John and Regina Joly of Lakewood Ranch were selected as the 2018 “Family of the Year” on Saturday evening by the 55,000-member Florida State Council of the Knights of Columbus at the State Convention held here.
The couple was selected in recognition of their exceptional service to their community, their church and to the Knights of Columbus.
As Community Director for the Lakewood Ranch Council, John schedules, plans and directs council activities in support of Habitat for Humanity, Blood Drives, Food for Families collections, and raising more than $6,000 for Special Olympics.
John spearheaded the council’s involvement in fourteen Habitat for Humanity work projects during a twelve-month period, leading up to a dozen volunteers in the work detail. He was a prime mover in getting several faith-based organizations to join forces to raise the funds necessary for site preparation and construction of a single-family home.
When Hurricane Irma forced families from Southwest Florida to evacuate, the couple participated in the effort to collect food, clothing and supplies for those families, and personally delivered Knights supplied gift cards to the relocation center in central Florida.
The couple is heavily involved in the activities of Our Lady of Angels Church in Lakewood Ranch. They have planned and directed the cooking and serving of meals for the parish, including a Lenten Fish Fry, Easter Egg Hunt, Breakfast with St. Nicholas and a Memorial Mass breakfast. They are also involved in many of the church ministries, work retreats and support to the pastor’s priority projects.
John and Regina Joly exemplify the highest ideals of the Knights of Columbus family and service programs.