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

ARC Donation

Upcoming Council Events
(Click here for the full schedule)
May 11
Council Social Night
May 18
Council 8838 Business Meeting
May 25
Council 8838 Officers' Meeting
On April 25, your Council 8838 presented a donation to Arc Broward from funds collected during our most recent Tootsie Roll Drive. The presenting team, pictured at left, was led on a very emotional and inspiring tour of the facility. Grand Knight Larry Carballo invited the administrators to attend a future Social Night to brief the membership on all the work Arc Broward does with people with intellectual disabilities.

Arc Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various life challenges. Visit their website at

Now Serving.... Lenten Supper

Lenten SUpperLike many parishes, St Andrew offers a simple Lenten Supper every Friday during the Lenten Season, and hosted by a different parish ministry each week. This week (April 7) your Council 8838 Knights served up a delicious menu of baked Alaskan pollock, cheese ravioli, and assorted desserts. The knights purchased and prepared all the food, and the St Andrew Social Events Ministry assisted by serving the meals to the parish patrons.

Click here to see addiitonal photos of the event.

New Meeting Place:
Edward O'Neil Assembly 1534

The Edward O'Neil Assembly 1534 will now be held at St Malachy Catholic Church, starting May 15, 2017 at 730pm. Thw church is located at 6200 N University Drive inTamarac Florida 33321. Meetings will be held in the Bingo hall behind the Church. If you have any questions, or phone number or email changes, please send an email to Harry Whitford at

Cookin' It Up at Our Town
Our Town Our Town

The Our Town America program has a long history of giving back to the community. The weekend event, held this year from March 10 through March 12, is known for its amusements, classic car show, the Our Town's Got Talent show, and various food and information booths. However, its main goal of raising funds for charitable works has made the event very meaningful, both for the community and for the Non-profits that work to make it a success.

Once again, the Knights of Columbus Council 8838 cooked hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, chicken wings, and funnel cakes for the hungry patrons of Our Town 2017. Chicken nuggets and chicken wings were big sellers this year, as were hog dogs and the ever-present funnel cakes. The weather cooperated all weekend long, with no rain and mild temperatures.

The photos are from Saturday evening on March 11. Click here to view more photos of the event.

Cleaning Up

Making tasty funnel cakes, burgers, hot dogs, and fries is one of the hallmarks of Council 8838's fund-raising activities. The prep work includes ordering supplies and manning the grills, but a necessary part of the prep is ensuring the equipment is clean and in good operation.

The photos above show Kninghts in the clean-up party, scrubbing and pressure-washing all the equipment. The "party" took place behinf WIngs Plus on February 25. Many thanks (in alphabetical order) go out to Dan Baeza, Daryl Morrow, Ernie Kubasek, John O'Toole, Larry Carballo, Luis De La Cerda, Manuel Millan, Ron Stancavage, Ton Saracco, Tony Fiore, and Walter Lee.

Tootsie Roll Drive at SEAS

2017 Tootsie Roll DriveSaint 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, is part of a ministry that attempts to provide assistance to those in need. 2017 Tootsie Roll Drive

As part of the continuing effort in support of the Citizens with Disabilities Campaign. Council 8838 organized its first Tootsie Roll Drive of the year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish the February 4 - 5 weeked. The funds for this cause 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 of this year's parcipants, including the Knights and their family and friends who gave up their time for this worthy charity.

How Many Knights Does It Take.....

St Andrew make a funnel cake? Well, it takes an army of Kniights, family, and friends, as evidenced by the photos take at the recent annual St. Andrew Parish Carnival held at, you guessed it, the St. Andrew Parish grounds. fans of the popular, heart-healthy carnival delights, waited in St Andrew Carnivalline throughout the four day event to purchase the tasty treats. Proceeds from the sale of the doughy wonders are donated to the Saint Andrew Catholic School,whose mission is to prepare students in a spiritual, academic and nurturing environment to become productive leaders rooted in the Catholic virtues of faith, hope, and love. View more photos by clicking here. Read more about Saint Andrew Catholic School at


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

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

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!

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.