WALTER POLLARD COUNCIL # 5480
FAMILIES OF THE MONTH

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September 2018

SK Robbie and Jeanette DeBartolo

Congratulations to Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family on being council 5480’s Family of the month. Robbie is our Family Director, the entire family is involved with the family events, which takes several hours of preparation before the event. Robbie is also on the 5480 Club board, volunteers at Bingo, and is helpful at many Council events. Robbie and Jeanette are both Scout leaders, active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Peninsula Catholic High School Boosters.


August 2018

SK Joe and Blanca O'Brien

The family of the month for August is Joe O’Brien and his wife Blanca. They have 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Joe is a big asset to the council, helping wherever he is needed with blood drives, bingo, and many other events. Joe is also on the 5480 Club board, and active in the church as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Jerome and teaching classes. Blanca is a member of the choir and a cantor at St. Jerome. When not busy at church or at council events, they enjoy spending quality time with their family.


July 2018

SK John and Connie Edwards

The July Family of the Month is PGK John Edwards and his wife Connie. They have 3 children, Joshua, Arliss, and Mickey. It is very unusual to find John or Connie without at least one of their children; Joshua was with John at our last Adopt a Spot. John served as Grand Knight this past fraternal year, which had several changes from the club, state, and supreme councils. This was not John’s first time as Grand Knight; it was his third. John was a previous Grand Knight at our own council, and also at the
United States Merchant Marine Academy. John is Chair/Secretary of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In addition, John is a Cub
Scout Committee Chairperson for Pack 242, a lector and was a member of Pastoral Council until recently when his three year term was completed at St. Jerome Catholic Church.
Connie is also very busy along with being a wife and mother of three children, she finds time to be a Cub Scout Den leader for Pack 242. Connie is also a member of the Altar Guild at St. Jerome Church which is the members that clean the Church on
Saturdays. Congratulations on being Council 5480 Family of the month for July and thank you to the entire family for your time and effort this past year.


June 2018

SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum

The June 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Neil Rosenbaum and his wife Lauren.
They have two wonderful children: Maggie and Neil Jr. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel where both children are Altar Servers and both parents are Mass Coordinators. Neil volunteers his time at the local swimming pool, as coach for the OLMC soccer team, and as the Family Coordinator at the Council. Lauren is the Art Teacher at OLMC, with all of the collateral duties, and is a Girl Scouts leader. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc. I would like to extend my congratulations to Neil and his wife Lauren as our June Family of the Month.


May 2018

Brother Jason and Sarah Weischedel

The May 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jason Weischedel and his wife Sarah. They have two wonderful children: Aiden and Mary. They attend Our Lady Queen of Peace at Langley AFB where Sarah is the President of their Catholic Women of the Chapel group (CWOC). They both volunteer their time and talents at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, most notably with the prayer gardens cropping up throughout the campus. Additionally, they both participate in Cub Scouts at OLMC as adult leaders and committee members. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jason and his wife Sarah as our May Family of the Month.


April 2018

Brother Jason and Mara Southworth

The April 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jason Southworth and his wife Mara. They have four wonderful children: Grace, Ralph, Michael, and Dorothy. They attend Good Shepherd Parish in Smithfield where Jason is working on forming a Roundtable and organizing a KOVAR tootsie roll drive. As a Coastguardsman, Jason leads a Special Ceremony detail that gives funeral honors to Coastguardsman and presents Colors for various retirements and civic events. You will frequently find the whole family at the Council Home for various events including the Children’s Movie Knight
that they host. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jason and his wife Mara as our April Family of the Month.


March 2018

Brother Jim and Yolanda Doak

The March 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Jim Doak and his wife Yolanda. They attend Saint Jerome Catholic Church. Jim is an usher at the Sunday Noon Mass. Yolanda helps with the Church Cleaners. Together they volunteer with the Fellowship Committee. Now that our Bingo sessions are smoke-free, they sell instants before games on Mondays and Thursdays. Despite still working after retiring from the Army, they are active members of the Council. I would like to extend my congratulations to Jim and his wife Yolanda as our March Family of the Month.


February 2018

Brother Charles "Chuck" and Diane Curtis

The February 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Knight Charles “Chuck” Curtis and his wife Diane. You can see them at Monday night Bingo where Chuck is a manager and Diane helps out when needed. They both are members of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where they are active. Diane is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and also a dedicated member of the Church Cleaning Crew. She is a member of the International Women’s Pilot Association. When she isn’t busy with all those activities she is earning her Ham Radio License. Chuck is an usher at Mass. He leads a breakfast crew that helps the Religious Education group run a vibrant program. In his “down” time, he is the Experimental Air Craft Association President and is also a participant in the Hampton Roads Public Service Team Ham Radio Operators. I would like to extend my congratulations to Chuck and his wife Diane as our February Family of the Month.


