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2018 Scholar Scholarship Winners

Four of the 2018 Scholarship Winners


Pictured, from left: GK Frank Mariconti; winners Joe Kramer, Daniel DeMarco, Patrick Breen, David Russo; DGK Joe Bisi.



First Degrees at St. Thomas More

The St. Thomas More Council 2188 in Westwood is proud to welcome new men into the order by hosting the exemplification of the First Degree on the second Tuesday of each month (except August.)

To register a candidate, please email us at

In your email, please include:

--Your council name and number
--Sponsor’s name and e-mail
--Name of each candidate and their e-mail, if available
--Acknowledge you have a first-degree kit for each candidate
--Acknowledge the candidates have been informed of dress requirement (coat & tie) 

Sponsors are responsible for supplying degree kits.

Please arrive between 7 and 7:30 p.m. to sign in your candidates.

Dress code for all is jacket and tie.

The exemplification begins at 8 p.m.

Only Having Insurance “Through Work” Doesn't Work

A Message from Field Agent Mike Fischer



Do you know anyone whose life or career has drastically changed during these years of economic downtown? It is very likely that someone in your immediate or extended family of friends is facing financial uncertainty. Maybe there’s a possibility that you (or your spouse) could lose your job or change employers.

Too many people have often relied on group term life insurance as their only safety net. Often, this insurance is an employee benefit provided at low or no cost. The existence of this coverage might convince someone that person-ally-owned life insurance is not necessary.

But having “through work” insurance can leave you and your family vulnerable. Most group life insurance poli-cies are limited in amount, which may be tied to salary or some other bench mark. These numbers are often capped and this cap may be dangerously low when compared to your family’s actual needs. In fact, a detailed needs analysis that evaluates your specific situation will likely show that any employer-provided coverage falls short.

In addition, the amount of group insurance offered is almost always reduced, sometimes drastically, when you retire. You could one day find yourself without coverage and, if your health changed (which it will as you age) you might also find yourself unable to secure individual protection. At the very least, it will definitely be more expensive.

While group insurance can help, it does not replace the need for individually owned life insurance. I shall be hap-py to meet with you and provide a no-cost needs analysis so you know exactly where you stand.