With Memorial Day, we welcome the unofficial start of Summer. At the same time, COVID restrictions are being lifted, getting us closer to normalcy. As of this writing, Friday May 28th will see indoor mask restrictions lifted for fullyvaccinated individuals, as well as the elimination of indoor social distancing. We are closing in on the end of the Pandemic, but please, don't let your guard down. If you haven't already, please schedule your vaccinations. All persons older than 12 are eligible, and appointments are easier to get. I am looking forward to visiting my parents this summer in Maine for the first time in more than a year.
On May 1st, we held the Super Charley Charity Event to support Charlotte DeMaio. The family showed up in force, and we raised over $22,000 for Charlotte. My Thanks to all those who helped arrange and work the event, especially co-chairs PGK Lou McGraw and LAP Jeanmarie DeBiase. While I was not able to attend the presentation of the check to the family, I understand they were floored by the amount we raised. Charlotte went into the hospital this past weekend for more tests and another round of Chemo, so please continue to keep her and her family in your prayers.
On May 17th, we held our 36th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This event provides the bulk of our charitable donations at our Annual Picnic. The weather was perfect, the course was perfect, my game was not. My Thanks to PGK Steve Stazko and his entire committee for once again putting together a fantastic event. My Thanks also to the dozens of Brothers, wives and family members who assisted, both on the course and off, and the 120 golfers who played, to help make this a success.
On May 22nd, we provided 400 hot meals at Loaves and Fishes in Trenton. Special Thanks to PGK Bob Clifford and his wife Donna for arranging the event. Thanks to PGK Lou McGraw, PGK Jim Santanello, DGK Jim Curtis, Frank Schear, and Lou Femiano who came with us early Saturday morning to help out.
The Memorial Prayer Garden project was started this past weekend. The Prayer Garden is part of John Juchniewicz's Eagle Scout Project, and is dedicated to the deceased members of the Council. The project includes a White Dogwood Tree, requested by Lady Anne Taylor as a memorial to PGK Russ Taylor. The Club provided 30 yards of mulch to help beautify the hill area behind the Pavilion. Pantano Nursery and Landscaping donated the tree, and gave us a discount on the mulch. Thanks to Steve Callahan for arranging the mulch and tree, Paul Izzo for picking up the tree, Rich Russo for his irrigation expertise, and the Brothers who have helped with the project. The project is expected to complete this weekend. Shifts are available from 10am – 1pm and from 1pm – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Please consider helping. This is a good opportunity for community service hours for school or Confirmation for your kids or grandchildren.
The May Blood Drive resulted in 23 units of Blood collected, down slightly from our typical draw. The June Blood Drive will be held on June 28th from 1pm – 7pm. Blood is needed more than ever, so please consider giving the gift of life. Please share with your friends and families as well.
On Monday, May 31st, we will be holding a Memorial Day BBQ at the Club. There will be a nominal charge to attend, and the proceeds will go to the Armed Forces Fund, so that we can support Send a Hero Home this Christmas.
The Nominating Committee has put forth their recommendation for the slate of Officers for the 2021- 2022 Columbian Year. Any 3rd Degree Knight is eligible to run off the floor on the night of the election,
which will be held at our June Business Meeting on June 18th.
• Grand Knight – Jim Curtis
• Deputy Grand Knight – Phil Capasso
• Chancellor – Frank Schear
• Treasurer – Jeff Gawlowski
• Recorder – Lou Femiano
• Warden – Joe D'Angelo
• Inside Guard – Matt Brienza
• Outside Guard – Alan Nesdill
• Outside Guard – John Kunkel
• Advocate – Lou McGraw, PGK, PCCP
• One Year Trustee – Bob Treval, PGK
• Two Year Trustee – Tom Raulinavich, PGK
• Three Year Trustee – Bob Westrich, PGK
My Thanks to the Nominating Committee, Dave Idank, PGK (Chair), Bob Treval, PGK, and Tom Raulinavich, PGK, for their time and effort forming the slate of nominees.
Upcoming feast days in June:
6/3 – Body and Blood of Christ (Solemnity)
6/11 – Sacred Heart of Jesus (Solemnity)
6/24 – Birth of Saint John the Baptist (Solemnity)
6/29 – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Solemnity)
Finally, I would like to Thank my Officers for helping to lead this Council in a most challenging year. This was not the year that I had thought or hoped it would be, the Pandemic ensuring that. But I believe my brother Officers and I did the best we could under the circumstances. It has been my honor to have served as your Grand Knight this past year. I hope that I have lived up to the trust you have put in me. While many events that we typically would hold could not be done due to restrictions, we were still able to provide food baskets for over 100 families, donated nearly $8,000 at last year's Picnic, raised over $22,000 for Charlotte DeMaio, and held our Annual Charity Golf Tournament this year.
My Thanks also to CCP Paul Izzo and CCVP Jim Opdyke Jr for their efforts running the Club. Special Thanks to LAP Jeanmarie DeBiase and LAVP Roni Pavelko, who were the heart and sole of keeping the Club solvent during our closures, providing Friday Lunches and Curbside Dinners throughout the Pandemic. Their efforts allowed us to continue to pay our bills when we otherwise had no income.
I wish the incoming Officers well in leading us in the upcoming year, and working to get us fully back to normal.
Brothers, I pray that you and your families remain safe.
Mary Queen of the Knights, Pray for Us.
Blessed Michael McGivney, Pray for Us.
Bob Westrich, GK