Norm took on additional duties this month to make our last Wedding Rental a success. As always Norm is ready to lend a hand and as well work behind the scenes. He took upon himself to clean the kitchen floor where once was the deep fat fryer so that it would look presentable to the renters caterer.
David has been really taking a great role at Bingo bringing his keen mind to remind us when we don’t have enough money in the payout. Not to mention his boys that have been a huge help and fixtures at bingo.
Willians is doing a fabulous job heading up our Hispanic Outreach Committee and has brought in many new members. Just on May 1st we held our first Admission (1st) Degree completely in Spanish with Willians in the role as Grand Knight. All of our Brother Knights did a great job and we brought in six new members. The impact of our new Hispanic members is not just in the parish but in the community. In February this new Council resource volunteered to support and enhance the CATHOLIC MEN'S FELLOWSHIP of MARYLAND to be held in Linthicum at St. Philip Neri on March 5th. Our Knights provided the personnel to expand the reach of this conference to the predominately Spanish speaking audience. In March the Easter Egg hunt held at SJN was run by our Hispanic Brother Knights. Willians and these new Knights are making a positive and visible impact on our Parish and Community.
John is relatively new member of the Council having been a Knight for a little over a year. John has stepped up to work Bingo and support other council activities. Notably in April John organized assistance for one of our Brother Knights with some yard work. John is great to work with and is always positive and supportive. John is a great example to new members, to roll up your sleeves and jump in help where ever there is a need. Thank You John.
Andy has done so much for the Council. Andy accepted the challenge of the Recorder Position in the Council. In March Andy worked double duty, heading up the Council's hosting of St. Mary's Lenten Soup Supper as well as providing the fish and working our Good Friday fish fry. Always positive and supportive, Andy shows the impact a Knight can have on our Parish and Community.
Tim Connelly passed away in February. His faith was extremely strong even in the latter days of his life and he continued to reach out. Tim's father and Past Grand Knight passed away in 2015 and interestingly it was Tim that joined the Knights of Columbus first and then brought in his father soon after. They both continued to attain degrees in the Order and both were always very supportive of the activities and good works of Annapolis Council.
Jeff is a machine and just gets the job done. We are fortunate to have Jeff heading up our Youth Activities. In January Jeff organized our Youth Basketball Free Throw Contest. Held at St. Mary's Elementary Gym.
Dave did a great job as Chairman of the Food for the Navy Tailgate and has taken a very active roll in many of the Council's events. Dave is a constant at Friday Bingo helping at the door and is always willing to lend a hand. Thank you Dave for all your help and advice.
Jim did an awesome job coordinating and arranging for the Council's Tootsie Roll campaign. Directly due to Jim's efforts the Council is able to present to our two charities; Special Olympics of Anne Arundel County and ARC of the Chesapeake Region almost $3K each. Jim took on the challenging task of Tootsie Roll Chairman and did a fabulous job in just his first year. Jim is also a regular volunteer at our Council Charity Bingo. Jim is a great organizer and worked well with everyone and brings a cheery disposition to everything he does. Thank you Jim.
Greg, has been a very active member since joining the council and is always willing to help. Greg is an example to all new members to jump in and get involved. Greg has been very active in obtaining all of his degrees and culminated in his becoming a 4th Degree member on September 12th.
Stephen was the go to guy during the Carnival and has stepped at Bingo. Stephen has been the Knight to continually ask how he can help. Stephen has also taken on our Widow's program.
Fred has stayed on for another year as President of Columbus Club. He has brought us to the point that we can start to see our Council’s future. We have a new Kitchen tenant to bring in much needed funds to the Columbus Club.
In addition to leading all of the Annapolis Council cooking efforts for the past 3 years, including weekly bingo and monthly social events, George took ownership of the cost estimating process for the new Bestgate hall, and has developed an approach to building the new hall, using council resources, that allows us to achieve our goals within the limits of our budget.
Tom continues to enthusiastically lead our council Right to Life program, and also continues to be one of our strongest recruiters. This past month, Tom brought in 3 new members to our council, which helped us meet our annual membership goal with two months to spare.
Willians, a recent transfer into our council, was primarily responsible for the Hispanic outreach that brought 9 new members into our council.
