The Knight of the Month who everyone knows has a huge personality and is very worthy of this honor. He’s a good family man with four adult children, two of whom have graduated from college. I met this Knight about six years ago on the Oversight Committee when he was Grand Knight. He would take charge of the meetings and we all know the look, the stare, that it was time to knock it off and let’s get back to business. He al-ways had an agenda and wanted to stick with it. Over the years we have become friends and I very much appreciate all his efforts for the good of the order. I learned very early after our first meeting that when it comes to parties, he is known as the Dancing Queen. He has a big heart and is very generous. We have built a friendship outside of the Council, having lunch together and have enjoyed a couple of football games. He has his own real estate business and has many talents. His large wingspan allows him to take awesome selfies. So, if everything fails, he has a backup plan. In fact, in my office he gave me as a thank you a large collage poster of our memories at one of the Redskin games. It was very generous and thoughtful. That is the kind of men we have at the K of C. From the beginning of my Fraternal Year this Knight said he was going to help me in any way that he could be-cause he believed that my intentions were genuine and that my best interest was for Rosensteel and he was behind me. That was encouraging from the very beginning. I have reached out to him multiple times and he’s a man of action and a leader. All those attributes are important to me. I talk about our team frequently and he is definitely a team player. Currently, he is our lecturer and speaks at some of our business meetings. He is one of my go-to guys when it comes to interviewing prospects before we except them as members of our brotherhood. This Knight helps with promoting and participating in our Friday Night Rosary which is gaining momentum. You should check it out. It’s an opportunity to come together as a family and pray for one another. Occasionally, he works behind the bar. When we had our lobster seafood feast, for which he purchased tickets, he volunteered to help serve and make this a 5- star event. A short time later we held a Council Exemplification that I wanted to promote, welcome and re-engage members back to our Council to see this new ceremony. This Knight suggested we make a video. I took advantage of his offer and we made a 2-minute video; I was very happy with the turnout for the event. Bringing in about 80 members and guest. I’m currently working with him to better promote our upcoming Oyster Seafood Bull and Pig Roast. You better get your tickets; about half the seats are already sold. I could go on and on. I’m very grateful for this family man who’s dedicated to the K of C. We are so blessed to have this Knight on our team. I go to him often and he gets the job done. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I very much appreciate all you do for Rosensteel. I appreciate our friendship and thankful for taking my calls and responding to my messages. You’re doing an OUTSTANDING JOB! So, the next time you see Bruce Cotting, congratulate him on being the very worthy February Knight of the Month. Thanks Bruce, I love you, brother!
The Knight of the Month is a longtime member of 27 years. He’s very worthy of this honor and he’s a good family man with three young adult daughters and a son in college. This dedicated family man is a volunteer wrestling coach at Blair High School. I met this Knight years ago when I first got involved with the Needy Food Basket program. He would come in early and make breakfast for all the volunteers. He taught me another tasty way to cook bacon, which is in the oven. Over the years we have become friends and I very much appreciate all his efforts for the good of the Knights of Columbus. The more I’m around the Council, the more I see how dedicated he is to this great family organization. This Knight is definitely making a difference around the Council. This is a team effort and this Knight has been helping me out on a monthly basis since the start of my Fraternal Year. He knows a lot about technology and runs the closed caption TV in the Knights Room, putting in Mass times, the list of officers and pictures of some of our events, etc. This Knight set up all cable connections for TVs in the Knights Room, saving us so much money. I’m in constant touch with this member because he adds new members to our membership role so that when we put out communications to our membership they members know what’s going on! This is very basic but it’s very important to make sure all members have a good idea of all the programs and activities that are happening at Rosensteel. Most recently, this Knight volunteered to wash all the dishes at the lobster seafood feast fundraiser. This was a huge job. When I went down to the kitchen, the trays, pans and other dishes were piled up everywhere and it was going to take hours. I know he was there late. With some help everything was finished the next day. I'm very grateful for his dedication. Currently, we are in the process of remodeling the game room and this Knight is working on a new Wi Fi network system for the entire building, which will save us so much money. We are so blessed to have this Knight at our Council on our team. I go to him often and when he’s available; he gets the job done. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I very much appreciate all you do for Rosensteel. I appreciate our friendship and thankful for always taking my calls and responding to my messages. You’re doing an OUTSTANDING JOB! Keep on keeping on and thanks for being one of my go to guys. So the next time you see Brian McCaw, CONGRATULATE HIM ON BEING THE VERY WORTHY January Knight of the month. Thanks, Brian, I love you, brother!
The Knight of the Month is a longtime member of 35 years. He is very worthy of this honor, he’s a good family man with two daughters and two grandsons. Since the beginning of my fraternal year, he’s been supporting me in every way. When the K of C Fourth Degree Color Corp wanted to do a flag presentation our flagpole needed repair and at the last moment, he climbed the pole and fixed it for our Council. I probably can’t list all the work that this Knight does for our Council, but I will give it a shot. The more I’m around the more I see how dedicated he is to this great organization. This is a team effort and he’s definitely a main player. I go to him on a regular basis always getting his advice and he hasn’t steered me wrong. I very much appreciate his support and his committed attitude to get the job done. Most recently at the Council picnic he played a leading role in organizing and preparing all the food for our event. When we had the lobster seafood feast this hard working Knight came up the next morning and helped finish cleaning all the pots, pans and trays etc. Like I said. this is a team effort and it’s hard to pick one Knight with so many passionate Knights. We are so blessed. When I stop by the Council to see what’s going on, he’s cleaning, taking out trash, he’s in the kitchen, bartends on a regular basis, working the many repasts, ordering and picking up food. I could go on and on. Just two weeks ago we had a very successful exemplification for new members, and I turned to him and asked if he would bartend, he turned and asked, “What time do you need me there?” Thank you, thank you, thank you! I very much appreciate all you do, being a leader, setting an example, your passion and your get the job done attitude. I appreciate your friendship and look forward to many successful events to come. You’re doing an OUTSTANDING job! So the next time you see Geoff Conway, congratulate him on being the very worthy December Knight of the month. Thanks Geoff, I love you man!
The Knight of the Month is a longtime member who just got his honorary membership card for turning 65 and has been a member for almost 40 years. This is the first time he’s received this honor. He is very worthy of this hon- or, he’s a good family man, very generous and a good friend. Over the years he has played music at our Council family picnics, was an active member on the Building Committee, keeping our facility running and president of that committee for several years, cooked pizza for bingo every week and helped put LED lights in the Council. Recently, with the help of Abe Jacobs, he installed and replaced the entire heating and air system in the Knights Room, saving the clubhouse about $8,000. Basically, doing the job for a minimum amount for his efforts. Most recently, last week at the lobster seafood feast he was our DJ. Everyone knows my slogan for my fraternal year is Love is Repaid by Love Alone. When we met to discuss the event he was making a playlist of up to 100 songs that all had love in the title. I thought that was so thoughtful and made me feel so good that he put so much effort into my first fundraising event. Lastly, he took time off to ride with me to Ocean City to get the fresh live lobsters from Sea Born Seafood right on the water. We picked up 111 of them in four large coolers weighing 178 lbs. During the trip he was playing his soundtrack. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ve been doing an outstanding job, I very much appreciate all that you do for Rosensteel. So the next time you see Tom Griffin, congratulate him on being the November very worthy Knight of the Month. Thanks Tom, I love you, man!
