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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
February 2015

Our District Meetings are now complete and all Grand Knights should be focused on the remaining five months of fraternal activity. Only three months remain until we meet in Topeka for our State Convention and the only two more months until the end of our fraternal year after that.

State Membership Director Bob Duffin reminds us all that the March Membership Drive is just around the corner. Councils need to prepare for and then participate in this annual effort to boost Columbianism in Kansas.  Make certain that you also use the “Father Wants You” campaign.  The State Officers met with the Bishops of Kansas on January 19 in Topeka, and I asked for and was granted their support of the use of this program to help meet our own membership needs.  Your Council needs new members. Your Field Agent needs new members.  The State needs new members.  The Order needs new members.  Membership recruitment doesn’t just happen; it takes a concerted effort and a schedule.  Make it happen!

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In the Beginning…......... a series of messages describing the fetal development of “Chris.” Traditionally, Christ was conceived on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Chris” in the womb from March 25th through December 25th. Each week beginning March 15th we will highlight the development of the child in the womb and the changes the mother is facing. We will also include an appropriate biblical passage.

POSTPONED - 2015 Free Throw Contest

The State Free Throw contest has been postponed to March 8th same time and location.
Please contact Youth Activity Director Thomas Halbleib or Program Director Todd Bachamp with questions.

The Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest is now open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 14.
Winners progress through local, district, regional and state competitions.
Click here for more information regarding regional and state free throw locations and contact information.

Bowling Tournament

The State Bowling Committee extends an invitation to all Knights to join in the fraternity, fellowship, and fun at our Annual Men’s Bowling Tournament. A current Traveling/Membership Card is required for entry to the tournament. Knights do not have to be a League Bowler to participate.

The 71st Annual State Bowling Tournament, hosted by Council #13012 St. Matthews, will be held at West Ridge Lanes, Topeka, KS on February 21st & 22nd, February 28th & March 1st and March 7th and 8th, 2015. Entry forms will be mailed to all current Grand Knights and Team Captains from last year’s tournament.

Requirements to host the 2016 Bowling Tournament are a site with a minimum of 24 lanes and sufficient lodging for the participants and their families. Bowlers at this year’s event will choose the location for next year’s tournament site by popular vote at the tournament. Any Council interested in hosting the 2016 Tournament MUST MAKE their request in writing, to Michael Grothoff, Council Activities Director before January 19, 2015.

Click here for the bowling tournament website information.

Click here for 2015 Kansas State Council Bowling Letter.
Click here for 2015 Kansas State Council Registration Forms.
Click here for information concerning masses and rooms.

2014-2015 Seminarians   -  Updated

Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2014-2015 school year. Read More

Sign Up for Email Communications

Would you like to receive information from the State Council including notices concerning illness or death of current or former state personnel and announcements from the Supreme Council. If you want to sign up, click here to go to the sign-up form.

Kansas Knight of the Month

Eric M. Johnson
Council #6761 – Haysville
District 32

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Family of the Month information is not available from Supreme Office at this time.
Winners will be posted as soon as available.

114th Annual State Convention

The 114th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Mother Teresa Council #534 in Topeka. Please visit for more information.

Supreme Council Notice Regarding Youth Protection Training and Background Checks

The Board of Directors of Knights of Columbus has designated the following official positions in Knights of Columbus to receive mandatory Praesidium Armatus online safe environment training: State Deputies, State Squires Chairmen, State Youth Directors, Grand Knights, Youth Directors, Columbian Squires Chairmen, Chief Counselors, Committee Counselors, and Faithful Navigators (if their assembly sponsors a Squires Circle).
If you currently hold one of these positions it is important that you please read the attached notice from George Hanna, Senior Vice President for Fraternal Services.

Click here for the notice.

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial

Membership Playbook - Revision #2 (June 2012)

The Membership Playbook has been updated for 2012 - 2013. The Membership Playbook can be opened by clicking here. Please contact a member of the Membership Team if you have questions or suggestions for additional information.


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