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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


Friday, November 28, 2014

St Vincent DePaul http://t.co/5prLMKMFkt

St Vincent DePaul http://t.co/5prLMKMFkt

November 28, 2014 at 04:18PM


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Coats for Kids - Council 12246

St. Benedict Council 12246 participated in Coats for Kids drive this past weekend.
Here aree some pictures from the event.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Please Act Now and Register for the Tucson Men's Conference!


Please act now and register for the Tucson Men’s Conference!

For many years now the Diocese of Phoenix has hosted a Catholic Men's Conference.  This conference has been a day for all Catholic men in the area to come together to be inspired and to be renewed in their Catholic Faith.  This event has always been well attended by men not only from the Diocese of Phoenix but by those from the Dioceses of Tucson and Gallup, as well.

This year the Diocese of Tucson will be hosting its first Catholic Men's Conference.  There will be challenging testimonials from local men and opportunities to receive the sacrament of confession.  We will close the day by celebrating Holy Mass with Most Reverend Gerald Kicanas, D.D., Bishop of Tucson.  We encourage you to join us for a day of inspiring presentations and fellowship.  We also encourage you to invite any Catholic man (brother, son, brother-in-law, friend, neighbor, etc…) that you may know to join you.  This Conference has made an amazing difference in the lives of many of the men who have attended it in the past and is sure to make an impact on yours. 

The event will be emceed by KOLD News 13 Sports Director Damien Alameda.  
Guest speakers include:  
The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas (Bishop of Tucson)
Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B., D.D. (Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces)
Mr. Peter Herbeck (Renewal Ministries and Vice President and Director of Mission)
Music will be provided by Tom Booth, who wrote and sings our current State Theme “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve.”

This Conference will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (SEAS) Catholic Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742, on 22 November 2014.  The Conference starts at 9:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM but we encourage you to register early so the Conference Team will have an accurate count of attendees in order to have the exact amount of lunches, shirts and give away items (donated by local businesses).

You may also go to: www.azknightsofcolumbus.org   Or, Google: “Tucson Men’s Conference”

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

This inaugural Tucson Men's Conference is just weeks away and we need to get the word out.  It is being held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 8650 N. Shannon Road, Tucson. All men in Arizona, especially Arizona Knights of Columbus, are invited and encouraged to attend. Please distribute the information to your members and encourage them to register for this exciting day.

You can register at the conference website www.tucsonmensconference.org  

Please go to the Conference Facebook page, click “LIKE”, and then share it with all your friends and family at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tucson-Mens-Conference/701962106561785

I look forward to seeing you there!

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

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Arizona Special Olympics Coronado Area Bowling Competition (11/13 thru 11/15)

Good Morning Brothers,

        This past weekend, from 11/13 thru 11/15, the Coronado Area Special Olympics Bowling Competition was held at the Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson.
Over the three (3) day event we had a total of fifteen (15) Knights and Family members volunteer.
Some volunteered for multiple shifts and multiple days.

St Pius X council (10762) topped the list with eleven (11) volunteers followed by St Rita in the Desert council (14230) with four (4).

Attached are some pictures from Brother Fred Falgiano and one from myself.

Vivat Jesus!!!


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

kdonn27@yahoo.com or Kevin_Donnelly@Raytheon.com

2014 Mid Year Meeting

UPDATED - 11/4/14

Please share this email with your wives, if they are planning to attend the 2014 Arizona State Council’s Mid-Year Meeting on December 5, 6, & 7, 2014, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Attached please find the registration and agenda information for the weekend.

At the Mid-Year Meeting on Saturday December 6, we will be praying the Rosary, from 8:00AM to 8:15AM. All Brother Knights, their wives, and guests are welcome to pray the Rosary with us. Immediately following the conclusion of the Rosary, the ladies will depart the council hall for the Ladies’ Program.

This year’s Ladies Program will be a fun service project which promises to bring Christmas joy to many Senior Citizens living in two Senior Homes in the Lake Havasu City area. We anticipate there to be a total of 79 residents at the two homes they will be visiting. (Note: Ladies will be split into two groups.) There will also be a great restaurant lunch where the ladies will join back together and share their experiences from the morning. Then, time permitting; there will be an opportunity for shopping.

