Every community has its unique needs.
For the Knights of Columbus, whose first principle is charity, finding ways to help those in need in our community is a mission our members embrace. Through our good works, whether it be bringing food to the hungry, warm coats to the cold, wheelchairs to those who can’t walk, or any of the many other programs conducted to help those in need, the Bel Air Knights practices a charity that evangelizes.
A sampling of Bel Air Council’s Community Activities:
October – Tootsie Roll Drive: THANK YOU FOR THE RECORD BREAKING YEAR!!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED !!!
Approximately 80 brother Knights, 2 hours at a time, throughout the month of October, made this campaign a success. The Tootsie Roll Drive is Bel Air Council’s biggest community effort with 100% of the proceeds going to two organizations in Harford County: The Arc and the Harford Center. In 2012 we raised over $5,000. This year we raised over $6,000. This is not only believed to be a new record but it set us first in the state in per capita sales this year. It was nice being recognized by our State Council but the best part was handing $3000 checks to both The Arc Northern Chesepeake Chapter and the Harford Center!! Well done to all. A special thanks to our Brother who starts organizing things in August so we are ready in October: Paul Zarachowicz. Thank him when you see him.
December – Field’s Christmas Party: Bel Air Council provides their hall, the food, the refreshments, and Santa arrives with presents for the members of the Field’s Organization. The Field’s Organization is made up of special needs Children who organized about 20 years ago and have grown-up together over the past two decades. Providing to special needs children of all ages provides a satisfaction that cannot be explained in words. This year we learned that a number of members are Special Olympians. These athletes were brought forward and honored for their commitment to sports and together with our Grand Knight said Grace to begin the meal.
March – Community Service Dinner: Tuesday, March 18th, Bel Air Council held it’s Annual Community Service Dinner. The night was about honoring four servant leaders of our Community. Servant leaders who serve because they are motivated by love and humility. Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership as he humbled himself and became a servant of all. If you recall: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” and “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The dinner enabled us to learn a little more about these four servant leaders and come away with a better understanding of why the Knights of Columbus and Bel Air Council take time every year to honor men and women like the four we met Tuesday night: DFC Grant Krulock – Police Officer of the Year; Jake Hollin – Catholic High School Teacher of the Year; Lisa Komondor – Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Asst. Cpt. Rob Claridge – Firefighter of the Year
Bel Air Council Business Link Training Series: Bel Air Council started its second year of providing free seminars to the area’s small business community; our Business Link Training Series with a workshop offered as part of the Business Link Training Series by the Bel Air Council, Knights of Columbus. It was hosted by Area Local Expert for Constant Contact Joe Oricchio and titled: Email Marketing Simple Strategies for Success
This event and series provides local small business a rare, free, training seminar. It also provides exposure to our Council Hall, gets the word out about our weekly Friday community BINGO, and brings in potential new members. Bel Air Council acquire one new member last year through this effort.