District Deputy Jim Glover (left) and State Deputy Tony Fortunato (right) present the framed Supreme Council charter for Council 15794 to Deputy Grand Knight Hugo Feliciano (center) on December 5, 2013.
December 2013 - It's not easy to establish a Knights of Columbus council at a military base. Active duty members of the armed services simply don't stay in one place for very long, making it difficult to establish continuity among council leaders.
The effort to establish a council at Fort Lee, the home of the Combined Arms Support Command, had been a long-sought goal of many Virginia state deputies. Fort Lee is located just east of Petersburg, immediately adjacent to the battlefield where General Grant Union army delivered the final blow to General Lee's Confederate army in a struggle that lasted nine months and inflicted 70,000 casualties.
Past State Deputy Bill Mulvihill, who died in 2012, was a retired Army Colonel who was determined to start a council at Fort Lee, and many of the state deputies who followed him - Bill McCarthy, Kelly Mortensen, Pat O'Donnell, Ron Gorman, Tommy Harger, and Tony Fortunato, were anxious to make it happen.
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