Our Knight of the Month for November is Alfredo Reaud, selected based upon his commitment to service for the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. Alfredo and his wife, Ileana, joined the Prince of Peace Catholic Community seventeen years ago, when they moved here from New Jersey. Alfredo was already a member of the Knights of Columbus since he joined in 1986, and is a Fourth Degree member, its highest level. Alfredo has been involved with various Knights activities, such as the past monthly breakfasts and the fund raiser, the Plano Balloon Festival. Alfredo is very involved at prince of Peace with the Prison Ministry, where he has served for the past ten years. He is a Chaplain for the Prison Ministry, whereby he visits a prison four times per month. During the month, there are two days where he will make private visits with inmates, and his focus is on a spiritual message based upon the gospel of the day. His visits can be in English or in Spanish. On Saturday, he makes two visits for two group services. Other activities at Prince of Peace Catholic Community include: * Eucharistic Minister * Member of the Choir for the past 17 years * Member of the Sister Parish Steering Committee along with his wife * Provide housing and support for visitors from the Sister Parish, Las Mercedes * Member of CRHP-2 * Has been active in the Saturday morning Men's Group, but that time is now limited by the Prison Ministry activity Alfredo is also involved with the Assistance Center of Collin County, where he is involved with its fund raising activities. He supports its efforts at the Plano Balloon Festival and at the organizations's "Garage Sales" in its parting lot. He is also a member of the International Lions Club. Alfredo Reaud makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization by his many activities. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716, to Prince of Peace Catholic Community, to Collin County and beyond. Please extend your congratulations to Alfredo Reaud for being the Knight of the Month for November 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for October is Ben Oani, selected based upon his commitment to service for the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. Ben and his family joined Prince of Peace Catholic Community two years ago, and he became a member of the Knights of Columbus just a few months ago, having joined in June of this year. On Oct 7, he will become a Fourth Degree Knight, the highest level. Ben has been involved with Knights activities, and especially the monthly breakfast. He is also serving the State of Texas Council as the North East Region Emergency Response Coordinator, serving the Dioceses of Dallas, Fort Worth and Tyler. Ben is very involved with the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Included in his activities are: * Eucharistic Minister * A Coordinator of Eucharistic Ministers for the Sunday evening Mass * Lector * Catechist for the young people who are studying for the Sacrament of Confirmation * Prince of Peace Parish Captain for the North Texas Catholic Brothers * Served as a Chaperone for the recent 80 mile (6-day) youth walk in Spain to follow the path of St. James to Santiago de Compostela. Ben's family is also very active at Prince of Peace. His wife, Annette, serves as a Eucharistic Minister and is also a Catechist for the Confirmation class. His eldest daughter serves as a lector and as a Eucharistic Minister. His two younger daughters are Junior Acolytes. Ben Oani makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization by his many activities. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community, to the Diocese of Dallas and to the North Texas Region of the State of Texas. Please extend your congratulations to Ben for being the Knight of the Month for October 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for September is David Carr, selected based upon his very high commitment to the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. David joined the Knights of Columbus in San Antonio in 1986. He achieved the Fourth degree in 1987, and since that time has worked on degree ceremonial teams. David served as the Grand Knight of Council 11716 during the 2008-2009 fraternal year. During the past two years, David has been the Assistant Dallas Diocesan Deputy and has been focused on starting Knights Councils, especially in the Hispanic Parishes. He is a member of the District 88 English First Degree Team, former Captain of the Diocese Spanish First Degree Team which he set up, former Conferring Officer on both the English and Spanish State Major Degree Teams, and Captain of the Spanish State of Texas major Degree Team. He currently serves as the Faithful Navigator for the Prince of Peace Assembly 3642. David was recognized this past June by the Dallas Diocese as the Knight of the Year. David was born and grew up in the Laredo, Texas area. David and Nelly have been married for 50 years. They have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren. David's son-in-law, Nathan Stilwill, is a Fourth Degree member of Council 11716. Professionally, David worked in broadcasting as an engineer and a manager. Since retiring, he has been involved with the Dallas Diocese Catholic Pro Life Committee (CPLC) and currently serves as the Director of Parish Coordination, whereby he coordinates CPLC activities with all the parishes of the Dallas Diocese. David Carr makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization at Prince of Peace, in the Dallas Diocese and in the State of Texas. He is appreciated by many for his exemplary service. Please extend your congratulations to David for being the Knight of the Month for September 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for August is Bill Weber, selected based upon his commitment to service for the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. Bill has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 19 years. He is a Fourth Degree Knight, the highest level. Bill has served this Council as the Wheelchair Mission Director since 2010. Bill Weber brought the Wheelchair Ministry to Prince of Peace and has made it a huge success, resulting in the largest annual wheelchair donation of any parish in Texas. This year, Prince of Peace donated over $90,000, resulting in over 600 wheelchairs for needy children in Puebla, Mexico. But he does so much more. He has worked with other parishes, to help them establish Wheelchair Ministries: St. Michael the Archangel, Garland (2014); Mary Immaculate, Farmers Branch (2015); and St. Joseph's, Richardson (2017). His efforts are recognized nationally. He has been appointed and serves as the Assistant Wheelchair Chairman for the State of Texas. And he has recently been awarded the Mobility Hero Award from Chris Lewis, the American Wheelchair Mission President. This is the second Mobility Hero Award ever presented, and it was done minutes after Fr. Tom Cloherty received the first ever awarded. In addition, Bill has served Prince of Peace, the Knights of Columbus and the community: 1. Knights involvement: * Helps with the Special Olympics * Supports Pro-Life activities, such as Hike for Life and Pro-Life Mass * Trustee for Prince of Peace Assembly 2. Prince of Peace involvement: * Member of CRHP-2 * Eucharistic Minister * Your Brothers in Christ Core Team Member 3. Community involvement: * Volunteers at God's Pantry every Tuesday * Delivers Meals on Wheels every Thursday Bill Weber makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization by leading the Wheelchair Ministry. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community, to the Diocese of Dallas and to the State of Texas. Please extend your congratulations to Bill for being the Knight of the Month for August 2017.
Our Knight of the Month of June is James Widman, selected based upon his commitment to service for the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and to the Diocese of Dallas. James has been a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community for eleven years, and he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for ten years. He is a Fourth Degree Knight, the highest level. James has served the Council as the Pro-Life Director since 2008. When James first came to Prince of Peace, he joined the Respect Life Ministry, and soon joined the Knights to link the two ministries and further spread the Gospel of Life. James currently serves: 1. Vice President of Hike for Life Inc., a non-profit which coordinates the "Hikes for Life" in the State of Texas, 2. Site Coordinator for the "Hike for Life" Plano location. 3. Co-Chair of the Raffle Ticket Committee for the Bishops Pro-Life Dinner, 4. Respect for Life Ministry at Prince of Peace. 5. Friday morning Brothers-in-Christ Men's Group James completed Christ Renews His Parish 2 at PoP, and also served on the PoP road team that took the CRHP program to All Saints Catholic Church in 2015. James and his wife, Arda, are students of scripture and completed the four year University of Dallas Catholic Biblical Studies Program in 2011. They have both served as facilitators for the PoP Catholics Returning Home Program for the past 10 years. He has also led an eight week bible study program. James is a regular volunteer at the monthly breakfasts and ready volunteer to sell raffle tickets and tamales. James also serves as his neighborhood HOA President and enjoys golf and playing guitar. James Widman makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization by leading the ProLife effort. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and to the Diocese of Dallas. Please extend your congratulations to James for being the Knight of the Month for June 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for May is Dan Garasich, selected based upon his commitment to service for the Knights of Columbus and to the prince of Peace Catholic Community. Dan and his wife, Pat, have been members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community for about eleven years, and he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for about four years. He is a Fourth Degree Knight, the highest level. Dan serves this Council as an Inside Guard and he is a Sentinel for the Fourth Degree Assembly. Dan gives a lot of his time to Knights activities. He assists with the shopping for the monthly Knights Breakfasts, and you will find him as one of the omelet chefs on the Breakfast Sundays. He is involved with other food events at Prince of Peace such as the Back to School events where he serves as a hamburger chef. Dan also helps after Masses to raise funds for the Knights. He helped to sell tamales last month, and he helped to sell tamales last December in the bitter cold weather. Dan is also a big contributor to help sell raffle tickets. Dan and his wife are involved with other Prince of Peace activities. They help with the coffee and donuts after Sunday Mass so that the community can make new friends or renew friendships. They are also helping with the candles in the church. Dan Garasich makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716 and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Please extend your congratulations to Dan for being selected the Knight of the Month for May 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for April is Kyle Potts, selected based upon his enthusiasm and his service for the Knights of Columbus. Kyle and his wife Heather have been members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community since moving to Texas in 2005. His wife is currently teaching Sunday School and his 3 children have all been baptized at Prince of Peace with his oldest recently receiving First Communion here. He joined the Knights of Columbus on February 22, and progressed to the Fourth Degree on March 11: a total of 17 days from entry into the Knights to achieving the highest level. If the Guinness Book of Records kept this category, it surely would be listed as a record. Since joining the Knights, Mr. Potts has been very active participating in the monthly Sunday Breakfasts and the Fish Fry on the first Lenten Friday. This is in addition to his perfect attendance at every Council Planning and Monthly Business meetings since his joining along with participating with his 2 older children in the Stations of the Cross on multiple Fridays. He is also involved with Ritchie Schlette for the Assembly of the officers and in the planning of the Prince of Peace School essay contest for Memorial Day, entitled the "Fallen but not Forgotten" essay. Kyle is a veteran of the US Army where he served for six years from 1994 to 2000. He has been active with veteran associations such as the American Legion -- Post 597 and 22 Kill. He is also a life member of the University of Michigan and Clemson University Alumni Associations where he graduated and also serves as an academic recruiter for each institution. Kyle is a Construction Superintendent and has built such local projects as Deloitte University in Westlake, the State Farm regional office complex in Richardson, the Toyota North American Headquarters in Plano, and is currently headed to the new American Airlines Headquarters along Hwy 360 in Fort Worth. Kyle Potts makes the Knights of Columbus a better organization. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716 and beyond. Please extend your congratulations to Kyle for being selected the Knight of the Month for April 2017.
