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A brief history of Council 7997 of North Port FL

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A brief history of Council 7997 of North Port FL

North Port Council 7997 was given their charter in March 1982.The first Grand Knight was Sam Gemelli and Deputy Grand Knight was John Myers .The District Deputy at that time who was the installing officer was William Herliky and Bob Strunt was the Deputy Warden.The first meeting was held on March 24th, 1982 at 7:30 p.m. at the community room of the First Federal of Fort Myers Bank in the North Port Shopping Center.The pastor of San Pedro, Father Duggan gave permission in a letter dated September 1982 to hold meetings in the Activity Center. At the time the cost the church was going to charge the council to hold two meetings per month, was $25 per month. It is unknown when the council held their first meeting at San Pedro as the information is unclear. The population of North Port at this time was approximately 8000 and the parish had approximately 800 registered parishioners.Beginning in January 1983, the council held their first basketball free throw event followed by their first Tootsie Roll drive in March 1983.The council celebrated their first anniversary with a Mass at San Pedro’s 9 a.m. followed with a breakfast that included the wives at Calini Inn Restaurant.The council held their first spaghetti dinner on Sunday, June 5, 1983 at a cost of $3.50 per person. It was held at 2421 S. Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, home of the Port Charlotte council.Other dinners were held at the Port Charlotte Yacht Club.The Sons of Italy was instrumental in helping in the preparation of the dinner.In April 15 and 16, 1983 our council attended the state’s bowling tournament in Orlando.The council’s first newsletter was published in September 1983 and was a typed letter composed of one page discussing various events of the council over the year.The council’s first picnic was held at Dallas White Park in May, 1984 for $6 that included all food and beverages.At times, the council held social events at the Willows Restaurant.Since inception, this council has always been active and supportive of San Pedro and the North Port community, serving as ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Deacon, CCD teachers and providing assistance in maintaining the church and fund raising for the church.The council has also been active in the community with fund raising for those with physical and mental disabilities through the tootsie roll drive.In the 21st Century our council has been instrumental in supporting those agencies that are pro-life and providing assistance to those organizations that are active in helping those who are pregnant in choosing life for their baby over death. Address for Council: Knights of Columbus, North Port Council 7997, P.O. Box 7514, North Port, FL 34287

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GRAND KNIGHT
The Grand Knight is responsible for the welfare of the Council. He presides over council meetings, acts as an ex-officio member of all committees, appoints a membership and programming director, convenes officers for a monthly meeting, and ensures all necessary reports are submitted to the State and Supreme Councils. The Grand Knight should also be aware of the Council's financial status and ensure that his signature appears on all checks drawn. The Grand Knight is a member of the advisory board with general supervision of the Council's Columbian Squire Circle.


Name:  Anthony Salvucci

Email: sensibones@aol.com

Phone: 617-320-1759

DEPUTY GRAND KNIGHT
The Deputy Grand Knight is second in command. He assists the Grand Knight with Council affairs and fulfills all duties assigned to him by the Grand Knight. Should the Grand Knight be absent from the Council meeting, the Deputy Grand Knight will preside. He is chairman of the Council's Retention Committee and also a member of the Advisory Board charged with overseeing the Council's sponsored Columbian Squire Circle.

Name: Michael J. Costanza Sr.

Email: kcdistrict51@yahoo.com

Phone: 941-400-7416

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CHANCELLOR
The Chancellor has a variety of responsibilities. Primarily, he assists the Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight in the execution of their duties and oversees the Council in both their absences. He is charged with strengthening the members' interests and Council activities. The Chancellor is chairman of the Admission Committee and a member of the Columbian Squires Circle ceremonial team.


Name: Mike Renzulli

Email: thezullis@yahoo.com 

Phone: 941-426-7791

RECORDER
The Recorder is similar to a court reporter or a secretary. He is responsible for maintaining a true record of all actions of the Council and its correspondence.


