My Brother Knights, I hope this message finds you well. As I write this, it is unseasonably cold right now, enough that a sprinkler pipe burst in my parish Church and caused some minor flooding. Our Eastern brethren are used to such temperatures, but on the rainy west side we are not!
As I write this (January 15th), I am deep in the Per Capita and PFH billing process, those invoices should be going out soon. Financial Secretaries, please keep an eye out for the invoices via USPS and respond promptly. As always, please make the checks out to the appropriate entity:
Pennies for Heaven – checks made out to Pennies for Heaven
LAMB1882/Coats for Kids/Tootsie Rolls – checks made out to Columbus Charities
Per Capita/Liability Insurance/KCIC – checks made out to Washington State Council
Checks should include your Council number, if you don’t have it printed on the check itself, please add it to the memo line.
All checks should be mailed to my home address:
Thomas C. Williams, State Secretary
22909 40th Pl W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-5001
As we are getting closer to the WSC Annual Meeting, to be held in Yakima from May 17 – 19, 2024, at the Yakima Red Lion and Yakima Convention Center, the following important activities must be part of your Council planning:
Election of Convention Delegates – I will send each Council FS the Certificates of Election for delegates and alternates next month. Each Council should hold elections for delegates as soon as possible once you have received the Certificates of Election, and return them to me with the Council seal. Credential forms are no longer required.
Resolutions – Any resolutions to be considered must be received by me no later than March 15th – again, no penalty for early submission. Resolutions must be in MS Word format only, I will not accept any other document format. All resolutions will be reprinted and forwarded to the councils for review by April 15, 2024.
Memorial Mass/Necrology – Please ensure you are sending names of our deceased brothers and family members via the online Necrology form on the WSC website. In March I will send Councils the names of the deceased that WSC has received – Councils must review and return to me no later than April 1st , 2024. These names will be published in the Necrology booklet for the Annual Memorial Mass at the Annual Meeting.
Convention Proceedings – Each Council must provide a summary of their annual activities to their District Deputy no later than April 1st, 2024 (keeping with the theme, please consider submitting them early). Guidelines for the Council reports suggest they should be no longer than one page, should cover activities since the prior Annual Meeting, and are required to be in MS Word format. District Deputies will consolidate these reports and submit them to me no later than April 10th, 2024, also required to be in MS Word format.
State Officers, District Deputies, and State Chairmen should also submit a report for inclusion in the Proceedings document. Again, the recommendation is no more than one page and it is required to be in MS Word format.
Lastly, in the “There is nothing new under the sun category” I was reading Psalm 42 and was struck by the following lines:
My tears have become my bread day and night as they ask me every day, "Where is your God?"
This was written by King David about 1020 BC as he was fleeing an attempted coup by his son Absolom. It sounds much like the current day, with the distain Christians are often treated by our secular society. We can hear voices asking about how God can allow violence, crime, illness, hunger, or even personal bad luck or tragedy in our world. Just as King David did 3,000 years ago, we must keep our faith strong and persevere against the voices raised against our faith and devotion. For the record, it worked out pretty well for King David – he survived the coup attempt by Absolom, ruled for many more years and a different son ascended to the throne. We remember that son today as King Solomon the wise . . .