COUNCIL 5263 BOOKS OF REPORT
Archbishop Keough Council # 5263
HOME OF THE LIVING ROSARY-CELEBRATIG 45 YEARS
Grand Knight Roland “RC” Fisher
The council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Council Home at 1381 Becknell Ave, Odenton Maryland. Meetings start at 8:00 pm. The first meeting is a business meeting and the second meeting of the month is a social meeting.
On Sunday August 10, 2014, the officers of Archbishop Keough Council was installed at the Council hall after the celebration of the Mass. The mass was celebrated by our Council Chaplin Father/Major George Okoth U.S. Army. A reception was attended by 45 Knights, State Officers and family members.
Sadly, this year we lost four Brothers to the Lord: SK Rufus J. Handy, PGK; SK John Eggerl, PGK; SK Walter Meyers; Joseph Mastrucci; Art Wheatcraft, PGK
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Louis Diaz, Deputy Grand Knight
CHURCH ACTIVITIES—Mike Benelli
Our church program cover a three parish network. We have Knights attending and actively participation at St Joseph’s in Odenton, Our Lady of the Fields (OLOF) in Millersville and Our Lady of Peace Military Catholic Community. Our Lady of Peace (OLOP) is located on Fort Meade which has one of the largest military and civilian population in the world. St Joseph is the closest to the council’s home. This year we conducted a membership drives at all churches. Knights were deployed at all entrances and exits. The announcement from the pulpits proved to be successful. The fruits of our labor paid off because we acquired 4 new members, three transfers and one reinstated. We have Knights participating in all aspects of three parishes. There is an active Roundtable at OLOP and all are connected to Keough Council 5263.. Keough Knights are performing duties as lectors, ushers, CCD teachers, RCIA teachers, social committee members and the list is endless. Keough Council 5263 are an integral part of all community. One example is the support the council gave to OLOF annual parish picnic. They were in actively involved in preparation and cooking the food, the sole vendor for cold drinks and the primary set-up and clean up after the event. Conversely, the Knights are a major participant in the weekly Parish Bingos; Hospitality Sundays; fund raising; faith formations; sodalities; food drives; feeding the poor at shelters and at the parish halls. The Keough Knights provide traffic control for major Church holidays and holydays. Some of the traffic control is performed in less than favorable weather condition. For example the Midnight/Vigil Masses at St Joe’s and OLOF this year created quite a challenge for the brave ten knights who directed traffic in cold, rain and darkness. At OLOF the Knights had to assist parishioners who got stuck in the murky overflow field. That was an impressive show of support for the church. Conversely, it was also impressive when you had a DD Roger Donnelly, PGK, PFN and PDD, ankle deep in mud and rain working besides his fellow Brothers to assist the elderly and others get on their way.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES—Don Gobbi
The Council along with Roundtable at Fort Meade collected over 2,000 pounds of food and paper produced in support of Sarah’s House near the military reservation. Besides collecting and delivering the food to the Shelter, once a month the Roundtable cook and serve the residents of the home. One of the flagship events of the year for Keough Council in support of the community is the coats for kids and the Christmas for the Forgotten. The Christmas for the forgotten program at Keough celebrated its 45th year. It is a program that provides much needed comfort and dry good items to those residents at Spring Grove hospital. Those residents in most cases do not have any family left on this earth. The program brings joy and happiness to the sick and shut-ins. The program has collected over $180,000 thousand dollars in goods and donations over a 45 year period. This year our Brother Angel Joe Pfeiffer sorted, packed and delivered 35 large containers filled with gifts and all sorts dry goods for men and women (underwear, socks, PJs, gloves etc.). Besides the gifts the council delivered 157 shoeboxes filled with assorted personal hygiene items. A donation of $1915.00 was donated to the Spring Grove Hospital to purchase gifts for the patients with special needs. The council conducted a Tootsie Roll Drive for the Intellectually Challenged and this we delivered the proceeds to three major care unit in the Anne Arundel County community. We received letters of appreciations from those organizations. In addition we were highlighted in the Arc of the Chesapeake Newsletter to include a presentation picture. A perfect example of why we should wear our hats, shirts, badges and other Knights stuff. Pictures documenting the three presentations are display on our web page. Keough Council has sponsored two blood drives so far this year and the next one is schedule for March. The council has K of C certificates and wallet cards for the participants. In November the council donated $500.00 to the Odenton Elementary School for new playground equipment. The school district tore down the old playground, citing safety concerns. The PTA was tasked to raise funds and the council stepped up and presented the money at a presentation that was covered by the news media. Brother Bob Garrick along with the GK and DGK presented the oversized check to the principal and the PTA. A Delegate from the Maryland Assembly was on hand along with some of the school children for the presentation. All the Knights present wore hats, badges and coats with the Emblem of the Order. You can visit our web page for pictures and news stories. It was an impressive and exciting event.
