The grand knight is responsible for the overall welfare of the council. Elected annually by the council membership, the grand knight must provide thoughtful and inspired leadership to the council officers, the Service Program directors, chairmen and members of the council.
Herbert Asher Engler (Herb) was born in Petersville, PA but grew up in Northampton, PA. After residing in Freeland MI, Peleston MI, Alexandria VA, LaGrange Park Il, Streamwood Il, and Stratton St. Margaret, England, he currently lives at 6919 S. Valentia St, in Centennial. You may reach him at 303 770-3949 or email@example.com.
While growing up, he liked choral and instrumental music, swimming and diving, track, ice and roller skating, gymnastics and scouting (Eagle Scout). Herb was a three time PA State sousaphone champion, sang on the PA State chorus for two years and played in the PA State Band for two years. He also attended summer workshops with Fred Warring and his Pennsylvanians.
Herb attended Northampton Area High School and Weaver Airline School in Kansas City, MO to study aeronautics and the airline industry.
Herb spent his entire carrier in the airline industry, starting with Capital Airlines in 1956 and moving on to United Airlines in 1961. Most of his career was spent implementing computer systems and applications, retiring from Galileo International (owner of United Airlines Computer Systems and provider of computerized solutions to the travel industry) in 1998. He currently owns and operates NewSkills PC Assistance.
Herb married Yvonne Ann Koch on June 21st, 1958. They have four daughters, Kathleen, Christine, Cynthia and Andrea. Kathleen was the Music Director for All Soul��s parish before retiring to become a nanny to her twin granddaughters, Christine and Cynthia are homemakers, and Andrea is statistician for Standard and Poor��s. Herb and Yvonne just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. They have 11 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Herb became a Knight because he saw all the good things that the Knights were doing and wanted to become part of it. He became a First Degree Knight in December of 2010, a Second/Third Degree Knight in May of 2011 and a Fourth Degree Knight in June of 2012. He has been active in many activities including Pancake Breakfasts, Donuts, Highway Cleanup, Thanksgiving Baskets, Soccer Shootout, and Pro-Life. Herb was Editor of our newsletter from March of 2012 and then Public Relations Director in April of 2013. He was our Knight of the Month for April 2012 and April 2013, as well as the Colorado Knight of the Month for April 2012.
Outside of the Knights, Herb was involved with Fr. Woodys for many years as their Computer trainer (teaching the homeless new computer skills), is a former member on the Board of Directors of the Walnut Hills Civic Association, and sang with the Mile Hi Chorus and the Arapahoe Community Choral. He was also an avid cross country skier and mountain hiker (climbing eighteen fourteners).
Herb and Yvonne are quite active at Pax Christi. They have been on the steering committee of the Whole World Market for 10 years, and are members of the Lunch Bunch and Bread Ministries and had a Spirit Garden. Herb is also a former Usher. Before coming to Pax Christi Herb and Yvonne were involved in the music program at St. John the Evangelist (choir director) in Streamwood, Il, and St. Thomas Moore (choir director and organist).
Deputy Grand Knight
The deputy grand knight is the second in command in the local council. He is also elected annually, assists the grand knight in the operation of council affairs and is responsible for any duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, the deputy grand knight presides at council meetings and functions as the grand knight would. The deputy grand knight is a member of the Advisory Board charged with general supervision of a Columbian Squires circle sponsored by his council. It is suggested that the deputy grand knight and the board of trustees serve on the council’s retention committee.
The chancellor is elected annually to serve the council in a variety of ways. Primarily, he assists the grand knight and deputy grand knight in the execution of their duties and takes charge of the council during the incapacity or extended absence of both.
The warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property, except that which belongs to the financial secretary.
He sets up the council chambers for meetings and degrees and appoints and supervises guards for ceremonial exemplifications. The warden should also oversee the inside and outside guards and make sure they are fulfilling the duties assigned to them.