SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA COUNCIL # 12117
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October 2021

Special Olympics Virginia

Sir Knight Bruce Stevens accepts from Grand Knight Rob Knoerzer for the following:
Our Family of the Month is truly unique: it is an organization that has had a tremendous impact on thousands of athletes within the Commonwealth. They were founded in 1968 with the goal of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Their mission is to deliver continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community. This was epitomized in the execution of the Fall Championships in Virginia Beach this past weekend. It is my greatest honor to present the Family of the Month award to Special Olympics Virginia.


September 2021

Church of the Ascension Ministries

Our Family of the Month is no stranger to the Council or Parish and in many ways, it is the Council and Parish! Our Parish’s ministries are the engine that makes our beloved Church run on a daily basis. If you take one look around any event at Ascension, you will see eager volunteers that do everything from helping manage the Church’s finances to handing out food to those in need through the Social Justice Ministry. They are the smiling faces at the coffee bar, assisting with the Liturgy, and educating our children in their Faith Formation journeys. It is the motivated participants of Ascension’s ministries that make all of these great programs and opportunities possible. It is my greatest honor to present the Family of the Month award to the Church of the Ascension Ministries.


August 2021

Kang family

Our Family of the Month is no stranger to the Council or Parish, and they are dedicated servants to both. They epitomize what it means to be a tight-knight Catholic family that is active in the Parish. You will regularly see them participating as a family in Council events such as the recent Exemplification ceremony and the Father McGivney Prayer Hour. Speaking of the Prayer Hour, this Brother actually took the lead on organizing and executing the event this past month. He took time out of his weekend to broaden his faith by participating in the Church’s Missionary Disciple Workshop. As if that wasn’t enough, this Brother is also a key member of the Parish’s Finance Council and Money Counters. At every turn, this family always makes time for our Church community, and we are better for it. It is my greatest honor to present the Family of the Month award to the Kang Family.


July 2021

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

Our Family of the Month is no stranger to the Council or Parish, and they are dedicated servants to both. While COVID restrictions slowed down Council and Church activities over the last year and a half, this family kept going strong in their drive to help the community. During this summer alone, Bruce and Kathy have organized two blood drives, providing a total of 66 pints to the American Red Cross and meeting their critical needs. They have also been generous with their time with other activities at the Church--dedicating an entire Sunday to help the Parish kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration at the Sunday Sandals Cookout. The Stevens Family is also playing a key role in the Council’s Faith in Action programs by taking the lead in organizing our participation in the 2021 Fall Special Olympics program. These efforts demonstrate a supreme dedication to Life and is in keeping with the core principles of the Knights of Columbus. At every turn, this family always makes time for our Church community, and we are better for it. We can always count on their warm smiles and marvel out their constant efforts to give back to the community on a daily basis. It is my greatest honor to present the Family of the Month award to Bruce and Kathy Stevens.


January 2021

Joanne, Glenn, Kevin Webb family


September 2020

Bruce and Kathy Stevens


August 2020

Jon and Christine Chambers


June 2020

Lanny and Shelly White


March 2020

Food Pantry family

The Food Pantry Family of Ascension is our March Family of the Month. The members of this family for years ensure members of our community are taken care of. The Food Pantry family has volunteers that may interface with a family, or go out into our community and receive donations. This particular family also has volunteers from other church in our community. This family is essential especially during these pandemic times.


February 2020

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

Our family of the month is one of the leading families of our council. They have lead our Red Cross blood drives for over eight years. This program is one that has and continues to make a huge impact on our community. They have also lead our involvement in the Special Olympics Fall Championships and were recently awarded a State KOVAR plaque noting their dedication in assisting persons with intellectual disabilities. It is my honor to recognize the February family of the month to Bruce and Kathy Stevens.


January 2020

Roy and Diana Blakeburn

Our family of the month can always be counted on to assist our council as well as our Church. Roy has held every position in our council as well as our assembly. He has also held state office and is known around our state as a kind, and caring man. Our wife and mother of this great family, Diana, has been active in our Ladies Auxiliary. Her energy, quick wit, and friendliness are contagious! and Both are instrumental in our parish's Ways and Means Committee. This assist our parish in our community out reach program and does make a difference in our world. Both are retired from the US Military and are always proud to show the colors of our great nation. They are proud parents and a son and daughter, plus grand parents to one dog. For all these and many more reasons Roy and Diana Blakeburn are our January Family of the Month.


December 2019

Bernie and Charlotte Sokolsky

Our Family of the Month is Bernie and Charlotte Sokolsky. They are a great example of a Catholic family. Bernie currently serves as our council treasurer. Both Bernie and Charlotte are pro-family and support all council family activities now and in the past few years. They also provide support to our parish food pantry. This support ensures families in need get the proper nourishment they need. Together as a married couple of 45 years, embody a sense of love and understanding. It is my honor to award Family of the Month for December 2019 to the family of Bernie and Charlotte Sokolsky.


November 2019

Jim and Marie Moran

Our Family of the Month is Jim and Marie Moran. They are a great example of a Catholic family. Both Jim and Marie’s fathers are Knights and have been Knights for a great number of years. Jim, has been our family director for a great number of years. He has ensured all of our family events are fun filled with the emphasis on family. Jim and Marie have two wonderful children James and Sophia. Both are at all family events helping out dad and mom. Marie is a behavior counselor and is very dedicated to ensure our community families are cared for. Jim and Marie’s are inspiration to all of our council family. Both have been known to willingly give of their time and talents several fraternal and community events. They were key organizers for past, family picnics, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas Parties. Even this year Jim and Marie work tirelessly to organize logistics and cook for the past 10 years of Christmas Party. The Moran Family are a shining example of a Catholic family. Together they embody a sense of love, joy and stewardship. It is my honor to award Family of the Month for November 2019 to the family of Jim and Marie Moran.


October 2019

Ken and Johnna Levins

Our Family of the Month is very special to us. This family has been in the Knights for over thirty-one years. They have been married for over thirty eight years, have 4 kids and 4 grandchildren. The husband is a retired Captain in the US Navy and heads up our parish fundraising committee. He is also a Past Grand Knight of our council and is currently our District Warden The wife is very busy assisting young Navy and Marine Corp families with their finances. She is also a charter member of our Ladies Auxiliary. This special couple have know each other for since the first grade. It is my honor to award family of the month to the family of Ken and Johnna Levins.


September 2019

Don and Julie Bressette

Our Family of the Month is a family is a model family. This family has been in the Knights for over twenty-seven years. They have been married for over thirty-six years, have four kids and five grandchildren. The husband is a retired master chief petty officer and heads up our parish safety committee. The wife is always is keeping up with kids and is the chairperson of our parish council. They always are helpful and trying to push our parish ahead. It is my honor to award family of the month to the family of Don and Julie Bressette.


August 2019

Calvin Buyserie and Lisa Nicholson

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplify our faith. Brother Calvin Buyserie and his wife Lisa Nicholson led by examples. Lisa servers on our parish council and works a couple of days each week at our parish food pantry. Calvin is our current recorder, also works at the food pantry and is in charge of scheduling their volunteers. He also is one of the leaders our parish’s safety committee that keeps our church services safe and sound. Another example is our adopt a highway program, they both came out and assisted. This is a first for our council, a council couple has done this! Both Calvin and Lisa will help out any council and parish event when asked. It is my honor to award family of the month to the family of Calvin Buyserie and Lisa Nicholson.


