Knights of Columbus


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Thomas D. Reilley, Sr. Council 10668
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Contact: George Salemi, Financial Secretary

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Ministry Mission Statement: We are a men’s Catholic Fraternal organization dedicated to the principles of Charity, Fraternity, Unity, & Patriotism. The most important of these is Charity.

Current Ministry Activities: We conduct a variety of functions to raise money for charitable use in both our community & the state. Such as … Tootsie Roll Drive, Spaghetti Dinner/Auction, Shrimp Boil, Fish Fries, Golf Tournament, & St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance. The income is used to support Programs for Exceptional People (PEP), Pregnancy Center of the Low Country, Room at the Inn of the Low Country, College Scholarships, Youth Programs, Military Phone Cards, Seminarian educational support, etc.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: We have established committees that need the support of our membership. The committees are designated as follows: Church, Community, Council, Family, & Youth. These committees organize & operate the activities listed above. When joining the Knights you will be asked to join one the committees of you’re choosing.

The Thomas Reilley, Sr. Council 10668 at St. Francis is an active fraternal organization, open to all men of the parish 18 years of age or older. The council’s primary focus centers on charity; helping the mentally challenged citizens of HH.  The Knights also perform many other charitable and material works for the parish and St. Francis School.  4th Degree members serve as honor guard for the bishop when he participates in any parochial activities on the island and they attend patriotic celebrations on our island.

The local Knights Council members meet on the First and Third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Francis Family Center. The first meeting of the month is a business meeting, while the meeting on the third week of the month is a social meeting or other planned event.

 Knights of Columbus Award Three Scholarships

The winners of the 2011 K of C Scholarships are John Griswold, Brien Kurtz, and Michael Jennings.

John Griswold was home schooled and graduated from the St. Thomas More Home School and lives on Hilton Head Island.  He will be attending Ave Maria University. John’s high school average was 97.4 and his SAT total score was 2300.  John was an altar server and sacristan at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church.
He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and has the rank of Cadet 1st Lieutenant and Deputy Cadet Commander.  He has competed in several triathlons and 5k, 10k, and half marathon races. John was also a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. John is the son of Scott and Barbara Griswold of Hilton Head Island.

Brien Kurtz graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, SC.  He will be attending the University of Notre Dame.  Brien’s high school average was 96.5 and his SAT total score was 2210.  Brien is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society, Student Council, Math Team and Chess Club.  Brien received several highest grade awards in Human Geography, Pre-Calculus, English, and Biology. He was also Co-Captain of the Varsity Swim Team.
Brien is the son of Spencer and Joanne Kurtz of Hilton Head Island.

Michael Jennings graduated form Lockport Township High School in Lockport, IL.  He will be attending Drake University. Michael’s high school average was 95.9 and his ACT composite score was 35 out of a possible 36.  Michael GPA is 9 out of 806 in his graduating class. Michael was a National Alumni Scholarship finalist at Drake University, an Illinois State Scholar, an All American Scholar, and was on the High Honor Roll all 4 years of high school. He was captain of the Math Team and was on the Track and Field Team.  He also did volunteer work at St. Dennis Church, Ronald McDonald Playhouse, Mission of Mercy and others.
Michael is the grandson of James Jennings of Hilton Head Island.


Knights of Columbus Council 10668 of Hilton Head Island has earned the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top award, for the 2010-2011 fraternal year. The organization’s headquarters located in New Haven, Connecticut made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention; promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service oriented activities. The Ninth consecutive award was presented to the membership by Robert Ficco, South Carolina State Deputy, to Past Grand Knight, Lee Sturm. In announcing the local winner of the Star Council Award, Carl A. Anderson, president of the international organization, said “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. The dedication to the principles and aims of the order shown by your officers and members is exemplified by the high standard of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead.” “The Star Council Award is quite an honor for us. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment,” proclaimed Grand Knight Bob Killenberger, head of the local group.

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization with nearly 1.8 million dues-paying members in more than 12,000 councils worldwide. In 2006, they gave more than 60.8 million hours of volunteer service and donated over $129.5 million to charitable and benevolent causes. \

K of C Star Council awards

Setting a new state record, Hilton Head Island Thomas D. Reilley, Sr. Knights of Columbus Council 10668 Past Grand Knight Lee Sturm proudly hangs the 9th consecutive STAR Council Award in the St. Francis By The Sea Family Center. Looking on are other Past Grand Knights who have in the past hung other Star Council Awards. From left to right are Carl Fenstermaker, Pat Falciglia, Hal Wieland, Jack Cavagnaro, Bart Bubnell and Guy Bettarelli. Not present for the photo were William Haberman, and Tom Hanahan.