Jeff Conway and Bob Wigmore
Knight of the Month - Are you familiar with the adage “He can’t see the forest for the trees?” And are you familiar with the philosophy of Yin and Yang? If not, let me help explain. The first is a reference to myself, because I can often get so micro-focused on minor details that I fail to see the bigger picture. (I see a lot of heads nodding in agreement over this one!) And the yin-yang reference is to the Knight(s) of the month. Our new-world reference source Wikipedia defines yin-yang as “seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, inter-connected, and interdependent ... and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.” In the last two months, this month’s recipients have continued their significant roles in maintaining Rosensteel programs that appeal to audiences of all ages. A new Rosensteel year does not commence without their New Year’s Day football extravaganza. They kick it off behind the scenes at 6 a.m. and carry on til early evening, generating vast amounts of camaraderie, good natured ribbing and cash for the Council. And after they’ve recharged their batteries for a month +/-, they come right back and run a renowned Father-Daughter Dance that continues to grow in attendance and in spirit. It would be impossible to list everything managed by these two for each of these events, let alone their regular volunteer efforts, but for all they do, please congratulate Geoff Conway and Bob Wigmore as our March Knights of the Month!
While sifting through the rich his-torical legacy of Fr. Rosensteel Council, it became clear to me that this month’s recipient has had a significant role in maintaining a wonderful legacy for us. This guy is the strong silent type; he enters the room quietly, speaks with a soft tone, yet yields enormous value when he peaks. He has been a Knight for over 30 years and has risen through the chairs. He has served as a trustee, and continues to remain a willing resource of knowledge and reasoning, and occasionally a defacto arbiter. While it’s easy to recognize this night in his Fourth Degree Regalia on our Rosensteel Council Facebook page, what you may not realize is that his fingerprints are also all over our Fr. Rosensteel Council website, specifically in the wonderful History reflection. Please congratulate John Fox as our February Knight of the Month. Thank you for your invaluable devotion to our Council, John. We appreciate you!
While sifting through the long list of worthy candidates in the making for Knight of the Month recognition, it can be easy to overlook the obvious candidate. The guy who you see at the Council at various times on various days. No consistent schedule of appearances and yet always just around the corner. Someone who show up for the majority of the Friday Rosaries and for the family meals afterward. This Knight can be consistently found working hard to keep our Hall’s public presence as clean as possible. Whether picking up trash outdoors, raking leaves, shoveling snow, he does everything in his power to help the building stay clean and presentable. Someone who toils away on behalf of the Council and his Brother Knights, asking for no compensation or accolades, satisfied in doing his part to make the Council shine. Please congratulate Phil Atzert as our January Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Phil, we appreciate you!
The Knight of The Month is someone that maintains a consistent presence at the Council. Be it a sports night, a Friday family night or another volunteer function, this guy is there. Yet what most don’t know about this Knight is the role he plays in keeping our Council in touch with member-ship and with the rest of the world. This person finds the time between work and youth coaching to assist with ensuring our internet is up to date and properly functioning. He frequently will squeeze in requests for the installation of television monitors during his regular workday and is consistently ready, willing and able to pitch in behind the bar or in the kitchen. This Knight never complains, is always upbeat and chip-per, and delivers as promised. Please congratulate Brian McCaw as our December Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Brian!
While there are consistently a long list of worthy candidates-in-the-making for Knight of the Month recognition, there are a few that fly beneath the radar. As I mentioned last month, I’ve come to understand a little-known secret: the Knight of The Month isn’t necessarily the one you see at all the functions. Many of you might not even know this Knight’s role within the Council. He’s someone that willingly accepted a huge challenge and a huge role within the Council. He works long days into the night on many occasions, giving far more of his time as he toils unseen. He pours over reports, invoices, checkbooks and scribbled notes, all in an effort to keep Clubhouse books as accurate and thoroughly detailed as possible. What may seem to be a straightforward task is quite the opposite, yet this gentleman never complains, and always delivers as promised. Please congratulate Ed Jordan as our November Knight of the Month. Thank you for all you do, Ed!
