COUNCIL RECOGNITION

 

KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

October 2020

John Garzia

John Garzia joined the Knights of Columbus, Christopher Council August 30, 2020 by participating in the Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity ceremony. He joined Holy Rosary parish seven years ago after Immaculate Conception Church in Marcus Hook closed. He became active at Holy Rosary volunteering with church social/fundraising activities. He took part in organizing bus trips to Atlantic City, Phillies games, and volunteered at bingo. He is a frequent contributor to the food closet. With the pandemic, the food closet added Wednesday food drop at the church, at which Knights unload food. That is when John joined Christopher Council. Since then John has been consistently volunteering at Wednesday’s food drop and the Friday 5-C Outreach food distribution.

September 2020

Matt Pinto

Matt Pinto, joined the Council August 31st, 2020 by participating in the Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity ceremony. In talking with Matt regarding how the Council raises funds to help support our Churches, and community, Matt informed me that he was a part time commercial crabber and was willing to organize a crab feast as a fundraiser. With the COVID-19 restrictions it was decided to conduct a crab sale on Saturday September 26th, 2020. Matt, with the assistance of several council Brothers presold crabs by the dozen. The customers were able to pick up the fresh cooked crabs with limited contact. This was a successful fundraiser adding $1,100 towards the council’s charitable efforts. Thank you for your service.

August 2020

Bryan Gallagher

Bryan Gallagher joined the Knights of Columbus in May 1995 achieving 2nd degree knighthood. Bryan reactivated his membership, joining Christopher Council July 31, 2020 achieving full knighthood. Brian is employed at Holy Rosary in charge of maintenance. He frequently goes above and beyond his normal duties assisting Church groups & volunteers with their projects. Prior to, and after joining the council, Bryan has assisted the council with setting up and distributing food for the HRSA COVID-19 drive through food distribution. In Bryan’s short tenure with Christopher Council, he has recruited his nephew Matt Pinto into the council.

July 2020

Deacon Richard Maichle

Deacon Rich Maichle. Deacon Rich retired after 40 years of active ministry to Holy Rosary. The Deacon was/is very active at Holy Rosary not only celebrating Sunday Masses, he celebrates daily Masses, baptisms, weddings, anointing of the sick, funerals, youth group, scouts, just to name few. The Deacon found time to be active in our council providing us with spiritual leadership, guidance, and friendship to his brother knights. The Deacon rarely missed a meeting and attended most all council fundraisers and activities. Recently the Deacon has been a steady volunteer at the Holy Rosary-Spring-Atonement Churches COVID-19 Food Distribution, Operation Brown Bag, and Holy Rosary’s Food Closet. The Deacon joined the Knights of Columbus, Christopher council on May 21st, 2005 advancing to 4th degree on November 21, 2009.

June 2020

Michael Lang

Knight of the Month for June is Mike Lang, Mike has been a member of the Council since 2015. Mike as recently became more involved in the Council participating in several Operation Brown Bags, Drive Through food distributions, and has given the Council positive press releases in the Dailog.

May 2020

William McCormac

On December 17, 2019, William “Billy” MacCormac followed his father and brother Ryan’s footsteps joining The Knights of Columbus, Christopher Council. Billy quickly became involved with the Council working community food distribution events. He has worked all three Holy Rosary / Spring Church drive through food distributions taking a leading roll setting up canopies, tables, cones and unloading pallets of bulk food. Billy has worked four Operation Brown Bag events and has delivered the bagged lunches to the three Emanuel Dining Room. Billy has helped with maintenance at the Brandywine Club. Billy is a fine example of what Knights are about, strong in your faith, family, active in your church and community. Billy a 2020 Graduate from Salesianum High School where he has received three religious awards for his community service work, one from Bishop Malooly and two from Salesianum. Billy will be attending DeSales University this fall majoring in Criminal Justice. Billy has been lifelong member of Holy Rosary actively serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Alter Server.

April 2020

Tim Potts

Christopher Council’s Knight of the Month for April is Tim Potts. Tim joined the Council last September receiving his 1st degree, and achieved full Knighthood in November. Since joining, he has assisted in several council projects. Most recently, Tim has donated his time, talent, and resources to Operation Brown Bag. He has helped with the assembly of bagged lunches and delivery to the three dining rooms for all three weeks.

January 2020

Paul Coulston

Paul Coulston is the January's Knight of the Month. Paul is the Membership Director for the Council. He organized and lead our annual membership recruiting efforts which will culminate with the new Exemplification Degree at Holy Rosary on Sunday, February 16th at 3:00 pm.

