Bel Air Council Holds Annual Community Service Dinner
Tuesday, March 18th, Bel Air Council held it’s Annual Community Service Dinner. Once again, following the Belmonte Mantra; “It didn’t happen if there were no pictures;” Council leadership enables you to view the photos taken by our resident photography expert, Mike Eaves: even if you were busy and could not attend.
Thanks go out to Pat Ruckle and John Knapstein who organized the event; Dick Kozlowski and Sharon DiMateo who managed the kitchen and Karen Warner who managed our wait staff provided by The John Carroll School: Emily Stancliff; and Brad Wescott.
The night was about honoring four servant leaders of our Community. Servant leaders who serve because they are motivated by love and humility. Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership as he humbled himself and became a servant of all. If you recall: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” and “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The dinner enabled us to learn a little more about these four servant leaders and come away with a better understanding of why the Knights of Columbus and Bel Air Council take time every year to honor men and women like the four we met Tuesday night:
– DFC Grant Krulock – Police Officer of the Year
– Jake Hollin – Catholic High School Teacher of the Year
– Lisa Komondor – Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year
– Asst. Cpt. Rob Claridge – Firefighter of the Year
Complimentary workshops for the business community
The Bel Air Council started its second year providing free workshops to the area’s business community. Topics covered include Email Marketing Simple Strategies for Success”, “Growing Your Business with Social Media” and others. The “Business Link Training Series” are sponsored by the Bel Air Council, and hosted by Area Local Expert for Constant Contact and local college professor of social media for business Joe Oricchio.
By sponsoring the “Business Link Training Series” the Council offers local businesses a high value, free training experience while introducing the local business community to our Council Hall and improving awareness of our Friday BINGO. The training series also offer excellent opportunities for networking and identifying potential new members. While providing this community service the Bel Air Council has promoted the Knights of Columbus as a positive modern service organization, while meeting new prospects and recruiting new members.
Tootsie Roll Drive:
THANK YOU FOR THE RECORD BREAKING YEAR!!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED !!!
Approximately 80 brother Knights, 2 hours at a time, throughout the month of October, made this campaign a success.
The Tootsie Roll Drive is Bel Air Council’s biggest community effort with 100% of the proceeds going to two organizations in Harford County: The Arc and the Harford Center. In 2012 we raised over $5,000.
This year we raised over $6,000. This is not only believed to be a new record but it set us first in the state in per capita sales this year. It was nice being recognized by our State Council but the best part was handing $3000 checks to both The Arc Northern Chesepeake Chapter and the Harford Center!! Well done to all. A special thanks to our Brother who starts organizing things in August so we are ready in October: Paul Zarachowicz. Thank him when you see him.
Field’s Christmas Party:
Bel Air Council provides their hall, the food, the refreshments, and Santa arrives with presents for the members of the Field’s Organization. The Field’s Organization is made up of special needs Children who organized about 20 years ago and have grown-up together over the past two decades. Providing to special needs children of all ages provides a satisfaction that cannot be explained in words.
This year we learned that a number of members are Special Olympians. These athletes were brought forward and honored for their commitment to sports and together with our Grand Knight said Grace to begin the meal.
Additional information was provided to the council to support these Olympians through their fundraisers at Season’s Pizza (01-16-14) and Applebees. (02-09-14). It truly was a great evening.