COUNCIL RECOGNITION

 

KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

April 2022

Bill Lamping

The Knight of the Month recently joined the council and immediately stepped up to help. He assisted with most of the Lenten dinners; he has helped out with the Tides games; he volunteered to be a guard for the next fraternal year; and he volunteered to coordinate the Tidewater Area Hospitality Room during the State Convention Please join me in congratulating Brother William (Bill) Lamping for being the April 2022 Knight of the Month.

March 2022

Daniel Knaus

This Knight has distinguished himself as a Round Table Coordinator. When Father asked him for assistance with Tuesday Adoration, he coordinated with the council to help ensure all time periods were covered. His efforts led to a successful Rosary March led by Sir Knights from Assembly 1162. When the chapel celebrated its 80th anniversary, he coordinated between the chapel, the council, and the assembly to have Sir Knights and Knights leading the procession for the Military Archbishop, Archbishop Broglio. He worked with Father to have the Consecration of the Holy Family celebrated on February 2nd. When the council discussed the Pilgrim Icon Program, he quickly volunteered the Chapel for the service on May 3rd. He has also helped with the Lenten dinners and has volunteered to help with the Norfolk Tides baseball games. Please join me in congratulating Brother Dan Knaus for being selected as the March 2022 Knight of the Month.

February 2022

Peter Laurin

The Knight of the Month has been key to the success of the Council’s recruiting goals. He assisted with all three Delta Church Drives. He personally contacted every person that filled out a contact card or signed up online. He frequently volunteers to sell beer at the Scope and Harbor Park, and he serves as the Round Table Coordinator for St Pius X. Please join me in congratulating our Chancellor, Peter Laurin,

January 2022

Dave Harris

The Knight of the Month is a member of the Council who has stepped up to serve as Financial Secretary. He took over the position without any turnover. During the first two months of his three-year tenure, this Knight dove head-first into his duties and responsibilities. He initiated the annual collection of dues from the Membership and tirelessly pursued every piece of returned mail or email to help maximize the receipt of funds. Prior to serving as Financial Secretary, this Knight served as retention chairman and the Round Table Coordinator for Sacred Heart. His willingness to step up to plate should be commended and emulated by all. Congratulations to January’s Knight of the Month, Dave Harris.

December 2021

Patrick Brennan, PGK

The Knight of the Month is one who sets the example for service to others and has coordinated the Council's Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket program for many years. Through his efforts, he ensured that sufficient canned foods were available for over 100 Food Baskets. His personal efforts ensured the council paid lower prices for the turkeys and hams. Furthermore, he ensured that the 2300 pounds of canned goods were properly inventoried and cataloged, he was able to provide additional goods into 59 Christmas Food Boxes. Because of his efforts, the Council had one of its largest ever Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket programs. Please join me in congratulating the Knight of the Month for December, PGK Pat Brennan.

November 2021

John Person, PGK

This Knight consistently contributes hours of service to make the Council a well-run organization. He coordinates the monthly Shrimp Dinner Program. He served as a team lead for the TIDES baseball games and assist with the Norfolk Scope events. He oversees the annual Coats for Family Drive. He helped assemble food baskets for the Thanksgiving Food Basket Program. He spends many hours as the Council and Assembly newsletter Editor, and he manages and updates our Council website and Facebook page. He spends numerous hours as the Columbus Club Treasurer, the 500 Club coordinator, and the Football pool coordinator. Please join me in congratulating PGK John Person for being selected as the November 2021 Knight of the Month.

October 2021

Dave Listol

The Knight of the Month is a man who has tirelessly supported Council activities. He can be counted on to volunteer to help when needed and to step forward when asked. He was responsible for the meal planning, purchasing of the food, and oversaw the meal preparations for the Installation Social, the Priest Appreciation Dinner, and the Shrimp dinner. At the last minute, he stepped in and helped prepare the breakfast burritos for the Crusader 5k. He regularly prepares the meals for the membership meetings. He is a supporter of the Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil. At St Pius X Catholic Church, he is member of the men’s club, serves as an usher, and has served as the parish NEST coordinator. This Knight is an outstanding example of an involved and committed Brother. Congratulations to Dave Listol, on his selection as October Knight of the Month.

