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KNIGHTS OF THE MONTH

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November 2017

Ray Lopez

My selection for the Knight of the Month for September is Brother Ray Lopez.
Over the past several years there are a couple of brother Knights who have provided continuous assistance to another brother Knight who needed help getting to medical appointments. Ray is one of the brother Knights who has volunteered to transport the brother Knight from his home/apartment to various medical offices throughout the Woodbridge area. When the brother was required to begin using oxy-gen on a continuous basis, Ray learned how to make the transition from the home system to a port-able system so that he is never without oxygen. In preparation for the brother moving into an apartment, he was involved in assisting with sorting the household into items to be moved to the new apartment, items to be placed in storage, and items to be donated. He, along with the other brother Knights, was also deeply involved in actually moving items to each location and ensuring that the new apartment was set up for the brother Knight. Ray is also a regular figure helping out at the Council beer tent during the Church Festival and in the kitchen during the Art Auction.
Because of the dedicated and voluntary service of Ray and these other Knights, one of our brother Knights is able to live comfortably and receive necessary medical treatment. He and the other brother Knights are individually, and collectively, examples of the basic principle of our order.
Thank you Ray for all you do.
Please join me in congratulating Ray as the November Knight of the Month.


October 2017

Gerard Borrero

My Knight of the Month for October is Gerard Borrero. He has been a knight since 2008 and started with Council 9407. He and his wife are a familiar face at most of our events. Most recently they both participated in the Corn Hole Tournament and Labor Day Picnic Horse Shoe Tournament. He served as an Inside Guard, Outside Guard, Warden and Chancellor at his old Council. He is currently an Inside Guard in our Council and is looking forward to moving about the other officers positions in our council. He has helped at the work camp training classes and has helped with setting up and clearing up for the Holy Family Festival. In the latest call for help with the Art Auction, he was one of the first brothers to volunteer to help out wherever I needed him.

Please join me in congratulating Gerard Borrero as the Knight of the Month for October.


September 2017

Dave Dewald

My selection for the Knight of the Month for September is Brother Dave Dewald. Last month I got to see firsthand the many contributions Dave makes to our Council. As a member of the House Committee, he arrived hours before the last cookout and started to prep for steak knight. During the Corn Hole tournament he was hard at work with the grill attending to the appetite of the participants and families. He makes himself available during the week, ensuring that the council home maintenance issues can be accomplished during weekday hours, along with accepting biweekly beer order deliveries.

Many of you might not know, but Dave has been a Knight in the council for 32 years, and has also been working bingo since its inception into the council in 1985. He has been a Bingo Team Captain for well over 20 years, and has held an officer’s positions as Outside Guard, Inside Guard, Family Program Director, Treasurer, and acted as a Trustee on several occasions. Dave has also been a member of the bartender staff for many years and the summer cookout staff for the past year. He is a SK and his wife is a KC Lady. For those of you who have attended our Annual Art Auction, Dave has assisted as an accounting verification processor for the invoice tally sheet finalization after Sunday morning sales. He is another member of our council whose behind the scenes contributions go unnoticed, but are greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Dave, for all that you do.

Please join me in congratulating Dave as the September Knight of the Month.


August 2017

Lou Byers

Our Knight of the Month for August is Brother Lou Byers. Within the first week of the new Fraternal Year we had the passing Brother Nazir Khan. Lou Byers was instrumental in making sure the family’s needs were addressed. He was the point of contact for the Kahn family and liaison for the council. He coordinated the cleaning up of Nazir Khan’s home. At the request of Nazir’s granddaughter and wife, Lou arranged for Bother Knights to come over on a Saturday morning to take several truck loads to the county dump. Lou kept the council informed of the family’s needs and made sure to communicate to me any news or events regarding the family. When speaking with Nazir’s granddaughter, I could tell there was a sense of comfort with Lou as the lead during this time of sorrow. Lou was a great representative of the council to the family as they were subjected to distress. Lou is a PGK of our Council, a Trustee and is an active member of Bingo. We look forward to Lou’s continued representation of our council at Holy Family and the community.
Thank You Lou for a job well done.
Please join me in congratulating Lou as the August Knight of the Month.


July 2017

Dom Dionne

My selection for Knight of the Month for July is Dom Dionne.

He is our new Chancellor, has served as an Outside Guard and was the chairman of our last sub sale this past Fraternal Year. Dom recently sponsored two new members, his son Gabriel and a friend Corey Hummel. His son has just recently made it through to the 3rd Degree.

When needed, Dom has always been willing to help out and has participated in 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremonies as an escort. Although he is not a parishioner of Holy Family, he is a very active member of the Catholic Community at MCB Quantico. His family is involved in RE, and his wife has planned the volunteer appreciation dinner for the Catholic Community, and a dinner to welcome all the new arrivals to our community. Dom has volunteered to help with our Ethnic Night and is the Chair for the Spanish Night.

