New Eyes for the Needy
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Phone cards for hospitalized vets
Luke Sangiamo.................................Real Estate
As you aware with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbian Club has not been able to stay open, and work parties for the Swim Club have ceased due to the NJ Stay At Home order. Our very own Chris Chamberlain has made a Go Fund Me for the Clubs in order to assist with the ongoing expenses of operating the building. Now is a time we need to band together and keep the lights on. Please find it in your hearts to donate.
I have been in contact with my source for group sales. Still waiting on a reply on whether or not there will be a season or not. Most likely we will have to postpone this trip this year. We can try again for next year. Any questions let me know how you fill about this. 908 759 3588
Bar is closed until further notice!
Council Award 2020
At the New Jersey State Convention this year, Council 4504 received an award for Website Newark Archdiocese. Congratulations to our webmaster Tom Dudek for your constant work maintaining the Council website and the monthly Knight Digests. Tom also maintains the website for Holy Spirit Church.
Thank you Brother.
At the present time our building is closed for the Club Room, outside Tiki Bar and Hall Rentals as per Covid-19 Restrictions set by the State of New Jersey.
We are constantly monitoring changes to the State Restrictions and as they change and allow us to open up we will notify our membership of these changes.
Due to the cancellation of Council meetings because of the Covid-19 Restrictions set by the State of New Jersey, we are unable to hold elections for any officer and board member positions that may conclude at the end of this Columbian year on June 30, 2020.
Since most officers are currently two year terms this should not effect our President and Vice President positions. All other current officers and board members whose terms conclude on June 30, 2020 will remain in their current positions until said time when the Council resumes regular business meetings. At that time elections if needed will be held for any open positions.
Intellectual Disabilities Drive
Unfortunately, due to circumstances, we were unable to fully execute our efforts to collect for this very important fund raiser.
Therefore, I am asking everyone to please consider donating to the Intellectual
Disabilities Drive. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you! Mike Peter
Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
Council 4504 will recognize brothers and their wives who have celebrated, or will be celebrating, their 25th and 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. We will also make special presentations to the brothers and their wives who celebrate incremental five-year anniversaries after 25 years.
Any brother who would like to be recognized should contact Mike Willemse, PGK as soon as is possible so that we may order the correct number of certificates.
Charitable Raffle Tickets Are Available
In the fall of 2019, a motion was raised on the Council floor to reinstate a fourth charitable raffle again in 2020 – with the funds raised being used to benefit the Columbian Swim Club. Tickets for that additional raffle are now available and have been mailed to local Council members. The drawing will be held on the evening of February 15th at the Council Hall. The Swim Club is currently facing significant financial challenges, and the money raised will be put to good use.
Please contact Raffle Chairman Andy Schopfer PGK (90) 265-7895 if you would like to purchase a ticket. The cost remains at $10.00, and as usual, we will have a grand prize winner who takes home 40% of the money raised, and 4 smaller prizes of 2.5% of the money raised.
The dates for the 3 subsequent raffles will be Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Saturday September 12, and Monday, December 8 (the traditional Christmas Dinner meeting.
Andy Schopfer, PGK
As with many other organizations and groups the Covid-19 virus put a temporary stop to most of our activities.
We are hopeful that in June the Covid-19 restrictions will be opened up enough for us to hold our June monthly meeting on Wednesday June 24, 2020 and if so a blast email will be sent out to the members of the JFK Assembly. Our hope is to conduct our elections for the officers for the Columbian year 2020 - 2021. Any Sir Knight in good standing with the JFK Assembly that has an interest to serve as an officer in our Assembly should contact Steve Nagy current Faithful Navigator, Len Komar current Faithful Admiral, or Allen Pascullo current Faithful Captain about the position you are interested in.
This would be our last meeting of this Columbian year and our last meeting until September's meeting.
Swim Club Update
Due to the current Health restrictions that are still in place in the State of NJ, and the as yet unknown qualifications that will be imposed on community pools, the Columbia’s Swim Club Board regretfully announces that we will be unable to open the pool this year.
We had hoped all spring for a different outcome, but in this very unusual time, we did not feel that it would be cost effective to open and run the pool within the known and anticipated guidelines that will be in place.
For those of you who have already paid your membership, we are hoping that you will be able to use those payments as credit toward next year. With our current financial situation, we may not have the funding to offer full refunds to everyone.
We do plan on running fund raisers as soon as feasible to build up our assets and prepare to re-open next spring. Stay tuned for details on those plans.
Again we do regret that we have to make this announcement.
Columbia’s Club President
On Behalf of the Columbian Swim Club Board
Lobster Fest 2020 returns to
The Union Columbian Club on
Saturday August 8, 2020
Details to be announced
Charitable Raffle Update
Tickets for the May 25th (Memorial Day) charitable raffle have been mailed. If you are on our mailing list, please give generously as there will be a number of worthwhile projects that can use funding once we are able to gather and identify those most in need.
If you are not on our mailing list, please reach out to Andy Schopfer, PGK and Raffle Chairman for tickets, and to be added to future mailings.
Each ticket is $10.00 and we award 5 total prizes at each drawing. The Grand prize is 40% of the revenue collected, and the 4 other winners receive 2.5% of the revenues raised.
Thanks to all for your assistance and donations.
The Council Nominating Committee has concluded its interviews, and the slate of officers has been chosen.
The following is the slate for the 2020-2021 Columbian Year:
Grand Knight – Leonard Komar, PFN
Deputy GK – Phillip Cababe
Chancellor – Gerry Aponte
Warden – Anthony Ibida
Treasurer – Chuck Cababe
Recorder – Robert Pynckels
Inside Guard - Allen Pascullo
Outside Guard - Vacant
Advocate - Stephen Hehl
1 Year Trustee - David Wozniak, PGK
Elections are scheduled for May 11, 2020 pending approval from Supreme Council and the Township of Union to reopen meetings due to the viral pandemic.