Knight of the Month goes to Nick Carrescia. Nick can be found almost every Friday night at the kitchen window, taking orders for dinner. Nick has been a huge asset for me and we talk often. He plays a big role in helping me coordinate our 3rd Tuesday of the month happy hour/social meetings which are open to members, spouses, guests and Maryknights. This is where we serve complimentary food and drinks. As president of the clubhouse Nick does so much; bartends, opens and closes the Knights room, landscaping, parking barriers, meets with contractors - he just puts in many hours in for the good of the Order. I very much appreciate working with him on all the events so far and look forward to working with him on upcoming events. Behind the scenes, Nick has been redoing the bar rail, painting doors, working on prepping and painting the game room and getting things cleaned out. This is a big job and I’m motivated to make this happen for Rosensteel. Nick has taken the lead on this project. It’s a team effort and many Knights are getting involved. Recently, tile was purchased that matches the Knights room. Thanks Nick, for all your efforts around the building and clubhouse. You are definitely making a HUGE difference. Nick’s birthday is on Sunday, October 16, and if you see him around the Council, please congratulate him for being the Knight of the Month. Well deserved! Thanks for being such a good friend and I love you man!
The Knight of the Month goes to worthy Tom Phelps. Almost every time I’m at the Council Tom is there. He is very worthy of this honor and has been a member of Rosensteel for over 30 years. Currently, Tom is the clubhouse supervisor, helping manage Council events and supervising other Clubhouse activities. Setting up for events and stocking the bars are just a couple duties Tom is busy with. Lately, it’s been getting busy at the Council and Tom is doing a great job. We very much appreciate all his efforts; helping to fill the shoes of the late John Matosian is no easy task. Tom is to be congratulated for recently he passed the exam to get his cook certification. We have become friends and I see him frequently at the Friday night rosary and dinner. When I needed a recorder for my fraternal year Tom stepped up and is doing a very fine job. Getting me the minutes of our meetings for membership to review in a timely matter is important to me. Tom, your hard work and attention to detail is very much appreciated. Thank you for all your support and efforts, you are definitely making a difference. So if you see Tom around the Council please congratulate him on this very worthy honor of being the Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month is PGK and current Treasurer Jim Mannion. Jim is very worthy of this hon-or. When I became Deputy Grand Knight Jim began to guide me and give me great advice over the last year on what it would take to have a successful year. I believe Jim has a big heart and definitely has the best interest of our organization. He’s been making recommendations to me for some time now and it’s paying off. He also volunteers as a bartender in the Knights Room, is part of our event planning committee and has taken a leadership role as one of the chairmen for our Installation Dinner. We have been talking frequently about all the many details of a successful event. There are many Knights and Maryknights who also have played large roles in this event; this has definitely been a team effort and that is very important to me. Worthy Jim ordered my banner, my KOC GK cards, had our announcement on the Installation event made up and coordinated the Mass, readings, songs and a very special program. I could go on and on. Thank you Jim, I very much appreciate you and very grateful for our friendship. We are going to have a great year and having Jim in my corner will go a long way to make that happen. Thanks Worthy Jim for your guidance and your words of wisdom. I have been listening and it has made a big difference. So if you see Jim around the Council, please congratulate him for being the Knight of the month. Thanks, Jim, I love you brother!
Always ready to lend a hand. A volunteer at almost any event and always on call, a Friday Night kitchen crew member, bartender, lawn mower and groundskeeper, works every month with Little Sisters of the Poor, organizer of the Horner and family rosaries, helps with Nuns Appreciation Night and at numerous events throughout the year and an extremely tireless worker. His face and voice are synonymous with the spirit of Father Rosensteel Council. Our Knight of the Month for June is Geoff Conway, who makes our Council a better place.
This Knight is not in the spotlight but seems to just be there when needed. He is humble and quiet. He is a Knight that we wish we could have more of his time. Recently, he has been active in supporting our events and even Friday dinners. Help me give thanks to Steve Sullivan our Knight of the Month!
This PGK strives to make the Council better in all aspects. He always seems to have in-sight and wisdom that is sensible and reasonable. I have often sought him for advice and he has never let me down. This Knight passionately serves the young Catholics at the University of Maryland. This program is perhaps one of our most valuable. It supports the growth and unity of our young Catholics to follow their faith and to gather as a community. Please join me in thanking Mike Miller for all of his passion and work with our youth and future Catholic leaders!
This Knight maintains a low profile and you would not know about him if you do not frequent the building. He donates many hours to the operations of the build-ing and our events management. He has led our operations, with help from his dedicated team, through very difficult times and has done a fantastic job. Join me in thanking Nick Carrescia for his leadership and efforts.
PKG Mike Koon
As a 46-year member, this Past Grand Knight has organized one of our Council’s most important events for years, the Pro-life Kickoff Dinner held every January (recently cancelled for snow and pandemics). It included fantastic and prolific speakers, numerous clergy and several state officers coming together in support of this great cause. January’s Knight of the Month has begun advising others for this year’s kickoff. This is a huge endeavor and one that he did not take on by himself; he enlists the assistance of numerous Council members and his lovely wife Katie. The kickoff dinner in past years was followed by a youth group coming in for the March for Life on the following weekend. This Knight of the Month would entertain, feed and support them by marching with them as well. Mike has also recently served his Council as its Financial Secretary. Please join me in thanking and congratulating PGK Mike Koon as January’s Knight of The Month.
This PGK certainly has been an icon in the Council. He has been through a lot and yet still finds a way to volunteer when we need it. With a smile on his face and a quick witted joke, he makes work seem easy. Many thanks to Rob Seubert, a classic example of Rosensteel’s strong volunteerism
This member came from a family that is generational and historic to our Council. He was there for so many families of our dearly departed members, providing services for wakes and celebrations of lives. Many of us received calls from him just to make sure we were doing well. He will be forever missed and was truly an icon to our Council - our recently departed one and only John Matosian. Please pray for John in gratitude.
This member comes from a family that is generational and historic to our Council. When you think of volunteerism, the effort to drive over 110 miles to be part of a Council event defines what Rosensteel Strong means. He is never short of a smile, chuckle and warm greeting. You will find him at major events like the picnic this last week, grilling like he has for many years. Many thanks to Rick Horner for carrying on his family’s tradition of service and generosity!
