St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus Centennial History (Part 18)
The following is the final excerpt from the history of this council, concluding a series of articles that highlighted the many accomplishments of this council for our Centennial Celebration this past year.
One hundred years here at Brewster has shown that the Knights of Columbus are a critically important force for good in St. Lawrence O’Toole parish and the community.
Beginning in June of 2009 (which was the start of our ‘Columbian’ Centennial Year), the vitality and impact of this council was redoubled by the continued commitment of long time members and the creative efforts of our newest members. The Knights helped spearhead the organization and planning of cross community efforts to bring about a golf outing in support of the Grasso Family Education Fund. A ‘monumental effort’ in the words of our GK at the time, Greg Miller, that raised over $30,000 to allay college costs for the family of our Brother Knight, so recently lost to a car accident. Our council provided critical participation in the parish carnival to support the summer theatre program for our youth. There were the Knights taking turns in providing supervisory help for homeless adults at the Brewster Emergency Shelter during the cold months of the winter. The efforts to cook for and support every Parish Catechesis event, and all the dinners, the fundraising, and the many programs large and small that we often take for granted.
During 2010 the Knights continued the effort, again working on the Golf Tournament, this time to honor long time parishioner and brother knight: Dave Bruen. Our many centennial activities included the first Parish Picnic held in several years. An event that was unanimously considered a great success. And of course the wonderful 2nd Annual Christmas Dinner Dance, which was just this past December 10th! Then there were all our other usual activities, concluding the year with our generous annual charitable giving to many worthy local and religious organizations.
We also cannot overestimate the active and vital role of our current Pastor and Co-Chaplain: Fr. Robert McKeon. His efforts to engage with, integrate and support this council—through parish and other worthy activities—has had a galvanizing effect on all the brothers.
In summary, the Knights of Columbus, St. Lawrence Council No.1495, has never been more active and more needed in the community than it is now. The trajectory we are on today suggests another very busy and very memorable 100 years to come!