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Edward W. Miller
State Council Chairman
Phone: (360) 691-5198



Knights of Columbus State Council News for February

 This month I’d like all of us to look at this article from the Knightline. It has some good points that you should be doing within your council’s. Looking at your past programs, appealing to younger participants, attention of your members families, increased awareness of who the Knights are & what they do, develop strong relationship with the clergy, & make spirituality our key focus.

Gauging Your Council’s Success

The most obvious gauge of a council’s success is whether your council is growing.

Growth is so much more than a number on a paper — it proves that the Knights

of Columbus is pertinent to today’s parishes and families. Growth shows that today’s

men still believe in Father McGivney’s vision enough to share it with others.

How can we do this in our councils? First, take a look at your past programs.

Which of them has had most engagement among your members? Has one been

particularly appealing to younger participants? What’s caught the attention of your

members’ families?

Every program is an opportunity to gain new members. Each program should be

so fun and engaging that everyone who sees it can’t help but want to be involved.

Participation should be something to be proud of and an experience everyone

wants to share.

To accomplish this, take another look at those successful programs. Ask yourself

how they were different. Was it their audience? The time of year? Whatever the

reasons, keep a running list of successes. When planning programs in the future,

be sure to refer to this list and determine how to apply what you've learned.

Your growth will be the first sign of your success.

Lent starts on Valentines Day Feb. 14th, what can your council do to help your Parish during Lent? Well I know a lot of councils have simple dinners on Friday nights before the Stations of the Cross. Some councils conduct a Rosary before Mass during Lent.  There are many different things your council can do to be visible in your Parish.

Our State Convention is also just around the corner. It will be here before you know it & you have to be prepared before it gets here!  In preparation for the State Convention, please start working on your submissions for the Knight of the Year, Family of the Year, Harry Tucker Jr. Award NOW, which are all due on April 1st!  Your Council also needs to be working on your State Council Service Program Award, Church, Community, Youth, Family, & Pro-Life submissions, which are all due April 15th. If you start now you will be more prepared & not be hurrying at the last minute trying to get all of these things done. One thing about doing all of these submissions, you, the Grand Knight do not have to do all of this work on your own!  Get help from the rest of your Brother Knights. Have 1or 2 knights be in charge of each submission. Have them turn them into you for review, and after they have been finalized by you, send them on to the chairman that they are suppose to go to. All the forms are on the state web page. Go to “State Family, then click on “Grand Knight”, it will bring you to the page that has all the forms & who to send them to. I hope this helps.

Vivat Jesus,

Ed Miller, State Council Chairman













Helpful Links

Council Programs

Special Olympics - Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Washington State Council holds fundraisers and donates work hours each year in support of Special Olympics.

Tootsie Roll Program - This program is a great way to raise money and awareness for individuals with disabilities. As an entire state, all of the councils participate in a one weekend event where we sell Tootsie Rolls to raise money for Special Olympics and a charity of your council's choice.