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

My Brothers,

I hope this month finds all of you doing well. It has been a tough time for all of us. A question I hear a lot recently from members and Councils alike is “What can we do?” There is probably not a more profound inquiry in these times than this. We are certainly under civil authority restrictions to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus and as such need to be willing to adhere to that advice.

Wear a mask at all times – 6’Ft or more apart – wash your hands often.

Sound familiar? It should as it’s on the TV every day. Also and here’s something else that doesn’t get much press: avoid staying in enclosed areas whenever possible, even if 6 feet distance is achievable it’s just better to not be there as more than 15 minutes in such a space can increase the possibility of infection, regardless of protections. Most of us are already over or near 65 years old and therefore in the “high risk” group so need to be extra cautious. This is true even for the younger members as they can spread the virus unknowingly. So, WHAT CAN WE DO?? Read more...

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Fr. Kenneth St. Hilaire,
State Chaplain


September 2020

Dear Brother Knights,

Change is a fact of life. I suppose this is somewhat obvious. Our bodies change over time; our minds change over time; our attitudes change over time; our circumstances of life change over time. There is so very much that changes.

At the same time, it’s interesting to note that God ultimately created us for eternal life which, by definition, is unchanging! He created us in the context of this changing world and set a path before us that would involve much, much change over the course of our life, but it’s really just a process of becoming who we will be for all eternity. Read more...

Kim Washburn,
State Secretary

September 2020

Brothers,

I had some very good news Friday the 14th of August. Still a long road ahead in recovery and testing, but for now I’m cancer free. Please check out Steve Snell’s Second Edition for all information. My time at my desk is limited with the sitting, so I will get to questions and updates when able. Please be patient.

The prayers and Novenas I received from all of you, and literally around the world were astounding and very much appreciated. Prayers to our Worthy founder Father McGivney, I feel helped with the results and in keeping the cancer localized once discovered. Thank you all so much!!!! Read More...

Greg Mahoney,
State Treasurer

September 2020

Brother Knights,

In my August article, I encouraged councils to brainstorm new ideas for raising money as we continue to serve under the safety restrictions implemented in response to the pandemic. 

One example is my own home Council 7907 at St. Joseph Parish in Issaquah that initiated a fundraising campaign with the parish to support a local food and clothing bank.  The goal is to raise $10,000 with matching donations by the council to a certain level.  Parish administration is helping organize and promote the fundraiser.  I want to thank Grand Knight Joel Edwards for his leadership while embracing the intent of the Leave No Neighbor Behind Program. Read more...

Tom Williams,
State Advocate

September 2020

My brothers,

As we approach September, I want to answer a question here that I have been asked several times, how online members transfer to your Council. In our new world, a man can join the Knights and take his Exemplification online, and then look to transfer to a local Council, all without any contact with that Council. I am asked quite often if the Council has the any choice in the matter or if they must simply accept that man.

The short answer is, you must follow the normal procedure even with online members! The process starts once an online member reaches out, or more likely, your FS is contacted by Member Management or by the Online Membership Director Renato Sacramento Read More...

Dr. Scott Hulse,
State Warden

September 2020 

Brother Knights,

State Deputy Pat Kelley asked that a questionnaire should be developed and sent to all 16,798 members of the Knights of Columbus in Washington State. The purpose of the questionnaire is described in the following paragraph, which is taken directly from the Executive Summary of a report summarizing responses that were received from a small fraction of members. It became obvious after attempting several different ways of sending the questionnaire that our Washington State Council does not have the necessary capability to circulate documents to our membership unless we post the document on the www.kofc-wa.org website and inform members that they should download the document. Read more...

Bob Baemmert,
Immediate Past State Deputy

September 2020

Hi Brothers,

I will keep reminding you that I am the guy who sends out CONDOLENCE CARDS.

When you report a death to the State Secretary, make sure that you include the name and address of the next of kin and I will send out a condolence card. This card ensures that our State Chaplain, Fr. Kenny St. Hilaire, will remember the deceased person in a Holy Mass. As a matter of courtesy to those that are grieving, it is especially important to let the State Secretary know as soon as possible. That way I can send out the card in a timely manner. Read more...

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