The Ninth Decade (2010 -
The history of these years has
been compiled from the minutes and publications of the Association.
At their January meeting,
the Board of Governors, reviews and discusses the changes to our By-Laws
proposed by the By-Law Committee. Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, introduced
each change in the form of a motion. A change to Article III, Section 4,
dealing with the qualifications of members of the Board of Governors to
be officers of the Association is to be amended to so that a member must
have attended six of the nine meetings of the Board from September to
May to be eligible to run for office. The motion is seconded by John
Musial, '63, and approved unanimously by the 43 Class Representatives
Knobbs and Musial move to
change Article IV, Section 2, concerning "Vacancies on the Board." This
has been an ongoing and increasing problem as Class Representatives do
not attend Board meetings and participate in the operation of the
Association. The change would state that if a member missed four
consecutive meetings or a total of six of ten in the fiscal year, it
would lead to his dismissal from the Board. After some discussion,
Wendell Young, '56, and John Devine, '69, moved to table the motion. The
tabling motion was approved with five opposed.
Knobbs and Dennis Kelly, '67, moved to
change Article V, Section 7, listing the duties of the Treasurer. The
change would require prior authorization of the Board before investments
in government instruments, bonds, and equities of any type is initiated.
This had always been the norm but was not specifically stated in the
By-Laws. The motion was unanimously approved.
Knobbs and Young moved to change Article
VI, Section 2 b) concerning the duties of the Board of Governors. The
change pertained to their responsibility to file a report with the
Treasurer indicating the location and amount including additions and
deletions thereto of funds held on behalf of their respective Class. The
report is due by June 30, of the current fiscal year, so that any funds
can be accounted for in the Association's annual financial report. There
have been problems with Class Reps providing the reports in a timely
manner. The change would suspend the Board member in question for a
period of thirty days if the report were not provided by June 30 and if
not provide by the end of his suspension, he would be terminated from
the Board. The motion was approved unanimously.
Knobbs and Ed White, '55 moved to change
Article VIII, Section 2, which deals with the election of Class
Representative at the Annual General Membership Meeting. Since the
ballots cannot be tabulated until after the conclusion of the meeting
due to time constraints. They are normally counted by a committee the
following evening. Quite frequently there are ties and since the
beginning of the Association, they had been resolved by a coin toss
supervised by the Chairman of the Election Committee. After a great deal
of research involving "Roberts Rules of Order" and various parliamentary
rules throughout the United States, the By-Law Committee was
recommending inserting that specific language in the pertinent section
to offset discussions in the future. The motion was approved with one
Knobbs indicated the committee would meet
prior to next month's Board meeting to discuss the tabled motion in
order that all proposed amendments could be presented to the membership
at the meeting on March 21.
President John Hanejko, '65, opened
nominations for three seats on the Board of Save Northeast Fund, Inc. Ed
White, '55; Tom Ballard, '86; Frank Devinney, '42; and John Barnes, '89,
In February, Knobbs and Joe Glackin, '73,
move to remove from the table the proposed change to Article IV, Section
2. The motion is approved unanimously. Wendell
Young, '56, advises that the committee
met and discussed the change and that they are recommending the Board
adopt the change for presentation to the membership. Knobbs and John
Musial, '63, move to adopt the change. Joe Brennan, '69, challenged the
definition of term "regular meeting". He pointed out that the meetings
in January and February were rescheduled due to snow storms - thus, they
were not regular meetings held on the second Thursday of the month.
Knobbs responded that while the Board normally met on the second
Thursday, this was not mandated - only that they meet once monthly
during the months September through June of the fiscal year. Further the
By-Laws specify that the President calls the meetings on five days
written notice to the Board members. The motion to approve was passed
with one member opposed. Knobbs advised that the proposed amendments
would be presented to the membership in written form with a block for a
"yes" or "no" alongside. The results would be tabulated by the committee
on the evening of March 22.
President Hanejko noted there were only
three nominees for the three seat on Save NEC's Board since Frank
Devinney, '42, had declined the nomination. Accordingly, he declared
Ballard, '86; Barnes, '89; and White, '55 elected.
The Real Estate Committee under Ray Rysak,
'66, has been reactivated and are diligently researching available
locations in case the effort to keep NECHS open fails and we have to
find a place to locate.
The March 11 meeting immediately
preceding our Annual Memorial Mass and Communion Breakfast and the
General Membership Meeting is a momentous and sad time. President
Hanejko advises the Board that a conference call was held by the members
of the Northeast Catholic/Cristo Rey Feasibility Study Group chaired by
Paul Hondros, '66 on March 9. After all the study and the work on the
report, John McConnell, the leader of the Planning Team, made a
recommendation that North not open as part of the Cristo Rey Network in
September. After a lengthy discussion, it was adopted unanimously by the
group. There were a number of unresolved issues that determined this
result. The main issue was the lack of a religious sponsor. Neither the
Oblates nor the Jesuits were in a position to commit to September, 2010
opening. A different proposal was submitted to the Archdiocese by Paul
Hondros. To date, no response has been received.
A lengthy discussion followed involving
most if not all members present about what we could do to keep NECHS
President Hanejko called the General
Membership Meeting held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel
at 9:30 AM on March 21. The initial order of business was the election
of Class Representatives to the Board of Governors. He discussed what
was ongoing with the attempts to keep our Alma Mater open. He introduced
Len Knobbs, '53, By-Law Committee Chairman to present the five
amendments which were unanimously endorsed by the committee and
overwhelmingly approved by the Board of Governors. He asked if there
were any questions concerning any of the proposed changes. Ed
'70, asked for the floor and inquired if he would be in order to move
for adoption of the proposed changes by a voice vote. President Hanejko
ruled in the affirmative. McCloskey made the motion seconded by Tom
Joyce, '69. It was passed with one opposed and two not voting from among
the 345 in attendance.
At the Breakfast, our Chaplain, Father
Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
At the April meeting, Executive
Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, advises the Board that we are in
receipt of a letter from the Office of Catholic Education stating that
we must vacate our office in the school by June 30.
As Treasurer of the Scholarship Fund,
Knobbs informs the Board that changes to Articles of the Fund's By-Laws
were unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees. Those changes must be
ratified by two-thirds of those in attendance at this evening's meeting.
