The club evolved from the Holy Name Society but was more informal. The organizational meeting was April 26, 2000. The club met monthly for several years with the purpose of involving the men of the parish in matters and activities that helped the parish. It was agreed upon that, in an effort to establish a long lasting, viable organization, ‘Men’s Club’ meetings would combine social elements with our business purpose. A list of projects suitable for our organization to undertake and complete or support came from the Church Council. Meetings were set for the second Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.
The First officers were elected on May 10, 2000. They were Rick Bassi-President, Bill Carnahan-Secretary and Dennis Pankey, treasurer. Father Hart confirmed that the funds from the Holy Name Society would be made available to the Men’s Club. It was hoped that a less formal social atmosphere would spark interest in helping with other church activities. The club continued the annual Fish Fry and Mother Daughters Breakfast, Men’s Smoker and the spring clean-up of the church grounds. When work began on renovations to the basement/hall, the Men’s Club was there to help and share in the cost. The ‘Annual Picnic’ was a new project of the club. Interest waned and the attendance at meetings dropped. It was finally decided by the board members that the group would no long meet, but that the funds remain to help with parish projects.
Although the club no longer meets, we still oversee the annual Lenten Fish Fry. It remains the main source of income for the club’s finances. The proceeds have been used in the past to finance renovations to the Hall, tables and chairs when needed and most recently the AEDs for the church. When called upon by the church for assistance for various worthy projects and activities, the Men’s Club will help. Dennis Pankey is the treasurer.