SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA COUNCIL # 12117
KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

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October 2021

John Rowland

Our Knight of the Month has been faithfully serving our Council and our Parish for many years. He is a faithful Knight and also contributes to the Parish by working on the Church’s Safety Team. This Brother is dedicated to looking out for the well being of the families of Ascension and shows this on a weekly basis. He also dedicated two days, totaling 10 hours, of his time to helping the Council support the Special Olympics Virginia Fall Championships Soccer Tournament; an event that put smiles on the faces of many athletes. It is my greatest honor to award the Knight of the month to Brother John Rowland


September 2021

Deacon Gary Harmeyer

Our Knight of the Month has been faithfully serving our Council and our Parish for many years. He is the head of the Church’s Ministry for the Sick and a trusted adviser to Father Daniel as well as the Parish Council. This Brother also works diligently behind the scenes to make sure our Council and the Parish operate in lock step to meet our common goals of helping our community grow in its Faith. He is probably best recognized for the mentorship he has provided to our great Ascension community, and this comes in the form of his wonderful homilies and insightful lectures at every Council meeting. I think each and every one of us would agree that we are more thoughtful and knowledgeable Catholics because of his words. It is my greatest honor to award the Knight of the month to Deacon Gary Harmeyer.


August 2021

Jim Moran

Our Knight of the Month has been faithfully serving our Council for many years, but his most recent contributions are truly unique. This Brother took the lead on establishing a new degree team based on the recently established Exemplification ceremony released by Supreme. This included organizing multiple practices to ensure our Brother Knights were ready to execute the new procedures in a professional manner. All of this work was capped off by a fantastic Charity, Unity, and Fraternity Exemplification that was conducted on August 15th. Not only was this our Council’s first Exemplification under the new procedures, it was also the first one executed in District 4. These efforts directly led to the welcoming of two new Brother Knights into the Order. It is my greatest honor to award the Knight of the month to Brother Jim Moran.


July 2021

Vic Gruning

Our Knight of the Month has a fraternal spirit. He consistently serves with an open heart and hand and is a model servant and Catholic gentleman. He loves the order and the families of this community. This brother Knight is a familiar face not only to the council, but to the Parish as well. You can regularly find him handing you refreshments at most Church events, which includes a healthy serving of his friendly smile and good humor! You are also likely to see him donating his time to help with facilitating our blood drives--an impact that goes beyond just the individuals he interacts with that day, but by playing an important role in getting critical blood to fellow citizens under trying circumstances. He is also active in other ways in our Council and Parish Community. This Brother gives his time by organizing the Rainbows within Ascensions Community Life Ministry. You will also see him furthering the exploration of his Faith through engagement with the recent Missionary Disciple Workshop. This is a genuinely warm and friendly individual that serves this council and Parish in many ways.. It is my greatest honor to award the Knight of the month to Brother Vic Gruning.


February 2021

Hong Beng Kang


January 2021

Gary Wasson


November 2020

Ramon Villa


September 2020

William "Bill" Rockwell


August 2020

Ed Hobbs


June 2020

Father Daniel Malingumu


May 2020

Calvin Buyserie


March 2020

Gary Wasson

Brother Gary Wasson is our Knight of the Month for March. His leadership and dedication to our council is second to none. He has been the webmaster for our council website since day one.

Brother Gary also served as our treasurer and trustee for several years and also looked for innovative ways to ensure all members knew how every penny was taken in and spent.

Gary is a US Naval Academy graduate class of 1967 and served as a US Navy pilot and commanded an A-6E Intruder squadron; was the first Air Boss on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and retired with 27 years of commissioned service. He is an inspiration to all that know him.


February 2020

Ed Hobbs

Our knight of the month continues to be a force behind all council activities. He is a Past Grand Knight and spent a good number of years as our Financial Secretary. Our KOM currently serves as our community director and serves as one our councils leaders in supporting our church food pantry. He also lead a parish group with our annual winter shelter, which cares and houses the homeless folks of our community. He has also served our the parish finance community and is a leader in our parish “Landings” program. It is my honor to recognize the February knight of the month to Past Grand Knight Ed Hobbs


January 2020

Brock Thompson

Our Knight of the month is one of our superstars of our council. He is our Life Program Director and ensured our council’s January Pro Life month stood out. He led a group of our council members and their wives to the annual March for Life. With his friendliness and leadership ability, he is always out front and getting Knights and their families involved in our council activities. He is also a great family man and ensures his family comes first. For all these and many more reasons Brock Thompson is our January Knight of the month.


December 2019

David Geisler

Brother Dave Geisler is a main player in our great council. His can-do attitude is an asset for our council as he serves as our Financial Secretary. Dave also spent time as our KOVAR director and can always be counted on to lend a helping hand to all council activities. Dave also served our great nation in the United States Navy for over 30 years. It is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for December 2019 to Brother Dave Geisler.


November 2019

Brother Sylvio

Brother Sylvio is a relatively new member of our council. He is always trying to assist in making our council activities and covering documentation better. He has been key in trying to get the news of the day to all council members. It is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for November 2019 to Brother Sylvio.


October 2019

Des Coughlin

Brother Des Coughlin is a charter member of our council. He is always available to assist in all
events. For the past 15 years he has assisted in coordinating our Saturday night Mass.
It is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for October 2019 to Brother Des Coughlin.


September 2019

John Southworth

Brother John Southworth has been in the Knights a short time and has hit the deck running. He is our council Faith Director and is responsible for this important area. He can be found at all events and is always on the lookout to improve what we do. John’s enthusiasm is contagious!
It is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for September 2019 to Brother John Southworth.


August 2019

Richard Diaz

Brother Richard Diaz is exceptional example of a Catholic gentleman who consistently serves with his heart first. As council Warden, he ensures our chamber is always set up properly. He diligently discharges his duties with enthusiasm and always is eager to lend a helping hand. Richard spearheaded making a new council locker from the ground up and conducted an inventory of all council property. He joined the Knights a few years ago and has hit the decking running.
It is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for August 2019 to Brother Richard Diaz.


July 2019

Ramon Villa

Past Grand Knight Ramon Villa is exceptional example of a servant leader and Catholic gentleman. He has been instrumental in the success of our council in the last two years as Grand Knight. He has led our council through transitioning from “Surge with Service” to “Faith in Action.” This took a lot of work from the entire council team. He also was responsible from coordinating volunteers for the concert series for his first Grand Knight year. PGK Ramon also ensured brothers and their families were always thought of especially in times of need with the Mass Card program. In his second year as Grand Knight, he will receive Supreme Star Council Award. His sound leadership, spirit, zeal, and commitment are one we can all look up to. As such, I am honored to present the Knight of the Month for July 2019, to Immediate Past Grand Knight Ramon Villa.


