Grand Knight’s Message
I wish a Happy Easter to you, your family and friends. Celebrate in the Joy of the Resurrection of Christ. He has saved us all.
Please keep Brother Larry Dwyer and his family in our prayers. Their daughter was born blind about one year ago. Sadly, she passed away on March 24.
In our Council, several of our Brothers are sick or in distress: Br. Charles Hutchings is waiting for another retina examination next week to determine if he needs more eye surgery. Br. Greg Matejek is at home and has had some success walking with just a walker. He says the recovery is very slow and is looking at lifts for his front steps as well as inside to go up the stairs to the second floor. Br. Bill Marzzacco is still at home and on his way to recovery. He does not drive himself and also has 2 brothers in PA who are sick. Br. Gene Quintieri got a good report from his surgeon. He is now walking again and starting to play golf. He expects to be back in the area in April. Keep them in our prayers.
Events held since the last Knight Life:
1. The Spring Blitz Membership Drive was held on March 5 & 6. Thanks to Brother Ken Genco and his Team for running this event. A 1st degree Exemplification was held on March 23 and there are now 5 new Brothers: Ryan DiParisi, Mike Izzo, Ron Jones, Patrick Lerch, and David Waters.
2. The Annual Somerville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Sunday, March 13. I want to personally thank the 17 Brothers who participated.
In the parade, marching with the 4th Degree Color Guard were Sir Knights: Ron Newsom and Chris Ofsik. Marching with the KofC were Brs. Mike Cebo, Bill Choquette, Tom Faenza, Jim Farmar, Mark Grace, Carl LaTerra, Steve McCarthy, Scott Morrisey, Tom Russell, and me. There were also friends and family of these Brothers, including Br. Walt Engelhard of the Union Council. At the Hall Open House after the parade were: Brothers Eric Derwid & John Lynch tending bar, Peter Ilotti cooking and Pat Kelly (for setting up tables, the DJ and raising the Irish Flag on the flagpole). We marched with our new “One Nation Under God” banner .
3. The Passion of Christ movie was shown on Friday, March 18 at the Council Hall. There were 15 people in attendance and donations to the Pro-Life Memorial Statue Fund were made. Thanks to PGK Jim Trenchard for running this event.
4. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast were held on Saturday, March 19.
Over 60 children and adults attended. Thanks to PGK Art Beaver for chairing this event and his team: Brothers Bob Behling, Mike Cebo, George Cox, Ken Genco, Carl LaTerra, Jerry Nugent, Chris Ofsik and Ed Thoden.
Upcoming events for April:
1. A 2nd Degree Exemplification will be held on Wednesday, April 6 and 3rd Degree on Friday, April 8. Candidates need to be at the Hall at 7:30 PM.
2. The Annual ARC Drive will be held Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. PGK Tom Russell is Chairman. Sign-up on the Bulletin Board at the Hall.
At A Glance:
Apr 4 (Mn) KofC Officers Meeting, 7:30pm
NCAA Playoff, 9pm
Apr 6 (Wd) 2nd Degree Exemplification, 7:30 pm
Apr 7 (Th) Regular Business Meeting, 8pm
Apr 8 (Fr) 3nd Degree Exemplification, 7:30pm
Apr 12 (Tu) Pride in Priests Dinner, 7pm
Apr 14 (Th) Social Night, 7pm
Columbus Club Officers Meeting, 8pm
Apr 15 (Fr) Chapter 4 Meeting, 8pm Flemington
Apr 16 (Sa) Spring Fling Dance MMOG, 7:30pm
Apr 17 (Su) 4th Degree Exemplification, Hilton
Apr 21 (Th) Regular Business Meeting, 8pm
Apr 22 (Fr) ARC Drive
Apr 23 (Sa) ARC Drive
Apr 24 (Su) ARC Drive
Apr 28 (Th) Social Night, 7pm
Apr 29 (Fr) Volunteer for BINGO at MMOG
May 5 (Th) Regular Business Meeting, 8pm
May 7 (Sa) Night at the Races/Kentucky Derby/Memorial Statue Raffle, 5:30pm
May 8 (Su) Vets to Mass, Meet at Hall, 8am
May 9 (Mn) KofC Officers Meeting 7:30pm
May 12 (Th) Social Night, 7pm Columbus Club
Officers Meeting, 8pm
May 19 (Th) Regular Business Meeting, 8pm
May 20 (Fr) Chapter 4 Meeting, 8pm Old Bridge
Spring Fling – Dance
We all need to PROMOTE - PROMOTE - PROMOTE the Spring Fling Dance in order to assure success. Here are the particulars: The dance is on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 TO 12:00 at Mary Mother of God Church (S. Triangle Rd. – Hillsborough, NJ) Admission is $15 in advance ($18 at the door) The price includes: Beer, Wine, Soda, Coffee and Dessert. Food (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chili) will be available for a small charge. For tickets, directions or more information call Brother Ken Genco 908- 874-7039
2005 ARC Drive
Dear Brother Knights,
Once again, the Somerville K of C will conduct its annual drive (this is our 30th year) to aid the citizens of Somerset County with physical and learning disabilities, better known as the ARC drive, to be held on the weekend of April 22-24, 2005.
To be successful, I need your help. Please volunteer to take a tour. Ask family members to help. This is a great way to get involved and to aid a worthy cause.
If you are wondering how the funds are distributed I can tell you that 90% of all money collected stays in Somerset County, with 10% going to the State K of C.
Path Mark: We will be canvassing in front of Path Mark in Somerville on Fri. April 22, Sat. April 23 and Sun. April 24 from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Stop & Shop: We have booked Fri. April 22, Sat. April 23 and Sun. April 24 at Stop & Shop in the Raritan Mall from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM.
