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KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

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November 2018

Umit Davulco

Council 5480’s Knight of the Month for November is Umit Davulco. Umit can be seen working bingo, usually twice a week. He also assists at many council events such as picnics, degrees, youth events, Mother’s Day breakfast, setting up or putting event supplies away or working in the kitchen. Umit is a very hard worker at Council events and we are fortunate to have him as a member. Congratulations Umit on being Council 5480’s Knight of the Month


October 2018

SK Deacon Dan Johnson

Congratulations to Sir Knight Deacon Dan Johnson, Council 5480’s Knight of the Month for October!Deacon Dan Johnson is a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and his duties include caring for the Sick & Distressed, Respite, In-home and Nursing home visitation, and family Bereavement. He is the Director of Pastoral Care at OLMC and Peninsula Catholic High School. Until recently Deacon Dan has served as the Council 5480’s for Spiritual Advisor. Congratulations Deacon Dan Johnson for being council 5480 Knight of the Month.


September 2018

Jeff James

Congratulations to Brother Jeff James council 5480’s Knight of the Month for September. Jeff works our bingo on Monday’s and Thursday’s virtually every week running the instant games and selling tickets on the floor, and orders games from the vendors’. Jeff is also a member on the Club Board and is an avid supporter of our council events. Assisting on the many other events is one of his fashions. Jeff has been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for many years.


August 2018

Kevin Konouck

I am pleased to announce that the Knight of the Month for August is Kevin Konouck. Kevin’s devotion to the Catholic Church and local Catholic schools is self-evident by his undying commitment to his craft as a Bingo Caller. He is smooth, calm, and expeditious as a caller and rarely misses a beat during rather hectic bingo operations. His involvement as a member of the Board of Directors for the 5480 Club has been crucial as the Club and Council/Assembly go through the new Home Council/Club agreement requested by Supreme. When you see Kevin, thank him for stepping up in a big way for all of us.


July 2018

Ron Rosenbaum

The July Knight of the Month is Ron Rosenbaum. Ron is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at OLMC and a bingo QA worker. He can be seen serving food at our events such as the Mother’s Day breakfast. Ron is also an avid supporter of Our Lady of Mount School. Congratulations on being selected as the July Knight of the Month for council 5480!


June 2018

Bernie Gerlach

Our June 2018 Knight of the Month is perennial presence at our Council. He has been a member for 41 years this June. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church. There aren’t many activities where you won’t see him: he is active with the 5480 Club in maintaining the building, he puts out garbage bags for Bingo twice a week, he cooks for just about every event we have. The list of folks who have been positively impacted by this Knight is seemingly endless. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our June Knight of the Month, Bernie Gerlach.


May 2018

George (Fred) Hake

Our May 2018 Knight of the Month is another “behind the scenes” member of our Council. He has been a member of the Order for 29 years. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church where he volunteers as a Collection Counter. He started helping with Bingo when his children attended OLMC School. When we needed help, he started to stand in as an Assistant Bingo Manager on Thursday nights, and has since grown to be a regular Assistant on Monday nights. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our May Knight of the Month, George “Fred” Hake.


April 2018

Alberto Rios

Our April 2018 Knight of the Month is a model of hard work and determination. He has been a member for 11 years and has made the most out of each of those years. He is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. You’ll see him helping with Bingo, maintaining the hall, working the lounge, or otherwise being useful. He is a constant presence at Council Events. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our April Knight of the Month, Alberto Rios.


March 2018

Joe Gillian

Our March 2018 Knight of the Month is a relatively new member of the Council and the Order. He has been a member for eight months. He is a shining example of getting in and getting active. He is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. You’ll see him helping with Bingo either in the back office as the Assistant Bingo Manager or on the floor just about every Monday. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our March Knight of the Month, Joe Gillian.


February 2018

David Farrell

The February Knight of the Month certainly works behind the scenes. He was the Council’s Newsletter Editor for last several years. He assumed this position in a time of great need and made it his own. The newsletter is disseminated in a timely and professional manner. He is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is also a member of the local PTA and actively involved with the sports program where his children attend school. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our February Knight of the Month David Farrell.


January 2018

Issam Abi-Saab

Many times we have very active members who do not attend meetings, but contribute greatly to the Church, Council, and Community. The January 2018 Knight of the Month is cut from this cloth. He is a member of Saint Jerome Catholic Church and volunteers as an usher for the noon Mass. He is a regular volunteer at Monday night BINGO where he works the “Lucky 7” machine. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren. When I approached him to lean details for this article, he deferred to the Brother Knight who recruited him and to the Brother Knights who help him at BINGO, humbly acknowledging that we all have to help if we are to achieve greatness. Please
take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our January Knight of the Month, Issam “Sam” Abi-Saab.