The changes had been provided to the entire Board of Governors in their
notice of tonight's meeting. Accordingly, Knobbs and Steve Cardullo,
'72, moved to ratify the changes. The changes will return the
Scholarship Fund to awarding college grants, along with high school
grants, and will provide for the addition of grade school grants.
The college grants made be utilized at
one of the following 13 institutions: Cabrini College, Radnor,
Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; DeSales
University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University,
Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley,
Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle University,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania;
Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; and Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. The
applicant must be a senior in high school to be eligible. Six grants (3
@ $20,00 and 3 @ $12,000) will be awarded to applicants who meet our
minimum academic and financial need requirements. They will be payable
in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the
applicant meets our minimum academic standards.
Fifteen high school grants (5 @ $12,000;
5 @ $8,000; and 5 @ $4,000) will be awarded to attend an (arch)diocesan
or parochial high school operated within the canonical jurisdiction of
the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman
Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. The applicant must be in the 8th grade
to be eligible. The grants will be awarded to applicants who meet our
minimum academic and financial need requirements. Five grants at
$15,000, and five at $10,000 are awarded. They will be payable in equal
semi-annual installments over four years providing the applicant meets
our minimum academic standards.
Grants will be awarded to attend a
parochial grade school operated by a parish within the canonical
jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or
the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. To be eligible, the
applicant must be in the 5th grade. The grants will be awarded to
applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need
requirements. Six grants of $4,500 and five grants of $1,500 will be
awarded. They will be payable in equal semi-annual installments over
three years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic
The recipients must be the children or
grandchildren of current dues paying members of the Association. Current
students at NECHS who are receiving grants from the Fund will be covered
for the remainder of their matriculation at Archdiocese of Philadelphia
High Schools providing they continue to meet our academic standards.
Knobbs responded to a number of questions
from the 48 Board members present for over a half-hour. The motion was
passed with one opposed.
The Board of Directors of the Save
Northeast Catholic Fund meet on May 5. They appropriate $43,000 to cover
the costs of the closing ceremony at NECHS ($3200) and tuition
assistance for needy students. A motion to dissolve the corporation by
May 29, 2010 is approved unanimously.
At the May 10 meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, Chairman John Hanjeko, '65, asks the
Trustees to consider the request from the Association to borrow $200,000
from the Fund. Hanejko and Knobbs advised the Trustees of the pending
purchase of a building at 2700 Rhawn Street by the Alumni Association.
They further advised that the Association had anticipated income from my
residuary trust under the will of William Corbett, '49. The amount in
question was estimated by the bank trustee to be $285,000. It was
anticipated that the trust would be distributed toward the end of June.
If the Board of Governors approves the president's decision to purchase
the property at their May 13 meeting, settlement would be on or before
June 20, 2010. The possibility exists that the Association would not
have the funds from the trust by that date. To facilitate the purchase
without a mortgage, the Association would like to borrow $200,000 from
the Scholarship Fund. Knobbs explained that the Association would issue
a promissory note to the Fund. Mr. George, our counsel, feels that the
money would be repaid in less than 90 days from settlement. However, if
this did not occur, the Fund would extend a mortgage to the Association
to replace the note. Interest on the note would be set at the federal
rate as stated by the IRS. The mortgage rate, if necessary, would be
negotiated by the Fund and the Association. After a lengthy discussion
as to the pros and cons, a motion was made by a Knobbs and Tom Morgan,
'64, to have the Scholarship Fund grant a $200,000 loan to the
Association for the purpose of paying for the building at 2700 Rhawn
St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, should the Board of Governors of the
Association approve the purchase at their meeting of May 13, 2010. The
motion passed with one opposed. Ed White, '55, asked to be recorded as
President Hanejko, at the May 13 meeting,
calls upon Pat Boyle, '49, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Ray Rysak,
'66, Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, and Executive
Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, to make a joint proposal concerning
our relocation needs. Rysak stated that his committee had found a
property at 2700 Rhawn Street (SEC Rhawn & Fairfield Streets). He
explains - with the approval of the President, an agreement of sale has
been signed, a home inspection conducted, and necessary repairs and
corrections were addressed to the seller - this upon the unanimous
recommendation of the Real Estate Committee. Pat Boyle, on behalf of the
Finance Committee, explained that the committee had met and discussed
for a number of hours the ramification of purchasing and maintaining a
property. He said the committee unanimously recommends that we support
the decision of the President. Len Knobbs supplied data regrading the
property search and how we could afford the purchase. Over the last six
months, he stated, the Real Estate Committee had many sites referred and
visited a large number of them. Some were beyond our price range and
others in area that were not where the committee deemed advisable to
relocate. He advised the Board that in January we had been notified by
PNC Wealth Management we were 25% beneficiary of a residual trust
established under the will of William J. Corbett, '49. As of April 21,
our portion of the proceeds has been estimated at $285,000. In
conjunction with the $90,000 currently in the Building Fund Reserve,
this would be more than sufficient to cover the $333,000 we offered for
the property. The property was originally listed at $399,900 and after
six months on the market was dropped to $374,900. Our initial offer was
$325,000 countered by the seller at $338,000 and then settled at
$333,000. The property is a two story Colonial house on the Fairfield
Street side with a one-story addition on the Rhawn Street side
(approximately 2500 sq. ft. in area) surrounded by a large lawn and
fenced-in rear yard with large evergreens which would provide a suitable
back-drop for the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima honoring our war dead.
Pat Boyle made a motion, seconded by Len
Knobbs, to support the decision of President John Hanejko to purchase
the property at 2700 Rhawn Street for $333,000 - $25,000 of which has
been put down as a deposit. A lengthy discussion followed on the pros
and cons of paying cash or obtaining a mortgage. The cost of any repairs
to be made, upkeep and the cost of utilities, taxes, etc. Knobbs pointed
out that our attorney is taking steps to have the property declared
tax-exempt because of our non-profit status. Jeff Rzepczynski, '88,
called for a vote and Hanejko responded accordingly. The motion passed
with one opposed and 41 in favor.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs,
'53, explained that the Executive Board met to discuss what should be
done if the Corbett Trust doesn't disburse the funds to us prior to the
settlement date for the property. We would have to obtain a mortgage or
borrow money sufficient to cover the cost. Knobbs, along with counsel,
Dennis George, Honorary '03, made the suggestion that we borrow the
funds from the Scholarship Fund. Mr. George indicated there would not be
a conflict of interest providing we paid the Scholarship Fund at a
comparable rate of interest.
