Jesse Tapia has been a Knight in our Council for only a few months, but he has already put in many hours at some key Council events, and we are happy to recognize him as our Knight of the Month for February. Jesse has an interesting work schedule – he works a 48-hour shift as an ambulance driver for a local private company. That hasn’t stopped him from pitching in as a cook for the February Family Dinner, Lenten Dinners, and the Parish Mission Dinner for 300. He has even helped immediately after the end of his two-day shift! Jesse’s attitude is positive and infectious. His family is very active with Mary Immaculate parish, including his wife who is a recent convert to the Catholic faith. Our Council and parish community are blessed to have people as service-oriented as Jesse and his family in our midst! Please take time to get congratulate Jesse as our February Knight of the Month!
The council 5052 Knight of the Month for January is Gerald Sparks. Gerald joined the knights in 2010 and became a 4th degree member in 2012. Gerald serves as our safe environment coordinator and makes sure we keep compliant by coordinating training sessions and handling the documentation for the annual audit. Gerald does this critical, behind-the-scenes role expertly. He is also an expert at keeping the phones, computers, and printers running smoothly at the Springlake Event Center. He has put a lot of time in recently keeping things up and running, and then patiently explaining technical solutions that would make our lives easier. You will also find Gerald serving as usher at 10:30 a.m. Mass at Mary Immaculate where his wife, Debbie, sings in the choir. We are thankful that Gerald shares his technical talents with the council!
Louis Walsdorf is the Knight of the Month for our council for December. Louis has been in the knights for seven years during which he has held several positions including his current position of Advocate. Louis has been involved with many different council activities and December was no exception. He was behind the grill cooking burgers at the Christmas tree lighting. He made bacon and pancakes for the Pajamas and Pancakes event at the Farmers Branch Rec Center, and he also helped with the December family dinner. Louis is one of the guys who regularly provides a pickup to help transport food and equipment for fundraisers at the FB Historical park. And he has even volunteered to lead our 2018 golf tournament. Please congratulate Louis on being Council 5052’s Knight of the Month, and thank him for all he does to support our council.
David Ruml is Council 5052’s Knight of the Month for November. David joined Council 5052 in 2016 and serves as one of our Outside Guards. David has helped serve food at several dinners including the Heroes on the Water dinner in November. He has also recently signed up to help as sacristan and usher at the 10:30 a.m. Masses at Mary Immaculate, which helps fill a crucial need. His quick smile and unassuming manner are traits that will serve him well as an usher. One thing you might not know about David is that he grew up in Canada. We’re glad that he found his way to Texas and that he has become as active as he has in the council. Please join me in congratulating David on being our Knight of the Month.
Tom Musso is the Council 5052 Knight of the Month for October. Tom has been an active knight in our Council for 35 years and is our current Treasurer. He spends hours every week keeping the Council and the Springlake Association financials in order. Recently, Tom was the banker for the very busy, two-day Bluegrass Festival at which we sold $6,300 in concessions, and his quips brought smiles to the faces of the customers we served. We are blessed to have someone with Tom’s dedication and talent in our Council and we are pleased to name him the Knight of the Month.
Arthur Lopez is Council 5052’s Knight of the Month for September. Arthur has been a knight with our council for just a few months, and in that time has been involved in many activities. He helped with the blood drive at the end of August and went to Safe Environment training in September. He also volunteered to help with RCIA when our council was asked to help. Arthur also helps out at Mary Immaculate as an usher for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; you will find him greeting parishioners before Mass and helping assisting people however he can. We are blessed to have Arthur as a member of the Council
Fred Di Orio
The August Knight of the Month is Fred Di Orio. Fred joined the council in 2013. In August, Fred suggested holding an event to show our appreciation for the Farmers Branch Police Department. He notified the department that there would be snacks and coffee for officers who were working from 7-11 p.m. on Friday evening. He also saw that this would be a good opportunity to partner with the Catholic Daughters so he contacted the local court’s regent, who arranged for members to participate. The 6 FB Police officers who attended were very appreciative of the late night refreshments, and the department sent a nice note of thanks for remembering them. Fred also is the new business manager for Springlake Event Center and has worked hard to learn the ropes. Our Council is proud to name Fred our Knight of the Month for August.
The July Knight of the Month for Council 5052 is Rob Happe. Rob has been a member of the Council for 8 ½ years, and has ably served in officer and director roles. Rob is active with many cooking events including Heroes on the Water and selling concessions at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. He is our Culture of Life director, frequently praying the Rosary at area abortion centers and recently taking water to the high school participants of the Pro-Life Boot Camp. Rob is also very active at Mary Immaculate as a member of the Parish Finance Council and in other capacities. A big thank you to Rob for his continued service to the church and his community.
The Knight of the Month for May is Dale Finley. Dale joined the Knights in 1976, and then re-entered as a member of Council 5052 in 2013. Dale often pulls the trailer of equipment from the hall to the event site when we sell concessions at public events. The heat and humidity didn’t stop him from handling that task for the Stars and Strings Memorial Day event. Dale has a passion for ham radio and he spends a good part of his summer setting up and operating a radio station to help young men learn more about radio at Philmont Scout Ranch, along with others from the HAMventures team. And he still makes plenty of time for his grandchildren who are also in Scouts. Dale’s leadership and willingness to help others are qualities that make us proud to have him as a brother Knight.
The Knight of the Month for April is Bill Woster. Bill has been a Knight in our Council since 2011. One of Bill’s interests is photography, and he generously shares his talents in that area by taking pictures at Council Officer installations and other events. He frequently offers to take pictures for couples or families at the events as well. Bill and his wife, Mary, are parishioners at Mary Immaculate, and if you went to the Easter Vigil, you saw him taking all the Confirmation pictures. Bill also creates Council 5052 prayer books and customizes them for different groups. He has worked with other parishes to create around 3,000 books for their use. Bill also handles the monthly publication of the Knight Life, our Council’s newsletter. He and Mary are proud of their grown family who sometimes join them at family dinners. We are blessed by all Bill does and are proud to have him in our council!
The Knight of the Month for March is Matt Jones. Matt joined the council about five years ago and is very active, regularly attending business meetings and helping with a wide variety of events. Earlier this year, Matt retired from a position with the City of Mesquite, but he hasn’t slowed down. Recently, he has helped with the Lenten fish dinners, the Basketball Free Throw contest and fund raisers at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. And he also works for Mary Immaculate Church using his experience for the good of the parish. Matt also finds time to usher at the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass. Matt is a blessing to our council and our community, as are his wife, Michele, who works at Mary Immaculate School as the Athletic Director, and his two grown daughters who you may still see helping out at KC events. Congratulations to Matt, our Knight of the Month!
The Knight of the Month for February is Ramsey Ramirez. Ramsey joined our Council almost a year ago. He has helped with several activities such as Community fundraising events, providing transportation for bishops, praying at pro-life events, and helping with the membership committee. Ramsey’s positive eager attitude is a blessing to the Council! We are happy to recognize Ramsey as our Knight of the Month for March and look forward to his good ideas in the future!
The Knight of the Month for January is Wisdom Ezeoha. Wisdom has served in many different areas in the council since joining the Knights eight years ago. He makes most of the business meetings even though he has a very tight schedule servicing and selling used cars. He also finds time to move clothing and food donations from the collection boxes to a storage area, to usher at 7:30 Mass, and to teach Confirmation classes. Wisdom is a joyful person who has been blessed with many talents. He really engages his students about their faith and praises them enthusiastically for thoughtful answers. He shows a generous heart by helping people who need help with a car or other necessity. Wisdom has a passion for watching the Dallas Cowboys and for selling tamales – it’s fun to be around him when he’s doing either! Wisdom is a blessing to the Council and we are pleased to name him the Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month for December is Jim Onufrak. Jim joined the Knights in 1974 which makes him an Honorary Life Member -- but all that experience hasn’t lessened Jim’s zeal to help out! You can see Jim and his wife, Carol, at family dinners and many other Council events. Jim is a good example of a Knight who selflessly gives his time to a wide range of events including recently, Halloween in the Park, the Pancake Breakfast at the FB Rec Center, family dinners, and the Tour of Lights. Jim’s willingness to help with whatever needs to be done is a great example of charity, the first principle of our order. We are proud to recognize Jim as our Knight of the Month for December.
The Knight of the Month for November is Mike Schmitt. Mike joined the Knights over six years ago, in October 2010, and has contributed to the Council as an officer and in many other roles. Mike initiated and continues to lead our Council’s involvement with the DFW chapter of the Heroes on the Water (HOW) veterans assistance organization. In November, he organized a dinner for the DFW chapter of HOW. Mike frequently offers his culinary talents by helping with dinners or receptions at the hall. He also maintains our inventory of kitchen staples so key supplies are always there when needed. Mike and his wife, Susan, are also strong supporters of pro-life events, such as Life Chain and the Roe Memorial events in January. Fun fact: besides his involvement with the Knights, Mike also finds time to run a business restoring vintage license plates! We are proud to recognize Mike Schmitt as our Knight of the Month for November.
John Hennessy is the Knight of the Month for October. John joined the Knights in 2013 and currently serves as our Deputy Grand Knight and Program Director. Program Director, John led our Council through some very successful events in October, including the Fall Festival, our first 2-day Bluegrass Festival, and Halloween in the Park. John’s careful planning was especially needed in the absence of a Community director. John also put in many hours, from set-up to clean-up, to make sure these events raised as much money as possible for charity. John and his family also participated in the Hike for Life this month. John’s organization and dedication was a real blessing to our Council this busy past month – thank you, John!
The Knight of the Month for September is Ruben Camarillo. Ruben joined the Knights of Columbus in 2011 and is one of the Council 5052 members who is also a member of Knights on Bikes. These are Knights who do the charitable work of the Order at events that involve motorcycle rides. Ruben is active in many of our council’s program activities, including Heroes on the Water, events at the church, and fundraisers at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. He is an accomplished cook and helps prepare food at many family dinners hosted by the council. We are blessed to have Ruben as a member of our Council.
Bob has been a Knight in our council for over three years and has served in multiple leadership positions. He has held the position of Recorder and currently serves as Church Director and Chancellor, which involves him in various areas of our council’s program. Bob is very devoted to the faith and is one of several brother Knights who regularly visit Jesus in the adoration chapel. Besides helping at numerous council events, Bob also serves in the volunteer patrol for the Dallas Police Department. Bob is an avid bike rider and has made biking treks of hundreds of miles, but that didn’t stop him from taking the Polar Plunge earlier this year in support of Special Olympics. Because of Bob’s example of charity and service, we are proud to recognize Bob Mounger the Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month is John Catchings. John has been a member of Council 5052 for many years. He has served as Grand Knight and is a member of 4th Degree Assembly 2144. John is someone who serves in many ways. He acts as Membership Chairman and makes time to take new members to their degrees. He offered to serve as an at-large director for the Springlake Association. And he’s not content to serve in name only – he attends meetings faithfully and offers insights and ideas. He also spent many hours helping coordinate the Independence Day fundraiser at the Farmers Branch Historical Park in July. We appreciate all John does for the Council!
Ignacio Salazar is a devoted Knight and workhorse. In the past few months he has done the Family dinners, provided food for an open meeting while being the go to person for the Annual Golf Tournament. For the golf tournament he has worked with the golf course to be sure all is taken care of, is a sponsor and found sponsors. All of this takes a lot of time and he is doing this while an architect at Pulte Homes. The golf tournament would not happen and the charity Operation Finally home would not be getting the money raised without his efforts.
Knight of the Month Vic Muse Since I have been a Knight I have seen Vic at almost all business meetings and at special events. One of his passions has been the Seminarians. At almost every meeting Vic has something to say about the seminarians and our Councils commitment $5000 each year to fund the RSVP program. Vic is also passionate about the Montserrat's Men's Retreats and is constantly reminding us to go. Many of us get the "Our Lady's" Latest message from Medugorje that Vic emails out. Lastly Vic reminds us of the Wheel Chair Tournament and asks that we participate. Vic and his wife Margie are committed to their faith and are not afraid to let others know by their actions.
To prepare Lenten dinners for the 6 Fridays of Lent takes a lot of organization, patience, work and devotion. The members of the Holy Smokes cooking team did that his lent. They put out excellent dinners that brought in more diners each week than can be remembered for a long time. Congratulations to; Jarred Long, John Hennessey and Louis Walsdorf for being the collective Knights of the month.
Paul like many of our newer members has a very busy schedule with children in school his job, and the Knights. These activities often collide, however, when Paul is ourside guard and participate in as many of our activities as he can.
This Knight is one many of us see often especially when we need his help with projects at the church. Ramon Vargus works at Mary Immaculate. When we have activities at the church he is always there to help making sure that our needs are taken care of. When we need additional chairs and tables at the hall and have to borrow them from the church, Ramon is there moving and shoving stuff around and helping load the trucks so we get what we need. Then he does the reverse when it all is brought back. Thank you Ramon for your constant help.
Knight of the month is John Catchings. John has been a Knight since 6/1/1980. Since I have been a Knight and Grand Knight John has always been ready to help me in any way he can. Many times our Council is asked to assist fellow Council members that are in need, I can always call on John to see if he can assist. John can be counted on to be at meetings and while he and I may not always agree we are always fellow Knights and friends. I believe that John is that way with all his fellow Knights. He and his wife Janet are always at the many events our Council has. Thank you both.
The months of November and December are especially busy for all of us but especially for our directors. Gene is Director for Council and is responsible for many activates that involve council such as having food at the business meeting, in the Bar/lounge for home football games, open meetings as needed etc. Gene participates at most fund raising events and is active in a prison ministry visiting once a week a prison is east Texas. Gene is truly committed to helping others especially those whom we forget. Make sure you congratulate Gene when you see him.
Tim received his first degree on 4-26-2008 and his major degree on 1-11-2009. Tim is in his second year as Deputy Grand Knight and Programs Director. In 2013 he directed the Culture of Life. Tim is very active in the Pro Life movement and just last week got several sponsors for his Hike for Life. With all the events that this Council does it is hard to keep track of who helps, but a quick look around you will almost certainly see Tim involved. As a Council officer Tim is also an Association officer, during these meetings his suggestions and opinions are always well thought through. Tim, thank you for your commitment to the Knights and congratulations on being Knight of the Month.
Louis was very helpful with the golf tournament, his advice and comments regarding what and how the event should be run helped make the first golf tournament successful. Louis also works hard in the Knight’s kitchen at business meeting and family dinners. Thank you for your help Louis!
Mike Verdiguel has been an active Knight for many years. A member of Mary Immaculate he sent his children to Mary Immaculate School and now has grandchildren there. Mike likes to work in the background but you see him working in the Kitchen, attending meetings and helping whenever asked. He volunteered to help at the golf tournament and could be seen sitting behind a tree on the 13th hole dodging balls while looking to see if anyone made the hole in one to win the car. Mike is a good, easy going Knight whose care for others is always visible. Thank you, Mike
Roy headed up the wheelchair drive and, as it turned out, he did most of the work; organizing, getting volunteers, making the presentation at all the masses, because the original presenter was called back to California. Over that one weekend the wheelchair drive at Mary Immaculate raised $7,500. This was the first time we had a wheelchair drive at MIC, the impressive amount raised was a tribute to the work Roy put in. There will be a lot of people who have wheelchairs because of Roy’s efforts.