December 2017

Joseph "Joe" Simko

Our December Knight of the Month hails from Christopher Newport University where he is a Senior studying finance with a minor in computer science. He joined the Knights of Columbus and Council 5480 in 2016. He is from Fairfax County where he grew up attending St. Louis Parish and Bishop Ireton high school. He is active in the Catholic Campus Ministry; on Thursday nights he co-leads a small group where they study the Bible and various readings from the Imitation of Christ. He co-founded the Table Tennis Club in the spring of 2015 and is currently the president. CNU Table Tennis is one of the schools only Division 1 sports and they compete with top schools around the
region such as UVA, UNC, and JMU. In October this Knight successfully recruited four other students to join our Council and the Order. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our December Knight of the Month, Joseph "Joe" Simko.


November 2017

Andrew Castillo

When we first met the November 2017 Knight of the Month he wasn’t a Knight, but rather an interested individual. At our Family Picnic recruitment drive he stepped up as a high-energy hard working volunteer. He is recently retired from the US Army and is now spending more time giving back to the community through the Knights of Columbus, Denbigh Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, and Peninsula Food Bank. He is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He hasn’t been a Knight very long, but he’s already a fixture at Bingo and other events. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our November Knight of the Month, Andrew Castillo.


October 2017

Bill Johnson

The October 2017 Knight of the Month is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He works tirelessly at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as a buildings and grounds maintenance man. When he’s not working at OLMC for a living he’s working at OLMC as a Eucharistic Minsiter and SPRED volunteer. He hasn’t been a Knight very long, but he’s already a fixture at Bingo and picnics. He is certainly a role model for us all. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our September Knight of the Month, Bill Johnson.


September 2017

Dom Bevacqua

The September 2017 Knight of the Month is a familiar face at Bingo, Meetings, and Knights Events. He stands by ready to provide guidance and ask thought provoking questions . He’s a regular, friendly face at the 5 p.m. mass at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our September Knight of the Month, SK Dom Bevacqua.


August 2017

Bingo Volunteers

The August 2017 Knight of the Month is a group of Knights, that without them, our Council could not
continue in its current form. Choosing one Knight would leave out many that I am truly thankful for their time on Monday and Thursday. They tirelessly tend to many activities on these two nights. You can find them at the Bingo Hall early in the afternoon setting up and staying until after the last ball has been called making our fundraiser successful in many ways. I cannot be prouder of their efforts. Please find some time to join them to help ease their load. Congratulations to the Monday and Thursday Bingo workers on the Knight of the Month award for August.


July 2017

John Nelson

The July 2017 Knight of the Month is a long time member, but a new volunteer to Bingo. When he heard the call, he responded in a big way. On top of volunteering with Boy Scouts, Parish Council, and Swim Teams, John Nelson has also volunteered to be a Bingo Caller on Mondays. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our July Knight of the Month, John Nelson.


June 2017

Thai Nguyen

This month’s Knight of the Month volunteers all over the council. You are likely to see him at Bingo working the floor, at various events providing sound services, or even working as the DJ. He does not just volunteer at the council, but he also volunteers at the Spanish Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Additionally, he serves the state council as the New Council Development Chairman. Please join me in congratulating our June Knight of the Month, SK Thai Nguyen.


May 2017

Clem Danish

One of the hardest decisions most every month is who to select as the Knight of the Month. The brothers of this council do so much and are always willing to help, so it often makes it hard to identify that one brother of the month. Not so this month, as this brother always excels to support our efforts, often working bingo and helping with the QA effort. He lobbies passionately to obtain additional volunteers for our Bingo, for SPRED, not only at OLMC, but all over. He also brought an idea forward to create Rosary cards to send to people as we say the rosary for them before meetings. I have taken his idea and worked with him, and I expect to have a printed product by the end of May for distribution in the council hall. Please join me in congratulating our May Knight of the Month - Sir Knight Clement Danish.


April 2017

Rick Schirm

The Knight of the Month for April is no longer a member of our council, however this Sir Knight is always willing to serve, Immaculate Conception Church, our Council, his Council and the Assembly. He regularly attends our council meetings, serves faithfully at Bingo, and often tends bar for events. I have had many long conversations with him and he always provides a willing sounding board and good advice and observations. We are truly blessed to call this man a brother Knight. Please join me in congratulating our April Knight of the Month, SK Rick Schirm.


