Council 6784 of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Greeneville TN was chartered in 1976 as the result of 30 dedicated Catholic gentlemen with a strong vision of supporting their parish in the mode set forth by our Knights of Columbus founder Fr. McGivney.
From that humble but dedicated beginning, with C. J. Ball as our initial Grand Knight, 6784 has continued to grow in service to our parish family while branching out to aid our community, our veterans, various charities, and the work of both the Supreme and State Councils. Our Council now has grown to 85 members on the Roll.
- Continuous support of the Tennessee MR Foundation:
Since the inception of the council we have manned the streets for the annual
TootsieRoll Drive. In our 40 yrs. our council has been active in all but 2 Drives.
- Pro Life:
The council funded and built the Memorial to the Unborn that is located on our parish grounds in 2008. This project was chaired by Brother Frank Marcello and his able team of brothers Chet Ball, Bill Hembrock, and Richard Nojeim.
The council led the effort in our parish, along with many other community churches, to raise funds to purchase an ultrasound machine for a local Woman's Clinic. The dream became reality with matching funds from our Supreme Council.
“Bingo with the Vets” was formed to provide homeless veterans with seasonal prize bags of clothing, hygiene products, and snacks. Twice each year our event chairman Ricky Longworth and his volunteer group travel to the Mountain Home VA to provide an evening of bingo.
Our semiannual Pancake "Breakfast with the Knights" program is held each autumnand spring in partnership with the Greeneville Fatz Café began 2 years ago under the guidance of Brother James Williams. These meals are open to the public; and provide our Council with the funding for our veterans bingo program, our Christmas Family meals and gifts program, and our programs supporting local youth activities and special needs groups.
It is with great pride and desire that we continually support our various Notre Dame Parish activities and the grounds and facilities upkeep programs both financially and with labor. Our last large program was the renovation of our kitchen and parish hall in 2011. The council matched up to $5,000 toward the cost of the project and provided the labor. The funding was matched (and exceeded) by many generous parishioners. The ladies of the NDCCW selected what was needed in the kitchen; and the Knights began moving walls, building closets, installing equipment, laying tile, and painting. The end result was a better and warmer place for parish events to be held..
- Keep Christ in Christmas:
During the past two years our Knights have replaced both the indoor and outdoor Nativity Scenes. The indoor manger was designed and built by members of the Council.