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Culture of Life April Message by S.K. Jeffrey Patino

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“My prayer is that many parishes and schools will take advantage of Skiff & AJ’s Fantastic Voyage and Dr. Stanley’s Value of Life presentation to help children learn about the value and sanctity of life.” — Bishop Felipe J. Estevez, Diocese of St. Augustine

Greetings Brother Knights,

I am happy to share with you what we think is a wonderful addition to your council’s Culture of Life awareness programs. This animated feature was helped along the way to its completion with $3,000 raised by St. Martin of Tours council 14660. Thanks to their vision we now have the opportunity to share this entertaining, and very well done family adventure of microscopic proportions. We hope that you will stop by our Culture of Life display at this year’s state convention. You will be able to see scenes from Skiff & AJ’s fantastic Voyage. We will help you learn how you can start your own council’s value of life project with Skiff & AJ.

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A Fraternal Benefit - Brother Helping Brother By Ed Bystran, President, Columbian Charities

Monday, April 14, 2014

For over 50 years California Columbian Charities has provided kindness and generosity to California Knights by fulfilling Father McGivney’s mandate of Brother helping Brother. ..

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American Wheelchair Mission

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Brother Knights,

I am pleased to report that we have increased activity throughout the State with contributions toward the program. As an example, recently St Bonaventure Council 6038 of Concord successfully raised over $ 27,000. I mention this because 5 years ago they were the first Council in Northern California to have a Wheelchair Sunday and it may have taken some time and patience to have the parish conduct another. Their perseverance paid off.

If a formal Wheelchair Sunday is not possible, please do consider hosting some sort of fundraiser like the Pancake Breakfast hosted by St. Michael’s Council 11632 earlier this year or even a donation of any amount like Church of St. Luke Council #10512 of El Cajon. I have many other Councils and Assemblies I will report on in the months coming; please don’t think I have forgotten you if you have already contributed. As a reminder, don’t forget to have your Grand Knight/ Financial Secretary fill out a “Global Wheelchair Report Form” and mail the original to Supreme Council - Fraternal Services and copies to the State Office and your District Deputy.

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Public Relations Tips By Ronald Knowles, Public Relations Chairman

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Here are some tips from Supreme:

Press Release Guidelines (Use for print and broadcast media.)
  • Use a short, eye-catching action headline (title) on your release.
  • Identify the primary purpose or goal of your release and make it your “lead” in the first paragraph. Write your lead so it will catch and hold the editor’s attention.
  • Make sure that your release answers six important questions about your topic: Who, What, Where, When, How and Why.
  • When writing your release, always put the most important information at the beginning. Organize the information in order of descending importance, with the least important facts at the end. (If the media cuts the release to make it shorter, most often they’ll cut the end and the most important facts will still be included.)
  • Make sure the names, numbers, quotations and other factual information are correct. Make sure all quotes are properly attributed to the person quoted, including the person’s name and title.
  • Keep the information factual; avoid opinions, except attributed quotations.
  • For every person quoted in the release, always obtain verbal or written consent to have his or her name and statement published.
  • Keep your release short and to the point. A press release should be focused, discussing one subject at a time.
  • Follow up by phone to make sure your release was received. Be prepared to send another copy if an editor is interested in the story but can’t locate or can’t remember receiving the release.
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January Family of the Month / Year Report By SK Michael Jones, Family of the Month/Year Chairman

Monday, April 07, 2014

Brother Jesus “Jesse” and Rosazarina Ramirez family from San Miguel Council No. 3667, San Diego, CA was selected for the February statewide Family of the Month Award of the received nominees that stand out for their service to their Community, Council, and Church activities. I urge my Brother Knights to participate and nominate a family each month in this new Columbian Year!

Jesus and Rosazarina are actively involved in St. John of the Cross Catholic Church ministries and San Miguel Council 3667 programs and activities. Jesus serves as Director of Religious Education and Eucharist Minister at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church. He is currently Grand Knight and current District Warden for District 143. Rosazarina is Spanish Coordinator for the Religious Education Office and a Eucharist Minister. Jesus and Rosazarina assist in many fundraisers for the Religious Education Program and the parish. They are very involved with every program that St. John of the Cross Catholic Church has to offer. They have been great role models for the community and an inspiration to all.

For more information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 916-684-5803.

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

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