January 2018

Brother David and Eileen Mazary

The January 2018 Family of the Month is Brother Knight David Mazary and his wife Eileen. They both are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church where they are extremely active. Eileen volunteers as a Cantor, leads the Verona Guild, and volunteers with both PORT and Breathe. David is active at Knights events, volunteers at OLMC as the Usher Coordinator, and helps with the OLMC Prayer Breakfast and the Men’s Ministry. Together they have volunteered to step up as the Knightly News Editors. They have two sons and two daughters. I would like to extend my congratulations to David and his wife Eileen as our January Family of the Month.


December 2017

SK Tyrone "Tee" and Yolando Fuller Sr.

The December 2017 Family of the Month is Sir Knight Tyrone “Tee” Fuller Sr. and his wife Yolanda. They are both members of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where they are extremely active. Yolanda is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Liturgy Committee and she also takes communion to the sick. She is also a member of the Kiwanis. Tee is also a Eucharistic Minister, Usher, and member of the Liturgy Committee. He is a regular at Bingo selling Quickies and daubers. He is a member of the Toastmasters. They are both real estate agents who donate a portion of all their transactions to the Church to help Children. They have a son who is an engineer in Nevada. I would like to extend my congratulations to Tee and his wife Yolanda as our December Family of the Month.


November 2017

Brother Ron and Gail Rosenbaum

The November 2017 Family of the Month is Brother Ron Rosenbaum and his wife Gail. They moved to Newport News in 1972 and promptly registered with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. They both are Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at OLMC. Gail is particularly active in the Pregnancy Outreach ministry at Church.
Ron is active at Council Meetings and Volunteer Events, particularly blood drives. They also work with a ministry for disabled individuals throughout West Africa called the Jerry Cebuleski Africa Disability Foundation. Now that the Columbian Center is smoke free, you will see both Ron and Gail volunteering at Bingo for both floor sales and quality control. They have three sons, one who is a familiar face at the Council: Neil Rosenbaum. I would like to extend my congratulations to Ron and his wife Gail as our November Family of the Month


October 2017

SK Joseph and Kathryn Drozdowski

The October 2017 Family of the Month is SK Joseph Drozdowski and his wife Kathryn. There isn’t enough space to give Joe his due credit for what he does for the Council and Club, but that is only one facet of his life. Joe is also active at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and assists with investments for the OLMC School. Kathy is active in the Knitting Ministry, teaches folks how to Knit, and participates in the Bible Study at OLMC. When they aren’t giving of their time and talent to the community Joe and Kathy are enjoying life as grandparents to eight lovely children, two of which are in college at UVA and VT. I would like to extend my congratulations to Joe and his wife Kathy as our October Family of the Month.


September 2017

SK Ron and Pat Gorman

The September 2017 Family of the Month is SK Ron Gorman and his wife Pat. A number of years ago, our Council created a mission statement that listed our interests: Support for Catholic Schools, Churches, and Communities. Ron and Pat are active leaders in all facets of our Councils mission. From leadership positions at OLMC School and Church to selflessly volunteering for VKCCI, the Gormans are behind the scenes making the Knights go. I would like to extend my thanks to our Treasurer Ron and his wife Pat as our September Family of the Month.


August 2017

SK Angelo and Carol Cavone

The August 2017 Family of the Month is instrumental in our youth activities and are avid parishioners at Saint Jerome Church. Brother Angelo and Carol arrange our youth activities. These youth activities such as Laser Tag, Youth Halloween and Christmas parties are a large part of introducing young families to the council and the order. Furthermore, Angelo has recently been installed as our Council Chancellor, the focal point of our recruiting efforts. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. Please help me congratulate Angelo and Carol Cavone as our Family of the Month.


July 2017

SK Jon and Josie Sargent

The July 2017 Family of the Month is Immediate Past Grand Knight Jon Sargent, his wife Josie Sargent and their two boys Ethan and Sammy. They have worked tirelessly last year to support the Council, Club and Assembly. Both Jon and Josie are models of what it takes to be a successful Catholic couple. I would like to extend my thanks to our Immediate Past Grand Knight Jon Sargent and his family, our July Family of the Month.


June 2017

SK Carol and Fernanda Kelley

The June family of the month is very involved in the St. Jerome Parish. They are regular supporters of the council and assembly and take lead in organizing the annual trip to the Washington, DC for the March for Life. If you ever need help with a project, this family is always there to support you. I am pleased to announce the June Family of
the Month, SK Carroll and Fernanda Kelley.


May 2017

SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum

Every member of this family volunteers in multiple capacities at the council, OLMC School and OLMC Church. Neil has served as Family Director for the last couple years and coordinates many of our Family activities. Lauren works at OLMC school teaching art and regularly volunteers there as well. Both of their children are out helping the children as they arrive in the mornings at OLMC regardless of the weather. Neil is running our Annual Mother’s Day Brunch, so come out and congratulate our May Family of the Month - SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum.


April 2017

Brother Bernie and June Gerlach

On bingo nights or Friday evenings there are often many of our Brother Knights in the hall serving in many different ways to keep our mission of charity moving. If you come to the council home other times, you are likely to find a much smaller number. Bernie and June Gerlach can often be found in the hall early in the morning meeting maintenance people, taking table linens home and washing them for the next rental, helping to decorate or cook for an event. Their dedication to serving this Council and many other organizations is an example for us all. I am happy to name Bernie and June Gerlach our April Family of the Month.


