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The Power of Service Programs by State Service Program Director John Bertrand

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Too often as Knights of Columbus Leadership we take for granted the programs and events our councils put on each year. Have you gotten into a rut and simply follow the protocol that has been set with previous leadership? Well maybe 2014-2015 is the year you need to breakout. Don’t misinterpret this to mean that we want you to abandon those great programs and events that your council, assembly or chapter has put on in the past. But maybe it is time to look at two things: 1) Can you put on those events more effectively and have other benefits come out of them and 2) Are there some new programs or events that you have never participated in before that would benefit your parish and council?

Any program that you put on usually benefits your parish or people that need help (Youth, Families, Intellectually Challenged, those experiencing difficulties of some kind etc. But no matter what the event is, if it brings people together it can have an additional benefit for our Order. It can be a catalyst to offer the benefits of the Knights of Columbus to every adult male attending your events 18 and over.

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Culture of Life

Monday, July 28, 2014


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Support Vocations SK Rene Perez, California State Vocations Chairman

Monday, July 28, 2014

“Do not be afraid”, these simple words became a part of my thoughts and everyday life the day I began to do the work of the Knights of Columbus as the State Vocations Chairman. It continues to motivate me as I face the challenges ahead and continue in the position of State Vocations Chairman.

With that in mind, our goal is to not hinder those programs that have been successful, but only enhance them with fresh creative approaches custom to every council's needs and to begin new programs that will continue to help grow vocations into the 21st century. We are not looking to reinvent the wheel, only to make improvements where possible and assist councils in the pursuit of creating vocations activities that will have a lasting impression upon their Parish and community. We truly believe that California has set the tone for some of the best vocations programs throughout the order and will continue to do so for years to come. For the past few years, we have seen and heard of many successes of the “Adopt a Seminarian Program” which encourages Catholic School or Religious Education students to adopt a seminarian through prayer and communications throughout the school year. This year along with the RSVP program we will be working to encourage more participation in the “RSVP Matching Funds Program”. This program was developed to assist councils that have been unable to reach the minimum requirement of $500 by directly appealing to parishioners and local businesses, and also assist councils that are already participating in the program to sponsor additional seminarians, postulants, or novices. This along with updates and improvements to our website and with the assistance of our committeemen stationed throughout the state, will help you to not only serve as a guide, but it will also help you to enhance all of your vocations activities. I look forward to hearing about all of the vocations activities throughout the state and to be able to serve you my brother knights with the vision and determination brought to us by our founder Fr. Michael J McGivney.

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

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State Secretary Ed Huestis' July Information

Friday, July 25, 2014

California Franchise Tax Board Guidance

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) sent out letters to most of the Councils, Assemblies, and Chapters in California in February and March of this year. Here is some additional guidance recently received from the FTB.

All correspondence filed with the Franchise Tax Board must include the 7-digit corporation number assigned to the subordinate organization. This number can be located on the determination letter.

If a subordinate has received more than one determination letter with different corporation numbers assigned as a result of a duplicate name, please contact our office so that we can clear the duplicate account.

To avoid unintentionally re-naming the subordinate organization, please use the following format on all returns and correspondence:
Name (Council, Assembly, or Chapter)
Number (Council or Assembly)
Knights of Columbus, or simply KOC
For example:
Father John Smith Council #123 Knights of Columbus
Bishop John Smith Assembly #123 KOC

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State Deputy Abe Doliente's July Message

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Worthy Brother Knights:

I would like to thank you all for giving me your confidence to lead California State Council for Columbian year 2014-2015.
As we begin the new Columbian year, let us pause a moment and reflect on the achievements and accomplishments of the past leaders. California has always had great leaders who guided us successfully year in and year out. Can we maintain that leadership and have California stay where it belongs? You as members of the California Knights of Columbus play a major role in the success of the coming year.

We have gathered what I believe the best group of leaders to have a very successful year. With Fr. John Neneman as the State Chaplain, Ed Huestis as the State Secretary, Sonny Santa Ines as the State Treasurer, Romy Quevedo as the State Advocate, Joe Salaiz as the State Warden and Tim Carvalho as the Immediate Past State Deputy, we can’t go wrong. In addition, we have Membership under the leadership of Michael Brault, Programs under the leadership of John Bertrand, and Operations under the leadership of PSD Dr. Ray Warriner,

We have 148 District Deputies and about the same number of Committeemen.

But the State Officers, Directors and Committeemen cannot do the job alone; nor can the District Deputies by themselves, nor can the Chapter Officers alone; nor can the Assembly Officers alone; nor can the Council Officers alone, but together, we, as a team can make California as successful as in the previous years.

So, my brothers who are members of the California Knights of Columbus, can I count on you to be a part of the team? I hope and pray so.

"To God Be The Glory"
Abe Doliente
State Deputy

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

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