March 2017

Steve Chipman

This Brother Knight has not been with the council very long, but in that time he has jumped in to Help
numerous council Events and programs. He is an active Bingo volunteer, serves as a Cub Scout Leader at OLMC, and volunteers often for Adopt-a-Spot. He is always willing to lend a hand with a smile. Please find Steve Chipman at an event and thank him for his commitment to the council and congratulate him as our March Knight of the Month.


February 2017

Carroll Kelley

Once again, SK Carroll organized bus transportation, parking, and dinner for 41 people that atended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I am sure you see all the great things that Carroll does for the Council and Assembly. He is always willing to contribute wherever there is a need, in as big or as small a capacity as needed. He serves the Council as Advocate and the Assembly as Color Corps Commander. Carroll also serves St. Jerome Parish in many ways, and I am sure he does so with the same tireless energy he brings to council events. Please join me in congratulating our February Knight of the Month Sir Knight Carroll Kelley.


January 2017

Alberto Rios

As many of you know, Alberto took over the Janitorial contract last year. Due to his efforts, you can see a marked improvement in the state of the hall. He ensures that the building is prepared for the various events we hold, and often does many extra tasks to help the 5480 Club maintain the building. Even though some tasks are outside his responsibilities, he never asks for anything in return. Alberto also serves as assistant Lounge manager, helping Lew provide great Friday night events. You almost always see him volunteering at Bingo as well. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our January Knight of the Month, SK Alberto Rios.


December 2016

Frank Dougherty

I am happy to name SK Frank Dougherty our December Knight of the Month. Frank continually supports the charity efforts of the council. Frank regularly volunteers his time for Bingo, coordinates the PAA meal packing efforts and the Thanksgiving meal distribution. These are valuable and important activities helping those in need in our community. Frank is also an active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Please join me in congratulating Frank as our December Knight of the Month


November 2016

Angelo Cavone

Angelo works tirelessly for the council and the community. Serving regularly at Bingo, at Adopt-a-Spot, as Youth Director putting on great events for the youth of our community, and many other council events. He is always ready to lend a hand, is quick to pass the credit for a job well done to all the other volunteers who help him. His selfless support of the events that help make our council great should be
congratulated and celebrated. Please join me in congratulating our November Knight of the Month, Angelo Cavone.


October 2016

Dean Jernigan

You do not have to look very long to see this Brother Knight volunteering his time and talents for our council. He has taken up the role of QA lead and still serves as Warden as well as many other events. Whenever he can he comes to the aid of his brothers. Please take a moment this month to congratulate Dean Jernigan, our October Knight of the Month.


September 2016

David Litzinger

Sir Knight David Litzinger, PGK. The Knight of the month for September works behind the scenes and out in
front to ensure the council runs smoothly. As trustee, he ensures that we are financially sound, but also gives
me advice and the benefit of his experience. He is always one of the first to respond to email requests for
information or advice. Even though his wife Mary is ill, he still finds time to serve at the parish and the council; in addition to his trustee role, he also serves as the church director for OLMC. He is also very involved in the church ministry to those with special needs. This ministry is close to my own heart as my sister Elizabeth has benefited greatly from t. Take a minute to thank our September Knight of the Month David Litzinger for all he does for our council, his parish and our community.


August 2016

Jim Hooker

Our August Knight of the Month is someone who you don’t see at every meeting. However he is probably at the hall more hours than most. Jim has been the Bingo Manager for many years. He
works bingo nights and also weekends to ensure we meet all bingo reporting requirements. Recently with bingo proceeds down, several members met to discuss how to revitalize our bingo games and boost attendance. Quickly the new games were developed and new flyers printed. All done in about a month. The new games have been well received and profits are up. In addition to all his work for bingo, Jim is a catechist for RCIA and a Eucharistic Minister at the 10AM Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Jim was also previously on the parish council of OLMC. Please thank Brother Jim Hooker, our August Knight of the Month.


July 2016

Chuck Olson

Our Knight of the Month for July has been a mentor to me since my first few days in the order. He has offered me the benefit of his experience whenever I had a question. I have served on the degree team with him for a couple years now, and have benefited by his example. He is always volunteering for Bingo, and anywhere he is asked. I have never been refused when asking for assistance or advice. I would like to thank the July Knight of the Month Sir Knight Chuck Olson.