July 2019

David and Marjorie Lamb

Our husband of the family of the month is a 3rd generation Knight. The wife of our family is the daughter of a PGK. Their 3 kids (now 31, 30, and 27 years old) were raised in our Catholic faith. Both sons are knights and their youngest son is PGK from the Virginia Tech council.

The foundation of family started with our family of the month parents. This family just celebrated their 33 years anniversary. They are considered the foundation of the 9 AM MASS at St. Gregrory’s. For 30 years the father has been an usher, our mother for just short of 20 years has taught Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW). For most of this time she has served as coordinator for all the teachers of this ministry. For the last decade both have served as Eucharistic Ministers and the father will at times serve as the captain coordinating the Eucharistic Ministers.
Outside of the MASS, their biggest impact has been in CCD where the father has been a teacher for 25 years. He has put together several memorable lessons, the most memorable being a several week reflection on the Stations of the Cross when Lent is approaching. His impact has been so positive that there are frequently past students stopping by his classroom in the 15 minutes before CCD starts and almost any 6thgraders with older siblings that have been in his class specifically request to be placed in his class. Over the past decade the mother has joined him and they teach the 6th grade class together. Between CCD and CLOW the lasting impact they have on their students is apparent in the number of former students that eventually ask them to be confirmation sponsors. Additionally, our father of the month spent a year as a Parish Council member at St Gregory.
Our father of the month has been an active member in both 9056 and 12117. He has spent decades as a member of the 1st degree team, a good number of years serving as the degree team captain. He also served several years as Treasurer for 12117. For 19 years, our families of the month headed up the 12117 ministry to visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help (nursing home) once a month. In these monthly visits they would spend half an hour leading the residents in the rosary and an hour playing Bingo. The impact they had at OLPH was so great that the father of our family of the month eventually became a board member. On top of everything else he has done, for the last six years travels once a quarter up to Washington, DC where ushers at the National Basilica.

A couple of years ago they realized at times new registrations fell through the cracks at St Gregory. Instead of ignoring it, they took ownership of the problem and set about fixing it. Working with the priests they put formed a brand-new Embrace Ministry focused on welcoming new members. Every time St Gregory gets a new member, they get a welcoming letter from the Embrace Ministry explaining some of the ministries at St Gregory and asking what ministries they would like to become involved in. The ministry tracks these interests and puts the new members in touch with the other ministries. Additionally, a couple times a year the ministry holds a social for the new members to socialize with each other and meet other members of the church.
Their community involvement reaches beyond the church, the mother of our family spent 17 years as an elementary school special education teacher and another 13 years as a kindergarten teacher. She spent countless hours, both at school and at home, to give the kids the best education she could. In her last several years of teaching she was also the coordinator of all the kindergarten teachers in her school. David spent countless hours becoming deeply involved in his kid’s activities when they were growing up. In scouts he was the Assistant Pack Leader and a Council Member for the Troop. He spent several years as a staff member at the Catholic Committee of Scouting’s annual Retreatoree held in September for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. He spent a couple years as an assistant coach in baseball and a couple years assisting with St Gregory’s Youth Group. He chaperoned multiple trips to Steubenville, OH and a trip to National Catholic Youth Convention (NCYC) in Atlanta, GA.

Our couple is extremely motivated in their Christian life and have given whole heartedly to the council, our parish and our community. They can always be seen with welcoming smiles and open arms. They are shining examples of love, dedication, commitment, and the domestic church. It is with great pleasure we award family of the month for July 2019 to David and Marge Lamb.


June 2019

Mark and Grace Shaw

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplifies commitment to faith. The Shaw family is a great example of living our faith in action. Both Mark and Grace are extremely motivated each have given whole heartedly to the council and our parish. Whether serving with the Ladies Auxiliary, choir, Eucharistic, and Lector ministries, each can always be seen with welcoming smiles and open arms. Mark and Grace are shining examples of love, dedication, commitment, and the domestic church. It is with great pleasure we award family of the month for June 2019 to Mark and Grace Shaw.


January 2019

Richard and Teresa Diaz

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplifies commitment to faith. The Diaz family is a great example of living our faith in action. Both are extremely motivated and in love with everything our order stands for. The each have given whole heartedly to the council and our parish. Each can always be seen with welcoming smiles and open arms. Richard and Teresa are shining examples of love, dedication, commitment, and the domestic church. It is with great pleasure we award family of the month for January 2019 to Richard and Teresa Diaz.


November 2018

Church of the Ascension Choir - Diane Nestor - Minister of Music

Under the direction of Music Minister, Diane Nestor, this family bring so much joy and spirit to our parish. Each member works tirelessly to achieve great musicianship, that brings people to Christ each and every week. They are a dedicated family who celebrates, worships, mourns, prays together. The unity this family has achieved is one which all can model. Together they dedicate their sound to the glory of our Lord. Their symphony proclaims the word of God like no other. They have openly ventured into musical areas which are challenging but are comforted their praise will bring people to the table. No one is turned away, and all are invited to celebrate and worship with them. They are a truly a model family, and the music each contributes brings peace and harmony to our world.


October 2018

Jim and Kathy Fowler

Our Family of the Month for October is Jim and Kathy Fowler. Both are active members of our parish and community. Both Kathy and Jim have taken an integral part in supporting the Discovering Christ and Eucharistic ministry programs. Jim is also involved in the church choir and parish council as the Director of Community and Life Department. Kathy is an exceptional example of support and grace. She is seen conducting her own ministry endeavors as well as supporting her husband Jim. They both are an integral part of our community and we are grateful to have them in service. As such it is my honor to award family of the month for October 2018 to Jim and Kathy Fowler.


September 2018

Brock and Emily Thompson

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplifies our life program. Brother Brock and his wife Emily are great examples for their children and for all of us. Brock is our current Faith Director and Emily is constantly in a supportive and loving role to her husband's commitment to the council. Brock and Emily constantly place God first in their lives and ensure our Catholic values are passed on to their children. Both are able to balance all of life’s challenges and commitments with grace. They know the meaning of the phrase, “a family who prays together, stays together.” It is my honor to award family of the month to the family of Brock and Emily Thompson.


August 2018

Kathy and Reverend Mister Jim Ahearn

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplifies commitment to faith. Jim and Kathy Ahearn have been active members of our parish for several years. Kathy serves graciously in the religious education office and schedules the meeting rooms for the parish. She works closely with all ministries to ensure each organization is accommodated with a proper meeting place. Jim, a newly ordained Deacon, continues to serve this parish reverently and with passion. Where needed he is always happy to help one of our priests or church family with a gentle and welcoming smile. Our community is fortunate to have Jim and Kathy. It is my sincere pleasure to award family of the month to Kathy and newly ordained Reverend Mister Jim Ahearn.


July 2018

Chadwich and Jessica Cooper

Our Family of the Month is a family who really exemplifies service and commitment. Chad has recently taken on the role as the council recorder and family program director. Jessica, his spouse, stands always beside him, supporting his journey as a Knight. Most recently, Brother Chad and his family stepped in to support a young adult faith ministry picnic. They coordinated the purchase of perishable items, supported in the advertisement of the event, and solicited for volunteers to support. The event was a huge success. Both Chad and Jessica are wonderful Catholic parents, who support each other and balance all aspects of their live exceedingly well. They exemplify dedication to faith, family and service. It is my honor to award family of the month to the family of Brother Chadwick Cooper.


