One of the hardest decisions most every month is who to select as the Knight of the Month. The brothers of this council do so much and are always willing to help, so it often makes it hard to identify that one brother of the month. Not so this month, as this brother always excels to support our efforts, often working bingo and helping with the QA effort. He lobbies passionately to obtain additional volunteers for our Bingo, for SPRED, not only at OLMC, but all over. He also brought an idea forward to create Rosary cards to send to people as we say the rosary for them before meetings. I have taken his idea and worked with him, and I expect to have a printed product by the end of May for distribution in the council hall. Please join me in congratulating our May Knight of the Month - Sir Knight Clement Danish.
The Knight of the Month for April is no longer a member of our council, however this Sir Knight is always willing to serve, Immaculate Conception Church, our Council, his Council and the Assembly. He regularly attends our council meetings, serves faithfully at Bingo, and often tends bar for events. I have had many long conversations with him and he always provides a willing sounding board and good advice and observations. We are truly blessed to call this man a brother Knight. Please join me in congratulating our April Knight of the Month, SK Rick Schirm.
Once again, SK Carroll organized bus transportation, parking, and dinner for 41 people that atended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I am sure you see all the great things that Carroll does for the Council and Assembly. He is always willing to contribute wherever there is a need, in as big or as small a capacity as needed. He serves the Council as Advocate and the Assembly as Color Corps Commander. Carroll also serves St. Jerome Parish in many ways, and I am sure he does so with the same tireless energy he brings to council events. Please join me in congratulating our February Knight of the Month Sir Knight Carroll Kelley.
As many of you know, Alberto took over the Janitorial contract last year. Due to his efforts, you can see a marked improvement in the state of the hall. He ensures that the building is prepared for the various events we hold, and often does many extra tasks to help the 5480 Club maintain the building. Even though some tasks are outside his responsibilities, he never asks for anything in return. Alberto also serves as assistant Lounge manager, helping Lew provide great Friday night events. You almost always see him volunteering at Bingo as well. Please take an opportunity to say thank you and congratulations to our January Knight of the Month, SK Alberto Rios.
Sir Knight David Litzinger, PGK. The Knight of the month for September works behind the scenes and out in front to ensure the council runs smoothly. As trustee, he ensures that we are financially sound, but also gives me advice and the benefit of his experience. He is always one of the first to respond to email requests for information or advice. Even though his wife Mary is ill, he still finds time to serve at the parish and the council; in addition to his trustee role, he also serves as the church director for OLMC. He is also very involved in the church ministry to those with special needs. This ministry is close to my own heart as my sister Elizabeth has benefited greatly from t. Take a minute to thank our September Knight of the Month David Litzinger for all he does for our council, his parish and our community.
Our Knight of the Month for July has been a mentor to me since my first few days in the order. He has offered me the benefit of his experience whenever I had a question. I have served on the degree team with him for a couple years now, and have benefited by his example. He is always volunteering for Bingo, and anywhere he is asked. I have never been refused when asking for assistance or advice. I would like to thank the July Knight of the Month Sir Knight Chuck Olson.
This month I would like to take the opportunity to thank a Brother for all his hard work and dedication working with the young men at CNU. This Brother has diligently worked with the college students helping them become Brothers of the Council. He has worked Sundays and many evenings helping these young men grow their faith and maturity. He has roundtable discussions, enjoyed fellowship at meals and been a true liaison between our Council and the the university. Please help me congratulate Brother Karl Hedlund as our Knight of the Month for May.
The Knight of the Month is being presented to a group of men, that without them, our show could not continue. I tried to choose one, but that would have many out that I am truly thankful for their time on Monday and Thursday. They tirelessly tend to many activities on these two nights. You can find them at the Bingo Hall early in the afternoon setting up and staying until after the last has been called making our fundraiser successful in many ways. I cannot be more proud of their efforts. Please find some time to join them to help ease their load. Congratulations to the Monday and Thursday Bingo workers on the Knight of the Month award for February.
Our Knight of the Month spends many hours each month at the Council home, close to 70, helping with Bingo. He has his own special spot where Bingo make sure that they see him and receive a warm welcome or even words of encouragement. He finds time in his busy schedule to make sure that our Bingo operation runs smooth and is profitable. The Bingo players have nothing but good things to say about Richard. He is easy to talk to and knowledgeable about most everything. Please help me to congratulate Richard Marsh as our Knight of the Month for December.
I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as November’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position and made it his own. The newsletter is disseminated in a timely and professional manner. David does the newsletter with all the information sent to his in-box with PATIENCE and also a little sense of humor. He volunteers as a bingo caller on Monday nights. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. And actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Please help me congratulate Brother David Farrell as our Knight of the Month.