Fr. Peter Chinnappan
Our Knight of the Month for March is Fr. Peter Chinnappan, selected based upon his exemplary service to the Knights of Columbus, to Prince of Peace Catholic Community and to the Diocese of Dallas. Prior to coming to All Saints in 2005, he produced about 30 short films based on social and ethical themes, and conducted over 500 seminars for various groups: students, parents, teachers, professors, seminarians, priests, nuns, provincials and bishops. Currently he is doing a short documentary on a 'leprosy center' for the center's centenary celebration in India. Fr. Peter joined the Knights of Columbus in 2005 while he was at All Saints parish, and soon after joining became a Fourth Degree member. Fr. Peter's focus has been towards the spiritual development and spiritual activities of the Knights. In 2007, he became the Pastor of St. Michael's parish in Garland and he was a champion for the Knights. On one weekend, his homily described the Knights of Columbus and urged the men of the parish to become members. As a result of that one effort, 90 men applied to be new members of the Knights! For 2006-7, he was awarded the Knights' Priest of the Year for the Dallas Diocese. Fr. Peter has established and has emphasized many spiritual practices for the Knights of Columbus. Among the many, he has established: * The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the Knights at St. Michael's * Night Vigil of Adoration during the Year of Mercy * Marian Novena and Marian Procession at the Holy Family of Nazareth Fr. Peter is well recognized beyond Council 11716 and Prince of Peace Catholic Community. We are blessed to have him as our Chaplin. Because of Fr. Peter, the Knights of Columbus is a better organization. He is appreciated for his exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and to the Diocese of Dallas. Please extend your congratulations to Fr. Peter for being selected the Knight of the Month for March 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for February is Lupe Lopez, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Lupe joined the Knights of Columbus in June 2012 and is currently serving as a Third Degree Knight. Mr. Lopez's father was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights at Mary Immaculate parish, Council 5052, and strongly encouraged his son to join. Lupe is always ready, willing and able to assist whenever asked. He has worked as the Church Director for several years and is currently an Officer serving as the Council's Warden. He leads the rosary recitation prior to the monthly Business Meetings. In addition, he frequently leads the Council in prayer prior to and at the conclusion of meetings. Lupe is a regular volunteer at Council events, and usually opens the kitchen at the monthly Breakfasts and is deeply involved with the food preparation. Mr. Lopez also serves the Prince of Peace Community in many ways. He is a Eucharistic Minister Coordinator at many daily and Sunday Masses. He is on-call to take Holy Communion to a local assisted-living facility. Lupe is an alumnus of CRHP-6 and led CRHP-13. He is active in the Saturday morning Men's Fellowship. He also volunteers to help the PoP staff with clerical work, printing and special requirements such as at funerals. Lupe is well recognized beyond Council 11716 and Prince of Peace Catholic Community. He received the Bishop's Award for Service in 2015 from Bishop Kevin Farrell for his outstanding service. Because of you, the Knights of Columbus is a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Please congratulate Lupe Lopez for being selected the Knight of the Month for February 2017.
Our Knight of the Month for January is Josef Stransky, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus. Josef has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for only four months and is currently serving as a First Degree Knight. Mr. Stransky is special, in that he immediately became involved as an outstanding volunteer with the Knights. He has been a steady volunteer for the monthly Knights Breakfasts and helped to sell the tamales at Christmas time. In early November, Josef agreed to serve as the Knights' liaison with the Prince of Peace School as the Knights' Youth Director. As such, he is leading the Knights to participate in the Free Throw Shooting contest with PoP youth, and with coordination of activities between PoP school and the Knights. Mr. Stransky has other involvements which add to his participation in the community. He has been involved as a cross country and track coach. He and his wife are volunteers with Feed the City by TangoTab which prepares sandwiches for the homeless in this area. Congratulations, Josef Stransky, for being selected the Knight of the Month for January 2017. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to work with the youth and to help the needy. Because of you, the Knights of Columbus is a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond.
Our Knight of the Month for December 2016 is Roy Merino, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus. Roy has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for only five months, and is currently serving as a First Degree Knight. What makes Mr. Merino special, and which earned him this award, is that he immediately became involved as an outstanding volunteer with the Knights. he served all day at the Knights car wash fund raiser, he sold raffle tickets, he became the new "waffleman" at the monthly Knights breakfast, he volunteered for the Plano Balloon Festival and he has recently joined the Knights fund raising team. Based upon his deep commitment to volunteerism, he will also be involved in selling tamales this month. Council 11716 is fortunate to have Roy Merino as a Knight, because he is a strong example of being involved to help this organization and the people at Prince of Peace Catholic Community. He has a history of also volunteering with other organizations elsewhere, such as the North Texas Food Bank. Congratulations, Roy Merino, for being selected the Knight of the Month for December 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for November 2016 is Nguyen Pham, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. Nguyen has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over five years, originally joining at St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton parish in Plano. He transferred to Prince of Peace earlier this year, and obtained the Fourth Degree, the highest level, about one week ago. He currently is involved with a number of Knights activities including the monthly breakfasts, the Hike for Life, the Special Olympics and others. His activity with the Knights is highly appreciated. Mr. Pham has a history of being involved with his parish. At Prince of Peace, he has been involved with the Men's Fellowship and with the Prison Ministry. At St. Elizabeth Anne Seaton, he was involved for many years with the Vacation Bible School and the CCD program, whereby he was helping to educate the youth in the Catholic faith. He is ready to serve where there is a need. Congratulations, Nguyen Pham, for being selected the Knight of the Month for November 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, to Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond.
Our Knight of the Month for October 2016 is David Haney, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond. David is a Charter Member of Council 11716 and served as the Deputy Grand Knight in 1996-7 and the Grand Knight from 1997 to 1999. He currently serves as the One Year Trustee and is a member of the Food Committee. However, that only tells a small part of David’s involvement. You will see him at many of the ongoing activities such as the Monthly Breakfasts and the Hike for Life. He serves in his normal unselfish, quiet manner where he sees the need to help. David serves the Prince of Peace Catholic Community as a Eucharistic Minister, serves on the Bereavement Committee, and participates in two Bible Study Groups. He also serves the broader community as Purser for a Fourth Degree (Christopher Columbus Assembly) and is Treasurer for two Boy Scout troops. David was recommended by a fellow Knight as follows: “All charitable acts are worthy of mention, but none more than selfless ones, and I can think of no better example than David Haney. His stealth acts of giving may go unnoticed if you think of singular events, but looking at his body of work deserves our admiration. No need to list out all the events you see him helping at around the church and community, but a recent one in particular deserves attention. “The Walnut Hill White Rose had a parking problem. Their building shares a parking lot with an apartment complex. Because they have been getting a lot more activity since the abortion clinic next to the White Rose on Central closed, Cristina told Paul Garcia that folks were having difficulty finding parking spots. The apartment residents were using their spots. In fairness to them, the White Rose lot was not articulated so it was impossible to tell where it started and stopped. An idea to paint lines around the entire lot – including lines for parking spots – was raised, which was going to be a lot of work. The brainstorm expanded to thinking of a scout troop to do the work as a project, so David was contacted to see if this was possible. A recent follow up – yes, it took a follow up as David wouldn’t proactively tell – revealed that he took it upon himself to do it. In his own words “…I was looking for something to do.” For those that have been to this White Rose location, that’s a BIG lot! “We’re often asked to do acts of charity. The better of us go looking for them. For this reason, I recommend David Haney as Knight of the Month.” Congratulations, David Haney, for being selected the Knight of the Month for October 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, to Prince of Peace Catholic Community and beyond.
Our Knight of the Month for September 2016 is Andrew Walker, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Andrew joined the Knights of Columbus in 2010, and has achieved the Fourth Degree, its highest level. A short time after joining the Knights, he agreed to serve as the Treasurer for Council 11716, and has continued to serve in that capacity for over five years. Andrew can be found where he can help, such as at the First Degree events, giving assistance at Major Degree events, and helping at the monthly breakfasts. Mr. Walker makes a difference at Prince of Peace Catholic Community. He participated in CRHP-9, which leads to enhanced relationships with other men at Prince of Peace. He is involved with "Kids Helping Kids" as a member of the Discipleship Committee which designates recipients of the Children's Basket. He is involved with Catholics Returning Home, and has sponsored three individuals into full membership of the Catholic Church through the RCIA program. Congratulations, Andrew Walker, for being selected the Knight of the Month for September 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for August 2016 is Roger Apple, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Roger worked with Fr. James Balint to help establish Prince of Peace. In many ways, he was a disciple of Fr. Jim's and helped where help was needed. He started the Boy Scouts at Prince of Peace, and served this community as a "humble servant". This includes the fund raising for Prince of Peace to include a gymnasium. It is not possible to itemize in this short page all of Roger's contributions to Prince of Peace during the past 26 years, because there were so many. In 1996, Mr. Apple organized the Knights of Columbus at Prince of Peace and he was the first Grand Knight. His commitment to community service has penetrated into Council 11716 from the onset, leading to many activities over the years. Currently, he is involved in the monthly breakfasts and continues to help where he sees the need. Congratulations, Roger Apple, for being selected the Knight of the Month for August 2016. You are such an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organizations. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for July 2016 is Paul Marinoni, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus. Paul has been a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community since 2010, when he moved to Texas from Florida. He joined the Knights of Columbus Council 11716 about four years ago, and is now a third degree Knight. Since January of this year, Paul has served as the Field Agent for the Knights of Columbus. As such, he helps the Knights of Columbus families with financial needs assessments, and presents the portfolio of insurance products available through the Knights of Columbus. We appreciate his efforts to support us in this way. Mr. Marinoni has been an active member of Council 11716, including involvement in the Fr. James Balint Memorial Golf Tournament and helping at the monthly breakfasts. He has also been involved with other Prince of Peace activities, such as the 2015 Mission Possible. Congratulations, Paul Marinoni, for being selected the Knight of the Month for July 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716.
Our Knight of the Month for June 2016 is Steve Wyse, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Steve has been a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Community for close to 25 years, since shortly after its founding. He joined the Knights of Columbus Council 11716 about four years ago, and is now a third degree Knight. Steve has been a very active champion for the Food Committee, whereby he is always there for the monthly breakfasts and other special events. This includes the Welcome Back events and other special meals. He is a very strong team player, and we are especially thankful that Steve took charge of the May Breakfast. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Wyse is active in other areas at the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. He is a lector and is involved with Your Brothers in Christ which meets early on Friday mornings. Over the years, Steve has been involved with other activities of Prince of Peace such as the Men's Fellowship and the Boy Scouts. Congratulations, Steve Wyse, for being selected the Knight of the Month for June 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to be involved, and to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for May 2016 is Jeff Davis, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Jeff first joined the Knights in 2009 when he was living in North Carolina. He and his family moved to Plano in June 2013 and joined Prince of Peace. Jeff became a 4th degree knight in 2011, and proudly uses his wife's grandfather's sword (who was also a 4th degree knight) when he serves with the Color Corp. Jeff is also engaged in other Knights activities, such as the Plano Balloon Festival, helps with the tamale sales, wheelchair drives, and recently was a major organizer/volunteer for the Father Jim Memorial Classic Golf Tournament. The Council is grateful for his efforts. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Davis often volunteers at Jesuit High School lacrosse games to help his oldest son's team. He also volunteers at Prince of Peace school activities where his youngest son attends 8th grade. Jeff also leads a Military Support and Assistance Group (MSAG) at his job with Bank of America which volunteers at various events to support wounded veterans. Most of all, Jeff is proud to be married to his college sweetheart (Tiffany) for 20-years and blessed with two teenage boys (Grant 17 and Blake 14). Congratulations, Jeff Davis, for being selected the Knight of the Month for May 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to be involved and to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community, and beyond.
