WALTER POLLARD COUNCIL # 5480
KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 
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