Our Knight of the Month for October is a hard working dedicated brother. You can find him doing Quality Control on Bingo nights, tending bar in the lounge, volunteering at most events and anything that he is asked to do, and he will definitely do for any member asking for his help. He can put a smile on anyone's face because of his kind words and gentle demeanor. He truly exemplifies our Order in many, many ways. He may have transferred to 16226, but he will always one of ours at 5480. Please help me in congratulating Brother Rick Schirm as our Knight Of the Month.
Our Knight of the month for September is Brother Umit Davulco. This Brother seems to volunteer for everything. He is a volunteer bartender, works at Bingo, cooks at the outdoor and indoor events and does all this with a smile. Umit has become a welcome sight to our council. He has the qualities of our degrees firmly engrossed in his character. When he is working an event, he puts his all into making the event better for all who attend. He always has a kind smile to accompany what he says. Please help me congratulate Umit Davulco as our September Knight of the Month
I am proud to name Brother Frank Dougherty as July’s Knight of the Month. Frank has been quite involved with several council events, most notably the Peninsula Agency for the Aging (PAA) packing of dry goods and the Council-sponsored blood drives. Frank has always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event. Frank has also worked diligently to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives all afternoon, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank for a job well done!
Brother Stanley Baker Our Knight of the month hit the ground running from the moment he took his first degree. Whenever, or wherever, he is needed, he steps right up to help. He can be seen at bingo on Monday nights helping in more than one capacity. He regularly attends meetings and always has a smile on his face. He can also be seen helping in the kitchen during dinners that the Knights hold for special events. He also assists the directors with the great events that they put on. Please help me congratulate Brother Stanley Baker as our Knight of the month.
Brother Richard Marsh I am proud to name Brother Richard Marsh as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Richard is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and he assists in whatever capacity he can, based on his overall health. Despite a recent back surgery, Brother Richard, once cleared by his doctor, returned to volunteering in the bingo operations. He is there in whatever position is required. He is totally engrossed with assisting the council the best he can. He also volunteers with the Knights of Columbus Meals-on-Wheels program. He sometimes leads the Council rosary preceding the meeting. If you tell him you need assistance in a project, he will gladly volunteer, with certain restrictions. Nevertheless, he tries very hard to be involved with Council activities and events. Congratulations Brother Richard for a job well done!
Brother Umit Davulco I am proud to name Brother Umit Davulco as a June Knight of the Month. Brother Umit is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Despite his military disability, Brother Umit volunteers many hours to the council on a variety of activities. Some of these activities are Adopt-A-Spot, bartender duties, bingo, setting up and tearing down after an event, Peninsula Agency for the Aging packing, and Mother’s Day Breakfast. Brother Umit also attends school to overcome his disability and it is paying off. He is also very inquisitive about the Knights of Columbus, trying to learn as much as he can so he can serve the council better. He always attempts to do his best when involved with a council event/activity. He can be counted on to volunteer when the need arises. Congratulations Brother Umit for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Jeff James as the May’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jeff has been a stalwart volunteer in support of the Council’s bingo operations for many, many years. He is not only in charge of the counter operations, but he also sells instant cards on the floor when the need arises. He does this religiously, despite lower back and knee pains. Even though he does not like change, he enthusiastically embraced the quality control changes that needed to be made for more accountability of the cash flow. Through his efforts, the bingo operations will be able to provide more financial assistance to other charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jeff for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Chuck Collins as the April’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News VA. Brother Chuck is an avid supporter of bingo operations and holds the record for selling the most instant Bangers tickets. A very energetic individual, who does not hesitate to take on projects. He recently volunteered to redo the flooring of the 2-bedroom home of an elderly person, as part of the Habitat for Humanity project. He is also a regular volunteer for the Adopt-A-Spot Program. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother David Farrell as March’s Knight of the Month. David is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He is the council’s newsletter editor. He assumed this position last year and made it his own. He recently redesigned the flow of information so people can easily know what’s going on in the council and what events are occurring during the month. The newsletter is now a one-stop shop for information about the council. He is also a volunteer for a variety of Council events. He is also a member of the local PTA where his children attend school. He is also actively involved with the school’s sports activities. Congratulations Brother David for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Jim Hooker as February’s Knight of the Month. Brother Jim is an active member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newport News and serves on the RCIA Team and as a Eucharistic Minister. He is the Council’s Bingo Manager, which is the Council’s largest fund-raising activity. Brother Jim has been doing this volunteer work for many, many years. He recently implemented a change to bingo operations to provide more oversight and accountability. This resulted in a dramatic improvement in bingo proceeds. This means we can provide more financial contributions to charitable organizations. Congratulations Brother Jim for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Robbie DeBartolo as January’s Knight of the Month. Brother Robbie is an active member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News VA. He has been an avid supporter of youth events, helping out in whatever capacity, whether it is with setting up the Halloween hallway or keeping the youths occupied at the laser tag events. He has also been an active scout leader, taking the time to give boy scouts some well-deserved fun time during an overnight shindig in the Knights of Columbus hall. He is also a supporter of bingo operations, working the floors or counting instant tickets for accuracy. Congratulations Brother Robbie for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Rick Schirm as December’s Knight of the Month. Brother Rick is an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA. He serves as an Usher and assists in the parish’s Sunday Suppers, which feeds the homeless, the needy and hungry. He is also involved with the church’s roundtable discussions in trying to establish a Knights of Columbus council in the parish. He has also been an avid supporter of bingo operations, heading the uality control section. He was instrumental in developing audit control procedures that have dramatically improved bingo proceeds. He also volunteers and assists at council activities and other community events. Congratulations Brother Rick for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Chuck Olson as November’s Knight of the Month. Brother Chuck is an active member of the St. Jerome Church in Newport News and volunteers many hours in support of parish activities. He was instrumental in the success of the State Organizational Meeting held in October. Brother Chuck is also an energetic volunteer for the council’s bingo operations, selling progressive bingo games. He is always there to lend a helping hand, such as blood drives, Peninsula Agency for the Aging dry goods packing, and degree exemplifications. He is also a member of the council’s first degree team. You can always rely on him when volunteers are needed. Congratulations Brother Chuck for a job well done.
