First, I want mention how deeply appreciative and humbled I am to be elected Grand Knight. When I first joined the Knights of Columbus in 2011, I had no clue that I would find myself as an officer, nonetheless the Grand Knight of one of the largest councils in New Jersey.
I would like to thank everyone for your vote and for putting your trust in me. Congratulations to all the officers as well. It is my hope and desire to increase membership and participation this year. We have a lot going on this summer, and I am hoping to see everyone at our events. One thing I want to do this year is to tie our fundraising events to a charity organization. On July 16th we will be hosting a Pig Roast to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. I feel that there is no greater charity than that of assisting terminally ill children. We will also be hosting our Annual Family Picnic in September to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
As the months go by, I will be keeping you up to date on all of our events and charitable works. I will not beat around the bush; I will need everyone's assistance this year. We are aspiring to do a lot of good and give with all our hearts, but we need people to help.
If you have an idea for a program or want to help out in any way, please feel free to contact me. My cell phone is
(908) 349 - 0048 and my email address is
I look forward to hearing from you and working alongside you all. God Bless.
Michael P. Willemse
Grand Knight 2017-2018