Knight of the Month Christopher Vilfordi Chris became a Knight on 8-6-13 and a 4th degree on 4-11-15. In his professional life he is a financial advisor at UBS. He has been on a number of boards and has worked with other nonprofits. In his first year, because of work and travel commitments, Chris did not have a lot of time to become actively involved with Knight events or meetings. However, Chris always made time when his experience, insight and advice was needed. In May of 2014 he was asked if he would be Treasurer and after much consideration he agreed. Being Treasurer of this Council is not easy because we use QuickBooks that has pasted through many volunteers who, in learning the program, left their legacy of errors, wrong entries etc. Just to enter a check can take a long time looking up the entry. Chris worked his way through a frustrating year with the help of Rob Happy and support of the Council officers. He has agreed to run for Treasurer for next year. His object this year is to streamline QuickBooks. When you see Chris be sure to say thank you.
It is a blessing that we have people in our council who are willing to share their talents and interests. Our Knight of the Month for April, Bill Woster, is one of these generous people. As most of you know, one of Bill’s hobbies is photography. In April, Bill was at the Easter Vigil at Mary Immaculate taking pictures as many people received their sacraments of initiation. The next Saturday, he took pictures of Msgr. Andy and friends at Msgr’s 50th Anniversary dinner. And the next day, he captured the highlights of Msgr Andy’s Mass and Reception in the Mary Immaculate parish hall. Bill is generous with his time not only with photography, but with other efforts such as the Confirmation program, the Prayer Books that he helps distribute, and the KnightLife newsletter that he produces. We appreciate Bill for all his good work!
Robert (Rob) Happe
Sometimes what you don’t see is more important then what you do see. What I am referring to is this year’s Lenten dinners. What you saw and tasted was the best Lenten dinners in recent memory. What you did not see was the long hours of preparations from putting together the menu’s, going out to buy the ingredients, then showing up a little after noon on Fridays to begin the preparations. Despite some arching muscles and staying late till other volunteers finished cleaning up, Rob was congenial with the kitchen volunteers and to those who stopped in to thank the kitchen crew. Rob exemplifies what being a Knight is all about.
When Knights join our Council, we hope these men will develop into leaders to replenish the leadership of the older existing members, like me. Pete Groman is a great example of an emerging younger leader. He joined Council 5052 on October 7, 2014. About a month after joining, he approached Tim Dougherty and me with a suggestion for a new fund raiser. He has put together the “Guns and Grub Charity Shoot”. You all can thank Peter by signing up.
Gerry Manley is one of the newer Knights to join our Council and he has become active this year by volunteering to be the Youth Director. From personal experience I can tell you that along with Gerry’s work and travel commitments, he is committed to have the events he is responsible for well-planned, very well organized and staffed. Two recent examples were the Candy Give away after Christmas masses and the youth basketball free throw. This year Gerry was able to encourage a larger participation in the free throw with several winners going on to participate in the higher levels of competition.
There was a lot of Ho-Ho-Ho ing during the month and our resident Santa did his share. Rodger Cramer was Santa at two events, the Christmas Family Dinner and the Farmers Branch tour of lights. For the Family dinner Roger had to dress up in a Santa suit that has been around since the original Santa had it. Roger took it in stride and made the children happy with his rendition of Santa. Bill Woster was there to take pictures. At the tour of lights Roger started dressing up at 5:30 and was ready to go before 6:00. The tour was not scheduled to start until 6:30 however because everyone was ready early the show started at 6:00. It was discovered that the second Santa suit did not have pants so Roger did not get a break and worked until after 10PM. He was cold and tired when he finished but had a good time making the other Knights and their children happy working with him and of course the many cars full of children that came through. Roger has come down with a cold, so keep him in your prayers.
Knight of the Month is Jim Onufrak. Jim has been a Knight since 1977 and is also a 4th degree. Going back in time, Jim worked the bingo nights for 20 years and was a member of a kitchen crew. Lately Jim has been attending meetings and working the events. Jim and his wife of 49 years have two children and 7 grandchildren.
Bob Garza exemplifies the four core principles of the Knights of Columbus – Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Bob helps those in need, a call he answers every day, as Chairman of the Advisory Council to Bea’s Kids. The mission of Bea's Kids is to provide educational and personal development programs to children from low-income families so they will stay in school and break the cycle of poverty. Bob also works with senior citizens including his tenure as Board Chairman of Senior Adult Services Organization, which has merged into the organization now called Metrocrest Social Service. Mary Immaculate can count on the support and encouragement of Bob as he works to make life better in our parish and in our community. We often see Bob at daily and Sunday masses as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He is also on the Parish Finance Advisory Council and participates in Mary Immaculate ministries such as the Senior Adult Focus Group. Bob is proud of his devotion to God and country, and believes in standing up for both. He served in the US Air Force and is a Viet Nam veteran, thank you Bob for your military service to our country. A retired governmental affairs executive of AT&T, Bob was elected to the City Council of Carrollton where he currently holds the position of Mayor Pro Tem. Bob and his wife, Emily, have a daughter and son and four grandchildren. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another. We see Bob quietly setting a fine example of the Knight’s core value of fraternity every day and so we are honored to recognize our brother Knight, Bob Garza, as September 2014 Council 5052 Knight of the Month.
We are pleased to recognize Wisdom Ezeoha as the Knight of the Month for September. Wisdom is a great example of someone who gives joyously in many different areas. During the school year, Wisdom has helped with the Confirmation preparation classes. His spirited way of teaching and his enthusiasm for the faith is contagious. Because Wisdom is highly educated, especially in math and science, he also offers his students insights about these subjects. He faithfully attends Mass and helps coordinate the monthly 24-hour adoration in the chapel. With the Knights of Columbus, he gets involved with many activities such as tamale sales, community events, and distributing Baby Banks. Listening to Wisdom talk about his family of origin and his nieces and nephews makes you realize how important God is in all areas of his life. Thank you, Wisdom, for being a light to those around you
During the month of July, Ignacio worked hard putting together the preliminary parts of the Golf Tournament he suggested the Council have. He talked to different golf club managers to get the best price. Ignacio made a Power Point presentation so we would understand what it is going to take to bring this event together and he made an estimate of what could be generated for a charity. He really raised the bar in planning our charity events. Ignacio also arranged the speakers for the last open meeting and donated two gift certificates to Babes, plus a birthday cake for July birthdays. Thank you for your work.
Ruben joined the Knights of Columbus and our council in 2011. When Mike Schmitt found out Ruben had experience working in a barbeque restaurant chain, he quickly recruited him to work in the kitchen. He can usually be found around the ovens and the fryers during the Lenten dinners. He is a regular fixture at the Mothers Day brunches. That is not where it stops. He loves our outings to serve lunches to the Hero’s on the Water veterans. He helps out at nearly all our functions at the Farmers Branch Historical Park and has served this past year as an outside guard. Ruben has a quiet and unassuming personality and a contagious smile. Please help us congratulate Ruben Camarillo as Knight of the month for June 2014.
The Knight of the month for May is Past Grand Knight Cliff Starnes. Cliff wears many hats in our council and is a driving force in making our council excel. He along with Bob Langer heads up our fundraisers through the City of Farmers Branch and the historical park events for the 4th of July, Halloween and the Christmas festivities held in December. In addition he has led a fundraiser for the past three years with Chase Bank and heads up the Tamale sales at Mary Immaculate. In addition to being a 2nd year trustee, he has also served as our membership director this year. In this capacity he has been instrumental in helping our council surpass its membership goal this year. It can be a demanding job and requires someone with a positive attitude and someone who is extremely persistent. Cliff fits this role to a tee. His activities don’t just stop with the Knights, Cliff has also taught ESL at Mary Immaculate for a number of years, operates a housing rental business and is very active in the local community. Please congratulate Cliff Starnes as Knight of the Month.
The Knight of the Month for April 2014 is Bill Woster. Recognition for the work Bill does for our council and for Mary Immaculate and the local community is long overdue. Since joining our council in 2011 Bill has contributed greatly to our success. In addition to printing a member’s directory, he has formatted and printed hundreds of prayer books entitled “Treasury of Prayers” with credit given to our council. Most of the recipients have been the youth of our parish through the confirmation and youth ministries, but many have been distributed to those going through RCIA and newcomers to our parish as well. He has also printed them in Spanish. In January Bill assumed the role of publisher of our monthly newsletter; Knight Life. He has done a fantastic job with this because of his experience and expertise. He is an accomplished photographer and could be found at the Easter Vigil mass taking pictures of all those who were welcomed into the Church. Please join me in congratulating Bill Woster as Knight of the Month.
