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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

State Deputy Message - February 2017

February 1, 2017


I want to begin by congratulating Douglas Council # 1858 and Phoenix Council # 12708 for their Membership Recruiting efforts for our special incentive that ran from December 15 to January 15.  These two Council had the highest percent of new members joining their Councils during that period.  Their award is two tickets for each Council to the sold out Phoenix Men’s Conference.  Each Council will select two of their members to attend and be seated in the second or third row, within whispering distance from the Bishops. 

Have you planned your March Church Drives yet?  Several Councils have already held theirs over the last few weeks with more scheduled in February and March.  If you need ideas or help please contact your District Deputy or State Membership Chairman Kevin McCarthy.  Often Knights tell us that Church Drives don’t work.  Supreme has gone back to promoting these after a few years of hiatus because the results prove that they do work, if done correctly.

Be Not Afraid; get in front of the table and approach men, women, families as they come out of Church.  I know personally that it can be hard if you are not used to being that forward. It has taken me a long time to become comfortable doing this but I keep in my mind that I am sharing information about an organization that I love being a member

I often begin my conversations by asking them if they are a Knight, or the women if their Husbands or Fathers are Knights.  Last weekend I met Knights from Washington, Iowa, and Canada that were here visiting.  Those that were not I did not ask if they wanted to join.  I asked them if they have heard of the Knights and offer to tell them more about what we stand for, what we do and how we support the local Priests and Parishes.  It does not always work but I have found approaches like that are better than saying “Do you want to join the Knights” as they walked past the table. I have a flyer to give them and ask if they are willing to fill out a prospect card and assure them they will be contacted soon with more information. 

For those that have not heard we have a new Hispanic Membership Coordinator.  PGK Raul Chavez has agreed to take on this challenge of bringing the Knights to the vast underserved Hispanic as well as other ethnic communities in our Parishes.  We have learned over the last few years that one man cannot do this alone.  I ask that you, if you read nothing else of this message at your next Council meeting, ask all your members if they would like to join the team that Raul is putting together to assist Councils and Parishes grow their membership in these communities within our Parishes. Raul’s email address is kofc3855az@gmail.com and his cell phone is 623-693-8589.  Council 9482 in Chandler brought in over 25 new members recently by responding to one of their Priests asking if a large community of Burmese men could join the Knights.  Their answer was YES. Working with the Priest as the interpreter these men took their Admissions Degree in their language.  Look at your own Parishes to see what fellow Catholics have not been asked to join our Order. Our State Officers and Membership team is here to help but you need to be the driving force to grow your Councils.

Are you following our State Theme to “Be The Leader of Your Domestic Church”?  Supreme has many programs on their website at www.kofc.org to help you form yourself and lead your family and community in these efforts.  If you are attending this year’s Phoenix Men’s Conference look for the Knights Membership Tent and displays.  We will have some of the Domestic Church Kiosks on display that your Council can order and use for your members or place in your Church. 

Finally I ask each Council and member to plan to attend one of the upcoming Priest and Clergy Appreciation Dinners and to sponsor a Priest as well.  Phoenix is on February 10th, Yuma on February 27th and Tucson on February 28th.

Vivat Jesus,

Sean Halpain – State Deputy

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fort Huachuca Confirmation

   Confirmation on Fort Huachuca Army Base, Sierra Vista, with The Most Revered Neal J. Buckon, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
   Honor Guard provided by Saint Francis of Assisi Assembly 2058, including District Master Bryant Sayers, 18 January 2017.
Rob Bridges
Faithful Admiral
Assembly 2058

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2016-2017 Charity Raffle

Brother Knights,

The Charity Raffle material was given to all District Deputies for distribution to their councils at the Mid-Year meeting.  Charity raffle tickets posters and envelopes with a letter and manual was included for the Grand Knight, Chaplain, Raffle Chairman, Financial Secretary, and Treasurer of each council that sold tickets last year.  

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

Vivat Jesus,
Dennis Sullivan
State Charity Raffle Director

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Memorial for the Unborn

This project was initiated by our State Pro Life Chairman, Eddie Zuleger prior to his passing. Brother Nate Cotterell completed the project and dedication was held on 1/22/2017 in honor of Eddie Zuleger with Cindy and brother Knights of Holy Family Council #11675. ​

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 State Free Throw

Knights of Columbus
Council, District and State 
Free Throw Championship 2017 
Brother Knights,

The Free Throw Championship season is just around the corner.  We are looking forward to a great event with the anticipation all Arizona Councils will be participating this year.  If you have not received or ordered your kit from Supreme, please do so right away.  Schedule your Council event for the month of January. 

