The Knight of the Month for February 2020 is another fine example of leading by example not by a loud voice. This Brother is a consistent and steading force at Council events and meetings. When this Brother arrives on Thursdays or Mondays for bingo we are sure to make more money than normal and the bingo players just love him. As an officer of the Council his support for all of our efforts is never ending. Please join me in congratulating Sir Knight Steve Chipman on being selected as the Knight of the Month for February 2020, for Council 5480 in Newport News, VA.
January 2020 Knight of the Month is a new brother to our ranks. Brother Dave Hill is our honoree and he is easily seen working bingos on Monday evening, attending Council meetings or serving as one of our fantastic bartenders in our Lounge on Friday nights and other event nights. Brother Dave is a most pleasant floor worker and an attentive brother Knight during our business meetings. Please join me in congratulating Brother Dave Hill in being selected as our January 2020 Knight of the Month!
Sir Knight George Koch is a very dedicated husband, father, and Brother Knight. He is not a front-of-the-house sort of guy to use restaurateur’s lingo but is a very hard working behind the scenes sort. He works picnics, the lounge, the kitchen, as a Worthy Guard, and recently as a Bingo Instant floor worker and QA computer guy. It is always pleasant to see George and you know things are going to be okay if he is around. Please join me in congratulating Sir Knight George Koch as our Knight of the Month for December 2019 .
Community Director, Eucharistic Minister, Bingo Volunteer
Dedicated Bingo volunteer.
A wonderful humorist, Brother Wilfried is usually somewhere near the Columbian Center four to five times a week. An Officer for both Council 5480 and Assembly 2430, Wilfried also donates many hours a week working in the Bingo Instants operations. His keen sense of duty ensures that all the instant games needed for the next bingo session are counted and ready for use. Please join me in congratulating Sir Knight Wilfried Wotke for being selected as Knight of the Month for September 2019!
SK Clem Danish is very active with the Council, he heads up a wonderful Rosary Pray Card program, visits the sick in hospitals and physical rehab clinics, a true superstar as an OLMC Vacation Bible School volunteer. He also is very active as a bingo volunteer helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for charity.
For outstanding service as a bingo volunteer, DJ, and unbelievable adherence to all things Philadelphia sports teams. Our Knight of the Month is the Number 1 Eagle's fan, Reco Cotton
The March Knight of the Month is Garth Hallenbeck. When the council needed a newsletter editor, Garth immediately answered the call and continues to publish the newsletter on time despite some of our submissions pushing the due date. Garth is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace and is an active member of our Council. Congratulations Garth on being the March Knight of the Month for Council 5480.
For being a very active minister at OLMC, Life (Culture of Life) Director for the Council, strong supporter of OLMC Nocturnal Adorations, and Most Excellent Bingo Floor Worker
The council 5480 Knight of the month for January is Wilfried Wotke. Wilfried is the Council Warden, helps at bingo, assists at council functions such as blood drives and council events setting up and cleaning after the event. Wilfried adds fun to our council functions with his dress as he won a prize for best theme costume at our luau picnic in the summer Wilfried is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations Wilfried on being the Knight of the month.
The Council 5480 Knight of the Month for December is Frank Dougherty . Frank is an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and is the Coordinator for the PAA Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels program. This past Thanksgiving Day, Council 5480 delivered over 150 meals to those who would otherwise not have a hot meal. Frank receives the number of meals to be delivered just days before Thanksgiving, takes the members of Council 5480 that have volunteered, divides the meals in consolidated areas and maps the routes out to make the delivery as quick and easy as possible. Congratulations to Frank for being Council 5480’s December Knight of the month.
Council 5480’s Knight of the Month for November is Umit Davulco. Umit can be seen working bingo, usually twice a week. He also assists at many council events such as picnics, degrees, youth events, Mother’s Day breakfast, setting up or putting event supplies away or working in the kitchen. Umit is a very hard worker at Council events and we are fortunate to have him as a member. Congratulations Umit on being Council 5480’s Knight of the Month
SK Deacon Dan Johnson
Congratulations to Sir Knight Deacon Dan Johnson, Council 5480’s Knight of the Month for October!Deacon Dan Johnson is a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and his duties include caring for the Sick & Distressed, Respite, In-home and Nursing home visitation, and family Bereavement. He is the Director of Pastoral Care at OLMC and Peninsula Catholic High School. Until recently Deacon Dan has served as the Council 5480’s for Spiritual Advisor. Congratulations Deacon Dan Johnson for being council 5480 Knight of the Month.
Congratulations to Brother Jeff James council 5480’s Knight of the Month for September. Jeff works our bingo on Monday’s and Thursday’s virtually every week running the instant games and selling tickets on the floor, and orders games from the vendors’. Jeff is also a member on the Club Board and is an avid supporter of our council events. Assisting on the many other events is one of his fashions. Jeff has been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for many years.
I am pleased to announce that the Knight of the Month for August is Kevin Konouck. Kevin’s devotion to the Catholic Church and local Catholic schools is self-evident by his undying commitment to his craft as a Bingo Caller. He is smooth, calm, and expeditious as a caller and rarely misses a beat during rather hectic bingo operations. His involvement as a member of the Board of Directors for the 5480 Club has been crucial as the Club and Council/Assembly go through the new Home Council/Club agreement requested by Supreme. When you see Kevin, thank him for stepping up in a big way for all of us.
The July Knight of the Month is Ron Rosenbaum. Ron is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at OLMC and a bingo QA worker. He can be seen serving food at our events such as the Mother’s Day breakfast. Ron is also an avid supporter of Our Lady of Mount School. Congratulations on being selected as the July Knight of the Month for council 5480!
Our June 2018 Knight of the Month is perennial presence at our Council. He has been a member for 41 years this June. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church. There aren’t many activities where you won’t see him: he is active with the 5480 Club in maintaining the building, he puts out garbage bags for Bingo twice a week, he cooks for just about every event we have. The list of folks who have been positively impacted by this Knight is seemingly endless. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our June Knight of the Month, Bernie Gerlach.
George (Fred) Hake
Our May 2018 Knight of the Month is another “behind the scenes” member of our Council. He has been a member of the Order for 29 years. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where he volunteers as a Collection Counter. He started helping with Bingo when his children attended OLMC School. When we needed help, he started to stand in as an Assistant Bingo Manager on Thursday nights, and has since grown to be a regular Assistant on Monday nights. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our May Knight of the Month, George “Fred” Hake.
Our April 2018 Knight of the Month is a model of hard work and determination. He has been a member for 11 years and has made the most out of each of those years. He is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. You’ll see him helping with Bingo, maintaining the hall, working the lounge, or otherwise being useful. He is a constant presence at Council Events. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our April Knight of the Month, Alberto Rios.
Our March 2018 Knight of the Month is a relatively new member of the Council and the Order. He has been a member for eight months. He is a shining example of getting in and getting active. He is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. You’ll see him helping with Bingo either in the back office as the Assistant Bingo Manager or on the floor just about every Monday. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our March Knight of the Month, Joe Gillian.
The February Knight of the Month certainly works behind the scenes. He was the Council’s Newsletter Editor for last several years. He assumed this position in a time of great need and made it his own. The newsletter is disseminated in a timely and professional manner. He is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is also a member of the local PTA and actively involved with the sports program where his children attend school. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our February Knight of the Month David Farrell.
Many times we have very active members who do not attend meetings, but contribute greatly to the Church, Council, and Community. The January 2018 Knight of the Month is cut from this cloth. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church and volunteers as an usher for the noon Mass. He is a regular volunteer at Monday night BINGO where he works the “Lucky 7” machine. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren. When I approached him to lean details for this article, he deferred to the Brother Knight who recruited him and to the Brother Knights who help him at BINGO, humbly acknowledging that we all have to help if we are to achieve greatness. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our January Knight of the Month, Issam “Sam” Abi-Saab.
Joseph "Joe" Simko
Our December Knight of the Month hails from Christopher Newport University where he is a Senior studying finance with a minor in computer science. He joined the Knights of Columbus and Council 5480 in 2016. He is from Fairfax County where he grew up attending St. Louis Parish and Bishop Ireton high school. He is active in the Catholic Campus Ministry; on Thursday nights he co-leads a small group where they study the Bible and various readings from the Imitation of Christ. He co-founded the Table Tennis Club in the spring of 2015 and is currently the president. CNU Table Tennis is one of the schools only Division 1 sports and they compete with top schools around the region such as UVA, UNC, and JMU. In October this Knight successfully recruited four other students to join our Council and the Order. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our December Knight of the Month, Joseph "Joe" Simko.
When we first met the November 2017 Knight of the Month he wasn’t a Knight, but rather an interested individual. At our Family Picnic recruitment drive he stepped up as a high-energy hard working volunteer. He is recently retired from the US Army and is now spending more time giving back to the community through the Knights of Columbus, Denbigh Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, and Peninsula Food Bank. He is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He hasn’t been a Knight very long, but he’s already a fixture at Bingo and other events. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our November Knight of the Month, Andrew Castillo.
The October 2017 Knight of the Month is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He works tirelessly at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as a buildings and grounds maintenance man. When he’s not working at OLMC for a living he’s working at OLMC as a Eucharistic Minsiter and SPRED volunteer. He hasn’t been a Knight very long, but he’s already a fixture at Bingo and picnics. He is certainly a role model for us all. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our September Knight of the Month, Bill Johnson.
The September 2017 Knight of the Month is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He stands by ready to provide guidance and ask thought provoking questions . He’s a regular, friendly face at the 5 p.m. mass at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our September Knight of the Month, SK Dom Bevacqua.
The August 2017 Knight of the Month is a group of Knights, that without them, our Council could not continue in its current form. Choosing one Knight would leave out many that I am truly thankful for their time on Monday and Thursday. They tirelessly tend to many activities on these two nights. You can find them at the Bingo Hall early in the afternoon setting up and staying until after the last ball has been called making our fundraiser successful in many ways. I cannot be prouder of their efforts. Please find some time to join them to help ease their load. Congratulations to the Monday and Thursday Bingo workers on the Knight of the Month award for August.
