Brother Knights of 4504,
It’s hard to believe that half of this Columbian year is over, and we start a new calendar year. December is usually a quiet month, but we had great involvement.
Our Council, alongside Union Elks, continued to sponsor the annual Christmas party for Burnett school’s students with intellectual disabilities. We have been ongoing supporters of this event for our 30 years. The council has donated money for the food, and the Union Elks donate the use of their hall. We had a very strong showing this year of Council Officers at this event, and our very own Mike Peter led the party with a prayer of grace before starting our meal and festivities. It was this year that we heard the chairman for this event will be stepping down this upcoming year, and it will be the last Christmas party. I am honored to have been in attendance for this event. The joy in the children’s eyes was wonderful to see.
The Columbian Club ran another successful Breakfast with Santa this year. There were around 140 guests in attendance this year. I would like to thank everyone in the kitchen who helped to make such excellent dishes. One of the greatest parts of this event is seeing the kids with Santa, but also seeing our Brother Knights working together for such as great cause.
With the beginning of the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions. This is the time of the year when people make promises of dedication to better themselves and/or others. Some use this time to make an exercise routine, quit smoking or to give up a bad habit. One resolution I would like you all to consider is to help your council. If you haven’t been to a meeting, helped at a work party, or just simply stopped by, I encourage you to do so. The members of Council 4504 are blessed to have had past members create such a beautiful facility, which allows us to use and enjoy. We are incredibly blessed to have the largest Council in the state of New Jersey, and a huge property. However, it takes a lot to maintain such a building and grounds. Please continue to support our Council and Columbian Club.
The Council is hosting its second annual Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, January 27th 2017. The “Murder at the Masquerade” themed dinner was an overwhelming success last year, and we hope to see everyone there from last year. This year’s theme will be “1920s Crime & Punishment” themed, and we will have Mr. Aziz, the gourmet chef who cooked last year’s murder mystery dinner as well as this year’s steaks at the Columbian Club’s Lobster Fest. I cannot oversell this guy’s work, and his cooking is to die for.
To conclude, I want to say thank you to all the brothers who helped make the first half of this Columbian year a success. Please keep up the great work.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Michael P. Willemse
Grand Knight 2017-2018