June 2019

Mark Rupprecht

Our Knight of the Month has been a pleasure to have in our council. For the last two years Brother Mark has served as the Council Advocate, advising the council on guidelines and procedures that ensure the efficiency of the organization. He is passionate about the organization, but even more, he has a sincere love for every brother and their families. He has been involved in various outreach endeavors with the Ladies Auxiliary, as well as, chairing the Young Man, Young Woman of the Year committee. He continues to keep Fr. McGiveny’s spirit of charity, brotherhood, and service alive. It is with great pleasure I award Knight of the Month for June 2019 to our Worthy Advocate, Brother Mark Rupprecht.


January 2019

Chad Cooper

Brother Chad has a fraternal spirit that is infectious. He consistently serves with an open heart and hand. He is a model servant and Catholic gentlemen. Most recently Chad assisted greatly with our movie night and spiritual reflection. He ensured all logistical efforts were planned and delivered. Chad also dedicates his time to serve as an usher for our parish. Chad is also seen participating in the Mass with his family and consistently encourages others to join our ranks. Chad is a dedicated to leading the domestic church. He is one who leads his family in service. Never failing to keep God as the center of his life, Chad is one we can all look up and emulate. As such, it is my honor to award Knight of the Month for January 2019 to Brother Chad Cooper.


December 2018

Brock Thompson

Brother Brock Thompson has a fraternal spirit that is infectious. He consistently serves with an open heart and hand. He is a model servant and Catholic gentlemen. Most recently Brock spearheaded efforts for our baby bottle drive and our spaghetti dinner. He is also involved in countless parish activities. He can always be seen participating in the Mass with his family and still finds the time to encourage others to join our ranks. Brock is dedicated to all the order stands for and is a model of standing in the breach for the domestic church. He is one who leads his family in service. Never failing to keep God as the center of his life, Brock is one we can all look up and emulate. As such, it is my honor to award Knight of the Month for January 2019 to Brother Brock Thompson.


November 2018

John Baab

Our Knight of the Month has a fraternal spirit that is infectious. He consistently serves with an open heart and hand. He is a model servant and Catholic gentlemen. A newly ordained Priest, he has brought joy, life, and spirit to the community. He is real – what you see is what you get – Integrity, loyalty, and courage guide him. The qualities of happiness and kindness he demonstrates are infectious. It is my honor to award the Knight of the month for November 2018 Father John Baab.


October 2018

William Rockwell

Past Grand Knight (PGK) William “Bill” Rockwell is exceptional example of a servant leader and Catholic gentleman. He has been instrumental in the success of our community outreach as he has spearheaded the council’s effort to participate in the City of Chesapeake’s, adopt a street program. In addition, he has worked closely with Our Lady of Perpetual Help - where he served on the board of directors - and the Council to ensure each month Rosary and social activities are supported. He could also be found supporting outreaches: Special Olympics and the Veteran’s Day Parade. PGK Bill is an active Trustee and has always been a great mentor and example for the Council. His sound leadership, spirit, zeal, and steadfast commitment are traits we can all look up to. I am honored to present the Knight of the Month for October 2018, to Past Grand Knight William “Bill” Rockwell.


September 2018

Kevin Webb

Brother Kevin Webb is exceptional example of a Catholic gentleman who consistently serves with his heart first. As one of the council’s guards, he diligently discharges his duties with enthusiasm. In addition to his duties as a guard, our brother ensures our council’s chamber is ready to go each month. Brother Kevin is a leader for our KOVAR fundraising activities and has demonstrate courage by speaking as Masses. He also takes a significant role in our adopt a street program. He is the Knight behind the scenes ensuring the facility is prepared and presentable for the community.

Brother Kevin is a great example of a servant leader. His spirit of service, commitment and love for this order, God’s church, and his people, are just a few qualities we can all look up to. He truly allows Christ to be his hands and feet. He is a kind and loving gentlemen. Therefore, it is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for September 2018 to Brother Kevin Webb.


August 2018

Lanny White

Our Knight of the Month has been a genuine participant in the council. This brother has served on many levels of leadership and continues to offer sound guidance wherever needed. He is passionate about the organization, but even more, he has a sincere love for every brother and their families. This love not only extends to the members and families of this council, but also to the community at large. He continues to keep Fr. McGiveny’s principle of charity in the forefront of his mind and ensure we all are reminded of our founder’s vision. This is hallmarked by implementation of an outreach program to our fallen Knights’ spouses. In addition, he has skillfully involved our Ladies Auxiliary in this endeavor. As such it is my honor to award Knight of the Month for August 2018 to Brother Lanny White.


July 2018

Gerard Palmisano

Our Knight of the Month has taken an increasingly active role in our Council and has proven to be a valuable asset to the organization. At the end of the last fraternal year Brother Gerard diligently volunteered to be an officer of this council. He wanted to do more and make an impact on his parish, community, and council. He currently is serving as a guard, however, last month he was thrusted into a greater role as the Grand Knight asked him to pick up the duties as acting Warden, while our elected Warden was excused. With little guidance and a lot of initiative, he performed those duties flawlessly. As such it is my honor to award Knight of the Month for July 2018 to Brother Gerard Palmisano.


June 2018

David Geisler

Brother David has taken on a crucial role in this council. When the need for a new financial secretary we called for he prayerfully accepted the responsibility. Ensuring he understood the tasks, he faithfully worked with current and past financial team to ensure all documentation and other financials were seamlessly turned over. He attended the new Financial Secretary training offered at the State pre-organizational meeting to ensure the most up to date information was received and implemented into his new duties. He has stepped up and submitted our first two required documents, ensuring the council was well on its way to achieve star council and the state deputy award. In addition to all of this, he continues to take the lead on our fundraising efforts for our summer concert series. It gives me great pleasure to award Knight of the Month for June 2018 to Brother Dave Geisler.


March 2018

Roy Blakeburn

Our Knight of the Month has a fraternal spirit that is infectious. He consistently serves with an open heart and hand. He is a model servant and Catholic gentlemen. He loves the order and the families of this community. This brother Knight consistently offers good and sound advice, always keeping in his heart and words our principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. He is real – what you see is what you get – Integrity, loyalty, and courage guide him. When there are vacancies with regard to duties and tasks, this brother always cheerfully volunteers. At every event, he adds an insurmountable amount of sprint and motivation. The happiness and kindness he brings is infections, so much that you can’t help but to say yes, I will volunteer. He is the founder of the phase, “how can you say no to a brother?”. It is my honor to award the Knight of the month for March 2018 to our Deputy Grand Knight, Roy Blakeburn.


