Grand Knight’s Message
I visited Br. Greg Matejek at home. He still has had very little improvement in
walking and is still sleeping on a bed in the dining room on the first floor of
his condo. He has an appointment to go
Events held since the April Knight Life:
- A 2nd Degree Exemplification was held on April 6 there are now 8 new 2nd Degree Brothers: Tom Amato, Ryan Diparisi, Mike Izzo, Ronald Jones, Patrick Lerch, Bob McCann, Kevin McNamara, and Dave Waters.
There was also a 3rd Degree on April 8 inducting 8 new 3rd Degree Brothers: Al Alvaro, Thomas Amato, Ryan Diparisi, Mike Izzo, Patrick Lerch, Jim McFarland, Peter Pescatore and Dave Waters. The Degree was in Honor of Brother Eric Derwid and his wife Lynne for the Good Samaritan effort they did for Br. Bill Marzzacco at the Officers’ Installation Dinner when he collapsed.
Congratulations to all new 2nd and 3rd Degree Brothers. Thanks to Brother Ken Genco, our Membership Director and his team for running these events.
- The Spring Fling Dance was held on April 16. Thanks to Chairman Brother Ken Genco and his team for running this event.
- On April 17, Brothers: Eric Derwid, Miguel Medida and Bruce VanArsdale took their 4th Degree. Congratulations to these new Sir Knights.
- The Annual
- The Annual Spring Trot (Night at the Races) was held on May 7 to coincide with the Running of the Kentucky Derby. About 45 people attended. Thanks to Chairman PGK Mike Powers and his team for running this event.
- May 8 was Vets to Mass Sunday. Thanks to Chairman PGK Mike Cebo for running this event.
Upcoming events for the remainder of the 2004-2005 Columbian Year:
- Election of new officers for the 2005-2006 Columbian Year on Thursday, June 2nd. The Nominees for the new Officers are listed on page two.
- Working at the Concessions Stands within the Somerset Patriot’s Ballpark on Wed., June 8 and Wed., June 29. Details appears further in this Knight Life.
At A Glance:
12 (Th) Social Night, -
May 13 (Fr) State Convention – Wildwood
May 14 (Sa) State Convention – Wildwood
May 19 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
May 20 (Fr) Chapter 4 Meeting,
May 21 (Sa) Mass at at Hall for all deceased
Brothers. All are welcome
May 26 (Th) Social Night,
Jun 2 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
Election of New Officers
8 (We) 1st Working Session at
9 (Th) Social Night, -
Jun 14 (Tu) Columbiettes Meeting,
Jun 16 (Th) Regular Business Meeting,
The Retention team has been busy with following up with brothers in arrears. Our final list of 31 members in arrears one year or more has been reduced to 10-12. The suspension process has been initiated for these brothers. Please know that all of us have continually called to resolve any issues before this process was put in place. This brings our total suspensions to approximately 46 for the year. This includes those in arrears for 5 years or less. Some of the suspensions in process now may fall into the next Columbian year.
With that said, we do have a process in place to address those who fall behind and can now say we are starting out with no brothers in arrears. Brother Tom Russell as well as the Retention Team are owed a well deserved thank you for their efforts or the number of suspensions would be much higher.
As we go into the new
Columbian year please remember to get your dues in on time. In light of
our financial situation, notices have already been sent out. Please
respond promptly. If you have an issue or need assistance please contact
Tom and we will do all we can to resolve any concerns. Our goal is to have no
one in arrears and have everyone active in at least one of our programs or
events during the year. The retention committee urges all of you to be
active in the Council. The guys that have been around for some time, but
not active, are essential to the success of the council. We need your
support. Please consider a meeting or two, man the
Sponsors and Mentors have a major responsibility. You need to see that the brother knight in your charge comes to the meetings and gets involved. We have a program in place that will match a candidate with a brother knight so that his membership in the Somerville Council is enhanced and is of quality. Please do not let your relationship end at the degree. Help us to keep our members in arrears down and our active members up. You can make the difference.
All of us have a duty and responsibility to support our council. This includes our softball team and your brothers. We need to attend the meetings, activities, fund raising events as well as the social events. If we are headed down the wrong path, then tell us how to change it. We need your thoughts and input to grow the council spiritually, financially, and fraternally. We are all important in our own way.
Why all this? Well, if we accept our responsibilities, take some time and attend a meeting now and then, bring an inactive brother to an event, understand the importance as an individual whose participation supports the life of the organization (Our Council), and wants to follow the example of our Founder, we will not have a problem with brothers in arrears. All of you are important and we will not succeed without you.
My thanks to GK Henry Yablonski and fellow officers, for their consideration and extreme cooperation with the Retention Committee. Without this support, we would not have had the success of initiating these programs.
May the Spirit of the Lord be present in all of you and move you to actively support the programs and efforts of your Council & the Council officers. Thanks for listening,
Ron Newsom, DGK
2005-2006 Officer Nominations
Elections for Council Officers for the next Columbian Year will take place on June 2 as part of the regular Council business meeting. The Nominating Committee announced its list of candidates on May 5. As is customary, there will be an opportunity on June 2 for additional nominations to come from the floor.
