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Thursday, March 05, 2020

State Deputy Message - March 2018

March 5, 2018

Ready, Set, Recruit!

March is the second of our dedicated Membership Drive months.  We all know that recruiting is 365 days of the year but each October and March we make special efforts to schedule with our Councils and Parishes to conduct Church and Membership Drives.

Last November we realized a very large increase in membership.  I believe that much of this gain came about because of our efforts during our October Membership Drives.  If you have not already planned your drive, it is not too late.  Contact you Parish as soon as possible to make plans to conduct a Membership Drive.  For those that might say “We tried Church Drives and they don’t work” I have only one response.  The Church Drive just didn’t work the way you tried.  Do it differently.  If you need ideas contact your District Deputy, your State Membership Team or your State Officers.  If necessary, use E-Membership to get men to Join and then transfer them to your Council when the complete their Admissions Degree. You still get credit for a new member.

Why recruit.  Is it just about the numbers?  Yes, it is about the numbers.  It is about having more Catholic men join us in support of our Bishops and Priests.  It is about having more Catholic men becoming the Leaders of their Domestic Churches.  It is about proving opportunities for Catholic men to bring their families the protection of our benefit programs.  It is about standing beside Catholic men as we step Into the Breach for our faith and church.

The frosting on the cake are the several incentive programs we have going on for those that recruit a new member.  We have incentive programs for Councils, Individuals, and District Deputies.  The Star Recruiter program is still going and for any that recruit a new member Supreme still has the drawing for 10 members to go the World Meeting of the Families in Ireland.

How are your programs going?  Will you have 4 activities in each of the areas of Church, Council, Community, Youth, Culture of Life and Family?  Need ideas, check State Program Director Larry Power’s monthly messages about programs.  Contact Larry or any of the Directors listed in your State Directory for ideas and assistance. 

Councils, and the State, are down to our last 4 months to make that push for Star Council and Circle of Honor awards.  Nate Raso and the Field Agents from the Raso Agency are working very hard to protect your families.  As leaders and members, you cannot rely on the Field Agents alone to get you your Insurance members.  Each Grand Knight has the responsibility to promote our Fraternal Benefits to the members of their Councils. Other Council, District, and State Officers have this same responsibility.

As you all must know by now, Supreme has become very serious about the Knights of Columbus supporting our Bishops in providing a Safe Environment in our Churches and at our activities.  Grand Knights and Youth Directors are required to not only meet their Diocesan Safe Environment standards but also complete the Supreme program.  State Advocate Luigi Baratta has been reminding many that compliance is a two-part course.  Many have completed one part and thought they were finished only to find out they were only half done.  Don’t be that guy that prevents your Council from their Star Council Award because you did not fulfill these requirements.  Contact Luigi if you have any questions.

State Convention will be here before you know it.  May is only 2 months away. State Secretary Tom Kalisz has been contacting Councils about their unpaid State Per Capita.  Supreme has been also contacting Councils if they are not current on their Supreme Per Capita.  We want every Council to be represented at the State Convention, so I ask you to review your accounts and become current.

But, four months is enough time to turn around your year.  Has this been a slow recruiting year?  Not many programs?  Too many negative comments at meetings? Are you part of the problem or will you become part of the solution?  Set aside your personal agendas and grow our Order so we can regain, in every Parish, the honor of being the strong right arm of the Church.

I had the privilege to be at the closing event for a Women’s Cursillo in Phoenix last month.  When asked about her experience one of the ladies said what she learned from the Holy Spirit is to “Serve without Reserve”.  Shouldn’t this be our mindset? 

For members that want to move up in our Order, remember that Council elections are coming in May.  Let others know you want to serve in this manner. If you are an Officer that has held office for many years, it might be a good time to step aside and become a mentor to a new generation of leaders.  Share with them you experience, both good and bad, and enjoy the joy of watching them as they develop as the next Leaders.  Yes, they will make mistakes.  I made mistakes on my path to State Deputy and still make some just as many of you have.  Don’t let that prevent you from supporting them as they grow as our new leaders.

Finally, Brenda and I wish each of you a wonderful Lent as we anticipate the celebration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
Arizona State Deputy

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:

If you have not reserved your hotel room yet, please do so as soon as possible! Consider spending 1 or 2 nights at the hotel in order to avoid traffic and late-night travel.  The special room rate is only $114 per night rate! Reservations can only be made through the hotel either by calling the hotel at 800-370-0980 and mention you are part of the Knights of Columbus (Group Code CKC) to get this special rate or go on-line at:
to book your room. You can not reserve a hotel room through the convention website. 
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 12, 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.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stardom - March Membership

Greetings Brothers 
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 February, we had recruited 562 new members which put us 45 new members ahead of last year at the same time.  As of March 16, we recruited an additional 44 new Brother Knights.  We still need 344 new members to make our Circle of Honor goal.  It’s time for all councils to be conducting Spring Membership Drives.  We need a very strong Spring recruitment season to keep on track.

Attached is the latest "Road to Stardom" dashboard.  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.  4 Councils have reached their Membership and Insurance goals.  14 more have reached membership goals but need insurance numbers, 8 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!

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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 is shown on the attached Road to Stardom dashboard.)  It's almost time to start getting those SP-7 forms submitted, so make sure councils start gathering the information.  Forms are tracked on the Road to Stardom Sheet as well.

Remind each council that there are many incentives/contests going on in the state. In addition to the Star Recruiter Membership Promotion, we have two additional contests.  

The first contest 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, the Sponsor listed on the Form 100 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 contest runs for the months of February, March, and April. For every member that joins, the sponsor listed on the Form 100 will be placed in a drawing for one of 10 Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tools, which will be engraved with the sponsor’s name. For each member a sponsor recruits his name goes into the drawing. Recruit 3 men and you have 3 chances to win.

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.

Worthy DDs, please share the contents of this Membership Memo with your assigned councils.

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 goal of Circle of Honor.  Keep up the good work, and we can make it!


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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

St Patrick's Day Parade - Tucson

2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tucson
The Fr. Anthony Rey Assembly 3617 led the Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School parade entry. School students rode on a 1954 Fire Engine while parents and sibling marched behind. Six Sir Knights provided a Color Guard for the entry.

Vivat Jesus,

Bill, CCC Assembly 3617

Monday, March 12, 2018

Programs Newsletter - March 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

State Free Throw Championship

Some pictures from the State Free Throw Championship at Bishop Salpointe High School in Tucson.

Thursday, March 08, 2018



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!

Friday, February 02, 2018

State Deputy Message - February 2018

February 1, 2018


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