Meeting Minutes

2024-05-28 Business Meeting Minutes

Call to Order: Grand Knight Cary Newman: 7:12 pm

·         Total in attendance:   37 Brothers

·         Officers Attendance Report: End of this report

Burning candle memorial:

·         For the Canonization of Blessed Michael McGivney

Opening Prayer: Our Father by Father Cesar

Special Guest(s):  None    

Pledge of Allegiance: All

Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting: Minutes were approved

 Financial Reports:

·         Treasurer Report: Treasurer Bud Tascone
Financial statement is available upon request. Our financial status is very strong and there are no issues.


·         “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.” (Gospel for May 12, Jn 17:11b) Jesus desires that his disciples be united in his name: one body, one faith, one church. It is vital for our own families to remain united in faith. It is not easy to raise and form children in the Catholic faith in today’s confused culture. But as Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton, the “rosary priest,” said, “The family that prays together stays together.” Let us keep our family united by staying united to Christ in prayer.

·         Challenge by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori: This month — the month of Mary — I challenge you to pray the rosary daily with your entire household, offering at least one decade for the unity of your family and the Church.

·         Questions for Reflection: Do you pray regularly with your family beyond grace at meals or attending Mass? In what ways might praying together increase your family’s unity? What are some simple, specific ways you could practice family prayer in your home?

Membership Report: Membership Director Greg Peters

·         We currently have 3 prospects that have completed state online membership applications that await exemplification. We conducted a membership exemplification on Tuesday May 14th, four brothers were exemplified into our council. We had a successful drive with 29 total potential candidates with 4 being Latino. Council exemplifications will be scheduled in July, the 16th in English and the 18th in Spanish.

Programs Reports: Program Director Larry Greer (excused absence) given by GK Newman

·         Faith Director Report: Faith Director John Clyatt

·         COR (Heart) Program - We will take a summer break for COR during June, July and August and begin again in Sept.  However, I would very much like to put together some kind of retreat that involves a day or overnight in nature that includes food, fun, fellowship, prayer, formation and if I can swing it a Mass in God’s greatest cathedral, nature.  If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of let me know.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 719-393-2870.

·         Quarterly Knight’s Mass - Our next Knight's Mass will be June 9 at the 11:30 Mass.  I am putting together the schedule for the entire fraternal year.  Brothers, we support a Mass each quarter which covers each English language Mass.  We need at least 6 brothers to step forward to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and an additional 6 to become readers.  Both positions require registering and getting "trained" by parish staff.  Without more brothers registered we are really over taxing the few that are currently signed up.  I would like to have a beefed-up roster by August in order to plan and schedule the entire fraternal year.  Please prayerfully consider this. If you would like to be vetted for reader or extraordinary minister let me know and I will get you connected with the right folks.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 719-393-2870.

·         June 2 will be the Eucharistic Procession before the 1:30 Mass at Christ the King in Riegelwood. These will be led by the Latino Roundtable.             

·         24-Hour Adoration - June 7-8 Spend time with Jesus at 24-Hour Adoration Friday, June 7th to Saturday, June 8th! Adoration begins at 12pm in the chapel on Friday and ends before the 8:30am Mass on Saturday.

·         Adoration with Centennial Traveling Monstrance - As part of the 100th anniversary of  the Diocese of Raleigh, one monstrance has been designated to be a central part of their special centennial celebrations. The monstrance has traveled to parishes, schools, and communities across the diocese and will come to be at St. Mark on Saturday, June 8th through Sunday, June 9th! Come and be in the real presence of Jesus. Saturday, June 8- 9:30am-3pm, Sunday, June 9- 2:30pm-5pm, in the Chapel.  Christ the King Mission Church after 1:30pm Mass until 8:00 PM.

·         St. Therese parishioners and Knights have asked for our help with Adoration when they have the Centennial Monstrance.  Please try to attend Adoration at St. Therese Thursday June 6th from 6:00pm to 7:00am Friday morning.

·         Family Director Report: Family Director Jim Mancini (excused absence) so reports given by GK or individual point of contact for the event.