The July 2017 Knight of the Month is a long time member, but a new volunteer to Bingo. When he heard the call, he responded in a big way. On top of volunteering with Boy Scouts, Parish Council, and Swim Teams, John Nelson has also volunteered to be a Bingo Caller on Mondays. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our July Knight of the Month, John Nelson.
This month’s Knight of the Month volunteers all over the council. You are likely to see him at Bingo working the floor, at various events providing sound services, or even working as the DJ. He does not just volunteer at the council, but he also volunteers at the Spanish Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Additionally, he serves the state council as the New Council Development Chairman. Please join me in congratulating our June Knight of the Month, SK Thai Nguyen.
One of the hardest decisions most every month is who to select as the Knight of the Month. The brothers of this council do so much and are always willing to help, so it often makes it hard to identify that one brother of the month. Not so this month, as this brother always excels to support our efforts, often working bingo and helping with the QA effort. He lobbies passionately to obtain additional volunteers for our Bingo, for SPRED, not only at OLMC, but all over. He also brought an idea forward to create Rosary cards to send to people as we say the rosary for them before meetings. I have taken his idea and worked with him, and I expect to have a printed product by the end of May for distribution in the council hall. Please join me in congratulating our May Knight of the Month - Sir Knight Clement Danish.
The Knight of the Month for April is no longer a member of our council, however this Sir Knight is always willing to serve, Immaculate Conception Church, our Council, his Council and the Assembly. He regularly attends our council meetings, serves faithfully at Bingo, and often tends bar for events. I have had many long conversations with him and he always provides a willing sounding board and good advice and observations. We are truly blessed to call this man a brother Knight. Please join me in congratulating our April Knight of the Month, SK Rick Schirm.
This Brother Knight has not been with the council very long, but in that time he has jumped in to Help numerous council Events and programs. He is an active Bingo volunteer, serves as a Cub Scout Leader at OLMC, and volunteers often for Adopt-a-Spot. He is always willing to lend a hand with a smile. Please find Steve Chipman at an event and thank him for his commitment to the council and congratulate him as our March Knight of the Month.
Once again, SK Carroll organized bus transportation, parking, and dinner for 41 people that atended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I am sure you see all the great things that Carroll does for the Council and Assembly. He is always willing to contribute wherever there is a need, in as big or as small a capacity as needed. He serves the Council as Advocate and the Assembly as Color Corps Commander. Carroll also serves St. Jerome Parish in many ways, and I am sure he does so with the same tireless energy he brings to council events. Please join me in congratulating our February Knight of the Month Sir Knight Carroll Kelley.
As many of you know, Alberto took over the Janitorial contract last year. Due to his efforts, you can see a marked improvement in the state of the hall. He ensures that the building is prepared for the various events we hold, and often does many extra tasks to help the 5480 Club maintain the building. Even though some tasks are outside his responsibilities, he never asks for anything in return. Alberto also serves as assistant Lounge manager, helping Lew provide great Friday night events. You almost always see him volunteering at Bingo as well. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our January Knight of the Month, SK Alberto Rios.
I am happy to name SK Frank Dougherty our December Knight of the Month. Frank continually supports the charity efforts of the council. Frank regularly volunteers his time for Bingo, coordinates the PAA meal packing efforts and the Thanksgiving meal distribution. These are valuable and important activities helping those in need in our community. Frank is also an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Please join me in congratulating Frank as our December Knight of the Month
Angelo works tirelessly for the council and the community. Serving regularly at Bingo, at Adopt-a-Spot, as Youth Director putting on great events for the youth of our community, and many other council events. He is always ready to lend a hand, is quick to pass the credit for a job well done to all the other volunteers who help him. His selfless support of the events that help make our council great should be congratulated and celebrated. Please join me in congratulating our November Knight of the Month, Angelo Cavone.
You do not have to look very long to see this Brother Knight volunteering his time and talents for our council. He has taken up the role of QA lead and still serves as Warden as well as many other events. Whenever he can he comes to the aid of his brothers. Please take a moment this month to congratulate Dean Jernigan, our October Knight of the Month.
Sir Knight David Litzinger, PGK. The Knight of the month for September works behind the scenes and out in front to ensure the council runs smoothly. As trustee, he ensures that we are financially sound, but also gives me advice and the benefit of his experience. He is always one of the first to respond to email requests for information or advice. Even though his wife Mary is ill, he still finds time to serve at the parish and the council; in addition to his trustee role, he also serves as the church director for OLMC. He is also very involved in the church ministry to those with special needs. This ministry is close to my own heart as my sister Elizabeth has benefited greatly from t. Take a minute to thank our September Knight of the Month David Litzinger for all he does for our council, his parish and our community.
Our August Knight of the Month is someone who you don’t see at every meeting. However he is probably at the hall more hours than most. Jim has been the Bingo Manager for many years. He works bingo nights and also weekends to ensure we meet all bingo reporting requirements. Recently with bingo proceeds down, several members met to discuss how to revitalize our bingo games and boost attendance. Quickly the new games were developed and new flyers printed. All done in about a month. The new games have been well received and profits are up. In addition to all his work for bingo, Jim is a catechist for RCIA and a Eucharistic Minister at the 10AM Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Jim was also previously on the parish council of OLMC. Please thank Brother Jim Hooker, our August Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month for July has been a mentor to me since my first few days in the order. He has offered me the benefit of his experience whenever I had a question. I have served on the degree team with him for a couple years now, and have benefited by his example. He is always volunteering for Bingo, and anywhere he is asked. I have never been refused when asking for assistance or advice. I would like to thank the July Knight of the Month Sir Knight Chuck Olson.
Our Knight of the Month for June is very active with Bingo and is truly a mainstay to keep Bingo flying. He is a caller and also a member of the committee trying to find ways to improve our Bingo games to help this Council. His ideas are worthy of looking further into and his ideas are inspiring to help Bingo. His calling duties extend to many nights during the week and he keeps a nice flow to the game. Please help me congratulate Steve Sprinkle as Knight of the Month for June.
This month I would like to take the opportunity to thank a Brother for all his hard work and dedication working with the young men at CNU. This Brother has diligently worked with the college students helping them become Brothers of the Council. He has worked Sundays and many evenings helping these young men grow their faith and maturity. He has roundtable discussions, enjoyed fellowship at meals and been a true liaison between our Council and the the university. Please help me congratulate Brother Karl Hedlund as our Knight of the Month for May.
April’s Knight of the Month has been a stalwart volunteer in support of the Council’s bingo operations for many, many years. He is not only in charge of the counter operations, but he also sells instant cards on the floor when the need arises. He does this religiously, despite lower back and knee pains. Even though he does not like change, he enthusiastically championed the instant game changes that needed to be made for more money to be brought in for Charity. Through his efforts, the bingo operations will be able to provide more financial assistance to other charitable organizations. This Brother has shown a keen interest in the workings of our Council in his attendance at Council meetings and 5480 Club meetings. Please help me congratulate Brother Jeff James as our Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month for March is an avid bingo worker that very few people get to see. But the work that he does is still very important to the overall success of bingo. He shows up on a regular basis and counts the instant tickets in the back room. He always has a good word to say to whoever is in his presence. The amazing aspect about him, is how he squats to smoke outside of the lounge. He has a wealth of military knowledge to share along his knowledge of how a working farm actually operates. I think our Council is truly blessed to have Brother Jerry Vorwold as a member and he is our March Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month is being presented to a group of men, that without them, our show could not continue. I tried to choose one, but that would have many out that I am truly thankful for their time on Monday and Thursday. They tirelessly tend to many activities on these two nights. You can find them at the Bingo Hall early in the afternoon setting up and staying until after the last has been called making our fundraiser successful in many ways. I cannot be more proud of their efforts. Please find some time to join them to help ease their load. Congratulations to the Monday and Thursday Bingo workers on the Knight of the Month award for February.
Joseph "Joe" O'Brien
The Knight of the Month for January either volunteers or attends each function that we hold for our members. He will readily volunteer his time and also add timely suggestions to make sure the event is run without flaws. He also became a member of the 5480 Club board this past year. He asks questions that most of us wish we could ask to get further clarification on the subject at hand. He has a welcoming aura about him that is magnetic. Please help me congratulate Joe O’Brien as our Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month spends many hours each month at the Council home, close to 70, helping with Bingo. He has his own special spot where Bingo make sure that they see him and receive a warm welcome or even words of encouragement. He finds time in his busy schedule to make sure that our Bingo operation runs smooth and is profitable. The Bingo players have nothing but good things to say about Richard. He is easy to talk to and knowledgeable about most everything. Please help me to congratulate Richard Marsh as our Knight of the Month for December.
I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as November’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position and made it his own. The newsletter is disseminated in a timely and professional manner. David does the newsletter with all the information sent to his in-box with PATIENCE and also a little sense of humor. He volunteers as a bingo caller on Monday nights. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. And actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Please help me congratulate Brother David Farrell as our Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month for October is a hard working dedicated brother. You can find him doing Quality Control on Bingo nights, tending bar in the lounge, volunteering at most events and anything that he is asked to do, and he will definitely do for any member asking for his help. He can put a smile on anyone's face because of his kind words and gentle demeanor. He truly exemplifies our Order in many, many ways. He may have transferred to 16226, but he will always one of ours at 5480. Please help me in congratulating Brother Rick Schirm as our Knight Of the Month.
Our Knight of the month for September is Brother Umit Davulco. This Brother seems to volunteer for everything. He is a volunteer bartender, works at Bingo, cooks at the outdoor and indoor events and does all this with a smile. Umit has become a welcome sight to our council. He has the qualities of our degrees firmly engrossed in his character. When he is working an event, he puts his all into making the event better for all who attend. He always has a kind smile to accompany what he says. Please help me congratulate Umit Davulco as our September Knight of the Month
I am proud to name Brother Frank Dougherty as July’s Knight of the Month. Frank has been quite involved with several council events, most notably the Peninsula Agency for the Aging (PAA) packing of dry goods and the Council-sponsored blood drives. Frank has always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event. Frank has also worked diligently to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives all afternoon, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank for a job well done!
