Saints Cosmas and Damian
Council 13341 Grand Knight’s News
Our Lady of the Angels Community Please note that we will be starting
12905 State Road 70 East Brothers, our monthly business meeting on
Bradenton, Fl 34202 November the 5th at 6:00 as we will
Wow! What a busy October we be joining the women's guild at 7:00
Volume 5 Issue 11 have had and because all of you for a special guest speaker. Once
November 5, 2009 who were there for those who could again, my heart felt "Thank You" to
not at so many activities many all of you my Brothers for all you
thanks go out to you and your do making our Council a very
Officers families! We started off the month special place to belong.
Chaplain .......Fr Damian Vincent Amantia, TOR with our Soccer Challenge headed
Assistant Chaplain ............ Rev Mister Ron Dains up by our youth director Vivat Jesus!
Grand Knight ........................ . Bill Higginbotham Brother Paul Griffiths. We have a
Deputy Grand Knight ................. Michael Graves member of our Parish Jake LaMore Grand Knight-Bill Higginbotham
Chancellor ................................... Andy Velichko
that went on to Regional's in Port
Charlotte! Thanks Paul and to all Deacon’s Corner
your team! During October many
Financial Secretary…….………..Anton Swihura
of you and your spouses helped out My brothers and sisters in Christ,
Warden ........................................... Frank Deame
at our annual pasta dinner.
Although attendance was down As I gaze out into the month of
Recorder……………………..………Bill Jarema this year I understand it went as
Inside Guard ....................................... John Gallo
November, I see some important
well as to be expected during the events coming our way. Daylight
Outside Guard............................... Bob Lafortune hours it was held as it started right savings ends, so it's fall back. The
Trustee ............................................ Chris Treston after 10:30 Mass. Special "Thank last Sunday of the liturgical year,
Trustee .........................................Carmine Maida You!" to our Worthy Deputy Grand Christ the king. Thanksgiving. The
Trustee………………………...Charlie Conklin Knight Mike Graves and Brother first Sunday of Advent. How time
Lecturer…………………………...Joe Stachniak Carmine for a very successful flies when you're having fun.
Directors membership drive and to you my Through all of this, keep this in
Brothers and families that helped mind, HIS LOVE ENDURES
Program Director ............................. Mike Graves
out. We received 12 new prospects FOREVER.
Membership .................................Carmine Maida
to join our order. Thank you also From psalm 107, we read,
Council ............................................ Tom Werner Sir Knight and Brother Don
Family.....................Andy Velichko/Vinnie Alesi
"Give thanks to the Lord for he is
Plourde for organizing the Color good, whose love endures forever!
Youth ............................................. Paul Griffiths Corps and also to DGK Mike Let that be the prayer of the Lord's
Church .............................................Jim Mazurek Graves and Sir Knight and Faithful redeemed,
Community ............. Carmine Maida/Bob Hellner Navigator Brother Mike Novello for those redeemed from the hand of the
Health Services……………….…....Joe Stachniak the Pulpit announcements. And last foe,
Pro Life……….......………………Javier Oliveros but not least a big Thank You! goes Those gathered from foreign lands,
Chairman to our PGK, SK Brother Chris from east and west, from north and
Treston for organizing the annual south."
Admissions Chairman ....................... Bob Franco Hunsader Farms games for the I couldn't help but think of all of us
Sunshine Chairman .......................... Don Plourde children and to all of you who who are gathered from here and
Blood Drive Chairman ................. Anton Swihura volunteered your time at these there, and everywhere, coming
Retention Chairman. ................... Anton Swihura events. Because of all of you we together, bonded by the gift of the
Newsletter .....................................Dennis Kalich raised an additional $1800.00 for Knights of Columbus. As we travel
Historian ............................. Andrew Velichko Jr. Special Olympics! As you can see together through November, and
we accomplished a lot in a short prepare for the coming season of
Insurance period of time because unity our
Council Field Agent….......Christopher Mahoney advent, the season of waiting, let us
second principle. Please forgive me try to spend some quality time in
District Officers if I have forgotten anyone who prayer. Dig out your favorite book
District Deputy ........................... Vinnie Cipriano has helped our Brotherhood out this of prayers, and recall how they
District Warden………………….Mike Novello month. spoke to you, recalling the right
words for the right time.
