At the August meeting Grand Knight
John Ravetto presented Immediate
Past Grand Knight Lexy Larez a Cer-
tificate of Appreciation in grateful rec-
ognition of his leadership during the
Fraternal year 2017-2018.
Lexy Larez gives his thanks to the
Council for their support to him dur-
ing his term as Immediate Past Grand
FAREWELL TO BROTHER DAN FARKAS
Fr. Dan Vollmer, Brother Knights and Parish-
ioners bid a fond farewell to Dan Farkas and
his wife on August 19th. After 12 years at St
Germaine, Dan and Kathy are moving to “the
Valley” to be with their children and grand-
children. In his comments Fr. Dan recognized
the sacrifice that musicians make when they
are serving the church in the capacity of their
music ministry. They spend many hours
away from their families, especially during
major holidays. Fr. Dan thanked Dan and
Kathy on behalf of the parish for their
“servant hearts.” Good luck and God speed.
Congratulations to Mike O’Marah,
First and Past Grand Knight of Council 8386, was awarded an Honorary Membership Status Certificate on February 12th. To achieve honorary membership status, a member must reach the actual age of 65 and be a member of the Order for 25 consecutive years. Congratulations to our Worthy Past Grand Knight and thank you for your faithful service!
THE COUNCIL PROFILER
In December’s issue, a new feature for
the newsletter was proposed. This fea-
ture was approved at the last Officer
meeting and it will focus on you as
Knights — some aspect of your being a
Knight or of our faith. To help you for-
mulate what you’d like the Council to
know about yourself, please provide
some information about:
When you first joined the Knights
and what was it that influenced you
to become a Knight.
Your life as a Knight or an event that
was a great moment in your life as a
Include a photograph of yourself.
Any personal items you would like
to share, such as where you came
from and what brought you to Pres-
Anyway, I would like to have one Coun-
cil member give me a call at either 928-
515-2854) or email me at
email@example.com if you
would be our first Knight to be featured.
I would be very pleased if your profile
could make it to me by February 19,
This is a personal invitation from your
Editor and an opportunity to voice your
thoughts. Bob Foster, Editor
District Deputy Gary Johnson (above left) pre-
sents Deputy Grand Knight Tom Mellinger the
Council’s Columbian Award for the fraternal
year 2016-2017. The following requirements
must be met in order to achieve the Columbian
Submit the Service Program Personnel Re-
Submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Ac-
Annually conduct and report at least four
(4) programs in each of the six categories of
the Surge with Service Program AND at
least four (4) of those programs need to be
designated as “Domestic Church” pro-
Thanks to the Council for participating in all
the programs, and to IPGK Dave Hertko and
Financial Secretary Earl Boggler for meeting all
the reporting requirements.
Immediate Past Grand Knight Dave Hertko and Brother Montano Eragon,
Jr. were awarded with certificates signed by Supreme Knight Carl Ander-
son for their outstanding service as Knights.
Congratulations to Worthy Financial Secretary Earl Boggler
for his chairmanship of the annual Arizona State Charity
Under his leadership the Council exceeded its goal for 2017 and
the Council received an additional bonus. Earl was
recognized at the June Council Meeting with the
plaque. Thank you for your continued service Earl!
Brother Doug Becker presented Brother Fred Cabebe, Sr. his Honorary Life Membership Certifi-
cate, Lapel Pin, and ID Card on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The photos show Doug’s presenta-
tion to Fred with Teresa (spouse) standing behind, Teresa is pinning Fred, and Fred wears his
lapel pin while holding his certificate and card. In Fred’s words: “I received first degree
08/24/1989, second degree 02/25/1990, and third degree 09/23/1990. In those years, I was active in fund
raisers for our Parish, worked Membership Drives, worked with the Squires, provided meals for Parish
functions, and volunteered in our yearly People With Intellectual Disabilities Tootsie Roll Drives. In
1990, I received an award for my work in the Crusade for Life. I have never been nominated for a leader-
ship roll, but I’ve been active in numerous support roles.” Thank you Fred for your service!
A Fond Farwell to Deacon John
Deacon John Mickel and his wife, Margaret re-
ceived a blessing from Fr. Dan at morning
Mass on Friday, June 30, 2017. Deacon John
and Margaret are relocating to Glendale, AZ.
Deacon John has served St. Germaine Parish
since May 2012. He organized the Homebound
Ministry, served at weekend Masses, and com-
muted to Phoenix to work in the Office of the
Diaconate for the Diocese. In his “spare” time,
he assisted the Ladies Guild by leading a decade
of the Patriotic Rosary once a month.
Thank you Deacon John for your servant heart
and for all you’ve done for the Parish and the
Council. May God bless you always.
A Successful Blood Drive
Thanks to our coordinators, Brothers Doug Becker and Robert Hughes, for a great
turnout for the blood drive on Sunday, June 25th. Thanks to Brother Knights and
their lady heroes for their gifts of lifesaving blood! Be sure to sign up for the next
Patriotic Rosary—June 17, 2017
Thank you! from the Ladies Guild to council members and their spouses who joined in the monthly community prayer of the Patriotic Rosary on June 17th. They welcome all to join them on July 4th at 9:00am in the Prayer Garden. Pictured L to R: Deacon John Mickel, Sherry Warner, Tom Warner, Skeeter Hughes (back), Lexy Larez (back), Marlene Cloughessy, Don Rowley (back), Jim Cloughessy, Earl Boggler (back), Sue Boggler, Bob Foster, John Burnett and Pat Burnett. Others also attended who are not listed. We hopethat you will join us next month.
Dear Brother Knights, Ladies, and Friends of Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386,
My Brother Knights, Lovely Ladies and Friends,
- Helen’s recovery from her severe heart attack back in February …. (Exactly 10 months ago today!)
- The relocation of our son, David, and his family, Cristal and little Elijah to P.V. from Ohio.
- Having our Daughter, Stephanie and Son-in-law, Cher here with us in P.V. all year.
- Your prayers of support and love for Helen and her recovery
Our 2013 – 2014 Award Recipients are:
Fr. Dan – Chaplain Appreciation Award Dcn. Bob Palmer – Deacon Chaplain Service Award
John Ravetto – Knight of the Year Helen Barko – Lady of the Year
Tom Warner – Senior Knight of the Year Jerry Koenig – Co-Senior Knight of the Year
Cher Vang – Youth Knight of the Year Ben Taylor Sr. – Co- Youth Knight of the Year
Bill & Nadine Pierce – Family of the Year Larry & Jeri Tweet – Co- Family of the Year
Gonzalo Garcia – Volunteer of the Year Linda Ables – Council Supporter of the Year
Earl Boggler & Doug Becker – Co- “Financial Stewarts” of the Year
Michael Kincaid & John Negron – Co-“New Transfer” Knights of the Year
Fr. Dan / John Ravetto (2014 Knight of the Year) / Earl Boggler GK Barko & Wrangler JacketFr. Dan / Dcn. Bob Palmer / Earl Boggler
The Feb KNIGHT OF THE MONTH is Cher Vang.
The FAMILY OF THE MONTH is Bob Palmer and his lovely wife Chris.
On Saturday, June 15th. the Officers, Trustees and members of Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386 gathered in Reiser Hall to celebrate our “30th Anniversary” as a council and to recognize our members and supporters for their contributions to our council over the past year. “
47 people were in attendance for this catered affair including: Fr. Dan, Deacon John & his wife Margaret Ann, Deacon Bob and his wife, Christine, our DD Steve Byers and his wife, Betty, and my lovely wife, Helen. We were honored to have 3 Charter Members in attendance: Jim Jeffries, Larry Battin and Bernie Dufresne, who traveled back from Phoenix to attend.
Among those receiving recognition were:
Fr. Dan Vollmer – Chaplain of the Year Earl Boggler – Knight of the Year
Helen & Paul Barko – Family of the Year Steve Byers – DD Achievement Award
Thomas Liuzzo – Past Grand Knight Award Jerry Koenig – Patriot Award
Thomas Warner – 50 Year Member Award Deacon John – 3rd Degree Certificate
Rose Martinez – Special Recognition Award Linda Ables – Special Service Award
“17 “members were honored with the prestigious “Spirit of Fr. McGivney Award” for extraordinary service to our council and parish: Douglas Becker, Earl Boggler, Keith Bricker, Gonzalo Garcia, Robert Hughes, Jerry Koenig, William Monroe, Tomas Munoz, William O’Brien, Carl Paladino, William Pierce, John Ravetto, Donald Rowley, Ben Taylor, Larry Tweet, Cher Vang, and Thomas Warner.
KNIGHT OF THE MONTH is Earl Boggler, a dedicated and long term knight member who transferred to St Germaine’s Parish council in 2011. He has played a “key role” in the success of our council this past fraternal year., serving as our Financial Secretary, our State Raffle Chairman and being a regular volunteer at most of our council functions.