Here is an agenda for the Ladies program:
Wrap Gifts
[if !supportLists]·         [endif]8:15 AM        The ladies, with their gifts, (details regarding gifts further down), leave the KofC Hall and drive to Our Lady of the Lake Parish Hall. The host council will provide drivers, or they can drive themselves if they like.
[if !supportLists]·         [endif]8:30 AM         Wrap Gifts at Our Lady of the Lake (OLOTL) Parish Hall, where gift bags, tissue paper, name tags etc. will be provided. (Wrapping paper is not recommended as gift bags are easier for the seniors.)

Christmas Party at Senior Homes
9:45 AM        Drive from OLOTL to the two homes.
10:00 AM      Arrive at homes and participate in the activities listed below for about 1 ¾ hours

  • Drinks & cookies/snacks
  • Socializing
  • Sing along Christmas Carols (Both homes have pianos &/or organs)
  • Visit from Santa
  • Gift distribution
  • Individual room decorating and socializing (Decorations to be provided by the residents or the homes)
11:45 AM      Leave the homes and drive to Mario’s Italian Restaurant for lunch

Channel Walk/Shopping (Time Permitting)
1:30 PM         Drive to the English Village for browsing the shops and walking along the channel

Return to Hotel
2:45 PM        Drive to hotel to dress for 4:00PM Mass and the evening dinner

As part of the Service Project, we are asking our ladies to purchase Christmas gifts for the seniors. Please find the gift registry information below. Again, it is not required that a gift be purchased, however it would be helpful. Please be as generous as you can and consider purchasing more than one gift, if possible. Also we ask that you bring your Christmas gift(s) for the seniors to the Council Hall before the Rosary begins at 8:00 AM.

Please go to the link http://www.freegiftregistry.com/Default.aspx  to select the gift(s). Then:
  • Click on the words “Find a Registry” on the top ribbon of the home page
  • Enter the Keywords: KofC Mid-Year Meeting & Click “Search”
    • OR
  • Enter in the DATE: 12-6-14   & Click “Search”
  • Enter the Event Name  Click on  “KofC Mid-Year Meeting Ladies Event's Christmas with Seniors”
  • Click “View Registry” (to the Right)
  • In the white box below “what are we having” - Type  ladiesevent
  • Click  “Login”
  • If the Gifts and Names are not visible, then click  “Gifts $10 - $15”
  • Select the gift(s) you will be purchasing for the seniors and follow the instructions to save your choices. 
If you have difficulty or do not have access to a computer, please call someone in your council for assistance or call Brother Dave Devett at 928-680-4520.

We hope to see you at the Mid-Year Meeting! It will informative and fun!

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

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy
UPDATED - 10/10/14

Due to overwhelming demand, the Quality Inn & Suites, the host’s hotel for the 2014 State Mid-Year Meeting, has sold out of non-smoking rooms. They still have smoking rooms, as well as suites.

We have secured a block of 15 non-smoking rooms at the Motel 8, near the Council Hall, at the rate of $59.00 plus tax. The rooms are not as nice as the Quality Inn, but they are clean, reasonably priced, and non-smoking. Please contact the hotel for your reservations. The deadline for this rate is October 24, 2014.

Motel 6 - Lake Havasu City - Lakeside #4067
SR 95 at London Bridge Road
111 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 855-3200

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

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker
State Deputy


The 2014 Arizona State Council Mid-Year Meeting will be hosted by 
on December 5, 6 and 7, 2014. Attached is the information on the hotel, meeting registration, and meals.

The form is a fillable form. This will allow you to type in the information and print. Click on link to get the latest version of Adobe Acrobat (free).

All District Deputies are required to attend this important meeting. Please remember at the Organization Meeting in July 2014, we agreed to change our format from having the District Deputy meeting on Friday and moving it to Sunday morning. We made arrangements with the host hotel for a 1:00PM checkout on Sunday. This is one hour after we plan to end our Sunday meeting. This way you don’t have to take a Friday workday off.

The hotel and meeting reservation cutoff date is November 20, 2014. Please make your reservations as soon as possible to insure that you have a room at the host hotel.

