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State Deputy 2018 - 2019

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Bob Baemmert

                                        Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to the new Fraternal Year Brothers, it has been a while since our last bulletin and for once I have lots of things to say.

If you were able to come to the Summer Leadership Meeting this year you would know how many changes that are taking place in the Order-many that will affect you in your day-to-day Knights of Columbus lives: The introduction of On-Line membership, the change of our Program Umbrella from "Surge with Service" to the new "Faith In Action" format, increased training requirements for the Safe Environment Program, changes in the forms, and changes in the timing and the focus of Regional Meetings. All of these changes represent opportunities for us to Grow. To grow in numbers and to grow in our Faith. I ask each one of you to embrace these changes cheerfully and to give it your all-We want your best effort this year.

Washington really has the potential to have a fantastic year and that is what I want for you as individuals, and that is what I want for us as a State.


I want every Grand Knight to shoot for Star Council Award this year. I want every District Deputy to shoot for Star District Award this year. I want every Financial Secretary to qualify for the Administrative Excellence Award this year. WE CAN DO IT!!! I want us to win this year, and in the Knights of Columbus that means we need to grow. We need to grow in numbers, grow in Faith, and grow in our commitment to serving our Lord.


Brothers, enjoy your new year. Have fun, make friends and, most of all, be kind and caring to the people in your life. As Saint Mother Theresa once said: "The world is full of good people. If you can't find one, be one."


My biggest task for the Summer Leadership Meeting was to work collectively with the District Deputies to form a schedule for Regional Meetings. Check out the schedule right after this article. My State Officer Team and I learned many lessons last year about what works and what does not . We found out that too many or too few people make for a crummy meeting. We learned that traveling over that mountain pass in March is still not safe. We found that earlier is better in terms of being able to help Councils get going. We also learned that Saturdays are a lot easier to schedule than Sundays.  We really appreciate the people who were willing to be flexible enough to take a Sunday though, because it allows us to reach more of you throughout the year and allows us to be more efficient with your per capita monies, which mostly go back to you in the form of training.


I especially invite those that could not make the Summer Leadership Meeting, to take in one of the Regional meetings. If you have an interest in us coming out to you beyond the Regional meetings, I and our Membership Director, Greg Mahoney and our Supreme MPC, Pat Maloney are willing to schedule training for you if  it is possible.

God Bless you all my Brothers and Have a Great Year in our Lord!


Bob Baemmert

State Deputy - Washington State