September 2021

Kent Rhodes

The Knight of the Month is a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to support charities such as the Special Olympics and KOVAR. Back in February, he willingly poured numerous buckets of ice filled water on himself to raise money for the Special Olympics. To raise additional funds for KOVAR, he covered the costs of the dunk booth used during the Council Family Picnic and helped raise $575. To help those less fortunate, he coordinates and prepares food for Sacred Heart’s Sunday Soup Kitchen once a month. For the council, he serves as the Treasurer, he has helped during the Friday Night Dinners, and he prepared the food for the Fraternal Benefits Night at Sacred Heart. Join me in congratulating Brother Kent Rhodes for being September’s Knight of the Month.

August 2021

Bill Doane

Although this Brother Knight has been a member of 367 since the early 1990s, he has not been in the area for a while due to a military career and other job opportunities. Coming back to his home council within the last couple of months with a desire to get involved in the various activities he jumped in with both feet to make a difference. With a rental and the In and Out approaching fast; we had a disaster in the lady’s restroom with a partial ceiling collapse in 2 of the stalls. After the cleanup was completed, the next part was to get the restroom back online for both events. This brother had a lot of construction experience and stepped up to the challenge to help install the ceiling before both events. With materials in hand on a Saturday morning, he took charge and got the area of repair cleaned up and installed the drywall with precision. With the events behind us, he spent the next 2 days applying joint compound and tape to the repair area. He came back to complete the sanding, priming, and painting of the ceiling plus the cleanup. The cost of supplies was $200, but the cost of his time and talent was invaluable to the council & Columbus Club and very much appreciated. Congratulations to Brother Bill Doane, Knight of the Month for August.

July 2021

Daniel Doyle, PGK

"Through his devotion to Council 367, the Knight of the Month devoted numerous hours over the past two years to ensure that the Council kept open and was active. His efforts directly contributed to the Council receiving Star Council two years in row. His devotion to the Knights and his "can do" attitude was recognized by the State Deputy by appointing him District Deputy for District 1. While he has passed the mantle, he still is an active member of the council by overseeing the council's fundraising efforts. Join me in congratulating our Immediate Past Grand Knight and District Deputy, Dan Doyle for being July's Knight of the Month."

June 2021

Daniel Malaki

The Knight of the Month for June is a new Brother who has only been in the Council for a short time. During that time, I have seen him at several meetings but have not engaged in much conversation with him. Most other Knights might not even recognize his name or be able to pick him out of a lineup of other Members. Many of you will not even realize that what he did for the Council and the Assembly in June is something that made him one of our most valuable Knights. Nonetheless, I have selected this newer Knight as the best of the best because he stepped up and volunteered to fill not one but two Officer positions in the Council and the Assembly. When asked, he valiantly stepped to the front of the pack and took on the responsibility for two different roles. When asked to serve, he did so without hesitation. When asked, he said "Yes" to being Council Warden and Assembly Comptroller. This Knight is the kind of Knight that every Grand Knight dreams he has more of in his Council. This Knight is being selected as Knight of the Month not only for volunteering as he did but also for what I believe he will do going forward. Any Knight who steps up like this Brother did, is certainly destined for greater things in the future. I am confident that this Knight has a bright future in the Council. For all of those reasons, I have selected Daniel Malaki as Knight of the Month for June.

May 2021

Bob Place, PGK

The Knight of the Month is very active in the Council. He has initiated two programs this past month: a blood drive with the American Red Cross and a first-ever spiritual retreat. The blood drive is the third one that the Council has helped to sponsor as part of the Leave No Neighbor Behind program. He took the lead, contacted the ARC, and coordinated the selection of a weekday for the 5-hour blood drive at the Columbus Club. He supervised the printing of the flyer announcing the event, coordinated its distribution on social media platforms, and personally promoted the blood drive to his fellow Knights and others. He set up the ballroom and manned the check-in table for the entire event. He was directly responsible for overseeing the success of the blood drive which collected enough supply to save 60 lives. Additionally, he conceptualized and directed the execution of the Council’s day-long spiritual retreat at Saint Assisi Retreat Center in Hampton. He was responsible for bringing the idea to the Council, did the liaison work with the Center, and coordinated all the details to make the retreat an outstanding Faith In Action program. He spearheaded the entire process to make it a reality. Finally, he expertly supervised the Council as the Advocate and steered us carefully with his deft interpretation of the By Laws at all the meetings. This Knight has proven his value to the Council and is a model for others to emulate. Congratulations to PGK Bob Place for his selection as the Knight of the Month for May

FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

April 2022

Rita Swan, Mary Ann Zakrzewski, John & Elaine Aird

The Family of the Month are St Pius X parishioners and consists of 95-year old Mother, Rita, her two daughters, Mary Ann and Elaine, and Elaine’s husband, John. All four contribute to cleaning the church every other Saturday and always provide help for various church events. Rita, known as the St Pius X “Hugging Lady”, greets all with a big hug as you come into church assisting Mary Ann as a greeter for the Saturday Vigil Masses. Mary Ann and John also help as ushers during Mass. Elaine is a Eucharistic Minister for the Homebound and assists in collecting the food after the Masses to stock the Food Pantries. Mary Ann also helps with the Funeral Ministry in setting up food for the reception and is a teacher’s assistance for the St Pius X School. Congratulations to the April Family of the Month, Rita Swan, daughters Mary Ann Zakrzewski, Elaine & husband, John Aird.

March 2022

Families of Ukraine

This month we will be honoring all those families that are suffering in Ukraine. Per the BBC (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60555472): “Ten million people have now fled their homes in Ukraine because of the Russian invasion, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says. As well as the 3.6 million who have left for neighboring countries, another estimated 6.5 million people are thought to be displaced inside the war-torn country itself.” If you haven’t already donated, please prayerfully consider donating to the KofC Ukraine Solidarity fund. Your gift today will provide temporary shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing, communications, and religious supplies. These items will all be immediately distributed, and 100% of your gift will go directly to these displaced people. The link is https://www.kofc.org/secure/en/donate/ukraine.html. God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present for peace in Ukraine. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

February 2022

Edgardo and Ofelia Eugenio

The Family of the Month hails from Our Lady of Victory Chapel. The husband has single-handedly designed, built, and donated both the inside and the outside nativity mangers. Additionally, he is in charge of setting up and taking down the mangers for the Christmas season. During the rest of the year, he is a conduit for Father Fimian to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. The wife leads the rosary before Mass and also helps with the altar linens. They are constant attendees at both the Masses and the weekly Adoration of the Holy Eucharist at Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Congratulations to February’s Family of the Month, Edgardo and Ofelia Eugenio.

January 2022

Michael & Carol Stark

The Family of the Month hails from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Each year the husband leads the Bread for the World and Offering of Letters event, a letter-writing event to end hunger through advocacy; he is a founding member of the Haiti Twinning ministry; and he helps with the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST). The wife volunteers for the Sunday Soup Kitchen, preparing and serving food to the less fortunate. Congratulations to January’s Family of the Month, Michael & Carol Stark.

December 2021

Kelsey, Dana, Johnathan, Justice, and Jocelyn Dixon

The Family of Month for the month is a family that has served the Basilica of Saint Mary faithfully. The family of five includes a 13-year-old boy and two toddlers under the age of three. Raising children is always a challenge, but to raise a 13-year-old boy who is so involved with his faith that he wants to proclaim the Word at Mass is heroic. The father is a member of the church’s choir. The other serves as the President of the Parish Council and serves as a lector along with their eldest son. Both parents are active in the Young Adult Ministry. Join me in congratulating Kelsey, Dana, Johnathan, Justice, and Jocelyn Dixon as the Family of the Month for the month for December 2021.

November 2021

Steven & Patricia Cyrs

The Family of Month for the month of November is a family that has served Christ the King Church faithfully. This husband and wife team has led the weekly Bible study program and helped with the recent Wine and Cheese Party. The husband serves as a lecturer, he headed up the recent Debt Reduction Drive and the Annual Diocesan Appeal, and he coordinates and leads the bi-monthly landscaping and maintenance of all the church grounds. The wife has served as President of the church’s Women’s Club. As a Knight, this brother serves as the Council Lecturer, has helped out with the monthly Shrimp Dinners, and led the recent council retreat. Join me in congratulating Steven and Patricia Cyrs as the Family of the Month for the month of November 2021.

October 2021

PGK Jim & Linda Pressler

The October Family of the Month for Council 367 is PGK Jim and Linda Pressler. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus said “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant.” Jim and Linda are examples of servant leadership. Specifically: Jim and Linda were instrumental in making the annual Blessed Sacrament parish picnic a success, Jim coordinating the beverages, grill and Linda selling raffle tickets. He also sold beverages at the Council’s picnic and helped man the ticket sales at the shrimp dinners. They both serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Linda is always willing to help decorate the council hall for special events such as the Priest Appreciation Dinner and the Installation banquet. When Jim found out that a wheelchair ramp for a medically disabled individual needed to be repaired, he coordinated efforts over a two-month period to repair the young man’s ramp. Jim was also one of four leads for the Norfolk Tides baseball games. He worked the most games (24) and lead in the register sales as he sold $39,879 worth of products. Congratulations to PGK Jim and Linda Pressler for being selected as the October Family of the Month.

