In 1988 a member of St. Matthew Parish, Nick
Lischeron, sought to have a Knights of Columbus council at St.
Matthew Parish. With the approval of the pastor Father Franklin
Tasker, Nick was able to recruit 47 existing and prospective Knights
to form a new council. Nick tried very hard to obtain the number
10000 for the new council, but was not successful and thus the
Charter instituted for St. Matthew Council No. 9893 was signed
September 25, 1988. The council has grown from the original 47
members to 170 plus Knights. Sixty eight are also members of a 4th
Degree Assembly. The council population reflects our community, with
Knights with countries of origin being Italy, Mexico, Central
America, Korea and the Philippine Islands.
In 1990 then Grand
Knight Bob Resuali suggested the council sponsor a St. Patrick’ Day
Dinner Dance to be inaugurated if 1991. This annual event has become
the major fund raiser for the Council. This event plus countless
pancake breakfasts, dinners and raffles has enabled the Council to
fulfill its primary principle Charity, helping the parish, the
parish school, other parish organizations and activities, as well as
individuals in need.
The Council also
participates in the Annual State Intellectual Disability “Tootsie
Roll” drive, contributing 90% of the funds collected to local
organizations. The remaining 10% is used by the State organization
for Intellectual Disability programs. The council has averaged about
$10,000 every year and has done so least as far back as 2001, if not
further, raising more than $160,000.00 dollars for this event.
The council has
achieved many awards over the years here is a partial listing: