At the Knights of Columbus, there is no shortage of activities or projects that you can either get involved with or participate in at any level. Below is a list of many of our activities offered by both the Knights of Columbus and the Columbian Club. Please look them over and seriously consider getting involved.
Clothing Drive - Each year the Council holds a clothing drive and the profits from this event are used to support the council's charitable efforts. Collected items include any usable clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, and stuffed animals. All donations should be placed in large plastic bags and securely tied.
Toy Drive - Second Chance Toys is a community-based initiative that rescues unwanted plastic toys that are gently used and distributes them to children in need through local community organizations, while at the same time, helping the environment. How can you help? Donate toys: Plastic only, must be clean, no small or missing parts, and battery-powered toys must be fully operational. Drop-off times will be posted in the Knight Digest as well as the website.
Charitable Raffle - Four times per year, the Council runs a 50/50 drawing. If you are a member, tickets for this drawing will automatically be mailed to your house. Each member is asked to participate as the proceeds for this raffle help to provide support for many of our charities. Drawings occur in September, December, March, and June.
Columbian Club - Many fundraising events are sponsored through the Columbian Club to help maintain and improve the building and grounds. If you're a member of the Knights of Columbus, you are also a member of the Columbian Club. Feel free to take part in the many events provided by the Columbian Club. We need your support!
Pool Mass - to officially open the pool for the summer, there is a mass at the poolside on Memorial Day.
Swim Club - this organization maintains the pool facilities, administers the membership, and is the governing body responsible for this entity of the council.
Tricky Tray - each year as Tricky Tray event is run at the club. The majority of the event is organized and run by the wives of council members. Council members are asked to donate instant lottery tickets to be used as a gift item at the auction.
The Nativity - each year the council is permitted to display a Nativity set on the town hall grounds. This involves transporting the statues and enclosure from the council hall to the town hall and then setting up the display.
Pasta Dinner for Priests - in support of our parish priests, the Knights of Columbus sponsors a pasta dinner for the purposes of honoring our priests. Proceeds from this event are used to fund the Holy Spirit and St. Michael's Youth Program.
Golf Outing - Golf enthusiast? Each spring the Columbian Club sponsors a golf outing which includes 18 holes of golf, refreshments, a complete buffet dinner, and prizes.
Knights Family Dinners - The Knights of Columbus Council 4504 and the Columbiettes host a monthly dinner night on the 3rd Thursday of each month from September to June. All money raised will be donated to charity!
Annual Memorial Mass - Each November we honor our members who have passed away with a memorial mass and a breakfast
New Eyes for the Needy - New Eyes provides a basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses for individuals who have no other resources with which to obtain a basic pair eyeglasses.
Food Drive - this very important event supplies the food pantry at St. Michael's with the much-needed food which is distributed among families in need.
Bowling League - If you are interested in joining our bowling league, you can contact Mike Peter at 908-759-3588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We bowl every Thursday night beginning at 6:15 pm at Linden Lanes.
St. Patrick's Day Parade - as part of the Union County parade, the Knights of Columbus participates in this parade. We march together as a council and all members and their families are invited to join.
Fishing Trip - Are you a fishing enthusiast or just want to spend some quality time with your family? The Columbian Club sponsors a fluke fishing trip each August. They depart from the Morgan marina aboard the Misty Morn for a fun-filled day of fishing.
Summer Splash - during the summer, the Columbian Club picks a day and dedicates the pool facilities to the children. This is done in two sessions depending on the ages of the children. Food and ice cream are provided.
Breakfast with Santa - this event gives the children the opportunity to meet with Santa. Breakfast is served.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny - this event gives the children the opportunity to meet with the Easter Bunny. Breakfast is served.
Work Parties - Twice a year, work parties are formed for the purpose of either preparing the grounds and pool for the opening of the summer season or in preparation for the winter season. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Membership Drive - each year we recruit new members at both churches. Members are asked to assist after each mass to talk with anyone interested in joining the Knights.
Intellectual Disabilities Drive - members solicit around town and collect funds to support the special citizens.
Annual Picnic - Knights of Columbus sponsored picnic and is open to all members and their families.
Halloween Party - take the opportunity to get dressed in a costume and have a little fun at this Columbian Club-sponsored event.
Convention - the Knights of Columbus state convention is held each year in Wildwood, NJ. Members can attend this weekend event and join in the activities.
Past Grand Knights Dinner - this dinner is held to show our appreciation to the outgoing Grand Knight for his dedicated service.
Yellow Ribbon Ceremony - To Honor any relative of a Brother Knight that is in the Armed Forces of the United States and is Deployed to a Combat Zone, the Council will hold a Ceremony to tie a Yellow Ribbon in front of the Council Home to remind everyone to keep them in their Prayers until their safe return home.
Cell Phones for Soldiers - Each donated device allows Cell Phones for Soldiers to fulfill the mission of serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. These donations, provide Minutes that Matter to troops overseas. Donations also help provide emergency financial assistance to veterans.