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Patrick Kelley, State Deputy 2020 - 2021
"Unapologetically Catholic”

My Dear Brothers,

As we draw near the end of the fraternal year we will, of course, recall the Annual meeting which was again held virtually this year like last year. This, as like many things, at this time of year can seem like a departure from our usual day to day business as we watch our current State Council Officer Positions change and a new Warden elected. Having been given the honor and privilege of serving as your State Deputy I will have many things to reflect on in the coming months and years. I look forward to serving your incoming State Deputy as his Immediate Past to be there to help in any needs he expresses.

Looking back on the past two years a few things come to mind. The Pandemic which cost us all the in-person events and exercises we would have enjoyed and the opportunities to invite other good Catholic men to join us. I believe that to be more than just unfortunate, but it is what the Lord sent us and I believe we did well in spite of the issues. I remember the political unrest we all went through as a new President was elected and the struggle our country went through as that occurred. Read more...

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


June 2021

* * * Due to Fr. Kenny’s busy schedule, we are rerunning his June, 2018 bulletin article * * *

 It was a joy to see many of you at the State Convention last month in Pasco and to celebrate the achievements of the fraternal year. Congratulations! I couldn’t help but notice the large number of councils that had no representation at the Convention; I encourage you to make an effort next year to have every council in the Washington jurisdiction represented by at least one delegate. It is well worth the time, and you never realize what a “shot in the arm” the State Convention is until you experience it for yourself. Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

June 2021

First, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your State Deputy starting July 1st, but for now, this is my final State Secretary report for 2020-2021.

The best I can say about the State Virtual Convention, it’s over. Seriously, it went well, except for the confusion in registration and voting for delegates. There were plenty of instructions that went out how to register, but it seemed to be confusing. Anyway, it’s over and hopefully that’s the last Virtual Convention.

As promised last month, I am posting the councils that have not paid their per capita. When a council does not pay their Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

June 2021

Brother Knights,

Another virtual convention is behind us.  Thank you to brother knight Dr. David Olwell, St. Martin’s University Council 16361, for hosting the state officers in the engineering building.  Your efforts are much appreciated.  

As we get closer to the end of the fraternal year, it seems hard to believe the past two years have been largely under the veil of a pandemic.  Thank you to all for the great efforts in feeding the hungry, assisting parishes and taking care of our neighbors during very challenging times. Read more...

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

May 2021

My Brother Knights,

I am writing this article just after the 118th WSC Convention, and I am grateful for being elected as your State Treasurer for the coming two fraternal years. I will do my best to keep serving the men of the Washington State Jurisdiction to the best of my ability.

Elections also mean saying goodbyes, and I have a couple that hit me straight in the heart.

First, it is time to say goodbye to Bob Baemmert as he fades into history, going from “Who’s Who” to Who’s That?”  Bob approached me five years ago to run for State Warden, and I have worked very closely with him ever since. Read More...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Warden

June 2021

The past year and one-half has given the Washington State Knights of Columbus Councils the opportunity to learn about and use newly developed technologies to facilitate communication. As our Washington State regulatory agencies reduce or eliminate restrictions, we need to evaluate how we might continue to sparingly use our experience to improve the way that we organize and facilitate our programs using what we have learned. However, we also need to remember the relative effectiveness of working together in person.

Virtual meetings have their drawbacks, particularly when participants either don’t understand Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

June 2021

Hi Brothers,

Last month I shared with you that I was having trouble coming up with a good mental image to use when I pray to the Holy Spirit and I asked for some help. I did receive a response and I want to share with you some advice that was sent to me by brother Charlie Beck. He wrote:

 My answer is don't. That is, no mental image is needed nor even appropriate. Instead, close your eyes, relax your mind, and allow the Holy Spirit to exist within your being. That is prayer enough. Let Him do the rest!”

Thank you, Charlie, I’ll give that a try. Read more...

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