July 2017

Paul Rapposelli

After 14 years our Worthy Treasurer has passed on the calculator and checkbook. Paul has been a fixture in our Council dealing with financial matters for a long list of Grand Knights and has made their job much easier with his attention to detail and constant availability. For years, Paul has also served the designated Council "Christmas card salesman" and Keep Christ in Christmas representative at Parish bazaars. For these and his many other contributions leads us to name him Knight of the Month.

June 2017

William Moschelle

As the person in charge of the Holy Rosary Carnival, Bill works tirelessly to make this event both a fun filled time and a financial success for the Parish. Despite the pressure of this event, Bill is always pleasant, helpful, and embodies all the qualities that a Knight of Columbus should exhibit.

April 2017

Dave Stepnowski

Dave once again without being requested jumped in and filled a need by washing the dishes, pots and pans, and helped clean up the kitchen following our annual St. Pat's Party. As we all know this is a thankless task that people often fail to recognize but our Council did notice and we wnat to make to thank Dave.

February 2017

Daniel Goodine

Recognizing that Dan volunteers to help at almost every Christopher Council event and is always there to help that Council in any way possible, he has exceeded our expectations this month. Dan had proposed that the Council sell soup following the Masses at St. Helena and Holy Rosary to benefit our Council and the Community Outreach programs at both Parishes. Dan took control of this new program and began sales the weekend February 4 and the results have been "souper". The sales at St. Helena will continue through February and the Council will begin sales of soup at Holy Rosary during Lent. Dan thanks for all you do for the Council and in particular for starting this fundraiser.

January 2017

Jack Buckley

Jack was extremely helpful in assisting Brain Dennis with the Christmas Parade and exhibited true fraternity, charity and unity at the Parade and the after-party. Additionally, Jack was involved with the cooking and preparation for the Council's Christmas Party. These actions, coupled with Jack's routine assistance throughout the year merit his recognition as the Knight of the Month.

September 2016

David DeVito

David only joined Christopher Council in May but he has participated in so many Council activities since becoming a member that it seems like he has been a member of our Council for years. His help at the State Picnic was invaluable and his enthusiasm is contagious.

August 2016

Ronald Bock

Ron helped with the cleaning of our Council Chambers which included washing and cleaning the walls, rearranging the Council's awards and plaques, cleaning the lights fixtures, and helping get the Council Chambers ready for some audio-visual upgrades. Ron responded to our last minute request for help and his actions exemplify what makes our Council so special.

August 2016

Patrick Mac Cormac

Pat was an important part of our effort to upgrade our Council Chambers. He installed the wiring for our flat screen in the Council Chambers by climbing behind walls and running the cables throughout the building. He also helped upgrade the WiFi service and this will be instrumental in our Council being able to stream videos from Supreme Council and to use our new audio-visual equipment during events and to enhance our ceremonies.

July 2016

William Northey

Bill was chosen as the Knight of the month for his assistance at the Green Day event in Claymont. Bill is always there for the Council and his help at Green Day was just another example of his dedication and commitment to our Council.

June 2016

John Pankowski

Brandywine Club clean up (Tree Doctor) and just about any other event, John always shows up to lend a hand.

April 2016

Chris Lehan

Horsing Around is an incredibly fun event that he continues to keep fresh and exciting.

FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

October 2020

Robinson

Dave Robinson joined Christopher Council April 3, 2011, attaining 4th degree November 14, 2015. Dave has served multiple terms as a council officer. He has served as an Outside Guard, Treasurer, Recorder, and is the current Recorder. Dave and his wife, Stephanie, are steady volunteers at council fund raisers such as the Lenten Fish Fry’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest parties. With the shift of council activities to pandemic related, Dave and Stephanie are frequent volunteers at Operation Brown Bag and the 5-C Outreach food distribution on Fridays.

September 2020

Dougherty

Tom Dougherty and wife Donna. Tom joined the Knights of Columbus - Christopher Council October 1st, 1994. Tom and Donna have been active lifelong members of Holy Rosary Church volunteering in many Church activities throughout the years. Donna has been a longtime employee of the Diocese of Wilmington and parish secretary at Holy Rosary Church since 2011. Tom is a maintenance technician working part time at St. Helena Church. During the COVID-19 pandemic Tom and Donna have stepped up their volunteer efforts assisting with the Claymont Coalition of Churches COVID-19 food distributions no matter the weather. Thank you Doughertys!

