Knights of Columbus
Washington State Council
State Deputy 1997 - 1999

Everett J. "Rob" Roberts

     Everett J. “Rob” Roberts, was born 19 April 1938 in Schnectady, New York. Rob is a convert and attended St. James Grade School, Christian Brothers Academy, Albany Business College and Siena College in Albany, New York. Served in the United States Marine Corps and later transferred into the United States Air Force in September 1959. Rob retired 28 February 1987 from the Air Force having served two tours in SouthEast Asia and one in Vietnam as an Crytpographic/Communictions/Intelligence Analyst. Rob, during his tours in the service was awarded 21 medals and awards, the highest being the Meritorious Service award w/3 clusters.

Rob has 3 Associate degrees: one in Accounting and two Applied Sciences also a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University. As a Management Engineer at the Military Airlift Command at Scott AFM in Illinois and Superintendent of a Military Airlift Command Management Engineering Team at McChord AFB, Washington for 7 years Rob managed over 7000 personnel slots with an annual payroll of over 122 million dollars which earned him two meritorious service medals and an Air Force Achievement Medal prior to retirement in 1987. Rob recently retired from Civil Service at Fort Lewis where he was employed as an Intelligence Analyst and Special Security Officer for the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment.

Rob joined the order in 1981 at Council 4239 O’Fallon, Illinois and the Fourth Degree Pope John Paul I Assembly 26 April of 1982. The same day he joined the 4th Degree along with over 300 Brother Sir Knights, he left for McChord AFB, Wa., with his oldest Son, Perry. He immediately joined Tacoma Council 809 and Bishop McGrath Assembly 1175. Rob served as Grand Knight 1986-88, Faithful Navigator 1987-88, Charter District Deputy 22 from 1988-1991, Youth/Special Olympics/Free Throw Chairman 1991-1993, as DD formed Ft. Lewis/McChord Council 10652 in 1991. Rob was elected from the floor in 1993 in Spokane at the State Convention, served as State Treasurer 93-95, and State Secretary 95-97. Rob was the first Special Olympics Chairman appointed in 1991 and hosted as District Deputy the First Special Olympics Softball Tournament under Charles Sohnly SD in 1988.

As State Deputy from 1997-1999 several innovative changes were made in the accounting system. Rob asked PSD George Turk to upgrade the accounting system from DBase to off the shelf system on a trial basis for 2 years which was to become the standard Quicken System. Also new computer equipment was purchased to update antiquated equipment on hand. The new system of accounting was accomplished in one year by SS Fred Abraham and ST Wayne C. Hogan to the point it was adopted in 1998 and other major changes were started in the Pennies For Heaven and Mileage/PerDiem Accounts.

During Rob’s second year Washington State Council accomplished their finest output in many years as they were recognized for: #1 in Division 4 in Net Gain (1056-first time over 1000) and Net Percentage (5.90% - first time over 5.0%), #1 in the following categories; Percentage of Councils receiving Star Councils 43.5 % (50 of 115), Percentage of Star Districts 62.5 % (15 of 24), 100% all councils active (115) (only 4 jurisdictions had 100%). This resulted in Washington State standing #2 in the “Circle of Honor” only behind Texas (3 points). Also, Washington State Council received recognition for placing in the top ten in all 5 of the “Surge for Service” Awards. Rob also revitalized two dormant councils 829 in Bellingham and 7907 in Issaquah with both earning Star Council since 1999.

Rob recently served two years as Membership Director for the Star Membership Team, with the State Deputy Wayne C. Hogan. Wayne earned Circle of Honor twice becoming the first State Deputy to accomplish this. Rob was appointed as Master of the Fourth Degree in September, 2003

While on his first tour in Germany, Rob met Maria Schmidt in Freising, Germany who originally was from Leibnitz, Austria. They were married, have two sons Perry and Robin and one grandson Ethan. Rob dedicated his service as State Deputy to the Vocations Program and Special Olympics.