Please join me in congratulating Dom Dionne as this month’s Knight of the Month.


June 2017

Vic Rivera

The June Knight of the Month has served this council in several capacities. He’s been a committee chairman and has filled many officers’ positions over the past several years.
Not only is he an active knight, his family is too. His son recently joined our ranks, and during the most recent blood drive, the whole family was on the tables at the same time. That was quite a sight.

But the one fact that I am extremely proud of, is the fact that I am his sponsor. His current position in the council is probably the toughest job on the council level. He serves as Program Director and Deputy Grand Knight. He has done a great job at making sure all programs have been staffed and executed. I could not have gotten through the year without his support and I thank him for that.

My June Knight of the Month, is Grand Knight Elect, Vic Rivera.


May 2017

Larry Pemberton

My Knight of the Month is one of the nicest people you’ll ever want to meet. Recently, because a brother knight was in need of housing and support, he worked tirelessly on this situation, contacting Prince William County Social Services and Holy Family Catholic Church. Housing was found through his diligent efforts, providing much comfort and security.
All the while he continued to meet his obligations as the President of the Parish Council and as coordinator for the Lenten Soup Suppers at Holy Family. He also continued to fulfill his requirements as an usher at the Shrine.
He is always available to assist members in need. He truly exemplifies the first principle of our Order - Charity.
He is also Past Grand Knight and Past Faithful Navigator.
My May Knight of the Month is PGK Larry Pemberton.


April 2017

Bob Rouleau

My knight of the month is a Past Grand Knight and Former District Deputy. He can be seen working at every event. He works bingo, KOVAR, Christmas Tree Sales and bar tends at the council. He also participates with various parts of the degree teams, and used to be a degree team captain.
At Holy Family, he is a Eucharistic Minister and has served as an Usher at the Basilica in Washington DC.
But what I am impressed with the most is how often, how frequent, he posts OUR prayer requests. We have over 360 members in our council, another 100 + in our assembly, plus he also alerts us of people in our parish and people outside of these immediate groups. This is a big job, and he does it fantastically. He has been doing this for many years now.
My Knight of the Month is SK Bob Rouleau. Please take the time to congratulate Bob.
Thank you Bob for all you do.


March 2017

Keith Kaminsky

This Knight has only been involved in our council for about 5 years. Yet his fingerprints are on just about every program we have. At Holy Family Catholic Church he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. He also serves as an usher at the Basilica in Washington DC.

As a Knight, he has served as Recorder for two years and he is our current Chancellor. His passion for being a Knight is overwhelming. Some of the programs and things that he has worked on in just this fraternal year alone include: bingo, Christmas tree sales, Breakfast with Santa, sub-sandwich sales, 4th of July parade Chairman, 5th Sunday rosary lead – twice, and Honey Baked Ham fund-raiser.
He also serves on both the admission and formation degree teams. He is an active member with the 4th degree and also serves on the John Paul 1 Charity Corporation.

His planning and organizational skills are top notch and he has helped keep me and the Deputy Grand Knight well informed.

My March Knight of the Month is SK Keith Kaminsky.

Thank you Keith for all you do.


February 2017

Joe Morano

February’s Knight of the Month has been a very active Knight. He has served on many council committees, he’s chaired many sub-sales, and he works both bingo and KOVAR. Most recently he chaired the Council Free Throw and District Free Throw competition. The event was attended by many youths from Holy Family Parish, and the winners were presented with medals from both the Grand Knight and Worthy District Deputy. As if this weren’t enough, he’s also chaired the soccer shoot out in the past.
He is currently a coach on the Holy Family Lady Falcon basketball team; they recently participated in the league tournament down in Fredericksburg. This past fall, he also coached the Lady Falcons volleyball team, and they won the league title by defeating Aquinas. Go Lady Falcons!
Please congratulate February’s Knight of the Month, Joe Morano.


January 2017

Tom Katrinak

January’s selection for Knight of Month is PGK Tom Katrinak.
Tom supports the Council in a number of ways; he is a member of the Charity Corporation Board, a member of the House Committee, one of the ABC Managers, a member of the First Degree Exemplification Team, and he currently serves as Lecturer.
PGK Katrinak assists with sub-sales by slicing the meats and cheese before all the sales, usually startinghours before the team shows up to begin weighing the meat and assembling the subs.
He is an active member of the summer cookout crew. He’s there rain or shine. Tom is a veteran having retired from the US Army. He is a Past Grand Knight of John Paul 1 Council and a Past Faithful Navigator of Father Edward L. Richardson Assembly, and a Former District Deputy of District 12.
Thanks Tom for your support to the Council.


December 2016

Bill Gleichsner

My December Knight of the Month is a Knight who loves a challenge. He is a Past Grand Knight and has served as bingo chairman for many years, and as you know, bingo is the life blood of our charity program.

