State Deputy Messages

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Excerpts from Bishop Libasci’s Letter:

Governor Chris Sununu extended the State Stay at Home Order. The diocese has been closely monitoring the data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Although there are positive signs the Coronavirus, also known as COVID19, has not spread to the level it could have if the stay-at-home order were not in place, the data shows that significant numbers of our fellow citizens continue to test positive and die from this virus. Our neighbors in Massachusetts also are experiencing a greater impact as the virus spreads much faster to our south.

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The Supreme Council has made an adjustment to Council Goals due to the restrictions imposed on most jurisdictions (this fraternal year only).

This Friday, an explanation of how councils McGivney Award goal (membership) have been reduced by 40% and their Founder’s Award goal (insurance) have been reduced by 50%. District Deputies will be briefed and on hand with the details of each individual council’s new goal numbers. But wait there is more!

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 The following special declaration and nomination procedures are authorized for the 2020 Virtual Convention.

A quick word on our 1st (hopefully last) Virtual State Convention. Supreme has contracted with FLS Connect for a maximum time of an hour and a half to hold voting for our elections, resolutions, and budget. This is a bare bones meeting. The expense charged to us is $500.00, plus 9 cents per minute, per attendee. Ninety minutes would cost us $1,800.00 paid out of our convention budget. Time is of the essence!

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NEW: Supreme Ongoing Exemplification of Charity, Unity & Fraternity - Online Ceremony

To accommodate the many candidates and prospects who were unable to participate last week, we will host additional online exemplifications every week for the near future. The procedure to follow is very simple.

  • Grand Knights or Financial Secretaries invite eligible candidates for admission and advancement to participate by clicking on this linkand forwarding the downloadable PDF invitation to them.
  • Instruct candidates to register for the exemplification of their choice by clicking on its associated link within the PDF. Tell them that their families are welcome, and encouraged, to observe. The next four scheduled ceremonies are: Grand Knights or Financial Secretaries invite eligible candidates for admission and advancement to participate by clicking on this linkand forwarding the downloadable PDF invitation to them.

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On behalf of the NH State Council I hope everyone found ways to celebrate this unique Easter season. As we proceed this week to the second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy), we need to persevere and continue to be the Knights we all profess to be. Social distancing does not mean shutting down. Many innovated members have found new ways to stay active, reach out to others, and conduct council business.

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UPDATE   The NH State Convention will be a Virtual Convention    UPDATE

As challenging as the COVID-19 events have unfolded over the past month, the virtual NH State Convention information continues to be a moving target as well. The Supreme Council has chosen FLS Connect as the application all State Councils will use for conventions. Saturday, May 02, 2020 at 9:00 am, as New Hampshire’s convention time, was submitted to Supreme. We are awaiting notification and confirmation.

Brother Knights,

The NH State Convention will be a Virtual Convention on Saturday, May 02, 2020!

The NH State Convention Committee met this past Friday, March 27th and we are moving forward with an online virtual convention. As soon as we have the details from Supreme regarding the process, we will send out2019 2020 State Emblem 200x200 additional information. State Convention Committee Chairman are reaching out to the councils that are on their respective committees for input, so respond back promptly with your delegates emails so the chairman can complete their reports. State Secretary Ray Lemay will need your delegate information for the Virtual Voting List so he can set up the voting protocols for the Convention. Again, more information as we move forward…

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As people continue to put their own spin on what “cancel all” and “strongly recommend” interprets to so they can justify the actions they are taking, let me just say this. DO NOT TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS. You do not want to be the one that causes another individual to incur something that could have been avoided!

Also, take note, we are not cancelling the NH State Convention! We are exploring viable options to host a Virtual State Convention in our scheduled first week-end in May 2020. The NH State Convention Committee is meeting Thursday evening, March 26th through a web-meeting to discuss an online state convention.

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Our Supreme Council is closely watching COVID-19 developments and has issued guidance to our Brother Knights in a recent message.

Our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:

  • Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.
  • Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.
  • Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.

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At the beginning of the fraternal year we were introduced to a new method for conducting church drives. The Supreme Council has provided numerous trainings, yet some councils have not taken advantage of this opportunity to reach out to potential members for your council with this new format.

Grand Knights will receive a link to this week’s training: DELTA CHURCH DRIVE TRAINING on MARCH 11th.

The multiple opportunities for council growth (church drives, prospect pages, online membership, and the new combined degree) are all designed for you to grow your council and support the needs of your church and community. Embrace the future, the future is now!

Vivat Jesus!!!

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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Greetings. Councils that have stepped up since last July to invite new members and to embrace the Delta Church Drive initiatives are creating council growth in their parishes. The results of 2019 incentives drives are post below.

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DELTA CHURCH DRIVE TRAINING – February 19, 2020

Send an email to Regional Growth Trainer Steve Cohen at steve [DOT] cohen [AT] kofc [DOT] org with the following: State, Full Name, Current Officer Position, Council Number, Membership Number. RGT Steve Cohen will send you the GoToMeeting information link to log onto the training.

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The Supreme Council Release is below. Please pray for the soul of Past Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant, his wife Ann, and their families. Rest in peace. State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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As we enter the Lenten season on Wednesday the 26th please take the time to ponder the plight of others less fortunate. Can you devote 40 days toward the welfare of others? There are options of participating in the “40 Days for Life” campaigns, “40 Cans for Lent” food donation programs, and many other devotional options such as the “Stations of the Cross”. It is said that if you start a new best practice and follow it over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually a best practice that will benefit the giver and much as the recipient(s). So instead of “giving up” something for Lent, please consider “doing something” for Lent, and you may find yourself rewarded in more ways that one. Fraternally.

Vivat Jesus!!!

JosephState Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

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As you all know, this year’s Granite Award Banquet will be held at the Holiday Inn, 172 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on March 28, 2020 starting with a social hour at 5:30 pm followed by a formal sit down plated dinner served by the hotel staff at 6:45 pm. Guests will have a choice among 3 main entrees:

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Stuffed Pork Loin
  • New England Baked Haddock

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The Winter Quarterly Meeting:
The quarterly is upon us on Sunday, January 26, 2020 with a 12:30 pm start time, at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 10 School St., Allenstown NH 03275. The Fr. Luis Routhier Council #4666 will be offering a luncheon at 11:30 am for $8.00 per person paid at the door. See the flyer in the Weekly Briefing.

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