My selection for Knight of the Month for June 2019 is our current Chancellor and Grand Knight Elect, Brother Jim Dart. Jim started this Fraternal Year off in unusual manner by being elected to his current position of Chancellor for being so well versed in Robert’s Rules of Order... and for not keeping a closer eye on PGK Art Peacott! But the Council greatly benefitted by Jim’s election. Having served as our Deputy Grand Knight and Program Director for two terms, Jim is well versed in council opera-tions and has been one of those officers I have counted on during my term as Grand Knight. Jim’s organizational skills, his personality, and his gift for working with people and getting their best out of them, makes him a true asset to the council. I also want to express my thanks to Jim for the ex-ceptional job he did in chairing and organizing the 40th Anniversary Planning Committee. He was in-strumental in orchestrating the fund-raising efforts behind the wine glasses, coffee mugs and polo shirts. But before anyone starts busting Jim’s chops on the errors with the shirts... understand that wasn’t his fault, but he did get them fixed! Jim, thank you for all of your contributions during the past Fraternal Year, to the council and for me per-sonally and for taking on an assignment you may not have initially wanted. And our sincere thanks to Ka-ren for her support to you and to the council! Please join me in thanking Jim for what he has done for our council and extending congratulations to him for being selected as Knight of the Month for June 2019.
PGK Larry Pemberton
I want to recognize a brother knight that is well known to many of us, in the council and within our parish, Brother Larry Pemberton is one of the nicest, caring men I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Larry is one of several Brothers I’ve always been able to count on when I needed an ear to bend, no matter the subject. The flip side to that is when I see Larry’s name pop up on my phone… the first thing I think is, “here’s some bad news or an issue that needs to be addressed”. But that only comes due to Larry’s involvement in our Council and the Holy Family parish. Larry is a very involved, and caring individual, and this is what makes Larry such an integral member of the Council. Larry is a kind hearted gentleman that most definitely lives up to we as Knights are intended. He gets a lot of satisfaction from helping people, whether it’s coordinating Lenten Soup Suppers, serving as a member of the board of ACTS, supporting The Arc of Prince William, or supporting the Holy Family parish as Chairman of the Pastoral Council, Larry truly loves helping people. Larry and his bride Rose recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of 3 sons and 1 daughter, and are blessed with 10 grandchildren. Please join me in congratulating Brother Larry Pemberton in being selected Knight of the Month for May!
I’d like to recognize one of our more recent transfers, Brother Steve Ehrlich, as Knight of the Month for April 2019. Steve and his family, wife Jackie and their sweet, impish daughter Harleigh, moved to the Dale City area in 2008, relocating from New Mexico. Steve and Jackie are both federal employees and regularly attend the 9:00 am Mass at Holy Family; while Harleigh is a student enrolled in Holy Family’s Religious Education classes. In the short time that Steve has been a member of the John Paul I family, he has been a brother that I have found can be counted on to step up and volunteer his time when needed. Steve, along with the invaluable help of Harleigh, has participated in the last two sub sandwich sales, providing assistance in assembling, and selling subs. When another brother was unable to chair our latest sub sale, Steve gracefully took on that challenge. Steve has also agreed to fill in as the Worthy Warden when Brother Ruben Raimundi departs on his deployment. Steve, Jackie and Harleigh have taken advantage of the Council’s programs, as well as coming out and enjoying our Super Bowl party. I look forward to them being regulars at our cookouts! Steve has been married to his wife Jackie for just over 16 years. He has been a Knight for just over 13 years and a 4th Degree Knight for 11 years. Steve also transferred into the Fr. Richardson Assembly 3174. Please join me in congratulating Brother Steve Ehrlich in being selected Knight of the Month for April!
I am recognizing Brother Terry Mannion as Knight of the Month for March 2019. Terry regularly supports our BINGO program, which we all know is vital for the council. In addition, he serves as an usher at Holy Family. Terry can always be counted on to provide assistance with many of our programs. Terry is a great example of how, when there’s a task to be accomplished, many hands make light work. Terry has been married to his wife Mary for 42 years and they have 2 children, Tracy and Sean. Terry has been a Knight since 1998, recruited by our own PGK Peacott. Please join me in congratulating Brother Terry Mannion in being selected Knight of the Month for March!
I’d like to recognize as Knight of the Month for February 2019, Brother Wasiu Adedeji, Although many haven’t met Wasiu personally, myself included, if you read our newsletter, you’ve experienced his handiwork, dedication and professionalism! Wasiu has served as our newsletter Editor since 2013. Wasiu always does a wonderful job at the editing of the newsletter! The Senior Director of Programs and Brand Management at Supreme recently paid our Council, and ultimately, Brother Wasiu a compliment about our newsletter! This is one of those tasks that are accomplished without many of us giving it a second thought, but without Wasiu’s dedication and professionalism, the quality publication we accustomed to would not exist. Wasiu, please accept my sincere gratitude for the dedication to this task and your professionalism and patience! Please join me in congratulating Brother Wasiu Adedeji in being selected Knight of the Month for February!
My selection for Knight of the Month for January is Brother Daniel Lupinetti. As many know, Dan has been the lead in a number of the Council’s events; in particular coordinating the logistics and staffing of the beer tent at Holy Family’s Family Fun Festival for several years now. Additionally, Dan has also chaired the Council’s “Keep Christ in Christmas” card sales, and has ensured that we have a successful KCIC campaign. In addition to these programs, Dan and his wife Jennifer have also run the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt… which I hope they continue to run! Dan has always been a Brother that can be counted on to lend a hand with the various programs and events where help is needed. Thank you, Dan, for your service to the Council and the Order! Please join me.
For the Knight of the Month for December, I want to recognize Brother Greg Byram. Over the past couple of years Greg has become more involved with events at the Council, from serving on the House Committee – helping with the summer cookouts andbar-tending duties, to taking on the position of Outside Guard. And no small task, this month he’s chairing our Christmas tree sales. Greg has also taken on more daddy duties with his and Catherine’s two young children, Hannah and Connor now that Catherine is back at work, so you may not see Greg at all of our events or meetings, but his dedication to his family is to be commended! In addition to his support to his family, Greg also serves as an usher at Holy Family church and he also plays on the “Holy Family Knights” softball team. It’s Greg’s desire to be involved in giving back to the Council, the Church and community that led me to selecting Greg as Knight of the Month. When you see him, please let Greg know how much he’s appreciated, and congratulate him on being selected Knight of the Month for December 2018!
John “Joe” Houser
I want the recognize our Knight of the Month for November 2018, Brother John “Joe” Houser. Joe became a Knight following his stepdad’s funeral, having been recruited by the Knights of that council. Joe tells me these men were like his uncles, having spent a lot of time around those brothers. Joe transferred to John Paul I in 2016 as a 1st Degree Knight, and as Joe puts it, he “grew up with this council”. He earned his 2nd Degree in November 2016, followed in June 2017 with his 3rd Degree. Joe is one of those Brothers who helps out where and when he’s able, having assisted with Bingo, road cleanups, sub sales, and most recently, manning the drink table at our 25th Annual Art Action. Joe and his wife Shannon were married April 21, 2007. They are the proud parents of 3 wonderful children; Hanna (12), Thomas (9), and Jack (7). In addition to being an active Knight, Joe is also heavily involved with his family. He is a den leader for both Thomas’ and Jack’s Cub Scout den and is very active with scouting. In addition to scouts, Joe also serves as a Religious Ed teacher at Holy Family where he teaches classes that coincide with the lessons his children are learning. This year he is instructing the Confirmation class helping to prepare Hanna for her Confirmation. Please help me congratulate Brother Joe Houser on being selected Knight of the Month for the month for November 2018.
George “Digger” Smith
My selection for Knight of the Month for October 2018 is Brother George “Digger” Smith. Digger is a recent reentry to our Order, having been a charter member of the Saint Peter’s University Council in Jersey City, NJ, making his 3rd Degree in April 1967, and reentered service in the Knights in November 2014. Digger may not be an active brother around the Council, but that doesn’t mean he’s an inactive brother… quite the opposite! Digger serves as the de facto Director of Holy Family’s Social Ministries. He is responsible for Holy Family’s Food Pantry. Five years ago, after Fr. Creedon officiated at the funeral of a man who froze to death in one of the homeless camps in the county, Fr. Gerry commented to Digger that, ‘surely there is something we could do’. This led Digger to organize a coalition of other concerned churches, Friends of the Unsheltered Homeless which raises funds to provide propane to the homeless during the cold weather months. Digger also serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family. Digger married his bride, Jeannie on 4 September 1978 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sadly, Digger lost Jeannie in December 2017. Digger said, “She was and will always be the love of my life. I miss her terribly.” He and Jeanne were blessed with 5 children; Courtney, a script editor in Hollywood; Michael, a project manager for the Navy in Arlington; Kelly, a licensed clinical social worker in Arlington; Caitlin is the sports director for the Army community in Stuttgart Germany; and Kathleen is an architect in DC. Those blessings continued with their 5 grandchildren; Parker 5 and George 3 (Michael); Hudson 4 and Ryder 2 (Kelly); and Emma Grace 1½ (Caitlin). Digger had an interesting career, he retired from the Army after more than 38 years. After serving on active duty for 10 years, Digger was offered a position with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) which “launched” both his Army Reserve career and that as a member of the Intelligence Community. As a function of this, he also retired as a Department of the Navy civilian. Digger values his membership in the Order, but feels he’s not all that active… I think otherwise, he’s doing some of the very things we as Knights are called to do, by embodying the pillars of our Order: Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. Please help me congratulate Brother Digger Smith on being selected as John Paul I’s Knight of the Month for October 2018.
Forest “Rick” Lindsey
My selection for Knight of the Month for September 2018 is Brother Forrest “Rick” Lindsey. Rick has only been a Knight for about a year and half, but he’s already left his mark in our community. This year marks the second year that he is chairing the Holy Family Fun Festival. During Rick’s first go ‘round he was introduced to Fr. Gerry’s method of getting a person to volunteer for an event... “Rick, I have a job for you.” But, Rick did such a bang-up job, he was brought back for an encore. This year Rick needed a little back up from, due to a health issue, which happily he overcame, but he was back in the saddle to see the preparations made and another successful Fun Festival! Rick also serves as a Lecturer at Holy Family Church, as well as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Rick has a history of serving. He is a retired Marine, having served 4 years as an enlisted man during the Vietnam War. Rick was wounded and spent about a year in the hospital recuperating and was then released from The Corps. After which, he completed college and was then asked by The Corps if he would be interested in coming back as an officer… of course, Rick said yes and spent another 23 years in The Corps and retired as a LTC. Thank you for you service, sir! Rick and his wife Alia have two children, Jenny and Bob, both of whom recently became altar servers. Please help me congratulate Brother Rick Lindsey on being selected as John Paul I’s Knight of the Month for September 2018.
My selection for Knight of the Month for August 2018 is our Immediate Past Grand Knight Brother Vic Rivera. On behalf of the Council, I want to extend our thanks for a job well done in what he accomplished as our Grand Knight during this past Fraternal Year. I think we can agree, Vic had a very interesting year as Grand Knight. He’d barely taken the reins, when he was confronted with the first loss of a brother knight. As he, and probably every Grand Knight before him had to learn, this is one of the toughest situations to cope with but offering our comfort to the family of a brother during this time can be a very rewarding experience, no matter how difficult it is for us. Vic did a wonderful job as Grand Knight in guiding John Paul I Council to another successful year ...
My selection for Knight of the Month for July 2018 is PGK Bill Gleichsner. If you don’t know Bill… just show up to the next Council function, chances are likely Bill will be there! He is and has been a mainstay within the Council for a number of years. He has served as the Chairman of our all-important Bingo program for many years. Without the Bingo program, our charity programs would not be what they are today, nor would the Columbian Center exist. It’s Bill’s passion for the Order and our Council that drives him to run such a successful program. He puts in many, many hours of his time to ensure this Bingo program continues to be a success. And if that isn’t enough, Bill also serves as a House Committee bartender, has worked as a parade marshal during the Dale City Independence Day Parade, manned the Christmas Tree Sales stand, chaired the Labor Day Picnic, and with the assistance of his wife Patti Ann, has chaired several past Ladies Appreciation Dinners. Along with everything above, Bill has also been a mentor to me, having taken the time to provide guidance to me over the past few years. I recall vividly the first Council meeting I attended when I transferred into John Paul I. Following the meeting, Bill came over and introduced himself and welcomed me to the Council, then he walked me around the Council home, giving me the nickel tour, and a thumbnail sketch of the history of the Council and our Council home. I thank you Bill for the way you welcomed me to the Council and for everything you have done and continue to do for our Council. Please help me congratulate PGK Bill Gleichsner as the July 2018 Knight of the Month.
My Knight of the month for April is PGK and Brother Joe Graham. Brother Joe is known to many as the second half of the Council’s dynamic duo or the creative half of the Joe and Gray shared brain. Brother Joe has been a member for over 30 years and is a Past Grand Knight of this council. He is a very active member of this council, and has been a regular as Santa for the council’s Children's Christmas Party and the Breakfast with Santa. Joe is currently on the board of directors of the John Paul I Charity Corporation, a member of the House Committee, and half of the sound crew for the Admissions Degree Team, Formation Degree Team and Birthday Night Dinner Karaoke. Many may not be aware but many of the council home repairs are done by Joe. He is always working behind the scenes with the setup and cleanup of many of our events. Brother Joe works Bingo on Team 3 and sells pull tabs at all the summer cookouts. He also provides the entertainment for the council’s Christmas party, served as a waiter for the Ladies Appreciation Dinner and sets up the sound system for many of our events. He is currently working with Brother Justin on setting up an electronic message board in the lounge to keep everyone updated on upcoming events. Brother Joe’s great attitude and his humor are an asset to our council. For everything he does for the Council, I would like to congratulate Joe Graham as the June Knight of the Month.
My Knight of the month for April is PGK and Brother Gray Gagnon. To say that Gray has been an active member of the council would be an understatement. Gray is always available to provide me with invaluable input regarding our council home. He has been a knight and an active member of John Paul 1 for over 21 years now. His actions over that period are indicative of the esteem he has for the Knight’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. He has held several offices, chaired and participated in many activities, and has continued to be a leader and a trusted mentor to many new knights whose aim has been to maximize the benefits of their membership in the Knights and John Paul 1 Council. Gray is currently the House Committee Chair, Admissions Degree Team Member, Formation Degree Team Member, ABC Manager and Charity Corp COO. When Steve Macejka left, Gray made a seamless transition into the role of House Manager. During a recent wind storm a tree from our council home’s property fell onto a neighbor’s property. Gray visited the neighbor that afternoon, assessed any damage and had a crew remove the fallen tree the next day. He has been a valuable resource to our chairmen within our many events and is an active participant at just about every council and house function or activity. He is half the sound crew for the Admissions Degree Team, Formation Degree Team and Birthday Night Dinner Karaoke. He is always present for the set-up, operation, and clean-up associated with all of the fraternal activities enjoyed by all. His leadership, flexibility and contribution to our council activities over these years has made the council a great place to be for all of us. For everything he does for the Council I would like to congratulate Gray Gagnon as the May Knight of the Month.
