COUNCIL RECOGNITION

 

KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

September 2019

John Manczko

John Manczko, SK, PGK, was selected as Knight of the Month for September 2019 for all his work on re-vitalizing the council website and social media accounts.

August 2019

James Gecsei

Jim Gecsei was selected as Knight of the Month for August 2019 for his chairmanship of the International Food Festival for the past 3 years

July 2019

Last Honor Guard in old regalia blank

Long time Sir Knight Larry Van Dooren’s visitation and funeral Mass held Saturday, June 29 at St. Thomas the Apostle, Lenoir City. Last time wearing the old regalia uniform.

August 2016

Mark Werner and Ken DeBoer

July 2016

Ed Valente

For his planning and preparing the meals for the Catholic Engaged Encounter couples.

June 2016

Jerry Dougherty

For his planning and efforts in the council membership drive. The Drive succeeded in qualifying the council for the STAR Award.

May 2016

Jerry Dougherty

KOM Jerry Dougherty on left, DGK Ray Mouse center w/ Ed Valente right

April 2016

Dan Hanley

As the only council representative in support of the Special Olympics games. The date was changed on short notice due to bad weather and no other volunteers could make the event.

March 2016

Larry Finneran

February 2016

Jim Gecsei

January 2016

Joe Filosi

December 2015

Dennis Preston

November 2015

Bill Twohig

October 2015

Bill Waskelis

Outstanding editor and management of The Knights Herald Newsletter.

September 2015

Larry Finneran

Publicity Chairman - getting the word out to the public about our council activities.

August 2015

Mario Catani

Chairman and Organizer-In-Chief of the Parish's classroom restoration project - Summer 2015.

July 2015

Bo Carey

It is with great pleasure we recognize Bo Carey as our July 2015 Knight of the Month. Bo, who was recently elected an officer in our council as Recorder, has long been involved with Parish activities. You can usually find him playing an instrument with the choir, or performing with his band at our social functions. Few people know of his unselfish and generous contributions to our fund raisers, and people in need. Bo recently showed his generosity by making it possible for us to procure a double settee for Fr. Antonio, our past Associate Pastor. Those working the project acknowledged his generosity and Fr. Antonio’s pleasure when it was delivered. Bo Carey most deserves his selection as the July 2015 Knight of the Month.

June 2015

Dennis Preston

“If you want something done, ask a busy person” is an old saying that rings true with Dennis Preston. Like the commercial of the “Eveready Bunny” this knight is always in motion. He seems to have the knack to volunteer for the tough jobs. The council received a recent request to provide support to the wife of an incapacitated brother knight. The house and grounds were in complete disrepair at a time in which she is trying to sell the house. Dennis was asked to take the lead in forming a team that would investigate and make repairs. His team comprised of approximately thirteen people which included nine knights, three non-knights and one lady. He assigned taskings as well as accomplished considerable work himself. Our brother Knight and his wife are ecstatic with the effort put forth by this team due to Dennis’ leadership abilities. It is an honor to select Dennis Preston as the Knight of the Month for June 2015.

June 2014

Joe Coriaci

May 2014

Dennis Preston

April 2014

David Breen

David Breen is ever present in supprt of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and the upkeep of the facilities and campus. He possesses a thorough knowledge of the Parish's electrical, water works, and structure construction. He is a tresured asset to the maintenance and well being of our church. David's involvement and knowledge, alone, has saved the Parish incomparable dollars that would have to be paid for an outside source to research, analyze, and make repairs. He has the St. Thomas "blueprint" in his head.

FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

September 2019

Mouse, Ray & Beth

August 2019

Finneran

Larry and Katie Finneran were nominated for Family of the Month of August 2019. They are the foundation of the St. Vincent Society at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. They are the leaders of the group and the mentors all others look up to. The couple are active in our parish dinners such as the Italian Dinner and our Irish Diner. They are also active members of our 4th Degree Assembly. Larry's working career experience of operating small-town banks makes him a natural fit working with people and networking in our rural community. He knows how to find the resources to solve issues and help people. Larry and Katy also know how to network with other similar community groups and churches in the county to assure families get what they need. Katy is a past leader of our parish Women's Guild. Not only do they attend Mass together, they also spend their free time at the Church tending to their mission.

