The Family of Man Council held the Officer Installation on July 16th to pass the baton from Year-3 Trustee, SK Chris Gallagher to the new Grand Knight, Brother Kevin Kramp. Following the installation ceremony, the Family of Man Council hosted an Appreciation Dinner for our Immediate PGK Chris Gallagher. Following the blessing by Council Chaplain Father Don Heet, OSFS, Brother Dave Birmingham led the Council in serving an outstanding gourmet dinner for the Council and their guests, including the many supportive wives.
The Family of Man Council #7566 conducted a fund drive between April and June 2019 in order to raise money for Divine Mercy Care’s Tepeyac OB/GYN Clinic. The Council had learned that the Clinic was desperately in need of a new ultrasound machine. The Council received generous contributions from our Knights as well as SJN Parishioners. In addition, eight other Knights’ Councils in Northern Virginia also made significant donations to the fund drive and some matching funds were received from the Supreme Council.
On July 10, 2019, three Knights (and one spouse) – Grant Buehrig, Bob Balog, and Barbara and Joe Skowronski – were part of Honor Flight Chicago welcoming 104 Veterans of WW2, Korea and Vietnam to Washington D.C. and an all-day tour of the Memorials along the Mall. There were three WW2 Veterans, 19 from the Korean War and 82 from Vietnam – the oldest was 92 and the youngest was 63! The Veterans were greeted at the WW2 Memorial by the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and Congressmen from around the Chicago area – I am sure that the Congressmen got an earful.
The Family of Man Council is proud to announce that our Worthy Chaplain, Father Donald Heet, OSFS has been named the Knight of the Month for June 2019. Father Heet leads the council spiritually through very thoughtful and thought-provoking Chaplain messages and graces the council with impactful prayer.
On the Fourth of July, Sir Knights Tom Carter and Bob Balog again celebrated Independence Day with a boom, actually six booms! These Brothers, both retired US Army Field artillerymen, volunteered to serve as two crew members on the five-man Ball’s Bluff Civil War Battlefield Cannon Demonstration Team. They rolled the cannon, a reproduction James six-pounder, out to the middle of the battlefield while a brass band from GMU played period music. They fired six rounds (powder only!) to the delight of the 75 spectators that were there.