As I spend more time at the Council, I’ve come to understand a little-known secret: the Knight of the Month isn’t necessarily the one you see at all the functions (and by all, see my column as a frame of reference). You’ll hear his name mentioned far more times than you’ll see his face. You’ll have benefited in some form or fashion as a result of his quiet, unseen hard work behind the scenes. And it’s exactly this kind of unselfish giving of time and energy that goes into the making of a Knight of the Month. While there are many candidates in the making within our ranks, this month’s recipient is a star in everyone’s book. From the many, many meals he makes for Council functions to the sangrias he concocts when bar tending, Danny Bongero is a crowd pleaser! Please congratulate Danny when (or should I say - if) you see him next.
There walks amongst us a silent sentinel of his family legacy. A guy who draws no attention to himself, yet makes you feel instantly welcome when he sees you. A brother Knight who always answers the call for volunteers. A son who honors his father and brothers by being the living example of their selfless devotion to their Rosensteel family. Someone who can effortlessly pull together the menu, the volunteers and the equipment necessary to host an outdoor gathering for your family and 130+/- of your closest friends. You’re thinking of a Horner, and this Horner is the one and only Rick Horner. Please join me in recognizing Rick’s familial homage and excellent leadership yet again in captaining the kitchen crew. The Baron is beaming down upon you, Brother.
At times the Knights’ Room can be a raucous reflection of our membership, with animated banter about sports, politics and life in general. It’s always interesting to make a step back and watch the scene unfold; the ebb and flow of discourse between those engaged, the volume swinging high and low as points are made and rebutted. And through it all there’s always a soul or two amidst the crowd that participates merely by taking in the banter and smiling at the spirited back-and-forth.
Our Knight of the Month is just that kind of guy. He is a man who prefers to contribute to the soul of our Council through his volunteer efforts. You seldom hear his voice raised in banter, but you always see him when the call for volunteers goes out. Veterans’ cook-out? Check. Prepping meals for Catholic Chari-ties? Check. Helping out in the kitchen? Check. Bartending? Check. The list of his volunteer contributions is endless and for his quiet yet extremely visible contributions, I raise a toast to Tim Lynagh as an exemplary Knight of the Month.
Terrence Moore PKG
Let’s see...how does one earn this accolade? Oh yeah, I remember now: the recipe calls for dedication to the Council, a hand that consistently goes up when the call for volunteers goes out, a man that is the backbone of the Council, a pillar of faith and is on speed dial for everyone who knows him. Someone who considers the Council a second home, so much so that his family is always by his side, whether building a chair, decorating for events, or cooking practically every Bingo meal over the last (I can’t count that high) months.
Please congratulate PGK Terrence Moore as he gives up his prime parking spot and moves three spaces down. He’s earned more than just this recognition and this is the very least I could do to show him our appreciation.
I am pretty sure this is the longest span of time that this member has not received Knight of the Month. I will take responsibility for him not receiving this title for the last 18 months. Was this because he was not worthy? Of course not, he has been in consideration ever since I have been making this choice. We are friends. There, I said it. This makes him no less deserving. Nearly every time I am in the kitchen he is either right there next to me or he just finished asking me if I needed assistance. Even he doesn’t know how many kitchen crews he is on. He has never sat in the chairs nor do I expect he ever will, but he has bent many a Grand Knight’s ear. He is present and supportive of most every Council function and program. Please join me in thanking Brother Geoff Conway for his service and support to Rosensteel. Family of the Month - This choice may not fit within everyone’s
This Knight took his first degree in January 1980. He is a PGK and has served as a trustee and newsletter editor years ago. He is an officer of the Clubhouse Association, leads a kitchen crew, and helps with numerous events and projects throughout the year. He has acted as a mentor for all the current officers and as such keeps us all on our toes. All of this and he is ready to give it another go, as your (Council willing) 97th Warden. I would have to run this by the historians, but I am pretty sure this might be a first and “firsts” come few and far between here at Rosensteel. Please join me in thanking and congratulating PGK Paul Girolami as May’s Knight of the Month.
