Council Information

Saint Mary of the Lakes Council 6520 is part of Saint Mary of the Lakes Parish in Medford New Jersey.  Our Grand Knight for 2017-2018 is John           “Mickey" Zawatcki, supported by these officers.  You can contact the Grand Knight by by e-mail.

Saint Mary of the Lakes Council was founded in 1973, is named for our parish and is part of the Trenton Diocese.  With approximately 200 members it is one of the largest organizations in our parish.  

Our council is part of District 34 and Burlington County Chapter of the New Jersey State Council.

Council Meetings

Business Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at the Emmaus Center on Jackson Road.

Social Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM at the same location unless otherwise indicated.

Our council is part of District 34 and Burlington County Chapter of the New Jersey State Council.

Interested in making a donation for Hurricane Harvey & Irma Relief?  Consider Knights of Columbus Charities.  

If interested, please click this link: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/charities/articles/disaster-relief.html

25th Annual Hunger Harvest Date is Set

The date has been set for this year’s Annual Hunger Harvest.  The 25th Annual event is set for October 14th from 9am to 5pm.  Knights and youth will be again collecting food items destined to fill the shelves of St. Vincent dePaul in Medford.  Collection points are Murphy’s on Stokes Road, Murphy’s in Tabernacle, Shop Rite on Route 70 and Acme Market also on Route 70.  Youth and Knight volunteers can sign up by following these links:

Knight’s Signup http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eaaae2da7f49-25th

Youth Signup http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eaaae2da7f49-25th1

Council Golf Tournament breaks all-time donation records!

The annual charity golf tournament that benefits the homeless, less fortunate, women in crisis, and children breaks all-time records    

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District Deputy Ed Michalak presents the Star Council Award to GK George Finan III

Council 6520 Achieves the Prestigious Award of Star Council



Three Council Knights -  Dave Karbasian, Christian Files & Garry Roettger exemplified to the Fourth Degree 

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Council 6520 Silver Jubilee (1973-1998) Dinner Dance 


The event was held on November 7, 1998 at the Medford Lakes Country Club in Medford Lakes NJ proudly commemorating the Council’s 25 years of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and service to our church and community

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Charity golf tournament benefiting First Way of Burlington County a HUGE Success click here for photos

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First Way Volunteers with Father Carlos & GK George Finan

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A Big Thank You from Mickey Zawatcki!

Council #6520

Hunger Harvest 2016 Event Summary

The Knights of Columbus Council 6520 of St. Mary’s of the Lakes would like to thank the parishioners and the communities of Medford, Medford Lakes and Tabernacle for their generous contributions during the 24th annual Hunger Harvest event.  A huge thank you goes out to the owners, management and employees of the grocery stores, Acme, Shop Rite and Murphy’s, who regularly permitted us to use their store for our event. We really appreciated how you invited us to even come into the stores during this year’s rain. We can’t give a big enough thank you to Ms. Xerri and youth group for stepping up and volunteering to help us help those in need. 


Event Date:     Saturday, October 8, 2016

Locations:       Acme Market, Medford

                        Shop Rite, Medford

                        Murphy’s At the Lakes, Medford Lakes

                        Murphy’s In the Pines, Tabernacle


·      1 Event Chairperson, who coordinates the event (20 volunteer hours)

·      2 amazing assistants on the day of the event, Charlie Kojeski and my daughter Amanda Zawatcki. Together we performs regular truck pickups of shopping carts from each store throughout the entire day.  (24 volunteer hours).

·      1 dedicated and knowledgeable web organizer who coordinated the volunteer of Knights and Youth via Sign-Up Genius (5 volunteer hours).

·      4 Store Captains who coordinated each of the stores two doors for two hour shifts.  This captain also filled in to make sure coverage gaps at their stores were filled. (24 volunteer hours).  (We won’t discuss what I think was my confusion of some names here.)

·      24 Youths.  YES group youths assisted with passing out flyers at each door for two hour shifts and collecting food donations. (48 volunteer hours)

·      37 Knights. Knights manned each store door for two hour shifts passing out flyers and collecting food donations.  (64 volunteer hours)

·      1 YES Coordinator.  Got the word out to the youths and coordinated sign up of volunteers.  (5 volunteer hours)

·      1 Assistant cutting up of the flyers to be distributed.  (4 volunteer hours)

·      We’ll let St. Vincent’s tally up the number of staff they needed for the event…but there were at least 5 volunteers in the pantry all day.  (35 hours)


·      This past Saturday’s 24th annual Hunger Harvest was a huge success.

·      230 hours were donated by dedicated volunteers to make event a success.

·      We transported 48 full shopping carts to the pantry as a result of this event. It still amazes me that for years we loaded a pick-up truck bag by bag until a better idea came about (thanks Amanda) to use a trailer and move things cart by cart.  

·      The food donated filled the food pantry past capacity.

·      It enabled St. Vincent’s to provide holiday meals and groceries to needy families in our area over each of the major holidays.

·      In addition to the groceries donated.  We also collected a monetary contributions in the amount of $862.00

·      All in all it was a hugely successful event.  It seems like the rain convinced every to avoid doing their outdoor ward work and go shopping which benefitted us.

God bless you & thank you all.

Vivat Jesus,

Mickey Zawatcki, Hunger Harvest 2016 Chairperson

Knights of Columbus Council #6520


Golf Outing Donation to Interfaith Hospitality Network


Proceeds from the Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament was presented to IHN representative Pat Lasusky.  Included in the picture are SML IHN volunteers and IHN Board President Peggy Singer.

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Father Carlos’s Trip to Colombia - click here for pictures

Father Carlos’s recent message to the Women’s Auxiliary 

"my dear Ladies, I can't thank you and the good people of St Mary of the Lakes parish enough for what we have been able to do here for the poorest of poor. Their smiles speak volumes of your generosity and love 5,000 miles away. Together we will help our brothers and sisters climb that difficult mountain of misery that many of them are living. May God bless America and the good people of St Mary of the Lakes. Please continue to pray for us. I look forward to breaking bread with you soon. I'd like to celebrate what we've done when I get back. I have a lot of photos to show you and a video. Wifi is spotty. God bless you.”

New Columbian Year Dinner 2016 

Don and Mariann Bouchard Family were honored as Family of the Year and 

Bill Mazzio was selected as Knight of the Year 

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Interested in Becoming a Knight, then click here

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