COUNCIL RECOGNITION

 

KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

August 2017

Kellan McGavock

Kellan is hyper enthusiastic. He only joined a few short months ago and is active in nearly everything we do already. When we mentioned that we needed a recorder, he offered to serve immediately. He responded that he felt honored that we would entrust him with these duties and updated the template we provided him. He received his second degree (formation) on Saturday and is gung ho! Welcome Kellan, thanks and great job straight out of the gates. Congratulations on being Knight of the month!

June 2017

Stephen Regan

Stephen has served as a highly successful Knights of Columbus Insurance Representative for quite a while now. He recently moved to Nashville and taken on a new territory and now serves as our local agent. Stephen was immediately active in reaching out to our membership and engaging in all our activities. It was not long after his move here that he approached me and shared how much he liked us and said he wanted to join 544. This is high praise and a true compliment coming from someone who has done and continues to do so much for our order at such a wide variety of councils. Stephen has jumped in with both feet and shows up nearly every time we have an activity. He has already helped protect several of our families and has led a few new guys to our membership rolls. His great enthusiasm and many talents are a fantastic addition to the council. Most of all, having such a fun brother knight around all the time adds substantially to everything we do.

February 2017

Reuben Banalagay

This one is one of our newest knights. He is a Scientist/Math genius type performing research and providing teaching assistance at Vanderbilt. He has a BS and MS from there. I’m sure this is wrong in several ways. So sorry! I’ll get it straight soon. Our Knight of the Month is Reuben Banalagay. What is most interesting to me is that he might be even more passionate about making, eating and talking about food than I am. He is on a torrid pace of new knighthood. He only joined the knights in December and has come to nearly everything we have done since. Pancake breakfast, received his 2nd degree exemplification. Bartender for the entire superbowl party and noticeably had a big smile throughout everything. I love it! Meg even liked you immediately. Which is saying something since she is a touch introverted and it usually takes her a few encounters to warm up to people.

November 2016

Andrew Lay

I have personally known Andrew for decades. His sharp wits and fun spirit are the reason I joined the Knights. He is one of the most relatable and fun people I can think of. He is extremely loyal to his friends and brother knights. Andrew is very well organized and has served as social and major event chairman numerous times for 544.

September 2016

Ken Duncan

Brother Ken Duncan – Rock Solid example of faith and service. Loyal husband, father and brother knight. Go to guy when you’re trying to get a foursome going for a golf tournament. Smart, great planner, organizer and leader. Always shows up with a great attitude and a fun loving spirit. Proud to call him a friend and brother. Blessed to have him and his sharp wits as a part of 544!

July 2016

Chris Crane

Chris's attention to detail is amazing! Not to brag but, I believe we are the only council ever to have a Harvard MBA as our Financial Secretary. When he is not coaching his son's baseball team or divesting unwanted Bank of America global assets, he is a Knights of Columbus paper processing genius. Navigating the Knights systems and processes are tedious at best. I am amazed by how smoothly Chris continually makes it happen. Chris has balanced our books to the penny, updated our membership rolls to reflect our actual membership, and keeps our council correspondences with the state and supreme 100% current and accurate. These are no small tasks and brother Crane is to be commended for such a difficult job being so well done!!

May 2016

Ken Thomas

Brother Ken continues to do a remarkable job as our Retention Director, keeping in regular contact with our brothers Knights, brining the council’s greetings to those unable to attend events, and keeping the council appraised of the news from the ranks. In addition, he always runs a successful MR Campaign, and most importantly is always an encouraging voice in the council.

February 2016

Paul Ney

Brother Paul has done a fantastic job chairing our snow shoveling efforts at Cathedral. In the best tradition of the Knights in service to the parish, he recognized a need and not only helped coordinate response, but got out there in the cold and singlehandedly cleared and deiced the Cathedral walkways on the days when no one else on the team could make it in.

January 2016

Terry Hill

Brother Terry always works hard on the See’s Candy fundraiser, but this year he went above and beyond. He took a shipping error and several programming conflicts, and deftly turned them into our most successful year ever for See’s.

December 2015

Terry Hill

Brother Terry has been spearheading our See’s Candy Sale for many years and in that time it has not only become one of our principle fundraisers, but has become one of our council’s signature events. His leadership and expertise in this and many other programs makes him an invaluable member of our council.

