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Knights of Columbus - Chapter 7015
White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

The History of Chapter 7015

knights eucharisticcongress may 1951Knights Eucharistic Congress May 1951The history of the Knights on the Semiahmoo Peninsula begins on December 5th, 1977. The first local council, Knights of Columbus White Rock Council No. 7015, was founded on that date with a complement of forty-three members.

Council formation resulted from a drive for membership by the fraternity in British Columbia and a new direction by the organization providing for council formation at a Parish level.

The nucleus for membership was contained in a group called the “Star of the Sea Men’s Club.” This club had itself been founded some five years previously to provide an organization directing efforts to Parish service in such areas as: Altar boy training and outings, church ushers, parish socials, the annual picnic, and assistance in maintenance or addition to Parish property. The church bell was installed by this group.

In the fall of 1977, District Deputy Sid Morrissey directed the drive by the Knights in the Surrey area. At the first council meeting on the 4th of January, 1978, only a month after witnessing our application, Sid Morrissey was not physically with us as he died on the 28th of December, 1977. However State Deputy Germaine Fortier gave us the news that our council was authorized by the Supreme Council to host a major degree ceremony and that the class formation on January 14th would be in the name of Sid Morrissey – a fitting memorial for a fine man.

 

At the first council meeting the officers for council were installed and our first Chaplain, Father Fred Haffey was present.knights7015formedFounding Council (L-R) Larry Ryan, Lawrence Rodrigues, John Byrne, Tom DeGrunt, John Mitchell, Phil Lyons, Tony Slater, Charles Tellier, Romeo Lamothe, Gerry Holt

The founding Grand Knight and the other officers were:

Founding Grand Knight – Gerald Holt

Deputy Grand Knight – Romeo Lamothe

Financial Secretary – John Mitchell

Chancellor – Charles Tellier

Advocate – Ed Bohn

Warden – John Byrne

Lecturer – Bob Ferguson

Treasurer – Phil Lyons

Recording Secretary – Lawrence Rodrigues

Guard – Tom De Groot

Only ten days later at the first major formation the Knights hosted a gathering of some five hundred citizens, including the Honorable Bill Vanderzalm and the Mayors of White Rock and Surrey. The youth group operating at that time provided table service at the dinner, a truly fine effort by the youngsters in supporting a new parish organization.

Since that time Council 7015 has been a major force in the parish and community and has grown to 180 members.

Grand Knights:

1978 – 1980                        Gerald Holt

1980 – 1982                        Douglas Hovan

1982 – 1984                        Bert Iannone

1984 – 1986                        John Petrunia

1986 – 1988                        John Dunne

1988 – 1990                        Phil Limbert

1990 – 1992                        Bill Lammerts

1992 – 1994                        Al Whyte

1994 – 1996                        Frank Port

1996 – 1998                        Hans Staals

1998 – 2000                        Ron Johnston

2000 – 2003                        Peter Horsfield

2003 – 2004                        Jim Freeman

2004 – 2005                        Joe Oberhoffner

2005 – 2007                        Mic Fronteddu

2007 - 2009                        Al Dumont

2009 - 2010                        Dominic Kennedy

2010 - 2012                        Peter Tatto

2012 - 2014                        Wayne Brazeau

2014 - 2016                        Bruce Ewing

2016 -                                 Brian Hoven

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