On Sunday, October 22, 2017, Mark was invited to be the main speaker at the annual "Founder's Day" Dinner sponsored by the St. Francis de Sales Knights of Columbus Council located in Lake Geneva, WI.
Mark shared his insights on his recently published book, "1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball." He also responded to questions and comments posed to him by the large number of guests present.
Mark is proud to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. The K. of C. is a Catholic organization founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, CT. Catholic men age 18 years and older are eligible for membership. There are nearly two million members in 15,000 councils represented in the following areas around the world: the United States (including the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam), Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, South Korea, Ukraine, Lithuania, and on U.S. military bases worldwide.
The Knights of Columbus consists of four degrees: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Mark became a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in 2012.
Following his presentation, Mark autographed copies of his book. He enjoys listening to stories and recollections others have about their own personal baseball experiences. GO WHITE SOX!
Dr. Mark Pienkos was born in Chicago. His parents were Stella and Edward who worked in factories to support their family of three boys. Mark’s mother only attended school through the 8th grade, while his father went to one year of high school. Mark’s oldest brother, Don, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Political Science and his other brother, Edward, is a surgeon specializing in urology.