Father Joseph Callis
This month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 1999. He wears many hats – financial analyst, fundraiser and spiritual adviser. He changed careers 20 years ago. He is the spiritual leader of our Council who works to remind us of the true principles of the Knights of Columbus. He nurtures our faith through spiritual direction and redirects us when we lose our direction. He just received his Patriotic Degree last month. We are truly blessed to have Father Joseph Calis, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, as our Chaplain and Knight of the Month. When you see him, thank him for being our chaplain and spiritual navigator. And congratulate him for getting his Patriotic Degree and being our July Knight of the Month!
This Month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 2003. He is very active in the Council kitchen, can be seen helping on a Friday night and managing a Friday Night Family Dinner sometimes with a special dish (not shrimp!) and accompanied with an extra treat at no cost. He is one of our Brothers who is also a Hibernian. When time permits supports many other Council events. Please congratulate Brother John Kennedy when you see him, the Rosensteel Knight of the Month for June 2019.
This month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 2013. He quickly rose to Knighthood Degree and in 2014 became a 4th Degree Knight. He is a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish. He always has been seen as someone willing to help at the Parish and the Council. Right from the beginning, he has been a regular at Business and Social meetings. Not more than about 35 - 40 Rosensteel Knights can say that. He has a role in the Ushers Program at the Shrine in Washington, DC. Three years ago after being asked, he made the step to take on a Chair Officer Role and became our Warden when PGK Terrence Moore was Grand Knight. He is one of many who give much of his Time, Talent and Treasure to Charity and the Council. Please congratulate Deputy Grand Knight SK Gus Gusman when you see him and give him your vote for Grand Knight next month. He’s our Rosensteel Knight of the Month for May 2019.
This month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 2017 and obtained his Knight-hood Degree nine months later. A very active member of St. Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, MD, he still finds time when he can to make our Council a better place. He has given support to the Council’s Faith and Life pro-grams, never hesitating to help when asked. Recruited into the Knights by his father-in-law, Brother Matt D’Antuono, please congratulate Brother Brodie Wise when you see him; the Rosensteel Knight of the Month for April 2019.
This month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 2006. He obtained his Knighthood degree in 2006 and became a Sir Knight in 2008. He currently is and has served as a Council Guard and an Assembly Inner Sentinel for many years. He serves on many degree teams and ispart of the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly #386 Color Corps. He helped organize the Dance for the Intellectually Challenged held at St. John the Evangelist Parish each year. He attends many events at Rosensteel and has even taken a turn or two behind the bar in the Knights’ Room. Please congratulate Mark Borkoski when you see him; he’s the Rosensteel Knight of the Month for March 2019.
This Month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 1988. He obtained his Admissions, Formation and Knighthood degrees all on the same day, May 1 (he must have slept all day on the 2). He is a Fourth Degree member of the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly #386. You have met with him at least once since you’ve become a Rosensteel Knight. He attends most meetings and volunteers at our Tootsie Roll campaign at grocery stores and at Good Counsel football games. He can’t be missed helping at many other events. We thank you, Fraternal Insurance Agent Brian Graham F.I.C., for caring about your Council. Please congratulate Brian when you see him, the Rosensteel Knight of the Month for February 2019.
This Month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 1994. If you’ve been to a Business meet-ing this Fraternal Year you’ve seen him in his role. He was not originally a Rosensteel Knight. When he transferred into Rosensteel he made the move to become more involved. He currently is serving as a director on the Clubhouse Association and has volunteered to work on many Council and Clubhouse events. He is your current lecturer. Thank you John Liddi for caring about your Council. Please congratulate John when you see him; the Rosensteel Knight of the Month for January 2019.
This Month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 1984. He became a Fourth Degree Knight in 1985. You see him all around the Council because he is quick to help as a volunteer. You’ll see him behind the bar in the Knights’ Room. He has also taken the role of managing many functions around the Council, He was a Bingo Program Manager for many years, served on many roles in the Clubhouse, including recently as its president. You see him in the kitchen working Friday nights and at every First Sunday Family Breakfast. He is Bill Zimmerman, our December 2018 Knight of the Month. Thank you, Bill.
Dobie "Spike" Holmes
This Month’s Knight of the Month has been a Knight since 1993. He is a Second Degree Knight and is one of the “Corner Knights” in the Knights’ Room. He has served on the Building Association Committee and is the Council building locksmith, so if you want access please be nice to him. He is on a kitchen crew, brunch crew and volunteers as a bartender. He has been seen covered with diamond dirt after managing the Father Rosensteel Council Softball Team on Sunday afternoons during the summer. He is married to Joy and is very proud of his son Bobby. Next time you see him congratulate Dobie “Spike” Holmes who is November’s Knight of the Month.
Recently, he has stepped up his involvement in the Council. Seen once a month for any years calling Bingo numbers in the Columbian Room or volunteering at the Nuns’ appreciation Dinner, he recently was elected Council Recorder for the current fraternal year. He helped last year with his accounting skills by serving on the Clubhouse Oversight Committee and has joined the Council’s Food for Family Program. A Knight since 2000 and a practicing Catholic gentleman, let’s all thank Tim Stocker, the Knight of the Month for October.
