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St. John Neumann Men’s Club
A Parish Ministry of St. John Neumann Catholic Church
Member News and Notes
November Thanksgiving Dinner Meeting Photos
Our November Thanksgiving Dinner Meeting saw the Men’s Club “Gave Thanks” to our Veterans. The night began with four cadets from the Miami Killian High School JROTC program Color Guard presenting the flag. The JROTC director Major James Brown (US Army Retired) gave us a brief overview of their successful program. It was a pleasure to see these fully uniformed young men sharply execute the Flag presentation ceremony. The contrast in age and continuity of service was appreciated by our 24 attending Veterans. (10 USAF, 9 Army, 3 Marines, 1 Navy and 1 Coast Guard) SJN’s, Octavio Orochena (US Army PFC 1962-65) sang the National Anthem. Instead of military issued “MREs” a traditional Thanksgiving dinner was enjoyed by all 62 men in attendance. Our speaker Lt. Col. Tom Gammons (USAF Retired) who is the Education Officer at the Miami Military Museum gave us an excellent presentation on the history of the Richmond Naval Station as well as the impact of military events on our community.
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September Meeting Photos
Our September Dinner Meeting marked the 20th Men's Club Annual Chili Cook-off and this year's was more successful and tastier then ever. Congratulations to all the chefs and we look forward to even more participating next year.
Thomas Rhodes III Golf Memorial Golf Tournament
Saturday August 6 2022 - Trump National Doral
St John Neumann Men’s Club Golf Chairman Mike Mesa (far left) with the winners of this year’s Tournament: (L to R) Jorge Najera, Daniel Gonzalez, Alvaro Puche, and Rene Mesa.
SJN Men’s Club Golf Chairman Mike Mesa (far left ) with 2nd place team (l to r) Yogui González Andres Galarraga Juan Carlos Amaro Rafael Cedeño
SJN Men’s Club Golf Chairman Mike Mesa (far left ) with 3rd place team (l to r) AJ DeZayas Alex DeZayas Armando DeZayas Agustín Guardiola
Golf Chairman Mike Mesa ( 2nd from left) with most honest golf team members 😉
August Meeting Photos
The August Dinner Meeting saw the return of our popular Ialian Block Party featuring the Italian cuisine of our resident chef Jimmy Iovino. Our Guest Speaker was our newest SJN Parish Parochial Vicar Father Nicholas Toledo.
July Meeting Photos
The SJN Men’s Club dinner meeting on Monday July 11th, in celebration of Independence Day, saw the handover of Men's Club administration to the new President Keith Simmons and the 2022-23 Board of Directors. President Keith thanked outgoing 2020-22 President Tom Visney for his tireless efforts on behalf of the club and Parish. As Guest Speaker, the club welcomed new Parochial Vicar Father Cesar Betancourt.
The 2022-23 Board of Directors:
President - Keith Simmons
Past President - Tom Visney
Vice President - Mike O'Connor
Treasurer - John Hanek
Secretary - Frank Rivero
Sergeant-at-Arms - John Gentile
Membership – Richard Glass
Operations – Dennis Stommes
Events – David Donnelly
Ministries – Sal Avila
Marketing – Vacant
Food Services – Jim Iovino
Special Services (Past Past President) - Paul Banaszak
June Meeting Photos
The SJN Men’s Club meeting on Monday June 6th welcomed Monsignor Pablo Navarro back to the Parish and the Men’s Club, along with Guest Speaker Peter Jude, President of the Serra Club of Miami. Our Men’s Club presented a donation in support of the St John Vianney Seminary. The dinner meeting featured the annual steak dinner served by the club's past presidents. Keith Simmons was elected Men's Club President for 2022-2023.
May Meeting Photos
Our speaker at May's Dinner Meeting was Jeremiah Horgan of Servants to the Sacred Heart. At the meeting the Men's Club presented a plaque to the Parish commemorating St. John Neimann's founding Pastor Father Michael Hickey to be displayed in the Parish. The commemorative plaque was blessed by our current Pastor Father José Alfaro.
Catholic Prayer Breakfast
7275 SW 124 Street (adjacent to St. Louis Catholic Church)
Next Breakfast Meeting: Second TUESDAY of the month
The Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Chaired by Men's Club member Gerry Pecknold, is back with in-person breakfasts at Morningstar Renewal Center!. Watch our site for regular updates on the latest program information for the next monthly Prayer Breakfast meeting.
We eat and pray together as community in the Body of Christ. Join us, just once. You’ll look forward to the next meeting. It’s the second Tuesday of every month.
For Over Thirty Years: Catholic Christians Committed to Spreading the Good News
Breakfast and Guest Speaker: 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Donation: $ 7.00—or $75.00 for the Year
Jesus Christ Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Helping St John Neumann Catholic School
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Faith ● Fellowship ● Service
Founded in 1981, the St. John Neumann Men’s Club is a Catholic men's group dedicated to promoting faith development, camaraderie, forming enduring friendships, and service to build a better Parish community at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Miami, FL. Our monthly dinner meetings provide an opportunity for men of our Parish to enrich our faith, build friendships, hear informative and uplifting speaker presentations, and take action through service to support the work of the Parish, its ministries, and the wider community-at-large.
Thanks to our annual Golf Tournament and the work of our members, we are able to raise funds in support of our charitable projects and to assist over 20 spiritual and community outreach ministries of the Parish, such as Family Matters, Men’s Emmaus, Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Retreats, Homeless Ministry, Youth Ministry, Marriage Covenant Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and St. John Neumann Catholic School. Since 1996, our Christmas Teddy Bear Project has visited and delivered Christmas Teddy Bears to over 11,000 children hospitalized during the Christmas holidays at area hospitals, including Baptist, Miami Children’s, and Jackson. The Club distributes over 1500 orchids every Mother's Day to the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers of the Parish.