Updates for May include reports of past events (Hawaiian Luau, Ice Cream Social), of upcoming election of officers, and several upcoming events (shred event, Mike Burgett Texas Hold'em, Knights Social and Council Appreciation Potluck, and Fr. McKenna 25th anniversary luncheon and installation of new Council Officers, as well as current goings on.
Updates from the April business meetings on April 5. The Council will host an Americana family social on April 19, a Spring Luau Pig Roast for the parish on April 27, and an Ice Cream Social and awards ceremony for seminarians at Mount St. Mary in Emmetsburg, MD. And degree progression to the Patriotic Degree!
Wanted to send out a note to All Brother Knights in my Servicing Councils as well as friends and family connected, regarding the Admissions Degree on April 19, 2018 at St. John Neumann-Gaithersburg.
The Council will continue Coffee and Donuts; March 18 and April 15 are on the schedule now. McKenna Council's Irish Family Night and Tootsie Roll Awards Dinner (Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm) and should be a great event. The Council is planning a Spring Luau event, tentatively scheduled for April 27. The Council voted in support of fund raising to support 3 seminarians at Mt. Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. New members were welcomed; these are Brother Knights Bob Bourbon, John Matthew-Akpala, and Kangni Somado Hemazro.
We look forward to seeing you and your families for the McKenna Council's Irish Family Night and Tootsie Roll Awards Dinner! This will not only be a family dinner but also the night that the Council distributes funds to programs for intellectually challenged children at 4 local schools. The distribution of funds culminates last year's Tootsie Roll campaign in which some $6,000 were raised by Brother Knights collecting donations primarily in front of local grocers. The schools each will receive $1,375 and the remainder goes to Special Olympics of Maryland.
Updates from the February business meetings on February 1 and a special business meeting on February 8. We look forward to Admission and Formation Degrees at McKenna Council on February 15. Also the Council will host a St. Patrick's Day social on March 15; Tootsie Roll funds will be distributed to four local schools ($1,375 each). The Council plans to advance Brother Knights in the Knighthood and Patriotic degrees.
Updates from the January business meeting include highlights from December (think Christmas dinner!), coffee & donuts, and status of and plans for Tootsie Roll funds. The Council also plans to advance Brother Knights in the Knighthood and Patriotic degrees. Also one new member and additional good of the order.
On November 16 at the Council’s annual Thanksgiving social, a number of Brother Knights and the wife of one Brother Knight were awarded Quilts of Valor for their past service in the U.S. military.
The ceremony was presided over by Worthy Grand Knight Gustavo Tode and Deputy Grand Knight Dante Preciado. The Quilts of Valor were presented by the MSP (Mother Seton Parish) Quilting Angels represented by the following: Kathy Thorne, Sharon Brzostowski, Marilou Padama, and Brother Jeff Thorne. Quilts were presented to the following:
Brother Justin Barnes, 9 years, Army, Captain, Iraq Vet, 2 years
Mrs. Xenia Barnes, 7 years, Army, Captain, Afghanistan Vet, 1 year
Brother Dn Frank Bendel, 5 years, Marines, Sergeant, and 3 years Army, 1st Lieutenant
Brother Ben Boccuzzi, 38 years, active and reserve, Navy, Captain
Brother Jamie DeFelice, 2 years, Marines, 2nd Lieutenant
Updates from the November business meeting include new members, advancing Brother Knights and reports on the car raffle, blood drive, coffee & donuts, and Tootsie Roll campaign. The Council has several exciting upcoming events including a Council Thanksgiving social, Seminarian Thanksgiving and also a recruitment activity.
The Council received a nice note from INOVA for the very successful blood drive held at Mother Seton Parish on October 25, see below for excerpts:
"Thanks for all of your help with the blood drive on Sunday. I really do appreciate all of your efforts with recruiting the donors and the support that you always provide. You guys are great to work with and I’m very grateful to have such great coordinators. You always knock it out of the park!
Officially 48 donors registered at the drive. Overall we were able to collect 49 units of blood from your donors. We only projected a goal of 35 and you did an excellent job and exceeded it. The blood that was collected from your blood drive on Sunday has the potential to save the lives of 147 sick hospital patients in this area.