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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
March 2015

March is Founder’s month, and March 29, in particular, is Founder’s Day.  Don’t forget that our founder, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGiveney, wanted our Order to be a society of Catholic men, established in every Parish, that would support the Priests, but also provide a financial safety net for Catholic men and their families.  For 133 years, the Knights of Columbus have been doing just that.  Let prospective members, especially young family men, know what the Order can provide for them. If they joined the Order because of the fraternal benefits, encourage them to join in the works of the order in support of the Church.  If they joined the Knights of Columbus to participate in the works of the Order, let them know about the fraternal benefits that membership avails them, including the Orders solid insurance and financial programs. Everyone joins for a reason. We simply have to let our members and prospective members know what we have to offer!

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In the Beginning…......... a series of messages describing the fetal development of “Chris.” Traditionally, Christ was conceived on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Chris” in the womb from March 25th through December 25th. Each week beginning March 15th we will highlight the development of the child in the womb and the changes the mother is facing. We will also include an appropriate biblical passage.

Rescheduled - 2015 State Free Throw Contest

The State Free Throw contest has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 8 at Scared Heart High School, 234 E. Cloud St., Salina, KS.  Doors open at 12 noon and shooting will begin at 1pm.

Please contact Youth Activity Director Thomas Halbleib or Program Director Todd Bachamp with questions.

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, 2015. 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

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Kansas Knight of the Month

Anthony E. Hernreck
Council #1901 - Greely
District 13

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Ben & Stephanie Schmitz Family
Council #534 - Topeka

Ronald & Shawnee Branek Family
Council #1510 - Norton

Curtis & Mary Kay Weber Family
Council #2133 - Ellis

Mike & Gloria Meerpohl Family
Council #4219 - Holton

Scott & Monica Greenwood Family
Council #7769 - Osage City

David & Karen Wallsmith Family
Council #900 - Leavenworth

Brian & Teresa Still Family
Council #1832 - Manhattan

Joe & Vicky Schmidt Family
Council #3033 - Atwood

Brad & Kim Griffith Family
Council #7279 - Hutchinson

Zachard & Kerrie King
Council #9535 - Mayetta

Postponed Fourth Degree Exemplification

4th Degree Exemplification scheduled for March 7, 2015 at Iola has been postponed. New date will be determined later.

114th Annual State Convention

The 114th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Mother Teresa Council #534 in Topeka. Please visit for more information.

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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