The Unit

The W.J. Boyd   #326 Newsletter                                     November, 1996


Grand Knight:                      Rich Condon                      Treasurer:                           Carmine Tabacco

Deputy Grand Knight:      Bill Burns                              Financial Secretary:         Jim Maher


Council Info

Address:              957 McLean Ave. - 2nd Floor ( Room 203 )

                                Yonkers, NY 10704

Telephone:         ( 914 ) 237 - 2747

Council hours:    Friday nights                       8:00 PM - 12:00 PM

                                Sunday afternoons           1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

**  Please sign up as a volunteer for these fraternal nights to open, tend bar, and close up  **

Meetings/Fraternal Nights:

First Thusday of the month            - Officers Meeting                ( meeting open to council officers only )

Third Thursday of the month         - General Membership Meeting  ( open to all paid up members )


Kid’s Christmas Party - Sunday, December 15th @ 1:00 PM

                The Annual Boyd Christmas Party for children of members and their guests will be held at Boyd Council on December 15, at 1:00.  The day

includes candy, soft drinks, hot dogs, entertainment, and of course, a visit from St. Nick himself.  There is no charge for admission but we would ask for

your generosity in supporting the 50-50 drawing that day.  Anyone wishing to attend should bring a gift (suggested cost $5 to $10) that is wrapped and

clearly labeled with your child’s name. 


New Years Eve Celebration

                The time is rapidly approaching for the first annual New Years Eve celebration.      The cost for the evening will be $50.00 per person, and it

includes a five hour open bar, buffet dinner, champagne toast at midnight, dancing and party favors.  A deposit of $25.00 is due by December 1st in

order to derive an accurate head count for the caterer.  Seating will be limited to eighty people, so send in your deposits as soon as possible.  The

party is open to all members

and their guests and should prove to be a great way to ring in the New Year.  Please contact Mike Brennan either though the Boyd Hotline at

(914) 237 - 2747, or at home (718) 325 - 6470.


Diane Bruno Brennan Charity Basketball Event - December 18th

                On Wednesday evening, December 18, 1996, a charity basketball game will be held in memory of Diane Bruno Brennan, the former high

school sports editor of the New York Daily News who died of breast cancer at the age of 35.  Diane was the sister-in-law of Mike Brennan, a current

member of Boyd Council.  The game will be played at the Mark Twain School in Yonkers at 8:00 PM and will feature Mike Brennan’s team versus

the basketball team from WFAN Sports Radio.  Tickets are $10.00 each, and there will be several raffles held on the night of the event. All proceeds

from this event will go to the Diane Bruno Brennan Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to prospective college student athletes.  Anyone

interested in tickets or making a donation , please contact Mike Brennan at

(718) 325 - 6470.


30/20/10 Drawing - December 15th

                This raffle is an exciting way to help your council meet expenses, while offering an opportunity to fatten your wallet.  Tickets are $25.00 each

and prizes are awarded as follows.

                First Prize:                            30% of ticket proceeds

                Second Prize:                    20% of ticket proceeds

                Third Prize:                          10% of ticket proceeds

                Fourth - Eighth Prize:        Free entry in next drawing

One ticket is enclosed and more are available on request.  Winners will be drawn at The Kid’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 15th. 


Upcoming Degree Dates

First Degree - November 20, 1996          - Please call the Council the week before if you will be attending.

Under Construction

                Our council is undergoing renovations in order to better serve the many different needs of our membership.  Since the beginning of the

summer a new bathroom has been constructed as well as a new office. A new stereo system was purchased and a new bar is being considered

for the near future.  Make plans to stop by our new quarters to get a look at these improvements.

                Thanks go to so many who have helped in the remodeling. Mike Gilmore has been a driving force in his new role as president of the Home

Association, with special thanks to Jerome Lindsay for sharing his carpentry skills in the construction of the new office. Thanks also go out to Joe

DaCorta for his all work in rewiring and to Mike Brennan for his role in purchasing the stereo system. Any of our other members who are skilled

craftsmen or simply “handy,” and can lend some time are encouraged to step forward and help out.


Communion Breakfast

            A large group of Boyd members, their families, and Fr. Duffy Squires attended Mass at St. Barnabas on September 29th in remembrance

of our departed members.  The presence of the K of C Color Guard brought a special awareness to all those who attended the Mass. Thanks go to

Bill Burns and John Finn for all their work in setting up for the the breakfast that followed.  Donations were collected for the St. Barnabas Soup Run.


Jai Alai - September 22nd

                It took little time for the small band of Boyd members and friends to adapt to Pelotas, Cestas and Chulus and to pick the winning players. 

A great lunch and lots of fun was had by all and it seemed everyone won at least one Quinella.  Joe Cummings was the big winner hitting a triple in

the last match of the day. 


Old Timers Softball - September 7th

                As the morning rain ended, a late crowd appeared for the 9th Annual Boyd Old-Timers Game/Picnic.  The current Boyd Championship

Softball Team met stern resistance from the Old-Timers who made acrobatic catches and showed surprising power to gain a thrilling split of the

two games.  Good stories filled the air as liniment was applied to the sore bodies following the doubleheader. 


Golf Tournament - October 4th

                More than fifty golfers teed off in perfect weather at Van Cortlandt followed by a party at the Rivers Edge for Boyd’s Annual Golf Outing where

stories of long drives and near misses filled the air.  Joe Mulgrew won best score at 77 and almost everyone won a prize.  Rich Bowman did his usual,

great one man show in running this event. 