Knight of the month for April is Brother Gabriel Churchill. Gabriel is a past winner of the Protacio Award and has continued to grow within the church and community. Since he obtained all three KofC degrees in his first year as a knight, he has been very active at HFCC. His father is a brother knight and his family has long been involved in the church as catechist or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. His late grandfather directed the Spanish choir in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Brother Gabriel has been actively involved in religious education for over 8 years. He was a catechist assistant in 2nd grade classes with Brother Mike and Mary Dvoroznak. For 8 years he was a facilitator on confirmation retreats, and for two years he was a Confirmation class assistant with Brother Frank Willy and Lolita Jones. Gabriel was also a teen assistant, and provides additional help at the Sunday youth group Pulse. He is a two-year attendee at the Diocesan Workcamp and is hoping to attend this summer as a graduate workcamper. As a regular attendee of the 10:30 AM Mass, he is occasionally serves an usher at Mass. He is a graduate of CD Hylton HS and is currently a business administration major at Northern Virginia Community College with hopes of transferring to a local university in the next two years. During his free time he likes to draw and is teaching himself to play the guitar. For all of his contributions to our church and our community I would like to congratulate Gabriel Churchill as the April Knight of the Month. Thank you Gabriel for all you do.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for December is Brother Bernie Bresnahan. It was the generosity and support of this council, when his son Ed entered the seminary, that caused Bernie to join the Knights of Columbus. Bernie has been a member of our council since 2005 and went from First Degree to Third Degree within a month and a half. When he joined the Knights, he was assigned to Bingo Team 3 and worked with that team until asked to become Bingo treasurer. He has held that position for 11-1/2 years, and will return to Team 3 in April. Bernie was asked to replace Brian Crowley as treasurer because of his accounting background. Although he may not have worked on as many Knights activities as most of you have, he regularly did the Kovar drive, served on the Finance Committee at HFCC and served as treasurer for counting money and tickets for the Church festival. Many may not know this, but Bernie graduated from the University of South Florida in December of 1965 and went immediately to work as an auditor for the Naval Audit Service in Charleston, SC. He served 6 years in the Army Reserve, and in 1974 was transferred to the Washington Office of the Naval Audit Service. He later accepted a position with the Navy Finance and Accounting Office Headquarters which later became the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). He retired in 2001 and worked as a government contractor for an additional 12 years. Bernie married Terry in 1971 and they have 3 children, the first two were adopted. His son, Sam, and his wife Lillian gave Bernie and Terry their first grandson (now age 2-1/2) and their first granddaughter should be born within the next 30 days. His son, Ed, is a Catholic priest, currently assigned as chaplain to Bishop Ireton High School. His daughter, Angela, is working at a hospital in downtown Annapolis and is in charge of organizing the blood donor program for the hospital. I would like to thank you for your dedication to the Bingo Program, your family and the Knights of Columbus. Please join me in congratulating Bernie as the March Knight of the Month.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for February is Brother Jerry Ingerick. Jerry is a very active member of the council and has held several officer positions during his time with us. He is a Past Grand Knight of our council, and a Past Faithful Navigator of the Father Richardson Assembly 3174. Jerry was once the Financial Secretary for our council and is currently the Chairman of the Nominating Committee and CFO of the Charity Corporation. Within the Father Richardson Assembly, he has also held the position of Faithful Scribe, Faithful Pilot, Faithful Captain, Faithful Admiral, Three Year Trustee and is currently a Two Year Trustee. Jerry is very active within our council and Holy Family Catholic Church. He is a Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family Catholic Church and an usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine, DC. He and his wife Ann have been residents of Prince William County since 1977 and have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. His son Peter is a 4th Degree Knight. Most folks don’t know it, but he is New York Yankees fan and President of the Ingerick Family Reunion, Tioga, PA. Jerry has been a member of our council since 1986 and went from First Degree to Third Degree within two weeks in June of 1986. Like many of our brother knights, he has worked behind the scenes in many ways but never requested recognition for his contributions. For all of his contributions to our council and our parish I would like to congratulate Jerry Ingerick as the February Knight of the Month. Thank you Jerry for all you do.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for January is Brother Bob Brever. He is our Council’s Finan-cial Secretary and has been a member of Council 7165 since 1979. Bob was able to go through the Degrees quickly and was able to achieve full Knight-hood in 1980. About 4 years later, in 1984, he be-came Grand Knight of our council, and a couple of years after that he served his first tour as our Finan-cial Secretary. He works Bingo, has previously been a caller of Bingo and has also kept the books for the Council’s Bingo operations in some of the early years. He was the State Pro-Life Chairman for 3 years and organized the Marshalls for the March for Life for each of those years. One of his proudest achievements as a Knight was writing the justification on Frank Gregory the year that he was selected as the State Knight of the Year. Brother Bob has been working with Brothers John Castro, Larry Pemberton, Ray Lopez and Bob Rou-leau to provide transportation on a regular basis for Tyson Johnson whenever he needs to see his doc-tors. For 3 years he was a Eucharistic Minister for the parish when Fr. Griffin was pastor and just this year started a 5 year commitment to be a Eucharis-tic Minister again. Bob has represented the council in sporting events as well. He was an avid softball player and a mem-ber of the council and parish teams. I actually had the pleasure of being a teammate of his for a couple of those years. Back in the day, when the council had bowling teams, he bowled on one of the coun-cil’s Friday night bowling teams. Bob currently golfs with several Council Knights on most Tuesday’s throughout the year For all his contributions to our council, our communi-ty and our parish I would like to congratulate Bob Brever as the January Knight of the Month. Thank you Bob for all you do.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for December is Brother Art Peacott. Art is a long time member of Holy Family Church and John Paul I Council. Through the years, he has served in numerous officer positions in our council. At our November PGK Dinner, Art was officially inducted as a Past Grand Knight. Art is an integral member of the House Committee where he can be found every summer Friday night at the cookouts, and has been an active participant in many of the council’s events. Art has organized the council’s blood drives in conjunction with the American Red Cross for the past several years, and led by example by being one of the first to donate blood. He supports Holy Family as an usher, volunteers at the food pantry, and works helping to feed the hungry at the winter drop-in shelter. You can always find Art with his wife Judi attending, or putting together, many functions for the council. We are fortunate to have brothers like Brother Art who do so much in support of our programs, for the church, the Knights, and the community.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for November is Brother Ray Lopez. Over the past several years there are a couple of brother Knights who have provided continuous assistance to another brother Knight who needed help getting to medical appointments. Ray is one of the brother Knights who has volunteered to transport the brother Knight from his home/apartment to various medical offices throughout the Woodbridge area. When the brother was required to begin using oxy-gen on a continuous basis, Ray learned how to make the transition from the home system to a port-able system so that he is never without oxygen. In preparation for the brother moving into an apartment, he was involved in assisting with sorting the household into items to be moved to the new apartment, items to be placed in storage, and items to be donated. He, along with the other brother Knights, was also deeply involved in actually moving items to each location and ensuring that the new apartment was set up for the brother Knight. Ray is also a regular figure helping out at the Council beer tent during the Church Festival and in the kitchen during the Art Auction. Because of the dedicated and voluntary service of Ray and these other Knights, one of our brother Knights is able to live comfortably and receive necessary medical treatment. He and the other brother Knights are individually, and collectively, examples of the basic principle of our order. Thank you Ray for all you do. Please join me in congratulating Ray as the November Knight of the Month.
My Knight of the Month for October is Gerard Borrero. He has been a knight since 2008 and started with Council 9407. He and his wife are a familiar face at most of our events. Most recently they both participated in the Corn Hole Tournament and Labor Day Picnic Horse Shoe Tournament. He served as an Inside Guard, Outside Guard, Warden and Chancellor at his old Council. He is currently an Inside Guard in our Council and is looking forward to moving about the other officers positions in our council. He has helped at the work camp training classes and has helped with setting up and clearing up for the Holy Family Festival. In the latest call for help with the Art Auction, he was one of the first brothers to volunteer to help out wherever I needed him. Please join me in congratulating Gerard Borrero as the Knight of the Month for October.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for September is Brother Dave Dewald. Last month I got to see firsthand the many contributions Dave makes to our Council. As a member of the House Committee, he arrived hours before the last cookout and started to prep for steak knight. During the Corn Hole tournament he was hard at work with the grill attending to the appetite of the participants and families. He makes himself available during the week, ensuring that the council home maintenance issues can be accomplished during weekday hours, along with accepting biweekly beer order deliveries. Many of you might not know, but Dave has been a Knight in the council for 32 years, and has also been working bingo since its inception into the council in 1985. He has been a Bingo Team Captain for well over 20 years, and has held an officer’s positions as Outside Guard, Inside Guard, Family Program Director, Treasurer, and acted as a Trustee on several occasions. Dave has also been a member of the bartender staff for many years and the summer cookout staff for the past year. He is a SK and his wife is a KC Lady. For those of you who have attended our Annual Art Auction, Dave has assisted as an accounting verification processor for the invoice tally sheet finalization after Sunday morning sales. He is another member of our council whose behind the scenes contributions go unnoticed, but are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Dave, for all that you do. Please join me in congratulating Dave as the September Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month for August is Brother Lou Byers. Within the first week of the new Fraternal Year we had the passing Brother Nazir Khan. Lou Byers was instrumental in making sure the family’s needs were addressed. He was the point of contact for the Kahn family and liaison for the council. He coordinated the cleaning up of Nazir Khan’s home. At the request of Nazir’s granddaughter and wife, Lou arranged for Bother Knights to come over on a Saturday morning to take several truck loads to the county dump. Lou kept the council informed of the family’s needs and made sure to communicate to me any news or events regarding the family. When speaking with Nazir’s granddaughter, I could tell there was a sense of comfort with Lou as the lead during this time of sorrow. Lou was a great representative of the council to the family as they were subjected to distress. Lou is a PGK of our Council, a Trustee and is an active member of Bingo. We look forward to Lou’s continued representation of our council at Holy Family and the community. Thank You Lou for a job well done. Please join me in congratulating Lou as the August Knight of the Month.
My selection for Knight of the Month for July is Dom Dionne. He is our new Chancellor, has served as an Outside Guard and was the chairman of our last sub sale this past Fraternal Year. Dom recently sponsored two new members, his son Gabriel and a friend Corey Hummel. His son has just recently made it through to the 3rd Degree. When needed, Dom has always been willing to help out and has participated in 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremonies as an escort. Although he is not a parishioner of Holy Family, he is a very active member of the Catholic Community at MCB Quantico. His family is involved in RE, and his wife has planned the volunteer appreciation dinner for the Catholic Community, and a dinner to welcome all the new arrivals to our community. Dom has volunteered to help with our Ethnic Night and is the Chair for the Spanish Night. Please join me in congratulating Dom Dionne as this month’s Knight of the Month.
The June Knight of the Month has served this council in several capacities. He’s been a committee chairman and has filled many officers’ positions over the past several years. Not only is he an active knight, his family is too. His son recently joined our ranks, and during the most recent blood drive, the whole family was on the tables at the same time. That was quite a sight. But the one fact that I am extremely proud of, is the fact that I am his sponsor. His current position in the council is probably the toughest job on the council level. He serves as Program Director and Deputy Grand Knight. He has done a great job at making sure all programs have been staffed and executed. I could not have gotten through the year without his support and I thank him for that. My June Knight of the Month, is Grand Knight Elect, Vic Rivera.
My Knight of the Month is one of the nicest people you’ll ever want to meet. Recently, because a brother knight was in need of housing and support, he worked tirelessly on this situation, contacting Prince William County Social Services and Holy Family Catholic Church. Housing was found through his diligent efforts, providing much comfort and security. All the while he continued to meet his obligations as the President of the Parish Council and as coordinator for the Lenten Soup Suppers at Holy Family. He also continued to fulfill his requirements as an usher at the Shrine. He is always available to assist members in need. He truly exemplifies the first principle of our Order - Charity. He is also Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator. My May Knight of the Month is PGK Larry Pemberton.
My knight of the month is a Past Grand Knight and Former District Deputy. He can be seen working at every event. He works bingo, KOVAR, Christmas Tree Sales and bar tends at the council. He also participates with various parts of the degree teams, and used to be a degree team captain. At Holy Family, he is a Eucharistic Minister and has served as an Usher at the Basilica in Washington DC. But what I am impressed with the most is how often, how frequent, he posts OUR prayer requests. We have over 360 members in our council, another 100 + in our assembly, plus he also alerts us of people in our parish and people outside of these immediate groups. This is a big job, and he does it fantastically. He has been doing this for many years now. My Knight of the Month is SK Bob Rouleau. Please take the time to congratulate Bob. Thank you Bob for all you do.
This Knight has only been involved in our council for about 5 years. Yet his fingerprints are on just about every program we have. At Holy Family Catholic Church he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. He also serves as an usher at the Basilica in Washington DC. As a Knight, he has served as Recorder for two years and he is our current Chancellor. His passion for being a Knight is overwhelming. Some of the programs and things that he has worked on in just this fraternal year alone include: bingo, Christmas tree sales, Breakfast with Santa, sub-sandwich sales, 4th of July parade Chairman, 5th Sunday rosary lead – twice, and Honey Baked Ham fund-raiser. He also serves on both the admission and formation degree teams. He is an active member with the 4th degree and also serves on the John Paul 1 Charity Corporation. His planning and organizational skills are top notch and he has helped keep me and the Deputy Grand Knight well informed. My March Knight of the Month is SK Keith Kaminsky. Thank you Keith for all you do.
February’s Knight of the Month has been a very active Knight. He has served on many council committees, he’s chaired many sub-sales, and he works both bingo and KOVAR. Most recently he chaired the Council Free Throw and District Free Throw competition. The event was attended by many youths from Holy Family Parish, and the winners were presented with medals from both the Grand Knight and Worthy District Deputy. As if this weren’t enough, he’s also chaired the soccer shoot out in the past. He is currently a coach on the Holy Family Lady Falcon basketball team; they recently participated in the league tournament down in Fredericksburg. This past fall, he also coached the Lady Falcons volleyball team, and they won the league title by defeating Aquinas. Go Lady Falcons! Please congratulate February’s Knight of the Month, Joe Morano.
January’s selection for Knight of Month is PGK Tom Katrinak. Tom supports the Council in a number of ways; he is a member of the Charity Corporation Board, a member of the House Committee, one of the ABC Managers, a member of the First Degree Exemplification Team, and he currently serves as Lecturer. PGK Katrinak assists with sub-sales by slicing the meats and cheese before all the sales, usually startinghours before the team shows up to begin weighing the meat and assembling the subs. He is an active member of the summer cookout crew. He’s there rain or shine. Tom is a veteran having retired from the US Army. He is a Past Grand Knight of John Paul 1 Council and a Past Faithful Navigator of Father Edward L. Richardson Assembly, and a Former District Deputy of District 12. Thanks Tom for your support to the Council.
My December Knight of the Month is a Knight who loves a challenge. He is a Past Grand Knight and has served as bingo chairman for many years, and as you know, bingo is the life blood of our charity program. He serves as chairman for the Ladies Appreciation Dinner and Labor Day Picnic, and also serves the council as a bartender. If that wasn’t enough I recently asked him to MC the Past Grand Knights Dinner and to quote another PGK, “He did a super job”. Please take the time to congratulate Bill Gleichsner as the December Knight of the Month.
My knight of the month is Brother Rick Unverricht. He is our current Recorder and has also served as Warden. But most notably he just served as Art Auction Chairman. This is also the second year he has run the auction. This is a very challenging endeavor. He worked incredible hours behind the scenes making telephone calls and sending emails. Can you imagine how long it takes to stuff envelopes for a council this size? His organization and persistence made the auction go on without a hitch. I’ve heard rumors that Rick will be back next year. Rick’s “can do” attitude is what this council is all about. Congratulations, Rick, keep up the good work.
This month’s Knight of the Month is a real inspiration. He has his hand in many activities of our council. He is currently the Inside Guard and has been an officer for the past couple of years. He’s also a member of the 4th Degree and ushers at both the Cathedral and Holy Family Church. He works many activities at the church including the Parish Council. He’s also been responsible for recruiting several new members for our council, and he has a great smile. Please congratulate Martin Alordzinu as our October Knight of the Month.
This month’s Knight of Month is not one Knight, but a group. This month I would like to recognize “The Summer Cookout Crew”. They were cooking up brats, ribs, steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. They were there come rain or come shine, not to mention a few very warm days. This terrific crew was led by Iron Chef Macejka. His masterful skills of organization and preparations, along with the determination of the team, helped make your Friday night experience a wonderful event. Can’t wait 'till next summer to see what they cook up. Please take the time to thank the team, Steve M, Terry Kuszewski, Glen Epler, Matt McCarthy, Dave Dewald, Bob Weiss, Tom Katrinak, Gray Gagnon Joe Graham, Tim Bowen, John Dubelko, Ed Fairbairn, and Art Peacott.
