The Knights of Columbus was founded by a Catholic priest, Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut on February 2, 1882, and incorporated under the laws of Connecticut on March 29, 1882. Though the first councils were all in New England, the Order soon spread throughout the United States in the following years. Today the Order has active councils in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Fr. McGivney founded the Knights at a time when Catholics were regularly excluded from the unions and men's organizations that provided social support services. The organization was also intended to provide an alternative for Catholics to membership in a Masonic lodge—Freemasonry was discouraged by church hierarchy, and banned by Pope Leo XIII in 1884. The naming of the order after Columbus was partially intended as a mild ridicule of Anglo-Saxon Protestant leaders of the day, who upheld the explorer (an Italian working for Catholic Spain) as an American hero, yet simultaneously sought to marginalize recent Catholic immigrants.
To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
Arts On Division is a charitable organization within the meaning of Section(501)c3, dedicated to building community through the arts and arts education. Promoting the advancement, development and support of the visual, musical, physical and literary arts with the belief this will positively contribute to the quality of life for all residents and contribute to economic and community development in the Borough of Somerville, New Jersey and its surrounding areas.
The job of the Promotion Committee is to PROMOTE Downtown Somerville as the heart of commerce, culture, and community life for residents and visitors alike. As Somerville continues to change, this committee will think about promotion in a broader sense and develop new strategies by:
Understanding the changing market – both potential shoppers and our “competition”.
Defining Downtown Somerville’s market niche- it’s unique “position” in the marketplace.
Identifying downtown assets, including people, buildings, heritage, and businesses.
Continue to build on successful events and work to create new events/promotions that provide a wide demographic appeal.
All activities above are done in partnership with the DSA Board of Directors and other committees.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
We welcome all who come through our doorway; families, singles, children, women, men, old, young, wealthy, struggling, European in ancestry, Asian, Hispanic, African-American, gay, straight, physically "able" or "disabled," the mentally challenged and the talented and gifted. United Reformed Church has, from its very beginnings in 1699, been a congregation at the forefront of society in loving all. Stop by, you'll feel the love!
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
St. John's Episcopal Church in Somerville, New Jersey, was organized in 1850 and incorporated in 1851. St. John's is located on one and one-third acres of land in the heart of Somerville, the county seat of Somerset County. The current church is a second house of worship constructed on the same site on West High Street.
Over the past 158 years, St. John's has witnessed many names and faces, experienced much happiness as well as sadness, and seen an impressive parade of contributors and friends. Through all the years, there have been constants in the lives of the people of St. John's - a deep commitment to the work of the Lord, a strong faith and devotion to Jesus Christ, and an unblinking focus to our mission: "To Know Christ And To Make Him Known."