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.
The Union Columbiette will host a Tricky Tray at the Kenilworth VFW on Friday October 9th. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Limited tickets are available please contact Diana Lupo at 908-577-6606
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.
Holy Spirit Church
Summer Blood Drive
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Located in the Parish Hall
For more information call
Dan at 908-370-6678
Swim Club Update
It has been a most unusual spring and summer in regard to our efforts to open the Columbian Swim Club pool. The end result has been that our facility is being used as of July 13, in a shared agreement with Union Township.
While many members of the Swim Club, the Columbian Club, the Columbiettes, and the Council have received emails and Facebook updates, it is appropriate to use this edition of the Knights Digest to provide a full update of the different events that led us to forge that agreement.
On March 21, when the full scope of the Covid-19 pandemic was starting to be realized, we began to conduct work parties to open the pool for our members as of Memorial Day in late May. While we had made good progress toward that goal, only 3 weeks into the work parties, Governor Murphy’s state at home order was first announced. Reluctantly, we opted to abide by that order, and ceased our efforts.
In late May, as the situation in New Jersey had begun to stabilize, we realized that even if pools were allowed to open, there would be significant new restrictions imposed, including extra sanitation requirements and reduced capacity at the pool. Realizing that we would not be able to offer our members the type of pool experience that they had come to expect, the Board of the Columbian Swim Club reluctantly voted not to open the pool for 2020. Emails were sent to members offering those who had submitted renewals the opportunity to request a refund or to leave their dues with us for the 2021 season.
Around that same time, members of the Columbian Club were approached by the Township of Union, to discuss whether or not there might be an opportunity to work with them to open the pool for this year, using Township funds that had been allocated for several events that had been cancelled due to the pandemic restrictions (notably the funding for the July 4 fireworks.
After several weeks of discussion, the Board agreed to an arrangement in which the Township would provide funding to allow both Township members, the Knights and the Columbiettes the opportunity to use the pool for the majority of July and through Labor Day.
In order to comply with the State’s guidelines for opening public pools, the Township is providing a sign up program on their website, which all members and township residents must use to sign up to use the pool. Registration is limited to 74 individuals, with all users asked to pay a modest admission fee ($5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. There will be two open sessions per day (noon to 3:00 and 4:00 to 7:00) and the pool will be closed between sessions for cleaning and sanitizing. There will be Department of Recreation employees on hand each day to complete those sanitizing procedures and to also ensure social distancing of all visitors. We will not be able to provide chairs for visitors, and the baby pool and the sun deck will not be available. Sign up instructions can be found on the Union Township NJ website, using a specific link to the Columbian Swim Club.
All registrants will be temperature screened on arrival at the pool, and will be required to show identification prior to being admitted to the pool. Masks are encouraged while not swimming, and social distancing will be enforced. As per State guidelines, anyone in the pool exhibiting any signs of Covid-19 will be escorted to a tent within the baby pool area until arrangements can be made for their care.
The snack bar will be open to all registrants, but the grove and the Tiki Bar will be accessible only to Members. Entrance to those areas will be by the playground only. However, everyone entering the premises will be temperature screened.
This agreement does allow us to offer employment to the lifeguards who were available to return this year, and we are also pleased to note that Heather Bauman and Don Erdman have agreed to work as Pool Operators for this season.
It is important to note that this arrangement is for the 2020 season only, and that the Board fully intends to open strictly to its membership next summer. The agreement does allow us to make use of the pool this summer and to ensure that we have a viable understanding of what will be required next season if the guidance from the State remains the same.
If anyone should have any questions regarding the process that was followed, feel free to reach out to me or any member of the Board.
Columbian Swim Club President (908) 265-7895
Knights of Columbus Council #4504 Family BBQ
Saturday, September 12, 2020
12:00pm till 6:00pm
Food by Killa Seasoning & Steady Smoke BBQ
- Mac & Cheese
- Cole Slaw
- Potato Salad
- Baked Beans
- Corn on the Cob
- Watermelon and so Much More
Family (2 adults & 2 children under 12) / $50
Additional Children Under 12 / $10
Adults and Children Over 12 / $20
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