July 2019

Hanley

To Don & Alice Hanley for Don's life saving EMR skills for Tellico Village

July 2016

Russell & Karen Schutte

For their combined efforts in supporting the Pancake Breakfasts and dinners sponsored by the council.

June 2016

Bill & Kathy Twohig

For planning and executing the Spring & Summer social activities.

May 2016

Ed & Pat Valente

Jerry Dougherty left, DGK Ray Mouse center and FOM Ed (& Pat) Valente right

April 2016

Stu and Jan McFadden

For their involvement with NPH and support of other Knight’s activities.

March 2016

Steve & Pat McAvoy

February 2016

Harold & Joyce Egler

January 2016

Rich and Barbara Comiso

December 2015

Chuck and Terry James

November 2015

Ray & Beth Mouse

October 2015

Jerry & Mary Dougherty

Sponsorship and support of the Catholic Engaged Encounter program - 22 years.

September 2015

Chet & Mary Kwiatkowski

Support and Management of the Polish Dinners over the past five years.

August 2015

Terry & Betty Camilleri

Support and Management of the MR Drives over the past two years.

July 2015

Ed & Pat Valente

For their dedication and continued involvement at our Parish events we nominate Ed and Pat Valente as the Family of the Month for July. Their involvement in the function and management of our parish kitchen, and participation in the social activities sponsored by our Council is noteworthy. At many of our parish functions involving social events, such the monthly Pancake Breakfast and the quarterly Engagement Encounter dinners, they can be found in the kitchen; one is managing the kitchen volunteers, the other is hard at work preparing the meals. Pat normally does a myriad of jobs, and is always helping where the need is the greatest. It is very rare that you would not find this family hard at work in support of our Council activities. Their committed dedication allows the members of our council to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor. It is with great pleasure to acknowledge their contribution to our Council by awarding them the Family of the Month for July 2015.

June 2015

Kevin, Mary Beth, Maggie & Luke Cooney

Family of the Month June 2015 Kevin, Mary Beth, Maggie, & Luke Cooney Since joining the St Thomas Parish in June 2008, they, as a family, have been involved in the youth activities conducted by our parish. The most recent noteworthy activity in which the Cooney family was involved, was the parish Spring Fling Picnic. Kevin, with help and advice of his family, planned, coordinated and conducted an outstanding day of festivities. They ensured there was plenty of delicious food and drink for all, and games to keep the youngsters busy. A petting zoo, bumper room, and water slides were a few of the games and activities for the children. The mouth-watering meals were prepared on-site, with the pork cooking overnight under the vigilance of experienced cooks. The Youth Group and Boy Scouts were on hand to make sure the campus was kept clean, and provide other assistance where needed. The whole family pitched in making this a wonderful event that brought the parish community together, young and old. It is with great pleasure that we select the Cooney family as the June 2015 Family of the Month.

June 2014

Dan & Allis Hanley

May 2014

Ed & Pat Valente

April 2014

Curt & Kay Sheldon

Curt and Kay Sheldon have consistently made importatnt contributions to St. Thomas the Apostle Church and the Dioceses of Knoxville. They are leaders in the Tennessee Right to Life and every year accompany our youth to the Washington Walk of Life. Together, they are leaders in the Cursillo movement's three days of religious instruction. They continue to be involved in various men's and women's weekend activities. Additionally, Curt is the team lead for the Friendship Kitchen and assists in the preparation for the Eucharistic Adoration activities. Curt is also on the team for the upcoming Men's Weekend in October. Kay has served as a past president of the St. Thomas' Women's Guild.