June 2018

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

This Brother and his wife are truly great servants to Fr. McGivney’s mission. Always placing others first and never asking for something in return. Throughout the demands of work and family, Brother Bruce and Kathy continue to be committed. Both Kathy and Bruce continue spearhead the summer concert series fundraising efforts. They balance this demanding schedule with leading efforts our Red Cross Blood Drives. Kathy diligently assists the council in our Mass Card program and Brother Bruce has been known to assists others with their home repairs. To add to all this, both were present at the young adult picnic, offering their time, talent and fellowship. They are truly servants of God’s people and are an example of Faith in Action. As such, it gives me great pleasure to award Family of the Month for June 2018 to Bruce and Kathy Stevens.


March 2018

Church of the Ascension Choir

This family bring so much joy and spirit to our parish. Each member works tirelessly to achieve great musicianship, that brings people to Christ each and every week. They are a dedicated family who celebrates, worships, mourns, prays together. Through good times and not so good times, they stick together. 24/7 they are available to each other. The unity this family has achieved is one which all can model. Together they dedicate their sound to the glory of our Lord. Their symphony proclaims the word of God like no other. They have openly ventured into musical areas which are challenging, but are comforted their new praise will bring people to the table. No one is turned away, and all are invited to celebrate and worship with them. They are a truly a model family, and the music each contributes brings peace and harmony to our world. It is my honor to present the family of the month for March 2018 to the Church of the Ascension Choir, under the direction of Diane Nestor, Minister of Music.


February 2018

James and Barbara Byrd

Brother James and his wife, Barbara are one of the hardest working couples. They continuously work tirelessly supporting the various fundraising, fraternal, charitable, and community event for the council and church. James, a Sir Knight, and Barbara, a Ladies Auxiliary member, can be always seen helping with Red Cross Blood Drives, council fraternal events, and as greeters before Mass. Jim can always be seen encouraging others to take an active role in the community, with Barbara smiling at his side. James is also part of the Ascension Construction Crew, assisting with maintenance of the building and rectory. James and Barbara are a great couple and an exceptional example of charity and stewardship. It is my honor to award Family of the Month to James and Barbara Byrd.


January 2018

Ways and Means Committee - Church of the Ascension

Our Family of the Month includes Brother Knights, Ladies Auxiliary, and fellow parishioners. They have supported Saint Teresa of Calcutta Council for years as volunteers for our events, donors to our charities, and participants of our functions. Most recently, they ensured the complete success of our sold-out Culture of Life (COL) Spaghetti Dinner Charity Fundraiser. From the initial planning meetings to the actual event, they worked endlessly in advertising, scheduling the ‘world-famous’ entertainment, selling tickets, setting up the ACC, providing the food and drinks, and creating a fun, family atmosphere for all in attendance. Their efforts resulted in the first true sell-out, highest ever amount of 50/50 tickets sold (profits to our Council’s COL charity funds), one of (if not the) most successful Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale (profits benefiting their scholarship program), AND raised nearly $2,000 for Church of the Ascension’s ministries. We owe our sincerest gratitude to our most treasured partners. Please join me in congratulating our Family of the Month – Our Church of the Ascension Ways & Means Committee!!


December 2017

Ladies Auxiliary of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117

The Ladies Auxiliary, St. Teresa of Calcutta 12117 have continued to be valuable partner of our council. Wherever there is a need, the Ladies are always there for their Knights. The Ladies Auxiliary, time and time again have been directly responsible for the success and smooth operations of our council events. Starting with the Officer Installation, it was the Ladies who took the lead setting up and decorating. For the annual Christmas party, it was the Ladies who envisioned a theme and ensured all elements were organized and festive. From setup, decorating, preparing food, and hosting, it has always been the Ladies supporting their Knights to ensure the success of our council. We could not do it without them and we are deeply grateful for their dedication and unwavering service. They are models of love, grace, and commitment.


November 2017

Jim and Marie Moran

Brother Jim and his wife, Marie an inspirational Catholic family. Jim, a Sir Knight, and Marie are very active members in the parish and give of their time and talents, with cheerfulness and steadfast devotion. Both are have been known to willingly give of their time and talents several fraternal and community events. They were key organizers for past, family picnics, Easter egg hunts, and Christmas Parties. Even this year Jim and Marie work tirelessly to organize logistics and cook for this year’s Christmas Party and 20th Anniversary Celebration. Jim and Marie are a shining example of a Catholic family. Together they embody a sense of love, joy and stewardship. Therefore, it is my honor to award Family of the Month for November 2017 to the family of Jim and Marie Moran.


October 2017

Ken and Johnna Levins

Brother Ken and his wife, Johnna are an inspirational Catholic family. Ken, a Sir Knight and Johnna, a Ladies Auxiliary member, are very active members in the parish and give of their time and talents, with cheerfulness and with grace. Both are have been known to willingly give of their time in both fundraising and programming events. During the concert fundraising season this couple worked tirelessly to ensure the success of each event. They are key organizers for both bunco and paint nights – which have proven to be worthwhile fraternal events. They have both worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure Culture of Life is promoted throughout our two organizations and the parish community. This includes the annual March for Life in Washington DC.

Ken and Johnna stand side by side each other, and are a great example of a loving couple. Together they embody a sense of love and joy we can all look up to. As such, it is my honor to award Family of the Month for October 2017 to the family of Ken and Johnna Levins.


September 2017

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

Brother Bruce and his wife, Kathy are one of the hardest working couples. They continuously work tirelessly supporting the various fundraising, fraternal, and charitable events this council had. Over the last 10 years the Stevens family has represented the council during our concert season. Here they provided logistical coordination support with Legends, Inc. In addition to this, both Kathy and Bruce, still make every effort to work their fair share of concerts during the season. You can also see this family leading the way during our Red Cross Blood Drives. From setting up the night before, to working the early morning to late afternoons, the Stevens see that each of our blood drives operates like a well-oiled machine. In addition to all the above, when called upon, Brother Bruce volunteered his time and talents to inspect and advise our On Demand 911 team on a roofing concern for a needy individual. Last, this couple was extremely instrumental in both the church’s altar server appreciation and the council family picnic. Bruce and Kathy are a great couple, both walk hand in hand, and are an exceptional example of Catholic service in action.


August 2017

Michael and Lucille Nestor

Brother Mike and wife, Lucille are an inspirational Catholic family. They are very active members in the parish and give of their time and talents, with cheerfulness and with grace.

Mike can always be depended to serve where needed. He consistently brings with him a positive personality, which elevates the motivation at all activities. Whether serving our fundraising missions, blood drives, cooking behind a hot grill, and other council events, he can always be counted on. In addition, his wife Lucille consistently supports him with grace and joy, as he continues to spread the good news and the good works of the order. Most recently, both Mike and Lucille provided great support during the Altar Server Appreciation Picnic. In addition, their daughter Katrina has been an integral part of our concert season. Whenever called upon, she can always be depended upon to help her father and his brothers with a smile.

Mike and Lucille stand side by side each other, and are a great example of a loving couple. Together they embody a sense of love and joy we can all look up to. As such, it is my honor to award Family of the Month for August 2017 to the family of Mike and Lucille Nestor.


July 2017

Vic and Stephanie Gruning

Vic and his wife, Stephanie are an inspiration Catholic family. They are very active members in the parish and give of their time and talents, with humility and with grace.

Vic can always be depended upon to serve where ever he is needed. When something needs to get done, and when there is a need for volunteers, Vic can always be depended upon to give of himself. His support for Stephanie during her tenure as the Ladies Auxiliary President are second to none. Vic is a clear example of a loving husband, father, and Catholic Gentlemen.