He became a Knight in 1979 and currently serves as our Trustee-One Year. He was the Rosensteel Grand Knight for the Fraternal Year 2010- 2011. He has served many non officer positions at the Council and leads the very popular Rosensteel First Sunday Family Breakfast during the school year. Seen often in the kitchen supporting a Council event such as Officer Installation, he is part of the team that prepares a dinner at the University of Maryland for the Catholics Terps at the Catholic Student Center. He has and still mentors Council officers as they rise through the chair positions. PGK Mike Miller is the Rosensteel Council Knight of the Month. Tell him thanks for all he does for Rosensteel.
He became a Knight in 1990. He has been a Rosensteel Council Grand Knight (Fraternal Year 1996-97). He is the Faithful Navigator of the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly 386. Recently, he just became the District 11 Warden. To top that off he was awarded the 2018 Master’s Citation for Distinguished Service for the Archdiocese of the Washington District. He involves himself in all aspects of the Council. Since I’ve involved myself in the Council he has been a great resource for me on what an officer at Rosensteel means. I’ve used him as a sounding board for ideas and he in turn has suggested things to me that are “Good for the Order.” He always puts Rosensteel in its place, right after God and Family. And he even co-chairs the Craft Beer Committee in the Knights’ Room. He is Rosensteel Council member, District Warden SK Russell Sutton, the Rosensteel Council Knight of the Month for August 2018.
If you had a child or grandchild who was between 5-9 years of age in the mid 1990’s, you remember that there was a Disney-animated feature titled, “The Lion King.” In the opening scene there is a baboon named “Rafiki’ holding up the young lion cub “Simba” who will grow up someday to be King of the Jungle. All this animation is done while a very emotional song is playing called “The Circle of Life.” It is this scene I saw carried out at this year’s Maryland State Knights of Columbus convention in Ocean City when this Knight of the Month held up a large stack of awards to show his fellow Council brothers what they had accomplished this past year. Not quite the Circle of Life, but let’s call it the “Stack of Life, Family, Community and Faith Program Awards.” The theme of this past Fraternal Year was “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” This Knight of the Month approached his tasks with that belief. In his very first article as a Grand Knight he told us, “Charity - we will strive to increase the funds that we donate to our various charities. Unity - we will focus on deepening the camaraderie and fellowship within Rosensteel. Fraternity - our Council strength will be demonstrated within the parishes we support. Patriotism - we will personally exemplify the privilege and honor of being the Greatest Nation under God.” The Knights are guided by Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. This Knight has practiced each of these during the six years he has been a Knight. He has given all of these principles his time, talent and treasure. We’ve seen this up close this past year. We still have him as an officer for three more years, but I suspect his wonderful family started to see a little bit more of him starting July 1. When you see the Past Grand Knight, please say “thank you, Bruce.” If you get real close he’ll make you laugh. This Month’s Knight of the Month is PGK Bruce Cotting.
June’s Knight of the month is a well-known entity around the Council. He holds down the fort every Monday night in the Knights’ Room and volunteers for many Council functions. He’s known to man the kitchen from time to time and serve up some tasty meals. He and his wife Carol are faithful attendees of Friday night dinners and liven up many Council events. Please congratulate Matt D’Antuono as your Knight of the Month!
This May’s Knight of the Month is a well-known entity around the Council. He volunteers for most of our charitable functions, with the quintessential “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play!” enthusiasm. He attends many Council meeting and functions with the intention of learning more about how best to infuse a positive attitude; ensure that we are a high-functioning business entity and personally displays a welcoming spirit to all who visit. This guy went so far as to put in his retirement papers earlier this year so that he could focus on his next mission: the continued success of Fr. Rosensteel as we enter our 98th year. Please congratulate our DGK Jim Mannion, he’s been preparing diligently and is ready and raring to go as our next Grand Knight!
This Knight of the Month has been instrumental in deepening the integration of the AOH within our Council. For those unfamiliar with The Ancient Order of Hibernians, it is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization, founded concurrently in the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and New York City in May 1836. The early Irish societies were born of a need in the mid-1500s to protect the welfare of fellow Irish Catholics, especially the clergy who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland after the Penal Laws of 1691, and to provide aid and comfort their people by whatever means was available. It is a natural synergy that exists between the Knights of Columbus and the Hibernians, whose motto is: “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.” It was in this spirit that this Knight championed our hugely successful St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for the Clubhouse, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration and the event would not have been possible without his tireless efforts (and his lovely bride Mary Claire, too). Please congratulate Francis Moran as Knight of the Month!
