December 2018

John and Mary Lyon

Their involvement at the Council goes back to 1979. I got to know them when I was the Council Warden in 2015. I was told to ask him to play music at the Council Picnic. Since then I’ve gotten to know them very well spending time in the Knights’ Room. They both volunteer together behind the bar on a Friday Night. At many Council functions you see them helping out. When not volunteering they show their support by attending events. When you see John and Mary Lyon congratulate them as the December Family of the Month.

November 2018

Bob and Ann Brown

You see them at every Council and Maryknight event (but maybe not the beach party). They are card carrying members of the “Table 21 Gang.” Ann is a Maryknight; Bob is an Honorary Life Member and the Charity Fund director. Bob supports our Degree teams and is known as “The Music Man.” He is at almost every business and social meeting. Both are members of the Retirees Club. Bob is also a duckpin bowler in the Retirees league and carries a 98 average. I spotted Bob in the kitchen recently. When you see Bob and Ann Brown congratulate them as the November Family of the Month for their dedication to the Rosensteel Family.

October 2018

Ray and Nancy Koski

This Rosensteel Family supports many of the events and programs at the Council. They are very active in the Council’s Retirees Club. One is president of the club and the other the treasurer. They have been involved in the Bowling League for many years and it doesn’t stop there. One is a past president of the Maryknights and is still running the Hospital Pillow Program. They were involved in the Capital Improvement Program and one is a member of the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly #386. Let’s not forget they both are members of the infamous Table 21 Gang seen at many Columbian Room events.

Please thank Ray and Nancy Koski when you see them. They are the Rosensteel Council Family of the Month for October.

September 2018

Council Wardens and Guards

Along with the Council Warden, the Council Guards are the ‘watchdogs’ for Council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. They assist the Warden in setting up the Council chambers for meetings and ceremonial exemplifications. The Outside Guards tends to the outer door, admitting visitors and members to the inner door. Once at the inner door, the Inside Guard checks to make sure that membership cards are current. They insure that a record of attendees is kept that will verify that a quorum is present if needed. They are there also to maintain order in the room.

They are truly a Rosensteel Family. Congratulations to the Council Guards Terrence “Burr” Brady, Richard Colburn and Mark Borkoski as the Family of the Month. Please tell them thanks. And don’t forget you membership card to the next meeting!

August 2018

Jeanne & Andre Berman

Families at our Council know what to do with their God-given gift of time and talent. When it comes to a Council event, this family is not often seen or heard but they are there. They seem to be happy with just helping others at the Council. I’ve seen both of them working in the kitchen on a Friday Night or supporting a Maryknights event. Their family members who have preceded their involvement have left a mark on this Council we can all be proud of. If you’ve come to a Council
dinner event you’ve had his great salad. Recently, one of them helped me lose money at the Texas Hold ‘em table on Maryknights Casino Night. A loss I’m willing to take because of the benefit.

They are truly a Rosensteel Family. Congratulations to Maryknights Vice President Jeanne Berman and her husband Andre.

Please tell them thanks.

July 2018

Mary's Widows

Together, this family is not you stereotype family but it acts like one. Separately, they all belong to a family. They have the knowledge and experience of being a member of the Rosensteel Family as well as any Past Grand Knight has accumulated over decades. They may be invisible to a Brother Knight, especially one like me who has not been a Knight of Columbus for very long. They don’t look to sponsor an event, but many support our events and their Parish events as workers or participants. They are not in the business to try and bolster their membership roles. It is truly a sad day when one has become eligible to be a member, but when one door closes another one opens up. Because of what they have in common they enjoy each other’s company and kinship.

Recently, I had the honor to attend one of those gathering of this family and truly saw up close its interest in this Council and its desire to
succeed in its mission of charitable works and helping families in need. They were very interested as to what direction the Council was headed
in the new Fraternal Year. Many of them told me of their involvement in many Council activities over the decades.