This may be the right time to hear those Membership Update: Meeting Minutes
words again, to set your spiritual As we close out the October Membership
compass in the direction of the one who Blitz I recommend to all councils not to
October 1, 2009
loves more than we can imagine, Jesus. let the momentum stop. As I visit Councils it
Enjoy November, and remember this, is clear that membership is tops on the Call to Order: GK Bill Higginbotham
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!!!!! agenda as we strive to bring new catholic called meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
See you on the journey. men into our fraternal order to serve our Warden Frank Deame reported all present
Church and Parish communities. Remember had a current membership card.
May the Lord give you peace, the best membership tool we have is to
SK Deacon Ron ASK every Catholic Man over the age of Prayer: PGK Higginbotham led Council
18 to join our fraternal order and help us with the Our Father, and Pledge of
"Hope has two beautiful daughters. their serve our church. Allegiance
names are anger and courage: At the upcoming 1st degree on November
anger at the way things are, and courage 10th being hosted by council #12155, at Officers:
to see that they do not remain least 8 new brothers will be installed and AC: Reverend Mister Deacon Ron Dains
the way they are." Blitz reports show there are about 15 more in P, GK: Bill Higginbotham P, DGK:
--St. Augustine in the pipe line. Set up Corporate Michael Graves P, Chancellor: Andy
Communions, create visibility, we are Velichko P, Recorder: Bill Jarema P,
District Deputy Report heading into a very active time for the Treasurer: Edward Souza P, Financial
church. The timing has never been better Secretary: Anton Swihura P, Advocate:
District # 39 to show the Best of our Fraternal Order Bob Hellner P, Warden: Frank Deame P,
November 2009 and encourage our Catholic brothers Lecturer: Joe Stachniack P, Inside Guard:
to join. John Gallo A, Outside Guard: Bob
Worthy Sirs and Brothers All Lafortune, P, 1 yr Trustee: Charlie
Upcoming Reminders: Conklin A, 2 yr Trustee: Carmine Maida
“The Year of the Priest”. What type of A, PGK Trustee: Chris Treston P
meaning has this been to each member With the Thanksgiving Holiday and
our eyes on the prize, Jesus,
of our Fraternal Order? Have we Christmas Seasons quickly approaching Ode: Sung
planned events around our Priest and let us all remember there are many
Clergy? Do they know how thankful we unfortunate families’s that will struggle Preceding Minutes: August 6 minutes
are for their support? As Catholic Men over the next few months. NOW is the (Velicko/Stein) approved. September 3
we have always been defenders of our time for councils to exercise our principle of minutes (Plourde/Velichko) approved.
faith and in Solidarity with our Priest. charity, and reach out to our community
Let’s take some time to just say and offer as much help as possible to Applications for Membership
“THANK YOU to our priest when ever make this a season of giving to the less No new applications. We will have a
we get the chance and as often as we fortunate. membership blitz at all masses October 24
can. We should also thank Supreme & 25
Knight Carl Anderson for bringing the I would also like to give a special thanks
issues of “life” to the front and to all councils that are participating in Grand Knights Report
reminding all members, 1.7 Million of the “40 days for life” pray program, as GK Higginbotham reported the following:
us, that we are a Catholic Men’s well as the councils that are taking an
organizations with a strong voice. It is active part in the KEEP CHRIST IN A positive letter from B Bill Lafollette
our obligation to exercise our CHRISTMAS campaign. Councils have regarding the Broken Egg restaurant was
responsibility as faithful citizens by also stepped up to support the “Run for read by GK Higginbotham.
building a culture of life. Our Supreme Life” program and we have just about
Knight was at the front of State all the commitments we need for the new Military Ball, November 25 at 4pm. –
Amendments defining marriage as a 2nd degree team that is being certified in Padre Louis Desoto Assembly #1800. GK
union between one man and one woman. the District. I can’t thank you enough Higginbotham has tickets if anyone wants
California, Florida and Arizona all past for the Unity that is being displayed and to attend.
amendments and the Knights of I ask that you continue to support
Columbus provided financial and programs that reach out to our Catholic OLA Golf Outing is Friday, November 13.
volunteer support and will continue to brothers and sisters and confirm our Sponsorships available. Motion made by
defend and support State amendments orders commitment to our founder the T Souza to be a hole sponsor (cost $100);
the support marriage as a union between Venerable Father Michael McGivney. 2nd by A Hellner. Approved.
