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STATE SECRETARY’S February COLUMN by Tim Carvalho

Friday, February 15, 2013

As we are halfway through the Columbian Year, I ask, as do all the State Officers, to re-invigorate yourselves and Councils and take to heart the Supreme goal of “1 Member per Council per Month.” Our Councils are the life of the Order and we need to keep them current and part of the life of the Church and Community. We need to hear and participate in the new ideas and changes that new members bring to us. We cannot live as an Order without the change that comes from healthy growth and living. So please go out and concentrate on 1 New Member per Month.

The District Deputies will be coming back from their Mid-Year meeting with some more ideas and projects that Supreme wants to focus on. Please take them to heart and work them as these programs deal with the “Year of Faith” theme that the Pope has made a theme for this Church year. We need to make this year a “Catholic” year by partaking in the events held by our parishes and dioceses. Again we need to keep ourselves founded in that principle of being wholly Catholic in all that we do.

Tim Carvalho, State Secretary

Read this and much more in the February Knightletter on the State Council website.

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STATE DEPUTY Dr. Raymond Warriner, PhD's February MESSAGE - Sharing and Caring

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An exciting new year has just begun. The District Deputies Midterm meeting was very informative; the Deputy Supreme Knight took time out of his very tight schedule to attend our meeting and to speak candidly about the future of the Order. It is clear that California has and will continue to be playing a major role in the success of the Order. A new Supreme Program on supporting the Year of Faith was introduced and he helped honor the 25 years of California Knights’ support to people of Intellectual Disabilities.

A major activity that is still ahead is the Project Mobility for the Philippines, please see attached flyer. Between Apr 21 and May 3, California Knights, united with Philippine Knights, will distribute 580 wheelchairs along with walker, canes and crutches to people in both Luzon and Mindanao. This will be the first distribution in Mindanao which has been devastated by monsoon rains and floods over the last couple of years. The Knights of Luzon have rescheduled their Convention to allow us to attend and a chance to demonstrate to the world our principles of charity, unity and brotherly love.

Every generation of Americans has seen war and many of us had the honor of serving our country. As soon as we get home from the Philippines, we will be kicking off the 111th California State Convention in beautiful San Diego. This year’s theme represents our fourth principle, patriotism, by “Honoring those who serve, our nation’s military veterans.” Join us as we keep the tradition started by the Knights of Columbus in “WW I”. The music will salute our Military eras of WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Desert Storm and Desert Shield/Iraqi Freedom along with our military currently serving in Afghanistan and throughout the world. The “Ramona Rockettes” will sing some of the great hits of the era while we dance the night away under the clear San Diego sky.

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Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

Monday, February 11, 2013

Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI
In these remaining days of his papacy, our thoughts and prayers are
with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church,
and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus. We
wish him all the best in his retirement. In addition, we pray for all
those cardinals who will take part in the conclave, and for his
successor, that God may inspire them as they carry out the mission
with which they are entrusted.

Statement of State Deputy Raymond Warriner on the Retirement of Pope
Benedict XVI
I join with our Supreme Knight in wishing Pope Benedict XVI the best
in his retirement and ask for your prayers for both him and the
cardinals who will choose his successor. This Lenten season will be an
exciting time. Again, the world will focus on Rome and how we choose
the leadership of the Church. This provides us all an opportunity to
reacquaint ourselves and others in the history and process of the
selecting a Pope. Let's use this unique opportunity to teach our
fellow Catholics, other people of faith and the secular world the
richness of the faith and tradition of the Catholic Church. My God
Bless Pope Benedict XVI and his successor.

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Record-breaking streak reaches twelfth consecutive year by Thomas P. Smith Jr., Chief Insurance Officer

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Knights of Columbus is truly a remarkable, one-of-a-kind organization, and our insurance program continues to show its strength and stability in spite of economic turmoil. In fact, 2012 marked the twelfth consecutive year of growth in many categories, chief among them the volume of coverage issued. This accomplishment illustrates the faith our members have in the products and services we offer to protect their families.

Allow me to share a few of the Order’s 2012 achievements with you.

• During 2012, the Order issued more life insurance than ever before in our history: $8.1 billion.

• Our total insurance in force surpassed $88 billion. To put this remarkable number in perspective, consider that at the end of 2001 we stood at $42.9 billion.