February 2018

David Geisler

Our Knight of the Month has taken an increasingly active role in council. He has taken the lead on many events to ensure the council success. Over the summer month this brother took the lead as an event host for the summer concert series. Along with being a host, he served many other concerts to ensure all the required billets were filled. The recommendations he made on how the season should be organized were implemented, and the outcome of those recommendations yielded great results. During the second half of the fraternal year, our brother took the lead in coordinating with the church’s Ways and Means committee on the annual Lenten fish fry. This again was an overall success. He not only coordinated the logistics, but also served on the cook crew. Needless to say, the event and the food were both excellent. We hope his logistical and cooking skills yield the same great results for our next fish fry. Lastly, he has stepped up and been nominated by the council’s board of trustees to serve as the next Worthy Financial Secretary. It gives me great pleasure to award Knight of the Month for February 2018 to Brother David Geisler.


January 2018

Brock Thompson

Our Knight of the Month has taken an increasingly active role in our Council and one of our strongest Service programs. As co-chairman of our Culture of Life (COL) Program, he was instrumental in orchestrating local participation in the 45th National March for Life in Washington, D.C., which included Brother Knights from two Councils, Ladies Auxiliary, and parishioners from Ascension, St. Gregory’s and St. Marks. He arranged for a memorial Mass and Rosary to be conducted simultaneously here at Church of the Ascension. He tirelessly worked to advertise, solicit and assign volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up for our annual COL Spaghetti Dinner, which was a smashing success. You may have even seen him washing dishes in a suit & tie! Lastly, he coordinated the Baby Bottle donations Drive after all Masses during our COL weekend, and through his efforts and the generosity of our parishioners, we were blessed with a fourth consecutive record-setting collections of $789 !! This Brother Knight and his lovely family epitomize Our Order’s concepts of Charity and Unity in every aspect of their participation and support of our Parish and Our Council. Please join me in congratulating our Knight of the Month – Brother Brock Thompson!


December 2017

Kevin Webb

Brother Kevin Webb is one of the most cheerful and hardworking members of this council. He is always seen with a welcoming smile on his face. Brother Kevin serves as a guard in this council and is always present at the meeting, ready to lend a helping hand. Prior to each meeting Brother Kevin sets up the meeting area with such attention to detail that is surly noticed. In addition, the meeting place is always set up right on time and ready to go by the time the first brother arrives. When the meeting in concluded, Brother Kevin ensures all meeting items are properly put back in their respective locations. Brother Kevin ensures the above happens, not only for council meeting, but at every event this organization hosts at the parish. In addition, he meticulously ensures each Brother attending the meeting is signed in and properly presents a membership card. Once completed with this task, he smartly takes his proper place as a guard to ensure no one enters without being a rightful member of the order. All the above has occurred 100% of the time, this fraternal year.

Brother Kevin is an active participant in various activities such as KOVAR and our community street cleanup. Each Sunday Brother Kevin can be seen around the parish ensuring the facilities are adequately supplied for all those attending Mass. Brother Kevin takes pride in being a Knight as well as a member of this parish. He is a model of cheerful service and devotion to duty. It is my deepest privilege to present the Knight of the Month for December 2107 to our Worth Guard, Brother Kevin Webb.


November 2017

Rev Daniel Malingumu

Rev. and Brother Daniel Malingumu serves as our Worthy Chaplain. His remarkable calmness brings a special spirit to the council. Despite his very busy schedule he always has seems to find the time to stay engaged and be apprised of what is going on with the council. His efforts to help the council grow by promoting the family are noticed. He always expresses the important of the church at home to build the church at the church. When he greets you with “my brother”, you instantly feel like family.


October 2017

Daniel Kane

Brother Daniel Kane is an exceptional example of a passionate and hardworking Knight. Whenever called upon to fill a void in any event, you can always count on this brother to step up and volunteer. Over the summer, Brother Daniel served many concerts despite his hectic academic schedule, he continues to do the same with the fundraising endeavors we have during the fall and winter season, such as the Wicked 10K packet pickup.

Most recently, Brother Daniel was instrumental in the success of the annual Special Olympics event. With a relentless can-do attitude and spirit he ensure important logistical aspect of the event were prepared. This included, the set up and clean up both days. He also participated in as a score keeper on both days. Even after the events of both days concluded, he also stayed late today to load all the tables and chairs from the fields and tents.

Brother Daniel is a humble hard charger. His spirit of service, commitment and love for this order, God’s church, and his people, are just a few qualities we can all look up to. He truly allows Christ to be his hands and feet. Therefore, it is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for October 2017, to Brother Daniel Kane.


September 2017

Tom Frost

Brother Tom Frost passion for the order and its growth is absolutely second to none. Over the course of the last fraternal year to now, he has lead the charge in seeing our membership program develop into the model program as outlined by Supreme, from a consolidated committee to a three-tiered functioning working group, each with its own duties and assignments. He has provided guidance in the development of detailed processes to ensure every aspect of membership is functioning properly. He is most knowledgeable in the inner workings of his duties and seeks every opportunity to forward the vision of Fr. McGivney. He was instrumental in organizing our first parish membership drive for the fraternal year. Through his leadership and efforts, the council will have admitted at least 4 new members this half of the fraternal year, and be on track for achieving its goals by the end of the year. In addition to his role as the Membership Director, he volunteers each Sunday at the parish’s registration desk. Not only to ensure new parishioners are welcomed and provided the correct resources, but also to inform others of the great opportunities of the order. Brother Tom Frost is a great example of passion for what the Knights of Columbus could be for every Catholic Man and their family. He is a true Knight in Shining Armor. As such, it is my distinct honor to award Brother Tom Frost, Knight of the Month for September 2017.


August 2017

Glenn Webb

Brother Glenn Webb is exceptional example of a Catholic gentleman who consistently serves with heart first, always placing others needs before others. While serving as one of the council’s guards, he diligently discharges his duties with enthusiasm each and every month. On many occasions he has provided direct support to the Warden by ensure the council’s chambers are always ready for business. As our Youth Service Program Director, he ensured our support for Altar Server Appreciation Picnic was completely supported and the whole event was a success.

Brother Glenn has frequently served during our concert and KOVAR fundraising activities, supported our street clean ups, membership endeavors and other council activities. In addition, the community will often see him logistically assisting the church staff. This summer, he presented a new program (of course he volunteered to lead) that honors and remembers the great sacrifice of fallen service members and their families - Honor and Remember.

Brother Glenn Webb is a great example of a servant leader. His spirit of service, commitment and love for this order, God’s church, and his people, are just a few qualities we can all look up to. He truly allows Christ to be his hands and feet. Therefore, it is my honor to present the Knight of the Month for August 2017, to Brother Glenn Webb.


July 2017

William Rockwell

Past Grand Knight William “Bill” Rockwell is exceptional example of a servant leader and Catholic gentleman. He has been instrumental in the success of our community outreach as he has spear-headed the council’s effort to participate in the City of Chesapeake’s, adopt a street program. He, completed all the required paperwork, organized the first street cleanup, and ensured the council’s marker was placed on the one of most traveled parkways which link the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. He continues to ensure this endeavor continues by taking the leadership role in coordinating future street clean ups.

During this summer season, PGK Bill Rockwell was instrumental in serving as a site host for our concert fundraisers. In addition to leading his own set of concert fundraisers, he still volunteers to the other site hosts. This July, PGK Bill Rockwell was asked by the Grand Knight to represent the council at the 2017 state organizational meeting. Despite his hefty personal travel schedule, that consisted of multiple road trips to Norther Virginia, he gladly accepted to ensure our council was represented and the Grand Knight were represented.

PGK Bill has always been a great mentor and example for the council. His sound leadership, spirit, zeal, and steadfast commitment, are one we can all look up to. As such, I am honored to present the Knight of the Month for July 2017, to Past Grand Knight William “Bill” Rockwell.


June 2017

Edward Hobbs

Past Grand Knight Ed Hobbs has served as the council’s Financial Secretary for the past 5 years and has volunteered to serve this, our 20th Fraternal Year. Under PGK Ed’s leadership, guidance and organizational abilities, the council has thrived financially. In addition, since he was installed 5 years ago as our Worthy Financial Secretary, our council has always met its financial reporting commitments with time and accuracy.

During this year’s transition leadership, PGK served in an instrumental role in advising the new Grand Knight on financial and membership issues, and the operations of the council. While the new Grand Knight was awaiting access to Supreme’s and State’s reporting portal, he ensured all initial reporting requirements for this fraternal year, were submitted in a timely manner. If there were any changes that needed to be made, he immediately took initiative and made those changes, in order to ensure our information reflected the most updated information.

PGK Ed has always been a great mentor and example for his brothers. His sound leadership, steadfast commitment, and spirit are one we can all look up to. As such, I am honored to present the Knight of the Month for June 2017, to Past Grand Knight Ed Hobbs.


May 2017

Don Poole

Sir Knight Don Poole is a very active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Church of the
Ascension. (Note: Don might actually be the MOST active member that we currently have within the Council - especially when it pertains to council events). Time and time again Don has stepped up to the plate when the council is presented with unexpected events to take on. In March of this year during the 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 from the Diocese of Tabor, Tanzinia. After a few moments of dead silence, Don stood up and stated, I got this". On May 18, the event happened and it was a huge success. In the months leading up to this event the only assisted that Don requested from the GK was he "I might need some assistance in knowing where to order the Chicken."

Don also finds the time to assist the church in numerous ministries such as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Sacristy and Don is an active member of the Parrish Council. This is a small list of the ministries that Don participates in.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for May 2017 to SK Don Poole.


April 2017

Edward Hobbs

Past Grand Knight Ed Hobbs is a very active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Church of the Ascension. Ed servers as the Council Financial Secretary and has held this position
for several years. Ed also serves on several ministries within the Church and still finds
the time at home to handle all matter pertaining to the financial and administrative
stability of the Council. Ed is always available to assist in all Council matters and this
happens even while he is away on Government or Family business. The financial
stability of the council has been greatly affected over the past several only by the quality
of work and attention to detail that PGK Ed Hobbs has achieved. He will be greatly
missed when he decides to retire as the Financial Secretary for Council 12117.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for April 2017 to PGK Edward T Hobbs.


March 2017

Tom Frost

Tom Frost is a very active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Church of the Ascension. This year when the ARM committee was formed Tom stepped up and assumed the role of Chairman for the ARM Committee. During the past 6 months, the ARM Committee under the leadership of Tom has grown to become a valuable asset to the Council. Specifically, by keeping track of upcoming degrees, membership and retention. When a degree is announced, and posted Tom personally contacts all the members awaiting that specific degree to let them know the place and time. When Fr. Daniel requested that the Council assume the task of manning the Church's welcome desk it was Tom that stepped up and took the lead. Furthermore, Tom has personally manned the desk on numerous Sundays over the past several months. It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for March 2017 to Brother Walter Thomas Frost.


February 2017

John Rooney

John Rooney is a very active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Church of the Ascension. John is always present at many, if not all, activities that this Council conducts. John is a Lector and is a member of the church choir. John also plays a critical part in the annual Soup and Sacrament Ministry during the Lenten Season. Last month John and his musical group, Fond Memories, provided entertainment at the spaghetti dinner co-sponsored by the Church of the Ascensions Ways & Means and the Knights of Columbus. This was provided at no charge to the church and resulted in a greater profit to both the church and the Council during the Culture of Life Weekend.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for February 2017 to Brother John Rooney.


January 2017

David Geisler

Brother David Geisler has been a Knight of Columbus since October 2014, just 2 years - 3 months but in this very short time Dave consistently make his mark on the Council. He is always willing to volunteer and help out wherever and whenever needed. He is present at many if not all the Council events and is currently getting his PQS signed off as Master Cook in the kitchen. He serves as the Council’s Recorder and is responsible for keeping and maintaining a true and permanent record of all actions of the council and maintains all correspondence of the council. He has attended all of the required Officers and Council meetings this fraternal year and is always willing to speak up and voice concerns affecting items and issues pertaining to the welfare and well-being of the Council and its members. His voice and ideas are a highly valued resource and are truly appreciated by this current Grand Knight. It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for January 2017 to Brother David Geisler.


December 2016

James Moran

Brother Jim Moran has been a Knight of Columbus since November 2009, just over 7 years, and, in this short time Jim constantly make a mark on the Council. He is always willing to volunteer and help out wherever and whenever needed. Jim was instrumental in the planning and execution of this year Christmas Party. Jim also was very helpful in the planning and organizing the Special Olympics weekend held in November. Even though there appeared to be some mix up on who was heading up this event Jim stepped up and took the time to insure all the council’s commitments for that weekend were covered. Lastly Jim is a very active participant with the Council’s Council Program where he co-chairs the Program Chairpersons seat. Additionally, Jim assisted the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph, who were flooded out of their convent, by gaining local business donations of new mattresses and appliances.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for December 2016 to James (Jim) Moran II.


November 2016

Gary Wasson

Brother Gary Wasson currently serves as the Council Treasurer. For the first six months of this fraternal year Gary has been a pillar of strength and a valuable source of information to me.

When Hurricane Matthew hit the region in early October, three Sisters in the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Joseph, in Virginia Beach, suffered extensive damage from the rising flood waters. Several Knights of Columbus Councils in the Virginia Beach area came together to assist in the recovery and restoration efforts. The Grand Knight of Council 12117 called on the On Demand 911 team within the Council to form a plan as to how the Council could assist the Sisters. Brother Gary, who heads up the On Demand 911 team, contacted the team. Through his leadership of the On Demand 911 team, the Council provided over $1,300.00 in cash funds as well as the gathering and delivery of numerous essential items needed by the Sisters including four new mattress and box springs sets, dining room table and chairs, living room furniture, and a new washer and dryer, all of which were acquired at either no cost, or through Council, local businesses, and personal donations.