August 2020

MacCormac

Pat, Eileen, Ryan, & Billy MacCormac. All four MacCormacs have been active participating in Operation Brown Bag and the HRSA COVID-19 food distribution. Working food distribution, Billy frequently led the setting the setup/breakdown of tents and equipment, with Pat and Ryan working the event, and Eileen delivering food to the home bound in the community. At Operation Brown Bags the MacCormacs participated in making the bag lunches and Billy and Ryan delivering the lunches to the three Ministry of Caring dining room. MacCormacs are very active parishioners at Holy Rosary Church as Eucharistic Ministers and maintaining the electronic systems within the parish buildings. Pat joined Christopher Council June 1, 2005 achieving full Knighthood in December 2019. Ryan joined the Council, 11/18/2014 achieving full Knighthood November of 2019. Ryan joined in 12/17/2019 achieving full Knighthood.

July 2020

Panfile

Thanks to Mike and Judy Panfile for chairing the Ronald McDonald House dinner. Mike with Judy at his side cooked and served the annual Saturday evening meal that the council provides to the Ronald McDonald House. With the pandemic the number of guests were down and fewer volunteer organizations are participating. When talking to the RMH coordinator Mike Was informed that no organization volunteered for Sunday’s dinner. Mike without hesitation volunteered to provided Sunday’s dinner as well. With the COVID restrictions the meals had to be prepared off site and packaged in take-out containers. The executive chefs prepared 30 meals for the Saturday & Sunday evening meals. The menu consisted of roast pork, Italian chicken, vegetarian entree of eggplant parmigiana, parsley potatoes, and Italian string beans, salad and roll. This awesome menu was done at a minimum cost to the Council. Any Christopher Council Knight who has been around a while know that the Panfile family have a long history working council functions. Not only Judy by his side but their three daughters, Mike’s late mother and brother as well. Mike joined the Knights of Columbus Christopher Council May 1st 1986, achieving 4th degree November 1st, 1986. Mike has held about every position in the council and at the state council level. Mike is a past Grand Knight, Past State Deputy and currently serving the council as Financial Secretary and Advocate on the State Level.

June 2020

Melendez

amily of the Month for June is SK Ruben Melendez & family. Ruben's Brother-in-law and Nephew Knights Luis Rivera and Frankie Cubilette, and sister Aidelis Rivera. For volunteering in all HR/Spring church Drive Through food distributions.

May 2020

Stepnowski

Dave and Maryanne Stepnowski, and Marlene Hobbs. Dave joined the Knights of Columbus, Christopher Council October 20,2009, achieving 4th degree on November 12th, 2018. Dave, Maryanne, and close friend Darlene have participated in Operation Brown Bag since inception. Dave, Maryanne, and Darlene are an integral part in the operation making sandwiches in a quick systematic manner and Dave delivering the lunches the next day.

April 2020

Williams

Christopher Council’s Family of the Month for April is Jim and Linda Williams. Jim a St. Helena’s parishioner that joined the Council in March of 2017. Jim, working shift work, was still able to find time to participate in some council activities. Recently Jim and his wife, Linda, donated their time, talent, and resources at the last two Operation Brown Bag assembly events.

March 2020

Robinson

January 2020

Ashby

Mike Ashby and Family are the January's Family of the Month. Mike, sister in law Mary, and his Aunt Queenie participated in the Council's newsletter envelop stuffing party. With their assistance and others, the task was completed in record time.

July 2017

Rob Ferguson Family

Rob Ferguson joined our Council this year. Rob and his family which included his wife, Barbara Brodoway, their son Bobby, and his 92 year old father-in law helped prepare and serve dinner at Ronald McDonald House. Their help was instrumental in the Council's ability to serve a wonderful home cooked meal to the residents and guests at Ronald McDonald House.

June 2017

DiChristopher and Schaeffer Families

The turnout of the DiChristophers and Schaeffers at the Holy Rosary Carnival was nothing short of amazing. Most are easy to recognize as they are partially covered in funnel cake batter and grease. Operating the funnel cake booth is a non-stop pleasure for them regardless of the length of the lines, the heat from the fryers, and mess they maintained their spirits and helped make the Carnival a success.

April 2017

Dave and Stephanie Robinson

Dave and Stephanie helped out a at numerous Lenten Fish Fry Dinners, worked in the kitchen to help prepare the St. Pat's dinner, helped with set up and decorating for the St. Pat's party, and if that was not enough Dave and Stephanie helped out at the Second Sunday Breakfast at St. Helena. Then when needed Dave also helped with sales for the Lenten Soup sales.

