Charter officers of Council 15585 are (front row, from left: Treasurer Richard Smith, Recorder Brandon "Chase" Nipper, Grand Knight Edwin Harless, Chaplain Rev. P.J. McGinnity,Financial Secretary James Aleska,Lecturer Ronald Catton and Advocate Terry Chmel. Back row::2-Year Trustee Daniel Callan,Warden Dennis Wilson,Chancellor Gerry Schlueter, Inside Guard Joe Lannutti,Deputy Grand Knight Dan Russell, l-Year Trustee James Parmele, Outside Guard Richard Gaston,and 3-Year Trustee Frank Urban.
A small seed planted by St. Joseph the Worker Pastor, Fr. P.J. McGinnity, and nurtured by Council 12633 at St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City, has grown to be a very large tree with the establishment of new Council 15585 of the Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph the Worker in Madisonville TN.
Father PJ. and parishioner Ed Harless, met with Mike Wills, State Deputy, and Jerry Dougherty, District Deputy to a planning meeting at Saint Joseph the Worker on December 5, 2011. They helped establish a Parish Round Table at St. Joseph the Worker sponsored by Council 12633. They explained that once the Round Table had grown to thirty members an application for a full Council could be made. The group set a goal of 18 months to reach thirty members.
Ed formed a small planning team consisting of parishioners Jim Parmelee, Dan Callan, and Terry Chmel, who were members of the Knights of Columbus, and the Round Table was established in January. By April the group had 20 members, and in just six months Bishop Richard Stika transferred his membership to become the 30th member, which- qualified the Round table to become a full council. By the time the group submitted their application in October, they had 40 members. Approval came in November.
The members decided to name the new Council in honor of Blessed John Paul II -- recognized as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. 'A key goal of his papacy was to transform and reposition the Catholic Church. His wish was "to place the Church at the heart of a new religious alliance that would bring together Jews, Muslims, and other Christian Churches in a great religious armada". Saint Joseph the Worker
shares the vision of Pope John Paul II to reach out to the larger community with love, hospitality, openness, and joy.