Gary volunteered to be a member of the following committees / teams within the council. He is assistant director of training for the council and is a member of the newly formed admissions, retention, and membership (A.R.M.) committee. He was a member of the By-Laws committee that met to review and recommend changes to the current By-Laws. Gary is the Council Public Affairs Officer and is responsible for council activities and information being posted to our website and disseminated to the church bulletins.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for November 2016 to our Worthy Treasurer - Brother and Third Degree Knight, Gary Wasson.


October 2016

Angelo Mele

In the beginning months of this fraternal year the Grand Knight was in need of filling several key positions within the Council. A request went out to the entire Council and Angelo stepped up to fill the role of Co-Chairman for the Community Program. Angelo is always present at all meetings the Officer, the Council as well as the Assembly. Angelo is also present and willing to assist in any and all of the council activities that we sponsor, without being asked – he just shows up. On Sundays you will find Angelo at the 1215 Mass either as a Lector or a Eucharistic Minister. Because of the shortage of Lectors at the 1215 Mass, Angelo is usually the Lector every Sunday at the 1215 Mass, if not every other Sunday. Angelo also has the time to serve on several other Ministries at the Church of the Ascension.

Several Months ago a request came down from the District Deputy requesting a nominee from our Council to be taken into consideration and possibly serve as the District Nominator for District 4. This would require the Nominator to attend several of the upcoming State Meetings. I forwarded this request to ALL the PGK in our council and received back only one positive reply - from Angelo. Subsequently Angelo was chosen to serve as the District Nominator from District 4. Angelo is a newly transferred Brother to Council 12117 and has definitely made his presence known. Angelo has already come up with ideas to be presented and work on for next year’s Council activities – Habitat for Humanity.

It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for October 2016 to FDD / PGK / PFN Angelo Mele.


September 2016

Rob Wilhelm

On September 4th our name sake Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a Saint. Several months prior to this event Rob came to the Officer’s Meeting and suggested that the council conduct a celebration for Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Under Rob’s leadership it was decided that all Masses on September 4th would be held in honor of our namesake and a Social function would be held in the ACC after the 1215 mass. This event turned out to be a great success. There were over 300 parishioners in attendance and praises were reported to me by many of those in attendance.
Additionally Rob worked many of the concerts during the last season, more than was expected of any one person. Rob is also the lead contact for the J&N Racing events that continues to be a source of income for the council. Additionally Rob was instrumental in the planning and execution in our last Membership Drive in October.


August 2016

Frank Klepadlo

Brother Frank Klepaldo has outdone himself by working 14 of 20 concerts with five more to go. During the Month of August Brother Frank worked 5 of 5 concerts. This Brother is always available to help. Additionally, Brother Frank is also very active in church ministries. He is a member of the Landings Team, the Ascension construction crew, the catechism study group, and soup & sacrament ministry during Lent. Furthermore, Brother Frank seems to find time to be a confirmation sponsor. This brother knight seems to always be available for other events that our council sponsors. It is my privilege to present Knight of the Month for August 2016: Brother Frank Klepaldo.


July 2016

James Skrabacz

James has been a Knight for just under 3 years and has really started stepping up and assisting in many ways. He is present at all the monthly meetings – I cannot remember a meeting when James was not present. Although James might appear to be a Silent Knight – that is in voice alone. He seems to be a Knight of few words but strong and visible in his actions.

James has assisted in many if not all of the setup and clean ups we have had for events in the past several months. He is always here early to assist with the setup of the council for meeting even though he is not an officer and being early is not a requirement.

On July 23rd the On Demand 911 event pressure washed the entire church picnic. James was there prior to many of the other brothers with a pressure washer, hoses and cleaning supplies that he provided. James meticulously went about spraying all the wooden items with a cleaning solution, giving it time to set in before power washing it off. I was informed that James has assisted in other On Demand 911 events and continues to be a valuable asset to this endeavor.

It is my privilege to present the Knight of the Month for July 2016 to Brother James Skrabacz.


June 2016

Michael Kreutter

Michael transferred to our council last year and immediately began taking on responsibilities within the council. When an officer position became vacant, Michael gladly stepped up to assume that position in midterm. When elections were held in June, Michael gladly took on and assumed the responsibilities as Outside Guard. This includes showing up hours earlier to set up the council chambers for all council events. Michael has participated in many if not all of the council events in the past several months. This includes the officers installation, Council awards and appreciation banquet and several On Demand 911 events. Michael has donated a cabinet to the 911 initiatives that will be installed with the residence of one of our adopted families. Michael has also begun training to take on the role of sacristy at the 10:30 Sunday Mass.
When the Grand Knight requested someone to take on the task of ordering and tracking sales of our council shirts, Michael immediately answered the call stating he would handle it. Furthermore, Michael stated he would research the idea that was presented earlier to the council about obtaining a working council shirt.
It is my pleasure to present Knight of the Month for June 2016 to Michael Kreutter.


May 2016

Lanny White

This Sir Knight is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Knights in our Council. He has served as a Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator as well as a District Deputy. He has been very active at the State level and chaired the KOVAR drive for the Virginia Knights for many years. He is a trusted adviser and has been a continual source of support throughout the year. Recently, he assisted in the First Degree that our Council hosted on April 28th…yet even more importantly, this Worthy SK took the point to co-chair the recent Third Degree that was held at our parish on May 14th. No less than 12 Knights from our Council attended this important ceremony. Our Council was well represented due in no small part to the effective leadership this brother SK demonstrated. This Brother SK also chaired the nominating committee and worked tirelessly with that team to present a worthy slate of officers for the next fraternal year.


April 2016

Bruce Stevens

This Sir Knight is at the foundation of many of the volunteer services that our Council is involved with. When the call to action goes out, this Brother Knight steps up time and time again. Our largest fundraiser would likely not be a continued source of revenue if it were not for this Brother Knight and his wife. The Special Olympics are supported each year with hours of service by this Brother Knight as well as the regular Blood Drives that continue seamlessly without a hitch. There are many other initiatives that this Knight is involved with…too many to mention, so I will just say congratulations to our April KOM: SK Bruce Stevens!


March 2016

Kevin and Glenn Webb

Our Council has many talented and dedicated Brothers who do what they can to support the interests of our Order in many ways. Sometimes that support comes in pairs. This duo has been involved in many initiatives that our Council has supported over the past month and beyond. Most notably helping out with the Fish Fry and Spring Membership Drive. Whenever there is a need for additional support and a helping hand required, this Father and son are there to answer the call. I am happy to name our co-Knights of the month for April Glen and Kevin Webb.