Knobbs advised the Board of Governors
that the Fund was willing to lend the Association the $200,000 and moved
that Association borrow that amount from the Fund. It was seconded by
Bill Granger, '60, and passed with one apposed. Ed White, '55, asked to
recorded as "no".
President Hanejko advised the Board the
school is holding a closing ceremony on June 6 with Mass at Noon
followed by brunch and a last tour of the building. He explained that
the Board of Directors of
the Save Northeast Catholic Fund approve the expenditure of funds
necessary to cover the cost of the affair.
At the June 10 meeting, Real Estate Chair
Ray Rysak, '66, reports that the sale price has been reduced to $325,000
- $8,000 being allocated by the seller to complete the necessary
repairs. This will result in a lowering of settlement costs also.
Settlement is set for June 15.
The Executive Board for the 2010-11 year
is unanimously elected: President - John R. Hanejko, '65; 1st VP - John
T. Musial, '63; 2nd VP - Henry J. Stahl, '66; 3rd VP - Stephen A.
Cardullo, '72; 4th VP - Thomas O. Ballard, '86; Secretary - John F.
Handley, '58; Treasurer - Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary -
Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; 1st Assistant Treasurer - Jeffrey W. Brown,
'79; 2nd Assistant Treasurer - Joseph T. Mulawka, '51; Historian -
Patrick J. Boyle, '49.
The Board of Trustees of the Scholarship
Fund award the first grants to children and grandchildren of dues paying
alumni. College grants are awarded to: Tyler Rutledge, '10 to deSales
University; Lauren Pallister, Little Flower HS to Cabrini College; Hugh
Ferry, '10 to Holy Family University; Daniel Sumara, '10 to LaSalle
University; Patrick Nilan, '10 to DeSales University; and Daniel Bowers,
LaSalle HS to LaSalle University. High School grants are awarded to:
Sarah Rzepczynski, Our Lady of Consolation to St. Hubert; Tyler Oliveti,
Maternity BVM to Father Judge; James McDermott, Our Lady of Port
Richmond to Roman; Gina Correale, St. Bede to Abp. Wood; Abigail
Steinmetz, St. Martin of Tours to Little Flower; and Melissa Smiley, St.
Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, to Holy Cross. Grade School grants are
awarded to Emily Coleman, St. Martin of Tours; Caitlyn Devlin, Holy
Innocents; Allison McDermott, Our Lady of Port Richmond; Erin McCole,
Immaculate Heart of Mary; Erin Hines, St. Anselm; Emily McDermott, Our
Lady of Port Richmond; Brian Finn, St. Cecilia; and Kierstin Knellinger,
St. Thomas Aquinas, Croydon. Grants that been awarded in previous years
to incoming Freshman at NECHS will be honored as long as the recipients
matriculate at Archdiocesan high schools and meet our academic
requirements. Currently there are 90 young men who meet this criteria.
We move into our new location on June 26
with the help of a number of people. Our gratitude is extended to Walt
Coughlin, '46, Frank Kelly, '50, Jim Kling, '53, Len Knobbs, '53, Ed
White, '55, John
'58, Tom McAvoy, '59, John Musial, '63, John Hanejko, '65, Ray Rysak,
'66, Jack Devine, '69, Jim Kelly, '70, John Peteraf, '70, Joe Pilawsky,
'71, Steve Cardullo, '72, Tony Colletta, '72, Joe Glackin, '73, Bob
Kensil, '74, Jeff Brown, '79, Tom Ballard, '86, Ken Florkowski, '88,
Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Michael Larthey, '99, Pat Glackin, '03, and
Brendan Glackin, '06. Also assisting were Margaret Mary Musial, Vince
Rzepczynski, and Francis Larthey, '66 and his wife. Special thanks are
due to Lou Sigmund, '77, Frank Kane, '80, and Mike Knobbs of Iron
Workers and Riggers Local 405 who moved the heavy equipment and arranged
for the donation of two trucks by Thackray Crane to move all our
belongings. Joe Pilawsky, '71 arranged for members of the Painters Union
to completely paint the inside of the building before we moved in. Bob
Kensil, '74, made all of the necessary repairs to our plumbing. Len
Knobbs noted that we did not receive all of the memorabilia from the
school as promised by Father Smith. A lot disappeared before it could be
given to us.
At the Board meeting in October,
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs reports that we received a
partial disbursement from the Corbett Trust - $250,000 - and the loan
from the Scholarship Fund - $200,000 plus interest of 282.30 - had been
On October 18, 2010, the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania approves the dissolution of Save Northeast Catholic Fund,
Inc. In keeping with the corporation's Articles of Incorporation, the
balance in the treasury was transferred to the Scholarship Fund.
Communion Breakfast Arrangements Chairman
Tom McAvoy, '59, on behalf of the committee recommends holding the
Memorial Mass at St. Martin of Tours followed by breakfast at
Canstatter's. He makes a motion to do so, seconded by Jim Kelly, '70,
and the Board approves with one member not voting.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles
Ramsey is honored at the Communion Breakfast with our Outstanding
Achievement Award. Grover Silcox is the Toastmaster. Both gentleman do
an outstanding job and are well received by over 300 in attendance.
Would that the same could be said for Canstatter's and its service. It
is so bad that Arrangements Chairman McAvoy calls a meeting of the
committee in early April to dissect the performance. As a result the
committee recommends to the Board that we do not consider them for
In early May, the Finance Committee
reviews bids for the construction and installation of the Shrine of Our
Lady of Fatima in the rear yard. The committee recommends Nicklous
Brothers at a cost of $5800. President John Hanejko, '65, approves the
project so that it will be completed in time for our annual Memorial Day
At the May 12 meeting of the Board,
Finance Chairman Pat Boyle, '49, recommends approval of President
Hanejko's decision regarding the Shrine. A motion to concur with the
recommendation is made by Len Knobbs, '53 and Al Waskiewicz, '79, and is
unanimously approved. Memorial Day Services
Chairman Joe Mulawka, '51, recommends, on behalf of the committee, that
we hold Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, Castor Avenue &
Shelmire Street, at 9 AM. Mass will concelebrated by our Chaplain,
Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and the pastor, Father Joseph Howarth,
'67. After Mass, we will come to our building for the dedication of the
Shrine and services in memory of our deceased war dead and then a light
luncheon of coffee and cake. Tom Morgan, '64, and Al Waskiewicz, '79,
move to accept the recommendation and the Board unanimously approves.