June 2016

Steve Sprinkle

Our Knight of the Month for June is very active with Bingo and is truly a mainstay to keep Bingo flying. He is a caller and also a member of the committee trying to find ways to improve our Bingo games to help this Council. His ideas are worthy of looking further into and his ideas are inspiring to help Bingo. His calling duties extend to many nights during the week and he keeps a nice flow to the game. Please help me congratulate Steve Sprinkle as Knight of the Month for June.


May 2016

Karl Hedlund

This month I would like to take the opportunity to thank a Brother for all his hard work and dedication working with the young men at CNU. This Brother has diligently worked with the college students helping them become Brothers of the Council. He has worked Sundays and many evenings helping these young men grow their faith and maturity. He has roundtable discussions, enjoyed fellowship at meals and been a true liaison between our Council and the the university. Please help me congratulate Brother Karl Hedlund as our Knight of the Month for May.


April 2016

Jeff James

April’s Knight of the Month has been a stalwart volunteer in support of the Council’s bingo operations for many, many years. He is not only in charge of the counter operations, but he also sells instant cards on the floor when the need arises. He does this religiously, despite lower back and knee pains. Even though he does not like change, he enthusiastically championed the instant game changes that needed to be made for more money to be brought in for Charity. Through his efforts, the bingo operations will be able to provide more financial assistance to other charitable organizations. This Brother has shown a keen interest in the workings of our Council in his attendance at Council meetings and 5480 Club meetings. Please help me congratulate Brother Jeff James as our Knight of the Month.


March 2016

Jerry Vorwold

The Knight of the Month for March is an avid bingo worker that very few people get to see. But the work that he does is still very important to the overall success of bingo. He shows up on a regular basis and counts the instant tickets in the back room. He always has a good word to say to whoever is in his presence. The amazing aspect about him, is how he squats to smoke outside of the lounge. He has a wealth of military knowledge to share along his knowledge of how a working farm actually operates. I think our Council is truly blessed to have Brother Jerry Vorwold as a member and he is our March Knight of the Month.


February 2016

Bingo Workers

The Knight of the Month is being presented to a group of men, that without them, our show could not continue. I tried to choose one, but that would have many out that I am truly thankful for their time on Monday and Thursday. They tirelessly tend to many activities on these two nights. You can find them at the Bingo Hall early in the afternoon setting up and staying until after the last has been called making our fundraiser successful in many ways. I cannot be more proud of their efforts. Please find some time to join them to help ease their load. Congratulations to the Monday and Thursday Bingo workers on the Knight of the Month award for February.


January 2016

Joseph "Joe" O'Brien

The Knight of the Month for January either volunteers or attends each function that we hold for our members. He will readily volunteer his time and also add timely suggestions to make sure the event is run without flaws. He also became a member of the 5480 Club board this past year. He asks questions that most of us wish we could ask to get further clarification on the subject at hand. He has a welcoming aura about him that is magnetic. Please help me congratulate Joe O’Brien as our Knight of the Month.


December 2015

Richard Marsh

Our Knight of the Month spends many hours each month at the Council home, close to 70, helping with Bingo. He has his own special spot where Bingo make sure that they see him and receive a warm welcome or even words of encouragement. He finds time in his busy schedule to make sure that our Bingo operation runs smooth and is profitable. The Bingo players have nothing but good things to say about Richard. He is easy to talk to and knowledgeable about most everything. Please help me to congratulate Richard Marsh as our Knight of the Month for December.


November 2015

David Farrell

I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as November’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position and made it his own. The newsletter is disseminated in a timely and professional manner. David does the newsletter with all the information sent to his in-box with PATIENCE and also a little sense of humor. He volunteers as a bingo caller on Monday nights. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. And actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Please help me congratulate Brother David Farrell as our Knight of the Month.


October 2015

Rick Schirm

Our Knight of the Month for October is a hard working dedicated brother. You can find him doing Quality
Control on Bingo nights, tending bar in the lounge, volunteering at most events and anything that he is asked to do, and he will definitely do for any member asking for his help. He can put a smile on anyone's face because of his kind words and gentle demeanor. He truly exemplifies our Order in many, many ways. He may have transferred to 16226, but he will always one of ours at 5480. Please help me in congratulating Brother Rick Schirm as our Knight Of the Month.


