2003-04-19 / Community

Local Knights Of Columbus Council Celebrates 75 Years

By Howard Schwach
Local Knights Of Columbus Council Celebrates 75 Years By Howard Schwach

Local Knights Of Columbus Council Celebrates 75 Years

The Wave has documented the birth and growth of the local Knights of Columbus Council right from the beginning.

On April 8, 1928, The Wave said, "After months of preparation, the newly-formed St. Camillus Council, Knights of Columbus, is now in full fledged condition, and to celebrate the ceremony of 'institution,' to be followed with a formal dinner, to take place at Harrison Hall in Far Rockaway on April 15."

The April 19, 1928 edition of the Wave featured a front-page story that was headlined, "St. Camillus K.C. Council Is Instituted."

"Starts Out As The Largest Council In Long Island District For Mem-bership," the subhead declared.

"The work of organizing the new St. Camillus Council, No. 2672, of the Knights of Columbus, culminated in an official sense with the election of officers last Thursday night. The new council is the largest on Long Island. At the institution of the council, 275 candidates received the first and second degrees. The new council starts with 458 members."

That event took place 75 years ago. Twenty-five years ago, in the April 29, 1978 issue of the paper, The Wave headlined another event.

"K Of C Here 50 Years Old; Fete Tonight," said the paper's main headline in that issue.

"Tickets are sold out for the 50th Anniversary dinner dance of the Rockaway Council 2672, Knights of Columbus, on Saturday evening, April 29. Much of the credit is going to the committee made up of Bernard Keegan, Harold Ferguson, James Long, Horatio Proce, Daniel Noonan, Joseph Connally, Richard Knott, Joseph Good, Arthur Jones, Charles Knott and William Mills - all past grand knights."

While the council's first name was chosen to honor the first chaplain of the organization, the pastor at St. Camillus Church, a resolution was presented and adopted in February of 1950 to change the name to "Rockaway Council," to better reflect the reality of where the members were drawn from.

This year, on April 12, the organization held its 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance at the organization's hall on Beach 90 Street, a facility that is used for many community meetings and affairs.

The honorary chairman for this year's event was Monsignor William F. Burke, the former pastor of St. Camillus who had been with the organization almost from the beginning. Co-chairs were Frank Bagley and Richard Knott, Jr. The story goes on, and so does the K of C.

There is certainty in the minds of many that The Wave will be trumpeting a headline in April of 2028 that says, "K of C Celebrates 100th Anniversary with a dinner dance at its building on Beach 90 Street."

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