Jeff Conway and Bob Wigmore
Knight of the Month - Are you familiar with the adage “He can’t see the forest for the trees?” And are you familiar with the philosophy of Yin and Yang? If not, let me help explain. The first is a reference to myself, because I can often get so micro-focused on minor details that I fail to see the bigger picture. (I see a lot of heads nodding in agreement over this one!) And the yin-yang reference is to the Knight(s) of the month. Our new-world reference source Wikipedia defines yin-yang as “seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, inter-connected, and interdependent ... and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” In the last two months, this month’s recipients have continued their significant roles in maintaining Rosensteel programs that appeal to audiences of all ages. A new Rosensteel year does not commence without their New Year’s Day football extravaganza. They kick it off behind the scenes at 6 a.m. and carry on til early evening, generating vast amounts of camaraderie, good natured ribbing and cash for the Council. And after they’ve recharged their batteries for a month +/-, they come right back and run a renowned Father-Daughter Dance that continues to grow in attendance and in spirit. It would be impossible to list everything managed by these two for each of these events, let alone their regular volunteer efforts, but for all they do, please congratulate Geoff Conway and Bob Wigmore as our March Knights of the Month!
While sifting through the rich his-torical legacy of Fr. Rosensteel Council, it became clear to me that this month’s recipient has had a significant role in maintaining a wonderful legacy for us. This guy is the strong silent type; he enters the room quietly, speaks with a soft tone, yet yields enormous value when he peaks. He has been a Knight for over 30 years and has risen through the chairs. He has served as a trustee, and continues to remain a willing resource of knowledge and reasoning, and occasionally a defacto arbiter. While it’s easy to recognize this night in his Fourth Degree Regalia on our Rosensteel Council Facebook page, what you may not realize is that his fingerprints are also all over our Fr. Rosensteel Council website, specifically in the wonderful History reflection. Please congratulate John Fox as our February Knight of the Month. Thank you for your invaluable devotion to our Council, John. We appreciate you!
While sifting through the long list of worthy candidates in the making for Knight of the Month recognition, it can be easy to overlook the obvious candidate. The guy who you see at the Council at various times on various days. No consistent schedule of appearances and yet always just around the corner. Someone who show up for the majority of the Friday Rosaries and for the family meals afterward. This Knight can be consistently found working hard to keep our Hall’s public presence as clean as possible. Whether picking up trash outdoors, raking leaves, shoveling snow, he does everything in his power to help the building stay clean and presentable. Someone who toils away on behalf of the Council and his Brother Knights, asking for no compensation or accolades, satisfied in doing his part to make the Council shine. Please congratulate Phil Atzert as our January Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Phil, we appreciate you!
The Knight of The Month is someone that maintains a consistent presence at the Council. Be it a sports night, a Friday family night or another volunteer function, this guy is there. Yet what most don’t know about this Knight is the role he plays in keeping our Council in touch with member-ship and with the rest of the world. This person finds the time between work and youth coaching to assist with ensuring our internet is up to date and properly functioning. He frequently will squeeze in requests for the installation of television monitors during his regular workday and is consistently ready, willing and able to pitch in behind the bar or in the kitchen. This Knight never complains, is always upbeat and chip-per, and delivers as promised. Please congratulate Brian McCaw as our December Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Brian!
While there are consistently a long list of worthy candidates-in-the-making for Knight of the Month recognition, there are a few that fly beneath the radar. As I mentioned last month, I’ve come to understand a little-known secret: the Knight of The Month isn’t necessarily the one you see at all the functions. Many of you might not even know this Knight’s role within the Council. He’s someone that willingly accepted a huge challenge and a huge role within the Council. He works long days into the night on many occasions, giving far more of his time as he toils unseen. He pours over reports, invoices, checkbooks and scribbled notes, all in an effort to keep Clubhouse books as accurate and thoroughly detailed as possible. What may seem to be a straightforward task is quite the opposite, yet this gentleman never complains, and always delivers as promised. Please congratulate Ed Jordan as our November Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Ed!
As I spend more time at the Council, I’ve come to understand a little-known secret: the Knight of the Month isn’t necessarily the one you see at all the functions (and by all, see my column as a frame of reference). You’ll hear his name mentioned far more times than you’ll see his face. You’ll have benefited in some form or fashion as a result of his quiet, unseen hard work behind the scenes. And it’s exactly this kind of unselfish giving of time and energy that goes into the making of a Knight of the Month. While there are many candidates in the making within our ranks, this month’s recipient is a star in everyone’s book. From the many, many meals he makes for Council functions to the sangrias he concocts when bar tending, Danny Bongero is a crowd pleaser! Please congratulate Danny when (or should I say - if) you see him next.
There walks amongst us a silent sentinel of his family legacy. A guy who draws no attention to himself, yet makes you feel instantly welcome when he sees you. A brother Knight who always answers the call for volunteers. A son who honors his father and brothers by being the living example of their selfless devotion to their Rosensteel family. Someone who can effortlessly pull together the menu, the volunteers and the equipment necessary to host an outdoor gathering for your family and 130+/- of your closest friends. You’re thinking of a Horner, and this Horner is the one and only Rick Horner. Please join me in recognizing Rick’s familial homage and excellent leadership yet again in captaining the kitchen crew. The Baron is beaming down upon you, Brother.
