Knight and Family of the Month
Each month a worthy Brother and a Family from our council are selected for recognition of their contribution to our church and community.

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Troy & Lena Costain Family

Family of the Month
January 2022

Back in November, the initial committee meeting for the January Country Life Fest event was held. The team wanted to bring a new and more family-oriented approach to this year’s event.  Troy and others have worked diligently the past few months and have created a venue like no other to entertain our families while hopefully generating funds for our Pro-Life charities. Troy has been active securing a portable stage for the Back Country Boys, designed the flyer to promote the event, helped work out the physical logistics and signage for the night and has provided strong leadership throughout.  Lena is the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at Saint John Neuman Catholic High School.  Troy and Lena are also part of Father Arun Paul’s “Witness to Love” SJECC couple’s mentoring program for newly engaged couples. They continue to support church and community and are a deserving family for this award.

Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother Bill Warvel

Knight of the Month
January 2022

The Council’s Program Director is one of the most important roles in an active council and a critical asset if you want to be successful. Bill continues to drive our committees in planning and executing our programs while helping to develop a template for future use. He has been diligent in getting monthly updates or helping to resolve issues. He is also the poster child for “Leave No Neighbor Behind” as he constantly checks up on his fellow brothers in need. In his spare time, he has been supporting the Church in a Lead role for the CAO to allow additional activities to be implemented in SJE facilities. He has provided his time to help schedule, implement and find manpower to support them. Whether he is pestering us for statuses, working through project timelines, thinking of new ideas to support our Council or perhaps explaining what it means to be a Knight, you can always count on Bill to support us. Thank you, Bill, for all you do and for what you mean to our Council.

Congratulations to our Knight of the Month!!

George & Laurie Pfotenhauer Family

Family of the Month
December 2021

Back in February, George & Laurie earned their first Family of the Month award. As you recall we noted that they provided a warm welcome and assurance that precautions were in place at the 3:00pm / 3:15pm Saturday masses as our parishioners slowly came back from the pandemic. This past weekend they spearheaded the annual Christmas Toy Drive with North Naples Fire & Rescue to support Angela’s Angels. The effort again proved just as fruitful as last year and will provide many needy families a little joy during the holidays. George and Laurie are still the first to greet you at the 3:00 mass and then graciously collect the offerings at the end of mass.  During our annual Vocations diner dance, George participated on the committee to prepare the event and both sold beverage tickets and helped out throughout the evening. This caring couple is always willing to help out and support both the church and the Knights. I look forward to their support on future events. Thank you for all you do.

Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother Tom Ulanski and Jim Zizzi

Knight of the Month
December 2021

For many months, this duo has been instrumental in our membership growth. They continue to work with all new or transferred members via phone calls, emails and even “onboarding sessions”. They are instrumental in helping many of our new members complete their exemplifications with support and constant reminders. They successfully led two recruitment campaigns in the past year helping to earn us Star Council and, more importantly, finding great candidates to help support our Council. I am also thankful for all their efforts to help honor the Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina, and any opportunities to promote spiritual events. Both Tom and Jim have helped with committee and setup work for the Rat Pack and the Vocation dinner dances and help out on other activities, such as, traffic support for Faith Formation or the Toy Drive. Tom, as Chancellor, has also done a great job with Healing and Memorial cards. Jim, as Inside Guard and Membership Director, has done a great job in both areas. I am very grateful to both of them and feel it only fitting that they should be honored together as they form a dynamic duo for the Council. Thank you, Tom and Jim, for all your support and for making the extra effort.

Congratulations to our Knight(s) of the Month!!

Scott and Joy Jannasch Family

Family of the Month
October 2021

Scott and Joy Jannasch
Although Scott has only been a Knight for less than 6
months, he has shown his desire to get involved with
many of our programs. By the end of his first Council
meeting, he was signed up to help with the “Rat Pack
Now!!” dinner dance. He was a committee member
helping with the planning and the Ballroom setup and
cleanup. He is currently involved with our annual
Vocations dinner dance to honor our Religious and his
efforts are greatly appreciated. In choosing Scott and
his wife Joy as Family of the Month, I looked no
farther than Wednesday night’s Faith Formation
classes. Every Wednesday, Scott has helped with our
traffic and safety chores while Joy teaches a Faith
Formation class. I look forward to working with both
Scott and Joy during the Lenten Fish Fest. A
dedicated couple who supports both the Knights and
our Church. Thank you for all you do.
Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother John Moore Sr.

