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State Deputy Vincent Melvin III's Message
January 2017

Happy New Year!!! I pray 2016 was very kind to you and that 2017 will be even better!  With the New Year comes new experiences and new responsibilities. In these tough economic times facing our nation, there are a lot of people with needs in our society and we need to not look very far from home to locate them.  Our membership in the Knights of Columbus is a great way to see that these in need are being met.  To him to whom much is given, much is expected in return. This should be the foundation of our work within the Knights of Columbus.  We all have a great deal to be thankful for and we have all been given a tremendous amount of talents and treasures by our Lord.  Now is the time to use these talents to better the lives of those in need around us.  Challenge your councils to find these needs and then do your best to see that these needs are fulfilled.  By truly trying to live by this year’s theme “Fishers of Men - Building the Domestic Church while Strengthening our Parish” let us renew that spirit that brought us to the Knights of Columbus by seeking our ways in which to help our fellow man.

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A Light to the Nations

Below is a link for a video highlighting events of the 134th 2016 Supreme Convention in Toronto


2017 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 73rd Annual State Bowling Tournament will be held at West Ridge Lanes, Topeka, KS on February 18th & 19th, February 25th & 26th and March 4th and 5th, 2017.

Requirements to host the 2018 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 2018 Tournament MUST MAKE their request in writing, to Tom Halbleib, Council Activities Director before January 21, 2017.

Click here for 2017 Kansas State Council Bowling Letter.
Click here for 2017 Kansas State Council Registration Forms.
Click here for the 2017 Bowling Tournament website and further information.

2017 Free Throw Contest

The annual free throw contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Winners progress through local, district, and state competitions.Click here for more information including regional free throw locations and contact information.

Marian Hour of Prayer

A *GREAT* parish / family activity, the Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program is currently traveling through the state.This 2016 - 2017 program will continue through September 2017. Click here to view the 2016-2017 schedule of where this icon will be in the state. Please contact your local council for prayer service times and locations. Council support is greatly appreciated.

Pro Life Mass March and Rally for Life in Topeka

This year’s Pro Life Mass, March and Rally will be held in Topeka on Monday January 23, 2017.  This state wide Pro Life event is sponsored by the Kansans for Life.  Both the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus are being asked to play a big role again this year.

The schedule for the day’s activities is as follows: Monday 9:30 AM Knights to arrive at Mater Dei Assumption Church basement (8th and Jackson) - donuts and coffee will be available.  Sir Knights to get dressed in full Regalia and receive instructions for the day.

10:30 AM Leave for Topeka Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 214 SE 8th Ave, Topeka

11:00 AM Mass at TPAC Sir Knights to form Honor Guard

12:30 AM March for Life - Knights to lead March from TPAC thru downtown to the South Steps of the Capitol. Knights, families, students will follow carrying banners and signs.

1:00 AM Pro Life Rally on the south steps of the Capitol. Sir Knights will provide the back drop for Pledge of Allegiance

Event is co-hosted by Christ the King Council #8411 and James W. Gibbons Assembly #0286

For more information please contact Knights of Columbus Coordinator Doug Martinek PSD, FDM at 785-633-5564

See the attached flyer for more details click here

Sign Up for Email Communications

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Kansas Knight of the Month

For the month of November
Joseph Vestering
Council #2296 - El Dorado
District 30

For the month of October
Dave Jones
Council #10932 - Overland Park - Ascension
District 10

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Tim McClaskey Family
Council #834 – Horton

Clarence Suppes Family
Council 862 - Great Bend

Ron Sullivan Family
Council 1149 - Paola

Dennis Todd Family
Council 2296 - El Dorado

Travis Rupert Family
Council 6761 - Haysville

Anthony Weber Family
Council 9510 - Colwich

Timothy Kempf Family
Council 11692 - Wichita-Resurrection

Gary Pratt Family
Council 12932 - Eudora

March for Life Around the World

While the March for Life was born in the United States as a response to Roe v. Wade it is by no means alone. Around the world numerous marches have sprouted up to defend the sanctity of human life. The Pro-Life movement is truly a global phenomenon. Click on the link below to be directed to the video.

2016-2017 Seminarians

Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2016-2017 school year. Read More


The Program and Membership Guide references the “Council Reports CD” in many places.The forms can be found on the Supreme website at

The form to include with scrapbooks is Form STSP - State Council Service Program Awards Entry Form.

Membership, Insurance, and Missing Forms Reports

How is your council progressing in its quest for the Star Council Award and Sunflower Award for Excellence? The three requirements for the Star Council Award are 1) make the membership goal, 2) make the insurance goal, 3) complete and submit three forms to the Supreme office. The Sunflower Award has some additional requirements above the Star Council Award. Click here to view the requirements and awards for your Council. Click on the links below to view the progress your council is making towards achieving these three goals. These reports will be updated each weekday, so check back often!

Membership and Insurance Report
Report Summary

The 2016-2017 Theme for Recruiting this year is “Fishers of Men”. Every Knight of Columbus is a Fisher of Men. You are encouraged to offer membership to any Catholic male age 18 or older. It’s simple, all you have to do is ask them. Below is our presentation video supporting the theme “Fishers of Men”

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.

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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