• The Order introduced a Graded Premium Whole Life plan, which makes whole life coverage more “budget-friendly” than ever before. We also made improvements to the Systematic Withdrawal Options on our annuity products. Ask your agent how these additions to our portfolio can benefit you and your family.

• We finished the year with more field agents serving our members than ever before. Still, as our membership continues to grow, new agent candidates are always in demand across the U.S. and Canada. The ultimate goal is to have all of our members served by a dedicated, full-time agent.  If you know someone who may be interested in becoming an agent, please contact me.

• During 2012, we celebrated four exceptional months that were in the “best ever” category. Records were set in February, May, August and November.

• More than 13,000 new retirement annuities were issued to our members and their families in 2012, and members continued to fund their current annuities in record numbers.

• Our A++ (Superior) rating from A.M. Best was reaffirmed and there continues to be no more highly rated life insurer in North America.

• Members purchased more long-term care policies from the Knights of Columbus than in the past five years. As other companies discontinued this vitally important product, the value and strength of our long-term care coverage remains solid.

• In the first full year since its introduction in the spring of 2011, our Income Armor disability income insurance has already been embraced by many members who needed to protect their income. If you have a job and you haven’t spoken to your agent about this product, you should have that conversation soon.

• Associate members continued to become insured members, extending our shield of protection to themselves and their families. This trend is especially important to every agent, manager and member of the staff in New Haven. After all, this is the founding goal of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, and with each associate-to-insured conversion we take a step toward fulfilling his mission.

My purpose in sharing these statistics with you is twofold. First, take pride in the success your organization is having in fulfilling the vision of Father McGivney by caring for the financial security of our members and their families. Second, I want to remind you that today is a great day to meet with your professional agent to discuss coverage or review your current policies. If you don’t know who he is, please visit You’ll be glad you did.

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Culture of Life Column: If It’s To Do . . . It’s Up To You!

Friday, February 01, 2013

January 2013 starts the 2nd half of our Columbian Year 2012. This needs to be a time to look towards completing previously started Culture of Life activities but also initiating new ones to “make a difference” in “saving lives – changing lives” through the June 30th end of our 2012 Columbian Year.

With this month’s marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Brother Knights are encouraged to build on the greater awareness among a majority our fellow citizens and Catholics have in our society today that the over 1 million unborn babies still being aborted every year in our country are real people who don’t deserve to die.

Putting this another way, the 20 (average age 6 year old) innocent children who were gunned down in December at Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, were just 18 trimesters past being classified as legally abortable fetuses. (Think about that). Their mothers, fathers, and families also deserve to be saved from experiencing the pain, scarring, and lifelong suffering that comes from someone making a wrong “choice” in life. A direct link to the San Francisco Walk for Life on Saturday, January 26, 2013 is Contact also, Culture of Life State Committeeman, Steve Hagarty at or Tel (925) 595-3391.

Thanks again, to all who purchased our 2013 “Saved by Ultrasound – Life Before Birth” Pro-Life Calendars. Their publisher, Heritage House, is sold out of the 2013 Edition. We will have a list next month of councils, etc. who did use them to help raise funds for pregnancy resource centers, etc. The 2014 Edition is expected to be available as early as June. Those who may have missed an opportunity to raise funds through these wonderful witnesses to the truth that life begins at conception, can still implement opportunities to “spread the word” during the months remaining by surveying ideas of recommended pro-life activities found in the Culture of Life Section of the “Introduction to the Grand Knight’s Handbook”.

Brothers have “To Do” opportunities to serve the Culture of Life in 2013 starting with participation in observing of the 40th anniversary of “Roe” which is more and more seen as the basis for so many of our society’s moral, social, economic, and family problems today.

In addition to the San Francisco Walk, there are now numerous other “Walks for Life” taking place around the state this month, helping life saving counseling services, post abortion healing, and even the acquiring of Ultrasound machines that change the minds of abortion tempted parents by up to 90% of the time. And as you know, Supreme’s Ultrasound Initiative Program can match half the cost when local Knights lead in raising the 1st half of the cost of an Ultrasound machine. Information on the Supreme Ultrasound matching funds program is available at Supreme Headquarters through Bill O’Brian, or Tel (203) 752-4000. SK Stephen Beuerle and SK Greg Anthony are working with their Light & Life drive to deliver two more Mobile Ultrasounds into their area early this year. Any Brothers with other such good news to report, please contact or Tel (619) 987-6677.

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