Grand Knight’s Message
Let me first wish all of you a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving from the Newsom home to yours. Even though the world is full of unrest, stress, pressure, strife, etc…. We can all look to God and thank Him for the many blessings he has bestowed on all of us. This is the time to ponder what is right with the world and how you can make it a better place. We all have our problems, but, in most cases, we have more than others. God is good and merciful. He forgives us for the times we are not so charitable and rewards us abundantly when we go the extra mile to help a fellow brother, neighbor, friend, family member, or stranger. We all need to be grateful for the many gifts our Lord has given us. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov 24th, we will have an opportunity to speak with the Lord and thank him for all He has done for us. We will celebrate Mass with Father Sean at 9 AM at the Council Hall. There will be a small social after the Mass. This is a time we can come together as a family and celebrate what is good in life and share a moment in time with our fellow Knight families. Please mark your calendars and set aside a moment of time for God on this Thanksgiving Day.
Upcoming events in November and December.
Friday night, November 18, is “Knight at the Races”. Tickets are $10 each and with a table of 10, the price is $8 each. Tap beer, wine, and soda, plus a hearty snack is included in the price. I will be your master of ceremony for the evening and have a talented staff of workers to make your evening enjoyable. This is one of the events that raises money to keep the Hall operating. We need your support. Please review the article in the newsletter concerning this event.
December 10 is Breakfast with Santa and December 16th is the Adult Christmas party. Please plan on attending these events and sign up early so we can plan properly.
Charity Ball Success
The final numbers are not in as of this writing, but the 130 or so attendees appeared to have a great time. The Boomer Esiason Foundation made $4,750 from the Silent auction. My
many thanks goes to those that dug deep into their pockets to make that portion a great success. The BEF and Brother John Lynch did a great job with this portion of the night. We
raised $1,194 from the 50/50 raffle. Of that, $587 went to the Foundation. Ann Marie Grace won 1st prize of $400 and
Marybeth Bouteau (our guest speaker’s mother) won 2nd place of $187.
As for our speakers, Jerry Cahill of BEF was very inspiring with his personal story with his struggle with Cystic Fibrosis. His comments were full of hope and energy as he awaits a double lung transplant and continues to work with the foundation in hopes of a break through in research.
Kenny Bouteau, a senior at Hillsborough HS, gave us a warm and touching insight in the life of a teen struggling with CF but not laying down and feeling sorry for himself. He is active in football and various activities as other HS teens. He is active at Mary, Mother of God and is a very impressive young man.
Our lives are richer as a result of hearing these two speaking of their illness, but providing all of us with an example of how we should live life. We should live it with hope and thankfulness for what we have. We are very grateful to Jerry and Kenny for sharing their stories.
Art Beaver was honored as our Knight of the Year for 2005. It was evident that Art was a favorite choice of all for this honor. Art, Maureen and his three children, Amanda, Brendan, and Christopher are active at the Church, School, and Council. They are great examples of what it means to be Knight of the Year. Their efforts are not for the moment, but perpetual and lasting. Art, as usual, was humble and gracious in his acceptance of the award. Speaking in the behalf of all Knights of Council 1432, we are proud to have Art and his family join the many deserving Knights as Knight of the Year.
Lastly, we owe a major thank you to Tom Russell, Mark Grace, and Joe Raimondo for their efforts in this great event. Without their dedication, we would not have been able to make this a successful event. I know we will have the final results soon and I anticipate a generous sum of money for the Foundation to go with the $5300 already raised. We will be meeting soon to review this years event and start planning for the Charity Ball 2006.
Columbettes receive Certificate of Appreciation
I recently had the opportunity to attend the induction of 14 new members to the Columbettes (the Council’s women’s auxiliary). It was a beautiful ceremony and very moving at times. I would encourage all Knights to attend an induction ceremony if possible. It really is quite nice. The new inductees appeared to be very excited about becoming a Columbette. I have the feeling they will be great additions to the organization. They were all so gracious to me.
As Grand Knight, I expressed my appreciation to the Columbettes and the support that they give to our Council. We do not often share how proud we are to have them as partners. In recognition for their support for the Somerville Council, a certificate of appreciation was presented to Jean DeFillipo, President of the Columbettes. The next time you ee a columbette, give them a thank you. They are a very dedicated and caring group of women.
Your Grand Knight and Council needs you
We are in the stages of establishing a family Prayer Mass at each of the churches. Brother Giulio Capra and Ken Genco are our Round Table leaders and will be meeting with the Round Table to make plans at each of our churches. When you get the call or receive the message of the Time and date of your Family Mass, please sign on and make it a wonderful blessed event.
For those of you that have not been to a meeting lately, PLEASE COME BACK! We need you and your input on council issues, programs, etc… We have things like the Teen dance, Altar server appreciation party, Men’s prayer day, Lenten Fish Fry, All you can eat Family Breakfast, Art Auction, Night at the races, Spring Dance, etc… in which we will need your support and your help. There is something for everyone. Thanks to Jim Farmer, we are embarking on a phone out project to each brother once a month. We hope to keep you informed and see you at a meeting or event real soon. If you do not know who to go to, then please come to me. I can be reached at 908-237-9258 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what you would like to do or I will discuss ways that you can help.
We are almost 400 members strong, but the work is done by 10% or less. This is your council. We serve the Lord, Church, School, Families, our Youth, our community, and each other through our fraternal bonding. As your Grand Knight, I ask that you join with me and your fellow Knights to come together and work with each other. I have faith that you will listen and answer the call. As Knights, you committed to participating and working for the good of the Council. I challenge all of you to that task. So please, come join us at our next meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
May Christ guide you in wisdom and understanding.