Knight of the Month
October 2021

John Moore Sr.
John is a Past Grand Knight and has supported many
of our events over the years. For a number of our
Knights, we seem to find our “key interest” in a
particular event. John’s passion for the past “2” years
has been traffic management and security for our K-8
Faith Formation students. Every Wednesday from
September through April, John is always there for 2-3
hours to insure we have appropriate coverage for this
service. John is our “main guy” during drop-off time
as he greets each car, opens / closes the car door, and
checks to see if the students have their mask. During
pick-up time, he helps direct the traffic flow to prevent
accidents in the backlot. I’ve often heard the other
volunteers jokingly say “As long as John is here, we
really don’t have to do anything”. John’s efforts
provide the safety and security that gives the students,
parents and teachers a lot of comfort. I would like to
thank John for making the extra effort.
Congratulations to our Knight of the Month!!

Joe and Keri Hemrick Family

Family of the Month
September 2021

Joe and Keri Hemrick
Joe and Keri have been the face of our “Family programs” for the past 3 years. As Grand Knight, Joe’s
leadership earned us Star Council in 2020. When you think of the annual Christmas party with
StarAbility, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Acolyte & First Communion awards night, and the
Disability campaign (Tootsie Roll Drive) the Hemricks always come to mind. Let us not forget the
huge success of the Chili Fest when we featured the “Ben Allen Band” and brought in Food Trucks!!
As Grand Knight, Joe was instrumental in keeping the Council a strong support force for the Church
and Community as he helped drive the IRMA relief project and the COVID weekly food delivery to
Immokalee. As Deputy Grand Knight and then a 2-term Grand Knight, their combined dedication and
sacrifice to the Knights has been well appreciated. A truly special family for our Church and our
Council. Thank you for all the support you have provided us.

Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother John Gerdes

Knight of the Month
September 2021

John Gerdes
John has been a fixture at many Council events and can be seen selling Christmas Cards or dinner
dance tickets in front of the church before and after masses. When the Knights needed volunteers for
the Christmas Toy Drive, or the Disability Campaign (Tootsie Roll Drive), or the Blood Drives, or the
Collier Harvest food delivery, John can always be counted on to help out. If you happen to sneak into
the kitchen during the Lenten Fish Fry, John can be seen washing pots and pans or helping with the
Ballroom cleanup. Over the past 15 months, John has served as the Treasurer for our Council, working
hand-in-hand with the Financial Secretary and the Grand Knight to keep the checkbook balanced and
the budget aligned with our bank account. In the September timeframe, John will become our
Financial Secretary, filling one of our most critical positions. John is a real asset to our Council and a
dedicated Knight. I would like to thank John for all he does for us.

Congratulations to our Knight of the Month!!

John and Marilyn Thyen Family

Family of the Month
August 2021

John and Marilyn are devout Catholics with strong Parish involvement. Their continued support for all our programs and events is very appreciated as they continue to attend our dinner dances, fish fry dinners or remembrance masses. Their dedication to the Knights is also felt as they have provided monetary support for many of our programs which helps our Seminarians, our Food banks or the needy of our community. A truly special family for our Church and our Council. Thank you for all the support you have and will continue to provide for us.

Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother Jerry Detloff

Knight of the Month
August 2021

Over the past year, it was obvious how important Jerry is to both our Council and Assembly. As we worked through the new Exemplification process or tracked all the new members so we could get them shirts, Bibles and Name tags, Jerry was there to help spearhead the process or lend a helping hand. He has been instrumental in helping to bring new members into the Council for a number of years and is always there to help “welcome them”. At Fish Fries, he’s one of the “Go To” guys and as he tries to wind down a little, he still goes out and brings guests to our events or helps wherever he can to make sure the Council and Assembly continue to be strong. A real mentor, friend and dedicated Knight, I would like to Thank Jerry for all he does for us.

Congratulations to our Knight of the Month!!