I am proud to name Brother Steve Cretacci as September’s Knight of the Month. Brother Steve has been an avid supporter of the council’s family picnics. He always projects an enthusiastic and can-do attitude. Whether it is setting-up or tearing down for a family event, he is always there to ensure everything is completed in a timely fashion. He is also very involved with the local Boy Scout troop that regularly participates in council-sponsored events, such as flag-raising ceremonies and Scorpion ceremonies. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Parish. Congratulations Brother Steve for a job well done!
Brother Reco Cotton I am proud to name Brother Reco Cotton as August’s Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has been a stalwart supporter of the Father Bader Color Corps Assembly. He has participated in at least 4 Color Corps events in the last 2 months, the latest being the road guard for the Blessed Sacrament Procession at St. Jerome. Reco has also been the Council’s star Disc Jockey for a couple of our events and for the St. Jerome’s Appreciation Dinner. He has recently stepped forward to be the Inside Guard for this Fraternal Year, as well as a member of the Retention Committee. Congratulations Brother Reco for a job well done!
I am proud to name Brother Angelo Cavone as July’s Knight of the Month. Brother Cavone is a fairly new member, acquiring his first degree on February 22, 2014. Since then, Brother Cavone has been an avid volunteer in many of the council events, such as Mother’s Day breakfast, and more recently Father’s Day picnic, rendering assistance wherever help is needed. He is an active member of the St. Jerome Catholic Church. Congratulations, Brother Cavone, for a job well done!
Congratulation to Brother Gabe Franco. Gabe joined the Order in October, 2003. Over the past few years Gabe accepted the challenge of becoming an officer in the Council. He currently holds the positions of Deputy Grand Knight in our Council and is a member of the Color Corp in our assembly. He has done an admirable job as General Program Director (the primary duty of the DGK) in overseeing, coordinating, planning and reporting of various events throughout this past fraternal year. He is “Recruitment Director” assisting the Membership Director in coordinating Brothers in furthering their achievement of degree status. With his tenacity of engaging fellow brothers, he encouraged new “out of the box” activities. His timely reporting was instrumental in the council receiving the Virginia State Deputy Award. His work with the Chancellor (Membership Director) was recognized at the State Convention where Council 5480 was recognized as a “Top Recruiter” in the Diocese of Richmond. He and his Christina attend St. Jerome parish where both are active in various ministries of the Church.
SK Lewis S. Stokes Jr
Congratulations to Brother Lewis S. Stokes Jr. as our May Knight of the Month. Brother Lew became a Brother late in life, but has been an inspiration as a worker, inspirational leader and a good listener. Lew is always available when called upon, serving as Past Grand Knight, Past President of the 5480 Club, a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee, Community Service Director, Lounge Manager and a dedicated Bingo worker. Lew is a member of St. Jerome.
SK Reco Cotton
Knight of the Month - APRIL Congratulations to Brother Reco Cotton as our April Knight of the Month. Brother Reco has served as our resident disc jockey at many of the Youth and Family Activities. A jovial young at heart man, Reco is there when called upon. A brother and Sir Knight since 2009, he is an advocate of the principles of the Knights and encourages other to join the order. Reco is a member of St. Jerome.
SK John Wojtas
Knight of the Month - MARCH Congratulations to Brother John Wojtas as our March Knight of the Month. Brother John has served as our stage manager at many of the Youth and Family Activities. Whenever it’s time to dress the house whether setting up tables, tents or arranging games or serving up food you are assured of the his help. John is an advocate of youth and family activities whether it be the Knights of Columbus, Cub Scouts or OLMC School. He is there!. John is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel..
SK Phil Carlo
Knight of the Month - FEBRUARY Congratulations to Brother Phil Carlo as our Knight of the Month. Brother Phil has served as the “Music Man” for the Youth Activities and Council Degree ceremonies. You can also find Phil behind the grill flipping burgers or turning those dogs at our many council picnics. Phil served as an usher and youth ministry at St. Jerome. Phil will be moving back to New England where he has an extended family. Good luck, Phil. We will miss you.
SK Kevin Konouck
With great gratitude to a Brother who has served as the Scout liaison for over fifteen years. Congratulations to Brother Kevin Konouck. Kevin is an avid Scout and football fan. He has been a Knight since 1981 and is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Knight of the Month - DECEMBER It goes without saying that BINGO would not be the same without Brother Jeff James. Jeff has been a Knight since 1986 and for the last 15 years he has been a stalwart volunteer at both the Monday and Thursday night BINGO. He along with his son have been the glue that holds the games together when novices assist. He provides a wealth knowledge keeping the sale of Instant’s moving and helping others boost sales. Jeff is a charitable person and dedicated to our BINGO program.
Golden Jubilee Committee
Knights of the Month - NOVEMBER What a wonderful celebration and kick-off of our Golden Jubilee year. It goes without saying that the co-chairs and their 50th Anniversary Committee have made us proud to be part of the legacy of Walter Pollard Council 5480. The celebration continues throughout the year and we will host the State Bowling tournament in April. Congratulation to our 50th Anniversary Committee -- Past Grand Knights, Bernie Gerlach and John Edwards, Co-chairmen and their team of Marshall Clarke, Ronald Gorman, Joseph Drozdowski, Harold Hairston, Jim Healy and Lewis Stokes.
Knight of the Month - OCTOBER Rick Schirm is our Knight of the Month. He is member of Immaculate Conception. Rick is an avid BINGO volunteer. He is also the “word” of the Council as our Recorder, and the Assembly as our Scribe. Rick also serves as our Council Director.and is at most council activities. Recently he served superbly and House Manager for the Past Grand Knight / Past Faithful Navigator dinner.
Knight of the Month - SEPTEMBER Tony Rivera is our Knight of the Month. He is member of St. Jerome, he is very active with PORT and the homeless ministry. He has touched a lot of lives by working with the special needs kids at St Jerome. Tony was recently elected Inside Guard and is our local chair of “Football Frenzy” a Knights of Columbus Virginia Charities raffle. He is a loving husband and a doting father.
SK Jim Hooker
Knight of the Month - August CHARITY! That sums up our Knight of the Month, Jim Hooker of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Jim is our tireless Council Charities Chairperson and oversees the BINGO operations. Jim always has a smile whether mentoring at the parish RCIA or picking up trash at Adopt-A-Spot. Now retired, Jim is also active with the Maritime Library housed at Christopher Newport University Trible Library. Jim is a true council, church and community servant. We thank you, Jim!
SK Harold Hairston
Knight of the Month - July Our hearty congratulations to Harold Hairston of St. Jerome. He is our Past Grand Knight and is truly dedicated to the council spending many hours preparing for the Good of the Order. Harold initiated the Carrabba’s fundraiser dinner to subsidize transportation for the “Right to Life” march in Washington. He and his wife Linda have agreed to serve as our “Culture of Life” couple. Harold is a fixture at the Noon Mass as a member of the choir.
SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum
Every member of this family volunteers in multiple capacities at the council, OLMC School and OLMC Church. Neil has served as Family Director for the last couple years and coordinates many of our Family activities. Lauren works at OLMC school teaching art and regularly volunteers there as well. Both of their children are out helping the children as they arrive in the mornings at OLMC regardless of the weather. Neil is running our Annual Mother’s Day Brunch, so come out and congratulate our May Family of the Month - SK Neil and Lauren Rosenbaum.
Brother Bernie and June Gerlach
On bingo nights or Friday evenings there are often many of our Brother Knights in the hall serving in many different ways to keep our mission of charity moving. If you come to the council home other times, you are likely to find a much smaller number. Bernie and June Gerlach can often be found in the hall early in the morning meeting maintenance people, taking table linens home and washing them for the next rental, helping to decorate or cook for an event. Their dedication to serving this Council and many other organizations is an example for us all. I am happy to name Bernie and June Gerlach our April Family of the Month.
Brother Tony and Crystal Rivera-Silva
On January 27, 2017 marked the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This event was a powerful example of what can be done with a peaceful protest. Many young and old people marched to show that we must protect the most vulnerable of us all. A great example of this commitment to life could be seen by Brother Knight Tony Rivera-Silva, his wife Crystal, and their three children all marching together. This was certainly a long day for the little ones leaving first thing in the morning and not getting home until well after 9 PM, but they were all smiling every time I saw them that day. Please take a minute to thank Brother Tony and Crystal for their example and congratulate them as our February Family of the Month.
