Grand Knight’s Message


My Brother Knights,


As your new GK for this Columbian year, let me first thank PGK Henry Yablonski and his officers for a great year.  Henry did a thorough job of outlining the programs and successes for the last Columbian year.  Thanks to all of you.


As for the new Columbian year, the goals for the Worthy Grand Knight and his officers are as follows.  We want to grow our membership through focused recruiting in all the churches, promoting the Mentor program we started last year, and publicity on the accomplishments and benefits of being a Knight of Columbus.  Family is a key to the success of the Knights.  Our first event for the family will be a family picnic that is scheduled for Sunday, September 18th,  at the Council Hall.  It will run from 2-6 PM.  We will have hotdogs and Hamburgers from the Council.  Every family will bring a dish to share.  The Council will provide Soda, Wine and TAP beer. There will be more about this very soon.  Recognition programs are high on the agenda for this year.  We all need a pat on the back and appreciation for our efforts. 


Financial strengthening is a major focus this year as it was last year.  A budget is being prepared and some new reporting is being developed.  In addition, we will embark on some new adventures such as a 50/50 raffle program, Fish Fries during Lent, a couple of Pancake breakfasts, and maybe bring back the Art Auction.  We will reach out to some of our veteran Knights that have not been seen for some time and get them involved again.  We need their experience and guidance.  As for the new Knights, we need to establish programs that will interest you and get you involved.  We do not need all of your time, just a small window of time.  We need to dedicate some additional time to the Church and School programs.  This would involve prayer programs and support for their activities.  Our labor is as important as our donations.


So you see, there is a lot going on.  Our State Deputy, Reggie Beckett, has selected the theme “Back to the Future” as our platform for this year.  This fits perfectly for what the Council needs to do this year.  We need to enhance the programs of the past and make them work better for the future.  To do this, we need the dedication of all of our brothers and their families.  Many hands make the









burden light for all.  I am open to your thoughts and ideas. We need some leaders to take us through the year and drive all our programs.  Many of our brother Knights have stepped up year after year to serve the council.  With these new programs we must have new leaders.  If you are new, join in and we can help support you.  If you have been away, come on by and let me know how you can help. 


Our first meeting was held on July 7th and it was very interesting.  It will be the longest of the meetings as we unveiled some issues that needed to be discussed.  Please join us on August 18th for the next business meeting.  You will be heard and more importantly, you can share in the process of going “Back to the Future”. 


Our New Co-Chaplins are Monsignor Liam Minoque and Fr. Sean Broderick of Mary, Mother of God Church in Hillsborough.  We are blessed to have the Monsignor working with our council again.  Fr. Sean is new to MMOG but is very dedicated.  He just celebrated his 40th year as a priest and is well traveled.  He has the respect of the parish and he will endear himself to you once you meet him. 


John Lynch has answered the call as Lecturer for the Council.  He is already busy with the family picnic program and will work for the good of the order at our business meeting.


I know that this will be a great year of growth, financial stability, family value building and council support.  This is the year for Star Council.  We can do it if we follow thorough on our commitments of growth and support for our programs.  Step up and be part of the wave of success that we will feel.  The Council is nothing more than an extension of you and your family.  Alone we will struggle.  Together we will accomplish our dreams.


May the Grace of God be with you and your family always.


Ron Newsom,  Grand Knight




The next "Vet to Mass" Sunday is August 14, 2005.  We will meet at the Council Hall at 8:00 a.m. and carpool up to the Hospital.


PGK Mike Cebo


Some Important Changes for the Council 

Subject to Approval  at Aug. 18th Meeting.


Officer Installation Dinner and Past Grand Knight Appreciation Dinner


This event is scheduled for Sat., Sept 10th.  It is a combined event.  The officers will be installed and the Immediate Past Grand Knight, Henry Yablonski will receive a well deserved note of appreciation.  Tentative plans: Mass at 5 PM, installation to follow with cocktails and dinner. Henry and his family will be honored after dinner.  These plans could change due to confirmation of availability of key people. 


Due to the financial consideration, there will be a $10 charge per person to offset the food costs.  We will serve Soda, Wine and TAP Beer for free.  All other drinks will be at Club prices.  It is important that you sign up early and confirm your intent to attend with payment.  Ken Genco will be heading up this committee and you will be hearing from him soon.  Sign up will be on the board at the Hall.