Because they are Family and they are still a valuable resource they are recognized as this month’s Family of the Month. Congratulations to
Mary’s Widows. Please tell them thanks.

June 2018

Stan and Jane Mcleod

The selection for Family of the Month epitomizes the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet is much appreciated. Their personal touch can be seen in the decorations in the entry foyer and the Jouvenal Room. There’s a prominent charity tip jar on the Knights’ Room bar that has drawn attention and increased donations for charity.

He can be seen playing cards every week and she is often amidst friends cheering on our home teams. Although they recently re-retired from kitchen crew responsibilities, they can still be found working hard in the kitchen to keep their Rosensteel family well fed and happy. Please congratulate Stan and Jane Mcleod as your Family of the Month!

May 2018

Gus and Ruth Gusman

The selection for Family of the Month contin-ues along the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family attends many functions and are regulars at Friday family dinners. For example, what most folks don’t know is that as we’re arriving for our Friday Family Rosary, this family has chauffeured attendees so that they may attend the Rosary and the dinner. This Knight can be also seen as frequently serving as an usher at the Basilica as much as he’s seen at the Council. His wife is a champion of his charitable efforts and is always by his side, smiling and ready to pitch in.

Please congratulate Gus and Ruth Gusman when you see them. And don’t be afraid to offer assistance with their many charitable efforts, (they’re shy about asking but would welcome the help).

April 2018

John and Sara Liddi

The selection for Family of the Month represents unselfish contribution of time and energy for the greater good. And this month, it’s a family that quietly melds into our Rosensteel family, frequently enjoying Friday Family dinners and Council events. They’re often available to volunteer on short notice, happy to contribute, positively and enthusiastically engaged every time they help out. They’ve had their challenges over the last several months and yet their cheerful demeanor just makes you smile to be in their presence. Please congratulate John and Sara Liddi as our Family of the Month!

Quite honestly, they are quiet, wonderful role models of leading by example and Rosensteel is all the better for having them in our family.

March 2018

Joe and Glorie Rogers

The selection for Family of the month represents tenacity and unselfish contribution of time and energy for the greater good. The family of the month also personifies the quote “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” The quote and this family live the truism that no man becomes great in a vacuum, but instead is helped to achieve great heights through the love and support of his wife.

Year in and year out, this family has quietly yet diligently worked at other locations on behalf of the Council. Twice a month, they venture out and shower attention and love on senior citizens in nursing homes. Though one is frequently wheelchair bound, his wife is always by his side, supporting his every effort. And with that, I’ve tipped my hand: Please congratulate Joe and Gloria Rogers as our Family of the Month! Quite honestly, they are quiet, wonderful role models of leading a Christ-like life in service to others and Rosensteel is all the better for having them in our family.

February 2018

The Maryknights Auxiliary

The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy. This month, the recognition for our family of the Month is also a celebration. Year in and year out, this recipient has quietly yet diligently worked at the periphery of the council. You can find members of this family supporting our Bingo nights and helping with Friday Family dinners. You can find them at Friday night rosaries and at Memorial Masses. They are world-class fundraisers, frequently surpassing the financial goals they set. They attend meetings to support one another in support of the greater good of the Council. And they just celebrated their Birthday/Anniversary!

Please congratulate the members of The Maryknights Auxiliary as our February Family of the month! Quite honestly, they are the framework that keeps we Knights on track and at the forefront of the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you Maryknights for your endless contributions to ensuring that Fr. Rosensteel Council maintains an incredibly familial and social environment.

January 2018

Steve & Heather Caffi & Bill & Barbara Dassing

The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. In this case, the recognition for family of the month is actually a shared one. Year in and year out, these families are as consistent as the tides in their roles.

Although kind enough to acknowledge the GK’s request, they really are the ones in charge They know when to start pulling things together, whom to reach out to and how to put their plan in action for not one, but two major family events that focus on children. The Halloween Party and the Christmas party are always a big hit with parents and kids alike, and these families share equally in the preparation and hosting of the parties.

