My Dear Brothers in Christ…

September has been another good month for membership in California with another NEW council being added in Upland to the Arrowhead Desert Valley Chapter. This is the second NEW council of this Columbian year in that Chapter, with more being developed for possible NCD’s. Many ‘thanks’ to District Deputy #125 Nick Ewell and Sal Chabolla, NCD State Committeeman, for their efforts along with everyone else that made this happen. 

September also seen the coming of the NEW Marian icon, Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians. Each icon was distributed to areas around the state to start our Order’s Marian Prayer program in one of our California missions. Soon your council will have a chance to host a Marian Prayer service as the icon makes its way through the state. For any questioning in scheduling for the icon contact Jerry Fong at, or 916-832-7394.   

Last month I was privileged to attend several Admission Degrees.  When after the NEW members were asked “why they joined the Knights of Columbus?” their answers were the same, they wanted to be a part of something where they could serve the Church and help others! October is a month where our councils start our state-wide membership drives.  Traditionally on Columbus Day weekend our Order holds recruitment drives in all state council jurisdictions and are encouraged to have all their councils participate. We as a State Council are offering many incentives to Councils, Chapters, District Deputies and individual recruiters. From cash prizes, Knight Gear catalog items, and custom KofC table cloths, along with other special incentives. The weekend of October 19 – 21 is also the weekend we raise funds for our state-wide ID program, giving us again a chance to show other Catholics and those in our community all we do “In service to one and service to all.”   

Let us go out and recruit a NEW member by changing a man’s life and his family by inviting them to become a member of the greatest lay organization in the world, the Knights of Columbus! We want to extend this opportunity to every Catholic man and family during this month of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary!


Joe Salaiz
State Deputy