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Sunday, February 02, 2020

State Deputy Message - February 2018

February 1, 2018

Brothers,

What a Great January we had with 99 new members joining us in our work for the Domestic Church.

Thank you all for your efforts but let’s not rest on the past.  Our Membership team has come up with some Spring Member Recruiting incentives to get us active in bringing in even more men to join us in our Order.

For District Deputies, and they already know about this one, we have the ‘Every Council Active’ program to encourage them to work with their Councils to be successful.  To win they need to have each active Council in their District recruit at least one new member in the first quarter of 2018. 

For all members, we have TWO contests going. 

The first is for the month of March.  The State Council, in association with the Arizona Knights of Columbus Charity Inc, is a sponsor of the Annual Phoenix Diocese Golf for Vocations tournament being held at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix on April 12, 2018.  For every member that joins their Sponsor will be placed in a drawing to be on Team AZ Knights at the event.  Any member that recruits 4 or more men to join in March will be an automatic winner. 

The second program will run for the months of February, March, and April.  For every member that joins, his Sponsor will be placed in a drawing for one of 10 Leatherman Wingman, which will be engraved with your name.  For each member you recruit you name goes into the drawing.  Recruit 3 men and you have 3 chances to win.

Remember, you must put your Membership Number and your name on their Form 100 as we pull the recruiter list from Supreme’s records.

Still have some guys not ready to sign the Form 100 and commit to the Council?  Talk to them about E-Membership.  This new way to join the Knights of Columbus takes some of the pressure off and provides these men with the benefits of Membership and a path to join you at your Council.  They still need to complete their Admission Degree, but you are over half way there with them joining this way.  Send them to KofC.org/joinus for more information.  Have them list your Council number so you get information when they join.

Have you checked your Fraternal Leader Success Planner for the February Spotlight?  Food for Families is shown with information about conducting this program.  This can be both a Service Program and a Membership recruiting opportunity.  What better way to introduce a man to the Knights of Columbus than by showing what we do.  Some areas run a 40 Cans for Lent as their Food for Family Programs.

Last month I introduced the start of a 2-year fund raising campaign to provide Ultrasound equipment to a pregnancy center that follows Catholic teaching.  Former District Deputy Joe Kramer is our new Ultrasound State Chairman.  He and State General Program Director Larry Powers are putting the final touches on the program.  If you are ready to donate now make your checks payable to Arizona Knights of Columbus Charity Inc and put Ultrasound in the memo line.

Some of you will be attending this weekend’s Catholic Men’s Fellowship Phoenix Conference. This will be the third year with the message related to Bishop Olmsted’s Apostolic Exhortation “Into the Breach”.  For those of you unable to attend in person, the Catholic Man Show will be webcasting the entire day.  You may access this on the event website cmfp.org. By now you know that Supreme has included “Into the Breach” as a centerpiece of our Building the Domestic Church program emphasis. 

Finally, we say goodbye and thank you to Pat Maloney, PSD from Washington and our Supreme Membership & Program Consultant for the last 3 ½ years.  The State Leadership team has learned a great deal from Pat about what it takes to be successful as a state and work toward Circle of Honor status.  The Supreme Knight has reassigned many of the MPCs so that they are more geographically centered.  This will allow them to spend more time with their assigned jurisdictions with less time traveling.  Going forward we will have the opportunity to work with Utah PSD Ray Lopez as our MPC.  Several of us already know Ray and are confident he will bring with him the same commitment to help Arizona grow that Pat brought.

For February my prayer for each of you is that you experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your lives and show those around you they Joy of being an example of the love of Jesus Christ to those you encounter each day.

Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy




Thursday, March 08, 2018

STATE FREE THROW - 2018

FREE THROW CMAMPIONSHIP 

Come Cheer for our District and Council Champions! 
DATE: March 10, 2018, PLACE: Salpoint Catholic High School 
1545 E Copper Street Tucson, AZ. 85710 
TIME: Sign-in is between 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Start time 9:45 a.m. 
Award Ceremony will be immediately after the event. 
Lunch will be offered by St. Joseph’s Youth Camp 
Host Council 
Ave Maria #9380

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fourth Degree Exemplification - Tucson - March 3

