Name: Jerry Keane
Originally from: Panama, Iowa
Joined K of C: 2002
Degree: 4th Degree – 2010
Offices held in the Order: Financial Secretary for Council #1741 in Earling, IA since 2006. District Deputy for 2 years, currently Regional Membership Chair, Color Corps Commander for Luke E. Hart Assembly 277
Hobbies and interests: Member of Panama Fire Department, helping with whatever is needed at my Parish, listening to country music
What comes to mind when I think of the K of C: Helping out with Special Olympics, helping my Priest and my Parish
K of C projects involved in: Family Fun Day, Tootsie Roll Drive, Steak Fries, and Pancake Breakfasts
Why Am I a Knight?
By Jerry Keane
Reflecting on the question of “Why Am I a Knight?” makes me first think of being a part of five generations of men in my family involved as Knights of Columbus. My dad was a Knight before he joined the service and I remember him encouraging me to become involved in the Knights of Columbus. I finally became a Knight because a good friend, Keith Schwery, asked me to be a Knight; you can blame him for inviting me into the Order! I did my 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees in Harlan, and I became a 4th Degree in 2010.
When I went to my 1st meeting in Earling, an older gentleman talked to me and told me about all the wonderful opportunities that awaited me if I only focused on serving people. I have done that ever since…
I am proud to be a Knight because I can help people out. I am proud to be a part of a family of men concerned about serving others and doing works of charity. I had a chance to feel this first hand when my dad past… I received so many calls of solidarity from my Brothers from all over the state. Since I have been involved with the Knights of Columbus, I’ve gotten to know many wonderful people that have touched my life in a very positive way. I am a Knight because I can serve my Church and my community.
I am a Knight so I may have the opportunity to help out in our smaller communities serving my Parish and supporting our Priest. That is why I am a Knight.