March 2017

Brother Jason and Sarah Weischedel

Another family who has been part of our council for only a short time, Jason and Sarah have only been part of our council for a short time, but they both seemingly volunteering their time everywhere. Jason is quick to help at council events, the OLMC Parish, and OLMC School. He also serves as a Cub Scout Leader with his son Aiden, and you can often see him carrying his daughter Mary. Sarah has volunteered to build up our ladies’ programs and has already held a successful Ladies Paint Night and is planning a Ladies Tea later this month. We are better as a council after a few short months since the Weischedels joined our council family. When you see Jason or Sarah, join me in congratulating our them as our March Family of the Month.


February 2017

Brother Tony and Crystal Rivera-Silva

On January 27, 2017 marked the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This event was a powerful example of what can be done with a peaceful protest. Many young and old people marched to show that we must protect the most vulnerable of us all. A great example of this commitment to life could be seen by Brother Knight Tony Rivera-Silva, his wife Crystal, and their three children all marching together. This was certainly a long day for the little ones leaving first thing in the morning and not getting home until well after 9 PM, but they were all smiling every time I saw them that day. Please take a minute to thank Brother Tony and Crystal for their example and congratulate them as our February Family of the Month.


January 2017

Sir Knight Stephen and Donna Raschke

Steve serves both the Council and Assembly locally, but also serves the State Council of Virginia. Even though he is the Immediate Past State Deputy, he and Donna still find time to attend Council events and often can be found both before and after events helping out where ever they are needed – managing to contribute time even though he is very busy as the Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2430. Steve has been a mentor to me since I took my first degree; he traveled to Gloucester for the ceremony and welcomed me into the Order. I am pleased to name SK Stephen and Donna Raschke our January Family of the Month.


December 2016

SK Angelo and Carol Cavone

Our Family of the Month for December are instrumental in our youth activities. Brother Angelo and Carol arrange our youth activities. These youth activities such as Laser Tag, Youth Halloween and Christmas parties. These events are a large part of introducing young families to the council and the order. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. Please help me congratulate Angelo and Carol Cavone as our Family of the Month.


November 2016

Brother Tony and Terri Merendino

Brothers, I am sure you all know how much time PGK Tony puts into our Council. He is always at council meetings and volunteering at bingo. He and Terri support almost every event from Fridays in the lounge to the many fund raising dinners. Either attending or volunteering, they always show their support. This is not however why I thought of them as Family of the Month for November. I had the great opportunity to share a long conversation with both of them this past month at the Hispanic Heritage dinner and I learned that they had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. This fact struck me deeply, to see their example of Christian Marriage, in this time when there are so many challenges to the sanctity of marriage, out of control divorce rates, and same-sex marriages. I felt we should all take a moment to celebrate this example in our midst of the love and faith shown by the Merendino Family. Please join me in congratulating our November family of the month, Tony and Terri Merendino.


October 2016

SK Wilfred and Herma Wotke

Wilfred has served the council as recorder for two years. He and his wife Erma volunteer for many events throughout the year. They also worked very hard on our first joint
Oktoberfest with the Tidewater German American Society, being instrumental in making this event a great success. Please join me in thanking and congratulating our October family of the month SK Wilfred and Herma Wotke.


September 2016

Sir Knight Robert and Jeanette DeBartolo

The DeBartolo family is definitely a regular fixture at council events, always offering to help out in any way they can. Robbie has helped organize the family picnics with
Neil Rosenbaum, he has helped increase attendance at Adopt a Spot with the inclusion of Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 242. He is a regular volunteer at bingo as well as a bingo caller. They do all this while still raising a family of 4, both of them volunteering as Scout Leaders, Robbie and his daughter Abby support the Nocturnal Adoration Society at OLMC. I count myself lucky to have them as friends and I hope you take a moment to congratulate Robbie and Jeanette DeBartolo, our September Family of the Month


August 2016

Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer

The Kazmer family is always willing to lend a hand from youth and family events, where they are usually there from before the start until the end of cleanup. Jim is always helping around the council as well, using his skills as an electrical engineer to ensure our sound systems work in the main hall, lounge and the meeting room. We are a better council because of families like them that take an active part in our events. I am pleased to name Jim and Karen as our August Family of the Month.


July 2016

Daniel and Deborah Richard

This last fraternal year, our family of the month has worked tirelessly on many Council events. As Program Director, I experienced first hand their assistance early and late to make sure events were the great success that they were. I would like to extend my thanks to our Immediate Past Grand Knight Dan and his wife Deborah, our July Family of the Month.


June 2016

Brother Dominick and Marsha Bavacqua

Our Family of the Month is active in our Council and also at St Jerome Church
where they are members. Dominick can be found at almost all of the Bingo nights selling tickets and mingling with our clientele. He and Marsha support our lounge and are very welcoming faces when you arrive. They attend all of our events and even hosted a smashing bowling party for our members. They are a wealth of knowledge about our Council and can enlighten you on many subjects. They are good people to know. Please help me congratulate Dominick and Marsha Bavacqua as our Family of the Month for June.


