ST FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH COUNCIL # 15126
FAMILIES OF THE YEAR

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2018 - 2019

Doug, Nicole, Marisa Glidewell-2018

The Doug Glidewell family exhibits the values desired in the Knight Family of the Year Award by showing exemplary status in our community. Doug is a valuable and reliable brother Knight who volunteers his time and talents for all Council projects and charitable service events. For example, he performed commendable service as a fry team cook on a very hot day last June during our Parish chicken dinner event. Doug completed the 4th Degree of Knighthood in April and volunteers as a Hospitality Minister for weekend parish Masses. Doug is also completing a three-year term this year as a member and President of the St Francis Xavier Parish Council. He and his wife Nicole are members of the St Francis Xavier Parish Youth Ministry Team that coordinated and organized the presentation of the Confirmation program to 32 of our finest youth as they completed their sacrament of Confirmation this past May. They were joined on an equal basis in this volunteer religious instructional activity by their daughter Marisa, thus making it a complete family unit volunteering to serve our Parish as lay leaders. This award is presented to the Family of Doug and Nicole Glidewell who serve as an inspiration to our Parish and Council by supporting and strengthening Christian family life. Congratulations Doug, Nicole and Marisa Glidewell on being awarded Council 15126 Knight Family of the Year for 2018


2017 - 2018

John and Nyla Bitunjac - 2017

John and Nyla Bitunjac exhibit the values desired in the Knight Family of the Year Award by showing exemplary status in our community. John currently holds the officer position of Council Advocate and continues to serve the council as the Director of Youth Programs coordinating the council basketball free throw, essay, and alcohol & drug awareness poster contests. He participates in all council sponsored events such as Faith in Action, Tootsie Roll Drive for Disabilities and our parish dinners. He donated a personally handcrafted cedar-lined bed chest for use as the prize in a parish raffle during our Lenten dinners and recently donated another handcrafted wooden and glass cabinet for use by the council as a council memorabilia display case for use in the Parish Center. John and his wife Nyla have been active participants in the St Joseph Life Walk and the SFX Wing Ding Ministry Challenge. John is a Mass Server and he and Nyla are both Eucharistic Ministers. He is chair of the parish Building and Grounds Committee. He is a member of Assembly 569 and is a member of their Honor Guard. Nyla is the Parish School of Religion Coordinator and is a team member of the KC-St Joseph Diocese MAX prison ministry team. She is a former recipient of a Mother Theresa Award from St Joseph Catholic Charities. Nyla is a special education substitute teacher for United Cerebral Palsy. As a couple they were both selected as representatives to attend the KC-St Joseph Diocese awards ceremony last year – as Parish Volunteers of the Year. They both serve as SFX Elementary School substitute teachers, as a Marriage Preparation - Lead Couple, and have organized and chaperoned parish youth field trips for the Mass servers. This award is presented to the family of John and Nyla Bitunjac, who has served as an inspiration to our parish, community and council by supporting and strengthening Christian family life. Congratulations John and Nyla Bitunjac on being presented Council 15126 Knight Family of The Year.

 
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