Stephanie most recently completed very successful tenure as our Ladies Auxiliary President. During the planning of the council’s installation, Stephanie was always in support of the council and Ladies auxiliary. When it was time to set up the decorations, she played an instrumental role in ensuring the appearance of the event was dignified. In addition to the above, she still has time to host seasonal plant sales at our parish.

Vic and Stephanie stand side by side each other, and are a great example of a loving couple. Together, they embody the true spirit and service. Therefore, it is my honor to award Family of the Month for July 2017 to the Vic and Stephanie Gruning.


June 2017

The Antonio Family

Robert, Rebecca, Alex, Viviana and Lauren – “The Antonios” – are an inspiration Catholic family. All are very active members in the parish and provide instrumental support that is of the highest caliber, and second to none.

Robert performs as one of the church’s drum set players, constantly volunteering to fill vacancies, so every Eucharistic celebration has drums. Rebecca and Viviana provide orchestral string support, and are frequently featured as soloists in annual Advent and Lent presentations. Alex plays orchestral strings, guitar, and bass. He is an extremely talented young man. Lauren is a talented young athlete. She represents this parish with the utmost dignity on and off the athletic field.

Overall, this Catholic family embodies true spirit and service. They are in love with music, life, and our Savior. It is my honor to award Family of the Month for June 2017 to the Antonio family.


May 2017

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Ladies Auxilary

The Ladies Auxiliary - Saint Teresa of Calcutta 12117 have been and I'm sure will continue to be a very valuable asset to our Council. These Ladies Auxiliary, time and time again have been available to assist, if not directly responsibility for the success and smooth running of many of our joint ventures. Starting lasts year with the Officer Instillation in July it was the Ladies Auxiliary that took the lead and made this event a success. In December when the council held their annual Christmas party, it was again the Ladies Auxiliary that made this a huge success. From setup, decorating, preparing desert and helping with the cleanup it was the ladies standing with the Council to insure a good time was had by all. In January during the Annual Spaghetti Dinner once again the Ladies Auxiliary were there hours before setting up, decorating, preparing desert for this event and assisting with the cleanup.

In March of this year during the Councils Officers meeting the Grand Knight informed the Officers that we had been asked by Rev. Fr. Daniel to organize and run in conjunction with the Ladies Auxiliary a Going Away Dinner in honor of Archbishop Paul Ruzoka. Don Poole took on this task for the Council and contacted Stephanie Gruning and between the two of them this event was pulled off in a very successful manor.

For these reasons, I am honored to present Family of the Month for May 2017 to the Ladies Auxiliary - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117.


April 2017

Glenn, Kevin and Joanne Webb

Glenn & Joanne & Kevin are very active members of the Church of the Ascension and the Knights of Columbus Council 12117 as well as the Ladies Auxiliary. Joanne is the Parrish Secretary and on a daily basis assist our Parrish Priest and fellow brother Rev. Fr. Daniel in all matters in the smooth operation within the Parrish Office. Joanne continues to be a valuable asset to the council by insuring that a smooth line of communication is always open between the front Office and the Council. Joanne has been elected to serve as the President of the Ladies Auxiliary for the new fraternal year 2017 - 2018 .

Brothers Glen and Kevin continue to be a great asset to the council and the Church of Ascension. Specifically, both continue to support numerous council events with setups, participating and they also stay behind when others have left to assist in the cleanup. Both were present at our annual KOVAR drive in front of the ABC store and I was informed that the speech that was given during the Masses by Kevin were instrumental in the high amount of contributions that we received during the fund drive. Both Kevin and Glenn have already stepped up to assist the Grand Knight Elect in next year's success by taking on both Administrative and Officer roles.

For these reasons, I am honored to present Family of the Month for April 2107 to the Webb Family - Glenn & Joanne & Kevin.


March 2017

Ramon and Lisa Villa

Ramon & Lisa Villa are very active members of the Church of the Ascension and the Knights of Columbus. Lisa is an active member of the Church's Choir and is always present at Sunday Masses playing her musical instruments. Both Ramon and Lisa are very active in the Boy Scouts of America. Ramon is often seen in the front of the Choir as the Director during special Masses such as the performances that happen during Advent and Lent. Ramon also serves as the Deputy Grand Knight for the council and is also the Program Director. Under his guidance and supervision this year the council was blessed with having multiple Chairman in each of the Programs. Ramon has given this Grand Knight valuable insight and recommendations in issues pertaining to the day to day running of this Council. For these reasons, I am honored to present Family of the Month for March 2107 to the Villa Family - Ramon & Lisa.


February 2017

Scott and Amanda Tiemann

Scott and Amanda Tiemann are very active members of the Church of the Ascension and the Knights of Columbus. Amanda is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and was instrumental in the success that was obtained during the sales of deserts during the Culture of Life Spaghetti Dinner. Scott is a Eucharistic Minister and is always available to assist with the 1215 mass each Sunday. Annually around the Holidays Season this Family is actively involved in the gathering and distribution of the Holiday Food Baskets. Prior to the Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday this family is seen in the commons filling the sometimes over 200 boxes and baskets to be distributed to the needed during the Holiday Season. Scott has filled an Officers position in the council for the past several years and is currently the Worthy Warden. He is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property, sets up council chambers for meetings and degree exemplifications and Oversees inside and outside guards. Scott and his sons are activity involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

For these reasons I am honored to present Family of the Month for February 2107 to the Tiemann Family – Scott & Amanda – Connor – Noah.


January 2017

Ken and Johnna Levins

PGK Ken and Johnna Levins are very active members of the Church of the Ascension and the Knights of Columbus. Ken heads up large portion of the Council’s fundraising effort through the year. He was instrumental in the newly formed and implemented FootballMania 10-week fundraiser and the Super Bowl and March Madness Pools. He continues to head up the Culture of Life Program for the Council which included the Walk-for-Life Bus trip to Washington, DC / the Memorial Mass and Rosary for the Unborn, the Baby Bottle Collection and the Spaghetti Dinner.

Ken is also a member of the Parrish Council and the Respect for Life Ministry at the Church of the Ascension. Johnna is also a member of the KofC Ladies Auxiliary and she and Ken are always together as a couple for many if not all the Council and Ladies Auxiliary’s events. Special note of interest is the amount of details that Ken and Johnna took to insure the Walk for Life Bus trip to Washington, DC was a true success.


December 2016

John & Jimmie Ruark

Parishioners John & Jimmie Ruark are not officiated with the Knights of Columbus but are very active members here at the Church of the Ascension. Every Sunday John and Jimmie are manning the Church’s Store. The Knights of Columbus annually sell their Keep Christ in Christmas Cards and in years past the Brother Knights have handled these sales. This year the Church of Ascension decided to cut back in the amount of soliciting and selling that takes place in the commons after each mass. At first we thought this would be detrimental to our efforts to sell the Christmas cards. The cards were given to John and Jimmie at the Church Store and without hesitation they started selling the cards. Two weeks before Christmas I was informed that all the cards had been sold.

For these reasons I am honored to present Family of the Month for December 2016 to the Ruark Family – John & Jimmie Ruark


November 2016

Bill and Valerie Rockwell

This Brother Knight and his Wife Valerie seemed to be present at all activities that the Council and the Parish conducts. Both are Eucharistic Minister at Sunday Mass and Bill seconds as a Lector. Bill is the current Past Grand Knight of the Council and is always available to assist the current Grand Knight with any help that is requested. Bill volunteered to be the Director of Training for the Council and has already conducted three specialized training sessions as well as several mini training sessions during council meetings. Bill and Valerie have donated several items to the On Demand 911 team’s request for furniture and appliances required by the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph in Virginia Beach after their convent was flooded during Hurricane Matthew in October of this year. Bill is the Three-Year Trustee for the council and is a very active member of the admissions, retention, and membership (A.R.M.) committee that was formed in an effort not only to recruit new brother knights, but, more importantly, to bring back into the council those brother knights that have become inactive. Bill brought in one new member this month, and attended that brother’s Admissions Degree on December 5th in a show of support for this new Brother. With all the items that Bill contributes to the council I am certain this has an effect on his family life. This work would probable not be possible without the support and understanding from Bill’s wife, Valerie. For these reasons I am honored to present Family of the Month for November 2016 to the Rockwell Family – William and Valerie.


October 2016

Rick and Mary Bish

This Brother Knight, his Wife and Daughters seemed to be present at all activities that the Council and the Parish conducts. Mary is the Coordinator of Religious Formation at the Church of the Ascension and Daughter Kate serves as an Altar Server usually at the 845 Mass. Early in the fraternal year Rich stepped up and assumed the role of Co- Chairman for the Family Program. Rich is also a PFN of Assembly 2588.

Although during the past several weeks it might have appeared that Rich was nowhere to be seen around the Council, it appears that Hurricane Matthew can be blamed on his absence. During flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, which hit Virginia Beach in early October, the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph in Virginia Beach suffered extensive damage from the rising waters. Unfortunately, the Sisters did not have flood insurance.

When the disaster struck, GK Joseph Bernard of St. Matthew Council 10601 was the first Knight on the scene; he waded through the convent in water half way up his thighs. In response to calls for help Brothers of Saint Matthew Council, arrived on the scene and they started removing the waterlogged rugs and carpeting and padding and cleaning the appliances. Fr. Daniel Malingumu, Pastor of Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach and the Grand Knight of St. Teresa of Calcutta Council, No. 12117 in Virginia Beach came and knew of a Brother Knight with expertise in recovery and restoration particularly water removal. The GK of Council 12117 called Brother Rich and without hesitation, dropping what he was doing on a Sunday afternoon, Rich stated, “I am on my way.” Rich arrived at the Convent and began his assessment of the damage. Over the past month and a half the repair work at the convent is proceeding at a record pace and without any delay. Much can be attributed to the Brother Rich’s response and actions on the first day when the Grand Knight asked for his assistance.

It is my pleasure to present Family of the Month for October 2016 to the Bish Family – Richard – Mary – Kate - Savannah.


September 2016

Mike and Ann Maliniak

This Brother Knight and his wife seem to be present at all activities that the Council and the Parish conducts. Mike and Ann are members of the Ways and Means Committee and are instrumental in the planning and organizing of many of the functions the Church conducts to raise revenue for various ministries. Ann is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and furthermore was present on numerous concert events this past season along with Mike. Mike acted as Banker for many if not all of the concerts he and Ann worked. Mike is also a PGK and PFN and has held numerous officers position within the councils he has been in. If this was not enough, Mike is the current President of the Hampton Roads Combined Veterans Organization. Mike oversees and supervises the planning and execution of the Annual Veterans Day Parade conducted at the Ocean Front in Virginia Beach in November. Mike is also responsible for the collection and distribution of item for our Veterans at the Hampton Veterans Hospital. Mike also serves and a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector at Sunday Masses.


August 2016

Don and Nancy Poole

A knight for just over a year, Brother Don and his wife, Nancy have been involved in numerous events hosted by the council. Quick to start the cleanup process after our sponsored events he and his wife, also have worked several concert events.

Asked by the Grand Knight to assist as a program chairman, without hesitation his response was: “Where do you need me?” Brother Don was given the responsibility of the Family program and took off running. Brother Don also stepped up and stated he would handle the “Keep Christ in Christmas” program – stating it sounds like a Family item to me. Recently the chairman from the Virginia State Council needed a council point of contact to assist with the Special Olympics Fall games being held in Virginia Beach. Again Brother Don stepped up and stated, “I got this”. When the Grand Knight need a Brother to lead the council in the saying of the Rosary prior to the council meetings Brother Don again stated: “I got this.”

Brother Don and Nancy find the time to assist in several ministries at the Church of the Ascension. They are both involved in Lector and Eucharistic Ministries, both are on the Parrish Council and both conduct Eucharistic Ministry services at Our Lady of Perpetual Help – nursing center here in Virginia Beach. They are also seen assisting in the church choir on occasions Brother Don is also a sacristan and usually assists with this ministry two to three times a month.

It is my pleasure to present Family of the Month for August 2016 to the Poole Family.


July 2016

Vic and Stephanie Gruning

This Gruning family is very active within both the Church and the Council. Vic is an active member of the council and assists in every if not all events that we as a council support. He is very active in the Church Music Ministry and an active participant in working our biggest fundraiser event of the year – the concerts.

Stephanie is very active in the Church as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and a Sacristy. She is also the past and current President of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Ladies Auxiliary. With her direction and support this years officer’s Installation turned out to be a very successful event. The Ladies Auxiliary under the guidance of Stephanie took charge of this event, deciding many if not all of the details that were required to many this a successful installation. They decided what food would be provided and even created table runners in the Colors of our namesake Mother Teresa. This assistance relieved a great task on the Newly Elected Grand Knight. The State Deputy commented on how well the installation went and was very impressed with the total outcome. This is a great reflection on the Ladies Auxiliary under the direction and guidance of Stephanie.
It is my privilege to present Family of the Month for July 2016 to the Gruning Family.


June 2016

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

The Stevens family has been instrumental in the council’s larger fundraiser – the concerts. The organizing and working the concerts starts well before our first showing in May. Months prior, Bruce and Kathy Stevens are contacting Brothers, setting up the TEAMS training and scheduling the concerts for the entire season. The months of June and July can become a total nightmare at times when Bruce and Kathy are trying to get rosters filled before the cutoff dates required by Legends. Without this type of dedication to our largest fundraiser our annual budget would be less approximately $15,000. Kathy also acts as banker for many of the events requiring her and Bruce to stay later than everyone else working an event.
If this was not enough Bruce and Kathy Stevens take on organizing and working a Red Cross Blood Drive every 8 to 10 weeks. They were instrumental in researching and designing a banner to be utilized in an effort to bring in more donors during out Blood Drive events.
It is my pleasure to present Family of the Month for June 2016 to the Stevens Family – Bruce and Kathy.


May 2016

Brock and Emily Thompson

This new brother Knight has quickly made an impact on our Council. He has been involved in Council events and has actively attended meetings in just the short month and a half that he has been with our Council. This brother Knight took the fast lane to full Knighthood in our order by completing his First Degree on April 28th and then going on to complete his Third Degree on May14th. (Just 2 weeks later). He is active with the Young Adult Ministry of our parish and recently spoke very eloquently at mass on the importance of raising a faith-based Catholic family.


April 2016

Fran and Kathy Foster

This Sir Knight and his wife have been involved with our Council for many years. As a PGK, this Brother Knight has been a guiding adviser for important matters of the Council. Although he is a PGK, he has not forgotten the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism and he regularly demonstrates them in his actions. He is an officer in Assembly 2588 and an active member of the Council. He volunteers at events such as the Blood Drive, KOVAR Drive and various fundraisers for our Council. He and his wife are active members of our Parish and can be seen every Sunday meeting with fellow Brothers and Parishioners alike after Mass. I am happy to award our April FOM to Fran and Kathy Foster!


