Knights of Columbus Council 14178

Monthly meeting Minutes for Jan. 15, 2019

GK Bob Bielicki called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., then Father Tony Fortunato led all in opening prayer, and GK led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call of Officers:

Grand Knight Bob Bielicki                               present

Deputy Grand Knight Adam Szlembarski       excused

Chancellor Bill Bryan                                      present

Warden Chuck Bryan                                      present

Recorder Steven Sims                                    present

Financial Secretary Rob Smith                       present

Treasurer Thomas Walker                              present

Lecturer Wayne Ries                                      excused

Advocate George Barker                                present

Inside Guard Neal Hunt                                  excused

Outside Guard Rafael Ferrer                          absent

Trustee 3 year Mark Bolich                            present

Trustee 2 year Paddy Sheehan                       absent

Trustee 1 year Dave Kanaszka                        excused

Motion to Approve Last Month’s Minutes:

There was no approval of minutes.

Recognition of Priests, Visitors and New Knights:

GK Bielicki recognized Brother Rich Hermes, who made his First Degree Dec. 18, prior to his first meeting, and Second Degree Brother Robbie Maher, who provided dinner as general manager of the Casual Clam Restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Chaplain’s Report:

In the absence of Chaplain Father Padilla, Father Fortunato thanked the Knights for the example we set for the rest of the parish.

Grand Knight’s Report:

Grand Knight Bielicki reminded all to wear their Knights gear at Masses and other parish gatherings to heighten the Knights’ visibility. He said several Form 100s are pending.

GK said that while attendance was down for the Knights’ Christmas Party, those present had a good time. He added that our Council needs to begin planning in partnership with the Columbiettes for a parish spaghetti dinner, to be scheduled before Lent.

GK said thanked all who took part in the Dec. 30 pancake Breakfast which he said went well, with new self-serve and added menu items. He added that the new ovens and griddle worked great.

GK reminded all that the Council will host Coffee and Doughnuts after Masses on Feb. 3. The next Pancake Breakfast is set for March 31.

GK reminded all that the Knights’ State Convention will be held in Orlando May 25 and 26, and that our Council needs two delegates and two alternates. Brothers Jose Cedeno and Rob Smith volunteered to be delegates, with Brother Ralph Marshall as an alternate. Brother Mike Masterson made a motion for the Council to pay for two rooms at a cost of $197 each for delegates and their wives; it was seconded by Brother Bill Feck and was approved, with one nay vote from Brother Ralph Marshall.

GK urged members to move up in rank, noting that several need to make their Third Degree, and that the ceremonies are good to learn about officer responsibilities. He also called for members to step up and chair or otherwise get involved with Council activities.

Treasurer’s Report:

Treasurer Tom Walker reported that the Council now has $3,313 in its checking account, and Money Market account balance of $4,000. Total receipts were $268 and expenses of $2,568 for a loss of $2,300. Receipts included membership dues of $50, and donations of $218. Expenses included donations of $2,180, and $388 for food and supplies.

Financial Secretary’s Report:

Financial Secretary Rob Smith concurred with Brother Walker.

Trustees’ Report:

There was none.

Chancellor’s Report:

Chancellor Bill Bryan called on all to continue to pray for those taking part in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., and for a change of heart on behalf of Americans and the U.S. Supreme Court to support the sanctity of all human life.

Lecturer’s Report:

There was none.

Fund Raising Committee Report:

Lenten Fish Fries are scheduled March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5 and 12. GK said an increase of about 35 percent in expenses means that the cost of the dinners will have to increase, and the proposed price of fish dinners would go to $13 from the previous $10.

Brother Tom Walker suggested that our Council adopt an 11-year-old girl from St. Petersburg as recipient of a $2800 wheelchair from our fund raising efforts.

New Business:

Referring to a paper which was distributed among those present, Brother Chuck Bryan explained that as Warden of our Council, and in light of two disruptions which have taken place at our gatherings in recent weeks, “it is my duty to ensure that order is maintained, both at our council meeting and any additional gathering of our brother(s). This announcement is to ensure that we conduct ourselves as members of the Knights of Columbus.  … May we focus on the work of God to serve our fellow human beings and bring God back into our world.”

He then led all present in praying the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, which was on said handout.

Unfinished Business:

Brother Peter Conor requested help in planning for an Altar Servers Appreciation Luncheon at a future time and date to be announced. He scheduled a planning meeting open to all interested for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the parish center.

District Deputy Report:

District Deputy Director José Carrera urged participation in a First Degree Feb. 2 at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, largo, and a Third Degree March 2 at St. Raphael Parish, St. Petersburg. Both ceremonies are set for 10 a.m., with candidates to be present by 9:30. He said a Fourth Degree Exemplification is set for March 23 at St. Joseph Parish, Bradenton.

Brother Carrera also said a Multi-District Meeting with mandatory officer participation from all area Councils, including No. 14178, would be held Jan. 26, 8 a.m. to noon at St. Patrick Parish in Largo.

District Deputy Carrera also reminded all present that the Council has until March to submit its State Convention delegates. State insurance representatives will also be there, he said.

Field Agent Report:

Field Agent Brother Frank Caruso was not present.


None were given.

Good of the Council:

Prayers were requested for Bill Bryan, Don Murry’s wife, Arline Scott, Dennis Scott, Nick Virgilio who is accepting vistors at The Villas of Casa Celeste, 9225 82ndAve., N., Seminole, tel. 727-481-6787), Tom Walker’s mother (whose funeral was scheduled at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 in Our Lady’s Chapel at St. Jude’s, with a reception to follow), and for all at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Food for Families:

The monthly collection was taken for the food pantry at St. Joseph Parish in South St. Petersburg.

Food for Next Meeting:

Brother Steven Sims

Knight of the Month for December:

None chosen

Family of the Month for December:

None chosen.

Closing Prayer:

Was led by Father Fortunato.

 Meeting Adjourned:

 by GK Bielicki at 8:08 p.m.