Brother Stanley Baker Our Knight of the month hit the ground running from the moment he took his first degree. Whenever, or wherever, he is needed, he steps right up to help. He can be seen at bingo on Monday nights helping in more than one capacity. He regularly attends meetings and always has a smile on his face. He can also be seen helping in the kitchen during dinners that the Knights hold for special events. He also assists the directors with the great events that they put on. Please help me congratulate Brother Stanley Baker as our Knight of the month.
Brother Richard Marsh I am proud to name Brother Richard Marsh as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Richard is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and he assists in whatever capacity he can, based on his overall health. Despite a recent back surgery, Brother Richard, once cleared by his doctor, returned to volunteering in the bingo operations. He is there in whatever position is required. He is totally engrossed with assisting the council the best he can. He also volunteers with the Knights of Columbus Meals-on-Wheels program. He sometimes leads the Council rosary preceding the meeting. If you tell him you need assistance in a project, he will gladly volunteer, with certain restrictions. Nevertheless, he tries very hard to be involved with Council activities and events. Congratulations Brother Richard for a job well done!
Brother Umit Davulco I am proud to name Brother Umit Davulco as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Umit is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Despite his military disability, Brother Umit volunteers many hours to the council on a variety of activities. Some of these activities are Adopt-A-Spot, bartender duties, bingo, setting up and tearing down after an event, Peninsula Agency for the Aging packing, and Mother’s Day Breakfast. Brother Umit also attends school to overcome his disability and it is paying off. He is also very inquisitive about the Knights of Columbus, trying to learn as much as he can so he can serve the council better. He always attempts to do his best when involved with a council event/activity. He can be counted on to volunteer when the need arises. Congratulations Brother Umit for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Jeff James as the May’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jeff has been a stalwart volunteer in support of the Council’s bingo operations for many, many years. He is not only in charge of the counter operations, but he also sells instant cards on the floor when the need arises. He does this religiously, despite lower back and knee pains. Even though he does not like change, he enthusiastically embraced the quality control changes that needed to be made for more accountability of the cash flow. Through his efforts, the bingo operations will be able to provide more financial assistance to other charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jeff for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Chuck Collins as the April’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News VA. Brother Chuck is an avid supporter of bingo operations and holds the record for selling the most instant Bangers tickets. A very energetic individual, who does not hesitate to take on projects. He recently volunteered to redo the flooring of the 2-bedroom home of an elderly person, as part of the Habitat for Humanity project. He is also a regular volunteer for the Adopt-A-Spot Program. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as March’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position last year and made it his own. He recently redesigned the flow of information so people can easily know what’s going on in the council and what events are occurring during the month. The newsletter is now a one-stop shop for information about the council. He is also a volunteer for a variety of Council events. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. He is also actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Congratulations Brother David for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Jim Hooker as February’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jim is an active member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newport News and serves on the RCIA Team and as a Eucharistic Minister. He is the Council’s Bingo Manager, which is the Council’s largest fund-raising activity. Brother Jim has been doing this volunteer work for many, many years. He recently implemented a change to bingo operations to provide more oversight and accountability. This resulted in a dramatic improvement in bingo proceeds. This means we can provide more financial contributions to charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jim for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Robbie DeBartolo as January’s Knight of the Month. Brother Robbie is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He has been an avid supporter of youth events, helping out in whatever capacity, whether it is with setting up the Halloween hallway or keeping the youths occupied at the laser tag events. He has also been an active scout leader, taking the time to give boy scouts some well-deserved fun time during an overnight shindig in the Knights of Columbus hall. He is also a supporter of bingo operations, working the floors or counting instant tickets for accuracy. Congratulations Brother Robbie for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Rick Schirm as December’s Knight of the Month. Brother Rick is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA. He serves as an Usher and assists in the parish’s Sunday Suppers, which feeds the homeless, the needy and hungry. He is also involved with the church’s roundtable discussions in trying to establish a Knights of Columbus council in the parish. He has also been an avid supporter of bingo operations, heading the uality control section. He was instrumental in developing audit control procedures that have dramatically improved bingo proceeds. He also volunteers and assists at council activities and other community events. Congratulations Brother Rick for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Chuck Olson as November’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active member of the St. Jerome Church in Newport News and volunteers many hours in support of parish activities. He was instrumental in the success of the State Organizational Meeting held in October. Brother Chuck is also an energetic volunteer for the council’s bingo operations, selling progressive bingo games. He is always there to lend a helping hand, such as blood drives, Peninsula Agency for the Aging dry goods packing, and degree exemplifications. He is also a member of the council’s first degree team. You can always rely on him when volunteers are needed. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done.
I am proud to name Brother Stanley Baker as October’s Knight of the Month. Brother Stan is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton and volunteers many hours in support of parish activities. He was instrumental in the success of the parish’s recent food drive. Brother Stan is also an energetic volunteer for many council events, such as registering people and cleaning up after an event. You can always rely on him when volunteers are needed. Brother Stan has also been an enthusiastic and avid supporter of bingo operations for the council. You can see him selling instant games on Mondays and Thursdays, or in the back assisting in the quality control process or verifying the number of instant cards to be sold and bundling them for ease in accounting and selling. Congratulations Brother Stan for a job well done.
I am proud to name Brother Steve Cretacci as September’s Knight of the Month. Brother Steve has been an avid supporter of the council’s family picnics. He always projects an enthusiastic and can-do attitude. Whether it is setting-up or tearing down for a family event, he is always there to ensure everything is completed in a timely fashion. He is also very involved with the local Boy Scout troop that regularly participates in council-sponsored events, such as flag-raising ceremonies and Scorpion ceremonies. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Parish. Congratulations Brother Steve for a job well done!
Brother Reco Cotton I am proud to name Brother Reco Cotton as August’s Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has been a stalwart supporter of the Father Bader Color Corps Assembly. He has participated in at least 4 Color Corps events in the last 2 months, the latest being the road guard for the Blessed Sacrament Procession at St. Jerome. Reco has also been the Council’s star Disc Jockey for a couple of our events and for the St. Jerome’s Appreciation Dinner. He has recently stepped forward to be the Inside Guard for this Fraternal Year, as well as a member of the Retention Committee. Congratulations Brother Reco for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Angelo Cavone as July’s Knight of the Month. Brother Cavone is a fairly new member, acquiring his first degree on February 22, 2014. Since then, Brother Cavone has been an avid volunteer in many of the council events, such as Mother’s Day breakfast, and more recently Father’s Day picnic, rendering assistance wherever help is needed. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church. Congratulations, Brother Cavone, for a job well done!
Congratulation to Brother Gabe Franco. Gabe joined the Order in October, 2003. Over the past few years Gabe accepted the challenge of becoming an officer in the Council. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Grand Knight in our Council and is a member of the Color Corp in our assembly. He has done an admirable job as General Program Director (the primary duty of the DGK) in overseeing, coordinating, planning and reporting of various events throughout this past fraternal year. He is “Recruitment Director” assisting the Membership Director in coordinating Brothers in furthering their achievement of degree status. With his tenacity of engaging fellow brothers, he encouraged new “out of the box” activities. His timely reporting was instrumental in the council receiving the Virginia State Deputy Award. His work with the Chancellor (Membership Director) was recognized at the State Convention where Council 5480 was recognized as a “Top Recruiter” in the Diocese of Richmond. He and his Christina attend St. Jerome parish where both are active in various ministries of the Church.
SK Lewis S. Stokes Jr
Congratulations to Brother Lewis S. Stokes Jr. as our May Knight of the Month. Brother Lew became a Brother late in life, but has been an inspiration as a worker, inspirational leader and a good listener. Lew is always available when called upon, serving as Past Grand Knight, Past President of the 5480 Club, a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee, Community Service Director, Lounge Manager and a dedicated Bingo worker. Lew is a member of St. Jerome.
SK Reco Cotton
Knight of the Month - APRIL Congratulations to Brother Reco Cotton as our April Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has served as our resident disc jockey at many of the Youth and Family Activities. A jovial young at heart man, Reco is there when called upon. A brother and Sir Knight since 2009, he is an advocate of the principles of the Knights and encourages other to join the order. Reco is a member of St. Jerome.
SK John Wojtas
Knight of the Month - MARCH Congratulations to Brother John Wojtas as our March Knight of the Month. Brother John has served as our stage manager at many of the Youth and Family Activities. Whenever it’s time to dress the house whether setting up tables, tents or arranging games or serving up food you are assured of the his help. John is an advocate of youth and family activities whether it be the Knights of Columbus, Cub Scouts or OLMC School. He is there!. John is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel..
SK Phil Carlo
Knight of the Month - FEBRUARY Congratulations to Brother Phil Carlo as our Knight of the Month. Brother Phil has served as the “Music Man” for the Youth Activities and Council Degree ceremonies. You can also find Phil behind the grill flipping burgers or turning those dogs at our many council picnics. Phil served as an usher and youth ministry at St. Jerome. Phil will be moving back to New England where he has an extended family. Good luck, Phil. We will miss you.
SK Kevin Konouck
With great gratitude to a Brother who has served as the Scout liaison for over fifteen years. Congratulations to Brother Kevin Konouck. Kevin is an avid Scout and football fan. He has been a Knight since 1981 and is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Knight of the Month - DECEMBER It goes without saying that BINGO would not be the same without Brother Jeff James. Jeff has been a Knight since 1986 and for the last 15 years he has been a stalwart volunteer at both the Monday and Thursday night BINGO. He along with his son have been the glue that holds the games together when novices assist. He provides a wealth knowledge keeping the sale of Instant’s moving and helping others boost sales. Jeff is a charitable person and dedicated to our BINGO program.
