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State Deputy

California’s 102nd 

   State Deputy

Edward Huestis 




Congratulations to Immediate Past State Deputy Avelino “Abe” Doliente for an outstanding year and for achieving, along with his team, the Supreme Circle of Honor Award!

The Columbian Year 2015 – 2016 is underway and we have assembled another outstanding team to serve the California State jurisdiction with David Abbott as the State Membership Director, Steve Bolton as the State Service Program Director, and Gerald Fong as the State Operations Director, along with their respective teams.

The Installation of State Officers will take place on Saturday, July 11, in Vacaville.  The long awaited Special Olympics World Games will commence with the opening ceremonies on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Southern California, and run through the following weekend with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 2, 2015.  This is a major event and I want to thank Past State Deputy Ray Warriner for taking the lead with this effort over the past two years as the liaison between the California State Council and the Special Olympics Organization, along with Steve Bolton for his continued support of Special Olympics and particularly in assisting Past State Deputy Ray Warriner with this effort.

The Wheelchair Distribution, working with the American Wheelchair Mission and the Fourth Degree Masters this year, will be dedicated primarily to benefit the Veterans of California.

At the District Deputies Orientation Meeting in June, we introduced a Rosary CD that was recorded at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.  There are two tracks on the CD with the first track including the Memorare and the Rosary and the second track with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with Saint Faustina’s meditations on the Passion.  We worked with the publisher to obtain a special discounted price from the $15.99 list price to only $12 each plus shipping.  You can call Catholic Word at 800-932-3051 and ask for the Rosary & The Chaplet of Divine Mercy CD using Promo Code CAKNIGHTS15 between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015 to get the $12 price per CD.  The District Deputies and State Committeemen in attendance at the District Deputies Orientation Meeting each received a copy of the CD, so if you would like to check it out beforehand ask one of them to see it.  We are asking that the Rosary CD be listened to and said during daily commute trips, and especially when driving to Knights of Columbus meetings that are some distance away, including Chapter Meetings, District Deputy Meetings, and our annual State Convention.  Along with your personal intentions, please add the intention of a successful Columbian Year for the California State Council and Order wide.

You may have noticed that we didn’t have any Chapter Testimonials over the past few months.  We have moved the Chapter Testimonials to take place at the same time as the Installation of Chapter Officers during the first part of this Columbian Year.  This way we will be able to reflect on the success of the Chapter over the entire previous Columbian Year like many Councils do at a Past Grand Knight’s dinner.  Most, if not all, of the State Officers will be in attendance.  Membership awards will be given out during the dinner.  The new State ties and State lapel pins will also be available for purchase at the event.  We envision this to be a bigger event than it has been in the past and encourage your attendance.  The combined Chapter Testimonials and Installation of Chapter Officers will also provide the added benefit of less travel for the State Officers resulting in a savings of travel dollars and being able to be responsive to invitations to Council Anniversaries, Chapter Clergy Dinners, and other noteworthy events, especially during the period of February through June each Columbian Year when most of the Testimonials were held in years past.

The upcoming schedule of the combined Chapter Testimonials and Installation of Chapter Officers is as follows:

Northern California Chapter – July 18

Redwood Chapter – July 19

San Diego Diocese Chapter – July 24

Arrowhead Desert Valley Chapter – July 25

San Gabriel Valley Chapter – July 26

San Joaquin Chapter – August 13

Oakland Diocese Chapter (Morning) – August 15

St. Francis Chapter (Evening) – August 15

San Jose Chapter – August 16

Central Chapter – August 22

Kern - Inyo Chapter – August 23

Los Padres Chapter – August 29

Mission High Desert Chapter – August 30

Southern California Chapter – September 13

Junipero Serra Chapter – September 19

Diocese of Orange Chapter – September 26

Finally, the State motto this year as represented on the State lapel pin is “Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pray For Us.”  Some of you might be curious as to how this was chosen.  Throughout the year as State Warden we kept trying to think of what we might use.  At the end of that year three years ago, as we walked in to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in San Francisco for the Saturday evening Mass prior to the St. Francis Chapter Testimonial, and saw the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, it brought back fond memories of the portrait that we had in the house when I was growing up in the Seattle area.  It became evident to us even before Mass started that our State motto would be Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


Ed Huestis

State Deputy

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pray For Us


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