This PGK can be found behind the bar most Friday nights. He keeps the Council Officers informed on deadlines and tasks, making sure not a single ball drops. Good for a bar side joke or story, too. Always ready to lend a hand and join in on what needs to be done. Certainly, a Knight you can count on anytime. A big thanks to James Mannion, our Knight of the Month.
He is a humble and passionate Knight who does not shy from leadership by example. He takes on the load and does not complain, just keeps moving forward. You may hear him raise his voice when things are out of place or order and the wise listen. He is the first two-time GK in our history, a Knight that is a living example of our Legacy … PGK2X Paul Girolami. Please join me in congratulating him and thanking him for all his efforts.
You regularly see this Catholic gentleman at the Council, working on projects including cleanup, cooking, shopping for Friday Night dinners and renovation of the Knights Room, kitchen hallway and ladies room downstairs. He’s an accomplished chef, head of a kitchen crew and always offers an excellent meal. He took his first degree in April 2010. He was sponsored by Geoff Conway. Our Knight of the Month for June is Chris Langley. Many thanks, Chris, for your hours of service to our Council. And thank you to Tina, with whom I had the privilege to work when she met Chris, and their children Nick and Ellie for allowing us to have Chris’s time.
If it were allowed, I’d have everyone be Knight of the Month because of the work you’ve done, continue to do and will do to support our Council and programs. I’d even recognize Geoff Conway who prefers to work behind the scenes but is a true hero to our Council and has supported me even before this Council year began. Our Knight of the Month for May always brings a smile to everyone, is a hard worker and a tireless advocate for our Council. He’s a cigar-smoking dance machine, a Past Grand Knight, current Trustee and dedicated parishioner. There’s no one else like him. Please give a shout to Bruce Cotting the next time you see him. He truly is a Knight of Columbus.
He’s been a member of the Knights of Columbus since November 2013. Formerly on the Hibernian kitchen crew, this member has the difficult and often overlooked task of taking notes at Council meetings, transcribing them and keeping correct information in the Council historical records. He’s been Council recorder for the past two years. So the next time you see him either in person or virtually, please thank Mike Quinn for serving as our Council scribe and diligently taking and recording our meeting notes.
Dobie "Spike" Holmes
He took his first degree in September 1993 and has been contributing to Father Rosensteel Council since then. Softball team captain, member of the Clubhouse Association and current president, one of the volunteer renovators of the Knights Room, bartender and kitchen worker – just some of the activities he does at our Council. When there’s a call for volunteers, he’s there whenever possible. He also volunteers at St. Andrew Apostle Parish, where he, wife Joy and son Bobby attend Mass. He’s also known for his big laugh. Yes, our Knight of the Month is our own Dobie “Spike” Holmes, one of the best volunteers our Council has. Please congratulate Spike for being our March Knight of the Month.
You’ll see him at the Council on Fridays and every now and then, but that’s because he’s volunteering elsewhere, too. St. John’s House, usher at St. John the Evangelist Church, arranger of home visits and service projects (such as help this past year at Joe Brannan’s house), Knight Life editor, participant of the Friday Night Rosary which was started when he was Grand Knight, District Warden to our Council and three other Councils, member of the Clubhouse Association and I’m sure there’s a litany of other service projects I’ve missed. Our Knight of the Month is Frank Cavaliere – please thank him for his service to Council and community
He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1983. He approaches tasks thoughtfully, carefully and logically - addressing both the “now” and “what’s to come.” When he lived nearby, you could see him bartending regularly and joining his wife Emmy on the former Crew 6 Friday Night kitchen team when needed. These days, he’s at the Council on Tuesday mornings, making the round-trip from/to Ocean View, Delaware, to review invoices and pay Club-house bills in is role as Clubhouse accountant. Hats off to John McNamara, our January 2021 Knight of the Month.
He’s a well-known fixture at the Council. He joined the Knights and Father Rosensteel Council in 2005. Among his many accomplishments: bartender, cook, griller, kitchen crew member and stand-in for other crews, Steelers fan, bartender manager, Clubhouse Association member and current financial secretary. He has a cool head, sharp wit and usually has a smile on his face. Of course we’re talking about Kevin Carey, one of the hardest workers at Father Rosensteel Council. Thank you, Kevin, for the countless hours you de-vote to the Council each year. You make our Council better by being with us. And thank you to your wife, Mary, and sons for letting us have your time, energy and wisdom.
He’s a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus. Think all-around nice guy and it’s him. Among his many accomplishments: Council volunteer, Friday night Family dinner regular, former music man at Council degrees, charity fund accountant, and Table 21 life-time member. Our November Knight of the Month is Bob Brown. Thank you, Bob, and keep working on behalf of our Council.
You’ve seen him at the Council for years. He worked on a kitchen crew with the Horners and spends hours at the grill at our annual Council Picnic. You can find him at our children’s parties, entertaining, cooking and serving food. He also makes a great Santa. His family also joins him at the Halloween, Christmas and Easter par-ties. We’re not sure about the safety of having our children’s parties this year, but that won’t stop us from thanking Steve Caffi, our Knight of the Month for October 2020. Thank you, Steve, for your countless hours of volunteerism to our Council and families.
He’s the son of a Council member and became a Knight in October 2002. He’s a tireless worker who can be seen all around the Council. He has put in a tremendous amount of time with the Knights Room renovation. He’s a member of the Council softball team, a former member of our Clubhouse Association, co-hosts the Council Super Bowl party, was part of the team that built the fire pit and is now president of the Building Association. He’s also great with a chain saw. Ask him for help and if he’s available he’ll be there. Of course, we’re talking about Dave Donnelly, our Father Rosensteel Council Knight of the Month!
You may see him and not recognize him, certainly not recently. He works behind the bar with Diane Lynch on Friday nights. He’s a staple at our recent Friday night dinners, running food to cars wearing what looks like a combat-ready mask or cloth covering. He recently sported the Charleston Heston look from The Ten Commandments and you couldn’t see his face through his beard. He’s a hard worker and has done considerable work in re-modeling the Knights Room. He also helps with cleanup around the Council – trimming bushes, removing trash, cutting the grass. He doesn’t like to be idle – he recognizes something that needs attention, asks to help and does it. He’s also a leader at St. John’s CYO. When you see Nick Carrescia, thank him for being our Knight of the Month.
He’s a regular at the Council and volunteers for any activity or effort when time permits. He prefers to work behind the scenes and takes on tasks others would choose to avoid. He’s a member of the Council softball team, is our Council technology wizard and dishwasher extraordinaire, a staple at many Council events and is a proud father and husband. He has a quick wit and his smile is infectious. We thank his wife, Renee, and their children for letting us have so much of his time at the Council now and over the years. When you next see him, please congratulate Brian McCaw for being our Knight of the Month.