Golden Jubilee Committee
Knights of the Month - NOVEMBER What a wonderful celebration and kick-off of our Golden Jubilee year. It goes without saying that the co-chairs and their 50th Anniversary Committee have made us proud to be part of the legacy of Walter Pollard Council 5480. The celebration continues throughout the year and we will host the State Bowling tournament in April. Congratulation to our 50th Anniversary Committee -- Past Grand Knights, Bernie Gerlach and John Edwards, Co-chairmen and their team of Marshall Clarke, Ronald Gorman, Joseph Drozdowski, Harold Hairston, Jim Healy and Lewis Stokes.
Knight of the Month - OCTOBER Rick Schirm is our Knight of the Month. He is member of Immaculate Conception. Rick is an avid BINGO volunteer. He is also the “word” of the Council as our Recorder, and the Assembly as our Scribe. Rick also serves as our Council Director.and is at most council activities. Recently he served superbly and House Manager for the Past Grand Knight / Past Faithful Navigator dinner.
Knight of the Month - SEPTEMBER Tony Rivera is our Knight of the Month. He is member of St. Jerome, he is very active with PORT and the homeless ministry. He has touched a lot of lives by working with the special needs kids at St Jerome. Tony was recently elected Inside Guard and is our local chair of “Football Frenzy” a Knights of Columbus Virginia Charities raffle. He is a loving husband and a doting father.
SK Jim Hooker
Knight of the Month - August CHARITY! That sums up our Knight of the Month, Jim Hooker of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Jim is our tireless Council Charities Chairperson and oversees the BINGO operations. Jim always has a smile whether mentoring at the parish RCIA or picking up trash at Adopt-A-Spot. Now retired, Jim is also active with the Maritime Library housed at Christopher Newport University Trible Library. Jim is a true council, church and community servant. We thank you, Jim!
SK Harold Hairston
Knight of the Month - July Our hearty congratulations to Harold Hairston of St. Jerome. He is our Past Grand Knight and is truly dedicated to the council spending many hours preparing for the Good of the Order. Harold initiated the Carrabba’s fundraiser dinner to subsidize transportation for the “Right to Life” march in Washington. He and his wife Linda have agreed to serve as our “Culture of Life” couple. Harold is a fixture at the Noon Mass as a member of the choir.
This Brother joined the Order in October of 1973. Within the past few years he seems to have become more invigorated, accepting the challenge of becoming an officer in both the Council and the Assembly. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Grand Knight in our Council and Scribe in our Assembly. He has done an admiral job as General Program Director (the primary duty of the DGK) in overseeing, coordinating, planning and reporting of various events throughout this past fraternal year. He also took on an added responsibility as “Recruitment Director” in assisting the Membership Director in coordinating Brothers in furthering their achievement of degree status. He is a member of the Hispanic and Diocesan choirs. He and his wife attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where both are active in various ministries of the Church. He is devoted to monthly “Nocturnal Adoration” and has a sincere passion for causes relating to Special Needs. In his spare time he is a member of the Virginia Choral Society and assists with the Norfolk Tides Baseball Team. Please join me in congratulating David Litzinger as our Knight of the Month for June 2013.
Joseph "Joe" Teta
This Brother has been a member of the Order since October of 1988. He always has the “What Can I Do” attitude. (And he says it in a VOICE that causes you to take heed.). You can count on seeing him the kitchen at the majority of Council events (Pancake Breakfasts, Third Degree Ceremonies, Mothers’ Day Breakfasts, State Conventions, etc.) preparing his culinary delights to the satisfaction of all. He has been and continues to be a fixture at BINGO. He has proven to defeat a few bouts with illness and always returns to the “Hall”. He is an avid card player. He regularly attends Council meetings and is always there to lend his support. He is a member of St Jerome Church. Please join me in congratulating Joseph (“Joe”) Teta as our Knight of the Month for May 2013.
This brother is currently in his second term as trustee of our Council. As a member of the Order for 14 years he has held basically every officer position in both the Council and the Assembly and has the distinction of being Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator of the Council and Assembly respectively, in addition to serving on various committees. His computer knowledge and skills are utilized as the Council “Webmaster”. He also finds time to serve as a caller at Monday and Thursday Night Bingo. He attends St Jerome Catholic Church where he has served in various ministries to include a member of the Parish Council and continues to serve as lecturer. He is employed at Newport News Shipyard. The success of our recent 10-K race held in Yorktown is primarily due to his organization, planning and diligence of a once postponed event (due to inclement weather) that resulted in a sunny and fun-filled day for all. Please join me in congratulating John Edwards as our Knight of the Month for April 2013.
Charles "Chuck" Olson
This Brother has been a member of the Order since May of 1998. He has held every officer position in the Council as well as the Assembly rising to Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator respectfully. He is a past member and officer of the 5480 Club. He is Captain of the First Degree Team. He is routinely appointed to various committees where his opinions are greatly valued. He and his wife attend St Jerome Catholic Church where both have served on various ministries, particularly as usher and greeter . He is an avid, weekly bowler and a member of the Council Bowling Team. He regularly works weekly Bingo. He recently coordinated the Council and District Basketball Free Throw Competitions held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Peninsula Catholic High School. Please join me in congratulating Charles (“Chuck”) Olson as our Knight of the Month for March 2013.
This Brother has been a member of the Order since October of 2010. His name falls as the 744th member (alphabetically) of the Council (as of this date,☺). He and his family attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He serves as the editor of the Council Knightly News and as a Guard of the Council. He is also a 4th Degree Sir Knight. He regularly works for KOVAR events. He is to be commended for his participation in the first Spanish/English 1st Degree Ceremony held last month and is deemed an honorary member (translator) of the 1st Degree Team. Please join me in congratulating Diego Zuniga as our Knight of the Month for February 2013.
Joseph "Joe D" Drozdowski
This Brother is a 33 year member of our Order. He is aFormer District Deputy, Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator. He currently serves as Council Advocate and 5480 Club Treasurer and Rental Agent. He has likely served on every Council and Assembly committee formed to include Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, nominating committee, member of the budget committee, OLMC Bus Company Board of Directors, coordinates monthly movie night, works Bingo and is easily an “all-around” advisor. His knowledge and expertise is a valuable asset to the Council and the Assembly. “He can always be counted on”. He attends Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where he is active in various ministries. Join me in congratulating Joseph (“Joe D”) M Drozdowski as our Knight of the Month for January 2013.
Carroll and Fernanda Kelley
This month’s Family of the Month is Carroll and Fernanda Kelley. They are constant figures of action within the walls of the Columbian Center, helping to set up and tear down multiple social events every year, advising the current Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators and their spouses, and being a wonderful example of a Catholic Family full of love and life. At their Parish, St.Jerome’s Catholic Church, they are everywhere, all the time. Doing the right things, for the right reasons and eschewing any form of publicity for their many deeds. Please join me in congratulating Carroll and Fernanda Kelley on being selected as the Family of the Month for February 2020 at Council 5480, Newport News, VA
The Edward's Family
The January 2020 Family of the Month is the Edward’s Family. John and Connie are both heavily involved in their Parish (St. Jerome’s) and are of course involved in the Council and 5480 Club, Inc. John’s involvement with our Charity Fundraising efforts are superb, a confident and efficient Bingo Caller, he also sees the bigger picture. Connie participates by keeping close eye on their ever growing Edward’s Clan which is a big thing as we really need John calling to make money like we do. The children are led by the oldest sibling Josh and he does his part as a alter server at St. Jerome’s and protects his younger sister and brother. To truly lay out all the great gifts that the Edward’s give us and the community would take many more paragraphs but they are very much the epitome of a modern Catholic Family. Please help me in congratulating the whole Edward’s Clan on being selected as the Family of the Month for Council 5480 for the month of January 2020.
The Weischedel Family
The December 2019 Family of the Month is the Weischedel family. Jason and Sarah work hard at OLMC School, OLMC Church, and as our Family Program Directors. Sarah spends hours and hours at OLMC School volunteering planning women’s retreats. Jason devotes his few off hours to Sarah, the kids, the Scouts, and the Knights of Columbus. Jason works bingo shifts when he can both for the school and for the Council. Please join me in congratulating the Weischedel family for being selected as Family of the Month for December 2019.
Dean and Craig Jernigan
Bingo QA Couple
Jim and Yolanda Doak
Inspiring Parish, Council, and Bingo Volunteer family.
Ron & Gail Rosenbaum
The Council 5480 September 2019 Family of the Month is Ron and Gail Rosenbaum. They are both very active members at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and volunteer as auditors for the Bingo Instants Quality Control operations multiple times a month. Ron and Gail represent positive examples of living lives in a healthy and balanced manner. And more noteworthy, they are a great example of healthy, active Catholic family. Join me in congratulating Ron and Gail Rosenbaum for being selected as Council 5480’s Family of the Month, September 2019.
Harold and Linda Hairston
Both SK Harold Hairston, PGK, PFN, FDD and his wife, Linda, are very active in their Parish, St. Jerome's where they both serve as Lectors. Harold in "officially" in the choir as a Cantor and a regular singer. Linda is not in the choir but does join them, occasionally, for particularly inspirational singing. Both are very active at local Council events and also State Council events/
David & Gemma Kerstetter
Tee and Yolanda Fuller
For superior involvement within St. Jerome's and actively volunteering as a bingo worker
PSD Ron and Pat Gorman
Bob and Nancy Blymyer
Carroll and Fernanda Kelly
The Family of the month for January is Carroll and Fernanda Kelly. Carroll and Fernanda are on the Fellowship committee at St. Jerome Church and have been asked several times to lead the team that cooks when Fr. Patrick hosts visiting priests for special events such as Reconciliation Mass during Lent. Carroll is also head usher at the Noon Mass and adds some excitement with his costumes at church events. Carroll has been the point of contact for the March for Life bus and the state bowling tournament for the last several years and is helpful with advice on council events. Congratulations Carroll and Fernanda on being selected as Council 5480's Family of the Month.
Mike and Eddy Cramer
For being very, very active ministers at St. Jerome's, doing double duty bingo volunteering, PAA food packers, and Thanksgiving Day Meals on Wheels deliverers.