March 2016

Scott and Amanda Tiemann

This family helps support our Council and Parish in many ways. As an officer, he is always one of the first to help set up the Council chamber and break it down afterward. This work ethic carries over into the other events that the Knights support. This Sir Knight was instrumental in supporting the Spring Membership drive and came dressed in his 4th degree attire to represent the Assembly. His wife is an active member in the ladies auxiliary and can be seen alongside her husband just as actively involved as a volunteer. His two sons are also active in the Parish and in scouting where this Knight is an adult leader. Our family of the month is SK Scott and Amanda Tiemann.


February 2016

James and Barbara Byrd

This couple epitomizes what it means to live a Christian marriage. They are often involved together in the many Parish events here at Ascension. This Brother Knight serves in the leadership of our Council and is often one of the first to arrive and last to leave at both Officer and Business meetings. He takes great ownership in what the Knights stand for, particularly when it comes to our namesake: The Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. (Soon to be Canonized) . His wife is also part of the leadership of the Ladies Auxiliary and together they are valuable to both organizations. This Brother Knight consistently reaches into his own pocket to provide for the betterment of our Council and Order. I am proud to announce our Family of the Month: James and Barbara Byrd.


January 2016

Rick and Mary Bish

This worthy Sir Knight and his family are relatively new to our Council, yet his impact has been evident for years, as he has served as a leader within the district and in the Fr. McGivney Assembly. This Brother Knight can be seen at any event that the Council is involved with from the COL Spaghetti Dinner to blood drives and Special Olympics. His experience as a leader within our Order has been a valuable asset. His wife, Mary, has taken on an important role as Coordinator of the Religious Formation at our Parish here at Ascension serving grades K-8. He can be seen at Mass with his wife and daughters celebrating the Eucharist and strengthening his family’s faith. Our Family of the Month for January is Rick and Mary Bish.


December 2015

Bob and Teresa Allen

A new Knight to our Council this past year, this individual is quickly making his mark in a positive way! He has been an active participant in Council meetings since joining our Order. He can be seen at many events like the Council Christmas Party and Parish dinners where he and his wife ensure we are served our favorite adult beverage. He and his wife also serve actively on the Parish Ways and Means Committee as well as other Parish functions. I am proud to award our Family of the Month for December to Bob and Teresa Allen!


November 2015

Phil and Jan Lynch

This Brother Knight is truly one who works in the background to support our Council. Even though he may not aspire to be out front receiving recognition for his many contributions, he is certainly worthy of any and all accolades. This Brother Knight can be seen at just about any event that requires a certain culinary expertise. In fact, if it wasn’t for his tireless efforts in the kitchen, many of us would probably starve! He is also very involved in many other events along with his wife. She is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and former President. This Brother Knight is often the first one to arrive and the last to leave at every monthly Council meeting. I am proud to recognize Phil and Jan Lynch as out November Family of the Month.


October 2015

Vic and Stephanie Gruning

This family is very active in the church and our Council. This Brother Knight assists with a number of events such as the Blood Drive, Concert volunteer, food drives, golf tourney and many other initiatives. He is active in the church and can be seen supporting the choir during Mass. His wife has a senior leadership role in the Ladies Auxiliary and is also active in the church as a Sacristan, Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Their daughter was also recognized in the past as a Young Lady of the Year. I am happy to announce our family of the Month is Vic and Stephanie Gruning!


September 2015

Mike and Ann Maliniak

This Sir Knight is someone who has a wealth of knowledge about our Council and the Father McGivney Assembly because he is actively involved in both. You will see him working tirelessly at concerts selling beer right alongside his wife, Ann. If you don’t see him there, you will find him collecting food for the hungry at Mass or supporting our Membership Drive dressed in full regalia! This Knight is our go-to contact for the business of the Assembly; especially in Patriotic matters such as our annual Veteran’s Day Parade. In matters that support the Parish here at Ascension, this couple takes a leadership role serving on the Ways and Means Committee. As Grand Knight, I depend on his advice as he guides the interests of our Council from his seat on our Board of Trustees. I am happy to say our Family of the Month is that of Mike and Ann Maliniak!


August 2015

Rob and Karen Wilhelm

SK Rob Wilhelm is not only a key member of Council 12117 as our Worthy Chancellor, but Rob is also in charge of the maintenance at Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach. He is an integral part of the success of our Parish and Council, and is a good liaison between our Council and our Parish. Rob has been active in working seven concerts so far for this years main fund raiser as well as recruiting our one member so far in FY 2015/16. He also helped spearhead a very successful food drive in a great moment of need that existed when the Parish pantry shelves were empty. The drive generated over 2 tons of food and filled the shelves to beyond capacity. His wife Karen is also active in our Parish serving on the Ways and Means committee.


July 2015

Tony and Audra Spechio

Brother Knight Tony Spechio is a loyal member of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117. As one of the Outside Guards for the Council, Tony can be seen at all Council Officer and Business meetings. Tony and his family (Audra and Valerie) help make up the core of the dedicated volunteer group that support the Council's #1 Fund-raiser: working at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. When a need arose to solicit additional help to spearhead the concert fund-raising committee, Tony stepped up to the plate and answered the call. In the month of July alone, the Council participated in no less than 8 concerts that generated $700 each.


June 2015

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

Sir Knight Bruce Stevens and his wife, Kathy, are at the heart and soul of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council 12117. Bruce has been a Knight in the Council for over seven years and every year he has been a key factor to the success of the Council. He and Kathy have chaired the number one fund raiser for the Council for the past 7 years, bringing in over $10,000 annually. Additionally, Bruce, Kathy and their son Jonathan volunteer at almost every fund raising event. Beyond the fund raisers, Bruce and Kathy chair each of the Blood Drives to support the local Red Cross. Kathy has been President of the Ladies Auxiliary 3 out of the last 5 years. In June, Bruce and Kathy worked every fund raising event and chaired a Blood Drive. Bruce also volunteered for the annual KOVAR drive.


May 2015

Glenn and Joanne Webb

Our Family of the Month – are relatively new to our organization, yet they actively participate as old-hands! This Family of the Month includes not one, but two Brothers – with this father-son team having recently taken their First Degree in March of this year. Yet they have attended and assisted wherever needed at every Council and Parish event we’ve held. These Brothers epitomize the adage of getting involved and making a mark. Mom & Wife has also routinely shown her support of Our Order and Our Council through her frequent communications and assistance in spreading the word of our activities and causes. She is a key member of all parish activities and operations, serving as the Parish Secretary. Their energy, enthusiasm and support embody the tenents of Our Order. Brothers, I trust that you will join me in recognizing our
May 2015 Family of the Month
Brother Glenn & Joanne Webb


April 2015

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Ladies Auxiliary

Mother Teresa Ladies Auxiliary has provided tremendous and unwavering support to Our Council, in addition to executing their own charitable endeavors. In the month of April specifically, the Ladies organized an "Easter Basket" Campaign with the Parish of Church of the Ascension. They collected monetary donations and goods, combined with funds raised during their numerous bake sales, to construct 40 Easter Baskets to deliver to children in need enrolled in the ForKids organization. Our Ladies also volunteered to stuff more than 200 plastic Easter eggs used for Our Council's 3rd Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt held after the 1030 Easter mass. More than 40 excited children participated in a fun-filled event. The Mother Teresa Ladies Auxiliary has worked side-by-side with Our Council and truly demonstrate "Faith In Action!"


