2019-2020 Fraternal Year (Effective July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Grand Knight: Gregory J. Dembowski

The Grand Knight is responsible for the welfare of the council. He presides over council meetings, acts as an ex-officio member of all committees, appoints a membership and programming director, convenes officers for a monthly meeting, and ensures all necessary reports are submitted to the State and Supreme Councils. He should also be aware of the council’s financial status and ensure that his signature appears on all checks drawn. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Grand Knight’s Guide (#5085) and the Knights of Columbus Leadership Resources booklet (#5093).

Deputy Grand Knight: Dr. John (Jack) H. Wolk

The Deputy Grand Knight is the council’s second-in-command. He assists the Grand Knight with council affairs and fulfills all duties assigned to him by the Grand Knight. Should the Grand Knight be absent from a council meeting, the Deputy Grand Knight will preside. He is chairman of the council’s Retention Committee. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Knights of Columbus Leadership Resources booklet (#5093).

Chancellor: Currently Vacant

The Chancellor has a variety of responsibilities. Primarily, he assists the Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight in the execution of their duties and oversees the council in both their absences. He is charged with strengthening the members’ interests in council activities. The Chancellor is chairman of the Admission Committee.

Financial Secretary: Brian K. Frame

The Financial Secretary is appointed by the Supreme Knight, upon the recommendation of the council. His main area of responsibility is maintaining all financial and membership records. He collects and receives all monies from all sources, including annual dues from council members. He also handles supply orders for the council officers and members, filing the Report of Officers Chosen (#185), and submitting all membership transactions to the Supreme Council. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Financial Secretary’s Guide (#5089) and the Knights of Columbus Leadership Resources booklet (#5093).

Treasurer: John D. Siclari

The Treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping and maintaining records of all council funds and accounts. He is responsible for depositing money into the council’s accounts and provides a certificate of such monies to the Grand Knight. He is also responsible for the payment of all council expenses.

Recorder: Thomas F. Jones

The Recorder is similar to a court reporter or a secretary. He is responsible for maintaining a true record of all actions of the council and its correspondence. A Recorder’s Minute Book (#1043) is available from the Knights of Columbus Supply Department to help the Recorder in keeping a record of council meetings.

Advocate: Patrick F. Jennings, Jr.

The Advocate is the legal representative of the council and serves as the council’s attorney at trials and investigations of any interest to the council. While he does not need to be a member of the legal profession, he should be familiar with the council by-laws, the Order’s Charter, Constitution and Laws (#30), The Method of Conducting a Council Meeting (#10318), and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Warden: Thomas A. Insinna

The Warden is the ‘watchdog’ for council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the the Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. He is also responsible for setting up the council chambers for meetings and ceremonies. During ceremonial exemplifications, he will appoint and supervise guards.

Outside Guard: Fred C. Ball

The Outside Guard tends to the outer door, admitting members and any visitors to the inner door.

Inside Guard: Lorenzo F. Chiappetta

Once members and guests are admitted to the inner door, the Inside Guard checks to make sure that all membership cards are current and valid, and that any guests are authorized.

One Year Trustee: James P. McDermott

Two Year Trustee: Joseph A. Wielock

Three Year Trustee: Mark R. Rasmussen

The Board of Trustees consists of three members elected by the council and the Grand Knight, who himself serves as chairman of the Board. They oversee the work of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer, and with the Deputy Grand Knight serve the council’s Retention Committee. During council elections, only the the Three Year Trustee is voted on, with the other two Trustees moving on to become Two Year and One Year Trustees, respectively.

Chaplain: Rev. Shawn W. Cutler – Pastor of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church in Brookfield, CT

Co-Chaplain: Rev. Karol Ksiazek – Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield, CT

The Chaplain is the spiritual advisor of the council. He is expected to make a report at council meetings on religious matters. The Grand Knight appoints a Priest/Deacon to serve as the council’s Chaplain, in accordance with any rules established by the Bishop of the diocese. For more specific duties, responsibilities, and eligibility, refer to The Chaplain’s Handbook (#945).

Lecturer: Scott W. Senete

The Lecturer is appointed by the Grand Knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming.


Field Agent: Terrance Petiprin – (860) 614-5771 – E-mail:

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The following is a complete list of those who have served as Grand Knight for Candlewood Lake Council since the Council’s creation – as well as the dates served in that Office…

  • Dennis W. Herpel Sr. – 1996-1998
  • William G. Spiro – 1998-2000
  • Michael K. Emmerson Sr. – 2000-2002
  • James J. Baker – 2002-2004
  • Deacon Richard A. Fenton – 2004-2006
  • Martin A. Badinelli – 2006-2007
  • Robert S. Terry – 2007-2010
  • Gary A. Peloso – 2010-2011
  • Craig A. Worster – 2011-2012
  • Matthew A. Macri – 2012-2013
  • Daniel D. Flood – 2013-2015
  • James J. Baker – 2015-2016
  • Vincent Lupo Jr. – 2016-2017
  • Gregory J. Dembowski – 2017-present