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Family Activities by Casey Haas, Family Activities Chairman

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Brothers,

I want to thank you and your Councils for your participation in our “Family” programs for this past Columbian Year. We had a great year in both our “Family of the Month/Year”, and in the “Scholarships” programs.

I want to congratulate our “Family of the Year” winner Deacon Lawrence Niekamp and his family. They truly represent the ideal “Catholic Family”.

I urge you to participate again in these programs in this new Columbian Year. These programs are a great way to honor your membership for their support of their Councils, and the manner in which they live their lives.

I thank our “Family of the Month/Year” chairman Kent Hori, and “Scholarships” chairman Tim Stapleton, for their dedication to these programs this past year. You do “make a difference”.

May God Bless you and your families.

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CHURCH ACTIVITIES REPORT by Jerry Fong, Church Activities Chairman

Monday, June 10, 2013

First, thank you to those councils that submitted entries for the Church Activities Program. There were many great Church Activity entries submitted by councils. Congratulations to all the councils that won Church Activities awards at the State Convention. A special recognition and congratulations to Grand Knight Charles Bellavia and Father Patrick Powers Council 4588 in Livermore for winning the “Best Church Activity and Best State Program awards at the State Convention.” The council put together a superb Church Activity program called “Living Bethlehem”. The “Living Bethlehem” project was an outdoor Nativity scene using live actors, who put on five evening performances from December 13 to 17, 2012. There was no charge for the nightly performances though donations were accepted. It took 18 months, over 8,000 man hours, over 100 council and family members and 250 plus volunteers to recreate the town of Bethlehem on a 30,000 square-foot lot near St. Michael’s Parish in Livermore. The project received over $100,000 in cash and in kind donations. Thousands of people in the local community and surrounding communities came to see the “Living Bethlehem” town and performances. It was a huge success.

The State Convention is now over and the Columbian Year is coming to a close in a few short weeks. Now’s the time to start planning your unique Church Activity programs for the 2013-2014 Columbian Year. Having great and visible programs in your council and Parish can help in recruiting new members. Your council has the potential of being the winner of the “Best Church Activity” and “Best State Program” awards at the 2014 State Convention in San Jose. So put on your creative thinking hat and start planning now for your Church Activity programs. Think of out of the box and do something unique.

My sincere appreciation to the Church Activities Program team: PSD Ross Willour, State Retreat Chairman; FM James Letcher, Adoration/Silver Rose Program Chairman; FM Stephen Peterson, Keep Christ in Christmas Program Chairman; John Gonzales-Madrid, Our Lady of Guadalupe Marian Prayer Program Chairman; Glenn Kraig, Program Chairman for the new Mary’s Son Program and Steve Sykes, Program Chairman for Keep Christ in Christmas cards. Under their leadership and through their efforts Church Activity programs had a successful year.

I want to wish Ed Bystran, the incoming Church Activities Chairman, success in the 2013-2014 Columbian Year. Brother Ed did an outstanding job this year as the Program Director. It was a pleasure working under his guidance and leadership. I also want to wish FM Stephen Peterson success in his appointment as the Program Director for the next Columbian Year. I look forward to working with both of them next year as Chairman of the “Year of Faith” program.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Here are a couple of similar items from the Office of the Supreme Advocate’s Desk Reference section that have come up over this past Columbian Year while serving as the California State Advocate.

Have a great month! Edward P. Huestis

Prohibition Of Use Of Membership To Promote Financial Products And Services

Section 162.24 of the Laws of the Knights of Columbus prohibits members from using their membership in the Knights of Columbus to promote the sale of any financial products and services other than the financial products and services offered by the Knights of Columbus. Additionally, Section 162.11 prohibits members from using the name and emblem of the Knights of Columbus in connection with "any business, or social, or other enterprise, without permission of the Board of Directors." This section prohibits, among other things, the use of the name and emblem of the Knights of Columbus in connection with the promotion of any financial products and services other than the financial products and services offered by the Knights of Columbus.

Lastly, members engaged in the sale of financial products and services shall not be eligible for the office of Financial Secretary in his council. If a member becomes so engaged while serving as Financial Secretary, he should inform the Supreme Knight immediately c/o Ann Moran, Administrator, Financial Secretary & Fraternal Services, at (203) 752-4717 or

Rev. December 2012

Prohibition Of Advertisements For Other Financial Products And Services

Fraternal publications are prohibited from accepting advertisements that are directly or indirectly related to the sale of financial products and services other than those offered by the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus, a fraternal benefit society, provides financial assistance to widows and orphans of members through highly-rated financial products and services. The Board of Directors has determined that publication of advertisements for other financial products and services in fraternal publications impedes this purpose. For this reason, fraternal publications of the Knights of Columbus should not accept advertisements for other financial products and services.

Rev January 2013*

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State Deputy Ray Warriner, Phd's June Message - Run through the tape and rejoining the Circle of Honor

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as State Deputy this year. Columbian Year 2012-2013 has been a fabulous year for the Knights of Columbus in California and in hundreds of places - “We Made a Difference”. I thank you, my Brothers and your families for that.

The key to success for California is to balance Programs and Membership. Without the programs, we will fail to provide opportunities for us men to grow. We will fail to protect our families and support our parishes and community.

Without membership, we will not have the people to do the programs. We will not have fresh ideas on how to do thing better. We will not have the skills to make them happen.

You, the grassroots members, are the ones that have made our State so successful. You have put in a lot of hard work and have exemplified what the Knights of Columbus are all about. You have truly “Made a Difference”.

The year is not over; we have entered the final lap of this year’s relay race. It’s time for that final push before we hand the baton to next year’s team. So let us finish this year by running thru the tape and continue to “Make a Difference”. The effort you make will determine if California will rejoin the Circle of Honor or not.

I thank you for allowing me the honor to serve as your State Deputy.

To all of my Brother Knights, your wives and families, Purita and I thank all of you for your kind hospitality and support throughout our travels in the Great State of California this year.

May “Almighty God Bless” each and every one of you.

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