Good Shepherd Men's Club
A Brief History of its Beginning
During the latter part of 1963, the Brothers teaching our boys and
also working with them after school hours solicited help to drive the
boys to various sport events, places of recreation and other points of
interest. One of the contact, namely Frank Curran met with Brother
Anthony Griffin, the principal of the boys department, with the ...idea
to purchase a car for the Brothers. Brother Anthony G. sough additional
help from Jed Meekins, Frank Bond, Bill Guinan, Don King, Ed Stapleton,
Jim Gentilesco, Gene Ward and others.
The above group met with Brother Anthony in January 1964 and the
ground work was laid for the organization of men who would be willing to
join together to assist the Brothers of Good Shepherd in any way they
could. Brother Anthony at this meeting said he would confer with Father
Mitchell who was than our pastor and request his permission to form such
a group. Father Mitchell graciously consented and on Feb. 25, 1964 the
first official meeting of the Good Shepherd Men's Club was held.
An interim Board of Officers had been selected the previous month to
serve until June of 1964, at which time officers would be nominated and
voted upon by the entire membership. At the first meeting, Father
Mitchell address the group saying that as a graduate of Manhattan Prep
and College, he considered himself a Brother's boy and was happy to be
part of the formation of this club.
At this first meeting the club paid its first bill, $49.90 for beer,
soda, and other refreshments. Brother Anthony advanced the club $18.00
to help defray this expense, and the 'hat' was passed and $49.30
A $2.00 fee for dues was assessed for covering the period from Feb.
to June,1 1964, as no constitution had been written, as yet. During
these first five months the club recorded 59 dues paying members and it
can be proudly stated that 16 of these men are active and still dues
Starting with the September 1964, the dues which had been voted upon
the previous June were officially instituted at $10.00 per year, or
$1.00 per month excluding July and August. During this same period
Father William Micheli replaced Father Mitchell as pastor and requested
that one of his Priests assigned to the club. Father Jerry Sullivan
became our first 'Spiritual Advisor.'
Among some of the 'First' for the club was a $28.00 bill for repairs
to the Brothers car. Though there was much discussion about buying the
Brothers a new car, this idea was totally 'sacked,' and the purchase of
various school needs was inaugurated.
During the early years of the club one of the main sources of income
were the Sports Nights, an average of $100.00 was realized from the
receipts at the door and the sale of hot dogs and soda at each event.
Many members will remember the club's first outing, a trip to West Point chaired by Jed Meekins.
Our first Communion breakfast was Feb. 1965 chaired by Jack Mooney and John Mullins.
Our first and present banner was donated by our first and only (thus
far) 'Angel' Jere Lumbert, who also donated through the Men's Club
$1,000.00 for the purchase of books for our school library.
Another and significant first was the initial YEAR END DINNER held in
June 1965. This was a going away affair honoring Brother Steve Caplice
who was leaving his assignment at Good Shepherd for a volunteer
assignment with the Brothers Foreign Missions in Africa.
The following year Brothers Anthony departed following Brother Steve
to Africa. We toasted him in June of 1966 and from that time on what is
now known as our Year End Dinner got off to a rousing start. The dinner
in June 1971 will be our 8th such event.
In conclusion, we feel it should be mentioned that though the club
had its impetus through a desire to help the Brothers, many of us
realized that a vast number of young and not so young men, whether they
did or did not have children could have a common meeting ground to
provide varied services to their parish. This has proven true since the
club's inception as many of our members have served on parish related
activities including among others, Fund Raising Campaigns, Catholic
Charities, St. Vincent De Paul, C.Y.O. and more recently as elected
members of our parish Lay Council.