Many of the recent personalities that have appeared in this column were not known to me, but in meeting and talking with them, I feel as I have gotten to know them very well and, through this experience, we have become friends. This week however, I want to introduce you to a real good friend, Tom Reumont, a “Brother Knight” and the current District Deputy responsible for five Knights of Columbus Councils here in lower Southern Maryland. But before I tell you about this gentleman, let me tell you a little about this fine organization of Catholic men that is more than 133 years old and numbers nearly two million strong worldwide and can be found in every Christian nation.
Many of you have no doubt witnessed Knights marching in local parades resplendent in their tuxedos, sashes, swords, and bright multi-colored plumed caps. These handsome gents are members of our Color Guard and participate in many ceremonies, funerals, church and civic events throughout the year, and are really the “face” of our organization that most of the public identify with. It would be impossible for me or any other writer to acquaint you with all the activities and support functions we are involved in on a regular basis given the amount of space allotted to my weekly story. But know these gentleman give of themselves to many, many purposes supporting the church, our poor, our school children, both public and parochial, our sick, and our elderly within our community no matter their faith or affiliation.
The Knights raise large amounts of needed money for multiple causes including scholarships, medical equipment, children’s health research, and school needs to mention a few of their worthy contributions. Locally, they have teamed up with the “Christmas in April” program and “Habitat for Humanity” to erect or repair homes for needy citizens who are unable to afford or effect the repairs themselves. On a grander scale, the Knights provide the financing for flying the Pope around the world as well as funding most of the audio visual requirements for getting his message out to the billion Catholics that are spread over all six continents. And to think, this whole wonderful process began in 1882 with an idea of a young 29 year old Irish priest, Father McGivney, in New Haven, Connecticut to find a way to support the poor widows and children faced with great financial hardships upon the passing of their husbands and fathers.
So, with this review of what the Knights are about, let me tell you about this fine young Knight who is a rising star within our Maryland organization. I have known Tom and his great wife Karen since they first moved their family to Calvert County in 1988. Raised just across the line in Anne Arundel County, they decided early on that they wished to return to their roots and the simple, rural life. Unfortunately, they could not afford the cost for housing there, so they came south to Calvert as it provided a similar setting and life style. And we are all the better for their wise decision!
As a young man, Tom entered a private military boarding school and received his diploma with hopes of going to college in pursuit of an Electrical Engineering degree. But, life gets in the way of one’s plans and he met Karen and decided his dreams of a college degree wasn’t going to get him where he wanted to be as quickly as vocational type of training would provide. He went on to earn an Electronic Technician Certificate from the Arundel Institute of Technology in 1985. He was able to parlay this education into the establishment of his own company and earn additional certifications in his line of work. He is entering his 20th year as Technical Advisor for FedEx Services.
Tom has always wanted to help others and give back to the community. In 1992, he decided to join the Knights of Columbus in Solomons after their second child was born. He quickly learned of all the wonderful acts this group performs in support of the church and the local community. As his children grew older, he found more time to assist his Council members with their ongoing efforts in supporting Special Olympics, Christmas in April. Our Lady Star of the Sea School, and a myriad of other events to improve the quality of life of our needy citizens and Brother Knights as necessary. He often involves himself in assisting his Brothers when they move or help in the removal of down trees following a storm, and in almost any way he can lend a hand where there is a need.
Earlier on in his volunteering as a young member of the Council, his Brother Knights recognized his exuberance and enthusiasm for becoming involved in the Council’s efforts and he soon held leadership roles where his ideas and methods found favor within this 120 man organization. He revealed a knack for getting to the heart of problems, determining the best way to fix challenges, and accomplish the various issues that presented themselves. His quiet, effective style led to his election as the Deputy Grand Knight and then two years later he rose to the organization’s top role as the Grand Knight. He attained this privilege at a very young age and had an incredible record of accomplishment in this lead role.
As of today, Tom has completed more than a year in his position as the District Deputy for five Councils in Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. This Maryland State Council leadership role puts him at the top of nearly 500 Knights for whom he is responsible for their collective efforts. He is currently focused on Religious Freedom and Wounded Warrior and other Disabled Veteran charities. I see a big future for my Brother in his future selection to even larger assignments within this great fraternal organization.
Finally, no story about Tom’s success is complete without mentioning the great support his wife Karen provides; together they are as good a “team” as I have known. They have been happily married for more than 30 years and have two children, Danielle 28, and Logan, 24. Tom has asked that I express his thanks and gratitude to all his friends, family, and Brother Knights who helped him become the man that he is today! Tom, personally on behalf of your friends and Brother Knights, I wish to congratulate you on your great service to us all!
Dave Spigler resides in Lusby and has been a resident of Calvert County since 1979. He has been recognized many times for his years of community service. He received the “Calvert You Are Beautiful Award” for 2013 and recognized by the Knights of Columbus as the “Maryland Citizen of the Year” in 2011. He was a member of the HOGETTES, the Washington Redskins “Biggest Fans” for 22 years. If you know of an unsung citizen of Calvert County, please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.