Sir Knight Stephen and Donna Raschke
Steve serves both the Council and Assembly locally, but also serves the State Council of Virginia. Even though he is the Immediate Past State Deputy, he and Donna still find time to attend Council events and often can be found both before and after events helping out where ever they are needed – managing to contribute time even though he is very busy as the Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2430. Steve has been a mentor to me since I took my first degree; he traveled to Gloucester for the ceremony and welcomed me into the Order. I am pleased to name SK Stephen and Donna Raschke our January Family of the Month.
Sir Knight Robert and Jeanette DeBartolo
The DeBartolo family is definitely a regular fixture at council events, always offering to help out in any way they can. Robbie has helped organize the family picnics with Neil Rosenbaum, he has helped increase attendance at Adopt a Spot with the inclusion of Boy Scout Troop 27 and Cub Scout Pack 242. He is a regular volunteer at bingo as well as a bingo caller. They do all this while still raising a family of 4, both of them volunteering as Scout Leaders, Robbie and his daughter Abby support the Nocturnal Adoration Society at OLMC. I count myself lucky to have them as friends and I hope you take a moment to congratulate Robbie and Jeanette DeBartolo, our September Family of the Month
Daniel and Deborah Richard
This last fraternal year, our family of the month has worked tirelessly on many Council events. As Program Director, I experienced first hand their assistance early and late to make sure events were the great success that they were. I would like to extend my thanks to our Immediate Past Grand Knight Dan and his wife Deborah, our July Family of the Month.
Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella
Our Family of the Month are true characters of our Council. They can be seen on Friday nights at the lounge holding court by pulling tables together. They attend other functions with us and bring true laughter to anyone who has the chance to speak with them. This couple absolutely complement each other’s traits in all they do. In short, they are wonderful people to spend time with each time you meet them. Please help me say thank you to Mickey and Carol Marcella Jr as our Family of the Month for May.
Brother Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan
New Year’s Eve was a big celebration all around the world. Our Council had a large turnout for our own celebration because of many hours of preparation, and I am sure high anxiety, on the part of our sponsors. Our Family of the Month dedicated a lot of time and effort to make this event so wonderful and memorable. They have also volunteered to chair the St. Patrick’s Day celebration which will require many hours of planning and directing during the event. Please help me congratulate Larry and Mary Jo O'Bryan, Jr. as our Family of the Month.
Brother Ted and Estelle Langevin
Our Family of the Month are well known around our Council for their contagious smiles and laughter with everything that they are involved with during the year. These two attend most all functions, both somber and joyful, with enthusiasm. Ted ran the award-winning Adopt-A-Spot program for many years and put our Council out there in the community. Ted and Estelle are very supportive of the Fourth Degree Assembly with their many functions also. They are truly worthy of recognition both in our Council and the whole Newport News community. Please help me congratulate Ted and Estelle as our Family of the Month for December.
Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell
They are usually seen wearing aprons hanging out in the kitchen. Every once in a while, they venture out to the main hall to receive a congratulatory applause on the meal of that event. They cover Friday nights for the Council with many, many events. You can receive a smile from them, and also how to properly run an event that is serving food. I do not know what we will do without them because of the many things they do that go unnoticed. This family is truly very good friends of mine and I hope of yours also. Please help me congratulate Colleen Messier and Rose and Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month.
Brother Angelo and Carol Cavone
Our Family of the Month for October is a quiet couple, but they can be seen helping our Council in oh so many ways. They accepted the Family Director position and have taken it on in a full stride. The Laser Tag was a big success and they have planned many more activities for the families of our Council. When they are not chairing an event, they are volunteering their time and effort to make it a success for other Directors. They are proud of their two daughters and their son, which they should be, because of all their accomplishments. I am proud to have them as members of 5480. Please help me congratulate the Cavone family as our Family of the Month.
Brother John & Connie Edwards
The Family of the Month are very outgoing people. They help wherever needed. John is a Bingo caller on Mondays and will sell tickets and other things on meeting nights. Connie is active with OLMC School in planning fund raisers and also a classroom mother. They both do a wonderful job every year coordinating the Run for the Heart. They put their all into our council and also into their son Joshua. The Edwards family can be seen at most events either as participants or coordinators. Please help me congratulate John, Connie and Joshua Edwards as our Family of the Month
Brother Neil & Lauren Rosenbaum
Our Family of the Month is a quiet couple that will help whenever needed. Neil teaches Karate in Founder’s Hall every Thursday. They both are active in their church and their children’s many activities. You will see them at events with smiles, kind words and a willingness to help where needed. This year, they will be the Family Directors for the Council. May we offer them our support where needed like they offer their support to all of us. Please help me congratulate The Rosenbaum family, Neil, Lauren and children, as our Family of the Month.
Gabe & Christine Franco
Brother Gabe and Christina Franco Our Family of the Month is very active in their church. Gabe is a Lecturer on Saturday nights and Christina is there with him. Christina also helps at the church and did a wonderful job speaking native tongue during Pentecost. They are both very active in our council, and you can catch them at the council on any Tuesday night. Both are active in the Fourth Degree ceremonies and meeting nights. This past month, they scheduled, set up and hosted two major events, the Appreciation Dinner and also the Asian-American Dinner. Gabe can be reached for guidance from any Brother Knight with his general knowledge about most anything associated with our council. Together, they are most charming to be around and can put a smile on any face quickly. Please help me congratulate Brother/Sir Gabe Franco and his bride Christina as our Family of the Month.
