My Dear Brothers in Christ…

October is finally here with shorter days and cooler weather.  Children are back in school and Halloween will be here before we know it.  Congratulations to the winners in the first round of the “Fall Feast” membership contest for the month of September!  Brother Thomas Nino of San Benito Council 1792 in Hollister was the top recruiter for September bringing in 7 new members.  DD135 Jaime Arnold had the high recruiting district with 13 new members overall.  It comes as no surprise the high recruiting council is San Benito Council 1792 in Hollister with 9 new members in all.  Congratulations to Grand Knight David Fears and the rest of the September winners.  All will receive $100 gift cards to a restaurant in their local area.

The “Fall Feast” membership contest will continue into the month of October recognizing top membership achievers.  Again, for purposes of the contest, the count will reset to zero and only monthly intake will count toward the awards.  The top recruiter, district deputy and council bringing in the most members during the month of October will win $100 gift cards good at a restaurant in their area.  Scan and email all Form 100s for newly initiated candidates to by noon on Thursday, October 31 for them to count toward the contest, or have them join online at

October is traditionally a month for membership recruiting as the first of two statewide membership drives occurs on Columbus Day weekend.  Have you scheduled a church recruitment drive during the month of October?  If you would like further information on how to conduct a church recruitment drive contact Supreme Trainer Ken White at  It is also traditionally the month for the fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities.  If you have not already done so please schedule a weekend to solicit funds for ARC, Special Olympics, Camp Recreation or another organization in your community benefitting people with special needs.

I am pleased to announce creation of a new award for District Deputies called the “Centurion Award.”  To earn it District Deputies must reach or exceed 100% on a monthly Centurion Report which aggregates achievements in membership, insurance, ceremonials and round tables.  More on this will be announced at the upcoming mid-year District Deputy meeting, January 3 through 5, 2020 in Ontario.  The award features a lapel pin shown to the right which will be presented to qualifying District Deputies at the State Convention in Sacramento in May.

Please join me in welcoming California’s newest council, St. Mels 17376 in Woodland Hills, and newly reactivated All Souls Council 14356 in Alhambra.  My congratulations to the new council Grand Knights and officers, and all those who worked so hard to make these happen.

In all that you do, be Knights of Faith – Knights of Charity – Knights of Action!

May God Bless…

Dave Abbott
State Deputy