WAXAHACHIE

The Knights of Columbus celebrated the groundbreaking of their own auxiliary building to house barbeque pits not only by sticking gold-plated shovels in the dirt but with a traditional brisket lunch.

The ceremony took place Saturday, Jan. 13

The Waxahachie City Council approved for the organization to move forward with the construction following a zoning change. The need for the zoning change and new smoker facility came after the land owned by the organization was annexed into the city, which meant the cooking environment no longer met the city code.

Bob Betik, president of the Waxahachie chapter, said, “One of our primary fundraising endeavors is smoked brisket. During the health inspection of our kitchen, they noted that in order to continue our brisket operation, at a minimum we would need to provide a covered area with screened insides.”

The group of 240 members is excited to start the building of the 28-foot-by-30-foot auxiliary structure that will stand 12 feet away from the original building, located at 325 Broadhead Rd. Betik said he hopes the building will be finished by June 1.

“We are going to bring it up as state-of-the-art so it will function for years,” Betik said.

When the city disclosed this obstacle to the members, Betik said the membership was “overwhelmingly” prepared to tackle the $70,000 project and voted unanimously to build the auxiliary building.

“Everything is voted on by the membership so at one of our meetings this came up and we informed them on our choices, and the membership overwhelmingly supported the plan to build the building,” Betik said.

Even though they are in the midst of a transition, the Knights of Columbus will fulfill their duties of accepting donations for the brisket to benefit the number of other nonprofits they support. During super bowl weekend they’ll be outside St. Joseph's Catholic Church, accepting donations for brisket, which proceeds will go towards cystic fibrosis research.

“You don’t need to be a member of the St. Joseph’s Church, we will provide brisket to anybody,” Betik disclosed.

The Knights of Columbus support a number of local charities including, Waxahachie Care, First Look Clinic, American Wheelchair Program, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Hurricane Harvey Relief, Project Gabriel, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Youth Group, St.Vincent DePaul Society, Seminarian Support and Wounded Warriors.