Brother Bill and Helen Allen
Brother Bill and Helen Allen I am proud to name Brother Bill and Helen Allen as June’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Allen is the Lector Coordinator for the parish, he assists in the preparation for daily mass, he is a Eucharistic Minister, a lector, a bingo caller, and referees for local high school football and basketball games. Brother Bill also assists the pastor during funeral masses. Helen is also very active in many aspects of the church. She assists her husband in the daily preparation for mass. She is also quite involved with refugees who come to the area and she, among other things, teaches them English as a second language. She also assists during the Early Sunday mass, bringing the gifts to the altar. Congratulations to Brother Bill and Helen for a job well done!
Brother Harold and Linda Hairston
I am proud to name Brother Harold and Linda Hairston as May’s Family of the Month. Both are very active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Harold is a Lector and a member of the 12 pm church choir. He is also one of the Cantors. Brother Harold also volunteers for bingo and is in charge of the 4th degree program. Brother Harold is also the Membership Director for District 5, as well as the Faithful Navigator for Father Bader Assembly 2430. Linda is also a Lector at St. Jerome. She is also the Secretary of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) #2260. She was instrumental in the success of the CDA Annual Convention recently held in Newport News. Linda also prays the rosary on a monthly basis with residents of the St. Francis Nursing Home in Newport News. She is also the Education Chairperson for the Circle of Love program of the CDA. Congratulations Brother Harold and Linda for a job well done!
Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer
I am proud to name Brother Michael and Eddy Creamer as April’s Family of the Month. Both Michael and Eddy are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Eddy is involved in a variety of parish activities. She is a lector and a Eucharistic Minister for the homebound. She also assists in different parish activities when the needs arise. Michael is an ardent supporter of bingo operations, ensuring all the instant cards that are sold during bingo nights are accurately counted and accounted for. He is also involved with council degree ceremonies and the Peninsula Agency for the Aging. Both are also active participants in Council events. Congratulations Michael and Eddy for a job well done!
Brother John and Connie Edwards
I am proud to name Brother John and Connie Edwards as March’s Family of the Month. John and Connie are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. John is a lector and a member of the parish’s pastoral council. Connie is very involved with the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, usually chairing or co-chairing charitable events for the school. Both also volunteer in many youth and family activities and both, with their son Josh, attend most council events. John is also a Bingo caller for the Council’s bingo operations, President of the Society of Mechanical Engineer, spearheads the annual Run for the Heart, the council’s webmaster, and is the Council’s Sweepstakes coordinator/seller for the State’s Football/Basketball Frenzy . Congratulations John and Connie for a job well done!
Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley
I am proud to name Brother Carroll and Fernanda Kelley as February’s Family of the Month. Carroll and Fernanda are both active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Brother Carroll is an usher, a Council Liaison to the parish, and a Fellowship committee member. Fernanda is also a member of the Fellowship committee and the Justice and Peace Committee. Both also coordinates and organizes the Knights of Columbus Soup Supper during Lent. Brother Carroll was also instrumental in the success of the March for Life bus trip to Washington DC. Carroll is also the Color Corps Commander for the Assembly. Both of them are also ardent volunteers for many council activities, whether it’s decorating the hall or setting up for an event. You can always count on both of them. Congratulations Carroll and Fernanda for a job well done!
Brother Tony and Terri Merendino
I am proud to name Tony and Terri Merendino as January’s Family of the Month. Both Tony and Terri are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. Tony is a lector and Terri is a Eucharistic Minister. Terri also coordinates trips for council members and their spouses to go on trips to watch plays around Virginia. Tony is also an ardent supporter of bingo on Mondays and Thursdays, ensuring personal checks are scrutinized before approval. Tony also on occasion, serves as a DJ on some council activities. Congratulations Tony and Terri for a job well done!
Brother Mickey and Carol Marcella
I am proud to name Mickey and Carol Marcella as December’s Family of the Month. Both Mickey and Carol are active members of the St. Jerome Parish. They both are members of the fellowship committee that is in charge of many church activities to include, Appreciation Dinner, Harvest Dinner, picnics, and youth events. They are also one of the lead crews for church cleaning that is accomplished every Saturday. Both Mickey and Carol actively attend council events and provide refreshments at some of these functions. Both are also ardent supporters of the local Boys and Girls Club. He serves as one of the members of the Board of Directors. Congratulations Mickey and Carol for a job well done!