Brothers All;
Each ‘degree’ of the Knights of Columbus is associated with a particular virtue, the fourth being “Patriotism”. Consequently, the 4th Degree is often known as ‘The Patriotic Degree’.
It was established in New York on 22 February, 1900. The requirements for joining the 4th are that a brother Knight must be a third degree member in good standing, be an exemplary Catholic, and be of sound citizenship of his country.
The Fourth Degree is frequently regarded as an honorary title but should rather be thought of in terms of service to church and country, and the goals of the Fourth Degree may be summarized as the promotion of the ideals of Catholicism and Patriotism side by side.
In more detail, these goals may be stated as:
  • To promote and strengthen the patriotic spirit of the civic community.
  • To educate its members, and others, both in the teachings of Holy Mother Church, and the history of our nation.
  • To promote by example the highest type of citizenship so necessary for the preservation and perpetuation of republican form of government, and its democratic institutions.
  • To oppose dissemination and spread of doctrine dangerous to our form of government, and to the Divine law of faith and morality.
  • To support by word and deed, the duly constituted authorities of local, state and national government, and to recognize excellence in public life.
Therefore, it is not unusual to find Fourth Degree Knights participating visibly in church events, such as Eucharistic processions, and others, and in the community, standing up for the unborn and the elderly at Pro-Life events, and commemorating the sacrifices of previous generations.
The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies.
The next Patriotic Exemplification will take place on March 3, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. The full packet can be found here:

Please take the time during both Council and Assembly meetings to promote the Fourth Degree Exemplification and encourage Third Degree or lower members to attain the title of Sir Knight. Make sure a candidate receives the full packet of information which includes valuable instructions on what is needed for registration. 
Note: Forms can be filled out on your computer then printed. This is the preferred method to ensure legibility.  

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!
Bryant Sayers
Arizona State District Master


Sunday, February 04, 2018

Veterans Benefit - Tucson


The Msgr. James T. Weber Assembly #2152 held its 15th Annual Veterans Benefit Dinner last November 11 to raise funds for the personal needs of veteran patients at the Southern Arizona VA Hospital in Tucson.  On Feb 2, 2018, members of the Weber Assembly visited Deborah Brookshire, VA Volunteer Services supervisor and presented her with a check for $3,000.00, the proceeds of that dinner. Photo shows (l-r) Faithful Captain Chris Rod, Faithful Navigator Emmanuel “Dutch” Steenbakker, Deborah Brookshire, NEW S.K. Charles Beaty, Faithful Pilot Fred Falgiano.

The dinner is known as the Richard J. Venegas Veterans Benefit Dinner in honor of S.K. Richard J. Venegas, PFN and former color corps callout coordinator for Tucson, and one of the kindest and most deeply faithful Knights many of us have ever known.

The dinner on Veterans Day featured keynote speaker Ron Furtak, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret). Col. Furtak was a Search and Rescue (SAR) pilot in Vietnam with almost 900 hours combat time on 191 missions for the rescue of 27 souls. He is today a DOCENT at the Pima Air & Space Museum. 

The Weber Assembly Color Corps demonstrated the Flag-Folding Ceremony (which you can see here http://kofcknights.org/AssemblyPhotoGalleries.asp?A=2152) and the powerful and moving  POW/MIA ceremony. We also had a display of military memorabilia from WW I to the war on terror. 

We had a record turnout and eagerly look forward to Veterans Benefit Dinner No. 16 next year.




Vivat Jesus!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Training Sessions - CANCELLED

Worthy Grand Knights,

The Arizona State Council of the Knights of Columbus strives to give each of us the necessary training and tools we need to make meaningful contributions to our councils and parishes.  Unfortunately, there are times when our intentions are affected by outside influences.  That is the case now.

Our Supreme Regional MPC Patrick Maloney will not be able to travel to Arizona to conduct the scheduled training sessions the week February 5th through February 10th following recent reassignment of MPC jurisdictions by our Supreme Knight.  The four sessions scheduled for next week will need to be rescheduled.

My thanks to all Grand Knights, council officers and everyone involved in securing the facilities and stepping up to host a training session.  As we learn who our new MPC is, and his availability, I will be contacting you in the hopes of securing these facilities again.

Until we can establish a timeframe to reschedule these sessions I hope you continue to take advantage of the Supreme Webinar training sessions that continue to be available through the Supreme website at kofc.org/trainingmicrosite.

Should you have any questions please contact our State Training Coordinator Bob Julien at rajulien@cox.net or 480.707.9246 (c).

Regards,
Sean E. Halpain
State Deputy
Arizona Knights of Columbus
2875 W Ray Road Suite 6-280
Chandler, AZ 85224
602-617-0730  (c)






Worthy Grand Knights,

I hope that many of you have taken advantage of the Supreme Webinar training sessions that have been presented over this past Fraternal Year. 

To supplement this training the State Council has been exploring topics and dates to provide additional training for our Council Officers.  This in person training is not limited to just officers, any member that is interested is welcome to attend.

State Training Coordinator FDD Bob Julien has worked with Supreme to have our Supreme Membership and Program Consultant, Pat Maloney, schedule four training sessions during the week of February 5th – 10th

In response to requests from our membership to offer training at locations other than central Phoenix, Bob has arranged for these sessions to be held in Scottsdale, Globe, Tucson (TBD) and Show Low.  We will continue to make training sessions available throughout out State.

