I learned a little bit about the Mingo Knights of Columbus Monsignor Joseph F. Dooley Council No. 4361 when Better Half and I attended their 55th anniversary past grand knights awards dinner.
It was held April 27 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall, which was built in 1972 by the members themselves, past grand knight Ed Treglia informed me during conversation around the dinner table.
We sat with Treglia and his wife, Estelle; Guido Evangelista; Bill and Karen DellaPenna; Lou Simpson; Don Temple (he and I have Jefferson Union High School as a common denominator); and Richard Herrick, who is one of four active charter members in addition to John Lewis, Tom Murphy and Tom Sabatino.
EVENTFUL?EVENING — The Mingo Knights of Columbus Monsignor Joseph F. Dooley Council No. 4361 held its 55th anniversary past grand knights and awards dinner April 27 with special awards presented to, at right, from left, front, Luke Anderson and his mother Frankie Anderson, accepting the Bluecoat of the Year award for father-husband Kenny Anderson; Barbara Crugnale, Volunteer of the Year; Marsha Phillipson, Lady of the Year; the Rev. James Dunfee, Chaplain of the Year; and back, Francis DiLoreto, Knight of the Year; Shawn Zarych, grand knight and awards presenter; and Andrew Duska, Youth of the Year.
There were about 80 in attendance at the banquet, but Treglia mentioned that at one time the council's membership peaked at 666. Wow. The hall, he told me, has been visited by many notables, among them Walter Mondale, Richard Pryor, the Diamonds, the Four Aces, the Four Lads and Anthony Rolando, the world's second greatest accordion player.
I guess that's one thing I appreciate about this job. Even though I have lived in this area all my life, I manage to learn new things about it all the time.
I also appreciate all the good food I get to eat, and this banquet was certainly no exception. I made a point to compliment Leigh Johnson, who along with her husband, Ray, of Ohio Catering do the cooking.
The meeting also was occasion to finally meet in person Grand Knight Shawn Zarych, who always sends me the council's news for the community page. Zarych offered welcoming remarks along with John Daley, past grand knight, and also presented numerous awards with state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, assisting.
The award recipients were:
CHAPLAIN OF THE YEAR: The Rev. James M. Dunfee, who vists hospitals, nursing homes and shut-ins weekly in addition to his duties as full-time pastor. Dunfee was not only an honoree but also gave the invocation and benediction at the event.
YOUTH OF THE YEAR: Andrew Duska, a member of the Class of 2012 at Catholic Central High School, an altar server at St. Agnes, captain of the soccer team and "a hard-working motivated student" who "truly lives his faith through his actions in daily life."
BLUE COAT OF THE YEAR: Kenny Anderson, a captain with the Steubenville Police Department who was hired in 1993, promoted to sergeant in 2002 and then captain in 2009. His award was accepted by his wife, Frankie, and their son, Luke.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Barbara Crugnale, a member of St. Agnes Church and treasurer of its Catholic Woman's Club who helps with funeral dinners and coordinates parish socials. "Her gift is her ability to decorate very appropriately for the season," Zarych said.
LADY OF THE YEAR: Marsha Phillipson, a member of Blessed Sacrament and treasurer of its CWC who serves as a volunteer in numerous capacities including with the Daffodil Days campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
KNIGHT OF THE YEAR: Francis DiLoreto, "an extraordinary assistant" to Dunfee, he serves daily Mass, is a member of the St. Agnes Choir, council treasurer and one always on hand at the hall for projects of a fix-and- repair nature.
FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The Jim and Lorrie Raymond family that also includes sons Cody, Anthony and Bill, are members of St. Peter's where the sons are altar servers; Jim helps with fish frys and is an outside guard for the council; and the family spends many hours volunteering for local causes.
Past grand knights in attendance were acknowledged at the event where Baci Carpico, past state deputy 1995-97, said the council has "accomplished many things. We've been very generous throughout the community all these years, and it's just been great, and I hope we can continue."
He congratulated all the award winners who go on for consideration as winners on the diocesan level and then possibly state.
District Deputy No. 49 Larry Campbell also commended the award winners.
The council also presented a check to Joanne Raha for her son, James, who has cancer.