2023-03-28 Business Meeting Minutes

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Grand Knight: Cary Newman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mass: 6:30 PM

Call to Order: Grand Knight Cary Newman:  7:15 PM.

·         Total in attendance: 41 Brothers

Officers Attendance Report: Inside Guard provided and is at the end of this report.

Burning candle memorial:

·         Ginger Macaluso, wife of DD25 Bob Macaluso

·         For the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney

Opening Prayer:  The Our Father by Fr. Cesar Torres Martinez

Pledge of Allegiance:  All

Special Guest(s): DD1 Eugene Ziemba

Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting: A motion to approve was made and seconded to approve the minutes as posted. Approved.

Financial Reports:

·         Financial Secretary Report: Br. Decker

·         Financial statement as of March 1, 2023, is available upon request.

·         Financial Secretary Report: Br. Tascone

·         Financial statement as of March 1, 2023, is available upon request.

Chaplain Report: Fr. Cesar Torres Martinez

·         While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.” (Gospel for March 28, Mk 14:22-24)

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us the gift of himself in the Eucharist, our essential spiritual food and drink, which gives us the life of Christ. We live at a time when many Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist — the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. May we, brother Knights, never forget the true nature of the Eucharist nor lose our desire to receive Christ in the sacrament of the altar.

·         Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori:

This month, I challenge you to spend 10 additional minutes each Sunday before Mass preparing to receive the Eucharist and 10 minutes after Mass in thanksgiving for this gift. Second, I challenge you to assist your brother Knights in the Faith in Action Sacramental Gifts program to help your fellow parishioners understand the great gifts of the sacraments.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you examine your conscience before receiving holy Communion and go to confession first, if necessary? Do you show reverence for Christ in the Eucharist in such a way that you witness to the Real Presence to your family and fellow parishioners? During the consecration, are you attentive to the mystery taking place at the altar?

Membership Report: GK Newman (on behalf of WA Peters)

·         Spring Membership Drive:  5/6-7

·         You can add to the membership, just by asking a person if they’re a Catholic, if they’re a knight.

·         Spanish Roundtable and Exemplification initiative – Miguel Saldana will coordinate.

·         We have a new Membership Trifold marketing brochure.

Programs Reports: Provided by Larry Greer and from “Recent Wins”.

·         Faith Director Report: Br. Greer for Br. Saldana

·         Lenten Almsgiving for Catholic Charities with Parish:  March 3&4 – Raised $1500 and foods and shoes for children.

·         Spiritual Reflection: “Joyfully Gifted” was held March 25, 9:30-12 in the parish hall after 8:30 Mass. Open to Knights and their spouse, Columbiettes and spouses. 15 attendees at this event on 3/25 led by Terrie Baldwin, our director of Adult Formation.  Great opportunity to learn what gifts God has given you personally to serve His kingdom.  Unfortunately, we had 10 cancelations in the last 48 hours before event.

·         Knights Mass – Sunday, March 26 at 11:30.  DGK Krawczyk coordinated despite last minute cancelations.

·         Founder’s Day Mass— was held Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in celebration of Blessed Michael  McGivney. This was done since there were no Masses Wednesday, March 29, which is the actual Founder’s Day.

·         Family Director Report: Brother J Mancini will be replacing Brother Bob Gabel as director.

·         St. Mark Festival Grilling and Games – April 22 – Leader Brother Jim Mancini

§  St. Mark Festival children’s games – Leader Frank Bio

§  St. Mark Festival cook team- Leader George Schadt April 22

§  St. Mark Festival parking assistance- Leader Rich Carbone April 22.  Need volunteers.

·         Community Director Report: Br. Ray Repage replaces Br. Patterson as director.

·         KOC Fish Fry was held Friday, March 3, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Raised $1000 for Catholic Charities

·         St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance was held March 11.  120 tickets sold and raised $1100 for the council and $500 for the Columbiettes.  Thank you Larry for your leadership.

·         Our Golf Tournament will be at Olde Point on April 15. Save the date and clean your equipment. This is our largest money-making event. We need sponsors and players. The play begins with registration and snacks at 8:00 and proceeds onto a shotgun start at 9:30. Snacks and refreshments will be available throughout play with lunch and awards following immediately after play.

§  The Knights of Saint Mark Golf Outing has been designed to be a fun day for all levels of play. 

§  All proceeds will benefit charities of the Knights of Columbus and the Special Olympics.

§  Numerous sponsorship opportunities exist, each with professional quality signs and recognition:

o   Platinum: $1,000 for a hole and refreshment cart sponsorship, and fees for four golfers to play.

o   Gold: $550 for a hole sponsorship and fees for four golfers to play.

o   Silver: $300 for a hole sponsorship and fees for two golfers to play.

o   Bronze: $100 for a hole sponsorship.

·      Refreshment Cart

·         Mini Golf Tournament – Inland Greens Golf Course (Par 3) will be on Monday, April 3, cost is just $10.

·         Prizes include one full month of golf and second place is a dozen golf balls

·         Br. Bolger is coordinating.

·         Movie Knights starts May 6 – Br. Joe D’Alassandro will be chairing the activities. This event will be in coordination with the Welcome and Social Committee. It may change to June 3. TBD.