Grand Knight: Ron Newsom PGK
Deputy Grand Knight: Ken Genco
Chancellor: Giulio Capra
Treasurer: George Cox
Recorder: Eric Derwid
Advocate: Jim Farmar
Warden: Scott Morrisey
Outside Guard: Tom Faenza
Inside Guard: Bob Behling
3-Year Trustee: Henry Yablonski PGK
Five additional Council officers are not elected: Chaplain and Lecturer are appointed by the next Grand Knight. Financial Secretary is appointed by Supreme Council. Two trustees have time remaining on original 3-yr terms
The Nominating Committee was comprised of five Past Grand Knights: Art Beaver, Mike Cebo, Mark Grace, Mike Power and Tom Russell.
Art Beaver PGK
Annual Meeting and Election Notice is hereby given that
the annual meeting of the Columbus Club of Somerville will be held
President - Jim Trenchard
Vice-president - Mke Cebo
Secretary - Tom Russell
Treasurer - Charlie Knapp
Trustees for 3 year term - Eric Derwid, Jim Farmar & Mark Grace
Trustee (unexpired 2 year term) - Pat Kelly
Trustee (unexpired 1 year term) - George Cox
Trustees continuing for 2 more years Peter Ilotti and Joe Raimondo; for 1 more year Art Beaver and Mike Reno.
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.
Remember the council hall is open every Thursday beginning at for socializing; so come on down.
Jim Trenchard PGK, President and Hall Rental Chairman
SIGNUP now and avoid the last minute RUSH by contacting the appropriate manager below.:
Wed. June 29 (fireworks) - Mark Grace 231-7995, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed. July 27 - Art Beaver 369-5905, email@example.com
Wed. August 3 - Paul Rippas 725-1446, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. August 29 - Henry Yablonski 526-1165, email@example.com
Volunteers need to be at the stadium at and usually get out around . A few hours of work at Patriot’s Stadium can help earn the council around $800. It is a very comfortable and easy work environment
You are not restricted to working only one game.
This years drive was far more than I expected. We collected over $2700.00; that is $1000.00 more than last year’s drive. Thanks to all who helped raise the money for this worthy cause. I personally want to thank the following brothers:
Henry Yablonski Hank Wernoch
Mark & Scott (2) Eric Derwid
Ann Mollo Pete Ilotti (3)
Pete Ward Stan Horoszewski (2)
Hank Wernoch (2) Ed Thoden
Jim Farmar Bob Behling
Jim Blair Charlie Knapp
Carl Laterra Art Beaver & Nephew
Ron Jones Ron & Rose Newsom (4)
Tom Russell (2) George Cox
Chris Ofsik (2) Bob Skorny
Items in ( ) indicates the number of shifts worked
Thomas J. Russell Chairman for
Serving Our Families: Father McGivney had a pastor’s heart and a penchant for practical action. Under his direction, the Knights of Columbus replaced the practice of passing the hat with a new structure that offered life insurance. Since that time our insurance in force has grown continuously, and in recent years, our growth has been extraordinary.
On March 24 we reached another milestone: we surpassed the $50 billion mark of insurance in force, and we will pass $53 billion by year end. Our insurance in force has doubled in a single decade! Our number of life certificates in force has gone up every year since 1970. The Order ranks first among all fraternal societies in the number of life certificates sold. Sales of our long-term care products remained steady. We issued a record 4,090 new contracts.
Total premium income amounted to $780M. This is $49M or nearly 7 percent more than in last year. Annuity premiums and deposits collected were $328M. Life dividends to living members allocated for 2004 amounted to $329 million, for an overall increase of 9 percent. In addition, $13 million of dividends were allocated to holders of certain annuities. The Order continues to use an interest rate factor in its life dividend formula that is among the highest in the industry.
This year we paid $145M in death benefits. Since our founding, the Order has paid out more than $1.7B in death benefits. To our living members and families, the Order has paid $6.2 billion in maturities, dividends, interest, annuity proceeds and disability waivers.
Once again we have received the highest possible ratings from both
the A.M. Best
The key to our success is our focus on families — providing high-quality, low-cost protection. Knights of Columbus Insurance has earned its status as the Order’s greatest fraternal benefit.
Tony Petto, PGK, LUTCF 908-253-8633
Right to Life Memorial Raffle
And The Winner Is …. Congratulations to Brother Art Sanford who won the original signed bronze statue by Maslyn Studios. The statue was raffled May 7th to raise funds for the Council's Right-to-Life Memorial Fund. The winning ticket was pulled (eyes closed) by Deacon Arnie DeMarco. Arrangements are being made for G K Henry Yablonski to present the statue to Brother Art. Thanks to all who purchased and sold tickets. Because of your efforts, $4405 was raised through ticket sales, memorials and contributions during this raffle period.
Jim Trenchard PGK
Vets to Mass:
A "Vets to Mass"
Sunday was held on May 8th, Mother’s Day, at
Mike Cebo PGK
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 with your order. Proceeds will go to the “Save the Building” fund.
The world renowned Salary Award is now $ 230+ (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
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