Dean and Craig Jernigan
The Family of the Month for January is Dean and Craig Jernigan. Dean works bingo quality assurance lead, both he and Craig work as a team for bingo quality assurance as pilot and co-pilot. Both support council events in various capacities. Dean can also be seen cooking at several activities such as Mother’s Day breakfast and picnics. Dean and Craig are members of St. Jerome Church. Congratulations Dean and Craig on being selected Council 5480 Family of the Month.
Ioane and Imeleta Pulusi
The Family of the Month for December is Ioane and Imeleta Pulusi, they are active members of St. Jerome Church. Ioane is a member of the Parish Council and both Ioane and Imeleta are active with the church youth. Ioane is always ready to assist in Council and Parish events. Ioane and Imeleta are very family oriented and can always be seen at events with their children, such as the recent Thanksgiving PAA Meals on Wheels. Congratulations to Ioane and Imeleta for being Council 5480’s Family of the Month .
Carol & George Koch
Council 5480’s Family of the month for November is George and Carol Koch. George and Carol are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. They are both members of Council 5480’s Family Committee and work very hard weeks in advance to prepare for our family events. Carol works in the kitchen on bingo nights and insures our bingo workers are well taken care of. George and Carol are active members of Council 5480 and support many of our events. Congratulations George and carol on being council 5480’s Family of the month for November.
Steve and Tracy Chipman
Congratulations to the of October Family of the Month for Council 5480: Steve and Tracy Chipman. They have two children and are active members at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Steve is a Scout Leader and supports Peninsula Catholic High School Booster Club by working Knights of Columbus bingo. Both Steve and Tracy are members of the Council 5480 Family Committee and are invaluable at all of our family events. Steve is retired from the US Coast Guard. Congratulation to Steve and Tracy and thank you for your dedication and hard work.
SK Robbie and Jeanette DeBartolo
Congratulations to Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family on being council 5480’s Family of the month. Robbie is our Family Director, the entire family is involved with the family events, which takes several hours of preparation before the event. Robbie is also on the 5480 Club board, volunteers at Bingo, and is helpful at many Council events. Robbie and Jeanette are both Scout leaders, active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Peninsula Catholic High School Boosters.
SK Joe and Blanca O'Brien
The family of the month for August is Joe O’Brien and his wife Blanca. They have 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Joe is a big asset to the council, helping wherever he is needed with blood drives, bingo, and many other events. Joe is also on the 5480 Club board, and active in the church as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Jerome and teaching classes. Blanca is a member of the choir and a cantor at St. Jerome. When not busy at church or at council events, they enjoy spending quality time with their family.
SK John and Connie Edwards
The July Family of the Month is PGK John Edwards and his wife Connie. They have 3 children, Joshua, Arliss, and Mickey. It is very unusual to find John or Connie without at least one of their children; Joshua was with John at our last Adopt a Spot. John served as Grand Knight this past fraternal year, which had several changes from the club, state, and supreme councils. This was not John’s first time as Grand Knight; it was his third. John was a previous Grand Knight at our own council, and also at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. John is Chair/Secretary of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In addition, John is a Cub Scout Committee Chairperson for Pack 242, a lector and was a member of Pastoral Council until recently when his three year term was completed at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Connie is also very busy along with being a wife and mother of three children, she finds time to be a Cub Scout Den leader for Pack 242. Connie is also a member of the Altar Guild at St. Jerome Church which is the members that clean the Church on Saturdays. Congratulations on being Council 5480 Family of the month for July and thank you to the entire family for your time and effort this past year.
SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum
The June 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Neil Rosenbaum and his wife Lauren. They have two wonderful children: Maggie and Neil Jr. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel where both children are Altar Servers and both parents are Mass Coordinators. Neil volunteers his time at the local swimming pool, as coach for the OLMC soccer team, and as the Family Coordinator at the Council. Lauren is the Art Teacher at OLMC, with all of the collateral duties, and is a Girl Scouts leader. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. I would like to extend my congratulations to Neil and his wife Lauren as our June Family of the Month.
Brother Jason and Sarah Weischedel
The May 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jason Weischedel and his wife Sarah. They have two wonderful children: Aiden and Mary. They attend Our Lady Queen of Peace at Langley AFB where Sarah is the President of their Catholic Women of the Chapel group (CWOC). They both volunteer their time and talents at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, most notably with the prayer gardens cropping up throughout the campus. Additionally, they both participate in Cub Scouts at OLMC as adult leaders and committee members. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jason and his wife Sarah as our May Family of the Month.
Brother Jason and Mara Southworth
The April 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jason Southworth and his wife Mara. They have four wonderful children: Grace, Ralph, Michael, and Dorothy. They attend Good Shepherd Parish in Smithfield where Jason is working on forming a Roundtable and organizing a KOVAR tootsie roll drive. As a Coastguardsman, Jason leads a Special Ceremony detail that gives funeral honors to Coastguardsman and presents Colors for various retirements and civic events. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events including the Children’s Movie Knight that they host. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jason and his wife Mara as our April Family of the Month.
Brother Jim and Yolanda Doak
The March 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jim Doak and his wife Yolanda. They attend Saint Jerome Catholic Church. Jim is an usher at the Sunday Noon Mass. Yolanda helps with the Church Cleaners. Together they volunteer with the Fellowship Committee. Now that our Bingo sessions are smoke-free, they sell instants before games on Mondays and Thursdays. Despite still working after retiring from the Army, they are active members of the Council. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jim and his wife Yolanda as our March Family of the Month.
Brother Charles "Chuck" and Diane Curtis
The February 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Knight Charles “Chuck” Curtis and his wife Diane. You can see them at Monday night Bingo where Chuck is a manager and Diane helps out when needed. They both are members of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where they are active. Diane is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and also a dedicated member of the Church Cleaning Crew. She is a member of the International Women’s Pilot Association. When she isn’t busy with all those activities she is earning her Ham Radio License. Chuck is an usher at Mass. He leads a breakfast crew that helps the Religious Education group run a vibrant program. In his “down” time, he is the Experimental Air Craft Association President and is also a participant in the Hampton Roads Public Service Team Ham Radio Operators. I would like to extend my congratulations to Chuck and his wife Diane as our February Family of the Month.
Brother David and Eileen Mazary
The January 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Knight David Mazary and his wife Eileen. They both are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church where they are extremely active. Eileen volunteers as a Cantor, leads the Verona Guild, and volunteers with both PORT and Breathe. David is active at Knights events, volunteers at OLMC as the Usher Coordinator, and helps with the OLMC Prayer Breakfast and the Men’s Ministry. Together they have volunteered to step up as the Knightly News Editors. They have two sons and two daughters. I would like to extend my congratulations to David and his wife Eileen as our January Family of the Month.
SK Tyrone "Tee" and Yolando Fuller Sr.
The December 2017 Family of the Month is Sir Knight Tyrone “Tee” Fuller Sr. and his wife Yolanda. They are both members of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where they are extremely active. Yolanda is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Liturgy Committee and she also takes communion to the sick. She is also a member of the Kiwanis. Tee is also a Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and member of the Liturgy Committee. He is a regular at Bingo selling Quickies and daubers. He is a member of the Toastmasters. They are both real estate agents who donate a portion of all their transactions to the Church to help Children. They have a son who is an engineer in Nevada. I would like to extend my congratulations to Tee and his wife Yolanda as our December Family of the Month.
Brother Ron and Gail Rosenbaum
The November 2017 Family of the Month is Brother Ron Rosenbaum and his wife Gail. They moved to Newport News in 1972 and promptly registered with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. They both are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at OLMC. Gail is particularly active in the Pregnancy Outreach ministry at Church. Ron is active at Council Meetings and Volunteer Events, particularly blood drives. They also work with a ministry for disabled individuals throughout West Africa called the Jerry Cebuleski Africa Disability Foundation. Now that the Columbian Center is smoke free, you will see both Ron and Gail volunteering at Bingo for both floor sales and quality control. They have three sons, one who is a familiar face at the Council: Neil Rosenbaum. I would like to extend my congratulations to Ron and his wife Gail as our November Family of the Month
SK Joseph and Kathryn Drozdowski
The October 2017 Family of the Month is SK Joseph Drozdowski and his wife Kathryn. There isn’t enough space to give Joe his due credit for what he does for the Council and Club, but that is only one facet of his life. Joe is also active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and assists with investments for the OLMC School. Kathy is active in the Knitting Ministry, teaches folks how to Knit, and participates in the Bible Study at OLMC. When they aren’t giving of their time and talent to the community Joe and Kathy are enjoying life as grandparents to eight lovely children, two of which are in college at UVA and VT. I would like to extend my congratulations to Joe and his wife Kathy as our October Family of the Month.
SK Ron and Pat Gorman
The September 2017 Family of the Month is SK Ron Gorman and his wife Pat. A number of years ago, our Council created a mission statement that listed our interests: Support for Catholic Schools, Churches, and Communities. Ron and Pat are active leaders in all facets of our Councils mission. From leadership positions at OLMC School and Church to selflessly volunteering for VKCCI, the Gormans are behind the scenes making the Knights go. I would like to extend my thanks to our Treasurer Ron and his wife Pat as our September Family of the Month.
SK Angelo and Carol Cavone
The August 2017 Family of the Month is instrumental in our youth activities and are avid parishioners at Saint Jerome Church. Brother Angelo and Carol arrange our youth activities. These youth activities such as Laser Tag, Youth Halloween and Christmas parties are a large part of introducing young families to the council and the order. Furthermore, Angelo has recently been installed as our Council Chancellor, the focal point of our recruiting efforts. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. Please help me congratulate Angelo and Carol Cavone as our Family of the Month.
SK Jon and Josie Sargent
The July 2017 Family of the Month is Immediate Past Grand Knight Jon Sargent, his wife Josie Sargent and their two boys Ethan and Sammy. They have worked tirelessly last year to support the Council, Club and Assembly. Both Jon and Josie are models of what it takes to be a successful Catholic couple. I would like to extend my thanks to our Immediate Past Grand Knight Jon Sargent and his family, our July Family of the Month.
