gene McGiveney is still working Bingo Wednesday evenings.

One of our first major projects was to help repair St. Joseph School which was located on St. Joseph’s Church grounds at the time. Today, we support St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Catholic Church and it’s ministries, St, Teresa Avila Church and its ministries, Foothill Cemetery and the greater Auburn community by providing financial assistance and service.

July 1, 1969

The Columbian

For the Columbian year beginning July 1, 1969 Joe Bueb was elected as our first official Grand Knight and our meetings were held at the Grange Hall on Bell Road, (rent was $20 per month).

Father Marshall was our Chaplain from 1969 to 1972, and attended almost every meeting. He was followed by Father Brennan who became Pastor of St. Joseph's and a Brother Knight. Father Marshall is no longer with us. Then Fr. Brennan assumed as Chaplin for the Knights. As of this date Fr. Brennan is no longer with us. The chaplains play a very important part in the spiritual growth of our Council.

Frank Weigl was the Grand Knight in 1974 - 75. The charter members took their first degree in Auburn, put on by the Roseville Council, and took the 2nd and 3rd degree at the Newman Center in Sacramento.

One of our first major projects was to help fix up and do repair work on St. Joseph School.

1969

Some of Our First Activites

● Setting up a telephone committee

● A Council camping trip at Woodchuck Flat.

● A float in the 4th of July Parade.

● The St. Patrick's dinner dance.

● A cake sale (the Knights Ladies baked the cakes and were sold at Lucky’s

supermarket).

● We tried unsuccessfully to get the beer booth at the Auburn District Fair but got the "corn on the cob" concession instead. This turned out to be one of our best events for many years to come, even though we never made much of a profit, and the Council Brothers were always available to help. We held our charter dinner, and received our Council Charter on Sept. 7, 1969. The cost was $3.50 per couple and after spending $101.00 for food, $57.00 on bar supplies, and $19.00 on table decorations. We made a net profit $91.60.

● During the early 1970 the Council donated a lot of time and effort to repair work on St. Joseph School. We cleaned and painted the classrooms, rebuilt the kitchen, bought a new stove and refrigerator and did some gardening and replanting.

● We also had a float in most of the parades in Auburn. Our floats were acknowledged by all, as some of the best, letting the community know who are the Knights of Columbus. The Council entered a float in the Auburn District Fair entitled "the Santa Maria" and won the grand prize trophy. We put in l26 hours of work on this and spent $31.76 for supplies. A picture of the float appeared in the Auburn Journal.

● In 1971 Don Epperson (Charter Member) became our recorder. Until this time the Council's minutes were very sparse or hard to understand. Anyone who remembers Don Epperson took complete minutes, very thorough and detailed.

● Listed are a few of the donations made during the first years of the council.

Donated 15 aprons to Placer High School kitchen.

Bought first aid kit for Chana High School.

Our Council was a supporter of:

● The St. Joseph Patrons Club on most of their requests for funds.

● St. Joseph Mardi Gras, now (Festival) the main fund raiser of the school.

● Mt. St. Joseph Seminary.

● The life of the unborn and anti abortion programs.

● The youth in this area, including St. Joseph School and several scouting

and many other programs.

●The community Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket programs.

●Our Council started the Bingo program in 1978, which allows the Council

to help many worthy causes and help reduce the church debt. Bingo is still

in operation to this day and doing well.

OUR FOCUS

FOUNDATION FOUCS: OUR IMPACT AREAS

ACADEMICS

We empower students, faculty, and staff for enhanced learning through grants, tech initiatives, and scholarships, propelling them into a successful future beyond high school.

ATHLETICS

Hillmen Foundation fuels athletic achievements through grants, enhancing safety, facilities, and community fitness.

ACTIVITIES

We foster holistic education by supporting diverse activities through grants, enriching students' experiences beyond the classroom.

ALUMNI

Placer High's rich history shines through alumni activities, fostering a strong network connecting generations and the community.

SPECIAL PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

Placer High's prime Auburn location fuels community growth, enhancing facilities and programs through strategic grants.

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AWARDS

Council Recognizations

Twice during the history of our Council we were recognized, from the

600+ councils in the State of California, as the best Council in the State.

This occurred during the 1990-91 and 2007-08 Columbian years.

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PRIVACY AND USAGE

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CONTACT

$825,375

TOTAL IMPACT TO DATE, INCLUDING...

$594,650

GRANTS PROGRAMS, INCLUJDING...

$160,469

ACADEMICS

$70,105

ATHLETICS

$34,531

ACTIVITES

$24,736

ALUMNI

$304,809

SPECIAL PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM*

$230,725

TOTAL AWARDED

17

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

$29,750

FOR 2022 GRADS

*Scholarships include Foundation-sponsored and Endowments with the Hillmen Foundation