For stepping up to Head the Columbus Hope program.
Brother SK Michael W Barry is a PGK and our immediate past Financial Secretary. He helped the new FS have a smooth transition and in recognition for his long tenure as FS and current member of the council that has already volunteered his time and efforts in his idea of a coat drive.
Brother Tom Miller has been named the Knight of the Month for the month of July. Brother Tom has jumped in with both feet during this fraternal year. He has stepped up and become an officer, volunteered to chair our Columbus Hope program, and has also given of his time at the Council Hall when needed recently due to our air conditioner needing repair.
Brother Jim Pontius transferred into our council just last year and has gotten involved from the start by talking with parishioners about the Knights of Columbus and worked on recruiting new members into the Order. Jim has gladly accepted without hesitation the position of Membership Director for our council.
Paul Burchell Francis Simmons
Brother Frank Costas is a very active member of the church community particularly in his role as youth minister. He took on the role within our council of Youth Director and planned and implemented a successful Basketball Free Throw Competition recently.
Brother David Wood finally joined our Order in December but has been a supporter of the Knights of Columbus in many ways before that. David has been a member of the St. Anne and St. Jude Parish Community since he was a kid and since then has been active in the parish and community in many ways. Now much of his time is spent in youth ministry and cursillo.
Brother Tim Marzano was named the Knight of the Month for the month of November for taking this new program of "Building the Domestic Family" and running with it full force involving priests within our community and being involved with other council programs as often as possible all while raising three girls on his own.
Brother Sir Knight Edward Johnson is our Knight of the Month for the month of October. He has been a good Worthy Recorder for his second year now in our council. Brother Johnson stands ready to help out whenever possible and never shies away from assisting a brother in need or a council program when asked.
John "Jack" Hemming
Brother Jack Hemming has been very active since joining the Knights of Columbus last year. He helps out wherever he can and there is never a job too small that Jack won't undertake. He has been Inside Guard this Fraternal Year and takes his responsibilities very seriously.
The Knight of the Month for the month of August is our worthy DGK Christopher Harvey. Chris is a leader in every sense of the word and has provided the Grand Knight with great counsel for over a year now. Chris took on a lot of the work in the kitchen for the 2nd and 3rd Degrees on August 26th and really helped make this a huge success.
SK John Owen was named the Knight of the Month for the month of July because of his involvement in the parish community. He has been very active in recent months helping out with things that needed to be fixed over at the St. Jude location and has gone above and beyond as a knight to get things done.
Calvin planned, lead and implemented this year's successful Italian Dinner on June 10th to raise funds for our seminarians in our Vocations Program. Great Job Calvin!
Brother Trapini was named Knight of the Month for his tireless efforts with vocations and the work he does in the nursing home and VA hospital.
SK Paul Burchell, SW, FDD, PGK has been an inspiration to the council since joining the KofC. Since joining he has done so much for our council. He has once again graciously taken on the role of Youth Director for our council and planned several events and fundraisers. Paul also has provided much needed counsel to our council's grand knight. Brother Paul can always be counted on.
Brother Frank Costas was named the Knight of the Month for July, 2016 for his outstanding leadership in the parish community and his volunteerism. Frank has taken the reins as one of the youth ministers of our parish over the past year and done an outstanding job. They have grown our youth group exponentially. They have held fundraisers, gone on awesome trips and lead youth to Christ. Frank also pitches in whenever necessary at the St. Jude location of our parish singing in the choir. Great Job Frank!
SK Thomas Ray is a member of the Midlands 3rd Degree Team and on several occasions has volunteered his time as a bus driver for the Sumter Catholic Community Youth group to transport them to weekend and overnight outings.
As a Member of the Nursing Home Visitation committee, he started the monthly rosary service and visits the infirmed, and brings the Eucharist to the residents. Nick serves as the scheduler for Special Ministers at St Anne Church. Serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for the Sumter Catholic Community and is a member of the St. Anne Choir. Nick attends college full time while maintaining employment.