Over 100 people attend the Services on Memorial Day and are delighted
how well the Shrine looks and its setting with our nation's flag flying
high over it surrounded by evergreens and flowers.
In an attempt to return to our roots, the
Golf Classic is held at Juniata Golf Club. Fifty-seven golfers tee-off.
The awards dinner following is held at Romano's.
In June, the following officers for the
coming year are elected unanimously: John R. Hanejko, '65 - President;
John T. Musial, '63 - 1st VP; Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - 2nd VP; John F.
Devine, '69 - 3rd VP; Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59 - 4th VP; John F.
Handley, '58 - Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - Treasurer; Jeffrey C.
Rzepczynski, '88 - Assistant Secretary; Jeffrey W. Brown, '79 - 1st
Assistant Treasurer; Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - 2nd Assistant Treasurer;
and Frank P. Kelly, '50 - Historian.
Falcons Fun in the Sun at Lighthouse
Pointe is attended by 407.
The Breakfast Arrangements Committee, at
the October meeting, recommends a change of venue to Regal Ballroom at
5411 Oxford Avenue across the circle from St. Martin of Tours. Len
Knobbs, '53, and Tom Morgan, '64, move to accept the recommendation and
it is approved unanimously. The date will be March 25. The Sales
Committee headed by Ed White, '55, recommends a price of $23 in advance
and $25 at the door. It is seconded by John Musial, '63. There is a
discussion among the Board over the door price. After a lengthy back and
forth discussion, White and Musial withdraw the motion. Then White and
Tom Morgan, '64 moved to charge $23 and $28 at the door. It was approved
Pat Boyle, '49, and Joe Pilwasky, '71,
make a motion to install a plaque in the Alumni Home honoring William J.
Corbett, '49, whose generosity made the Home a reality. It passes
Former President Anthony J. Colletta, '72, dies suddenly on November 19.
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer columnist,
delivers the principal address at the Communion Breakfast and receives
the Outstanding Achievement Award.
The Board of Trustees of the Scholarship
Fund, at their April 18 meeting, unanimously adopt a recommendation by
Chairman Hanejko and Treasurer Knobbs to increase the value of the
grants awarded annually to $261,000. Tom Morgan, '64, and Steve Cardullo,
'72, make the motion to adopt the recommendation. Beginning next year,
the Fund will award 4 college of $25,000 each; 5 high school grants of
$15,000 each; 5 high school grants of $10,000 each; 4 grade school
grants of $6,000 each; and 4 grade school grants of $3,000 each.
Timothy G. O'Shaughnessy, '81, is named
the Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.
Despite heavy rain, 51 golfers tee-off at
Riverton Country Club on June 12. As usual, the net proceeds are donated
to the Scholarship Fund.
The officers for the 2012-13 fiscal year
are unanimously elected. They are: John T. Musial, '63, President;
Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, First Vice President; Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski,
'88, Second Vice President; John F. Devine, '69, Third Vice President;
Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59, Fourth Vice President; John F. Handley, '58,
Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Treasurer; Stephen A. Cardullo, '72,
Assistant Secretary; John R. Hanejko, '65, First Assistant Treasurer;
Joseph T. Mulawka, '51, Second Assistant Treasurer; and Frank J. Kelly,
We close the year with a dues paying
membership of 3,673.
Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun
drops to 297 - an all-time low.
President Musial appoints Len Knobbs,
'53, to his 30th consecutive term as Executive Secretary and John
Hanejko, '65, to 17th consecutive term as Assistant Executive Secretary.
The Board approves both appointments unanimously.
$142,992.20 - the highest since school closed. The Old Timers' Reunion
on Sunday, November 4 attracts 99.
Lucky 12's Club Chair Jeff Brown, '79,
moves at the November meeting of the Board to create another tier in the
sale of tickets. Currently, they are $12 each and 3 for $30. The new
tier would br 6 for $50. Anyone selling the or buying the six would
qualify for the seller's prize. Len Knobbs, '53 seconds the motion and
it is approved unanimously. In a separate motion by the same two
gentlemen, the seller's prize is increased to $1,000.
143 attend the Turkey Bowl Beef & Beer at
Chickie's and Pete's on November 18.
Class Rep Wendell W. Young III, '56,
succumbs to cancer on January 1, 2013. In late January, the Golf Classic
Committee votes to name the 2013 Classic in honor of Wendell. Chairman
Tom Morgan, '64, obtains presidential approval from John Musial, '63 to
do so since the brochures have to printed and FALCONER has to go press
earlier because of the Communion Breakfast. At the February Board
meeting, Knobbs and John Hanejko, '65, make a motion to approve the
We journey to Pitman, NJ, for dinner and
to view a great performance of Showboat at the local theatre.
The Communion Breakfast on March 17 is
attended by 308. Dom Giordano, WPHT talk show is the principal speaker
and recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award. Don Tollefson is
Toastmaster. Former President Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, receives the
Outstanding Alumnus Award.
April 23, we suffer the loss of another dedicated Board member - Edward
J. White, '55, who served as President (2000-03 and 2006-09) dies.
Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports that 94
golfers participated in the annual Golf Classic with additional people
attending the dinner.
Mrs. Young and a number of Wendell's family attended and she accepted a
trophy commemorating the event.
At the April meeting of the Board of
Trustees, Len Knobbs, '53, is reelected Treasurer.
Election Chairman Ed McKenna, '63,
notifies the Board there is only one contested office - Secretary. 1959
classmates Bill FitzPatrick and Tom McAvoy vie for the office with
McAvoy the winner. The officers for the coming year are; President -
Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; 1st V. P. - Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; 2nd V.
P. - John F. Devine, '69; 3rd V. P. - Joseph F. Pilawsky; 4th V. P. -
Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79; Secretary - Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59;
Treasurer - Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Stephen A.
Cardullo, '72; 1st Assistant Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65; 2nd
Assistant Treasurer - Robert J. Kensil, '74; Historian - Frank P. Kelly,
Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun
slips again - this time to 184.
The Silver Anniversary
FALCONWAY Appeal raises $151,241.23. The Scholarship Fund was
the designee for $123,599.33 and the Oblates received $27,642.50. FALCONWAY,
over the last 25 years, has raised $5,625,561.27 from our very generous
On November 3, 87 attend the Old Timers'
Reunion at Randi's in Northeast Philadelphia. The Turkey Bowl Beef and
Beer on November 24 draws 135 participants.
