Council Honors PGK Henry Yablonski
Henry, Margaret, and daughter Diane Lynn.
Grand Knight’s Message
September was a busy month for all of us. While I was on vacation, DGK Ken Genco filled in as GK. Many thanks to Ken for his support and leadership. We then completed the Installation of Officers on September 10th . It was a beautiful ceremony. I want to extend my many thanks to District Deputy Tom Mendelson and his State Warden for enhancing the ceremony. Chris Ofsik was the honor guard and did a superb job. Ken Genco managed the food and it was great. Father Sean Broderick, our co-Chaplin, presided over the Mass and the proceedings. Fr. Sean was wonderful and inspired us all with his kind words of wisdom. Our Past Grand Knight, Henry Yablonski, put the ceremony together and all that were there appreciate his efforts for developing such a beautiful event. Henry, his wife Margaret, and his daughter, Diane Lynn Diefenbacher were honored received a well deserved appreciation for Henry’s work as Grand Knight. The night was highlighted with a 50/50 drawing that was won by Kate and Bill Choquette. The winning amount was $185 and Kate and Bill donated that amount back so that it could go with the Council’s share and be sent to the State Disaster Fund handled by the State K of C. Victims of Katrina will receive the funds. In total we sent $370 plus $100 donated from the Charity Fund (suggested by Joe Raimondo), to the state. If you want to donate to the fund, you can send a check Made out
to the Knights of Columbus to my attention at the Council Hall through the end of October. I will then send a check with the donor’s names to the State. My many thanks to the Officers for their attendance and participation.
There will be an Open house on Oct. 5th to welcome those men and their families who want to know more about the Knights and what we do. We hope to encourage them through examples of our efforts to become Knights and continue to grow our organization. Hopefully we have run some successful recruiting efforts in our churches through the leadership of DGK Ken Genco, our membership director, and have a number of prospects at the open house. We will follow that with a First Degree on Oct. 12.
The Family picnic headed by Jim Farmer and Scott Morrisey was a great success. We had about 70 people there and the food was good as well as the family fellowship. We expect to repeat this again next year and hope that more will make time to share a Sunday afternoon with the family of Knights. Many thanks to the Knights that helped as well as their wives and children that added so much to the day.
Now let me talk to those of you that did not have an opportunity to participate in these events. I encourage all of you to find an event or activity for you and your family to attend. We have so many plans that will help bond us together. We need you to support us if we are to be totally successful. Focus on family is a number one priority this year. While the picnic was a great success, it would have been much more enjoyable with double the amount of people.
We are in the stages of establishing a family Prayer Mass at each of the churches. Brother Giulio Capra is our Church Director 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. 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 we can discuss ways to 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 business meeting on Thursday, Oct 6, for the Meeting in October.
May Christ guide you in wisdom and understanding.
Ron Newsom, Grand Knight
Art Beaver, PGK has been selected to be our Knight of the Year for 2005.
This announcement was made at our last meeting held on August 18. Art and his family have worked very hard for the Council over the past year. You can always count on Art and his wife Maureen and kids to be there to help and support our various activities. Art is a Past Grand Knight, leads the 1st degree team, has run various Patriot Game fund raisers, headed the Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny program, ran the IC breakfast programs, is a trustee of the Columbus Club, Chairman of the Centennial Committee, has worked tirelessly on many fund raising projects, consistently advises the council and Grand Knight in various issues, is a devoted family man involved with many activities with his kids and much more. This is why our nominating committee selected Art as our Knight of the Year.
Charity Ball – Friday, Oct 28
The Ball will be held at the Somerville Elks 375 Union Ave, Bridgewater. Doors open with Cocktails at 7 PM (Keg beer, soda, and house wine on the house) All other drinks cash. Dinner will begin at 8 PM. The cost is $45 per person and includes dinner, beer, wine, and soda. Music provided by: Top Notch DJ. A Silent Auction includes Pro Sports Memorabilia. A 50/50 raffle will be drawn during Cocktails. Door prizes will be awarded. Please mark your calendars. Let's get the word out now. The Ball is our only Major Charity Fund Raiser and we need to fill the Elks. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is this year's Charity. There will be several different things happening at the Ball. It will be a spectacular event. This is NOT just for Knights. It is for family, friends, Business acquaintances, those interested in helping to serve those stricken with CF. You need to talk it up at your parishes, work, family gatherings, social events, etc... We want this year to be the best ever.
Please give your support to the Charity Ball. Those that have never been or have not been in some time should consider doing so this year. You will be receiving a letter very soon with tickets. Please come and invite a neighbor or friend, etc... to join you. Come and Share the Big night with Art and his family. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Grand Knight needs your help 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 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 with the program.
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. GK Ron Newsom
Within the next several weeks, the Retention Committee (Ken Genco (Chairman), Tom Russell, Mike Cebo, Jerry Nugent, Henry Yablonski and Ron Newsopm) will be calling those members who still have not paid their dues. If you have not received your current membership card by now, you are in arrears. Please call Tom Russell or one of the committee members and get your dues in. Please cooperate and pay your dues promptly in order to avoid suspension. Most of the time it is just an oversight. If you have an issue, please call Tom or Ron to help.
Thomas J. Russell PGK Ron Newsom
Financial Secretary Grand Knight
Knight @ the Derby aka The Fall Fling
The next Knight at the Races will be held on Friday Nov. 18th in the Council Hall. Tickets are $10 /person ($80 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 (mixed drinks at normal club prices).
Michael J. Power PGK (908-303-9382
Oct 20 (Th) Reg. Business Meeting 8 PM
Oct 28 (Fri) Charity Ball 7 PM
Nov 18 (Fri) Night at the Races
Nov 24 (Th) Family Thanksgiving Day Mass
Dec. 16 Fr) K of C Adult Christmas Party
Dec 17 (Sat) Breakfast with Santa
Dec 18 (Sun) 4th Degree Christmas Party
Check out the exciting work the WEB
Committee has accomplished to deliver a new Somerville Council Site dedicated
to highlight and inform the membership on activities and initiatives that are
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.
Knights Family Picnic- Sunday Sept 17th
Oh what fun we had at our Knights Family Picnic! Over 80 family & friends came together on our "great lawn" to share the day. We had lots of food, drink, conversation, games and activities.
Lets see if I can give you a visual of what it was like. The sky was blue and there was a warm gently breeze throughout the day. The grill was fired up and smokin'
(thanks Tom) with hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. We had plenty of home made salads to go with our meal
(thanks to all ). As you looked around our picnic area you saw smiley faces, cats, shamrocks, and Knights of Columbus symbols artistically drawn on faces and cheeks by the lovely and talented Ms. Mary & Ms. Jackie the face painters. Throughout the day you may have seen water balloons flying, skittles being eaten by the mouthful and people hopping around in sacks( thanks Scott &
Marianne). You may also have seen these same hoppers lying face down in the dirt as they missed hopped. As you may have guessed one could build quite a thirst during the afternoon. This was quenched by beverages from the bar
(thanks Eric & Lynne). Lastly, we settled down to desserts. One was better than the other.
It was a grand day for all of those who attended.
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
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:
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Note: name embroidered for just $5.00 extra !!!
Polo Shirts Sizes M–XXL $20.00
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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.
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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