September 2015

Umit Dalvuco

Our Knight of the month for September is Brother Umit Davulco. This Brother seems to volunteer for
everything. He is a volunteer bartender, works at Bingo, cooks at the outdoor and indoor events and does all
this with a smile. Umit has become a welcome sight to our council. He has the qualities of our degrees firmly
engrossed in his character. When he is working an event, he puts his all into making the event better for all who attend. He always has a kind smile to accompany what he says. Please help me congratulate Umit Davulco as our September Knight of the Month


August 2015

Frank Dougherty

I am proud to name Brother Frank Dougherty as July’s Knight of the Month. Frank has 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 has always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event.
Frank has also worked diligently to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives all afternoon, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank for a job well done!


July 2015

Stanley Baker

Brother Stanley Baker

Our Knight of the month hit the ground running from the moment he took his first degree. Whenever, or wherever, he is needed, he steps right up to help. He can be seen at bingo on Monday nights helping in more than one capacity. He regularly attends meetings and always has a smile on his face. He can also be seen helping in the kitchen during dinners that the Knights hold for special events. He also assists the directors with the great events that they put on. Please help me congratulate Brother Stanley Baker as our Knight of the month.


June 2015

Richard Marsh

Brother Richard Marsh

I am proud to name Brother Richard Marsh as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Richard is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and he assists in whatever capacity he can, based on his overall health. Despite a recent back surgery, Brother Richard, once cleared by his doctor, returned to volunteering in the bingo operations. He is there in whatever position is required. He is totally engrossed with assisting the council the best he can. He also volunteers with the Knights of Columbus Meals-on-Wheels program. He sometimes leads the Council rosary preceding the meeting. If you tell him you need assistance in a project, he will gladly volunteer, with certain restrictions. Nevertheless, he tries very hard to be involved with Council activities and events. Congratulations Brother Richard for a job well done!  


June 2015

Umit Davulco

Brother Umit Davulco

I am proud to name Brother Umit Davulco as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Umit is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Despite his military disability, Brother Umit volunteers many hours to the council on a variety of activities. Some of these activities are Adopt-A-Spot, bartender duties, bingo, setting up and tearing down after an event, Peninsula Agency for the Aging packing, and Mother’s Day Breakfast. Brother Umit also attends school to overcome his disability and it is paying off. He is also very inquisitive about the Knights of Columbus, trying to learn as much as he can so he can serve the council better. He always attempts to do his best when involved with a council event/activity. He can be counted on to volunteer when the need arises. Congratulations Brother Umit for a job well done!


May 2015

Jeff James

I am proud to name Brother Jeff James as the May’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jeff has been a stalwart volunteer in support of the Council’s bingo operations for many, many years. He is not only in charge of the counter operations, but he also sells instant cards on the floor when the need arises. He does this religiously, despite lower back and knee pains. Even though he does not like change, he enthusiastically embraced the quality control changes that needed to be made for more accountability of the cash flow. Through his efforts, the bingo operations will be able to provide more financial assistance to other charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jeff for a job well done!


April 2015

Chuck Collins

I am proud to name Brother Chuck Collins as the April’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active
member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News VA. Brother Chuck is an avid supporter of bingo
operations and holds the record for selling the most instant Bangers tickets. A very energetic individual, who
does not hesitate to take on projects. He recently volunteered to redo the flooring of the 2-bedroom home of an elderly person, as part of the Habitat for Humanity project. He is also a regular volunteer for the Adopt-A-Spot Program. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done!


March 2015

David Farrell

I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as March’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position last year and made it his own. He recently redesigned the flow of information so people can easily know what’s going on in the council and what events are occurring during the month. The newsletter is now a one-stop shop for information about the council. He is also a volunteer for a variety of Council events. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. He is also actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Congratulations Brother David for a job well done!


February 2015

James Hooker

I am proud to name Brother Jim Hooker as February’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jim is an active member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newport News and serves on the RCIA Team and as a Eucharistic Minister. He is the Council’s Bingo Manager, which is the Council’s largest fund-raising activity. Brother Jim has been doing this volunteer work for many, many years. He recently implemented a change to bingo operations to provide more oversight and accountability. This resulted in a dramatic improvement in bingo proceeds. This means we can provide more financial contributions to charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jim for a job well done!


January 2015

Robbie Debartolo

I am proud to name Brother Robbie DeBartolo as January’s Knight of the Month. Brother Robbie is
an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He has been an avid
supporter of youth events, helping out in whatever capacity, whether it is with setting up the Halloween
hallway or keeping the youths occupied at the laser tag events. He has also been an active scout leader, taking the time to give boy scouts some well-deserved fun time during an overnight shindig in the Knights of Columbus hall. He is also a supporter of bingo operations, working the floors or counting instant tickets for accuracy. Congratulations Brother Robbie for a job well done!


