Grand Knight Message
Another summer has come and gone, and here we are already in October. Summer 2020 was an experience unlike any other. Yet while following the seemingly ever-changing state Covid restrictions and guidelines, we still managed to return to some normalcy. Last month In-person monthly meetings are once again resumed for the Columbiettes, the Council and the JFK Assembly. The Hall rentals have resumed for smaller groups to comply with state restrictions. 4504 held two exemplifications welcoming new Brother Knights into the Council. Family Dinners have been adapted with takeout or dine in on the patio options, and we ended the summer with our Annual Family Barbeque, which was a rousing success. It just goes to show you that with the right group of people, anything is possible no matter what obstacles present themselves.
Even though summer has drawn to a close, it doesn’t mean activities at the council will stop; there is a full line up of event planned for October. The Columbian Club will host a Tailgate party on October 11th. On October 17th, there will be a Cornhole Tournament in memory of Luisa M. Gonzalez, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Good-Grief.org. On October 16th, the Council will hold its first-ever Oktoberfest, and Columbiettes and Council will be hosting a Children’s Halloween party on Halloween Saturday, October 31st. As with all the summer activities and events, the October events will all be held while following the proper safety protocols. Please consider coming out to support not only the Council but some wonderful charity organizations.
I’d like to make a brief announcement about a cause that I hold dear. I know some of you are probably tired of hearing me talk about Wreaths Across America. For those who have never heard of it, Wreaths Across America is a nationwide organization that coordinates a ceremony every December to place wreaths on the graves of veterans. This year will be the JFK Assembly’s fifth year of participating in the program and ensuring that the American heroes interred at the cemetery alongside First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth are remembered and recognized during the Christmas season. The graves at this cemetery date back to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the Civil War. It has been a privilege to return year after year to see the resting places of the men and women who helped to shape our country being honored and knowing that if not for this program, they would have been forgotten. That is why I am so proud to say that thanks to the generosity and hard work of our Council family as of the beginning of September, we have reached our goal of 169 wreaths! That means every veteran there will be remembered and honored with a wreath in December. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank everyone who donated, whether it be their time or a monetary donation to make this happen. I hope to see many of you there on December 19th for the ceremony and the laying of the wreaths.
May God bless us and continue to keep us safe.
Leonard J. Komar Jr. GK KofC 4504