Knights of Columbus: De La Salle Home Association
Meetings: The De La Salle Knights of Columbus monthly meetings are conducted every third Thursday of the Month at 6B South Springfield Road in Clifton Heights, Pa. 19018. at 7 PM. The De La Salle Home Association Board of Management meetings are conducted every third Thursday of the Month during the months of February, June, July and November at 6:30 PM at 6B South Springfield Road in Clifton Heights, Pa. 19018
Council #590 Physical Location Document
Knights of Columbus De La Salle Council #590 Home Association
Purpose of this document:
To define the need or not, for a physical location for the Knights of Columbus De La Salle Council #590. To help decide, we must understand who we are and what our charter is.
- Knights of Columbus Principles
- De La Salle Council Purpose and Goals
- Home Association Purpose and Goals
- Meeting Requirements
- Criteria for a Property
- Location of a Property
- Purchase a Property
- Lease a Property
- Other Options
- Timing for a decision
- Professional Planning
Knights of Columbus Principles
The Knights of Columbus were chartered in 1882 as a fraternal benefit society. The founding principles are charity, unity, and fraternity. The principles have expanded to include patriotism.
Our Principles (direct quote from the K of C web site)
All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
- Charity– Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
- Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
- Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
- Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
De La Salle Council #590 Purpose and Goals
The De La Salle Council #590 was formed in 1904. Our purpose is the same as the Knights of Columbus. We exist to support our families, Catholic faith, parishes, and community. To do this we come together as a unit known as De La Salle Council #590. We meet to share information and to live our core principles. A physical location is paramount to “come together”.
De La Salle Council #590 Home Association Purpose and Goals
The De La Salle Council #590 is a non-profit entity. Under IRS rules our Council is prohibited from owning assets, owning property, and owning leases. “The De La Salle Council #590 Home Association was formed to hold assets and provide a home for the Council through which it can meet its principle mission: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism.”
Photos from 70th Anniversary:
History of the De LaSalle Council No. 590
Mr. John V. Loughney of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania was elected the Council’s first Grand Knight, Rev. Francis J. Markee, Pastor of St. Philomena’s Church, was appointed our first Chaplain.
In the organization of the Council, Mr. Loughney was assisted by Joseph F. Brown, John B. Comber, Edward L. Donnelly, Bernard Doherty, John B. Gallagher, Bernard Gallagher, Thomas Gaffney, John Hefner, John Harley, Thomas Hughes, Sr. Thomas Hughes, Jr. William F. Hughes, Samuel J. Johnston, Andrew B. Kean, Murtha J. Kelley, John V. Loughney, the Rev. Francis J. Markee, George Marlow, Edward J. Mingey, Louis j. Meyer, Daniel D. Mullin, John Manley, John T. Mulligan, Alexander J. Morris, Cornelius McCullough, Dr. John A. McKenna, Charles B. McGonigle, James McCullough, Patrick J. McCullough, Bernard McDevitt, John F.R. McDevitt, Michael J. Nolan, John I. Nolan, James L. Ryan, Charles J. Ryan, John T. Schappett, Thomas J. Sullivan, Milner r. Sharkey, Benedict L. Sharkey, William Sinnott, Jr. and Charles Tete Jr. who were know as charter members.
The Council held their meetings in various halls in Lansdowne, including the Lansdowne Company Fire House and the auditorium of St. Philomena’s School. John served as Grand Knight until 1904, after which he was appointed District Deputy.
In 1914, John Loughney was selected Master of the fourth Degree of Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Delaware, which embraces the territory east of Scranton and the State of Delaware. He held this office until 1928 when he was appointed Vice Supreme Master which he held until 1941. His ceremonial sword was donated to De La Salle Council in 1982.
In 1905, a property was purchased by the Home Association located at 20 East Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, (next to the Fire House). With the purchase of our own home, we were able to have two meetings a monthly and hold our own degrees.
During the depression years, due to a decrease in membership and revenues, it was necessary for the Home Association to sell the building. The building was purchased by a member of the council, who was kind enough to allow us to continue to hold our meetings in the Home. From 1940 to 1947 our meetings were moved around from one place to another.
In 1947 the property on Baltimore Pike in Springfield was purchased.
There in 1961 was constructed a large Council Home and the De La Salle Swim Club. Pictured to the right is Grand Knight Martin Snyder accepting congratulations from Anthony Sobzak, President of the De La Salle Home Association and Edward Kistner, the temporary President of the De La Salle Swim Club. Over the next 50 years of existence the De La Salle family grew from 57 members in 1901 to over 2000 members and assisted in furthering the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternalism and Patriotism. In 2003 we sold the property to the owner’s of Mille Company from Florida. It was fifty years of a great family place with wonderful times and memories.
Grand Knights from 1901 to 2001 – The 100th Year Anniversary
Michael J. Nolan
Dr. John A. McKenna
Edward J. Mingey
Albert J. Crawford
Louis J. Meyer
Thomas H. Cullinan
James E. Cummings
Albert J. Crawford
William F. Culhane
Peter F. Higgins
Phillip A. Bailey
Edward P. Gallen
James H. Fitzgerald
George W. Ritzinger
Christian F. Hartner Jr.
Thomas E. McHugh Jr.
Nicholas A. Micozzie
Thomas P. Murphy Jr.
Louis Di Filippo
Joseph W. Hammond
Gerald D. Paradis
Stephen A. Migliaccio
Jacob A. Bierling
Aaron F. Cubbage
Michael Gilfedder Jr.
Charles J. Frank
John Cruice Jr.