Knights of Columbus

Welcome to the Knights of Columbus - All Saints Council 8440 - North Fort Myers, Florida
What this organization stands for is extraordinary, what it has stood up against is inspiring.

About Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Council 8440 is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization whose primary function is Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism, within its membership, the St. Therese Catholic Parish, and the North Fort Myers, Florida community. We are a non-profit organization that supports many charitable projects.

Who are the Knights?

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

An organization like no other....

We are an organization of dedicated individuals that since 1882, has embodied the selflessness of man as it has helped overcome the problems of the world. Poverty. Ignorance. Apathy. Things which imperil not only a single individual, but the whole of humanity.

We are men of faith, comprising over 12,000 Knights of Columbus Councils at home and overseas. Guild not only by our belief in God and the Catholic Church, but by our belief in each other, and in ourselves.

We are the Knights of Columbus. Believing that a man is defined by his actions as a follower of God, and as a leader in his community. Believing that a man is more than simply a man, when he bears the title of Knight.

An immovable foundation....

In 1882, Father Michael J. McGivney invited a small group of parishioners to gather in the basement of St. Mary's Church in New Haven , Connecticut. His goal was simple to establish an Order that would unite men in their faith as well as help provide for Catholic families in times of need. It was in that humblest of beginnings that the Knights of Columbus was Founded. Guided by four core principles - Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism - these founding members strove to overcome hardships of the time. Poverty. Unemployment. Even persecution. Father Michael J. McGivney's perseverance and foresight have resulted in the largest Catholic fraternal and humanitarian organization ever created. An organization that has endured for over a century because of the inspirational courage of so many.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of the Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to Join

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing, one year after the anniversary of his First Degree, 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 the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain 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.

2018-2019 Officers

  • Chaplain  ~  Very Rev. Lorford Keasey
  • Grand Knight  ~  John Von Der Vellen
  • Deputy Grand Knight  ~  Fred Glennon
  • Chancellor  ~  Kenneth Schneider
  • Recorder  ~  Rev. Jack Mulvey
  • Financial Secretary  ~  James R. Malone
  • Treasurer  ~  Paul Mayotte
  • Advocate  ~  Anthony J. Alfano
  • Warden  ~  Roland Lizotte
  • Inside Guard  ~  Joseph Landry
  • Outside Guard  ~  Richard Bacon
  • Trustee 1 year  ~  James Shephard
  • Trustee 2 year  ~  Joe Debona
  • Trustee 3 year  ~  Dennis Fleming


What our Knights Do!

Our council hosts a large number of council activities throughout the year.

Activities include: Family Mass, Pot Luck Dinners, Bingo, Fundraisers plus various Church Activities, Family Activities, Community Service and Council Activities.

Helping Hands:

We have several Brothers who donate several hours serving our parishes, as well as helping at the local food bank in North Ft. Myers, Saint Vincent DePaul Society food bank and the local Veterans Outreach program in North Ft. Myers.


Monthly Donations to: Saint Therese Parish CFA, All Souls Food Bank, Veterans Outreach, Family Life Line Center, Salvation Army, VFW 8463, Araba Shrine Transportation Fund, All Saints Byzantine Parish, and Lighthouse Eye center of Southwest Florida.

Other Donations:

St. Francis Xavier School, Araba Shriners Circus, Guardian ad Litem, Susan B. Komen Society, Muscular Dystrophy, and Catholic Faith Appeal.

Special Donations:

Four Annual Scholarships ($1,000.00 ea.), Yearly Support for Two Seminarians ($1,000.00 ea.), Toys for the Children of needy Families, Seasonal donations of food and money at Thanksgiving and Christmas to the Salvation Army and food bank at All Souls Church in North Fort Myers, Catholic Charities food Bank in Immokalee as well as donations to Family Lifeline Center in Cape Coral.


The Knights of Columbus #8440 Bingo is a family-friendly, smoke free event. We have 20 bingo games each night, with play lasting about 3 hours. Our concessions stand sells affordable dinners and snacks.

Join the Knights of Columbus for BINGO! Three Jackpots for $250.00, Charity Game-Progressive Jackpot $200.00 every week... MUST be paid when it reaches $2,400.00. Great Payouts per night. The more players, the bigger the prizes so... Bring all your friends!

Come play Bingo with the Knights!

When: Tuesday evenings: Doors open at 4:00PM, play starts at 6:30PM

Where: Knight's Hall – 16351 Slater Road ~ North Fort Myers ~ 543-9333

Cost: $18 for your single pack and $25 for double packs. Have dinner for as little as $4

The Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization and reinvests its bingo profits in charitable causes in the North Fort Myers and surrounding communities. 

We hope to see YOU at Knights of Columbus BINGO! 

Council 8440 Meetings

Meetings are held in the Council Home at 16351 Slater Road N. Ft. Myers. General Membership meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30PM and Assembly meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:30PM. All visitors Knights from other Councils are always welcome!

For more information on the Knights of Columbus please refer to:

- Knights of Columbus Supreme Council website:

- Knights of Columbus in Florida:

Knights of Columbus All Saints Council #8440:

For more information on All Saints Council #8440, please contact our current Grand Knight, John Von Der Vellen at 239-731-8785 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monthly Parish Dinners

With the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus, St. Therese Parish serves monthly dinners from October through April at the Knights Hall, located at 16351 Slater Rd. N. Ft. Myers. The main entrée is always wonderful and delicious. Tickets ($12.50) may be purchased in the Parish Office no later than the Friday before the event. Doors open at 5:30 PM and dinner will begin serving at 6:30 PM. Join with others for a great dinner and  time of socializing.

2018-2019 Schedule

Friday, October 12th - Spaghetti and Meat Balls Dinner

Friday, November 2nd - Roast Beef Dinner

Friday, December 14th - Chicken Cordon Bleu Dinner

Friday, January 11th - Ham Dinner 

Friday, February 8th - Pot Roast Dinner

Friday, March 8th - Shrimp Scampi Dinner

Thursday, April 4th - Meatloaf Dinner