Our FAMILY OF THE MONTH are Helen & Paul Barko, two well-known members of our Parish and community. Helen is the Director of the Parish Youth Choir, Co-Director of the Parish Adult Choir and a regular volunteer at “Life Connections”. Paul is the current Grand Knight of our Parish Council 8386 at St Germaine’s and has been a supporter of numerous parish committees and projects. Both are great examples of “living your Catholic Faith” on a daily basis. We wish to recognize them for their outstanding, selfless service to our parish, council and community.
The evening was marked by the special appearance of “SUPERMAN”, (a good friend of Fr. Dan’s) who came out of retirement to share in the “FUN” and help in the presentation of many of the awards! All had a great time sharing dinner, laughing and enjoying the guest appearance of Superman, as well as appreciating the awesome, hand-carved wooden door prizes given to the ladies. (Thanks to the skills/hard work of our craftsman, Doug Becker.).
All award recipients not in attendance will be presented their awards at the council’s upcoming: “Installation of New Council Officers” / Pot Luck Dinner on Monday, July 8th. at 6:30pm in Reiser Hall.
** A special “Thank You” to the Anniversary Planning Committee for arranging this very successful and fun celebration: Ben Taylor (Chairman), John Ravetto, Tom Warner, Jerry Koenig, Earl Boggler and Doug Becker.
The Officers and Trustees of Mary Queen of the Knights Council # 8386 are proud to announce the “Knight of the Month” of March, 2013 is Brother Donald Rowley for his “numerous behind-the-scenes” contributions of service and support to our Parish and council over the years, especially for his work in developing and maintenance on our council website.
In spite of being rather new members of our parish and council, the Officers and Trustees chose to recognize the numerous “behind-the-scenes” contributions, services and support of our parish and council by a couple who have played a major factor in the successful operation of our parish funeral ministry and are always willing to lend a helping hand wherever they see a need or are asked to help and we have therefor selected Brother Larry Tweet and his Lady Jeri as “Family of the Month” recipients.
On behalf of the officers, trustees, members and our council and parish, I want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to these 3 people for choosing to live there Faith in service to our Parish and Council.
God Bless, Paul Barko, Grand Knight.
My Dear Brother Knights and Ladies of Mary, Queen of the Knights Council #8386,
Congratulations to Brother Gonzalo Garcia for all of his hard work in planning and coordinating the “Our Lady of Guadalupe” activities in the tri- city area.
For those of you unaware, Brother Gonzalo was a primary force behind the successful celebration of this important Feast Day at Sacred Heart Parish (Prescott), St. Catherine’s Parish (Chino Valley) and at St. Germaine’s Parish. I had the honor of attending the dancing, the mass and the dinner he coordinated at St. Germaine’s Parish and was quite impressed by the celebration! God bless you, Gonzalo, for your dedicated effort to honor Mary through this celebration!
parish without much recognition and thanks. It is time for them to “shine” and be recognized by their Brother Knights & Ladies, as well as their fellow parishioners!!!
- Our District Deputy, Steve Byers, presented us with “The
- Father McGivney Award” for 2011-2012, earned under
- PGK Thomas Liuzzo, for our council’s efforts with recruit-
- ing new members. (Congratulations to PGK Thomas Liuzzo
- and the 2011-12 Membership Director, Brother Jerry
- November “Knight of the Month” —– Brother William
- November “Family of the Month” —- Brother Keith &
- Lady Geri Bricker ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
**********************Also, a “Big THanks” to Brothers Robert Hughes (chairman), Tomas Munoz, Cher Vang, Tom Warner, Jim Randall, Ben Taylor, and Robert Pfister for their efforts supporting our recent Tootsie Roll Drive Campaign!!!!!!
Also, I want to thank the following Brother Knights and wives who came to the Parish’s “All Saints Day” Trunk & Treat Celebration for the children at St. Germaine’s Religious Education program. The turn-out by the kids was awesome and the oparents appeared to really appreciate the parish’s efforts.My “THANKS” to:Rev. Fr. & Brother Dan VollmerBro. Carl PaladinoBro. Earl BogglerBro. Ben & Lady Calle TaylorBro. Robert HughesLady Helen BarkoOur members constituted “6” of the 13 vehicles participating in this parish event…… something to be very proud of!!!!See you tonight & God Bless,Paul