He serves as chairman for the Ladies Appreciation Dinner and Labor Day Picnic, and also serves the council as a bartender. If that wasn’t enough I recently asked him to MC the Past Grand Knights Dinner and to quote another PGK, “He did a super job”.

Please take the time to congratulate Bill Gleichsner as the December Knight of the Month.


November 2016

Rick Unverricht

My knight of the month is Brother Rick Unverricht. He is our current Recorder and has also served as Warden. But most notably he just served as Art Auction Chairman. This is also the second year he has run the auction. This is a very challenging endeavor. He worked incredible hours behind the scenes making telephone calls and sending emails. Can you imagine how long it takes to stuff envelopes for a council this size? His organization and persistence made the auction go on without a hitch. I’ve heard rumors that Rick will be back next year. Rick’s “can do” attitude is what this council is all about.
Congratulations, Rick, keep up the good work.


October 2016

Martin Alordzinu

This month’s Knight of the Month is a real inspiration. He has his hand in many activities of our council. He is currently the Inside Guard and has been an officer for the past couple of years. He’s also a member of the 4th Degree and ushers at both the Cathedral and Holy Family Church. He works many activities at the church including the Parish Council. He’s also been responsible for recruiting several new members for our council, and he has a great smile. Please congratulate Martin Alordzinu as our October Knight of the Month.


September 2016

Cookout Crew

This month’s Knight of Month is not one Knight, but a group. This month I would like to recognize “The Summer Cookout Crew”.
They were cooking up brats, ribs, steaks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. They were there come rain or come shine, not to mention a few very warm days.

This terrific crew was led by Iron Chef Macejka. His masterful skills of organization and preparations, along with the determination of the team, helped make your Friday night experience a wonderful event. Can’t wait 'till next summer to see what they cook up.

Please take the time to thank the team, Steve M, Terry Kuszewski, Glen Epler, Matt McCarthy, Dave Dewald, Bob Weiss, Tom Katrinak, Gray Gagnon Joe Graham, Tim Bowen, John Dubelko, Ed Fairbairn, and Art Peacott.


August 2016

Frank Willy

The Knight of the month for August 2016 is someone whom many of you probably don’t know, but this gentleman is one of Holy Family’s biggest volunteers. He’s the lead usher for the 10:30 mass. A position he has held for many years. During holidays such as Christmas and Easter he can be found taking lead roles for the various masses, making sure that Holy Family has sufficient ushers to help the mass flow smoothly.
But his real passion is to serve as a religious education teacher. He has taught at many different grade levels, year after year. Some years he has taught multiple classes. He also serves as a coordinator or facilitator at many of the Holy Family religious education retreats.
Being the volunteer that he is, he can be found working at Holy Family’s fun festival; he’s served in various capacities such as running a booth or working directly on a festival committee.
In his spare time, he spends time with his family – spoiling his grandchildren the best that he can.
Our August Knight of the Month is Frank Willy.


July 2016

Mike Dvoroznak

Immediate Past Grand Knight Mike Dvoroznak is the Knight of the Month for July. Mike did an outstanding job as our Grand Knight for the 2015-2016 Fraternal Year, and was present at almost all activities throughout the year.
Mike is always willing to step in and lend a hand. He has taught Religious Education at Holy Family for many years. He has also been a part of the Festival Committee for many years, running the Irish Booth with his wife Mary. Mike has been a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in many of the Knight's events. He embodies the true spirit of brotherhood, and for this reason he is the July Knight of the Month.
Congratulations Mike!


June 2016

Jim Dart

Our Knight of the Month for May is Deputy Grand Knight and brother Jim Dart. Jim has just completed two very active years serving as the Deputy Grand Knight and Program Director. With all the activities we do as a council, one year in that position is difficult, two years is a challenge. Nonetheless, Jim came through with flying colors. Jim is very organized and he has a great talent for working with other people. In order to ensure that the planned activities for the Fraternal Year are accomplished, the Program Director has to be able to make the most of his Activity Chairman. Because of his great people skills, Jim was able to do this. As a result, the activities undertaken by the council over the past two years have been successfully and effectively accomplished. As Grand Knight for this past fraternal year, this has been very important to me.
Besides ensuring that our programs were accomplished, Jim’s work over the past two years serves as an example to the brothers who will follow him in this position, of how the Program Director’s job needs to be done. This is important if we are going to continue as a great council in the years to come.
So, THANK YOU Jim for all you have done for both the council and me for these past two years. I wish the very best in the future to you and your lovely wife, Karen.


