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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
August 2014

We are already one full month into the 2014-2015 Fraternal Year! The State Officers, Directors and Chairmen have developed programs and plans to insure the success of the Order in Kansas. The District Deputies have been installed and have had their weekend of training. The Grand Knights and important Council Officers, Directors and Chairmen have all attended the Regional District Meetings. Directories, Programming and Membership Guides, forms, charts, pamphlets and information have all been distributed and shared. Now, it is time to put all this to work to achieve the sort of success that I know that each and every Council in Kansas is capable of!

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15th Annual State Golf Tournament

The results of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Kansas State Golf Tournament hosted by Topeka-St. Matthews Council #13012 at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course July 26 through July 27, 2014 are in.

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The Truth About the Kansas Religious Freedom Bill

Read the truth about HB 2453 - Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed important legislation preserving the right of religious institutions to operate their ministries, and religious individuals to run their private businesses, in accordance with their religious beliefs on marriage.  This is needed because of the very strong possibility that Kansas’ marriage amendment will be struck down in federal court, leaving an uncertain legal landscape.

Opponents of the bill have badly distorted the purpose of the bill, to the point that much of Kansas, and even the nation, believes that it would legalize discrimination against people just because of their sexual orientation.  That is simply false.

Please take a moment to read the facts about HB 2453.

National groups that support same-sex marriage and oppose religious freedom see this as a golden opportunity to not only achieve a “win” in the heartland, but to discredit the very concept of religious freedom by making it synonymous with bigotry.

Legislators who voted for the bill are being bombarded by emails, calls, and social media in opposition to the bill.  They are being called bigots, hatemongers, and every other slur under the sun for voting for a bill that does none of the things it has been accused of.

If your state representative voted yes on HB 2453, please follow the link below and thank him or her.  It is time for people of faith who support religious freedom to make their voices heard.

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Kansas Knight of the Month

Terrance L. Boehm
Council # 6761 - Haysville

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Harold & Ruby Heinen Family
Council # 834 - Horton

Keith & Kathy Helliker Family
Council # 1149 - Paola

Michael & Shannon Leitch Family
Council # 4024 - Charleston

Gunter & Mary Jo Hansen Family
Council # 7485 - Andover

Dan & Linda Ladd Family
Council # 10834 - Lansing

All of the councils that submit the name of a Brother Knight for Knight of the Month for all three months of a quarter are entered into a drawing for a crucifix. The quarterly council winner is Council #3033 - Atwood

2014 Silver Rose Program

In the 1990s, the Knights of Columbus made the Silver Rose an official program. In 2001, One Life, One Rose was added to the name of the program, recognizing Mary’s role in fighting the culture of death. Three roses followed three routes that year from Canada through the United States to arrive at the Basilica in Monterrey on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This year the Knights of Columbus are “running” five Silver Roses across Canada and the United States. The five roses will come together in Texas to travel over the International Bridge on December 12 to be handed over to the Knights from Monterrey.

The Kansas Knights of Columbus will receive the Silver Rose on September 21 from Nebraska and hand it over to Oklahoma on October 12.

Click here to see route map for the 2014 run across Kansas.

Mon 9-22   Goodland     Thur 10-2     Salina
Tues 9-23 Oakley         Fri 10-3       Manhattan
Wed 9-24   WaKeeney     Sat 10-4     Topeka
Thur 9-25   Hays           Sun 10-5     Topeka
Fri 9-26     Russell         Mon 10-6   Lawrence
Sat 9-27   Great Bend     Tues 10-7   Kansas City
Sun 9-28   Pratt             Thur 10-9     Ottawa
Mon 9-29   Wichita         Fri 10-10     Chanute
Tues 9-30   Hutchinson     Sat 10-11   Parsons
Wed 10-1   McPherson     Sun 10-12   Coffeyville

A Mother’s Heart

Jane Roe’s Pro-Life Commercial


Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2013-2014 school year. Read More

Did You Know?

The Knights of Columbus does many wonderful things everyday. As members we can be proud of our record of service, support for our priests and the work we do in our parishes and community. The “Did You Know” series is intended to keep the good works done by the Order first and foremost in your minds. Remind your councils of these successes at their business meetings and use them when recruiting new members.

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# 3 January 2012
# 2 July 2011
# 1 July 2011

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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