This month’s Knight of the Month took his First Degree in 1989. He is presently our Building Association president. He is currently implementing the largest Council renovation project in the last 50 years. He has procured bids, managed, presented proposals, kept the books, maintained within budget and actually performed hands on renovations for this huge project. All of this while communicating the process to Council Officers and Membership, and working with Clubhouse to minimize the effect on bookings. The results are OUTSTANDING! And he is not done yet. I can’t wait to see the new Columbian Room bar and stage. Carpeting is on its way, as are updated electrical switches and outlets, improved handicap access and much more. Please join me in thanking Frank Zarrelli on his tireless efforts and commitment to this renovation project.
This Knight has been a member since 2002 and obtained his Third Degree in 2004. He works on the Breakfast Crew and a Kitchen Crew, is a regular bartender, plays on the softball team and is a director on the Building Association. Most recently, he ran the Super Bowl Party, which was another overwhelming success. I am pretty sure he didn’t get to see much of the game as he was constantly shuffling food back and forth. He can be seen most Friday nights with his family and rarely misses a Council event. We could use more 39-year-old members like him.
This month’s Knight of the Month could easily be every month’s Knight of the Month. One can find him at the council nearly every day and while you may find him sipping on an adult beverage many of those times there is something many don’t see. He heads a Kitchen Crew, he is on the breakfast team, he is the treasurer of the Clubhouse Committee and he has run the Super Bowl pool for many years. He helps manage the kitchen by monitoring inventory and expenditures. To this day Grand Knights have always relied on him to do whatever was asked of him, except when asked not to park in their parking space. Therefore, please congratulate and thank Brother Stan McLeod and remind him his space is two spaces down from the Grand Knight’s, at least for March.
It is rare that you see a PGK under this title except in July when his term is up. Is this due to the lack of effort and commitment once they leave office? I think not! Rosensteel is fortunate to have dozens of very active and committed PGKs. Many had terms that were filled with conflicts and huge challenges, yet they stay committed and involved. Many assist the current chairs and all are eager to jump in when needed. February’s Knight of the Month fits that description. He continues to build the ties between his parish and our Council. He leads the charitable efforts with Cup of Joe and Catholic Charities. He is a huge part of the production and distribution of the Knight Life. He assists the current chairs on a day to day basis. He is a Trustee and delegate to the Convention. His most important undertaking has been to improve the current tap beer selection; just kidding but he does take this seriously. If you don’t know who I am talking about yet, you might want to up your level of partition and involvement. Please join us in thanking and congratulating PGK Frank Cavaliere as February’s Knight of the Month.
Robert Seubert, P.G.K.
Joe and Glorie Rogers
The selection for Family of the month represents tenacity and unselfish contribution of time and energy for the greater good. The family of the month also personifies the quote “Behind every successful man is a great woman.” The quote and this family live the truism that no man becomes great in a vacuum, but instead is helped to achieve great heights through the love and support of his wife. Year in and year out, this family has quietly yet diligently worked at other locations on behalf of the Council. Twice a month, they venture out and shower attention and love on senior citizens in nursing homes. Though one is frequently wheelchair bound, his wife is always by his side, supporting his every effort. And with that, I’ve tipped my hand: Please congratulate Joe and Gloria Rogers as our Family of the Month! Quite honestly, they are quiet, wonderful role models of leading a Christ-like life in service to others and Rosensteel is all the better for having them in our family.
The Maryknights Auxiliary
The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy. This month, the recognition for our family of the Month is also a celebration. Year in and year out, this recipient has quietly yet diligently worked at the periphery of the council. You can find members of this family supporting our Bingo nights and helping with Friday Family dinners. You can find them at Friday night rosaries and at Memorial Masses. They are world-class fundraisers, frequently surpassing the financial goals they set. They attend meetings to support one another in support of the greater good of the Council. And they just celebrated their Birthday/Anniversary! Please congratulate the members of The Maryknights Auxiliary as our February Family of the month! Quite honestly, they are the framework that keeps we Knights on track and at the forefront of the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you Maryknights for your endless contributions to ensuring that Fr. Rosensteel Council maintains an incredibly familial and social environment.