September 2021

Leonardo, Leilani, Len, Lerma, Leland, Leighton, & Lily Remias

Three generations of the Remias Family have been instrumental members of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Throughout their many faithful years at St. Pius, all three generations have been a model of Christian charity. The grandparents, Leonardo and Leilani, were instrumental members of the Fil-Am. Leonardo serves as an usher. His wife, Leilani, is active with Cleaning Angels, Blood Drive, Migrant Ministry, Catholic Daughters, is the church wedding coordinator, and has served on the Parish Council . Their son, Len, and daughter-in-law, Lerma, have also served on the Parish Council. Len, Lerma, and their children, Leland, Leighton, & Lily, have been active with the Migrant Ministry for over ten years. Len is the Finance Council chair, a lector, and a member of the Men’s Club. Their son, Leland, is the Varsity Soccer Head Coach at Peninsula Catholic in Newport News. Their daughter, Lily, is a Eucharistic Minister; is active with the Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech; serves as a Religious Education teacher at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Blacksburg; and has served as a camp counselor at a Catholic Youth Camp in Damascus. Congratulations to three generations of the Remias family as the September Family of the Month.

August 2021

Charlie, Melita, and Naomi Griggs

The Family of the Month hails from Our Lady of Victory Chapel and are well known there. All sing in the choir as well as acting as a “self-appointed” altar flower guild, taking care of not only the flowers on the altar itself but also those at the shrines to Mary and Joseph. The father fills some of the duties of usher while mother develops and publishes the schedules for altar servers and lecturers. She also leads the congregation in praying the rosary before Sunday Mass and assists in the care of the altar linens. They assumed these duties on their own, without being asked, and serve as an example to all. Congratulations to Charlie, Melita, and Naomi Griggs for their selection as the August Family of the Month.

July 2021

Kay, Timothy, & Sophia Killian

The Family of the Month hails from Christ the King Church. This family is well known in the church and the Knights of Columbus. The matriarch of the family is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer who served her country meritoriously. She is the mother of two children who are both very active in the church. The young daughter is an altar server and sings in the choir at CTK. The son was also an altar server and is himself a Knight. The mother is entrusted by the priest to be the Sacristan of the church. In that role she is responsible for the sacristy and all ceremonial ornaments to include candles, oils, altar clothes, incense, and communion pieces. She also assists when needed as a lecturer, altar server, and a Eucharistic Minister. This incredibly devout and devoted parishioner is also in charge of training and indoctrinating all the altar servers. The husband is, unfortunately, deceased but was also a dedicated parishioner and a Knight of Columbus. This family is a model one for others to emulate. Congratulations to Kay Killian, daughter Sophia, and son Timothy for their selection as the July Family of the Month.

June 2021

Andrew & Annie Bosse

The Family of the Month comes from Sacred Heart Church. They have been stalwart supporters of the parish for many years and served in a variety of volunteer positions. Together they have devoted countless hours of work to SHC. The husband has been a lector at mass for at least the past five years. His booming baritone voice and skilled enunciation are hallmarks of his weekly scripture readings. He has also served as the Chairman of the Parish Finance Council for the past three years. His financial expertise and calm leadership were instrumental in the prudent guidance of the parish through the severe loss of income during the pandemic period. The wife has helped with the instruction of children in the parish. This family is the epitome of servant leaders in the Catholic Church. Congratulations to Andrew and Annie Bosse as the Family of the Month for June.

May 2021

Randy, Carole, & Melody Laird

Our family of the month are members of St Pius X Catholic Church. Their dedication to the church is commendable. The parents are both Ministers of Hospitality who also help with the set up and clean-up of the parish before and after the Saturday evening Mass. She is also a Lector. They are also Extraordinary Ministers and she is a Lector. The daughter is a Cantor whose beautiful voice is a pleasure to hear that contributes greatly to the celebration of Mass. Her husband also helps with the set up and clean-up of the church. They all help with the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST) when St Pius X is scheduled to take care of the homeless. Congratulations to May’s Family of the month, Randy & Carole Laird & daughter Melody & husband Torrance Zeiler.