SK Carol and Fernanda Kelley
The June family of the month is very involved in the St. Jerome Parish. They are regular supporters of the council and assembly and take lead in organizing the annual trip to the Washington, DC for the March for Life. If you ever need help with a project, this family is always there to support you. I am pleased to announce the June Family of the Month, SK Carroll and Fernanda Kelley.
SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum
Every member of this family volunteers in multiple capacities at the council, OLMC School and OLMC Church. Neil has served as Family Director for the last couple years and coordinates many of our Family activities. Lauren works at OLMC school teaching art and regularly volunteers there as well. Both of their children are out helping the children as they arrive in the mornings at OLMC regardless of the weather. Neil is running our Annual Mother’s Day Brunch, so come out and congratulate our May Family of the Month - SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum.
Brother Bernie and June Gerlach
On bingo nights or Friday evenings there are often many of our Brother Knights in the hall serving in many different ways to keep our mission of charity moving. If you come to the council home other times, you are likely to find a much smaller number. Bernie and June Gerlach can often be found in the hall early in the morning meeting maintenance people, taking table linens home and washing them for the next rental, helping to decorate or cook for an event. Their dedication to serving this Council and many other organizations is an example for us all. I am happy to name Bernie and June Gerlach our April Family of the Month.
Brother Jason and Sarah Weischedel
Another family who has been part of our council for only a short time, Jason and Sarah have only been part of our council for a short time, but they both seemingly volunteering their time everywhere. Jason is quick to help at council events, the OLMC Parish, and OLMC School. He also serves as a Cub Scout Leader with his son Aiden, and you can often see him carrying his daughter Mary. Sarah has volunteered to build up our ladies’ programs and has already held a successful Ladies Paint Night and is planning a Ladies Tea later this month. We are better as a council after a few short months since the Weischedels joined our council family. When you see Jason or Sarah, join me in congratulating our them as our March Family of the Month.
Brother Tony and Crystal Rivera-Silva
On January 27, 2017 marked the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This event was a powerful example of what can be done with a peaceful protest. Many young and old people marched to show that we must protect the most vulnerable of us all. A great example of this commitment to life could be seen by Brother Knight Tony Rivera-Silva, his wife Crystal, and their three children all marching together. This was certainly a long day for the little ones leaving first thing in the morning and not getting home until well after 9 PM, but they were all smiling every time I saw them that day. Please take a minute to thank Brother Tony and Crystal for their example and congratulate them as our February Family of the Month.
Sir Knight Stephen and Donna Raschke
Steve serves both the Council and Assembly locally, but also serves the State Council of Virginia. Even though he is the Immediate Past State Deputy, he and Donna still find time to attend Council events and often can be found both before and after events helping out where ever they are needed – managing to contribute time even though he is very busy as the Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2430. Steve has been a mentor to me since I took my first degree; he traveled to Gloucester for the ceremony and welcomed me into the Order. I am pleased to name SK Stephen and Donna Raschke our January Family of the Month.
SK Angelo and Carol Cavone
Our Family of the Month for December are instrumental in our youth activities. Brother Angelo and Carol arrange our youth activities. These youth activities such as Laser Tag, Youth Halloween and Christmas parties. These events are a large part of introducing young families to the council and the order. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. Please help me congratulate Angelo and Carol Cavone as our Family of the Month.
Brother Tony and Terri Merendino
Brothers, I am sure you all know how much time PGK Tony puts into our Council. He is always at council meetings and volunteering at bingo. He and Terri support almost every event from Fridays in the lounge to the many fund raising dinners. Either attending or volunteering, they always show their support. This is not however why I thought of them as Family of the Month for November. I had the great opportunity to share a long conversation with both of them this past month at the Hispanic Heritage dinner and I learned that they had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. This fact struck me deeply, to see their example of Christian Marriage, in this time when there are so many challenges to the sanctity of marriage, out of control divorce rates, and same-sex marriages. I felt we should all take a moment to celebrate this example in our midst of the love and faith shown by the Merendino Family. Please join me in congratulating our November family of the month, Tony and Terri Merendino.
SK Wilfred and Herma Wotke
Wilfred has served the council as recorder for two years. He and his wife Erma volunteer for many events throughout the year. They also worked very hard on our first joint Oktoberfest with the Tidewater German American Society, being instrumental in making this event a great success. Please join me in thanking and congratulating our October family of the month SK Wilfred and Herma Wotke.
Sir Knight Robert and Jeanette DeBartolo
The DeBartolo family is definitely a regular fixture at council events, always offering to help out in any way they can. Robbie has helped organize the family picnics with Neil Rosenbaum, he has helped increase attendance at Adopt a Spot with the inclusion of Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 242. He is a regular volunteer at bingo as well as a bingo caller. They do all this while still raising a family of 4, both of them volunteering as Scout Leaders, Robbie and his daughter Abby support the Nocturnal Adoration Society at OLMC. I count myself lucky to have them as friends and I hope you take a moment to congratulate Robbie and Jeanette DeBartolo, our September Family of the Month
Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer
The Kazmer family is always willing to lend a hand from youth and family events, where they are usually there from before the start until the end of cleanup. Jim is always helping around the council as well, using his skills as an electrical engineer to ensure our sound systems work in the main hall, lounge and the meeting room. We are a better council because of families like them that take an active part in our events. I am pleased to name Jim and Karen as our August Family of the Month.
Daniel and Deborah Richard
This last fraternal year, our family of the month has worked tirelessly on many Council events. As Program Director, I experienced first hand their assistance early and late to make sure events were the great success that they were. I would like to extend my thanks to our Immediate Past Grand Knight Dan and his wife Deborah, our July Family of the Month.
Brother Dominick and Marsha Bavacqua
Our Family of the Month is active in our Council and also at St Jerome Church where they are members. Dominick can be found at almost all of the Bingo nights selling tickets and mingling with our clientele. He and Marsha support our lounge and are very welcoming faces when you arrive. They attend all of our events and even hosted a smashing bowling party for our members. They are a wealth of knowledge about our Council and can enlighten you on many subjects. They are good people to know. Please help me congratulate Dominick and Marsha Bavacqua as our Family of the Month for June.
Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella
Our Family of the Month are true characters of our Council. They can be seen on Friday nights at the lounge holding court by pulling tables together. They attend other functions with us and bring true laughter to anyone who has the chance to speak with them. This couple absolutely complement each other’s traits in all they do. In short, they are wonderful people to spend time with each time you meet them. Please help me say thank you to Mickey and Carol Marcella Jr as our Family of the Month for May.
Brother Walter and Debbie Troyan
April’s Family of the Month can always be found willing and able to help in any capacity that is asked of them. You can find them supporting any Council event either by just attending or volunteering their time. Walt can be seen at Council meetings as one of our worthy guards, which he has done for a few years. Debbie is an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. They help support their parish of St Jerome, but I am most proud of their support of Council 5480. Please help me congratulate Walter and Debbie Troyan as our Family of the Month.
Brother Reco Cotton and Susanna Catalano
The Family of the Month is a truly wonderful couple. The events that they attend are heightened with enjoyment when they show up. Reco helps count money during bingo nights, is a guard at our meetings and also DJ’s when he is asked (and sometimes even volunteers). Susanna plays bingo and makes many wonderful decorations for our events. When the two of them are together, and also in the presence of their children, everyone around them has a smile. Neither one of them has a negative to say about anything when they help carry a conversation. It is truly a pleasure of mine to name Reco Cotton and Susanna Catalano as our Family of the Month
Brother Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan
New Year’s Eve was a big celebration all around the world. Our Council had a large turnout for our own celebration because of many hours of preparation, and I am sure high anxiety, on the part of our sponsors. Our Family of the Month dedicated a lot of time and effort to make this event so wonderful and memorable. They have also volunteered to chair the St. Patrick’s Day celebration which will require many hours of planning and directing during the event. Please help me congratulate Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan, Jr. as our Family of the Month.
Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer
Our Family of the Month volunteers at all of our Children and Family events. Whether manning a table or arts and crafts, they will be there with a smile. Jim has done an excellent job with the sound systems all over the council building. If the sound doesn’t work, he is right there to fix it for the next event. His wife does outstanding arts and crafts for the children events. They are a true pleasure to have as members and friends to a lot of us. Please help me congratulate Jim and Karen Kazmer as our Family of the month.
Brother Ted and Estelle Langevin
Our Family of the Month are well known around our Council for their contagious smiles and laughter with everything that they are involved with during the year. These two attend most all functions, both somber and joyful, with enthusiasm. Ted ran the award-winning Adopt-A-Spot program for many years and put our Council out there in the community. Ted and Estelle are very supportive of the Fourth Degree Assembly with their many functions also. They are truly worthy of recognition both in our Council and the whole Newport News community. Please help me congratulate Ted and Estelle as our Family of the Month for December.
Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell
They are usually seen wearing aprons hanging out in the kitchen. Every once in a while, they venture out to the main hall to receive a congratulatory applause on the meal of that event. They cover Friday nights for the Council with many, many events. You can receive a smile from them, and also how to properly run an event that is serving food. I do not know what we will do without them because of the many things they do that go unnoticed. This family is truly very good friends of mine and I hope of yours also. Please help me congratulate Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month.
Brother Angelo and Carol Cavone
Our Family of the Month for October is a quiet couple, but they can be seen helping our Council in oh so many ways. They accepted the Family Director position and have taken it on in a full stride. The Laser Tag was a big success and they have planned many more activities for the families of our Council. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. They are proud of their two daughters and their son, which they should be, because of all their accomplishments. I am proud to have them as members of 5480. Please help me congratulate the Cavone family as our Family of the Month.
