Grand Knight’s Message
I wish you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Within the Council, two of our Brothers are sick: Brs. Greg Matejek and Gene Quintieri. Keep them in our prayers.
In December, several events were held:
1. The Adult Christmas Party occurred on Friday, December 10. About 30 Brothers, their wives and significant others attended. A good time was had by all trying to remember Christmas trivia hosted by PGK Joe Raimondo.
2. Breakfast with Santa was held on Saturday, December 11. PGK Art Beaver was the chairman. See page 3 for details.
Twenty-two Christmas Baskets for the needy were packed on Wednesday, December 15. PGK Joe Raimondo was the Chairman. See page 3 for details.
On Saturday, December 4, the “Keep Christ in
Christmas” signs were erected at each of the five parishes that the Council
supports. Thanks to Brs. Eric Derwid, Joe Minarovich, Steve Minarovich and son, Scott
Upcoming events for the next few months:
1. Bishop Paul Bootkoski will attend the Chapter 4 Meeting at the Avenel Council #5088 on Friday, January 21 starting at . All 3rd and 4th Degree
Brothers are invited to attend and come to meet the Bishop.
2. The Super Bowl Party will be held on Sunday, February 6, starting at . Contact Br. Charlie Knapp or Tom Russell for more details.
3. Saturday, February 19 is our
Knight Appreciation Party where we will honor Past Grand Knight
4. On Sunday, February 20, the
5. The Spring Membership Blitz will be held on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at all of our parishes. Br. Ken Genco is looking for volunteers to recruit potential new candidates for membership.
Past Grand Knight's Appreciation Party February 19th, 2005
Please sign up and join your fellow brothers and family in honoring Jerry Nugent, our most recent Past Grand Knight. The event will be held at the Council Hall. You and your family will be dined with a buffet at no cost to you and you will be have the opportunity to show your appreciation for the effort that your Past Grand Knight has given to the Council.
Please mark your calendars for Saturday night February 19 and fill out the sign up sheet so we can get a correct head count. More details will follow.
Ron Newsom, DGK/PGK
Chaplain's New Year's Message
I have a story I want to share with you as this New Year begins. It's completely true, and helped me make some decisions about what my priorities would be for this New Year. Perhaps you will also find it helpful.
One morning just prior to New Year's Day, I was reading the back pages of the New York Post with delight. As you may know, the back page of the Post contains the sports headlines. On that particular day, it contained a full page picture of pitcher Randy Johnson, who was about to be traded to my beloved New York Yankees. I was thrilled, of course, that my team was getting another wonderful pitcher. I couldn't help thinking of Johnson as a kind of belated Christmas present to myself and all the Yankee fans out there.
Smiling, I turned the paper over -- and became very sober when I saw the picture on the front page. It showed an adorable little Thai girl -- probably no more than 4 or 5, if that -- reaching out to get some food from a relief worker. The photo had been taken on one of the islands that had been absolutely devastated by the tsunamis that had struck that area.
The contrast between the pictures and accompanying stories on the front and back pages of that newspaper really made me think. I thought of the relative comfort that affords me the time and luxury of enjoying something like baseball, and of seeing a new ballplayer as a great present. I thought also of that girl, and how the only ‘present’ on her mind that day was a bit of rice.
All this is not to say that I will stop following baseball or liking the Yankees. But neither will I forget the image of that little girl, whose realities are so much harsher than my own. Indeed, I am convinced that -- in His great providence -- our good God fully intended that I should see her picture just after gloating over the news of the Randy Johnson trade. I believe He was reminding me to keep the 'least of His people' in mind as the New Year unfolds.
The charitable work of the Knights of Columbus is one of the greatest marks of our fraternal order. My New Year's Message to each of you is simply this: that as a council and as individual knights, we make a real effort to extend our charity to all God's people, from those who live and work with us, to those on the other side of the world. As the earliest Christians were known by their charity and love, may we strive throughout this New Year to be known by our love for each other, and our charity for all.
