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2018 State Convention Programs Awards

By Ed Tydings, State Program Director

Vol. 4, 2016-2017

2018 State Convention Programs Awards

The Texas State Council Officers and Major Directors are very pleased to announce the recipients of several awards from the past fraternal year.We had over 100 entries for Council service program awards, and we had 6 very holy families submitted for the Family of the Year.Thank you for all of the work that you do.

As the fraternal year comes to a close, please continue to do those things that attract men and their families into our order.Don’t be afraid to advertise your council’s programs.I have heard several times that council leaders aren’t looking for recognition; servant leaders rarely do.Let the recognition speak for itself, and let it help you build your membership strength.

God Bless each and every one of you and your families.It has been a distinct privilege and honor to serve you as the Programs Director these past two years.

Essay Contest

8th Grade

1st Sofia Satuto; Council 9868; Fort Worth

2nd Lucy Simon; Council 13520; Frisco

3rd Emma Vera; Council 8789; San Antonio

10th Grade

1st Gabriel Medina; Council 9884; Lewisville

Poster Contest – Keep Christ in Christmas

Age 5-7

1st Heidy Morales; Council 10375; Hillsboro

2nd Mack Birkholz; Council 12320; Kingwood

3rd Eadie Fleitman; Council 11905; Lindsay

Age 8-10

1st Alyssa Cacanindin; Council 6878; Humble

2nd Nathan Perkins; Council 11093; Longview

3rd Rita Becker; Council 1167; Gainsville

Age 11-14

1st Hadassah Brown; Council 11093; Longview

2nd Anna Carter; Council not given; Corsicana

3rd Anora Lee; Council 12320; Kingwood

Poster Contest – Alcohol Awareness and Abuse

Age 8-11

1st Ana Del Angel Aguilar; Council 12327; The Woodlands

2nd Gianluca Fonolla; Council 13520; Dallas

3rd Lauren Meier; Council 10258; Bandera

Age 12-14

1st Marc Chartier; Council 13520; Dallas

2nd Kaylie Rickman; Council 10258; Bandera

3rd Jess Bazaldua; Council 12327; The Woodlands

Poster Contest – Drug Awareness

Age 8-11

1st Trinity Butler; Council 10258; Bandera

2nd Maritza Macias; Council 10258; Bandera

3rd Jayln Lamb; Council 10258; Bandera

Age 12-14

1st Sophie Kratter; Council 12327; The Woodlands

2nd David Seibert; Council 13520; Dallas

3rd Mary Grace McGann; Council 4101; Fort Worth

Family of the Month Submissions

  • 2490 El Campo in Diocese of Victoria
  • 3110 Robstown in Diocese of Corpus Christi
  • 3201 Liberty in Diocese of Beaumont
  • 7058 Lumberton in Diocese of Beaumont
  • 8298 McAllen in Diocese of Brownsville
  • 10209 Austin in the Diocese of Austin
  • 12818 Houston in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Gold ACE Wings Recipients

Tom Mazur:Council 9884 in Fort Worth Diocese.Tom and his wife lead a Pro Life rosary at their parish each month.They serve as co-chairs for the Flower Mound, TX Life Chain.He organizes his parish to take part in the North Texas March for Life each year. He is currently working to build a 44 cross memorial that will be placed in front of the church in January and October – Respect life months.

Ronald Daskevich:Council 4183 in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.Ron organizes Council participation in 40 Days for Life.He attends the Rally for Life in Austin & the Pro-Life rally in New Braunfels Town Square.He assembles, delivers, and repairs cribs for expectant moms.He serves on the local Gabriel Project Board of Directors.

Silver PACE Setter Awards (Three award submissions from 3 categories)

  • 1459 Muenster in Diocese of Fort Worth
  • 3008 Lubbock in Diocese of Lubbock
  • 3217 Dickenson in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • 5967 Austin in Diocese of Austin
  • 14617 Missouri City in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Gold PACE Setter Awards (Six award submissions from all 6 categories)

  • 7736 Mansfield in Diocese of Fort Worth
  • 8298 McAllen in Diocese of Brownsville
  • 10463 Lago Vista in Diocese of Austin
  • 10940 Boerne in Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • 14055 Austin in Diocese of Austin
  • 14549 Arlington in Diocese of Fort Worth
  • 14700 Houston in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • 16730 San Antonio in Archdiocese of San Antonio


1st Place:175 Years of Service to the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Fort Worth; Council 1459; Muenster; Diocese of Fort Worth; Grand Knight Chris Fuhrmann; Chairman Chris Fuhrman.171 members spent 929 hours planning and organizing a 175 year anniversary party celebrating Sacred Heart’s long and celebrated history of service to the diocese and to the community as a whole.

2nd Place:Parish Fall Festival & Gala – Sharing the Legacy; Council 10940; Borne; Archdiocese of San Antonio; Grand Knight Vernon Reeh; Chairman Reynaldo H. Salinas.165 members spent 2300 hours planning and organizing a fall festival.The event was to raise money for the parish’s operating costs and to celebrate the parish’s 150th anniversary.

3rd Place:Religious Appreciation Dinner; Council 16730; San Antonio; Archdiocese of San Antonio; Grand Knight Jim Parrott; Chairman Michael Henriquez.30 members contributed 200 hours organizing a Clergy and Religious Appreciation dinner for their parish.


1st Place:Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort; Council 3217; Dickinson; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Grand Knight Jack Neal; Chairman Mike Dunn.50 members spent over 5000 hours in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey volunteering in the community.Members volunteered at the council hall which was used as the focal point of the rescue efforts, the community center, and as a makeshift church.They also volunteered in homes across the community helping strangers clear their homes of debris.

2nd Place:Veteran’s Day Parade; Council 16078; Emory; Diocese of Tyler; Grand Knight Roger Darisse; Chairman Mark Freund.10 members spent 70 hours building a float for the Veteran’s Day parade.The council helped bring awareness to the community that the Catholics and the Knights are more than the people ho lost their church in a tornado.

3rd Place:Pflugerville Christmas Parade; Council 10373; Pflugerville; Diocese of Austin; Grand Knight James Arzola; Chairman Blake Krass.60 members spent 350 hours organizing the annual Keep Christ in Christmas Parade.Knights helped organize the route, gave away candy, and collected hundreds of pounds of food for the food pantry.One of the brothers and his wife ride as Santa and Mrs. Claus in a float.


1st Place:Special Celebration for SK Edward Pisklak’s 100th Birthday; Council 8548; Brazoria; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Grand Knight Jose Hernandez; Chairman Jose Hernandez.25 members spent 345 hours organizing and sponsoring a party for a Brother Knight’s 100th birthday.

2nd Place:Father McGivney Statue Memorial; Council 14636; Flint; Diocese of Tyler; Grand Knight Terry Slayton; Chairman Lee Peltier.30 Knights spent 4500 hours organizing multiple fundraisers in order to erect a statue of Fr. McGivney on the parish grounds.

3rd Place:Discover the Roots of our Catholic Faith; Council 12866; Houston; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Grand Knight Kuno Trostmann III; Chairman Bob Shanley.8 members spent 150 hours over 10 weeks exploring the first 500 years of the Catholic Church.The Knights helped sign up 103 people, paid for the DVD and Leadership Manual, and provided refreshments at the sessions.

Culture of Life

1st Place:Ultrasound Dinner; Council 9884; Lewisville; Diocese of Fort Worth; Grand Knight Dan Jacobs; Chairman Dan Jacobs.10 members contributed 250 hours to organizing a fundraiser dinner to purchase an ultrasound for the All Babies Born Alive PRC.The keynote speaker was Carol Everett, the author of Blood Money.The event raised over $16,000.

2nd Place:40 Days for Life; Council 8298; McAllen; Diocese of Brownsville; Grand Knight Ruben De Leon; Chairman Edwin Rodriguez.15 members contributed an impressive 6000 hours leading the spring 40 Days for Life campaign.

3rd Place:Casino Knight; Council 5967; Austin; Austin Diocese; Grand Knight Robert Cavazos; Chairman Carlos J. Gonzales.22 members contributed 130 hours organizing a fund raiser to help purchase an imminently failing ultrasound machine at a PRC.


1st Place:Breakfast with Santa; Council 3008; Lubbock; Diocese of Lubbock; Grand Knight Randy Wink; Chairman David Moreno.30 members contributed 90 hours putting together a Christmas party for council and parish families.

2nd Place:Parishioner in Need; Council 16730; San Antonio; Archdiocese of San Antonio; Grand Knight Jim Parrott; Chairman Jim Parrott.10 members of the council contributed 40 hours to help move an Iraqi National, who served as an interpreter for the US Army, from a bug infested apartment to a house.

3rd Place:Lenten Fish Fry; Council 14700; Houston; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Grand Knight Tom DeGeorgio; Chairman Mark Lestos.75 members contributed 830 hours conducting fish fries with proceeds going toward the various charitable programs of the council.They were voted best fish fry in the Chapter.


1st Place:Trunk or Treat; Council 14617; Missouri City; Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Grand Knight Larry Prahin; Chairman Mark Monalbano.40 members contributed 300 hours organizing a Trunk or Treat event for over 400 children.Over 50 families decorated their cars.

2nd Place:Youth Scholarship Program; Council 7736; Mansfield; Diocese of Fort Worth; Grand Knight Mark von Plinsky; Chairman Mark von Plinski.250 members spent 900 hours organizing a raffle that raised over $8000 as scholarships to graduating seniors.

3rd Place:2018 Youth Group Fund Raiser; Council 10463; Lago Vista; Diocese of Austin; Grand Knight Lawrence Amidei; Chairman Michael Urtado. 20 members sent 100 hours leading a lasagna dinner to raise money for several youth to attend the Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference.

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