The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 hosted a Communion Breakfast on July 27th and handed out their end of year council awards. During the breakfast Past Grand Knight Brian Cargill presented the 2014 South Plainfield Knight of the Year Award to Gerry Butrico.
Gerry received this award for his outstanding support of Youth, Community, Family and Church activities throughout the past year.
Gerry has held the following officer positions while his short time as being a Knight: Recorder, Treasurer and is currently the Financial Secretary. As well Gerry has stepped forward to attend meetings in the absence of others who could not attend.
Gerry runs 2 of the biggest fundraisers the Knights of Columbus supports. The annual Fall Mums Sale and the Scholarship Program, Gerry started the Mums Sale almost 10 years ago, these mums are sold to local businesses and residents. The Mums annually brings in approx. $4,000 each year which is used to support the Knights Charity fund. This Charity fund is used to support local charitable donations throughout the year.
Gerry is also the Chairmen of the Scholarship Committee; he makes sure all applications are sent to Knights members; Gerry also gives guidance to the Scholarship Committee Members in picking the winners each year.
Gerry also supports the Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Dinners, the OLC Feast of Saint Anthony Carnival, the "Don't Cook Friday" spaghetti dinners and the Knights Special Citizens Drive as well as many other fundraisers.
Gerry is always smiling and has such a positive attitude about him; he has the ability to assure others that things will work out. Gerry always shows great compassion for others that are ill or in distress, which he gets from his Mother Suzanne and Father Bill. Gerry is a model Knight of Columbus. He is truly what a Knight should be.
When you see Gerry around South Plainfield, congratulate him on this very worthy honor.
Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society at a time in the United States when Catholic immigrants were being forced to renounce their Faith in order to earn a livelihood for their families. Our mission as Knights of Columbus, is to keep Father McGivney's dream alive, to actively seek out Catholic men and invite them to be a part of our community of Christian family life through participation in our social and fraternal programs of service to our Church, community, and youth.
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