God Bless You,
Fr. John Barbella
Key Activities At A Glance:
Jan 20 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
Jan 21 (Fr) Chapter 4 Meeting Avenel, , Bishop Paul Bootkoski will attend. All 3rd and 4th Degree Brothers are invited
Jan 24 (Mo) Right to Life March,
Jan 25 (Tu) 4th Degree Meeting,
Jan 27 (Th) Social Night,
Feb 3 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
Feb 6 (Su) Super Bowl Party,
Feb 10 (Th)
and Social Night,
Feb 17 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
Feb 18 (Fr) Chapter 4 Meeting Iselin, , All 3rd and 4th Degree Brothers are invited
Feb 19 (Sa) Knight Appreciation Night,
Feb 20 (Su) KofC serves Breakfast at
Feb 22 (Tu) 4th Degree Meeting,
Feb 24 (Th) Social Night,
Mar 3 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
Mar 5 (Sa) Membership Blitz
Mar 6 (Su) Membership Blitz
Mar 19 (Sa) Easter Egg Hunt
’05 Calendar Update
The 2005 Calendar Program is in full swing, if you have
not turned you calendars back please do so immediately. To those brothers who have already done so,
thank you. All calendars are not
activated until they are paid for. Mail
your stubs along with the money to the council hall or
Mark Grace, PGK, ML Chairperson
Looking For Easter Eggs?
The Somerville Council will have plenty of eggs for boys and girls to find at the annual Easter Egg Hunt/Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 19. We'll be serving meals from to with the egg search getting underway shortly thereafter. Adults $4.00, children no charge. Sign up at the hall or call Art Beaver at 908-369-5905 to reserve your place.
Web Site Committee
Thanks to brother’s
"Vets-to-Mass" Sunday at
Mike Cebo, PGK
Remember the council hall is open every Thursday evening beginning at 7pm for socializing; so come on down.
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
Club / Bar Notice:
Due to numerous increased
costs for our suppliers, tap beer and soda prices will be increased from $.75
to $1.00 /12 oz cup effective
Eric Derwid – Bar Chairman
J … E … T … S Jets - Jets - Jets
Pat Kelly and I had the hall open recently
for one of the JETS playoff games. Pat got the idea for having the hall
open from Geo Faxon from the Somerville Eagles. We had about 20 people at
the bar including Pat Kelly's mother
Eric Derwid - Bar Chairman
Breakfast With Santa (Update)
An energetic group of over 30 boys and girls had an opportunity to speak with Santa at the annual Christmas gathering at the council hall on December 11. While Santa handed out crayons, books and candy canes, parents and grandparents feasted on the traditional pancake and sausage breakfast.
Special thanks to Charles Hutchings, Ray Shallenberger, John Kapp and Tom Geoghegan in the kitchen, Mike Cebo, Ken Genco, Mark Pillon, Carl Laterra and Pat Kelly as waiters and clean-up crew and, most of all, Joe Raimondo as the guy in the red suit. Also assisting were 8th graders Abby Pillon, Pat Daly, Brendan Beaver and 6th grader Chris Beaver. See you next year –
Chairman -- Art Beaver PGK
Christmas Food Basket (Update)
22 Christmas Food Baskets were packed and distributed to needy families on Wednesday, December 15. Thanks to the following Brothers who assisted: Giulio Capra, Frank Carpinelli, Mike Cebo, Eric Derwid, Dan Esposito, Ken Genco, Ed Harris, Stan Horoszewski, Pete Ilotti, Charlie Knapp, Lou Masi, Joe Minarovich, Steve Minarovich, Ron Newsom, Mike Power, Tom Russell, Barney Sloan, Ed Thoden, Jim Trenchard, and Henry Yablonski. A special thanks to PGK Tom Russell, who managed the packing while I was home with the flu.
Joe Raimondo, PGK
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at:
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.
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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