State Deputy Steve Raschke opened the midyear meeting at Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News
Among the speakers during the morning open session was Jeanne Monahan, President of the March for Life, which was just two weeks away
Special Olympics athlete Paul Marretti
State Deputy Steve Raschke thanks Special Olympics athlete Paul Marretti following his speech
Associate State Chaplain Fr. John Abe
State Secretary Mike Gasper
State Deputy Steve Raschke takes questions from the floor
State Membership Director Bob Szerzynski
Army Chaplain Fr. Tyson Wood, one of the morning's featured speakers
State Executive Director Kelly Mortensen, PSD
Audit Committee Chairman John Barrett, PSD
KOVAR President Dennis Godfrey
VKCCI President Mike Lazzuri
Supreme Director Tommy Harger, PSD
State officers join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance
Nominating Committee Chairman Jack Michalski
Halfway through the fraternal year -
January 2016 midyear meeting
January 9, 2016 - Hundreds of Grand Knights, District Deputies, state officers and staff all gathered at Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News for the mid-year meeting of the 2015-2016 fraternal year in Virgina.
State Deputy Steve Raschke continued a tradition established by PSD Steve Burnley last year, and invited special speakers to appear during the open portion of the morning session: the President of the annual March for Life, Jeanne Monahan; Special Olympics athlete Paul Marretti and Father Tyson Wood, an Army chaplain and convert who shared details of his unusual journey.
The nominating committee continued its work, interviewing candidates for state office next year, and both morning and afternoon membership seminars addressed everything from conducting successful membership drives to using Round Tables to build membership and help previously unserved churches.
The meeting was followed by a Mass at St. Jerome Catholic Church and a dinner/dance at the Walter Pollard council home.
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