Members of C-158 attended a Lithuanian Independence Day Celebration co-hosted by C-82 in Merrilville, IN. The Celebration consisted of a prayer service, luncheon, entertainment and Karolina Stiglich speaking on the immigration of the youth in Lithuania. Thank
 
 
Council 158 hosted the Annual District Memorial Mass on November 7th, 2011. Approximately 75 members and guests attended the 12:15pm Mass at St. Ann of the Dunes parish in Beverly Shores, IN celebrated by Fr. Gus Kulbis. A member from each Council presented a rose in honor of those who had passed throughout the year as Gouda, C-158 Junior, read the names aloud. After Mass, we proceeded to Giorgetti's Italian Restaurant on Lake Michigan in Michigan City, IN. It was a wonderful day spent with fellow Knights as we remembered all of our members who have gone before us.
 
 
Thanks to Terry Strolia, the Mid-America members once again met for their annual fall pilgrimage. This year we gathered at St. Terese's Shrine in Darion, IL. There we saw an abundance of St. Terese's artifacts, watched a video of her life and her simple acts of kindness and was led in mass by our new District Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Gus. The day ended with a delicious luncheon and closing prayer. Also, the Shrine is located on 50 acres of land and the weather was gorgeous, so a few of us took in some of the grounds. Near the pond stood the signs of the cross as well as, statues of both Mary and Jesus.  
Thank you again to Terry, it was a beautiful day!
 
 
Car loads of K of L'ers ventured to Garwood Orchards in Northwest, Indiana. A horse drawn wagon led us to the orchards to pick up a few tasty, fall treats including apples, raspberries, pumpkins and veggies! And back at the market you could find homemade baked goods :) After we filled our bags we were off to Beverly Shores for a picnic at the beach. We gathered at picnic tables and somc of us went down to the sand to get a closer look at the monstrous waves (for Northwest, Indiana) and to build a sandcastle. The weather had held up for most of our outing, but unfortunately mid-way though lunch we were hit with quite the rain and wind... Although, thanks to the covered pavilions we were able to keep on grilling and enjoying the company.!
 
 
Members met at Daley Plaza in Downtown Chicago for an afternoon lunch (Grand Duke's!) and to enjoy Lithuanian song and dance... It was a fun and cultural afternoon spent with Lithuanian Chicagoans!
 
 
Members met at Ed & Maria's for a Council meeting. There we met to discuss hosting the 98th National Convention here in Michigan City, Indiana. The Deksnis family and Vidas talked about all of the fond memories we have made throughout the years of attending Conventions. These memories were recalled and shared to those who have not yet attended. Andreja showed her pictures of her recent trip to Lietuva as she told stories of her weeks spent there.
 
 
A few of Council 158's Young Adults along with other guests met at McFadden's Bar in Chicago to raise money for a Lithuanian orphanage (Pagyne Children's Home) in Pagyne, Lietuva hosted by Andreja. A fabulous time was had by over 40 attendees...
 
 
Council 158 members along with Council 82 members, Loreta and April enjoyed an evening at the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont, IL on Saturday, March 27th. There theywished member, Jurate a Happy Birthday and took part in live, Lithuanian entertainment by Rytis Cicinas, dancing the night away!
 
 
On Saturday, March 27th, members from the Mid America District met at the Long Beach Community Center for Lithuanian Easter Egg decorating led by Council 82's President, Loreta. Loreta instructed all who gathered how to create beautiful, Lithuanian designs using wax. It was a wonderful afternoon and thank you to Loreta for sharing her talents!
 
 
Eight members met at Andrius & Danute's home on March 20th for a Lithuanian cooking class taught by C158 member Daiva. She instructed the members in the preparation of stuffed chicken. After cooking everyone sat at the table to enjoy in their delicious creations!