Andrew, our youngest Knight, continued the family tradition of helping out at our events. He stepped up to run the fryer for the February social, the Fish Fry, and bingo, and also helped with setup and cleanup at each event.
Dale is not only maintaining our roster of bingo floor sales workers, ensuring we have at least 2 volunteers each week for specials sales, but has also led our effort to rework our scholarship program and continues to lead the scholarship committee. And, he still serves as Recorder, ensuring that meeting minutes are recorded and available on the council website right after each meeting.
Mike has jumped in right away as a relatively new Knight, attending most of our events and helping out at bingo and with setup for several other events, including our socials, youth events, and meetings.
George Ryan / Andy Noel
George and Andy have led our Blood Drive/Donut Social events at St. John Neumann every November and June for many years. This event has been a key method for the Annapolis Council to maintain visibility with St. Mary's Parish, and it is due to the efforts of Andy and George that we have kept this going.
John has started his tenure as a Knight with the Annapolis Council very quickly. Despite just joining in August, John has already completed his Second Degree and is scheduled for his Third Degree in November. He has also already brought in a new member to our council, and become active in several council activities.
Chris is very active within the council after only being a Knight for a couple of years. He is currently our Warden, having already served as Guard, and is also active with the Admiral Benson Assembly. Most importantly, he re-established our council softball team, and serves as the manager of the team.
Charles (Skip) Hufnagel
Skip was available for most nights of the carnival, always willing to perform the thankless job of collecting the trash and cleaning up at the carnival. He also continued to do the same thing for bingo every week, showing up at the end to help with the clean up.
Edward (Sparky) Artin
Sparky shows up at just about every event we hold, and is always willing to help out.
John and Joanne Crouse do so much for the St. Mary's Parish, much beyond their positions within the parish. Joanne is selfless and giving, always ready to help out anyone in need. John not only works for the Parish, but is every Sunday counting the collection and almost every Friday running the cash room for the Knight's Bingo. Even their son Jonathan (also a Knight) helped out with our last Wedding Rental.
Ray, Emory, Brooke and Karen supported the Carnival. The Sears Family was finally in town every day of the Carnival. Even the days they had other activities Emory and Ray help to get items ready to start each day.
The Mihm Family, Parents of new DEACON Joe Mihm are our Family of the Month. They should be the Family of the Future as they in their raising and teaching of Joe, has brought the Catholic Church a great young man who will no doubt be a leader in the Church. We have been so blessed to have Joe Mihm as one of our supported Seminarians and as a member of our Council. Joe has come out and worked our Carnival and even came out to play on our Softball Team, if you remember the picture on our website titled "PADRE POWER". THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IF NOT FOR HIS PARENTS. THANK YOU.
Don and Louise Bunker
Don and Louise Bunker are a force for good. Their tireless work to make TWO Easter Egg hunts, held on the same day in different locations, a great success. I won't say how but one of them was instrumental in getting the Easter Bunny to make an appearance at St Mary's Easter Egg Hunt. Countless hours finding the best deals for candy and filling hundreds and hundreds of eggs to be hidden. Then they help setup and take down. We could not do such an involved event without their help.
Families of Ken & Tim Connelly
The Connelly Family has given a great deal to the Annapolis Council, the Catholic Church and community. Tim Connelly passed away in February. Tim was 27 years a member of Knight in Annapolis Council, joining in 1988, and he brought in his Father Ken Connelly (Past Grand Knight) in 1989. Both later became 4th Degree Knights. Ken Passed away last year. We thank the entire Connelly family for their commitment to our Council, our Order, and recognize their deep Faith in our Lord and The Church.
Ray Sears Family
In December, possibly the first for Annapolis Council, a third generation Knight and member of Annapolis Council came into being. Raymond Emory Sears followed in the path of his Father Ray P and his grandfather Ray L and joined the ranks of Knights of Columbus in Annapolis Council. The contribution of the Sears Family to the Annapolis Council is special and an example to all how to bring the entire family into the Knights. It is not just the "Rays" but Robert, Richard, Rose, Karen and Brooke that make this extraordinary. To list all their impacts both within the Council, The Parish, St. Mary's School, the Community would frankly be impossible. Annapolis Council is indebted to this Sears Family with much of the Council's accomplishments over the last 42 years directly tied to their efforts. THANK YOU.
