Member News

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

One of history’s greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression is vividly recounted in Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, a new documentary film that poignantly captures the intricate role played by John Paul in the fall of Communism and the liberation of central and Eastern Europe.

Featuring the unique insights of intellectual and cultural leaders such as papal biographer George Weigel, esteemed Polish historian Norman Davies, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, John Paul’s lifelong assistant Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa– this inspiring film gives an inside look at the improbable downfall of one of history’s most brutal regimes.

Narrated by Jim Caviezel (Passion of the Christ and Person of Interest) and with original music by Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher) this is the incredible story of one man’s unwavering faith born of deep personal suffering, his steadfast defense of the dignity of the human person amidst the horrors of Nazi and Soviet Occupation, and his unyielding belief in the spiritual unity of Europe. Liberating a Continent convincingly reveals how these convictions toppled an evil empire—and how they remain today the moral foundations for a prosperous and free Europe.

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Food  for Families

Through donations from our BINGO members and Council members we have supplied over 500 lbs of fool for both St. Margaret’s and St, Mark parishes.  In addition we are providing $500 to each parish to supplement their food pantries.  We run this program twice a year during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Toys for Tots

Tom Rappold and our BINGO crew are once again starting our annual Toys for Tots campaign.  Bring a Toy to Friday night BINGO and get a 1/2 sheet game free or just bring a toy when you’re at the Hall and drop it in the blue container.

Coats for Kids

Eric Tiso started Bel Air participation in this program last year and we delivered two cases, 24 Coats, to the Boys and Girls Club last year.  This year we more than doubled our effort.  Eric is ordering 5 cases of Coats from Supreme for Distribution to the Harford County Boys and Girls Clubs.

December Bus Trip to Longwood Gardens

In December we are considering a bus trip to Longwood Gardens; potentially in place of a Social Meeting.  Dick Kozlowski is looking into the details and will keep us informed.

Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Tom Krista is working with St. Margaret’s School and St. Mark CCD running Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contests.  St. Margaret’s posters will be judged after the November Memorial Mass.  We are working with Fr. Jerry to display and judge the posters at St. Mark.  Check back for updates.

Christmas Flowers, Cards, and Ornament Sale

We will be selling Poinsettia’s and Amaryllis again this year along with the Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Card and Ornament Sale.  Make sure you see Wayne Davis and get your order in early.  Orders will be accepted through the second week of December.

Alzheimer’s Walk Program

Dick Belmonte manages the Bel Air Council Alzheimer’s Walk program.  Initiated in 2011 with an informational talk by an Alzheimer’s Association educator the Council raised a few hundred dollars.  This program is categorized as a culture of life program for the simple reason that Alzheimer’s disease is a life and death issue and supporting this cause can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and general dementia now and hopefully prevent its occurrence in the future.   Alzheimer’s disease touches many members of our council family and it seemed a logical extension to Culture of Life activities.  This year the team raised $ 4028.  What an amazing effort.

Tootsie Roll Campaign – once again – enormously successful

Paul Zarachowicz and his team has done it again.  Over $6000 raised this year for the Intellectually Disabled.  We will be splitting the funds between two organizations: The Harford Center and The ARC of Northern Chesapeake.  The monies will be distributed at one of our upcoming social meeting so stay tuned.

The Annual Car Raffle – another successful endeavor

Dick Kozlowski’s efforts and his team of salesman netted 3838 tickets sold this year.  A herculean effort and one that the Council appreciates immensely since the Council keeps $0.40 on every dollar sold.

New KC Club Hall Steward Needed !!!

After many years of outstanding service, Jerry Wagner, our current Hall Steward has tendered his resignation.  Jerry has acted as Hall Steward keeping our hall impeccably clean.  He has acted as Hall Rental Agent maintaining a consistent stream of renters enabling us to keep the lights on. Jerry has acted as Purchasing Agent, keeping the necessary supplies in stock to run our hall.  He like many others has assisted as Bartender at numerous functions.

Now the search has begun for his replacement.  Tony Lamancusa, President of our Kay Cee Club, has initiated a search for one or more members who might be interested in supporting some or all of the Hall’s operations.

If you are a member of the Council and interested in all or part of this needed service please contact Tony at: or phone him at 410.836.9095.

Meeting of State Deputies

During his address at the opening business session of the Organizational Meeting of State Deputies, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson announced that the Knights of Columbus set all-time records for charitable donations and service hours in 2013 while helping in communities worldwide, including responses to a number of large-scale humanitarian crises.

The K of C’s AnnuI've Got News!al Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013, reports that Knights donated record amounts of money and hours of volunteer service — more than $170 million and more than 70.5 million hours.