KNIGHT OF THE MONTH
October’s Knight of the Month is Lou Trenta for his regular volunteerism and especially in the last couple month for helping with the Car Raffle.
September’s Knight of the Month is Tim Sullivan for stepping up over the past two months with the Golf Outing, Car Raffle, and Community Pregnancy Center and Furniture Moving project.
August's Knight of the Month is Don Fraraccio for stepping up during the Akron Arts Expo to park cars and sell much needed car raffle tickets.
July’s Knight of the Month is Chancellor Kevin Janezic for stepping up to fill the Family Director last year right after returning from overseas and his over the top work on the Rotary Planting project and beautification of Forest Lodge.
The council's Honorary Knight of the Month is Mrs. Patty Smith, who helped prepare the Mull-Hawkins traffic circle garden for planting this year. The garden is much larger than it seems to those driving by, requiring about 35 flats of plant material. Weather and scheduling conflicts made preparation difficult this year, making Patty's help all the more valuable. Patty is the director of St. Sebastian's pre-school, where she also teaches. Her husband is Past Grand Knight, Bernie Smith.
Charter member Ken Butler, a Fourth Degree Knight, was honored in May for taking leadership of the council's car raffle. Launched last month, the fundraising effort hopes to raise $40,000 for the Knights' scholarship fund, financial aid to our seminarians, and related council programs. The car raffle runs through mid-October and replaces the Knights' regular 52-week raffle.
Third Degree member Mike Fallucco, council Advocate, was recognized in April for his work as chair of the council's "Measure Up" program. Each year, approximately 400 KofC councils throughout the state join to collect about $400,000 for support of individuals with developmental disabilities. A substantial portion is returned to the the local councils for use in their own communities. The St. Sebastian council's proceeds support The ARC of Summit County.
A long-time member of the Knights of Columbus had been named Council 14255's "Knight of the Month" for coming to the aid of a parishioner with frozen pipes. Despite work done in the woman's condo last year to prevent such things, the recent "polar vortex" proved too much for her plumbing system. A relative put out the call for help and council member Bruce Meyer was first on the scene to help mitigate the damage.
Bruce became a Knight almost as soon as he was eligible, earning his First, Second and Third Degrees in 1984. When a council was formed at St. Sebastian, he decided to transfer his membership and join his fellow parishioners in their charitable work in the parish and on Akron's west side.
There are more than 14,000 KofC councils worldwide, so it is easy for a Knight to re-affiliate if a career or retirement takes him elsewhere.
If you are a Knight who is new to the parish, the St. Sebastian council welcomes you to come to the next monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30pm in the lower level of Forest Lodge and transfer your membership. It's easy.
If you are not a member, but would like to become one, ask any Knight for more information. The next First Degree opportunity is at 7:00pm, Monday, March 3, at St. Hilary Parish. You must be a practicing Catholic man, aged 18 or over.
Ray a 4th Degree Knight has been preparing the yearly taxes for the council for a number of years. This past month Ray volunteered his barbershop quartet, Clear Choice Quartet, to provided holiday vocals at the annual December Social. When not on stage, he is behind the camera photographing many of our events.
The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, open to men aged 18 and above who are looking for a way to serve their parishes and local communities. To learn more about the St. Sebastian council and for membership information, visit www.akronkofc.org.