Grand Knights Message
June 2016

Matt Kuczinski
, Grand Knight
Henry Stolzenthaler Council No. 1675
Knights of Columbus
100 Kreischer Street
Staten Island, NY 10307
"In Service to One, In Service to All"
Dear Brother Knights, Sister Columbiettes, Families and Friends,

   I am writing for the first time as your new Grand Knight and make no mistake I have very mixed
emotions of the honor and the expectations of the next 2 years.  I am truly humbled by this chance
you have given me and never expected that in 1994 when I met Tom Riley that I would one day be
the Grand Knight of this very fine and active council. As we see Karl step down and I move into that
seat I know that thanks to Karl the council has been left in great shape and many new members
have joined.  It was a pleasure to work with Karl and an even bigger pleasure to work with the
current staff of officers. Not one person can do this job or any other for that matter without the help
and support of others and I am confident that the officers and guards now in place are going to
bring years of success and good works to this council. With that said please know that we always
need additional help and are always looking for volunteers and welcome the new members to find
something that you have a knack for and join us or be the next person to chair or co-chair and
event, help at one of the 3 Kids parties we have or volunteer to help at the membership drives.

  As we walk off into the summer I wanted to remind you that we have the 4th of July parade in
Travis and we also have the Staten Island Yankee game at 7pm also on the 4th. This is a suite
withAC and is 35.00 pp and comes with the wrist band for the all you can eat feature. You will have
a terrific view of all 3 firework  shows.  On July 30th we will have a picnic to benefit the Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation and the music of Crystal Image will be donated for part of the day. On August
5th we have the fundraiser for Special Olympics at the council where the food was donated by
Patricia’s and the music was donated by the Free Pass Band featuring our treasurer Jerry Scotti.
My intent this year is to work closer with the Columbiettes and possibly have a couple of joint
ventures as we have in the past and will also have them join us on our membership drives. The
first of which is set for Holy Child on the weekend of 09/24-09/25. Our Installation of Officers will be
on September 10, and our family picnic will be on September 17. We also have our annual Golf
Outing which is being run as usual by Karl and is always a great event on September 19th.

    At the writing of this report the Joe Pompa Day at the Races event will have already gone off and
I would like to thank PGK Jim Henry for his continued work and support with this event which turns
out to be a great event year in and year out. The Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser which was
held at the Staten on 06/15 proved to be another huge success with a great showing from many
councils but especially a strong showing by the Stolzenthaler Council taking what looked like 6
tables or more and I would like to say thank you to PGK Billy Caputo who not only got our group
together and also collected the money but he also was an excellent MC for the evening. I would
like to wish you all a great summer and once again a special thanks for having the confidence in
me to be your Grand Knight for the next 2 years and I promise that I will always try to do the very
best I can.

Fraternally,  
Matt Kuczinski GK