At times the Knights’ Room can be a raucous reflection of our membership, with animated banter about sports, politics and life in general. It’s always interesting to make a step back and watch the scene unfold; the ebb and flow of discourse between those engaged, the volume swinging high and low as points are made and rebutted. And through it all there’s always a soul or two amidst the crowd that participates merely by taking in the banter and smiling at the spirited back-and-forth.
Our Knight of the Month is just that kind of guy. He is a man who prefers to contribute to the soul of our Council through his volunteer efforts. You seldom hear his voice raised in banter, but you always see him when the call for volunteers goes out. Veterans’ cook-out? Check. Prepping meals for Catholic Chari-ties? Check. Helping out in the kitchen? Check. Bartending? Check. The list of his volunteer contributions is endless and for his quiet yet extremely visible contributions, I raise a toast to Tim Lynagh as an exemplary Knight of the Month.
Terrence Moore PKG
Let’s see...how does one earn this accolade? Oh yeah, I remember now: the recipe calls for dedication to the Council, a hand that consistently goes up when the call for volunteers goes out, a man that is the backbone of the Council, a pillar of faith and is on speed dial for everyone who knows him. Someone who considers the Council a second home, so much so that his family is always by his side, whether building a chair, decorating for events, or cooking practically every Bingo meal over the last (I can’t count that high) months.
Please congratulate PGK Terrence Moore as he gives up his prime parking spot and moves three spaces down. He’s earned more than just this recognition and this is the very least I could do to show him our appreciation.
I am pretty sure this is the longest span of time that this member has not received Knight of the Month. I will take responsibility for him not receiving this title for the last 18 months. Was this because he was not worthy? Of course not, he has been in consideration ever since I have been making this choice. We are friends. There, I said it. This makes him no less deserving. Nearly every time I am in the kitchen he is either right there next to me or he just finished asking me if I needed assistance. Even he doesn’t know how many kitchen crews he is on. He has never sat in the chairs nor do I expect he ever will, but he has bent many a Grand Knight’s ear. He is present and supportive of most every Council function and program. Please join me in thanking Brother Geoff Conway for his service and support to Rosensteel. Family of the Month - This choice may not fit within everyone’s
This Knight took his first degree in January 1980. He is a PGK and has served as a trustee and newsletter editor years ago. He is an officer of the Clubhouse Association, leads a kitchen crew, and helps with numerous events and projects throughout the year. He has acted as a mentor for all the current officers and as such keeps us all on our toes. All of this and he is ready to give it another go, as your (Council willing) 97th Warden. I would have to run this by the historians, but I am pretty sure this might be a first and “firsts” come few and far between here at Rosensteel. Please join me in thanking and congratulating PGK Paul Girolami as May’s Knight of the Month.
This month’s Knight of the Month took his First Degree in 1989. He is presently our Building Association president. He is currently implementing the largest Council renovation project in the last 50 years. He has procured bids, managed, presented proposals, kept the books, maintained within budget and actually performed hands on renovations for this huge project. All of this while communicating the process to Council Officers and Membership, and working with Clubhouse to minimize the effect on bookings. The results are OUTSTANDING! And he is not done yet. I can’t wait to see the new Columbian Room bar and stage. Carpeting is on its way, as are updated electrical switches and outlets, improved handicap access and much more. Please join me in thanking Frank Zarrelli on his tireless efforts and commitment to this renovation project.
This Knight has been a member since 2002 and obtained his Third Degree in 2004. He works on the Breakfast Crew and a Kitchen Crew, is a regular bartender, plays on the softball team and is a director on the Building Association. Most recently, he ran the Super Bowl Party, which was another overwhelming success. I am pretty sure he didn’t get to see much of the game as he was constantly shuffling food back and forth. He can be seen most Friday nights with his family and rarely misses a Council event. We could use more 39-year-old members like him.
This month’s Knight of the Month could easily be every month’s Knight of the Month. One can find him at the council nearly every day and while you may find him sipping on an adult beverage many of those times there is something many don’t see. He heads a Kitchen Crew, he is on the breakfast team, he is the treasurer of the Clubhouse Committee and he has run the Super Bowl pool for many years. He helps manage the kitchen by monitoring inventory and expenditures. To this day Grand Knights have always relied on him to do whatever was asked of him, except when asked not to park in their parking space. Therefore, please congratulate and thank Brother Stan McLeod and remind him his space is two spaces down from the Grand Knight’s, at least for March.
It is rare that you see a PGK under this title except in July when his term is up. Is this due to the lack of effort and commitment once they leave office? I think not! Rosensteel is fortunate to have dozens of very active and committed PGKs. Many had terms that were filled with conflicts and huge challenges, yet they stay committed and involved. Many assist the current chairs and all are eager to jump in when needed. February’s Knight of the Month fits that description. He continues to build the ties between his parish and our Council. He leads the charitable efforts with Cup of Joe and Catholic Charities. He is a huge part of the production and distribution of the Knight Life. He assists the current chairs on a day to day basis. He is a Trustee and delegate to the Convention. His most important undertaking has been to improve the current tap beer selection; just kidding but he does take this seriously. If you don’t know who I am talking about yet, you might want to up your level of partition and involvement. Please join us in thanking and congratulating PGK Frank Cavaliere as February’s Knight of the Month.