December 2014

Rick Schirm

I am proud to name Brother Rick Schirm as December’s Knight of the Month. Brother Rick is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA. He serves as an Usher and assists
in the parish’s Sunday Suppers, which feeds the homeless, the needy and hungry. He is also involved with the church’s roundtable discussions in trying to establish a Knights of Columbus council in the parish. He has also been an avid supporter of bingo operations, heading the uality control section. He was instrumental in developing audit control procedures that have dramatically improved bingo proceeds. He also volunteers and assists at council activities and other community events. Congratulations Brother Rick for a job well done!


November 2014

Chuck Olson

I am proud to name Brother Chuck Olson as November’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active member of the St. Jerome Church in Newport News and volunteers many hours in support of parish activities. He was instrumental in the success of the State Organizational Meeting held in October. Brother Chuck is also an energetic volunteer for the council’s bingo operations, selling progressive bingo games. He is always there to lend a helping hand, such as blood drives, Peninsula Agency for the Aging dry goods packing, and degree exemplifications. He is also a member of the council’s first degree team. You can always rely on him when volunteers are needed. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done.


October 2014

Stanley Baker

I am proud to name Brother Stanley Baker as October’s Knight of the Month. Brother Stan is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton and volunteers many hours in
support of parish activities. He was instrumental in the success of the parish’s recent food drive. Brother Stan is also an energetic volunteer for many council events, such as registering people and cleaning up after an event. You can always rely on him when volunteers are needed. Brother Stan has also been an enthusiastic and avid supporter of bingo operations for the council. You can see him selling instant games on Mondays and Thursdays, or in the back assisting in the quality control process or verifying the number of instant cards to be sold and bundling them for ease in accounting and selling. Congratulations Brother Stan for a job well done.


September 2014

Steve Cretacci

I am proud to name Brother Steve Cretacci as September’s Knight of the Month. Brother Steve has been an avid supporter of the council’s family picnics. He always projects an enthusiastic and can-do attitude. Whether it is setting-up or tearing down for a family event, he is always there to ensure everything is completed in a timely fashion. He is also very involved with the local Boy Scout troop that regularly participates in council-sponsored events, such as flag-raising ceremonies and Scorpion ceremonies. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Parish. Congratulations Brother Steve for a job well done!


August 2014

Reco Cotton

Brother Reco Cotton

I am proud to name Brother Reco Cotton as August’s Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has been a stalwart supporter of the Father Bader Color Corps Assembly. He has participated in at least 4 Color Corps events in the last 2 months, the latest being the road guard for the Blessed Sacrament Procession at St. Jerome. Reco has also been the Council’s star Disc Jockey for a couple of our events and for the St. Jerome’s Appreciation Dinner. He has recently stepped forward to be the Inside Guard for this Fraternal Year, as well as a member of the Retention Committee. Congratulations Brother Reco for a job well done!


July 2014

Angelo Cavone

I am proud to name Brother Angelo Cavone as July’s Knight of the Month. Brother Cavone is a fairly new member, acquiring his first degree on February 22, 2014. Since then, Brother Cavone has been an avid volunteer in many of the council events, such as Mother’s Day breakfast, and more recently Father’s Day picnic, rendering assistance wherever help is needed. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church. Congratulations, Brother Cavone, for a job well done!


June 2014

Gabe Franco

Congratulation to Brother Gabe Franco. Gabe joined the Order in October, 2003. Over the past few years Gabe accepted the challenge of becoming an officer in the Council. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Grand Knight in our Council and is a member of the Color Corp in our assembly. He has done an admirable job as General Program Director (the primary duty of the DGK) in overseeing, coordinating, planning and reporting of various events throughout this past fraternal year. He is “Recruitment Director” assisting the Membership Director in coordinating Brothers in furthering their achievement of degree status. With his tenacity of engaging fellow brothers, he encouraged new “out of the box” activities. His timely reporting was instrumental in the council receiving the Virginia State Deputy Award. His work with the Chancellor (Membership Director) was recognized at the State Convention where Council 5480 was recognized as a “Top Recruiter” in the Diocese of Richmond. He and his Christina attend St. Jerome parish where both are active in various ministries of the Church.