Brother Calvin is one of the newest members of the council and has hit the ground running. He is extremely passionate about being a Knight as has been involved in every activity since joining. He has agreed to assume a leadership role in organizing the annual Italian Dinner to support the RSVP program. He has assumed the responsibility for spearheading the Free Throw Challenge and has worked diligently to try and find a location for the competition. He carried the council banner in the Stand up for Life march and rally in Columbia on Jan 10th and attended the January 22nd Right to Life march in Washington DC on Jan 22nd. He is eager to complete his 2nd and 3rd degrees and complete his 4th degree exemplification as soon as he is able.
Jim St. Clair
Brother Jim St. Clair is the council’s Culture-of-Life Director and has been very active in this ministry. Under his leadership, the council has established Nursing Home Visitation and Veterans Visitation ministries and has identified Chairmen for both ministries. He also arranged to have a “pro-life” billboard erected in the Sumter area in time for the Christmas holidays.
SK John O. Stanley, PGK
Brother John Stanley did an outstanding job in organizing and scheduling knight to assist in selling Christmas cards and magnets at all masses during two consceutive weekends. John was also present before and after each mass to ensure coverage was provided. As a result of his leadership and efforts, the council was able to raise several hundred dollars to assist with council programs.
Outstanding job in organizing the Sumter Catholic Community Picnic. Largest ever turnout and activities were available for all age groups. Volunteered to serve as Council Adjutant when position became vacant.
Excellent overall support to Cathlolic community at Shaw. Lector at daily mass as well as on weekends.
Countless hours spent in support of Our Lady of the Skies; filled in for Denise with emails, bulletin notices, announcements, etc. Church Director keeping track of activities at all three churches in Sumter/Shaw area.
Excellent job in organizing the Corporate Communion, Officers Installation, and dinner. Operation Hope charirperson.
For their work with the Vacation Bible School.
The Francis Family
Brother SK Charley Francis and his wife Jackie are very active in their community and on the parish level. Brother Charley leads an adult education program on Sundays at St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic parish. He is our Council's Advocate and the current Faithful Navigator of our 4th Degree Assembly. Brother Charley is also a Past Grand Knight. Jackie Francis has been leading the RCIA program on the parish level for many years. Brother Charley is always willing to lend a helping hand and always jumps in where needed. He also is an avid photographer of council events.
The Ray Family
The Ray family has been named the Family of the Month for the month of July. Tom and his wife attended the Council Installation of Officers at the end of July. Before we began, Mrs. Ray saw how much help we needed in setting up food and drinks and quickly put her skills to work to make the spread presentable and assisted as a great hostess. Tom is very involved in his community like his wife and will always lend a helping hand when asked.
Brother Mike Doyle and Kristi Doyle do a great deal for our parish community. Mike has been actively involved in coordinating our presence at NHC Healthcare visiting with nursing home residents and praying the rosary with them. Kristi is the principal of both of our Catholic schools and both her and Mike go above and beyond to make these schools what they are in their fundraising efforts and community involvement.
Brother Timothy Marzano is our Building the Domestic Church Program Director and has jumped into this role with both feet. At the same time, he is raising three daughters on his own. One in college, one in high school and one still in elementary school. His family is an example of a good and loving Catholic family. They are active in the parish and community.
Paul and Irene Dunlap have been named the family of the month for the month of November because of all of their selfless work within the church community particularly the Hispanic community and in Parish Council.
Brother James Krivejko and family have been named the Family of the Month for the month of October. Brother Krivejko has not been able to be as involved in as many council programs as he would like to this fraternal year due to his work schedule; however, he is living out his Catholic life as he should be by taking care of his family and displaying what it means to lead a Domestic Church within his home and parish community.
The Tavarez family has consistently given of their time and talents to the Parish Community here in Sumter and to their community at their school and in Boy Scouts. The Tavarez family does everything together and have sacrificed much for each other.
The Family of the Month for the Month of August is the Simmons family. Francis and his wife, Marylou, have both played a vital role to the success of many of our programs lately including the St. Patricks Dinner Dance, Italian Dinner and Third Degree held here in Sumter this month.
Jim and Colleen are always helping out in one area of the church community and are a good model of a Catholic Christian family.