·         Bocce warmup tournament- April 15

·         All council’s bocce tournament – Captain Frank Bio June 10

·         Knights Breakfast- Leader George Schadt May 7 10:30am

·         Knights Breakfast- Leader George Schadt June 11 10:30am

·         Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest- Leader Sal Tascone July/Aug

·         Life Director Report: Br. Michael Breit leader

·         Rosary for the Unborn - Please remember that we are always hoping for more brother Knights to join us every Wednesday morning at 9 AM for the Rosary for the Unborn.  Location is at 16th and Hospital Plaza Drive across from Starbucks.

·         Silver Rose – We are actively pursuing the Silver Rose this year. If we’re successful it will be in the area this Spring.

·         Fourth Degree Report – Br. Decker for FN Strittmatter

·         The second lottery for 50% reimbursement covering 4 new Regalia procurements was held.

·         The Ashley House will be supported in a different way than we have in the past but they will continue to receive significant support.

·         An additional Assembly will be formed in the area. Part of the new assembly, about 30-40 members, will come from our 2017 Assembly and it will be located in Hampstead. More information as it becomes available.

·         Assembly meetings are now conducted at St. Mark's, same starting time 7:00 PM, Officer's meeting starting at 6:30 when scheduled.

LAMB Chairman Report - Tim Niggel

·         (No report)

Financial Secretary Report – Greg Decker

·         The State Raffle sales closed at the March meeting. Something to remember is that the council receives half the cost of each ticket, or $2.50, which help fund our activities. Tickets and money was turned over to the WDD at the meeting.  The Council made about $1000 on this initiative.

·         Knights on Call –Chairman Michael Alexander

§  There is a request for assistance in moving a single mother. A sign-up sheet was passed around.

§  Catholic Charities is set up at their new location.

·         Furniture and shelves assembled.

·         Restocking food, refrigerator, etc.

§  Patricia (an 84 year young lady) requested help moving into her new apartment. Knights volunteered to provide help.

§  If you would like to participate in the Knights on Call in general, please contact Michael Alexander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (910) 200-9683)

·         GK Report: GK Newman

·         Replacement of Officers is in process, you will receive an email describing the office responsibility.  Please give prayerful thought about becoming an officer

·         Supreme Satisfaction Survey will be received by March 30, please participate and respond by April 30.  This is a multi-year effort to hear from all 2 million members of the Knights.

·         Br Tascone passed a brochure on Kenya—Western Kenya Water Project (WKWP), please give thought to contributing.

Old Business

·         (none)

New Business

·         No bills

·         We should consider organizing for the January March for Life in Washington, DC.

·         We continue to support Right to Life by participation on Wednesday Rosary at the Abortion Center.

·         Every Thursday morning at 6:30 in person, and later in the morning, via streaming there is a Bible Study group led by Paul Covington.  GK will send out more contact info and hopes brother will either participate or receive the materials which are sent out weekly.  Paul is a gifted teacher of scripture.

·         Given our new meeting format, we created sufficient time to do something new.  We had each member in attendance stand up, give their name and how many years they had been a Knight.  It was truly amazing to see how many brother knights have 30, 40, 50 and 60 years of service and attending the meeting on a regular basis!!

Insurance Agent Report – Marty Yakimovich (not in attendance)

District Deputy Comments: Eugene Ziemba

·         Please participate in the Survey that you will be receiving as it is taken seriously and has resulted in many good changes in the Knights of Columbus

·         If you are not involved in any programs, please get involved or come with a suggestion.

Good of the Order

·         September 2022 Knight of the Month – Ron Strecker, presented by Br. Greer.

·         February 2023 Knight of the Month – Greg Decker presented by Br. Greer.

·         Family of the Month for March 2023 –Tony and Celia Candido Family will be presented at Mass.

Prayers for Brothers in Need:

·         Paul Garcia

·         Ed Valente

·         Those who died at the recent school shooting in Nashville, TN: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all 9; Cynthia Peak, 61, a substitute teacher; Mike Hill, 61, a custodian; and Katherine Koonce, 60. Dr. Koonce was the head of school. Also, because God loves all, the shooter.

Next Meeting:  April 25, in the parish hall at 7:15 PM after 6:30 PM Mass.

Closing Prayer: The prayers for the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney and a decade of the rosary led by Fr. Cesar Torres Martinez.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:12 PM, one minute less than last month so this new format is really working well. Send your comments directly to the Grand Knight at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (910) 515-6514 (the later in the night the better)  HA! HA!

Minutes completed by Recorder: Br. Frank A Bio



2022 – 2023 Officers




Grand Knight

Cary Newman



Fr. Cesar Torres Martinez


Deputy Grand Knight

Mike Krawczyk



Mike Alexander



Greg Peters



Miguel Saldana (appointed)



Sal “Bud” Tascone


Financial Secretary

Greg Decker (appointed)



George Schadt


Outside Guard

Shawn Duncan


Inside Guard

Joseph Damitz



Frank A Bio


Trustee 1 Year

Steve Shelton


Trustee 2 Year

Larry Greer


Trustee 3 Year

Chris Smith



2022 – 2023 Program Chairs




Program Director

Larry Greer



Miguel Saldana



Jim Mancini



Ray Repage



Michael Breit



Tim Niggel



Greg Peters