J R Sanchez
Knight of the Month for March 2014 The Knight of the Month for March 2014 is J R Sanchez. J R joined the Knights and council 5052 in November of 2010 and has been a valuable addition from the very first day he came to us. He has served in several officer and program director positions and is the current Warden. He works for FedEx office and has helped us with several beautiful posters advertising some of our past brunches. J R balances his career with time for his wife Diane and their son Jacob and still manages to volunteer on the serving line at one of our dinners or working concessions at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. There are not many activities he has not been able to participate in. He is very conscientious and only accepts an assignment when he knows he can give it his best. If he is unable to do something he will let you know right away. He is very valuable as an officer and always has great ideas and input when a decision needs to be made. Next time you see J R, be sure to congratulate him as Knight of the Month for March.
The Knight of the Month for February 2014 is Bob Finch. As you already know Bob serves as the Deputy Grand Knight of council 5052 as well as secretary of Springlake association. His biggest contribution to the council though lies in his acceptance of the role of Service Program Director. His duties encompass the coordination of almost all of the activities and events that are planned and executed by the council. He works with the six directors of the council, community, culture of life, church, youth and family directors make sure that everything is planned, budgeted and organized to come off as smoothly as possible. It is a never ending task and Bob has done very well in this position. He is always ready with new ideas such as the Mother Hubbard Ball and the Christmas Basket distribution. He is ready to assist where needed. He has substituted for the Grand Knight on several occasions. I am always confident that if I have to miss an event that Bob will take up the slack and never miss a beat. Please help me recognize Brother Bob Finch as Knight of the Month for February.
The Knight of the Month for January 2014 is John Hennessey. John joined the Knights and our council last August. He almost immediately rolled up his sleeves and started to volunteer. He has helped out at most of the activities at the Farmers Branch historical park and has attended many of our business meetings and family dinners. John is an operations manager for a supermarket chain serving the metroplex and has many good ideas on how to make our kitchen function better. He attends mass daily and distributes the Eucharist at the 8:00 AM mass during the week. At last week’s Bishops Pro Life Mass and March, John served as an Usher directing many of the 6,500 attendees to their seats and helping them get to and from Holy Communion. John is quiet and unassuming and very positive. He is a lot of fun to be with. Please congratulate him as Knight of the Month for January next time you see him.
Dr Rudy Tovar
The Knight of the Month for December is Doctor Rudy Tovar. Rudy joined the Knights and council 5052 in 2010 and has contributed to the success of our council in many different ways. He has a very sucessful OBGYN practice in Lewisville and as a result works many hours during the day and at night. He has still found time to act as our Church Activities Director for the third straight year. He can be seen putting up booths at the Mary Immaculate Fall Festival and working the concessions at the Historical Park and at the Festival as well. He is never afraid to help in any way whether it is helping paint the rectory or help out at family dinner. Rudy’s greatest love though is Mary Immaculate Church and School. He has helped our council find new ways to contribute our time, talents and treasure there as well. This year he has spearheaded an effort to raise funds for a renovation of the School library and Parish meeting room by giving the council an opportunity to providing matching funds as other organizations and individual donors make contributions toward this effort. Rudy is very low key and does not like the limelight, but I hope you will join us in celebrating Rudy as Knight of the month for December.
Robert Finch Jr
The Knight of the Month for November is Robert Finch Jr. Robert recently joined the council in October and has been a great addition to us almost immediately. He managed the clean up of pots, pans and dishes in the kitchen at the recent Mother Hubbard’s Ball. Without his help we would probably still be trying to clean up for the approximately 250 attendees of that event. He has joined us for Cowboy games and is looking for more ways to be involved in the council. He is not stranger to the restaurant business. He managed in several area restaurants including Uncle Julio’s. For over 20 years he sold packaging supplies and is now in the construction and remodeling business. He also volunteered with the DMA for 7 years. He brings a very positive attitude and is a lot of fun to be around. Please join us in celebrating Robert as Knight of the month for November.
The Knight of the month for October is Paul Even. Fortunately we have seen a lot more of Paul the last few months. In addition to attending some of the business meetings, he has been a great help in several projects during October. He spent the day before the Mary Immaculate Fall festival helping to assemble the tents on the parking lot. This turned out to be quite a task since not all the poles seemed to match up well. Although Paul’s background is accounting you would think he was an engineer the way he methodically sorted things out. This week he was at the Chase Bank charity fair fundraiser helping serve condiments during lunch. He has been a Knight for 24 years. Paul is also active in the University of Dallas Serra Club. He is coordinating monthly meetings at Mary Immaculate with diocesan vocations office for young women discerning vocations to the Religious Life. He always has a smile to give and a positive attitude. The next time you see Paul please congratulate him.
The Knight of the month for September is Tom Musso. Tom is sometimes known as the blood man around Mary Immaculate and council 5052. For many years Tom has taken responsibility for the blood drives at Mary Immaculate and many parishioners have benefited from the Mary Immaculate account over the years. It is a thankless task but Tom keeps them going year after year with less help for various reasons, but many have to do with privacy and safety issues. His dry humor is appreciated and brings out the best in those who know and respect him. Another ministry Tom is dedicated to is the RCIA program at Mary Immaculate. He has been a member of that team and has helped to bring many new converts to the faith. Please help me congratulate Tom Musso as Knight of the Month for September.
The Knight of the month for August is Jim Swindell. Jim joined Council 5052 in 2010 and joined in almost immediately. He has helped in numerous ways from concessions in the Farmer Branch Park to family dinners as well as contributing his expertise as a business management consultant to help nail down some of our efforts to improve the management of our hall. He is a charter member of the Cajun Crewe cooking team. Jim and Barry Folse came up with the idea to start a community home improvement effort that has become the Helping Hands committee. This group of volunteers has given much needed assistance to many needy families in our area. Jim makes himself available whenever possible in any area and possesses a welcoming smile and a great attitude. Join me in celebrating Jim Swindell as Knight of the month for August.
John and Donna Stepaniak
The Council 5052 Family of the Month is John and Donna Stepaniak and their children, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Michael. John has been a member of the Council for 16 years and helps often with dinners and other Council events. Donna has also been a part of council events for many years as her dad was a long-time member of the council and past grand knight. John and Donna are raising three energetic kids with their hearts in the right place -- Elizabeth, Catherine, and Michael took the Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics! Catherine also participated in the Council and District Free Throw Championship sponsored by the Knights. And you will often see them at family dinners and other Council events. We are proud to recognize the Stepaniak family as our Family of the Month for February.
John and Janet Catchings
The family of the month for January is the John and Janet Catchings family. John has been a knight for 37 years and a 4th degree member for 27 years. John is a past Grand Knight and is currently serving as the Membership Director and an at-large officer for the Springlake Association which holds the building where the council meets. John and Janet serve regularly at council events and last month helped with the cooking and cleaning for the Police and Firefighters dinner. They are delightful people to know and are always willing to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done. It is a blessing that John and Janet continue to generously give their time to the council!
John and Norma Hennessy
Council 5052’s Family of the Month for December is John and Norma Hennessy. John has been a member of Council 5052 for four years and a member of Assembly 2144 for two years. He is currently the Deputy Grand Knight and program director, which involve him in all of our council activities. Norma is the Regent of Catholic Daughters Court 2337 and also provides bookkeeping support for Springlake Association. Their son-in-law, Jarred Long, is a member of the Council, and their daughter, Kristina, helps keep the council’s accounting books in line. John and Norma are proud parents and grandparents, and also do much to help their own parents. The Hennessy family is a great example of how family members should support each other across generational lines. We are glad that John and Norma find time in their busy schedules to be involved with our council. Please make sure you congratulate them on being the December family of the month.