Frank and Theresa Cisneros
Frank and Theresa Cisneros have been very active supporting Church activities at both Parishes we support, St. Mary's and OLPH. They have done a lot of work to hold the Breakfast with Santa, a Catholic Daughters of America event held at our Council Hall. Frank and Theresa are always ready to support events and bring out their awesome slot car track competition set up. The kids really enjoy.
Winston Brunal and Family have become very involved in our Council actively attending activities and socials. Winston has become a key member of our Hispanic Outreach Committee and a valuable resource to the Council and Community.
Mark and Kathleen Powell
Mark and Kathy were quick to volunteer when we received a last minute SOS from the Special Olympics of Anne Arundel County for help during their September 26th Bull and Oyster Roast. They ran the Cake Wheel and were very successful. They brought their good cheer and dedication, even with Mark having just come home from shock trauma the night before, due to a head injury. That is commitment.
Angela & Sam Nassar
Angela and Sam have been a gift from heaven in helping our Brother Henry Robert. Angela is the volunteer coordinator at St. Mary's Parish where she planned a wonderful Parish Picnic.
The Ryan Family – PGK Jim Ryan, his son and daughter Stephen and Shannon Ryan have put in a great effort not only during the Friday bingos, but also all the planning and Shannon’s cooking for the Italian Festival. Shannon has been also tracking our Bingo Food expenses. Although this is only for one Month the Ryan family has supported their father for three years as GK and helped to make our council better.
Annapolis Council Hispanic Families
The families of the Hispanic members of the Annapolis Council worked together to prepare and present an excellent Latino-themed menu for our May social.
Raymond Ciupek Family
Ray and Jane continued to support the Annapolis Council in many ways, including Ray's membership on the Columbus Club Board of Directors and help with bingo food, and Jane's liaison role with the Catholic Daughters. In addition, both Ray and Jane are a big help with our monthly socials.
Mike Tarlaian Family
Mike and Hope have contributed tremendously to the success of the bingo food operation by taking ownership of the counter and the weekly restocking, with help from Mike Jr. and his girlfriend Viri. They have also taken a lead role in getting the fish fry operation up and running this year.
Michael Wilson Family
Mike and Brenda have been participating and actively helping at almost all of our events. They helped with setup and cleanup for the February social, served pizza for the Basketball Free Throw contest, and helped out at several bingos during the month.
Father John Harrison
Worthy Chaplain Father Harrison has led our Catholic family in the Annapolis Council for many years, providing spiritual guidance to council members and families. In addition to his council and priestly duties, Father Harrison is also Vicar of St. Mary's Parish and Faithful Friar of the Admiral Benson Assembly.
George Daelemans Family
The Daelemans family, which includes three members of our council (George, Kyle, and Luke), was instrumental in the successful execution of all of our December programs. They started by providing refreshments for the council business meeting, and then staffed the kitchen, along with mom Linda, for each of our Friday night bingos. They also coordinated the food service and decorations for our annual Christmas party, and finished by participating as degree team members and food service for our First Degree on December 23.
Roland Banscher Family
Roland and Lois led our very successful sponsorship of the tailgate party for the Maryland State Council Navy Game on November 15. They coordinated the catering for the event, and secured desserts, snacks and beverages for the event. The State Deputy and other State Council representatives were very pleased with the refreshments and overall experience of the tailgate.
Jeff Bunker Family
The Bunkers were the driving force behind our successful Soccer Shootout this year. Jeff, his wife Mary Ellen, and all six of his children helped organize and publicize the event, and then helped with setup and snacks for the participants. Jeff's parents Don and Louise also helped out at the event. This was the second event in a short while that was successful due to the Bunker family's help. In August, the family also staffed the novelties booth at our annual carnival.
Rick Smith Family
Rick and his family provide key support to the Annapolis Council in a number of ways. In addition to excellent catering for our Annual Appreciation Dinner in September, Rick and Sam helped out for several days during the Carnival. Rick and Sam were also part of the Friday Knight Lights fantasy football league in the council. Rick and his entire family are also extremely active with Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Tom and Mikey filled in to help make the tickets sales a success at the Kegs and Corks festival, in addition to working the ticket booth at the carnival and their normal tremendous support for the Respect Life program. Tom also continues to seek new members for our council.
The Sears family was once again the key to our successful softball season, usually providing 40% of the team, and over 50% of the run production.