State Deputy'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.

Remember that January, February, March and April have always been our best recruiting months.  Your council goal should be to be recognized as a “Star Council” or better a “Sunflower Award for Excellence.”  By meeting your goals for membership, programming and insurance, you will insure the growth and success of our Order.  If you haven’t started recruiting new members, the time to start is now.  Let’s reach our goal of 1400 new members. Our goals cannot be met unless we put our plans into action.

When recruiting new members, we must get them active.  The Shining Armor program can help, but only if you implement it.  To reduce suspensions, your council must have programs that reflect the needs of our membership.  As our Order grows, we must prepare and continue to change to meet the challenges that lie ahead.  As we progress in this new year of 2018, please remember to be charitable in your works, united in your programming and recruitment efforts and fraternal toward your brother knights.

Vivat Jesus

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