May 2016

John Castro

Our Knight of the Month for May is Brother, and Past Grand Knight, John Castro. John is an Honorary Life Member of John Paul 1. Over the past year John has been a very active participant or a key advisor to other knights in practically all the activities that the Council sponsors. They include sub sandwich set up and sales, Holy Family Festival set up and takedown, KOVAR, Keep Christ in Christmas Sales, Food for Families and many more. He is a member of the District’s 2nd Degree Team, former Chairman of the Charity Corporation Board, and a weekly regular at the Pull Tab Table for the Council’s Bingo activity. That’s all very impressive but not the sole reason for receiving this award. I think the impressive part of all of John’s activities is the effect it has on our new and younger members – the future of our Council. John is an inspiration to our new generation of members, me included, of what it takes to be a great Knight of Columbus. He has always been there for me, as a regular member and Grand Knight, when I need help or just some good advice.
John is married to his wife Joyce. Joyce is a very active member of the KC Ladies Organization. They raised three sons and enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren. They are members of Holy Family Catholic Church and have served the parish as Eucharistic ministers and ushers for many years. John was active in the Community for many years serving as an executive member of the Prince William Bar Foundation. The Foundation sponsors the “Beat the Odds” program that raises funds to help young people, who need financial help to continue their education past high school, to become successful citizens as adults.
For all of the above and much more, John is our Knight of the Month.


April 2016

Keith Kaminsky

When it comes to being a Knight of Columbus, Keith is the total package. Keith does practically everything a lay person can do to support our sponsoring Parish – Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City Virginia. He serves as an Eucharistic Minister, and when needed an Usher. He is available to do whatever needs to be done for the Parish Priests, the Church Staff, and the various lay organizations in the Church. He volunteers to work at most of the Social events sponsored by the Parish organizations, and Keith’s service to the Church is not limited to his local Parish. Keith is also a 4th Degree Knight, and on most Sundays throughout the year, Keith is a volunteer Usher at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Keith takes his pledge to our Core Values - Charity, Unity, and Fraternity – very seriously. Charity involves offering yourself – goods, treasure, and time – for the welfare of others. In the Knights we do that by volunteering our time – one of our most precious commodities – to serve our Parish, Council and Community. Keith’s participation in Council activities epitomizes that commitment. He truly sees himself as one of the “Band of Brothers” in our Council who work together – our 2nd Core Value Unity - to help one another, our Church, and the Community at large. He has served as the Inner Sentinel and has been the Council Recorder for the past two years. Since joining the Council, Keith has been Chair or a major participant for most of the Council’s activities. These include being a member of the Council’s 1st Degree Team, an active Bingo Team member, Chairman for several Sub Sales and a major participant at the others, liaison with the Community for the Bureau’s participation in the Annual 4th of July Parade, organizing the Brothers who serve as Bartenders at the Annual St Patrick/St. Joseph Dinners at Holy Family Church, volunteering for the set-up and take-down of the infrastructure needed for Holy Family’s Fun Festival, Chairman of this year’s Fifth Sunday Rosary activity, and serving with the Team of Brothers that serve the Community by cleaning up trash on Dale Boulevard every quarter.

There is no job – large or small – that Keith has not undertaken or done well. Keith takes our 3rd Core Value – Fraternity – very seriously. He holds all of his Brothers in high esteem and praises their efforts for all the activities that they work on together as a Team. Finally, Keith has been a mentor and a role model to our younger members, showing them the true path to becoming an outstanding Knight of Columbus.


March 2016

Ray Huminek

Our Knight of the Month for March is Brother Ray Humenik. Ray has been with the Council for a long time and is very active. He participates in a major way in all the activities we do throughout the year. He has been there and done that and is a great advisor to all our younger Knights. He is a Past Grand Knight and an invaluable advisor to me and the other Officers to address the challenges we face throughout the Fraternal Year. In addition to being in the Honorary Members Club, Ray is very active in many ways that benefit the Council. He regularly attends Business Meetings and is a regular, every week, at the Monday Night Bingo. His other activities include the Holy Family Festival, Sub Sales, and the Art Auction. In other words, Ray can be counted on to do what needs to be done to keep the Council running smoothly and ensure that all of our goals and aspirations are met. Ray is a model for our younger Members to learn how they too can benefit themselves, their Fellow Brothers and the people and organizations served by our Council. Ray, thanks for all you do and congratulations for being our Knight of the Month for March.


February 2016

Joe Morano

My selection for the Knight of the Month for February is Brother Joe Morano. Throughout his years with the Knights Joe has proven to be available, dependable and effective. As Grand Knight I know that I have no need to worry about any activity that Joe is either Chairing or participating in. Joe’s efforts greatly help me to more effectively accomplish my duties as Grand Knight of the Council. Over the years and recently Joe has Chaired or participated in many of our activities that are directed towards the Youth in our Council. These include Free Throw Competition, Soccer Challenge, and Essay and Art Contest activities. He is also available on a regular basis to help with other activities such as Sub and Christmas Trees Sales. Joe can also be depended upon to regularly work Bingo on the nights his Team is assigned. Joe has a beautiful and young Family that includes his Wife Lorraine and two Daughters Madeline and Mary Beth. Taking care of a young and active Family is time consuming and a great responsibility. The Council is grateful for the time and effort that Joe gives to our activities.
Thank You Joe for all you do for our Council.