Our Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month has been a member since 1988. Over the years he and his wonderful spouse, Molly, can be found attending our installation dinners, appreciation (both volunteers and PGKs) dinners and even an occasional Columbus Day Ball event. He always comes through in a big way whenever we have a fund-raising event; for instance, our Tootsie Roll fundraiser. He is a Sir Knight and has recently become more active, taking part in Building and Clubhouse meetings. And did I forget to mention that he is our esteemed field agent? When
This Father Rosensteel May Knight of the Month has been a Knight for just over 40 years. He can be found in the kitchen, behind the bar, outside mowing the grass and digging in the garden. He is a regular at both the Friday evening and the Horner Rosary. He brings enthusiasm and energy to our Council and not only is he a Past Grand Knight, but he has agreed to be our Grand Knight for our 100th Anniversary year! He is either a real standup guy or a glutton for punishment. And did I mention that he has his own adult beverage named after him, courtesy of Brother Geoff? He has personally been a huge resource for me. Profferingadvice and counsel and, along with all the other PGKs and officers, providing valuable support. And in the spirit of full disclosure, he has edited and corrected this Knight’s prose and has even done a stint or two as my ghostwriter. Of course, you know who I am talking about, SK Paul Girolami. So, when you see (or talk to) this Catholic Gentleman with the sparkling smile, congratulate him on being the Father Rosensteel May Knight of the Month.
Robert F. Wigmore
This Father Rosensteel April Knight of the Month joined in 1983. He has been active in many facets of the Council. He has worked in the kitchen, at the bar and pitched in wherever needed. And he has a knack for drawing a crowd. He recently chaired the Father-Daughter Dance with Geoff Conway and his daughter Sara shared front desk concierge duties with him. There were over 50 fathers and grandfathers and over 80 daughters and granddaughters in attendance! He is well spoken and a very gracious man with a huge heart. There is NO doubt that everyone knows who I am talking about, so when you see (or speak with) the Father Rosensteel Council April Knight of the Month, Robert F. Wigmore, better known as Wig, congratulate him and thank him for all that he does for our Council.
This Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month is and has been involved in so many areas of the Council over the years. You might catch him in the kitchen, behind the bar, on the deck, manning the grills, quietly making repairs around the Council, or quietly helping PGK Frank Cavaliere at St. John’s House. On a Friday night, or at any of our functions, you might find this Knight attending with his wife and children. He is a Third Degree Knight, serves on the Clubhouse Association and has been a member since 2002. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that he is a member of our world-class softball team. I am sure that by now you know to whom I am referring. When you see Dave Donnelly, thank him for all of his contributions and congratulate him on being the Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month!
The Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month can be found all around the Council. You might catch him in the kitchen, behind the bar, on the deck, manning the grills or on the dance floor. He works hard and plays harder. He is a Sir Knight, Past Grand Knight and a current Trustee. And his efforts and contributions have been significant! He has been described by a friend of mine as “a party.” He is one of the Council Knights who have “outplayed their coverage” when referring to his wife, Lady Jen. And his children have participated at Rosensteel, too! I am sure that by now, you know to whom I am referring to. When you see PGK and Trustee Bruce Cotting, tell him Si Yu’us ma’åse, which is more than a big thank you in Chamorro, and congratulate him on being the Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month!
The Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month joined the Knights of Columbus over 30 years ago. He can be seen behind the bar, in the kitchen and manning the grills at the crack of dawn for our Council picnic. He puts in more hours than you would realize. And just because he has an overactive sense of humor, don’t let that fool you. He is devoted to the Council. You will see him and his wife Ann at most Council functions. When you see our Knight of the Month, Geoff Conway, give him a big thanks and congratulate him for his dedication … and for becoming a new grandfather!
The Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month for December has been a member since 2013. He is a big volunteer in an easygoing sort of way. He has participated in verything from Tootsie Rolls to Keep Christ in Christmas, to tending bar, working at bingo and is a Rosary regular. He is a past Grand Knight and a Fourth Degree Sir Knight and you will never hear him utter a bad word about a fellow Knight! And did I mention that he has provided the current Grand Knight much needed advice and support? Even though he cheers for the Giants and Yankees, when you see PGK Jim Mannion thank him for all that he has done and continues to do at the Council and congratulate him on being the Father Rosensteel Council December Knight of the Month!
Our November Knight of the Month has been a member of Father Rosensteel Council for 52 years. He is an Honorary Life Member and a Third Degree Knight. His father was the Grand Knight for the 1967-1968 Fraternal Year, and he has a brother and an uncle who are also Knights. Currently, he is the Council treasurer and has been working diligently to keep our books in order. When he isn’t at Rosensteel, a minimum hour-long commute, he can be found traveling the countryside to support and cheer on three grandchildren in their sports – volleyball, baseball and basketball. When you see Brother Ed Jordan, congratulate him and give him a big thanks for being our treasurer.
PKG Terrence Moore
Our Father Rosensteel Knight of the month has been a member of our Council since 1996. He is involved in all aspects of the Council. Tending bar, kitchen crew, working events and has spearheaded the new Council volunteer and building initiative. Oh, did I forget to mention, a Past Grand Knight too? His wife is a Maryknight and they have two sons who are Knights. When you see him, the hardest working man in show business, give PGK Terrence Moore a big thank you and congratulate him for being the Father Rosensteel Council October Knight of the Month!
The Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month took his first three degrees in 1981. He is a longstanding member who flies beneath the radar. He is at the Council almost every day, mostly working in the back-ground. If you have ever had a meal at the Council, there is a good chance that he had something to do with it. As one of our Clubhouse managers, I am sure that you know him. When you see him, give John Matosian a big thank you and congratulate him for being the Father Rosensteel Council September Knight of the Month!
The August Knight of the Month has been a member since 2010, obtaining his Second Degree in 2014. He maintains our council website, updates the Knight Life archive as well as events and pictures. You can see him around the Council and he is a willing volunteer when something needs to be done. He is one of the Knights who has helped in maintaining other Brother Knights' yards and just recently provided his time to aid the Council in protecting one of our neighbors from the storm water runoff from our property.Please join me in congratulating and thanking Brother Tim Twomey as the Father Rosensteel Knight of the Month.
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.