Steve & Heather Caffi & Bill & Barbara Dassing
The selection for Family of the month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. In this case, the recognition for family of the month is actually a shared one. Year in and year out, these families are as consistent as the tides in their roles. Although kind enough to acknowledge the GK’s request, they really are the ones in charge They know when to start pulling things together, whom to reach out to and how to put their plan in action for not one, but two major family events that focus on children. The Halloween Party and the Christmas party are always a big hit with parents and kids alike, and these families share equally in the preparation and hosting of the parties. Please congratulate Steve and Heather Caffi along with Bill and Barbara Dassing as our families of the month! Quite honestly, they are the reason these parties consistently result in peals of laughter and enjoyment of the kids, and the happy smiles of many a parent. Thank you, Caffis and Dassings, for your timeless contributions to ensuring the Council maintains a familial environment.
Mary and Joseph
We often focus on the culmination of the birth of our Savior, the night in the manger, the three Wise Men gathering in homage, the stars shining brightly in the clear cold sky as shepherds keep watch. We should also focus on the three main figures in the tale: a poor carpenter, strong of hand and heart, unwavering in his faith. A humble woman whose inner beauty radiated beyond her out-er appearance, equally strong in her faith. And then there’s the child in the manger. This child is the King of Men, who arrived as a Savior for us all. Yes, our Family of the Month is the Family who gave us our Lord and Christ. May Joseph, Mary and Jesus re-main front and center in your hearts, in your words and in your deeds, throughout Christmas and beyond. Peace.
Dan & Beth Ward
The selection for Family of the Month continues the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family was on a health-related sabbatical for a significant portion of the year. It took months and months of doctor appointments, inpatient and outpatient visits before this family got a green light to return to action, and did they ever! I’ll always remember the phone call I received from Dan Ward saying that his doctor had given him permission to return to a normal activity level and I could just hear the excitement in Dan’s voice as he offered to pitch in again. Within a week of joining FS Mike Koon as membership director, he had scheduled two membership drives. With the strong support of his wife, Beth, he orchestrated the resurrection of the Candlelight Rosary and Benediction on the 20th Anniversary of the Memorial for the Unborn. And folks, Dan and Beth are just getting warmed up! Please congratulate our Family of the Month, Dan & Beth Ward!
Stan and Jane McLeod
The selection for Family of the Month continues along the theme of unselfish contribution of time and energy that often goes unseen, yet much appreciated. This family attends many functions and are regulars at Friday family dinners. What most folks don’t know is that while we’re just arriving to relax and enjoy a good meal or a Council function, this family has been hard at work for hours, often days in advance. Whether decorating, planning events, cooking, or bartending, Stan and Jane McLeod have done all the heavy lifting to ensure our happiness at the Council.
Please congratulate Stan and Jane when you see them. And don’t be afraid to offer to assist them with their efforts, many hands make light(er) work.
Al and Pat Wigmore
What do you call a family who has devoted an immeasurable amount of their lives to the charitable efforts of their faith through their Knights of Columbus Council? How do you address the quiet champion of a major fundraising component of Rosensteel? Can you even call out the name of the family that is consistently on the scene, week after week, year after year? The answer to all of these questions is:Brother Al Wigmore and his Lady, Pat.
Al has been the man behind the Bingo scene for many years and his efforts continue to result in a growth in attendance, volunteer hours and income (and PS - the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as evidenced by their son John and their grandson Shane’s participation in our Council).
Please say a big “Thank You” next time you see Al and Pat.
The Russell Sutton Family
The Family of the Month is a no-brainer this time around. This family pulled together an amazing volunteer event in record time, assembling 40-some volunteers that worked in full sun over the course of a hot yet happy Saturday. They orchestrated a first-rate team, manning grills, prepping food service stations and then joyfully serving meals to volunteers and the veterans in need at the VA hospital. Congratulations to our Family of the Month, the Cardinal O’Boyle Assembly, captained by our very own PGK Russell Sutton.