February 2016

Michael DeSalvo

This Worthy Brother Knight has served the Order for almost 20 years! He could be considered one of our “Silent Knights” based on his quiet demeanor, yet his many charitable works and volunteer hours serving our Council and Parish speak very loudly on his behalf. This Brother can be seen at almost every Council event lending a hand where needed. He also is very active in the Parish, serving as a Sacristan and supporting the many ministries our Parish is engaged in. Recently when called upon to help out in a pinch selling Fish Fry tickets, this Brother Knight came to the rescue to help out. I am happy to name our February KOM: Michael DeSalvo


January 2016

Ken Levins

This Worthy Sir Knight is a pillar in the leadership of our Council. His impact in the month of January was substantial. Through his efforts, the Council, in collaboration with the Ladies Auxiliary and the Ways and Means Committee raised a record $1,387 from the spaghetti dinner to support our Culture of Life initiative. This along with $,1500 raised through our annual Super Bowl pool, which this Brother Knight solely managed, might just earn him the nickname “Mr. Fundraiser”. Even though the weather caused us the cancel our inaugural March for Life bus trip to Washington DC, we have secured transportation for next year to keep the wheels rolling! I am proud to award the January Knight of the Month to one of my mentors: SK/PGK Ken Levins !


December 2015

Jim Moran

This Brother Knight is the go-to guy when it comes to matters of Family support for our Council. Not only does he chair the Family Programs Committee, but he spearheads two important Family events each year: the Easter Egg Hunt and the Annual Christmas Party. The recent Christmas party was so well received that I have heard many individuals come to me and say it was one of the best that they can remember. It is no small task to put this on and this Knight worked well with the Ladies Auxiliary and others to see it through. Additionally, our First Degree Ceremony this evening was successfully executed by the Degree Team that this Knight leads. I am happy to recognize Jim Moran as our December Knight of the Month!


November 2015

Scott Tiemann

This Sir Knight is someone who serves our Council in many ways. He is an officer in the Council and helps lead with a “Servant’s Heart” This is most evident by the degree in which he supported so many Council initiatives in the month of November. This Brother Knight was seen assisting with the Special Olympics Soccer venue, volunteering at the Blood Drive and supporting the Council, scouts and Veterans at both the Flag Retirement ceremony and the Veteran’s Day parade. As a Sir Knight, he is actively involved in the Assembly and serves as an officer there as well. The example he sets is a good one to follow for any member of our Council. I am honored to recognize Scott Tiemann as our November Knight of the Month.


October 2015

Mark Rupprecht

This Worthy Sir Knight has taken on a leadership role rather quickly for being a relatively new Knight in our Council. He is very active in many initiatives ranging from Blood Drives, Concerts, Food Drives, Membership Drives,…and the list goes on! This fellow Brother was one of the only Knights who volunteered at the Soccer Challenge last month and also helped ensure that the recent Special Olympics Soccer Competition was a success. He actively serves our Council as one of our Program Committee Chairman and never turns away when there is a need in our Council, church or community. I am also honored to say that he is a Veteran who served our Country as a career Naval Officer and USNA Graduate. Our KoM for October is Mark Rupprecht!


September 2015

Don Wildes

This Brother Knight is one of the core members of our Council. You will see him at many events that span the spectrum of every principle in our Order. At first glance, our Knight of the Month may seem a bit reserved and quiet, but don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you; this individual has a strong passion for the success of our Council. This passion comes through in how he embraces his role as an officer as well as his leadership of one of our most important initiatives, Our Golf Tournament. This year we set a record for the revenue that was generated at the event and I am confident that was in large part through his efforts. I am proud to say our Knight of the Month for September is Brother Don Wildes!


August 2015

Sam (Ralph) Simonis

Some Knights in our Council make their impact in ways that are not widely publicized or readily visible to the Council or Parish, but they still make a huge difference to our worthwhile initiatives. This Worthy Knight has had a positive impact in a number of recent initiatives such as our Parish Food Drive and working some of the concerts this season. This silent Knight is also the one who cuts the grass of our Parish and has been doing it for years free of charge. Our KOM for August is Brother Sam Simonis.


July 2015

Father Charles Breindel

Just as the Knights of Columbus are sworn to support or Priests and Clergy, some Council’s are lucky enough to have the benefit of a member of the Clergy supporting their Council. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is one such Council. When we needed someone to step up and fill the only remaining officer position (that of Lecturer) this Brother Knight answered the call. In spite of some very challenging health issues and a recent accident, our KOM continued to support the Knights by attending the 4th Degree Installation and Assembly meetings. He is an inspiration and a true Servant Leader…our own Father Charles!


June 2015

David Geisler

This Worthy Knight has been in our Council for just eight months, but has had a big impact in that short amount of time. You will see this Brother at many Council events including a regular volunteer at the Concerts. Additionally, our Knight of the Month for June spearheaded one of our most important and challenging programs, KOVAR. Since this initiative helps those who are in most need of our help, making a positive difference has even more meaning when our Council can contribute at record numbers. As you will hear from our Worthy Treasurer, this year we raised a combined $7773! Outstanding results! I am proud to say our KOM for June is Brother Dave Geisler!


May 2015

Mike Maliniak

Our Knight of the Month is a Brother who can consistently be relied upon to do whatever is needed. He was a major player in the success of two highly visible events in April – the hosting of the Fourth Degree Exemplification and Our Council’s Parish Thank You Breakfast. And he immediately followed up with his volunteerism at the grill during Church of the Ascension Parish Feast Celebration – setting up, coordinating food preparations, hotdog chef, and generally filling any required task to ensure that our fellow parishioners had a wonderfully relaxing and fun experience. He is deeply involved with the Assembly’s events, and answered Our Council’s call for an experienced and steady hand to assume duties as a trustee for the next Fraternal Year. I ask you to join me in recognizing and thanking our -
Council 12117’s Knight of the Month for May 2015
PGK/PFN Michael Maliniak!


April 2015

Phil Lynch

Our Knight of the Month is a Brother well known to all of us, and frequently recognized for his efforts. But in this instance, he excelled yet again! He unhesitatingly took charge of the cooking for not just our annual Council free “Thank You” Parish Breakfast, providing the makings of a delicious meal for more than 150 grateful Parishioners; but he also prepared breakfasts for the dignitaries at the first-ever Fourth Degree Exemplification hosted at Church of the Ascension. Directing every action within the kitchen, he led his team of volunteers in providing a first-class meal to the State Officers, visiting District Deputies, Degree Team and other invited dignitaries. Simply an Outstanding Success! Our Knight of the Month is Brother – Sir Knight Phil Lynch !


