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Friday, May 01, 2020

State Deputy Message - May 2016

Worthy Grand Knight, Please either read this message aloud at your May Council Meeting; and/or, please print the attachment and hand it out at your May Council Meeting so your council members can read my message. Thanks, State Deputy Larry Becker

May 1, 2016


A very well-known miraculous deliverance God gave the Israelites was when the young shepherd boy, David, killed the champion Philistine warrior with a rock from his sling. That giant of a man stood over nine feet tall and terrorized the whole Israelite army. David faced Goliath, who threatened to kill him, with unwavering faith in Almighty God. Though we will never face a physical Goliath like David did, we will all face many giant obstacles in this life. We must continue to trust God as we continue to run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Heb. 12:1).

The race marked out for us is earning the Supreme Circle of Honor Award for the Arizona jurisdiction and earning the Supreme Star Council Award for your council. To earn this for Arizona, we need to bring about 200 additional men and their families into our Order. To do this, every active council needs to recruit at least 3 more men in May and June. Last fraternal year, we were able to do this in the last two months of the year. We can do it again! SK Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Green Bay Packers, and 4th Degree Knight, said, “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.” We can be winners! With a disciplined approach, we can do it!

Now is the time to submit your council’s Columbian Award Application Form SP-7. Every council in Arizona should qualify for this award for providing quality council service programs. You can submit the award application now, even if you have not completed some programs until June 30, 2016. Also, you can earn this award even if you did not meet your Supreme membership or insurance quotas. Please note that Supreme will not accept this application after June 30, 2016. Please submit it early so your council will receive the proper recognition for your hard work.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Arizona State Convention, on May 20 and 21, 2016, at the Casino Del Sol Resort, in Tucson. There will be lots of great information shared, voting for state officers and resolutions, and fun fellowship with Brother Knights from over Arizona.  Click on this link for more information 2016 Arizona State Convention

SK Vince Lombardi also said, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win. “

Brothers, we are winners!

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1944
Gilbert AZ 85299

Friday, January 31, 2020

2016 Knights of Columbus State Convention

Subject: 2016 Knights of Columbus State Convention

Dear Brother Knights and Friends of the Knights of Columbus,
It’s that time of the year again and the Knights of Columbus annual Arizona State Convention is just around the corner. The convention is scheduled for May 20-22, 2016. It will be held at Casino Del Sol Resort, located in Tucson, Arizona. You will find all the new updates and information listed below. The convention website is completely redesigned and easy to use. New for 2016 is that all registration and payment can be done online. No forms need to be filled out or sent in.
Registration:For registration, visit the convention website at and select “Register Now”. You can also purchase your Advance Event Tickets and 2016 Convention Polo Shirts. Those who require disability assistance or who have any dietary restrictions, please note them in the Additional Information section on the checkout page. Credit card payments can only be made directly online. For Check payment, simply register on line and select the Check option. An email will be sent to confirm your registration. Simply print the confirmation and mail it along with your payment to the address listed on the email. The Registration form can still be downloaded and printed out and filled in manually if preferred. Then, mailed to the address listed on the form along with your payment.
Registration information and payment must be received no later than May 3, 2015.  Additional $10 will be assessed for Registration received after May 3, 2015.
Hotel:Hotel accommodations must be made by the individual directly. Reservations can be made from the convention website: Instructions are given from the Hotel Information page. We have negotiated a Standard room rate of $109 per night plus tax. Refer to the Hotel Information page for additional room upgrade options. Rooms may also be booked from the hotel website: Use offer code Knights to receive your discounted rate. Special Access rooms are available upon request.
Hospitality Suites:
There are a limited number of suites available for hospitality rooms. You will not be allowed to book a hospitality suite directly through the hotel. Please contact the Convention Chairman, Ken Gallagher at telephone (520) 661-1262 or email at for assistance in reserving one.
Convention Advertising:
Advertising in the Arizona State Convention Program Book is still available. Please visit the convention website at and select “Buy Advertising”. Advertising can also be purchased directly online. Simply purchase desired ad space on line and use Checkout. Credit card payments can only be made online. For Check payment, simply purchase desired ad space and select the Check option. An email will be sent to confirm your purchase. Simply print the confirmation and mail it along with your payment to the address listed on the email. Email your ad to The preferred format for submission of advertising is a high resolution PDF file. But will accept other forms as well (JPG, AI, or EPS files). All advertising must be submitted no later than April 22, 2016.
If you have any questions regarding the convention registration or website, please contact either:
Ken Gallagher    Convention Chairman        (520) 661-1262
Mark Waltz        Registration Chairman       (520) 207-4035
I hope you will be as excited for the upcoming convention as we are. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you in Tucson in May.
Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1944
Gilbert AZ 85299
Cell: 480.760.5122

