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Virginia Knights of Columbus elect new officers at annual convention in Richmond

(RICHMOND, VA) -- Nearly 200 delegates and alternates representing the 143 local councils and more than 27,000 members of the Knights of Columbus in Virginia gathered at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Richmond/Midlothian May 1-3 for the state council's 115th Annual Meeting, electing a new slate of officers who will assume office in July.


The delegates elected Stephen P. Raschke, Sr., of Gloucester as the new State Deputy of the organization.  Raschke retired from the United States Army in 2002 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and for the past 13 years he has as the civilian Operations Manager for the 733rd Force Support Division at Joint Base Langley/Fort Eustis, Virginia.


Raschke joined the Knights of Columbus in 1999 in Newport News, where he served in a variety of offices, including Grand Knight, District Deputy and the statewide offices of Warden, Advocate, and Secretary.  He and his wife Donna have been married for 38 years and have three children and two grandchildren.


Other officers winning election include Michael J. Gasper of Richmond as Secretary; Stephen J. Kehoe of Fairfax as Treasurer; Roy Blakeburn of Virginia Beach as Advocate; and Ed Polich of Glen Allen as Warden. The current State Deputy, Stephen A. Burnley of Alexandria, will assume the post of Immediate Past State Deputy.  And Past State Deputy Kelly Mortensen of Midlothian will continue for a second year as Executive Secretary.


Bishop Paul S. Loverde, the Catholic Bishop of Arlington, will once again serve as the State Chaplain of the Virginia Knights of Columbus, and is joined by two Associate State Chaplains, Fr. John Abe, pastor of St. Matthew Church in Virginia Beach. and Fr. John Cregan, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria.


Among the awards presented at the convention were Knight of the Year, Ronald Wisniewski, of Ashland; College Knight of the Year, Daniel Tillson, of George Mason University; Family of the Year, Michael and Laurie Candalor, of Springfield; Young Man of the Year Charles Egress of Chesapeake; and Young Woman of the Year Samantha Malanga, of Fredericksburg.




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