Christopher J. Muro, whose grandfather Louis N. Muro served as Charter Grand Knight for St. Patrick Council 10567 upon its founding in 1991, was elected Grand Knight for Fraternal Year 2007 - 2008 at the Council's June meeting.
Chris becomes the 14th member of the Council to serve as Grand Knight. He also becomes the youngest to serve in that position.
"I want to thank my brother Knights for the faith they have shown by electing me as Grand Knight," Chris said.
"This year, I've had a wonderful opportunity to learn from Rob Smith, a great man and a great Grand Knight. With the help of such a strong group of officers, my goal will be to continue the success we have enjoyed for so many years since my grandfather, Louis N. Muro, formed our council."
Chris became a Knight in 1994 at the age of 18 and has served the Council and St. Patrick Church in many areas during that time. He is the son of Ronnie and Debbie Muro and has one sister, Natalie Wharton, all of whom are longtime members of St. Patrick.
Other officers elected were:
Shawn Allen, Deputy Grand Knight
Ronnie Muro, Chancellor
Phil Neely, Recorder
Phil Whatley, Treasurer
Andrew Brasfield, Advocate
Greg Brasher, Warden
Mike Champ, Inside Guard
Floyd Alfano, Outside Guard
Rob Smith, Trustee Third Year
In non-elected positions for the new fraternal year, St. Patrick Pastor Father Gray Bean will serve as Chaplain; Dale Blanchard will continue as Financial Secretary; Gaeton Conte will be Trustee First Year; and Louis J. Muro will serve as Trustee Second Year.
The new officers will take office on July 1 and will be officially installed during a ceremony yet to be scheduled.
Chris will announce his appointments for the office of Lecturer and for the chairmanships of the Church, Council, Community, Youth and Family committees in the coming days.
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