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

My Dear Brother Knights,

Welcome to the future. As we embark on uncharted territory in presenting Virtual meetings we are certainly pulling the best and brightest to the forefront to aid us in this endeavor. I would like to extend my personal thanks to all the State Officers that have pooled their collective brains and talents to make all of this happen, in particular our State Advocate and Membership Director, Tom Williams, and Allen Farrand for his assistance.

As we move forward this month (July) we will be presenting a Virtual Organizational meeting over the approximate weekend that our otherwise normal Summer Meeting would have occurred. While we will miss the camaraderie that in-person meetings offer we must go forward and accomplish our tasks.

It is important to note that the format will change, as will the invitees, all need to remember that the Supreme Board of Directors has set aside all State Council and Supreme Laws, By-Laws, and policies that conflict with the need to present Virtual meetings. Read more...

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Fr. Kenneth St. Hilaire,
State Chaplain


July 2020

Dear Brother Knights,

Everyone has his own perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. From what I can tell, people are all over the board on this topic; however, maybe there are two general camps that have formed. There are those who are taking the pandemic very seriously and enacting every safety measure possible, and there are those who scoff at the whole thing and regard recent history as the biggest overreaction in anyone’s memory. (I do admit this is a generalization. I’m sure there are many, many other perspectives, but these are the ones I seem to encounter the most.) Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

July 2020

Brothers,

Here we are starting another new year. With Covid 19, it seemed last year flew by quickly, though the paperwork didn’t.

Around the second or third week of July, I will be billing each council for our Washington State liability insurance premium payments. We are going to receive a 12% increase is premiums, or about $1.35/member from $1.20 last year. I have spent a lot of time going through old Certificate Holders and have been in touch with all council specific certificates to remove all that do not apply. This has helped, but hopefully will be more noticeable next year. Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

July 2020

Brother Knights,

Happy New Fraternal Year!  Congratulations to all newly elected officers and appointed chairmen, directors and district deputies.

Indeed, I mean Happy as we move out of the lockdown restrictions imposed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Much has changed over the last several months.  We have explored new ways to attend Mass, new ways to communicate, new ways to accomplish our mission and to conduct business, new ways to work and new ways to educate.  To be sure, it hasn’t been easy, and we will face more challenges in the new year. Read more...

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

July 2020

My Brother Knights,

As we approach the start of a new fraternal year, how are you and your Council holding up? This is the strangest time in recent memory and we are all having to learn how to do business in a new way. We have also experienced civil unrest on top of the pandemic, making the times feel even more perilous. We must not lose heart during this difficult time, and we still must do God’s work here on earth. Now is the time for strong Catholic men to lead their communities and help them remember God’s love.

With the start of a new fraternal year, please remember that the Safe Environment training will be due again. Read More...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Warden

July 2020 

The Supreme Council has announced significant changes to requirements for the Columbian Award during the 2020 – 2021 fraternal year ONLY. The most significant of these include the following:

Program requirements,

There are no required programs,

Featured programs have been increased from eight to sixteen during the 2020 – 2021 fraternal year and include the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program, Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

July 2020

Hi Brothers,

It has been three and a half months since my wife Valerie and I have been able to attend a live Mass and receive Holy Communion. Oh sure, we watched the live-streamed version of the Mass and said the prayer for Spiritual Communion, but nothing takes the place of participating in that one central core portion of being a Catholic- receiving God through the Sacrament.

If you are like me, there are some of the mysteries of our church dogma that are not easy to think about and accept. Read more...

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