November 2015

Mario Martinez

Brother Mario did a fantastic job as chairman of our first annual Soupathon. From conception to planning to execution, he took charge and introduced an exciting new event into the life of the council and the parish

October 2015

Bob Katcavage

Brother Bob transferred to our council last year, and since then he has become a fixture at our council meetings and a reliable hand whenever volunteers are needed. We are truly blessed to have him as a member of our council family.

September 2015

Ian Pasek

Brother Ian is still in his first year as a Knight, but he is already making his mark. Ian made a significant contribution to the success of our Shrimp Boil and has been representing the Knights well with his tireless work on the San Gennaro MusicFest, all the while preparing for the arrival of a new baby.

August 2015

Stuart Littleton

Brother Stuart has taken it upon himself to enhance the spiritual component of our Council Meetings by reintroducing our pre-meeting Rosary, and by securing a series of wonderful speakers. His care for his brother Knights is apparent, as is his desire that our council serve a formative role for all aspects of our Catholic lives. We would be a much poorer council without his presence and contribution.

July 2015

Ernest Plus

As our council’s Field Agent, Brother Ernest has been a great friend of the council, and an invaluable partner in encouraging membership and promoting our council’s programs. We are sad to lose him as our Agent, but wish him success in his new endeavor.

June 2015

John Mitchell

In addition to his role as Trustee, Brother John has played a significant part in both the success of our fraternal goals for this year, and in the incredible work that the Room in the Inn program did through our severe winter months.

May 2015

Ken Thomas

For many, Brother Ken is literally the voice of our council. As our Retention Director he spends tireless hours on the phone each month reaching out to absent brothers, ensuring their well being and keeping them up to date on council activities. On top of that he recently orchestrated a very successful MR Tootsie Roll Drive.

April 2015

Jeff Duffield

Brother Jeff is a relatively new Knight, but it the time he has been with our council he has made a distinct impression as a man of integrity and compassion with a strong devotion to the order and to his brother Knights.

March 2015

Joe Bednar

Brother Joe continues to faithfully represent the best values of the Knights through his leadership in the Cathedral’s Room in the Inn program. Along with many other Knights, he went the extra mile and beyond in recent months as an unrelenting winter led to many extra nights of the Cathedral opening its doors to our homeless community.

February 2015

Stuart Littleton

Brother Stuart is responsible for many of our councils most visible programs, including our annual S*per Bowl Party and our Choose Life Sign ministry, and in everything he does he stands as an example of our orders dedication to life and religious freedom.

January 2015

Mark O'Neill

Brother Mark is a longtime member and Past Grand Knight of our council. His expertise and counsel are always greatly appreciated, as is his hard work on any program he is involved in. Most recently, we are thankful for his invaluable assistance with the Christmas Party, and his leading the effort for our December Room in the Inn date.

December 2014

Andy Gamble

Brother Andy is a long time member of 544 and is always ready and willing to help out wherever and whenever help is needed. The assistance he provided Terry in our recent See’s Candy sale was essential to the growth of our sales.

November 2014

Mark Cassman

As our Vocations Chairman, brother Mark is a strong voice in our council for the support of our clergy and seminarians. He is also an enthusiastic promoter of our order and was personally responsible for bringing in two new members and several other prospects at our recent Membership Blitz.

October 2014

Roman Pohlid

Brother Roman’s years of experience with the order give him an insight and a capability as a Knight that makes him an invaluable asset to our council. Whatever the task, we know he will be one of the first to sign up when the call for volunteers goes out, and that he will make sure the job is done right.

September 2014

Tony Grubbs

Brother Tony has been working tirelessly on the Yes on 1 campaign, speaking and fundraising throughout the Nashville area. Through all of his work, Tony represents the Order’s dedication to life, and is building an excellent network of contacts that will surely benefit Culture of Life efforts even beyond the November elections.

August 2014

Andrew Lay

Andrew embodies the spirit of Fraternalism in our council. Years ago he helped establish one of our long running events, the St Patrick’s Day Party. This year, as Council Director, he is working hard to grow that Fraternalism in our council, starting with the very successful Knights Night at the Sounds in June.

