Saint Joseph Council #3169 Knights of Columbus reminisced about their 70 years of service to the church and to the community on Saturday with a dinner and a dance.
"This is about what we've been able to accomplish in 70 years," said Grand Knight Joe W. Alvarez. "This is only a kick off celebration to what I hope is another successful 70 years...Together we can do a lot for St. Joseph (Catholic Church) and the City of Alice."
St. Joseph Council #3169 of the Knights of Columbus was chartered on June 11, 1948 and includes more than 300 members. They are a Parish-based Council affiliated with St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Alice and are heavily involved in the Church ministry with outreach activities in the community.
Alice Mayor Jolene Vanover read a proclamation making July 14 St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus 70th Anniversary Day.
Knights such as David C. Silva (42 years of service), Rojelio Cuellar Jr. (34 years of service), Rafael G. Cuellar (50 years of service) and Roger Saenz (42 years of service) shared stories about what the organization did for them and their families over the years.
According to member Servando "Wolf" Garza, since 1960 the Knights of Columbus has cooked 11,600 briskets, over 12,000 leg quarters, 10,000 hamburgers, over 9,000 plates of carne guisada for fundraisers; given out over 50,000 eggs for Easter egg hunts, and raised and donated over $500,000.
Days after residents in surrounding communities were hit with Hurricane Harvey in 2017 the Knights collected water to help them as they began to rebuild their lives.
"That's a lot. Let's you know there's a lot of work that's been done and there's a lot work that still needs to be done," Garza stated.
"We are from all walks of life," Past Grand Knight Rafael G. Cuellar said. "As a knight we are all bonded together by faith. We all have one thing in common. We joined the knights to serve the Church and the community."
Knight of the Year went to Alfredo Arismendez, Family of the Year was Ruben and Belinda Riojas, and Past Grand Knight Award went to Pedro Gonzalez III.