The Knight of the month for August 2016 is someone whom many of you probably don’t know, but this gentleman is one of Holy Family’s biggest volunteers. He’s the lead usher for the 10:30 mass. A position he has held for many years. During holidays such as Christmas and Easter he can be found taking lead roles for the various masses, making sure that Holy Family has sufficient ushers to help the mass flow smoothly. But his real passion is to serve as a religious education teacher. He has taught at many different grade levels, year after year. Some years he has taught multiple classes. He also serves as a coordinator or facilitator at many of the Holy Family religious education retreats. Being the volunteer that he is, he can be found working at Holy Family’s fun festival; he’s served in various capacities such as running a booth or working directly on a festival committee. In his spare time, he spends time with his family – spoiling his grandchildren the best that he can. Our August Knight of the Month is Frank Willy.
Immediate Past Grand Knight Mike Dvoroznak is the Knight of the Month for July. Mike did an outstanding job as our Grand Knight for the 2015-2016 Fraternal Year, and was present at almost all activities throughout the year. Mike is always willing to step in and lend a hand. He has taught Religious Education at Holy Family for many years. He has also been a part of the Festival Committee for many years, running the Irish Booth with his wife Mary. Mike has been a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in many of the Knight's events. He embodies the true spirit of brotherhood, and for this reason he is the July Knight of the Month. Congratulations Mike!
Our Knight of the Month for May is Deputy Grand Knight and brother Jim Dart. Jim has just completed two very active years serving as the Deputy Grand Knight and Program Director. With all the activities we do as a council, one year in that position is difficult, two years is a challenge. Nonetheless, Jim came through with flying colors. Jim is very organized and he has a great talent for working with other people. In order to ensure that the planned activities for the Fraternal Year are accomplished, the Program Director has to be able to make the most of his Activity Chairman. Because of his great people skills, Jim was able to do this. As a result, the activities undertaken by the council over the past two years have been successfully and effectively accomplished. As Grand Knight for this past fraternal year, this has been very important to me. Besides ensuring that our programs were accomplished, Jim’s work over the past two years serves as an example to the brothers who will follow him in this position, of how the Program Director’s job needs to be done. This is important if we are going to continue as a great council in the years to come. So, THANK YOU Jim for all you have done for both the council and me for these past two years. I wish the very best in the future to you and your lovely wife, Karen.
Our Knight of the Month for May is Brother, and Past Grand Knight, John Castro. John is an Honorary Life Member of John Paul 1. Over the past year John has been a very active participant or a key advisor to other knights in practically all the activities that the Council sponsors. They include sub sandwich set up and sales, Holy Family Festival set up and takedown, KOVAR, Keep Christ in Christmas Sales, Food for Families and many more. He is a member of the District’s 2nd Degree Team, former Chairman of the Charity Corporation Board, and a weekly regular at the Pull Tab Table for the Council’s Bingo activity. That’s all very impressive but not the sole reason for receiving this award. I think the impressive part of all of John’s activities is the effect it has on our new and younger members – the future of our Council. John is an inspiration to our new generation of members, me included, of what it takes to be a great Knight of Columbus. He has always been there for me, as a regular member and Grand Knight, when I need help or just some good advice. John is married to his wife Joyce. Joyce is a very active member of the KC Ladies Organization. They raised three sons and enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren. They are members of Holy Family Catholic Church and have served the parish as Eucharistic ministers and ushers for many years. John was active in the Community for many years serving as an executive member of the Prince William Bar Foundation. The Foundation sponsors the “Beat the Odds” program that raises funds to help young people, who need financial help to continue their education past high school, to become successful citizens as adults. For all of the above and much more, John is our Knight of the Month.
When it comes to being a Knight of Columbus, Keith is the total package. Keith does practically everything a lay person can do to support our sponsoring Parish – Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City Virginia. He serves as an Eucharistic Minister, and when needed an Usher. He is available to do whatever needs to be done for the Parish Priests, the Church Staff, and the various lay organizations in the Church. He volunteers to work at most of the Social events sponsored by the Parish organizations, and Keith’s service to the Church is not limited to his local Parish. Keith is also a 4th Degree Knight, and on most Sundays throughout the year, Keith is a volunteer Usher at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Keith takes his pledge to our Core Values - Charity, Unity, and Fraternity – very seriously. Charity involves offering yourself – goods, treasure, and time – for the welfare of others. In the Knights we do that by volunteering our time – one of our most precious commodities – to serve our Parish, Council and Community. Keith’s participation in Council activities epitomizes that commitment. He truly sees himself as one of the “Band of Brothers” in our Council who work together – our 2nd Core Value Unity - to help one another, our Church, and the Community at large. He has served as the Inner Sentinel and has been the Council Recorder for the past two years. Since joining the Council, Keith has been Chair or a major participant for most of the Council’s activities. These include being a member of the Council’s 1st Degree Team, an active Bingo Team member, Chairman for several Sub Sales and a major participant at the others, liaison with the Community for the Bureau’s participation in the Annual 4th of July Parade, organizing the Brothers who serve as Bartenders at the Annual St Patrick/St. Joseph Dinners at Holy Family Church, volunteering for the set-up and take-down of the infrastructure needed for Holy Family’s Fun Festival, Chairman of this year’s Fifth Sunday Rosary activity, and serving with the Team of Brothers that serve the Community by cleaning up trash on Dale Boulevard every quarter. There is no job – large or small – that Keith has not undertaken or done well. Keith takes our 3rd Core Value – Fraternity – very seriously. He holds all of his Brothers in high esteem and praises their efforts for all the activities that they work on together as a Team. Finally, Keith has been a mentor and a role model to our younger members, showing them the true path to becoming an outstanding Knight of Columbus.
Our Knight of the Month for March is Brother Ray Humenik. Ray has been with the Council for a long time and is very active. He participates in a major way in all the activities we do throughout the year. He has been there and done that and is a great advisor to all our younger Knights. He is a Past Grand Knight and an invaluable advisor to me and the other Officers to address the challenges we face throughout the Fraternal Year. In addition to being in the Honorary Members Club, Ray is very active in many ways that benefit the Council. He regularly attends Business Meetings and is a regular, every week, at the Monday Night Bingo. His other activities include the Holy Family Festival, Sub Sales, and the Art Auction. In other words, Ray can be counted on to do what needs to be done to keep the Council running smoothly and ensure that all of our goals and aspirations are met. Ray is a model for our younger Members to learn how they too can benefit themselves, their Fellow Brothers and the people and organizations served by our Council. Ray, thanks for all you do and congratulations for being our Knight of the Month for March.
My selection for the Knight of the Month for February is Brother Joe Morano. Throughout his years with the Knights Joe has proven to be available, dependable and effective. As Grand Knight I know that I have no need to worry about any activity that Joe is either Chairing or participating in. Joe’s efforts greatly help me to more effectively accomplish my duties as Grand Knight of the Council. Over the years and recently Joe has Chaired or participated in many of our activities that are directed towards the Youth in our Council. These include Free Throw Competition, Soccer Challenge, and Essay and Art Contest activities. He is also available on a regular basis to help with other activities such as Sub and Christmas Trees Sales. Joe can also be depended upon to regularly work Bingo on the nights his Team is assigned. Joe has a beautiful and young Family that includes his Wife Lorraine and two Daughters Madeline and Mary Beth. Taking care of a young and active Family is time consuming and a great responsibility. The Council is grateful for the time and effort that Joe gives to our activities. Thank You Joe for all you do for our Council.
John & Chris Blanchard
My selections for the Knights of the Month for January are John and Christopher Blanchard. You may ask why two Knights. The simple answer is when you see one you always see the other – John the Father and Chris the Son. John is an inspiration to all of us. He is one of our Senior Knights and has some difficulty getting around but guess what – that doesn’t stop him. He regularly attends business meetings and participates in most of our programs such as Bingo, Sub Sales, Keep Christ in Christmas Card Sales to mention a few. John is a familiar face at practically any event the Council sponsors. We should all aspire to be the Knight that John is. Chris is also an inspiration to all of us. He is always there for his Father and helps him to live a very active life. I truly believe that Chris is the example of how God expects us to treat our Fathers. The Council benefits from Chris’s devotion to his Father because we know that he will always be there helping his Father to do whatever THEY can do to make our Council be the great organization that it is. Thank You John and Chris for all you do.
Our Knight of the Month for December is Brother Rick Unverricht. One of the keys to becoming a good or a great Knight and Knight of the Month is participation. Participation can be accomplished by being active at our Monthly Meetings, being an active participant or a leader in some of our many programs, and just being available when assistance is needed. Rick meets all of those requirements. He laudably performs his duties as the Council’s Worthy Warden at all of our business meetings. He recently served as Chairman for the Annual Art Auction activity. As a result of his organization, drive, innovation, and resolve, and especially his ability to work with and take advice from previous Art Auction Chairmen, this year’s Auction turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and profitable Auctions undertaken by the Council. Finally, Rick is one of those guys that can just not say “No” when asked for help or input by the Grand Knight and the other Officers. He is always there to help no matter what the need. For all of these reasons, Rick Unverricht is our Knight of the Month. Congratulations Rick and keep up the great work.
Our Knight of the Month for October is Brother Walter Dick. Walter is an Honorary Life Member of John Paul 1 Council. Over the years there is probably nothing that Walter has not done. This is laudatory in itself but this is not about that. This is about what Walter continues to do for the Council today. On most Monday nights since way before I joined the Council, Walter can be found at the VFW selling pull tabs at the weekly John Paul 1 Bingo Event. Bingo is one of our most important activities. It pays the bills for the Council Home we all enjoy and provides the funds needed to carry out our generous Charitable Program. Walter is a Bingo Legend and probably knows most of the players by their first name. But it’s not just Bingo. It’s the Dale City Parade, Holy Family Festival set-up and take down, selling Christmas trees, preparing subs for our Sub Sale activity and much, much more. Fraternity is one of our principles. Walter is all about Fraternity. He and Barbara, a long-time member of the KC Ladies, are fixtures at the summer cookouts and on Fridays at the Council Home. Walter loves mixing it up with all his Brother Knights – even those that do not root for the Yankees. For all of the above and much more, Walter is our Knight of the Month. Thanks Walt for all you do.
Our Knight of the Month for October is SK Brother Peter Ingerick. Peter has been a Knight since 2003. During that time he’s served the Council in many ways. He became a 4th Degree Sir Knight in 2009. He has served as Director of the Community Program since the 2012 – 2013 Fraternal Year. Peter and his Team have faithfully maintained the appearance and cleanliness of the Section of Dale Boulevard assigned by the County to the Council. He served as Outside Guard in 2011 and Inside Guard during 2012. Other activities that Peter has worked on include the Art Auction, Christmas Tree Sales, KCIC, Fourth of July Parade, and Sub Sales. He has been a very active Knight and serves as a role model to our younger Knights of what is expected from a Knight. It’s early in the year but Peter has been very busy. He is serving as Chairman for the Council’s first Sub Sale and will soon be doing a Dale Boulevard Clean-Up activity. Peter has been a regular participant at the Monthly Program Meeting for many years and is always ready and able to help the Program Director when asked. Peter has become a Knight that you can depend on. For that the Council is thankful. Keep up the good work Peter.
Our Knight of the Month for September is Brother John Dibble. Brother John has been an active member of John Paul I Council since 1982. In addition to being in the Honorary Members Club, John is very active in many ways that benefit the Council and the Home Corporation. He regularly attends Business Meetings. This keeps John abreast of everything that the Council is doing and enables him to pass on the benefit of his experience with Council activities to our newer Members and current Officers. He is a Member of Bingo Team 4 and a regular at the Games Table. John volunteers for the Holy Family Fun Festival working on Set-Up/Take Down and the Beer Tent. John serves as Treasurer of the Charity Corporation. In that capacity, John pays all the bills for the building and maintains the Charity Corporation account. Lastly, if you get this newsletter by mail, John picks them up from the printer, puts on the stamp and mails them to you. John is a model that our younger Members can emulate and learn how they too can benefit themselves, their Fellow Brothers and the people and organizations served by our Council. Thanks for all you do John and congratulations for being our Knight of the Month for August.
Our Knight of the Month for August is Brother Alphonse Bassenne. Brother Alphonse joined John Paul 1 approximately 2 years ago. He was recruited at a New Parishioner Welcoming Reception at Holy Family Catholic Church. After hearing about all the activities that the Knights and John Paul 1 in particular do, Alphonse was initially reluctant to join the Order because of his work schedule. He was impressed with the fraternal and charitable principles of the Knights organization but his work schedule and family commitments left very little time available in the evening hours to participate in many of the Council’s activities. After more discussion on the subject of about availability, Alphonse joined our Council. True to his interview, Alphonse still does not have a lot of time available. However he is a regular worker at one of our most important Council activities. Alphonse arranged his work schedule to be available to work Bingo as a member of Team 2. He also helps with Sub Sales after the Masses and participates in other activities as time permits. I think Alphonse is an example to bring up to other men who may want to join our ranks but feel like availability is a big issue. Brother Alphonse we are honored to have you as a member of our Council and Thank You for all that you do.
PGK Lou Byers is the Knight of the Month for July. Lou did an outstanding job as Grand Knight for the 2014 – 2015 Fraternal Year. He displayed great leadership throughout the year. Having been an avid participant in all the Council activities for many years, Lou was able broker that experience to ensure that he upheld the tradition of excellence earned and handed down by the Council’s previous Grand Knights. In addition to being Grand Knight and a great Leader, Lou was very active in all Council activities, especially our Bingo activity. As Grand Knight, Lou was an excellent representative of the Council to our Brothers and their Families that were subjected to distress throughout the year, Holy Family Catholic Church, the State and Supreme Knights of Columbus, and to the Woodbridge Community in general. We look forward to Lou continuing his service to the Council, as a Trustee over the next three years. Thank You Lou for a job well done.
SK Jim Dart is the Knight of the Month for June! Jim has served as Deputy Grand Knight this year and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our programs were staffed and executed successfully. He did a great job of it. I could not have gotten through this year without his support and organization keeping me on track. Jim has willingly accepted a second term at this challenging job. In addition to everything he does with the Knights he is also active with the local Volunteer Firefighter’s and assists with their bingo program. Please join me in congratulating Jim for a job well done and for being our June Knight of the month.
Please join me in a warm congratulation to Vic for being the May Knight of the Month. Vic is currently serving as our council Warden. Vic has previously served as the recorder and is line to be the next Chancellor. Vic works in IT for the Prince William County School system and is very involved with his family. Vic and his family have run the children’s Christmas party and participates in other council activities as time allows. He has a balance of Church, family, work and the Knights that serves as an example to other Knights. Congratulations Vic on being the Knight of the Month!
April’s Knight of the Month is Sir Knight Keith Kaminsky. Keith is currently the recorder for the council and has been a major force in the activities this year. An active bingo team member, Keith has run a sub sale, acted as the Liason for the annual 4th of July parade, and organized the brothers acting as Bartenders for the Annual St. Joseph/St. Patrick’s day dinner. Keith is a Eucharistic Minister, and participates in many events, including the Annual Parish Festival. He is also an Usher at the Basilica and is an active member of the 1st Degree Team. And when Keith is not running a program he is always involved in the background. Whether he is helping pick up trash on Dale Blvd, supporting the Subs he accepting any task asked of him with humility and grace. Please join me in congratulating Keith Kaminsky as the Knight of the month for April.
This month’s Knight of the Month is PGK Larry Pemberton. Larry is involved in many aspects of the Council and the Parish. For years Larry coordinated the Usher Program at the Basilica as well as maintaining the council Rosters. Larry works with Father Creedon at Holy Family regularly. He is currently working to set up the Festival Committee for the upcoming Holy Family Festival and has assisted with creating the new parish website. Larry and his wife Rose made the soups for the first of the Lenten Soup Suppers that were held at the council on behalf of the parish. Larry is generous with his time and spirit, making him our Knight of the Month.