March 2015

Robert and Claudia Storms

Our Family of the Month - Brothers, I have chosen to memorialize a true Knight, and to recognize his Lady and their family as our family of the month for the strength, courage and inspiration he and they have provided to Our Council, and to so very many of us individually, as they invited us to unite as a church, a parish, and a KofC family in a time of need. His bride, their children and their grandchildren stood strong in what could have been a time of sorrow, and showed us how to celebrate life, and we were all strengthened! Though not active in our events this month, in fact not even physically present, nevertheless, there has not been a single event or activity that we have conducted which has not brought forth stories of their influence, or tales of their efforts in working and sacrificing to make Our Council what it is today. In this month of one of our most successful recruiting events in memory, we can recall the untold numbers of men this Brother personally brought into Our Order. And as we collectively jump feet first into another Concert season, even the newest among us has been told of, or can recount personally, the impact and influence this family had on establishing our Council’s largest fundraising activity for nearly the past decade. Ever with us in spirit, he provides the shining example to each of us to take care of our families, take care of strangers, take care of ‘his’ Knights, and protect our church. Brothers, I trust that you will join me in recognizing our March 2015 Family of the Month Past Grand Knight – Sir Knight Bob & Claudia Storms


February 2015

Mark and Debbie Wilsey

No picture available. Our Family of the Month includes a husband and wife tandem who have served the parish of Ascension – both the church and the community for more than a decade of selfless, compassionate, unhesitant giving, sacrifice and generosity. This team has yet to join our Knights of Columbus Family formally, but they clearly live the principles of Our Order of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. For at least ten years (I’m sure it is longer), they have been the face of Church of the Ascension’s annual Homeless Shelter volunteers. Devoting untold hours planning, executing and truly mentoring and providing life-saving assistance to hundreds (by now thousands!) of people suffering from the effects of homelessness, joblessness, lack of family – this brave pair has consistently filled those voids. More often than not taking money from their own pockets, they have provided kindness and hope for those in need. And their infectious cheerfulness and genuine love for their fellow man presents us with real hero’s to emulate. Brothers, please recognize our February 2015 Family of the Month ... Mark & Debbie Wilsey


January 2015

Steve and Nancy Genovesi

Our Family of the Month epitomize the phrase “Big Things Come in Small Packages!” A KofC Family for 17 years, they continue their support of our parish and Our Council whenever called. Icons at Church of the Ascension community building events, they span the personality spectrum – one quiet and reserved, the other flamboyant and extroverted – they complement each other perfectly. Most recently, resuming two of their traditionally recognized positions, they played significantly key roles in hosting one of our most successful fundraising events. Barely after our Council elections in June, this couple approached me to volunteer whenever I needed them, and specifically for this event. Beginning earlier in the day than the rest of us were even thinking about it, our Brother reported to the church kitchen to begin preparing the evening’s feast. And hours before the event – “The General” arrived to inspect the troops, hand out assignments, and orchestrate our volunteer work crew with machine-like precision. As in countless events of the past, this dynamic duo ensured every one of our ‘guests’ had a relaxing time and a great meal. Primarily as a result of his cooking and her serving line prowess – Our Council’s Annual Culture of Life Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser contributed to record-setting collections by Our Council, Our Ladies Auxiliary and the Church’s Ways & Means Committee. We will be donating more than $900.00 to local Pro-Life organizations due to their supportive efforts. Brothers, please join in me in congratulating our
January 2015 Family of the Month ... Steve & Nancy Genovesi


December 2014

Jim and Marie Moran

Our Family of the Month has served Our Council for several years hosting fun, entertaining and memorable events for our KofC Family. Most recently, as in some years past, this Knight and his bride put together an extremely well-attended celebration to kick off the holiday season. From flyers and advertisements, to personally cooking the delicious entrée, to coordinating holiday-spirit contests, to arranging activities for the children and a special guest visit for all, this family team went above and beyond in providing Our Council Family with a splendid Christmas Party. This Brother also joined our merry band of carolers to spread some joy to OLPH residents and several parish families unable to get out. Add volunteering for the Surfin Santa race registration Council fundraiser, and raising their own family and you have one busy duo! Our Familiy of the Month for December is Jim & Marie Moran !


November 2014

Edna and Tony Constand

We chose this family due to their tireless efforts, not just recently, but for more than 36 years of service spanning the entire 'life' of our own Council. Ms. Edna has worked as the Church of the Ascension Parish Office Manager since our groundbreaking. Over the 17 years of our Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council's existence, Edna has supported our events and causes, expertly scheduling and deconflicting the church's facilities and our more than two dozen active ministries. Husband Tony is equally dedicated to our parish, and though he is not a Brother Knight himself, he and Edna have enthusiastically participated in many of our KofC socials and fundraising activities. As Edna retires from her parish duties, we know that she and Tony will remain loyal supporters of the Knights of Columbus and our charitable ideals.


October 2014

James and Barbara Byrd

Our Family of the Month are relative newcomers to Our KofC Family, but they have truly “hit the deckplates running”! This Brother lives and breathes the pillar tenants of Our Order, and he tirelessly reminds each of us about what is means exactly to be a Knight. Espousing ‘esprit de corps’, he continually seeks out ways of promoting our affiliation and our works. He has applied countless hours and personal dollars in procuring KofC and Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Our Namesake) emblematics, which he selflessly donates to our members through the Good of the Order at meetings and as welcome material to our newest members. Both he and his wife are active in our parish, serving as Greeters at Mass, and sponsors in the RCIA Program. He devotes untold hours as a member of the Ascension Construction Crew (ACC) performing all manner of maintenance, repair and landscaping for the church, while his Lady is an active member of our own Mother Teresa KofC Ladies Auxiliary, participating in each of their fundraisers and community service projects. Together they are a formidable and shining example of what we can each b and do for Our Holy Mother Church and fellow man. Brothers, Please join me in congratulating and thanking Our Family of the Month – James & Barbara Byrd !


September 2014

Lanny and Shelly White

This dynamic duo, led by FDD/PFN/PGK, stand as models of volunteerism and charity within our Council and Church. Whether driving cross state to visit our former pastor, cross town to participate in District KofC events; dropping everything at a moments notice to visit and assist a fellow Brother Knight and family suffering from cancer; participate in patriotic events such as volunteer refurbishment of a WWII historic BB with their Assembly family; provide sage advice to the current GK as a Trustee; spearhead retention efforts in bringing Brothers-in-Arrears back into the active fold; or passionately leading the local KOVAR campaign - All of this while accepting the task of assisting their adult children and helping to raise their newest grandchild. Makes one ashamed to say "I'm too busy". The epitome of a KofC Family!


August 2014

Donald and Julie Bressette

Our Family of the Month consists of a dynamic, energetic, and always happy husband and wife team. Having raised two successful children and now enjoying their baby granddaughter, they continue to support the church and our Council in every event and activity. Our brother currently serves as one of our key [Council] Program Directors and can be counted on to respond at any moment to every request and task without hesitation. He has been directly responsible for the back-stage work resulting in several successful events to kick-off our fraternal year. He is also an extremely adept craftsman and has helped several brothers with scheduled and emergent home repairs and renovations. His lovely bride is a teaching assistant (?), and an active member of our Ladies Auxiliary, always present to lend a hand preparing for Council events. Together, this team also volunteers countless hours in working at our Council's #1 fundraising activity at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Together they epitomize the meaning of a KofC Family. Brothers, please join in me in congratulating Don and Julie Bressette.