Jeff and Nicole Sponseller Family

Family of the Month
July 2021
As the newly elected Deputy Grand Knight, Jeff immediately became involved in our first major event of the past 18 months – the Rat Pack “We’re Back Baby” dinner and show. Jeff took the responsibility of purchasing many of the paper good supplies, dinnerware, and, of course, the beverages. He will also oversee the bartenders during the event. For events like this, we are obligated to be fingerprinted and complete Safe Environment Training. Jeff is working with the Parish staff to get an updated list of all Knights so we can insure we are compliant.
Since the Knights will be serving the dinner, Jeff and Nicole will also be responsible for purchasing aprons. Nicole will then magically add the Knights of Columbus emblem and “We’re Here to Serve” on all the aprons. Bringing the Parishioners back to social events at St. John’s will be kicked off in style – many thanks to Jeff and Nicole.
Congratulations on being named Family of the month for July.

Brother Mike Lomas

Knight of the Month
July 2021
Since joining Council 11281 in April 2021, Mike immediately sought out any areas where he could support the Knights. With his technology background, Mike discussed opportunities with the Grand Knight which led to reviewing the new Council 11281 website. Although purchased in February, the website needed work to understand its full capabilities and also begin uploading data to make it functional. Within a few weeks, Mike has imported data, photos and created working functionality. If you browse the website you can now see Member directories, email options, videos, Newsletters and events plus the creation of a Council Facebook to increase our exposure. With our challenges this past year due to the pandemic, there is a stronger need for technology than ever before and Mike has been appointed the Council Technology Director for 2021-2022.
Mike is also an usher at the 5:00pm mass on Sundays, a committee member for the Rat Pack “We’re Back Baby” event and plans to help with the Blood Drive as well. Mike has made an immediate impact on the Council and we congratulate you on being named Knight of the month for July.

J. Gary Ray and Carolyn Ray Family

Family of the Month
June 2021

As we look back over this Fraternal year, we found many new opportunities to serve our Church and Community but also encountered many new issues to work through. One of the key Knights in our Council has been J. Gary Ray as our Financial Secretary for the past 9 years. His knowledge of Council protocol, his understanding of deadlines and forms, and his attention to detail concerning our finances have been essential in keeping the Council moving forward. As I have said about a number of our Brothers, if it wasn’t for our wives’ patience and understanding we couldn’t accomplish what we do. Carolyn supports J. Gary as they attend special masses, as they participate in various programs throughout the year, and most importantly as she alters her personal schedule to allow J. Gary to complete all his Knightly work. I extend my heartfelt thanks to J. Gary and Carolyn for all the guidance and support they have given the Council and, particularly myself, over this past year.

Congratulations to our Family of the Month!!

Brother Thomas Middlemiss

Knight of the Month
June 2021

With the Memorial Day mass recently celebrated at St. John’s in which we paid tribute to those who died while serving in the military, it again showed the respect and dedication the Knights have for our people and our country. Tom Middlemiss was at the forefront encouraging the Knights to fully support the mass along with our Color Corp, bagpipes, and some thoughtful comments. In the past few months, I noticed this was a common theme for Tom which began back in November for the Veteran’s Day mass which honored all those who served in the military. With his attention to detail, the mass was a true tribute to our servicemen and women. Tom presented his opening remarks mentioning historical military facts and pride in serving our country. And let us not forget St. Patrick’s Day, as we honored the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. These 3 masses are tradition at St. John’s and Tom’s enthusiasm and support of them has helped make them even more endearing.

Tom – thank you for all you do. Congratulations to our Knight of the Month!!

Brother Anthony Curatolo

Knight of the Month
January 2021

As we begin the New Year, our hope for social gatherings and new programs was answered on January 26th. The 2021 event of the year (so far…) was orchestrated by Tony and a small group of brother Knights. Tony coordinated a 5-person panel discussion on “the Religious and Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic.” Tony brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm from planning through execution. The event was well received via online streaming and brings expectations of 1-2 additional sessions. If you missed Tony collecting Toys during the Christmas Toy Drive you can find him at Faith Formation helping with traffic control.

George and Laurie Pfotenhauer Family

Family of the Month
February 2021

If you faithfully attend the 3:00 pm Saturday mass at St. John’s, then you’ve seen Laurie graciously welcoming all parishioners and visitors to our church service. George meanwhile is escorting parishioners to pews and insuring social distancing and adherence to Covid safety guidance. About half way through the mass you’ll see George run over to the Ballroom to help with the 3:15 mass and then work his way back to help usher for communion. As the mass ends you can find George and Laurie at the back of the church collecting offerings. Their smiles are contagious as they wish everyone a happy and healthy week ahead. George is also planning to help with the Parkinson’s Walk on February 13th.