The New Hampshire State Council of the Knights of Columbus elected a slate of officers at their 113th Annual Meeting held in Nashua this weekend. The Order in the Granite State represents more than 7,000 Catholic families. Internationally the order has been called by various Popes, “the strong right arm of The Church.”
Elected to direct the State Council for the new fraternal year was Joel Plante of Farmington. Plante is a safety expert and a long time member of the order. Assisting Mr. Plante are Richard McDermott of Nashua as State Secretary; Wayne Griffin of Windham as State Treasurer; Jordan Ulery of Hudson as State Advocate and Glenn Camley of Boscawen as State Warden.
In addition to electing new officers, the members of the State Council and their families attended Mass presided over by Bishop of Manchester, Peter Anthony Libasci. Bishop Libasci praised the Knights for the good works done across the state including a program of “Coats for Kids,” supporting food pantries with labor and donations and supporting the Special Olympics. The Bishop also asked the Knights to stand with The Church in this time of attack and travail against the free practice of religion in the United States.
As part of the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, the New Hampshire State Council disbursed nearly $23,000.00 to various charities across the state including a check for $7,000.00 to Special Olympics. Present to receive that check was a special Olympia and board member who addressed the dinner nearly 500 with a stirring speech.
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic family fraternal civic organization dedicated to the precepts of the Catholic Church. It has more than 1,800,000 members worldwide from Poland to The Philippines. For more information about the Knights please visit http://nhknights.org/.