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Black Knights unsung heroes

July 24, 2013
Estherville Daily News

It's a whole lot more than a good ol' boys club.

There's gals that belong now, too.

The Black Knights Cars Club, which started in 1955 and was reactivated in 2006, is a volunteer organization that does a lot of good works in the community - many unknown to a lot of people.

And some of the original members still belong - including people like Leo Domek, Ray Dahna and Skip Miller. (If we've forgotten someone, please accept our sincere apologies.)

Things are a little different from back in the 50s though. The cars are still fast - faster, even, but the Knights really live up to their name when it comes to helping with worthy causes.

They award two scholarships annually to students who belong to member families and who attend college automotive programs. Practically every meeting, members vote to help someone in need. And whenever people need help with organizing an event or with traffic control, that's where you'll find them. And people are regularly asking them to lead funeral processions for family members. It appears as though they consider it an honor to have a line of classic Chevy, Ford and Mopars leading the procession.

During this year's Sweet Corn Days, the Knights will escort runners who will carry the flame from the four entrance signs of Estherville for the Presentation of the Flames, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Library Square. At 5:35 p.m. the bonfire will be lit from last year's cobs.

The Knights will also hold their regularly monthly cruise-in Friday night of Sweet Corn Days, Aug. 2, stopping at area nursing homes.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 3 it will be the seventh annual Black Knights Car Club Sweet Corn Days car show, featuring cars from throughout the region. You'll see cars that will really turn your head.

So the next time you hear the name Black Knights, remember just what kind of guys and gals they're talking about.

And if you want to join this fine, august group, stop by the Estherville VFW trophy room 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month and see what it's all about.



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