Name: David L. Samuel

Email:  dsamuel523@sbcglobal.net 

Phone: 614-266-1705

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FINANCIAL SECRETARY
The Financial Secretary is appointed by the Supreme Knight, upon recommendation of the Council. His main area of responsibilities is maintaining all financial and membership records. He collects and receives all monies from all sources, including annual dues from Council members. He also handles supply orders for the council officers and members, filing the report of officer and submitting all membership transactions to the State and Supreme Councils.


Name: James M. Jerome

Email: mcd1369@aol.com 

Phone: 941-228-0806

TREASURER
The Treasurer is responsible for the safe keeping and maintaining records of all Council funds and accounts. He is responsible for depositing money into the Council's accounts and providing a certificate of such monies to the Grand Knight. He is also responsible for payment of all expenses.

Name: Rafael M. Gomez 

Email:  raputin4550@verizon.net

Phone: 941-876-4846

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LECTURER
The Lecturer is appointed by the Grand Knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the Council. He is responsible for the "Good of the Order" portion of the Council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all Council programming.


Name: Deacon Rich

Email: rlfroh@hotmail.com

Phone: 941-412-4718

ADVOCATE
The Advocate is the legal representative of the Council and serves as the Council's attorney at trials and investigations of any interest to the Council. While he does not need to be a member of the legal profession, he should be familiar with the Council's by-laws, the Order's Charter, Constitution and Laws and Robert's Rules of Order.


Name: Frank Stroker

Email: fstroker9@verizon.net

Phone: 941-423-9962

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WARDEN
The Warden is the "watchdog" for the Council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. He is also responsible for setting up the Council chambers for meetings and ceremonial work. During ceremonial exemplifications, he will appoint and supervise guards.


Name: Edward P. Respose

Email: reposes@comcast.net

Phone: 941-429-5528

INSIDE GUARD
The Guards have similar responsibilities, but distinct differences. Once Brothers have been admitted to the Chamber by the Outside Guard, the Inside Guard checks to make sure the membership cards are current.


Name: Donald Taylor 

Email: mjdon@comcast.net 

Phone: 941-629-4089

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OUTSIDE GUARD
The Guards have similar responsibilities, but distinct differences. The Outside Guard tends to the outer door admitting visitors and members to the inner door.

Name: Santos Feliciano

Email: 

Phone: 941-276-7622

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TRUSTEE 1ST YEAR
The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the Council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer. The Grand Knight is the Chairman of the Board. It is suggested that the Board of Trustees and the Deputy Grand Knight serve on the council’s retention committee.

Name: Michael A. Moses 

Email:  mike4831@operamail.com 

Phone: 941-276-6069

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TRUSTEE 2ND YEAR
The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the Council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer. The Grand Knight is the Chairman of the Board. It is suggested that the Board of Trustees and the Deputy Grand Knight serve on the council’s retention committee.

Name: Charles E. Raposa

Email:  m94vette@aol.com
Phone: 941-726-9301

TRUSTEE 3RD YEAR
The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the Council. Trustees supervise all financial business of the council. They serve as auditors for the semiannual audits and oversee the work of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer. The Grand Knight is the Chairman of the Board. It is suggested that the Board of Trustees and the Deputy Grand Knight serve on the council’s retention committee.

Name:  Roy Ll Nichols

Email: jrmvols@gmail.com 

Phone: 865-671-6906

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CHAPLAIN

The  spiritual adviser of the Council and serves as spiritual adviser to the brother Knights and families of the council. He provides his message to members at the beginning of the meeting as well as opening and closing prayers.

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Name:. Michael Costanza Sr. 

Email:  kcdistrict51@yahoo.com

Phone:941-400-7416  

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Who are the Knights of Columbus?


The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.7 million members. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the Knights of Columbus you and your family enjoy many benefits, including 12 free issues annually of Columbia magazine, the world's largest Catholic family magazine, eligibility to join the Knights of Columbus top-ranked life insurance program, and many more family and personal benefits.

How to join...

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus.

If interested in receiving more information please Email our Chancellor, Brother Anthony Salvucci at: contact@kofcnorthport7997.com or call 941-764-0387

Fourth Degree

Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups (called "assemblies"). Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as honor guards at civic and religious functions, an activity that has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus.