This week on Knight Life — SOIowa Plane Pull
Knights pick up the challenge laid before them, grab a rope and pull a Plane – a really big plane — for Special Olympics. There was lightning, rain, anxiety but that did;t deter these teams from the challenge
As Iowa Knights of Columbus we are willing to take on the seemingly impossible to make a difference and Serve All God’s People.
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Overview of the Podcast
Mike Gaspers here this week with stories of the Special Olympics PLANE PULL. I think what you hear today will Inform, Inspire and Invite you to be more active servants of Christ, stronger believers in doing what’s right and enthusiastic participants in helping God’s special children.
After hearing us talk about it for several months, the big day arrived on Saturday June 7th at the Des Moines Airport. The weather was gloomy, and then some, with a lightning delay and much rain. UPS had its 757 aircraft ready to go – all 120,000 pounds of it dripping wet. 36 teams from central Iowa – 5 of them sponsored by Knights showed up to brave the weather and do the seemingly impossible – pull a jumbo jet.
Our most celebrated pulling crew was a team of priests that called themselves the White Collar Crew. Made up of 15 priests of the Diocese of Des Moines these guys showed up to make a difference.
I caught up with some of the fathers Prior to the Pull as they waited anxiously for their delayed start. Fr Ray Higgins from All Saints in Stuart shared his thoughts on being involved with the event on a stormy Saturday morning. A Knight himself and chaplain to council 1961 he was excited to have helped get others involved to have some fun and do good for others.
Fr Ray Mc Henry from St Francis parish in West Des Moines was a Fr Higgins recruit. He reflects on why being visible and charitable are important to him and brother priests.
Yes it’s really neat to see our priests involved in this event with us. I found three other priests watching and waiting and spoke with them about their strategy. Fr Chris Fontanini is pastor at St Joseph’s in Earling Iowa. Fr Ken Halbur is pastor at Holy Spirit in Creston. Fr Chris Reising is pastor at our Lady of Americas and is the Des Moines Assistant State Chaplain. Fr Chris gives us a great reflection on the witness the Special Olympians give not only in competition but in life.
The first Special Olympics Plane Pull went very well, even with the rain. Participation was quite good. I had a chance to speak with the Interim Director of the Special Olympics of Iowa, Gary Harms, who was joined by our State Deputy Joseph Ramirez. Gary has been helping with Special Olympics for a long time but is not yet a Knight. Sounds like that will change soon and we welcome him to our rank of do good pullers. Both Gary and Joe were excited that this event in its first year was such a big success. Over $92,000 raised and 36 teams is a tremendous start. Both are looking for more and better next year and why not. Maybe we will even create a competition division for Knights Teams only.
A special group of Knights from St Francis Parish included our incoming State Deputy Dan Werner and Joe Polpeter a previous Iowa Grand Knight of the Year talk about their participation and give a glimpse of what to expect in July when Dan assumes control of the Iowa Knights..
To wrap up the event I spoke with Lindsay Eastin, Coordinator of Events for the Special Olympics. While tired she was elated on the success of the event and partnership with the Knights.
Thanks to everyone who entered. Next year, find a team and join us – its a lot of fun.Watch our website for the date. Who knows what we will get to do in 2015!
Knights to Christ Segment
Our weekly dose of Knights to Christ focuses on Flag Day and our response as true citizens of our country but also first as citizens of another Kingdom – that of God.
To learn more about Knights to Christ visit: www.KnightsToChrist.org
Thank you Steve for contributing and to you dear reader for joining us on Catholic Radio and our website each week to listen to stories of a Knight’s Life.
Thanks go out to David Geiger who recorded audio and video of the Plane Pull. Watch our website as we show off just how strong our priests and Knights are when pulling together. Thanks to our audio editor as well, Erick David.
Knight Life is a presentation of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
We are 31,500 men working for the good of our parishes, communities, state, nation and world. We look for good men to pick up that rope and pull with us. Do you know one…next time you look at him in the mirror, ask him if he’d like to be a better man, a better father, a better husband a better disciple of God….If he says yes…let us know and we will welcome you to our ranks.
Our state deputy is Joe Ramirez, our incoming State Deputy is Dan Werner. Dan has charged us to Go and Make a Difference.
We pray for strength and guidance from God to do what is right for every man, woman, child and unborn child.
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