St John The Evangelist Catholic Church Annual Yard Sale

Friday, September 26th, 2014

St. John’s Learning Center Receives Support

Friday, March 14th, 2014
St Johns Early Education & PreschoolOn behalf of the Council, Deputy Grand Knight SK Chris Amsler recently presented a $500 donation to Debbie McConnell, Director of  Southwestern Child Development, Inc,
a private, non profit agency supporting children ages 0 to 5 with developmental disabilities. 

Southwestern Child Development Commission

Southwestern Child Development has been in business since 1972 and is dedicated to the provision of quality early care and education in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.  SWCDC operates 4 and 5 star level and developmental day certified child care facilities in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood and Jackson Counties of North Carolina and provides early care and education support services in other counties in Western North Carolina.

St Johns Learning Center

St. John’s Early Education & Preschool

St. John’s Learning Center
is a quality child care facility conveniently located in downtown Waynesville across from St. John’s Catholic Church. The center boasts wonderful outdoor playground space, spacious classrooms and educated staff. St. John’s philosophy is that each child is different and learns according to his individual abilities. Education is directed by the Creative Curriculum. Children with special needs are welcome and trained staff are available to work with them on site. The center functions much like an extended family and your child will feel at home right away. Visit the center today and experience the care and love that is St. John’s.   …more info

Cheerleaders from Haywood County earned honors…

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Cheerleaders from Haywood County earned honors in the 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina Cheerleading tournament in Mocksville March 1st.
Haywood Special Olympics

More than 320 Special Olympics athletes from across the state participated, said Keith L. Fishburne, president of Special Olympics North Carolina. It was the first year to have a stand-alone, state-level cheerleading competition.






Participants trained for a minimum of two months at the local level before advancing to the state-level competition. The competition tested athletes in individual skills as well as team cheerleading.Cheer03











LAMB Inspires

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Here’s 3-min of LOVE. We LOVE this! Tim Harris owns his own restaurant — where hugs are on the menu! The sign says, “Tim’s Place: Breakfast, lunch and hugs!”

Tim has Down Syndrome — and is, we are told, the only restaurant owner with Down Syndrome. Greeting guests at the door with a hug — you can see the joy he gets from serving people food — and from giving a little bit of love!

As Tim says, “We serve breakfast lunch and hugs: hugs are the best part!” The Albuquerque restaurant calls itself “the world’s friendliest restaurant!”

Owning a restaurant has been a lifetime dream: “When he was 14 years old, he said he wanted to own a restaurant.” Tim sums up his philosophy of being a restauranteur — and life: “Food is food. I give them a hug and then they all feel better!”

You can check out Tim’s Place website:

Special Olympians Honored

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
Special Olympics

(L-R) Special Olympics Coach Jim McGovern, LAMB Director N. Chris Amsler Sr., Special Olympian N. Chris Amsler II, Haywood County Special Olympics Director Jim Gatens, and Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza.

At the recent, Annual Special Olympics Athlete and Major Benefactors luncheon, N. Chris Amsler II steals the spotlight, and the plaque, presented by HCSO Director Jim Gatens to Knights of Columbus Council 15085.  For the second year in a row LAMB Drive efforts have allowed contributions to the Special Olympics of Haywood County, and the ARC of Haywood at this luncheon.  The Funds prove vital in assisting with the continuation of needed social, exercise, and assisted living venues for the developmentally disabled members of Haywood County.  Additional funds collected during the 2012 LAMB drive will be contributed to Camp Ability and Waynesville Middle School Exceptional Children Department in the coming weeks as well.

The annual LAMB drive effort is the Knights of Columbus’ largest Charity operation. LAMB is an acronym for Least Among My Brethren. This comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: 31-40 when Jesus speaks of our final judgment. To paraphrase, Jesus states the righteous will be welcomed into his kingdom because they fed, clothed, welcomed, and visited him in prison when he was a stranger. When questioned as to when they did these things, Jesus replied, What you have done for the Least Among my Brethren, you have done also for me.

Special Olympics

(L-R) LAMB Director N. Chris Amsler Sr., Special Olympian N. Chris Amsler II, Haywood County Special Olympics Director Jim Gatens

November News

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012


Once again we have clearly demonstrated what a truly great Council we have.  And this is only possible due to the hard work and unselfish efforts of you, our Council members.  When the Maggie Valley Council asked for our help in conducting a 1st Degree ceremony, we did not hesitate.  Special thanks to Stan, Dennis, Jim, and Chris for volunteering their time and talent to make this happen.  And the results of our Wounded Warrior Program exceeded all expectations.  At last count, we had collected over $5,600 for this project.  Fantastic job and thanks to all those Council members who aided in collecting the donations.  Special thanks to Chuck Simmons for his efforts in coordinating this project.  And the Social at Sid’s proved to be a wonderful event.  Great food and great fellowship.  Special thanks to Jim McGovern for his efforts in putting this together.  I just can’t say enough how much I appreciate the support and help of our Council members.  Again, we should all be very proud of our Council.

Vivat Jesus,
Lonnie Pizza, WGK



Council 15085 Knight of the Month for October:

Chris Amsler

Council 15085 Family of the Month for October:

John and Margaret LaFata

At the November Council meeting Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of four Brother Knights for their leadership in furthering the activities of our Council in the month of October. Those recognized for their outstanding efforts are:
We Appreciate the Efforts of these Knights

Sam Mattoni for coordinating the Council’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Services/Events.

Greg Brom for his efforts as Assistant Coordinator for the two LAMB Drives.

Dennis O’Connnell for his efforts coordinating the Council’s yard sale.

Mark Zaffrann for his efforts in the development and implementation of the Council’s web site.


While recognizing these special efforts Lonnie also thanked all of the other Brother Knights who participated in these events.




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