Virginia Knights of Columbus elect new officers, present awards

Awards and new offices were bestowed upon members of the Virginia Knights of Columbus at their 117th annual meeting at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg May 5-7. Members and Knights of Columbus councils from the Arlington Diocese received recognition for their charitable work in the past year.

Stephen J. Kehoe of Fairfax City was elected state deputy. Kehoe has been involved with the Father Francis J. Diamond Council No. 6292 since 1988. Kehoe succeeds previous state deputy Michael J. Gasper of Richmond.

Courtesy PhotoThe newly elected officers include Edward R. Polich of Glen Allen as state secretary; Robert Szerszynski of Montclair as state treasurer; Brian Ripple of Roanoke as state advocate; and Mark Janda of Fredericksburg as state warden. Their one-year terms begin July 1. 

At the convention, George Kuhlow, a member of Saints Peter and Paul Council No. 11475 in Palmyra, was given the state’s Knight of the Year Award. The Family of the Year Award was presented to Victor and Elizabeth Naldoza, members of the San Lorenzo Council No. 12378 in Virginia Beach. 

Sarah Pattillo of Fredericksburg won the Young Woman of the Year Award. She was nominated by the Battlefield Council No. 10426 in Burke. The Young Man of the Year Award was given to David Halowski Murawski, who was nominated by the Father Nicholas J. Habets Council No. 4632 in Virginia Beach.

Additional program awards were given to the Fort Belvoir Council No. 11170 for the Church Activity of the Year Award; the Father Robert W. McDonald Council No. 395 in Henrico for the Community Activity of the Year Award; the St. Thomas More Cathedral Council No. 6790 in Arlington for the Council Activity of the Year Award; the Saints Peter and Paul Council No. 11475 in Palmyra for the Family Activity of the Year Award; the Walter Pollard Council No. 5480 in Newport News for the Youth Activity of the Year Award; and the Father Nicholas J. Habets Council No. 4632 in Virginia Beach for the Culture of Life Activity of the Year Award. 

The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn., has nearly two million members worldwide. In 1901, the Virginia state council was charted.  

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For more information on the details of the awards, contact Patrick Korten at 703/450-4266, or email communications@vakofc.org. To learn more about the Knights of Columbus in Virginia visit vakofc.org

 

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