May 2016

Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella

Our Family of the Month are true characters of our Council. They can be seen on Friday nights at the lounge holding court by pulling tables together. They attend other functions with us and bring true laughter to anyone who has the chance to speak with them. This couple absolutely complement each other’s traits in all they do. In short, they are wonderful people to spend time with each time you meet them. Please help me say thank you to Mickey and Carol Marcella Jr as our Family of the Month for May.


April 2016

Brother Walter and Debbie Troyan

April’s Family of the Month can always be found willing and able to help in any
capacity that is asked of them. You can find them supporting any Council event either by just attending or volunteering their time. Walt can be seen at Council meetings as one of our worthy guards, which he has done for a few years. Debbie is an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. They help support their parish of St Jerome, but I am most proud of their support of Council 5480. Please help me congratulate Walter and Debbie Troyan as our Family of the Month.


March 2016

Brother Reco Cotton and Susanna Catalano

The Family of the Month is a truly wonderful couple. The events that they attend are heightened with enjoyment when they show up. Reco helps count money during bingo nights, is a guard at our meetings and also DJ’s when he is asked (and sometimes even volunteers). Susanna plays bingo and makes many wonderful decorations for our events. When the two of them are together, and also in the presence of their children, everyone around them has a smile. Neither one of them has a negative to say about anything when they help carry a conversation. It is truly a pleasure of mine to name Reco Cotton and Susanna Catalano as our Family of the Month


February 2016

Brother Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan

New Year’s Eve was a big celebration all around the world. Our Council had a large turnout for our own celebration because of many hours of preparation, and I am sure high anxiety, on the part of our sponsors. Our Family of the Month dedicated a lot of time and effort to make this event so wonderful and memorable. They have also volunteered to chair the St. Patrick’s Day celebration which will require many hours of planning and directing during the event. Please help me congratulate Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan, Jr. as our Family of the Month.


January 2016

Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer

Our Family of the Month volunteers at all of our Children and Family events. Whether manning a table or arts and crafts, they will be there with a smile. Jim has done an excellent job with the sound systems all over the council building. If the sound doesn’t work, he is right there to fix it for the next event. His wife does outstanding arts and crafts for the children events. They are a true pleasure to have as members and friends to a lot of us. Please help me congratulate Jim and Karen Kazmer as our Family of the month.


December 2015

Brother Ted and Estelle Langevin

Our Family of the Month are well known around our Council for their contagious smiles and laughter with everything that they are involved with during the year. These two attend most all functions, both somber and joyful, with enthusiasm. Ted ran the award-winning Adopt-A-Spot program for many years and put our
Council out there in the community. Ted and Estelle are very supportive of the Fourth Degree Assembly with their many functions also. They are truly worthy of recognition both in our Council and the whole Newport News community. Please help me congratulate Ted and Estelle as our Family of the Month for December.


November 2015

Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell

They are usually seen wearing aprons hanging out in the kitchen. Every once in a while, they venture out to the main hall to receive a congratulatory applause on the meal of that event. They cover Friday nights for the Council with many, many events. You can receive a smile from them, and also how to properly run an event that is serving food. I do not know what we will do without them because of the many things they do that go unnoticed. This family is truly very good friends of mine and I hope of yours also. Please help me congratulate Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month.


October 2015

Brother Angelo and Carol Cavone

Our Family of the Month for October is a quiet couple, but they can be seen helping our Council in oh so many ways. They accepted the Family Director position and have taken it on in a full stride. The Laser Tag was a big success and they have planned many more activities for the families of our Council. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. They are proud of their two daughters and their son, which they should be, because of all their accomplishments. I am proud to have them as members of 5480. Please help me congratulate the Cavone family as our Family of the Month.


September 2015

Brother John & Connie Edwards

The Family of the Month are very outgoing people. They help wherever needed. John is a Bingo caller on Mondays and will sell tickets and other things on meeting nights. Connie is active with OLMC School in planning fund raisers and also a classroom mother. They both do a wonderful job every year coordinating the Run for the Heart. They put their all into our council and also into their son Joshua. The Edwards family can be seen at most events either as participants or coordinators. Please help me congratulate John, Connie and Joshua Edwards as our Family of the Month


August 2015

Brother Neil & Lauren Rosenbaum

Our Family of the Month is a quiet couple that will help whenever needed. Neil teaches Karate in Founder’s Hall every Thursday. They both are active in their church and their children’s many activities. You will see them at events with smiles, kind words and a willingness to help where needed. This year, they will be the Family Directors for the Council. May we offer them our support where needed like they offer their support to all of us. Please help me congratulate The Rosenbaum family, Neil, Lauren and children, as our Family of the Month.


