|Check Presented at St Francis House Dinner|
Many thanks to to all who participated in this amazing day!
|Newly Knighted Sir knights|
Congratulations from left to right are Jim Sparks, Bill Sparks, Chuck .Darnell, Don Ritter, Francisco Gutierrez, Murray Claassen and Rich Rivera
An intrical part of every Sir Knights Mass of the resurrection is the men that make up the Assembly Honor Guard. The reverence and dignity that these men add to any event is without words. They are, in so many ways, the face of the Knights of Columbus. Let us all take a moment and thank these special Sir Knights for their dedication and service.
In front of fellow Sir Knights and their wives, the new Officers were all sworn in and received the jewels of their office. A delicious meal was provided by Chef Johanna and her staff, and much fellowship and enjoyment was had by all.
Let us keep all of these men in our prayers, that they may faithfully execute the duties of thier office, bring honor to Assembly 2316, and Glory to Christ in everyrhing they do.
|Our Newest Sir Knight!|
Indeed a wonderful night of fellowship and celebration of a special Saint. a good time was had by all.
Flag Day 2015 was observed on Sunday, June 14. It was hosted in the Village by Assembly 2316 in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Particiopants included the American Legion, VFW, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Pictured (l-r): Dallas and Mary Erdman, Tom Durant, Jim Gruenewald, Father Bill Elser, and Dave Johnston.
The event began at 3:00pm with the recitation of the Patriotic Rosary in the nave led by Father Bill and Deacon Larry Lipsmeyer. Prior to the rosary, the colors were posted in the sanctuary by Honor Guard members Larry Cruz, Bill Nosek, and Bill Patterson.
The program in the lower hall began at 3:45 with a social and refreshments. There were approximately 120 people in attendance. Sam Justus sold 50/50 tickets, and Ron Cuba handled the refresment center. Faithful Navigator Dave Johnston was the emcee and opened the program at 4:15 with a welcome. Members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posted the colors. Commander of the American Legion Tom Durant led the Pledge of Allegiance and Tom North, member of the Assembly and the American Legion, sang the National Anthem.
Garry Berry gave some background on the flier produced in competition by students at the Jessieville and Fountain Lakes High Schools. He then introduced the leaders of the service organizations: Dallas and Mary Erdman of the VFW; Tom Durant, Commander of the American Legion Post 123; and Jim Gruenewald, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Father Bill Elser, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Dave Johnston, 2014-2015 Assembly 2316 Faithful Navigator, were also recognized and thanked.
A short video documentary was shown about the battle that prompted Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner song. Father Bill closed the program with a prayer of thanksgiving and a blessing of the food.
A delicious buffet dinner consisting of sloppy Joe sandwiches, Cole slaw, and pasta salad was prepared and donated by Bill and Mary Lou George with assistance from Anna Suttor and Jaime and Susie Cardenas. Ray and Gynnie Ambrozich along with Dave and Helen Struthers helped with preparing the hall. Members of the service organizations complemented the meal with an excellent array of desserts The 5/50 donations netted $125 for the Assembly's flag program and awarded monetary prizes of $3, $38,nd $25 for the winners.
The event concluded with the showing of the movie, The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. About 15 peole stayed for the movie and enjoyed Father Bill's ice cream at intermission.
Pictures of the observance can be viewed by clicking Photos.
Mike Kerwin coordinated with the American Legion, VFW, the 4th Degree Knights, et. al. Mike and Ruth pulled the affair together; they arranged transportation, elicited volunteers to provide baked beans and desserts, helped set up and serve the dinner, as well as many other actions to ensure a well delivered event.
The menu included 120 grilled foot-long hot dogs from Ed Miller's Coats For Kids project. They were a huge success. Of course, the Assembly provided all-the-fixin's--buns, chili, saurkraut, cheese, onions, relish, ketchup, mustard, horse-radish, hot sauce, potato chips, and pickle spears. "Chili Dogs" seemed the menu-of-choice, followed by the "Coney Island" everything-on-it fare! Six brother knights provided the baked beans, while another provided potato salad for 60. There were plenty of great desserts. The punch and bottled water from St. Francis House were augmented with 72 soda pops--Sprite, Dr Pepper, and Coke--which quickly disappeared!
Ray and Gynnie Ambrozich again showed up early, stayed late, and did their typical and outstanding culinary magic from cooking, warming, organizing, serving, etc., right through cleanup. Their enthusiasm, charitable attitudes, expertise, acumen, and energy motivate everyone.
There were 54 vets who dined. The food disappeared with only a single ladle of chili, a couple spoonfuls of potato salad, and 17 buns left. The few desserts and potato chips leftover probably disappeared before the volunteers hit Hwy 30 coming home. Over a dozen vets made a point to approach Tom Donnelly and several others to extend their thanks, appreciation, and compliments for the dinner.
Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism were all at work. Being a small part of this effort is a pleasure. Incidently, this event was served at "no cost" to the Assembly. The funds collected in excess of the cost for the February meeting meal totally paid for this dinner.