Our February Knight of the Month is one who is responsible for putting together this wonderful Knightly newsletter month after month. Wasiu has been the newsletter editor for the last two years now. Each month, after the 2nd meeting he gathers the inputs from all the contributors and is charged with fitting all the content onto the 12 allotted pages and making it look so professional. His dedication to this important task is critical to getting the word out to all our brothers, widows and families and especially those without email or internet service. Please join me in congratulating Wasiu as the February Knight of the Month.
Dan is the January Knight of the Month. Dan is very active in the council. He is an Outside Guard, has run a sub sale and recently did a great job with the KCIC Christmas Card Sale! Dan has also run the Beer Booth for the Holy Family Festival. Dan is always willing to step up and help where he is needed. Please join me in congratulating Dan as this month’s Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month for December is SK Mike Dvoroznak. Currently our Chancellor, Mike is always willing to step in and lend a hand. He has taught Religious Education at Holy Family for many years. He has been a part of the Festival Committee for the last few years, running the Irish Booth with his wife Mary. Mike is a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in many of the Knights Events. Mike embodies the true spirit of brotherhood and for this reason he is the December Knight of the Month.
PGK Helmut Brokamp is our Knight of the Month for November. Helmut is currently one of the Trustees and very active in the council, never shy to give advice when it is needed. Helmut is the Bingo Team Captain for team 2 and has assisted with bingo on a weekly basis over the last few years. Not afraid of hard work, Helmut lead the efforts for the 21st Annual Art Auction. The Art Auction is one of our primary fundraisers, and Helmut did an outstanding job at pulling it all together. The evening was entertaining and proved to be yet another success! Please join me in congratulating Helmut as the November Knight of the Month.
This month I found that I could not choose any one specific Knight for this honor. Rather I want to acknowledge all of the brother Knights who worked so hard to make this year’s festival a great success! Some were involved in setting up the booths and tents in unseasonal heat. Some sat through hours of planning meetings and spent hours assuring that all of the electrical needs were met. Many ran booths, assisted with booths and worked tirelessly to ensure that the trash was taken care of. You assisted people to get where they needed to be, you proudly presented the colors at the opening ceremonies, and most importantly supported our parish! Without your hard work the Holy Family Annual Parish Festival could not happen! Congratulations to all of the Knights that worked so diligently to ensure the festival success. You are all truly the Knights of the Month!
Greg has been an active member of our council and parish for many years. Greg has been very active in the bingo program, assisting with set up and making sure that Bill has had the support he needs. He has also been producing the Knight of the month and Family of the month certificates for a while. Greg has been a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in the Holy Family Festival. Over the years Greg’s contributions to the Parish and the Council have been great! An easy going guy, he has always been willing to step in and help where he is needed. Please join me in a warm congratulation to Greg for being the September Knight of the Month.
Our Immediate Past Knight, Mike Wissel has been an active member of the council for several years. As Grand Knight, Mike lead the council to another successful year. Always ready to step in and help where needed, Mike has been a great advisor and guide to the Program Chair, helping to ensure that each activity went smoothly. Mike is also very active in Bingo. In addition to Mike’s outstanding leadership in the Council, Mike also serves Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister. We look forward to Mike’s service as a Trustee for the next three years and for his guidance as a Past Grand Knight. Thank you, PGK Mike for your dedicated service.
Our Knight of the Month this month is Bill Houston. Bill exemplifies the principals of Charity and Fraternity. Always willing to help others with no thought of return for himself. He assists with Bingo, sub sales and many of the Knights events. He can be seen often on Karaoke night up at the microphone belting out the tunes. Bill is a rock of stability for his family, and has seen his son Chris through many painful operations. Please join me in congratulating Bill as our Knight of the Month for August.
Brother Bill Gleichsner has been doing an outstanding job this past year as the Bingo chairman. Bingo’s importance to this council cannot be overstated. Bingo revenue funds the mortgage payments on our Council Home and provides thousands of dollars for the charitable donations we give. Leading the Bingo effort is a big job and Bill does it with a lot of pride. Bill is always promoting Bingo and the Council. As he is fond of saying, “John Paul 1 Council is the greatest Council of the Order.” Bill also does a great job as chairman of the Labor Day Picnic and along with his wife Pattiann, the Ladies Appreciation Dinner which are very enjoyable. I am very pleased to recognize Bill Gleichsner as our June Knight of the Month.
Matt Drabik has taken on the role of KOVAR Chairman and done an outstanding job. The KOVAR chairman position is a very demanding one which takes a commitment of time and planning to achieve good results. Matt did that by starting early to contact stores in the area that would allow us to collect donations. The number of groups competing for these spots has made it more difficult to obtain permission than in the past. But Matt prevailed and even with fewer slots we were able to raise a large amount for KOVAR. For his efforts to raise money and awareness for the intellectually disabled in Virginia, Matt is the Knight of the Month.
Since he transferred into the John Paul 1 Council this past year, Keith has impressed us all the way he has eagerly donated his time to help with so many of our events. He chaired the past Sub Sale, has volunteered for 40 hours, bar tending, bingo just to name a few. He is a regular at meetings and the Council Home. We are very pleased and feel blessed that Keith has joined our Council. Thank you, Keith for your hard work. It’s an honor to recognize you as our April Knight of the Month.
Past Grand Knight Ed Fairbairn has taken on the role of Communications Chairman this year with an emphasis of updating the Council website and streamlining the updating of the council information. We are very pleased with the new website that is easier to use and makes more information available. What goes on behind the scene is a lot of work. As the webmaster Ed is constantly uploading new content, updating information and maintaining lists. With a goal of continuous improvement Ed is always looking for ways to make the dissemination of information better. For taking this on with his usual tireless work ethic, Ed improves the communication of the council and we thank him for that.
Greg Short is dedicated member of our Council and Holy Family Parish where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Greg has been providing an indispensable service to the council by printing all the certificates we need to recognize Brothers for Knight of the Month, Family of the Month and Honoree of the First degree among other printing needs. When I have requested a certificate from Greg he comes through without fail and delivers a quality product to me on time. It makes my job as Grand Knight much easier to know that Greg is there to prepare these certificates. Congratulations Greg and thank you for a job well done.
January 2014 Knight of the Month – Ray Lopez A few months ago a Brother night fell ill and his wife asked for some help getting some furniture assembled and moved into their home to better accommodate his needs. A call went out for help and Brother Ray Lopez answered that call. After several hours of assembly, carrying, and maneuvering the furniture upstairs, the room was ready for our brother to recuperate and convalesce. Ray’s actions are a great example of the third principle of the order, fraternity. We recognize Ray Lopez as our January 2014 Knight of the Month.
We have had several members that have joined in recent years that come in with enthusiasm and desire to help the council and the order. Jonathan McCoy is one of those brother Knights. Jonathan is always pitching in to help with various council events, KOVAR, Christmas trees, sub sales, just to name a few. Jonathan stepped up to chair our Sub sandwich sale in this past October and did a great job. Our first sub sale of the fraternal year was a great success because of Jonathan’s time and effort. For all his hard work for the council and for being a great brother Knight, we recognize Jonathan McCoy as our December Knight of the Month.
Walter Dick is a long time member of our council and is a stalwart in supporting bingo and the Holy Family Fall Festival. Walt is an instant seller at bingo every Monday night. On his feet for 3-4 hours with his familiar call “Pull tabs,” ringing throughout the hall Walt sets the standard for the team. Walt’s friendly and genial manner makes him a favorite with the bingo customers. Putting up the large tents that make up the beer garden for the Festival is no small task. Walt steps up to lead the rest of us in erecting the tent, putting up the fence around it and setting up the tables and canopies for various booths as well. When the festival is over, Walt is there to help take things down and put them away. A tireless worker who donates his time to the council, it is a pleasure to recognize and honor Walter Dick as our November Knight of the Month.
Timothee (Tim) Donangmaye
Tim joined the council this year and in that short time has taken a very active role in the council. Tim agreed to chair the Highway Cleanup events. Four times this fraternal year Council members meet to pick up trash along a stretch of Dale City Boulevard. With the cleanup completed successfully this past month, Tim is ready to lead another effort in October. In recognition of his enthusiasm, eagerness and hard work, Tim is our October Knight of the Month.
Brother Bob Weiss is one of those guys that always involved. A Past Grand Knight, Bob is always there to help with Council events. He plays an important role in the council’s fund raising efforts and sits on committees that provide the leadership for the council. He seems to do these things always staying calm cool and collected. He is the captain of the Bingo Team 3, a main driver for our charitable efforts and a grill master at the Friday cookout, grilling delicious barbeque that we all love which is one of our main social events. Bob sits on the Charity Corporation Board, and is a member of the House Committee. This past year Bob chaired our nomination committee which is responsible for recruiting the great group of officers we have this year. Congratulations Bob. You are our September Knight of the Month.
Past Grand Knight Rowland “Rollie” Babcock has been a dedicated member of the council and the order with 35 years of service. This past year Rollie and his wife Merry moved to Ruther Glen, VA but still wanted to be active in council events. Because of the distance the Babcocks knew that they could not participate in all the events they used to so they would pick a few to do. The Dale City Independence Parade was something they have enjoyed doing every year. Rollie and Merry drove up and helped as marshals in the parade. Rollie and Merry have also been spotted at a few Friday Cookouts. We appreciate the continued support and participation from PGK Rollie and for that reason are rewarding him with our August Knight of the Month.
I would like to recognize the Ham Family as the June 2019 Family of the Month. Rob and Sara Ham are very active members and servants to the Holy Family Catholic Church. They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year. Many know the Ham Family as a fixture in their pew at the 10:30 Mass. Brother Rob is a member of the choir, a lector, and volunteers on Confirmation re-treats. Sara serves as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, as a lector, and has taught religious education for several years. She also substitute teaches at Holy Family Catholic School and is the Parent Teacher Organization Treasurer. The Hams have supported the Holy Family Fun Festival for several years. They have seven children, several of whom have attended or attend Holy Family Catholic School. They themselves have been involved in Parish activ-ities to include singing in the choir; participating in work camp; serving as lectors, ushers, and catechist aides; and participation in, and volunteering with, Summer Friendship. Several have also been in-volved in Scouting. We thank the Ham Family for their great example of a family who prays and serves together, for all their activities above, and any not listed, in support of our Parish community.
Holy Family RE Team
The Family of the Month for May 2019 are the hardworking catechists, assistant catechists, and staff of the Holy Family Catholic Church Religious Education (RE) program. The RE team plays an important role by assisting parents in the religious, moral, and spiritual formation of their children. This support is essential in a team effort that empowers the children of Holy Family to grow in their love of God, develop personal relationships with Jesus Christ, and gain a strong foundation of knowledge of their faith while they develop into citizens of character who are committed to service to their community as Catholics. Throughout the entire school year, over 80 incredible people (helped by even more teen aides) gave of their time every week to plan and prepare, review materials, set up classrooms, and lead lessons on Catholic teachings, practices, and traditions. A great number of these volunteers have been doing this for years. This year nearly 700 children participated in the RE program. This team’s work has been and always will continue to be essential (and their ranks will always need replenishing). Consider the several thousands of Catholics who “grew up” in Holy Family Catholic Church, many now with families of their own, as well as the hundreds of children in our parish now. We thank the RE team for all they have done this year as in years past, prayerful for their success in the future.
I would like to recognize the Velasquez Family as the April 2019 Family of the Month. Oscar and Dora Velasquez are very active members and servants to the Holy Family Catholic Church community. They celebrated their 28th wedding an- niversary this year. Oscar has served on the Pastoral Council for sever- al years and serves as both an Extraordinary Minis- ter of the Eucharist and an usher. He has been in- strumental in several upgrade projects like painting and bathroom renovations at Holy Family, and has been a stalwart supporter in planning and putting on special events like the St. Valentine’s Day Dinner, New Year’s Eve party, and especially the annual Holy Family Fun Festival. Dora is also an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucha- rist, and a member of both the Guadeloupe group and prayer group. She has been active in fundrais- ing, supporting events, and helping to run a booth several years at the Fun Festival. The Velasquez family attends and supports Holy Family all the way from their homes in the Stafford and Fredericksburg area. This includes three chil- dren (Dina and husband Mauricio, Elisa, and Emily), several who have volunteered with Summer Friend- ship, as well as two grandchildren. We thank the Velasquez Family for all their activities above, and any not listed, in support of our Parish.
Dom and Mariana are active members of the Quantico Catholic Community. They will celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary in April, and they have 4 children (Gabriel 20, Daniela 17, Melina 16, and Andre 13). Dom transferred to the council in 2013. He actively supports team 4 for bingo, helps with Christmas tree sales, sub sales, ethnic dinners and numerous other events. He recently served as Deputy Grand Knight. Mariana is an active member of Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) at Quantico. This year she is helping with the planning and execution of the Regional Retreat. Dom and Mariana are Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, substitute religious education teachers, manage the altar servers, and are members of the Catholic Advisory Council for the Catholic Community at the United States Marine Corps Base Quantico. Mariana is also part of the Linen Guild to make sure all the altar linens are properly cleaned and prepared for each Mass. Daniela and Melina are members of the church choir. Melina and Andre are both altar servers. Daniela and Melina are also assistant religious education instructors for the Catholic Community. The Dionne family participates in the Adopt-a-Marine program for The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico. They help provide home cooked meals and brief relaxing escapes from the base when the training schedule allows Marines to take a pause from the rigorous training program. Gabriel is enlisted in the US Army and is currently attending training to become a combat engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Daniela is a senior and Melina is a sophomore at Forest Park High School. Andre is currently in 8th grade at Benton Middle School. Congratulations to the Dionne family for being an exemplary family!
For the month of February I want to recognize the Laney Family for a lifetime of service. Ron and Angel have been happily married for 54 years. They have two sons Michael (47) and Richie (45). They are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren, the two living with them are Richie (16) and Samantha (15), and the other two are Josh (20) and Justin (15). Ron joined the United States Marine Corps and was severely wounded in action during his second tour during the Vietnam War. After his medical retirement from the Marines, he attended college through a Veterans Administration Program and successfully completed his Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees. Upon graduation he started working for the Department of Justice as a Federal Parole Officer. Ron retired from the Department of Justice after serving for 35 years in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Most of his career involved training state and local law enforcement officials on child abuse and missing children investigations. Ron served as Associate Administrator of the Child Protection Division which had the national responsibility for major programs such as the Missing Children’s Program, AMBER Alert Program, Internet Crimes Against Children Program, National Child Advocacy Centers Program, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other child protection programs. He continues to help coordinate child protection trainings at four national child protection conferences each year throughout the country. Ron serves on the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Advisory Board and he helps facilitate an annual missing children's roundtable for children and families of missing children to help the siblings of a missing child and victims of an abduction. Also on the 200th year anniversary of the Juvenile Court as sponsored by the National Juvenile and Family Court Judges titled: Second Chances, he was recognized as one of 25 success stories of Juvenile Court. Ron has spent 40 plus years involved with veteran organizations. He is a four time Past Post Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1503, and has served as the Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Semper Fi Chapter # 1775 the last 21 years. Ron is also a Past State Commander of the MOPH, and a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Marine Corps League. The Laney Family support the Dale City Fourth of July parade; Ron served as the Grand Marshal one year. They attend and participate in ceremonies at Quantico National Cemetery on Memorial and Veterans Day. They help support VFW cookouts for the Dale City community. The Laneys also assist with the deliveries during the VFW Christmas Food Baskets program for our community families. Ron and Angel lead the VFW Christmas tree sales program. Samantha volunteers to help with Easter, Halloween and Christmas Children’s parties supported by VFW Auxiliary. Angel and all the grandchildren help with the VFW Buddy Poppy and MOPH Viola drives.
Christmas Tree Sales Team
Family of the Month Brothers, please join me in recognizing all of our Brother Knights who assisted with the Christmas tree sales this year as our Council Family of the Month. Their efforts and sacrifice of time away from their loved ones leading up to Christmas ensured that the council was able to a turn a profit in our tree sales this year. Only 1/6th of our membership helped with sales this year. Several of these Knights pulled more than one shift in an effort to sell all the trees we had on hand. The weather did not make it any easier; we had rainy days that hampered sales on two weekends where we traditionally do pretty good.
The Family of the month for December is the Byram Family. Greg and Catherine have been married for 5 years and have two children. Hannah is 4 years old and Connor is 2 years old. Greg is currently an Outside Guard for the Council. He also volunteers to help at our cookouts and tends bar in the Council Home. Greg volunteered to head up our Christmas tree sales for the council this year. Catherine and Greg are both religious education instructors at Holy Family and volunteer to help with the Youth Ministry. Their family frequently assists with the food pantry.
I would like to recognize the Raimundi Family as our Council Family for November. Ruben and Clara have been married for almost 7 years and are the proud parents of three children. Kiara is 14 years old, Keison is 6 years old and Kaily is 5 years old. Ruben is currently serving as our Council Warden, Captain of BINGO Team 2, and routinely volunteers to assist our degree teams. Most recently, he just managed the highly successful Hispanic Ethnic Dinner in October. Ruben also just assisted with the Council’s Art Auction. Ruben routinely supports numerous activities such as Dale City 4th of July Parade, Adopt-A-Highway, Holy Family Fall Festival, Kovar, Christmas tree sales, Breakfast with Santa and Mother's day breakfast. Ruben and Clara are both Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family and take communion to the home bound of the parish. Ruben teaches religious education on Thursdays and is also the co-chair for the Journey with Jesus at Holy Family. Clara manages the Cake Walk for Holy Family during the Fall Festival and also bakes several desserts. The Raimundi family routinely supports the Holy Family Catholic Church food pantry. Ruben assists with the Holy Family Work Camp by providing tool safety training. He also supports the Diocese of Arlington annual Work Camp as a contractor. Finally, the Raimundi’s also provide donations to a homeless shelter at least once a year. I want to thank the Raimundi family for all they do to help our Council, Holy Family, Dale City and the Diocese of Arlington.
I would like to recognize the Dunlop family as our Council Family of the Month for October. Kevin and Laurie have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents two children. Gus is 19 years old, an Eagle Scout, and currently a sophomore in ROTC attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Annie is 17 years old and currently a senior at St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School. Kevin is currently the Life Program Director and is a Bingo caller. Since joining our Council, Kevin has supported numerous events annually such as Christmas tree sales, Christmas card sales, KOVAR, and breakfasts. He also helps with beer sales, night guard, and cleanup for the annual Holy Family Fun Festival. He’s assisted in Adopt-A-Highway, the Art Auction, and sub sales a few times as well. Kevin and Laurie are both Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family. Gus and Annie also serve as Ushers for the 10:30 Mass. Kevin served as the liaison between Holy Family, the Diocese, and the architect for the building expansion project. Kevin is also an Assistant Scout Master and the Summer Camp Coordinator for Troop 857 chartered by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He was also a youth sports coach for two years in Lake Ridge. In support of our community, Laurie currently works at Holy Family Catholic School as the librarian. She chaired the Holy Family Fun Festival Committee two years in a row, continues to support that event, and planned several Parish dinners, dances, and parties. She served as a volunteer track coach for the Dale City Lightening for 3 years and earlier as the coach for Girls on the Run at Old Bridge Elementary. She is also a member of the Lake Ridge Chorale, a community choir that performs to support local charities. I want to say thank you for all the activities above and all the things not listed that you and your family do to help our council, parish, and community.
Council 7165 Family
Our Family of the Month for September 2018 is dedicated to all the members of John Paul I Council 7165, who throughout the fraternal year, selflessly give their time, talent and treasure, and energy to ensure all of our sponsored events are a success. To those who support our bingo program, participate in sub sandwich preparation and sales at the Church, Christmas tree sales, KCIC sales, Teddy Bears for Police, Ladies Appreciation dinner, our ethnic night dinners, Mother’s Day Breakfast, Breakfast with Santa, the annual Art Auction, blood drive, 40 cans for Lent, birthday nights, summer cookouts, KOVAR, our various children’s programs, the Holy Family Fun Festival, and to those that volunteer as Eucharistic Ministers, lecturers and ushers at Holy Family and at the National Shrine; each of these events require someone to volunteer their time to chair, organize, advertise, and execute the event. In a vast number of these examples, that person is a brother knight, and in many cases his family is right there with him, lending their support by assisting in most every aspect of these events. It’s because of our beliefs in our Catholic faith and our desire to provide support to our church and our community that allows and even compels many of our brother knights and their families to be the ones to get things done. For this reason, the Family of the Month for September 2018, is that dedicated group of brother knights and their family members that make everything we do as a Council so special!
The Family of the Month for August 2018 is the Williams Family. Ray and Rene have been married for over 33 years. They are the proud parents of two adult sons, Marsallis is 25 years old and plays the saxophone and keyboards in a GoGo band, GoGo music is a unique subgenre associated with funk that is popular in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Jayvon is 19 years old and will attend Bridgewater College starting in September 2018. Ray has been a knight for just over a year and has immersed himself in many activities and since joining John Paul I Council, Ray agreed to be the Church Committee Chairman and is serving as the Council Recorder this year. Ray served as the 2018 Activity Chairman for the 4th of July Parade and ...
The Family of the Month for July 2018 is the Hummel Family. Corey and Denise are active members of the Quantico Catholic Community. Corey and Denise just celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary and have 5 children. Corey joined the Knights just over a year ago after he retired from the Air Force and went from 1st to 3rd degree in two months! He actively supports team 3 for Bingo. Denise served as the secretary last year and will be the 1st Vice President for Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) at Quantico this upcoming year. She is also the Archdiocese for Military Services (AMS) Seminarian Sponsorship Liaison for the Military Council of Catholic Women (CWOC World Wide), this required her to work with seminarians that are co-sponsored by AMS with the hope that after ordination into the priesthood, they will be allowed to serve as chaplains in our military to support Catholics in every branch of the Armed Services by their bishops. Denise also teaches Kindergarten for Religious Education in support of the Quantico Catholic Community. She is assisted by two of her daughters, Amanda and Laura.
The Family of the Month for June 2018 is the Byram family. Greg and Catherine are active members of the Holy Family and John Paul I communities. Greg and Catherine recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary… congratulations to both of them! They are the proud parents of two adorable children, Hannah is 4 years old and Connor is 17 months old. You can often hear Connor’s infectious giggle at church. Hannah seems to enjoy being the caring big sister. Greg became a knight shortly after he and Catherine were married. He’s been active with the Holy Family Softball team for a few years. Over the past couple of years, Greg has become more active with the council, volunteering his time as a bartender in the lounge, as well as joining the team of brothers responsible for cooking at our Friday Night Cookouts. Most recently, Greg was elected to the position of Outside Guard for the upcoming fraternal year. Catherine has probably one of the toughest jobs out there… she’s a stay-at-home Mom and housewife caring for Hannah and Connor and their niece, Ava. Catherine has served as a Catechist for six years at Holy Family teaching the 7th and 8th grade classes. Please join me in congratulating Catherine and Greg on being selected as the council’s Family of the Month for June 2018!
The Family of the Month for May 2018 is the Rouleau family. Bob and Anne are both active with Holy Family Church as well as with the council and KC Ladies Auxiliary, respectively. Bob has been an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for a number of years and has helped train other Eucharistic Ministers. Anne serves as a Lector at Holy Family generally at the 7:30 Mass, as well as weekday Masses. Anne also serves on the Holy Family Parish Council. Anne is active in the KC Ladies and has previously served as Secretary and President. She has also helped run the side-walk café at Holy Family’s Festival for a number of years. I think most people are aware that Bob is the focal point for and publisher of the Prayer Requests sent out to all of our Prayer Warriors… and many of us have benefited from those prayers! Bob and Anne celebrated 52 years of marriage this past November, a true testament to the loving people that they are! During their marriage they’ve been blessed with 5 wonderful daughters; Barbara, Kathaleen, Lisa, Cynthia, and Amy; and in turn their daughters have blessed Anne and Bob with 9 grandchildren! And yes, that is the correct spelling of Kathaleen’s name… Bob explains that in his haste and excitement he made slight error when writing her name down for the birth certificate. Bob serves on both the John Paul I Council Admissions Degree Team and the District’s Father Capodanno Formation Degree Team. He also serves as Chief Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Bob is a Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, and Former District Deputy. He currently serves as President of the John Paul I Charity Corporation. In their free-time… Bob performs with 2 barbershop choirs, The Harmony Heritage Singers and The Bull Run Troubadours. Anne and Bob are also members of St Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Silver Foxes, where Anne serves as Secretary and Bob is the organizer for their Annual Christmas luncheon. It gives me great pleasure to honor Anne and Bob Rouleau as the Family of the Month!
This month I’ve selected a very unique “family” as our Family of the Month. For the month of April 2018, I want to recognize a special group of brothers that for quite some time, have served as the heart of the council’s Bingo program. I’d like to recognize brothers Walter Dick, PGK John Castro, Bob Scheller, PGK Mike Dvoroznak, PGK Ray Humenik, Jerome Alexander, Terry Kuszewski, PGK Joe Grabowski, Brian Crowley, PGK Jim Limbach, Bernie Bresnahan, and of course their ring leader, PGK Bill Gleichsner. Our Bingo team captains do a great job in getting workers out every week in support of the program, but it’s this core of regulars that can always be counted on: they work virtually every Monday night, as well as the double Bingo sessions on Memorial Day and Labor Day!! These brothers understand the importance of our Bingo program and the support it brings to our charity programs; and they unfailingly support it! Please join me in congratulating our band of Bingo brothers for being selected the “Family” of the Month for April 2018!
For the month of March 2018, I’ve selected Holy Family parishioners John and Jill Zurcher as the Family of the Month. John and Jill have lived in the Woodbridge area for over 25 years and have been members of Holy Family Church for about 18 years, having transferred from St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church around the same time Fr Gerry got to Holy Family. John and Jill have been married for over 46 years and their marriage has been blessed with 4 children; Rebecca, Laura and the twins; John Jr. and Katie. The Zurchers have also received the blessings of the next generation of their family with John Jr.’s children, 4-year old Aubree and 3-year old Ryan; and Katie’s 3-year old Emily and the newest edition, Jacob who was just born Feb 2nd! John retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 1996 after faithfully serving our nation for 25 years. In addition to being at his side as his faithful wife and loving mother to their children, during most of John’s military assignments, Jill served as Director of a number of child development centers or worked as a school teacher. Following John’s retirement from the Army, he went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked for 16 years, retiring in 2012. John and Jill’s hobbies include reading and travel, when they can. John also enjoys giving his best at a round of golf from time to time. John and Jill both serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Holy Family and together they serve on the Adult Faith Formation, with John serving as the Coordinator for the “Journey with Jesus” program. The Zurchers also assist the money counting team. In addition, John is a member of the Circle of Caring, and he attends daily Mass, often serving as alter server and usher, as necessary. To quote John, he’s the “utility infielder at Holy Family”. Please join me in congratulating the Zurchers for being selected the Family of the Month for March 2018!
The Family of the Month for February 2018 is that of Brother Milton “Pete” Peterson. Pete and his bride Kelly, recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. Pete and Kelly were granted custody of their two grandsons, Jacob and Mark when “one was barely walking and one was barely crawling”; not long after, Pete and Kelly adopted Jacob and Mark. Pete served honorably for 20 years in the US Army, serving in the Communications Intelligence and Personnel fields, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1988. Following that, Pete joined the civil service as a DoD civilian; serving in numerous capacities until his retirement in 2015. Pete is a 3rd Degree Knight having joined the Knights of Columbus in 1981. While serving in the Army, Pete and Kelly first moved to Dale City and joined Holy Family Catholic Church in 1980. Pete served two military tours and one civilian tour in Korea, for a total of 22 years, but Pete and Kelly always returned to Holy Family. Pete has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector and usher at Holy Family, as well as EMHC and Lector at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for approximately 15 years. He has also been actively involved in the Catholic Healing Ministry of the Diocese of Arlington for approximately 12 years, where he serves as a Prayer Minister. Kelly is an active member of the Korean Legion of Mary based in Reston. Their members number approximately 200 and regularly meet at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lake Ridge. Mark is currently a Senior at Gar-Field High School, where he consistently earns a place on the Honor Roll. He is currently a 3rd Degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. Mark also performs in the choir at Holy Family Church. Jacob is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College, where he’s taking General Studies courses. He also serves as an usher at Holy Family and like his dad, is a 3rd Degree Knight, having joined John Paul I Council in 2017. Please join me in congratulating the Petersons in being selected the Family of the Month for February 2018!
I’d like to recognize the family of Brother Wayne Mattson as our Family of the Month for January. Since returning to the Dale City area this past year, Wayne and Amanda and family have picked up where they left off. Wayne and Amanda have always been actively involved in the church; Wayne by serving as a lector and singing in the choir; and Amanda is a flutist with the Holy Family choir, as well as singing with the choir. Both have served as religious education teachers and in validation classes. Wayne and Amanda have 6 wonderful children who are also very active in the church Holy Family Church: Nathaniel, Joshua, Peter, Dominic, Jack and Lucia. All the children have or are currently active as altar servers, assisting in Vacation Bible School, as well as being active in religious education. As a family they have helped or participated in the Holy Family Fun Festival, Friday cookouts, road cleanups, sub sales and assisting with our latest Art Auction. Wayne and Nate are both brother knights in John Paul I council. Please join me in congratulating the Mattson’s in being selected the Family of the Month for January.
Our Family of the Month for December is that of Brother Eugene Brown Jr. Gene and Joyce have been married 54 years! They are the proud parents of 4 adult children: Diane, Steve, Paul, and Cindy; and 11 grandchildren: Nick, Lacey, Noah, Lexi, Sophia, Connor, Sydney, Zach Paul, Claire, Jacob, and Collin. The Browns have been parishioners at Sacred Heart for approximately 8 years. After successfully battling breast cancer, Joyce wanted to know that if anything were to happen to her, Gene would have somewhere to turn and to have something to do, so she wrote a letter to Santa asking that Gene join the Knights of Columbus. With that Gene joined our ranks in 2006. He has been a regular along the Dale City Independence Day Parade route serving as a Parade Marshal many of the years since joining the Knights. Joyce joined the KC Ladies Auxiliary around the same time Gene joined the Knights and is active with many of the Ladies activities. She is a regular at the Ladies Bunco Night and can always be counted on the support the Ladies in their many activities. In addition, Joyce is a regular contributor to the council’s events. Together Gene and Joyce have been the driving force behind a number of our children-related events for approximately 3 years now… namely the Easter Egg Hunt, the Children’s Halloween and Christmas Parties. And on the rare occasion they were unable to support it, their daughter Diane has stepped in to provide support! Gene worked as a federal contractor until his retirement in 2000. Joyce was a housewife most of their marriage, but she had a couple of home based businesses for a number of years. Since then they have enjoyed their time supporting and participating in church and KC events, and enjoying the numerous activities their children and grandchildren are involved in. Please join me in congratulating the Brown family on being selected the Family of the Month for December.
The November Family of the Month is that of Brother Wilmer Munoz. Wilmer and his wife Jennifer Ann have been married since October 2001. They moved to the Woodbridge area from New York in Aug 2012. Wilmer became a Knight in 2005 and made his Knighthood (3rd) Degree in the spring of 2006. He is employed by ABC Supply Co. where he was a truck driver until recently, when he was promoted to inside sales. Jennifer has been a stay at home mom since August of 2017 and Wilmer states, as most house-wives will attest, that she is working harder now than when worked outside the home! Wilmer serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family and has taught Religious Education classes for First Communicants since the 2013-14 class. He also serves as lecturer on occasion. Wilmer and Jennifer have been blessed with a family of 4 boys; Alejandro 14, Parker 8, Ethan 5, and little Noah 14 – months old. Alejandro, or Alex, is a fresh-man at St John Paul the Great. His school work keeps him quite busy, but he does have time to participate on the wrestling team. Alex is also an alter server at Holy Family Church and has been an assistant RE teacher with his dad since the 2016-17 class. Parker and Ethan are both students at Holy Family Catholic School, Parker in 3rd grade and Ethan in kindergarten. Parker enjoys participating in soccer and track at school. Like his older brother, Parker is now an alter server. According to Wilmer, Ethan likes to watch TV and to ―just relax‖. And No-ah, as with most 14-month-old little boys… his job is to just be cute! Please join me in congratulating the Munoz family in being selected the Family of the Month for November.
The Family of the Month for October 2017 is the family of our Grand Knight Victor Rivera. Vic and Audrey have been married for a little over 23 years and their family includes 3 great children; Justin, Stephanie, and Jonathan. Brother Vic has been a Knight since May 2003 and has filled virtually every Council Officer seat. As his busy schedule permits, Brother Vic enjoys playing softball on the Holy Family Knights Senior League team. Currently he is the Acting President of the Prince William Girl’s Fast Pitch Softball League. Audrey is employed by Prince William County Schools at Freedom High School where she is a School Counsellor. She is also the Coach for Freedom High School’s Robotics Team. Justin is a senior at the University of Mary Washington with a Computer Science major He also serves as a coach for the PWCS First Robotics High School Team, as well as coaching the Freedom H.S. Robotics Team and mentor for the Pennington Traditional School FIRST LEGO League Robotics. Justin has also been a Brother Knight since January of 2015. Stephanie is currently a student at NOVA studying Public Health Exercise Science and Kinesiology. She also plays softball for Holy Family and mentors the Charles J. Colgan Senior High School Robotics team. Jonathan attends Colgan Senior High School where he is a sophomore. He is on the Varsity Golf team and the School's Robotics team. Jonathan is sponsoring a study abroad student from Spain who will be staying with the Rivera family for two weeks. Justin, Stephanie, and Jonathan are all avid swimmers and until recently were members of the Dale City FROGS. The entire family takes part in supporting many of our Council’s functions, from donating blood at our annual Red Cross Blood Drive, to assisting with cooking at the Breakfast with Santa, to cooking for our recent Hispanic Ethnic Night dinner. As a family, the Rivera’s make an annual clothing donation to BARN Community Housing, a secular non-profit that provides clean, safe housing for families in need of a helping hand. Please help me in congratulating the Rivera Family for being selected Family of the Month for October 2017!
The Family of the Month for September 2017 is the family of Brother Matt Hawkes. Matt and Liz were united in marriage October 17th, 2015 and created their truly wonderful blended family, currently made up of Mary 16, Christopher 13, and Wynter 8… and Matt and Liz anxiously await the arrival of the newest member of this great family in March 2018! Brother Matt has been a Knight since March 2006 and has been active for the past couple of years assisting with the Work Camp providing contractor assistance. He is active in softball and through the Holy Family Archangels softball team, he has recruited a number of younger Brother Knights into the Council. Matt most recently became a member of the House Committee where he actively supported this season’s cookout schedule. Along with Matt, the family also supported the cookouts… on a couple of occasions the “come and get your order” announcers were Liz and Wynter! Liz recently completed her NCLEX certification fulfilling her dream of becoming an RN and is currently employed at “Let Mommy Sleep Newborn Care”, as a post-partum doula, providing physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth. Mary has participated in Work Camp as one of the student volunteers. She will be attending Colgan Senior High School this fall as a junior. Christopher likes baseball and is into video games. Wynter likes ballet and tap dance, as well as gymnastics. Both Christopher and Wynter will be attending Holy Family Catholic School; Christopher in 8th grade and Wynter in 3rd. The Hawkes are a fun loving family and they can always be counted on to be there for their friends and family. Please help me in congratulating the Hawkes Family for being selected Family of the Month for September 2017!
The Family of the Month for August 2017 is the family of Brother SK Dom Dionne. Since transferring to John Paul I Council, Dom and his family – wife Mariana, and their children, Gabriel, Daniela, Melina, and Andre, have been active within the Council and the church community. Dom and Mariana are involved with the Religious Education program at MCB Quantico. Although Dom and his family attend Mass at MCB Quantico; they actively support a number of activities sponsored at Holy Family Church, such as the Council’s previous Corporate Communion. Dom and his family have assisted with Sub Sales, helping with sandwich prep and sales. They have also participated in a number of our Adopt-A-Highway road cleanups. Dom and Mariana both participated in the 44th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC this past January. And most recently, Dom, with the assistance of his entire family – to include his mother-in-law, coordinated and oversaw the setup of refreshments at the Council’s Officer Installation. Dom is active as a Boy Scouts as Leader, and both Gabriel and Andre are scouts! Dom is also active with the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Gabriel recently joined his Dad as a Brother Knight, completing his Knighthood Degree in June. Gabriel’s paternal grandfather drove up from Fredericksburg to witness him receive his Knighthood Degree, but due to an unfortunate mishap in the parking lot of All Saints Church, Dad had to accompany Grandpa to the hospital to have a broken hand tended to. The Dionne Family is truly a wonderful group of people and it’s an honor and a pleasure to have them as a part of the John Paul I Family! Please join me in congratulating the Dionne Family for being selected Family of the Month for August 2017!
The Family of the Month for July 2017 is the Raimundi Family. Brother SK Ruben is new to our Order, having joined our ranks a barely a year ago and achieving his 4th Degree within a month of his 1st Degree! Ruben was also last years’ recipient of the Protacio Award. Ruben and his wife Clara and their children, Kiara, Keison, and Kaily have had to cope with Ruben being deployed to Afghanistan for several months during the past year. While deployed, Ruben provided assistance to a group of nuns running an orphanage in local area. He also participated in a Round Table support by the VA Council where a 2nd Degree Exemplification was held. The Raimundi Family has supported the Council’s Adopt-a-Highway program on a number of occasions. They have also participated in several church functions and recently both Ruben and Clara were commissioned as Exception Ministers of Holy Communion where they will now provide a much needed service to Holy Family Church and to our home bound parishioners. Please join me in congratulating the Raimundi family for being selected Family of the Month for July 2017
Brother Stephen Macejka has been a Knight of Columbus for over 43 years. He is a Past Grand Knight of our Council, Former District Deputy in Virginia, member of the House Committee, President of the Charity Corporation and John Paul 1 Center/Home Manager since the building opened. In the past Steve has been selected as the Virginia Knight of the Year and, along with his wife Pat, was also selected as the Family of the Year for Virginia. Brother Macejka has always been the go-to guy for this Council and Holy Family to get things done. Steve has been the home manager for more than 20 years. Through his leadership, management, and timeless efforts, the council meeting home has been expanded and well maintained, and events such as Friday Night Cookouts, Quarterly Birthday Celebrations, and the many other parties and events that are conducted at the home have always been well attended. Thanks to his wife Pat’s support, Steve has had a very active and positive presence in our Council life. Their son Edward M. Macejka is also member of our Council. Brother Macejka and his wife are leaving Virginia for a well deserved retirement in Myrtle Beach, SC. They will be greatly missed. Congratulations to the Macejka Family.
Our Family of the month for May 2017 is the Fairbairn Family. Brother Ed has been a district nominator for the past two years, a PGK of JP1, and a member of the 1st and 2nd degree teams. He is also a bingo caller, our council webmaster, and has been the Mother's Day Breakfast Chairman for the last few years. Our newsletter would not get out on time if it were not for Ed’s oversight and management of everyone’s input/articles. Ed is always around to lend a hand for almost every event we have going on. The Council’s yearly Art Auction would not have those special hors d’oeuvres without Ed and Mary. They have coordinated the food preparation and service since 2013. They work very hard to make sure the food presentation and taste is first class. The entire family serves Holy Family parish. Ed and Mary are catechists for Confirmation preparation, Ed is a lector, Mary is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and their son Tom helps count the Mass offering one Sunday a month. They also serve the Arlington Diocese Youth Ministry WorkCamp, where Ed serves as a troubleshooter, and Mary as a nurse. Congratulations to the Fairbairn Family.
This Month’s Family of the Month is the Brokamp family. WPGK Helmut Brokamp, along with his wife Runia and his daughter Aileen, are attached to the council, Church and community in many ways. Helmut attends all meetings and serves as a mentor to new officers. He is always willing to assist other brothers and families in need. He has served in all positions as an officer including Past Grand Knight, Trustee of the Council, Chairman of the council’s Charity Art Auction for 2 years, Bingo Team Captain, member of the Degree Exemplification Team, member of the officer nominating committee, and has chaired the officer nominating committee. He is continuously promoting the Knights of Columbus and is currently co-chairing the Hispanic Ethnic Dinner. Runia and Aileen represent the Knights of Columbus with dignity in all causes and activities. They keep family and church as the cornerstone of their relationship. Runia is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and recently left for several months to attend to her ill father in Costa Rica who had a stroke. Aileen, a sophomore at James Madison University, continued with her studies during this period, and went down with her dad to be with her mom as time from school permitted. She was selected as the Council’s Young Woman of the Year 2014. Congratulations to the Brokamp Family.
This month’s Family of Month is the Santiago family. Joe (aka Deacon Joe) and Damaris have been married for 25 years. They have two children: Jasmine (23) and Joey (20). The Santiago family have been Holy Family parishioners since 1997 and both Jasmine and Joey attended Holy Family School. Before becoming a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Arlington in January 2011, Joe was a lector, catechist, and Eucharistic minister (along with Damaris). Upon ordination, Bishop Emeritus Loverde assigned Deacon Joe to his home parish of Holy Family, where he has served for six years and continues to serve the faithful of Holy Family, as well as assisting our priests. Deacon Joe admits that his wife Damaris is even more active in the parish. Damaris is the parish secretary and is the author of the Sunday bulletin, scheduler of Baptisms, planner of many of the activities at Holy Family (such as the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, the St. Patrick/St. Joseph Dinner, and other events), tracker of the Capital Campaign contributions, and performer of many other duties at Holy Family. Jasmine and Joey have also been active members by serving as catechists and/or catechist assistants, altar servers, and Confirmation retreat facilitators. As a family, they have participated in the Family Fun festival, and in the past, hosted various Council events. Congratulations to the Santiago Family.
This month’s Family of Month is the Papp Family. Toni and Dave Papp have been married for 28 years and have one son, Andrew. They have been members of Holy Family since 1991. Their involvement at Holy Family began when Toni drove a bus for Confirmation retreats and Summer Friendship field trips. While Andrew was in middle and high school, he regularly participated in all Youth Ministry events, RE classes and was an altar server. Toni volunteered as an RE catechist and in 1999 was hired as the full-time Director of Youth Ministry. In the past 18 years, she has coordinated over 50 retreats for parish teens, adults and Holy Family School and staff, participated in 17 Work Camps, trained 72 Summer Friendship interns, found and trained volunteers, created the Harvest Bazaar and Craft Show, and worked with over 4,000 young people preparing for Confirmation. She and many adults and teens have experienced the Life is Very Good pro-life events and marched downtown in the March for Life. Toni has served on Diocesan Youth Advisory Boards, been an invited speaker at several diocesan events and other parishes. She has been part of every aspect of Work Camp from a parish crew leader to diocesan level Adult Formation Coordinator and most recently, the Logistics Coordinator, overseeing all WC home base volunteers. She’s been an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist for 10 years and a lector for two. She’s helped with diocesan RALLY and BASH, participated in the Dale City July 4th Parade and Family Festival, and sat in the Holy Family Festival dunk-booth several times. Toni has traveled with young people to 5 World Youth Day pilgrimages all over the world. She works closely with the Director of Religious Education and staff to help young people fall in love with Jesus Christ. As a family, the Papp family loves to travel, SCUBA and spend time on the Potomac River on their boat. Toni is a distance runner and her husband joins her on many of her shorter races. They have 4 beautiful nieces and 2 wonderful great-nieces and recently traveled with Dave’s 80 year old mother to Hawaii to fulfill her life-long dream of seeing the islands. Congratulations to the Papp Family.
This month’s Family of Month is the Bowen Family. Timothy and Judith Bowen (Tim & Judy) have been married for over 40 years. Their family includes 3 adult children: Ryan, Colin, and Kelly; plus 2 grandchildren: Paige and Hunter. As the result of an Air Force assignment to the Pentagon, Tim and Judy moved to Dale City and joined Holy Family Church in 1990. When their children were in grammar school and middle school, Judy taught religious education. For the past 16 years she has been a Holy Family Church preschool teacher. Tim has been a 3rd degree Knight for 5 years and a member of the council’s house committee for 2 years. Tim is an active member in the council, participating in numerous council activities, most notably working the council summer barbeques, tending bar for the NFL Sunday Football games, and recently chairing the 2016 Knights of Columbus Adult Christmas Party. Tim is also an usher at the Sunday 10:30 Holy Family Mass. Tim and Judy have volunteered at the Holy Family Fun Festival for the past several years. They initially worked in the German food booth but for the past 3 years they have been working in the Irish food booth. Judy makes soda bread for the Irish booth and the church’s Saint Patrick Day Dance. When needed, on nights Holy Family Church is responsible for dinners, Tim and Judy serve at the homeless shelter. Congratulations to the Bowen Family.
This month’s Family of Month is the Rote Family. Bernard & Virginia Rote (Bernie & Ginny) have been married for 16 years. Their family includes 6 children: Beth, Kathy and Rob LeBlanc, ages 49, 48 and 45, and Ben, Helen and Stecy Rote, ages 47, 45 and 38. They have a “grand” total of 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Bernie and Ginny met while singing in the 9am choir, which they continue to participate in. Bernie is a 3rd degree knight who assists with various charitable projects (KOVAR, Christmas tree sales, sub sales prep). They have been teaching RE for over 20 years. Ginny volunteers in the Social Ministry Office once a week. They have been members of the Arlington Diocesan Choir since it was begun. Three grandsons attend Holy Family School. They have volunteered in the Dale City 4th of July Parade for many years and are part of the task force to oversee the Holy Family Capital Campaign to renovate the church building. Bernie and Ginny regularly volunteer at the Hilda Barg Center for meals, and provide meals to the teens at Pulse. They are also regular blood donors for the Red Cross. Congratulations to the Rote Family.
The Family of Month for November is the Bassett family. William (Bill) Bassett and Krista Bassett just celebrated their 21st marriage anniversary in August. They have 3 girls, Caitlin 9, Hannah 12 and Claire 15. Bill is on the finance committee at Sacred Heart, volunteers with St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School softball, is a PWGFS head coach in 10u, and is an assistant coach in 12u and 16u. Krista is a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart, and a regular volunteer at Aquinas, including having run the Race for Education fundraiser there in 2010, 2011, and 2015. They are also former (2013-2015) Chairs of the Academic Enrichment committee in the Aquinas PTO. Caitlin is a 4th grade Honor Roll student at Aquinas. She has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist. She sings in the children's choir at Sacred Heart for Christmas and Easter Masses. Hannah is a 7th grade Honor Roll student at Aquinas, and has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist. She has been an altar server at Sacred Heart for 2 years, plays in the concert band (saxophone), and is on the softball team for Aquinas. Claire, 15, has received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, and confirmation. She is a lector at Sacred Heart. She attends St. John Paul the Great High School where she was on the Principal's honor roll for her freshman year, and is a member of the Mathematics Honor Society, Mass Choir, concert band (Clarinet), and played varsity softball last spring. Congratulations to the Bassett Family.
JOHN PAUL I COUNCIL BINGO TEAMS
This month’s Family of Month is the entire John Paul I Council Bingo Team. I would like to recognize Team 1, Team 2, Team 3 and Team 4 for exemplifying what a family is. Whenever there is a shortage in coverage for Monday Bingo there is always a brother from another team willing to step in and help out. This could not have been more evident than during the Council’s Bermuda Cruise. While many members of the council and their families attended this event, Bingo coverage for Monday was never in doubt. So many brothers showed up to help that some had to be turned away. It is with the leadership of Bill Gleichsner, Helmut Brokamp, Bob Weiss, Dave Dewald and John Kelly that you have excelled and proven worthy of the Family of the Month honors for the Month of October. Congratulations John Paul I Council Bingo Teams.
The Family of the Month for August is the Carmen Rivera Family. Carmen Rivera has lived in our community for the past 15 years. During that time she has served as Director of Social Justice at Holy Family, where she oversaw 16 different ministries and the food pantry. Carmen served on the board of Literacy Volunteers of America, teaches “Preparation for Citizenship Interview” at St. Paul United Methodist Church, and acts as an advocate for the same. She coordinated and taught advanced E.S.L. along with her daughter Susan and her son-in-law Rick Uvenrricht, who is a Third Degree knight in our council. Carmen has been vital in procuring ads and auction items for the knight’s art auction, of which Rick is the chairman for the second year in a row. She also volunteers annually for voters' registration, has prepared and served meals for the guests of the winter drop-in shelter, and is an active parishioner of Holy Family. Congratulations to the Carmen Rivera Family!
As Family of the Month for August, I would like to recognize the Mattson family. Wayne and Amanda are actively involved in the church, and have been for years. Wayne serves as a lector during the 10:30 Mass, sings in the the choir, and has assisted in numerous council activities. Amanda plays the flute in the choir, as well as singing with the choir. Both have served as religious education teachers and in validation classes. Wayne and Amanda have 6 children who are also very active in the church: Nathaniel 20, Joshua 18, Peter 16, Dominic 14, Jack 12 and Lucia 8. All six children have participated in the church as altar servers, assisted in Vacation Bible School, and are active in religious education. As a family they have helped or participated in the Fun Festival and Friday cookouts for the last couple of years. Wayne and Nathaniel are both members of our council. Congratulations to the Mattson family!
Council 7165 Family
The recognition of our first Family of the Month for this Fraternal year is dedicated to the all the of members of Council 7165 who have given of their time and energy to make all the events that this council does a success. To those who support bingo, participate in sub preparations, sub sales at the Church, Christmas tree sales, KCIC, Teddy Bears for Police, Ladies appreciation, Mothers day breakfast, Art auction, blood drive, 40 cans for Lent, birthday nights, summer cookouts, KOVAR, and ushers at Holy Family and the National Shrine, just to name a few. Each of these events requires someone to step up and volunteer to chair, organize, advertise, and execute the event. That someone is a brother knight and his family from within this very busy council. That brother knight’s family also lends support at these events by assisting in every facet of the planning, and by showing support by attending the events. It’s because of the beliefs of that brother knight, and his family, in the Catholic faith that allows them to support and to find the time necessary to help the Church, the Council, and those in need within our community. That's why we have selected all those who step-up every year as the Council’s Family of the Month for July 2016.
Our Family of the Month for June is the Drabik family. Matt, Jennifer, Tess and Leah are an active, involved family in their support of the church and the knights. Matt is a catechist and usher at Holy Family, while his wife Jennifer volunteers her time by helping out at Holy Family School. Jennifer also has helped the knights in judging the school's annual Science Fair. The Drabik’s two daughters, Tess and Leah, attend school at Holy Family. Leah represented our district at the Knights State Free Throw Tournament. Along with all of this activity, Matt and his family also volunteered to run KOVAR for the council. Matt arranged the store front and church collection dates, managed the sign up of volunteers, distributed the cans and Tootsie Rolls, and helped collect the money. For the pick up and drop off of the boxes of Tootsie Rolls, Matt was assisted by his daughters. (Matt leading the way, and his daughters carrying boxes behind him to the car.) Matt is already looking forward to next year's drive, and has some ideas for other fundraisers to support KOVAR. Thanks to Matt’s and the family's efforts, KOVAR was a big success for the charity and the Council. Thank you Drabik family!
It is my pleasure to recognize as Family of the Month for May, Walter and Barbara Walter is a regular every Monday supporting the Bingo program. He arrives early to set up, then sells pull tabs, and has just the right attitude with the patrons to sell just a few more here and there. Barbara is member of the Ladies, and during the council picnics she brings a few desserts for everyone to enjoy before and after dinner – if you can wait that long. Walt and Barbara are supporters at almost every event the council holds and are always willing to lend to hand.
Our Family of the Month for April is the Morano family. Joe has been a member of our Council for several years and supports a lot of the Council Activities throughout the year. Most recently he chaired the Council’s Free Throw Competition at Holy Family. This event is a big undertaking and Joe pulled it off without a hitch. His wife, Lorraine, currently works with our own Judi Peacott at Holy Family Catholic School, she is the Extended Day Assistant and also does the Pre-School "Lunch Bunch" program during the week. She's worked for the school in various capacities since she started as a Pre-School substitute in 2008. The Morono’s have two daughters, MaryBeth and Madeline. Both have attended Holy Family Catholic School 2007 when MaryBeth started Pre-School. MaryBeth is currently in 7th Grade, and Madeline is in 6th grade. Both girls are active at the school, playing volleyball, basketball and soccer. MaryBeth is currently preparing to make her confirmation next year, and has volunteered for the Knights' KCIC sales and Breakfast with Santa this year as part of her service hours. In addition to his volunteer activity as the Free Throw chair, Joe was also the Assistant Coach for the Holy Family Catholic School Lady Falcons JV Girls basketball team again this year, and he is on the Holy Family Enrollment Management Committee. It's clear to see why we selected the Morano family. They demonstrate a “passion of service” not only to our Church and our community, but to the family that is the Morano’s. Please join me in congratulating the Morano family as our Family of the Month for April.
Our Family of the month for March is Bob and Rose Marie Scheller. Bob is an active member of the Council and due to a vacancy with one of the trustees moving away Bob agreed to step in a fill this important role for the next 2 years. Bob is a also a regular at Bingo on Monday nights working the floor selling instants. During sub-sales Bob is always there to help with assembling the subs. Rose Marie is a member of the K.C Ladies and supports their bingo baked goods raffles, the mimosa breakfasts, bunko nights and the like. The Scheller’s are regulars at summer picnics and many, many of the other council events throughout the year and can always be counted on to lend a hand. It’s because of their support and others like them that this Council is successful.
Families Marching for Life
February’s Family-of-the Month is dedicated to all those families that were at the March For Life. This was a peaceful demonstration that bears witness to the truth concerning the legalization of abortion on demand. Many thousands of students, adults, teachers, Knights, clergy, nuns and others, many traveling with church/youth groups from around the country converged on Washington D.C to speak for those whose voice has been silenced. Many still attended in spite of the impending blizzard. This event shows the strength of the Christian family and shows the resolve to the masses to protest in order overturn Roe V Wade no matter how long it takes.
Art Peacott has been a member of our Council through the years and has served in numerous officer positions. He supports Holy Family as an usher, and volunteers at the Food Pantry and works helping feed the hungry at the winter drop-in shelter. Art is an integral member of the House Committee where he can be found every Friday during the the summer at the cookouts. He was chairman of the highly successful Council Christmas party, and we collected donations for over 300 of the Teddy Bears for use by Prince William County Police officers. Art has organized the council’s Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross for the past several years and has already set up the next drive for February 2016. Judi works at Holy Family and is also the Director of the Preschool and Extended Day Program. Judi was also Citizen of the year this Past July and represented the Council in the Dale City 4th of July Parade. She serves on several Diocesan-level committees for the Office of Catholic Schools. She is also the coordinator for the drop-in shelter for Holy Family, and assisted running the first aid van at the March for Life. You can always find Art and Judi attending or working together at the many functions of the Council. We are fortunate to have them as members of the Council supporting or leading our programs, for the church and the Knights. Congratulations to the Peacott family.
Our Family of the month for December is Ed and Mary Fairbairn. Ed is always around to lend a hand for almost every event we have going on. Ed helps out with sub sales with slicing of the meat, making subs and the selling them after mass. At the recent Holy Family Bazaar, Ed was helping KCIC by manning the card sales table. Not to mention that Ed is also part of the Degree team for our council and a PGK. Ed and Mary jumped in a few years ago to help with hors d’oeuvres at the art auction. Last year they decided to raise the bar and came up with all sorts of treats that were very good. This year, they again raised the bar by creating some of the best tasting items that I doubt one could get from a restaurant. Ed and Mary spent a lot of time with trial and error to see what worked and it showed not only by taste but in the display of the food items as well. No matter the event, Ed and Mary participate, help, lead events for the council. So when you see Ed and Mary please congratulate them on being the FOM and for all they do to help make our council one of the best in Virginia.
Our Family for the Month of November is Lupinetti family. Dan & Jennifer are regulars at council events from summer cookouts to the Holy Family Festival beer booth. Dan gets involved with council events by first being an inside guard this year and volunteered to coordinate the councils participation for running the beer & wine booth at the Holy Family Festival. He again stepped up and is coordinating this years Keep Christ in Christmas card sales in the coming weeks. Dan & Jennifer also have 2 children Emily, who is 4 and attends Holy Family pre-school and Danielle, 11 months who as Dan puts it is “learning life”. So you can see why Dan, Jennifer and the girls have been chosen as the Family of the Month.
The Family of the Month for October is Juan and Maria Martinez. Juan and his wife are very active in the Church and the community. Juan is the the Lecturer for the 2015-2016 Fraternal year and responsible for providing suitable educational and entertaining programs under the Good of the Order at Council meetings. Maria is very active in the Legion of Mary, Hispanic group. She has many responsibilities as a vice President of the Curia, preparing administrative reports as well and visits door to door offering support and providing information to those that request it. Maria, also assists with visits to the elderly at a local nursing home. As a Grandmother she also helps with getting the children from school and to their sporting practices. Juan stays busy not only with Council activities but helps with coordinating meals for the shelter and interacts with Prince William County, Department of Social Services and assists with preparing fundraisers so that the community can keep the shelter open for those in need. When his schedule allows he tries to be involved in Parish activities and participates in the Holy Family Social Justice Committee and assists with the Holy Family Festival to name a few. In taking from the Pope’s call to walk with him I think you would agree that Juan and Maria Martinez “bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor’.
The Family of the month for September is the Rodriquez Family. Oscar and Elia have been involved for many years in all aspects of Holy Family and the Knights. Oscar is a lector, Eucharistic Minister and teaches classes, courses relating to religious ceremonies for the Latino Community. Oscar is also active with the Council bingo program. Elia helps to take care of the parish priests and the Rectory. In the past Oscar and Elia have run the Spanish booth at the Festival. Oscar and Elia and their children continue to support church and are an example of what it means to be Faith In Action. This family is deserving for being recognized as our Family of the Month.
Families of John Paul I Council
The Knights of Columbus has declared the week of August 10th through the 16th as Family Celebration Week. In honor of this occasion, I am nominating the Families of all the Brothers in John Paul 1 Council as August’s Family(ies) of the Month. There are many qualities that make a Family great. One in particular that is emblematic of the Families of John Paul 1 is “Doing Things Together”. John Paul 1 Families pray together, worship together, work together, and have fun together. Our “Prayer Warriors” are only an email away to offer prayers and comfort to Brothers and their Families who are sick or afflicted. Knights and their Families comprise a large portion of the attendees at Sunday and Holy Day Masses at Holy Family Catholic Church. They also support the Church financially, serve on the Pastoral and Finance Councils, and are active as Priests, Deacons, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Religious Education Teachers, Food Pantry Helpers, Choir Members, Ushers, and Altar Servers. They provide major assistance for the Annual Parish Festival and are available for special events like Forty Hours Devotions. The Council sponsors many activities throughout the fraternal year. These activities include our Family –oriented social activities and support for Seminarians, the Intellectually Challenged (KOVAR), and Community, Family, Youth and Pro-Life activities. Our Charity Corporation provides needed funds to many deserving individuals and organizations throughout the year. A portion of the costs for these activities is met through Council Fund Raisers and our Bingo Program. Many of our Brother Knights who volunteer to work these fundraisers are accompanied by their Families. They are present at Submarine set up and sales, KOVAR collections, and other activities. Finally, our Families have fun together. Thanks to our House Committee and the support they receive from their Families, we have a wonderful venue where all of our Families have fun together. Our KC Ladies have a program of family-oriented activities that are enjoyed by all and provide the deserts for many of the Council activities throughout the year. There are activities all year round for everyone to enjoy. Cookouts, dinners, parties, picnics, Nationals games, and Football Sundays are but a few of the activities that make our Council a really fun place to be.o a big HOO RAH and THANK YOU to all of our Families who help to make John Paul 1 such a great Family organization.
The Family of the Month for July is the Priests and Staff of Holy Family Catholic Church. One of our missions as a Council is to provide support and assistance to our sponsoring Parish. Our efforts to do this have been successful over the years, in part, because of the cooperation and assistance of the folks that we are helping. Our Priests have provided outstanding leadership and the Staff has been forthcoming with the back-office support that we have needed to accomplish this important mission The Priests and Parish Staff have also been instrumental in the successful accomplishment of many of the activities that are part and parcel of our major programs. The Staff cheerfully provides the space, the tables and the chairs, publicity and any other requirements to successfully accomplish our Sub Sales, KCIC, Art Auction, Corporate Communion, Mother's Day Program, and other activities during the Fraternal Year. So it's been a two way street of cooperation over the years that has resulted in the great accomplishments realized by both the Church and the Council. For this reason, we have chosen Fathers Creedon, O'Hara and Diaz and all the Staff at Holy Family as our Family of the month. We salute you and look forward to continuing this great relationship in the future.
The Szerszynski Family are Family of the Month for June. Bob is an active member of John Paul 1 Council. He held several Offices at the Council and served as Grand Knight during the 2011-2012 Fraternal Year. He moved on to become a District Warden and Deputy. While all of the above service is highly commendable, Bob’s true passion was best reflected by his advocacy for the safety and welfare of Unborn Children and their Mothers. He encouraged his Brother Knights to support this cause, made arrangements for transportation to and provided the trailer used by the Council for the Annual March for Life. Bob chaired a project that entailed encouraging Councils across the State of Virginia to purchase flags that were engraved with their Council identification and used as a sign of solidarity by the Virginia Councils participating in the March for Life. The proceeds generated by the project were used to finance state-wide activities in support of the Right for Life. Most recently, Bob has been selected to serve as Membership Chairman for the new State Deputy. Bob is a Lector at Holy Family Catholic Church and is a member of its Finance Council and Past Chairman of its Annual Family Fun Festival. Bob’s Wife Eileen is active in the KC Ladies for John Paul 1 Council land the Ladies of Virginia at the State Deputy level. She is active at Holy Family Church helping with many events and serving as a Eucharistic Minister and happily volunteers wherever she is needed to support activities at the Church. She regularly accompanies Bob to the State activities required by his Office. Bob and Eileen have two Daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Jennifer has been very active in the Youth Ministry. Congratulations Bob and Eileen, you truly reflect the Family values cherished by the Knights of Columbus. Keep up the GOOD WORK!!!
Matt has been a member of Council 7165 for 5 years and takes an active role in the council and parish. The Drabik’s attend many of the summer cookouts and other council events throughout the year. Matt has also donated his time as a teacher of religious education at Holy Family. Matt has been and continues to be out KOVAR chairman. Through his efforts we have secured some prime locations to solicit funds for this important endeavor. The Matt and Jennifer have two daughters, Maria-Teresa and Leah that attend Holy Family Catholic School. Congratulations to the Drabiks for being our May Family of the Month.
The Henderson Family – Keith and Ann are April’s Family of the Month. Keith serves as Chairman of the Church Committee. In this capacity, Keith and the members of his Committee ensure that coordination is accomplished for the many Council activities that involve Holy Family Church or the use of the Church facilities. In addition Keith is very involved with numerous other Council activities to include Sub Sales, Holy Family Fun Festival Support, Keep Christ in Christmas Card sales, KOVAR, Corporate Communion preparation and implementation, and Christmas Tree Sales. Keith participates at all the Program Meetings, providing helpful input to discussions and helping with anything that needs attention. Keith is also a member of Holy Family’s Finance Council. Ann is a member of the KC Ladies and participates in all their activities that benefit numerous local charities and provide support for the Council and many of its activities. She assists Holy Family with its annual Christmas Trees from Around the World Display, in particular the Irish and KC Ladies Christmas Trees. Keith and Ann Work As a Team to gain maximum benefit from all the activities they perform that support the Council and the Church. They truly reflect the importance that the Knight’s place on Family. Congratulations Keith and Ann keep up the GOOD WORK!!!