July 2014

Mike Hosey

Brother Mike Hosey was with our council less than a year before his passing on June 14th, but in that short time he made a lasting impression on all who knew him. His passion for the Order and for serving his fellow man, most especially through the Room in the Inn program, made him a shining example of Christian Charity, the first and foundational principle of our order.

April 2013

Bisell McWilliams

March 2013

Bisell McWilliams

February 2013

Daniel Gibbons

January 2013

Daniel Gibbons

June 2011

Ken Thomas

Favorite Saint? St. Patrick Hobbies? sports, reading Hometown? ..born in Lancaster Pa, but have lived in Nashville 21 years so it is home to me!. Favorite Book? sports, devotional and weather books Favorite sport’s team? Notre Dame, Bears Cubs... Profession? ...I have a teaching degree in earth science and have taught in Junior College also have a master's degree in organizational mgt. Fav Quote? a number of quotes example: whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!. Fav Gospel passage? - accounts of the resurrection We might be surprised to know that you? that I have an intense interest in the weather and am a storm spotter Why you are a proud Knight? ...I believe in the Knights as an organization that allows you to be part of something bigger than yourself in helping others and a great opportunity to associate with some very fine Catholic gentlemen...I am especially proud to be o member of a council with the history and tradition of 544!

May 2011

Mike Latterell

Since joining our Order Mike Laterall has become one of the most reliable Knights in 544. Mike’s consistent participation is big a big factor in our council’s success. He never turns down an opportunity to uses his talents for the betterment of our ministry. Mike’s attitude is an example for us all!

April 2011

Dennis McAfee Sr

Dennis McAfee Sr. is April’s Knight of the Month. Please keep Dennis in your prayers as he recovers from a stroke. As he always does, Dennis is very upbeat and in good spirits. Dennis has very faithfully served 544 and the Cathedral parish with an unassuming manner for many years. He always has a warm, upbeat personality and never has a cross word to say to anyone. He can also be always be counted on for thoughtful, wise advice on any issue. Knowing that your friends are concerned and praying for you is very comforting when you are trying to overcome health issues.

March 2011

John Mitchell

John has definitely earned this award for March with his relentless work on our St. Patrick’s Day Party. But for he and Ken Duncan, this event would not be happening. Thanks to them it is going to be better than ever. John has become strong asset for our order in the short amount of time that he has been a member. It is Knights like John that make our order strong!

FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

August 2017

Chris Beal Family

Chris should have been a marine. First to arrive and last to leave. He and his family are at the Cathedral every time the doors are open. If Chris is there, so is Patricia, Michael, Taylor and Mary. This month he organized and conducted the most successful pancake breakfast to date. It’s not just this. I organizes every pancake breakfast on a quarterly basis! Wow. Ken and he are working on a nice new "right sized" golf tournament. They are organizing monthly golf outings. The only fault I can find with Chris is his insane love for the University of KY. We are so blessed to have Chris as a leader in our council!

June 2017

Ed Stack Family

Ed and Sally are some of the most solid and dependable folks you will ever meet. Big smiles, sharp wits and capable leadership emanate from these two. If there is something important happening at the Cathedral, they are nearly always playing a role. I love the fact that Ed has served as CEO of the largest psychiatric hospital organization but isn’t too proud to come and serve BBQ sandwiches at the parish fundraiser. No job too great. No job too small. The thing that Ed does absolutely the best, is exactly what Sally tells him to do! Sally leads, participates in and promotes many of the parish nurse activities. From blood drives, to parish health screenings, to CPR training Sally and her posse actively seek ways to serve. One of the big ones she plays a key role in every year is the Knights of Columbus State of TN Charity program of the year; the Parthenon towers party. My very brief summary here only scratches the surface of what the Stacks have done for our parish, diocese, and the entire Catholic Church. We are so blessed to have the Stack family as part of our family!