January 2016

John & Chris Blanchard

My selections for the Knights of the Month for January are John and Christopher Blanchard. You may ask why two Knights. The simple answer is when you see one you always see the other – John the Father and Chris the Son.
John is an inspiration to all of us. He is one of our Senior Knights and has some difficulty getting around but guess what – that doesn’t stop him. He regularly attends business meetings and participates in most of our programs such as Bingo, Sub Sales, Keep Christ in Christmas Card Sales to mention a few. John is a familiar face at practically any event the Council sponsors. We should all aspire to be the Knight that John is.
Chris is also an inspiration to all of us. He is always there for his Father and helps him to live a very active life. I truly believe that Chris is the example of how God expects us to treat our Fathers. The Council benefits from Chris’s devotion to his Father because we know that he will always be there helping his Father to do whatever THEY can do to make our Council be the great organization that it is.
Thank You John and Chris for all you do.


December 2015

Rick Unverricht

Our Knight of the Month for December is Brother Rick Unverricht.

One of the keys to becoming a good or a great Knight and Knight of the Month is participation.
Participation can be accomplished by being active at our Monthly Meetings, being an active participant or a leader in some of our many programs, and just being available when assistance is needed. Rick meets all of those requirements. He laudably performs his duties as the Council’s Worthy Warden at all of our business meetings. He recently served as Chairman for the Annual Art Auction activity.

As a result of his organization, drive, innovation, and resolve, and especially his ability to work with and take advice from previous Art Auction Chairmen, this year’s Auction turned out to be one of the most enjoyable and profitable Auctions undertaken by the Council. Finally, Rick is one of those guys that can just not say “No” when asked for help or input by the Grand Knight and the other Officers. He is always there to help no matter what the need. For all of these reasons, Rick Unverricht is our Knight of the Month. Congratulations Rick and keep up the great work.


November 2015

Walter Dick

Our Knight of the Month for October is Brother Walter Dick. Walter is an Honorary Life Member of John Paul 1 Council. Over the years there is probably nothing that Walter has not done. This is laudatory in itself but this is not about that. This is about what Walter continues to do for the Council today. On most Monday nights since way before I joined the Council, Walter can be found at the VFW selling pull tabs at the weekly John Paul 1 Bingo Event. Bingo is one of our most important activities. It pays the bills for the Council Home we all enjoy and provides the funds needed to carry out our generous Charitable Program. Walter is a Bingo Legend and probably knows most of the players by their first name. But it’s not just Bingo. It’s the Dale City Parade, Holy Family Festival set-up and take down, selling Christmas trees, preparing subs for our Sub Sale activity and much, much more. Fraternity is one of our principles. Walter is all about Fraternity. He and Barbara, a long-time member of the KC Ladies, are fixtures at the summer cookouts and on Fridays at the Council Home. Walter loves mixing it up with all his Brother Knights – even those that do not root for the Yankees.
For all of the above and much more, Walter is our Knight of the Month. Thanks Walt for all you do.


October 2015

Peter Ingerik

Our Knight of the Month for October is SK Brother Peter Ingerick. Peter has been a Knight since 2003. During that time he’s served the Council in many ways. He became a 4th Degree Sir Knight in 2009. He has served as Director of the Community Program since the 2012 – 2013 Fraternal Year. Peter and his Team have faithfully maintained the appearance and cleanliness of the Section of Dale Boulevard assigned by the County to the Council. He served as Outside Guard in 2011 and Inside Guard during 2012. Other activities that Peter has worked on include the Art Auction, Christmas Tree Sales, KCIC, Fourth of July Parade, and Sub Sales. He has been a very active Knight and serves as a role model to our younger Knights of what is expected from a Knight. It’s early in the year but Peter has been very busy. He is serving as Chairman for the Council’s first Sub Sale and will soon be doing a Dale Boulevard Clean-Up activity. Peter has been a regular participant at the Monthly Program Meeting for many years and is always ready and able to help the Program Director when asked. Peter has become a Knight that you can depend on. For that the Council is thankful. Keep up the good work Peter.


September 2015

John Dibble

Our Knight of the Month for September is Brother John Dibble. Brother John has been an active member of John Paul I Council since 1982. In addition to being in the Honorary Members Club, John is very active in many ways that benefit the Council and the Home Corporation. He regularly attends Business Meetings. This keeps John abreast of everything that the Council is doing and enables him to pass on the benefit of his experience with Council activities to our newer Members and current Officers. He is a Member of Bingo Team 4 and a regular at the Games Table. John volunteers for the Holy Family Fun Festival working on Set-Up/Take Down and the Beer Tent. John serves as Treasurer of the Charity Corporation. In that capacity, John pays all the bills for the building and maintains the Charity Corporation account. Lastly, if you get this newsletter by mail, John picks them up from the printer, puts on the stamp and mails them to you. John is a model that our younger Members can emulate and learn how they too can benefit themselves, their Fellow Brothers and the people and organizations served by our Council.
Thanks for all you do John and congratulations for being our Knight of the Month for August.


