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Grand Knight Letter

July 2019


As I begin my term as Grand Knight, I would like to thank PGK Angelo Massaro for stepping in and leading us after the untimely passing of our Grand Knight Russ Taylor. I would also like to thank PCCP Michael Bradley and his Officers for the outstanding job they accomplished with the Columbian Club.

The 2018-2019 Columbian year was the first year for the newly formed Ladies Auxiliary and I would like to thank Erin Bradley and her team of Officers for what turned out to be a successful year ending in a sold-out Bingo. Way to go Ladies!

As your Grand Knight I am looking forward to working with CCP/PGK Lou McGraw and President of the Ladies Auxiliary Jean Marie DeBiase. Together with our new team of Officers, we will work hard to continue making our council the best it can be and to follow our core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.

The month of June started out very busy with the Tootsie Roll Drive (Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities) at St Veronicas, Walmart, and Shoprite. Because of scheduling conflicts, the Tootsie Roll Drive was held a little later than usual at various locations. I was very happy to see the number of Brothers and their families come out and help support this great cause. It looks like we beat last years amount by over 20%! Thanks to all who helped out!

We hosted the 11th Annual Motorcycle Run with The Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry that benefits the Caregivers Volunteers of Central Jersey. I really enjoy riding in it along with a few others from our Council. We had over 105 riders this year which was one of the highest I can remember. When everyone returned from their ride, our Brother Knights lead by CCP/PGK Lou McGraw did an excellent job with the delicious food and beverage. No one left hungry!

The months of July and August are considered slow months here at the Council. Many are on vacation or maybe just lounging out by the pool. It’s a time for many to recharge their batteries after a long winter and soggy Spring. So please rest up, we have many planned events coming this fall.

Here is what is going on in July. As always please check out the calendar on the website.

July 4th - Barbeque at the Council. (bring a side dish or desert)

July 5th - Social Meeting is Canceled

July 19th – Business Meeting

Please remember to mark your calendars for our Installation of Officers on Sunday, July 14th at St Veronicas Convent Chapel after the 12 O Clock Mass. Dinner will follow the Installation at the Council.

I promised myself I would keep this short so in closing as your Worthy Grand Knight, if you haven’t been to a Social or Business meeting in a while, please join us, it would be great to see you.

If you have ideas on any future event or ideas to improve what we do, please call me or see one of my officers.

"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." --Bryant H. McGill

God Bless,

Tom Raulinavich WGK