Bill and Kathy Gallina
The Family of the Month for November is Bill and Kathy Gallina. Sir Knight Bill is a long-time member of the Council, having served over 40 years, and has been a member of Assembly 2144 for the past 25 years. They are parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church, and Kathy is an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Kathy did a beautiful job hand addressing the Memorial Mass invitations to the families of the deceased brother knights. Bill acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event and had put in long hours with Corky Mahaffey making sure all the details were covered. It was a beautiful event and was well attended. We are proud to recognize Bill and Kathy Gallina as our Family of the Month!
Pat and Katie Gasper
The Council 5052 Family of the Month for October is Pat and Katie Gasper and family. Pat has been in our council for three years and is the Troop 713 scouting liaison with Springlake Association who sponsors the troop. Besides participating in troop activities as an adult scouter, Pat has an important role in making sure the Youth Protection guidelines are followed in the troop and that records are kept which show compliance. You will find Pat and Katie volunteering at many events around Mary Immaculate School where their five children have attended for several years. They are both very easy to work with as they look for ways to help others. Please congratulate Pat and Katie for being our October Family of the Month.
Cliff and Diane Starnes
The family of the month for September is Cliff and Diane Starnes. Cliff has been a member of our council for 12 years, and has been a member of 4th degree Assembly 2144 for nine years. Cliff and is a past grand knight and is currently a council trustee, and Diane is a past regent of the Catholic Daughters Court 2337. We continue to benefit from their service and dedication. Cliff ran the annual tamale sale in September and helps with many other activities. We normally see Diane and Cliff and their daughter’s and son-in-law’s growing family at the family dinners. And they are frequently helping serve and clean up. Outside of council activities, Cliff also helps teach English classes at the church. Cliff and Diane are wonderful people who serve others in many ways. Please congratulate them on being our family of the month for September.
Mike and Susan Schmitt
The August Family of the Month is Mike and Susan Schmitt. Mike has been a member of the Council since 2010 and is also a member of Assembly 2144. Mike has for several years led the Council’s support of Heroes on the Water, a therapy program for injured members of the military. In August, he led a team who prepared lunch for the participants. Mike also keeps an eye on the council kitchen supplies and orders when they get low. Susan is involved with many ministries at Mary Immaculate church including lectoring , leading the Rosary, and pro-life activities. They are proud parents and grandparents of a wonderful family. Council 5052 is blessed to have the Schmitts as members of our Council, and we are happy to recognize them as our family of the month.
Gene and Angie Johnson
Council 5052’s Family of the Month for July is Gene and Angie Johnson. Gene has been a knight in our council for six years and exemplifies what it means to serve others. He travels to prisons weekly to minister to prisoners and has been very active in most council events, including selling concessions at community events. Gene and his wife, Angie, assist as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and sacristans at Mary Immaculate. You will see their children and grandchildren around at council events, and their son-in-law, Jacob Riney, is a new knight awaiting his first degree. We are proud to have Gene and Angie in our council!
Pete and Shelly Groman Family
The Family of the Month for May is the Pete and Shelly Groman family. Pete joined the Knights in 2014. He and his wife do a good job of involving their children in Knights events where possible. Most recently, at the Stars and Strings Memorial Day event, they volunteered to help at the concession booth. Special kudos to Ryan and sister Sammy -- their energy and cheerfulness in serving the customers helped make the event more fun. The Groman family is a typical busy family with many activities that include church, school, Scouts, and summer plans. Their willingness to serve others is a good example of what the domestic church is all about. We are blessed to have the Groman’s as part of our council!
Corky and Prici Mahaffey
The Family of the Month for April is the Corky and Prici Mahaffey family. Corky joined the Knights in 1971, and he has served the council in many positions--including Grand Knight--and he is our current Financial Secretary. Corky and his wife, Prici, and their children have been at the heart of many church ministries including Pro-Life, Marriage Preparation, That Man is You, Young Adults, and many others. They help with the liturgy, wash altar linens, help at community food banks, make funeral means, etc. Earlier this month, their daughter, Mary, coordinated Kaycie’s Run which benefits children with disabilities in CFBISD. Their son John is a member of our council. He and his wife, Nicole have three children which you will see at council, church, and school events. We are very blessed to have in our council such a good example of a family who serves others!
David Ruml and his father Edward Ruml
The Family of the Month for March is David Ruml and his father, Edward. David has been a member of the council for 1 year, and Edward has been a member for 61 years! David is the one we see most often -- he regularly attends business meetings, helps with the Lenten fish fries, and works fund raisers at the park. He also helped with the recent Major Degree we had at the hall. David was born in Canada and has lived in Texas for several years. You may also see him at the Carrollton Public Library where he works or at 10:30 Mass at Mary Immaculate which he normally attends. David, along with his siblings, also helps take care of his father, buying groceries each week and doing other chores that need to be done. This is a wonderful example of how family members serve those closest to them. We are blessed to have both David and his father, Edward in our council!
David and Dianne Cutler
Council 5052 is proud to recognize the David and Dianne Cutler family as our Family of the Month for February. David has been a Knight of Columbus for over 35 years and is a member of our Council’s degree team. He has also been a 4th degree Knight in Assembly 2144 for over 18 years. Dianne is a long-time member of the Catholic Daughters of America. You’ll see David and Dianne helping prepare food at Council dinners. For years, the Cutlers have coordinated our Council’s preparation of meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Dallas. They schedule, plan, and prepare meals for these families who stay at the facility while their children receive medical treatment. God bless the Cutlers for all their work in support of the Knights and families in our community!
Gerry and Elaine Manley
The Family of the Month for January is Gerry and Elaine Manley. Gerry has been a member of the council for seven years and has been active with many events. Most notably, Gerry coordinated the Basketball Free Throw Contest at the Mary Immaculate School gym. There were 48 entrants in the contest this year – a record for our council! Due to Gerry’s planning and Elaine’s assistance, the event went off very smoothly and everyone had a great time. The also helped with the recent Police and Firefighters Appreciation Dinner. And they made the recent Cowboys playoff-watching party more fun even though they rooted for the Packers! They also have two young adult girls who they have reason to be proud of. We are happy to recognize the Manley’s as our Family of the Month.
Bob and Alicia Langer
The Family of the Month for December is Bob and Alicia Langer. Bob has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1975 and has served in many Council roles, most recently as the Financial Secretary for several years. As a member of Assembly 2144, Bob also serves as a Trustee. He and Alicia are long-time organizers of the annual Farmers Branch Police and Firefighters Awards Dinner, and have helped with family dinners and many other events at the hall. He and Alicia are regulars at the community events at the FB Historical Park – with Bob taking orders and Alicia helping customers at the condiment table. They bring joy to whatever role they play, and so are good examples of how to live our Catholic faith. Council 5052 is proud to recognize the Langers as our Family of the Month.
Mike and Piedad Verdiguel
Council 5052 is proud to recognize the Mike and Piedad Verdiguel family as our Family of the Month for November. Besides serves as our Council Advocate, Mike frequently helps out with Council fundraisers and other Council and parish events. Mike is also an usher at noon Mass on Sundays. He and Piedad and usually a few grandchildren are regulars at our monthly family dinners as well. They make time to be involved with the lives of their grandchildren and love to share stories about the kids. God bless Mike and Piedad for being a good witness of Christian family life.
Rob and Jane Happe Family
Council 5052 congratulates the Rob and Jane Happe family as our Family of the Month for October. Rob joined the Knights almost eight years ago and Jane is a member of the Catholic Daughters. As our Culture of Life director, Rob planned and/or promoted many pro-life events this month including Hike for Life, Life Chain, Mary Immaculate’s prayer vigil as part of 40 Days for Life, and showings of the movie“40”. Rob also frequently prays at the Southwestern abortion clinic in Dallas after Mass on Saturday mornings. Rob offers his help in many other council events including cooking for events and spent several hours this month alone buying food for our fundraisers. Jane supports our Council events, works on retreat teams, helps award scholarships to deserving students, and helps in many other ways … and always with a smile. Rob and Jane also keep a busy schedule being involved with the children’s families. It is inspiring to see the love in action that the Happe family displays
Louis and Marisa Walsdorf
The Louis and Marisa Walsdorf family is our family of the month for September. Louis has been a Knight in Council 5052 for 6 years and currently serves as our Warden. Louis is active in many different program activities – cooking for our monthly family dinners, helping plan the golf tournament, and helping haul equipment and serve food at fundraisers at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Marisa has a busy schedule as the Director of Administration at Mary Immaculate Church. Besides helping coordinate the many different church ministries, Marisa also helps our Council stay in synch with church activities. Louis and Marisa also stay involved with their two children – a son in college and a daughter in high school – and their various sports and other activities. The Walsdorfs are very personable and willing to help – two great attributes for which we are proud to recognize them as our family of the month.
Tom and Judy Vieth Family
The Tom and Judy Vieth family is Council 5052’s family of the month for August. Tom has been a Knight in our council for over 11 year. He and Judy served as part of the cooking team for family meals for several years. They are also involved in events that promote respect for the unborn and all human life. Judy is a talented crafter and is a member of a group that meets weekly to make rosaries for others, including prisoners and members of the military. She recently gave a demonstration on rosary making at the hall. Tom and Judy are proud parents, grandparents, and business owners. God bless the Vieths for spreading the Gospel through their service to others.
Mike and Tricia Zang Family
The Family of the Month is the Mike and Tricia Zang family. Mike and Tricia and three of their four children were busy preparing food, taking orders, and serving customers at our council’s Independence Day booth at the Farmers Branch Historical Park in July. That is one example of their service to the community. They are very active at Mary Immaculate School and in their children’s activities. Mike also serves as our council’s inside guard. We are blessed to have the Zang family in our community and our council!
Peter Gorman Family
The family of the month is the Peter Gorman Family; Peter, Stephanie, Ryan and Sammie. They all showed up to work the Stars and Stripes event and according to all present were a big help. Sammie who is 7 was especially helpful. The family also helped at the Farmers Branch vintage baseball day. Thank you for being the family of the month.
Bob & Jean Strasavich
Bob and Jean are truly fixtures at Council 5052. Bob has held almost all the offices at both the Council and Springlake Association. Because of his tenure he is the go to person when you need background information. There is not enough space to list all the events Bob has been involved in but to name one it would be the yearly Jesuit Basketball tournament. Almost all events that take place Bob has been active in in the past. You see Jean and Bob at the family and Lenten Dinners, funeral masses and fund raising events. Bob and Jean are a truly committed couple to the Knights, their faith and family.
John and Donna Stepaniak
John is always willing to help at the Councils many events and his wife Donna supports by taking care of the children. They are both those wonderful people who always have a smile no matter how difficult life can be at times. It is an honor to select the Stepaniak family as family of the month of March. We I see John and Donna I remember this quote “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.”
Tom & Carol Musso
For a family to survive and function as a loving couple and example to their children they have to be a loving team and that is who Tom and Carol are. Tom is a Knight, EM, lector, teaches RCIA and of course does the blood drives. For Tom to be this active Carol makes sure he has the time to be involved. Together they are a great team.
Corky and Prissy Mahaffey
Often we have people around us so much we do not see either the value of the work they do or recognize all the time spent working for an organization they truly believe in. We come to expect this of them and not give them the recognition deserved. Corky and Prissy Mahaffey are those people. Through my years at Mary Immaculate Church they have been there helping others. When I became a Knight, Corky was always there to help me be a better Knight and the same when I became an officer and then Grand Knight. I have witnessed this as he has helped other Knights in their journey. Corky and Prissy are truly an exemplary Catholic and Knights of Columbus Family.
Leo and Silvia Vargas
Our family for the month of December is Leo Vargas and his wife Silvia. Leo has only been a Knight for a few months but has already been helping with various council events. Most recently, he prepared the delicious briskets for the December Family Dinner. We needed someone to help Ignacio with the dinner when Leo gladly committed to cooking the briskets. Even when an unexpected health concern came up, Leo followed through with his commitment, and the dinner was a great success. Leo and his wife, Silvia are good examples of cheerful service in the many ways that they support our church and our Council. We are blessed to have Leo in our Council.
Family of the Month is John and Norma Hennessy and Kathryn and Jarred Long
Actually this is a two for one family of the month, John and Norma Hennessy and daughter and son-in-law Jarred and Kathryn Long. John’s cooking team (The Holy Smokes) including Jarred did an impressive family dinner this month. John is an officer “chancellor”. John and Norma can be seen at most of the fund raising events. Norma and Kathryn also volunteered to help with the bookkeeping of the Council. It turned out to be more challenging than expected starting with reorganizing the look and re-categorizing the budget, P&L and balance sheet. The process was started in mid-July and just finished up. Jarred has volunteered to be chef for the Lenten dinners and could use some help. These couples are truly a family of Knights. Let us congratulate both families as Family of the month for November 2015.
Jim and Estelle Lara
Jim has been a Knight since January of 1980 and Estelle is an officer in Catholic Daughters. Cliff Starnes knows if he needs help on any of the many events the Council is involved in he can always count on Jim and many times Estelle pitching in. Both Jim and Estelle are strong supporters of Many Immaculate Church. They both are excellent representatives of The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters and as such we honor them as our family of the month.
Al & Dee Gonzales
I have the opportunity of working with, and the Council has the benefit of, Al in his position as Council Trustee and Springlake Business Manager. However, Al is the first to acknowledge that he does not work alone. Al and Dee are constantly working on various projects dealing with either the hall or the Council. They give up a lot of their time to Council activities. Dee is a pro at making the hall look its very best for so many events. They are truly a loving team and our members get so much from them. Congratulations and thank you for giving all of us your care.
Doug, Cece and John Wiegert
Doug Wiegert joined the Knights in May 2014. While a new comer he and his family have embraced the Knight experience. They are seen at many of the events and Doug is membership chairmen. If you went to the golf tournament the first people you would meet would have been Doug, his wife Cece and son John at the registration table. After registration Doug took his golfing team and headed off for their starting position while Cece and John got a golf cart put on a water chest and made the rounds making sure everyone had ample supply of water. Congratulations to Wiegert family.
Robert and Silvia MacIntyre and children Braedon, Bobby and Brittiana.
The entire MacIntyre clan helped at the 3rd of July Farmers Branch fireworks. They pitched in where and when needed with a smile. It is a wonderful sight to see a Knights’ family at these functions working together as a family and for the Knights. Working together as a team teaches our values, including charity, to the next generation. The MacIntyre family deserves a very hearty thank you.
Ross & Stephanie Conklin
Our Field Agent, Ross Conklin, is doing a great job letting our members know about the benefits of Knights of Columbus insurance – he is well on his way to making his annual goal thereby helping us qualify for Star Council. He is always cheerful and faithfully makes time for our business meetings. Ross and his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, have also made time to participate in family dinners at the hall. In appreciation for their support for the Knights while going about their busy lives raising young children, we are proud to honor the Ross Conklin family as our Family of the Month for April.
Matt, Michele and Kristen
The saying “still water runs deep” was meant for Matt. Matt is quiet, easy going and you never see him get upset or angry. When he is at meetings he’s quietly following the flow, when the time is right he contributes in his easy going manner. His contributions are well thought out and to the point. It is the same when he takes on a project, as he did with the family Picnic he put together on March 7. From the games to the cooking, it was a typical Matt Jones event, relaxed and well done. Of course, Matt does all this with the support of his wife Michele and daughter Kristen whom you see helping at family dinners and most other events. Michele has been the PE teacher at Mary Immaculate for many our Knights’ children. Kristen works in the Mary Immaculate afterschool program while she is pursuing her college education.
