There is no better way to experience love and
compassion than by helping those in need,
a call Knights answer every day.
The annual installation of officers for the order’s fraternal year, which begins July 1, and our council’s awards dinner was held in Holy Spirit’s dining room on Saturday, July 8, following the quarterly Corporate Communion Mass at the Saturday 5:30 Mass. The evening’s events culminated with the announcement of SK Jorge Ruiz as the 31st Knight of the Year for Council 8157.
Jorge, accompanied by wife Kathie and two of their sons, graciously accepted the award. He recalled the appreciation that he felt back when SK Tom Greco and SK Andy Goza went out of their way to take him to a First Degree ceremony in Irving back in July 2012. Jorge took his Major Degree less than a year and followed that with entry into the Fourth Degree.
It didn’t take Jorge long into his KC membership to exhibit a willingness — make that a zeal — for pitching in on council activities. He used his acumen in digital communications to start the council website, separate from the format that most councils use under the umbrella of Supreme’s website. He likewise joined our communications committee and inherited the directorship from Allen Reitmeier.
You name a council event, and Jorge has probably rolled up his sleeves and helped. Breakfasts. Dinners. Our youth baseball concession stands. Knight Hands projects.
Jorge was congratulated by SK Jim Richardson in one of the first acts of his second year as the council’s Grand Knight. The new officers, most of them beginning their second year-long term, were sworn in by Andy Goza in his capacity as the District Deputy. Following Jim are Deputy Grand Knight Tom Greco, Chancellor Jeff Miller, Advocate Russell Gully, Treasurer James Smith, Recording Secretary Jim Stavinoha, Warden La’ Don Wright, Inside Guard Sanka Jayasinghe, Outside Guard Tony Gonzalez, Trustee 1st Year Mike Fitzgerald, Trustee 2nd Year Nick Kleinhaus and Trustee 3rd Frank Salazar. Our two other officers are Financial Secretary Pete Perta, a position that’s appointed by Supreme, and Lecturer Jim Russell, a position that’s appointed by the Grand Knight.
Mike Fitzgerald vacated the position of Treasurer that he held since 2000. (We had to look that up because it was so long ago that Mike couldn’t recall.) Mike and wife Susan were recognized at the dinner and given a gift card by the Grand Knight.
Knights and their guests were treated to fajitas made from scratch, rice and beans, drinks and desserts. Jim Stavinoha, James Smith and Andy Goza were the primary contributors to the dinner effort, which began days before and resumed that Saturday early in the morning.