These sessions will be presented by our MPC, who is a Past State Deputy from Washington and been involved with conduction many training sessions over the years.  Pat was in Arizona last fall and held sessions about recruiting and retention.

The primary topic for these sessions will be Building the Domestic Church.  Other topics will be covered as requested by the sessions audience.

It will help a great deal if you send a message to the Point of Contact (POC) for the location you plan to attend so the host Council knows how many members to expect.  Please copy Bob Julien as well on you message.

Bob Julien's contact information is rajulien@cox.net or 480-707-9246.


Monday February 5, 2018
St. Patrick Catholic Community
10815 N. 84th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Classroom: Luke

POC: Bob Julien FinSec., St. Patrick Council 12449, rajulien@cox.net (480) 707-9246 (cell).

Specifics for the facility/session are;
a)      Check in at 6:45 PM
b)      Training begin at 7:00 PM
c)      Training end at approximately 9:00 PM 
  

Tuesday February 6, 2018
Old Knights of Columbus Hall
East Hwy 70, Globe, AZ

POC: Frederick Madrid GK, Fr. Virgil Genevier Council 1158, (928) 812-1084 (cell).
      
Specifics for the facility/session are;
a)      Check in 6:15 PM
b)      Training begin at 6:30 PM
c)      Training end at approximately 8:30 PM

Thursday February 8, 2018
Holy Family Catholic Church
338 W. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85705
(enter from north parking lot through door on right.  Meeting in basement)

POC: Peter Karculias – Tucson Chapter Secretary  skpeter@cox.net   520-261-0762    
Specifics for the facility/session are;
a)      Check in 6:45 PM
b)      Training begin at 7:00 PM
c)      Training end at approximately 9:00 PM

Saturday February 10, 2018
St. Rita Catholic Church
1400 E Owens, Show Low, AZ 85901

POC: John Spadaccini DD#21, Fr. Virgil Genevier Council 1158, (928) 812-1084 (cell).
      
Specifics for the facility/session are;
a)    9:00 AM - Mass (Knights & Wives) - Celebrant Fr. Dan Kassis
b)    9:30 AM - Coffee and Pastry
c)     10:00 AM - "Building the Domestic Church - While Strengthening Our Parish" training by Patrick M. Maloney, Membership Program Consultant - Fraternal Mission, Supreme Council - Knights of Columbus (Knights and Wives)
d)    11:00 AM - District 21 Meeting (Knights)
e)    11:00 AM - Women's Program (In Development)
f)      12:30 PM Potluck Lunch

Registration for Saturday February 10, 2018 is request online

I strongly encourage you to attend or send as many Council officers and/or members to one of these training sessions.  The Host Councils are working on having some lights snacks and drinks available.

Phoenix Area Financial Secretary & Faithful Comptroller Training

Saturday February 24, 2018
Fray Francisco Garces Hall - Council 3855
8066 N. 49th Ave. Glendale, AZ
9: 00 AM to Noon.
Contact Supreme FS Trainer :Peter Karculias with names and for more information
520-261-0762




Regards,

Robert (Bob) Julien, PGK, PFN, FDD
2017-2018 Arizona State Training Coordinator
480.860.0720 (home)
480.707.9246 (mobile)


Fast Start Winners!

Brothers All,
 
As part of our Star Recruiter Program, we have awards for those District Deputies and Councils that recruit one member more than their Intake Goal by December 31, 2017.   Winners receive a prize package of 17,000 VIP Points, 2 tickets to the State Convention Awards Banquet, the Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter Council or District Award, and special recognition in the State Convention Program Book.
 
I am pleased to announce the following winners!
 
Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter Council Award Winners:     Council #13779, Gilbert with 200% of Goal
    Council #12246, Chandler with 133% of Goal
    Council #14101, Queen Creek with 125% of Goal
    Council 14121, Tucson with 125% of Goal
 
Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter District Award Winner:     District Deputy Roger Molieri District Deputy #27 with 134% of his District Goal
 
While the following Councils did not recruit at least one more than their Intake Goal, they did reach 100% of goal by December 31, and we wish to recognize their efforts.
 
Honorable Mention (For reaching 100% of Goal):    Council #7465, Phoenix
    Council #11855, Tucson
    Council #16277, Chandler
    Council #16776, Phoenix
 
While we had a noticeable fall-off in December recruiting, so far in January we’re comparable to previous years and due to our strong November, we remain 11 members ahead of this time last year.  Let’s keep up the good work.
 
Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (602) 684-8125
http://www.azknightsofcolumbus.org
 
Supporting Life at Every Stage

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Training Sites Request!!!

