St. Gabriel Council Council 13170 June 2008 MEMBERSHIP This spring we added several new Brothers. Three new transfers decided St. Gabe's was SCHOLARSHIPS FOR the place to be: James Weishapl, Stephen VOCATIONS Merkel, and Ken Hobbs. Please welcome Once again our council is pleased to have them when you see them. New first degrees participated in furthering the education of include Brothers David McBride and Joseph local seminarians. Three worthy young men Proulx. have been the fortunate recipients of $500 awards to assist in helping them achieve their Our next First degree is tentatively scheduled academic goal in pursuit of Catholic priest- for August 7th. We have 4 form 100's in hood. All three men are studying at St. Mary's hand…can you get one more worthy Catholic Seminary in Baltimore. David Cupps, Chris gentleman involved by then? Hess, and Edgar Madarang are this year's recipients. Please keep them in your prayers Also of note is the fact that two of our young- as they work toward that glorious day when est members, Danny Koch and Chris Hebert, they will forevermore be called Father. who joined as first degrees a little over a year ago, recently completed their 4th Degree! This despite being away at college for most of INDUCTION REMINDER the year! Brothers, it can be done if you make Don't forget the upcoming induction ceremo- it a priority. nies! Our new officers will be inducted at 1 pm on Sunday, July 20th. This is a very important event for our new officers and each Mark Your Calendars Brother Knight as well. Please make the for the Ponies! effort to attend and help our 2008-2009 If you've never been to the races at Colonial officers see how well we intend to support Downs with your Brother Knights and their them and their programs. spouses, make this the year, Sunday, August the 3rd! Mike Barone guarantees everyone There is also a special ceremony at St. will make lots of money, and you get an air- Edward's on July 12th to induct Brother Kelly conditioned bus (with facilities), breakfast Mortensen as our new State Deputy. Kelly burritos and Danish in the church parking lot has been very supportive of our council, and before departure, adult beverages (hence the should be an outstanding leader for the mention of facilities), and plenty of fun! Don't Knights of the Commonwealth of VA. Please miss it! Sign up early, it will sell out! Contacts mark your calendars. More details forthcom- are Ed Flynn and Phil Schaedel…details to ing. follow. OASIS If you weren't there, YOU MISSED IT! A great family event that Dan Gracey and Joe Sedlak put together for the enjoyment of all! Brother "GK Elect" Jim Yosh was so confidant of its success, he put it on next year's calendar before it was even held! A great time was had by all. The only down- side was that we were restricted to 200 people, and more Knights and their families weren't there! It was a great venue for family fun, even with a few brief rumbles of thunder, the covered picnic area and the main (air conditioned) building offered refuge for those who needed it. Be sure to watch for this event next June! Thanks to all who participated and to those who helped out. Other June Highlights " The Parish Picnic on June 1st would truth be told, it was largely due to the not have been complete without water- advance notice that Brother Sedlak melon cut and served icy cold by the would be providing his famous meat- KOC. This year's melons were pro- ball sandwiches… thanks Joe! vided, FREE, by our good friends at " Special Olympics- Great participation Kroger, thanks to Manager Richard again this year! Thanks to DGK Jim Chandler. Also of note is the fact that Yosh for spearheading the effort, and Brother Walter Mugan coordinated this thanks to all who attended and helped donation… way to go Walter! Special God's Special People have a great thanks to the many Knights who helped experience at U of R. out with the occasion, especially " The Haiti committee hosted a night out Brother Jim Lincoln, whom I suspect is at Chick Fillet to raise funds for their still sweating. upcoming mission trip. I didn't see a " June's General Council Meeting on the final tally, but I saw a lot of Knights 5th was very well attended, presumably there… thanks to all who made the trek due to the election of new officers, but up Hull Street for dinner that night! Scholarship Winners! Council 13170 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 scholarships for the worthy youth of our region. The winners are Kaitlin Cuppola, Kaity Tylus, BrittnyLin O'Shea, Luke Atwood, Caitlin DuBall, Joe Johnson, and Chris LaRose. Clearly, anyone named Kaitlyn or some derivation thereof, had a distinct advantage. We are pleased to be able to help support our youth who have so diligently put forth the effort to achieve high academic honors, while maintaining a healthy level of participation in extra-curricular activities and involvement in church and community. Best of luck to all of you in your quest for a happy and meaningful life! Brother Moss Council Officers 2007-2008 Fraternal Year Grand Knight .......................................... Joe Moss Deputy Grand Knight .............................. Jim Yosh Chancellor ......................................... Phil Seyfried Warden ............................................. Vince Kokal Recorder ........................................ Gary Senatore Financial Secretary ..................... Elmer Dela Cruz Treasurer ......................................... Lou Seminare Advocate ............................................. Jim Lincoln Lecturer ............................................... John Joyce Inside Guard ....................................... Paul Hinski Outside Guard .................................... Dan Gracey 1 Year Trustee ..................................... Tom Loviza 2 Year Trustee ................................... Thom Casey 3 Year Trustee ................................. Bill Hennesey Chaplain ...................................... Rev. Pat Apuzzo Questions or comments? Contact the Grand Knight at 804-739-6101 [email@example.com] or the Membership Chairman, Jerry Garofalo, at 804-744-6838 [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Forward all newsletter submissions to John Joyce [email@example.com]. KofC Websites: http://www.saintgabriel.org/knightsofcolumbus.htm Virginia: http://www.state.kofcva.org/ National - http://www.kofc.org/ Knight of the Month Our Knight of the month for May is a Brother who is very active in the church as well as the council. He was also very active in a neighboring council in May as well. GK Rick Brennan of Ireton Center sent the following letter to me, which I think you'll agree, more than qualifies Brother Vince Kokal as our May Knight of the Month. Brother Joe: I've already conveyed my thanks to Vince for his recent indispensable service in overseeing, coordinating, advising, and building the wheelchair ramp for a St Augustine parishioner. It was a pleasure for both my fellow Ireton Knights and me to work with him. He was professional, consistently accessible, and always responsive throughout this effort despite setbacks from the weather and delays occasioned by county bureaucracy. Vince epitomizes the principles of the Order. He's a Knight of the first rank! Thank you (and Vince) for your help! Fraternally Rick Brennan Grand Knight Bishop Ireton Council 6189 Our June Knight is a man who has been regularly involved in our council, but who got knee deep in things in June by leading the effort, along with Brother Sedlak, to bring us an outstanding family event, our Oasis Outing. Brother Dan Gracey put in many hours coordinating ticket sellers, finding a barbecue grill, negotiating with Oasis, taking reservations from Knights and other parishioners, etc. The results, by all accounts, were outstanding! A well deserved award. Family of the Month Our May family is the Katzman clan. Despite leaving Wachovia and starting a new business, Rob and Sharon and kids (Ellen, Nick, Mike and Maddie) have continued to help and /or chair the following: Colonial Downs last summer, active participation in the Casino Knight, the Thanksgiving Touch Football Classic, Parents Knight Out, a quarterly cleanup of Bethia Road, judging of the Chili Cook-off (Sharon only…Rob was no help here), and probably several other things I have inadvertently omitted. Thanks to a great PGK and his bride for ongoing support and participation! In June it is with mixed emotions that I award the Family of the Month to our soon to be depart- ing Brother, Joe Valenti, and his wife, MaryAnn. Joe has been an extremely active member since joining our council in 2005. MaryAnn is usually alongside, helping out with many council events. Joe served as our Inside Guard, but his chief contribution was being there whenever we needed him. The Valenti's will be sorely missed when they depart for the Midwest! 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Sadness, in the fact that it has been my very great honor to serve as Grand Knight in such a fine council, and that my time has come to a close. Joy, in the fact that the mantel of leader- ship is being lifted from my shoulders, and in knowing that the man who will take over those responsibilities is more than capable of taking our council to great heights. Jim Yosh, our GK elect, will not be alone in that quest, however. Jim has selected an out- standing group of Knights to serve as his officers, just as I did. But the officers are not the keys to success in a council, only the glue and perhaps the compass. My greatest joy in serving has been the opportunity to see up close how many fine Catho- lic gentlemen have stepped up to serve this council each and every time someone was needed. Time after time this year, when I needed assistance with something, someone stepped forward, most times before I had to ask. And I can't think of one instance where someone refused to help out when called upon. Sure there were some rough spots this year, but in those instances we were forced to dig in and really examine an issue, and generally came up with a good solution. So even the negative comments and complaints served to make us better! The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways! I'm very pleased to be leaving after a great event (for which I take no credit) like the Oasis outing. Clearly we need more family events to help us bond as a group that enjoys each other's company enough to really want to get together and work together for the goals of our council. I know Brother Yosh shares this ideal, looking for ways to get increased participation of our existing Brothers, while continuing to bring new Brothers to our order. Finally, a tremendous thanks to all of you who helped to make this past fraternal year successful in so many ways, and so meaningful and rewarding to me personally. Please continue to support our council in the spirit our founder, Father McGivney, intended, and give your full support to Jim and the officers of the 2008-2009 fraternal year! Vivat Jesus, Brother Moss Disclaimer: Opinions expressed are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of Saint Gabriel Council, the Grand Knight, the officers, the editor or the Knights of Columbus.