March 2015

Michael Encarnacao

Our Knight of the Month had an extremely busy month, kicked off with one of our Council’s keynote annual events and wrapping up in the midst of Holy Week! This Brother works tirelessly behind the scenes making sure that our Council receives the most up-to-date and timely information possible, while pushing us to expand our horizons regarding the numerous methods of communication and technology. He further expands that coordination and information population effort throughout the parish. He is a Ministry co-principal, scheduling and preparing the Lectors and Lay Eucharistic Ministers of our parish to ensure the weekly masses are celebrated seamlessly and solemnly. He ensured that Palm Sunday masses in both the main worship space and the ACC were fully staffed. More spectacularly, he single-handedly scheduled and coordinated a record-setting Spring Membership Blitz and Food Drive. He arranged for Brother Knights man sign-up tables, present audio-visual material, speak at all masses with results of at least nine (9) signed Form 100 new candidates applicants attributed to this Blitz. He also coordinated with brothers to collect parishioners food donations to our parish Food Pantry, orchestrating an estimated 2,500 lbs of non-perishable goods collected for distribution to the needy. An active participant in our annual Fish Fry and Founder’s Day/PGK Appreciation celebration events, he could be found everywhere, doing everything! It is my absolute honor and privilege to present to you, our Council 12117’s Knight of the Month for March 2015: Michael Encarnacao!


February 2015

Bernard Sokolsky

Our Knight of the Month is a well known Brother who is always present, but often works behind the scenes in providing a tremendous amount of support to our Council. You’ve seen him recently jumping in to set-up, serve food and clean-up at our recent Culture of Life spaghetti dinner, contributing significantly to our ability to donate $900 to various local pro-Life organizations. He was an avid and repeat participant in our Super Bowl pool fundraiser (though unfortunately he didn’t win!) enabling our record setting earnings for our Charity funds and supporting our Council’s good works. And while his support is always there, I wanted to specifically recognize this brother for his lightning fast response to a call for need from the homeless members of our community. As you know, Church of the Ascension hosts an annual Homeless Shelter each year – for one entire week providing a safe place to wash and sleep, delicious meals prepared by parish volunteers, and making donated clothing available to those in need. This year’s extreme weather resulted in an increasing number of guests each succeeding night of the shelter, and the resources available became quickly stretched. I became aware of a critical shortage of insulated underwear available for distribution by the shelter volunteers – articles cherished by those who find themselves living on the streets in the winter. At 11:50 p.m. I emailed a plea to our Council members for assistance. In 17 ½ hours (let’s say he was sleeping for at least 6 of those), this Brother Knight had visited no less than six separate department stores, purchased an unknown number of insulated underwear, and anonymously delivered them to the Shelter. THAT, Brothers is Charity and compassion for our fellow man. It is my absolute honor and privilege to present to you, our Council 12117’s Knight of the Month for February 2015 ... Bernie Sokolsky.


January 2015

Mark Rupprecht

Our Knight of the Month is a newer Brother who is to be recognized not only for his actions this month, but for the significant impact he has made in his short time as a Knight. Known for his exceptional support to school, community and alumni events for years, he finally slowed long enough for us to corral him, and he hasn’t stopped since. He has participated in every event possible since joining us in October, including meetings and fundraising opportunities. He was a first volunteer to accept an invitation to serve on our Strategic Planning / Financial Review Committee. And he rolled up his sleeves and jumped right in to supporting our recent Culture of Life Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Most of you saw him help set up the hall, and man the serving line, but few were still around as he was basically the ast man standing of the kitchen clean-up crew. And while slightly outside the ‘achievement of the month’ window, this Brother made the commitment (including a signed Form 4) to complete his remaining three degrees of our Order this year [and I can confirm he took his 2nd Degree on that path this past Saturday]. It is exactly this ‘energy burst’ that we need from our new members to continue to keep Our Council vibrant and alive.Brothers, it gives me distinct pleasure to present to you, our Council 12117’s Knight of the Month for January 2015 ... Mark Rupprecht


December 2014

Edward Hobbs

Our Knight of the Month for December does more perhaps for Our Council than any other Brother member. A man a few words, he works non-stop, behind the scenes in making our organization runs. Repeatedly lauded by our District Deputy for being first or near first in submission of the volumes of required documents, audits and reports, few of you know who is truly responsible. In addition to carrying the load for Mother Teresa Council, this Brother serves as a member of the Parish Finance Committee, and on his free time, conducts tutoring for several students. Our Knight of the Month for December is PGK and Worthy Financial Secretary – Ed Hobbs !


November 2014

Tom Sawyer

Our Knight of the Month for November is a Brother (and Sir Knight) well known to all of us. He provides ever-present support, assistance and guidance at all Council events and Meetings. He is extremely committed to the local Boy Scouts and Venture Crews, and in November he and his family continued their reliable participation in our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. Additionally, he serves a an Officer in our 4th Degree Assembly and holds multiple State Committee positions. Our Knight of the Month for November is PGK and Worthy Trustee – Tom Sawyer !


October 2014

Michael DeSalvo

Our Knight of the Month is truly a man who operates “behind the scenes”. You will see him everywhere in the church, doing whatever needs to be done. Specifically, he is a stalwart worker for our Parish Food Pantry, and you brothers and parishioners kept him extremely busy shuttling and shelving more than TWO-THOUSAND pounds of provisions during our recent Food Drive. He assisted in our highly successful Fall Membership Blitz, manning our information table and engaging with interested parishioners inquiring about Our Order. He also meticulously guards the sanctity and handling of the sacramental wine remaining after each weekends Mass’ Holy Communion, a solemn task rarely considered by most parishioners. Last but not least, he serves as one of our Guards, protecting the ceremonials and practices of our meetings and exemplifications. Our Knight of the Month for October is - Brother Michael DeSalvo !


September 2014

Don Wildes

Our Knight of the Month for September shouldered the load as the lead Chairman of our 3rd Annual “Birdies for Brothers’ Charity Golf Tournament. Through his efforts in coordinating organizational meetings, sponsorship solicitation, course and banquet arrangements, and golfer/player recruitment, we enjoyed another record setting year for Our Council’s single largest fundraiser. Additionally, he serves as the Recorder of Our Council, maintaining meticulous records at both the monthly Officer’s and Business meetings of a very active and fast moving organization. Our Knight of the Month for September is - Brother Don Wildes !


August 2014

John "Victor" Gruning

Our Knight of the Month is an outgoing but reserved Brother who can be counted on to participate and contribute to any Council event or project. I cannot recall ever seeing him without a smile and a kind word. This brother has been a long-standing member of our Council’s largest single fundraising project team, most often manning the lone vending kiosk as an army of one! He leads his family in being extremely active in our parish ministries, providing a shining example of our Council and our Order. He is just one of those Knights who is always there, always ready, and always participating. Brothers, it gives me distinct pleasure to present to you, Vic Gruning.