Brother John & Connie Edwards
The Family of the Month are very outgoing people. They help wherever needed. John is a Bingo caller on Mondays and will sell tickets and other things on meeting nights. Connie is active with OLMC School in planning fund raisers and also a classroom mother. They both do a wonderful job every year coordinating the Run for the Heart. They put their all into our council and also into their son Joshua. The Edwards family can be seen at most events either as participants or coordinators. Please help me congratulate John, Connie and Joshua Edwards as our Family of the Month
Brother Neil & Lauren Rosenbaum
Our Family of the Month is a quiet couple that will help whenever needed. Neil teaches Karate in Founder’s Hall every Thursday. They both are active in their church and their children’s many activities. You will see them at events with smiles, kind words and a willingness to help where needed. This year, they will be the Family Directors for the Council. May we offer them our support where needed like they offer their support to all of us. Please help me congratulate The Rosenbaum family, Neil, Lauren and children, as our Family of the Month.
Gabe & Christine Franco
Brother Gabe and Christina Franco Our Family of the Month is very active in their church. Gabe is a Lecturer on Saturday nights and Christina is there with him. Christina also helps at the church and did a wonderful job speaking native tongue during Pentecost. They are both very active in our council, and you can catch them at the council on any Tuesday night. Both are active in the Fourth Degree ceremonies and meeting nights. This past month, they scheduled, set up and hosted two major events, the Appreciation Dinner and also the Asian-American Dinner. Gabe can be reached for guidance from any Brother Knight with his general knowledge about most anything associated with our council. Together, they are most charming to be around and can put a smile on any face quickly. Please help me congratulate Brother/Sir Gabe Franco and his bride Christina as our Family of the Month.
Brother Bill and Helen Allen
Brother Bill and Helen Allen I am proud to name Brother Bill and Helen Allen as June’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Allen is the Lector Coordinator for the parish, he assists in the preparation for daily mass, he is a Eucharistic Minister, a lector, a bingo caller, and referees for local high school football and basketball games. Brother Bill also assists the pastor during funeral masses. Helen is also very active in many aspects of the church. She assists her husband in the daily preparation for mass. She is also quite involved with refugees who come to the area and she, among other things, teaches them English as a second language. She also assists during the Early Sunday mass, bringing the gifts to the altar. Congratulations to Brother Bill and Helen for a job well done!
Brother Harold and Linda Hairston
I am proud to name Brother Harold and Linda Hairston as May’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Harold is a Lector and a member of the 12 pm church choir. He is also one of the Cantors. Brother Harold also volunteers for bingo and is in charge of the 4th degree program. Brother Harold is also the Membership Director for District 5, as well as the Faithful Navigator for Father Bader Assembly 2430. Linda is also a Lector at St. Jerome. She is also the Secretary of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) #2260. She was instrumental in the success of the CDA Annual Convention recently held in Newport News. Linda also prays the rosary on a monthly basis with residents of the St. Francis Nursing Home in Newport News. She is also the Education Chairperson for the Circle of Love program of the CDA. Congratulations Brother Harold and Linda for a job well done!
Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer
I am proud to name Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer as April’s Family of the Month. Both Michael and Eddy are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Eddy is involved in a variety of parish activities. She is a lector and a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound. She also assists in different parish activities when the needs arise. Michael is an ardent supporter of bingo operations, ensuring all the instant cards that are sold during bingo nights are accurately counted and accounted for. He is also involved with council degree ceremonies and the Peninsula Agency for the Aging. Both are also active participants in Council events. Congratulations Michael and Eddy for a job well done!
Brother John and Connie Edwards
I am proud to name Brother John and Connie Edwards as March’s Family of the Month. John and Connie are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. John is a lector and a member of the parish’s pastoral council. Connie is very involved with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, usually chairing or co-chairing charitable events for the school. Both also volunteer in many youth and family activities and both, with their son Josh, attend most council events. John is also a Bingo caller for the Council’s bingo operations, President of the Society of Mechanical Engineer, spearheads the annual Run for the Heart, the council’s webmaster, and is the Council’s Sweepstakes coordinator/seller for the State’s Football/Basketball Frenzy . Congratulations John and Connie for a job well done!
Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley
I am proud to name Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley as February’s Family of the Month. Carroll and Fernanda are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Carroll is an usher, a Council Liaison to the parish, and a Fellowship committee member. Fernanda is also a member of the Fellowship committee and the Justice and Peace Committee. Both also coordinates and organizes the Knights of Columbus Soup Supper during Lent. Brother Carroll was also instrumental in the success of the March for Life bus trip to Washington DC. Carroll is also the Color Corps Commander for the Assembly. Both of them are also ardent volunteers for many council activities, whether it’s decorating the hall or setting up for an event. You can always count on both of them. Congratulations Carroll and Fernanda for a job well done!
Brother Tony and Terri Merendino
I am proud to name Tony and Terri Merendino as January’s Family of the Month. Both Tony and Terri are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Tony is a lector and Terri is a Eucharistic Minister. Terri also coordinates trips for council members and their spouses to go on trips to watch plays around Virginia. Tony is also an ardent supporter of bingo on Mondays and Thursdays, ensuring personal checks are scrutinized before approval. Tony also on occasion, serves as a DJ on some council activities. Congratulations Tony and Terri for a job well done!
Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella
I am proud to name Mickey and Carol Marcella as December’s Family of the Month. Both Mickey and Carol are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. They both are members of the fellowship committee that is in charge of many church activities to include, Appreciation Dinner, Harvest Dinner, picnics, and youth events. They are also one of the lead crews for church cleaning that is accomplished every Saturday. Both Mickey and Carol actively attend council events and provide refreshments at some of these functions. Both are also ardent supporters of the local Boys and Girls Club. He serves as one of the members of the Board of Directors. Congratulations Mickey and Carol for a job well done!
Brother Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota
am proud to name Brothers Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota as November’s Family of the month. These brothers have done marvelous things for the council. They are both very involved with youth activities, to include Laser Tag party, Halloween Party, and the upcoming Youth Christmas Party. Both are also very active members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA, acting as ushers and greeters. Both are always there to assist in any way they can, whether it is volunteering for bingo or adopt-a-spot. Congratulations, Vahwere and Muhimwali for a job well done!
Brother Bob and Nancy Blymyer
I am proud to name Brother Bob and Nancy Blymyer as our October’s Family of the Month. Bob and Nancy are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish, where Bob is an Usher and Nancy is a Greeter. Both Bob and Nancy are staunch volunteers of most youth activities. Bob can also be seen at the Adopt-A-Spot monthly clean-up. He is also an avid volunteer for the council’s Blood Drive. Nancy is a member of the fellowship committee, as well as the Catholic Daughters of America, and is very active in all events and activities. Both Bob and Nancy participate in many council activities and volunteers to help with the clean-up after an event. They can always be relied on when the council needs assistance in an event or activity. Congratulations Bob and Nancy for a job well done!
Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer
I am proud to name Brother Jim Kazmer and his wife Karen as September’s Family of the Month. Jim and Karen are both active members of St. Jerome Parish. Their two sons, Richard and Steven, are both Knights of Columbus members. The entire family is always there to assist in every possible way when it comes to council activities, such as family picnics and youth activities, to include the Altar Server Appreciation Day. Jim also assists in projects in the council building, from setting up the public address system, to rewiring the video system for the council lounge, while Karen prepares food and refreshment for the volunteers. Congratulations, Jim and Karen for a job well done!
Brother Randall and Lien Crum
Brother Randall and Lien Crum I am proud to name Brother Randall and Lien Crum as August’s Family of the Month. Randall and Lien are both active members of St. Jerome Parish and they lead the praying of the Rosary every Saturday preceding the 5 PM mass. Randall joined the knights early this year and he just went full throttle with getting involved and committed to some of the council’s events. Randall and Lien were there to assist in decorating the hall for the Appreciation Dinner. Lien is active in many activities at St. Jerome Church. Randall has participated as well with the Adopt-a-Spot program. Randall created a Rosary binder for the council to ensure whoever says the rosary will have a step-by-step process for leading the rosary. Randall has also volunteered to be on the Recruitment committee. Congratulations, Randall and Lien Crum for a job well done!
Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty
Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty I am proud to name Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty as July’s Family of the Month. Frank and Jean Faye have been quite involved with several council events, most notably the Peninsula Agency for the Aging (PAA) packing of dry goods and the Council-sponsored blood drives. Frank and Jean Faye have always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event. Frank and Jean Faye have also worked diligently together to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives themselves, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank and Jean Faye are both active members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank and Jean Faye for a job well done!
Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Rev. Henry Diesta.
Congratulations to “Our Fathers” in Newport News, Worthy Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Henry Diesta. When Reverend Father Carlos H. Lerma was in his early 20s and looking for direction in his life, he went to his parish priest for guidance. At the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church he began helping minister to the poor in his small hometown of Buga, Colombia. After a year, he sensed that this was the life to which he was called. With the help of his pastor, Fr. Carlos immediately set in motion a path to the priesthood. It would take him 12 years to get there. Today Father Carlos is the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. He is fluent in Spanish and English and serves as Chaplain of both Council 5480 and Council 11817. Father Carlos is a regular at council functions and will always remain behind to hear a confession. We are blessed to have Father Carlos. Reverend Father Henry Diesta, a priest of the Diocese of Sorsogon in the Philippines, was appointed Pastor of St. Jerome Church in Newport News in 2009. Father Henry was well received into the large Newport News Filipino community and quickly adopted Council 5480 as his brothers. Father Henry spent his entire five years ministering to the Sir Knights of the Rev. Michael Bader Assembly as the Faithful Friar. Father Henry will be returning to his home Diocese this summer. We will miss you.
Connie & John Edwards and son Josh
The Edwards Family Congratulations to Connie, John and son Josh as our April Family of the Month. The Edwards family is present at many of our council events and activities. You see them working hard planning, preparing, executing and cleaning up from events in the council that they chair. Connie & John are stalwart volunteers at our Family activities and provide mentorship to our new brothers. John is a lector at St. Jerome and an active member of the Assembly Color Corp. He is at most Bingo sessionswhen not working and ensures that our council’s website and email page is maintained. He coordinates the distribution of the electronic and print edition of the Knightly News. Most recently the entire family was present as John chaired the annual “Run for the Heart” to benefit the American Heart Association. Together with their son, they are always available to help and assist. The Edwards are parishioners of St. Jerome.
