ST. JOHN VIANNEY
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT
It was the power of two great Councils coming together that made for a memorable Admissions Degree ceremony on the night of March 15th. Members of St. John Vianney Council # 7525 and Winooski's St. Stephen's Council #2284 joined forces to confer the rite of passage marking entrance of 6 new members into Knighthood. Standing are members of the Degree Team and seated are our newest Brother Knights
It was muggings, pegging and double runs for fun in the Council's Cribbage Night that was held on Thursday, February 22nd. Here Jay and Alice Benson, Dick and Jacqueli Labrecque and Linda and Bernie Hemond flush out their hands for a fun winter night of cribbage enjoyment!
On Sunday, January 21st over 100 hungry guests joined the Council throughout the morning for a breakfast of eggs, pancakes, bacon sausages and breakfast potatoes. The biggest crowd, of about 60, came in at 10AM to enjoy a wonderful buffet breakfast put on by the Knights. Said parishioner Mary Beatty Pidgeon, "Those home fries were excellent". Join us for our next breakfast coming up soon!
Special People's Party
On Sunday December 10th the annual Special People's Christmas Party was held at the new location at the SJV parish center. Holiday foods, dancing, singing and having a great time was had by all of the Special People that attended. Equally rewarding was the good feeling that the Knights and their spouses received that worked this very special event. And yes Santa, assisted by Rudolph and Clarice, joined the festivities and saw that all of the Special People received presents for being good for the past year.
The business part of the November 9th meeting included an appearance by a duo of KOC State Officers. State Deputy Mike Patnode, of Swanton, and District Deputy Bill LaCroix, of Burlington, attended the meeting to present the Council with the coveted Star Council Award.
The award was presented by State Deputy Mike Patnode to Grand Knight Bernie Hemond. The award reflected the Council's recruitment achievements and the past year's level of the activity in the parish and community.
SJV Craft Fair
They came to do a job, these Magnificent Seven. On a busy Friday afternoon, on November 3rd, these were the Knights and the GK's spouse that came to set-up the parish center for the Craft Fair. Yes some knuckles got scraped and a few shins got banged but the set-up was completed correctly, on time and under budget. Council Knights and their spouses also worked the tear down after the Craft Fair closed on Saturday afternoon.
Right to Life Dinner
On September 30th the Chittenden County Right to Life Dinner had their annual fund raiser dinner at the SJV parish center. Members of the Council volunteered their day to cook, prep, serve and clean up after the event. It was a full house, a good time was had by all, and most importantly, funds were raised for Right to Life.
SFX Math Books
On Wednesday September 27th, SFX Principal Eric Becker receives from Grand Knight Bernie Hemond, on behalf of the Council, a check in the amount $500.00.
The check went to help update the math books used in St. Francis Xavier School. Also in attendance was Mrs. Jessica Unrein and members of her 1st grade who will benefit from the updated text books.
The month of July proved to be a truly herculean effort for the Council. Rehabilitation of the SJV basement men's bathroom was undertaken. It had ground water damage and was in need of a general refinish. The SJV church basement was in need also. It hadn't had a fresh coat of paint in years. With an astonishing turnout from the Brothers over a 10 day period a top notch job was completed!
On Thursday, August 3rd a Mass and Picnic to celebrate parish's patron saint was held. Nearly 180 parishioners of St. John Vianney had gathered for a special 5 PM vigil Mass in honor of the parish's namesake. Immediately after the service a BBQ dinner, tables of various desserts, door prizes and games of paddle raise were enjoyed by all.
Airman Appreciation Day
It was "Airman Appreciation Day" on Sunday Aug 6 from 10am-2pm at the VTANG air base. Members of Council #7525 and spouses came out to help serve a special lunch to all of those that help protect our country.
Awards and Scholarship Dinner
On Monday evening June 19th, saw the annual Council # 7525 Awards and Scholarship Dinner. Held in the new KOC offices at SJV and presided over by Council Chaplain Fr. Patrick Forman. It was a well attended event.
Council members and their wives dined on a pot luck dinner and dessert table that was enjoyed by all. Master of Ceremonies and Council Grand Knight Bernie Hemond presented the Archie Myers Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships were awarded to Dan Rainville and Cassidy Myers, The scholarships were for $750 each.
Also awarded was the Knight of the Year. This year Bob Wilkens won the Knight of the Year for his tireless efforts in manning the many area bingos as well as attending and working the many Council events.
The winner of the family of the year was Charter member Frank and Mary Cross. Though homebound, Frank and Mary go the distance in living the Knightly life. From their daily pious reverence, their making and distributing of their Rosaries to those in need and even to our sister parish in Haiti. The Crosses are our Family of the Year.
Tootsie Roll Drive
The yellow vests were out the weekend of June 9-11. Members of KOC Council # 7525 were at Al's French Fries, Aubuchon Hardware, Dunkin' Donuts and after all SJV Masses for the weekend. The Knights collected over $1500.00 for people with developmental disabilities. Community members were happy to stop by to say hi to the Knights and get a free Tootsie Roll!
Camp Ta Kum Ta Check Presentation
The night of June 8th saw members of Council 7525, the Colchester Shriners and the Parkway Diner come together again. This group of volunteers worked the Super Bingo back in April. On this late spring evening the group was there for the check presentation to Camp Ta Kum Ta. Good weather and good food made for a memorable night. Camp Ta Kum Ta is a place where kids with cancer get to be kids.
Silver Rose Program
On the evening of Wednesday June 7th Council members stand with Fr. Forman to commemorate The Silver Rose Program. Honoring Mary and supporting the culture of life the Knights and parishioners of SJV joined in celebration of the Mass and spiritual renewal.
KOC State Convention
This year's KOC State Convention was held in Montpelier over the last weekend in April. At that conclave our Council was recognized for the efforts put forth in supporting Camp Ta Kum Ta over the past 30 years. Winning the award for Community Service our Council had surpassed the $1million dollar mark with funds donated from the proceeds of the Council's annual Super Bingo over the past three decades.
Day of Prayer
Saturday May 13th saw the Knights of Columbus Councils from across the State join in day of prayer for the religious. Each Council took an hour of the day so that a day of continuous prayer in support of the religious of Vermont was in effect.
Here at St. John Vianney Fr. Forman lead a 9 AM service with approximately 40 parishioners in attendance. It really was a noteworthy service in many ways. The convergence of the Day of Prayer with the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, Mother's Day and support of the Clergy in Vermont all proved to be a worthwhile endeavor.
KOC SUPER BINGO RAISES $35,000.00 FOR CAMP TA KUM TA
On Sunday, April 2nd, the South Burlington Knights of Columbus Super Bingo raised $35,000.00 for Camp Ta Kum Ta. Held at the Sheraton Burlington nearly 500 enthusiastic bingo players came out to play, win and help Camp Ta Kum Ta's mission.
In addition to big money prizes, local merchants donated merchandise; gift certificates and a silent auction were held to raise funds for Camp Ta Kum Ta.
All proceeds from the Super Bingo go to help kids with cancer enjoy a week at Camp Ta Kum Ta. Camp Ta Kum Ta provides a week in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children at no cost to their families.
This is the 31st year of the South Burlington Knights have produced this annual event. At the Super Bingo, Executive Director Hattie Johnson acknowledged that the Knight's giving to Camp will exceed the $1 million mark with this year's Super Bingo.
SUPER BOWL PARTY & CHILI COOK OFF
Sunday, February 5th saw the first annual SJV Super Bowl Party and Chili Cook Off. Held in the parish center the event was a hit for everyone that attended. It was a real nail biter all the way from start to finish. Super Bowl LI, had gone into overtime and produced the first 5th quarter win ever. Going late didn't deter the SJV parishioners who stayed all the way to the end. Besides all the fun and good food that was had by all, valuable funds were raised to help offset the expenses of the recently installed new furnace in the SJV church.
KOC FREE THROW
Wednesday night, January 25th, saw the St. John Vianney CYO Boys Basketball teams come out for the KOC Free Throw Championship. Held at the SJV parish center the contest saw boys from ages 9-14 come out for the competition. It was all active around the rim as the shooters were allowed 15 attempts in making their baskets. Several age categories were represented and a great time was had by all. The evening's winners will advance on to district and state championships in late February.
Fall Harvest Dinner
On Saturday, October 15th, a fall harvest dinner was held to raise funds to support the American Wheelchair Mission. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed a bountiful turkey dinner as prepared by the wives of Council brothers. Special credit for meal preparation goes to Sandy Stevens, Linda Hemond and Lucy Marston. After the wonderful turkey dinner guests were able to work some of the calories off by dancing to music provided by the Gravelin Brothers Band. A good time was had by all. Enough funds were raised to purchase 2 wheelchairs.
Camp Ta Kum Ta Super Bingo Check Presentation
On Thursday, June 23rd Knights gathered at Camp Ta Kum Ta for the of the funds raised from this year's Super Bingo. The Super Bingo was held on April 3rd at the Sheraton Convention Center in South Burlington and over 400 area bingo players attended this annual event. Camp Ta Kum Ta graciously sponsored a thank you barbeque to show appreciation to members of Council # 7525 for their donation to Camp Ta Kum Ta. Pictured here are Lindsay Longe, Development Director at Camp TKT, Council Grand Knight Bernie Hemond and Hattie Johnson, Executive Director of Camp TKT. At the ceremony a check for $35,000.00 was presented to Camp Ta Kum Ta to aid in their mission in giving children with cancer a chance at enjoying a week at summer camp.
6th Annual Monsignor Thomas J. Ball Golf Tournament
On May 14th the 6th Annual Msgr. Ball Golf Tournament was held at the West Bolton Golf Club. Council members braved a warm, sunny, spring day to join 140 other golfers to play 18 holes in support of vocation discernment efforts in the Diocese of Burlington. Pictured above are members of Council # 7525 Jay Benson, Ted Barrett and Charles Brown. Not pictured is Brad Chenette who was behind the camera taking this image. To date 2 seminarians have been recruited as a direct result of the Msgr. Ball Tournament. Next year's tournament is scheduled for May 20th and is expected to be a sellout. For tournament reservation or if you have any questions, please contact Greg Clairmont, at 802.343.8446. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.