The Knight of the Month for April 2016 is Robert Edsall, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Robert joined the Knights in 2015. He has been a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community since 1999, and actually was supporting activities of the Knights before joining. He serves regularly at the monthly breakfasts where he is involved in a variety of activities, wherever help is needed. Robert is also engaged in other Knights activities, such as being a fryer of fish for the Lenten Fish Fries, volunteer for the Prince of Peace and Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament, and participates in the Corporate Communions. The Council is grateful for his efforts. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Edsall is a regular usher at the 5:00PM Mass on Sundays, participated in Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP-18), and is a member of the Saturday morning Men's Fellowship and the Wednesday morning Breaking Open the Word Men's Group. Congratulations, Robert Edsall, for being selected the Knight of the Month for April 2016. You are an example of a person with a strong desire to be involved and to help make this community a better place, and the Knights of Columbus a better organization. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for March 2016 is Joe Bindo, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Joe joined the Knights in December 2005 and quickly achieved the Third Degree in February 2006. He has been a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community for about four years, but he and his family were here in the early 1990's before moving away. He serves regularly at the monthly breakfasts where he is involved in a variety of activities, wherever help is needed. Joe is also engaged in other Knights activities, such as the Hike for Life, volunteer at the Plano Balloon Festival, helps with the tamale sales and with the wheelchair drives. He is also involved with the Diocesan Pro-Life activities. The Council is grateful for his efforts. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Bindo is involved with a variety of roles here at Prince of Peace Catholic Community: * A member of the Prince of Peace Choir * A money counter of the collections * A Strategic Planning participant, Evangelism subcommittee * CRHP-16 participant * Involved with the current CRHP as a witness and helping with set up * Bible Studies Congratulations, Joe Bindo, for being selected the Knight of the Month for March 2016. You are an example to many as to what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716, and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for February 2016 is Bill Kula, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Bill is a second generation Knight, following in his father's footsteps. He joined the Knights about four years ago, and has achieved the Third Degree. He serves regularly at the monthly breakfasts where he is involved in food preparation and other activities where there is need. Bill is also engaged in the Hike for Life where he helps with the set up and by working with other non-profits which also support the Right to Life. He has recently become involved to increase this Chapter's communications of its activities. He is making many strategic suggestions, is revamping the Knights Bulletin Board, and is working with outside media to publicize Council 11716's activities. The Council is grateful for his energy and willingness to take charge. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Kula is heavily involved with a variety of roles here at Prince of Peace Catholic Community. He is: * A Senior Acolyte * A Eucharistic Minister * A Lector * Eighth-year Catechist teaching Prince of Peace Youth Religious Education * A member of CRHP-7 and Spiritual Director of CRHP-11 * A member of the Prince of Peace CRHP travel team to All Saints Parish * Five years on the Leadership Committee of North Texas Brothers for Christ, responsible for its marketing and communications * Five year member of the Men's Fellowship Congratulations, Bill Kula, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for February 2016. You are an example to many as to what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for January 2016 is Dick Leyendecker, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Dick joined the Knights about six years ago, and achieved the Fourth Degree, its highest level, about two years ago. He serves regularly at the monthly breakfasts where he is involved in sourcing the food in advance of the breakfast, and then can be seen at the entrance table where he accepts the donations and keeps count of the attendees. Dick is recognized for his welcoming and friendly smile, and some helpful and clever comments. The Council is grateful for his enthusiasm and energy. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Leyendecker serves as a Eucharistic Minister and provides service for the columbarium needs. He and his wife, Loraine, participate in the Empty Nesters and in a Small Faith Group. He is fervent in his faith and can be seen every morning at daily Mass. Dick's activities and support for his parish community well be recognized on January 30 when Bishop Kevin Farrell will honor him as a recipient of a medal for the "Bishop's Award for Service to the Church". Congratulations, Dick Leyendecker, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for January 2016. You are an example to many as to what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. You are appreciated for your exemplary attitude and service to Council 11716, and to the Prince of Peace Catholic Community.
Our Knight of the Month for December 2015 is Ed Kelly, selected based upon his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Ed is a second generation member of the Knights of Columbus. He joined the Knights earlier this year, and has already achieved the Fourth Degree, its highest level. He serves regularly at the monthly breakfasts and is involved with recruitment efforts to encourage others to become Knights. He can also be seen and heard as a regular at the monthly meetings. Ed is noted to be extremely active with the Knights. The Council is grateful for his energy and skills. Ed has taken the activities of the Knights of Columbus into his home. His wife, Linda, is helping with the planning and execution of the upcoming Christmas Party, and she has helped to obtain donations for the auction to support this event. Beyond his activity with Council 11716, Mr. Kelly is currently serving in his fourth year as the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Prince of Peace. He also serves as a Eucharistic Minister on weekends, and is a Eucharistic Minister at the Prince of Peace School Children's Mass. Congratulations, Ed Kelly, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for December 2015. You are an example to many as to what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and beyond.
Our Knight of the Month for November 2015 is John Martens, selected based upon his consistent and thorough exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace community, to the District and beyond. John first joined the Knights of Columbus close to thirty years ago, and has achieved the Fourth Degree, its highest level. He has served in many leadership positions within Council 11716, such as Recorder (2010-2011), Deputy Grand Knight (2011-2012), Grand Knight (2012-2014), and is currently serving as Trustee. John is extremely active at Knights events, where he is involved in most of them. the Council is grateful for his energy, skills and especially for his leadership. John is also a member of the First Degree Team of District 88 of the Knights of Columbus where he is involved with the initiation of new members to the Knights at a number of parishes in the region. He has served on this team for the past six years. Mr. Martens is currently serving in his second year as a member of the Prince of Peace Advisory Council, where his leadership is also appreciated. He is very active within the Prince of Peace Community, where he serves as: * Minister of Holy Communion, including traveling to Assisted Living Homes and to Rehabilitation Hospitals. * Eucharistic services and Eucharistic coordination. * Prisoner Minister at Lew Sterrett Justice Center. * Member of the Empty Nesters Group Congratulations, John Martens, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for November 2015. You are an example to many as to what it means to be a member of the Knights of Columbus. You are appreciated for your exemplary service to Council 11716 and beyond.
Tom Shubnell has been selected as the Knight of the Month for October 2015 for his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace community. Tom is a Charter Member of the Prince of Peace Knights since he joined at the inception of Council 11716 in 1996. He is recognized for his broad range of volunteerism in support of the projects of this Council. Tom is a person who is there to help where help is needed, such as at: the Special Olympics (four times per year), Habitat for Humanity, Plano Balloon Festival, The Sunday Knights Breakfast, many other meal related events supported by the Knights, and much more. Tom is a noted author who has fifty books published, including his most recent book, "Bacon Orgazmia". Congratulations, Tom Shubnell, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for October 2015. You are appreciated for your exemplary service.
Will Healy is the Knight of the Month for September 2015 for his superior service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus and to the Prince of Peace community. Will joined the Knights in 2012 and has achieved the third degree. Upon joining, he became active and served as the Outside Guard during the 2013-2014 year, and is a regular helper to prepare the monthly Knights Breakfast to serve the prince of Peace community. Will has accepted the challenge to lead the Fund Raising Committee for the 2-15-2016 year, a position which requires strong leadership and interpersonal skills. His the right person for this position, and is appreciated by his brothers. Congratulations, Will Healy, for being selected as the Knight of the Month for September 2015.
Fr. Dominic Colangelo
Fr. Dominic Colangelo has been selected as the Knight of the Month for August 2015 for his exemplary service to Council 11716 of the Knights of Columbus, to the Prince of Peace parish, to the Prince of Peace School and to the community. Fr. Dom joined the Knights of Columbus fifteen years ago and has achieved the fourth degree, its highest level. He is celebrating this month his fifth anniversary of becoming a priest, and for three of those years, he has been the Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus here at Prince of Peace. As the Chaplain, he serves as the spiritual advisor to the brother Knights and families of the Council. He participates at the monthly meetings where his involvement starts with his message to the members, and continues through the meetings to help improve this Council. Fr. Dom is present at a number of the Knights events from the monthly breakfasts to the Pro-Life activities. He is there for his brother Knights in a variety of ways and is highly appreciated. Congratulations to Fr. Dominic Colangelo for his fifth anniversary of becoming a priest, and for being selected as the Knight of the Month.
Art has been selected based on his exemplary service to the Council, to the Peace of Prince Parish, the Prince of Peace School, the community, etc. This past fraternal year Art led the Council as the Grand Knight. He did so in the fashion implied by the “Worthy Grand Knight” title. He continued the Council’s past exemplary service practices adjusting them as needed. In addition he guided the Council into new service areas including pig roasts and new family activities such as horse racing and bowling. The Council owes its gratitude to Art for orchestrating the Peace of Prince Major Degree ceremony this past March. That Major Degree ceremony earned the praise of those attending and the praise of Knights’ leader-ship apart from our Council. Art has worked to invite Philippine Catholic gentlemen to join our Council. He has been successful and those brothers are now helping the Council continue its missions. Art joined the Council as a First Degree Knight in February 2004. He became a Third Degree Knight in February 2009. In October 2013 SK Art became a Fourth Degree Knight. Before his service as Grand Knight this past fraternal year, Art served as an extraordinary Deputy Grand Knight during the prior two fraternal years. Before that he assisted as Chairman of the Funding Raising Committee. Art, along with his brother Maco, continue their practice of assisting the Council with printed material such as tickets, posters, signs, flyers, and memo pads. They have been doing so for many recent years. In addition to all his Knights work, Art is a member of the Prince of Peace Choir. He has also been blessed with the CRHP experience. Please congratulate Art on his selection as the July, 2015 Knight of the Month.
Rich joined the Knights in September 2006 and in September 2007 became a 4th Degree Knight. Rich has served the Council as Recorder Rich was born in and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria with a degree in Engineering Technology. Rich also met his wife Suzy while they were both at-tending Bradley University. They were married in 1970, so they will be celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary this August. They have four children, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their son Andy is a First Degree member of our Council. Their daughter Emily is currently teaching Third Grade at Prince of Peace School. Rich earned a Law Degree at Tulsa University in 1973 and practiced law in Peoria specializing in Title Insurance. He moved to Plano in 1985 and continues to practice law. He and Suzy joined All Saints Parish is 1985. They transferred to Prince of Peace Parish in 2009. Suzy who has a Masters in Theology from Loyola University in New Orleans has taught Theology at Ursuline Academy for 15 years. Suzy also has worked as Assistant Director of Religious Education at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Rich has a very active interest in food preparation. He is a skilled, self-taught chef. He enjoyed food television even before anyone thought of the Food Network. Rich remembers the “Galloping Gourmet” TV show with Graham Kerr as one of his favorite TV shows from the past. Rich enjoys chef work and routinely prepares a Sunday dinner at his residence for family and friends. He has been an active participant on the Council’s Food Committee for over three years. The Council has been blessed with the results of his chef work for many food events. He had been the chairman of the Food Committee for the past year. Rich participated in CRHP #13 and he has assisted with some subsequent CRHPs. Rich has done an outstanding job as the Recorder for the Council the last two years. Please congratulate Rich on his selection as the June, 2015 Knight of the Month.
Rey Javier is the May, 2015 Knight of the Month. Rey joined the Knights in October 2014 and became a Third Degree Knight in March 2014. Rey is a native of Manila, Philippines. He is a cradle Catholic. He attended Catholic elementary, and high schools in Manila. Rey graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Biology. He then started his work career as a programmer for several Filipino governmental agencies. In 1993 Rey came to the US to work on Y2K projects for RCG in Houston. The projects were for Shell and Exxon. In 1996 he came to Dallas to work for AT&T as a programmer. Since 2005 he has worked for NTT as a mainframe programmer. Rey is single. He has been blessed to serve as godfather for 15 children of relatives and friends. The godchildren range in age from 2 to 32. He is proud of his CRHP #17 experience. He has recently been asked and has accepted to help with the CRHP Continuing Committee. Rey has found the Prince of Peace Knights to be a group of “friendly and committed” Catholic gentlemen. He is very happy with his decision to join the Council. Please congratulate Rey on his selection as the May, 2015 Knight of the Month.
Al Jowid is the April, 2015 Knight of the Month. Al joined the Knights in June 2011. Al assisted with the Knights Golf outing, has helped at the Breakfasts, and was a key volunteer at the recent Easter Egg Hunt. Al indicates he tries to assist whenever Ritchie Schlette or Gerry Nichols make a request of him. Dr. Jowid has been named by “D” magazine as one of the best dentists in Dallas. Please congratulate Al on his selection as the April, 2015 Knight of the Month.