July 2015

Gabe & Christine Franco

Brother Gabe and Christina Franco



Our Family of the Month is very active in their church. Gabe is a Lecturer on Saturday nights and Christina is there with him. Christina also helps at the church and did a wonderful job speaking native tongue during Pentecost. They are both very active in our council, and you can catch them at the council on any Tuesday night. Both are active in the Fourth Degree ceremonies and meeting nights. This past month, they scheduled, set up and hosted two major events, the Appreciation Dinner and also the Asian-American Dinner. Gabe can be reached for guidance from any Brother Knight with his general knowledge about most anything associated with our council. Together, they are most charming to be around and can put a smile on any face quickly. Please help me congratulate Brother/Sir Gabe Franco and his bride Christina as our Family of the Month.


June 2015

Brother Bill and Helen Allen

Brother Bill and Helen Allen



I am proud to name Brother Bill and Helen Allen as June’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Allen is the Lector Coordinator for the parish, he assists in the preparation for daily mass, he is a Eucharistic Minister, a lector, a bingo caller, and referees for local high school football and basketball games. Brother Bill also assists the pastor during funeral masses. Helen is also very active in many aspects of the church. She assists her husband in the daily preparation for mass. She is also quite involved with refugees who come to the area and she, among other things, teaches them English as a second language. She also assists during the Early Sunday mass, bringing the gifts to the altar. Congratulations to Brother Bill and Helen for a job well done!


May 2015

Brother Harold and Linda Hairston

I am proud to name Brother Harold and Linda Hairston as May’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Harold is a Lector and a member of the 12 pm church choir. He is also one of the Cantors. Brother Harold also volunteers for bingo and is in charge of the 4th degree program. Brother Harold is also the Membership Director for District 5, as well as the Faithful Navigator for Father Bader Assembly 2430. Linda is also a Lector at St. Jerome. She is also the Secretary of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) #2260. She was instrumental in the success of the CDA Annual Convention recently held in Newport News. Linda also prays the rosary on a monthly basis with residents of the St. Francis Nursing Home in Newport News. She is also the Education Chairperson for the Circle of Love program of the CDA. Congratulations Brother Harold and Linda for a job well done!


April 2015

Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer

I am proud to name Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer as April’s Family of the Month. Both Michael and Eddy are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Eddy is involved in a variety of parish activities. She is a lector and a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound. She also assists in different parish activities when the needs arise. Michael is an ardent supporter of bingo operations, ensuring all the instant cards that are sold during bingo
nights are accurately counted and accounted for. He is also involved with council degree ceremonies and the Peninsula Agency for the Aging. Both are also active participants in Council events. Congratulations Michael and Eddy for a job well done!


March 2015

Brother John and Connie Edwards

I am proud to name Brother John and Connie Edwards as March’s Family of the Month. John and Connie are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. John is a lector and a member of the parish’s pastoral council. Connie is very involved with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, usually chairing or co-chairing charitable events for the school. Both also volunteer in many youth and family activities and both, with their son Josh, attend most council events. John is also a Bingo caller for the Council’s bingo operations, President of the Society of Mechanical Engineer, spearheads the annual Run for the Heart, the council’s webmaster, and is the Council’s Sweepstakes coordinator/seller for the State’s Football/Basketball Frenzy . Congratulations John and Connie for a job well done!


February 2015

Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley

I am proud to name Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley as February’s Family of the Month. Carroll and Fernanda are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Carroll is an usher, a Council Liaison to the parish, and a Fellowship committee member. Fernanda is also a member of the Fellowship committee and the Justice and Peace Committee. Both also coordinates and organizes the Knights of Columbus Soup Supper during Lent. Brother Carroll was also instrumental in the success of the March for Life bus trip to Washington DC. Carroll is also the Color Corps Commander for the Assembly. Both of them are also ardent volunteers for many council activities, whether it’s decorating the hall or setting up for an event. You can always count on both of them. Congratulations Carroll and Fernanda for a job well done!


January 2015

Brother Tony and Terri Merendino

I am proud to name Tony and Terri Merendino as January’s Family of the Month. Both Tony and Terri are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Tony is a lector and Terri is a Eucharistic Minister. Terri also coordinates trips for council members and their spouses to go on trips to watch plays around Virginia. Tony
is also an ardent supporter of bingo on Mondays and Thursdays, ensuring personal checks are scrutinized before approval. Tony also on occasion, serves as a DJ on some council activities. Congratulations Tony and Terri for a job well done!


December 2014

Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella

I am proud to name Mickey and Carol Marcella
as December’s Family of the Month. Both
Mickey and Carol are active members of the St.
Jerome Parish. They both are members of the fellowship
committee that is in charge of many church activities to
include, Appreciation Dinner, Harvest Dinner, picnics, and
youth events. They are also one of the lead crews for church
cleaning that is accomplished every Saturday. Both Mickey
and Carol actively attend council events and provide
refreshments at some of these functions. Both are also
ardent supporters of the local Boys and Girls Club. He
serves as one of the members of the Board of Directors.
Congratulations Mickey and Carol for a job well done!


