State Deputy's Message

December 2018

State Membership Director Pat Burnett reports that our membership progress to date is like prior years. This means that we still have much work ahead of us to finish across the goal line successfully. We will have to substantially pick up our pace for the last half of the fraternal year. I know we have been working hard on membership; however I’m asking for your help to reach our membership goals, set by the Supreme Council.  Brother Knights, it is now time to set up for success and get things lined up for the second half!  Let’s “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you” into our great Order.

I have always been an optimist in regards to membership, as our Order sells itself once someone understands what we do:  You acquire a prospective member, you handle objections, you ask him to join, you invite him to the next scheduled Admission Degree, you personally go and pick him up and take him to the degree, you explain things to him and mentor him, and then you give him some ownership in the council - a job, a task, a purposeand then you let him go to work, while still mentoring this new Brother Knight.

Our Corporal works are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, harbor the harbor less, visit the sick, ransom the captive, and bury the dead. The Knights of Columbus, through our various programs, allow each of us the opportunity to participate in these endeavors. With Advent upon us, what better time of the year to participate in the Corporal Works of Mercy!  The Faith in Action program model which includes “Building the Domestic Church,” “Coats for Kids” and “Food for Families” programs are excellent examples of these works, and they are Knights of Columbus programs that are both worthwhile community activities, as well as great programs to get your membership involved and “living their faith.”  We understand that there are needy people in every community.  We can participate in helping those less fortunate.  Remember, the magic of Christmas does not come in a box, it can’t be bought, but it can be given by each of us.  Let’s remember to “Keep Christ in Christmas.”

Of special importance this year is the opportunity that many of our councils have been working diligently to obtain. The Knights of Columbus of Kansas are getting very close on helping to place new machines in Ottawa, Beloit and Olathe. This would bring the number of machines in Kansas to fourteen. This has only been possible by your generous personal and council donations. Life Director Matt Micek also informs me that there have been four additional possible inquiries for machine placements.  I ask each grand knight and each council to consider contributing to this very worthwhile
and life-saving cause prior to Christmas.  Let us provide the gift of life this Christmas.

Jeannie and I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and Joyful New Year.

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