The Gagnon Family – Gray, Sandy and Karen – are Family of the Month for March 2015. To say that Gray has been an active member of the Council would be an understatement. Actually, Gray is the model of what an active Knight should be. He has been a Knight and an active member of John Paul 1 since 1997. His actions over that period are indicative of the esteem he has for the Knight’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. He has held several offices, chaired and participated in many activities, and has continued to be a Leader and a trusted mentor to many new Knights whose aim has been to maximize the benefits of their membership in the Knights and John Paul 1 Council. All of the above about Gray is impressive but what makes all of it even more special is the extent that Gray’s Family has participated with him in everything he does for the Council. They, along with Gray, make it all happen. Sandy and Karen are not only fixtures, but active participants at just about every Council and House function or activity. They are there for the set-up, operation, and clean-up activities associated with all of the fraternal activities enjoyed by all. Gray and Sandy regularly attend Sunday Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church lending credence to that old saying “The Family that prays together stays together”. Congratulations Gray, Sandy, and Karen. Your participation, as a Family, in Council activities over the years has made the Council a great place to be for all of us.
Brother Joe Morano is a very active member of the Council. Joe has chaired Sub Sales and he created the spreadsheet that we use to calculate the amount if inputs to plan our sales which has helped to make the sales more profitable. Joe is also a regular at bingo and has served as Chairman of our Youth Committee. Joe conducted the recent Free Throw contest and has done so for the past several years. In fact at this Free Throw competition his daughter Madeline was a winner for her age group and will now represent the Council at the State competition. Joe and Lorraine have 2 daughters, Marybeth and Madeline. We are truly grateful to have the Morano family as part of our Council and for all the hard work that Joe put into making the Free Throw competition a success. We are pleased to the Morano family as our February Family of the Month.
Bill and his Family, Judy, Melanie, and Chris have been active in the Council and Holy Family Catholic Church for many years. Judy is an active member of the K.C. Ladies. Bill is a 3rd Degree Knight and has been an active member of John Paul 1 for about 8 years. He and his Family regularly participate with Sub Sale preparations and Bill is always available to sell Subs after the Masses he attends. Bill is the go to guy for any event requiring the presence of Santa Claus. He volunteers his time to play Santa at Breakfast with Santa at Holy Family and the Children’s Christmas Party at the Council Home. Judy is always by his side to help whenever needed. Bill and his Family are regulars at the Summer Cookouts and are great at making people, especially new members and their Families, feel welcome. Bill has a great singing voice which he regularly uses to keep the Karaoke Party after the Birthday Dinners lively. Both Bill and Judy support the Art Auction, the KOVAR activity, and other Council activities when they can. So a big HURRAH to Bill and his Family - Judy, Melanie and Chris - for all they do for the Council. Keep up the good work.
The Lupinetti Family – Dan, Jennifer, Emily and their newborn daughter Danielle Lynn – are December’s Family of the Month. Dan is an Officer (Outside Guard) and a very active Member of John Paul 1 Council. He is a member of the Church Committee and is a leader and regular participant in activities that require coordination with and implementation at Holy Family Catholic Church. Dan was Chairman of the Beer Booth at Holy Family’s International Festival and participated in set up of the Festival infrastructure. He recently served as Chairman of the Council’s first Sub Sale of the new fraternal year. Also, he and his Family have regularly answered the call to participate in the preparation activities for previous Sub Sales. Dan has volunteered to be the new Chair of the Keep Christ in Christmas activity and has been a Bartender at the Annual Art Auction fundraisers. . Jennifer is an 8th. Grade Math/Algebra Teacher at Beville Middle School in Dale City. She supports the Council through her attendance at many of our Family-oriented activities and by just letting Dan be available for all the good work he does for the Council. The entire Lupinetti Family are regulars at the Council’s Summer Cookouts. Everyone is looking forward to meeting Danielle Lynn at next year’s cookouts. Congratulations Dan to you and your beautiful Family and keep up the GOOD WORK!!!
Brother Keith and Arlene Kaminsky are the Family of the Month for November 2014. Keith and Arlene are fairly new to the Council but have not hesitated in becoming involved. When asked Keith agreed to be nominated and elected as the Recorder for the 2014-2015 Fraternal year. He was also the Council’s Chairman for the Dale City 4th of July Parade. He assisted with the Holy Family Festival (setup/breakdown, beer tent, trash/cleanup). He has assisted when asked to fill-in for the Degree team a number of times. Keith is also an Usher at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is a Exceptional Minister of Holy Communion at Holy Family. His wife Arlene assisted at the Festival working at the Irish booth, she has also volunteered for the Bereavement Committee at Holy Family, not to mention very supportive of Keith and his efforts with the Council and Holy Family. Keith is retired for U. S. Army and he and Arlene have 3 children, Amy, Valerie and Danny and 3 grandchildren, Logan 8, Tristan 5 and Abbey 3. Please join me in congratulating Keith and Arlene as the Family of the Month.
The October Family of the Month is the family of Brother Tom Jones. Tom and his wife Let have been running the American Booth for the Holy Family Festival for many years, along with their children, Maggie, Sam, Erin and Bridgette. Let also serves on the Festival Committee. Tom and Sam have been active members of the Boy Scouts and Sam has just complete his Eagle Scout work at Holy Family. Sam is also an Altar Server. Maggie, Sam and Erin have all been active members of the Holy Family Youth program. The Jones Family are very involved as a family and can often be seen at the 7:30 Mass on Sunday Morning. Tom and Let provide a great example of their Catholic faith to their children and to the parish by their involvement in the many activities at the parish. Please join me in congratulating them as Family of the Month.
Glenn and Sharon Epler are longtime members of Holy Family Parish where they have both served as Eucharistic Ministers. Glenn is a Past Grand Knight of John Paul 1 Council , a Past District Warden and Currently serves as the Chairman of the Charity Corporation Board. Glenn has always been a regular at bingo. Sharon and Glenn can always been counted on to support many of the council fund raisers and events. As a member of the House Committee Glenn is a manager in the lounge and is one of the chefs that barbecue the delicious steaks, chicken and ribs at our Summer Cook outs. Even though the Epler’s have recently moved to Warrenton they remain very active in supporting the Councils activities and fundraisers. We are very pleased to honor Glenn and Sharon as our September Family of the Month.
Bob and Rose Marie Scheller have been very active supporters over the years for practically all of the activities of John Paul 1 Council and the K.C. Ladies. Members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, they participate in many of its activities and organizations. Married for over 50 years, they are proud parents of 3 and grandparents of 5. Bob has been an active member of the Knights for 16 years and also a 4th Degree Knight of Father Edward L. Richardson Assembly. Bob has been very active in the Charity Corporation, having been recently reelected to a new three-year term to the Board of Directors. He is always one to first step forward when the call goes out for volunteers to support the Council’s activities (business, religious, and social). Name the activity and Bob is a familiar face doing what he can to make the activity a success. Bob is one of a few “BIG” supporters of the Council’s Bingo program. In addition to his assigned night, Bob can be found selling “pull tabs” on other Monday Night Bingos on a regular basis. Bob regularly helps making subs for all four Council sub sales providing substantial donations to Holy Family’s Food Pantry. Bob also works the Art Auction, sells Christmas trees, and both he and Rose Marie can be found passing out Tootsie Rolls to the community to collect funds for KOVAR. Rose Marie has served as chair for many K.C. Ladies activities in support of the Council. When not chairing activities, Rose Marie is one of the first Ladies to volunteer her time and talent to support activities chaired by other Ladies. She is a mentor and a model to the other Ladies, especially newer members, of what is expected of the K.C. Ladies in support of the Knights. Rose Marie is a Master Baker and famous for providing delicious cakes and other deserts for the raffle at Bingo and many Council activities. If you want a piece of a Rose Marie’s cake you better get it quick because it won’t last long. Bob and Rose Marie demonstrate the principle of charity by providing food to Holy Family’s activity that provides food on a regular basis to the Prince William County Drop-In Homeless Shelter. Bob and Rose Marie can usually be found watching the ballgames and playing cards at the Council Home. The Council is very fortunate to have the services, support, and friendship of the Scheller Family. Congratulations Bob and Rosemarie
Art & Judi Peacott are long time members of John Paul I Council. Through the years Art has served in numerous officer positions. He supports Holy Family as an usher, and volunteers at the Food Pantry and works helping feed the hungry at the winter drop-in shelter. Art plays on the Council’s over 50 softball team and he is also an integral member of the House Committee where he can be found every Friday night at the cookouts. Art has been the lead for many of the Council’s events including providing the food for the annual Art Auction, the council’s largest fundraiser of the year. Chairman of the Council Christmas party, where Teddy Bears for use by Prince William County Police officers are presented. Art has organized the council’s Blood Drives in conjunction with the American Red Cross for the past several years. Not to be outdone Judi has helped with the Blood Drive, she is also a lector at Holy Family Parish and is the Director of the Preschool and Extended Day Program at Holy Family Catholic School. She serves on Diocesan-level committees for the Office of Catholic Schools. She is also the coordinator for the drop-in shelter for Holy Family, and assists running the first aid van at the March for Life. You can always find Art and Judi attending or putting together many functions for the Council. We are fortunate to have families like these who do so much in support of our programs, for the church, the Knights, and the community. Congratulations to the Peacott family.
Columbian Squires - John D. Venti Circle 3603
My selection for the June Family of the Month is a little different this month. I have selected the Columbian Squires, John D. Venti Circle #3086 as the June Family of the Month. This group of young men has worked incredibly hard over the last few years to support the Knights and their functions. For the last several years, they have run the Kids Halloween, Christmas party and Easter Egg Hunt. They have also run Breakfast with Santa as well as the Art Auction pancake breakfast. They have supported the knights by acting as servers at the Art auction and several of the dinners and assisting with Food Delivery for The Thanksgiving food drives, and have served the Homeless at the Hilda Barg Center. This group of young men really step out of their selves to help others, and form a cohesive family based on faith, service and fraternity. Please join me in congratulating our Squires on being our June Family of the month.
Please join me in Congratulating the McLean family as our Family of the month for May. Brother Bob is very active at Holy Family teaching Religious Education to the High School students at Pulse. He also is a key participant in the annual Confirmation Retreats. Beth helps by cooking for the retreats, is a Cantor and involved with the Holy Family Choir and also teaches Religious Education.. She has also led the American Heritage Girls. Bobby is a Squire, an Eagle Scout and plays guitar for the youth choir. Maggie is an American Heritage Girl. Congratulations to the McLeans.
The family of the month for April is the Rouleau family. Bob and Ann have been very active in the church for many years now. Bob ia past Grand Knight and former District Deputy. Bob has served on several degree teams. Bob is also Chief Usher for his team at the National Shrine. Bob has been a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Family and a volunteer for the Holy Family Festival. One of the very important jobs that Bob performs within the council is maintaining the prayer list for the council, which includes all members of our council, church and anyone that needs our prayers to get them through tough times. Finally Bob volunteers to help out at bingo on a regular basis. Ann has been very active in the KC Ladies and has served as President and Secretary. Ann has been a Religious Education Teacher for Holy Family Church and has run the side-walk café at Holy Family’s Festival for many years. We are very happy to select Bob and Ann for Family of the Month for April 2013.
This month’s Family of the Month is one of the newest famlies, Greg and Catherine Byram. Greg and Catherine were married last year and Greg became a brother knight as well. On top of that the Byrams are expecting their first child this month. Greg is active in our Council as Youth Committee Chair and advisor for the Squires. Greg and Catherine are active at Holy Family Parish as Catechists and helping out with Youth Ministry and Confirmation Retreats. Congratulations to the Byram Family!
February’s Family of the Month is the Ingerick Family. SK Jerry, his wife Anna Marie and their son SK Peter are active members of the council and Holy Family. PKG Jerry has also served as financial secretary and is instrumental in assisting with many of the Council’s programs. In addition he is a Eucharistic Minister and helps with many Parish events. Anna Marie is involved with the KC Ladies, and Peter Ingerick has served as the Chairman of the Community Committee for the last several years and has successfully managed the Highway Cleanup program. Both Jerry and Peter assist with Usher duty at the Basilica on a regular basis. Jerry is very involved with the annual art auction and runs the ham sales for the 4th degree! Please joining me in thanking the Ingericks for all they do to support our council and parish.
PGK John Castro and his wife are very active in our council. John is a former District Deputy and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Charity Corporation. John is a Bingo team captain and when his team is not working, he also sells the instants at Bingo every Monday. John, who recently got a hole in one, has a special seat reserved for him every Sunday during NFL season watching the Buffalo Bills. John is also on the Board for Beat the Odds. Joyce is an active member of the KC Ladies. Both assist in different ways with the annual Holy Family Fun Festival and we step up to help whenever they are called upon. Please join me in congratulating John and Joyce Castro as January’s Family of the Month.
Mike has been a member of the council since 2000 and has been a regular support of the bingo program, and many other council activities. For the last three years Mike has served in the very demanding position of Financial Secretary. While Mary is a retired school teacher she does continue to teach part time. She and Mike have been teaching Religious Education which they have done for over 30 years. Mike and Mary have served in several positions on the Parish Councils. They also prepared and served Irish food at the Holy Family Church Festival last fall and decorated an Irish themed Christmas tree or the Church the last two Decembers. Attendees of daily Mass, Mike also serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. The Dvoroznaks have two Daughters, Mary Catherine, and Elizabeth Ann. They have Two grandchildren Emma and Brendan, who they spend much time with. The parish and council are truly blessed with the Dvoroznak family. Congratulations Mike and Mary.
The Family of the Month for November is the Rodriquez Family! Oscar and Elia are extremely involved in all aspects of Holy Family and the Knights. Oscar is a lector, Eucharistic Minister and teaches the Baptismal preparation course for the Latino community. He is also active in our Bingo Program! Elia helps to take care of our parish priests and the Rectory. This year they ran one of the Spanish Booths for Festival helping contribute to the overall success of the Festival. Their oldest daughter Myra can be often be seen helping out around the parish, or keeping an eye on her younger sisters! Their sons, Oscar and Cesar are altar servers and very involved with the Squires. Oscar is currently the Chief Squire. This is a family well deserving of the honor of being our Family of the Month.
October’s Family of the Month is the Lupo Family. Brother Mike Lupo and his wife Matty along with their children Kevin, Alex, Daniel, Tirzah and Veronica work tirelessly for Holy Family and it’s Social Outreach program. Matty is the Director of Social Ministry and is involved with the VA Catholic Conference, the Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities. Mike is an avid supporter of Matty’s efforts often by taking care of the house and kids so she has the time for all her involvement. Her son’s Kevin and Alex help with the food pantry and assisting clients with moving and other activities. Kevin and Alex also attended the latest World Youth Day in Rio. All are active in the pro-life movement and work tirelessly for Social Justice and have assisted Father Creedon with his affordable housing initiatives. Please join us in congratulating Mike and Maddy for all that they do for the parish.
September’s Family of the Month is the Brokamp family. PKG Knight Helmut Brokamp, his wife Runia, and their daughter Aileen are a close knit family who exemplify the very definition of Family of the Month. SK Helmut currently serves the council as a trustee. He and Runia are both Eucharistic Ministers. Runia is the Pastoral Council vice-chair for Holy Family as well as the Schoenstatt Movement Coordinator and Vice President for the DC/MD/VA area. Aileen is involved in the Girl Scouts and is currently working on her Gold Award. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Despite their busy schedules you will usually find them together at Mass and supporting many of the Knights functions. Their love and respect for each other shines through in everything they do! Please join me in congratulating them on being the Septembe Family of the month!
Greg and Catherine Byram Our Family of the Month for August is new in every sense of the word. Greg is a new Knight, they were married in May and now they have received the news that their family will be complete in March of 2014 with the arrival of their first child! Although they are a new family they have a fantastic start! Greg and Catherine are very active at Holy Family and have been Religious Education teachers. They have worked with RCIA and the Summer Friendship program. Catherine was also Summer Friendship director. Always on the go Greg has stepped up to take over the Columbian Squires and already is coming up with good ideas for projects and fundraisers for them. Please congratulate them on being the August Family of the month!