The grand knight is responsible for the overall welfare of the council. Elected annually by the council membership, the grand knight must provide thoughtful and inspired leadership to the council officers, the Service Program directors, chairmen and members of the council.
Michael Joseph McGinnis (Mike) was born and grew up in Denver, and has always lived in Colorado. Mike resides at 1005 Snow Lily Court, Castle Pines. He may be reached at 303 814-3990 (H) or 303 257-9524, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike previously lived in Littleton but moved because ���We needed a ranch style home to enable Denise��s mother, who was living with us, to more easily access different rooms in the house��.
Mike enjoyed Puzzles, sports, lifting weights, photography, fishing, camping while growing up.
He attended St. Francis De Sales High School, Regis College, University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado He received his high school science diploma (St. Francis De Sales), his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (Regis), a Master��s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Master��s Degree Curriculum (University of Northern Colorado).
Mike worked for the Denver Parks and Recreation and Jeffco Parks and Recreation, was an educator in Mathematics in Parochial Schools of the Archdiocese of Denver, Denver Public Schools and Douglas County schools (42 years in total). He retired in 2006, after 42 years teaching high school mathematics. Mike says ���it was time!��
Currently Mike is a volunteer driver for the Red Cross. He drives regularly on Fridays and occasionally on other days if needed. Mike says ���It��s rewarding to work with the elderly and sick that cannot get to cancer treatments, dialysis, doctor appointments etc. because they are unable to drive.
Mike McGinnis married Denise Larralde in October of 1977. They have three children Angel, Amanda, and Jason and two grandchildren ��� Samantha and Trent Kettner. Angel works as a home caregiver, Jason works for Wells Fargo Banks and is a musician in two bands, and Amanda is a special needs person who is currently unemployed. Denise was a special needs educator. She opened the first special education program on the Navajo Reservation in Crown Point New Mexico. She also taught in Westminister, Co. She is and has been a hair stylist since about 1975 and has owned a hair styling shop.
Mike became a Knight in January of 2008 because ���It is another way to serve God and the Church��. He received his fourth degree on June 22, 2013 at St. Frances Cabrini. Mike has been our Recorder for the past two years and was recently re-elected to that same office for another two. He also has been involved in the Pro-Life program for the past four years, directing its activities for the past two years.
Mike is a very active Knight. In addition to his Pro-Life activities his has participated in the Scholarship Program, Tootsie Roll Drive, Family Socials, Spaghetti Dinners, the Christmas Party, Pancake Breakfasts, Take Dad to the Ball Park, Free Throw Contest, Peach Sale, Soccer Shoot Out and Relay for Life. He was our K night of the Month for January 2010 and Family of the Month for January, 2009.
Mike��s goal as a Knight is to foster more participation in prolife activities
Mike says, ���I feel so blessed to be Catholic and to live in the United States. I value my sixteen years of Catholic education and feel it has been a tremendous asset and influence in my life. I am so grateful to have married Denise, a wonderful and loving woman, and to have our three wonderful children and two lovely grandchildren.
I worry about the prevailing attitudes toward immorality in today��s world and the exposure that our children have to it. I feel that all of us need to pray and work extremely hard to change the current trend toward immorality. I also feel that our youth are strong and will survive and thrive with a little help and guidance from us. I hope that current political attitudes, particularly those with regard to sanctity of life, will soon change.��
Deputy Grand Knight
The deputy grand knight is the second in command in the local council. He is also elected annually, assists the grand knight in the operation of council affairs and is responsible for any duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, the deputy grand knight presides at council meetings and functions as the grand knight would. The deputy grand knight is a member of the Advisory Board charged with general supervision of a Columbian Squires circle sponsored by his council. It is suggested that the deputy grand knight and the board of trustees serve on the council’s retention committee.
The chancellor is elected annually to serve the council in a variety of ways. Primarily, he assists the grand knight and deputy grand knight in the execution of their duties and takes charge of the council during the incapacity or extended absence of both.
The warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property, except that which belongs to the financial secretary.
He sets up the council chambers for meetings and degrees and appoints and supervises guards for ceremonial exemplifications. The warden should also oversee the inside and outside guards and make sure they are fulfilling the duties assigned to them.