State Deputy Messages

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My Brother Knights,

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day, let us remember the reasons and how we got here.  This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by 13 American colonies from under the rule of imperialist Britain.  This act set in motion events that eventually led to war between the British and the American colonialists which gave us our freedom. 

Interestingly, July 4th is not the date that it was signed, but the date that the final draft was approved.  The actual document which we are so familiar with written in fine calligraphy and signed by the delegates was signed on August 2, 1776.  These brave men, many who were leaders in their communities and others who were known to the British faced death for what they had done.  They strongly believed in what we have today.  

Let us, as we celebrate this Fourth of July holiday, take a moment to remember those fifty-six brave men, who signed a document that would lead to what has become our beloved United States of America.

God Bless America,

Happy Fourth of July to All,

Raymond A. Lemay Sr
State Deputy 

State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing June 28th   2020 2021 State Emblem

Worthy Members All.

As I enter into a new area of service to our Order and Church it is necessary to advise the membership of an ongoing investigation referred to the State Advocate on advice from our prior regional growth director.

Apparently, recruitment processes were previously utilized that are contrary to recognized standard proper Form 100 processing procedures normally practiced. The investigation has documented several forms were submitted without the knowledge of the Grand Knight, missing a current Financial Secretary signature, and creating concerns all the way to New Haven as to how contact was made with the applicants named on the membership forms.

As this process is still ongoing, I have accepted the incoming state deputy’s offer for the position of state membership director to see this through, so these practices will end. 

If our Order, if this State Council, if your Council is to weather the storm that is building of anti-Catholic, anti-Christian sentiment that seems to be building then we need to keep on our toes and play by the rules.

But when playing by the rules is circumvented, it negatively affects the perception of what we are all about. Even to the point of discouraging members from our ranks.

We cannot let eagerness to meet expectations to overshadow our commitment of diligent service.  In the area of Membership there have arisen numerous areas where the [ t ]’s were not crossed, and the [ i ]’s were not dotted, leaving a gap in the accuracy of the recruitment process.

It is incumbent upon all of us not to just seek to fill artificial quotas, but to qualify each person seeking to join or re-join our band of brothers. 

Each council Grand Knight and Financial Secretary are the sole gatekeepers for your council rosters. Irregularities in recruitment occur when this authority is not followed or is passed on to others. Their responsibility includes “knowing” the new and changing policies affecting their rosters; especially new online recruitment opportunities that continue to present themselves.

The Proposer needs to do his job and approach Catholic men who are willing to serve, and to follow through shepherding the candidate through the degrees. 

The Admissions Committee needs to do its job and interview, to explain our Order, and to “vet” them for the council vote to accept them into the council. 

The Financial Secretary need to do his job of orientating a prospect, utilizing the exemplification processes available to get them to the 3rd degree, and process the Form 100. 

I know that, with your support, this coming year will be a banner year for New Hampshire, the dust of the pandemic will be cleared off, our Councils will be reinvigorated and our work of supporting the Church will proceed. I look forward to working with your councils and promoting new opportunities that will become available this coming year. Some are game changers.

I thank my state officer team that supported me the last two years, my District Deputies, State Directors, and Chairman, and the Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, and all council members that persevered and found ways to get things done under unprecedented challenges. Thank you all!

I thank my wife Sue and all member wives, without their support, we have nothing. So, on behalf of Sue and I, we thank you for opportunity to lead New Hampshire Jurisdiction. God Bless you all.

Fraternally,

Joseph J Kowalik III

Outgoing State Deputy

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Email Updates:

Effective immediately, my email address is changing to jjkowalik3 [AT] gmail [DOT] com so as to respond to your fraternal requests more efficiently. Please update your records accordingly. Emails sent to my comcast address will be forwarded to the new address for now.

State Council Directory Book Submissions for Fraternal Year 02021-2022:

Every council needs to make their annual update submission on the State Council website for your council’s contact information for the new State Directory Book.