February 2017

Jim Pareigis Family

The Pareigis family are fixtures at everything they do and everywhere they go. Whether it’s school, church, parenting, scouting, soccer, working or learning; everyone that gets to spend time with them is truly blessed. It’s weird how Jim can be so grumpy yet, at the same time have such a delightful personality that truly lights up a room. The man just flat out motivates me. His wife Lauren lights up the room in a more traditional and sweet way. They are both easily some of the nicest and most genuine folks you will ever meet. Very easy to talk to! I will never forget how welcome they made me feel at my first Knights Christmas party I came to in December of 2008. Their kindness and devotion to hard work and great results are directly reflected in their awesome kids. Emma, Robert and Marie are all bright students with great minds, fun personalities and generous smiles. We are truly blessed by the Pareigi!

November 2016

Roman Pohlid Family

Roman was already a great guy on his own to begin with. He has served as membership director and head chef at numerous of events. I count Roman among our most faithful members. I wouldn’t have thought it possible but, since he's met, dated and married Kathleen, I believe he is an even better man! This brings to mind the quote from “As Good As It Gets.” “You make we want to be a better man.” In return, Roman is a model of what a loving and devoted husband should be. Thank God for those two and that they have each other.

September 2016

Mark O'Neill Family

Mark and Bobbie are Mr. and Mrs. Cathedral. They have and continue to serve in too many capacities to name! Their creativity and hard work have made a huge difference in our parish for many years. Their lovely and talented daughter Caroline is the culmination of awesome parenting. They are the ultimate team and among the most faithful servants I know. We are veryblessed to know the O’Neills!

July 2016

Terry Doherty Family

What a blessing to have the Doherty family as part of our order. Terry's enthusiasm is a great motivator to everyone around him. He is always so upbeat and smiling. No wonder! His beautiful wife Nicole and precious children are delightful and truly a joy to be around. Terry recently paid our council one of the nicest compliments I have heard. He shared that becoming a knight was one of the best things he has ever done. Beyond that, inside of one year, Terry has jumped in with both feet and agreed to serve as our membership director for the new fraternal year. The Dohertys are Cathedral fixtures who attend nearly every family event. Their kids are Cathedral weekday preschool students, also with a St. Bernard Bear in the mix as well. Go Bears! What a great model of a knights family!

May 2016

Roman Pohlid Family

Brother Roman’s years of experience with the order give him an insight and a capability as a Knight that makes him an invaluable asset to our council. Whatever the task, we know he will be one of the first to sign up when the call for volunteers goes out, and that he will make sure the job is done right.

February 2016

Chris Beal Family

The Beal family is one of the most active families in our council and the parish. In addition to leading our pancake breakfasts, they are active in service at Cathedral Masses, in Neri Nights and many other Cathedral and council activities. In a year focused on the Family Fraternal, it is a true blessing to have such a wonderful family leading the way.

January 2016

Ian Pasek Family

In Brother Ian’s short time as a 544 Knight, he and his family have made a significant impact on all of us, and have been highly active in everything we do. We wish them well as they begin the next chapter of their lives in Boston, but we will sure miss Ian’s drive, enthusiasm, and precious family dearly.

December 2015

Roy Silveira Family

Last December we honored Roy and Susan for the first time as our family of the month. With the arrival of their little one this fall it seems only appropriate once again to honor Roy, Susan, and Joseph for the wonderful witness that they give to the beauty and holiness of Catholic family life.

November 2015

Jim Pareigis Family

The Pareigis family is always ready and willing to step up whenever a need arises, and the entire family was exceptionally helpful in coordinating and running the children’s activities at our Shrimp Boil and Soupathon.

October 2015

Daniel Schachle Family

In a year dedicated to the family, it is only right that we recognize the Schachles. Their love for each other, their openness to life, and the respect they instill in other families serves as a role model for all of us who strive to build faithful, Catholic families.

September 2015

Terry Doherty Family

Brother Terry is a first year Knight, and he and his family have already become invaluable members of our council family. They were very helpful in getting families to the Shrimp Boil, and Terry put in a great amount of time in the kitchen.

August 2015

Mark O'Neill Family

Mark and Bobbie are awesome.

July 2015

Tom Costa Family

Brother Tom is one of our newly minted brother Knights. He is already a regular at our meetings, and we were thrilled to have him and his family attend our last Corporate Communion. It is wonderful to have Tom in our council, and we are eager to see what great things the Costa family has to bring to our council family.

