Officers


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Fr. Joseph Rymdeika
Chaplain

The chaplain of a Knights of Columbus council . . . must recognize that the Order is a Catholic lay organization founded by a priest. Father McGivney founded the Order, to be sure, but it was administered and supported by Catholic laymen. In our day, especially with the Second Vatican Council and Revised Code of Canon Law in 1983, specifying clearly and unequivocally the rights and duties of the Catholic laity, the Knights of Columbus itself, as a fraternal society, has its own special role to play in the Church. The chaplain, who always is a priest, must recognize this fact and rejoice in it.
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John Lyon
Grand Knight

The grand knight is the highest ranking elected officer of his council and is responsible for observing the laws of the Order and his council. The office of grand knight is one that is rich in opportunities to serve his fellow Knights and to lead his council in service to family, Church and community. Additionally, the grand knight must ensure the membership, insurance and programming growth of his council and the involvement of all its members.
Photo Thomas Southard
Deputy Grand Knight

The deputy grand knight is the second in command in the local council. He is also elected annually, assists the grand knight in the operation of council affairs and is responsible for any duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, the deputy grand knight presides at council meetings and functions as the grand knight would. The deputy grand knight is a member of the Advisory Board charged with general supervision of a Columbian Squires circle sponsored by his council. It is suggested that the deputy grand knight and the board of trustees serve on the council’s retention committee.
Photo Anthony (Tony) Gray
Chancellor

The chancellor is elected annually to serve the council in a variety of ways. Primarily, he assists the grand knight and deputy grand knight in the execution of their duties and takes charge of the council during the incapacity or extended absence of both. With the cooperation and support of the grand knight, the chancellor has the important duty of strengthening the members’ interest in council activities. It is recommended that the chancellor serve as the chairman of the council’s Admission Committee. The chancellor is also a member of the council’s Columbian Squires circle ceremonial team.
Photo Dan Heeney
Recorder

The recorder is responsible for keeping a true record of all the actions of the council and maintains all correspondence of the council. He should use the “Recorder’s Minute Book’’ (#1403, available from the Supreme Council Supply Department) to record the minutes of all council meetings.
Photo Sean Connelly Sr.
Financial Secretary

The financial secretary’s important role is underscored by the fact that he is not elected by the membership but, his appointment – upon the recommendation of the grand knight and trustees – is approved by the supreme knight for a period of three years. His work has a direct effect on council members, his fellow officers, the state council and the Supreme Council. Basically, the financial secretary’s duties revolve around two key areas of council activities: financial records and membership records. The financial secretary collects and receives all moneys that come into the council from any source. He then turns that money over to the treasurer for deposit in the council account.
Photo George Longstreet
Treasurer

The treasurer is the elected official in charge of handling all council funds. He receives money from the financial secretary and issues a receipt for such. He is also responsible for depositing all money in the proper council accounts and providing a voucher or certificate of deposit to the grand knight for each transaction. The treasurer is also responsible for issuing payments to the Supreme Council on all assessments made by it to the council and for all orders of the council. Finally, the treasurer is responsible for keeping accurate accounts of the monies in the general expense fund of the council and the amount of money in any special funds established by the council. He must be able to provide up-to-date records on these accounts to the grand knight, financial secretary or board of trustees.
Photo James Vetrini
Lecturer

The lecturer is appointed by the grand knight to provide suitable educational and entertaining programs under the “Good of the Order” section of the council meeting. The “Good of the Order” may include such items as speakers, presentations on special topics, etc.
Photo Mike Burns
Advocate

The advocate is the parliamentarian for the council. He need not be a member of the legal profession; however, he should be thoroughly familiar with all of the laws of the Order as stated in the “Charter, Constitution and Laws’’ and with the council by-laws. When a by-law is to be revised, the advocate serves as chairman of the revision committee. The advocate should also have a working knowledge of “Robert’s Rules of Order,’’ and the Supreme Council flyer, “Methods of Conducting a Council Meeting’’ (#1937). An understanding of both of these will help keep meetings on track. When needed, the advocate shall seek legal assistance from the state advocate. In matters of trail of council members, the advocate shall prosecute the charges on behalf of the council.
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Mike Kaiser

Warden


The warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property, except that which belongs to the financial secretary. He sets up the council chambers for meetings and degrees and appoints and supervises guards for ceremonial exemplifications. The warden should also oversee the inside and outside guards and make sure they are fulfilling the duties assigned to them.
Photo Christopher Edwards
Inside Guards

The guards attend the doors of the council chamber, checking on current membership cards before allowing entrance.
Photo Brian Sgro
Outside Guard

The guards attend the doors of the council chamber, checking on current membership cards before allowing entrance.
Photo Jeff Fox
Trustee 3 Year

The board of trustees consists of the grand knight and three members elected by the council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the financial secretary and treasurer. The grand knight is the chairman of the board. It is suggested that the board of trustees and the deputy grand knight serve on the council’s retention committee. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, and the current three and two year trustees move on to become two and one year trustees, respectively.
Photo Alfred Schultz
Trustee 2 Year

The board of trustees consists of the grand knight and three members elected by the council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the financial secretary and treasurer. The grand knight is the chairman of the board. It is suggested that the board of trustees and the deputy grand knight serve on the council’s retention committee. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, and the current three and two year trustees move on to become two and one year trustees, respectively.
Photo Mike DeLucia, Sr.
Trustee 1 Year

The board of trustees consists of the grand knight and three members elected by the council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the financial secretary and treasurer. The grand knight is the chairman of the board. It is suggested that the board of trustees and the deputy grand knight serve on the council’s retention committee. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, and the current three and two year trustees move on to become two and one year trustees, respectively.

 
Former Grand Knights
2011 - 2014   Michael DeLucia, Sr.
2010 - 2011   Alfred K. Schultz
2009 - 2010   Alfred K. Schultz
2008 - 2009   Joseph R. Gilmore
2007 - 2008   Joseph R. Gilmore
2006 - 2007   Joseph R. Gilmore
2005 - 2006   Mike A. Barrelli
2004 - 2005   Jeffrey W. Fox
2003 - 2004   Joe Gilmore/Jeff Fox
2002 - 2003   Joseph R. Gilmore
2001 - 2002   Craig N. Gower
2000 - 2001   Craig N. Gower
1999 - 2000   Donald E. Mantell, Jr.
1998 - 1999   Donald E. Mantell, Jr.
1997 - 1998   Ronald L. Dickerson
1996 - 1997   Ronald L. Dickerson
1995 - 1996   John Black
1994 - 1995   James Princivalle
1993 - 1994   James J. Vetrini
1992 - 1993   John J. Brown
1991 - 1992   Edwin B. McGarry
1990 - 1991   Thomas F. McCartin
1989 - 1990   Thomas F. Hampton
1988 - 1989   Charles E. Casey
1987 - 1988   Albert J. Keefe
1986 - 1987   Daniel J. J. McCaffrey, Jr.
1985 - 1986   Lester J. Beebe
1984 - 1985   Frank T. Stoczko
 
Founding Officers in 1984
Chaplin: Fr. Joseph Brown
Grand Knight: Frank T. Stoczko
Deputy G. K.: Daniel McCaffrey
Chancellor: John Brown
Recorder: Ray Hale
Financial Sec.: Lester Beebe
Treasurer: Ron Gryn
Lecturer: John Campisi
Warden: Charles Casey
Advocate: David Angelo
Inside Guard: Micheal Sehenuck
Outside Guard: Micheal Barrilli
Trustee 3 Year: Dante Guerra
Trustee 2 Year: Thomas Radomski
Trustee 1 Year: James Price