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Monday, January 01, 2018

State Deputy Message - January 2018

January 1, 2018


Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe but we are at the half way point of this Fraternal Year.  Just as many people reflect on the past year and plan for the next over New Year’s I also have some thoughts.

In Programs, our State General Program Director has started his monthly newsletters to bring attention to programs at the State level and to help Councils plan and conduct their programs.  Have you read these newsletters?  Please share them with your Council members.  By being active in Building the Domestic Church we will be reminded of our roots as Knights of Columbus brothers and the responsibility we accepted to work with our Bishops and Priests as the “go to” lay ministers of the Parishes. 

Do you have your plans in place for Programs for the next 6 months?  Keep in mind, your SP-7 can be submitted any time after April 1, 2018 if you have your 4 programs in each of the 6 areas completed.  Don’t be that guy; the Council that does all the work and forgets to get the form turned in before the deadline.

As a State, we are just above 40% of our goal for new members.  Historically Supreme looks at this benchmark to see if States are on track to achieve Circle of Honor for their members. We are! 

November was great in terms of bringing in new members.  Much of this is related to our October Church and Membership Drives.  They do work.  We have learned that for them to work we may need to conduct them a little different than what was done in the past.  We have another opportunity with our March Church Drives.  Have you ordered you kits yet? Don’t rely on your DD to provide his emergency kit for you. 

How is your Council progressing at earning Star Council Award?  Do you have your programs planned, your membership drives set, your events secheduled with the Parish and Pastor?  Is the Insurance Agency supporting you more than in prior years?  Do you encourage Brothers to make an appointment with a Field Agent?

I, along with our State Officers, have been presenting the 30 Star Council Awards at Parish Masses and Council events.  When presenting at a Mass, most often the Pastor follows my talk with his comments about the work and dedication of the Knights to that Parish Community.  What a great recruiting moment. 

If you look at your Fraternal Leader Success Planner for January, you will see that the Supreme Program Spotlight is the Ultrasound Initiative.  Arizona is not to be left out.  At the State Mid-year meeting in December I announced the start of a 2-year drive to raise funds for a new Ultrasound machine for one of our Arizona Pregnancy centers.  We will reveal the target center soon.  I am asking each Council and Assembly to donate $300 over the next two years to this cause.  Along with matching funds from Supreme this will allow us to purchase an Ultrasound machine and possibly have some funds left to provide repair and upgrade to others we have placed in the past.  Donations will be to the Arizona Knights of Columbus Charity Inc, a 501c3 entity.

Any day you will be sending out your Council Per Capita dues notices, along with receiving the Per Capita billings from Supreme and the State.  If you have any questions about either the Supreme or State billings contact your District Deputy for assistance. 

Over the next two months there will be at least 3 different Priest Appreciation Dinners in the state.  Already Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma are scheduled.  I cannot emphasize how important it is that we attend these dinners to show our Priests and Bishops the support of the Knights of Columbus.  I ask you to sponsor your Priests so that the hosts don’t foot this expense themselves.

Do you know of a Veteran, or Brother Knight that needs a wheelchair?  A few years ago, you were very generous in donating funds so that we could purchase an entire ocean container of wheelchairs.  Many are now in use, but we still have a large number is storage.  Your efforts and these wheelchairs are going to waste with them sitting in a warehouse.  Contact me directly to make arrangements to pick one up for a needy person. 

Be on the lookout for more information about E-Membership.  Arizona went Live on October 16, 2017 and so far, we are exceeding original expectations.  We are a little surprised by the members that are using this method to join us, but we are excited about the program.

Finally, I ask that each Council or Assembly recite the Leaders Prayer that we have used for our State Prayer over the last two years.  The Prayer has an important message.  Regrettably I have heard more reports about brother Knights that may have forgotten or missed the message so now will be a good time to reflect on this prayer.  I have included a copy in case you did not get one of the printed versions.

Let’s renew our energy as we go forward the next 6 months to make this the best year for your Councils and for the Arizona Knights of Columbus.

Vivat Jesus,
Sean Halpain
State Deputy


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