July 21st, 2021 – Paul J. Trageser Council 10910 welcomed its new officers for the fraternal year. The ceremony was held in the main sanctuary of Saint Thomas More.
In his opening statement, Retired Grand Knight Bill Jackson extended his “warmest congratulations, assurance of continued cooperation, and prayerful wishes for a most successful administration” to the incoming Officers.
Fr. Scott opened up the ceremony in a prayer to imbue the Officers with wisdom to exercise their authority with justice and charity, humility to acknowledge the possibility of error, and dedication to the practice of Christian principles, just as Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney was.
The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited, calling to mind the Order’s tenet of Patriotism.
State Warden Joseph McCarthy (filling in for District Deputy Chris Kremer, who is serving in the National Guard) congratulated the retiring Officers for their job well done, and expressed his confidence in the incoming Officers to enhance the Order’s proud name.
Fr. Scott then blessed the ceremonial medals which would be bestowed on the officers.
Under direction from State Warden McCarthy, the Officers raised their right hands. They promised to uphold their honor as Knights, specifically to obey the laws and rules of the Order, to be good Catholic gentlemen, to protect the sanctity of the family, to continue to faithfully serve the Church, and to uplift those in need, among other such deeds.
The officers were then invested with their medal of office by either their wives or by District Warden Eric Garrison.
When all had received their medals, State Warden McCarthy reminded the new Officers that they stood in the shape of a cross; this, in turn, should remind them to live out the tenets of the faith and put them into action.
Grand Knight Kleiman thanked the outgoing officers for their hard work. “Our focus is on our community,” he said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to be good men and to lead by example.”
Fr. Scott closed out the ceremony in prayer, invoking God’s help to fulfill the mission of the Knights of Columbus.
Chris Kremer received the Fraternity Award, State Officers Award, and the Columbian Award. Bill Jackson accepted them on his behalf.
The officers for the Council’s fraternal year are as follows:
Grand Knight – Greg Kleiman
Deputy Grand Knight – Michael Orezechechowski
Financial Secretary – James Davisson
Warden – Jim Ferris
Recorder – Colin McNeil
Treasurer – Steve Travers
Advocate – Bryan Feger
Trustee – Jim Boyd
Trustee – Gil Montoya
Trustee – Bill Jackson
Inside Guard – Lee Hevlin
Outside Guard – Michael Pacilio