About Us – The Knights of Columbus Council 1750

About Us

OUR HISTORY

From our founding by Father Micheal J McGivney in 1882, the Knights of Columbus has continued to be an organization focused on volunteer work throughout the church and community, striving to bring God’s word through charitable deeds and actions to those in need.  As the right arm of the Church, charity is what defines the Knights.

Founder Father Micheal J. McGivney
The founder, an Irish-American Catholic priest, The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut gathered a group of men from St. Mary’s parish for an organizational meeting on October 2, 1881 and the Order was incorporated under the laws of the U.S. state of Connecticut on March 29, 1882. Though the first councils were all in that state, the Order spread throughout New England and the United States in subsequent years.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus.

There are more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils, with nearly 200 councils on college campuses. Membership is limited to “practical Catholic” men aged 18 or older.

Councils have been chartered in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Japan, Cuba, and most recently in Poland. The Knights’ official junior organization, the Columbian Squires, has over 5,000 Circles. All the Order’s ceremonials and business meetings are restricted to members though all other events are open to the public. A promise not to reveal any details of the ceremonials except to an equally qualified Knight is required to ensure their impact and meaning for new members; an additional clause subordinates the promise to that Knight’s civil and religious duties.

The primary motivation for the Order was to be a mutual benefit society. As a parish priest in an immigrant community, McGivney saw what could happen to a family when the breadwinner died and wanted to provide insurance to care for the widows and orphans left behind. He himself had to temporarily leave his seminary studies to care for his family when his father died. In the late 19th century, Catholics were regularly excluded from labor unions and other organizations that provided social services.

In addition, Catholics were either barred from many of the popular fraternal organizations, or, as in the case of Freemasonry, forbidden from joining by the Catholic Church itself. McGivney wished to provide them an alternative. He also believed that Catholicism and fraternalism were not incompatible and wished to found a society that would encourage men to be proud of their American-Catholic heritage.


Charities Supported by Council 1750

  • Youth Scholarships
  • Immaculate Conception Parish and School
  • St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
  • Holiday Bureau
  • Bistro 163
  • CASA
  • Joyful Connections
  • Seminarian Vocations
  • Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Immaculate Conception St Joseph Respect for Life
  • Ruth Ann’s House
  • Annunciation Radio
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Red Cross

2020 – 2021 COUNCIL OFFICERS

  • Spiritual Advisor – Deacon Maury Hall
  • Grand Knight – Paul Messerly
  • Deputy Grand Knight – Ed Verkin, Jr.
  • Chancellor – Jeremy Cross
  • Recorder – Bryan Pollauf
  • Treasurer – Aaron Gonya
  • Advocate – Matt Cornett
  • Warden – Tom Riems
  • Inside Guard – Mike Mathews
  • Outside Guard – Fred Szabo
  • 3rd Year Trustee – Ed Maher, Jr.
  • 2nd Year Trustee – Jack Resetar
  • 1st Year Trustee – Joe Majce
  • Financial Secretary – Cat Alvarez