June 2015

Michael Latterell Family

Brother Mike has been a valuable member of our council as a leading force in our Pro-Life and Room in the Inn ministry, as well as serving terms as GK, DGK and Trustee. As he and Leanne move on to the next chapter in their lives, we are ever thankful for all that they gave to us during their time in Nashville.

May 2015

John Jones Family

Former FS John Jones is an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for our council. Most recently, his experience and the personal time commitment of both him and his wife were essential to the success of our MR Tootsie Roll Drive.

April 2015

Chris Beal Family

Brother Chris is an amazing man who puts his heart and soul into his service with the council and the youth of the parish. His service as our Youth Director is invaluable, as is his friendship, and it would not be 544 without him and the support of his family.

March 2015

Bill Applegarth Family

Brother Bill is a long time Knight, and though he has only been a member of 544 for a handful of years, he has made a strong impression on all who have met him. He and Alice gave so much of their lives to the church that they should stand as an example to us all.

February 2015

Coplin Curtis Family

Brother Coplin‘s unassuming manner and ready willingness to volunteer make him a perfect model of the humility of service to which we are called as Knights. He and Sandra are a wonderful couple and we are so blessed to have them in our council family.

January 2015

Damon Romano Family

In just his first three months as a Knight, Brother Damon has completed his Second Degree, attended several meetings and—along with his wife Julia— chaired our Council Christmas Party. The Romanos are a wonderful family and we are so blessed to welcome them into our 544 family.

December 2014

Roy Silveira Family

Brother Roy is a stalwart knight and a tireless advocate for the defense of life. His newest role is that of husband, and we are thrilled to welcome his bride Susan into the 544 family and to honor them for the first time as our Family of the Month.

November 2014

Bryan Joyce Family

Brother Bryan was crucial to the success of our Membership Blitz, and we are very pleased to have him back as an active member in our council. He and his wife are wonderful and fun people, and it is a pleasure to have them as part of our 544 family.

October 2014

Frank Steiner Family

Brother Frank not only served as an amazing grill master at the San Gennaro MusicFest, but brought along his wife and girls to help as well. Their service together was the perfect picture of the family-fraternal aspect of our order.

September 2014

Dave Johnson Family

Brother Dave’s family is honored not only to recognize Dave for his hard work for our council—both as Membership Director and go-to chef— but to recognize his family for letting us have so much of his time, and for putting up with random Knights showing up at all hours of the day and night when a BBQ project is in the works.

August 2014

Terry & Alice Hill

Terry and Alice Hill are always ready to help out wherever and whenever they are needed. No matter the type of event—be it fraternal, business, service or fundraising—if the Knights are involved, the Hills will be there to lend a hand and make sure it is successful.

July 2014

The Walsh Family

The Walsh family represents 50 plus years and multiple generations of service to the Knight and to Council 544. Their continuing dedication to the Order and the Church should be a model for all new brothers.

April 2013

Mark O'Neill Family

March 2013

Dan & Jocelyn Gibbons

February 2013

Bisell & Amanda McWilliams

January 2013

Mark O'Neill Family

June 2011

Alice & Terry Hill

Not unlike several other 544 families, the Cathedral would not be the same without the Terry Hill family. The Hills have been heavily involved in just about every aspect of Cathedral life during their time as parishioners at the Cathedral. Their eager volunteerism serves as an example to us all Thank you Terry and Alice!

May 2011

Andrezj Ballinski Family

This month’s family of the month award goes to Andrezj Ballinski Family. Andrezj not only makes significant contributions to our major fundraisers, but can always be counted on to assist at our service projects throughout the month. His wife and children attend our council’s events as they are able and are obviously supportive of Andrezj’s Columbianism.

April 2011

Bisell & Amanda McWilliams

The April Family of the Month is the Bisell and Amanda McWilliams Family. Bisell and Amanda did an excellent job with the photography of our St. Patrick’s Day Party. They have also been extremely helpful at our other recent events. We are definitely blessed to have them as a part of the 544 family!

March 2011

Benjamin & Kristen Rinaldo

The Ben and Kristin Rinaldo Family can always be counted on to serve our council in any capacity needed. They have unique talents that they are willing to offer for the betterment of our ministry at a moments notice. Please thank them for their hard work and excellent attitudes!