Rick and Angela Colburn
The Family of the Month is very special to our Council and is known to everyone at Rosensteel. We are very blessed to have them and I’m thankful for all they do for us. Since the beginning of my fraternal year they have been helping and or participating in most of our events. This family has three daughters, each of whom is out of college; two are married and one of them is expecting her first grandchild. How special is that? We are honored to have this Knight as part of our team, he just celebrated his 10th anniversary and is one of our Guards and attends almost every business meeting. As Grand Knight, that means so much to me, he is always there to help me when he can. Over time, I have come to know this Knight as a real family man. I very much appreciate him and our friendship and all his words of encouragement. His wife is the current secretary to the principal of St. John the Evangelist School. So you know she has a big heart helping the principal in caring for and giving guidance to the children and working for their best interest. Around the Council this couple is active. The Knight is on at least one kitchen crew and recently I have noticed both of them helping out at the Friday Night family dinner. This couple is a lot of fun. At most events you can find them on the dance floor. At the Pro-life dinner held just a couple of weeks ago they were there early helping to prepare the spaghetti and meatball dinner and helped serve about 100 people. It was a wonderful 5-star Rosensteel event and this family played an active role in making it a huge success. At the end of the event down in the Knights Room, there they were, just finishing up. It’s so rewarding at the end of a successful event to sit back and enjoy all the dedication and commitment to make sure others had a good time. GREAT JOB! Thank you, thank you, thank you! This family is setting an example of what we can do working together to help one another. Our community is counting on us. We can always count on them. When you see Rick and Angela Colburn around the Council, please give them a big shout out and a huge round of applause for being the February Family of the Month. We love you, we thank you and we very much appreciate all you do for our family here at Rosensteel. May God continue to bless you and your family
The Madox Family
The Family of the Month is very special to our Council and is known to everyone at Rosensteel. We are very blessed to have them and I’m very thankful for all they do for us and since the beginning of my Fraternal Year they have been playing a large role in the success of our events. The Knight has been at Rosensteel for 13 years and a couple of years ago stepped up and became one of our officers starting as our Warden. He has been very active supporting me in my role as Grand Knight and we talk often. Thanks for taking all my calls and responding to messages, I very much appreciate your opinions and guidance. Many times over the last six months he has reached out to me and we have met to discuss to see how he can help me out to lighten the load. We have developed a nice friendship doing many things outside of our Council. We have gone to multiple football games, we’ve been out to dinner, we’ve been boating, and he and his wife introduced me to a winery just outside of Ocean City. Building friendships and brotherhood is so important to the success of our very fine family organization. Over time, getting to know this Knight I have come to know this Knight is a real family man. I very much appreciate him and our friendship and all the words of encouragement. As our program director he has taken an active role in programs such as the cash raffle and Tootsie Role campaigns and is currently working on another coat drive. He will also be leading, promoting and organizing a very worthy event, our Father-Daughter dance on Friday, February 17. Oh, and by the way, he’s currently our Deputy Grand Knight, so in six months he will be leading Rosensteel. I have great respect for him and know in my heart he will do an outstanding job. He has been beside me, supporting and guiding me. We have a great team here and I’m very grateful to have him as my deputy. His wife is a new Maryknight and is getting more involved. The more I get to know her, it didn’t take long to realize she is very loving and dedicated to her family. She works with kids at St John Evangelist School so you know she has a big heart. When this couple isn’t volunteering, they have participated by attending some of our events like the lobster seafood feast fund-raiser and frequently at the Friday night family dinner. Their son has just recently signed up to join the Knights of Columbus and we will be voting on him at the January Business Meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing him around the Council. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love this family very much and will do everything I can to help support him and promote their events in the future. When you see the Maddox family, Mike, Amy and Kieran, around the Council, please give them a big shout out for being the very worthy January Family of the Month. We love you, we thank you and we very much appreciate and acknowledge all that you do for our family here at Rosensteel. May God continue to bless you and your family.
The Donnelly Family
The Family of the Month is very loved and special to our Council. We are very blessed to have them and I’m very thankful for all they do for us. Since the beginning of my fraternal year this family has been one that I’ve always been able to count on to make our events and programs a big success. The more that I’m around the Council the more that I see them in action and all they contribute to our community with their time and talents. I can’t say enough about this family, but I will give it a shot. When I think of them as a family, I think of love, leadership and family. Strong families lead by example, they have a warmth, all caring for others and have strong connections to others outside of their family. They create a sense of belonging, sharing their love and make people feel valued and committed to getting the job done. This family inspires others to work toward a common good and demonstrates integrity. We are truly blessed to have them. The father has been a Knight for 35 years and his wife is an active Maryknight. At a recent Council event both husband and wife worked behind the bar serving guests. Their daughter-in- law assisted with their granddaughter helping serve guests for a CYO spaghetti dinner fundraiser. This event wasn’t planned for our Council, but SJE had a heating issue and Rosensteel stepped up and helped make this event a success at the last moment for about 125 parents and students. I’m very proud of this family and our Council for this is what the Knights of Columbus are about. It’s hard to list all the things this family does. I’ve seen them working in the kitchen for Friday night dinners, helping with landscaping around the Council, making desserts, I could go on and on. Their son has been someone I can always count on. I’m a huge fan of this amazing family man. He is a true leader and inspires me to do more. He leads the Building Committee, that in itself is a big responsibility. We are working together to get the game room done. Recently, he ordered at a discount new tile for room matching the Knights Room and picked up and delivered, saving us so much money. He drove down to Tilghman Island to pick up four bushels of fresh oysters for our lobster seafood feast; in fact, last week he drove back to Tilghman Island to pick up more oysters for our Thanksgiving smoker. Always going the extra mile because he’s committed to making a difference and sharing all the love he has to give others. That is why I joined this very fine family organization. I heard there were a lot of good men here. This is a great example of what’s going on here at Rosensteel. When you see the Donnelly family, Mike, Bonnie, Dave, Jamie and Kaitlyn, give them a big shout out for being the very worthy December Family of the Month. We love you, we thank you and we very much appreciate and acknowledge all that you do for our family here at Rosensteel. You’re making a HUGE difference! May God continue to bless you and your family.
The Family of the Month is very special to our Council. We are very blessed to have them and I’m very thankful for all they do for us. Since the beginning of my fraternal year this family has been one that I’ve always been able to count on to make our events a big success. Having a very special team that we turn to again and again is not to be taken for granted. We very much appreciate all your generosity, thoughtfulness, and giving of your time and talents that God has gifted each and every one of you. We know this family is very special to us and I wanted to take this opportunity let you know that all your efforts are making a HUGE success here at Rosensteel. From the installation to the 100th anniversary celebration, this family helped organize, donated and planned these events, paying much attention to all the details needed for memorable events. This family not only supports us but actively promotes us. Basically, they make us look good and it’s very heartwarming to have this family by my side. Recently, at the lobster seafood feast fundraiser, this family was absolutely critical to my first fundraiser. One family member bought tickets to donate to less fortunate to support our event. How thoughtful was that! They helped organize and sell the cash raffle board which was a great success, raising about $1,500 in donations. They did an AWESOME JOB! I could not have done this on my own. I can’t put my feelings into words how much this family means to me. This family supported the event by actively promoting and participating in this event, inviting friends and family, making desserts and checking guest in. I could go on and on. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love this family very much and I will do everything I can to help support and promote their events. Clearly, we have angels among us and we are very blessed to have them. When you see any of the Maryknights at Rosensteel, please congratulate them on being the very worthy November Family of Month. We love you, we thank you and we very much appreciate and acknowledge all that you do for us. Thank you and may God bless you and your families.