January 2017

Matt Puka and Family

Matt has volunteered his children to act as members of the Holy Family for the "Keep Christ in Christmas" float for several years. That coupled with Matt's assistance preparing the food for the St. Patrick's Party and Oktoberfest, Maria's help with selling "Pot-O-Gold" tickets and his family's willingness to help our Council whenever asked, leads us to recognize the Pukas as the Family of the Month.

September 2016

Brian Dennis and Family

Brian's leadership, planning, and coordination of the State Picnic, once again, made this event a great success, despite the adverse weather conditions. In true Christopher Council fashion, Brian sacrificed a weekend of his family vacation to make sure the picnic went forward without a hitch. While his dedication to, and sacrifices for, Christopher Council are known, we need to recognize Brian would not be able to do this without the support of his family, so once again we thank Brian and his family for all that they do for our Council.

August 2016

Carlo and Nancy Ciabattoni

Carlo and his wife Nancy were instrumental in the preparation and serving of the dinner our Council put on at the Ronald McDonald House. The dinner is provided to families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at the A.I. DuPont Hospital. This event is an important opportunity for our Council to perform community service and help families who have a child experiencing a serious and sometimes life threatening conditions. Carlo and Nancy's help was invaluable in preparing this "home cooked" meal.

July 2016

Stephen Schaefer & Family

Throughout the 2015 - 2016 Columbian year our Council Officers work many hours and do innumerable tasks while performing the duties of their respective offices, attending meetings, and aiding our Council in carrying on its charitable and fraternal functions. The time they spend helping our Council keeps them away from their families. While we personally recognize the sacrifices our outgoing Officers make throughout the year we do not formally recognize them and their families during their term of office. However, it is appropriate that we do so now at the end of their respective terms. We therefore name all of the outgoing officers and their families collectively as the family of the month.

July 2016

Dominic DiChristopher, III & Family

Throughout the 2015 - 2016 Columbian year our Council Officers work many hours and do innumerable tasks while performing the duties of their respective offices, attending meetings, and aiding our Council in carrying on its charitable and fraternal functions. The time they spend helping our Council keeps them away from their families. While we personally recognize the sacrifices our outgoing Officers make throughout the year we do not formally recognize them and their families during their term of office. However, it is appropriate that we do so now at the end of their respective terms. We therefore name all of the outgoing officers and their families collectively as the family of the month.

July 2016

Bryan Jones & Family

Throughout the 2015 - 2016 Columbian year our Council Officers work many hours and do innumerable tasks while performing the duties of their respective offices, attending meetings, and aiding our Council in carrying on its charitable and fraternal functions. The time they spend helping our Council keeps them away from their families. While we personally recognize the sacrifices our outgoing Officers make throughout the year we do not formally recognize them and their families during their term of office. However, it is appropriate that we do so now at the end of their respective terms. We therefore name all of the outgoing officers and their families collectively as the family of the month.

July 2016

Richard Johnson & Family

Throughout the 2015 - 2016 Columbian year our Council Officers work many hours and do innumerable tasks while performing the duties of their respective offices, attending meetings, and aiding our Council in carrying on its charitable and fraternal functions. The time they spend helping our Council keeps them away from their families. While we personally recognize the sacrifices our outgoing Officers make throughout the year we do not formally recognize them and their families during their term of office. However, it is appropriate that we do so now at the end of their respective terms. We therefore name all of the outgoing officers and their families collectively as the family of the month.

July 2016

Dominic DiChristopher, Jr. & Family

Throughout the 2015 - 2016 Columbian year our Council Officers work many hours and do innumerable tasks while performing the duties of their respective offices, attending meetings, and aiding our Council in carrying on its charitable and fraternal functions. The time they spend helping our Council keeps them away from their families. While we personally recognize the sacrifices our outgoing Officers make throughout the year we do not formally recognize them and their families during their term of office. However, it is appropriate that we do so now at the end of their respective terms. We therefore name all of the outgoing officers and their families collectively as the Family of the Month.

May 2016

Brian Dennis & Family

Holy Rosary Carnival planning, ordering, setup and Memorial Day kick off as well as Brandywine Club clean up.

April 2016

Neal Potts & Family

Server Training Class and IBEW Feast ... had to leave early but was replaced on the steamer for the duration by his brother Mike