Remember the end of year submissions; Form 185, Form 365, and SP-7 need to go to Supreme, and to both State Deputy-Elect Ray Lemay at RayLemay [AT] comcast [DOT] net and Executive Secretary Ed McCann at emccann777 [AT] comcast [DOT] net moving forward.

Vivat Jesus!

Joseph

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing May31st        

 

Brother Knights,

MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 31, 2021

This Memorial Day, as parades and memorial gatherings that honor our fallen veterans resume in a limited fashion across the state, all brother knights should take time to unite to recognize and value our military services. It was with unwavering love for our country that those who chose to serve and protect our freedoms made their personal sacrifices. In your remembrance today, think those that have served and are currently servicing to protect our country.

McGivney Canonization Rosary (replaces McGivney Beatification Rosary)

Join us for a webinar on Jun 03, 2021, at 7:00 PM EDT.

Register here now!

The NH State Council’s McGivney Canonization Rosary Program asks councils and individual members to host canonization rosaries to honor Blessed Michael McGivney. The success of our goal with the McGivney Beatification Rosary, to pray over 2,020 rosaries by Founder's Day, has inspired us to continue forward for the cause toward Sainthood with the McGivney Canonization Rosary. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and link to join the webinar.

 

122nd State Convention Updates

 

Due to a delay from the breakfast before the Saturday Morning Session of the Convention, I cut out most of the State Deputies Annual Report. Use this link State Deputy Annual Report

to see the full report of “firsts”, as we navigated through the 12 months since our “Virtual Convention” last April 2020.

Closing remarks from the State Deputy Annual Report.

     Under trying times, we found ways to stay active with all the changes from Supreme and world changing events. I feel the strength and character of our Councils in New Hampshire can continue to find ways to be successful today, and in the future. I would like to personally express my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those dealing with COVID-19 related issues. It is in time of crisis like this that the Order’s watch words of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity are exemplified by my Brother Knights.

     Along with our Supreme Council, your NH State Council is closely watching COVID-19 developments. Supreme issued an order wide resolution, authorizing councils to utilize virtual meetings to conduct council business and election of officers. We have new guidelines under the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program to safely stay active under current restrictions. Councils are being creative, making changes, trying new things. The multiple opportunities for council growth (church drives, prospect pages, online membership, and the new online combined degree) are all designed to grow your council and support the needs of your church and community. Embrace the future, the future is now!

     I want to thank all my State Officers, District Deputies, State Directors, State Chairman, Grand Knights, and you the Brothers that make being a Knight of Columbus, and your State Deputy, a pleasure to serve. A special thanks to our wives, Peggy, Janice, Anita, Darlene, Jolene, Vicki, Sandy, & Mary McCarthy. A special prayer for Anna Mele. Without these ladies backing and support none of us would be here. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. And so many more, my sincere thanks.

     I want to thank my wife Sue, who has supported this journey through thick and thin. She has taken on the mantle of leadership as well. Adjusting to changes with every twist and turn, hosting the Hospitality Room for this convention. Without her, I certainly would not be here. Sue, I love you & I thank you.

In closing, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stated at the State Deputies Mid-Year Meeting in December, “Not to make the Knights of Columbus great again, but to keep the Knights of Columbus great, now and into the future.”

Vivat Jesus!
Joseph
State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing May 24th        

 

Brother Knights,

Due to a delay from the breakfast before the Saturday Morning Session of the Convention, I cut out most of the State Deputies Annual Report. Use this link to see the full report of “firsts”, as we navigated through the 12 months since our “Virtual Convention” last April 2020.

State Deputy Annual Report

These are my closing remarks from the State Deputy Annual Report.

     Under trying times, we found ways to stay active with all the changes from Supreme and world changing events. I feel the strength and character of our Councils in New Hampshire can continue to find ways to be successful today, and in the future. I would like to personally express my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those dealing with COVID-19 related issues. It is in time of crisis like this that the Order’s watch words of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity are exemplified by my Brother Knights.

     Along with our Supreme Council, your NH State Council is closely watching COVID-19 developments. Supreme issued an order wide resolution, authorizing councils to utilize virtual meetings to conduct council business and election of officers. We have new guidelines under the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program to safely stay active under current restrictions. Councils are being creative, making changes, trying new things. The multiple opportunities for council growth (church drives, prospect pages, online membership, and the new online combined degree) are all designed to grow your council and support the needs of your church and community. Embrace the future, the future is now!

     I want to thank all my State Officers, District Deputies, State Directors, State Chairman, Grand Knights, and you the Brothers that make being a Knight of Columbus, and your State Deputy, a pleasure to serve. A special thanks to our wives, Peggy, Janice, Anita, Darlene, Jolene, Vicki, Sandy, & Mary McCarthy. A special prayer for Anna Mele. Without these ladies backing and support none of us would be here. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. And so many more, my sincere thanks.

     I want to thank my wife Sue, who has supported this journey through thick and thin. She has taken on the mantle of leadership as well. Adjusting to changes with every twist and turn, hosting the Hospitality Room for this convention. Without her, I certainly would not be here. Sue, I love you & I thank you.

     In closing, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stated at the State Deputies Mid-Year Meeting in December, “Not to make the Knights of Columbus great again, but to keep the Knights of Columbus great, now and into the future.”

Vivat Jesus!!!
Fraternally,
Joseph J Kowalik III
KofC® NHSC State Deputy

McGivney Canonization Rosary (replaces McGivney Beatification Rosary)

Join us for a webinar on Jun 03, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT.

Register here now!

The NH State Council’s McGivney Canonization Rosary Program asks councils and individual members to host canonization rosaries to honor Blessed Michael McGivney. The success of our goal with the McGivney Beatification Rosary, to pray over 2,020 rosaries by Founder's Day, has inspired us to continue forward for the cause toward Sainthood. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Supreme Council - KnightCast Episode 4 May 27th @ 8:00 pm

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KnightCast is a video series that shares timely, compelling information to promote personal development and faith formation. KnightCast Episode 4 premieres Thursday, May 27.

If you are not already signed up to access KnightCast, complete the one-time registration and you will receive each episode in your inbox as it airs. REGISTER HERE NOW!

The next episode of KnightCast will air live on Thurs., May 27, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. This episode will explore how to strengthen marriages by embracing God’s plan, examine the history of Native American Catholicism and the Order’s work with Native American communities, and look at the hope and healing of the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage.

Vivat Jesus!
Joseph
State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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NH State Convention May 21-23, 2021 North Conway NH

Reminder: The Commemorative Mass at 10:30 am, Saturday, May 22nd, is held at:

Our Lady of the Mountains Church
2905 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860

This is one and a half miles north of this hotel. (car-pooling is suggested).

It should also be noted that ONLY the side entry to the church will be open.
This entry is our handicap entry and can be driven up to for drop off of mass attendees.

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2021-2022 Council Officer Elections & Reporting

A reminder, the NHSC recommended council elections to be held at their May council meetings to promote timely submission of reports to the State Council and Supreme.

Immediately after council elections the Report of Officers Chosen for the Term (#185) and Service Program Personnel Report (#365) should be submitted via the Member Management portal of Officers Online. This method immediately updates the Supreme Council system at the start of the new fraternal year with the name and contact information for all officers and directors of your council. Watch this short video tutorial to walk you through the easy process.

This information is also needed in providing the annual State Directory Book information. Every year the database must be wiped clean. So it is imperative that you annually submit the Council Grand Knight, Financial Secretary, Chaplain, and Council Delegates contact information for inclusion in the new Directory Book. It is also a time you can update any changes to your parish information and meeting dates and times. The June 15th Deadline is critical to have the new directory available to your councils by the July quarterly meeting.

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State Council Places Free Online Membership Ad in the May/June Parable Magazine

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Brothers,

Our display ad has appeared in this edition of Parable.  Take advantage and get your flyers into this weeks' bulletins and run a simple membership drive by alerting your Usher / Greeters to push for new members.  Don't let this opportunity slip by.  Have your pastor refer to the display ad as an opener to ask for new members.  Brother Ron Keys State Membership Director

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Worthy Grand Knights,

JoeJordanThe Spring Virtual Fraternal Benefits Night will be held on Monday evening, May 3rd, at 7:00 EST with Guest Speaker Joseph Jordan.

