Dennis is a long-time member of Council 2117 and Past Grand Knight who has been generous with his time for many years both at our Council and at the 4th Degree Assembly. Dennis has been instrumental in spearheading the Council’s annual community fundraising outreach for Old Newsboys Day for many years, braving many cold November mornings for this charitable endeavor!
Buzz Jelinek can always be counted on to show up and help our Council with all of our various service and fundraising activities. His willingness to help has been instrumental in the success of many of our events and he serves as an excellent model of involved Knighthood to others as we seek to expand volunteer involvement to do more for our church and community.
Zach Bevins was honored for his many hours and months of work behind the scenes to make our Council’s 3rd Annual Charitable BBQ a success as a core member of the team planning and executing this year’s event. Zach’s mastery of the grill continues to earn rave reviews and we appreciate his work and all the hours he puts into preparing and grilling for this and many other events throughout the year.
Dan Koskovich was honored for the many hours of work behind the scenes to make our Council’s 3rd Annual Charitable BBQ a success working with the core team in planning and executing this year’s event. Dan’s efforts made it possible for customers to order online and pay with a credit card this year and he did the graphic design for the event flyers and banners. Dan also leads our communication efforts with his work on the Council database, the website and the monthly newsletter.
PGK Joe Booth was recognized for his efforts in guiding Council 2117 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Juggling new technologies to meet remotely and ensure the safety of all members, he was still able to keep the Council active and productive through a period of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty. Under his leadership Council 2117 relaunched the charitable BBQ and continued to reach out and support numerous community efforts during the various lock-down stages of the pandemic.
Mark Ryan was recognized for his regular attendance at Council meetings and dependable assistance with the monthly Man-the-Can efforts at St Peter Church.
Keith was recognized for his dependable involvement in nearly every activity the Council undertakes. Keith created the role of Communications Director for the Council and has been instrumental in developing a strong connection with our served parishes, coordinating parish bulletin insertions, announcements from the altar and our presence in parish emails and vestibule video displays. Keith also regularly taps his network of family and friends, with his fundraising efforts being the largest contributor to the success of the charitable BBQ and nativity set seminary fundraiser.
Zach Bevins (right) is recognized for his dependable leadership of every cooking activity (BBQs, Men Night of Reflection, Pancake Breakfasts, etc, etc) and his gracious gift of space in his warehouse to safely assemble and store the 250 nativity sets for this season's seminary fundraiser activity.
Council Advocate John Modder is recognized for being such a dependable member in support of our many activities! During this last year, with all the pandemic restrictions, John could be counted on to jump in and help…tapping beer at Greentree, running the cashier table at St Peter Fest, assembling Nativity sets…you name it and John was there.
Tom Foy (left) was recognized for his readiness to answer any call to service, especially during this past year. Tom, a Past Grand Knight, still stepped up to take on the duties of Council Treasurer when the position recently needed filling. His cheerful enthusiasm and commitment to Council 2117 makes him an undeniable Knight of the Month!
Tim was recognized as a recent new member of the Council who quickly become active in several activities and enthusiastically volunteered to assume the important role of Recorder when the position recently opened up. Tim quickly mastered the Council Minute Book processes and has become an integral member of the Council Officer team.
Ben was recognized as a recent new member of the Council that, in his short time with us, has become active in several activities including helping with the Drive Thru BBQ event and the after-Mass reception for St Peter’s new pastor Fr O’Toole. Ben is a great example of a new Brother Knight getting quickly involved whenever his busy schedule with his young family duties allows.
Kevin recently joined Council 2117. After several years of helping with the St Peter Fish Fry dinner team, Kevin shared his culinary skills at the KofC Drive Thru BBQ fundraiser and is being recognized for his efforts procuring, preparing and serving the very popular side dishes that accompanied the BBQ main courses.
Past Grand Knight David Anderson was recognized for his prolific efforts as the lead Knight at St Gerard Majella for the Nativity Set and Drive Thru BBQ parish sales efforts. Even with the many restrictions presented by the ongoing COVID pandemic, David can be counted on to be the face of the Council at St Gerard Majella parish.
GK Joe Booth presented the Knight of the Month award to Brother David Renard (right) in recognition for Dave’s excellent work as Financial Secretary for many years and most especially during the difficult COVID pandemic. His enthusiastic involvement in nearly every activity of the Council is most appreciated. Congrats to David Renard!
In recognition of his ongoing efforts to improve the Council website and newsletter, database management and the success of the Council 2117 Scholarship Program. Dan started the Scholarship Program two years ago and the 2021 program was the largest yet: 31 applicants competed for ten $1,000 scholarships which were awarded to the winning graduating 8th graders at St Peter and St Gerard Majella Schools.
In recognition for his efforts in arranging all cooking details for the 1st Annual KofC Council 2117 BBQ. Zach arranged the menu, procured the food and organized and led the food preparation, recruited the cooks (Knights, St Peter Fish Fry team and entire Bevins family!) and led the meat grilling efforts that resulted in a delicious BBQ meal enjoyed by all and a very successful fundraiser.
In recognition for spearheading the communications and solicitation efforts for the 1st Annual KofC Council 2117 BBQ and for his excellent work increasing awareness of the Knights of Columbus through prominent website, Facebook, and parish Sunday Bulletin placements.
In recognition of his efforts chairing Sts Teresa & Bridget Food Pantry fundraising and for establishing critical online collection program during the cancellation of Masses during the pandemic restrictions.
In recognition for the many months of effort coordinating and planning the 100th Anniversary Mass and Celebration for Council 2117.
In recognition for organizing the annual Tootsie Roll campaign and Green Tree Festival member participation recruiting and scheduling in addition to his faithful service throughout the year as Council Financial Secretary.
In recognition of leading Council 2117 efforts in support of Birthright.
In recognition of his dedicated efforts in chairing the Man-The-Can program at St Peter Church to benefit the food pantry at Saints Teresa and Bridget parish.
In recognition of the work being done to audit and update the member database information and for stepping up to co-chair the Man-The-Can efforts at St Peter Church in support of Saints Teresa and Bridget food pantry.
In recognition for work creating and launching Council 2117 website and for designing and producing the inaugural Council 2117 High School Scholarship Program.