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The W.J.Boyd Knights of Columbus Council # 326 Newsletter                       January 2008

Officers:   Grand Knight:                    Christopher Farley                                                   116 Lake Ave. Suite 2A                

                 Deputy Grand Knight:       Robert Treacy                                                          Yonkers, N.Y. 10703

                 Financial Secretary:           Carmine Tabacco, P.G.K.                                        (914) 377-1492

                 Treasurer:                          Richard Condon, P.G.K.




Membership Meeting:               Last Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM.


In Prayerful Remembrance of the Faithful Departed


Dorothy Fleming, mother-in-law of James Jones


A Message from the Grand Knight


I hope that the new year finds you healthy and happy. We have much to celebrate and much to look forward to as we enter 2008. Thanks to the superlative efforts of our members, our annual fundraising raffle was a great success.  I have mentioned a number of times in this space the importance of this endeavor to our continued financial stability.  I challenged the membership to rise to this important challenge and rise you did.


We continue to strive for an increased role in the community and as such have undertaken a number of charitable initiatives that you can read about below.  Again, any suggestions or ideas will be embraced wholeheartedly.  If you have a thought, make it known.  In this way we can continue our growth as a vital Catholic organization and be what the Knights of Columbus is intended to be.


Once again, I wish a happy 2008 to you and your families.

                                                                                                                                    Christopher C. Farley


Free Throw Frenzy


The annual free throw shooting contest will be held this coming Saturday, January 19th at 6 PM at the St. Barnabas Grammar School Gym.  The competition is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14.  The cost for competitors is either two dollars or two cans of food, which in turn will be distributed to “Part of the Solution,” an organization specializing in feeding the hungry.  Scorekeepers and rebounders are needed.  Anyone wishing to give back to their Council and their community may contact Chairman Bob Ellis directly at (914) 237-3402.


Food for Thought


The Annual New York Chapter Communion Breakfast will be held on Super Bowl morning February 3rd at 9 AM at Calvary Hospital.  Calvary, an historic institution specializing in the dignified care of terminal cancer patients, has long been the beneficiary of charitable donations by the Knights of Columbus.  The Council has reserved 20 seats at a cost of $10 each and only the first 20 respondents can be granted access.  If interested forward a check promptly. 


Super Gathering


Boyd will hold its Annual Super Bowl Party on February 3rd.  The cost for the day will be $40 per person which includes an open bar and buffet style dinner.  Doors open at 4:30 PM.  Due to the intimate nature of the Council, only the first 35 reservations can be honored.  If interested, please forward a check to the Council today.


Christmas Cheer


Kudos to Jim Casey, Steve Carlson and company for their hard work and dedication to the “Toys for Tots  Program.  Through their efforts, Christmas was brightened for scores of disadvantaged children.  Well done lads!


Boyd Giveth…


Through the generosity of its membership, the Council has been able to make charitable contributions to several worthy organizations.  We have made donations to both the Dunwoodie Seminary in Yonkers and “Part of the Solution” in the Bronx.   This is a concrete example of the ripple effect of your generosity.  Thank you all!


Raffle Riches


The winner of the 2008 W. J. Boyd Raffle was Michael Brost.  Mr. Brost is not a member of Boyd, but a coworker of Dennis Wentzler, who sold him the winning ticket.  The winners of $50 gift certificates were long time member Jack Doyle and the brother-in-law of Rich Bellotti.  Committee Chairman Brian Farley wishes to thank all the members of the Council for their hard work and generosity in ensuring the success of this year’s raffle.  Without this effort it is unlikely we would be able to keep our doors open.  Additionally, following the drawing, the Boyd Christmas Party was held.  It was an evening of good will and good cheer.  Needless to say, a good time was had by all in attendance.  The event served as yet another example of Boyd’s serving as a location to bring good people together.


Spiritual Getaway


The Council’s Annual Men’s Retreat was held at the Passionist Retreat House in Riverdale during the first weekend of December.  Though the Council did not produce a large turnout, those in attendance can attest to the fact that the two days were spiritually and emotionally uplifting.  Co-Chairmen Jerry Desmond and Derek Tabacco thank those who attended and wish to advise the membership that all are welcome during future Retreat Weekends.


Daze and Knights


Three month old Cate Treacy a huge hit during maiden trip to Council… Mary Ann Farley back from England / Spain trip where she met up with younger sister Nancy, spending a semester in Madrid… Best wishes to new retiree Jim Jones after 34 years with Con Ed…Matt Ernau prepping for exotic South American getaway…Was that birthday girl Lisa Miller on Central Avenue in her spanking new car?...Mel Brooks fan Rich Condon raving about Broadway’s Young Frankenstein… Debbie Maher vowing to take down her Christmas tree by St. Patrick’s Day…Ole St. Nick at Toys for Tots bash bearing striking resemblance to Brian Casey… Cousins Kathy Ellis and Julie Conroy spotted showing off Manhattan to Kathy’s sister visiting from Mississippi…John Enright rebounding from lengthy bout with flu…Prayerful best wishes to Joe and Jeannie Higgins’ oldest son Brian, preparing for Afganistan deployment…”Minnesota” Mike Gilmore showing he hasn’t lost his touch at recent Tuckahoe Road pool hall gathering…Bridget Burns back to graduate school in Britain after holiday visit home… Dennis Farley’s scarred wrists on the mend following Cowboy debacle…