Brother Mike Madden, PGK was awarded the Knight of the Quarter (12/18/17) by our WGK John Hamtil for his dedication as Chairman for the 2017 People with Intellectual Disabilities Drive (aka Tootsie Roll Drive). Our Council, under the leadership of Brother Mike, collected over $10, 000 dollars in donations from Saint Columban parishioners (and visitors) to help support the families of people with intellectual disabilities. Great job, Brother Mike!
Brother Robert was selected the Knight of the Month for November 2017 for his multiple contributions: fabricating a metal stand to assist with the Church Pew Restoration Project, for donating the material for our Council's new shed and for the installation. Brother Robert is a great role model as he did these things without telling anyone. He may work silently "behind the scenes" but his love and dedication to answer our Lord's Call to Charity is clear for all to see. Thank you, Brother Robert!
Brother Andrew was selected the Knight of the Month for September 2017 for going beyond his deputies of Worthy Deputy Grand Knight. As our Worthy Grand Knight, John Hamtil stated, "I can't imagine where I and the council would be without the help and selflessness of our Worthy Deputy Grand Knight, Andrew Sabala. He carried the load and helped me immensely this month!"
Brother James was selected the Knight of the Month for July 2017 for helping the Sisters of Saint Columban Parish by taking care of the landscape outside of their Convent. Brother James did this on his own without telling the Council. Great job, Brother James for showing all of us how to answer our Lord's Call to Charity and doing it without the need to tell the world.
Brother Ralph was recognized as June 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother Ralph is the current Worthy Financial Secretary and 2-time Past Grand Knight of our council. Brother Ralph was an inspiration to our council brothers. He kept attending events and council meetings without showing the effects the illness of his mother-in-law had on him and his wife Lady Knight Ana. Ralph was the supportive husband as Ana traveled back and forth to care for and comfort his mother-in-law until the very end. We recognize our Brother for showing us how to be there for our family and be there for our "council" family.
Brother Fred Vuittonet was recognized as May 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother Fred is the current Worthy Advocate and has been a Past Grand Knight of the council - five times. Brother Fred is the "Big Brother" of the council, always making sure "everyone" is doing well and making sure they know he is there for them. The Grand Knight is lucky to have an Advocate like Fred but the council is lucky to have the friendship of the Knight of the Month - Fred Vuittonet.
Brother David Houston was recognized as the April 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother David took the leading role and successfully implemented a Popcorn / Snow Cone event for the afternoon masses. This helps the council reach out to more parishioners.
Brother Robert Roberto was recognized as March 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother Robert has a "quiet" demeanor but stands out among the brothers. He is consistently the first to arrive and last to leave an event. Brother Robert shows us how to help, how to be there without needing to stand out. He lets his energy and commitment speak for him.
Brother Andrew Sabala was recognized as February 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother Andrew is an inspiration to all Brother Knights of Council 4581 because he has discovered a way to balance both is "family" life and his contributions to Council 4581. Thank you Brother Andrew for showing us the way.
Our Brother James Hughes was recognized as January 2017 Knight of The Month. Brother James experienced the loss of his son, James Hughes, Jr. in the beginning of 2017. We would have understood if Brother James decided to take time away from the council to grieve the loss of his son. But Brother James did the opposite. He found comfort in the Brotherhood and in turn inspired many of us. Thank you Brother James for showing us inner strength and the strength of the Brotherhood.
Our Council's Worthy Treasurer and Past Grand Knight, Roy English, was recognized as December 2016 Knight Of The Month. Our Heavenly Father tells us to "honor our father and mother" and Brother Roy demonstrates this on a constant basis. Mr. English's health has been poor recently and Brother Roy has been there taking care of him. Yet, Brother Roy still finds the time to send out email reminders to the Council about upcoming events and fulfilling his obligation as Worthy Treasurer. Thank you Brother Roy for being a great example to us.
(L to R): WGK Juan Quezada and Retention Director (Brother) Joe Rebelo. Brother Joe was recognized as November 2016 Knight Of The Month. Brother Joe shows us how to answer our Lord's call to Charity. Brother Joe travels often to Portugal to take care of his mother. In November 2016, Brother Joe (and Lady Helen, his wife) donated money to purchase much needed garments for the altar servers in his childhood parish in Portugal. Brother Joe offered the thoughtful gift to the parish in the name of Garden Grove Council 4581.
(L to R): Worthy Warden Ray Carmona and WGK Juan Quezada. Brother Ray was recognized as October 2016 Knight Of The Month. Brother Ray is an inspiration to all of our Council Brothers. He shows us what "commitment" means by being there at our events, meetings or helping a brother move furniture with his truck all while helping his wife (Lady Frankie) take care of her ailing mother. Thank you Brother Ray for being a great role model to us and for being Frankie's "Knight in shining armor"!
Brother Frank is the epitome of loyalty and devotion…an inspiration to all especially our Brothers of Council 4581. Brother Frank every Sunday…took the Holy Eucharist home to his sick wife. He never missed a mass. He attended every business and council meeting sharing his time as our Worthy Chancellor and as caregiver to his ailing wife. For his example, we honor Brother Frank – September 2016 Knight of the Month. Rest in Peace Evelyn Steinhoff (September 17, 2016).
(L to R): Inside Guard David Houston and WGK Juan Quezada. Brother David Houston was recognized as August 2016 Knight Of The Month because of his recruitment skills. Brother David recruited (3) new members to join Council 4581 in August 2016. He already has his eyes set on recruiting two more new members. Great job Brother David...and thank you!
(L to R): WDGK John Hamtil and Retention Director Joe Rebelo. Our WDGK John Hamtil was recognized as July 2016 Knight Of The Month because of his great planning and leadership to make the 1st Annual St. Columban Summertime BBQ Series a success!
The Quezada Family
The Quezada Family (L to R) - Grand Knight John Hamtil, Brother Juan, Lady Trina, Sofia and Isabella were honored as the Family of the Month for August 2017. Our Council honored our Past Grand Knight (2016-2017) , Juan Quezada, for his leadership and hard work to help grow our membership and help us (together) to earn the Double Star Council Award for 2016-2017. Lady Knight Trina, Isabella and Sofia were also recognized for their support and understanding for sharing their dad with Council 4581.
The Nguyen Family
The Nguyen Family (L to R): Brother Henry and Connie, (bottom row): Dylan and Sarah were awarded the Family of the Month for the period of February 2017 to April 2017. Their love of family and church is evident in everything they do. The Nguyens recently donated an air conditioner unit for the Convent at Saint Columban Church. They inspire us to be the best we can be individually and as a family.
The Carmona Family
The Carmona Family (Brother Ray and Lady Frankie) were awarded the Family of the Month for the period of November 2016 to January 2017. If you need anything...Ray and Frankie are there! If you need a place to hold an event...they are the first to offer their home. If you need help to set-up or clean-up, Ray and Frankie are there! More importantly, they inspire us with their love and respect for one another.
The Green Family
The Green Family (Brother Duane & son David) were awarded the Family of the Month for the period of August 2016 to October 2016. Brother Duane and David showed us what TEAMWORK is all about...and showed us the importance of family. David, thank you for helping the Council. Brother Duane, thank you for inspiring us to be good fathers!