I’m considering rewriting the lyrics of a song to help appreciate my very first selection for Family of the Month. This family is always visible, yet rarely in the spotlight. They too are frequent and consistent volunteers around the Council. I’ve seen this family toiling away at the breakfasts, during midday events and at evening functions. Whether they show up as a team or as individuals you’ll always know a member of the Family of the Month: The Maryknights!
We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!
All, all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
They're giving love in a family dose
We are Family, I got all my Maryknights with me!
Council Chair Officers
This choice may not fit within everyone’s definition of a “family,” but it may be the last chance I get to thank this group in print. There are several definitions for a family that may apply, “the staff of a high official (such as the President);” this is one, but I prefer “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.“ This family has been with us through thick and thin; it has been supportive while always considering the membership’s best interest. Among them I don’t believe they have missed but a couple of Council meetings and functions, required and non-required. They have helped chair and organize dozens of programs and events. They have attended District, Chapter and State meetings and programs. They have committed seven years of their lives to the Council as officers and trustees. Please join me in thanking your Council chair officers: Bruce Cotting, Jim Mannion and Gus Gusman for their service to and support of our Council.
Joe and Laura Marks Family
- He took his First Degree in 1987 and one son took his First Degree in 2013. His other son plans to join this summer while home from college. She can be seen around the Council from time to time, usually visiting him while he performs his daily duties around the Council. He is a PGK and has served on every board and committee available to a member. He runs a kitchen crew and chairs the annual golf outing. He has taken the lead on running the hospitality suite at the Princess Royale at the State Convention for more than a dozen years. He has served as clubhouse manager for some time now. Please join me in thanking and congratulating the Marks family, Joe, Laura, Marshall and Will as our May Family of the Month.
Chris Langley and Family
He took his First Degree in 2010 and quickly became one of the “Friday Night Families.” Nick and Ellie ran amuck in the Emerald Room while he and Tina enjoyed a Friday Night Dinner and an adult beverage. It wasn’t long before he put together his own kitchen crew and it has proved to be one of the best. His crew is filled with members whose families consistently filled the Emerald Room on Friday Nights. He is part of the Breakfast Crew and helps out in kitchen and grilling whenever possible. He is a regular bartender on the 20th.
Brian and Lisa Slattery Family
: It was a typical Friday night at the Council when Cheryl and I were joined by this Family of the Month. The father started telling stories of the good old days around the Council. We listened, laughed and then came to the conclusion that he was either 20 years older than he looked or many of the events occurred when he was a teenager. Well, it was the latter; he spoke of the Council as a historian (but much funnier). He has been a Knight for over 25 years, served as lecturer for two Grand Knights, a regular bartender and attends many Council events. Brian met his wife, Lisa, at the Council. They held their reception in the Columbian Room. She is best known by Beach Party attendees as the perennial winner of the limbo contest. They are the proud parents of seven-year-old twin girls, Karen and Morgan.
This month’s family of the month has historically had a huge impact and presence here at Rosensteel. Bonnie and Mike both work kitchen crews. Mike is on the Nominations Committee. Their son Dave and his family can be seen at the council on a regular basis. Dave recently headed up the Super bowl party with Stan McLeod and a host of others. Dave also works a kitchen crew and is a member of the Breakfast crew. Dave and his brother Doug play on our championship softball team. We don’t get to see much of Doug now that he and his family live in Arnold, MD. but he is still a member in good standing. Their sister Karen has been seen around the Council chasing down her nieces and nephews, most recently at the Super Bowl Party. So please join me in thanking the Donnelly family (as seen below) as our Family of the Month.
Jim and Barbara Dailey
We owe a great deal of thanks to this month’s Family of the Month for implementing our new Bingo Program of September 9, 2015. They designed and formatted the program to fit our needs. She is a Maryknight and occasionally helps serve the Bingo dinners along with her granddaughter Hannah on Wednesday nights. He worked very hard for weeks on this project and he had to balance increasing our prize money along with a modest increase in our prices. These program changes have worked well and have contributed to our increasing profits during the last three months. He also cashiers for us and manages the service line and paper products as needed. We salute Jim and Barbara Dailey for their service and continued support of our Bingo program throughout the past 10 years. Please pull them aside to thank and congratulate them.