A number of alumni attend the interactive
murder mystery show, Deadly Housewives at Fisher's Tudor House Restaurant in
Bensalem on February 1.
Vai Sikahema, former Philadelphia Eagle,
and current Sports Director of NBC10 receives the Outstanding
Achievement Award and delivers the principal address at the Communion
Breakfast on April 6. Joey Callahan is the Toastmaster for the event
held at Regal Caterers. As usual, a collection was taken for the Oblate
Missions to which the Association adds $1000. This year they receive a
total of $2070. Breakfast was preceded by the Memorial Mass held at St.
Martin of Tours. There were 266 in attendance.
Once again, death strikes the Board. On
April 8, Joe Breitner, '68, passes away. We lose Joe Mulawka, '51, on
April 14. Mulawka was a 26-year plus member of the Board and Breitner
had served slightly over 10 years.
Memorial Day Services begin with Mass at
Resurrection of Our Lord Church and then the throng adjourns to the
Alumni House for services before the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in our
grotto and then coffee and cake inside for the attendees.
At the June meeting, Golf Classic
Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports attendance was down - 62 golfers - and
so were sponsorships. As a result, the profit which is given to the
Scholarship Fund was down also.
On the upside, Lucky 12's Club Chairman
Bob Kensil, '74, advises that ticket sales were 10,036 compared with
9,691 for last year. This is great news since this venture is our
largest money maker and provides the bulk of support for the
The current officers are unopposed for
election with the exception of Frank Kelly, '50, who chooses not to seek
reelection as Historian. Tom Morgan '64, is elected.
We end the year with 3,311 dues paying
members - the lowest total since 1976. However, the percentage of dues
payers (11.7%) is higher than in '76 (9.97%).
On, a rainy, dreary, August 2, 119 hearty
souls show up at Lighthouse Pointe for Falcons Fun in the
- an all-time low.
The Old Timers' Reunion on October 19
also hits an all-time low with only 71 in attendance.
On the bright side, FALCONWAY
XXVI raises $157,449.95 - over $6,000 more than last year.
The Scholarship is the recipient of $130,248.20 and the Oblates receive
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs,
'53, requests a meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the
Association's finances. Finance Committee Chairman Ed McKenna schedules
a meeting for November 6. Knobbs tells the committee: "Faced with
declining revenue from our various activities and increased expenses, we
must cut expenses and raise revenue. Our loss for the fiscal year ending
6/30/14 was $13,599.02. The logical place to increase revenue would be a
dues increase. The last increase was in 1992". He provides a detailed
report to substantiate the increase. This coupled with reductions in
expenses for the Executive Secretary and Assistant Executive Secretary
will cut the deficit by over 50%. After a prolonged an intense
discussion, the Committee agrees to present the proposal to the Board at
their November meeting.
At the meeting, McKenna presents the
Board with the report prepared by Knobbs and he painstakingly covers
each segment and the proposed solution to reducing our deficit. In
response to a question from the floor regarding the costs pertaining to
operating our home, he defers to Knobbs who explains that the cost last
year was $5,582.06. He points out this is far less than we would pay if
we were leasing space somewhere. McKenna makes a motion seconded by Joe
Pilawsky, '71, to accept the proposal. It is adopted unanimously. Dues
will increase to $10 per year effective July 1, 2015.
The Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer at
Chickie's and Pete's on the Boulevard attracts 122 party-goers all of
whom reportedly had a great afternoon.
In December, at their meeting, Finance
Committee Vice Chairman Pat Boyle, '49, moves to increase the price of a
subscription for non-alumni to $5 per year. It is seconded by Joe
Pilawsky, '71 and approved unanimously.
The Activities Committee makes a
recommendation that we march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and that we
hold an after parade party at the Philadelphia Fire Officers Union Hall.
Incidentally, the Hall is the site of our monthly Board meetings that
the organization has provided free-of-charge to the Association for over
thirty years. After a general discussion pro and con, Tom Morgan '64,
and Len Knobbs, '53, move to concur with the Committee's recommendation.
It passes with two "nay" votes.
Something new has been added. The
Activities Committee, under Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, runs a Bowling, Beef,
and Beer on February 8 at the Pep Bowl in South Philly. 55 attend and
had good time bowling, socializing, and enjoying the refreshments of
pizza and beer.
At the March Board meeting, Jeff
Rzepczynski, '88, on behalf of the Activities Committee, presents a
proposal to hire local comic and impersonator Joe Conklin, and to hold a
Comedy Night at Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School (the former
Northeast Catholic High School). The plan is to hold the show on October
9, 2015. The doors would open at 6:30 PM allowing people to do a walk
though of the building and see the changes made to the "Big House". MBA
would only make a small charge of $100 - more or less - for maintenance
people to open and close the building. Conklin's fee would be $5,000 for
he and two other comedians to perform a 90-minute show. He would expect
a $2500 deposit shortly after this meeting. The show would begin at 8:30
PM. There would be no food or drink allowed at the building. The tickets
would be $25 per person. A number of Board members had questions about
the plan and the expense involved. John Hanejko, '65, asked if Conklin
would help sell tickets and did he have another rate besides the "flat"
fee. Rzepczynski responded that he would not sell tickets but would give
us a mention on the WIP Morning Show and would list his appearance on
his website. Regarding the rate, he has a optional 50/50 split when a
"Beef and Beer" is involved but that would not pertain in this case. Len
Knobbs, '53, asked what are the terms of the agreement, is there a
written contract? If we don't sell enough tickets to be able to pay his
fee when can we withdraw? Jeff answered that there will be a written
contract with Conklin; he didn't know when we could withdraw. He said he
had Facilities Service Agreement in hand from MBA. Len stated he would
like to see both contracts and submit them to our attorney before
signing. John Musial, '63, asked if the advertising would list the MBA
building as the former NECHS. Jeff responded that he would see that it
does. There were numerous other questions from various members.
Rzepczynski made a motion seconded by Jim Kelly, '70, to sponsor the
Comedy Night. Tom Morgan, '64, wanted the motion to be contingent upon
our receiving the contracts and our attorney reviewing and approving
them. Len Knobbs wanted to be assured that we would not be committed to
Conklin for the deposit or the full amount if we withdrew for any reason
and that he agreed with Morgan regarding the contracts. Then Knobbs made
a motion seconded by Lou Szojka, '74, to table the motion. The tabling
motion carried with 15 in favor, 9 opposed, and 2 abstaining.
We march (35 of us) for the first time in
St. Patrick's Day Parade and then return to PFOU Hall for some
The Communion Breakfast on March 22 began
with the Memorial Mass at St. Martin of Tours concelebrated by Father
George Szparagowski, '89, as principal celebrant and homilist, our
Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and Oblate Fathers John
Spellman, '56, and Kevin Nadolski. Breakfast, at the Regal Ballroom
across Oxford Circle from Church, attended by 280, was highlighted by
the latest induction of five alumni into the NECHS Hall of Fame. Sam
Katz, local film and TV documentarian was honored with our Outstanding
Achievement Award and delivered the principal address. Ed Cunningham,
WHYY TV and radio announcer served as Toastmaster. Kevin McCloskey, '05,
a war hero and double amputee, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
At the April Board meeting, Knobbs and
Szojka moved to take the Comedy Night motion from the table. It was
approved unanimously. Jeff Rzepczynski explained that the contract with
Conklin and the Facilities Service Agreement with MBA had been reviewed
by the Executive Secretary and our counsel and were approved subject to
Board approval. The Facilities Service Agreement provides that we must
obtain insurance coverage indemnifying and holding harmless MBA. We have
a quote of $300 for the insurance. The charge for security at MBA would
be $108. Conklin's contract allows us to withdraw prior to August 9 and
receive a complete return of our $2500 deposit. If we proceed, the
balance of $2500 would be due at the performance. Tickets and
advertising would be approximately $200 for a total of $5600. We would
need 225 in attendance to break even.
There was a general discussion and a
afternoon of questions concerning the event. Jim Kelly, '70, and Joe
Pilawsky, '71, submitted an amendment to the motion that we charge $30
for tickets sold at the door. The amendment passed with 27 in favor, 4
opposed, and 1 abstaining. This carried the original motion.
Executive Secretary Len Knobbs, '53, in
his report to the Board at the May meeting notes that Bob Kensil, '74,
wrote an article about the Scholarship Fund in his parish - St.
Katherine of Siena - quarterly magazine. The article was read by John
Howorth, a St. Charles Borromeo seminarian, home on Easter break and he
commented on it in his blog - an equally interesting and congratulatory
article on our accomplishments. The article was titled "What we can
learn from the Northeast Catholic Alumni Association". He reported there is a link to the article on
the Association's Facebook page. Later in the meeting under a report
concerning the Comedy Night by Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Knobbs suggests
that we should set a number for tickets that must be sold by August -
preferably a few days before the contract deadline - so that the burden
of making the decision to go forward or not does rest solely with
President Jeff Brown. Rzepczynski agrees and states the committee will
come back month with a recommendation.
Memorial Day Services were held on May 25
with Mass at Resurrection of Our Church and the services at the Shrine
of Our Lady of Fatima. Chairman John Handley, '58, reported that
attendance gets smaller every year.
Seventy-five golfers arrive at Riverton
Country Club in Cinnaminson, NJ, on the bright sunny day of June 9 for
the Silver Anniversary Classic. They are treated to lunch and the
tee-off to spend the afternoon on one of the top courses in the area.
Mike McBride, '81, scores a hole-in-one, the first in our 25-year
history. A few more join us for cocktails, dinner and the awards
ceremony. The foursome led by John Barnes, '89, former Golf Classic
Chairman, takes first place.
At the June meeting, Rzepczynski makes a
motion seconded by Knobbs that if we do not sell 175 tickets to the
Comedy Show by August 4, the show will be cancelled. The motion carries
Our incumbent officers are returned to
office unopposed. Dues paying membership increases from last year to
At the June 18 meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, recommends
that we increase the value of the grants awarded. He makes a motion to
increase the value of the high school grants as follows: 5 @ $16,000
each; 5 @ $12,000 each; and 6 @ $4,000 each. College grants would remain
the same - 4 @ $25,000 each - and grade school grants would also remain
as is - 4 @ $6,000; and 4 @ $3,000. This would raise the total awarded
annually to $300,000. The motion is seconded by Steve Cardullo, '72.
After a general discussion on the number, value, and merits of the
grants, it was approved unanimously by the Trustees present - Chairman
Jeff Brown, '79; Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53; Trustees Pat Boyle, '49;
Steve Cardullo, '72; John Hanejko, '65; Tom Morgan, '64; and John
The change of venue for Falcons Fun in
the Sun to Flip Flopz in North Wildwood and the date to July 18 didn't
attract any crowd. Only 109 attend. Chairman John Hanejko, '65, points
out at the September meeting of the Board that between ticket sales and
the Big Board raffle it was a financial success - over $2800 is netted
for the Association.
The August 4 deadline for a decision on
the Comedy Night arrives and it's a go. We have 113 tickets sold and
commitments from Board members for an additional 126.
President Jeff Brown, '79, appoints Len
Knobbs, '53, as Executive Secretary and John Hanejko, '65, as Assistant
Executive Secretary. These men operate the Association on day-to-day
The Comedy Night on October 9 is a
tremendous success. 378 attend and titillated by the comic
of Joe Conklin, Vince Valentine, and Dennis Horan. Plus - you had an
opportunity to view the many changes to the building we spent our
adolescent years in.
Contributions to FALCONWAY
XXVII total $156,969.29 - almost $500 less than last year.
The Oblates receive $35,051 - over $7800 more than last year while
donations to the Fund drop by over $8300 to $121,918.29.
Despite adding two classes to the Old
Timers' Reunion - we invited the Classes from 1930 to 1956 - only 53 are
in attendance on November 4 at Randi's Restaurant.
The Board meets on November 12 and
Activities Chairman Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, makes a motion to donate $700
to Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School in thanks for allowing us to
use the auditorium for the Comedy Night. It is seconded by Jack Devine,
'69. Len Knobbs, '53, states "I think $700 is a little steep". Bob
Kensil, '74, states "$700 is an odd number, maybe $500 is more
appropriate". Tom Morgan, '64, states "It's an attempt to build a little
more good will in case we want to run future events at the school". Jim
O'Connor, '61, asked "What's the percentage?", Rzepczynski responded -
16%. Actually it is slightly over 17% of the net profit. The motion
passes with two against.
At the Golf Classic last June, Chairman
Tom Morgan presented a number of those in attendance with beautiful
trophies honoring them for their support over the 25 years. One man who
donated a great deal of time, effort, and money to the success of those
tournaments was overlooked. So, Len Knobbs procured a trophy similar to
the ones Tom presented in June and presented it to Tom tonight. He told
the Board that Tom was President of the Association for the first two
tournaments and then chaired the event until he retired from the Board.
When he returned, he took up the task of chairing the Classic once again
and that he was well-deserving of this honor. He apologized for not
presenting it sooner since he obtained it in July and was going to
present it in September.
Once again, Chickie's and Pete's is the
site of the Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer on November 22. Chairman Jack
Devine, '69, reports that 96 were in attendance.
In keeping with the Christmas season, Bob
Kensil, '74, convinces the Board to light up the house for the season.
On December 5, he, Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Steve Cardullo, decorate the
exterior with a plethora of Christmas bulbs.
Activities Chair Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, reports
that 33 attended the Beef, Beer and Bowling on February 21.
The Communion Breakfast on March 13 is
attended by 276. Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, is the
principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass at St. Martin of Tours
concelebrated by Oblate Fathers
John Spellman, '56, and Kevin Nadolski. After Mass, we cross the
Boulevard to Regal Ballroom for breakfast. Matt Rhule, head football
coach at Temple University receives our Outstanding Achievement Award
and delivers the principal address. Vince Valentine, local comedian who
was the MC at the Comedy Night, serves as Toastmaster. The late Joseph
J. Mackin, '40, is named an Outstanding Alumnus. His widow, Anne,
accepts on his behalf. Five alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame
(for a complete list of all members of the Hall go to).
Thirty-three St. Patrick's Day Parade
marchers depart for Center City by chartered bus after the Breakfast at
12:45 PM. Arriving at the scheduled starting point at 1:30 PM, they find
the parade is long gone and begin a "forced march" out the Parkway led
by Len Knobbs, '53, Bob Kensil, '74, and Joe Lamb, '93, in an attempt to
get to our proper place in the line of march. We finally get to our
proper spot at about 22nd Street only to learn from an official that "we
had been scratched" because we were not in line at the time the Parade
began. Thankfully, this was quickly straightened out and we went past
the reviewing stand decked out in our green "North Catholic" hats and
red North Catholic scarves - both provided courtesy of Tom Morgan, '64.
On April 21, the Trustees of the
Scholarship Fund award the 2016 tuition assistance grants valued at
$300,000 to 28 recipients (the list is located on the News page). They
also unanimously elect Len Knobbs, '53, to his twelfth consecutive and
fifteenth overall three-year term as Treasurer of the Fund.
Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, Director of
Development and Communications for the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province,
speaks with the Board of Governors at their May meeting. He specifically
thanks the Board fort heir efforts in supporting the Oblates over the
years. On behalf of the Congregation and the Provincial, Father James
Greenfield, he expresses their gratitude for the more than $760,000 the
FALCONWAY Appeals have raised for the Oblates. Old
Timer's Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty advises the Board that the
committee has decided to call off the luncheons until 2020. At which
time they will invite all classes that have been graduated 60 years or
more and then will run the luncheons every five years with the same
format. The decision is painful but had to be done because the
attendance was dwindling every year.
On May 14, 54 hearty souls attend the
Trenton Thunder - Reading Fightin' Phillies game in Trenton. It's rainy
and cold - and the Phillies lose. But the food wasn't bad.
Memorial Day - May 29 - is overcast and
the threat of rain is in the air. Father Kilty, and Father Howarth, '67,
concelebrate Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Church. Then we adjourn to
our home and services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and then
coffee and cake to close.
At the June meeting of the Board, we
elect our officers for the coming year and there are a number of
changes. President - Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79; First Vice President -
Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; Second Vice President - Joseph F. Pilawsky,
'71; Third Vice President - Robert F. Kensil, '74; Fourth Vice President
- James J. Henes, '61; Secretary - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; Treasurer -
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Jeffrey W. Brown, '79;
First Assistant Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65; Second Assistant
Treasurer - James F. O'Connor, '61; Historian - Thomas P. Morgan, '64.
We end the year with 3,031 dues paying
members - 11.04 percent of the potential membership - our lowest total
in both categories since 1976. Total active membership is 3,153.
This award, created by
the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor
Father Tye in 1976.
Alumni Moderator June, 1960 - April, 1973
Captain (Chaplain) John B.
Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in
in connection with combat operations against the enemy with the 1st
Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations (Luzon,
Phillipines) during World War II.
General Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Order No. 50 (1945).
below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary
dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni
In our eighty-six years, almost one thousand men have served
on our Board of Governors. Some have served as little as one month
while others have performed dedicated service for many years. We
would like to recognize the thirty one Class Representatives who served
for twenty five years or longer.
Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present Francis J. Devinney, '42
- November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951;
November, 1952 to November, 1957;
November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.
Deceased March 24, 2003.
Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.
Deceased October 20, 2002. John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to
Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008. Deceased
January 30, 2012.
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March,
2011, September, 2011 - September, 2013. Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January,
1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996. Deceased September 29,
1996 Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September,
1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.
Deceased October 30, 2005.
Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to
September, 1993. Deceased August 15, 2006.
Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September,
2000. Deceased September 10, 2000.
Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October,
1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.
Deceased June 23, 1995. John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August,
1998. Deceased August 15, 1998.
Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November,
1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975;
March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.
Deceased August 5, 1987.
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March,
1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.
Deceased January 3, 1999. Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February,
1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008. Deceased November 19, 2011.
Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October,
1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967;
September, 1989 to July, 2009. Deceased July 5, 2009.
Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February,
1996. Deceased January 18, 2001.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 -
April, 2015. Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009. William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 -
Deceased August 15, 2015. Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present.
Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September,
1992. Deceased December 31, 1993.
Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - December, 1987 to April, 2014.
Deceased April 10, 2014. William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to
November, 1990. Deceased November 26, 1990.
Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or
goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood
it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.
(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)
These men, our brothers,
gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea,
Viet Nam, and Afghanistan. Please remember them in your prayers.
