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Kim Washburn, State Deputy 2021 - 2022
"Through Him All Things Were Made”

My Dear Brothers,

As of this morning, we have 315 new members this fraternal year. Our Net/Net, which is the real member growth in the State less suspensions, transfers out of State and deaths, is +206. Fantastic news for our State.

Now your council needs to do is pull these new emembers (young members) from Officers Online Prospect tab and get them into your council. You MUST have something for them to do though. Your FS has the information, if not, contact your DD/Membership Director or me.

Four Councils have already obtained their growth incentive for the first 100 days. Those four councils will enjoy a pizza party for all council members and family from your State Council. There's still plenty of time to meet this incentive. Division I & II 75% of membership goal in the first 100 days, Division III 60%, Division IV 50% and Division V 40%. 

Top recruiter for the first 100 days will receive a customized MLB bat (not to be used as a bat). The first 100 days ends October 8th. Have no fear, the next 100 days will afford a hard working Knight with a customized NFL football. Don’t like that, the next 100 days is a customized March Madness basketball. The following 65 days of the year will blow your socks off. Read more...

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

October 2021

Dear Brother Knights,

October is not only a month dedicated in a special way to the Rosary; it is also Respect Life Month. The two themes go hand in hand!

Wouldn’t you say that the mysteries of the Rosary all highlight various aspects of the gift of human life? For example, when we reflect on the Annunciation, we see the extraordinary dignity that is ours in being gifted with free will—a reflection of God Himself. God proposed, Mary accepted, and the course of history was changed. See how God chooses to depend on the cooperation of human beings for the unfolding of His plan! This is true not only for the Blessed Virgin Mary, but for all of us. Read more...

Greg Mahoney,
State Secretary

October 2021

My Brother Knights,

In the 2021-2022 term, the United States Supreme Court is expected to take up a case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that poses a direct challenge to the evil abortion regime in this country.  The two major cases that confected and then entrenched the abortion industry are Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).  These court decisions fabricated a constitutional right for elective abortions.  This hubris was and still is an egregious abuse of authority, creating a right to kill on a massive scale, more horrifying than the Nazi Holocaust perpetrated in World War II.  The Supreme Court has an opportunity to reverse the lawless decisions in 1973 and 1992 and begin the course to stop the slaughter of innocent life. Read More...

Tom Williams,
State Treasurer

October 2021

My Brother Knights,

Welcome to fall! Hard to believe we are already in the month of October, where does the time go? As summer ends and nature prepares for the cold, dark winter, we still see positive things. As I write this, the Mariner’s are making some rare late season noise and playing meaningful baseball in September. The Seahawks, well, I think I need to go to confession again after the last two losses . . .

We see some beautiful sights of the leaves turning brilliant colors, we have pumpkins and apples to eat. We are also reminded of the cycle of life as the plants of summer die off and we prepare for the hard, cold, dark time. We know as people and as Catholics that life will renew itself again, making the warmth and new plant growth made fonder in our hearts by its absence. Read more...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Advocate

October 2021

My Brother Knights,

As good Catholics in union with the Holy See, we are all aware of the impact that reports of misconduct by various individuals, some in leadership positions, have had on our Church. It is incumbent on all of us as Knights of Columbus to serve as visible examples of our Church’s commitment to making sure that our path forward is both sincere and honorable.

One aspect of the path forward is emphasis on our commitment, as Knights, on protecting all people, youth, vulnerable adults and others, by assuring that we willingly participate in and practice the tenants of the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program. The Safe Environment Program is not an encumbrance. Read More...

Lawrence Devlin,
State Warden

October 2021

My Brother Knights,

By the time this newsletter is published, we will have completed 4 Regional Meetings on the West side of the State. Surprisingly, one topic that has not had a lot of play is that of Star Council.  Many Councils take great pride in attaining consecutive Star Council status year over year. Others shrug it off as “no big deal” or “we don’t need recognition for what we do.” But, if you think about the purpose of Star Council in terms of what many of us are accustomed to in the corporate world, it is an appraisal of how we performed over the previous grading period. In the Knights of Columbus, achieving Star Council validates that we as a Council performed satisfactorily during the prior fraternal year. Read more...

Patrick Kelley,
Immediate Past State Deputy

October 2021

My Brother Knights, 

Hello men from the guy that just went successfully from “Who’s Who to Who’s HE??”

Yes Sirs, it your IPSD Pat. Just so I wouldn’t fall off the face of the earth, I accepted the role of Ceremonials Director to help our State Deputy. While Ceremonials work has calmed down quite a bit, with all the changes since when I joined, this is still an important and necessary step to full Knighthood.

All Members must take their Degrees (3) to become a member in full Knighthood. Without such, one cannot hold any office of leadership. Not as a Council Officer, or Chairman of any Council activities, nor can one join the 4th Degree. Read more...