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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
January 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  As the Knights of Columbus begins the second half or our fraternal year, we should adjust our focus to membership and membership retention.  At the Mid Year Meeting in Wichita in December, the discussion was on being a “Second Half Team.”  The District Deputies submitted a large number of 3rd Degree Dates to be included on the Calendar of Events, and I hope that each Council will provide large numbers of 1st Degree members to make these degrees successful.  The best way to provide 1st Degree members is still, as always, to schedule and host 1st Degrees and recruit to fill them! State Membership Director Bob Duffin and his Regional Membership Coordinators are all available to assist your Councils in their quest to reach and exceed their membership goals.  I am convinced that, with your efforts at the Council level, we will be successful in our endeavors, and will have a great “run to the finish.”

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2015 Free Throw Contest

The Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest is now open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 14.
Winners progress through local, district, regional and state competitions.
Click here for more information regarding regional and state free throw locations and contact information.

Bowling Tournament

The State Bowling Committee extends an invitation to all Knights to join in the fraternity, fellowship, and fun at our Annual Men’s Bowling Tournament. A current Traveling/Membership Card is required for entry to the tournament. Knights do not have to be a League Bowler to participate.

The 71st Annual State Bowling Tournament, hosted by Council #13012 St. Matthews, will be held at West Ridge Lanes, Topeka, KS on February 21st & 22nd, February 28th & March 1st and March 7th and 8th, 2016. Entry forms will be mailed to all current Grand Knights and Team Captains from last year’s tournament.

Requirements to host the 2016 Bowling Tournament are a site with a minimum of 24 lanes and sufficient lodging for the participants and their families. Bowlers at this year’s event will choose the location for next year’s tournament site by popular vote at the tournament. Any Council interested in hosting the 2016 Tournament MUST MAKE their request in writing, to Michael Grothoff, Council Activities Director before January 19, 2015.

Click here for the bowling tournament website information.

Click here for 2015 Kansas State Council Bowling Letter.
Click here for 2015 Kansas State Council Registration Forms.
Click here for information concerning masses and rooms.

2014-2015 Seminarians   -  Updated

Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2014-2015 school year. Read More

Sign Up for Email Communications

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Kansas Knight of the Month

James B. Mulligan
Council #657 - St. Marys
District 23

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Richard & Linda Dohrman Family
Council #657 - St. Marys

Richard & Glenda Wilson Family
Council #1149 - Paola

Ryan & Melissa Henningsen Family
Council #3018 – Ottawa

Steven & Florence Kough Family
Council #5212 - Scott City

Kent & Brenda Weixelman Family
Council #7485 - Andover

Supreme Council Notice Regarding Youth Protection Training and Background Checks

The Board of Directors of Knights of Columbus has designated the following official positions in Knights of Columbus to receive mandatory Praesidium Armatus online safe environment training: State Deputies, State Squires Chairmen, State Youth Directors, Grand Knights, Youth Directors, Columbian Squires Chairmen, Chief Counselors, Committee Counselors, and Faithful Navigators (if their assembly sponsors a Squires Circle).
If you currently hold one of these positions it is important that you please read the attached notice from George Hanna, Senior Vice President for Fraternal Services.

Click here for the notice.

Message from Culture of Life Director

Click here to see January 2015 Culture of Life information from Culture of Life Director Thomas Schmeidler.

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial

Membership Playbook - Revision #2 (June 2012)

The Membership Playbook has been updated for 2012 - 2013. The Membership Playbook can be opened by clicking here. Please contact a member of the Membership Team if you have questions or suggestions for additional information.


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