Joe Waszak - The Last Founding Member of Council 9995
A Knight to remember!
Joe Waszak, 3rd Degree Knight, is the last surviving pioneer for Saint Philip the Apostle Council #9995. At the urging and support of then pastor, Father Paul La Roque Joe was part of an elite group of men who were instrumental in the creation of our council. Some of the pioneers were Dave Engleman, Denny Brisson, Carrol Gulliver, Jim Craig and others. Some have passed away and others have moved away. Joe recalls the council had to decide between Council #10,000 or #9995. The Council chose #9995.
Dave Engleman located a food service wagon which was converted into a “Weenie Wagon!" Soon, the Knights were involved in numerous “Weenie Roast” events. The tremendous enthusiasm by everyone translated into “Fun Time” peddling those Hot Dogs and Brats at many, many events. The Rodeo Grounds, the Pine Festival, Church Picnics and at other locations.
The early Knights painted the church and cleaned the church many times over the years. When the hall was built with the help of the Knights, the acoustics were very bad. Again, the Knights resolved the problem by placing the cork boards which are still in place today.
As Brother Joe Waszak says, “Many Brother Knights served tirelessly in the positions they held for years. S-o-o many Knights working HUMBLY together for the good of all.”
Thank you Brother Joe Waszak!