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Father Thomas Price Council 2546
    •   4301 Columbus Club Drive   •    Raleigh, NC 27604   •    919-231-3315   •
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Father Thomas Price Council was chartered on August 31, 1924. The first Grand  Knight was Herman Wolfe and the Chartered Chaplain was Rev. Thomas Griffin.  Other chartered officers are unknown at this time. There were no District  Deputies in 1924.

The council was formed at the time that the Raleigh Diocese was inaugurated  in 1924. In the early years of the council they met at the Catholic Orphanage in  Raleigh. When the Orphanage was disbanded the council was able to purchase 33  acres with a pond and an old clubhouse. This was used as the council's meeting  place until a new clubhouse was built. The new meeting place is known as the  Columbus Club of Raleigh and has been the scene of many District and State  meetings as well as many degrees.

In the days prior to World War II the orphanage was the main project of the  council. The work of the council was done around the children and the building.  The council acted as surrogate fathers, taking the children under their wings,  helping with their school work, providing clothing, vacations and kept the  building in good working order.

During the War, the council was the only United Service Organization (USO) in  Raleigh and the members saw that the military were entertained, fed and had a  place to sleep. At the time of the council's 25th anniversary in 1949 the  council had grown to over 100 members and included all of Wake, Durham and  Johnston counties. Also by this time the council had two members who were State  Deputies. Some of the noted members from this council were, Raymond Streb,  George Burkett, Harry Clody, Charles Powers, Jr., W. W. Scott, George Wahl, Don  Dubois and John Norkus. All were Past State Deputies, District Masters or Vice  Supreme Master.

Some of the major accomplishments of the council, has been their dedication  to the Catholic Advertising Program, the L. A. M. B. project at both the State  and Council level. The council has held several State Conventions, State Golf  Tournaments and a full program of local sports.

This is an independent council which has members from five local churches.  Over the years the council has had Bishops, Monsignors and priest as Chaplains.  For many years Father Price Council held a monthly Nocturnal Adoration Group  made up of Knights. This was terminated at the request of the pastor as he felt  the downtown area was no longer safe at night.

In 1999 the council will celebrate their 75th anniversary and it is gearing  up for the celebration. Bishop Waters was an excellent member of this council,  attended meetings and always appointed top priest to the council as Chaplains.  Bishop Waters attended the council's 50th anniversary celebration and was  honored by the council for his work within the Diocese and particularly for his  work with and for the Knights of Columbus.

The council is honored to be named for the first TAR HEEL APOSTLE.

The council has survived the race issue and the conversion of the south. The  Catholic population was less than 1% well into the 1950's. After this time the  membership of the council saw a rapid growth.

Past Grand Knights

Rich Ferraro

2012-2013

Dan Danford

2011-2012

Dave Bayard

2009-2011

Ed Rogosich

08-09

Jim Humphrys

07-08

Rich Ferraro

06-07

Ron Duffy

05-06

Timothy Whelan

04-05

Mike McGehean

03-04

Mark Toupin

02-03

Carmine Sacchitello

01-02

Christian Podgurski

00-01

Jerry E. Santoro

98-00

John Gouldie

96-98

John Murphy

95-96

Frank Seabo

94-95

Don Govan

93-94

John Nussbaum

92-93

Kenneth Maldonado

90-91

Clarence Maday

89-90

Don Govan

88-89

Marion Berkley

87-88

Richard Lyles

86-87

Paul Olanovich

85-86

Bobby Kemple

84-85

John Suszko

83-84

Gerald T. Lewis

82-83

David R. Raber

81-82

Jack Stinneford

80-81

Kenneth L. Growney

79-80

George H. Wahl Jr.

78-79

Patrick H. Voyce

77-78

James J. McGowan

76-77

Donald L Dubois

75-76

Anothony J Anello

73-74

Albert C. Ruocchio

72-72

Earl F. Olsen

71-72

Walter J Whitten

70-71

Henry T. Gribbon

69-70

James O’Sullivan

66-68

William W. Scott

64-66

Robert A. Evers

62-64

Charles A. Field

60-62

P. B. Edelen

60-61

Hollis L. Sprouse

59-60

Walter S. Booth Jr.

58-59

Frank L. Palma Jr.

57-58

Don R. LaSalla

56-57

Harry Lee Davis

55-56

John J. Norkus

54-55

Harry W. Clody

53-54

Richard F. Booth

51-53

Charles F. Powers Jr.

49-51

Neil L. Birch

47-49

Daniel E. Brady

45-47

M. J. Cowden

44-45

Charles L. Roetschi

43-44

George D. Burkett

42-43

Frank B. Dove

41-42

John P. Cummings

40-41

Raymond B. Streb

38-40

P. E. Young

36-38

P. D. Edelen

34-36

Raymond B. Streb

30-34

F. O. Bartel

29-30

L. M. Gerling

28-29

J. J. Murphy

27-28

Hermann Wolff

24-26