Friday, May 20, 2016

State Convention Attire


Click here for the 2016 State Convention’s suggested attire or dress code. These are only suggestions as to what to wear at the various events during the convention.

Please share this with the other delegates from your council, as well as your wives.

If you’re unable to follow these suggestions, please dress professionally.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please register now to attend the 2016 State Convention. You can do this by clicking on the link below.

      2016 State Convention Registration

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

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1944
Gilbert AZ 85299

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fr. Douglas Bazi - May 3, 2016

Worthy Brother Knights:

Fr. Douglas Bazi will be coming to Phoenix May 3, 2016. A special night is planned to hear his story of his kidnapping and torture for nine days at the hands of jihadists. Fr. Bazi will speak at Xavier College Preparatory. See the attached flyer for more details.  Also attending this fabulous evening will be the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix.

Fr. Douglas is an amazing man of deep faith and is pastor to more than 100 families that were kicked out of their homes by ISIS in June of 2014. You may have seen him in the commercials on TV sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This is a must see event for all Catholics, especially you my brother Knights.

Here's a link to the one-minute video:

Here's a link to a five-minute video in which he describes a little of what happened to him:

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council

Knights of Columbus

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tucson Planned Parenthood Protest Info

Join us on April 23rd for the ProtestPP National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood in Tucson.

On April 23, #ProtestPP will conduct the first annual nationwide protest at Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide, to be held on the 4th Saturday of April every year until the abortion chain no longer preys upon our communities.

We’ll call on Congress and the States to cut off all government funding to Planned Parenthood and bring charges against all those responsible for the horrific baby parts scandal. And we’ll demand that all charges against undercover journalist David Daleiden be dropped.

Visit for more information. 
Contact the protest coordinator at
Planned Parenthood - Margaret Sanger Health Center
Meet at Grant Road and Beverly Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85712
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on April 23
Sponsored by TUCSON FOR LIFE

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Workshop for Financial Officers

We will have a Financial Secretary Workshop for Financial Secretaries, Comptrollers, Grand Knights and Navigators on May 3 in Chandler.


Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
            3450 West Ray Road
            Chandler, AZ 85226


Here is a link to a map showing the church location. At the bottom of the page is a campus layout. We'll be in the social center which is most often referred to as Hennessy Hall. The best place to park would be the lot north of the campus.









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There is no cost.


This will be a shortened version of the training program presented in the past. Both new and experienced council and assembly officers will find this useful.


Topics will include


Member Management – use of the online tool provided by the home office
- Member Information
- Council Administration
- Reporting council officers and service program personnel


Member Billing
- Initial setup for billings
- The billing cycle including retention activity
- Dues Assessments
- Other Assessments
- Processing dues receipts


Council Accounting
- Accounting setup
- Receipts
- Vouchers
- Adjustments


Please respond to this email with:
Council or Assembly Number:
Email Address:
Phone Number:


Thank you.


Friday, April 01, 2016

State Deputy Message - April 2016

April 1, 2016


We are starting our 4th Quarter of this fraternal year. Wow! How time flies? As a State, we have a lot to be thankful for and proud of. We reached our 16,000th member in Arizona. We are embracing our mission calling to build the domestic Church, while strengthening our Parishes. Our Bishops are extremely appreciative of our continue service to our faith community. The charities we support are appreciative of the great work we are doing in our community. I am extremely appreciative of all the great efforts you and your council are doing to stand tall, fight the good fight, and grow in strength. As I have said earlier this year, we are helping our pastors and priests in their ministry to bring our faith community closer to God. The number one thing we can do to meet this objective is to grow the Order. With more men and their families in the Knights of Columbus, you and your council will be better fortified to help our parish grow stronger.