·         Movie night- 2024 - Movie night went well with 60 participants.  Donations were $188 and expenses were $50.  This event is a family event and not a fundraiser so the profit will go into our general funds to offset refreshment costs.  The next 3 films will be: “Restless Heart” on August 3, “Padre Pio” on September 7 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” on December 7.  Movie Night is a joint effort of the Knights and the Adult Faith Formation group.  The name “Movie Nights” has been rebranded as “Faith on Film Series”.  For any questions/comments reach out to: Joseph C. D’Alessandro, 910-352-7607, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Mothers Day flowers were distributed to all mothers in the parish after each Mass on the weekend of May 11-12. It was a great success with many smiling mothers! We distributed 800 flowers and were short approximately 400 flowers.  We will budget for 1200 flowers next year. Special thanks to Michael Brouillette and the other Knights who supported this event!

·         Community Director Report: Community Director Ray Repage’s  (excused absence)report given by the GK.

·         Knight’s Breakfast is chaired by George Schadt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell 910-540-4700.  Our next Knight's Breakfast is June 16th - a Father’s Day Breakfast where all the fathers will eat for free. Let George know if you are supporting so we know how many will be there to set up another successful breakfast.

·         Latino Taco Night was held on May 5, Cinco de Mayo. It was another success by the Latino Roundtable.  165 people served and approximately $1,000 were cleared to support their future efforts.

·         Vacation Bible School June 24-28 - Please see the following sign-up genius for Vacation Bible School.  It is a lot of fun and involves overseeing the kids as they play sports and games in the gym.

·         Life Director Report: Life Director Michael Breit (excused absence)  report given by the GK.

·         Prayer vigil supporting Life - A reminder of Wednesday's 9:00am vigil at the corner of 17th Street and Hospital Plaza. Best contact is Larry Greer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell- 910-471-1574

·         LAMB Report: LAMB Director Tim Niggel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  cell 910-470-5490 (cell preferred)

·         We just got permission to use Food Lion to collect and maybe ABC stores.    

·         Brother Tim was presented with a check to LAMB Foundation for $3,000 from council programs.  A $1,200 check to Coastal Therapeutic Riding (operated by Kim Niggel) was made in honor of the Jeff Werner Scholarship.

Knights on Call: DGK Mike Alexander (excused absence) provided following report post-meeting for inclusion in the minutes.

·         Contact Mike, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell 910-200-9683, if you want to join this group or if any help needed anywhere.   

Fourth Degree Report: SK Greg Decker

·         Monthly meetings on the third Tuesday at 7pm, usually at Saint Mark’s Parish Hall. 

·         The assembly website is at 

·         Faithful Navigator, Frank Bio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell 910-899-8946.

·         Jun 18th installation of officers.

·         On Memorial Day the assembly had an honor guard place a memorial wreath at Wilmington National Cemetery.

·         Passing of Colors is a recognition ceremony held at both Catholic schools in Wilmington.  The ceremony at St. Mark was on May 21 in which certificates were awarded to 69 eighth grade students.  The ceremony at St. Mary is scheduled for May 30 with 19 eighth graders.

Financial Secretary Report: Greg Decker

·         June is budget and audit prep for the Fraternal Year.  Directors, please finalize your budgets and get to the leadership.

·         Greg will be stepping down after 6 years (after two, three-year terms) and passing the job to Cary Newman. Accolades were given from the Council.

Latino Roundtable: 

·         The Roundtable meets every 4th Thursday of the month in the Juan Diego Room at 7:15 pm.  We will continue to support our Council Brothers and they are doing an amazing job starting this group up within our Council.  We will be buying 17 Council shirts for the initial 17 Charter Members of this group.  We really look forward to the future!


·         Knights Brewery Night – Purpose- Fraternity especially getting to meet our new Knights.  Brothers Brewery Night May 6th at Ten Pin Alley located at 127 College Road went well.  13 attendees with two from St Therese.  Everyone enjoyed the fraternity!  Brother Joe Damitz is the lead He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-409-2640.

·         Council Shirts – All initial order shirts have been distributed.  The next order for Council shirts will probably be placed sometime in the Fall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brother Knight Jack Murphy by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Bocce - Mike Alexander This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell 910-200-9683 (was not present but following report provided post-meeting)  

·         The Bocce Tournament is on Saturday, June 15 beginning at 9am at Empie Park (check-in at 8:30m).  The St. Mark teams are asked to wear either their KofC 12017 gray t-shirts or their polo council shirt so that everyone will recognize who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Teams are:

§  Team #1 Larry Greer ,  Joe Ferro, Greg Peters,   Steve Tabor

§  Team #2 Mike Reyes, John Bolger,  Mike Alexander, Cary Newman

§  Alternates & Work Ins Ray Repage, Miguel Saldana, Bob Gabel

·         Contact Mike if you would like to join the team.  No experience needed. Practice Wednesdays at 10am at Empie Park.

