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State Deputy Patrick Winchester's Message
February 2016

Our District Meetings are now complete and all Grand Knights should be focused on the remaining five months of fraternal activity.  Only three months remain until we meet in Wichita for our State Convention and the only two more months after that until the end of our fraternal year. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer some reminders.  First, the Supreme Council has renewed the $4.50 per billable member credit for those Councils that achieve the coveted Star Council Award.  Remember that, in addition to reaching your membership and insurance goals, you must also complete and submit, prior to June 30, 2016, Form 365 Service Program and Personnel Report Form, Form 1728 Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity, and Form SP-7 Columbian Awards Form.

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115th Annual State Convention

The 115th Annual State Convention is being hosted by Derby Council #4458 in Wichita. Please visit for more information.

2016 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.

72nd Annual State 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.

2016 State Bowling Tournament - Royal Crest Lanes Lawrence, Kansas
                Feb. 20-21, Feb. 27-28, Mar. 5-6

The 72nd Annual State Bowling Tournament, hosted by Councils in District 18, will be held at Royal Crest Lanes, Lawrence, KS on February 20th & 21st, February 27th & 28th and March 5th and 6th, 2016 Entry forms will be mailed to all current Grand Knights and Team Captains from last year’s tournament.

Requirements to host the 2017 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 2017 Tournament MUST MAKE their request in writing, to Michael Grothoff, Council Activities Director before January 19, 2016.

Click here for the bowling tournament website information.

Click here for 2016 Kansas State Council Bowling Letter.
Click here for 2016 Kansas State Council Registration Forms.
Click here for information concerning masses and rooms.

2015-2016 Seminarians

Names and Addresses of Kansas Seminarians assisted by our Adopt-A-Seminarian Program during the 2015-2016 school year. Read More

Sign Up for Email Communications

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Kansas Knight of the Month

For the Month of December
Zach Foster
Council #7441 – Oswego-Chetopa
District 17

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Family of the Month information was not available from the Supreme Office at this time.
Winners for the last two months will be listed when received.

2016 Rally For Religious Freedom

Archbishop Joseph Naumann and Michael Schuttloffel, the Executive Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference, have both asked for our help. Kansas House Bill 2323 was introduced this legislative session ( This bill would make “LGBT Citizens” a protected class, and, if passed, would pave the way for discrimination lawsuits against faith based businesses who choose to decline LGBT customers on religious grounds. The Archbishop invites all Knights to participate in a rally under the Dome in the Topeka Statehouse on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, between 12 noon and 1 pm.

All of the Bishops of Kansas are asking all Catholics and peoples of all faiths to come together in Topeka on February 17 at the State Capitol and show our solidarity at the Religious Freedom Rally. A flyer is available by clicking here. Please make copies of this information for you parish, council and anyone else who is interested.

2016 State Sporting Clays Tournament

The 2016 Sporting Clays Tournament is scheduled for April 23, 2016 at the Shady Creek Sporting Clays center in Belle Plaines, Kansas. The host council 12049 - Wichita St. Jude, invites all Brother Knights to join them for great fun and fellowship. All the proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the food pantry at St. Jude’s. There is more information including start times, prices, prizes and registration in the attachment. If you have questions please contact, Brain Fisher at (316) 519-4554.

Click here for registration information and form.

2015 Supreme Featured Program Summary

The Knights of Columbus Featured Programs initiative runs in conjunction with the Surge. . .With Service Program and its six specific program areas — Church, Community, Council, Culture of Life, Family and Youth. Meeting requirements for a featured program listed for one Surge program area fills all four activity requirements for that area. More information on each featured program may be found on the Order’s website or in the Surge. . .With Service guide.

Click here for a summary of the requirements for each featured program.

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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