Robert Seubert, P.G.K.
St. Bernadette's, St. Johan the Evangelis and Christ the King Parishes
Father Michael J. McGivney saw a need for Catholic families within his New Haven, Connecticut, parish in 1882. He founded the Knights of Columbus to address this need and to be the vehicle that would help parish families. This makes perfect sense, as families are the core of a parish. Most Councils are linked with a single parish and share parish facilities to carry out its works of charity. Father Rosensteel Council, on the other hand, is an independent Council supporting three parishes. One tool that the Council uses is a parish roundtable, designed to interact with the respective pastors. The July “Families” of the month are the Father Rosensteel Council supported parishes: St. Bernadette’s, St. John the Evangelist and Christ the King. We will continue our support as Father McGivney would have wanted.
2018-19 Fraternal Year Council Program Chairs and Directors
Grand Knights are told that this group is their right hand. They are a reason why the Fr. Rosensteel Council succeeds in whatever it takes on. Many of them have chaired or directed a program or theme but also run events or activity many times currently and in the past. In most cases they are a Past Grand Knight and/or they have a passion for an activity that they have a talent for. They are a Program Director, Church Chair, Church Director, Community Director, Faith Director, Life Director, a Family Director. There are Directors of Membership, Recruitment and Retention. There are Directors for Public Relations, Communications, Webmaster, Sick and Deceased, and Vocations and Convention Delegates. They are this Month’s Family of the Month, the 2018-19 Fraternal Year Council Program Chairs and Directors. See them listed on page two of your Knight Life and thank them for their help.
Council Softball Team
They practice Fraternity, a pillar of the Knights of Columbus, when they play. They aren’t the Sultans of Swat. What they do I once talked about it being compared to Catholicism. They play and represent the Council every Sunday between Memorial and Arbor Day. I’m sure they pray and light a candle at Mass before they get in their uniform. It can’t hurt their cause. They give their Time and Talent for the Council. They don’t have names like “Mike Trout” or “Anthony Rendon,” but they try just as hard and show the community what the Rosensteel Council represents. They are Manager Spike Holmes, Asst. Manager Wayne Miller, Art Paholski, Abe Jacobs, Chris Mulholland, Peter Mulholland, Rob Walper, Dave Donnelly, Doug Donnelly, Geoff Conway, Mike Maddox, Dan O’Donoghue, Tony Zanger, David Bierwirth, Phil Meyer, Mike Beane, Ed, Ken and Brian McCaw, Jim Mazzara, Kevin Koon, Michael Pryor, Nick Carrescia and Michael Ward. They are this Month’s Family of the Month, the Council Softball Team.
Rosensteel Retiree’s Mixed Duckpin Bowling League.
This family is in a league of its own, consisting of about 50 strong Catholic Brother Knights, Maryknights and friends. They are early risers every Thursday from September through early May. Nothing starts before remembering those who need their healing prayers. Once that is done it’s not all business as every-one can be heard cheering each other’s successes. Staying out of the gutter can be a challenge and the morning is not complete until Tim Moriarty shouts out, “You gotta hit them!” No, the sport is not boxing, but references have the sport’s start dating back to the time of the founding of the Knights of Columbus and in the same city. They are in the community representing what is good about the Father Rosensteel Council. This Month’s Family of the Month is the Rosensteel Retiree’s Mixed Duckpin Bowling League.
Terrence and Susan Brady
-This Family of the Month does more than just be seen at the Council. He is an officer serving as an Outside Guard. In 2012 he became a Knight and in 2015 became a Sir Knight in the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly #386. He gives much of his time at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception serving as an usher, volunteers at events and was a reliable member of Al Wigmore III’s bingo team for a number of years. His wife can be seen supporting and volunteering around the Council and she has a strong stance for the God-given rights of newborn children. Please congratulate Terrence “Burr” Brady, Council Guard and his wife,Susan, as the Rosensteel Family of the Month for March 2019.
Joe and Patricia McAlaren
This family is “all in” at Rosensteel. They have been a Rosensteel family since 2013. They immediately began to use their gifts of time, talent and treasure for the Council.One is a Council Officer and, in the words of the Financial Secretary, “keeps me in check” (no pun intended). He also gives his time to be an usher at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Both he and his wife have been regular attendees at Council events, including Friday Family Rosary. Recently, they moved across the Potomac River to Virginia to be with family. Please congratulate Joe McAlarnen, Council Treasurer, and his wife Patricia as the Rosensteel Family of the Month for February 2019.
Right to Life Family
"Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it re-mains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being." Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of its existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. The Rosensteel Council holds special the Right to Life Family. They are Rosensteel’s Family of the Month.