Family of the Month goes to the Weithman/Horner family. I very much appreciate this family. Michael Weithman donated some very generous gifts for the 50/50 raffle at the picnic such as headphones, gym bag, backpack and a couple of Echo dots, just to name a few. Mike has been participating in our happy hour/social events and giving me advise on our young adults committee and ideas on recruiting new members. Thanks Mike, I very much appreciate you. His sister, Melissa Weithman, has played an active role in our young adults committee and, although we got off to a slow start, the committee has many great ideas such as a younger adult kitchen crew with some fresh new ideas for dinner. I look forward to working with Melissa and Mike on the new game room that is being renovated. Their uncles Rick and Gerry Horner have also played important roles in the past month. Rick traveled from his home in Ocean City to help set up and prepare food for our picnic. It’s a team effort, but I very much appreciate Rick for his dedication to making this event a success. His brother Gerry has played a very important role in my fraternal year. We talk often and has helped me in many ways, especially communicating to our membership what is important to me. At the recent SJE picnic, again a team effort, Gerry helped organize the food preparation, serve and brought a new prospect to volunteer at the picnic. Gerry is on our Membership Retention and Recruitment Committee, working on ideas to re-engage our current members and helping to recruit new members. Melissa, Mike, Rick and Gerry, thank you, thank you, thank you! You are making a HUGE difference here at Rosensteel and mean so much to me. I love you and wish you and your family well.
Terrence and Cheryl Moore
Family of the Month goes to Terrence and Cheryl Moore. They are very worthy of this honor. Terrence and Cheryl are very active at our Council. Terrence played a role in getting me re-engaged at Rosensteel, asking me to join a committee and from there I continued my journey to become an officer and eventually the Grand Knight. He is a leader and we speak frequently, he continues to encourage and guide me with support and new ideas. Cheryl is an active Maryknight and works as a team with her husband. Both participate in our Friday night family dinners and sends e-mails promoting our dinners and other upcoming events. Terrence is very active behind the scenes on our event planning committee and Clubhouse. When I’m at the Council he’s frequently there showing our Columbian Room to prospective guests and preparing for events. Recently, they cooked meals for our Council Installation, Maryknights anniversary party and the Past State Deputy testimonial dinner for Vince Grauso for about 180 people. At our Installation when Donna and I finally got a chance to eat, most of the food was gone and Cheryl and Terrence prepared us some food. I also received a letter from a patron who had a baptism being held at the same time as the testimonial dinner. The gentleman was so impressed with the personal service and attention to detail that they wrote a letter of highest recommendation and gratitude to both Cheryl and Terrence. So if you see them around the Council, which won’t be difficult, please congratulate them on being Family of the Month
Jason and Mary Webb
My choice for Family of the Month goes to worthy Jason Webb and his wife, Mary. They have a son, Ethan, who is 8 and a daughter, Nora, who is 6. Worthy Jason Webb is our new family director. He and Mary couldn’t be more excited to help strengthen families and attract more families to come to our Council events. His enthusiasm is contagious and that’s coming from myself who gets excited about many things. We have had dinner together and have met privately about his new position and ideas. He plans to work with Worthy Mike Beane about coming up with a kids meal to be available for the Friday night dinners. Jason and Mary are beginning to look at ideas for the kids for the up-coming Council Picnic on Saturday, September 18. I feel confident they will make a difference here at Rosensteel. If you see them around the Council congratulate them for being our Family of the Month.
Maryknight and Council Member Volunteers
Always ready with words of support. Literally several hundreds of volunteer hours. Wisdom greatly appreciated by the Grand Knight and officers. Our Family of the Month for June is our Maryknights and Council members who selfishly gave their time, effort and talent to improving our programs and Council home this fraternal year. You really don't know the positive impact your generosity has on the Grand Knight and his team and I thank you for it.
The Holy Family
When we reflect and look for a perfect example of family life, selflessness, sacrifice and love this one shines above all. This family is always there for us and never fails. While we prepare for Easter, take time to give thanks to this family for being there for us and showing us the way. Join me in giving thanks to the Holy Family.
Geoff and Ann Conway
This Knight seems to be behind many of the major actions at the Council, whether it’s volunteering, facilities projects, events or celebrations. He is at the Council countless hours and his wife is known as a saint; that description no one disputes. Please join me in thanking Geoff Conway and his incredibly understanding wife Ann for their endless efforts and time supporting our Council.
Gus and Ruth Gusman
This couple has been active on all levels working and guiding the Council affairs. This Knight provides oversight and review of our Council operations, while serving on various programs. His guidance and commitment to our Council is one to follow. His wife is active with the Maryknights, serving on committees and events. Join me in thanking Gus and Ruth Gusman for all of their efforts and commitment!
Mike, Bonnie and Dave Donnelly
I have been focusing on families that have generational Knights. It is a classic handing of the baton from father to son that shows unity … a cornerstone of our Council life. This family seems to always be together, serving or enjoying Friday night dinners, attending or serving at Council functions, supporting the Maryknights activities, and even elbow grease to fix and repair the building. When they come to enjoy Council life, it’s the whole family from grandparents to grandchildren. Please join me in thanking and congratulating the Donnellys (Mike, Bonnie, and Dave) as January’s Family of The Month.
Tim and Donna Stocker
This month we have a dynamic couple who volunteer at the Council and support each other in their efforts. He is one of our Council officers, soon to be GK. She is very active with the Maryknights. Always in the mix of getting it done, if you want to know … just ask Tim or Donna “What’s Going On.” Thank you, Tim and Donna Stocker, for all your work and support to the Council and Maryknights
Kevin and Mary Carey
This member has an action packed schedule at the Council. His wife deserves many thanks for her support and understanding his time away from home. He is our financial secretary, has served on other boards, runs Council programs and somehow always has a smile. Help me say a big thank you to our Family of the Month, Kevin and Mary Carey!
The Steve Caffi Family
When this family comes out, it’s the whole family. They can be found volunteering for the major events and at the recent picnic they were truly representing across generations. Rosensteel has had a history of family participation and this family gets it. Many thanks to Steve Caffi and his family for all of their efforts and carrying on the tradition!
Terrence and Cheryl Moore
This family of the month has been here before but that just how they ride. They are a team and surely without the support of his wife, this Knight could not get things done for the Council. You can see them in the kitchen, running events or helping to guide management. Please give a big thank you to Terrence and Cheryl Moore.
This family is everywhere doing everything and when you least expected … they dosomething extraordinary. When the Council was closed, they were there to clean and set up policies and protocol. When food was to be made for the Holy Cross nurses, they were cooking and delivering. When we need hands for events to save money, they were there to serve. They sit on committees and make sure the place is running. If you have not been to the Knights Room in a while, you will see their craft, dedication and passion in the renovations! They don’t seek the limelight … they are the “No Names, No Need … Just Deeds” band of brothers that just make it happen.
