Knights of Columbus Council 7091 recognized Jerry and Kristel Melnitzke with its “Family of the Month” award and Jim Sharak and Scott Sharak as co-winners of its “Knight of the Month” award for their service to the K of C, St. Matthew Church and the local community.
The winners received certificates from Deputy Grand Knight Ken Nelson after a K of C meeting on April 23 in the St. Matthew parish center in Winter Haven. Nelson made the presentations on behalf of Grand Knight Phil Pierpont. Jerry and Kristel Melnitzke were honored for planning the menu and running the kitchen for a series of free meatless soup suppers staged by the council on five consecutive Friday evenings during Lent. They also worked on the council’s annual Tootsie Roll Drive and prepared food for its Installation Banquet late last year.
In addition to serving as head chef for the soup suppers and banquet, Jerry Melnitzke serves the council as Treasurer. He is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, whose resume includes service as Grand Knight and many other offices in the K of C and Faithful Navigator and other positions in the Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly 2608. The Melnitzke’s are active in St. Matthew Church.
James Sharak and his son, Scott Sharak, were honored for their work in raising funds and recruiting volunteers for events staged by Special Olympics of Polk County, including the Polk County Summer Games where Scott also won medals in bocce ball competition. They also are involved in Special Olympics on the regional and state levels.
A past Grand Knight of Council 7091, James Sharak currently serves the council as a trustee, while Scott Sharak is warden. They are both involved in the Frank J. Durbin Fourth Degree Assembly, worked on the council’s annual Tootsie Roll Drive and Easter Egg Hunt, and volunteer their time to prepare space in the St. Matthew parish center for the council’s two monthly meetings. The entire Sharak family attends St. Matthew Church.
Knights of Columbus Council 7091 provides financial aid to a wide range of local charities, in addition to supporting pro-life activities and sponsoring special projects for youth in the greater Winter Haven area, including an annual Spelling Bee, Basketball Free Throw Championship and Easter Egg Hunt.