Coral Springs
Council 8838
Serving St. Andrew, Mary Help of Christians, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes in Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Upcoming Council Events
(Click here for the full schedule)
Jan 5
Council Social Night
El Paso
Council 8838 Business Meeting
St Andrew Multi-Purpose Room
Jan 26
Council 8838 Officers' Meeting
Wings Plus

The CrowdFather TomCouncil 8838 held its annual Christmas party at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Social Hall on Friday, December 9. The Knights, Columbiettes, and their families dined on a scrumptious meal catered by TooJay's, and ate desserts brought in by the attendees. Our own chaplain, Father Tom Wisniewski led the opening prayers. Dan Baeza

After the prayers, Grand Knight Larry Carballo presented Fr. Tom with a Knights of Columbus wristwatch in honor of his 40 years in the priesthood and 25 years at Mary Help of Christians parish. (top right photo)

As in the prior years, Past Grand Knight and troubadour wannabe Dan Baeza led the group in singing Christmas carols, including the interactive version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The group provided a colorful rendition of the popular carol, acting out each "gift" in a wildly interpretative manner.

As the saying goes, a good time was had by all.

Harvest Drive a Great Success

Harvest Drive ParticipantsHarvest Drive, a non-profit organization providing food and assistance to families through the Broward County Public Schools, received a helping hand from your council this year. As in past years, the Knights of Columbus Council 8838 annually contribute to this special cause by providing hot dogs, chips and drinks to the volunteers and their children who prepare the various food and clothing packages.Harvest Drive Bags

The goal at Thanksgiving time is to feed a minimum of 2000 needy families throughout the county with a week’s worth of groceries and a full Thanksgiving dinner. Preparing the bags of food takes a number of volunteers, and the volunteers depend on your council to keep them energized. Pictured at left are members of the council. Ernie Kubasek, in blue, headed up the event.

This year’s drive was held on Wednesday, November 16, at Pompano Beach High, located at Pompano Beach. Pictured at right, are some of the many bags of food assembled by the volunteers.

2016 Annual Dinner & Oficer Installation

Officer ProcessionGrand Knight Larry Carballo and the officers of Council 8838 are were formally installed into the 2016 - 2017 Council 8838 Officer body on Saturday, Septrmber 24. In keeping with tradition, the Columbiettes held their own installation ceremony prior to the Knights' investiture. Pictured above is the Officer Procession, as the District Deputy congratulates the newly-installed Grand Knight.

Knight of the YearAfter the ceremonies, held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton social hall, lthe attendees sat down to a scrumptious Chicken Marsala dinner catered by La Pizzeria Restaurant of Margate. Various deserts topped off the meal, including cookies, cannolis, and cake.

Once dinner concluded, several awards were handed out for various achievements. Past Grand Knight Mitch Kraft (pictured at right) awarded Luis de la Cerda the prestigious "Knight of the Year" award for his for his exemplary and unselfish work for Council 8838 throughout the 2015 - 2016 Fraternal Year.

To see more photos of the event, including the Columbiette Installation, click here.

Louisiana Disaster Relief

The recent flooding in Louisiana has been described as “the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy”. If you would like to make a donation to help the thousands who are homeless, please send your donation as follows:

Checks should be made payable to Florida K of C Charities, Inc., and annotated with "Louisiana Disaster Relief" in the memo line. Please mail your donation to:

Don E. Vettorel
Director, Florida KofC Charities, Inc
5271 NW 90th Terrace
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Tootsie Roll Drive Results

Earlier this year, Council 8838 organized a Tootsie Roll Drive as part of its support of the Citizens with Disabilities Campaign. The campaign's aim is to collect donations to help those individuals with intellectual disabilities among us and in turn, distribute the funds to the needy of our community. At our July 7 Social Night, held at Wings Plus, funds were distributed to several charities. Grand Knight Larry Carballo presented checks to two of our designated charities. In the photo at the far left is our Grand Knight presenting a check to Bill Schureck, Acting President, of the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul an organization of lay Catholic men and women whose mission is to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. On the right is our Grand Knight with Juli Zeno, CEO, of Abi's Place, a non-profit school in Coral Springs dedicated to building the skills of children with autism and complex disabilities.

Read more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Abi's Place at and, respectively.


The Star Council Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and service program activities. To be eligible to earn the Star Council Award, a council must qualify for the Father McGivney, Founder's, and Columbian awards. Your Council has been awarded the Star Council designation for the 2016 - 2017 fraternal year.

Congratulations, Council 8838!

Pay Your Annual Membership Renewal Online

The Fraternal year for all Florida Knights of Columbus Councils is from July 1 to June 30. if you haven't already done so, now you can pay your dues online. Just click on the link below.

Click here for more information or to pay your dues online.

July 4th at Mullins Park

The City of Coral Springs held its annual Fourth of July celebration at Mullins Park.. Your Council served up hundreds of hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, sodas, and of course, funnel cakes. These tasty treats , as always, were a hit with the record crowd in the park.

The weather cooperated with a rain-free evening of music, food and fun. We wish to thank all the Knights, Columbiettes, and friends who came out to help make this event a success. They are, in no particular order:

Dan Baeza John Tornincasa Peter Swanson
Daryl Morrow Lou Barrera Richard Ascot
David Natur Lou Cimaglia Ron Stancavage
Ed Mercer Luis de la Cerda Tom Neil
Ernie Kubasek Mary McCoy Tony Fiore

At times the wait for funnel cakes was 20 minutes long. However, most revelrers agreed that it was worth the wait!

Helping Citizens With Disabilities
Stock Photo

Saint Paul teaches that when one member of the Body of Christ suffers, we all suffer. The most poignant suffering of all is the suffering of those with intellectual disabilities. The annual Citizens with Disabilities Campaign, affectionately known as the Tootsie Roll Drive, took place Mary Help of Christian parish.

The Citizens with Disabilities Campaign aim is to collect donations to help those individuals with intellectual disabilities among us. These funds will in turn be distributed to the needy of our community. This is an annual Council event that rotates among the three parishes we support.

Many thanks to all parcipants, including: Larry Carballo, Don Vettorel, Eugene Tangney, John Tangney, Ethan Tangney, Tom Saracco, Peggy Carballo, Daryl Morrow, Deacon Vince, Luis E. de la Cerda, Fran Cunningham, Peggy Carballo, Irene Swanson, Peter Swanson, Lou Cimaglia, and Manuel Millan

(Photo from last year's event at St Andrew parish)

Another Great OUR TOWN Celebration!!!

Our Town 2016Once again, members of Council 8838 gathered to celebrate Our Town, the annual three-day arts, entertainment and business festival. The festival was held Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th at the Coral Springs Sportsplex.

As in years past, Council 8838 once again cooked and sold hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, chicken wings, funnel cakes, and beverages for the crowds. This year, we added chicken nuggets to the menu as an alternative taste treat.

Many thanks to the Knights, Columbiettes, family, and friends that help out this year. Their unselfish contribution of time and talent, made this year's event a tremendous success. Thanks to all for their hard work.

Click here to see photos of this year's Our Town.

Council 8838 Apparel

Custom-made products and apparel with the Knights of Columbus logo and Council 8838 designation may8838 Logo now be ordered from our online vendor, Make-a-Tee-Online. The good people at Make-a-Tee has built a website for us at for our personal use. Make-a-Tee has created five items for us to order so far, with more to follow. Specifically, we can order T-Shirts, polo shirts, aprons, mugs, and tote bags.

There is no minimum order, and discounts are available when ordering two or more items. Dress shirts in a variety of colors will be available for order by mid-July (it is recommended that we each purchase at least a white shirt for Council functions.) There is a one week turnaround from order to pickup in Coral Springs. Shipping is availble for an additional charge.