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Grand Knight Letter

October 2019


At our Council, the Fall season usually means “get ready” because as you know we are one busy Council and we have many events going on in the month of October. I think I say this at every meeting and letter that I write but please, if you can find some time, get involved in the many events going on. I promise you will be glad you did!

Thanks to All

I would like to thank all those who helped make this year’s picnic a success! Strategic planning an event as big as this is key to making it run as smoothly as it did. DGK Bob Westrich and PGK/CCP Lou McGraw and their Brother Knights make it all look easy, but I know that there is a lot of hard work, planning and shopping for enough food to make it a great time for us all.

A Special thanks to Steve Stazko and our Brother Knights who ran and participated in this year’s Charity Golf Outings. It felt good to present charitable awards to Catholic Charities, Operation Homefront, Deborah Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Stomp the Monster.

Another Special thanks goes out to my Brother Knight PGK Brian Curran for Co-Chairing the Tootsie Roll Drive and all the Brother Knights that helped in this worthy charity drive to support People with Intellectual Disabilities. We were able to present substantial checks to ARC of Monmouth, Ocean, and St Veronica’s Special Education. This is what we do as Knights and what we were taught in our First (Admission) Degree.

Thanks to PGK Bob Treval along with PGK Barry Kakos who did a fine job running the 9/11 Memorial Service at the Council. Together with the American Legion we had a great turnout to remember victims lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Thanks to my Co Chair Victor Salvi, Lou McGraw and all the Brothers that helped make the St Veronica/ Mother Seaton Academy BBQ a success. We had a lot of fun barbequing for the parishioners while celebrating the payoff of the mortgage of the Narthex.

Events Coming up in October:

  • October 12-13 New jersey Right to Life Raffle at St Veronicas Church
  • October 19 21st Annual Charity Golf Scramble
  • October 19-20 Roses for Life at Both Churches
  • Oct 20th St Veronicas Life Chain 2pm – 3 pm
  • October 22nd Admission Degree
  • October 26th Past Grand Knights Dinner

I would like to thank everyone for their support and prayers for my family with the loss of my Mom on September 7th. I would also like to thank Jean Marie Dibiase for taking care of everything at the repass. Thanks to Rich Russo and Jim Murphy for taking time out of their busy schedule to help out.

Remembrance in life’s passing is the truest form of love one can give, for a memory should never die, and a love should live forever in a heart of one another. Laura M Phipps-Kelly

God Bless,

Tom Raulinavich GK