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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
July 2014

The 2013-2014 Fraternal Year ended on June 30th, and what a great finish the Kansas Jurisdiction mustered! The details of this finish are in both outgoing State Membership Director Mike Grothoff’s report and Immediate Past State Deputy Scott Maurath’s column in the July Explorer. Every member in the State should be proud of the accomplishments achieved in both Programming and Membership.

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15th Annual State Golf Tournament

The 2014 Knights of Columbus Kansas State Golf Tournament will be hosted in Topeka by Topeka-St. Matthews Council #13012 at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course July 26 through July 27, 2014.

More information and registration forms can be found on the host council’s website at

The Truth About the Kansas Religious Freedom Bill

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.

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.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:

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Kansas Knight of the Month

Linus Holthaus
Council # 13394 - Corning

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Keith & Jean Willich Family
Council # 834 – Horton

Heath & Loretta Kinman Family
Council # 1521 – Hoisington

Paul & Margie Gruenbacher Family
Council # 2217 – Andale

Michael & Denise Maaske Family
Council # 3333 – Atwood

James & Kathryn Pendergast Family
Council # 7909 – Olathe

Joesph & Christy Kincaid
Council # 11534 - Overland Park

All of the councils that submit the name of a Brother Knight for Knight of the Month for all three months of a quarter are entered into a drawing for a crucifix. The quarterly council winner is Council #3033 - Atwood

2014 Silver Rose Program

In the 1990s, the Knights of Columbus made the Silver Rose an official program. In 2001, One Life, One Rose was added to the name of the program, recognizing Mary’s role in fighting the culture of death. Three roses followed three routes that year from Canada through the United States to arrive at the Basilica in Monterrey on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This year the Knights of Columbus are “running” five Silver Roses across Canada and the United States. The five roses will come together in Texas to travel over the International Bridge on December 12 to be handed over to the Knights from Monterrey.

The Kansas Knights of Columbus will receive the Silver Rose on September 21 from Nebraska and hand it over to Oklahoma on October 12.

Click here to see route map for the 2014 run across Kansas.

Mon 9-22   Goodland     Thur 10-2     Salina
Tues 9-23 Oakley         Fri 10-3       Manhattan
Wed 9-24   Wa Keeney     Sat 10-4     Topeka
Thur 9-25   Hays           Sun 10-5     Topeka
Fri 9-26     Russell         Mon 10-6   Lawrence
Sat 9-27   Great Bend     Tues 10-7   Kansas City
Sun 9-28   Pratt             Thur 10-9     Ottawa
Mon 9-29   Wichita         Fri 10-10     Chanute
Tues 9-30 Hutchinson     Sat 10-11   Parsons
Wed 10-1   McPherson     Sun 10-12   Coffeyville

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial


Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2013-2014 school year. Read More

Did You Know?

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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# 3 January 2012
# 2 July 2011
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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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