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Washington State Programs 2018 - 2019

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Thomas C. Williams
State Program Director
Phone: (206) 617-0600

June 2018

Brother Knights,

Wow, was that a great Convention or what?! I hope you had a good time, it is always fun to gather to celebrate brotherhood and fraternity, and to hear about all the great work that has been done over the past fraternal year.

This is the longest article of the year for me as your General Programs Director as I go through all of the awards, so please bear with me. Many thanks to all those Councils whom submitted an award application or participated in a program, this is at the very heart of Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney’s vision for the Knights. Your strong and visible programs make a huge difference in your communities.

Quick note – we are still working on how the Washington State Jurisdiction will handle the change from the “Surge With Service” program to the new “Faith In Action” program. Look for more information in upcoming bulletin articles about the changes, but I am excited by the inclusion of nine new Faith programs.

The awards were given at both the men’s luncheon and the convention banquet, so I will present them here in the order they were given.

Luncheon Awards


Darrell Wehr, Chairman

1st Place – Lynnwood Council 5816, Lynnwood – $1,436.25 – Grand Knight Mike Leen, Chairman Michael McKinnon

 2nd Place – Richland Council 3307, Richland – $978.28 - Grand Knight Thomas Pysto, Chairman Jessie Martinez

 3rd Place – Obadiah Council 7642, Kirkland – $866.39 - Grand Knight Carmen Comunale, Chairman Michael Elworth


Tootsie Roll Awards

Tommy LaCour, Chairman

Council Winners

$10,254.65 - Father Victor Cloquet Council 12002, Belfair. Grand Knight Michael A. Melchiors, Chairman Ken Rodrick.

$10,000.00 – Spokane Council 683, Spokane. Grand Knight John Kupice, Chairman Daryl Stephens

$8,147.49 – St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert. Grand Knight Scott Charleboix, Chairman Scott Charleboix

$7,732.29 – Fr. Nicholas Rausch, OSB Council 1643, Olympia. Grand Knight Raymond Patrone, Chairman Mike Colosi


Tootsie Roll District Winner

$15,483.53 - James Plowden, District 3

George C. Turk Gift of Life Honor Roll – Blood Donor

Dr. Scott Hulse, Chairman

Allen Newhouse, 172 pints, St. Madeline Sophie Council 10664, Bellevue

Ken Burns, 138 pints, St. Theresa Council 7908, Federal Way


Wade Walden Platelet Honor Roll

Dr. Scott Hulse, Chairman

No entries this year


Culture of Life Essay Contest Winners

Ron DeGroot, Chairman

1st Place- Anliyah George, Bremerton Council 1379, Bremerton, Grand Knight John Devine

2nd Place, Rachel Cunneely, St. Louise-Overlake Council 4385, Bellevue, Grand Knight James Cameron

3rd Place, Jacob Lee, Seattle Council 676, Seattle, Grand Knight Thomas Joyce


Culture of Life Post Contest Winners

Ron DeGroot, Chairman


Grades 1 and 2

1st Place – William Reed – Fr. Theodore P. Sullivan Council 11217, Shoreline – Grand Knight Michael Connell

2nd Place – Emery Lopez – Bishop Bernard J. Topel Council 11478, Eltopia-Connell – Grand Knight James Gimenez

3rd Place – Avery Krause – Fr. Nicholas Rausch, OSB Council 1643, Olympia – Grand Knight Raymond Patrone


Grades 3 and 4

1st Place - Adrian Kniveton – Bishop Bernard J. Topel Council 11478, Eltopia-Connell – Grand Knight James Gimenez

2nd Place – Samantha Peterson – Fr. Nicholas Rausch, OSB Council 1643, Olympia – Grand Knight Raymond Patrone

3rd Place – Susan Slate – Bremerton Council 1379, Bremerton – Grand Knight John Devine


Grades 5 and 6

1st Place - Stausch Boyle – Bremerton Council 1379, Bremerton – Grand Knight John Devine

2nd Place - Camile James – St. Mary Council 4196, Spokane – Grand Knight Robert Hancock

3rd Place – Eriza Salazak – St. Elizabeth Seton Council 6706, Port Orchard – Grand Knight J. Dennis Stitz


Grades 7 and 8

1st Place Anliya George – Bremerton

2nd Place – Rachel Cunneely – St. Louise-Overlake Council 4385, Bellevue – Grand Knight James Cameron

3rd Place Jacob Lee – Seattle Council 676, Seattle – Grand Knight Thomas Joyce


Administrative Excellence Awards

Kevin Fraley, Chairman

There is a new award of administrative excellence this year, please see Administration and Forms Chairman Kevin Fraley’s article in this bulletin edition.

State Deputy 1000 Point Club Winners


Banquet Awards

Service Program Awards

Church Service Program Award Winner

Tom Pursley, Chairman

Holy Trinity Council 11789, Bremerton, for its Holy Trinity Church Capital Campaign – Grand Knight John Guerrero, Campaign Chairman Bill Dewey


Community Service Program Award Winner

Dr. Scott Hulse, Chairman

Pend Oreille Council 14268, Newport, for its Honor Flight Guardian Sponsorship Project – Grand Knight Stephen Sommers, Event Chairman Greg Meyer.


Council Service Program Award Winner

Ed Miller, Chairman

Pasco Council 1620, Pasco, for its Knights of Columbus Turkey Dinner and Bingo – Grand Knight Jesse Garza, Event Chairman Dick Krmca.


Culture of Life Service Program Award Winner (Herbert Liebert)

Ron DeGroot., Chairman

St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert, for its Culture of Life Awareness Program – Grand Knight Scott Charleboix, Event Chairman Charles Warner.


Family Service Program Award Winner

Ed Hebert, Chairman

St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert, for its Mobile Foodbank – Grand Knight Scott Charleboix, Event Chairman Art Smalley.


Youth Service Program Award Winner

Ken DeVos, Chairman

St. Peter Council 16690, Seattle, for its Parish Easter Egg Hunt – Grand Knight Stephen Schweyen, Event Chairman Aris Garcia.


Top Council of the Year

St. Joseph Council, Colbert – Grand Knight Scott Charleboix


Chairman of the Year

Tom LaCour, Tootsie Roll Chairman and DD31


District Deputy of the Year

Art Smalley, DD 33


Knight of the Year

Past Grand Knight, Former District Deputy and Sir Knight Dwane Berens, from St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert.


Family of the Year

Dave and Alice Appel, from Colfax Council 1488, Colfax.

The six winning Service Program Award winners and the Family of the Year Award winner have already been submitted to Supreme for consideration in the International Awards competition. Winners will be announced at the Supreme Convention in Baltimore in early August.

What a great group of programs and people! It was a pleasure to see all the good works and good people being recognized. Remember, if you don’t submit an application or participate in a program, you have no chance to win an award. The awards are as much for your brother Knights as for yourself, to serve as inspiration and new program ideas.

Finally, there is still time to submit the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7), which can be found at the following link:

This form includes boxes that you must mark to indicate your programs that pertain to Building the Domestic Church.

Vivat Jesus!



Tom Williams
General Program Director
Washington State Council  



Supreme Resources

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