Grand Knight’s Report: GK Cary NewmanThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell-910-515-6514

·         Many thanks to John Clyatt for the Taco dinner!!!

·         The 2024 State Convention was very successful.  The GK has issued a summary of the event to all members of the council.

·         Installation of officers will be June 25 in the Sanctuary after the 6:30 Mass.  It should start about 7:15 followed by a reception.  This event replaces the usual Council meeting and all Knights are welcome to attend. The incoming Grand Knight and incoming Financial Secretary are already in training for their new roles.

·         Shrimparoo at St. Therese on June 15 starting at 6pm.  $25 for all the shrimp and chicken you can eat plus sides.  Details were sent from the GK earlier.  Please support our brother Knights as it really is a great time and you can BYOB to the event. 

·         Final Thoughts as Grand Knight…..My last Council meeting as Grand Knight.

·         It has been an honor and a true pleasure to be one of the leaders of this council for the past two years.  I am thrilled that my successor, Brother Greg Peters will take over as Grand Knight.

·         Now I look forward to stepping into the huge shoes of Brother Greg Decker as the WFS.  For that role, I will need a lot of prayers! Brother Greg has many special talents as shown here in the council and the Assembly as well as Wilmington Catholic Radio.  I am very thankful that he will continue with the council as a Trustee and will mentor me going forward.

·         We have a great brotherhood of Knights and certainly practice the 4 pillars of Knighthood:  Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.  I know that Patriotism is the focus of the Assembly but since many brothers of this council are also Sir Knights, I feel that Patriotism is a key pillar of the council.

·         In addition to the core pillars, we have expanded the scope of our council to include a true outreach to the Latino community resulting in 17 charter members of the Latino Roundtable plus 4 more recruited this month.  That is the only Latino Roundtable I am aware of in Southeast North Carolina.

·         We have also become the first council in our region to embrace COR and establish a fully functioning COR men’s group led by Brother John Clyatt.

·         Under the leadership of our WDGK, Mike Alexander, we have established the Knights on Call team which repeatedly demonstrates our motto: “where there is a need, there is a Knight”.

·         The year before last, we received STAR council status.  Last year, we received Double Star.  This year, we will once again receive Double Star.  This puts us in the top 10% of all 130 councils in North Carolina.  This is a great tribute to the full council but especially to our Membership Director, Greg Peters and to our Program Director, Larry Greer.  Over 40 programs were executed this year including the very successful Movie Nights led by Joseph D’Alessandro.

·         So, it has been a good two years, for which I am eternally grateful.   I cannot wait to see how much further Brother Greg will take us as the new Grand Knight.

·         Many thanks to each of you individually and to your unified work in Brotherhood.

Old Business:

·         There was a question last month about the lottery for a member of our Latino Roundtable who had all his lawn service equipment stolen.  We would like to find out who won the lottery and also how he and his family are doing.  The GK was not able to get info as they did not have a Roundtable meeting last month due to a conflict with Adoration. 


New Business:

·         None

Good of the Order:

·         Knight of the Month for April - John Clyatt

·         Family of the Month for April- none nominated

·         Greg Decker was given a plaque for the 2nd best KoC Council website in the State

·         Greg Peters was recognized with a plaque for our Council’s Double Star Award

·         Joe Damitz (not present) was recognized with a plaque for Fraternity award for organizing our Brewery Nights.

Prayers for Brothers in Need:

·         Names in the Prayers Book

Next Meeting: July 23rd at 7:15pm in the social hall (due to Jun being installation of Officers on the 25th)

Closing Prayer: Hail Mary led by Father Cesar

Meeting Adjourned:  8:00 pm

Minutes completed by Recorder: Sean Murphy


2023 – 2024 Officers




Grand Knight

Cary Newman



Fr. Cesar Torres Martinez


Deputy Grand Knight

Mike Alexander



Ray Repage



Greg Peters



Miguel Saldana (appointed)



Sal “Bud” Tascone


Financial Secretary

Greg Decker (appointed)



George Schadt


Outside Guard

Shawn Duncan


Inside Guard

Joseph Damitz



Sean Murphy


Trustee 1 Year

Steve Shelton


Trustee 2 Year

Larry Greer


Trustee 3 Year

Chris Smith



2023 – 2024 Program Chairs




Program Director

Larry Greer



John Clyatt



Jim Mancini



Ray Repage



Michael Breit



Tim Niggel



Greg Peters