November 2014

Brother Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota

am proud to name Brothers Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota as November’s Family of the month. These brothers have done marvelous things for the council. They are both very involved with youth activities, to include Laser Tag party, Halloween Party, and the upcoming Youth Christmas Party. Both are also very active members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA, acting as ushers and greeters. Both are always there to assist in any way they can, whether it is volunteering for bingo or adopt-a-spot. Congratulations, Vahwere and Muhimwali for a job well done!


October 2014

Brother Bob and Nancy Blymyer

I am proud to name Brother Bob and Nancy Blymyer as our October’s Family of the Month. Bob and Nancy are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish, where Bob is an Usher and Nancy is a Greeter. Both Bob and Nancy are staunch volunteers of
most youth activities. Bob can also be seen at the Adopt-A-Spot monthly clean-up. He is also an avid volunteer for the council’s Blood Drive. Nancy is a member of the fellowship committee, as well as the Catholic Daughters of America, and is very active in all events and activities. Both Bob and Nancy participate in many council activities and volunteers to help with the clean-up after an event. They can always be relied on when the council needs assistance in an event or activity. Congratulations Bob and Nancy for a job well done!


September 2014

Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer

I am proud to name Brother Jim Kazmer and his wife Karen as September’s Family of the Month. Jim and Karen are both active members of St. Jerome Parish. Their two sons, Richard and Steven, are
both Knights of Columbus members. The entire family is always there to assist in every possible way when it comes to council activities, such as family picnics and youth activities, to include the Altar Server Appreciation Day. Jim also assists in projects in the council building, from setting up the public address system, to rewiring the video system
for the council lounge, while Karen prepares food and refreshment for the volunteers. Congratulations, Jim and Karen for a job well done!


August 2014

Brother Randall and Lien Crum

Brother Randall and Lien Crum

I am proud to name Brother Randall and Lien Crum as August’s Family of the Month. Randall and Lien are both active members of St. Jerome Parish and they lead the praying of the Rosary every Saturday preceding the 5 PM mass. Randall joined the knights early this year and he just went full throttle with getting involved and committed to some of the council’s events. Randall and Lien were there to assist in decorating the hall for the Appreciation Dinner. Lien is active in many activities at St. Jerome Church. Randall has participated as well with the Adopt-a-Spot program. Randall created a Rosary binder for the council to ensure whoever says the rosary will have a step-by-step process for leading the rosary. Randall has also volunteered to be on the Recruitment committee. Congratulations, Randall and Lien Crum for a job well done!


July 2014

Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty

Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty
I am proud to name Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty as July’s Family of the Month. Frank and Jean Faye have been quite involved with several council events, most notably the Peninsula Agency for the Aging (PAA) packing of dry goods and the Council-sponsored blood drives. Frank and Jean Faye have always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event. Frank and Jean Faye have also worked diligently together to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives themselves, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank and Jean Faye are both active members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank and Jean Faye for a job well done!


June 2014

Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Rev. Henry Diesta.

Congratulations to “Our Fathers” in Newport News, Worthy Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Henry Diesta.

When Reverend Father Carlos H. Lerma was in his early 20s and looking for direction in his life, he went to his parish priest for guidance. At the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church he began helping minister to the poor in his small hometown of Buga, Colombia. After a year, he sensed that this was the life to which he was called. With the help of his pastor, Fr. Carlos immediately set in motion a path to the priesthood. It would take him 12 years to get there.
Today Father Carlos is the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. He is fluent in Spanish and English and serves as Chaplain of both Council 5480 and Council 11817. Father Carlos is a regular at council functions and will always remain behind to hear a confession. We are blessed to have Father Carlos.
Reverend Father Henry Diesta, a priest of the Diocese of Sorsogon in the Philippines, was appointed Pastor of St. Jerome Church in Newport News in 2009. Father Henry was well received into the large Newport News Filipino community and quickly adopted Council 5480 as his brothers. Father Henry spent his entire five years ministering to the Sir Knights of the Rev. Michael Bader Assembly as the Faithful Friar. Father Henry will be returning to his home Diocese this summer. We will miss you.


May 2014

Connie & John Edwards and son Josh

The Edwards Family
Congratulations to Connie, John and son Josh as our April Family of the Month. The Edwards family is present at many of our council events and activities. You see them working hard planning, preparing, executing and cleaning up from events in the council that they chair. Connie & John are stalwart volunteers at our Family activities and provide mentorship to our new brothers. John is a lector at St. Jerome and an active member of the Assembly Color Corp. He is at most Bingo sessionswhen not working and ensures that our council’s website and email page is maintained. He coordinates the distribution of the electronic and print edition of the Knightly News. Most recently the entire family was present as John chaired the annual “Run for the Heart” to benefit the American Heart Association. Together with their son, they are always available to help and assist. The Edwards are parishioners of St. Jerome.


April 2014

Gemma and David Kerstetter

Family of the Month - APRIL

Congratulations to Gemma and David Kerstetter as our April Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at Fellowship and Youth activities at St. Jerome and the Knights of Columbus. They are actively involved in the Adult Bible Study group and liturgy. David joined the council last June, and obtained his 4th degree in October. He immediately took an active part in the council. He is spearheading our Student Outreach programs at Peninsula Catholic and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and our local parishes. Gemma has been involved in a variety of ministries, served on the Parish Pastoral Council and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Gemma and David have several children and grandchildren. The Kerstetter’s are members of St. Jerome.


March 2014

Karen & Jim Kazmer

Family of the Month - MARCH

Congratulations to Karen & Jim Kazmer as our March Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at our Family and Youth activities. This past few weeks Karen and Jim were of great assistance at the “Fathers/daughter & Mothers/sons Gala” and the “Sweethearts & Sweeties” Valentines party to our Youth and Family Directors. It is always comforting to have the Kazmer’s at your side. The Kazmer’s have 4 kids: Christina, Steven, Sara, and Richard whom have all served as either as Altar Servers in the Youth Choir. Steven obtained his 4th Degree in October and was Knighted by his father , Jim. The Kazmer’s are members of St. Jerome parish.


February 2014

Walt & Debbie Troyan

Family of the Month - February

Congratulations to Walt & Debbie Troyan. You will always find them able and willing to help whether it be conducting the 50-50 raffle, helping with Youth activities and when called upon. Walt has served at council meeting as a stand-in guard. Debbie is an active member of Catholic Daughters of America. They attend St. Jerome, where they are involved in the liturgical ministry.
All I basically know is that they attend St J, he works at Suttle Oldsmobile, she at Cho's Cleaners, they have adult children (not exactly sure of how many), he is always willing to help in 50/50, stand-in for guards at meetings, she is a


January 2014

Faye and Frank Dougherty

Family of the Month - JANUARY

Congratulations to Faye and Frank Dougherty as our Family of the Month. Faye and Frank are stalwarts of Community Service. They are the catalyst of the council involvement with the Peninsula Agency of Aging “Meals on Wheels” and the American Red Cross “Blood Drive”. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel they participate on the Liturgical Ministry team as greeters at the 8AM Mass. Faye is a member of the Ladies of Carmel, Frank participants in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group and together they are active Nocturnal Adorers and members of Act II, mature adults group.


December 2013

Carol & George Koch

Family of the Month - DECEMBER

Congratulations to Carol & George Koch and their daughter Samantha as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. George returned to our council and most recently obtained his 2nd and 3rd degree ascending to Full Knighthood. The Koch’s immersed themselves in our family activities, including the Summer Family picnic series, “Cars and Stars” and most recently “Italian Family Knight”. You will find them helping with
set-up, cooking, and of course pouring a cold one. The family is involved with the OLMC youth group and OLMC School where Samantha is a student. the


November 2013

Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark

Family of the Month -NOVEMBER Congratulations to Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Kelwyn is our Youth Director and as a team they exemplify “Young at Heart”. You will see Kelwyn and Mark at many of the council activities. In July the D’Souza’s took pictures at the Installation ceremony. Sandra is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and The Ladies of Carmel. The The D’Souza trio formed the core of the Youth committee who most recently organized the 3rd Annual Laser Tag and the Youth Halloween Party.


October 2013

Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell

The Messier Family
Congratulations to Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Legacy of Ronnie continues. As Grand Knight I received raves on the Installation dinner and the PGK/PFN dinner. What a godsend for Mary and me. Colleen also serves as our Kitchen Manager and does a superb job for the 5480 Club Activities. In addition to a hectic schedule, they still find time to support both OLMC and PCHS


September 2013

Shannon and Tom Clark

Family of the Month - September Congratulations to Shannon and Tom Clark and kids as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Tom is a recent convert to our faith and started attending activities before Easter. He wasted no time and joined the order shortly afterwards. Tom and his family have set the bar for us with their Charity and Service. His family regularly works BINGO, Adopt-A-Spot and put us over the top at our recent BLOOD DRIVE. Tom and his family are active at OLMC in the Adult Choir, the Youth Choir, as a proclaimer and as Nocturnal Adorers. You will find Tom, Shannon and family, Sarah - 19 a rising sophmore at Liberty University, Leah – 16, Maria – 14, Ella – 10, Tommy – 9, Jack – 5, Charlie - 4 and Sophia - 2 at many of the council activities.


August 2013

June and Bernie Gerlach

Family of the Month - August Congratulations to June and Bernie Gerlach of St. Jerome as our Family of the Month. They are at the forefront of our Council and Assembly activities. If you think you are hearing the jingling of Santa Claus’s bells, it is probably the sound of Bernie’s keys. Together with the help of fellow Knights, they prepare food for picnics, dinners and host receptions. Most recently at the Independence Day Flag Raising they led the Kitchen Team to serve a full breakfast to dignitaries and participants and it was June’s birthday. They have never turned down a request for assistance. Bernie has served as Part President of the 5480 Club, Former District Deputy, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator and in retirement he is our Facilities Rental Manager. We owe a debt of gratitude to June & Bernie. Thank you.