The Costas Family, namely Brother Frank Costas, Jennifer Costas, Nathan and Alyssa have been named the Family of the Month for June 2017 for all of their involvement within the parish community particularly through youth ministry.
Enrique Rodriguez joined our Order and our council in December of 2016 and he and his wife, Olga, immediately became active in the events that took place in December to include the Breakfast with Santa and our Christmas Social.
Brother Richard Winter serves as the council's Church Director and Roundtable Chairman for the Our Lady of the Skies (OLOS) Faith Community at Shaw Air Force Base. With the absence of a Catholic Community Coordinator at OLOS, Richard has stepped in and has filled the role despite working full time. Additionally, he serves as altar server coordinator and trainer, Eucharistic Minister, is involved in the prison ministry, Cursillo, prayer groups, and homeless ministry. At the present time OLOS does not have a full time priest and Richard coordinates with the visiting priests as well as with the base chaplains (protestant) to ensure the on base Catholic community's spiritual needs are addressed. Richard's wife, Sinok is a Eucharistic Minister, sings in the Choir, teaches CCD and helps out in other ways.
SK John M. Huntz serves as Warden for Council 2207 and is active in council activities. He is on active duty with the Air Force which frequently requires him to work 12-hour shifts. Despite his hectic work schedule, John continues to serve his council and faith community. John and his wife, Bridget, have 11 children ranging in ages from 16 to 1. They worship as a family and the children are always on their best behavior. The older children are quick to assist their parents in taking care of the younger siblings. The Huntz family makes it point to participate in parish activities and frequently volunteer to play key roles in the events. The older children are active members of the Sumter Catholic Community Youth Group.
SK Theodore (Ted) N. Trapini serves as Treasurer for Council 2207 and is extremely active in all council activities. He manages the RSVP program for the council and ensures we stay in contact with our sponsored seminarians. He organizes our annual Italian Dinner, a fundraiser to support the RSVP program. This event raises approximately $1500 annually to support our seminarians. In addition to the RSVP program, Ted is extremely active in Culture-of-Life Activities, visiting the VA hospital on a weekly basis, participating in the annual Life Chain in Sumter, carrying the assembly banner in the Stand up for Life March and Rally in Columbia, participating in a Christmas Eve Rosary Service at National Health Care Nursing home, and traveling to Washington DC to participate in the Right-to-Life Rally and March. Ted’s wife, Dianne, serves as Secretary of the Sumter Catholic Community Women’s Guild, is a member of the Parish Council, and performs a number of charitable activities within the parish and community.
The Doyle family is very involved in the Sumter Catholic Community. Mike and his son, Nick, are both members of the Knights of Columbus and together chair the council’s “Nursing Home Visitation” ministry. The newly formed ministry held a Rosary service on Christmas Eve at one of the local nursing homes. The service was attended by nine council members as well as additional family members and fellow parishioners. Kristi Doyle is the principal of St. Anne Catholic School in Sumter and serves as a lector. Mike and Nick both serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
SK Jim Kaczmarczyk serves as the Lecturer for the Council. Additionally, he is the Honor Guard Captain, performs the roles of C on the 1st degree team and PFC on the Midlands 3rd degree team. He and his wife, Colleen attend daily mass at St. Jude where he leads the singing and serves as Lector. Colleen spends numerous hours volunteering in the local community as well as singing in the Saturday night choir at St. Jude. Jim and Colleen have been involved in virtually every council activity this fraternal year.
The Francis Family
Charley and Jackie Francis have an in-depth involvement with the council and with the Catholic Community of Sumter. Charley established and chairs the council Scholarship Committee which assists children of brother knights with tuition for Catholic Elementary and High Schools in Sumter. Both he and Jackie are Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers. Jackie also serves as Coordinator for the parish RCIA program and, together with Charley, provide instructions to the candidates.
The Williams Family
Williams family are havily involved in Our Lady of the Skies Faith Community. Matthew serves asd lector for Sunday Mass. Son, Christopher is a alter server and mentors younger servers. Matthew and wife, Katrina, are both RE teachers. Katrina organized and managed the weekly cookie social following 9am Sunday Mass.