July 2014

Stephen Von Haden

Our Knight of the Month is an outgoing, sincere, energetic Brother who can be counted on to participate and contribute to any Council event or project. Despite some personal trials in his life, he is always one of the first to offer a cheerful greeting, a helping hand, and a fresh perspective on life. This Sir Knight has stepped up among the ranks of a very select few in supporting our Council’s largest single fundraising project, having worked more than half of the scheduled concerts at the Amphitheater, even taking double-shifts when we were threatened with having to cancel out due to lack of available workers. He has graciously volunteered to serve this year as Director for one of our tougher programs to plan and enlist support, already bringing new and exciting ideas to meeting the challenge we have accepted in furthering our Council’s activity and visibility in our Program support. Brothers, it gives me distinct pleasure to present to you, our Culture of Life Director SK Stephen Von Haden.


June 2014

Pat Rowland

Our Knight of the Month is well known to us all. He participates in every Council event – just like most of us. He is active in our church’s liturgy – like many of us. He’s an insurance member and a 4th Degree Knight – again, like a lot of you. But he does more! He’s an involved family man. He’s a member of our Parish Council. He has volunteered countless hours to support our Council and our Order. This past month, he has logged a good number of miles, and countless hours of training, research, phone calls, emails and texts to prepare his Brother Knights for the duties they have recently assumed. This month’s Knight of the Month has reached beyond Mother Teresa Council – his loyalty, dedication, and willingness to serve has already impacted hundreds of Brother Knights throughout Hampton Roads. You may not ever see or truly appreciate what goes on behind the scenes, but you would be amazed. Brothers, it gives me distinct pleasure to present to you,
Council 12117’s Knight of the Month for June 2014
PGK and current Worthy District Deputy Pat Rowland!


May 2014

Mike Maliniak

Mike is very active in the veteran community. In May he delivered a large donation of toiletries, books, blankets, etc. to the Veterans hospital in Hampton. He is very active in both the Council and the Assembly. He is coming to the end of his second year as Faithful Navigator for Assembly 2588.


April 2014

Mike Nestor

Although Mike cannot make it to Council business meetings due to his work schedule, he still participated in a couple of big events in April. He was the "stand boss" for the Bruce Springsteen concert which kicked off our concert season. He led the group of volunteers that night and together they earned over $1,000 to support our council's charitable endeavors. He also rode in the "Tour de Cure" 100 mile bicycle ride to raise money for diabetes research. For these reasons, Mike was selected as the Knight of the Month for April.


March 2014

Phil Lynch

Brother Phil Lynch helps out at practically all Council events, especially if it involves a kitchen. Without being asked, Phil stepped up to help with the State Meeting that was held at St. Gregory's in March. He was there early in the morning to help get the coffee going and stayed ensure lunch was prepared for the nearly 300 in attendance. For this, Phil was selected as the Knight of the Month for March.


February 2014

PGK Roy Blakeburn

PGK Roy Blakeburn was selected as the Knight of the Month for February because he was the driving force behind the "Thank You Breakfast" that the council held for the Ascension community in January. Roy saw an opportunity for the Knights to give back to the church and led a group of 23 Brothers in preparing and serving breakfast to over 200 parishioners. His efforts resulted in a very successful event and peaked the interest of the church and several gentlemen who showed interest in joining the Knights of Columbus.


January 2014

Ed Roelle

Brother Ed Roelle was selected as the Knight of the Month for January because of his support of our Council's Culture of Life activities. Brother Ed made sure we had the required items for our "Baby Bottle" collection in support of Newborns in Need. He tracked down the large collection bottles and helped coordinate volunteers for each Mass the weekend of January 24-25. His efforts helped collect over $216 in cash donations and numerous items such as baby bottles and clothing.


December 2013

Jim Moran

Brother Jim Moran planned and executed one of the best Council Christmas Parties in recent memory. He coordinated with the Ladies Auxiliary for set up and decorations in the ACC. He also ensured that the children were visited by a special Christmas visitor and all the kids left with a gift. The party was a success all around.


November 2013

Bill Rockwell

This month’s Knight of the Month has been a member of our council since 2010. He has answered the call practically every time he has been asked. Specifically in November, this Knight was vital to the Flag Retirement Ceremony, the success of our membership drive and recruiting one new member for the First Degree Ceremony in November. He is also serving as our Chancellor for this fraternal year. I am proud to announce that the Knight of the Month for November 2013 is Brother Sir Knight Bill Rockwell.


October 2013

Gerard Palmisano

The Knight of the Month for October is always willing to step up and help the Council. Gerard volunteered at two events in October, including a small fundraiser that earned the Council $120. Gerard also received his Second Degree in October and his Third Degree the first weekend in November.


September 2013

Raul Pernites

This month’s Knight of the Month has been a member of our council since April 2011. He has answered the call practically every time he has been asked. He volunteered to be part of a team that was filmed during a First Degree Exemplification in Richmond. He was a very important member of the golf tournament committee, securing a sponsor, stuffing goodie bags, and providing the meeting location. He has also worked several concerts in support of our main fundraising effort and is serving as our Recorder for this fraternal year. I am proud to announce that the Knight of the Month for September 2013 is Brother Sir Knight Raul Pernites.


August 2013

Don Wildes

This month’s Knight of the Month has been a member of our council since March 2013. He has answered the call practically every time he has been asked. He is a very active member of the golf tournament committee, working to get sponsors, advertising, and prizes. He has also worked several concerts in support of our main fundraising effort and is serving as our Youth Activity Director for this fraternal year. This Brother Knight truly represents the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. Council 12117 is proud to announce that the Knight of the Month for August 2013 is Brother Knight Don Wildes.


July 2013

Tom Apgar

This month’s Knight of the Month has been a member of our council since 2009. He served as Warden in 2011-2012. In July he answered the call and volunteered on short notice to work our most profitable concert of the season. He said yes even though he knew he was sacrificing his personal landscaping business after a rainy week slowed his progress. For his willingness to assist the council at all cost, I am proud to announce that the Knight of the Month for July 2013 is Sir Knight Tom Apgar.


June 2013

Lanny White

Lanny dedicated a tremendous amount of time over the past two months to ensure our Chaplain had a successful move to Christiansburg VA. He volunteered to take the lead and worked with several members of the church in preparing Fr. Charles’ house to move, packing his belongings, securing a rental truck and driving it across Virginia, and unloading the truck at Father’s new home. His willingness to volunteer his time, talents, and resources for the benefit of our departing Pastor, and Brother Knight, embodies what it means to be a part of this fraternal organization.


May 2013

Rich Carlson


April 2013

Scott Tiemann


March 2013

Don Wildes


February 2013

Robert Wagenman


January 2013

Rob Wilhelm


December 2012

Bernie Sokolsky


November 2012

Michael Hall


October 2012

Ramon Villa


September 2012

Dave Davis


August 2012

Thomas Rockwell


June 2012

Gary Wasson


May 2012

Michael Dougherty


April 2012

Robert Storms

 
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