July 2013

Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family

Family of the Month - July Congratulations to Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family of Our Lady Mount Carmel. As our Family Life Activities Couple they exemplify ambition and dedication spearheading our summer series of picnics. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and school. Robbie is our newly elected Inside Guard and received his fourth degree this spring.


June 2013

Brother Jonathan and Josie Sargent

This Brother has been a member of the Order for relatively a short period of time receiving his first degree in November 2010. However, since that time he has
become active in the Council, the Assembly and the 5480 Club where he respectively holds positions as Recorder, Comptroller and Secretary. He is also serves in the role of Chancellor on the Council’s First Degree Team. He is Director of Technology Architecture at Endurance IT. He and his wife have been married for nine years and have two sons. They frequent many of the Council events and are visibly one of our “up and coming”, “younger” couples. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where they are actively involved in various ministries. They especially donate of lot of their time, assistance and service to OLMC School (of which his wife is a graduate).
He can routinely be seen in a “Scouts” uniform as he assists as a master/leader with the Boy/Cub Scouts. Please join me in congratulating Jonathan, Josie, Ethan and Sammy Sargent as our Family of the Month for June 2013.


May 2013

Brother Charles "Chuck" and Dianna Curtis

This Brother has been a member of the Order since May of 1996. He and his wife attend St Jerome Church. He is an usher, usually serving at the 7 a.m. Mass. She serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister. They can also be seen assisting in the
kitchen and in many other areas when needed. He is a devout BINGO volunteer on Monday and Thursday nights. He probably knows every position in the Hall from sales to accounting to back-up manager. And the players know it. He is always
ready to lend a helping hand when asked. He is a TCIS (in other words he a computer guru) in the Newport News Public Schools. And yes, they are both “pilots”. Please join me in congratulating Charles (“Chuck”) and Dianna Curtis as our
Family of the Month for May 2013.


April 2013

SK Stephen and Donna Raschke

This Brother has been a member of the Order since November 1999. He could well be considered the “Poster Knight” for elected offices held. Since joining the Order he
has held every “chair” in the Council, has been a District Deputy and is steadily ascending the offices of our State Council, presently serving as State Warden with an
election to State Advocate pending. He strongly supports the Order and our Council although his duties as a State Officer (speaking engagements, serving as a representative throughout the state, etc.) limit his time with the Council. He is a member of the First, Second and Third Degree Teams. He and his wife still find time to attend most of the events held at our Council. His wife is very active in the York County School System and advocate of public education. They are actively in various
church ministries at Queen of Peace at Joint Base LangleyEustis. He is a retired Army CSM and presently a civilian employee at JB L-E. Please join me in congratulating
Stephen and Donna Raschke as our Family of the Month for April 2013.


March 2013

Brother Theodore "Ted" and Estelle Langevin

This couple is the epitome of “love and marriage” at any age. Seldom do you see one without the other at an event or social gathering. Cheerful, happy, gleeful, pleasant are words that can describe them each time that one meets them. They always have a “happy” attitude. He rarely misses a Council or Assembly meeting and both are at most events held. He is always there when you need someone to help. He has been a member of the Order since March 1984. He is a sentinel in the Assembly. He coordinates and directs one of the most successful programs of the Council. The “Adopt-A-Spot” program (monthly policing of a section of Warwick
Boulevard) has won rave reviews, praise and awards from members of the Council and City officials. He is also proud member of the 4th Degree Color Corps where he gets the chance to showcase his flair for clothes. They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where they continue to be involved in various ministries. Although they have no “little ones”, they are very giving of their time and donations at our local schools. Please join me in congratulating Theodore (“Ted”) and Estelle Langevin as our Family of the Month for March 2013.


February 2013

SK Todd and Margie Curtis

This Brother has been a member of the Order since February 2011. He is also a Sir Knight in the Assembly. He and his wifeand children attend St Jerome Church. He serves as the Fraternal Benefits Advisor of the Council assisting fellow Brother Knights in investments and times of planning and bereavement. If this was not enough to keep him busy, he finds time to coordinate the Youth Council events to include Laser Tag, Halloween Carnival/Haunted House, Father/Daughter-Mother/Son dance, Alter Server outings, etc. His wife is a constant fixture in the halls and classrooms of St Jerome where she serves as Director of Christian Formation. Please join me in congratulating Todd, Margie and the “darling seven” as our Family of the
Month for February 2013.


January 2013

Brother William "Bill" and Helen Allen

This Brother took his First Degree on September 1, 1978. Records of his second and third degrees are not available (possibly because of his military assignments and
reassignments during his distinguished service to our country as an Air Force Officer). He and his wife attend St Jerome Catholic Church where both have been and are very active in various Church ministries to include the parish council, Lector and Eucharistic Ministry and daily Masses. They both participate in Christian Formation. He works weekly Bingo in any capacity needed to include counter sales, assistant manager and as Caller. He is very active in the community as a school and sports league official. He is Council Church Director for St Jerome Church, a member of
the Assembly Color Corp and a Past Grand Knight. Join me in congratulating William (“Bill”) and Helen Allen as our Family of the Month for January 2013.

 
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