Council 1750 Members

First NameMiddle NameLast NameCityState
FRED               A                  AGNELLO                                BRIGHTON                     MI
CATARINO                              ALVAREZ                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
PAUL               M                  ANDERSON                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
PHILLIP            M                  ANDERSON                               SYLVANIA                      OH
JOSEPH                                ANDREWS                                MCCONNELSVILLE               OH
ARNOLD                                ARAGUZ                                 LONGWOOD                     FL
GERALD              R                  ARNOLD                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
DAVID              P                  ASHTON                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
SEAN               M                   BARNETT                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
CURTIS             M                  BAXTER                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN               R                  BENNETT                                SHAKER HEIGHTS               OH
DENNIS             R                  BERGEMAN                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
JAMES              L                  BERGEMAN                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
TODD               H                  BICKLEY                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
DALE               R                  BIRD                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
LYLE               J                  BOYTIM                                 LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
JOSEPH             M                  BRENNER                                PORT CLINTON                  OH
DANIEL                                BRISENO                                GYPSUM                       OH
JOHN               J                  CARROLL                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
RICHARD             R                  CELEK                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
TIMOTHY            E                  COLLINS                                SANDUSKY                     OH
MATTHEW                                CORNETT                                OAK HARBOR                   OH
BARRY              R                  COVER                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
JEREMIAH           M                  CROSS                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
ROQUE              D                  CUEVAS                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
JAMES              T                  DEGLEY                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
MICHAEL            C                  DEIS                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
DENNIS             J                  DEPNER                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
THOMAS             L                  DRESSEL                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
MICHAEL            R                  DRUSBACKY                              PORT CLINTON                  OH
DAVID              F                  DUBBERT                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
WILLIAM            J                  DUPPS                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
MICHAEL            J                  DZIAK                                  LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
ROBERT             E                  ELLITHORPE                             PORT CLINTON                 OH
RAYMOND            E                   ENSMAN                                 LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
JAMES              P                  EVEN                                   AURORA                       OH
BERT               N                  FALL                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
JAMES              A                  FARIS                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN               R                  FELLHAUER                               OREGON                       OH
STEVEN             P                  FILLMORE                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
BRANDON            J                  FITT                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
D                  GREGORY            FOX                                    PORT CLINTON                 OH
DAVID              G                  GAHRIS                                 LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
DONALD             E                  GAYDOSH                                HURON                        OH
CHRISTOPHER        R                  GEORGE                                 PICKERINGTON                  OH
ROBERT             R                  GIEGER                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
AARON              W                  GONYA                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
LAWRENCE           J                  GONZALES                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
DONALD             J                  GRESH                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
KEITH              D                  GRINE                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
MARK               A                  HABLITZEL                              PORT CLINTON                 OH
MAURY              J                   HALL                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
ROBERT             G                  HARTMAN                                MARBLEHEAD                   OH
LARRY              R                  HATTAN                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
MICHAEL            J                  HAYES                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
LAWRENCE                              HOLMAN                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
DAVID              A                  HUFFMAN                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
DAVID              P                  JOHNSON                                PORT CLINTON                  OH
CARL                                  KASPAR                                 CASTLE PINES                 CO
ROBERT             J                  KASPAR                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
LEO                P                  KIMMET                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
JAMES              H                  KNIGHT                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
CARL                E                  KOEBEL                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
RICHARD            J                  KOKINDA                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN               R                   KOPNICKY                               PITTSBURGH                   PA
THOMAS             E                  KOWALCZK                               LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
GEORGE             F                  KREJCI                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
ROGER              L                  KREMPA                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
RAYMOND            L                  KROFFT                                  OAK HARBOR                   OH
THOMAS             J                  KRUPP                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
THEODORE           T                  LACEY                                  PORT CLINTON                  OH
JOSHUA             C                  LAPE                                   FREMONT                      OH
ROBERT             J                  LECIEJEWSKI                            PORT CLINTON                 OH
ANDREW             J                  LEIS                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
KEVIN              T                  LENEGHAN                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN                R                  LESNIEWICZ                             PORT CLINTON                 OH
STEPHEN            J                  LEVORCHICK                             PORT CLINTON                 OH
DANIEL             R                   LOWE                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN               D                  MAC DONALD                             SANDUSKY                     OH
EDWARD             J                  MAHER                                   LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD          OH
JOSEPH             A                  MAJCE                                  MARBLEHEAD                   OH
CHRISTOPHER        M                  MALFARA                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
THOMAS             A                  MALLORY                                CHANDLER                     AZ
W                  MICHAEL            MATHEWS                                OAK HARBOR                    OH
MICHAEL            L                  MESSA                                  LACARNE                      OH
PAUL               J                  MESSERLY                               PORT CLINTON                 OH
MICHAEL            B                  MIER                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
ANDREW             G                  MIGAS                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN                C                  MISSLER                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
PETER              J                  MULCAHY                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
STEVEN             J                   NOVAK                                  CINCINNATI                   OH
CRAIG              D                  OLSZEWSKI                              TEMPERANCE                   MI
RICHARD            H                  PACKERT                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
THOMAS             A                  POLIDORO                               SAINT AUGUSTINE              FL
BRYAN              T                  POLLAUF                                 OAK HARBOR                   OH
JOSEPH                                PUDA                                   PORT CLINTON                 OH
JAMES              M                  RECKER                                 PORT CLINTON                 OH
PATRICK            A                  REINECK                                PORT CLINTON                 OH
JOHN               A                  REINEKE                                PORT CLINTON                  OH
JOHN               A                  RESETAR                                MARBLEHEAD                   OH
MICHAEL            J                  RICKARD                                MARBLEHEAD                   OH
RICHARD             W                  RIEDMAIER                              PORT CLINTON                 OH
THOMAS             R                  RIEMS                                  PORT CLINTON                 OH
BENJAMIN           D                   ROBERTS                                PORT CLINTON