August 2015

Alphonse Bassenne

Our Knight of the Month for August is Brother Alphonse Bassenne. Brother Alphonse joined John Paul 1 approximately 2 years ago. He was recruited at a New Parishioner Welcoming Reception at Holy Family Catholic Church. After hearing about all the activities that the Knights and John Paul 1 in particular do, Alphonse was initially reluctant to join the Order because of his work schedule. He was impressed with the fraternal and charitable principles of the Knights organization but his work schedule and family commitments left very little time available in the evening hours to participate in many of the Council’s activities. After more discussion on the subject of about availability, Alphonse joined our Council. True to his interview, Alphonse still does not have a lot of time available. However he is a regular worker at one of our most important Council activities. Alphonse arranged his work schedule to be available to work Bingo as a member of Team 2. He also helps with Sub Sales after the Masses and participates in other activities as time permits. I think Alphonse is an example to bring up to other men who may want to join our ranks but feel like availability is a big issue. Brother Alphonse we are honored to have you as a member of our Council and Thank You for all that you do.


July 2015

Lou Byers

PGK Lou Byers is the Knight of the Month for July. Lou did an outstanding job as Grand Knight for the 2014 – 2015 Fraternal Year. He displayed great leadership throughout the year. Having been an avid participant in all the Council activities for many years, Lou was able broker that experience to ensure that he upheld the tradition of excellence earned and handed down by the Council’s previous Grand Knights. In addition to being Grand Knight and a great Leader, Lou was very active in all Council activities, especially our Bingo activity. As Grand Knight, Lou was an excellent representative of the Council to our Brothers and their Families that were subjected to distress throughout the year, Holy Family Catholic Church, the State and Supreme Knights of Columbus, and to the Woodbridge Community in general. We look forward to Lou continuing his service to the Council, as a Trustee over the next three years. Thank You Lou for a job well done.


June 2015

Jim Dart

SK Jim Dart is the Knight of the Month for June! Jim has served as Deputy Grand Knight this year and has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our programs were staffed and executed successfully. He did a great job of it. I could not have gotten through this year without his support and organization keeping me on track. Jim has willingly accepted a second term at this challenging job. In addition to everything he does with the Knights he is also active with the local Volunteer Firefighter’s and assists with their bingo program. Please join me in congratulating Jim for a job well done and for being our June Knight of the month.


May 2015

Vic Rivera

Please join me in a warm congratulation to Vic for being the May Knight of the Month. Vic is currently serving as our council Warden. Vic has previously served as the recorder and is line to be the next Chancellor. Vic works in IT for the Prince William County School system and is very involved with his family. Vic and his family have run the children’s Christmas party and participates in other council activities as time allows. He has a balance of Church, family, work and the Knights that serves as an example to other Knights.
Congratulations Vic on being the Knight of the Month!


April 2015

Keith Kaminsky

April’s Knight of the Month is Sir Knight Keith Kaminsky.
Keith is currently the recorder for the council and has been a major force in the activities this year. An active bingo team member, Keith has run a sub sale, acted as the Liason for the annual 4th of July parade, and organized the brothers acting as Bartenders for the Annual St. Joseph/St. Patrick’s day dinner. Keith is a Eucharistic Minister, and participates in many events, including the Annual Parish Festival. He is also an Usher at the Basilica and is an active member of the 1st Degree Team. And when Keith is not running a program he is always involved in the background.
Whether he is helping pick up trash on Dale Blvd, supporting the Subs he accepting any task asked of him with humility and grace. Please join me in congratulating Keith Kaminsky as the Knight of the month for April.


March 2015

Larry Pemberton

This month’s Knight of the Month is PGK Larry Pemberton.
Larry is involved in many aspects of the Council and the Parish. For years Larry coordinated the Usher Program at the Basilica as well as maintaining the council Rosters. Larry works with Father Creedon at Holy Family regularly. He is currently working to set up the Festival Committee for the upcoming Holy Family Festival and has assisted with creating the new parish website.
Larry and his wife Rose made the soups for the first of the Lenten Soup Suppers that were held at the council on behalf of the parish. Larry is generous with his time and spirit, making him our Knight of the Month.


February 2015

Wasiu Adedeji

Our February Knight of the Month is one who is responsible for putting together this wonderful Knightly newsletter month after month. Wasiu has been the newsletter editor for the last two years now. Each month, after the 2nd meeting he gathers the inputs from all the contributors and is charged with fitting all the content onto the 12 allotted pages and making it look so professional.
His dedication to this important task is critical to getting the word out to all our brothers, widows and families and especially those without email or internet service.
Please join me in congratulating Wasiu as the February Knight of the Month.


