Souper Bowl Food Drive 2/12/23
Our Council collected 44 large boxes, then filled 19 additional smaller boxes and bags with food between the weekend Masses. The total weight of collections was approximately 1450 lbs. Of those large boxes, 8 were personal care items, which were requested by Outreach. Also $215 in cash and gift cards were donated and turned over to Outreach.
Thanks to our members who participated, and to the generosity of our parishioners!
March For Life, Washington DC 1/20/23
Ray Christensen represented our Council at the 50th March For Life in Washington, DC. Here is his video (more recap here):
Council Christmas Party 12/18/22
Christmas Party was held at Ed Oliver Golf Club where Grand Knight Dave Gilefski presented awards.
Knight of the Year: Luke Raymond
Family of the Year: Frank & Laura Lane
Parish Christmas Tree Lighting 12/9/22
Our Council provided 10 parking attendants to safely park cars for the 700+ people who attended our First Annual Parish Christmas Tree Lighting. It was a great success. St. Nicholas blessed the tree.
The Christmas Tree Lighting Committee,
SJB Hospitality Ministry, Home and School Association, our School Principal, Music Ministry, The Knights of Columbus for their team of parking attendants.
The School choir and various singers.
The School and Parish staff who participated in the planning, setup and cleanup and the School Nurse.
The Master of Ceremonies Pete Boyer and his over 500 cups of hot chocolate.
Ole Tapas food truck, Big Bros food truck and Joey T’s food truck.
Millcreek Fire Company for joining us with the their Christmas Fire Truck
New Castle County Police for traffic control and attending.
Thrift Shop Yard Sale 4/30/22
Our “KOTS” Team held a yard sale, raising $500 for our Knights Online Thrift Shop fundraiser. To date, we’ve earned over $3000 which goes to our general fund for yearly donations to SJB Tuition Assistance, Little Sisters of the Poor and Table of Plenty Outreach.
March For Life, Washington DC 1/21/22
Ray Christensen represented our Council at the 49th March For Life in Washington, DC.
Council Christmas Party 12/12/21
Christmas Party was held at Ed Oliver Golf Club where awards were presented.
Knight of the Year: Bryan Harris
Family of the Year: Ron and Bev Falkowski
UD Football Parking – Fall 2021
Joe Mahoney again leads our group in coordinating this fundraising activity. 6 of us worked 6 hours on Parents Day (10/2/21) where we parked over 300 cars for a major tailgating event.
K of C Sponsors Nun Run 5K 9/11/21
Delaware State Knights was once again the title sponsor for Nun Run 5K, a major fundraising event for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Delaware Councils combined to donate over $12,000 towards the $50K raised! Ray Christensen and Bill Harris both volunteered at the event.
Deacon Steve Oldiges Ordination 8/7/21
Bishop Koenig ordained 15 permanent deacons, including our own Steve Oldiges. Mass and Ordination was held at St. Joseph Church in Middletown, DE. Several of his brother Knights attended on a warm, sunny Saturday. Photos by Joe Koskol
Knights Online Thrift Shop – May 2021
We launched our online thrift shop as an additional fundraising event. Donated items are re-sold at bargain prices. Ron Falkowski has graciously donated space in his garage for us to store merchandise.
Fish Fry 3/20/21
Fish Fry #3 of 3 last night was another great turnout serving 119 guests. All together, we served 395 Fish Fry in a Bag Lenten meals. Our team thanks all of our customers for coming by to support our Council. The funds raised will all go to the charities which we in turn support.
Soup’er Bowl Sunday Food Drive 2/7/21
Steve Oldiges and Vince Gildea helping out at the Soup’er Bowl Sunday food drive.
John Ehlers: Knight of the Year 2020
John Ehlers achieved 4th Degree and was named our Council Knight of the Year.
Rosary Prayer 10/28/20
On October 28th, Father Joe led us in our annual Rosary Prayer at our Memorial to the Unborn Child.
Attendees pictured (l-r) are Frank Conaway, Steve Oldiges, Joe Koskol, James Roseboom, Jose Rodriguez, Father Joseph Piekarski, and Bruce Aungst. Ray McAllister attended by zoom, and our Grand Knight Jim Gestwicki joined us in prayer during his work shift.
Brothers, God Bless you all.
Star Council Award 10/7/20
At our Council meeting last night, as District Deputy of Delaware District Three, I had the pleasure of presenting Immediate Past Grand Knight Tom Pollutri with the Council’s 2019-2020 Star Award Plaque. I also had the pleasure of presenting the accompanying three Star Council Pins to Immediate Past Grand Knight Tom Pollutri, to then Program Director and now Grand Knight James Gestwicki, and to Membership Director Kevin Duffy.
Congratulations to these Council Leaders, and congratulations to all Brothers in our Saint John the Beloved Council 11796! Well done!
Joe Koskol, District Deputy
Monthly Brotherhood Well-being Phone Calls -Summer 2020
As you are aware, Brother John Ehlers and I have been calling the entire Council once per month to check on our Brother’s and their Family’s well-being during this pandemic, and to see if they are in need of any help. We did help two Knights this month, connecting them to services that they were seeking. Also, John and I are happy to report that we were able to directly speak with 42% of our membership. The others were left voice messages letting them know that we are here for them and, if needed, we will try to help as best we can. We also encouraged all to join our Zoom Council meetings, and our Zoom Rosary and Brother Chat sessions, which occur every Wednesday when we do not have a Council meeting.
Thank you and God Bless.
Joe Koskol, Trustee