Founding and Beyond
Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council #12554 was chartered on September 23, 1999, with thirty-seven members. Charter Officers were: Samuel J. Kopack, Jr, Grand Knight; Johnny Nix, Deputy Grand Knight; and Joseph Kopack, Financial Secretary. The Council was formed with the help of State Deputy Richard Koehler and was graciously accepted by Msgr. Charles H. Rowland, Pastor of St. Joseph.
Hallmark activities of the Council include preparing and serving the Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, host of the annual State Grand Knights Workshop, site of the first annual South Carolina Catholic Men's Conference, annual Basketball Freethrow and Soccer Challenge tournaments, Charity Pancake Breakfasts, Columbus Hope drive, and the Annual Parish Blood Drive. Members of the Council serve the parish as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers and in many other capacities. The Council helps support a Seminarian each year with letters, cards, prayers and a financial gift. The Council also works closely with other Parish Organizations in activities like Disaster Preparedness, Respect for Life, Social Outreach, and beyond.