The Port Clinton Knights of Columbus would like to thank all those involved in making the 2014 Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival a great success. This year, more than 3000 people attended the festival. Most were from out of town and several made very favorable comments about our beautiful city. Without the assistance of over 250 volunteers, this festive event would not be possible. Many thanks go out to our suppliers, musicians, sponsors, volunteers, the City of Port Clinton, and especially our supporters. Special thanks go out to our neighbors, Americas Best Value Inn, Mendoza’s Mexican Restaurant, and Fisherman’s Warf for their cooperation and assistance.
Plans are already being made for next year’s eleventh Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival to make it an even bigger and better event.
Jerry Arnold & Ed Verkin
Knights of Columbus History
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.