John and Laura Karshis
John Karshis and his wife Laura are the Feburary family of the month. John is one of the newer members of our Council; he joined on November 5, 2013. When new members join, we hope they will be an active part of our Knights’ community. The Karshis family has become active. You have seen John and Laura serving and cleaning at most family and Lenten dinners, filling Christmas baskets and working events such as the concession stand at several Farmers Branch Historical Park special events. What we do not see is the other charible activities in which they generously participate. John is proud to be a Knight and Laura is proud that he is a Knight.
SK Bob Langer and Wife Alicia
Some of our Knight families have been doing so much for such a long time that they become fixtures and like fixtures they are seen but not recognized or forgotten and this may be the case with Bob and Alicia Langer. In any years’ time there is hardly an event that they are not active in. From all the outside events that include Farmers Branch events in the park (Bob handles the money and Alicia stocks condiments) to special events at the hall such as The New Year’s Dinner Dance and the Fireman/Policemen Appreciation Dinner Dance. For many years without their untiring work and support these events would have not come off as smoothly and efficiently as they have. Had You attended this year’s Appreciation Dinner and heard the accolades from the police and fire departments’ Chiefs about how much this event means to them and their departments and all the work Bob and Alecia Langer and the other Knights put into the event. The event also gave the Chiefs the opportunity to thank the Knights for all the work the Knights do in our community. Bob has been a Knight for 40 years, served as a Program Director and has been Committee Director for 22 years, he has been Financial Secretary for 5 years, Trustee in the 4th degree for 5 years, and is a Faithful Admiral in the 4th degree. The next time you see either Bob or Alicia, be sure to thank them for their service.
Michael Zang & Family
On December 23rd Michael Zang and his 4 children showed up to help at the Farmers Branch Tour of Lights. They got there at 5:30 on a cool night. We all met at the Dobbs House for instructions on what we had to do and where. Michael’s children are Abby 16, Nick 14, Rachael 12 and Grew 10. As it turned out Farmers Branch parks department only allows those 14 and older to participate so Rachel and Grew were confined to jail duty of waiting for a ride home. Michael’s wife Trish was home getting ready for Christmas so the two younger ones had to sit for a couple of hours. Abby and Nick had a great time and made the night fun for the rest of us. When the children got home they all talked about what a great time they had and Rachel is looking forward to being 14 so she can participate. The night was a great reminder for all of us what parenting is all about.
Bill & Cathy Gallina
Nick and Claire Walker
The Family of the Month for October is Nick and Claire Walker. Nick is a native Texan and lifelong Catholic. He went to University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated with a major in electrical engineering. While at the University he was President of the Newman Catholic Club. He and his wife Claire worked the concession this past weekend at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Claire also went to the University of Texas at Dallas and she graduated with a bachelors and masters degree in marketing. She has been helping with some of the materials for our golf tournament. Claire is pregnant with their first baby due at the end of November.
Robert & Gretchen Ryan
A Knight servicing the community is a Knight serving the Knights. Gretchen and Robert Ryan render extensive service to the community, as well as their work with the Knights. You may not recognize the Ryans by name, but you probably know them by association with their Guide Dog puppy, Wills, who attended the basketball free throw, family dinners and weekly Mass at Mary Immaculate. Robert enjoys participating in the Farmers Branch Historical Park events with fellow Knights. The Ryans volunteer with Mary Immaculate’s chapter of St. Vincent de Paul, including Gretchen’s role as their secretary. They are also active members of Lone Star Guide Dog Raisers, a part of Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, CA. Gretchen and Robert have raised two Guide Dog puppies, Wills, their second Guide Dog puppy returned to Guide Dogs in California on September 16th for intensive training before he is assigned to a blind partner. They volunteered to train a puppy because they wanted to give back to the community. A trained Guide Dog means a blind person can be more independent. What they learned in the process of puppy training was that the journey to Guide Dog involves lots of related community service. They worked with their Guide Dog puppies at Creekview High’s Student Ambassador program, All Saints Catholic School first grade reading program and vacation bible school, visited nursing homes and continued their work in scouting. Gretchen and Robert, an Eagle Scout, have been scout leaders for years assisting their three sons throughout their scouting career to Eagle Scout. With Wills, the Ryans taught the Boy Scout Disabilities Awareness merit badge and Cub Scout Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop. They have also made numerous presentations to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups. We are proud Robert is a Knight of Council 5052 and name the Ryan Family as Council 5052 September 2014 Family of the Month.
Kevin and Darla Dougherty
The family of the month for August is the Kevin Dougherty family. Kevin joined our council in 1997 and all three of his sons have been members of our council. Patrick and Dan are still members but Scott has transferred to the Gainesville council where he currently resides. Kevin brought his family to Mary Immaculate from Florida to be the youth minister at Mary Immaculate in 1996. He has made youth ministry his career and currently serves as interim Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the Diocese of Dallas. He recently completed managing the 3rd annual Dallas Catholic Youth Conference in Frisco attended by over 700 youth and adult volunteers from the Diocese. His wife Darla works at UTD and in addition raising three fine sons, she is usually found at Kevin’s side ministering to young people and influencing not only the youth but the adult volunteers who are blessed to help them. At last count they have four grand-children and three lovely daughters in law. Kevin and Darla lead extraordinarily busy lives as do many of us and are often unable to attend many functions of the council, but their change and influence they have had on literally thousands of young people make them unique among our membership. Council 5052 is proud to recognize Kevin and his family as family of the month for August.
Rudy and Carolyn Tovar
There are so many events where you can see this family -- Rudy is an EM, the girls are altar servers, Carolyn volunteers at MIS, Ursuline and many other organizations. Carolyn made the beautiful canopy Fr. Edwin used in the procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe that you see in Texas Catholic. They are truly a family in motion and believe strongly in giving back to their community. This past year Rudy was instrumental in having the Knights donate the matching $15k for the MIS auction that raised over $40k for the school library. When the Council needed sage advice on a wide range of issues, Rudy was there offering understanding, compassion and practical solutions. Mary Immaculate Church, School and the Knights are blessed to have this family among us.
Paul and Karen Klein
Paul became a member of our council in 2003 and he along with his wife Karen are very valuable to our council. Paul has served in the guard position for several years and serves with a great deal of pride. He makes it look easy. He contributes to our concessions at the park and is one of the few guys who can run two popcorn machines at the same time. He is a TABC certified bartender and is always willing to donate his time when the council has a dinner or some other function for the members. Karen is usually at his side especially assisting him with the set-up. Her first love is to serve Mary Immaculate in the RCIA program. She has been a leader and a sponsor for many years. She is also a lector at the 7:30 mass on Sunday. When the Dallas Cowboy season starts, you will usually find both of them in the members lounge watching the game and visiting with others. Please help me congratulate Paul and Karen as Family of the Month forth June 2014.
Bob and Alicia Langer
The family of the month for May is Bob and Alicia Langer. Bob is our Financial Secretary and helps us stay on track with our dues and member records as well as receiving monies for the council. An event rarely happens without Bob and Alicia’s presence. They are dedicated to our council in many ways. Bob is involved in almost all of our council’s fundraising activity, especially those that happen at the Farmers Branch historical park. They can be found collecting monies for our family dinners and Lenten fish dinners. Alicia heads up a crew of very talented ladies that decorate our hall for many events. Their biggest contribution to the council is the leadership they provide for our annual Police and Firefighters dinner and dance in January of each year. They are faithful supporters of our council and Bob provides a great deal of expertise in almost everything we do. They are also active supporters of Mary Immaculate parish and can be found in their regular pew at the 7:30 AM mass on Sundays. Their positive attitude provides motivation for others. Please help in recognizing the Langer family as family of the month for May.
