Grand Knights Message
May 2016
Karl Emigholz, 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,

    It’s hard to believe it’s May already and that we are heading into the last two months of the
Columbian year.   April was a very busy month at Stolzenthaler.  On April 3rd the council held its
annual Communion breakfast. As is our custom, we distributed many awards and recognized
members for their outstanding service.  We are so pleased that so many members came to the
Mass and the breakfast. We had over 160 people in attendance.  Congratulations to Sal Piro who
was honored as Knight of the Year, The Valerio Family who were honored as Family of the Year, to
Sal Scalogna for Outstanding service to the council and to Rick Seaman and Peter Senise who
were our Rookies of the Year. A special plaque was presented to Sue Cook to thank the
Columbiettes for their support and service to the order. We were so pleased that so many of the
youth poster and free-throw winners as well as our service parish Eagle Scouts attended the
breakfast. Special recognition to Nick Renna, who was the 11 year old Council, Downstate and
BMS winner at the Annual Free Throw contests. We are thrilled that he came in second in the
state!! Congratulations Nick! This fine young man wrote a letter of thanks to the council for
recognizing his achievement.  The State was so impressed with Nick’s letter, that it was read at
our State Convention. It was a very proud moment for Stolzenthaler.  
 
    On April 5th at Patrizia’s of Brooklyn we had a “dine out” fundraiser to benefit Cross Roads
Foundation.   We packed the restaurant. Thank you to all who supported this event which allowed
us to donate $800 to Cross Road Foundation.  On April 9th in Fishkill, I was pleased to witness
eight members of Stolzenthaler become Sir Knights of the Fourth Degree! Special thanks to Ed
Newborn for running our annual Shepard’s Night on April 12th.  Thank you to Msgr. Finn, Fr. Basil
Akut, Fr. Rob Dillon, Deacon Singler and most especially our devoted Chaplain Fr. Kostek for
joining us.  Our Jacket Pride Mass held at Our Lady Star of the Sea on April 17th was very well-
attended. Thank you to all that joined us. From April 21st to April 23rd I and the council’s delegates
attended the State Convention at Villa Roma Resort at Callicoon.  It was wonderful to see all of the
many councils representing all areas of New York.  It was a great time of fellowship for all who
attended.  The State Deputy was very proud to announce the money that was donated to various
organizations from the C & B raffle sales.   State Deputy, Bob Weitzman and his board were
reelected for another term.  Mr. Weitzman is very impressed by our council and all we do and is
looking forward to once again visiting Stolzenthaler.  

    Please remember that May 5th is Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation.  We will be
having our regularly scheduled meeting on May 5th.  On May 15th we will be having our annual May
Crowning. If you have a child or grandchild that is receiving their communion and would like to be
part of the ceremony on May 15th, please contact Ed Newborn.  On May 22nd we will be having our
final “Jacket Pride Mass” for this Columbian year.  It will be at 10:00am at St. Joseph’s Church
located on Poplar Ave.  We hope you will join us as we display our council pride.  Our show of unity
does not go unnoticed and it is always a proud moment when people stop us to thank us for all
that we do.   

    Our membership is growing by leaps and bounds. We are very close to meeting the
requirements for Double Star Council, an honor bestowed upon a council that achieves Star
Council as well as double its membership requirements.  What an awesome recognition it would
be for our council to be one of the few councils who achieves this! If you have any prospective new
members, please have them contact me. We will be holding video first degrees on Monday May
9th and Tuesday May 10th at the council for prospective new members.
    
    Thank you for all that you do to make Stolzenthaler the great council that it is.  In this month of
May we want to recognize and wish all mothers a wonderful and Happy Mothers’ Day.   God Bless.




Vivat Jesus,
Karl Emigholz, Grand Knight