Leo Estrella is the March, 2015 Knight of the Month. Leo is a fairly new member of Council 11716. He is a Third Degree Knight who joined the Knights of Columbus in 2008. In April, 2014 Leo transferred to Council 11716 from Council 13044 (Our Lady of Angels in Allen, TX). Leo’s transfer was the result of his Prince of Peace CRHP experience and by his favorable impression of Council 11716’s work on the monthly breakfasts. Leo is a native of the Philippines who came to the US in 1997. At this time most of Leo’s relatives are in the US. Leo lives in Allen, TX close to Our Lady of Angels. He is a programmer for AT&T Wireless. He works on Web-based client server and mainframe projects. Leo’s wife is also a programmer. They have not children at this time. Brother Leo appreciates Council activities like the Pig Roast and the American Wheelchair Mission. He has worked at the monthly breakfasts and the recent Lenten Fish Dinner. He has a desire to help with possible new fund raising activities such as sandwich sales. Please congratulate Leo on his selection as the March, 2015 Knight of the Month.
David Carr is the February, 2015 Knight of the Month. David shows a very high commitment to the Knights of Columbus and what the Knights support. David joined the Knights in 1986 in San Antonio and became a 4th Degree Knight in 1987. Since 1987 he has worked on degree ceremonial teams. At this time, David is a member of the District 88 English First Degree Team, former Captain of the Diocese Spanish First Degree Team which he set up, Conferring Officer on both the English and Spanish State Major Degree teams, and Captain of the Spanish State Major Degree team. He travels extensively and frequently throughout the state giving both English and Spanish Major Degrees. David was born and grew up in the Laredo, TX area. He met his wife Nelly while they were at-tending the Catholic high school in Laredo. David and Nelly have been married 47 years. They have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 6 grandchildren. David’s son-in-law, Nathan Stilwill, in a 4th Degree member of Council #11716. Brother David was Grand Knight of Council #11716 during the 2008-2009 fraternal year. Because of his assignment as District Deputy for 5 Councils in the White Rock area of Dallas, Da-vid transferred to Council #799 in 2010. He is especially proud that, as District Deputy, he started a new Council at SMU. Having completed his term as District Deputy, David recently transferred back to Council #11716. Professionally, David worked in broadcasting as an engineer and a manager. Since retiring, he has been working for the Dallas Diocese Catholic Pro Life Committee (CPLC). He coordinates CPLC activities with all the parishes in the Dallas Diocese. David and Nelly are active in many Prince of Peace ministries, including Respect Life, Prime Timers, and Empty Nesters. David is an alumnus of CRHP 5. David assists Nelly with her role in the Las Mercedes Honduran Sister Parish ministry. They support a child in the Honduran orphanage. They host visitors in their home from the Las Mercedes Honduran parish. Please congratulate David on his selection as the February, 2015 Knight of the Month.
The January, 2015 Knight of the Month is Lupe Lopez. Lupe is a “core” member of Council #11716 since joining in June, 2012. He is always ready, willing, and able to assist whenever asked. He serves the Council in many ways. Lupe has worked as the Church Director for several years. He is currently the 1-yr Trustee officer. He leads the rosary recitation prior to the monthly business meetings. In addition, he frequently leads the Council in the prayer prior to and at the conclusion of meetings. Lupe is a regular volunteer at Council events. He is a dependable volunteer at the monthly breakfast Saturday food preparation sessions and the Sunday servings. Lupe also serves the Prince of Peace Community in many ways. He is a Eucharist Minister Coordinator at many daily and Sunday Masses. He takes Communion to a local assisted-living facility. Lupe is an alumnus of CRHP #6, led CRHP #13, and until recently served as a Director on the CRHP Continuation Committee. He is active in the Saturday morning Men’s Fellowship group. He also helps with clerical and printing work in the Parish Office. Lupe was born in Dallas; graduated from RL Turner High School in Carrollton; served in the US Army; and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Business, Marketing, and Finance degree. He is now retired. His professional career was in Sales. His employers were General Electric Lighting and Major Appliance divisions, Hobart, Whirlpool, and RCA. His career had him live in Kansas, upper New York State, Denver, St. Louis, and finally back to Dallas. He has had countless business travel miles, including many international miles. Lupe’s father was a 4th Degree member of the Farmers Branch, Mary Immaculate parish Council (#5052). Lupe was strongly encouraged by his father to join the Knights. Lupe sees the Council as “a group of good, faith-driven men who do much good work.” Please congratulate Lupe on his selection as the January, 2015 Knight of the Month.
The December, 2014 Knight of the Month is Jeff Whitfield. Jeff has recently taken over as the Council’s Membership Director. In this new role Jeff has quickly become active in addressing the numerous responsibilities involved with the position. Jeff has conducted several membership recruitment events. They have included socials, the successful Membership Blitz, following up with candidates, and offering candidates a volunteer’s behind-the-scene view of the monthly breakfast. His efforts have already resulted in a substantial number of new Knights with many more new Knights in the pipeline. Jeff was born and raised a Catholic in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, which is east of Pittsburg. Jeff graduated from the University of Pittsburg (Pitt). His work career has taken him to many different residence locations, including Kansas, Tulsa, DC, and Dallas. Currently his business travel is extensive. Jeff works in the Corporate Sales Support group of the Freeman Company. Freeman supports live events like trade shows and corporate meetings. Jeff indicated his hobbies and interests are primarily his family, with other things like playing the guitar and fishing far behind. His twelve-year old daughter attends Prince of Peace School and is very active in the choir, drama, and theatre activities of the school. Jeff is excited about the Council and about being even more active in the Council. He is glad to be the Membership Director and wants to strive for diversity in the Council’s membership. Please congratulate Jeff on his selection as the December, 2014 Knight of the Month.
The November, 2014 Knight of the Month is Mario Pacapac. Mario came to the United States in 1996. Within a week of arriving here Mario looked for a Catholic church and, fortunately, found Prince of Peace. At this time, Mario resides in Rowlett. He works as a senior structural designer for an engineering firm in Richardson. Mario attended CRHP in March 2014. Shortly thereafter he joined the Knights of Columbus. In very quick fashion he became a Third Degree Knight last summer and a Fourth Degree Sir Knight this past September. Mario has played an active role in our Council. He has been involved in recruiting over half of the new First Degree members who have joined Council 11716 this fraternal year. He is well on his way to earn his Shining Armor award. In addition Mario has jumped in and assumed an active role in the Council activities. Besides his recruiting work, he also helps in the kitchen during the monthly breakfasts. Please congratulate Mario on his selection as the November, 2014 Knight of the Month.
October, 2014 Knight of the Month is Wayne Adams. Wayne is one of the newer members of the Council. Wayne joined the Knights of Columbus and Council 11716 in October, 2013. He completed his Second and Third Degrees in August, 2014. He also joined the highest level in the Knight of Columbus after earning his Fourth Degree in September, 2014. Wayne is a native of the Nacogdoches area of east Texas. For the last six years he has lived in The Colony with his wife Rusty. Wayne is an accounting and finance professional. He started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone and, after corporate acquisitions and reorganizations, is now working for AT&T. Currently he also teaches on-line accounting and finance courses for the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Wayne has been active at Prince of Peace for the last four years. His activity has included the Friday Morning Men’s Group, RICA, and CHRP in May 2013. Brother Wayne has been very involved at Council events. Among other things he is a regular volunteer with the Monthly Breakfasts. Wayne always offers a smile and a willingness to be helpful. He is a strong figure in the profile of the Council. Brother Wayne indicates he enjoys the Brotherhood, Fraternalism, and Community spirit of the Council’s Knights. Please congratulate Wayne on his selection as the October, 2014 Knight of the Month.
The September Knight of the Month is Greg Wilson. Greg Wilson has been faithfully and effectively handling the Council’s Financial Secretary role for more than five fraternal years. His attention to the multitude of the Knights of Columbus Due Dates is expletory. He has always been very helpful to the Grand Knight in the preparation of the Council’s Budget. Greg handling of the Council’s financial records is excellent. He collects, categorizes, records all the receipts and disbursements for all Council activities. There are no mistakes when Greg takes care of the financial items. In the membership area, Greg bills and collects all annual membership dues. He uploads the new brother information from Form 100’s following First Degree ceremonies and approved transfers. He makes all necessary updates to the membership information in Supreme membership records. As the Financial Secretary, Greg’s signature is needed on many, many forms and filings. Greg is always very helpful in getting those signatures where and when they are needed. Greg is a dedicated father for his children. He assists as an athletic coach for his children’s soccer teams. Several years ago he was a key coordinator for the Prince of Peace Fall Festival event. Greg and his children have been assisting with the monthly Breakfasts. He has been doing the financial records for the Breakfasts for many years. Without a doubt, Greg is a strong Brother Knight, a strong Financial Secretary for the Council, and a strong Catholic family man. Please congratulate Greg on his selection as the September, 2014 Knight of the Month.
Maco Amoyo is the August 2014 Knight-of-the-Month. Brother Maco has greatly contributed to the Council by his exemplary volunteer work. Maco has very successfully served as the Family Director for several years. He routinely organizes and directs all the Council’s family events, often with only limited assistance from other brothers. The recent July Family Bingo Night is example of that. Another Family Director role Maco has been successfully handling is the Family-of-the-Month. His attention to that role has elevated the Family-of-the-Month award to a higher level. He has started the practice of interviewing the selected family prior to the reward presentation. That has resulted in more complete and personal statements about the lucky family. Maco also has been providing sound services for selected Council and parish events. His emcee work at Council and parish events has been very professional. Maco is one of the Council’s strengths and he can depended upon to assist when needed. Congratulate Maco on his selection as the August 2014 Knight-of-the-Month.
Our July Knight of the Month is someone who has been extremely active in our council since joining it and he has taken on several leadership roles without a break. He is well known as a constant member of our food staff and a constant contributor throughout. He is John Martens who has led our council as Grand Knight for the past two years, served as Deputy Grand Knight for two years prior and served us as our Recorder before that. The council is grateful for the time, the skills and the drive to accomplish new heights in our council and we are grateful that John will continue to be a major part of our council and board going forward.
Our June Knight of the Month is someone you probably know but may not have talked to a whole lot because he's known as "a very quiet guy." The person our council is recognizing is Mark Dama who has been an extremely helpful member of our meal team and according to those who know Mark best, he does open up and he has a great sense of humor! Mark has been around our community for quite some time, having left Prince of Peace after our initial founding and then finding his way back here recently, he has been very involved in our parish. Mark went through CRHP last time and is part of the host team for CRHP 16 now. Mark is also very involved in his professional life in one of our top activities and charities, as the head of insurance and risk management for the Boy Scouts of America. The Council recognizes Mark for being a great role model for our organization, for serving the church and our community in such a full way and for putting so much of his personal time into our activities.
A very obvious choice for Knight of the Month, this month especially, is our friendly and capable Chef Ritchie Schlette who has thankfully taken an even larger role in our food committee and meal preparation activities lately. We are very blessed to have Ritchie and his talent in our organization for the very creative, always festive, and truly frugal yet spectacular meals for our families and com-munity. Ritchie brings cheer and positive recognition to everyone who participates in the planning and in the kitchen which brings even more from the whole team. He has been able to uphold extremely high standards from our food committee and our council while keeping up with the unusually fast pace we've held over the past few months. From planning the Lenten fish dinner to the test pig roast and to the actual pig roast for Father Tom's ordination anniversary, Ritchie has contributed dozens of hours to our community and has given many others the opportunity to shine. We greatly appreciate all that Ritchie does for our community and the way that he makes our council stand out as a real source of fellowship and stewardship. In fact, Ritchie truly represents and defines those two words for us in the kitchen and in the council.
