The requirements for membership in the Knights are
simple: Men who are 18 years or older who are practical Catholics, and who stay current with their annual membership dues.
Who Belongs to the KC’s?
The New Richmond Knights of Columbus are comprised of over 300 men who live and work in and around our area. The Knights of Council #2845 can be seen all over our community.
Our KC Hall
The KC’s purchased the “old” Hall which was located on the corner of Main Street and E. Fourth Street (currently the Post Office site) in 1950. The doors of our present hall were opened in 1979. The “new” hall was the culmination of countless hours of planning and volunteer work by many members.
Council meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each
month at 7:00 p.m. All members are invited to participate in the meetings. The monthly meeting is always followed by a social consisting of snacks, beverages and conversation.
The Knights of Columbus Insurance program is as old
as the order itself. Started by our founder, Fr. Michael
McGivney, the insurance program has grown to a AAA
rated company with very competitive products.
Tootsie-Roll Drive to Aid Intellectual Disabilities
Our annual Tootsie Roll Drive, which began in 1975, is
a weekend fund-raiser for the intellectually disabled. The money raised through the Tootsie Roll Drive stays in St. Croix County to help Special Olympics, Birth to 3
Program, Long Term Support Unit, and New Richmond
Public Schools Special Services. These contributions
are a very valuable part of these programs.
B I N G O
On Sunday evenings between Labor Day and Memorial
Day, and on the last Friday of each month during the same period, BINGO games are held at the KC Hall. It's a fun way to round out the weekend, and a steady fundraiser for the council. In 2010 we introduced the progressive jackpot cover-all game, which has added more excitement and greater jackpots!
Our council is proud to award three scholarships of $750 each to deserving High School graduates each year.
The annual Fish Fry has become a fun event for the
Council. This Lenten event requires much manpower
but has become an effective fund-raiser that brings
Knights have been involved in this St. Mary's School
fund-raiser by providing volunteers for refreshment
stations and through our "Gold" Sponsorships.
The Free Throw Contest, Punt Pass & Kick, Soccer
Challenge, Knowledge, Christmas Poster, and Respect
Life Essay Contests are each held annually.
Our Council sponsored teams are a great way to get
out and get some exercise and have some fun with
fellow Knights. Currently we sponsor bowling, golf, and softball teams. In addition, the State Council sponsors a State Softball, Bowling and Golf Tournament each year. We have had many state champions in each of the 3 state tournaments.
State and Supreme Activities and Awards
Both the Wisconsin State Council and the Supreme
Council conduct annual conventions for the purposes
of conducting business and presenting awards. The
New Richmond Knights have been honored to received
the coveted “State Deputy’s Cup” many times through
the years. The criteria for winning this award comes
from the council History Book, which shows the judges
how active the Council has been. We are also frequent
recipients of the “Star Council Award” which is the
highest award given by the Supreme Council.
Our council donates $1000 annually ($500 each) to two seminarians in the Superior Diocese. It is vital to the future of the Church that seminarians receive friendship, spiritual, and financial support from the Knights.
State Charity Raffle
The Wisconsin State Charity Raffle is a $50,000 grand prize raffle conducted state-wide. The $5 tickets are sold by KC members around the state. 40% of the gross sales are returned to the local council to help local victims of accident, illness, and fire. The proceeds can also be used to support seminarians in the diocese.
Patriotism- The Fourth Degree
Any Third Degree member is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to our country through active membership in the local assembly. Members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.