John and Mary Lyon
Their involvement at the Council goes back to 1979. I got to know them when I was the Council Warden in 2015. I was told to ask him to play music at the Council Picnic. Since then I’ve gotten to know them very well spending time in the Knights’ Room. They both volunteer together behind the bar on a Friday Night. At many Council functions you see them helping out. When not volunteering they show their support by attending events. When you see John and Mary Lyon congratulate them as the December Family of the Month.
Bob and Ann Brown
You see them at every Council and Maryknight event (but maybe not the beach party). They are card carrying members of the “Table 21 Gang.” Ann is a Maryknight; Bob is an Honorary Life Member and the Charity Fund director. Bob supports our Degree teams and is known as “The Music Man.” He is at almost every business and social meeting. Both are members of the Retirees Club. Bob is also a duckpin bowler in the Retirees league and carries a 98 average. I spotted Bob in the kitchen recently. When you see Bob and Ann Brown congratulate them as the November Family of the Month for their dedication to the Rosensteel Family.
Ray and Nancy Koski
This Rosensteel Family supports many of the events and programs at the Council. They are very active in the Council’s Retirees Club. One is president of the club and the other the treasurer. They have been involved in the Bowling League for many years and it doesn’t stop there. One is a past president of the Maryknights and is still running the Hospital Pillow Program. They were involved in the Capital Improvement Program and one is a member of the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly #386. Let’s not forget they both are members of the infamous Table 21 Gang seen at many Columbian Room events. Please thank Ray and Nancy Koski when you see them. They are the Rosensteel Council Family of the Month for October.
Council Wardens and Guards
Along with the Council Warden, the Council Guards are the ‘watchdogs’ for Council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. They assist the Warden in setting up the Council chambers for meetings and ceremonial exemplifications. The Outside Guards tends to the outer door, admitting visitors and members to the inner door. Once at the inner door, the Inside Guard checks to make sure that membership cards are current. They insure that a record of attendees is kept that will verify that a quorum is present if needed. They are there also to maintain order in the room. They are truly a Rosensteel Family. Congratulations to the Council Guards Terrence “Burr” Brady, Richard Colburn and Mark Borkoski as the Family of the Month. Please tell them thanks. And don’t forget you membership card to the next meeting!
Jeanne & Andre Berman
Families at our Council know what to do with their God-given gift of time and talent. When it comes to a Council event, this family is not often seen or heard but they are there. They seem to be happy with just helping others at the Council. I’ve seen both of them working in the kitchen on a Friday Night or supporting a Maryknights event. Their family members who have preceded their involvement have left a mark on this Council we can all be proud of. If you’ve come to a Council dinner event you’ve had his great salad. Recently, one of them helped me lose money at the Texas Hold ‘em table on Maryknights Casino Night. A loss I’m willing to take because of the benefit. They are truly a Rosensteel Family. Congratulations to Maryknights Vice President Jeanne Berman and her husband Andre. Please tell them thanks. Brother
Together, this family is not you stereotype family but it acts like one. Separately, they all belong to a family. They have the knowledge and experience of being a member of the Rosensteel Family as well as any Past Grand Knight has accumulated over decades. They may be invisible to a Brother Knight, especially one like me who has not been a Knight of Columbus for very long. They don’t look to sponsor an event, but many support our events and their Parish events as workers or participants. They are not in the business to try and bolster their membership roles. It is truly a sad day when one has become eligible to be a member, but when one door closes another one opens up. Because of what they have in common they enjoy each other’s company and kinship. Recently, I had the honor to attend one of those gathering of this family and truly saw up close its interest in this Council and its desire to succeed in its mission of charitable works and helping families in need. They were very interested as to what direction the Council was headed in the new Fraternal Year. Many of them told me of their involvement in many Council activities over the decades. Because they are Family and they are still a valuable resource they are recognized as this month’s Family of the Month. Congratulations to Mary’s Widows. Please tell them thanks.
Stan and Jane Mcleod
The selection for Family of the Month epitomizes the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet is much appreciated. Their personal touch can be seen in the decorations in the entry foyer and the Jouvenal Room. There’s a prominent charity tip jar on the Knights’ Room bar that has drawn attention and increased donations for charity. He can be seen playing cards every week and she is often amidst friends cheering on our home teams. Although they recently re-retired from kitchen crew responsibilities, they can still be found working hard in the kitchen to keep their Rosensteel family well fed and happy. Please congratulate Stan and Jane Mcleod as your Family of the Month!
Gus and Ruth Gusman
The selection for Family of the Month contin-ues along the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family attends many functions and are regulars at Friday family dinners. For example, what most folks don’t know is that as we’re arriving for our Friday Family Rosary, this family has chauffeured attendees so that they may attend the Rosary and the dinner. This Knight can be also seen as frequently serving as an usher at the Basilica as much as he’s seen at the Council. His wife is a champion of his charitable efforts and is always by his side, smiling and ready to pitch in. Please congratulate Gus and Ruth Gusman when you see them. And don’t be afraid to offer assistance with their many charitable efforts, (they’re shy about asking but would welcome the help).
