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

Brothers All,

By the time you read this, we will be knee deep in our annual District Deputy Midyear Meeting. This is the halfway point of the year in training and planning.

Mother Teresa said faith and good works put oil in the lamp. KofC pulls men out of their self into Charity, Unity and Fraternalism. Fall in love with God like God did for us. Evangelize/Catechesis, like Reese’s Pieces, they go together. We belong to one another with a common solidarity. Innocent lives are to be protected. All put oil in the lamp.

Faith and Charity is at the heart of our organization and being the strong right arm of the church is not only worthy, but very visible to our parishes. They know who we are and what we stand for if we are visible. Character, faith, charity is in our DNA.

Father McGivney was not a Supreme Knight. He left that to others and those that would follow. Faith was in the beginning and will be eternal.

So far, we have some excellent programs that are successfully completed, or will be in the future. Visible programs are the only path to success and in growing our Order.

As you know, recruitment is essential. We have recruited 64 men since I last reported. We were behind the curve three out of four months, averaging 34/month, before November. We needed an average of 52, so you see we are still behind the curve, but improving. Read more...


Online Membership Promotion Extended through December 31st, 2022 using the new code BlessedMcGivney

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

December 2022

My Brother Knights,

When Christmas falls on a Sunday, as it does this year, we are blessed with the longest Advent season possible: four full weeks. (That means that next year, when Christmas falls on a Monday, Advent will be the shortest possible – three weeks and a day – but let’s focus on the blessing of having a lengthy Advent this year!)

Sometimes, Advent presents a contest of extremes. On one hand, it can be a hectic month. There are things we want to get accomplished before Christmas, and usually those things are in addition to – and not in place of – the other things we would normally be doing in the course of the month. December, for many, is a frenzy. It’s one of the busiest times of the year. Read more...

Greg Mahoney,
State Secretary

December 2022

Brother Knights,

A Joyous Advent to you all as we await, prepare and pray in celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.  May the celebration and abundant lights warm our hearts and direct our thoughts to the great mystery that unfolded on the first Christmas Day two thousand years ago.  That burning bright mystery continues to be at work and is just as astounding today as it was two millennia ago. 

WSD Kim and I recently saw up close how this great mystery is unfolding in Seattle as we visited 3W Medical for Women, a non-profit medical clinic providing free-of-charge or low-cost reproductive health services to women in the Seattle area.  3W stands for Wellness for Washington Women. Read More...

Tom Williams,
State Treasurer

December 2022

My Brothers,

I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving, and were able to spend time with loved ones. Lots of memories from this time of year, with people who are present and people who are no longer with us.

As we move into the Christmas season, I encourage you to take time away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, and ponder on “the reason for the season.” I don’t need to tell you how commercialized this holiday has become, with many no longer even acknowledging the religious aspects of Christmas. I think that we as strong Catholic men need to push back against the secular culture and treatment of Christmas. This doesn’t mean start yelling at shoppers, Read more...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Advocate

December 2022

Brother Knights

Several issues have become evident during the past two months, which may be of general interest. The first has to do with how money received by a Council should be reported. All money, no matter the source, whether revenue from fund raisers, donations from any source, income from any source, etc. must be received by the Council’s Financial Secretary and reported as Council income. This requirement is clearly stated in the “Charter, Constitution and Laws of the Knights of Columbus: "Section 122 (a)  All moneys obtained from any source, by or through any person or persons, acting for or in the name of any council or under its direction or authority shall be considered council funds and shall be forthwith delivered Read More...

David Olwell,
State Warden

December 2022

My Brother Knights,

December is one of my two favorite months of the year.  In addition to Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the joys of Christmas, it also has my wife’s birthday and a much anticipated two-week Christmas break from the academic year. 

Many of our best programs occur in December.  My home council will partner with Council 1643 for a “Coats for Kids” distribution.  All of the “Keep Christ in Christmas” programs bear fruit in this month.  Our Knights who serve in parish ministries have their busiest period.  Our councils stay busy!

Christmas masses are typically some of the best attended of the year. Read more...

Patrick Kelley,
Immediate Past State Deputy

December 2022

Immediate Past State Deputy Pat sends his regards to the Knights of Washington. Read more...