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The W.J.Boyd Knights of Columbus Council # 326 Newsletter             September 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, September through June.


In Prayerful Remembrance of the Faithful Departed

Charles J. Boyer

Joseph T. McGuire

George Nelson

Joseph W. Carroll, father-in-law of Dennis Farley, grandfather of Christopher and Brian Farley, friend of many.

Ellen Meaney, mother-in-law of Jim Jordan

William Reilly, father-in-law of Jim Lutz


A Message from the Grand Knight

            September has arrived and with it the calls for renewal that greet all Knights of Columbus at this time of year.  I hope that you and yours have had a safe, happy and healthy summer and are shifting gears smoothly to the new season.  September is a reflective time for our order, as we take stock of who we are and what we could and should be.  This sort of introspection is particularly appropriate at a time when many families are struggling with the realities of economic downturn.  It calls to mind the origins of the Knights of Columbus.

            When, in 1882, the state legislature of Connecticut chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society, Father Michael McGivney’s goal of such an organization for Catholic men was realized.  At the core of Father McGivney’s mission was the creation of a financial and social network that would operate in a Catholic context. Members benefit from an array of formal programs, most notably the world class life insurance designed to protect Knights and their families.  These programs provide services of immeasurable worth.  The concept of fraternal benefit society, however, need not end there.  There are countless ways for each of us to look out for and aid our brother Knights.  If you are privy to a sound opportunity in employment, housing or another worthwhile area, think of your brothers.  Without communication, the chance that we each have to better the lives of our council’s members and their families falls by the wayside.  We should not let this happen.

            Your decision to join the Knights of Columbus says something about you.  You are the type of person for whom faith, family and fraternalism are a priority.  I ask that you make an effort to focus on the fraternal as we embark upon the new Columbian year.        

Fraternally,                                                                Christopher C. Farley



Wethered Needs You

            The beginning of the Columbian year brings with it the kickoff of the Annual W. J. Boyd Christmas Raffle.  As in the past, only two hundred tickets will be sold at a cost of $100 each.  A $10,000 prize will be awarded at the Boyd Christmas Party held at the Council on Saturday evening, December 13th.  This is an opportunity for all members, both near and far, to support the Council in our principal fundraising event of the year.  Those interested in acquiring specific ticket numbers are urged to contact Raffle Chairman Ken McLaughlin promptly.  Ken can be reached at 618 Yonkers Ave. Yonkers, NY 10704, at (914) 377-4881, and at


To Err is Human

            The last edition of this publication contained an error as to the actual date of the 2008 Boyd Oldtimers’ Day.  It will be held at Indian Field in Woodlawn on Saturday, September 27th at 1:30 PM.  All members, family, and friends are welcome.  Feel free to pack a lunch, bring a beach chair, and join us as we bid farewell to summer.


Football Fever

            The Council is open on Sundays during the football season for your NFL viewing pleasure.  Every NFL game is available.  All members and their guests are welcome. 


Never Too Early

            The Annual Boyd Men’s Retreat will be held at the Passionist Retreat House in Riverdale December 5th – 7th.  All are welcome to escape the stress of day to day living and renew their spiritual ties.  Though it is a long way off at this writing, please mark the calendar and consider joining your brothers.  Anyone interested may leave word at the Council for co-Chairmen Derek Tabacco and Mike Gilmore.


The Old Ball Game

Dead End captured the 2008 New York Chapter Softball Championship defeating Boyd two games to one.  Game 3 was a thrilling one run affair that went down to the final pitch.  The triumph mark Dead End’s second crown in three years.  Winning skipper Morty Vaughn summed up the feelings of many following the game when he said: “It was tremendous to have both Boyd teams in the championship round.  Winning is secondary to the fraternalism that was on display throughout the series.  Somewhere Wethered is smiling.”  Bravo Morty and well done to the batsmen of Boyd.


Raindrops Keep Falling

            Friday afternoon, September 12th saw a score of Boyd golfers brave both the pitfalls of Dunwoodie Golf Course and Mother Nature in the 2008 “Keep On Hopin’ Open.”  Though the outing was rain shortened, spirits were not dampened as members retired to the Council for a gathering replete with a lavish spread, refreshments, and good humor.  Many thanks to Chairman Rich Condon for resurrecting this venerable outing.


Boyd on the Run

The Council was well represented in the recent “Woodlawn Run For a Cause” charity 5K race.  We wish to extend a hearty well done to the Ellis family for planning and organizing the affair.  Competitors included Debbie Maher and her two daughters, Bob Ellis and two of his sons, Jim Treanor and his wife, DGK Rob Treacy, Jack Cuggy, Norma Bowman, Cathie Brady and Julie Conroy.  Congrats to all the competitors for their drive and their support of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. 


Daze and Knights

Kudos to Joe Carey, subject of laudatory article in local Jersey newspaper…Kathy and Bob Ellis spotted at the Diamond Club restaurant at Shea Stadium…Keith Bresciani and bride Lisa back from honeymoon in Greece…Congrats to Tom and Meaghan Mooney on summer arrival of son Thomas…Bob Rehm going door to door for Obama…Mahers around the globe: daughter Kate back from African expedition, pop Jim proud of having his first ever White Castle—west of the Mississippi that is… Jim Jones successfully defends his title as Boyd’s worst golfer…Get well wishes to the parents of Brian and Jim Casey, on the mend following auto mishap…Was that Bill Reilly and Pam Healy cashing winners at Saratoga?...Welcome to Boyd’s newest members:  Michael Brennan, Bob Chambers, John Finn, Jr., Matthew Finn, Bob Hastry, and Dan Skulavik…Rich Condon back from Montauk getaway…Matt Lumalcuri expanding impressive autograph collection…Paul Riccio prepping for October Vegas trip…Marian Burns suffering from “slot machine elbow” …Tim Hearns back safely after battling California wildfires…Good luck to Patrick O’Conner in NYU graduate school…Justin DenHerder ecstatic over Brett the Jet…How can Michael Miller be turning 30?