During the first council meeting of the year, several of our Knights were recognized for their service.
Knight of the Year – Chancellor, Al Duaime.
Al was an integral part of our counsel this year stepping up and taking the initiative of ideas such as coordinating the Columbus Day breakfast, representing our council at confirmation and providing food for the color guard, assisting in ticket sales, becoming Knight of the Month in May and becoming a Sir Knight in November making his 4th degree. We appreciate Al’s passion for our council, our parish and the Knights.
Family of the Year: Schlager Family.
Many thanks to Mark and his family for always being there when they can. They are always available to help during events, setting up, cleaning up or praying the rosary. We always see them at mass together as a family and ready to assist with anything the Knights or Parish may be doing at the time. Thank you to Mark and his wonderful family.
Patriotic Award: Treasurer, Ed Welsh.
This is not one of our regular awards, and is the first time it has presented to a brother Knight. The 4th degree is a patriotic degree in the Knights, and who better than Ed, a true Patriot to our country and our council, should receive it. Ed’s service to our country, commitment to our council and outstanding job as Treasurer has truly earned him the title of Sir Knight. Thank you Ed for your service to our great country, our council and our parish.
Certificate of Achievement: FFS, Neal Cullen. As our first Financial Secretary since reactivation, Neal had huge challenges ahead to get our council back on track with paperwork, collecting dues, updating our list of brothers and tracking down their locations, sending out numerous mailings, distributing membership cards and of working with the IRS to reestablish the council’s tax id status. The FS is a demanding position that requires 3 years of service. Neal did an outstanding Job and we thank him for all his hard work.
Certificate of Appreciation: Trustee 2nd year Ray Iacovone.
Newly appointed FS Ray Iacovone was recognized for coordinating and implementing the FaithFULL food drive in 2016. We had one of our best food drives due to Ray’s customized paper grocery bags that made the ease of donations much easier for parishioners. Ray triumphed over several adversities, including a broken down borrowed truck, to make sure the job got done. All ended well thanks to Ray’s tenacious efforts.
Our council was also recognized by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus as a recipient of the Columbian Award. This award is given to councils that annually conduct and report at least four major involvement programs in each of the following sections of the Service Program: Church activities, community activities, council activities, family activities, and youth activities. We are honored to be recognized for our service during the prior fraternal year.
Along with our council’s meetings, Facebook page, service activities and visibility within the Parish of St. Bridget and the South Jersey community, Assumption3397.org is one of the primary ways we promote the viability of our council and the positive effect Knights have on their communities around the world.
District Deputy Joe Williams presented the award to the council’s webmaster and Deputy Grand Knight Mike Walsh during the council’s officer installation ceremony.
District Deputy Joe Williams presents the Website of the Year award to Deputy Grand Knight and Webmaster Mike Walsh.
As 2014 comes to a close, we are pleased to note that it has been a successful year for our council. Our knights have taken part in a host of activities in support of the St. Bridget’s Parish, its many ministries and the community at large. We hope to continue and expand our activities in the 2015.
As a cap to this year, Assumption Council 3397 held their Christmas Party at Summit City Winery on December 19 and bestowed its end-of-year awards on some very deserving people.
Family of the Year
We are very proud to name the Duaime family as Council’s Family of the Year. The Duaime’s are a constant presence in both the parish and the community. They are a source of support, without whom many projects would not be completed successfully. Congratulations to Worthy Warden Al Duaime and his wife Eliza and their children.
Chaplain of the Year
Always wearing his two hats flawlessly, council was very pleased to recognize Deacon Kevin Heil, our Worthy Advocate, as this year’s Chaplain of the Year. Deacon Kevin’s faith and experience are highly regarded among the council knights. He is our living reminder that our service is directly tied to our faith and the path God has set out for us. Deacon Kevin also received his Shining Armor Award during the Christmas gathering.
Last year, Assumption 3397 was proud to be recognized as a Double Star Council by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Two of the primary reasons for our council receiving this prestigious award was the work of our Grand Knight
Ray Iacovone and then-Membership Director Jim Cosgrove. District Deputy Mike Walters awarded both Knights with their ceremonial pins during the event.
Knight of the Year
Our council was pleased to bestow on Chancellor Mike Walsh the Knight of the Year Award. Mike received the Shining Armor Award earlier this year and has been a very active member of the council since he joined in 2013. Assumption 3397 has benefited from the use of his marketing and PR background, which in turn has helped raise the awareness of the council in both the parish and the community.
Knights of Columbus Assumption Council 3397 has received recognition as a Double Star Council for the 2013-14 fraternal year. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service-oriented activities.
The award was presented to the membership by District Deputy Mike Walter at the council’s business meeting on October 7.
In announcing the local winner of the Star Council Award, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order is seen in the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community, and the Order.”
“Receiving the Double Star Council Award is quite an honor for us,” proclaimed Assumption Council 3397 Grand Knight Ray Iacovone. “We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment.”
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.8 million members in over 13,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $170 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes. Please visit http://www.kofc.org for more information.