The ladies have enjoyed many guest speakers, demonstrations and religious celebrations, but their primary focus has been on service. A bazaar was held in 1963 to raise funds for a statue of the Blessed Mother for the lobby of Holy Cross Hospital. Annual charity balls have benefited Heroes Inc., Wheaton Rescue Squad, the Volunteers for the Visually Handicapped, the National Catholic Office for the Deaf, Dorothy Day Place, Stepping Stones, Raphael House, Hospice of Montgomery County, the Marian Novitiate, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic Deaf Center, Kennedy Institute, Children's Inn at NIH, and Birthright of Wheaton. Ongoing community projects have included Birthright, St. Anne's Infant Home, the Kennedy Institute, and several homeless shelters for men and women.
In 1987, the Maryknights participated in the Preview
Shopping Day and Charity
Benefit sponsored by the Hecht Company. The $6,600 earned became the
for their current Charity Fund. Since then, they have held such
projects as card parties and bake sales to supplement their Charity
In 1989, the Maryknights hosted the Ladies Luncheon held at the National Knights of Columbus Convention in Baltimore, and in 1992, 1999, and 2000 they won the Maryland State Council Award for ladies Auxiliaries, Division A.
Father Rosensteel Council is the beneficiary of all
funds earned at the
Annual Special Activity. Those monies have redecorated the Jouvenal
and both Ladies rooms, purchased a commercial microwave for the kitchen
and paid for a number of improvements in the recent remodeling of the
Columbian Room. They have also contributed to the erection of a
Memorial to the Unborn located in a cemetery across the street from the
On the Domestic scene the ladies have baked many cakes and served in numerous buffet lines for both Council and catered affairs. They also assist the Knights in activities such as the Tootsie Roll Drive, the Senior Christmas Dinner, children's parties, and holiday food and gift collections for the needy.
|1962-63||Sue Ann Riley|
|1982-83||Mary Lou Kusek|
|1996-98||Concetta "Tina" Rose|