Our community is blessed to not only have a strong Knights of Columbus council, but also a thriving Ladies Auxiliary. The group is open to any adult woman of Our Lady of Hope or St. Peter’s and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy fellowship with other women while serving the greater community.
“Our primary mission is to support the Knights of Columbus with their efforts,” says Anita Ash, president of the Ladies Auxiliary. “We also fundraise for our own efforts, including education and vocations. We support the local Robotics Teams at Washington Community High School and Washington Catholic School. Our ladies value education in Daviess County and those pursuing religious vocations to the priesthood or religious life.”
Each school year, the Ladies Auxiliary awards two scholarships to senior girls to apply to their first year of college. In April, the group will begin the process of selecting the next two recipients who will apply the scholarships to the 2024-2025 school year. One female senior from Our Lady of Hope Church and one from St. Peter’s are eligible as the Ladies Auxiliary awards one for each church.
Melanie Stone, Ladies Auxiliary member and past secretary, appreciates the efforts of the group to serve the community, as well as the social engagements that bring the women together.
“We have over 90 members who gather together for our regular meetings,” Melanie says. “The socializing and friendships from these ladies are just as memorable as the work of the ministry. That’s what drew me in to this ministry so many years ago and why I continue to be so involved.”
Annual events with the Ladies Auxiliary include the Euchre Tournament, volunteering with the Knights of Columbus’ Treasure Hunt and selling 50/50 tickets, a clergy appreciation dinner benefiting our seminarians, and the annual Christmas party. Last year also included a Ladies Auxiliary field trip to St. Meinrad Seminary, as well as a Reverse Advent Calendar Food Drive that filled a truck with non-perishable food items for Feed My Sheep Food Bank.
“The Treasure Hunt and 50/50 tickets are always one of the more memorable aspects of our year,” Melanie says. “I remember a few years ago, the Treasure Hunt reached over $2 million! An annual event this big would not be possible without the community’s support and the help of so many volunteers.”
Both Anita and Melanie encourage any woman in the community not already in the Ladies Auxiliary to join them for their next meeting. Annual membership dues are only $35. New in 2024, the Ladies Auxiliary is meeting during the even-numbered months. Meetings occur on the first Tuesday of the month at the Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m.
For further questions about getting involved with the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, contact Melanie Stone at 812-887-8473.