one man and women. Supreme Knight
Carl Anderson is asking all members to Vivat Jesus 1st Degree is October 15 at Fruitville
continue to support the issues on “Life Vinnie Cipriano location
and Marriage” in your local areas as we District Deputy # 39 2nd Degree is October 21 at Fruitville
strive to answer the call of his Holiness location
to “Follow him and help us build the 3rd Degree is November 14 at Fruitville
In the future, any speaker at OLA New Business
campus must first be approved by the Family Director
diocese. A “Facility Registration” form Velichko reported the following:
is to be completed and sent for approval
at least one month in advance. Contact The cruise 11/30 to 12/4 will be well
the church office to obtain this form. attended. Now 54 people have signed
up to go.
A reminder that our picture album is in
process and photos will be taken after Our Christmas dinner will be Friday,
our meetings. Many Knights have had November 20.
their pictures taken in the last few
months. Marriage Vow Renewal – This will be GK Higginbotham presented PGK
held January 8, 2010 at 6pm in Sacred Treston with his official ribbon of
Treasurer’s Report Heart Hall honor.
T Souza, reported the following:
Youth Director Precious feet are pins that are those
Receipts included: Dues - $288.00, B Paul Griffiths reported the following: that represent the feet of a 10 week old
50/50 - $35, Badges/Shirts - $95.00, The KOC Soccer Challenge will be held fetus. They can be purchased for $2.
Donations $75.00,MIsc Vocation October 3, 2009. Right after the Pls see GK Higginbotham to purchase
$100.00, Baseball Park $150.00 - for Blessing of the Animals, here on our these.
Total Deposit of $743.00 campus.
B Gordie asked for help in cleaning
Expenses included: Dennis Kalich Church Director the church Thursday mornings after
$7.10, Anton Swihura $35.30, Chris B Jim Mazurek reported the following: mass.
Treston $374.84, Father Damian We will have a Corporate Mass on
$100.00. Total Expenses of $517.24 Thursday, November 19. This will be a 4th Degree Report
memorial mass for brother Knights who B Gordie reported the next 4th degree
Bank Balance Total have passed away. At least two will be in Orlando on November 28.
$14,460.29 Hospitality Ministers will be needed.
Less: Outstanding checks: Current HM’s B Kalich and B Gregoire, Awards
$500.00 (#1411) as well as B Carbone offered to serve.
7.10 (#1508) There will be a reception after mass in
Book Balance: Sacred Heart Hall.
Financial Secretary Report No report.
FS Swihura reported the following:
All bills and expenses up to date FS Swihura discussed the Pasta Dinner
on October 11 (Noon to 3pm). Needs
Report of Auditors and Trustees help selling tickets. September Knight of Month – B Steve
Reviewed bills. Approved. Hart
Unfinished Business September Family of Month – B
Committee Reports Charlie Conklin
PGK Treston discussed the Special
Chancellor Report Olympics at Hunsader Farm (10/16, 17, Insurance Agent
C Velichko noted that this is the year of 18, 24, & 25). All volunteer slots are No report.
the Priest. now filled.
Membership Director B Jim Gluvna will be offering flu shots No report
Velichko noted two transfers in: David after mass on October 19. $25 per shot,
Ruth and Donald Frazier must be at least 18 years of age to be Good of the order
eligible. We prayed for Frank Paladino, Joe
Vocation Director Costantino, Jay Humphries, Drew
In support of our Priest Father Damian, FS Swihura noted that we had tabled a Velichko, Tom Leab, Bill Bock,
the year of
given that this is VElichkothe priest, discussion to fund the building of a new Donna Reed, Martha Kopszywa,
Velichko recommended that we honor shed in May of this year. Made a Cindy Roeve, Janet Walsh, Denise
Father Damian with a dinner at Mama motion to subsidize this project in the Christo, Mary Gluvna, Paul Balcar,
Onesti’s on January 31, 2010. amount of $2,000. T Souza second. Richard Curl, Peter Howard,
Frank Smith, Bob Reiser, Diane Flores, San Damiano Assembly San Damiano Assembly Mission
Frank Alleti, Jeanette McCoy, Catherine Statement
Calandriello, Florence Calandriello, Jim # 3192
Shupe, Manuel Cruz, A. J. Velichko, Ellen
Andy Our mission is to help build the
Adkins, Loretta Ward, Dan Hogan, Von NEXT MEETING: Monday, Nov 9, Church and a renewed spirit of
Britterbrott, Gus Bartocci, Eugenia Putvin, 2009 at 7 PM in Sacred Heart Hall at patriotism and charity in
Kathy Baldino, Ed Powers, Vince Alesi, Our lady of the Angels. conjunction with our brother Sir
Gayle Fortin, Bob Holton, Leo Faust, Joe Knights in assemblies throughout
Ivko, Mike Carbone, Jerry Healey, Vernon Recruitment: Just add 1! the West Coast of Florida. We
Locklear, Antonio Rodriguez, Barbara We need YOU to ask just 1 brother 3rd model the four principles of charity,
Knierim, Paula Orel, Ray Wolski, Erd degree Knight in your Council to make unity, fraternity, and patriotism –
Dall, Mike Novello, Gene Gallo, Mike his 4th degree. The next 4th degree the hallmarks of our order – in all
Pilazzo, Janey Beerbower, Reto Maurer, exemplification will be in Orlando, Nov. our service programs and activities.