May 2014

SK Lewis S. Stokes Jr

Congratulations to Brother Lewis S. Stokes Jr. as our May Knight of the Month. Brother Lew became a Brother late in life, but has been an inspiration as a worker, inspirational leader and a good listener. Lew is always available when called upon, serving as Past Grand Knight, Past President of the 5480 Club, a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee, Community Service Director, Lounge Manager and a dedicated Bingo worker. Lew is a member of St. Jerome.


April 2014

SK Reco Cotton

Knight of the Month - APRIL

Congratulations to Brother Reco Cotton as our April Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has served as our resident disc jockey at many of the Youth and Family Activities. A jovial young at heart man, Reco is there when called upon. A brother and Sir Knight since 2009, he is an advocate of the principles of the Knights and encourages other to join the order. Reco is a member of St. Jerome.


March 2014

SK John Wojtas

Knight of the Month - MARCH

Congratulations to Brother John Wojtas as our March Knight of the Month. Brother John has served as our stage manager at many of the Youth and Family Activities. Whenever it’s time to dress the house whether setting up tables, tents or arranging games or serving up food you are assured of the his help. John is an advocate of youth and family activities whether it be the Knights of Columbus, Cub Scouts or OLMC School. He is there!. John is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel..


February 2014

SK Phil Carlo

Knight of the Month - FEBRUARY

Congratulations to Brother Phil Carlo as our Knight of the Month. Brother Phil has served as the “Music Man” for the Youth Activities and Council Degree ceremonies. You can also find Phil behind the grill flipping burgers or turning those dogs at our many council picnics. Phil served as an usher and youth ministry at St. Jerome. Phil will be moving back to New England where he has an extended family. Good luck, Phil. We will miss you.


January 2014

SK Kevin Konouck

With great gratitude to a Brother who has served as the Scout liaison for over fifteen years. Congratulations to Brother Kevin Konouck. Kevin is an avid Scout and football fan. He has been a Knight since 1981 and is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.


December 2013

Jeff James

Knight of the Month - DECEMBER

It goes without saying that BINGO would not be the same without Brother
Jeff James. Jeff has been a Knight since 1986 and for the last 15 years he has been a stalwart volunteer at both the Monday and Thursday night BINGO. He along with his son have been the glue that holds the games together when novices assist. He provides a wealth knowledge keeping the sale of Instant’s moving and helping others boost sales. Jeff is a charitable person and dedicated to our BINGO program.


November 2013

Golden Jubilee Committee

Knights of the Month - NOVEMBER What a wonderful celebration and kick-off of our Golden Jubilee year. It goes without saying that the co-chairs and their 50th Anniversary Committee have made us proud to be part of the legacy of Walter Pollard Council 5480. The celebration continues throughout the year and we will host the State Bowling tournament in April.
Congratulation to our 50th Anniversary Committee -- Past Grand Knights, Bernie Gerlach and John Edwards, Co-chairmen and their team of Marshall Clarke, Ronald Gorman, Joseph Drozdowski, Harold Hairston, Jim Healy and Lewis Stokes.


October 2013

Rick Schirm

Knight of the Month - OCTOBER
Rick Schirm is our Knight of the Month. He is member of Immaculate Conception. Rick is an avid BINGO volunteer. He is also the “word” of the Council as our Recorder, and the Assembly as our Scribe. Rick also serves as our Council Director.and is at most council activities. Recently he served superbly and House Manager for the Past Grand Knight / Past Faithful Navigator dinner.


September 2013

Tony Rivera

Knight of the Month - SEPTEMBER
Tony Rivera is our Knight of the Month. He is member of St. Jerome, he is very active with PORT and the homeless ministry. He has touched a lot of lives by working with the special needs kids at St Jerome. Tony was recently elected Inside Guard and is our local chair of “Football Frenzy” a Knights of Columbus Virginia Charities raffle. He is a loving husband and a doting father.


August 2013

SK Jim Hooker

Knight of the Month - August
CHARITY! That sums up our Knight of the Month, Jim Hooker of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Jim is our tireless Council Charities Chairperson and oversees the BINGO operations. Jim always has a smile whether mentoring at the parish RCIA or picking up trash at Adopt-A-Spot. Now retired, Jim is also active with the Maritime Library housed at Christopher Newport University Trible Library. Jim is a true council, church and community servant. We thank you, Jim!


July 2013

SK Harold Hairston

Knight of the Month - July Our hearty congratulations to Harold Hairston of St. Jerome. He is our Past Grand Knight and is truly dedicated to the council spending many hours preparing for the Good of the Order. Harold initiated the Carrabba’s fundraiser dinner to subsidize transportation for the “Right to Life” march in Washington. He and his wife Linda have agreed to serve as our “Culture of Life” couple. Harold is a fixture at the Noon Mass as a member of the choir.