You and I Nite - Friday, October 18th

                A large crowd of members and guests enjoyed a great evening of darts, ping pong, poker and sports videos.  Bob Ellis and candidate John

Murphy won Yankee sweatshirts for their dart acumen.  John Murphy also won prizes in our sports trivia contest.


Pool Winners

                While some folks may feel that Joe Torre was the big winner in New York this year, we know some people who could give him a run for the

money. Listed below are the lucky winners and their prizes from our baseball championship series:

                - American League          - Con Coakley    - $500

                - National League             - Dennis Farley  - $500

                - World Series                    - Jay Jordan       - $1000

                The football pool ( formerly the Monday Night Pool, now the Giant / Jet Pool ), has just passed the halfway mark in the season. Listed below

are the lucky winners and their prizes to date:

                - Week 1                              - Chris Collins     - $100

                - Weeks 2-5                        - Mike Gilmore  - $400

                - Weeks 6-7                        - Jim Maher         - $200

                - Weeks 8-9                        - Jim Griffin           - $200

Thanks to all those who participated, as the proceeds raised for the Council are important revenue.  Good luck for the remainder of the football season. 


Welcome to new and returning  members

                A warm Boyd welcome to new members Kenny Davitt and Joe Cummings who recently participated in the First Degree.  The Council would like

to welcome back former Boyd members Pete Pless and Eddie Yandoli who are transferring from Cardinal Hayes Council.


K. of C. Dart League

            The dart season has started and our team is off to a great start. The blend of new members and last years nucleus seems to have formed a

winning combination under the leadership of co-captains Derek Tabacco and Mike Gilmore. We still have half the season left and would love to see

more support from our fellow council members (the schedule is posted at the council). Stop by and we guarantee you will enjoy yourself. If we

have enough interest, maybe the council will field two teams next year!


Room for Rent

                Our beautiful new room (25’ x 36’) is available for rent for special occasions such as birthdays, christenings, showers, or meetings.  Anyone

interested, please contact Rich Condon or Bill Burns at the Boyd hotline (914-237-2747). 


Poker Nite

                Mark your calendar-- the third Friday of every month will be our official “Poker Knights”. Admission of $10.00 includes soda,beer and food

throughout the evening.


Room for Rent

                Our beautiful new room (25’x36’) is now available to rent for special accasions, such as birthdays, christenings, showers, graduations or meetings. 

There is a special rate for members.  Please let your friends know about the room for their parties.  Anyone interested please contact Rich Condon at



K. of C. Insurance

                During Thanksgiving, as you are giving thanks for what you have, think about what you are giving your family. I know you’re a great provider.  You

give your family a nice home and everything else that they could need.  But what would happen if you were to die unexpectedly?  Would the giving end?

It wouldn’t have to if you had life insurance.  Give your family the security that life insurance delivers.  Give them protection that will last a lifetime. 

Get life insurance for yourself - and your family. 

Call Brian O’Reilly, your K. of C. Insurance agent (Bus.) 718-376-4336 or (Home) 516-437-3103.


Daze and Knights

                How many times can you postpone jury duty? Ask Richie Condon.....Special thanks to Timmy Rehm for his generous gift to the Council.....John

White mulling retirement? - Say it ain't so.....Joe Higgins was a welcome site at the Boyd Communion Breakfast.....Ken McLaughlin claiming amnesia after

his Old-Timers Day no show.....Amazing but true: Mike (Honest Abe II) Gilmore never took a golf lesson.....Jim and Debbie Maher back from a brief retreat to

the Catskills.....Was that Chris Collins at the rear of a three mile line at Yankee Stadium?.....Joe Miller still amazed at losing with four 10's at a recent Poker

Knight.....Kevin Kane rumored to have a special delivery package for little Jeffrey Maier.....Rich Bellotti and Brian Curley quite a dance floor couple at the

Honan wedding bash.....John Kearns starring in "Unsolved Mysteries".....Jerome (Hayden Fox) Lindsay has two new assistant coaches in Janet Coombs

and Debbie Maher. Just one question - which one is "Luther" and which one is "Dobber"?.....Where have you gone Jackie Thornton?.....Rich Bowman,

Rich Condon, Jim Maher and Carmine Tabacco making a return trip to Myrtle Beach over the Veteran's Day weekend.....Joe DaCorta has literally taken

it upon himself to give Boyd members a place to hang their hats.....Joe Miller can still hit those rocket shots into the gap .....Rich "Bookie" Bowman made

a remarkable catch in the Old Timers Day game at Indian Field. Rich started from his position in left field, caught the the ball in center field and finally

hit the brakes sometime after hurdling the grave marker of Bat Masterson in Woodlawn Cemetary.....Did Kevin Phelan sign up for the dart team for 1996

or 1997?.....Bob Ellis claiming that Mike Gilmore was his weak link in the past after partnering with John Murphy to win the dart tournament held at

You and I Night recently.....Congrats to Bobby's son, Chris Ellis, who just had a successful two week run in the Herald Statesman football handicapping

contest.....Good luck to Rich Condon in his quest for a new place to live.....Jim Shea keeping fit with his evening constitutionals through Crestwood.....Please

be generous in your support of the "Diane Bruno Brennan Basketball Game" mentioned previously in the newsletter. Diane's husband Sean was gracious

enough to do a touching full page story on Ken McLaughlin in the Sunday edition of the Daily News last June. The article was extremely helpful when

the Council was trying to contact ex-Squires for his testimonial.....Wanted - volunteers willing to open the Council and tend bar on Friday evenings and

Sunday afternoons for members, and on Tuesday evenings for the Irish set dancing class that uses our facilities. No experience is necessary, just a

willingness to pitch in and help.....