Gemma and David Kerstetter
Family of the Month - APRIL Congratulations to Gemma and David Kerstetter as our April Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at Fellowship and Youth activities at St. Jerome and the Knights of Columbus. They are actively involved in the Adult Bible Study group and liturgy. David joined the council last June, and obtained his 4th degree in October. He immediately took an active part in the council. He is spearheading our Student Outreach programs at Peninsula Catholic and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and our local parishes. Gemma has been involved in a variety of ministries, served on the Parish Pastoral Council and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Gemma and David have several children and grandchildren. The Kerstetter’s are members of St. Jerome.
Karen & Jim Kazmer
Family of the Month - MARCH Congratulations to Karen & Jim Kazmer as our March Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at our Family and Youth activities. This past few weeks Karen and Jim were of great assistance at the “Fathers/daughter & Mothers/sons Gala” and the “Sweethearts & Sweeties” Valentines party to our Youth and Family Directors. It is always comforting to have the Kazmer’s at your side. The Kazmer’s have 4 kids: Christina, Steven, Sara, and Richard whom have all served as either as Altar Servers in the Youth Choir. Steven obtained his 4th Degree in October and was Knighted by his father , Jim. The Kazmer’s are members of St. Jerome parish.
Walt & Debbie Troyan
Family of the Month - February Congratulations to Walt & Debbie Troyan. You will always find them able and willing to help whether it be conducting the 50-50 raffle, helping with Youth activities and when called upon. Walt has served at council meeting as a stand-in guard. Debbie is an active member of Catholic Daughters of America. They attend St. Jerome, where they are involved in the liturgical ministry. All I basically know is that they attend St J, he works at Suttle Oldsmobile, she at Cho's Cleaners, they have adult children (not exactly sure of how many), he is always willing to help in 50/50, stand-in for guards at meetings, she is a
Faye and Frank Dougherty
Family of the Month - JANUARY Congratulations to Faye and Frank Dougherty as our Family of the Month. Faye and Frank are stalwarts of Community Service. They are the catalyst of the council involvement with the Peninsula Agency of Aging “Meals on Wheels” and the American Red Cross “Blood Drive”. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel they participate on the Liturgical Ministry team as greeters at the 8AM Mass. Faye is a member of the Ladies of Carmel, Frank participants in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group and together they are active Nocturnal Adorers and members of Act II, mature adults group.
Carol & George Koch
Family of the Month - DECEMBER Congratulations to Carol & George Koch and their daughter Samantha as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. George returned to our council and most recently obtained his 2nd and 3rd degree ascending to Full Knighthood. The Koch’s immersed themselves in our family activities, including the Summer Family picnic series, “Cars and Stars” and most recently “Italian Family Knight”. You will find them helping with set-up, cooking, and of course pouring a cold one. The family is involved with the OLMC youth group and OLMC School where Samantha is a student. the
Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark
Family of the Month -NOVEMBER Congratulations to Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Kelwyn is our Youth Director and as a team they exemplify “Young at Heart”. You will see Kelwyn and Mark at many of the council activities. In July the D’Souza’s took pictures at the Installation ceremony. Sandra is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and The Ladies of Carmel. The The D’Souza trio formed the core of the Youth committee who most recently organized the 3rd Annual Laser Tag and the Youth Halloween Party.
Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell
The Messier Family Congratulations to Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Legacy of Ronnie continues. As Grand Knight I received raves on the Installation dinner and the PGK/PFN dinner. What a godsend for Mary and me. Colleen also serves as our Kitchen Manager and does a superb job for the 5480 Club Activities. In addition to a hectic schedule, they still find time to support both OLMC and PCHS
Shannon and Tom Clark
Family of the Month - September Congratulations to Shannon and Tom Clark and kids as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Tom is a recent convert to our faith and started attending activities before Easter. He wasted no time and joined the order shortly afterwards. Tom and his family have set the bar for us with their Charity and Service. His family regularly works BINGO, Adopt-A-Spot and put us over the top at our recent BLOOD DRIVE. Tom and his family are active at OLMC in the Adult Choir, the Youth Choir, as a proclaimer and as Nocturnal Adorers. You will find Tom, Shannon and family, Sarah - 19 a rising sophmore at Liberty University, Leah – 16, Maria – 14, Ella – 10, Tommy – 9, Jack – 5, Charlie - 4 and Sophia - 2 at many of the council activities.
June and Bernie Gerlach
Family of the Month - August Congratulations to June and Bernie Gerlach of St. Jerome as our Family of the Month. They are at the forefront of our Council and Assembly activities. If you think you are hearing the jingling of Santa Claus’s bells, it is probably the sound of Bernie’s keys. Together with the help of fellow Knights, they prepare food for picnics, dinners and host receptions. Most recently at the Independence Day Flag Raising they led the Kitchen Team to serve a full breakfast to dignitaries and participants and it was June’s birthday. They have never turned down a request for assistance. Bernie has served as Part President of the 5480 Club, Former District Deputy, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator and in retirement he is our Facilities Rental Manager. We owe a debt of gratitude to June & Bernie. Thank you.
Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family
Family of the Month - July Congratulations to Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family of Our Lady Mount Carmel. As our Family Life Activities Couple they exemplify ambition and dedication spearheading our summer series of picnics. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and school. Robbie is our newly elected Inside Guard and received his fourth degree this spring.
Brother Jonathan and Josie Sargent
This Brother has been a member of the Order for relatively a short period of time receiving his first degree in November 2010. However, since that time he has become active in the Council, the Assembly and the 5480 Club where he respectively holds positions as Recorder, Comptroller and Secretary. He is also serves in the role of Chancellor on the Council’s First Degree Team. He is Director of Technology Architecture at Endurance IT. He and his wife have been married for nine years and have two sons. They frequent many of the Council events and are visibly one of our “up and coming”, “younger” couples. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where they are actively involved in various ministries. They especially donate of lot of their time, assistance and service to OLMC School (of which his wife is a graduate). He can routinely be seen in a “Scouts” uniform as he assists as a master/leader with the Boy/Cub Scouts. Please join me in congratulating Jonathan, Josie, Ethan and Sammy Sargent as our Family of the Month for June 2013.
Brother Charles "Chuck" and Dianna Curtis
This Brother has been a member of the Order since May of 1996. He and his wife attend St Jerome Church. He is an usher, usually serving at the 7 a.m. Mass. She serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister. They can also be seen assisting in the kitchen and in many other areas when needed. He is a devout BINGO volunteer on Monday and Thursday nights. He probably knows every position in the Hall from sales to accounting to back-up manager. And the players know it. He is always ready to lend a helping hand when asked. He is a TCIS (in other words he a computer guru) in the Newport News Public Schools. And yes, they are both “pilots”. Please join me in congratulating Charles (“Chuck”) and Dianna Curtis as our Family of the Month for May 2013.
SK Stephen and Donna Raschke
This Brother has been a member of the Order since November 1999. He could well be considered the “Poster Knight” for elected offices held. Since joining the Order he has held every “chair” in the Council, has been a District Deputy and is steadily ascending the offices of our State Council, presently serving as State Warden with an election to State Advocate pending. He strongly supports the Order and our Council although his duties as a State Officer (speaking engagements, serving as a representative throughout the state, etc.) limit his time with the Council. He is a member of the First, Second and Third Degree Teams. He and his wife still find time to attend most of the events held at our Council. His wife is very active in the York County School System and advocate of public education. They are actively in various church ministries at Queen of Peace at Joint Base LangleyEustis. He is a retired Army CSM and presently a civilian employee at JB L-E. Please join me in congratulating Stephen and Donna Raschke as our Family of the Month for April 2013.
Brother Theodore "Ted" and Estelle Langevin
This couple is the epitome of “love and marriage” at any age. Seldom do you see one without the other at an event or social gathering. Cheerful, happy, gleeful, pleasant are words that can describe them each time that one meets them. They always have a “happy” attitude. He rarely misses a Council or Assembly meeting and both are at most events held. He is always there when you need someone to help. He has been a member of the Order since March 1984. He is a sentinel in the Assembly. He coordinates and directs one of the most successful programs of the Council. The “Adopt-A-Spot” program (monthly policing of a section of Warwick Boulevard) has won rave reviews, praise and awards from members of the Council and City officials. He is also proud member of the 4th Degree Color Corps where he gets the chance to showcase his flair for clothes. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where they continue to be involved in various ministries. Although they have no “little ones”, they are very giving of their time and donations at our local schools. Please join me in congratulating Theodore (“Ted”) and Estelle Langevin as our Family of the Month for March 2013.
SK Todd and Margie Curtis
This Brother has been a member of the Order since February 2011. He is also a Sir Knight in the Assembly. He and his wifeand children attend St Jerome Church. He serves as the Fraternal Benefits Advisor of the Council assisting fellow Brother Knights in investments and times of planning and bereavement. If this was not enough to keep him busy, he finds time to coordinate the Youth Council events to include Laser Tag, Halloween Carnival/Haunted House, Father/Daughter-Mother/Son dance, Alter Server outings, etc. His wife is a constant fixture in the halls and classrooms of St Jerome where she serves as Director of Christian Formation. Please join me in congratulating Todd, Margie and the “darling seven” as our Family of the Month for February 2013.
Brother William "Bill" and Helen Allen
This Brother took his First Degree on September 1, 1978. Records of his second and third degrees are not available (possibly because of his military assignments and reassignments during his distinguished service to our country as an Air Force Officer). He and his wife attend St Jerome Catholic Church where both have been and are very active in various Church ministries to include the parish council, Lector and Eucharistic Ministry and daily Masses. They both participate in Christian Formation. He works weekly Bingo in any capacity needed to include counter sales, assistant manager and as Caller. He is very active in the community as a school and sports league official. He is Council Church Director for St Jerome Church, a member of the Assembly Color Corp and a Past Grand Knight. Join me in congratulating William (“Bill”) and Helen Allen as our Family of the Month for January 2013.