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State Deputy Vincent Melvin III's Message
January 2018

“Happy New Year”.  As we begin the second half of or fraternal year, we focus our attention on membership recruitment and retention.  After reviewing the major degree schedule, I am pleased with the number of scheduled degrees. However, some areas have yet to schedule a major degree. State Membership Director John Schulz will be working with District Deputies to make sure all areas of the state are covered.  Let’s take advantage of those scheduled and commit ourselves to make all our degrees successful. Our membership campaign is “Become the Cornerstone” When we participate in our programs, when we recruit new members, when we help each other or those with special needs, we live up to our membership theme.  Let’s build up our membership by recruiting every eligible Catholic man and invite him to join with us in making our world a better place to live.  The more members we recruit, the more we will be able to accomplish.

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117th Annual State Convention

The 117th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Greeley Council #1901 and St. Aloysius and Council #1913 in Overland Park. Please visit for more information.

See the State Convention Packet attached for more information and details click here

Mid Year District Meetings

Please find attached the current schedule of District meetings.
Click here for more information and for the complete Mid Year District Meeting Schedule.

Pro Life Mass March and Rally for Life in Topeka

This year’s Pro Life Mass, March and Rally will be held in Topeka on Monday January 22, 2018.  This state wide Pro Life event is sponsored by the Kansans for Life.  Both the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus are being asked to play a big role again this year.

The schedule for the day’s activities is as follows: Monday 8:30 AM Knights to arrive at Mater Dei Assumption Church basement (8th and Jackson) - donuts and coffee will be available.  Sir Knights to get dressed in full Regalia and receive instructions for the day.

Event is co-hosted by Christ the King Council #8411 and James W. Gibbons Assembly #0286

For more information please contact Knights of Columbus Coordinator Patrick Winchester at 785-608-6940

See the attached flyer for more details click here

2018 Free Throw Contest

The annual free throw contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Winners progress through local, district, and state competitions.Click here for more information including regional free throw locations and contact information.

2018 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 74th Annual State Bowling Tournament will be held at Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence, KS on February 17th & 18th, February 24th & 25th and March 3th and 4th, 2018.

Requirements to host the 2019 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 2019 Tournament MUST MAKE their request in writing, to Randy Testa, Council Activities Director before January 21, 2018.

Click here for 2018 Kansas State Council Bowling Letter.
Click here for 2018 Kansas State Council Registration Forms.
Click here for 2018 Kansas State Council Bowling Tournament.


2017-2018 Seminarians   **  Updated December 3, 2017

Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2017-2018 school year. Read More

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.

Kansas Knight of the Month

For the month of November
Wade Greif
Council #8488 - Manhattan
District 25

For the month of October
Mark Vaughn
Council #2217 - Andale
District 31

Supreme Council Families of the Month

For the month of November
James O’Shea Family
Council #902- Flush District 23

Robert Lauer Family
Council #1777 - Marysville District 21

Keith Schmanke Family
Council #2987 - Conway Springs District 31

Leroy Jones Family
Council #6761 - Haysville Dsitrict 32

Brad Roberts Family
Council #7769 - Osage City District 20

Wayne Seganhagan Family
Council #10301 - Wetmore District 02

Matthew Klinker Family
Council #16595 - Olathe District 10

Program and Membership Guide

The 2017-2018 Program and Membership has been published.
Click here for a full version of the guide.

Marian Hour of Prayer

A *GREAT* parish / family activity, the Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program is currently traveling through the state.This 2017 - 2018 program will continue through April 2018. Click here to view the 2017-2018 schedule of where this icon will be in the state. Please contact your local council for prayer service times and locations. Council support is greatly appreciated.


The Program and Membership Guide references the “Council Reports CD” in many places.The forms can be found on the Supreme website at

The form to include with scrapbooks is Form STSP - State Council Service Program Awards Entry Form.

Membership, Insurance, and Missing Forms Reports

How is your council progressing in its quest for the Star Council Award and Sunflower Award for Excellence? The three requirements for the Star Council Award are 1) make the membership goal, 2) make the insurance goal, 3) complete and submit three forms to the Supreme office. The Sunflower Award has some additional requirements above the Star Council Award. Click here to view the requirements and awards for your Council. Click on the links below to view the progress your council is making towards achieving these three goals. These reports will be updated each weekday, so check back often!

Membership and Insurance Report
Report Summary

The 2017-2018 Theme for Recruiting this year is “Become The Cornerstone”. You are encouraged to offer membership to any Catholic male age 18 or older. It’s simple, all you have to do is ask them.

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial


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