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The Officers of Council 8157
The council officers listed below were officially installed on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Their term runs through the fraternal year starting in July 2016 through June 30th, 2017.
The Grand Knight presides over all meetings and is tasked with enforcing the rules and regulations of the Council and the laws of the order, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He appoints all directors and committee members. He acts as chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain. He countersigns orders drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary. He is responsible for the overall success of this council's activities. Jim joined the Knights in 1962 and he and wife Denise live in DeSoto.
Deputy Grand Knight
The Deputy Grand Knight presides in the absence or inability of the Grand Knight and executes all the duties of the said Grand Knight. He shall perform such other duties as the Order may impose. The Deputy Grand Knight handles all the service director reports at the monthly meetings. He calls upon each director in turn and listens to their report and offers suggestions and comment. Tom joined the Knights in 2007 and he has been the leader of our Degree Team since its start in August 2012. He was voted Knight of the Year in 2014. He and his wife, Helen, live in Duncanville.
The Chancellor assists the Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight in the performance of their duties and will take charge of the council during the incapacity or extended absence of both. He is charged with the total participation of the members in the activities of the council. With the approval of the Grand Knight, he shall institute a program to develop the availability and interest of the members in the specific activities of the council. He shall exercise a special interest in new members and those who are sick or in distress. Jeff Miller joined the Knights in 1998. An accomplished writer and published author, he applies his talents to serving as Newsletter and Website Senior Writer in the Awareness Committee, including writing most of the new Knight's bios, Knight of the Month and Family of the Month articles to name a few. Jeff and his wife, Frances live in DeSoto.
The Treasurer’s job responsibilities include being the custodian of all funds of the council. He shall pay to the Supreme Council all money assessed by it or the Board of Directors. He shall pay all orders drawn on him which are signed by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight. He shall keep separate accounts for all moneys placed in his hands by his council or the officers thereof and shall plainly show at all times the amount of money in the general expense of the council and the amount of money in each and every special fund. Mike Fitzgerald has been a member of this council since January 1999 and he was voted Knight of the Year in 2011. Mike and his wife, Susan live in Ovilla.
The Warden’s duties include being present at all meetings and having the meeting place arranged and prepared. He shall be in charge of all council property, except money and account and record books, and keep same in proper condition for the meeting of the council. He shall instruct his guards in their duties. La’Don Wright joined the Knights in November 2013 and in 2014 he earned the Knight in Shining Armour Award. He and wife Ivonne and their four children live in Dallas.
The Recorder is assigned the task of keeping a true record of the doings of this council upon books approved by the Board of Directors and furnished by the Supreme Secretary. He records minutes of each meeting and publishes same. He will also conduct all correspondence of the council and perform such duties as the council may direct. Jim retired from the Army in 1989 as a major. He grew up just south of San Antonio in the small town of Jourdanton. Jim and wife Sharon have been married for 46 years. They have three grown children. The Stavinohas live in Cedar Hill.
The Financial Secretary is responsible to collect and receive all moneys due the council, and all funds received from any source. He keeps an account of the indebtedness of each member and each certificate holder and the amount received from each. He keeps a roll of the membership and certificate holders, their ages, residences and occupation, with date of initiation. He notifies the Supreme Secretary of the names and addresses of all council officers. He keeps the seal of the council and affixes same to all proper papers. Peter joined the Knights in 2011 and is also a member of our Degree Team. He and his wife, Bernadine live in Dallas.
The primary duty of the Inside Guard is to monitor the door to the council chamber during business meetings and admit only those with a current membership card. He may be called upon from time to time to maintain order during the meeting as requested by the Grand Knight. James joined the Knights of Columbus in February 2013. James is a retired phlebotomist. He and wife Judy have been members of Holy Spirit for 31 years and enjoy their 5 children and 13 grandkids. The Smiths live in Duncanville.
Like the Inside Guard, the primary duty of the Outside Guard is to assure that only those persons in possession of a current membership card are allowed to enter the council chambers during a meeting. He, too, may be called upon form time to time to maintain order during the meeting as requested by the Grand Knight. Tony joined the Knights of Columbus in November 2015. He and his wife Rosalinda live in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. Rosalinda and Tony have two boys.
The Advocate is the attorney for the council. The Advocate will advise the council in all matters that require legal clarification. The advocate will be the counsel is case of trial and investigation of any matter whatsoever pertaining to the council. Russell is a past Grand Knight, a practicing attorney, and has been a member of the Knights since 1987. He was voted Knight of the Year in 1998. He and his wife, Patricia, live in DeSoto.
The Lecturer is appointed by the grand knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming. Jim joined our council in February 2012, he is in charge of Member Retention. Jim also serves as a member of our Degree Team and he and his wife, Mary, live in Cedar Hill.
The Chaplain's duties are to conduct all religious exercises for the council, including opening and closing prayers at meetings. The council looks to the Chaplain for spiritual example and guidance. Father Joe has served as Parochial Vicar at St. Francis of Assisi in Frisco and here at Holy Spirit before he joined Holy Spirit parish as Pastor in 2009. Father Joe accepted the position of Chaplain shortly after arriving at Holy Spirit.
The District Deputy is the representative of the Supreme Knight and the State Deputy and is responsible for the supervision, growth, expansion and general care and well-being of the Councils assigned to his district. Bill is District Deputy for District #86. His duties are varied and extensive – the District Deputy Handbook is 64 pages long. Andy served as Grand Knight from 2010-2012. He was voted Knight of the Year 2012-2013. and has earned statewide recognition as the top recruiter in Texas in 2013. He serves as a member of our Degree Team. Andy joined the Knights in 2008 and he and his wife, Susan and daughter Madison, live in Cedar Hill.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees consists of the Grand Knight and three members elected by the council. They shall have supervision of all the financial business of the council. They shall audit the accounts of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer at least every six months upon blanks provided by the Board of Directors. They shall see that the Financial Secretary and Treasurer give proper bonds running to the Knights of Columbus in trust for their council. Each member of of the Board of Trustees shall hold office for three years with an election of one new trustee each year.
Trustee 3 Year
Nick joined the Knights of Columbus the year after he graduated from The Catholic University of America. He took his Major Degree shortly thereafter. He worked as a Knights of Columbus insurance agent for two years. Nick has been a member of this Council since 2002. He has served as Chancellor, Recorder and has served three terms as Deputy Grand Knight. Nick and his wife, Kathryn live in Duncanville.
Trustee 2 Year
Frank served as our immediate past Grand Knight from 2012-2014. Prior to that he was voted Knight of the Year 2011-2012. He joined the Knights in 2008 and he and his wife, Lourdes live in Grand Prairie.
Trustee 1 Year
Bill has retired as our DD for the last 6 years. He has been a Knight nearly all his life, joining the order in 1964; graduating from a Columbian Squire to his present position. Bill and his wife, Cindy, live in Duncanville.
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Insurance Field Agent
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