Join us  for  an  informative  online  presentation  by  inspirational  speaker  and behavioral finance expert Joe Jordan. Joe will discuss “Stress-Free Retirement Planning,” including how to plan for your financial future and a secure retirement. Joe believes in the mission of the Knights to protect families by providing economic security and stability. Only by helping others can we truly “Live a Significant Life.”

Register Now for the Fraternal Benefits Night Ctrl ClickHere

Attached is the Fraternal Benefit seminar flyer. Grand Knights should be posting flyers and promoting attendance to prospective parishioners and council members. Fraternal Benefit Night Flyer  

State Convention – Room Update  April 26, 2021

4 Convention Room Reservations left @ the Fox Ridge Resort (Deadline April 30, 2021)

The phone for Fox Ridge Resort reservations is: Call 603 356-3151 and reference the Knights of Columbus. Convention Questions: email SD Joseph Kowalik jjkowalik3 [AT] comcast [DOT] net

Vivat Jesus!

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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State Convention – Room Update  April 19, 2021

Only 10 Convention Rooms left @ the Fox Ridge Resort (Deadline April 21, 2021)

The phone for Fox Ridge Resort reservations is: Call 603 356-3151 and reference the Knights of Columbus. Questions: email SD Joseph Kowalik jjkowalik3 [AT] comcast [DOT] net

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Passing of Anna F. Mele on Friday, April 09, 2021

Anna Mele left us Friday. She was by PSD Ed Mele’s side for any KofC event or function in the state. Anna will be greatly missed by the New Hampshire State, Council and Assembly members, and their spouses. Here is the Peabody Funeral Home link for the full obituary and services on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. https://www.peabodyfuneralhome.com/#prettyPhoto

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Reminder: McGivney2020 Rosary Program Will Continue! April 08, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

The NH State Council McGivney 2020 Rosary Program Webinar for Blessed Michael McGivney will continue. The success of our goal to pray 2,020 rosaries by Founder's Day, March 29, 2021 has inspired us to continue this program for Blessed Michael McGivney. We are still accepting rosary submissions toward his cause for sainthood. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register Here!

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UPDATE: New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan Summary

On All New Hampshire residents ages 16 and older who want a vaccine will be eligible to register this week. Age group eligibility will open up on different days of the week. Schedule:

Monday, March 29: ages 40-49

Wednesday, March 31: ages 30-39

Friday, April 2: ages 16 and older

Check your eligibility in the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Phases at: https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/ Continue to check nh.gov/covid19 for updates and call 2-1-1 with questions.

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UPDATE: New Hampshire COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan Summary

On March 22, 2021, Phase 2B eligible individuals (50-64 years of age) will be able to schedule vaccinations. If you are Phase 2B eligible, visit nh.gov/covid19 on or after March 22, 2021 to schedule your vaccination.

Check your eligibility in the NH COVID-19 Vaccine Phases at: https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/

Continue to check nh.gov/covid19 for updates and call 2-1-1 with questions.

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Supreme Council Update:  Revised Criteria for Council Awards

The Supreme Council notes it is important to recognize councils that made significant process toward earning council awards during this time of pandemic restrictions. Accordingly, the following criteria revisions for FY2020-2021 (only) are instituted to make council awards more achievable.

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Congratulations Supreme Council Winners Announced - NEW YEAR – NEW KNIGHT

Top Recruiter – Kevin Hastings, Littleton Council #1835 - $100 USD Visa Gift Card

Between January 1 and February 28, 2021, the top recruiter in each jurisdiction in the United States and Canada will earn a $100 USD Visa Gift Card from the Supreme Council. The recruiter must bring in the most Knights during the first two months of 2021 and should be listed as proposer on a Form 100 for council membership OR listed as proposer on an online membership application.

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