Grand Knight's Message for February, 2017
Before I begin, thank you to Deacon Vin and Ron Angelo for a great job with dinner and entertainment by Uncle Floyd at the Hanover Manor in honor of Past Grand Knight Chris Virginio.
On February 2nd, the groundhog saw his shadow so hopefully we will just have 6 more weeks of winter. If you notice its getting lighter earlier each morning and staying lighter longer in the evening.
February is traditionally the month of love. We as Knights will celebrate Wives Appreciation Night next Saturday night February 11th. Entertainment is provided by Mark and Ted. If you would like to join us for this special evening, please call me on my cell phone listed below.
We are working with Bernadette Caponegro, our Director of Religious Ed, in a Seminarian letter program presented by State Council where her Religious Ed students write letters encouraging Alex and Kamel in their studies. We in turn will send their responses back to State Council by April 1.
Ron Angelo invited Bob Leach and I to Bishop’s Night at the Paterson Federation meeting on January 20th. When they called our council number, I got to personally present Bishop Serratelli with a check on our behalf. Thank you Ron for all your help and support.
On a more solemn note, we lost 3 brother Knights in January; Brother Sal Bruttaniti, Brother Jim Monteleone, and Brother Larry Colasurdo, Jr. May they all rest in peace. Thanks to Deacon Vin and all the Brother Knights who came out to show their support to the families in their time of need. Our most heartfelt condolences to Trustee Larry Sr. and wife Audrey.
Brother Bob Leach, our Financial Secretary, submitted the Fraternal Activity results for 2016. He provided the following summary for Council 6504:
1. We disbursed approximately $23,000 in charitable donations.
2. We provided over 1300 hours of volunteer time during the year.
a. Ushers had over 675 hours
b. Religious Ed over 130 hours
c. Citizens with Disabilities Drive over 400 hours
d. Community Projects
1. Mass in the Park
2. Christmas Tree Lighting
3. Breakfast with Santa
Thank you Bob for submitting this report on behalf of our Council.
Remember that March 11th is our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance with Bobby Byrne returning to St. Rose. Watch for the flyer coming soon. Please consider buying a ticket to this fun event. A good time was had by all who attended last year.
In closing, please keep the following people who are sick in your prayers: Brother Nick Rello, Brother John Stabile’s wife Linda, Joan and Kathryn Hughes, Almilia Alacertosa, Sal Musso, and Brother Greg Donofrio’s Mom.
Finally, dues letters were mailed so watch for them in your mailbox. Any questions, please feel free to call or email me at my contact info below.
Happy Birthday to all my Brother Knights born in February!
Joe Carvagno, GK