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State Deputy Larry Becker at the State Organizational Meeting

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

State Deputy Message - December 2014

Twas the Knight Before Christmas

Twas the Knight before Christmas, when all through the council chamber,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a member.
The blank Form 100’s were stacked by the fin sec with care,
In hopes that the membership chairman soon would be there.

The members were nestled all snug in their chairs,
While visions of pancakes danced in their heads.
And the officers in their jewels, and I ready to wrap my gavel,
Had just settled our brains for a long meeting of babble.

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the podium to see what was the matter.
Away to the door I flew like a flash,
Tore open the handle and ran with a dash.

The light on the floor of the long narrow hall
Provided the vision of a man standing tall.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the membership chairman, with our pillars and candidates in the rear.

The membership chairman, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Brother Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now, Charity! Now, Unity! Now, Fraternity and Patriotism!
On, Church! On, Service! On, Family and Catholicism!
To the front of the chamber! To a place near the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the chamber,
The prancing and sounds of each new prospective member.
As I drew up my gavel, and was turning around,
Raising his hand Brother Nick waved with a bound.

He addressed all of the council, introducing his guests,
And then led them all back out the door so we can do our best.
On the way out, a bundle of Form 100s he had flung to the financial secretary,
And he looked like a Star Recruiter, all jolly and merry.

I opened the meeting and with a motion and second we voted them in,
We decided to hold the degree that night, and welcome them like kin, 
Our founder will be proud of our council growing stronger,
And know that our council will survive for years longer!

I sprang to the chambers, to my team I gave a wrap,
And away they all flew to bring new members back.
And they heard me exclaim, that a Star Council is in sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good Knight!"

Vivat Jesus!
Larry Becker
Arizona State Deputy, Knights of Columbus

December 1, 2014

Friday, January 16, 2015

Priest Appreciation Dinners

The Phoenix Priest Appreciation Dinner is Friday February 6 In Phoenix. All councils are invited to invite their priests to come to this annual event.
This will take place at SS Simon and Jude, Our Lady of Loreto Center starting at 6:00 PM.
Please consider sponsoring a priest also!

The cost is $35 per person. Please RSVP by January 16. 
More information is available on the flyer.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

4th Degree Exemplification - Jan 2015

Worthy Faithful Navigators and Grand Knights,
The next scheduled Fourth Degree Exemplification will be occurring in Tucson on January 10, 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel. Link to DoubleTree 

The Fourth Degree is the most visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and represents the last principal of the order: Patriotism. This includes promoting responsible citizenship and love and loyalty to their country. 
Members of the Fourth Degree are asked to participate to serve in the Honor Guard, which serves at civic and religious functions. 

All 3rd Degree members are highly encouraged to further their advancement in to the order by becoming a Fourth Degree member. Members who wear the emblem of the degree are committed to conduct themselves honorably as Catholic gentlemen in both their private and public life as well as patriotically for the good of the country. The Fourth Degree sword represents their reverence for the Eucharist and the Pope, Bishops, and hierarchy of the church, and displays publicly his willingness to protect the Church and Priests. 

The host assembly is Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly 16 with the Class Honoree Immediate Past State Deputy Bryant Sayers. Link to registration packet. You will need Adobe Reader to view. 

At this time when our way of life is being challenged both locally and globally, we ask that all men rise up to answer the call of becoming a Fourth Degree member to show that we will publicly defend both our rights and religious responsibilities. 

Vivat Jesus!
Bob Holsinger
Arizona State District Master

Tom Kato 
4th Degree Registration Chairman

Michael Saldivar
Archbishop Daniel J. Gercke Assembly 16

Host Assembly Chairman

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Arizona State Officers


As you may be aware, and with great sadness, our worthy State Secretary Skip Hopler tendered his resignation as a State Officer, effective December 6, 2014. His “paying” job is consuming a great deal of his time and energy, with much travel in the near future. He believes he will in his job for several more years beyond his original plan. He understands the large time it requires to successfully fulfill his State Secretary position, and the increase time and energy to successfully fulfill the pending State Deputy position he may very well hold in the future. He also has his family to take care of.

