Date of Chartering Apr 28, 1988
Diocese of Toledo Bishop Daniel E. Thomas
President Todd Deindoerfer
Chapter Chaplain Monsignor Michael R. Billian, VF
The first Legatus Chapter was named the Michigan Chapter. It attracted a few Toledo, Ohio area members because of the encouragement of Toledo Bishop James R. Hoffman, who loved the Legatus concept. The Michigan Chapter grew rapidly, meetings were generally held at our Founder Tom Monaghan’s property, “Domino’s Farms”, in Ann Arbor. Tom’s plan was to develop many Chapters in North America.
In the early 1990’s, the Chapter had grown significantly and two groups of members split off into two separate Detroit area chapters. In 2005, members from the Ann Arbor area split off to focus on growing membership from Ann Arbor and formed the Ann Arbor Chapter.
With only 23 Legates remaining in the Michigan Chapter, mostly from Northwest Ohio and southern Michigan, Mr. Monaghan asked the members to move the Chapter to Toledo. The Chapter’s name was changed to the Genesis Chapter. The members realized that they must grow the Chapter and they started inviting business leaders who were active in their parishes to the monthly chapter meetings. In addition, they sought help from Toledo Bishop Leonard P. Blair and priests throughout the area. Their efforts paid off and the Genesis Chapter began to grow rapidly. Over the years, the Genesis Chapter experienced a high retention record, which helped with its growth. Currently for 2017, about 85% of members live and/or work in northwest Ohio and about 15% are from the southern Michigan area, with a total of 73 members, 141 individuals including spouses.
The Genesis Chapter meets monthly at various rotating locations, typically on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The meetings feature speakers from the local area as well as nationally. While our members look forward to reciting the Rosary, celebrating Mass, and hearing our speakers, they also really enjoy the opportunity to socialize with each other during the reception and dinner. This quality time with others who share common Catholic beliefs and concerns is greatly valued by our members.