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State Deputy Vincent Melvin III's Message
December 2016

State Membership Director John Schulz has repeatedly told me that “we are not where we want to be for Membership.”  Our Supreme Programming and Membership Consultant, Levi Leyba, has mentioned that we are going to really have to “pick it up” if our Councils are going to reach their Membership Goals this year.  I have assured both John and Levi that our “team,” the Knights of Columbus in Kansas, is a “second half team.”  Men, it is now time to set up for success and get things lined up for the second half!  Let’s be “Fishers of Men.”

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In the Beginning….........

Week 36 Immaculate Conception = Chris is absorbing about a gallon of amniotic fluid per day. Chris is now receiving valuable antibodies from mom to fight off infections. Fat is deposited in Chris’ cheeks this week and the muscles that help Chris suck are helping to fill Chris’ little face. Chris is about 6 pounds and over 20 inches in length. “I’m a little plump but I’m ready for my first picture.” Mom is probably seeing the doctor every week and should take a Group B Strep test.

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7

A Light to the Nations

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

2017 Bowling Tournament

Click here for the 2017 Bowling Tournament 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 October
Dave Jones
Council #10932 - Overland Park - Ascension
District 10

For the month of September
J.T. Horacek
Council #1539 - Spearville
District 50

Supreme Council Families of the Month

Charles and Beth Smith Family
Council #883 – Pittsburg

Steve and Peggy Hilger Family
Council #2217 - Andale

Bill and Lillian Francisco Family
Council #10321 – Effingham

Pat and Alicia Keegan Family
Council #13087 – Baileyville

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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