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State Advocate 2020 - 2021

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Tom Williams

January 2021

My Brother Knights,

Welcome to the second half of the fraternal year! We may have some good news on the pandemic front, as I write this article the first vaccines have been approved and are shipping. I hope and pray that the scourge of COVID-19 may start waning and allow us to resume a more normal life. Please plan how your Councils can continue to take care of business and prepare themselves for this time.

There have been some big changes in the Safe Environment Program that will affect many members and Councils. Effective immediately, each SEP position (Grand Knight, Community Director, Family Director and Program Director) will require a unique email ID, associated only to that member. This can affect you in two ways – if you don’t have an email address, you will need to get one. Second, if you are using a generic email ID such as you will need to use a personal email. District Deputies have been given this same information so expect to hear from them if you fall into one of these categories.

Note – we understand that some men who currently hold SEP chairman positions do not have a computer or an email address, and some even took the SEP training via a hard copy book. We are working with Supreme on how to address this issue and will have more information in later communications.

The second big change is that Councils where the Grand Knight fills all four SEP positions will no longer be considered as compliant. The monthly SEP graphic later in the bulletin does not yet reflect this information as the change came out a couple of weeks ago and Supreme has not yet updated their reports. For this fraternal year end 2020-21 a Council must have at least two fully compliant members holding the Grand Knight, Program, Family, and Community director roles. Ideally that 2nd member should really hold either the community or family director role so that there are two background checked members overseeing activities.

Again, if your Council falls into this category you should expect to hear from your District Deputy as we work to get Councils back into compliance. Please know that you have my thanks and gratitude for all the efforts to take the training and become compliant!

Remember, my brothers, this is our time and the world needs our example.

Vivat Jesus!



Thomas C. Williams

State Advocate

Washington State Council