Charity Ball Sponsorship

This year our charity will be the Cystic Fibrosis Organization.  They have confirmed their commitment and we will be designing a publicity program that will enhance participation in this event.  Please be aware that this event is open to the public.  Please mark Sat, Oct 22 on your calendar.  Start talking up the Ball to your family and friends. All proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Org.  Several new programs are being planned and the Committee Chairmen will be out with information soon.


The Knight of the Year will be announced early.  This honoree will be publicized along with the program in an effort to reach as many Knights, friends, families and interested parties.  We will announce the winner at the August 18 meeting. 


Details will be coming from Tom Russell and Mark Grace.  Joe Raimondo heads the Ad book campaign.  He continues to need your help in getting ads.  Deadline is the end of August.  Please take the time to ask a local business, friend, hair dresser, auto mechanic, etc… to take an ad.  The more we have the better we can fund our charities.


Salary Award program

The Council Officers approved a change so that the carry over from winners not present will end with the drawing at the Aug 18th meeting.  If there is no winner, the proceeds will go to the council funds to offset the cost of food at the business meetings.  This will be the program going forward.


Membership Card Check

When you come to the next meeting, our Warden, Scott Morrisey may ask to see you membership card if he does not recognize you.  This is his responsibility.  Please do not be offended.  It just means that he does not know you.  I would say, there is a good chance I may not know you.  You are required to carry and present your current paid membership card at each meeting.  The new cards are being distributed this month.  I know you may have been around for 20 or 30 years, but you are still required to present your card when asked. 


As I mentioned at the last meeting, you will see some changes this year.  Some will be obvious and some very subtle.  These are not life and death changes but necessary to enhance our meetings and activities.  You will see a change in council chambers set up to get more focus on the council officers who will play a major role in council programs.  Come check it out.


I hope you find this to be an interesting year.  As your Grand Knight, I have an obligation to you to conduct council programs and activities with clear, precise, and effective direction.  I will do my best along with your council officers to bring this Columbian year to a success for the Council.  As always, it is your understanding and support that will assure this success.


Ron Newsom,  Grand Knight


Upcoming Events


Aug  4  (Th)      Social Night 7pm

Aug  8  (Mon)   Council Officer Meeting 8 PM

Aug 10  (Wed)   Fourth Patriots’ Park work detail.

Aug 11  (Th)      Social Night 7pm

                        Columbus Club Officers Mtg 8pm

Aug 13  (Sat)      Fishing Trip (7am – 2:30 pm)

Aug 18  (Th)      RegularBusiness Meeting, 8pm

Aug 25  (Th)      Social Night 7pm

Aug 29  (Mon)   Fifth Patriots’ Park work detail

Aug 31  (Wed)   Last day for Charity Ads

Sep   1  (Th)      Regular meeting 8 PM

Sep   8  (Th)      Social Night 7 PM

Sep  10  (Sat)     Officer Installation/PGK Appre. Dinner                        Mass 5 pm

Sep   15 (Th)     Regular Business Meeting

Sep    18 (Sun)   Family Picnic 2-6 PM

Sep   22            (Th)      Social Night

Sep   29            (Th)      Social Night      


Columbus Club Corner


Hall Rentals:  One of your benefits of membership in our council is the ability to rent the council hall. The decorated hall makes an excellent venue for many celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, showers, sacraments, etc.


Remember the council hall is open every Thursday  beginning at 7pm for socializing; so come on down.


Jim Trenchard PGK, President and Hall Rental Chairman



Fluke Fishing Trip Saturday August 13, 2005


Brother Eric is running a Fluke Fishing Trip on Sat, Aug 13th aboard the "LUCKY CHARM" sailing from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  The price is $50/person. I am inviting members of the Bridgewater Eagles to join us for a fun day of fishing.  The boat leaves port at 7:00 AM SHARP and returns  at 2:30 PM.  Bring your own food and libations.  Call 908-685-3913 (H) or 908-507-4670 (Cell).  Your fare MUST be paid before that actual trip.  You may also mail  a check with names of those in your party.  Eric Derwid   30 Preston Drive,  Branchburg, NJ 08876-3650.  


Brother Eric Derwid


2nd and 3rd Ball Park Report -- Two Games remain


The third game at the Somerset Patriots was held on Wednesday, July 27.  It was a busy night, with a minor rain delay before the start of the game.