The Host Council has secured a block of rooms at the rate of $70.00 (2 Queen Beds) or $60.00 (1 King Bed), plus tax, per night. For this rate, please call the hotel and say you are with group: AZ State Council Knights Columbus. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi are included at the hotel.  
Note 1: Per Supreme, District Deputies are reimbursed for one hotel night. This will be Saturday December 6. 
Note 2: The hotel reservation cutoff date is November 20, 2014.

Phone: 1-928-855-1111

Here is a high level meeting agenda:
Friday Dec 5
Council Hall
5:00 to 6:00PM
6:00 to 8:30PM
Council Hall
Fellowship Dinner
(State Officers Required. District Deputies and others attendance is OPTIONAL)
9:00 PM to ??
Lake Havasu Boat Ride to California Casino. Free to the first 75 people registered.
8:45 to 11:00 PM
Hospitality Room in Hotel – Havasu Meeting Room

Saturday Dec 6
Council Hall
7:00 to 8:00 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 to 8:15 AM
Rosary (Families are invited)
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Ladies’ Program (Departs immediately after Rosary)
8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Meeting (District Deputies are required to attend. All Brother Knights are welcome.)
12:00 to 12:30 PM
Knight’s Lunch
12:30 to 3:30 PM
Meeting (District Deputies are required to attend. All Brother Knights are welcome.)
4:00 PM
Mass in the Council Hall (State Officers & District Deputies in Jacket & Tie / State Officers’ & District Deputies’ wives in “Sunday Dress”) (All Brother Knights, wives, and guests are welcome.)
After Mass to       8:30 PM
Cocktails and Dinner (All Brother Knights, wives, and guests are welcome.)
8:45 to 11:00 PM
Hospitality Room in Hotel – Cholla Meeting Room

Sunday Dec 7
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
District Deputy Meeting in Hotel – Havasu Meeting Room (State Officers & District Deputies required.) Late hotel checkout confirmed at 1:00PM.
10:00 to 12:00 PM
Ladies’ Gathering (State Officers’ wives, District Deputy’s wives and all other wives are welcome.) Hotel Room TBD

We are looking forward to a productive and fun meeting! We hope to see you there.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker

State Deputy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black Friday Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul

Brother Knights,


On Friday, November 28, 2014, we have been asked to help serve Dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall, located at 420 W. Watkins Road, Phoenix, AZ.  This meal is better known as the "Family Meal". Call time is 3:30pm and Dinner time is from 4:00pm to 6:30pm (usually finish up between 6:00-6:15pm).  As you can see This date and time will not be interfering with you and your family's Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.  We are in need of 20 people to help out at dinner time.  The St Vincent de Paul staff will provide/schedule volunteers for the family evening meal.  Not only dinner will be served, but we will be donating approximately 300 coats for needy children and twenty-five adult wheelchairs.  All of the coats and wheelchairs were arranged by our State Deputy Larry Becker and Former District Master Mike Kingman!   So the first twenty (20) people who sign up will get the opportunity to help distribute the coats and wheelchairs!  We anticipate many will want to help out in this project, but we only will have room for the first twenty volunteers!  This is the season to help those in need and we can't think of a better way to help the needy.  We are blessed to have what we have and it is great that we can make other feel the same.  

Also on November 28th we will need six (6) people from 3:00 to 6:30pm at the St Vincent de Paul Dining Room in Downtown Phoenix (9th Avenue and Jackson) to help make pizzas!  Call time will be 2:45pm.  Once again, There will be many who will be volunteering to help out making pizzas but we will take the first six (6) people who signs up!  


Councils, this will be a great opportunity to add or fulfill your Community Activity for the month of November.  And to let you know, this is not just for Phoenix and its surrounding cities and towns, but this invitation goes out to Tucson and Flagstaff and their surrounding cities and towns.   We will be accepting the first 26 qualified people to help serve dinner and make pizzas..  In order to be eligible to work the dinner, a person will be at least 8 years old (8-14 must be accompanied by parent/guardian) but NO sign affidavits are required.   

So as you can see, these can be family activities with family member(s) helping out, which equates to be a fun events.  So if you volunteer please wear conservative comfortable clothing with closed in shoes.   Come out and help us on November 28, 2014.  Don't wait to sign up, these slots will fill up fast!! 



I am the contact person for this activity and my contact information is below.  I await your response.

Yours in Christ.