June 2013

David Litzinger

This Brother joined the Order in October of 1973. Within the past few years he seems to have become more invigorated, accepting the challenge of becoming an officer in both the Council and the Assembly. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Grand Knight in our Council and Scribe in our Assembly. He has done an admiral job as General Program Director (the primary duty of the DGK) in overseeing, coordinating, planning and reporting of various events throughout this past fraternal year. He also took on an added responsibility as “Recruitment Director” in assisting the Membership Director in coordinating Brothers in furthering their achievement of degree status.
He is a member of the Hispanic and Diocesan choirs. He and his wife attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where both are active in various ministries of the Church. He is devoted to monthly “Nocturnal Adoration” and has a sincere passion for causes relating to Special Needs. In his
spare time he is a member of the Virginia Choral Society and assists with the Norfolk Tides Baseball Team. Please join me in congratulating David Litzinger as our Knight of the Month for June 2013.


May 2013

Joseph "Joe" Teta

This Brother has been a member of the Order since October of 1988. He always has the “What Can I Do” attitude. (And he says it in a VOICE that causes you to take heed.). You can count on seeing him the kitchen at the majority of Council events (Pancake Breakfasts, Third Degree Ceremonies, Mothers’ Day Breakfasts, State Conventions, etc.) preparing his culinary delights to the satisfaction of all. He has been and continues to be a fixture at BINGO. He has proven to defeat a few bouts with illness and always returns to the “Hall”. He is an avid card player. He regularly attends Council meetings and is always there to lend his support. He is a member of St Jerome Church. Please join me in congratulating Joseph (“Joe”) Teta as our Knight of the Month for May 2013.


April 2013

John Edwards

This brother is currently in his second term as trustee of our Council. As a member of the Order for 14 years he has held basically every officer position in both the Council and the Assembly and has the distinction of being Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator of the Council and Assembly respectively, in addition to serving on various committees. His computer knowledge and skills are utilized as the Council “Webmaster”. He also finds time to serve as a caller at Monday and Thursday Night Bingo. He attends St Jerome Catholic Church where he has served in various ministries to include a member of the Parish Council and continues to serve as lecturer. He is employed at Newport News Shipyard. The success of our recent 10-K race held in Yorktown is primarily due to his organization, planning and diligence of a once postponed event (due to inclement weather) that resulted in a sunny and fun-filled day for all. Please join me in
congratulating John Edwards as our Knight of the Month for April 2013.


March 2013

Charles "Chuck" Olson

This Brother has been a member of the Order since May of 1998. He has held every officer position in the Council as well as the Assembly rising to Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator respectfully. He is a past member and officer of the 5480 Club. He is Captain of the First Degree Team. He is routinely appointed to various committees where his opinions are greatly valued. He and his wife attend St Jerome Catholic Church where both have served on various ministries, particularly as usher and greeter . He is an avid, weekly bowler and a member of the Council Bowling Team. He regularly works weekly Bingo. He recently coordinated the Council and District Basketball Free Throw Competitions held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Peninsula Catholic High School. Please join me in congratulating Charles (“Chuck”) Olson as our Knight of the Month for March 2013.


February 2013

Diego Zuniga

This Brother has been a member of the Order since October of 2010. His name falls as the 744th member (alphabetically) of the Council (as of this date,☺). He and his family attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. He serves as the editor of the Council Knightly News and as a Guard of the Council. He is also a 4th Degree Sir Knight. He regularly works for KOVAR events. He is to be commended for his participation in the first Spanish/English 1st Degree Ceremony held last month and is deemed an honorary member (translator) of the 1st Degree Team. Please join me in congratulating Diego Zuniga as our Knight of the Month for February 2013.


January 2013

Joseph "Joe D" Drozdowski

This Brother is a 33 year member of our Order. He is aFormer District Deputy, Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator. He currently serves as Council Advocate and 5480 Club Treasurer and Rental Agent. He has likely served on every Council and Assembly committee formed to include
Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, nominating committee, member of the budget committee, OLMC Bus Company Board of Directors, coordinates monthly movie night, works Bingo and is easily an “all-around” advisor. His knowledge and expertise is a valuable asset to the Council and the Assembly. “He can always be counted on”. He attends Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where he is active in various ministries. Join me in congratulating Joseph (“Joe D”) M Drozdowski as our Knight of the Month for January 2013.

 
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