On Sunday October 1, 2017 through the coordination of Brother Wayne Weeks, Knights from Family of Man Council 7566 and a spouse volunteered to provide free shuttle service between parking lots and the venue at George Mason University for the annual Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) Buddy Walk®. Funding from the Buddy Walk allows the DSANV to provide individuals with Down syndrome and their families with educational, financial, medical, legal and social support and resources.
The Family of Man Council will host their next Charity Breakfast on October 1, 2017, between the 7:30 and 11 :30 AM Masses. Our charity for this month is Amy's Army (http://www.amysarmyva.org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to increase awareness, support medical research, and provide financial support to Northern Virginia women affected by any cancer. Helping “women affected by any cancer” means that the woman herself may not have cancer – she may be the caregiver of a family member or friend with cancer.
The Geraerdts Family has been selected as the Knights of Columbus, Council 7566, Family of the Month. John and his wife, Jean, moved to Reston in 1996 and joined our parish shortly thereafter. John has been a faithful Knight since 1997. He has enjoyed the camaraderie of the Knights, particularly his work with the “Kitchen Crew,” throughout the years. Recently, he took the lead in all aspects of the Knights Appreciation Dinner that celebrated the Council’s achievements for the 2016-2017 Fraternal Year.
The Saiget Family was selected at the Virginia State Family of the Month for February 2017 and State Deputy presented a certificate in recognition of this at the Appreciation Dinner on July 18th. SK Steve Saiget led a Council initiative for the Brothers to support the Domestic Church by taking on greater individual and Council roles during the Hypothermia Shelter hosted by SJN in January. Knights were encouraged to volunteer for the many positions required to carry out this week-long effort and the Council prepared and served a dinner to the many guests who come to the shelter.
Following the Officer Installation on July 18th, The Family of Man Council hosted an Appreciation Dinner for our Immediate PGK and Year-3 Trustee, SK Steve Saiget. The world-class dinner was prepared by Brother John Geraerdts assisted by many able Brothers who also served the meal. During the Dinner, Past Grand Knights of this and other Councils were recognized. PGK Steve Saiget was honored for his selfless dedication to the Knights and the SJN Community and he thanked the Council for their tremendous service to the Domestic Church for the past year.