Knights of Columbus

State Community Director

Chester (Chet) R. Yancy

649 N. Roanoke

Mesa, AZ  85205-6308


Home:  (480) 218-0893

Cell:     (602) 309-1246



Saturday, November 15, 2014

49 new 3rd Degree members today! Congratulations to all!

49 new 3rd Degree members today! Congratulations to all! Source:

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November 15, 2014 at 05:48PM


2 Star Award to St. Paul's Council #15001

Attached is a picture of State Deputy Larry Becker, Dist 25 DD John McNulty, Asst. Chaplain Fr. Victor Yakubu, and 2013-2014 Grand Knight of  Council 15001 Jack Swartz, receiving the only 2 Star Award of the fraternal year in Arizona, at the Council’s meeting at St. Paul’s on November 5, 2014.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Membership milestones ending 11/30! Check out http://t.co/aHhkOc9Mf9 to make sure you get your Form 100's in for November!

Membership milestones ending 11/30! Check out http://t.co/aHhkOc9Mf9 to make sure you get your Form 100's in for November! Source:

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November 14, 2014 at 07:06PM


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Star District Award

Congratulations to Former District Deputy Rudy Cavolina who achieved Star District for 2013-2014 Fraternal Year!!
Rudy was the only DD who achieved Star District in the State of Arizona. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Southern Arizona Breakfast with Champions

The 2nd Annual Southern Arizona Breakfast With Champions was held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Westin La Paloma Resort.

Over 600 people were in attendance for this wonderful event, which is a vast increase from last years attendance.  State Warden Mario Vassallo (right), Worthy State PWID Chairman Ken Gallagher (left) , and State Special Olympics Chairman Kevin Donnelly (taking pictures) were in attendance representing the Arizona Knights of Columbus.  Besides being there as one of our State representatives, Kevin is also a designated photographer at Special Olympics events. 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

KofC Soccer Challenge Pictures

Attached please find pictures from this morning's State Soccer Challenge.  

Vivat Jesus!



Saturday, November 01, 2014

State Deputy Message - November 2014

November 1, 2014
As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for, especially for our freedom! The Bill of Rights guarantee all Americans basic freedoms; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, the right to bear arms, “No Quartering” right, the right to equal justice, the right to own private property, freedom to live or travel anywhere in our nation, freedom to work at any job for which we can qualify, freedom to marry and raise a family, freedom to receive a free education in good public schools, and freedom to join a political party, a union, and other legal groups . The first freedom, guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, is the freedom of religion. This right is guaranteed in the First Amendment, guarantees to all Americans the right to practice any religion they choose. Freedom has even more meaning to a Knight of Columbus. We use charity to help free people from suffering. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “It is not simply that what we give helps free people from hunger, cold, homelessness and poverty. Charity is essential to the very idea of freedom, because charity creates a bond among us that makes freedom possible.”
During the Thanksgiving weekend, the Arizona State Council will be conducting a service project at St. Vincent de Paul, in Phoenix. This will involve preparing and serving dinner to families in need, distributing 25 wheelchairs, and more. Here is a great opportunity for you and your council to provide charitable service to our community.
On December 5, 6, and 7, 2014, the Arizona State Council’s Mid-Year Meeting is being held in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. All District Deputies are required to attend. Grand Knights and other Council member are invited to Saturday’s meeting, Mass, and dinner. You can find the registration information on the State’s website.
Plan to participate in a Christmas parade to help “Keep Christ in Christmas”. Here are two parades you may want to join: the “Hometown Christmas Parade”, in Glendale, at 11:00AM on Saturday December 13, 2014, and the “Downtown Parade of Lights”, in Tucson, at 6:30PM, on Saturday December 20, 2014. All Councils and Assemblies in Arizona are welcome to participate in these parades. We need to focus on Christ’s birth and celebrate the true “Star” of Christmas.
It is our moral obligation to grow and strengthen our councils with new members. New members help to secure your council’s future by developing new leaders to continue the good work you are doing today. Every Brother Knight in Arizona needs to recruit a new member now. This will strengthen charity the Order in Arizona to better support our freedoms and the Catholic Church.
Remember that by living our State theme, “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve”, you and your council will exemplify our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. With this, your current members and your new members can be a strong force in your council, Church, family, and community.
Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker                                                                                                                                                                                         State Deputy