Our March Knight of the Month is brother Michael Hayes who is a recent addition to our council, but a long time and active leader in the Knights of Columbus. Michael originates from the East Coast and Florida where he was the Grand Knight of his council there. Since coming to our council, Mike has been very active in serving at several of our events and being a big help recently at the tamale sale. Mike's brother Knights appreciate the contributions he makes and we are grateful that he chose Prince of Peace as his spot to land in Texas.
Our February Knight of the Month is Brother Howard Gurnas who became a Knight about one year ago and immediately got involved as a servant and a leader. Howard quickly took on the role to lead our Knights’ shirt program. He has been very helpful in promoting shirt sales and finding new options for golf, sport and dress shirts. Howard has also been quite a handyman for our council over the past several months, too. He researched and got the auxiliary hot tea carafe working and back in service for breakfasts, and he has done a lot of cabinet fixing and building to make kitchen management more effective. Howard is a key member of the scrubbing bubbas, too. The council appreciates all the great ideas you’ve brought to the group and the hard work you’ve put into all that you’ve been a part of.
Our January Knight of the Month is Brijesh Anthonypillai who has been described by his CRHP friends as both an Energizer Bunny and a Timex that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Any of us who have worked with Brijesh have learned the same thing, as he’s been extremely active since becoming a member of our council and does it with high energy and a smile. I talked to some of our members who have heard some of Brijesh’s life stores. They said that he’s a guy who been through the meat grinder a few times and will smile when he tells you about it. So, I’m very interested in some of those stories! Brijesh is recognized as our Knight of the Month because beyond all the regular participation in our events and for what he does for Men’s CRHP, he is a regular for Saturday food prep and the monthly breakfasts where he has been manning the omelet station.
We have so much to be grateful for when it comes to this member of our council and our community because of all that he shares with us. Brother and Chef Jim Deibel is our November Knight of the Month for reasons that every member of our council could name. Jim’s dedication to our food program and what is called the best breakfast in Plano are highlights but Jim also continues to be involved in our parish in so many other ways, he’s one of the best known Knights. He serves and participates in men’s activities and the entire community, constantly demonstrating the role that we Knights are called to carry out.
Our October Knight of the Month is a fresh new face that we've probably all seen so much that it's no longer all that fresh and new! Brother Noel J Rigley has been extremely active, generous and present at almost every event that has occurred since he became a Knight. He is a regular for breakfasts, including the shopping duty; he helped with the New-Comers brunch and Hike for Life. Noel's contribution of his time and talent is greatly appreciated by all.
Our September Knight of the Month is a long time, very dedicated Knight who is well known for his contributions to several areas. Jeff Flanagan has led a and stood for some of the most noteworthy activities in our council since he almost single handedly managed our breakfast and food program for a few years. Throughout his career with the Knights, Jeff has been the champion for our involvement with Special Olympics. There is not a better description of Jeff’s service than what was shared in the following recommendation for Jeff as our Knight of the Month: “Jeff has been the one Knight who has most consistently assisted me on the various White Rose projects over the past two plus years. The only times that he has missed a workday was when he either had a family commitment or was out of town. He is always willing to take on any project no matter how large or small no matter how dirty. When the new White Rose facility was opened early this year, Jeff assisted me on two consecutive weekends to repaint the entire bottom floor. He has also participated in every Hike for Life since we began holding them at John Paul II High School. In addition to these projects, his consistent and long-standing involvement with the Special Olympics further affirms his stance on the sanctity of life and the importance of standing up for those in our society that are often deemed less valuable than others.” -Paul A. Garcia- All of what Jeff does as a Knight, a member of Prince of Peace, a Dad and husband are what help our order provide a shining example of Catholic life. Jeff, Thanks for all that you do.
Our August Knight of the Month is a brother who hasn’t been in the order for an extremely long time but one who has already made an impact on several areas inside our council. He is Brian Ullrich, our Youth Director, Director of Pots, Pans, Napkins and cooking doo-hickies, photographer, and probably most importantly, our leader of Scrubbing Bubbas Team 2! Brian has taken on several leadership roles and he has very comfortably jumped in, rolled up his sleeves and gotten things done. The reorganization, labeling and order put into place in our kitchen supplies cabinet has made a tremendous improvement in our organization and ability to serve the community. Brian has taken the lead on youth activities and kept us up to date on every scouting project we have been given an opportunity to support. Our role in supporting youth and our reputation for true leadership and financial support is something we can all be proud of and we all appreciate that you drive this activity for us, Brian. Thank you for all that you do.
Brother Dan Garasich is a very strong contributor to the each monthly Breakfast and other food events since he has become a Knight. He has attended virtually all council activities so far and he is typically one of the first to show up and the last to leave for these events. Dan has mastered coffee making, washing dishes, storing equipment, and is learning omelet making. Dan serves Prince of Peace with his wife as part of the “Coffee and Donuts” brigade. The council appreciates all that Dan brings to us and we are blessed that in such a short time, he has made such an impact, including volunteering to be a candidate for an officer position.
None of us are asked to give more time than is reasonable in support of our mission. Often, we just need more men to help spread the work out to allow us to complete a task. Obviously, some of our members contribute significant portions of their time to the activities we support and for that we are grateful. This certainly applies to our May Knight of the Month. Our Knight of the Month for May became a Knight back in 2006 and we're sure he's been a heavy contributor since day ONE but our council was blessed with the burst of energy a little over a year ago when Brother Rich Frasco transferred to our council. Rich serves the parish as a leader in CRHP and in all that our council does to serve the community. He has been consistently present at every event and makes a huge contribution to our efforts. Rich brings good cheer to all that he does and also makes a great chili! We hope the move has been as good for you as it has for us, Rich. Thank you for all you do and for being a member of Council 11716.
Our Knight of the Month for April is someone that any men's group at Prince of Peace would wholly support and agree. We have benefited from the addition of someone in our council who is already living and demonstrating the ideals and the reason anyone would become a Knight of Columbus. Our Knight of the Month is brother Kevin Christensen, who has courageously launched, drives and recruit across all of Dallas for the North Texas Catholic Men's Conference which started last year and again will be hosted here at Prince of Peace this month. In addition to the men's conference, any man at PoP involved in a group knows of Kevin's leadership and involvement in CRHP, TMiY and Saturday Men's Fellowship. Kevin helped launch all of these efforts and continues to lead the rosary and the discussion every Saturday at Men's fellowship. Kevin also supports and assists in our monthly work day at White Rose. It's hard to imagine what another person or any other group of actions in our parish could have had the impact that Kevin has been so directly involved in. It is clear that because of Kevin and a few other leaders here at Prince of Peace, we really have renewed our parish. Thanks for all that you do for our parish and for sharing the charity and faith you enthusiastically bring to our council.
We are very happy to share the council's pick for our Knight of the Month. He is an obvious choice because we see him involved in everything we do. So, with the same high level of enthusiasm he brings in all he does, our council wishes to recognize brother Jack Matthews, our Recorder and Membership Chairman as the March Knight of the Month. Jack supports the council and the church regularly through participation in virtually all of our activities. He is a strong, respected leader and he has taken charge of our new recruiting and membership committee that is already implementing valuable steps in identifying and educating our candidates before they even join our council. This diligence will improve new member engagement and better connect them to what encouraged them to consider knighthood in the first place. Jack has led planning sessions and defined roles that all of us can take on to improve member engagement and our recruiting ability. Jack also brings a welcoming smile to all of his activities and is a role model of what it means to be a Knight.
Dan has been extremely active in the coordination activities for all the funding programs for which he has responsibility. He always brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his projects, and that seems to bring a very positive attitude and response from all participants. The end result is not only a pleasant and well executed program, but always a very suc-cessful one as well! Congratulations to Dan, and a very grateful thank-you from the entire Council.
Stephen Wyse is our January 2013 Knight of the Month. Brother Steve has been very active in men’s activities at Prince of Peace and serves the parish in many facets. In addition to being an active participant in the Knights’ activities, Steve was even a regular for the monthly breakfasts before he became a Knight! Since joining the Council, Stephen continues to show up for breakfast prep and for Sunday serving duties. One person who provided comments said that Steve does better than most at dealing with “brisk” orders from the Chef and keeps on going! That pushed Stephen to the top of the list and is our January Knight of the Month.
This month our council would like to recognize Scott Yoste for his years of dedicated services to our council and our parish. This recognition is long overdue as some of us have had a chance to reflect on the wide range of activities that Scott takes on and provides leadership. Scott is always one to step up and help resolve an issue or to put into action a plan to help us overcome a problem. He did this to coordinate work crews for breakfast and he initiated a process to coordinate attendance at degree ceremonies away from Prince of Peace. Scott has been our membership director since 2010 and in that time, he has led dozens of men through initiation into our Order. It's more than 40. In addition to this role, Scott contin-ues to be heavily involved in other council activities and has served our parish in an exem-plary way: He is quite involved in CRHP and has served and led that ministry extremely well. Our members applaud the contributions of Brother Scott Yoste. We are thankful that you are a member of our council and you are our December Knight of the Month
We are told when we join the Knights of Columbus that charity is a duty, not a courtesy. If only we could ALL be as charitable and as dedicated to the principals of the Knights of Columbus, as Brother Bill Weber --what an even greater difference the Knight of Columbus would make on our world. Bill is consistently the model for our Order: he leads our prayer of the Rosary before almost every meeting; he's very active in the church serving as a Eucharistic minister and coordinating men's activities such as That Man is You, Your Brothers in Christ, CRHP and the Men's Conference. Through his noteworthy role as Community Director, Bill initiated and has promoted our in-volvement in "Make a Difference Day" every year; he has led our Football Frenzy ticket sales and helped the Wounded Warrior raffle sales and our council is well known for our impact on the American Wheelchair Mission because of Bill Weber. Bill, with great passion, has led Prince of Peace's support of the Wheelchair Mission for the past three years and this year, Bill even traveled to Honduras to witness the distribution there. Our Parish and our brother Knights are proud of Bill's service to God, and we are grateful that he does so in the name of the Knights of Columbus.
James Widman is recognized as our Knight of the Month for October for his tireless support of Respect Life activities around Prince of Peace and Dallas. James and his wife Arda represent the Knights of Columbus and our council in the significant role they play in Pro-Life and most recently, James coordinated our Hike for Life event for not just our council but the neighboring councils, raising thousands of dollars to support crisis preg-nancy centers. James is also an extremely visible Knight, serving our community through our meals and other events. For all that James does for the Knights and a primary factor of our organization, Pro Life, his brother Knights wish to salute and award him, our Knight of the Month.
John Beal demonstrates consistent commitment and contributions to our council through his presence and assistance in accomplishing our goals. He helps the council at almost every function and he has also been present at Diocese-wide Knights events such as the Diocese chapter meetings. In addition, John and his wife, Susan attend our social events which is a significant contribution to show support for the things that we do to build fraternity and family involvement. John's support and presence is greatly appreciated and is the reason his brother Knights asked that he be recognized.
Ritchie Schlette serves the council in many ways that have strengthened and promoted our role within the parish. Not only does Ritchie take the lead on many of our meal events, bringing to them tremendous and creative talent as a chef, he has introduced an entirely new activity to our council and Prince of Peace through his love of hunting and friendship with Father Dom. Ritchie's events have changed the face of the council and brought in entirely new participants. Ritchie's time and talent have made a positive impact that his brother's enjoy and appreciate.
Dan has contributed greatly to the Council. His recent service as Grand Knight resulted in the Council growing substantially, expanding its service to the Prince of Peace parish, and gaining recognition as an exemplary Council within the Knights of Columbus at both the State and Supreme levels. Dan consistently provides his time and talent to the Council. In addition Dan has assumed the role of Web Master for the Dallas Diocese Council of the Knights of Columbus.