A big thank you PGK Art Beaver and his Team of  Knights and family members: Tom Amato, Bob Behling, Giulio Capra and wife Dottie, Bill Choquette, George Cox, Ryan DiParisi, Tony Fusco, Ken Genco, Mike Izzo, Carl LaTerra, Steve McCarthy, Scott Morrisey, Paul Rippas, Dan Sullivan, Ed Thoden, Jim Trenchard, Manny Vidal, Dave Waters, and me. 


I would also like to thank my Team who manned the concessions stand on June 29: Al Avaro, PGK Art Beaver, Bob Behling, Giulio Capra and wife Dottie, Tim Carley (Martinsville Council 5959), Ed Dobrosky, Tony Fusco, Tom Goeghegan, Carl LaTerra, Steve McCarthy, Joe Mele, Scott Morrisey, DGK Ron Newsom, John Oyagbola, Nick Patullo, Bob Skorny and wife Flo, Ed Thoden, Jeffry Wallace, and Pete Ward.


Volunteers are still needed for the remaining 2 games.  Contact the Manager or sign up on the Bulletin Board:


1.       Wednesday, August 10   The Manager is Paul Rippas at 908-725-1446 (e-mail: and

2.       Monday, August 29. The Manager is: Mark Grace at 908-231-7995 (e-mail:

We have committed to having 20 people.  Volunteers need to be at the stadium at 5:00pm and usually get out around 10:30pm.  A few hours of work can help earn the council around $800 per night. 


Chairman – Henry Yablonski, PGK




Insurance Corner: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket


This old adage is good advice. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to put your money. Unsettled markets and falling interest rates can cause uncertainty and upset dreams. So what do you do? Hunker down and weather the storm? Or, avoid risk and seek safety?


At the Knights of Columbus we’d like to suggest an alternative: Start with a carefully considered financial plan built on a solid foundation. Start with a baseline of life insurance protection that offers performance you can count on. Consider whole life insurance.


Whole life insurance from the K of C offers:

·          Guaranteed premiums;

·          Guaranteed cash values;

·          Guaranteed life insurance coverage; and

·          The potential to receive dividends1.

1 Dividends are not guaranteed


I ‘d like to answer any questions you may have about the

K of C life insurance and how it can help you and your family. I can be reached at 908-253-8633 or :


Sincerely and fraternally,


Tony Petto, PGK  Field Agent


Knights of Columbus Family Picnic


The Somerville Kinghts of Columbus is sponsoring a family picnic at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday 9/18 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Please mark your calendars. Come join us for food, drink and activities for children of all ages. The Knights will supply hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, tap beer & wine. All other drinks will be at club prices. We'll have a grill available to cook Other delights that you may want to bring. We'll have lots of games for the kids, arts and crafts ,and other activities to keep us entertained.


All members are invited including spouses, children & grand children. We ask that each family bring a covered dish to share. We will need to know numbers of adults and children, so please either sign up on the sign-up sheet in the hall, or call one of the committee members.


Jim Farmar (chairman) 908-203-3464

John Lynch 908-371-0720

Scott Morrisey 908-359-7650






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Dear Friends of the Knights:


The Somerville Knights of Columbus 1432 is once again sponsoring its annual Columbus Day Charity Ball on October 22, 2005 at the Elks Hall in Somerville.


This year, especially with the numerous charitable requests we have received, we would like to make it a banner year for our charity ad journal. To do this, we need to ask our friends to make a special effort to assist us.


We are asking members of our local business community to support us in this endeavor by purchasing an ad in our Charity Ad Journal.  If you desire to purchase an ad, or renew last year’s ad, kindly complete the enclosed contract and return it to me as soon as possible, but no later than September 1, 2005. The ad book, which is distributed at the Charity Ball, will be mailed to you following the dance.


We want our friends to know that ALL proceeds from the dance and journal MUST go directly to charity.  The monies are kept in a separate Council’s Charity Fund account, which supports local charities, i.e., food baskets for the needy, various children’s agencies, medical foundations, service organizations, etc.


One of our most successful projects is the purchase and distribution of food baskets at Christmas. We distribute these baskets, which consist of meals for several days, to needy families in all surrounding communities. This project has been going on for over thirty years. It is a wonderful program that touches people in need - making their holiday season a little brighter.  With your help, we will continue this and other worthwhile endeavors.


If you have any questions, or would like more details concerning this function, please do not hesitate to call me a 908-725-7369 and I will be happy to assist you.




Thank you for your generosity.





Joseph L. Raimondo, PGK, Charity Chairman








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