Brother Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota
am proud to name Brothers Vahwere and Muhimwali Kavota as November’s Family of the month. These brothers have done marvelous things for the council. They are both very involved with youth activities, to include Laser Tag party, Halloween Party, and the upcoming Youth Christmas Party. Both are also very active members of the Immaculate Conception Church in Hampton VA, acting as ushers and greeters. Both are always there to assist in any way they can, whether it is volunteering for bingo or adopt-a-spot. Congratulations, Vahwere and Muhimwali for a job well done!
Brother Jim and Karen Kazmer
I am proud to name Brother Jim Kazmer and his wife Karen as September’s Family of the Month. Jim and Karen are both active members of St. Jerome Parish. Their two sons, Richard and Steven, are both Knights of Columbus members. The entire family is always there to assist in every possible way when it comes to council activities, such as family picnics and youth activities, to include the Altar Server Appreciation Day. Jim also assists in projects in the council building, from setting up the public address system, to rewiring the video system for the council lounge, while Karen prepares food and refreshment for the volunteers. Congratulations, Jim and Karen for a job well done!
Brother Randall and Lien Crum
Brother Randall and Lien Crum I am proud to name Brother Randall and Lien Crum as August’s Family of the Month. Randall and Lien are both active members of St. Jerome Parish and they lead the praying of the Rosary every Saturday preceding the 5 PM mass. Randall joined the knights early this year and he just went full throttle with getting involved and committed to some of the council’s events. Randall and Lien were there to assist in decorating the hall for the Appreciation Dinner. Lien is active in many activities at St. Jerome Church. Randall has participated as well with the Adopt-a-Spot program. Randall created a Rosary binder for the council to ensure whoever says the rosary will have a step-by-step process for leading the rosary. Randall has also volunteered to be on the Recruitment committee. Congratulations, Randall and Lien Crum for a job well done!
Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty
Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty I am proud to name Brother Frank and Jean Faye Dougherty as July’s Family of the Month. Frank and Jean Faye have been quite involved with several council events, most notably the Peninsula Agency for the Aging (PAA) packing of dry goods and the Council-sponsored blood drives. Frank and Jean Faye have always been in the fore-front in organizing the PAA’s 2-day event. Frank and Jean Faye have also worked diligently together to advertise the blood drives sponsored by the council and work the blood drives themselves, together with a number of brother knight volunteers. Both events have always been highly successful. Frank and Jean Faye are both active members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Congratulations, Frank and Jean Faye for a job well done!
Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Rev. Henry Diesta.
Congratulations to “Our Fathers” in Newport News, Worthy Chaplain Rev. Carlos Lerma and Faithful Friar Henry Diesta. When Reverend Father Carlos H. Lerma was in his early 20s and looking for direction in his life, he went to his parish priest for guidance. At the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church he began helping minister to the poor in his small hometown of Buga, Colombia. After a year, he sensed that this was the life to which he was called. With the help of his pastor, Fr. Carlos immediately set in motion a path to the priesthood. It would take him 12 years to get there. Today Father Carlos is the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. He is fluent in Spanish and English and serves as Chaplain of both Council 5480 and Council 11817. Father Carlos is a regular at council functions and will always remain behind to hear a confession. We are blessed to have Father Carlos. Reverend Father Henry Diesta, a priest of the Diocese of Sorsogon in the Philippines, was appointed Pastor of St. Jerome Church in Newport News in 2009. Father Henry was well received into the large Newport News Filipino community and quickly adopted Council 5480 as his brothers. Father Henry spent his entire five years ministering to the Sir Knights of the Rev. Michael Bader Assembly as the Faithful Friar. Father Henry will be returning to his home Diocese this summer. We will miss you.
Connie & John Edwards and son Josh
The Edwards Family Congratulations to Connie, John and son Josh as our April Family of the Month. The Edwards family is present at many of our council events and activities. You see them working hard planning, preparing, executing and cleaning up from events in the council that they chair. Connie & John are stalwart volunteers at our Family activities and provide mentorship to our new brothers. John is a lector at St. Jerome and an active member of the Assembly Color Corp. He is at most Bingo sessionswhen not working and ensures that our council’s website and email page is maintained. He coordinates the distribution of the electronic and print edition of the Knightly News. Most recently the entire family was present as John chaired the annual “Run for the Heart” to benefit the American Heart Association. Together with their son, they are always available to help and assist. The Edwards are parishioners of St. Jerome.
Gemma and David Kerstetter
Family of the Month - APRIL Congratulations to Gemma and David Kerstetter as our April Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at Fellowship and Youth activities at St. Jerome and the Knights of Columbus. They are actively involved in the Adult Bible Study group and liturgy. David joined the council last June, and obtained his 4th degree in October. He immediately took an active part in the council. He is spearheading our Student Outreach programs at Peninsula Catholic and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and our local parishes. Gemma has been involved in a variety of ministries, served on the Parish Pastoral Council and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Gemma and David have several children and grandchildren. The Kerstetter’s are members of St. Jerome.