July 2014

Philip and Jan Lynch

Our Family of the Month consists of an ever-present, yet often hidden tag-team duo. Consistently found throughout the Ascension facilities, between the two of them, I don’t think there is a question asked that isn’t immediately answered – or a key to appear which unlocks many of the parish’s best kept secret treasures. Our Brother covers everything from kitchen patrol to hospitality czar to one-man clean-up crew. And like our Knight of the Month, a virtual dynamo and reliable “Liquid Lounge” teammate, he has bested more than 67 percent of our entire TIPS trained cadre in number of concerts worked. His lovely bride is also extremely active in the church, from what I hear runs a mean game of Bunco, and though not one of her top bucket list items, she cheerfully accepted the nomination and election to lead our very active Ladies Auxiliary through this fraternal year. They contributed an exceptional amount of work in helping to host an extremely successful Installation of Officers event, which has garnered praise from State, District and Local Knights of Columbus officials, Brothers, Family and Friends. Together they epitomize the meaning of a KofC Family. Brothers, please join in me in congratulating SK Phil and President Jan Lynch.


June 2014

PGK Rob & Karen Wagenman

Our Family of the Month barely let the smoke clear or the dust settle from his efforts of last month, and he’s already ramped up and taken charge of events in July! Unfortunately, it’s hard to try to build up suspense as it becomes obvious way to soon who this family is, but here goes. This Brother Knight and his family continued their steadfast yearlong efforts into the final month of our fraternal year. Whether serving at the Amphitheater concerts in our largest fund-raising event, meeting with parishioners and other Knights to assist in times of financial difficulty, donating blood at our hosted blood drive, or single-handedly orchestrating our annual Awards & Appreciation luncheon - this "Team" does it all! Our Brother's wife (a full-time working educator and member of our Ladies Auxiliary), and their [two] children, have attended every Council event and supported our programs with energy and enthusiasm. This Brother, supported by his family, also spent many personal hours making a final June recruiting push which gained 3 new Owners – pushing us over our insurance quota, and earning our Council the "Star Council” award for 2013-2014. This Brother took the time to conduct a thorough turnover to his relief, focusing on setting the council up for yet another stellar, award winning year. And he did it all as an active duty U.S. Navy serviceman. Brothers, please join in me in congratulating our
June 2014 Family of the Month
PGK Rob & Karen Wagenman


May 2014

Frank and Kelly Klepadlo

Frank and Kelly are very active in every Council event and many events at Church of the Ascension. They both helped with set-up and clean-up at the Church Spring Festival. They are mainstays at the amphitheater helping to raise money for our many charities. Frank also participated in the Polar Plunge this year to raise money for Special Olympics.


April 2014

David and Margie Lamb

The Lamb family is a "Knights of Columbus Family". David and both sons are Knights in Council 12117. This month, David and Marjorie not only participated in the "Vision Walk 2014" in Virginia Beach, they were part of the Walk Committee, serving as the Chairs of the Family Committee. David and Marjorie's daughter, Maggie, suffers from Stargart's Disease, so the Vision Walk is very important to the family. The Lamb team, Visions of Hope, raise $3,075 and helped the event raise over $97,600 to help fight blindness.


March 2014

Gary Wasson and Dianna Swenson

Gary and his daughter, Dianna, support a musical, Les Miserables School Edition, with people of all abilities. Not just any play... not just any musical... one with lots of love and support from many, this year's musical is now being shown twice in April and has a cast of 35 including those with other "abilities challenges". Grandson Collin is playing the role of the bishop and thanks to volunteer efforts, has had coaching in the privacy of his own room. Dianna is the leader of this production in so many ways, brining people of all abilities into her home for lessons and direction. Her efforts have touched the hearts of all involved.


February 2014

Scott and Amanda Tiemann

The Tiemann family is very active in the Council and the Parish. They participate in nearly every Knights sponsored event and, more often than not, their son Noah is there too. In February, all three of them assisted with the Spaghetti Dinner, helping to set-up, serve and clean-up. They also helped with a fund-raising event that raised $120 for our Council charities. The Tiemann's are a true example of a close knit family who practice charity and unity at home and in the community.


January 2014

Ken and Johnna Levins

DGK Ken Levins and wife Johnna were selected as January Family of the Month for their unyielding support to the Council. During the snow-days, Ken made a "full-court press' on the Council Activity Reports that were due to the State Council. The reports are required to achieve the State Deputy's Award. Ken and Johnna also helped with the Spaghetti Dinner and Pro-life weekend by coordinating volunteers for all events and assisting with the Baby Bottle Collection after all Masses that weekend.


December 2013

Tom and Joan Frost

The Frost family is relatively new to our council and the Church of the Ascension but they have been very active since their arrival. Tom volunteered to help sell "Keep Christ in Christmas" cards and to help review the council by-laws. Joan is an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary, helping with the Special Olympics Fall Championships and the Ladies coat drive. For this and more, the Frost family was selected as the Family of the Month for December.


November 2013

Rob and Karen Wilhelm

Rob and Karen are fixtures at the church and our Council events. Both are on the Ways and Means Committee. Rob is a Sacristan at the 12:30 Mass. Rob also volunteered to head up a fundraiser in which 16 members of the Council participated and earned $160 for our many charities.


October 2013

Bruce and Kathy Stevens

The Family of the Month for October is Bruce and Kathy Stevens. Together, Bruce and Kathy coordinated fund raising efforts at 25 concerts in 2013, raising over $18,000 to support our charities. Bruce is the Council Director this year and Kathy is serving her second year as President of the Ladies Auxiliary.


September 2013

Edward and Beverly Hobbs

The Family of the Month for September is Ed and Beverly Hobbs. Ed is a Past Grand Knight and currently serves as the Financial Secretary. He is also active in the Church, assisting with the Landings Program. Beverly supports the Council at practically every event and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Both Ed and Beverly donated their time and talents, contributing to the success of our first ever golf tournament that helped raise over $2,700 to support our Charities.


August 2013

Anthony and Audra Spechio

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council #12117 is proud to recognize the Tony and Audra Spechio family as the Family of the Month for August 2013l. Tony worked several concerts in July and August to support council fundraising efforts to support our many charities. When the call went out for people to be “bankers” at the concert venue, he stepped up and learned the job and filled in on a few concerts that he didn’t sign up for when our primary banker was dealing with health issues. Audra needs to be recognized for staying behind and taking care of the household while Tony is supporting the council.


July 2013

Mike and Mary Encarnacao

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council #12117 is proud to recognize the Mike and Mary Encarnacao family as the Family of the Month for July 2013. Mike and Mary worked multiple concerts in July to support council fundraising efforts to support our many charities. When the opportunity to get new Council shirts came up, Mike took on the challenge and made it happen. In addition, Mike is serving as the Warden this year and has our new website up and running.


June 2013

Tom and Jennifer Sawyer

Our FofM for June 2013 is a great family within our church and Council. Both Tom and Jennifer are active with Scouts and Venture Crew as adult leaders. Daughter Samantha is involved with the Venture Crew and Son Jeremy is a member of our council and recently took his Third Degree. The entire family has supported Tom for the last two years as he served as Grand Knight for our Council. As if two consecutive years as GK was not enough, Tom volunteered to serve Assembly 2588 as Comptroller and was appointed as the State of Virginia Council Activities Director for the upcoming Fraternal Year. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council #12117 is proud to recognize the Tom and Jennifer Sawyer family as the Family of the Month for June 2013.


May 2013

Vic and Stephanie Gruning


March 2013

Bruce and Kathy Stevens


February 2013

Michael and Joanne Hall


January 2013

Ken and Johnna Levins


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