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Sunday, May 24, 2020

State Deputy Message - May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Brothers,

Our State Convention has concluded, and I believe it was a great success!

Our State Officers for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year will be.

State Deputy – Tom Kalisz
State Secretary – Mario Vassallo
State Treasurer – Luigi Baratta
State Advocate – Tom Kato
State Warden – Kevin McCarthy
Immediate Past State Deputy – Sean Halpain

Congratulations and good luck to each. I trust our membership statewide will support these men as they undertake the challenges of a new position while transitioning their current responsibilities to their successor. The time after Convention is very busy for both the State Secretary and the State Treasurer.

At the State Convention we conducted a Council Roll call to get some information about how many new members are expected to join our order between the Convention and June 30, 2018.  We also asked if a Council expected to earn Star Council status.  I want to thank all the Councils that responded.  State Officers will be calling those Councils that were not able to attend the Convention to get this information from them. 

I ask each of you to continue your efforts to grow your Councils and our Order so that we can continue to be able to respond to our Bishops, Pastors, and Parishes when they call on the Knights.

Looking forward, I let you know in an earlier message that the Surge of Service Program that had been used for years was being retired.  In its place will be the Faith in Action program.  Key changes are ending Council and Youth categories and combining them in with the categories of Faith, Family, Community, and Life.

The following is a link to the revised Form 365 Service Program Personnel Report.  Our State Deputy Elect will learn more at his June State Deputy Orientation meetings.  If you have more questions, bring them to your District Deputy after they return from the State Organizational meeting being held beginning on June 30th in Phoenix.

Our State Assistance Membership Director Ken White has been working for several weeks on a concept for “2 Man Teams”.  The concept, first brought to us by Supreme in August, is to create some dedicated teams to assist Councils with their Membership Recruiting efforts.   We put this on hold when Arizona was selected to be one of the 7 pilot states for E-Membership.  Continuation of this program, or a variation, will be decided by our State Deputy Elect and his Membership Director.  Regardless, the information Ken has assembled in preparing for this will only help our State going forward. Thanks to any that assisted Ken in this ground work.

Check your brief cases and notebooks.  Make sure all Form 100s for men that have completed their Admissions Degrees are completed accurately and submitted to Supreme as soon as possible.  We owe this to these men, so they can realize the benefits they are now entitled to receive.

Finally, now is the time to look at your programs to see if you have any that need to be completed. I realize not every Council will achieve Star Council Status, but with the Supreme Columbian, Founders, and McGivney Awards I believe that every Council has the potential to earn one of these.  Regardless of the Award, it is very gratifying to be presented one of these by your District Deputy, a State Officer, or our State Deputy.



Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Raffle Winners!!!!

The following is a list of the tentative raffle winners.

Prize # Prize Amount NameCityStateZipCouncil #Ticket Number
1 $    10,000 Ms. Lorraine MolloyScottsdaleAZ85260-5312Blessed Sacrament140577
2 $       7,000 Joe DetiegieTempeAZ85282662784136
3 $       5,000 Jack SwartzPhoenixAZ8502315001234506
4 $       3,000 Laura O'HayerPhoenixAZ850441006292283
5 $       2,000 K of C St. Augustine CathedralTucsonAZ857011537624291
6 $       1,000 Ryan EstranaYorba Linda CA9288613779344652
7 $          500 Kathy SalazarGoodyearAZ8539513895117530
8 $          500 Frank J. HerbSun CityAZ853511214447721
9 $          500 Charles Willibald FairbanksMesaAZ852053419254019
10 $          500 Ms. Margaret MolinaChino ValleyAZ86323-637711827326031

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 State Convention

Dear Brother Knights and Friends of the Knights of Columbus,

The 111th Arizona Knights of Columbus Annual Convention is scheduled for May 18-19, 2018, at the Hilton Tucson  El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, in Oro Valley, Arizona.  Here are some important reminders that we would like to bring to your attention:

Hotel:
The Convention Hotel, El Conquistador, has sold out! We have secured another great location for lodging, the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, for the rate of $129/night. Book at:
https://book.passkey.com/e/49663620 

 
Registration:
For registration, visit the convention website at http://www.azkofcstateconvention.org/. For online registration with credit card, please click on Register Now. To register by mail, click on Convention Info then choose Print Media. Those who require disability assistance or who have any dietary restrictions, please note them in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the second page of the Printed Registration Form. 

