As part of the National Honor Flight Program, Knights from the Family of Man Council assisted WW2 and Korean War Veterans who visited DC on Wednesday, July 11th. Over 100 men and women from the Chicago area who had served in the Military toured the Service memorials that day. Each was accompanied by a Guardian, including Brothers Bob Balog, Grant Buehrig, and Joe Skowronski, throughout the day.
The Family of Man Council #7566 selected Brother Andrew Eberly as Knight of the Month. Brother Andrew became a Knight in November of 2017 and a Second Degree in April of 2018.
Brother Andrew is active in the St. John Neumann youth ministry program. He is an effective recruiter and organizer of the teen volunteers that assist in the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfasts the first Sunday of every month.
On the Fourth of July, Sir Knights Tom Carter and Bob Balog celebrated Independence Day with a boom, actually four booms! These Brothers, both retired US Army Field artillerymen, volunteered to serve as two crew members on the five-man Ball 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 four rounds (powder only!) to the delight of the 70 spectators that were there.
On Saturday, June 23rd, the Family of Man Council hosted it Annual Knights Family Picnic at SJN. Even though rain was threatening, the weather did not put a damper of a fun-filled day. Over sixty Knights and their family and friends enjoyed great food fresh from the grill and wonderful side dishes brought from home. The moon bounce and bean bag toss entertained young and old alike and appropriate summer time music put everyone in a festive mood. It was a great way to start the summer!
The FOM Council hosted a cookout at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston on Saturday, June 16th. This is the first cookout since 2016 for what had long been an annual event for our Council and the effort was led by Brother Eddie Byrne. Both beef and turkey hamburgers and hotdogs were grilled outside and then Knights served dinner inside to the residences of the shelter and guests. Besides burgers and hotdogs, salad, coleslaw, mac and cheese and dessert were provided. Assisting in this wonderful community event were Brothers Chris Gallagher, Tom Graziano.