Mike & Susan Schmitt
The Family of the month for April 2014 is Mike and Susan Schmitt. Mike joined our council in 2010 and has not slowed down since. He and Susan can usually be found in the kitchen where Mike loves to prepare meals for the council and many past hall rentals He has served as kitchen manager for the last two fraternal years and many times Susan is there beside him. He works with Al Gonzales to make sure the kitchen is well supplied and in good repair. Mike loves to try new recipes and his meals are well received. Along with Rob Happe he helps prepare the Lenten dinners and loves to fix food for the Cowboy games in the fall. He is a very big Cowboy fan. He and Susan are also very active at Mary Immaculate as well. They have helped with funeral meals and served on the newcomers committee. Susan is a Lector and has been very active in praying the rosary at Robinson’s abortion clinic for several years. Please help me congratulate the Schmitt family as our Family of the Month for March.
Mike and Trish Zang
The Family of the month for March 2014 is Mike and Trish Zang. Mike and Trish and their children are the type of family we love to have in our council. Mike has been a member for almost a year. Besides his occupation as an airline pilot, he and Trish also have a thriving lawn and landscape business. With four kids, his time is limited with the council, but he has been there working with us on several occasions. Some of the things he has done in our name have to remain nameless at his request. He is always promoting the Knights and has encouraged several new members. He and Trish are strong supporters of Mary Immaculate Church and the School as well. They are both Ministers of the Eucharist and their kids are altar servers and lectors. Trish is the current president of the MIS Parents/Teachers Club and spends countless hours at the school. In between she somehow manages to help run the family business as well; especially when Mike is out of town. They quietly donate their time and talents to not only the church and school but council 5052 as well. Please help me congratulate the Zang family as our Family of the Month for March.
Gerald & Debi Sparks
The Family of the month for January 2014 is Gerald and Debi Sparks. For the third consecutive year, Gerald has served as our Safe Environment Director. This is a thankless task that not many in our council recognize how important it is. In order to work with our youth and vulnerable adults in this diocese, all councils are required to train, record and perform background checks on a specific percentage of members who work in these areas. We are also required to have these records available for audit each year by an outside firm provided by the Diocese of Dallas. Gerald also spends countless hours as our IT coordinator. He keeps our server, computers and phone system in good working order. This service has proved extremely important when our server went down last year because of a storm and more recently when we updated our phone system from analog to digital. Debbie works for the Carrollton Farmers Branch as a clerical assistant at Dave Blair elementary school. Both of them contribute to Mary Immaculate Church with Gerald as an usher while Debi sings in the choir. During the last Mary Immaculate craft fair Debi managed the kitchen for the first time and it proved to be a rousing success. They can be seen quietly volunteering together at many of our events including Historical park concessions and family dinners. Be sure to congratulate Gerald and Debi Sparks as family of the month for February 2014.
Rob & Jane Happe
The Family of the month for January 2014 is Rob and Jane Happe. Rob joined the Knights of Columbus and council 5052 early in 2009. He has been one of our most active members since that time. His participation in our activities are almost too numerous to mention. He has served as our Treasurer for the last two years and his contribution to organizing and performing that office has been almost miraculous. He also serves as council activities director and has been Pro Life director in the past. Most Saturday mornings finds him praying the rosary at Robinson’s abortion mill. He loves working in the kitchen preparing dinners and fish fry’s’ during Lent. He also finds time to work with the Helping Hands committee. Rob serves his parish on the finance council and volunteers to count the collection every Monday morning. Jane has been right by Rob since he first became a member. She helps at the dinners and many other events that Rob takes on. She also is very active at Mary Immaculate. She is a member of the Catholic Daughters and for many years has volunteered her services as a nurse to the teenagers at the parish through the Confirmation program. The last two years she has served in that capacity for the Dallas Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference in Frisco. She serves on the board of the Rebekah Rivera Scholarship committee and works tirelessly at the annual fundraiser dinner and auction. Together they are a wonderful asset to our council. Please congratulate them next time you see them.
Ignacio and Theadra Salazar
The family of the month for November is Ignacio and Theadra Salazar. Ignacio joined our council in October and he and Theadra were almost immediately serving hamburgers and hot dogs at the Halloween in the park event. They attended the Mother Hubbard charity dinner and dance along with Theadra’s mother. Ignacio works for Pulte Homes in Irving and Theadra works at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. They were scheduled to work at the Christmas Tree lighting event at the Farmers Branch Historical Park on the night the ice storm came and was canceled. Not to be left out they volunteered to work at the Park again the next week where they braved the cold damp weather to hand out candy canes to those who drove through the amazing Christmas light display. Ignacio played the part of Santa Claus and stood his post for several hours entertaining and spreading Christmas cheer to all the children and their parents. They are both very enthusiastic and happy to be part of the Council 5052. They are a wonderful addition to our KC family. Please help congratulate Ignacio and Theadra Salazar as family of the month for December.
John and Laura Karshis
The family of the month for November is John and Laura Karshis. This month’s family award goes to one of our newest members, John Karshis and his lovely wife Laura. John and Laura started contributing their time and hard work back in October helping in the kitchen for the family dinner. This was unusual because although John had cleared admissions earlier, he was not initiated as a 1st degree member until November 5th. Yet here they both were back in the kitchen helping clear and clean for the November family dinner on the 8th. John is a no nonsense guy who loves to contribute in any way he can. Fortunately Laura not only approves of John’s volunteer time, but also loves to join him and pitch right in. They made a lovely couple at the Mother Hubbard Ball last week and even got in a few dances. They tried to come in the kitchen to help with the dishes that night but were turned away by the Scouts who were busing and cleaning and by the chief pots and pans guy that night Robert Finch Jr. John works for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation at Love Field and Laura teaches school in The Colony. They are a welcome addition to our council. You will surely see them a dinner or other function in the future. Be sure to introduce yourself and congratulate them as Family of the Month for November.
Tim and Carol Dougherty
The family of the month for October is Tim and Carol Dougherty. Tim’s contribution to the council is well documented. In addition to the position of Recorder where he does a yeomen’s job of keeping the minutes correctly and timely, he also serves as Culture of Life Director. This has been a busy month for Tim. It started with the parish festival set up and continued with the Life Chain and the Hike for Life. Next week he will help close out the 40 days for Life. Carol stays busy with her job a pre-school teacher and assists Tim and the council any way she can. The Oktoberfest family dinner was very successful and a lot of fun with Carol serving the food. She definitely has the German heritage for the job. They are a great couple with a beautiful family including a new grand child to brag about. Please congratulate Tim and Carol as our family of the month.
Larry & Beth Crouch
The family of the month for September is Larry and Beth Crouch. Larry joined the council last year and although he has experienced some health issues and a job change, he still finds time to attend a meeting when he can and help out on some of our events. He recently volunteered to help out at the blood drive. Larry also has a little known task of helping his wife Beth out in her ministry at Mary Immaculate. Beth is the RCIA/Adult Education Coordinator for the parish. This years RCIA class is well on its way to formation and will have its peak on the Easter Vigil when new candidates and catechumens become members of our Faith. She leads a number of Scripture study classes during the year and launched our Senior Expo last year and after the second successful year has turned that over to the new Senior Services staff member. As you can see Larry and Beth represent our council well as they carry out their faith filled endeavors. Please congratulate September’s family of the month Larry and Beth Crouch.
Gene & Angie Johnson
The family of the month for August is Gene and Angie Johnson. Gene joined our council a couple of years ago and has volunteered for a varied events ranging from concessions at the Farmers Branch Historical Park to family dinners at the hall. He also participates in a prison ministry program that takes him to a State Penitentiary on a regular basis to bring the Gospel message to those who are incarcerated. Gene and Angie are also very active at Mary Immaculate in the St Vincent DePaul Society and as Ministers to the Eucharist. They are always ready to help out almost at a moments notice whether at the council hall or at Mary Immaculate unless it conflicts with spending time with their grandchildren which comes first. They are an inspiration to all those around them and have a wonderful welcoming spirit. Please join me in congratulating Gene and Angie Johnson as Family of the Month for August.