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Kim Washburn, State Deputy 2022 - 2023
"Through Him All Things Were Made”

Brothers All,

We have lost two pillars within our Washington State Order over the past two months. Past State Deputy John Wallace and Lori Hogan, wife of Past State Deputy and Vice Supreme Master Wayne Hogan, passed to eternal life.

When I was Deputy Grand Knight of Council 1643 Olympia in 2010, I attended a Regional Meeting under John Wallace’s term as State Deputy. During the question and answer session, I asked John why our State did not have a Tootsie Roll Program.

In 2008, my wife and I moved from Illinois where the very successful Tootsie Roll Program originated in 1970. I had seen the program in action since 2001 and was so impressed; I joined the Knights the next year.

In that Regional meeting, once the questioned was posed, John pointed at me and said, “I’ve been looking for someone to run this program.” Everyone laughed and my Grand Knight sitting behind me kicked my chair and said, “You just volunteered.”

I called John the following Monday and asked him if he was serious. He seemed a little surprised by my call, but quickly embraced the passion he felt from me. He said he would support me in my efforts, thus the Columbus Charities Tootsie Roll Program became real. Read more...


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Messages From Your State Officers
Fr. Kenneth St. Hilaire,
State Chaplain

October 2022

Dear Brother Knights,

October is the month of the Rosary, so I have a timely opportunity here to reflect with you for a moment on the praying of this great prayer.

As Knights, the Rosary is one of our “go-to” prayers. We each received a rosary when we became a Knight and have been exhorted and encouraged repeatedly to pray this prayer with devotion and frequency.

If you don’t know how to pray the Rosary, I urge you to do some research and find out, or ask someone to teach you. And if praying the Rosary is not currently part of your spiritual practice, please consider incorporating it as part of your prayer life. Read more...

Greg Mahoney,
State Secretary

October 2022

Brother Knights,

Last year at this time, I wrote about the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.  Thanks be to God the Supreme Court reversed that act of hubris.  But our work is not finished.  We must continue to pray and work to preserve life at all stages.  In this opportunity God has presented us, may we lift our voices and step into the breach that exists in our state by each council implementing the new ASAP Program and continuing other programs in support of the Culture of Life.

Liability Insurance billings were mailed to Financial Secretaries in late August.  As of September 30, 2022, many councils have paid – thank you!  I have received 60% Read More...

Tom Williams,
State Treasurer

October 2022

My Brothers,

Regional season is off and running! We have met with brothers in Chewelah, Otis Orchards, Pomeroy and Kennewick thus far, sharing training, fraternalism and renewing old acquaintances. The next slate of Regionals will focus on the west side of the state, and I strongly encourage you to avail yourself to this great opportunity. You get small group sessions with the experts in membership, programs, Council administration and more by simply attending a session.

One of the side benefits for me personally of the regional travel schedule thus far is the ability to jump off the main roads and drive on the back roads through farms and small towns. Read more...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Advocate

October 2022

My Brother Knights,

 2022 Schedule for Regional Meetings

The schedule for ten 2022 Regional Meetings has been finalized thanks to our District Deputies and the Grand Knights for the host Councils. Special thanks to Greg Loberg (DD20), Mike Taylor (DD16), Al Reponte (DD3), Paul Morel (DD33) and Membership Director Mike Ruland for their extra ordinary efforts assisting with scheduling the Regional Meetings. Parish activities always take precedence when scheduling Regional Meetings; consequently, it was necessary to make a number of last-minute adjustments to the Regional Meeting schedule on the fly because of last-minute schedule conflicts. Read More...

David Olwell,
State Warden

October 2022

My Brother Knights,

It was my solemn duty and honor in September, along with several other state officers and past state deputies, to attend the Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection for Hannelore Hogan, wife of Worthy Past State Deputy Wayne Hogan.  The services and fellowship made quite an impression on me, and I would like to share a few thoughts.

First, Lori lived a life of love!  Married sixty-six years, she was an Army wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a survivor.  I did not know until her services that she had survived a childhood marked by tragedy in the Second World War, losing her mother early on to cancer and then her father, Read more...

Patrick Kelley,
Immediate Past State Deputy

October 2022

My Brother Knights,

Well, summer is gone, and the rain is nearly back everyday here in Western Washington. The seasons are changing, and our season of Summer and time off has come to a close.

Many have already started back to monthly meetings, holding degrees, and recruiting events, but some are slow out of the gate and now is the time to get busy. It is never too late to start building (or rebuilding) your council. Without a steady influx of new members every year our programs suffer, food events shrink and so does the very necessary money that those events bring to pay for the Council to pay it’s bills and more importantly, help the less fortunate. Read more...