Karen & Jim Kazmer
Family of the Month - MARCH Congratulations to Karen & Jim Kazmer as our March Family of the Month. You will always find them assisting at our Family and Youth activities. This past few weeks Karen and Jim were of great assistance at the “Fathers/daughter & Mothers/sons Gala” and the “Sweethearts & Sweeties” Valentines party to our Youth and Family Directors. It is always comforting to have the Kazmer’s at your side. The Kazmer’s have 4 kids: Christina, Steven, Sara, and Richard whom have all served as either as Altar Servers in the Youth Choir. Steven obtained his 4th Degree in October and was Knighted by his father , Jim. The Kazmer’s are members of St. Jerome parish.
Walt & Debbie Troyan
Family of the Month - February Congratulations to Walt & Debbie Troyan. You will always find them able and willing to help whether it be conducting the 50-50 raffle, helping with Youth activities and when called upon. Walt has served at council meeting as a stand-in guard. Debbie is an active member of Catholic Daughters of America. They attend St. Jerome, where they are involved in the liturgical ministry. All I basically know is that they attend St J, he works at Suttle Oldsmobile, she at Cho's Cleaners, they have adult children (not exactly sure of how many), he is always willing to help in 50/50, stand-in for guards at meetings, she is a
Faye and Frank Dougherty
Family of the Month - JANUARY Congratulations to Faye and Frank Dougherty as our Family of the Month. Faye and Frank are stalwarts of Community Service. They are the catalyst of the council involvement with the Peninsula Agency of Aging “Meals on Wheels” and the American Red Cross “Blood Drive”. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel they participate on the Liturgical Ministry team as greeters at the 8AM Mass. Faye is a member of the Ladies of Carmel, Frank participants in the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group and together they are active Nocturnal Adorers and members of Act II, mature adults group.
Carol & George Koch
Family of the Month - DECEMBER Congratulations to Carol & George Koch and their daughter Samantha as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. George returned to our council and most recently obtained his 2nd and 3rd degree ascending to Full Knighthood. The Koch’s immersed themselves in our family activities, including the Summer Family picnic series, “Cars and Stars” and most recently “Italian Family Knight”. You will find them helping with set-up, cooking, and of course pouring a cold one. The family is involved with the OLMC youth group and OLMC School where Samantha is a student. the
Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark
Family of the Month -NOVEMBER Congratulations to Sandra, Kelwyn D’Souza and son Mark as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Kelwyn is our Youth Director and as a team they exemplify “Young at Heart”. You will see Kelwyn and Mark at many of the council activities. In July the D’Souza’s took pictures at the Installation ceremony. Sandra is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and The Ladies of Carmel. The The D’Souza trio formed the core of the Youth committee who most recently organized the 3rd Annual Laser Tag and the Youth Halloween Party.
Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell
The Messier Family Congratulations to Colleen Messier, her daughter Rose and son-in-law Tyler Powell as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Legacy of Ronnie continues. As Grand Knight I received raves on the Installation dinner and the PGK/PFN dinner. What a godsend for Mary and me. Colleen also serves as our Kitchen Manager and does a superb job for the 5480 Club Activities. In addition to a hectic schedule, they still find time to support both OLMC and PCHS
Shannon and Tom Clark
Family of the Month - September Congratulations to Shannon and Tom Clark and kids as our Family of the Month. They are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Tom is a recent convert to our faith and started attending activities before Easter. He wasted no time and joined the order shortly afterwards. Tom and his family have set the bar for us with their Charity and Service. His family regularly works BINGO, Adopt-A-Spot and put us over the top at our recent BLOOD DRIVE. Tom and his family are active at OLMC in the Adult Choir, the Youth Choir, as a proclaimer and as Nocturnal Adorers. You will find Tom, Shannon and family, Sarah - 19 a rising sophmore at Liberty University, Leah – 16, Maria – 14, Ella – 10, Tommy – 9, Jack – 5, Charlie - 4 and Sophia - 2 at many of the council activities.
June and Bernie Gerlach
Family of the Month - August Congratulations to June and Bernie Gerlach of St. Jerome as our Family of the Month. They are at the forefront of our Council and Assembly activities. If you think you are hearing the jingling of Santa Claus’s bells, it is probably the sound of Bernie’s keys. Together with the help of fellow Knights, they prepare food for picnics, dinners and host receptions. Most recently at the Independence Day Flag Raising they led the Kitchen Team to serve a full breakfast to dignitaries and participants and it was June’s birthday. They have never turned down a request for assistance. Bernie has served as Part President of the 5480 Club, Former District Deputy, Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator and in retirement he is our Facilities Rental Manager. We owe a debt of gratitude to June & Bernie. Thank you.
Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family
Family of the Month - July Congratulations to Jeanette & Robbie DeBartolo & family of Our Lady Mount Carmel. As our Family Life Activities Couple they exemplify ambition and dedication spearheading our summer series of picnics. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish and school. Robbie is our newly elected Inside Guard and received his fourth degree this spring.