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
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.
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.
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.
Hong Beng Kang
William "Bill" Rockwell
Father Daniel Malingumu
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 !
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 !
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!
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.
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
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 !
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanne, Glenn, Kevin Webb family
Bruce and Kathy Stevens
Jon and Christine Chambers
Lanny and Shelly White
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!"
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
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
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
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 !
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.
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 !
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vic and Stephanie Gruning
Bruce and Kathy Stevens
Michael and Joanne Hall
Ken and Johnna Levins
James and Marie Moran
Tim and Diane Nestor
Ed and Beverly Hobbs
James and Danetta Jankosky
Phil and Jan Lynch
Mark and Lisa Leidl