Skip is a great man, with many talents. He will be sorely missed by the State Council and especially by me. We have become great friends and trusted partners serving together over the years as District Deputies, State Chairmen, and State Officers. I have asked Skip to consider remaining in the State family as a State Director or Chairman, as well as continue serving as a Ceremonialist. Of course, in his usual manner, he said yes. He will work to transition his responsibilities to the next State Secretary.

I have reviewed this with Supreme via our Worthy MPC Jose JimĂ©nez. Supreme recommends that the State Deputy exercises Section 58 of the Supreme Charter, Constitution, and Laws of the Knights of Columbus, “Appointments to fill vacancies in any office of the State Council shall be made for the unexpired term by the State Officers. In case of any vacancy in the office of alternate to the Supreme Council, such vacancy shall be filled by the State Deputy.”

I’d like to thank the Past State Deputies (PSDs) for their kind words and support through this process. I, like them, only want to do what is best for the State and the Order. After much thought and constructive coaching from many of the PSDs, I am very pleased to announce that I installed the following worthy gentlemen into their new State Council positions, in public, on Saturday morning December 6, 2014, at the State Mid-Year Meeting:
  • State Secretary – Sean Halpain
  • State Treasurer – Tom Kalisz
  • State Advocate – Mario Vassallo
  • State Warden – Kevin McCarthy
  • District Deputy #21- Paul Connor
  • District Deputy #32 – Gary Johnson
  • State Program Director – Chet Yancy
  • State Youth Director – Skip Hopler
Please welcome them in their new positions. They are currently working to transition into their new roles. I appreciate your patience with us as this may that a month or so for everyone to be up to speed on their new roles. I have the highest of confidence in these Brother Knights to serve the State and the Order to the best of their abilities.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Parade Glendale AZ 12-13-14

Glendale Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wrap up of mid year meeting including the DD's wives. http://t.co/qJzhR3scDi

Wrap up of mid year meeting including the DD's wives. http://t.co/qJzhR3scDi

December 07, 2014 at 11:52AM


Mid Year meeting - DD presentation. http://t.co/1aIjbdTEP8

Mid Year meeting - DD presentation. http://t.co/1aIjbdTEP8
December 07, 2014 at 09:06AM


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arizona Knights of Columbus Mid-Year Meeting in Lake Havasu St. Thomas More 6442 http://t.co/epgcmAcer5

Arizona Knights of Columbus Mid-Year Meeting in Lake Havasu St. Thomas More 6442 http://t.co/epgcmAcer5

December 06, 2014 at 11:07AM


Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 State Convention

December  1, 2014
It is my pleasure to extend to you and your family an invitation to join us at the 2015 Arizona State Convention. I am excited to have you join us at this convention and look forward to seeing you. This convention promises to be informative, productive, and fun.
The Host Councils’ Convention Committee has been working diligently to make you feel welcome and at home in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Plaza will be the hotel headquarters for the weekend.
Not only will we be conducting the business of the State Council, electing our State Officers, and voting on resolutions, we will also be celebrating our successes of this fraternal year. There will be lots of time for fraternal bounding and enjoying the many hotel amenities. The hotel rooms are beautiful and the pools are cool! Oh and yes, we will have hospitality rooms open on Friday and Saturday nights!
Please register at the hotel and with the Host Committee. You can also place an ad or booster in the Convention Program Book. This year, there will also be an electronic version of the Convention Program Book. Please make your plans to join us for this exciting event!

The Convention Website is here:

Vivat Jesus!
Larry Becker
State Deputy

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Arizona listed for Coats for Kids! http://t.co/AQB1IyDXO7

Arizona listed for Coats for Kids! http://t.co/AQB1IyDXO7

November 30, 2014 at 07:38PM