Friday night will be a Sports Theme dinner! Come dressed in your favorite sports team attire.

Registration information and payment must be received no later than May 4, 2018. 

If you have any questions regarding the Arizona State Convention, please feel free to contact Bobby Nielsen at 
BNielsen200@gmail.com , or Joe Curran at JC22925@gmail.com .  Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you in Oro Valley, AZ on May 18-19, 2018.


Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Membership Memo - May 8, 2018

Brother Knights,

Our Blessed Mother holds a special place in the hearts of all Brother Knights.  We received a rosary in our Admission Degree and the ceremonial reminds us that we are Her Knights.  We are into our second week of May, the month of Mary. Let’s do all we can to invite every eligible Catholic Gentleman to join our Order and to grow the brotherhood of Catholic men dedicated to Our Lady.

I want to thank you and your councils for the hard work you have been putting into recruiting new members to the Order. At the end of April , we had recruited 739 new members, 92 in April alone, which put us 35 new members ahead of last year at the same time. We had the best April in the last 5 years. 

We have already added 18 additional members in May, bringing us to 757 new Brother Knights so far this year.  We still need 193 additional members, so we still have work to do.  This is very doable and we have done that often in past years.

Attached is the latest "Road to Stardom" dashboard, sorted by District.  Remember, in addition to members, we need to grow the Order in Insurance and make our impact in Programs.  Combined with Membership growth, Insurance growth and Programs are needed to reach our goal of 30 Star Councils.  3 Councils have met all of the requirements for Star Council.  6 Additional Councils have reached their Membership and Insurance goals.  15 more have reached membership goals but need insurance numbers, 7 have reached Insurance and not yet Membership.  Don’t forget, Field agents are a powerful resource for membership growth.  Work with them!

We keep growing and our position in the Order is impressive!

Intake
Goal
Actual
Need
% of Goal
950
757
193
79.68%
Position = 
18
out of 74

Net
Goal
Actual
Need
% of Goal
630
493
137
78.25%
Position = 
31
out of 74

Net/Net
Goal
Actual
Need
% of Goal
285
301
-16
105.61%
Position = 
17
out of 74




Congratulate your councils that have reached (or almost reached) their goals and encourage them to continue working hard toward Star Council!  Don’t let a council miss Star or the Columbian Award by having them fail to submit a complete Form SP-7 or any other required forms!  This also includes the required Supreme Safe Environment training for the Grand Knight and Youth Director. (Council Safe environment compliance as of 4/18 is shown on the attached Road to Stardom dashboard.) SP-7 reports can be submitted now and can reference programs you plan on completing in the rest of the Fraternal Year.  Forms are tracked on the Road to Stardom Sheet as well.

For the months of February , March, and April. For every member that joined, the sponsor listed on the Form 100 was placed in a drawing for one of 10 Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tools, engraved with the sponsor’s name. For each member a sponsor recruits his name went into the drawing.  We have drawn the names, the engraved tools have arrived, and we will announce the winners at the Convention. 

All our membership promotions that reward sponsors are based on Supreme’s records and require that the Sponsor’s name and membership number be legibly recorded on the form 100!  Many form 100s do not have Sponsors listed so those men are not getting credit for our incentives.

Brothers, each of us as a leader in the Arizona Jurisdiction have a key role and responsibility to grow the Order in Arizona and reach our Goals.  Keep up the good work, and we can make it!

Fraternally,

Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (602) 684-8125
Supporting Life at Every Stage

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

State Deputy Message - May 2018

May 5, 2018

Brothers,

May is here!  We still have two months to complete all the Council and State Projects and to achieve our Supreme Knight goals.  Will you earn the McGivney Award, the Columbian Award, or the Founders Award?  Will you be a Star Council? All are visible signs to your membership, Pastor and Parish that the Knights of Columbus are here to serve and do so with Pride.

