Our fraternal year is two-thirds complete and the home stretch remains. What is accomplished in the final one-third of our year will tell the true story of our accomplishments. Our results thus far are to be respected and look encouraging as we are well ahead of last year for dollars collected in the Tootsie Roll Drive and dollars pledged in the Adopt-a-Seminarian Program. Our membership numbers are looking excellent in many parts of the state and the contagious enthusiasm is growing by leaps and bounds in membership recruitment. The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney is surely smiling at the accomplishments of our charitable acts and growth of his Order in Kansas. However, we must not slow down now because if we quit recruiting and allow suspensions to grow, a historic year could quickly turn into a year of shortcomings. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and cap this year off with teamwork by every member across our state!
His Holiness, Pope Francis, has named Msgr. Carl A. Kemme, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, to be the 11th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas. The appointment was announced Feb. 20 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Please visit http://www.catholicdioceseofwichita.org/news-a-events/bishop-appointment-news for more information.
The 113th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Manhattan councils.
Please visit http://www.kofcksstateconv2014.com for more information.
In both February and March, councils that recruit 2 members earn a Knights of Columbus multi-functional knife, councils that recruit 3, 4 or 5 members earn 2 knives, and those councils who recruit 6 or more members earn 3 knives. Councils are encouraged to use these knives as rewards for the top recruiters in their council.
Below are the results from the Knifing to Victory incentive for February. Congratulation to these councils for helping Kansas reach 10% of our annual membership goal in February.
Remember that this contest runs in March as well. I hope that those councils that were not able to recruit at least 2 members in February will take advantage of this incentive and earn knives in March.
Six Councils earned 3 knives…
8488 - Manhattan 3114 - Clonmel 7426 - Meriden 1163 - Axtell 13087 - Baileyville 12960 - Lawrence
Eleven Councils earned 2 knives…
3423 - Pilsen 7909 - Olathe 10932 - Overland Park 12093 - Prairie Village 1187 - Ellinwood 7441 - Oswego-Chetopa 1046 - Chanute 4708 - Atchison 9532 - Wathena 675 - Severance 4458 - Derby
Ten Councils earned 1 knife…
6984 - Hays 976 - Newton 7769 - Osage City-Scranton 13012 - Topeka 11853 - Baldwin City 12546 - Wea 2885 - Mooney Creek 2093 - Nortonville 10321 - Effingham 1769 - Seneca
As you know Kansas has gotten off to a great start in the Recruitment Winter Olympics and to the second half of the fraternal year. January was our best month of this fraternal year, a month when we achieved 10.7% of our annual membership gain goal; and that was after a December when the “Two Knights Before Christmas” incentive made it one of the best Decembers in recent history. We are hitting our stride! Pat yourselves on the back and don’t forget that leadership at the council level also deserves our thanks.
The State Sporting Clay Committee extends an invitation to all Knights to join in the fraternity, fellowship, and fun at our Annual Sporting Clay Shoot. Traveling/Membership Card, indicating up to date membership is required for entry to the tournament. Open to K of C members, wives, immediate family and prospective K of C candidates.
The annual Sporting Clays Tournament is April 12, 2014 at Lynbrooke Sporting Clays, 7 miles SE of Augusta, KS just a short drive from east Wichita. Last year, the average clays broken were 46 out of 100! Top 5 shooters in each flight will receive a prize.
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.
Council # 1539 - Spearville
James & Carol Claeys Family
Council # 883 - Pittsburg
John & Marlene Clayton Family
Council # 1187 - Ellinwood
Harry & Ruthanne Wasko Family
Council # 3018 – Ottawa
Lloyd & Cheryl Hammerschmidt Family
Council # 12960 - Lawrence
Read the truth about HB 2453 - Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed important legislation preserving the right of religious institutions to operate their ministries, and religious individuals to run their private businesses, in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage. This is needed because of the very strong possibility that Kansas’ marriage amendment will be struck down in federal court, leaving an uncertain legal landscape.
Opponents of the bill have badly distorted the purpose of the bill, to the point that much of Kansas, and even the nation, believes that it would legalize discrimination against people just because of their sexual orientation. That is simply false.
Please take a moment to read the facts about HB 2453.http://www.kscathconf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/QA-on-Religious-Freedom-Act-of-2014.pdf
National groups that support same-sex marriage and oppose religious freedom see this as a golden opportunity to not only achieve a “win” in the heartland, but to discredit the very concept of religious freedom by making it synonymous with bigotry.
Legislators who voted for the bill are being bombarded by emails, calls, and social media in opposition to the bill. They are being called bigots, hatemongers, and every other slur under the sun for voting for a bill that does none of the things it has been accused of.
If your state representative voted yes on HB 2453, please follow the link below and thank him or her. It is time for people of faith who support religious freedom to make their voices heard.
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Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2013-2014 school year. Read More
The Knights of Columbus does many wonderful things everyday. As members we can be proud of our record of service, support for our priests and the work we do in our parishes and community. The “Did You Know” series is intended to keep the good works done by the Order first and foremost in your minds. Remind your councils of these successes at their business meetings and use them when recruiting new members.
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