Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism

The Kilmer Chronicles

                     August  2019 

    Joyce Kilmer Council 2483   

              Knights of Columbus                 

Hackettstown, NJ  

                 Chartered June 1923

GRAND KNIGHT'S CORNER: At GK training, I was reminded over and over to not take the summer off. Vacations and all other types of family events make this a tough thing to do. However, we will do our best to keep the momentum of both Keith Holman and Andy Seger going.

We have a few events that we need to pay attention to:

  1. 1)      Applebee’s Breakfast for our National Guard unit. Gil Murphy is doing yeoman’s work in putting the breakfast together. Tickets are available at the hall or by seeing Gil. The cost is $10. We are working with the American Legion to make this breakfast a success. As you know we have been sending packages to the members of the Hackettstown National Guard unit. With this breakfast we hope to be able to send more. You can help in 2 ways. First, buy tickets for you and your family members. Second help us serve the meals the day of. The date of the breakfast is Saturday, September 7. Flyers and posters are in the hall.

  1. 2)      At this point in the Columbian year there is only one 3rd degree scheduled in New Jersey. I have get talked to Steve Fantano and asked him to step up efforts to get some of our newer members ready for a 3rd Degree.

  1. 3)      Our fundraising activities need to become simpler and more targeted. We need to raise money with the least amount of brothers involved. We had very good success with the Beefsteak Dinner. I f anyone knows of a company who can do dinners like this please reach out to me at 201-715-8021 or 908-850-6175.

  1. 4)      To this end I am looking into doing a clothing drive that was run by the Assumption Rosary Society. I may approach them to see if they have interest in working with us. This drive brought in between $600-$750.

  1. 5)      I have advised Father Antony that we will have the same involvement in Assumption’s Community Picnic scheduled for the latter part of September. I am looking for someone to attend the development meetings and report back to the Council. Please let me know if you can help out.

For the balance of my report, I will be brief. I have set some very achievable goals for our Council. The first one is to get together with the Columbus Club to look at all of our fundraising initiatives. We want to eliminate any conflicts. We don’t want multiple events talking to the same people.

I am looking to have a meeting with members who are 35-40  or under. It is my hope to get this group a little more active in Council activities. I would like to have 1 or 2 officers be from this group.

We need to get our by laws re-written. I would like that done ASAP.

Anyway we wouldn’t be a good Council if we weren’t busy. Thanks in advance for helping out and letting me know if you have anything on your mind.


Bob Marks, Grand Knight

YEAR OF THE CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE:Friday, Aug 16th, 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the Church of the Assumption.  There will be a Holy Hour and a Homily on the message of the month. This month's message is "The Miracle at Cana". The Holy Hour celebrations will be held on the Friday closest to the 12th of the month for the remainder of 2019.  Let's get together and pray as a community. Food for the Soul.

JULY ROSARY GROUP: The Knights would normally  join with the Rosary Altar Society on the 15th.  Since it is a Holy Day of Obligation and there is a mass at 7:00PM, we will meet in September on the 5th and 19th at 7:30PM in the Assumption Annex.  Family & friends cordially invited.

HONORS & ANNIVERSARIES:  Please join me in congratulating the following brothers on attaining significant service milestones in August: 20 Years - Thomas Tagliareni, 25 Years - Stephen Beggin and Karl Gergits, and 35 Years - Timothy Blake and John Guenther.


8/2  John Montgomery

8/12 Ryan Dubord

8/23 Robert Gigliello

8/3  Andrew Seger

8/14 Raymond Pollack

8/25 Francis O’Brien

8/4  Anthony Callaremi

8/15 James Forestiere

8/26 Harvey Masseau

8/6  Robert Mcdeviitt

8/16 Anthony Coccaro

8/31 Kevin Denecour

8/8  Eric Vaccaro

8/17 Vincent Putignano

8/31 Paul Koffman

8/9  Nicholas Scalera

8/20 Karl Gergits

8/9  Frank Kurilla

8/20 Chris Shellman

8/12 Louis Murphy

8/21 John Duerr

SUPPORTING OUR GUARDSMAN: The National Guard group based out of the armory on Willow Grove street have been deployed to Somalia for an extended period of time.  Nothing can take the place of being home but we are trying to send a little home to them.  Gil Murphy has been collecting money and non-perishable items to send to the troops.  We have sent out two care boxes and will continue to do so through their deployment.  Upon their return, we will be hosting a breakfast.  If you can help in anyway with funding or materials please make the check payable to Gil Murphy and send it to Knights of Columbus Attn: Gil Murphy, 142 Liberty Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.  Reports on distribution will be in this bulletin. Thank you for your support..

COLUMBUS CLUB OIL TO GAS CONVERSION :  We recently completed the project of conversion to gas. Took a while but we made it!

HAVE YOU ASKED SOMEONE JOIN US TODAY? :  NEW “Ask me about the Knights,” buttons have been made to help promote our Council. If you have not gotten one, please stop by the Hall to get yours. Better yet, come to our next monthly meeting! We all need to help in building our Council and hopefully wearing these buttons to Mass or other activities will prompt someone to ask how to join. Appreciate all your help!.  Steve Fantano - Membership Director at
FATHER MCGIVNEY GUILD: dedicated to keeping us informed of the progress of our Venerable founder.  Brothers should consider joining the guild.  There is no fee or dues of any kind.  Simply sign up at  and you will receive the quarterly newsletter.
HALL FOR RENT:  Having a shower, birthday or a business meeting.  The Columbus Club is available.  Contact Roger Hines 908-310-3354 for availability and rates.