Ron Newsom, Grand Knight
Nov 3 (Th) Reg Business Meeting 8 PM
Nov 10 (Th) Social Night at the hall. 7 PM - …
Nov 13 (Sun) Vets To Mass 8AM
Nov 17 (Th) Reg Business Meeting 8 PM
Nov 18 (Fri) Knight at the Races 7 PM
Nov 20 (Sun) Coffee Social at Immaculate Conception
Nov 24 (Th) Family Thanksgiving Day Mass 9AM
Dec 1 (Th) Reg Business Meeting 8 PM
Dec 10 (Sat) Breakfast With Santa 9:30 AM
Dec 15 (Th) Reg Business Meeting 8PM
Dec. 16 (Fri) K of C Adult Christmas Party
Dec 18 (Sun) 4th Degree Christmas Party
Help Is Needed to Fill Programs
As I mentioned earlier, there a few programs that need our attention. I need leaders and supporters from each parish to be successful. If anyone is interested in being a Pro-Life Couple for the Council, please let me know. This is an important program and we need a chairman to handle the various programs, attend pro life meetings and organize activities.
Publicity is a needed part of the Council. I really could use a Publicity Director that will make sure import programs and articles go to various K of C as well as the public news media. We need to let the public know what we are doing and spread the word of our dedication to God, Church and Family.
I am looking for someone to take over the Newsletter responsibilities from Brother George Cox. As Treasurer, George has a lot on his plate. If you don’t feel you can take the leadership role, then let me know if you are interested in helping with the Newsletter. If we can form a committee, the burden would be light for all.
Lastly, I will lead a team in a Men’s prayer day in the spring. It would be a program held on a Saturday Morning starting with Mass and Breakfast. We would bring in a guest speaker to talk about a “Knight’s role in the family” or something along those lines. We would have lunch and then finish up with discussion or continued talk and then adjourn for the day. It could be held in the Hall and is open to all men who wish to attend. Let me know if you are interested in helping.
Please consider these programs and let me know how you would like to help. This is an opportunity for new members to get involved and for some of our long time members to get active again. A little of your time is all I need to be successful.
Thanks for your attention. Ron Newsom. GK
The retention committee: Ken Genco (Chairman), Tom Russell, Mike Cebo, Jerry Nugent, Henry Yablonski and myself are following up on those that have failed to pay their dues. We set up a program last year and had no brothers in arrears as of the end of the Columbian year. We now must follow up on 50-60 brothers. If you have not received your current membership card, you are in arrears and need to call Tom Russell or one of the committee members and get your dues in. If you have an issue, please call Tom or me to help.
Your cooperation is appreciated. We do not want to suspend any members. Most of the time it is just an oversight.
Thank you in advance for your prompt attention.
Vets to Mass
The next "Vets To Mass" is Sunday, November 13, 2005. If you are interested in helping take Vets to Mass at Lyons Veterans Hospital, please be at the Somerville Knights hall no later than 8:00AM. We will then car pool up to Lyons.
Let's try to have a better showing than we had in August when only 3 Brother Knights went to Lyons Hospital to take Vets to Mass.
Mike Cebo PGK
Knight @ the Derby …aka the Fall Trot
Your presence is requested. The next Knight at the Races will be held on Friday Nov. 18th in the Council Hall. Gates open at 7:00 pm with post time for the first of ten races a 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 / person ($80 to reserve a table of 10) and are available at the door or in advance from PGKs Mike Power or Henry Yablonski. 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. Mixed drinks are available at normal club prices. There will be a 50/50 raffle during the night.
For tickets / reservations contact: PGKs Michael J. Power (908-303-9382) or Henry Yablonski (908-526-1165)
Coffee Social At Immaculate Conception
The Somerville Knights will host a parish coffee social at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, Nov 20. It will take place after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the elementary school lobby adjacent to the church.
Brothers are needed to help set-up, clean-up and, most importantly, greet the parishioners after each Mass. Use the Hall Sign-up sheetl, or call Art Beaver 908-369-5905 to volunteer your services.
This is a Council function open to all brothers regardless of parish affiliation. Let’s provide the Immaculate Conception parish with a strong showing of our Knights of Columbus support!
Art Beaver PGK
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Breakfast With Santa
A Somerville Council tradition continues with a pancake breakfast and a visit from Santa! It all takes place Saturday, December 10 with breakfast served from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Santa scheduled to appear about 10:30 a.m. (perhaps sooner if it’s windy!).
Adults $4.00, children free. Don't be left out -- Call Art Beaver at 908-369-5905 with the number of adults and children attending or use the sign-up sheet at the hall.
In addition, council members are needed to help Santa and work the griddle. Give Brother Art a call if you can assist.
Art Beaver, PGK & KOTY
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 Derw0id at (908) 685-3913 or by email email@example.com with your order. Proceeds will go to the “Save the Building” fund.
Columbus Club Corner
Installation began on October 25th of a new fire alarm system to bring the council hall into compliance with current building codes. Please excuse the dust and debris generated during the installation.
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.
Want to know what is going on at the AOH? Now the AOH publishes its Newsletter online: Click on WEB Updates at the bottom of the AOH home page:
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If you are getting this Knight Life in the mail only and have a valid E-Mail address, please send it George Cox. We have been endeavoring to get as many of the email addresses as possible which would put the Knight Life in your hands in a timely manner and save your Council some money.
Please send an email to George Cox firstname.lastname@example.org . He will add you the list and we will save on the paper and postage and labor.
Somerville Council: Officer Roll Call
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