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Patrick Kelley, State Deputy 2019 - 2020
"Unapologetically Catholic”

My Dear Brothers,

It is now better than ½ way through the fraternal year and our new Membership numbers are stuck around 36%-ish. How will we catch up? Last month I mentioned what I thought was a very successful DD meeting, but unfortunately it did not translate in to measurable improvements in membership and few other areas as well.

SOOO…tired of hearing about Membership…Membership… Membership?  Yes, me too, BUT what else can we do? It is not just the Order that we are appreciate so well that is at stake here. Our church continues to decline in membership as time goes by. A couple of the reasons are, as people die, they are not being replaced by family members. Families, in ever increasing numbers, are not raising their children in the Faith. Far less are attending Catholic schools and even fewer not in Catholic Schools are receiving faith formation classes at their Parishes. Read more...

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Forth Degree Knight to Run for Governor

State Senator Phil Fortunato, a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, announced his candidacy for Governor of Washington State. Read More...



TRAINING CLASS AT ST. GEORGE PARISH IN SEATTLE

For the extended Seattle Area Councils and Assemblies - Invite Others Saturday, September 21st; Registration at 7:30 a.m. and class at 8:00 a.m. until noon, lunch served afterwards.  Read More...

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


February 2020

Dear Brother Knights,

According to the liturgical calendar of the Church, we presently find ourselves in a period of Ordinary Time stretching from the Baptism of the Lord (the end of the Christmas season) to Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent). Recall that the forty days of Lent are a time for us to be with the Lord Jesus, who spent forty days fasting in the desert and battling the tempter.

Do you remember that it was immediately following His Baptism that the Lord went out into the desert? And it wasn’t as if He just happened to be meandering around and suddenly found Himself in the desert. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert (Matthew 4:1, Luke 4:1) -- or, as St. Mark puts it, “drove Him out” (1:12, emphasis mine) into the desert! Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

February 2020

Brothers,

Happy New Year!!!

Hope this finds you enjoying the New Year.  We welcome Lent arriving this month on the 26th.

We are down to two councils that have not paid their annual liability insurance premium. This premium needs to be paid so our premium cost stays as low as possible. Our premium is quoted considering all councils participating. I really do not have time to chase councils that are not paying their obligations to the State. Please pay this premium immediately.

Here are the councils that have not paid.

Council 13834

Council 15538 Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

February 2020

Brother Knights,

I hope your New Year is off to a good start.  I have had the good fortune to participate in two Formation Degrees in the last few weeks.  I was happy to see many candidates advancing, and several of them were younger.  I trust their councils will get them involved with Faith in Action programs.

The Exemplification Fund status chart included in the February bulletin is current as of January 7, 2020.  A $7 fee per each new member brought into our Order is due to WSC soon after the Admission Degree.  If you have a balance due, please mail your check payable to Washington State Council with Exemplification written on the memo line.  Ensure your council number is on the check.  Do not send me your exemplification fee checks.  Please remit your payments in a timely manner to the State Secretary: Read more...

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

February 2020

Brother Knights,
 
My brothers, I hope the second half of your year is going well, and you are helping to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.
 
I want to do a quick review of Home Corporations, and some of the does and don’t associated with them. Supreme has a great website with all the information you need to help answer any questions you may have. There is also a Handbook for Council’s Using Home Corporation Facilities (requires logging on the Supreme website) that contains lots of great information. 
 
Supreme also has a Home Corporation review committee that meets multiple times per week and is available for phone consultation on questions and concerns.  Read More...
Dr. Scott Hules,
State Warden

February 2020 

Applications for the George C. Turk – Gift of Life Blood Donor Honor Roll, the Wade Walden Platelet Award and the Harry J. Tucker Fraternalism Award should be submitted to State Warden, Scott Hulse, by 15 March. You can send these applications by mail to Scott Hulse, 6911 Holeman Avenue, Blaine, WA 98230 or electronically by attaching the completed application to an email message sent to scottehulse@gmail.com. Applications for the awards are available on the Washington State Council website at www.kofc-wa.org

Applications for the Hebert M. Liebert Pro-Life award should be sent to Faith in Action Life Program Director Ron Degroot. Brother Ron’s contact information is listed in the State Directory on the Washington State Council website. Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

February 2020

Hi Brothers,

I recently joined a Bible Study Group in my parish- mostly Knights.  We meet every Friday, and we read and discuss a few bible passages, we share a snack and some fellowship, and then we go about our day. Really a cool way to end a week.

One of the themes that has repeated itself in the last few sessions has been: Asking God for Help. We read how the mighty King Asa refused to ask for God's help when he needed it, because he didn't believe he could rely on God for the help. He relied instead on human help and the results were disastrous. We also saw how the leper asked Jesus to cleanse him and He did so immediately. There are many other examples of how God's help is provided, if we ask Him. My personal favorite is when Moses got a "little divine help" with parting the Red Sea. Read more...

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