Friends for Tallevast, Unborn Children, 27-29, 2009. Also, consider attending
Irv Thie, Carole Rogers, Mike Mango, Al this great weekend as a supporter of your Mike Novello
Martini, Irene Becsi, Bee Gervia, Dick candidate and witness the new degree Faithful Navigator, San Damiano
Krohn, Mrs. Jack Sager, Bonnie Jean ceremony. Chris Treston and I have the Assembly # 3192
Cutchineal, Ernie Soller, Chelle Maida, Form 4 they will need and all forms due District Warden, KoC District 39
Mike Graves, Steve Bedard, and Family of ASAP, preferably prior to 10/16.
Don Christo, namely, Debra and Don Jr., Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Kirsten Werner, Jim Pennigton, Mary
Mello, Mike Graves, Karen O’Mara, Kyle Coming Events: Mark your Council provides Gifts to
Gise, Paula Qrel, and Robert Calendars Father Damian for
Nov 9, 2009 6 PM - Information Catholic Youth and
session for all those planning to make Needy
4th degree in Orlando in November
B Joe Stachniak added intellectual mental Nov. 14, 2009 4 PM - Assembly
motivation to the end of a busy business Corporate (for 4th degree Sir Knights
meeting. and guests) mass at OLA followed by
Dutch-treat dinner for Knights and
Chaplain’s Comments guests at Firkin and Fox (RTE 64).
72 after 12. Jesus insisted these 72 spread
the Good News. We are also part of the March ??, 2010 Location and date
72. Speak the Truth in His Name. Make TBD - St Paddy's Day Dinner/Dance
an impression on others wherever we go, (to be catered at an outside venue) All
inspired as one of the 72. members of 13341 and spouse are
GK Higginbotham led ‘Our Lord’s Prayer, May ??, 2010 Location and date TBD
Hail Mary, and Glory Be’. - Italian Feast All members of 13341
and spouses/guests are invited.
June ??, 2010 (date TBD before 6/19)
Meeting adjourned at 8:17pm Reception to honor parish Priests,
Religious, and Deacons.
End of Report
VAVS: Next VAVS visit, this month to
William Jarema our Veterans at Bay Pines Hospital will
Recorder be announced on Friday, Oct 23rd at 10
AM. Show patriotism and come along
with us; you feel good all over!
Assemble @ 8:45 in the Parking Lot at
Our Lady of the Angels.
Sir Knight of the month: Bob Heller
Finally, please see me if you wish tickets
for Assembly # 1860 Military Ball @
$20 / person.
Vivat Jesus GK Higginbotham presenting gifts
Pasta Dinner Held in
Sacred Heart Hall
October 20, 2009
Song, Ginger, Brothers Anton and Jim
Father Damian accepting gifts. checking kitchen.
Sts. Cosmas and Damian
B Velichko ready to dish out pasta
Diners enjoying the pasta feast.
B Paul Griffiths, Youth Director in
consultaion with other Knights setting up
Father Damian greeting diners
EVENTS ALREADY PLANNED
December 19, 2009 - Breakfast with Jean, Brothers Ed and Dennis after the
Saint Nick- a church community meal.
December 20, 2009 – Council
Christmas Social Pot Luck Dinner &
Chinese Auction (a fun activity).
This event is planned in lieu of our
formal Christmas party, since many Brother Carmine providing 50/50
of our Knights will be on the Nov. tickets.
30-December 4, NCL, 2 for 1 fund
January 8, 2010 – Marriage
Renewal & Wife Appreciation
February 14, 2010 - Tailgate Party
@ Sarasota Polo Field.
February 16, 2010 – Shrove
Tuesday Pancake Dinner. A church
community event. Father and B Souza.
Dottie Moran selling desserts while
Brother Carmine seeks 50/50 ticket
Here we have Joe Knight, an average
October Belated Birthday Where are your
50 year old male who is earning
Bob Lafortune $60,000 per year.
There are "four" main risks we face to
If he works until full retirement age of
November Birthdays our income, assets and lifestyle every
70, he will earn at least $1,200,000!!
How much is he paying for
David Brawner, Vincent Cera, Vincent 1. Home: Homeowners have
D’Alessandro, Frank Deame, Edward homeowner’s insurance?
Godfrey, Michael Pascuzzi, James insurance to protect their
He is paying at least $2,000
Shupe, Thomas Werner, and Albert savings from the risk of a
Wesley. plus per year for a house that
house fire, flood, or act of
may now be only worth
HABITAT FOR God. The chances of your
HUMANITY NEEDS house being destroyed are How much is he paying for
OUR HELP about 1:1200. auto insurance?
2. Auto: If you have a car it He is paying at least $1,000
“A MAN STANDS TALLEST per year for a car that may
is likely you have insurance.
WHEN HE STOOPS TO HELP now only be worth $20,000.
ANOTHER" The chances of your car
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit being totaled are 5: 1,200. It turns out he is paying more for his
ecumenical Christian based homeowner’s and auto insurance than
organization that builds simple, 3. Health: If you have he is paying for his life insurance!!
decent, affordable housing in medical insurance then you The odds are far less and the
partnership with people in need. replacement value is extremely less
Join your fellow Knights by are protecting yourself from but yet he values his belongings more
volunteering your time in helping to the 105:1,200 chance of than he values his own life, and his
build these homes for families in need, family’s future.
needing hospitalization (3 Don’t be like Joe Knight; meet with
thereby bringing and keeping families
together with a life with dignity. day/$40,000). your Brother Knight Chris Mahoney to
prioritize protecting your life and your
4. Long-term Care: The
Dr. Joseph J. Stachniak family over protecting your stuff. Call
Habitat for Humanity Coordinator other risk to your me at (941)423-6738.
income/assets is long term
ADDRESS CHANGES care where the chances are
720:1,200. Even with odds
To keep our email and snail mail
address lists current, please provide us as great as this few people
this information when changing
are aware that they need to
addresses. This will ensure prompt
delivery of newsletter and other protect their income/assets
information. Please send to: with long term care
email@example.com, 5. DEATH: There is a 100%
Sunbears93@aol.com . chance of dying, we know
Thanks in advance! not when, but the damages
can be catastrophic.
K of C Council #13341
2009-2010 Events Calendar
Date Event Category Chairman Location
5 Business Meeting Business Higginbotham SH
9 San Damiano Business SHH
10 1st Degree 12155
13 OLA Golf Outing Club
14 San Damiano Corporate Mass OLA
14 3rd Degree 3358
20 Christmas Dinner Family SHH
? Officers Meeting Higginbotham SH
25 Military Ball Higginbotham 1800
30 NCL Cruise Family Andy Velichko
3 Business Meeting Business Higginbotham SH
17 1st Degree SH
19 Breakfast with St. Nick Community SH
20 Christmas Social Family SH
26 Officers Meeting Higginbotham SH
7 Business Meeting Business Higginbotham SH
Marriage Renewal and Wife
8 Appreciation Family OLA
12 1st Degree Parrish
21 2nd Degree SH
? Officers Meeting Higginbotham SH
14 Tailgate Party Family Field
16 Shrove Tuesday Community
18 1st Degree SH
?? San Damiano St. Paddy's Day Dinner ??
9 1st Degree 12155
7 2nd Degree 3358
15 1st Degree SH
24 3rd Degree 12155
?? San Damiano Italian Fest ??
11 1st Degree 12155
?? San Damiano Honoring Priests, Religious ??
17 1st Degree SH
Council # Location
12155 Mother Cabrini
1800 Padre Louis Deoto Assembly