January 2015

Dan Lupinetti

Dan is the January Knight of the Month. Dan is very active in the council. He is an Outside Guard, has run a sub sale and recently did a great job with the KCIC Christmas Card Sale! Dan has also run the Beer Booth for the Holy Family Festival. Dan is always willing to step up and help where he is needed.
Please join me in congratulating Dan as this month’s Knight of the Month.


December 2014

Mike Dvoroznak

Our Knight of the Month for December is SK Mike Dvoroznak. Currently our Chancellor, Mike is always willing to step in and lend a hand. He has taught Religious Education at Holy Family for many years. He has been a part of the Festival Committee for the last few years, running the Irish Booth with his wife Mary. Mike is a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in many of the Knights Events. Mike embodies the true spirit of brotherhood and for this reason he is the December Knight of the Month.


November 2014

Helmut Brokamp

PGK Helmut Brokamp is our Knight of the Month for November. Helmut is currently one of the Trustees and very active in the council, never shy to give advice when it is needed. Helmut is the Bingo Team Captain for team 2 and has assisted with bingo on a weekly basis over the last few years. Not afraid of hard work, Helmut lead the efforts for the 21st Annual Art Auction. The Art Auction is one of our primary fundraisers, and Helmut did an outstanding job at pulling it all together. The evening was entertaining and proved to be yet another success! Please join me in congratulating Helmut as the November Knight of the Month.


October 2014

Festival Knights

This month I found that I could not choose any one specific Knight for this honor. Rather I want to acknowledge all of the brother Knights who worked so hard to make this year’s festival a great success! Some were involved in setting up the booths and tents in unseasonal heat. Some sat through hours of planning meetings and spent hours assuring that all of the electrical needs were met. Many ran booths, assisted with booths and worked tirelessly to ensure that the trash was taken care of. You assisted people to get where they needed to be, you proudly presented the colors at the opening ceremonies, and most importantly supported our parish! Without your hard work the Holy Family Annual Parish Festival could not happen! Congratulations to all of the Knights that worked so diligently to ensure the festival success. You are all truly the Knights of the Month!


September 2014

Greg Short

Greg has been an active member of our council and parish for many years. Greg has been very active in the bingo program, assisting with set up and making sure that Bill has had the support he needs. He has also been producing the Knight of the month and Family of the month certificates for a while. Greg has been a Eucharistic Minister and has been very involved in the Holy Family Festival. Over the years Greg’s contributions to the Parish and the Council have been great! An easy going guy, he has always been willing to step in and help where he is needed. Please join me in a warm congratulation to Greg for being the September Knight of the Month.


July 2014

Mike Wissel

Our Immediate Past Knight, Mike Wissel has been an active member of the council for several years. As Grand Knight, Mike lead the council to another successful year. Always ready to step in and help where needed, Mike has been a great advisor and guide to the Program Chair, helping to ensure that each activity went smoothly. Mike is also very active in Bingo. In addition to Mike’s outstanding leadership in the Council, Mike also serves Holy Family Parish as a Eucharistic Minister. We look forward to Mike’s service as a Trustee for the next three years and for his guidance as a Past Grand Knight.
Thank you, PGK Mike for your dedicated service.


July 2014

Houston Bill

Our Knight of the Month this month is Bill Houston. Bill exemplifies the principals of Charity and Fraternity. Always willing to help others with no thought of return for himself. He assists with Bingo, sub sales and many of the Knights events. He can be seen often on Karaoke night up at the microphone belting out the tunes. Bill is a rock of stability for his family, and has seen his son Chris through many painful operations.
Please join me in congratulating Bill as our Knight of the Month for August.


June 2014

Bill Gleichsner

Brother Bill Gleichsner has been doing an outstanding job this past year as the Bingo chairman. Bingo’s importance to this council cannot be overstated. Bingo revenue funds the mortgage payments on our Council Home and provides thousands of dollars for the charitable donations we give. Leading the Bingo effort is a big job and Bill does it with a lot of pride. Bill is always promoting Bingo and the Council. As he is fond of saying, “John Paul 1 Council is the greatest Council of the Order.” Bill also does a great job as chairman of the Labor Day Picnic and along with his wife Pattiann, the Ladies Appreciation Dinner which are very enjoyable. I am very pleased to recognize Bill Gleichsner as our June Knight of the Month.


May 2014

Matt Drabik

Matt Drabik has taken on the role of KOVAR Chairman and done an outstanding job. The KOVAR chairman position is a very demanding one which takes a commitment of time and planning to achieve good results. Matt did that by starting early to contact stores in the area that would allow us to collect donations. The number of groups competing for these spots has made it more difficult to obtain permission than in the past. But Matt prevailed and even with fewer slots we were able to raise a large amount for KOVAR. For his efforts to raise money and awareness for the intellectually disabled in Virginia, Matt is the Knight of the Month.