Officer past and present and all other volunteers.
You regularly see this Catholic gentleman at the Council, working on projects including cleanup, cooking, shopping for Friday Night dinners and renovation of the Knights Room, kitchen hallway and ladies room downstairs. He’s an accomplished chef, head of a kitchen crew and always offers an excellent meal. He took his first degree in April 2010. He was sponsored by Geoff Conway. Our Knight of the Month for June is Chris Langley. Many thanks, Chris, for your hours of service to our Council. And thank you to Tina, with whom I had the privilege to work when she met Chris, and their chil-dren Nick and Ellie for allowing us to have Chris’s time.
Kitchem Crews and Servers
You see them at the Council every Friday night when you pick up your dinners. They work hard to make your evening a bit easier. There’s usually is no break in service. They’re in the kitchen rain or shine. A tasty, enjoyable dinner – some of which are very creative – is waiting for you. This family’s service dates back many years. Our family of the month for May is our kitchen crews and servers. They, along with our Friday night Rosary crew, make our Council the place to be every Friday night. Have you considered forming or joining a crew? Help is always needed. See one of the crews or coordinator Terrence Moore for more information.
A tireless, truly dedicated family. You see them at all Council events. Their spirit of charity is unparalleled. They are always working to make lives better for others. Their faith is strong, as is their voice and impact. They are recognized throughout the Maryland Knights of Columbus for their excellence in service. Our Council couldn’t function well without them. Our Family of the Month for April 2021 is our own Maryknights, some of the finest women our Council has had the privilege to know and work with on our social and charitable programs. Thank you, Maryknights, for your prayers, hard work and unwavering support.
The Holy Family
Our Family of the Month is celebrated throughout our Council and throughout the world. The Holy Family of the infant Jesus, Virgin Mary and St. Joseph serve as a role model for Christian families and individuals. The Holy Family is a symbol of love of family and that we should be open to whatever God’s will might be. February is the month dedicated to the Holy Family, but we should pray for their guidance throughout the year. During this month, please say this short prayer to renew our dedication to the Holy Family: “Lord, You intended for the Holy Family to be an example for all, and for the Holy Spirit to enlighten our homes. May we, like them, be able to live according to the family virtues and stand united by the strength of Your love before meeting again for eternity in the joy of Your House. Amen.”
The Horner Brothers
Both are highly regarded members of the Rosensteel family and have been contributing to programs for years – as cooks, working events, helping at the Convention and that’s just to start. They’ve been volunteering at Father Rosensteel Council since they were children – both as part of their larger family and on their own and have now created their own legacy of service to our Council and community. Both also support the Council through financial donations. Great smiles, great laughs, great personalities and always appreciated. Of course, we’re talking the brothers Rick and Gerry Horner. Rick recently helped at a Veterans Day event and at other Council programs; Gerry masterfully arranges and hosts our award-winning Nuns Appreciation Night and jumps in elsewhere throughout the year. We’re a better Council because of these two men. Please congratulate our Family of the Month – the Horner brothers.
Friends of the Knights Room
They’re a family related by Catholic faith and dedication of service to our Council. You see them at several Council events, but most recently they’ve contributed hours and dollars to remodeling the Knights Room, bringing it up to code from its last update in the 1970s. New flooring, walls, electrical outlets and wiring, improved wifi, furniture, painting, a crucifix and Holy Family carving for the Knights Room, and more – you’ll truly be pleased and amazed at the hard work that’s gone into remodeling the area. All of this work is being paid for through donations and doesn’t involve any funding from the Council or its associations. And the work continues as a result of the leak in the downstairs ladies’ rest room and damage to the hallway - new floors and walls, improved spacing, new ceiling tiles and new lights. Our January Family of the Month is the Friends of the Knights Room – the women and men who have donated dollars to funding these projects and the many men who have personally performed the remodeling, including Spike Holmes, Dave Donnelly, Geoff Conway, Brian McCaw, Nick Carrescia, Pierre Cassagnol, Kevin Carey, Chris Langley, JC. Butts, Abe Jacobs and Bruce Cotting (with apology to those workers I may have missed). Donations permitting, the crew will look at improvements to the Emerald Room and downstairs men’s bathroom.
All Our Council Supporters
It is a tireless family – working every program, being very involved in parish activities, supporting their priests, reaching out into the community, sharing their faith and selflessly serving others. It continually looks for new programs and people to help. It has developed a legacy of service and commitment that’s difficult to imagine in other Councils – and it has been doing it for 100 years. It is a true family to each other and our greater community. Our Family of the Month is the dedicated thousands of men, women and children who have worked at, attend-ed and/or supported our Council since 1920. Our Council couldn’t be where it is today without the strong Knights, Maryknights and Squires who have graced our halls for the past century. The officers of Father Rosensteel Council thank our large family for the many thou-sands of hours of service to Church and Community this past century and look forward to continuing this strong Rosensteel family for another 100 years.
Jane and Stan McLeod.
You see them nearly every Friday night at our family dinners at the Council. Both bartend from time to time. Both were on a kitchen crew. She sells Super Bowl squares, he help with food and both organize. He’s been a member since the early 1980s. Their son is a member of our Council. Our superstar Family of the Month for November is Jane and Stan McLeod. Congratulations, Stan and Jane.
Barbara and Bill Dassing
They can be seen on our Friday night kitchen crews and volunteering at other Council events throughout the year. He fills in as a bartender. She also bar-tends special events such as the Super Bowl. Both are regulars at our Washington Football Team games at the Council. She’s known for her work with a needle and yarn. Both help direct our children’s parties and work children’s activities at our Council Picnic. Thank you to our Family of the Month – Barbara and Bill Dassing.
Bonnie and Mike Donnelly
This truly worthy Family of the Month is a fixture at our Council. They can be seen volunteering at events throughout the year. He’s been a member of our Council since March 1987. Most recently, he was an officer of our Clubhouse Association and third base coach of the Council softball team. He jumps in wherever he’s needed. She’s a member of a kitchen crew and a bartender at the Super Bowl party. They attend most events and are regulars at our Friday Night dinners. Father Rosensteel Council is a better place because of them – Bonnie and Mike Donnelly, our Family of the Month.
Carol and Joe Walper
You see them at all Council events. He makes a killer eggnog. She’s a recent Maryknights officer, works on the best kitchen crew at the Council and bar-tends at the Super Bowl party. They regularly attend Friday night dinners and football game days at the Council. They embody the spirit of Father Rosensteel Council through their faith and community sharing. Our Council is better for having them here . Please congratulate Carol and Joe Walper for being our Au-gust Family of the Month.
Ruth and Gus Gusman
This family continues to be very active at our Council. She’s a Maryknight and is spearheading their production of face masks for our Council and community. Both have helped Sue Wiant with the gardening redesign and planting at the front of the Council. He’s a Council officer and most recently served as Grand Knight. Both are friends of the Rosensteel family and have become very dear friends to my wife and me. I now get to take his parking spot at the Council. When you see Ruth and Gus Gusman, thank them for their service to Father Rosensteel Council and for being our Family of the Month.