Many are preparing for the Annual State Convention, being held this year in Tucson.  But this is not the time to become lax.  Schools are getting out soon, students are graduating or moving up in school.  Many of the men who had commitments to support their children at school will soon have some time available. 

Spring and Summer are not times to be complacent and take a break on recruiting men to join us as we serve our Bishops, Pastors and Parish communities.  It is actually a great time.  By bringing in new members now, they get a chance to make contributions for the balance of this year, learn about our activities and processes, and help shape the programs you will begin at the start of the next Fraternal Year.  Don’t wait.  Invite these men to join you now. If they are still too busy to attend an Admission Degree, assist them to join through E-Membership and list your Council or Parish on the form.

Speaking of the State Convention, if you are a District Deputy or State Committee Chairman your annual report is due to the State Executive Secretary Rick Garrison by the start of the meeting on May 18th.

Our State Program Director Larry Powers will have exciting news and a challenge to kick start our Ultrasound program to raise funds for a machine to save even more of the unborn in our state. Supporting Life at Every Stage.

Did you take the opportunity to attend the Supreme Webinar on April 24th?  Have you taken advantage of any of these Supreme sponsored and conducted training sessions?  Your District Deputy was given the schedule for the entire year and it is listed on the Supreme Website. 

This session was “Fishing is like Recruiting”.  The three simple points of the training were 1) Successful Fishing is not being random or lucky! 2) Successful fishing is about local knowledge! and 3) Successful Fishing is just like Successful Recruiting. 

Broken down the message was to fish where the fish are.  You know your Parishes.  Many now don’t look the same as they did several years ago.  Just as the Catholic church has become more diverse over the years so have our Parishes.  Has your Council?  If so, Congratulations. You are on your way to fulfilling Fr. McGivney’s dream and our Supreme Knights charge.  If not, now is a good time to reach out to another Catholic man who might look, speak, or sound different and invite him to bring his family and himself into our family of brother Knights.  Ask them to join you as you Step into the Breach for Christ.

May is also a time when Council prepare for or conduct their Council elections.  Consider carefully your brothers that are willing to serve in Council Office positions.  It is not always easy but seek out and elect those brothers who will lead your Council to serve you community and evangelize the faith.

I am excited about the next two months.  Arizona has shown Supreme and other states that we are strong closers.  We finish strong and don’t falter down the home stretch.  Don’t forget the $4.50 rebate from Supreme for every billable member when you earn Star Council status.  That pays for many of the members who have struggled to keep current.

Keep up the good work in your Councils, in your Parishes, in your Communities, but most importantly in your families and your personal life. 

Be proud to say that you are a Catholic Gentlemen and a Knight of Columbus.



Vivat Jesus,


Sean Halpain
State Deputy

Monday, April 30, 2018

Raffle 2018

Worthy DDs and GKs,
   The state charity raffle is heading down the final stretch.  Please continue to promote the sales of the raffle tickets as a review of successful councils show the best results actually come in the final 2 - 3 weeks as potential ticket buyers see the close approaching deadline for participation.  Remember to sell the virtues of the charity you are supporting and then the possible cash winnings.  The charity is the appeal more so than the cash prizes.  
A limited supply of tickets are still available on a first come first serve basis - hurry as the supply is limited and time is running out! Contact me via email, text or call me as I can usually ship the tickets the same day- but no later than the next day.
CLICK HERE FOR RAFFLE FORMS

A few reminders:  
1) A council check made out to the "AZ Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc" for the total dollar amount of your council sales must accompany your completed forms and tickets. NO CASH and NO PERSONAL CHECKS!
2) All tickets must be separated and have the council number stamped or written on the back of the ticket.
3) All charities must be approved 501(c)3 organizations. If new this year, documentation of 501(C)3 status must be provided.
4) Tickets, check and report forms must be turned in no later than 12:00 PM, Saturday May 19th, at the state convention.
5) If no one from your council is attending the convention, you must make arrangements to get your tickets, check and report turned in by a neighboring council or as a last resort, mail your tickets, report and check to me TO BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN TUESDAY 5/15.  My address is Dennis Sullivan, 16832 S. 1st Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85045-0722.
Dennis P. Sullivan 
AZ K of C State Charity Raffle Director
480-201-5556
          

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Run for the Fallen - Mammoth

 

#1 Nearly 20 Sir Knights from AZ South gathered in Mammoth, AZ to support and encourage the trans-continental "Run for the Fallen" project.