John and Sara Liddi
The selection for Family of the Month represents unselfish contribution of time and energy for the greater good. And this month, it’s a family that quietly melds into our Rosensteel family, frequently enjoying Friday Family dinners and Council events. They’re often available to volunteer on short notice, happy to contribute, positively and enthusiastically engaged every time they help out. They’ve had their challenges over the last several months and yet their cheerful demeanor just makes you smile to be in their presence. Please congratulate John and Sara Liddi as our Family of the Month! Quite honestly, they are quiet, wonderful role models of leading by example and Rosensteel is all the better for having them in our family.
Joe and Glorie Rogers
The selection for Family of the month represents tenacity and unselfish contribution of time and energy for the greater good. The family of the month also personifies the quote “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” The quote and this family live the truism that no man becomes great in a vacuum, but instead is helped to achieve great heights through the love and support of his wife. Year in and year out, this family has quietly yet diligently worked at other locations on behalf of the Council. Twice a month, they venture out and shower attention and love on senior citizens in nursing homes. Though one is frequently wheelchair bound, his wife is always by his side, supporting his every effort. And with that, I’ve tipped my hand: Please congratulate Joe and Gloria Rogers as our Family of the Month! Quite honestly, they are quiet, wonderful role models of leading a Christ-like life in service to others and Rosensteel is all the better for having them in our family.
The Maryknights Auxiliary
The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy. This month, the recognition for our family of the Month is also a celebration. Year in and year out, this recipient has quietly yet diligently worked at the periphery of the council. You can find members of this family supporting our Bingo nights and helping with Friday Family dinners. You can find them at Friday night rosaries and at Memorial Masses. They are world-class fundraisers, frequently surpassing the financial goals they set. They attend meetings to support one another in support of the greater good of the Council. And they just celebrated their Birthday/Anniversary! Please congratulate the members of The Maryknights Auxiliary as our February Family of the month! Quite honestly, they are the framework that keeps we Knights on track and at the forefront of the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you Maryknights for your endless contributions to ensuring that Fr. Rosensteel Council maintains an incredibly familial and social environment.
Steve & Heather Caffi & Bill & Barbara Dassing
The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. In this case, the recognition for family of the month is actually a shared one. Year in and year out, these families are as consistent as the tides in their roles. Although kind enough to acknowledge the GK’s request, they really are the ones in charge They know when to start pulling things together, whom to reach out to and how to put their plan in action for not one, but two major family events that focus on children. The Halloween Party and the Christmas party are always a big hit with parents and kids alike, and these families share equally in the preparation and hosting of the parties. Please congratulate Steve and Heather Caffi along with Bill and Barbara Dassing as our families of the month! Quite honestly, they are the reason these parties consistently result in peals of laughter and enjoyment of the kids, and the happy smiles of many a parent. Thank you, Caffis and Dassings, for your timeless contributions to ensuring the Council maintains a familial environment.
Mary and Joseph
We often focus on the culmination of the birth of our Savior, the night in the manger, the three Wise Men gathering in homage, the stars shining brightly in the clear cold sky as shepherds keep watch. We should also focus on the three main figures in the tale: a poor carpenter, strong of hand and heart, unwavering in his faith. A humble woman whose inner beauty radiated beyond her out-er appearance, equally strong in her faith. And then there’s the child in the manger. This child is the King of Men, who arrived as a Savior for us all. Yes, our Family of the Month is the Family who gave us our Lord and Christ. May Joseph, Mary and Jesus re-main front and center in your hearts, in your words and in your deeds, throughout Christmas and beyond. Peace.
Dan & Beth Ward
The selection for Family of the Month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family was on a health-related sabbatical for a significant portion of the year. It took months and months of doctor appointments, inpatient and outpatient visits before this family got a green light to return to action, and did they ever! I’ll always remember the phone call I received from Dan Ward saying that his doctor had given him permission to return to a normal activity level and I could just hear the excitement in Dan’s voice as he offered to pitch in again. Within a week of joining FS Mike Koon as membership director, he had scheduled two membership drives. With the strong support of his wife, Beth, he orchestrated the resurrection of the Candlelight Rosary and Benediction on the 20th Anniversary of the Memorial for the Unborn. And folks, Dan and Beth are just getting warmed up! Please congratulate our Family of the Month, Dan & Beth Ward!
Stan and Jane McLeod
The selection for Family of the Month continues along the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family attends many functions and are regulars at Friday family dinners. What most folks don’t know is that while we’re just arriving to relax and enjoy a good meal or a Council function, this family has been hard at work for hours, often days in advance. Whether decorating, planning events, cooking, or bartending, Stan and Jane McLeod have done all the heavy lifting to ensure our happiness at the Council.
Please congratulate Stan and Jane when you see them. And don’t be afraid to offer to assist them with their efforts, many hands make light(er) work.
Al and Pat Wigmore
What do you call a family who has devoted an immeasurable amount of their lives to the charitable efforts of their faith through their Knights of Columbus Council? How do you address the quiet champion of a major fundraising component of Rosensteel? Can you even call out the name of the family that is consistently on the scene, week after week, year after year? The answer to all of these questions is:Brother Al Wigmore and his Lady, Pat.
