Veteran’s Christmas Party Held

The JFK Assembly held its annual luncheon for veterans in long-term care at the VA hospital. More than two dozen vets and assistants joined another dozen Knights and family members for a joyful occasion in celebration of Christmas and in thanks for their service and sacrifice.  Food was provided by the Council’s top chefs (Art Kelly and Richie Fierros) and good conversation and fellowship were enjoyed by all.

Knights help with Fall Cleanup at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church

Knights of the St. Mary Star of the Sea roundtable pitched in to help trim, weed, mulch, paint and power-wash around the church and rector at St. Mary Star of the Sea.  Grand Knight Bill Moore and knights Dusty Rhodes and Earl Holben lent their hands to the tasks along with several parishioners.

Grand Knight Bill Moore, Earl Holben, and Dusty Rhodes pitch in at the St. Mary's fall cleanup.

Grand Knight Bill Moore, Earl Holben, and Dusty Rhodes pitch in at the St. Mary’s fall cleanup.

Membership Event Held at St. Joseph’s

Council 511 held a fraternal benefits night co-hosted by the council and field agent Danny Diaz. A pasta dinner was served and fellowship was had among two-dozen knights, family members and prospective knights, and one candidate was recruited. Danny presented the history of the order and described many of the fraternal benefits available to knights.

Knights Support Parish Harvest Fair

The Knights of Council 511 were out in force supporting the Harvest Fair, on October 11th.  Council members helped with setup, cleanup, entertainment and, of course, as grill masters!  The grill brought in over $500 for the parish and was well attended — we cooked nearly everything we had!  Kudos to Rich Baker, Bill & Billy Dropski, Bill Meidenbauer, Mike Speciale, Mike Araojo, Art Kelly, Don Sandford, Bill Moore, Larry Spence, Omar Waldon, and all who came out to help us make the event enjoyable for parishoners and neighbors alike.

The Knights put on a Clambake!

As the opening event of the 2014 Harvest Fair, Council 511 hosted a first-ever Clambake in Cordier Hall. Over 100 people attended and enjoyed a Chesapeake feast of steamed Clams, Shrimp, Mussels, Corn, Potatoes and Sausage. The event raised over $700 for the parish and started the Harvest Fair off with a bang!  Many members of the council were critical to making this event a success, especially Art Kelly, Bill Moore, Bob Curtain, Mike Foley and Ritchie Fierros.  A big thanks to Carmen Torres-Nisbet for taking charge of the food line — we’ll be smoother next year!



The crowd chows down.

The crowd chows down.

Council Rosary Crusade a Success

The Brothers of Council 511 organized a Rosary Crusade for Life at St. Joseph’s Church on October 5, 2014.  After a corporate communion at the Noon mass, the council assembled at the memorial for the unborn in Mary’s garden behind Cordier Hall.


Escorted by two JFK Assembly members (Bill Dropski and Brian Costello), Omar Waldon carried the statue of Mary from station to station as members of the Council (Bill Moore, Mike Henry, Rich Baker, Joe Caruso and Mike Araojo) led the prayer. Continue reading

Knights of Council 511 help make the cluster picnic a success!

The Knights of Council 511 were out in force at the cluster picnic on September 21st. The weather cooperated and the parishes converged on Fort Monroe for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship.


The Mikes wax philosophical with Dusty as Matthew wraps the dogs.

The Knights rolled out the big grill and cooked up a storm. Burgers and dogs were flying off the grill and parishoners tucked in to the picnic delicacies with gusto.

Mike Foley, Mike Henry, Mike Nisbet, Brian “Honorary Mike” Costello, and Art “Don’t call me Mike” Kelly manned the grill while Mike Araojo, Matthew Nisbet, Matt Byrne, Larry Spence, Omar Waldron, and Bill and Billy Dropski helped out wrapping



burgers and dogs, prepping condiments, and keeping the food table piled high for the hungry crowd.

The atmosphere was festive, and people were enjoying a fine fall day.  The Knights were also a big part of the entertainment for the day, providing music, helping with the games for the adults and kids, and putting a serious dent in the toughest pinata ever to swing from picnic area #5.
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