Name: Bob Kesterson
Originally from: Charter Oak, Iowa
Occupation: Subway Franchisee
Joined K of C: March 8, 2001
Offices held in the Order: Financial Secretary 2010 – current
Past Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight and Chancellor
Hobbies and interests: Golf, Motorcycles and playing cards.
What comes to mind when I think of the K of C: Doing something kind for someone without any expectations of receiving anything in return.
K of C projects involved in: Degree ceremonials, fish fry’s, meals on wheels, Monday night football pool, breakfasts, tootsie roll drives, keep Christ in Christmas, coats for kids, annual scholarships as well as parking cars for harvest fest, highway 44 ditch cleanup and in the serving of many meals for various events.
Why am I a Knight? I am a Knight because Les Blum asked me to come to a meeting and to consider joining. (I’m sure I told him how busy I was and then thanked him for stopping and figured that was it.)
At some point, shortly after that conversation, I did what most of us do, I called my dad and told him some guy from Church thinks I should join the Knights of Columbus but not to worry, I told him I was too busy. Surprisingly, my dad asked me to reconsider. He told me the Knights are full of good, Christian men doing good works for the Church and community and that he was proud of being a Knight.
After visiting with my dad about the Knights of Columbus, I joined, and then went through the first three degrees, Charity, Unity and Fraternity. I learned that day, I had joined a fraternal organization, a band of brothers, who share their faith and help their parishes and communities.
Why am I still a Knight?
*Family – A Knight honors, cherishes and serves not only his own family, but also the family of God. The family is the basic unit of society and holds the future of the Church and the nation.
*Fraternity – A Knight stands with his brothers in Christ to offer mutual support in good times and bad, and builds a better world by putting into practice the Order’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Who we are?
*We are nearly 2 million Catholic men and their families throughout the world, united in service to our Catholic Church, our communities, parishes, schools neighborhoods and the many in need, on your street corner or across the world.
*If you’ve ever wondered what one man can do, you’ll find the answer in the Knights of Columbus. United as brothers, we make the world a better place, one act of charity at a time. Our Order is the largest Catholic fraternal organization in the world, and because of our size, commitment and financial strength, we can do great good wherever that good is needed. And it all starts with you – and your willingness to get involved and make a difference.
*Quoted from a publication called “These men we call Knights”.
What we give? We give our time and our talent to our Church and community. We offer our support to our Priest and parish. We fundraise to offer our financial support to charities, individuals and organizations.
Why am I a Knight? If not me, who?