We are preparing for the 2016 State Convention, on May 20 and 21, 2016, at the Casino Del Sol Resort, in Tucson. We look forward to seeing every council represented at this very important meeting.  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 bonding and enjoying the many hotel amenities.

I ask you to continue to work hard to earn the Star Council Award. There is still time to complete the programs necessary, as well as obtain your membership and insurance goals. We have about 90 days to finish strong. With everyone’s help, the Arizona jurisdiction will earn the Supreme Circle of Honor Award. This is the year! Together, we can do it!

The Arizona Knights of Columbus 2015-2016 fraternal year’s theme is “Find Us Ready Lord”. This year’s theme deals with the Destiny of Man and how we prepare ourselves for our final reward and attain the joys of heaven. We can prepare with Service, Prayer, Charity, Unity, Fraternity, & Patriotism.  We need to build our Order stronger so together we can work to combat the evil lurking in our world today. Please pray the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel at the end of every meeting and gathering. Satan is destroying our society and Church while working on every family, man, woman, and child to not follow the teachings of our Catholic Church. We must keep our councils and assemblies strong to fight this battle and defend everything we know as good. Please pray that St. Michael will protect us and our Lord will guide us so we will remain victorious and continue to build our Church with service and faith.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
PO Box 1944
Gilbert AZ 85299

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Grand Canyon University Newman Center

In the Phoenix metro area, Brother Knights are being called to help the Grand Canyon University Catholic Newman Center.  Fr. Bradley LePage, a Brother Knight in Council 11536, and I have been working for months at the details of our involvement with this opportunity to evangelize our Catholic faith to young men and women on this Christian campus.  The photos below are of Brother Chris Santiago, Brother Ron Bacher, and State Warden Luigi Baratta working at the Newman Center.
We need you help! Can you help? We need tradesmen, able bodied men and women, and anyone who can help clean, do building improvements, paint, etc. We are especially in need of painters! Brother Danny Hayward, of Council 3855, will lead the Knights of Columbus efforts in this important project.  The center is located right across the street from Grand Canyon University. Please contact Brother Danny Hayward at
Also, if you are student GCU or know any Catholic gentleman who attends this school, please contact State Warden Luigi Baratta at  We are working to organize a College Knights of Columbus Council in this Newman Center.

Please forward this email to all Brother Knights.

Monday, March 21, 2016

SOAZ Coronado Area Tennis Competition

The Coronado Area Special Olympics held their Tennis Competition on Saturday, Marth 19, 2016, at the Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club (4001 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ).

We had six (6) Volunteers from St. Pius X Council (10762) and I was there taking pictures.
Pima County Sheriff, Chris Nanos was also there volunteering as a tennis ball retriever and as MC during the Awards Ceremony.
The event consisted of Singles Match Play and Individual Skills Competition and was a big success.

Once again a BIG Thank You goes out to SK Fred Falgiano from St Pius X Council 10762.
Attached are two (2) pictures from the event (Courtesy of SK Fred Falgiano).

Vivat Jesus!!!

Kevin Donnelly
State Special Olympics Chairman
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (520) 370-9041 

Monday, March 14, 2016

2016 Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition - March 11 and 12th

Good Morning Worthy State Officers, Directors, Chairmen, and Brothers,

      This past Friday and Saturday (03/11/16 and 03/12/16) the Arizona State Special Olympics held their State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition in Tucson.
St Pius X Council (10762) had Seven (7) Volunteers on Friday (3/11/16)  and one (1) Volunteer of Saturday (3/12/16) at the Sporting Chance Basketball Facility.
I Volunteered on Saturday at the Cheerleading Competition held at the University of Arizona Recreation Center.
Overall this was a very successful event.

SK Fred Falgiano, from St Pius X Council did and outstanding job recruiting and coordinating the volunteers from his council.
We would not have been so successful if it were not for Brother Fred.

Vivat Jesus!!!


Kevin Donnelly
State Special Olympics Chairman
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (520) 370-9041