As the District Deputy for District 77 for the last 4 years Jack has supported and assisted Council 11716 in all its activities. He also is very active in the Diocesan Pro-Life work and serves on the Board for Birth Choice. Jack has been instrumental for the District #77 First Degree Team. Overall, Jack has demonstrated his strong commitment to the mission of the Knights and to his special duties as a District Deputy
Kevin is recognized for his efforts associated with the successful North Texas Catholic Men's Conference held at Prince of Peace last week. His work for the conference started with the planning over a year ago. Throughout the entire planning, selling, staging, and delivery of the conference, Kevin was there to lead and inspire. He did pulpit talks at other churches which helped greatly with the success of the conference. His passion and efforts to give the Catholic men of North Texas an opportunity to embrace their faith and grow in the Lord were very exemplary. Kevin is also involved with the Men's Fellowship on Saturday mornings and is on the That Man Is You Core Team.
Paul A. Garcia
Paul is active in the ProLife activities of the Council (monthly White Rose Projects, Hike for Life, Roe Memorial Mass & Rally, etc.). Paul serves as Church Director for the Council. He provides musical accompaniment for the PoP Choir, Men's Fellowship, etc. In addition, Paul and his group regularly perform at the PoP Annual Revues
Charles is recognized for his active participation in both the Council and the PoP parish. Charles is a former usher, serves in the Hospitality Ministry, is active in Empty Nesters, participates in most Council food events, and is a strong supporter of the Council's Youth activities. He is a devoted grandfather and is very active with his grandchildren (all 14 of them).
Greg superbly performs the many, many duties of the Financial Secretary for the Council. Those duties include Supreme's reporting requirements, dues collection, member record maintenance, etc. Greg also manages the Council's business activities with the banks, insurance coverage, credit card processing, and audits. He handles voucher processing for the Council. Greg also assists at many Council activities. Greg is a solid member of the Prince of Peace Community, both the church and the school. He serves as the coach for his daughter's volley ball team.
Dan Stoffel has been very active in nearly all Council activities and is a key member of the Fund Raising Committee. He has provided fantastic assistance with all Fund Raising activities, especially the Golf Tournament last September. Dan also participates in “That Man Is You” and CRHP. Dan is active with the JC Penney benefit Golf Tournament. He clearly demonstrates a Knight’s “Passion to Serve”
Greg has been a steady hand on the finances of the Council as the Financial Secretary for the Council. He participates in many Knight's activities and is active with the Prince of Peace Catholic school. Greg coaches his daughter's volleyball team.
James is recognized first for all his many efforts as the Pro-Life Director for the Council. In that role James led the Plano Hike For Life and is an active participant in the Prince of Peace Respect Life Ministry activities, including Baby Banks, Rowe Memorial activities, Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner, and Mother’s Day Corsages. James is also to be recognized for his assistance with Council activities and for his participation in many other Prince of Prince ministries”
Ray Chavez was a super salesman for the Benefit Golf tournament in September. Ray is a great supporter of POP athletics, as well as Ursuline and Jesuit. He is also an Advocate with Catholic Charities.
Ritchie has consistently been a key and extremely talented contributor to our food events and recently took the lead to organize and manage the Back to School event for Prince of Peace where we served about 800 parishions and school parents. Ritchie is also leading the Hunt fundraising events that are building a valuable and unique alliance with our Father Dom and other men in the parish. This photo was taken on the same day that Ritchie was awarded Knight of the Month.
Bill has provided outstanding leadership for the recent very successful Wheelchair event. Bill’s contributions as the Deputy Grand Knight were very significant for the Council. He assists in many Council events and serves as the Community Director. For the Prince of Prince Community Bill is a key core member for the “That Man is You” program and continues as an Eucharistic Minister.
Scott is a very active member of both Council #11716 and the PoP community. Scott’s work for the Council includes a very successful fraternal year as the Membership Director, volunteer coordinator for Food Events, and participation in most Council events and activities. For PoP Scott is serving as Spiritual Director for CRHP #11, core member for “That Man Is You”, “Summer Seekers”, “Seekers at Sunrise”, ...
Maco works hard for PoP parish and PoP school. He is a fantastic representative of the Knights in all that work. Art gives his time constantly. He has been a very positive influence in getting the Council much more involved in the parish and the school. He works all food events with a big smile and is always willing to help as needed. Maco is also a CRHP veteran
Mark has helped with and led many activities for the Council. The many hours Mark provided for the Holy Smoke and the Crawfish Boil events were exemplary. He probably worked more hours for those events than any other brother. That included work before the actual smoking, during the smoking, and after the smoking. In addition, Mark has been an active participant on the Fund Raising Committee. His dishwashing expertise during Community Breakfasts and other food events needs to be noted. Mark has CRHP experience and is an active Eucharistic Minister
John is very active both for the Council and for PoP. For the Council, John faithfully attends all monthly Business Meetings, is active on the Fund Raising Committee, and has served as the Council Advocate for years. For PoP, John is active in "That Man is You" and Men's Fellowship, participated in CRHP #1, and other services for the parish
Jim Deibel is recognized for sharing his chef expertise during recent Council meal events. His food preparation skill and his willingness to share that skill with the Council and the PoP Community deserve the gratitude of all. In addition Jim has been a very active participant in the numerous activities of the Fund Raising Committee
Brent is recognized for what he has brought and for what he continues to do for the PoP community. His work as Director of Liturgical Music for PoP is superb. Brent had the vision to celebrate Father Jim and the PoP 20-year anniversary. Brent relentlessly pursued his vision, overcame the challenges, and brought the vision to reality in the PoP 20th Year Gala Event on January 5th. The Gala was an amazing evening will most likely never be forgotten by those who attended.
Brother Mike has provided great leadership to the first ever Raffle fundraiser. He has been at every selling event for the Raffle. Mike has been very active in many of the Council events this past year and has helped coordinate and work all of our fundraising events over the last 6 months. Also he serves as a Eucharist Minister and gives Communion to the hospital bound
Art has made numerous contributions to the Council and PoP: Work on CRHP 9 weekend; Coordination of the most fundraising activity the Council has ever seen; All printing work for golf tournament and raffle; Providing DJ services with Maco Amoyo for the POP Picnic; Getting the Council connected to POP School for the Fall Festival.
Gerry helped in planning and leading the Council's first golf tournament. Gerry put everything in place with the help of his team including prizes, sponsorships, and PR. He contributed his business expertise and products which elevated the event several notches higher on the scale of quality golf events. The event was a huge success!
James had dedicated many hours to the Plano Hike For Life activites. He also works extensively throughout the year to support all Pro-Life work in the area.
Paul L. Garcia
Each week Paul, along with Bob Zechman, collects pizzas from Pizza Hut and delivers the pizzas to God's Food Pantry for distribution. Paul helps pick up food for the Community Breakfast events and is a regular worker at the events. In addition, Paul serves as a Eucharistic Minister and functions as a Eucharist Ministry Coordinator. He is a member of the Council’s Special Events Committee.
John's work for the Council and for PoP has been extensive He was responsible for putting together both the Sound System Committee and the K/C Fundraising Committee John has been working on the repair/enhancement of PoP Sound System for an extended period of time. His recent leadership of the Fundraising Committee's donation campaign for the Sound System was superb. He worked on all components of the donation campaign John's work for the Council as the Grand Knight was very successful in elevating the Council to a higher level of service and to a higher level of respect within the parish His many activities for PoP have been outstanding. That includes serving on the PoP Facilities Committee and serving as a Coordinator for Eucharistic Ministers John has assisted whenever possible to help the PoP Community better
Andrew's active participation in and assistance with many Council events since his recent First Degree
Dick has done extensive behind-the-scenes work for many different Council events. Dick has handled food acquisition, hauling, storing, and inventory control for Council food events. He has managed the reorganization, cabinet preparation, and securing of cabinets for storage of Council’s food preparation tools, cookware, cleaning supplies, and paper products
Recognition for Bill's many efforts in behalf of both the Council and Prince of Peace. Special recognition is given for Bill's direction of the Council's recent Wheelchair Sunday project. Under Bill's guidance, along with the assistance he secured of fellow Knights, a total of approximately $22,950 was raised for the Wheelchair Sunday program. That is enough for at least 153 wheelchairs. In addition, Bill has been assisting with Help letters for multiple CRHP's. Bill has been very active in his role as Community Director for the Council.
