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.
Matt Beaven, a First Degree Knight since 2008, earned the council’s thanks in March for his continuous behind-the-scenes work at the council’s annual “Race Around the Park.” The 5K race and one mile fun walk, held each October, is an important fundraising event for the council, providing vital support for the Knight’s scholarships and charitable work. Matt has also been an important worker at the council’s youth events, in particular its free-throw competition each January.
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.
The Knights of Columbus has named member Ray Stone its "Knight of the Month" for January.
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
The Knights of Columbus has named charter member Tim Beringer its “Knight of the Month” for December. Tim and his crew of Bob Wolf, Ron Shaw, Dick Gross and Bert Brownfield have coordinated the Red Cross blood drives at St. Sebastian since the Knights took over their sponsorship here about five years ago. During that period, donors have stepped forward to provide more than 625 units of blood for our community—with each unit able to help up to three people.
Tim is a Fourth Degree member and Council 14255’s founding Grand Knight. He also serves as a mass coordinator and Parish Foundation board member.
The 2014 blood drive schedule has been finalized. Regular donors can add these dates to their calendars. All events are from 3-7pm:
Friday, 4/18/14 (Good Friday)
St. Sebastian’s Knights of Columbus Council 14255 has named Third Degree member R. Tony Burgoyne its Knight of the Month for November. Tony is one of the architects of the Knight’s successful 5K Race Around the Park and has chaired its organizing committee since the race began in 2011.
An active member of the council since its founding in 2007, Tony has also served as council recorder and publicity chair. He was recognized as the council’s Knight of the Year in 2011.
October’s 5K race and Family Fun Run attracted nearly 400 participants. Race proceeds benefit the Knights’ Deacon Terry Peacock Scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to two parish eighth graders planning to attend an area Catholic high school.
Those who remember ice skating at Forest Lodge as kids don’t recognize the interior of the building anymore, thanks to the church’s renovation and remodeling of the building over the past two years. With the recent addition of a brick plaza at the lower entrance to the building, things have now changed on the outside, too. Knights of Columbus Council 14255 has designated SK Jim Nixon as “Knight of the Month” for his lead role on the project.
Jim worked with various City of Akron council representatives and departments to obtain engineering and site preparation assistance, construction materials and equipment for the project, which was supervised by Eagle Scout candidate, Chris Morris. Working with the Department of Neighborhood assistance, Jim was also able to coordinate clean up and mulching of the Lodge’s flowerbeds and playgrounds.
Jim is a charter member of the council, a Fourth Degree Knight, and current treasurer of Akron Council Charities, the council’s non-profit affiliate.
The Knights provide volunteer opportunities to all men of the parish aged 18 and above. To support the Council’s causes, write to Akron Council Charities in care of the Knights at the rectory.
The Knights of the Columbus congratulate SK John Anderson and Bert Brownfield, who were named "Knights of the Month" for September 2013.
Like other's who've received this honor, both John and Bert displays exemplary service to the Council and the parish. Most recently they dedicated countless hours setting up the Council's most Golf Outing, exceeding last year's funds raised for charities.
Worldwide, the KofC raises a large amount of money for charity each year, but its members’ commitment of time is enormous. Knights collectively volunteered more than 70 million hours of time to their churches and communities last year.
If you are a Catholic man aged 18 and above, why not consider becoming part of “the strong right arm” of the church by becoming a member? Talk to a Knight, or see akronkofc.org
for more information.