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Profile on Knights of Columbus

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Quick Facts What: The Knights of Columbus will hold its annual Thanksgiving community dinner on Sunday. The dinner is open to all Lincoln residents Where: St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Hall, corner of 6th and D streets When: Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday Information: Pat Gonzales at 645-8292 or Bob White at 543-1350 They may not be Knights of the Round Table but Lincoln has its own group of knights in shining armor. The Knights of Columbus Council 9202 is a Lincoln nonprofit organization comprised of male members of the Catholic church, specifically from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lincoln. “It’s a fraternal group, a group of like-minded Catholic men who have the goal of helping the community,” said Bob White, who is grand knight of the Lincoln council. “We would like those in Lincoln to know that there is a group of Catholic men who are willing to help.” White stressed that those who need help don’t need to be Catholic because the Knights of Columbus are there to help anywhere in the community “if you have a need.” Quarterly blood drives, a Christmas party and Easter egg hunts are just a few examples of ways the group helps and are involved with the Lincoln community. The Knights of Columbus helps various organizations in Lincoln, including the Western Placer Unified School District, by raising money for charities and funding projects that aid the community. The Knights of Columbus hold several fundraisers to help the different causes. One of the fundraisers is the Tootsie Roll drive in October, White said, “to raise money for people with intellectual disabilities.” The group also holds a pancake breakfast the third Sunday of every month, as well as the annual Oktoberfest and annual crab feed. All of the proceeds are put toward the causes. “Anything we do, you get your money’s worth and the money goes to charity,” said Pat Gonzales, trustee for the Knights of Columbus, about events such as Oktoberfest and the crab feed. He said that the organization “helps our church and the community at large” with their activities for children and for donations. “We have people who come to us and petition for different causes, for donations,” Gonzales said. “We find out where the money will do the most good.” The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountrymedia.com.