Grand Knights: Within a week after the Council event, forward/scan all the WINNERS entry forms/score sheets to your District Deputy.  He will need this information for the District level Free Throw Championship which should be scheduled in February. 

District Deputies: After you determine if there will be a District event, and once it is completed, forward/scan the entry forms/score sheets to the State at: AzKnights@q.com.  These forms MUST be received BEFORE the event. If there is no District Championship, because only one council in your District participates, it is your responsibility to forward/scan this Council’s WINNERS entry forms/score sheets to the State. 

NO Participate should hand carry his/her form to the State Event. Forms may be mailed to: Knights of Columbus, 14175 W. Indian School Rd, Suite B4-626, Goodyear, AZ  85395

Remember there can only be ONE winner per age and gender, Per District. If you determine the 1st Place Winner will not attend the State Event you may send the 2nd Place Winners form to the State.  Please make sure the Council Number and the District Number are on each form before sending the winners forms.

District Deputies please make sure that this information makes it to each of your Council’s Grand Knights and Youth Directors.

This year’s State Championship will be:
DATE:        March 18, 2017
PLACE:     Notre Dame Prep High School 
                   9701 E Bell Rd. Scottsdale AZ. 85260
TIME:      Sign-in is between 9:30 to 10:00    Start time 10:10 a.m.

Award Ceremony will be immediately after the event.

Lunch will be offered by St. Joseph’s Youth Camp

Thank you for your assistance and if you have any questions contact:

Joe Danko, DD 15
State Free Throw Co Chair      
602 710-0418                               


Howard Birnbaum                                 
State Free Throw Co Chair 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Presentation of Colors at Tucson Roadrunner Hockey Game

Sir Knights from the Msgr Hughes and Fr Anthony Rey Assemblies in Tucson presented colors at the Tucson Roadrunners' hockey game. A choir of Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School students sang the National Anthem.... everyone stayed and watched the game... tremendously fun evening.

SK Bill Barrett

Friday, January 06, 2017

State Deputy Message - January 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope you had a great and rewarding Advent season, this year the longest time period for Advent.  Next year will be the shortest Advent Season with Christmas just one day after the 4th Sunday of Advent.  For the Christmas season I get many strange looks when I am asked if I had a good Christmas and I answered it only began Christmas Eve and won’t be over until the Baptism of the Lord on January 9th.  Yes, my coworkers and friends know that I am Catholic. 
We now have completed one half of our Fraternal Year.  Have you and your Councils achieved ½ of your Program and Membership goals?  As a State we have not, and honestly we are behind where we should be in both Programs and Membership.  
Do you have plans in place or are you already working on the Domestic Church programs?  Remember you will need to conduct 4 of these this year to qualify for Star Council and Columbian Awards.  It is not too late to look at Supreme’s website under Domestic Church, pick a few, and put them into Action.  Remember to complete and submit any reports they request.
Now is a good time to make plans for your March Membership Drives and order you Church Drive Kits.  Don’t wait until the last minute as it could take as long as 6 weeks to receive these.  As you do this you can also order any needed items to conduct the various Domestic Church activities. 
A takeaway from our Mid Year meeting were requests to receive more communication and information from the State Council.  To this end we will begin to post more short messages on the State Website, www.azknightsofcolumbus.org, along with messages from our State Membership Chairman.  Other Chairman will post messages as well. 
During the Mid Year meeting we asked the District Deputies what areas of training beyond the Supreme Webinars, they believe is needed in the State.  They will also be asking you for your thoughts and sending these to us so we can craft some additional training sessions statewide during the second half of this Fraternal Year.
The February 4th Phoenix Men’s Conference is SOLD OUT!  The State Council was able to obtain some tickets, very close to Front and Center, to use as Incentive for Council Membership recruitment.  Our State Membership Director Kevin McCarthy recently sent out information on this incentive. 
Finally, please plan to join many of your Brother Knights in Tucson on Saturday January 21st as we celebrate Mass with Bishop Kicanas and then march to a local Cemetery for a Memorial Service to the Unborn.  If you can’t make it to Tucson join Bishop Olmsted in Phoenix for Mass or events in your local communities.
Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy