The Knights of Columbus Long Island Assembly #703 celebrated the organizations 100th anniversary at the Rex Manor on March 25.
The dinner dance honored 12 past leaders of the assembly, who are called faithful navigators, for keeping the organization alive and running. They are Frank Capanella, Gerald Cardinal, Leonard DAmbrosio, Bertrand Derrick, Steven Drag, Denis Motherway, Richard Oakes, Anthony Palazzolo, Joseph Peluso, Louis Pepe, John Tancredi and Robert Williams. All except Tancredi and Capanella were present for the celebration.
Current Faithful Navigator Frank Strauch organized the event and remarked, I am honored to be called the centennial navigator. I am very happy to follow a long line of special men that came before me.
Founded in 1912, the Long Island Assembly is the oldest assembly in the state of New York. It is the fifth oldest in the nation or organization. We are also the oldest, still existing and working assembly in the Knights of Columbus. We are still going after 100 years, explained Strauch.
In addition to celebrating its centennial, the assembly will obtain the highest degree within the Knights of Columbus. The Long Island group will be given the fourth patriotic degree in a ceremony in April.