Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                     July  201

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923

Grand Knight’s Report: The 2017-18 Columbian Year starts in July. I will accept the Grand Knight gavel from John Sartori at our first meeting on July 6th (8:30PM). We owe John a debt of gratitude who served as Grand knight for two years. Thank you, John!
With the beginning of the new year we have a new slate of elected council officers; some are staying on for the coming year, and others are new to their officer positions. In coming month, I will be reaching out to the membership to fill committee chairmen positions. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me. While I am confident that many brothers would “re-up” for the coming year, I am looking to others to get involved – its critically important that we increase the participation and expand the leadership pool within the council. So I encourage all the members to come to the meetings and see what you can do to support the council and the committees. The more we share the workload, the less of a burden it is on all participants.
One of the ideas stressed at the GK training (held in Somerville on( 6/24) is that participation at council meetings should not be the end-all of membership, it should be participation in the events that we hold as part of carrying out our mission as Knights. While I generally agree that attendance should not be the main focus, I can’t help but think that our values of Unity, Charity, Fraternity, and Patriotism are nurtured at council meetings and social events.
We have a strong council and we should look to make it even stronger in the coming year. We have many successful events each year and we should grow the number of events, increase the funds we raise and charity that we extend. The Joyce Kilmer Council is made up from good men; we should be proud of the work we do and stand proud to be called Knights of Columbus. Vivat Jesus, GK Andy

July Birthdays

7/4  William Werts

7/15 Robert Mazure

7/22 Gus Bordi

7/7  Alfred Golluscio

7/16 James Direnzo

7/24 Robert Toro

7/8  Henry Scala

7/16 Mark Higgins

7/24 John Palmer

7/8  Joseph Gallagher

7/17 John Guenther

7/27 George DeJesus

7/8  Nicholas Coccaro

7/18 James Cash

7/29 Stephen Gandley

7/13 Al Flatt

7/18 Robert Bozich

7/30 Joseph Burne

7/14 Charles Schneider

7/20 Scott Bunting

7/31 Archie Davison

7/14 Keith O’Hara

7/22 Joseph Picone

Father’s Day Softball Tournament: We finished up the 2016-17 Columbian year with an extremely successful Men’s softball tournament. Fourteen teams entered the tournament which progressed very smoothly due to the support at the fields. First, a huge thank you goes out to Joe Yapaola who was instrumental in publicizing the event, pulling in the teams to play, securing the fields, hiring the umpires and setting up the brackets.  Secondly, during the day of the event the following brother knights, under the direction of Bob Piereth, were on hand at the 4 fields to help ensure that all 30+ games went off without a hitch and the fields were left in good shape; cleaner than before we started. Thank you guys!

Bob Carlson              Joe Easty,                 Keith Hollman

Gil Murphy                 Dave Penczak          Bob Piereth  

Bob Salus                  Ed Shellman             Andy Seger

Joe Yapaola  

A Knight with the Patriots: Chapter 4 will again be running a Knight at the Patriots on July 22, 2017 at 7PM when the Somerset Pats take on the New Britain Bees. Tickets are $10 per person. In addition, we will be sponsoring a group of wheelchair Bound Veterans from the Menlo Park facility and Homeless Veterans from the Lebanon facility. If you interested in sponsoring one of the Veterans, tickets are $20 for each (includes their ticket and food voucher). Contact me with your order with number of Sponsored Vets and/ or regular tickets. Any questions, contact me at or 973-945-3947. Checks should be made payable to: “Chapter 4.” Send to me at: Ed Shellman c/o Hackettstown Columbus Club 142 Liberty Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Picnic: the picnic is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, August 13 following the noon mass. We are looking for volunteers to help setup and manage the grill/cooking chores. Please let me know if you can help out.  GK Andy.

Anniversary?? Will you be celebrating your 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in the near future?  We have certificates that commemorate this significant milestone in your life.  Contact Bob Piereth at


Joyce Kilmer Picnic: Late July/early August

Assumption Parish Picnic: August 13th
following noon mass

Officer Induction: Late August/Early September

Altar Server Breakfast: September