April 2014

Keith Kaminsky

Since he transferred into the John Paul 1 Council this past year, Keith has impressed us all the way he has eagerly donated his time to help with so many of our events. He chaired the past Sub Sale, has volunteered for 40 hours, bar tending, bingo just to name a few. He is a regular at meetings and the Council Home. We are very pleased and feel blessed that Keith has joined our Council. Thank you, Keith for your hard work. It’s an honor to recognize you as our April Knight of the Month.


March 2014

Ed Fairbairn

Past Grand Knight Ed Fairbairn has taken on the role of Communications Chairman this year with an emphasis of updating the Council website and streamlining the updating of the council information. We are very pleased with the new website that is easier to use and makes more information available. What goes on behind the scene is a lot of work. As the webmaster Ed is constantly uploading new content, updating information and maintaining lists. With a goal of continuous improvement Ed is always looking for ways to make the dissemination of information better.
For taking this on with his usual tireless work ethic, Ed improves the communication of the council and we thank him for that.


February 2014

Greg Short

Greg Short is dedicated member of our Council and Holy Family Parish where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister.
Greg has been providing an indispensable service to the council by printing all the certificates we need to recognize Brothers for Knight of the Month, Family of the Month and Honoree of the First degree among other printing needs. When I have requested a certificate from Greg he comes through without fail and delivers a quality product to me on time. It makes my job as Grand Knight much easier to know that Greg is there to prepare these certificates.
Congratulations Greg and thank you for a job well done.


January 2014

Ray Lopez

January 2014 Knight of the Month – Ray Lopez
A few months ago a Brother night fell ill and his wife asked for some help getting some furniture assembled and moved into their home to better accommodate his needs. A call went out for help and Brother Ray Lopez answered that call. After several hours of assembly, carrying, and maneuvering the furniture upstairs, the room was ready for our brother to recuperate and convalesce. Ray’s actions are a great example of the third principle of the order, fraternity. We recognize Ray Lopez as our January 2014 Knight of the Month.


December 2013

Jonathan McCoy

We have had several members that have joined in recent years that come in with enthusiasm and desire to help the council and the order. Jonathan McCoy is one of those brother Knights. Jonathan is always pitching in to help with various council events, KOVAR, Christmas trees, sub sales, just to name a few.
Jonathan stepped up to chair our Sub sandwich sale in this past October and did a great job. Our first sub sale of the fraternal year was a great success because of Jonathan’s time and effort. For all his hard work for the council and for being a great brother Knight, we recognize Jonathan McCoy as our December Knight of the Month.


November 2013

Walter Dick

Walter Dick is a long time member of our council and is a stalwart in supporting bingo and the Holy Family Fall Festival.
Walt is an instant seller at bingo every Monday night. On his feet for 3-4 hours with his familiar call “Pull tabs,” ringing throughout the hall Walt sets the standard for the team. Walt’s friendly and genial manner makes him a favorite with the bingo customers.
Putting up the large tents that make up the beer garden for the Festival is no small task. Walt steps up to lead the rest of us in erecting the tent, putting up the fence around it and setting up the tables and canopies for various booths as well. When the festival is over, Walt is there to help take things down and put them away.
A tireless worker who donates his time to the council, it is a pleasure to recognize and honor Walter Dick as our November Knight of the Month.


October 2013

Timothee (Tim) Donangmaye

Tim joined the council this year and in that short time has taken a very active role in the council. Tim agreed to chair the Highway Cleanup events. Four times this fraternal year Council members meet to pick up trash along a stretch of Dale City Boulevard.

With the cleanup completed successfully this past month, Tim is ready to lead another effort in October.

In recognition of his enthusiasm, eagerness and hard work, Tim is our October Knight of the Month.


September 2013

Bob Weiss

Brother Bob Weiss is one of those guys that always involved. A Past Grand Knight, Bob is always there to help with Council events. He plays an important role in the council’s fund raising efforts and sits on committees that provide the leadership for the council. He seems to do these things always staying calm cool and collected. He is the captain of the Bingo Team 3, a main driver for our charitable efforts and a grill master at the Friday cookout, grilling delicious barbeque that we all love which is one of our main social events. Bob sits on the Charity Corporation Board, and is a member of the House Committee. This past year Bob chaired our nomination committee which is responsible for recruiting the great group of officers we have this year. Congratulations Bob. You are our September Knight of the Month.


August 2013

Rollie Babcock

Past Grand Knight Rowland “Rollie” Babcock has been a dedicated member of the council and the order with 35 years of service. This past year Rollie and his wife Merry moved to Ruther Glen, VA but still wanted to be active in council events. Because of the distance the Babcocks knew that they could not participate in all the events they used to so they would pick a few to do. The Dale City Independence Parade was something they have enjoyed doing every year. Rollie and Merry drove up and helped as marshals in the parade. Rollie and Merry have also been spotted at a few Friday Cookouts. We appreciate the continued support and participation from PGK Rollie and for that reason are rewarding him with our August Knight of the Month.

 
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