Worthy DD’s,
This is my second request.  Please reach out to your Grand Knights we need a facility in Tucson to host this training session by Supreme.

Our regional MPC Patrick Maloney will be in Arizona the week of February 5th.  More specifically in Tucson on February 8th.  He desires to conduct a training session covering topic of Building the Domestic Church initiative.  Open to other topics including “Revitalizing Our Council”.

The facility needs are;
Date                                    February 8, 2018
Location                             TBD
Contact                               TBD
Set-up                                 6:45PM
Start Time                          7:00PM
Duration                             1 ½ to 2 hrs
Needs                                  Electrical connectivity for PC, Screen/Blank wall for display
Refreshments                    Like - water, coffee, soda, cookies

Your assistance in locating a training facility is greatly appreciated.

Should you have any specific questions please let me know.

Fraternally,
Robert (Bob) Julien, PGK, PFN, FDD
2017-2018 Arizona State Training Coordinator
9028 E. Corrine Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480.860.0720 (home)
480.707.9246 (mobile)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fast Start Membership

Brothers All,
 
As part of our Star Recruiter Program, we have awards for those District Deputies and Councils that recruit one member more than their Intake Goal by December 31, 2017.   Winners receive a prize package of 17,000 VIP Points, 2 tickets to the State Convention Awards Banquet, the Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter Council or District Award, and special recognition in the State Convention Program Book.
 
I am pleased to announce the following winners!
 
Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter Council Award Winners:     Council #13779, Gilbert with 200% of Goal
    Council #12246, Chandler with 133% of Goal
    Council #14101, Queen Creek with 125% of Goal
    Council 14121, Tucson with 125% of Goal
 
Fast Start Arizona Star Recruiter District Award Winner:     District Deputy Roger Molieri District Deputy #27 with 134% of his District Goal
 
While the following Councils did not recruit at least one more than their Intake Goal, they did reach 100% of goal by December 31, and we wish to recognize their efforts.
 
Honorable Mention (For reaching 100% of Goal):    Council #7465, Phoenix
    Council #11855, Tucson
    Council #16277, Chandler
    Council #16776, Phoenix
 
While we had a noticeable fall-off in December recruiting, so far in January we're comparable to previous years and due to our strong November, we remain 11 members ahead of this time last year.  Let's keep up the good work.
 
Kevin McCarthy
State Membership Director
Arizona State Council
Knights of Columbus
Cell: (602) 684-8125
http://www.azknightsofcolumbus.org
 
Supporting Life at Every Stage

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2017-2018 Charity Raffle


Worthy DDs and GKs,
Happy New Year!!!  I hope you  had a great Christmas season and are enjoying the start of 2018.  At the recent mid-year organization meeting, the Worthy State Deputy authorized Richard Armanini and I to contact each GK personally (by phone) to ensure that they had received an adequate supply of raffle tickets, posters and sales guides for their council charity raffle campaign.  As you know, our goal this year is $355,000 and this can only be achieved if councils start their campaign early and have the needed supplies on hand when needed.
We will also take the opportunity to see if any council or district would like us to come and hold a strategy session - either personally or via video conference.
We plan to begin making these call starting February 1st through the 15th. 

Vivat Jesus,
Dennis P. Sullivan                                     Richard Armanini
AZ State Charity Director                           Co-Director
e-mail: denpsulli@aol.com                        REArmani@gmail.com
480-201-5556                                          480-818-1774

English Poster
English Poster - PDF
English Poster - Space on Bottom - PDF




If you do not have the raffle material, contact your District Deputy. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Priest Appreciation Dinner - Phoenix

Brothers,
The Phoenix Diocese Priest Appreciation Dinner is fast approaching.  It will take place on February 9, 2018.  The attached invitation has been sent to all District Deputy's, Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators in the Phoenix Diocese.
Separate invitations have also been mailed to almost 300 Priest who live and work within the Phoenix Diocese. We would like to ask your help in making sure that these invitations have been received by the Priest in your Parish, your Council Chaplain, your Faithful Frier and and another priest you know in the Phoenix Diocese. Be sure they are invited and please let us know if they plan to attend.  It would also be a great idea if you invited and paid for your Deacons as well.
We are encouraging every Knight that attends to try and sponsor a Priest as well.  Remember almost
half the priest that are invited do not have an assigned Parish or an affiliation with a Council or Assembly. They need sponsorship as well.   
Please get these message to your Brother Knights  and RSVP as soon as possible with the Names of the Knights who plan to attend, as well as the number of Priest your knights,  councils and assemblies would like to sponsor.
Thank you. 
Vivat Jesus!

Rick Garrison
Knights of Columbus
AZ State Executive Secretary
SS Simon & Jude Cathedral Council 12708
Phone: 480-522-7064