Jack and Lynette Lyons
Ed and Linda Kelly
John and Carme Mascitti
Barry and Cheryl Sy
Barry and Cheryl Sy were both born in Manila in the Philippines. While Cheryl spent her childhood years in Manila, Barry grew up in Vancouver and Toronto. They have 3 boys – Nicholas (12), Nathan (7) and Nevan (4), and have been member of Prince of Peace for 3 years. A longing to belong to a wonderful, Christian family-based community eventually brought them to Texas. Barry pursued his degree in International Trade while Cheryl obtained a Bachelor Degree in Banking. The Sy Family loves to travel including to Europe, Asia and North America. They especially love meeting new people along the way. Being “Foodies” at heart they enjoy experiencing new foods, and the Sy Family also enjoys visiting museums and are nature lovers. Barry’s most memorable experience with the Knights are the monthly breakfasts. Barry says “I enjoy meeting great families that are filled with Christ’s love. Never fear meeting new people, as they will continuously surprise you with welcoming open arms.” Please join our council in congratulating our Knights of Columbus Family of the Month for January, 2016, Barry & Cheryl Sy
John and Annette Nevins
Nicholai & Cherise de Guzman
Our September, 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Nicholai & Cherise de Guzman. Since their marriage at Prince of Peace in 2011, Nicholai and Cherise have been members of our congregation. Nicholai is a newly initiated Knight and he and Cherise have both volunteered at our monthly community breakfasts. Nicholai joined our council at the urging of Deacon Gene and looks forward to getting more involved with council activities. Cherise is finishing her PhD at UT-Dallas in neuro science while Nicholai, who received his Masters at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, works as a web engineer for UT Southwestern in downtown Dallas. Both enjoy their free time biking on the trails in Richardson and Plano. Congratulations to Nicholai & Cherise de Guzman our September, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Jeff & Heidi Whitfield
Our August, 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Jeff & Heidi Whit-field. Jeff & Heidi’s first date was attending Mass together at St. Rita’s after being introduced to each other by a mutual friend. Jeff a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh and wife Heidi, from the University of Minnesota. Most of their spare time is spent raising their 13 year old daughter, Allie, who is an incoming 7th grader at Prince of Peace. Allie is an aspiring thespian who can also sing and dance. Jeff & Heidi have been married for 17 years and enjoy exercise, music and the arts. Heidi is a parent volunteer at POP and Jeff is Director of Membership with Council 11716 where he has done an excellent job. Congratulations to Jeff & Heidi Whitfield our August, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Mark & Marty Dama
Our May 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Monthis awarded to Mark & Marty Dama. Mark, an Illinois native, and Marty from Michigan, met in Dallas as telephone counselors for the Dallas Suicide & Crisis Center. They’ve been happily married for 28 years and have 3 children: son Eric is an attorney in Dallas, daughter Caitlin is a 3rd grade teacher in the Carrollton/Farmers Branch school district; while daughter Laura is a sophomore at Oklahoma University. Marty is a Eucharistic Minister at POP and enjoys Mary Frasier’s classes on spiritual development. In addition to the Knights, Mark has been through CRHP and is on the CRHP Continuation Team. Marty enjoys exercise on a regular basis, while Mark does his routine morning runs, and does outdoor garden railroading. Both are still currently working, with Marty as an attorney with the Treasury Department for over 30 years, and Mark for over 25 years has served as an insurance and risk manager with the Boy Scouts. Mark’s advice for new Knights: “Get involved right away with our council and in our church community. It’s a great way to meet new folks here in our congregation.” Congratulations to Mark & Marty Dama our May, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Bill & Elaine Weber
Our April 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Bill & Elaine Weber. Bill and Elaine Weber are Illinois natives. After meeting at a bank where they both worked, they began dating and eventually married. This Sunday they will be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. Their daughters Andrea and Stephanie live in Houston and Prosper respectively. The Webers often visit Houston to see their grandkids, 5 year old Anna and 8 year old A.J. Their other grandson, 15 month old Joseph is a short drive away in Prosper. Elaine’s career move with EDS brought them down to Texas. She later went on to work for Raytheon and will be retiring in June after 18 years of service. She plans to play more golf and to continue to pursue her passion as a spiritual director. She will serve in that role with the next CRHP class. Currently Elaine also serves as a Senior Acolyte with Prince of Peace. Bill grew up and still is a long time Yankee fan, often watching the “Game of the Week” with the Yankees playing on television. In addition to his service with the Knights, he spearheads the local effort for the American Wheelchair Mission. This year he is proud to say that they have exceeded last year’s magnificent effort by 70 more wheelchairs, a total of 374 for 2015. Bill and his group will be heading to Mexico in September for a very emotional distribution of the wheelchairs. Congratulations to Bill & Elaine Weber, our April, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Wayne & Rusty Adams
Our March 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Wayne and Rusty Adams. Wayne, an East Texas native and Rusty, a native Californian, have been married 13 years, and have 6 kids between the two of them. Their involvement at Prince of Peace includes both RCIA and CRHP. Rusty, who retired from Target, also volunteers with the Bereavement Committee. She also is an avid “Pickle Ball” player, a derivative of tennis. She plays in tournaments across the United States. Rusty also helps by working in the POP administrative offices to fill in when staff is out on vacation. Both Wayne and Rusty enjoy walking, hiking and biking. They also enjoy visiting their second home in Phoenix, Arizona. They also visit Hawaii on a regular basis as they have kids and grandkids living there on Maui. Wayne is still employed at AT&T where he’s been for the past 41 years and serves as a Treasury Organization Manager. He enjoys his volunteer time with the Knights and says he just fills in wherever there is work needed to be done. Congratulations to Wayne & Rusty Adams our March, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Horace & Elizabeth Solomon
Our February 2015, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Horace & Elizabeth Solomon Horace and Elizabeth Solomon are native Filipinos from the Nueva Vizceya Province in the Philippine Islands. They have been married for 26 years and have an 18 year old daughter, Kaye. Horace joined the Knights in 1989 and became a 4th Degree in 1992. He served as a Eucharistic minister at his church in the Philippines. Horace also enjoyed mountain biking as a sport in the islands. Prior to coming to Texas, Horace worked as an architectural supervisor in Ethiopia, Africa. Eventually, the family moved to Plano, TX, as Elizabeth was hired at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center. They enjoy walking in the Plano parks and regularly go to Cinemark when Filipino movies are shown. The Solomon family has enjoyed the Knight boat outings at Lake Lavon and other Knight social events. Horace also enjoys volunteering at our community breakfasts. Congratulations to Horace & Elizabeth Solomon our February, 2015, KOC Family of the Month.
Dan & Pat Garasich
Brothers - it's my pleasure to announce our family of the month for October to be Daniel & Pat Garasich. They are both Pittsburg, PA, natives and were high school sweethearts, they later married and are celebrating 46 years of married bliss. They have 2 children and also 2 grandkids that keep them young. Pat currently works in the aircraft insurance industry, while Dan enjoys retired life after serving as vice president of sales for a national firm for over 25 years. Most guys sit around on the couch and watch TV, but not our Dan. He's a self-proclaimed "tinkerer", jack of all trades and do-it-yourselfer which keeps him very busy around the house. He also works part-time at Hirsch's Meats in customer service. You'll find Dan & Pat on Sunday mornings after early mass helping with the hospitality crew serving coffee and donuts promoting fellowship at Prince of Peace. Serving at our monthly parish breakfasts, Dan is a master omellette chef as well as a First Team All-American with the Scrubbing Bubbas. With our council, Dan serves as our Inside Guard. An interesting note about Dan is that he loves collecting beer steins. So next time you see Pat & Dan, please congratulate them on being our October, 2014, KOC Family of Month.
Howard & Sharon Gurnas
Our September, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Howard & Sharon Gurnas Howard, who was born in Delaware, met Sharon, a Minnesota native, in high school at J.J. Pearce in Richardson, Texas. They later were married at All Saints officiated by Father Duca, who is now Bishop Duca. Last month they celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. Howard has been an usher at POP since 2002 and was part of CRHP 13, and they both helped with the following CRHP classes of 14, 15 & 16. They are both avid campers and enjoy their involvement with the Boy Scouts. Howard also teaches gun classes for the Circle 10 Council and is a fan of trap shooting. With our council he serves as Community Coordinator. Howard is currently studying nursing at Richland College and hopes to move on to TWU to finish his degree. Within the next few weeks, Howard will be joining several other brothers to obtain their 4th Degree at Knights. Next time you see Howard and Sharon, please take a moment to congratulate them for this well deserved honor as our September, 2014, KOC Family of the Month.
Aaron & Elizabeth Koury
Jeff & Barb Flanagan
Our June, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Jeff & Barb Flanagan. Jeff is from Silver Bay & Barb is from Waseca, Minnesota. They met while in college at St. Cloud State University, home of the Huskies, and later married. In just a few weeks they’ll be celebrating their 31 year wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of 4 beautiful daughters ranging in age from 21 – 27. Their twins are the youngest. The latest family addition is Colton, their 14 week old grandson. Jeff is a salesman for Voya Financial, and Barb is with BG Staffing where she is the assistant to the CEO and is also a recruiter for the company. While Barb finds time to do scrapbooking, Jeff’s passion includes Special Olympics, Hope’s Door (a women’s crisis center against domestic violence), White Rose and the Ronald McDonald House. Their hobbies also include travelling where they have recently visited Italy and just recently vacationed in Hawaii which was a sales award from work. Jeff’s advice to fellow Knights is to “get involved with more than just one project. You’re missing the boat until you find yourself immersed in several meaningful Knight endeavors. Being able to support our projects financially and especially with our time is the greatest reward.” Congratulations to Jeff & Barb Flanagan, our June, 2014 KOC Family of the Month.
Brijesh & Sarah Anthonypillai
Our May, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Brijesh & Sarah Anthonypillari. Brijesh and Sarah met through a mutual friend while working in the banking industry, and have been married for three years and have been members of Prince of Peace for three and a half years. One of their hobbies is travel. Sarah is from Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. Sarah is employed with the state of Texas as a social worker. Brijesh, a native of Sri Lanka is a graduate from the University of Maryland and is employed in the insurance industry. For the last several years, they both have been heavily involved with the CRHP ministry. Brijesh reminds all new Knights to our council to “please get involved with our various projects. It’s a great way to contribute back to our parish and to get to know the people of our congregation.” He loves cooking and often volunteers to prepare the food for our monthly meetings. Congratulations to Brijesh & Sarah Anthonypillari, our May, 2014 KOC Family of the Month.
Andrew & Donna Walker
Our April, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Andrew & Donna Walker. Donna & Andrew are practically newlyweds, as they will be celebrating their 3rd year anniversary in November. Growing up, Donna lived throughout Texas as her father served as a postmaster in several Texas cities including Houston, Sulfur Springs, Conroe and Jefferson. Her father was a Knight for over 30 years. Andrew is an Air Force brat who has lived in various air bases across the U.S. including Shepherd AFB, Malmstrom AFB, and Andrews AFB in his younger days. Andrew studied at Midwestern State and did his graduate studies in Public Administration at Texas A&M. They both served as sponsors in our RCIA ministry at Prince of Peace. Andrew is also an unofficial member of the Scrubbing Bubbas. Andrew’s #1 hobby is “keeping momma happy” and as you can tell by the smile on Donna’s face, he does a great job on all the Honey Do projects on her list. Currently serving as treasurer for our council, Andrew says he’s inspired by many fellow Knights that set a great example of how a Knight should serve our council. He says, “you get out what you put in, and I try to follow the example of my fellow Knights to lead by example so the new Knights coming in will continue our legacy. I’m always energized by the camaraderie and fellowship that abounds at all the Knight activities I attend.” Please congratulate Andrew & Donna Walker our April, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month.
David & Mary Ann Haney
Our March, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to David & Mary Ann Haney David, a 4th Degree Knight and Mary Ann will celebrate 38 years of wedding bliss next Thursday. David, whose hometown is Houston, TX, and Mary Ann from Victoria, TX, were introduced while in college by David’s 2 sisters on a blind date. David went to Stephen F. Austin, while Mary Ann studied at Sacred Heart Dominican College. Both are Eucharistic Ministers at Prince of Peace and they both remember their very first mass at Prince of Peace that was held in a movie theater at Park & Ohio. Mary Ann ministers to our sick in hospitals. Retired from JC Penney’s, David enjoys his involvement with the Boy Scouts, and also serves on the board of directors for a local credit union. They both enjoy traveling and have recently visited Rome, Greece, Hawaii, Colorado and Arizona where their son resides in Phoenix. We salute the Haneys for their continuing efforts in support of the Knights and Prince of Peace Catholic Church. On behalf of KOC Council 11716, it is our pleasure to recognize David & Mary Ann Haney as our March, 2014, KOC Family of the month.
John & Evi Martens
Our February, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to John & Evi Martens John & Evi Martens moved to Plano 6 years ago, and in July will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. John is from northwest Iowa and met his beloved Evi in Omaha, Nebraska, and were married back in 1974. They have two daughters, Marisa and Megan, who both live nearby. John serves as a Eucharistic Minister, and they both are members of the Empty Nesters, Respect Life and the Coffee & Donuts groups. Evi is a medical transcriptionist at UT Southwestern and in the past had a chance to visit the hometown where her parents grew up in the Czech Republic. John is a project manager, and also teaches Statistics, Trigonometry, and Algebra at Richland College. John says he enjoys being around young college kids in an academic environment. John is an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction when not fulfilling his duties as Grand Knight of our council. We salute the Martens for all their dedication and efforts to make our parish a great place to live and raise our families. Congratulations to John & Evi Martens, our February, 2014, KOC Family of the Month.
Scott & Amy Yoste
Our January, 2014, Knights of Columbus Family of the Month is awarded to Scott and Amy Yoste. Scott and Amy lead very active lives, which includes both of them being Eucharistic Ministers at Prince of Peace. Other church activities include their involvement with CRHP, where Scott was spiritual director for Group 14 and Amy serves as Chairman of the Continuation Committee. After several years of study, Amy is a qualified Spiritual Director. She also finds time to work for Ambit Energy in downtown Dallas. Scott is owner of Appliant Roofing in his professional career. He is also team captain of Team 1 of the Scrubbing Bubbas at the Knights’ monthly community breakfasts. Scott and Amy are empty nesters, but enjoy it when the kids come home to visit, especially during the holidays. The 6 children include Megan who resides in Frisco with her family. In school at Scott’s alma mater Ole Miss are Scott III studying law, Thomas who studies geological engineering, and William. The two youngest daughters are Tolley a high school track and basketball star, and Alli who is in the 7th grade. In their leisure time, Scott and Amy enjoy camping and the outdoors, where they put to good use their kayak. Congratulations to Scott & Amy Yoste, our January, 2014, KOC Family of the Month.