Please congratulate Steve and Heather Caffi along with Bill and Barbara Dassing as our families of the month! Quite honestly, they are the reason these parties consistently result in peals of laughter and enjoyment of the kids, and the happy smiles of many a parent. Thank you, Caffis and Dassings, for your timeless contributions to ensuring the Council maintains a familial environment.

December 2017

Mary and Joseph

We often focus on the culmination of the birth of our Savior, the night in the manger, the three Wise Men gathering in homage, the stars shining brightly in the clear cold sky as shepherds keep watch. We should also focus on the three main figures in the tale: a poor carpenter, strong of hand and heart, unwavering in his faith. A humble woman whose inner beauty radiated beyond her out-er appearance, equally strong in her faith. And then there’s the child in the manger. This child is the King of Men, who arrived as a Savior for us all. Yes, our Family of the Month is the Family who gave us our Lord and Christ. May Joseph, Mary and Jesus re-main front and center in your hearts, in your words and in your deeds, throughout Christmas and beyond. Peace.

November 2017

Dan & Beth Ward

The selection for Family of the Month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family was on a health-related sabbatical for a significant portion of the year. It took months and months of doctor appointments, inpatient and outpatient visits before this family got a green light to return to action, and did they ever! I’ll always remember the phone call I received from Dan Ward saying that his doctor had given him permission to return to a normal activity level and I could just hear the excitement in Dan’s voice as he offered to pitch in again. Within a week of joining FS Mike Koon as membership director, he had scheduled two membership drives. With the strong support of his wife, Beth, he orchestrated the resurrection of the Candlelight Rosary and Benediction on the 20th Anniversary of the Memorial for the Unborn. And folks, Dan and Beth are just getting warmed up! Please congratulate our Family of the Month, Dan & Beth Ward!

October 2017

Stan and Jane McLeod

The selection for Family of the Month continues along the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family attends many functions and are regulars at Friday family dinners. What most folks don’t know is that while we’re just arriving to relax and enjoy a good meal or a Council function, this family has been hard at work for hours, often days in advance. Whether decorating, planning events, cooking, or bartending, Stan and Jane McLeod have done all the heavy lifting to ensure our
happiness at the Council.

Please congratulate Stan and Jane when you see them. And don’t be afraid to offer to assist them with their efforts, many hands make light(er) work.

September 2017

Al and Pat Wigmore

What do you call a family who has devoted an immeasurable amount of their lives to the charitable efforts of their faith through their Knights of Columbus Council? How do you address the quiet champion of a major fundraising component of Rosensteel? Can you even call out the name of the family that is consistently on the scene, week after week, year after year? The answer to all of these questions is:Brother Al Wigmore and his Lady, Pat.

Al has been the man behind the Bingo scene for many years and his efforts continue to result in a growth in attendance, volunteer hours and income (and PS - the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as evidenced by their son John and their grandson Shane’s participation in our Council).

Please say a big “Thank You” next time you see Al and Pat.

August 2017

The Russell Sutton Family

The Family of the Month is a no-brainer this time around. This family pulled together an amazing volunteer event in record time, assembling 40-some volunteers that worked in full sun over the course of a hot yet happy Saturday. They orchestrated a first-rate team, manning grills, prepping food service stations and then joyfully serving meals to volunteers and the veterans in need at the VA hospital. Congratulations to our Family of the Month, the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly, captained by our very own PGK Russell Sutton.

July 2017

The Maryknights

I’m considering rewriting the lyrics of a song to help appreciate my very first selection for Family of the Month. This family is always visible, yet rarely in the spotlight. They too are frequent and consistent volunteers around the Council. I’ve seen this family toiling away at the breakfasts, during midday events and at evening functions. Whether they show up as a team or as individuals you’ll always know a member of the Family of the Month: The Maryknights!

We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!

All, all of the people around us they say

Can they be that close

Just let me state for the record

They're giving love in a family dose

We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!