Al has been the man behind the Bingo scene for many years and his efforts continue to result in a growth in attendance, volunteer hours and income (and PS - the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as evidenced by their son John and their grandson Shane’s participation in our Council).
Please say a big “Thank You” next time you see Al and Pat.
The Russell Sutton Family
The Family of the Month is a no-brainer this time around. This family pulled together an amazing volunteer event in record time, assembling 40-some volunteers that worked in full sun over the course of a hot yet happy Saturday. They orchestrated a first-rate team, manning grills, prepping food service stations and then joyfully serving meals to volunteers and the veterans in need at the VA hospital. Congratulations to our Family of the Month, the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly, captained by our very own PGK Russell Sutton.
I’m considering rewriting the lyrics of a song to help appreciate my very first selection for Family of the Month. This family is always visible, yet rarely in the spotlight. They too are frequent and consistent volunteers around the Council. I’ve seen this family toiling away at the breakfasts, during midday events and at evening functions. Whether they show up as a team or as individuals you’ll always know a member of the Family of the Month: The Maryknights!
We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!
All, all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
They're giving love in a family dose
We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!
Council Chair Officers
This choice may not fit within everyone’s definition of a “family,” but it may be the last chance I get to thank this group in print. There are several definitions for a family that may apply, “the staff of a high official (such as the President);” this is one, but I prefer “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.“ This family has been with us through thick and thin; it has been supportive while always considering the membership’s best interest. Among them I don’t believe they have missed but a couple of Council meetings and functions, required and non-required. They have helped chair and organize dozens of programs and events. They have attended District, Chapter and State meetings and programs. They have committed seven years of their lives to the Council as officers and trustees. Please join me in thanking your Council chair officers: Bruce Cotting, Jim Mannion and Gus Gusman for their service to and support of our Council.
Joe and Laura Marks Family
- He took his First Degree in 1987 and one son took his First Degree in 2013. His other son plans to join this summer while home from college. She can be seen around the Council from time to time, usually visiting him while he performs his daily duties around the Council. He is a PGK and has served on every board and committee available to a member. He runs a kitchen crew and chairs the annual golf outing. He has taken the lead on running the hospitality suite at the Princess Royale at the State Convention for more than a dozen years. He has served as clubhouse manager for some time now. Please join me in thanking and congratulating the Marks family, Joe, Laura, Marshall and Will as our May Family of the Month.
Chris Langley and Family
He took his First Degree in 2010 and quickly became one of the “Friday Night Families.” Nick and Ellie ran amuck in the Emerald Room while he and Tina enjoyed a Friday Night Dinner and an adult beverage. It wasn’t long before he put together his own kitchen crew and it has proved to be one of the best. His crew is filled with members whose families consistently filled the Emerald Room on Friday Nights. He is part of the Breakfast Crew and helps out in kitchen and grilling whenever possible. He is a regular bartender on the 20th.
Brian and Lisa Slattery Family
: It was a typical Friday night at the Council when Cheryl and I were joined by this Family of the Month. The father started telling stories of the good old days around the Council. We listened, laughed and then came to the conclusion that he was either 20 years older than he looked or many of the events occurred when he was a teenager. Well, it was the latter; he spoke of the Council as a historian (but much funnier). He has been a Knight for over 25 years, served as lecturer for two Grand Knights, a regular bartender and attends many Council events. Brian met his wife, Lisa, at the Council. They held their reception in the Columbian Room. She is best known by Beach Party attendees as the perennial winner of the limbo contest. They are the proud parents of seven-year-old twin girls, Karen and Morgan.
This month’s family of the month has historically had a huge impact and presence here at Rosensteel. Bonnie and Mike both work kitchen crews. Mike is on the Nominations Committee. Their son Dave and his family can be seen at the council on a regular basis. Dave recently headed up the Super bowl party with Stan McLeod and a host of others. Dave also works a kitchen crew and is a member of the Breakfast crew. Dave and his brother Doug play on our championship softball team. We don’t get to see much of Doug now that he and his family live in Arnold, MD. but he is still a member in good standing. Their sister Karen has been seen around the Council chasing down her nieces and nephews, most recently at the Super Bowl Party. So please join me in thanking the Donnelly family (as seen below) as our Family of the Month.
Jim and Barbara Dailey
We owe a great deal of thanks to this month’s Family of the Month for implementing our new Bingo Program of September 9, 2015. They designed and formatted the program to fit our needs. She is a Maryknight and occasionally helps serve the Bingo dinners along with her granddaughter Hannah on Wednesday nights. He worked very hard for weeks on this project and he had to balance increasing our prize money along with a modest increase in our prices. These program changes have worked well and have contributed to our increasing profits during the last three months. He also cashiers for us and manages the service line and paper products as needed. We salute Jim and Barbara Dailey for their service and continued support of our Bingo program throughout the past 10 years. Please pull them aside to thank and congratulate them.