COUNCIL ACTIVITIES—Steve Andrzejewski
The council has a vibrant recognition program. The program recognizes family and Knight of the month and Year. The Grand Knight puts a lot of effort into making sure each Knight, Program and key events get the recognition for the hard work expended to make things happen. The skill bank of Knights in the Keough Council is impressive. In August a tree fell in the parking lot of the council home due to heavy winds. The word went out on the Council recall/tree roster—pardon the pun. Well, the army of volunteer Knights assembled and the tree was cut in to wood burning sizes and donated to deserving members and neighbors. That same group of Knights cut down another tree that could have fallen on the council’s home. The council saved a lot of money on tree removal and potential damage to the home. In October the council conducted a memorial service for our departed brothers. The invitation went out to all the know widows in the area and beyond. A memorial mass was celebrated by our Worthy Chaplin Fr George. In addition the widows was mailed a memorial card and a beaded cross necklace with the colors of the Raven or the Orioles. This added a special touch for the event. In November the army of Knights were assemble again to refinish the council home wooden floor. The project was completed by stripping, sanding and painting (polyurethane) the entire floor. The combination of talent and desire created a work of art. The Emblem of the Order was proudly affixed to the center of the floor. We received compliments from visitors from the Maryland State Council and other on a job well done. The Chief Floor Engineer Rich Waltz; the Sand Man Don Gobbi; the Belt Mechanics Steve and George A-Z; the Paint Technician Roger Donnelly and the Army Lt Colonel Chris Aleshire and his daughter were recognized for their efforts.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES—Les Heitt
Keough Council 5263 makes a concerted effort to involve the family in as many activities as possible. For an example our Tootsie Roll drive would not be as successful if was not for the families. The Intellectual Disabilities aprons on a mom or child has a certain appeal to make folks dig deeper in their pockets or purses. We have families who look forward to the drive each year. Our council family holiday celebrations has a flair that are both inviting and entertaining. The council has children and adults holiday theme parties. When children are involved the families are there to assist with the activity. Brother Knights assist with the cooking or preparing the food. The moms are helping with the younger kids. The older kids are helping the events coordinators with the various tasks to keep the event flowing. One blazing example of how families come to together in the council is during our Christmas Gala for the kids. It was a total family effort in transforming a hall into a Polar Express fantasy land. The sights and sounds of the event created a magical and exciting atmosphere not only for the children but for the parents (mom and dads) as well. The Knights and their families are an integral part of the parish and community activities as well. Our Family of the Month and Year awards program was resurrected from an almost dormant state to a vibrant and active program. The presentations is presented at the parish of the recipients. The presentation servers many objectives. Most parishes do not have a recognition program highlighting family involvement in the church. The Knights Family Award confirms to the parish that good deeds will be rewarded both here on earth and in heaven. The program highlights the Knights and places emphasis on the order as a family centered organization. We use our web site balloting program for nominating the Knight and Family of the Month and Year.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES –Shawn Allen
The Council fully the supports the youths in the community and the council. Shawn Allen our Youth Program Director spearheads the Council’s Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. The council sponsors an annual youth Christmas party, Easter egg hunt, and a Halloween party. Keough Council participated in the 2015 free-throw contest. A group of Knights from Keough Council assisted with Fun Day with the School of the Incarnation. Brother Knights help set up and take down equipment. The GK, R. C. Fisher and the Warden Chris Aleshire participated in the 2015 Veteran Day Program. The Knights read books to school children at Pershing Hill Elementary school on Fort Meade. Also, they gave a talk about their military career and the importance of school and serving their country even at an early age.
CULTURE OF LIFE: Kevin Bailey
Keough Council member has participated in four major March for Life events during 2014 and 2015. The most recent marches were in Washington DC and the Maryland March for Life. In addition our Culture of Life Activities Chairperson broadcast the most current newsletters from the state and national program chairs.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR:--Tom Newcomb
Brother Tom Newcomb has done an excellent job conducting membership drives. Membership drives were conducted at local churches and the fruit of his efforts in September produced four new candidates. Immediately, a 1st Degree was conducted and Brother Tom Newcomb personally escorted the four to the next degree. A parish wide recruitment effort is schedule for the week of 20-27 March 2014. The recruitment effort is a special request from our Supreme Council.
“The” Keough Council plays a vital role in their respective parishes. The members are doing so much to improve the community by feeding the poor, clothing the disadvantage, collecting and delivering food to shelters. They are very active in the Boy Scouts and other youth activities. Keough Council has one Roundtable that is very active and supports the Fort Meade Military Catholic Community. We have Deacons, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Parish Coordinators, CCD Teachers, RCIA Directors, Choir Members and Bingo Callers. Conversely, we have team of skills workers who maintain the council home. Those skill workers include plumbers, carpenters, painters, chefs, event planners and varmint displacement technicians. This is a very active council and as the Grand Knight I am very proud of the brothers who can be dependent upon when the call for help goes out. We are not afraid and our actions are a true testament of our faith.
GK Roland “ Rajun Cajun” Fisher
ARCHBISHOP KEOUGH COUNCIL 5263
SK John Eggerl, PGK 10/12/14
SK Rufus J. Handy, PGK 10/7/14
Joseph Mastrucci 10/22/14
SK Walter Meyers 12/23/14
Art Wheatcraft, PGK 1/22/15