June 2017

Council Chair Officers

This choice may not fit within everyone’s definition of a “family,” but it may be the last chance I get to thank this group in print. There are several definitions for a family that may apply, “the staff of a high official (such as the President);” this is one, but I prefer “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.“ This family has been with us through thick and thin; it has been supportive while always considering the membership’s best interest.

Among them I don’t believe they have missed but a couple of Council
meetings and functions, required and non-required. They have helped chair and organize dozens of programs and events. They have attended District, Chapter and State meetings and programs. They have committed seven years of their lives to the Council as officers and trustees.

Please join me in thanking your Council chair officers: Bruce Cotting, Jim Mannion and Gus Gusman for their service to and support of our Council.

May 2017

Joe and Laura Marks Family

- He took his First Degree in 1987 and one son took his First Degree in 2013. His other son plans to join this summer while home from college. She can be seen around the Council from time to time, usually visiting him while he performs his daily duties around the Council. He is a PGK and has served on every board and committee available to a member. He runs a kitchen crew and chairs the annual golf outing. He has taken the lead on running the hospitality suite at the Princess Royale at the State Convention for more than a dozen years. He has served as clubhouse manager for some time now.

Please join me in thanking and congratulating the Marks family,
Joe, Laura, Marshall and Will as our May Family of the Month.

April 2017

Chris Langley and Family

He took his First Degree in 2010 and quickly became one of the “Friday Night Families.” Nick and Ellie ran amuck in the Emerald Room while he and Tina enjoyed a Friday Night Dinner and an adult beverage. It wasn’t long before he put together his own kitchen crew and it has proved to be one of the best. His crew is filled with members whose families consistently filled the Emerald Room on Friday Nights. He is part of the Breakfast Crew and helps out in kitchen and grilling whenever possible. He is a regular bartender on the 20th.

March 2017

Brian and Lisa Slattery Family

: It was a typical Friday
night at the Council when Cheryl and I were joined
by this Family of the Month. The father started telling
stories of the good old days around the Council.
We listened, laughed and then came to the conclusion
that he was either 20 years older than he
looked or many of the events occurred when he was
a teenager. Well, it was the latter; he spoke of the
Council as a historian (but much funnier). He has
been a Knight for over 25 years, served as lecturer
for two Grand Knights, a regular bartender and attends
many Council events.
Brian met his wife, Lisa, at the Council. They
held their reception in the Columbian Room. She is
best known by Beach Party attendees as the perennial
winner of the limbo contest. They are the proud
parents of seven-year-old twin girls, Karen and

March 2016

The Donnelly's

This month’s family of the month
has historically had a huge impact
and presence here at Rosensteel.
Bonnie and Mike both work kitchen
crews. Mike is on the Nominations
Committee. Their son Dave and his
family can be seen at the council on
a regular basis. Dave recently
headed up the Super bowl party with
Stan McLeod and a host of others.
Dave also works a kitchen crew and
is a member of the Breakfast crew.
Dave and his brother Doug play on
our championship softball team. We
don’t get to see much of Doug now
that he and his family live in Arnold,
MD. but he is still a member in good
standing. Their sister Karen has
been seen around the Council chasing
down her nieces and nephews, most
recently at the Super Bowl Party. So
please join me in thanking the Donnelly
family (as seen below) as our
Family of the Month.

February 2016

Jim and Barbara Dailey

We owe a great deal of thanks to this month’s Family
of the Month for implementing our new Bingo Program
of September 9, 2015. They designed and formatted the
program to fit our needs. She is a Maryknight and occasionally
helps serve the Bingo dinners along with her
granddaughter Hannah on Wednesday nights.
He worked very hard for weeks on this project and he
had to balance increasing our prize money along with a
modest increase in our prices. These program changes
have worked well and have contributed to our increasing
profits during the last three months. He also cashiers
for us and manages the service line and paper products
as needed. We salute Jim and Barbara Dailey for
their service and continued support of our Bingo program
throughout the past 10 years. Please pull them
aside to thank and congratulate them.