Chet & Ludy Wheless
Brother Chet, an attorney, hails from Corpus Christi, and is a proud University of Texas alum. Ludy’s hometown is Las Cruces, New Mexico. They have been married for 35 years. The couple is involved in several ministries at Prince of Peace including RCIA and CRHP. Chet is a co-leader with Men’s Fellowship, and is a member of the Pastoral Council and Brothers in Christ. While involved in all these organizations, Chet still finds time to prepare waffles at our monthly community breakfasts. Ludy & Chet attend many of our social events at the church. Congratulations to Chet & Ludy Wheless, our December, 2013, KOC Family of the Month.
Charles & Catherine Tanner
Family of the Month is awarded to Charles & Katherine Tanner. According to fellow Knight, John Martens, “Charles and Katherine have always been very active in many endeavors at Prince of Peace.” Evi Martens commented that “They are members of the Empty Nesters group where they both enjoy taking part in all the group activities”. It is noteworthy that Charles consistently participates in virtually all of our Knight functions, where he is reliable in executing any assigned task successfully. Charles is a very dependable volunteer. The Tanner Family is a perfect choice for family of the month.
Michael & Lydia Secor
Family of the Month is the Michael Secor Family. Michael & Lydia are the proud parents of 4 beautiful girls ranging in age from 10 to 24; they are Miranda, Whitney, Micah & Elizabeth. The Secor family has been involved and part of the Prince of Peace parish from the very beginning, even when Mass services were held at one of the local schools. Lydia has been troop leader to her girl scouts for the last thirteen years and has watched twelve of her scouts eventually complete their Gold Awards. Mike’s current church project is working on the church’s network and server to bring them up to date. When you see the Secor family members please congratulate them for this recognition; it's well deserved.
Eduardo & Carmen Perez
Dr. Perez is a highly respected neonatal pediatric doctor here in the North Texas area, and along with his family, strives to support various ministries at Prince of Peace. Eduardo and Carmen have both been through CRHP. They are the proud parents of three great children: Alexandra, Gabby and Nico. Eduardo and Nico were most recently seen volunteering at our recent Welcome Back BarBQ helping to serve hundreds of fellow parishioners with delicious food prepared by our Knights of Columbus. When you see the Perez Family in the upcoming weeks, please join me in congratulating them on being our Family of the Month. They are proud members of our POP community and are a great example of what's good in our parish. Way to go Perez Family!
Mark & Dawn Wrobel
Family of the Month is awarded to the Mark Wrobel Family. Mark & Dawn are parents of 9-year old twins: Matthew and Melissa. As a 3rd Degree Knight, Mark and his family help with community breakfasts. Mark also went through CRHP. Congratulations to Mark & Dawn Wrobel, our August KOC Family of the Month.
Bill & Wendy Kula
Tom & Tara Walsh
The Walsh’s have an extended list of POP projects that they actively support, including KOC Fundraising Committee, POP school activities, POP Mom’s Group, and CHRP. Tom is also busy coaching youth athletic teams. You can hear his voice on the radio during football season where he calls the Jesuit Friday Night football games. With Tara behind the scenes, Tom also is the emcee at our annual POP Faith Walk & Run. Congratulations to Tom & Tara Walsh, our May 2013 KOC Family of the Month.
Ray & Cindy Biase
The Ray Bias Family Ray and Cindy Biase are frequent volunteers at both our Knight breakfasts and various church events throughout the year. They give of their time whenever they can, whenever the need arises. On a regular basis after Mass, you’ll find both Ray and Cindy serving donuts and coffee to fellow parishioners. Congratulations to Ray & Cindy Biase, our April KOC Family of the Month.
John and Susan Beal
According to fellow Knight Dan James, “John joined the Knights back in 2009 and has al-ways been very active in all our endeavors.” John Martens commented that “along with his lovely wife, Susan, they are members of the Empty Nesters group where they both enjoy taking part in all the group activities. It is noteworthy that John consistently participates in virtually all of our Knight functions where he is reliable in executing any assigned task successfully. John is a very dependable volunteer." The Beal Family is a perfect choice for family of the month.
John and Carme Mascitti
John and Carmen are regulars at many of the events at Prince of Peace. John is always at hand at the monthly community breakfasts where he takes care of all the baking needs on the menu. During the church special events Carmen also lends a hand in the kitchen, where she adds her special Italian flavor to the prepping of the food. The Mascitti’s smiling faces are ever present at our Knight social functions as well as during their volunteer time with the various ministries they support at the church. Their friendly nature has made them many friends within our community, especially when it comes to welcoming new families to our parish. Congratulations to John and Carmen Mascitti, our KofC Family of the Month, February, 2013.
Eduardo and Carmen Perez
Greg and Mary Lou Wilson
According to Knight Dan Stoffel, “Greg is very involved with his kids in POP sports. His kids, the triplets, recently did a great job helping out at our monthly community breakfast. His daughter Hailey helped with pre-orders during the breakfast and she is basically the Pay Pal credit card expert. The kids had a blast last Saturday helping sell tamales and were excited about helping at 8:00am and 9:30am Masses the following day. They had asked their dad if they could also show up after 11:15am Mass also. It was very encouraging to see the enthusiasm the kids bring to all our events. Greg is a stellar performer in his role keeping tabs on all the accounting credits and debits for our council. To relax, Greg spends time on the basketball court in recreation play.”
Brad and Taunya Luna
According to fellow Knight Jeff Flanagan, “Brad is a regular at breakfast, at which he often brings at least one of his kids, either Rebecca or Kacey”. He and Rebecca often attend the Special Olympic Aquatic events (2012, 2011). He joined us at the Hike for Life at John Paul II High School in October. Brad currently holds a post at JPII, and I believe he is head of the Sports Booster Club (and I think it’s for “all” sports). Rebecca is an active student, including band, at JPII. Kacey is also in private school, and is active there as well in volleyball and basketball. Wife Taunya is also front and center in all their curricular, extra-curricular, and church activities. The Luna Family is a perfect choice for family of the month.
Dan & Monique Stoffel
Dan and Monique Stoffel - Both were great workers at our recent Golf Benefit. They were involved in requesting and picking up donations for the goodie bags and items for the raffle, and helped to ensure the event ran smoothly. Dan is helpful as the master coordinator for the breakfast serving line and other KC food events. He also serves as chairman of the funding committee. The couple also volunteered at the Plano Balloon Festival. Dan and Monique work in front and behind the scenes at many of the POP ministries and Knight activities. They are outstanding ambassadors for the Knights.
Jack & Lynette Lyon
The Lyon Family commitment to our parish is seen through the family’s involvement in several activities throughout Prince of Peace. Jack & Lynette Lyon have been active in CRHP classes both in recent years past and currently. Daughters Teresa & Sierra are avid volleyball enthusiasts and also love singing. As a family the Lyons are a fixture at our KOC community breakfasts. They are the go to crew when it comes to prepping the fruit blintzes part of our menu. They provide service with a smile. The Knights of Columbus, Council 11716 is proud to recognize the Lyon family as the KOC Family of the Month for September, 2012.
Ignacio & Silvia Romero
The Romero Family is often seen at our KOC community breakfasts. As a father and son team, Ignacio and his son Inaki help to serve our diners a hot and delicious breakfast. They both are also involved in Scouting. Ignacio and his lovely wife Silvia are both graduates of the CHRP program and also help with the ongoing classes. An avid baker at home, Silvia is always lending her talents to the various ministries providing delicious baked goods for their fund raisers and get together. Along with their daughter Regina, the Romero Family represent the typical fun loving, active and involved family at Prince of Peace. The Knights of Columbus, Council 11716 is proud to recognize the Romero family as the KOC Family of the Month for August, 2012.
Dick and Lorraine Leyendecker
Lorraine and Dick are founding members of Prince of Peace. They left for a short time to live in South Carolina. Since their return, Lorraine once again provided leadership to ministries such as the Stewardship Committee (Discipleship Committee). She shared her love of her Catholic faith as the leader of the RCIA program. She was a member of CHRP 11 women’s team. Dick and Lorraine are also member of the Prime Timers group. Dick’s leadership is evident throughout the year at most KOC functions, such as procuring the supplies for the monthly community breakfasts and also collecting the monies for the breakfasts. Dick continues to reach out and help his fellow brothers unselfishly whenever possible.
John and Carm Mascitti
John and Carmen are active in both the Council and Prince of Peace. John assists at most of the Council’s food events. John is usually orchestrating the operation of the ovens in the Kitchen. Carmen often assists in the kitchen work during the Council’s food events. John regularly attends and participates in a majority of the Council events. Carmen is very active in the Prince of Peace Outreach Ministry and the Prince of Peace Bereavement Ministry. They both are also active in the Prime Times group
All Council Families
Blaine and Dana Cavasso
John and Carm Mascitti
Tom and Tara Walsh
Brad & Taunya Luna
Brad and Taunya again this year provided the Council with a fantastic Christmas Party experience. Along with Jeff and Barb Flanagan, they planned, coordinated, and orchestrated the party. Brad and Taunya opened their residence for the party and served as gracious hosts
Steve and Julie Ayres
Scott & Amy Yoste
Scott and Amy have been members of PoP since creation of the parish. Scott is currently Membership Director for the Council. Scott's work for PoP includes PoP Youth, CRHP, RCIA, That Man is You, Men's Fellowship, and Seekers at Sunrise. Amy is active with RCIA, CRHP, and Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Dan & Monique Stoffel
Dan has been heavily involved in council activities since joining the Knights. He has doen a great job as the chairman of the Golf Tournament event. Dan has worked to get the tournament on the map as a real event and to secure the course. He, along with Monique, obtained a large number of donations for the goodie bags handed out to all the golfers. Dan put together the "to-do" list to make the Golf Tournament a successful event and then worked the list diligently.
Raul and Bertha Flores
Raul exhibits his priority on his family and his personal involvement in the PoP parish community. Son Raul Jr. became a First Degree Knight on Aug 24th. Raul and Bertha assist the parish in many areas. Bertha is involved with Disciples In Mission and RCIA. Raul is involved in Prison Ministry, Men's Fellowship, and the ministry's in which Bertha is involved
Mike and Jackie Kelly
Mike is active in CRHP, Men's Fellowship, and many Council activities He is a Minister of Holy Communion Mike has joined the fundraising committee and is co-chair of the upcoming raffle Jackie is a Sr. Acolyte She coordinates the Annual Talent Show and is a teacher at POP
Mark and Lisa Molidor
In recognition for the following service offered to the Council and the PoP community: - Active participation in CRHP events - Work on many Council activities, especially with dishwashing and cleanup tasks - Active role on Sound System Committee - "That Man Is You" participation - Leadership role on the Council’s Fund Raising Committee - Eucharist Ministry service
Chris and Anne Joles
Chris’ work as Membership Director and Chancellor for the Council has been excellent. Chris and Ann have assisted in and participated in most of the Council events and many Diocese K/C events. Chris’ work on the PoP weekly E-Letter and Web site has been very professional and is very rewarding for the parish. Chris’ work on the design and enhancement of the Council’s Web site has been exceptional.
David Gonzalez & Family
Recogniton for David and his wife's work with PoP Youth.
Scott and Amy Yoste
Mike and Jackie Kelly
Bob and Renee Bonomi
Brad and Taunya Luna
Brian Barber & family
Bill and Elaine Weber
Paul and Donna Garcia Del Quevedo
Luis and Veronica Boy
John and Annette Nevins
John and Annette Nevins