 

#2 Sir Knights from five Assemblies in AZ South prepare to honor "20,000 fallen, four months, 6,000 miles."  

 

#3 Run for the Fallen team enters Mammoth, AZ on Hwy 77. See www.runforthefallen.org to contribute.

 

#4  The Knights of Columbus Patriotic Degree joined the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, Mammoth Lions Club, local Fire Departments and junior wrestlers, along with local residents, to honor those fallen in the War on Terrorism.

 

#5  "This is the greatest reception we've had since we started in California," George Lutz, Run for the Fallen coordinator, said at closing ceremonies in Mammoth.  

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

2018 Arizona State Convention Dress Code

  Men

Friday, May
18

10:00AM to 8:00PM

Mass, Meeting,
& Dinner

State Officers
District Deputies
State Directors & Presenters
MASS & MEETING-Suit & Tie or Jacket, Slacks, & Tie.
Name Badge and Jewel of Office for the Meetings and
Mass
DINNER ONLY- We are having a Sports Theme dinner! Come dressed in your favorite sports team attire.

Delegates & Brother Knights

MASS & MEETING-Council  Shirt,
DINNER ONLY- We are having a Sports Theme dinner!  Come dressed in your favorite sports team attire. (No shorts or sandals.)
8:30PM to ??
Hospitality
Rooms
All
Casual. Shorts are okay.

Saturday, May 19

8:15AM to 4:30PM

Rosary & Meeting
State Officers
District Deputies
State Directors & Presenters

Suit & Tie or Jacket, Slacks, & Tie. Name Badge and Jewel of Office for the Meetings
Delegates & Brother Knights
Council Shirt, Slacks.
(No shorts or sandals.)

5:00PM to 9:30PM

Mass & Dinner

State Officers
White Dinner Jacket Tux
Name Badge and Jewel of Office

District Deputies
State Directors & Presenters
Delegates & Brother Knights
Suit & Tie or Jacket, Slacks, & Tie
Name Badge and Jewel of Office (Optional: Dinner Jacket Tux (White or Black)) (No shorts or sandals.)

Delegates & Brother Knights
Suit & Tie or Jacket, Slacks, & Tie (Optional: Dinner Jacket Tux (White or Black)) (No shorts or sandals.)
9:30PM to ??
Hospitality
Rooms
All
Casual. Shorts are okay.


        Ladies

Friday, May
18

10:00AM to 11:00AM

Mass
State Officers
District Deputies                 State Directors & Presenters Delegates & Brother Knights
Sunday Mass Attire

5:00PM to 8:00PM

Dinner
State Officers
District Deputies
State Directors & Presenters
Delegates & Brother Knights
We are having a Sports Theme dinner! Come dressed in your favorite sports team attire.
Or Sunday  Dress or Pant Suit
8:00PM to ??
Hospitality
Rooms
All
Casual. Shorts are okay.

Saturday, May 19

8:00AM to 9:00AM

Rosary
State Officers
District Deputies
Delegates & Brother Knights

Business casual (i.e., capri’s, dress slacks, summer dress)

11:30AM to 2:00PM
Ladies' Luncheon
State Officers
District Deputies
Delegates & Brother Knights

Business casual (i.e., capri’s, dress slacks, summer dress)

5:00PM to 9:30PM
Mass
& Dinner
State Officers
Formal Floor Length Gowns
District Deputies
Delegates & Brother Knights
Semi Formal
9:30PM to ??
Hospitality
Rooms
All
Casual. Shorts are okay.