The Mannion Family
The Father Rosensteel Family of the Month is familiar to all. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and his wife is a Maryknight. He has tended bar, worked in the kitchen and worked recently on the landscaping, among other endeavors. He is a Past Grand Knight and Trustee. Most recently, the entire Mannion household has been working diligently on the face-mask program. They are a very warm and charitable family and we are lucky to have them participating here at the Council. So when you see or speak with Jim, Terry or Mary, our Father Rosensteel Family of the Month, thank them for their contributions to the Council!
Father Rosensteel Council Officers, Trustees and Past Grand Knights
- The Father Rosensteel Council April Family of the Month has a long history with the Council. You will find them participating at the Council Picnic, Friday night dinners and all the dinners and events. Most recently, almost the entire Family attended the Past Grand Knights’ Testimonial Dinner. And they would have made a strong appearance at the Nuns’ Appreciation Dinner. They are stalwarts of our Council and to be commended for their participation. Their collective wisdom, participation and institutionalknowledge is priceless. They have been invaluable to me during this Fraternal Year. Yes, of course, I am talking about the Father Rosensteel Council Officers, Trustees and Past Grand Knights. After travelling and visiting other Councils, we are fortunate to have so many involved and generous with their time and wisdom. When you see any Trustee, Past Grand Knight, Officer (including Guards, Recorder and Financial Secretary) or Committee Chair, give them a (virtual) pat on the back and let us express our gratitude for all that they do!
The Father Rosensteel April Fam-ly of the Month has a long history with the Council. You will find these family members participating at the Council Picnic, Friday night dinners and most all of the dinners and events. Most recently, they attended the Past Grand Knights’ Testimonial Dinner. They are stalwarts of our Council and to be commended for their participation. So, when you see or talk to “Table 21,” congratulate them on being the Father Rosensteel April Family of the Month: Nancy and Ray Koski, Bob and Ann Brown, Harry and Marie Dunkel, Dave and Marge Fait, Betty Beltz and Tom Hawes.
Stan and Jane McLeod
The March Father Rosensteel Family of the Month is active throughout the Council. It has worked in the kitchen, from Friday night dinners to catering events. It chairs one of the Council’s most favorite and longstanding events – the Super Bowl Party. And he and she have been known to spin old-school 45’s. He has been a member since 1982, she has supported the Maryknights and their son is also a member of the Father Rosensteel Council. So when you see Stan and Jane McLeod, thank them for their years of service and dedication. And congratulate them for being the Father Rosensteel Family of the Month!
The February Father Rosensteel Council Family of the Month is big. It is large in numbers, large in heart and huge in what it contributes. It can be found at almost all of our functions. I cannot and do not want to imagine what our Council would be like without them. PGK Bruce, DGK Paul and I met with them last month to thank them for all that they do! I specifically mentioned the NCPD Event where Supreme Knight Carl Anderson received an award . So when you see any of our Maryknights, give them a huge thank you and congratulate them for being the Father Rosensteel Family of the Month! We are a better Council and we are better Knights for all of their support throughout the years. And let me give a special thanks to my favorite Maryknight, my wife Lady Ruth. I am a better man and a better Knight because of her. Much gratitude and love to all our Maryknights!
Mike and Katie Koon
This Father Rosensteel Family of the Month has been very prominent for years at our Council. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1975 and his wife has been a Maryknight for many years. He is a past Grand Knight, a member of the Fourth Degree and is currently our financial secretary. They have been chairing the Right To Life Kickoff Program for over 20 years, taking the baton from Chuck Suraci. And not only did he attend the seminary, but he is an avid outdoorsman. Their son plays on the Council softball team and they can be seen cheering at every game. When you see Mike and Katie Koon, congratulate them for being the Family of the Month. And don’t miss out on their Right To Life Kickoff Dinner on January 5.
The Dassing Family
This couple can be found at Father Rosensteel Council supporting and attending most events. He is a Third Degree Knight who joined when he was 18 years old. His son is a Second Degree Knight who also joined at age 18. His wife is a Maryknight as is their daughter. They work on one of the Friday night kitchen crews, co-chair the children’s Halloween, Christmas and Easter parties and you may find him tending bar. Again, a family with deep roots and part our longstanding foundation of Father Rosensteel Council. When you see Billy, Barbara, Joe and Victoria Dassing, congratulate them on being the Family of the Month and thank them for their contributions over the years.
John and Mary Lyon
This couple can be found at Father Rosensteel Council supporting most all events when in town. He is an Honorary Life Member and joined the Council in 1979. He is a Third Degree Knight and has performed at many events over the years, St. Patty’s Day and the Council picnic to name just a couple. This couple are true stalwarts of Father Rosensteel Council. When you see John and Mary Lyon, congratulate them on being the Family of the Month and thank them for their contributions over the years.
This family has deep roots at Father Rosensteel Council. He joined in 1963, is a Fourth Degree Knight, a Past Grand Knight, was active in promoting the Capital Improvement Fund, is a member of the retirees bowling league, was on the Bingo Committee and has been active in most all of the programs throughout the years. His wife is a Maryknight and, like their daughter and son-in-law, they met at the Council. Their son-in-law is a Knight and their granddaughters are a fixture at Keep Christ in Christmas and Easter Party events and have even joined John Lyon in performing. Most recently, this family was instrumental (excuse the pun) in the King Soul performance in September. So when you see SK PGK Dave “The Captain” Morgan, Virginia Morgan, Brian and Lisa Slattery, and Morgan and Karen, congratulate them and give them a big thanks for being the Father Rosensteel Council Family of the Month!
The Knight for this Family of the Month joined Father Rosensteel Council in September 2004. His son Peter was an altar server, Squire and is now a senior in college and a Knight. Son Nick is in college and has been a Squire and altar server. Eddie is in college, a Squire and altar server; daughter Bridget is in high school and a Rose and altar server; Quinn is an altar server and we have Reagan coming up the ranks. We were fortunate to have Bridget and Quinn serve as altar servers at our recent Officers Installation Mass. So when you see Bill Mulholland and any of the family, congratulate them and give them a big thanks for being the Father Rosensteel Council Family of the Month!
Members of the August Family of the Month are longstanding contributors to Father Rosensteel Council. They can be seen at the Council on a regular basis. All three have worked on kitchen crews in addition to participating in a variety of under-the-radar volunteer efforts. Mike and son Dave participate on the Rosensteel softball team and can be seen with grandson Logan on the bench (how’s that for three generations!). And they have stepped up and agreed to serve on the Clubhouse Committee. And wife/mother Bonnie is a longstanding Maryknight. So the next time you see the Donnelly Family, congratulate them and thank them for their service to the Council
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.