Bagel Garden: We also have permission to “Shake a Can” at the Bagel Garden located on Rt. 202 in Branchburg for Fri. April 22, Sat. April 23 and Sun. April 24 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon.
Sign-up sheets are on the board at the council hall. Call me at home at 908-722-8299 if you can’t get to the hall to sign-up. Please help.
Thomas J. Russell Chairman for 2005 ARC Drive
Ten volunteers are needed to support the MMOG Rosary Altar Society w/ their BINGO game on Friday April 29, 2005. Starting at 6:30 PM to approx. 10:30 PM. Sign up on the Bulletin Board. Giulio Capra Chairman.
Knight @ the Derby aka The Spring Trot
The next Knight at the Races will be held on Kentucky Derby Day May 7 in the Council Hall. Doors open at 5:30 to watch the Derby and the first Council race will go off at 7:00. Tickets are $7 per person ($60 to reserve a table of 10) and are available at the door or in advance from PGK Mike Power. Contact your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else interested in having a very enjoyable evening; plan ahead and reserve a table. Ticket price includes admission, free draft beer, wine and soda and a delectable assortment of tube steaks and KofC chili (Mint Juleps and mixed drinks at normal club prices).
Michael J. Power – PGK (908-303-9382)
Right to Life Memorial Raffle
WIN ORIGINAL BRONZE STATUE
The picture, above, is the statue our council will raffle on May 7th to raise funds for the Right to Life Memorial at St. Bernard Church. It is an original bronze statue signed by the artist and valued at over $2000. The statue is mounted on a cherry wood base standing over 10 ½ inches high and weighs 10 pounds. Please help sell raffle tickets. Contact Jim Trenchard 908-231-0827 for tickets and information.
Vets to Mass:
The next "Vets to Mass" Sunday is May 8, 2005. See you then. We will meet at the Hall at 8:00 an car pool up to the Lyons Hospital. Thanks to those who participate.
Mike Cebo, PGK
Volunteers are needed for the work sessions at the 3rd base refreshment stand at the Patriots Ball Park for this season. There are five games this year. The first game will start on Wednesday, June 8.
SIGNUP now and avoid the last minute RUSH. Once you have signed up for the Ball Park work, you can then make your vacation plans.
There are sign-up sheets at the Council Hall or contact any of the five managers:
Wednesday June 8 Tom Russell 722-8299
Wednesday June 29 (fireworks) Mark Grace
Wednesday July 27 Art Beaver 369-5905
Wednesday August 3 Paul Rippas 725-1446
Wednesday August 29 Henry Yablonski
We have committed to have at least 20 people at each game. Volunteers need to be at the stadium at 5:00pm and usually get out around 11:00pm. A few hours of work at Patriot’s Stadium can help earn the council around $800 per night. It is a very comfortable and easy work environment.
You are not restricted to working only one game.
Columbus Club Corner
Remember the council hall is open every Thursday beginning at 7pm for socializing; so come on down.
Hall Rentals: One of your benefits of membership in our council is the ability to rent the council hall. Rental rates are reasonable and the decorated hall makes an excellent venue for many celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, showers, sacraments, etc. Contact me to reserve your date.
Jim Trenchard, PGK (908) 231-0827
President and Hall Rental Chairman
The Columbiettes is the Lady’s auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, they do a lot of wonderful actives which help out our Council. If you know someone who is interested in getting involved please contact: Grace Longo on 908-725-1114.
Eye Glasses/Cell Phones/Printer Toner
Reminder: Ongoing support is required for the drives to collect eye glasses for the needy, used cell phones and printer cartridges. These items can be brought down to the council hall any Thursday night. Spread the word to friends and relatives to help us in these efforts.
K O C Apparel & Entertainment Books:
Jackets w/ Hoods Sizes M – XL $37.00 XXL $40.00 Colors: Navy Blue or Hunter Green
Note: name embroidered for just $5.00 extra !!!
Polo Shirts Sizes M–XXL $20.00
Navy Blue, Hunter Green, Black, Gray or White
White Pocket T-Shirts Sizes available: M-XXL
K of C Emblem on Pocket $9.00 each
K of C Emblem on Back $12.00 each
K of C Emblem on Pocket & Back $14. ea.
Embroidered Hats $15.00
Colors: Navy Blue, Hunter Green, Black, White
Please contact Eric Derwid at (908) 685-3913 or by email email@example.com with your order. Proceeds will go to the “Save the Building” fund.
Want to know what is going on at the AOH? Now the AOH publishes its Newsletter online: Click on WEB Monthly updates at the bottom of the home page:
The world renowned Salary Award is now $ 200+ (you must be present to win). Looking forward to seeing you at the next council meeting.
Grand Knight Henry Yablonski 908-526-1165
Deputy GK Ron Newsom 908-237-9258
Chaplain Rev. John Barbella 908-725-0552
Financial Sec. Tom Russell 908-722-8299
Treasurer Nick Patullo 908-281-6653
Recorder George Cox 908-431-9362
Chancellor Carl LaTerra 908-874-4613
Advocate Eric Derwid 908 685-3913
Warden Giulio Capra 908-371-5143
Lecturer Charles Hutchings 908-707-9559
Inside Guard Jim Farmar 908-203-3464
Outside Guard Bill Marzzacco 908-725-8997
3 Year trustee Jerry Nugent 908-526-7504
2 year trustee Mike Cebo 908-874-4835
1 Year Trustee Art Beaver 908-369-5905
From The Editor
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