Meeting Notes: Feb. 1, 2021

The virtual meeting was called to order by the GK James Valenzuela around 7:30 pm.

Prayer was offered by the Grand Knight.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

The roll of officers was called.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Recordere and approved as read.

Under GRAND KNIGHT’S REPORT, the GK thanked everyone for joining the virtual meeting, which was being held as such due to the snowy weather and also due to Covid-19 restrictions. The GK mentioned that there were a few issues with getting the February newsletter out and that members should be receiving it by tomorrow.

The GK spoke about the Prayer For Consecration program being done at some of the parishes. A book will be offered for use with this program

Under FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S REPORT, FS Mike Lazzuri reported expenses for the previous month of $2754, of which $1600 was for the Coats For Kids program (coat purchases), $500 for a Special Olympics donation and $450 for State dues.

The financial audit was completed by the Treasurer and Financial Secretary and is ready to be reviewed by the Trustees, then forwarded to State Council and to Supreme.

Under TRUSTEES REPORT, it was reported that the Trustees have not had a chance to review the financial books with the Treasurer and the Financial Secretary as yet and they had nothing else to report at this time.

Under CHANCELLOR’S REPORT, it was mentioned that the Memorial Mass was scheduled for March 15

Under COMMITTEE REPORTS, the Corporation reported their next meeting will be held on Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm

The Scholarship Committee reported on the passing of Brother Bob Canfield, founder of the Albert Canfield Scholarship Program, and the huge loss it is. The program will move forward as planned. The deadline for applications is April 1. Please get the word out about the scholarships to all who may be eligible, as it is harder to notify such candidates with the restrictions in place and the nature of the pandemic. Despite smaller KCIC card sales this past Christmas due to the pandemic restrictions, the committee will still award a maximum of ten $500 scholarships as set in the by-laws.

Under PROGRAMS, St. Andrew’s will be hosting a “Fridays with Fr. Ferg” podcast during Lent.. There is a link on the St. Andrew’s web page..


There was no NEW BUSINESS..

Under the Fourth Degree (Bro Rich Whitney), it was reported that the Exemplification will be held on April 17 and will be virtual.

There was no report of the Insurance Agent.

The DISTRICT DEPUTY reported on the State Council incentive for membership whereby councils will get $4 for each new member.

Under PRAYERS FOR THOSE SICK OR IN DISTRESS, prayers were asked for the following:

Bro Jack Clark (dental work) and his wife (surgery).

GK James Valenzuela’s brother-in-law. (asthma attack).

Bro Roger Vest, whose brother-in-law passed away.

Ed Malinowski had heart surgery.

Vincent Tavormina, NJ State Deputy died from Covid-19.

The nephew of Mass SD Michael Lesperance died in a house fire.

Closing prayer was offered by the GK.

The meeting was adjourned.

Keep in your Prayers

The following were offered for prayers at the February Business Meeting:

  • Brother Jack Clarke, our field agent, and his wife Michelle
  • The Brother-in-law of James Valenzuela, our Grand Knight
  • Brother Vince Tavormina, State Deputy of New Jersey who passed away from COVID
  • The family of Michael Lesperance, State Deputy of Massachusetts, who lost his nephew in a house fire
  • Donnie Ratliff, father of Brother Stephen Ratliff
  • Brother Edward Malinowski, recovering from heart surgery
  • Brother Roger Vest’s brother-in-law David who passed away
  • Past Grand Knight Bob Canfield

as well as all those noted in the Newsletter and those commented below in the next month

(I will be approving comments regularly until the next meeting)

PGK Robert “Bob” E. Canfield

Brother Bob Canfield passed away on December 27, 2020 at his home after a long battle with Leukemia.

A father of eight, grandfather of twenty-five, and great-grandfather of nine, he and his wife. Virginia celebrated Fifty Years together in 2008 before her passing the next year.

Bob's family 2011

Bob was instrumental in many of the programs here at Council 562. In particular he started the Knights of Columbus Sandlot Basketball Tournament that he ran for many years, which was was an outgrowth of the basketball clinic that he started at Roanoke Catholic School. He established the South City Knights Youth Basketball Program, and coached youth baseball and basketball teams for many years.

He directed the Carousel, a major fundraiser for Roanoke Catholic Schools from 1970 to 1984.

In 1994 he retired from a 32-year career with the FBI where he largely served the Southwest Virginia region. At the same time he and his wife founded and ran the small business “Christ is Christmas with his daughter Mary. His life’s passion for the past 30 years, this company created greeting cards emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas to raise funds for charitable needs.

An article on the “Keep Christ in Christmas” program for the Knights of Columbus was published in the Colombian in 2010, still available online

Bob was also involved on the Albert H. Canfield Scholarship Committee for many years and took great pride in the yearly awards.

The family will celebrate a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, live streamed for others at A memorial service for the many friends of Bob Canfield will be scheduled later in 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Bob and his family request memorial contributions be donated to Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Ultrasound Fund at or to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center, 5034 Williamson Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24012, 540-362-4357.

Please pray for Bob and his family during this time of grief

Requiescat in pace