WORLD WAR II
Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh
Nicholas P. Kavanagh
Joseph P. Mahoney
Joseph L. Rabenstein
William J. Connell
Leo P. Hassett
Charles P. Loeper
Joseph F. Stutz
Edward J. Coleman
Samuel J. Dunbar
Joseph S. Fiala
Joseph A. Gogoj
James F. Harkins
Edward F. Heard
Robert E. McCarthy
Aloysius A. Monaghan
Joseph F. Carr
Andrew J. Frosch
Edward J. Galloway
William J. MacElderry
John J. McCann
Joseph V. Murray
Thomas H. Murray
Walter J. Robinson
George L. Smith
Thomas A. Byrne
Edward B. Drueding
John A. Farrell
Albert P. Foley
John J. Gray
Anthony F. Matthews
Leonard J. McGee
Nelson A. Reed
Hugh T. Shellem
John A. Anderson
Richard J. Burns
Thomas J. Cassidy
John J. Dooner
Joseph T. Dwyer
John W. Farrell
Thomas J. Hobson
Edward E. Houseman
John R. Kelley
Robert J. Kelley
John F. Lawlor
Michael J. Marley
John B. McCann
Vincent J. McElroy
George A. McGee
William J. Newis
Herman P. Winterer
William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
Joseph A. Minnichbach
Lawrence W. Minnick
Andrew C. O'Keefe
Joseph K. Seiler
Edward C. Sekula
Joseph W. Shedaker
Raymond J. Slazas
Vincent K. Snyder
Albert J. Spanier
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
James J. McGinnis
Philip J. Razler
James E. Saul
John C. Schmieder
Francis J. Strenger
Martin E. Wagner
Alfred A. Zajac
Walter J. Zarada
William L. Cobb
Raymond W. Devlin
Alfred F. Dougherty
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White
WORLD WAR II
William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Philip T. Lehman
Eugene P. Magee
Francis X. McKenna
Charles J. McLinden
Charles J. McVey
Horace J. Murphy
Robert J. Reilly
Francis G. Rudolph
George J. Whalen
James A. White
Paul A. Becker
John F. Clinch
James J. Coffey
Joseph J. Daley
John J. Davis
Edward J. Dooner
Joseph A. Finley
Francis J. Fitzpatrick
Paul R. Foley
Francis J. Gillespie
Eugene T. Gladkowski
James J. Hanlon
Charles W. Lockwood
William F. Matthews
John M. McCann
Frank J. McDonnell
Hugh J. McFadden
Henry T. McMahon
John F. McNally
Charles A. Nessel
Louis B. Rieffel
Anthony J. Rosowski
William H. Schenkel
Anthony T. Serravalli
John D. Sykes
James J. Turner
Maurice L. VanZandt
Harry J. Bell
Raymond J. Broderick
Henry E. Dempski
John A. Donahue
Ralph J. Dooley
Stephen F. Halner
William G. Hare
Charles X. Kuntz
Robert J. Lautenbach
Raymond A. Makin
John G. McBride
Henry P. McCann
Joseph H. McCann
James J. McVey
James P. Mellon
Carmen V. Olivet
Gerald J. O'Neill
Leo J. Reilly
Arthur J. Roit
Joseph F. Rossetti
John J. Rowan
John M. Rutter
James M. Ryan
Ernest E. Schmidt
John J. Stevenson
Raymond J. Trost
Donald M. Woods
Richard E. Bagnor
Anthony T. Cassese
Thomas J. Eck
Charles H. Fox
Francis A. Glanzmann
James F. Gormley
John J. Hannigan
Joseph F. Hendron
Leonard P. Kolodziejski
Thomas W. Phillips
John T. Stevenson
James B. Boyle
William J. Conley
Charles W. Coyle
William J. DeLaurentis
Patrick J. Dever
Aloysius F. Dougherty
William E. Hagerty
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald
Francis J. Davenport
William J. Brennan
Charles M. Klein
William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy
Robert B. Appel
Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf
Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue
Robert J. Evans
John F. McGovern
Daniel C. Bianco
Joseph M. Lynch
Joseph J. Sweeney
Bernard F. Sevier
William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland
E. George West
Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter
James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles T. Tait
Charles P. Schwind
John F. Dunne
James F. McCafferty
William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman
Joseph J. Crawford
Ronald D. Briggs
William D. McCuen
George D. Speece
Robert V. Stever
William A. Kuprevich
Leonard S. Pelullo
Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk
Joseph J. Nitka
Louis W. Potempa
William M. Riley
Albert C. Wall, Jr.
Lawrence A. Branigan
Anthony J. Metzger
Joseph T. Monaghan
Thomas F. Nilan
George J. Reed, Jr.
Joseph F. Schimpf
Patrick J. Thiroway, Jr.
Anthony F. Citrigno
Edward J. Kapusta
Robert T. Koehler
Congresswoman Kathryn M.
Donald Barnhouse, WCAU-TV News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U. S. Senator Hugh Scott
Philadelphia Police Captain Clarence Ferguson
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg
Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter
Rolfe Neill, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Sprague, Esq., Special Prosecutor
Barney Morris, WCAU-TV News
Tom Fox, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
U. S. Attorney David Marston, Esq.
U. S. Senator Joseph Biden
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill
Larry Kane, WCAU-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott
U. S. Senator John Heinz
Pat Polillo, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald D. Castille
Congressman Robert Borski
Philadelphia Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth
Thomas Brookshier, CBS Sportscaster
Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, LaSalle University President
Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
U. S. Armed Forces - Operation Desert Storm
Bill "Speedy" Morris, LaSalle University Basketball Coach
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
Walt Hunter, KYW-TV News
Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel
Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
David R. Boldt, Columnist,
Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Marc Howard, Channel 6-TV News
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney
Michael Smerconish, Esq., Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Vicar for Education Dr. Richard McCarron, Jr.
Bill Campbell, Sports Broadcaster and Columnist
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker
Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale
U. S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, Esq.
Don Tollefson, Sports Broadcaster
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
Oblates of St. Francis deSales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio Talk Show Host
Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director
Sam Katz, Film & TV Documentarian
Matt Rhule, Temple University Football Coach
the School and the Association in 1989 to honor individuals that had
brought fame and distinction to the school and themselves by their
actions in certain disciplines. Until school closed the inductees
were honored at ceremonies held at NECHS. Since 2010, the
recipients are inducted at the Association's Communion Breakfast.
A select committee consisting of the President, Executive Secretary, and
Chaplain of the Association, along with four members - two from the
Board of Governors and two active members of the Association - appointed
by the President review the nominations submitted by the public and make
the final decision.