It's hard to believe it is October already. School has been in session for nearly a month. Last week, my younger son's school, CBA, had to switch to virtual learning, after three upper class-men tested positive for COVID. The school did the contract tracing, and fortunately, my son was never in contact with the three students. The school was able to determine that all three contracted the virus from team sports, outside of school. Please stay vigilant in your precautions against the virus.
On September 11th, we hosted the 9/11 Memorial Prayer Service commemorating the 19th Anniversary. My Thanks to PGK Bob Treval for arranging the event, and to Deacon-in-Training John White from St. Monica's Council 11529 for leading the service. The Memorial was very well attended, and in my opinion, was one of the best since I became a Knight.
On September 12th, we held our Annual Picnic. My thanks to all who helped put it together, especially DGK Jim Curtis, and PGK/PCCP Lou McGraw, and all those who attended. Attendance was lighter than we had hoped, but those who came had a good time.
The following awards were made:
Sanjoe Westrich – Ladies Auxiliary Woman of the Year
Rob Schmidt – Columbian Club Man of the Year
John Kunkel – Knight of the Year
Jeff Gawlowski – Rookie of the Year
Westrich Family – Family of the Year
As you know, the Picnic is when we would normally distribute the donations that we had worked so hard to raise during the previous Columbian Year. The pandemic caused the cancellation of the two major fundraising events that support those donations, namely the Charity Golf Tournament in May, and our Tootsie Roll Drive. We used funds in our Roses for Life bucket to support ARC of Ocean, ARC of Monmouth, and St. Veronica's Special Ed CCD. Funds from the Armed Forces bucket provided for the donation to Operation Home Front. Donations to Catholic Charities, Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation, Stomp the Monster, and Ronald McDonald House were “borrowed” from the Knights in Need bucket. This money will be replaced with the proceeds from our Mega 50/50. I would also like to Thank PGK Angelo Massaro and his wife Diane, who donated a Keurig gift basket that was auctioned off, and PGK Tom Raulinavich who donated half of his 50/50 winnings. The proceeds were added to the donations listed above. Thanks also to PGK Jim Santanello who donated a part of his 50/50 winnings to help kick-start the Friday Night Curbside Dinners.
I need everyone's help in selling the Mega 50/50 tickets. We need to sell 1,000 tickets by November 21st, the drawing date. Each $10 ticket provides a chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes. Please consider buying a ticket or two, and selling more to your friends and family. We have applied for a license so that we can sell them publicly, and hope to have that soon.
PGK/PCCP Lou McGraw has started Friday Night Curbside Dinners, to help close the gap in the Club's operating costs. We have been hoping for 100 dinners each Friday, but thus far, have fallen a little short. Please consider getting your Friday Dinners and helping out the Club at the same time. Please see Lou if you can help out with prep work on Thursdays or cooking/serving on Fridays.
On October 14th, our Field Agent Henry Angelucci will be hosting a viewing of a KofC Insurance webinar with Tom Hegna at 7:00pm. You can attend in person at Council, or view the webinar remotely. In either case, advance registration is required at: http://www.njkofc.org/retire This webinar counts toward Star Council, however we need a minimum of 10 Brothers to attend to qualify.
On October 17th, we are having our 22nd Annual Charity Golf Scramble at Gamblers Ridge GC. This event supports the Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets. The cost is $100 per golfer, includes a breakfast sandwich (COVID restriction) before the 11am Shotgun start. Prizes and lunch back at Council afterwards.
The Club is planning an Oktoberfest on October 24th. More details on that event will be coming as we get closer to the event. Please see Steve Callahan if you are able to help.
On October 31st, we will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat for the families of the Council. We are doing so to provide a safer alternative to Trick-or-Treating. Participants handing out Candy will need to wear a mask and gloves. There will also be a costume parade (with prizes), pumpkin decorating in the afternoon, and a movie just after sunset. Please see Lou McGraw if you can assist with this event.
Also on October 31st, the Beatification of our Founder, Father Michael J. McGivney will take place at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford Connecticut. After the Beatification, he will be referred to as “Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney”, moving one step closer to Sainthood.
Upcoming feast days in October:
10/18 – St. Luke the Evangelist
10/28 – St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles
We are still in need of ideas for raising funds in a Socially Distant manner. If you have any ideas, please discuss with one of the Officers.
I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe!
Bob Westrich, GK