State Deputy Message – Weekly Briefing May 10th

Worthy Grand Knights,   2020 2021 State Emblem

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.

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



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

NOTE: Placed by the State Council, to assist with Spring recruitment activities in your council, this ad shows prominently on the top of Page 11 in this month’s Parable. There is still time to achieve your McGivney Award for membership. SMD Ron Keys is available to any council that needs assistance or would like membership flyers for your parish.

See you and your mask at Convention!   

Vivat Jesus.

State Deputy Joseph J Kowalik III

Degree Advancement Opportunity2020 2021 State Emblem

Date:  Friday June 4, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM

The NH State Council’s Degree Team will be holding a virtual degree for the exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity on Friday, June 4th.  Grand Knights are requested to invite their new candidates and their family to participate in the upcoming exemplification.

The on-line exemplification offers the councils the perfect opportunity to advance all their members to full Knighthood.  The Grand Knights are requested to identify the members of their council who have not achieved full Knighthood and invite them to attend the State Council’s On-line Exemplification.

The council are to use the regular process for vetting new candidates.  The council’s Financial Secretary are to register new candidates, and candidates advancing to full Knighthood to assure the candidates making the degree are known by the councils.

Deadline for registrations is Saturday, May 29th

The link where the FS can register the candidates is:

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to make our Order stronger and more resilient; to encourage Council to evangelize by expanding membership; to less the work load on our workhorses (also know as Grand Knights), supreme has development yet more mandates with which we must comply.

Email addresses mandatory for all members holding safe environment roles  (grand knight, program, family and community directors, and all squires counselors)

  • Email addresses will be mandatory for every member to retain access to, and be counted towards, a council’s safe environment compliance for Fraternal Year End 2020-21
  • Please have your district deputies and grand knights check the Safe Environment Member Status Report in Officers Online and reach out to any members who don’t have an email listed and assist them in adding a valid email address, unique, and personal to him, to his membership profile with the Knights of Columbus
    • PLEASE NOTE: generic emails e.g., gkcouncil1 [AT] gmail [DOT] com will no longer work. Personal emails are required as user ids to ensure that members retain full credit for completing their training and background checks

Grand knights barred from holding all 4 roles  

  • Councils in which a grand knight also holds the program, community, and family director roles will NOT be considered compliant with the Knights of Columbus safe environment program
  • This practice has never met the standard of having at least 2 fully compliant members at all events where youth or other vulnerable persons may be present
  • This standard is in effect for the current 2020-21 Fraternal Year

Grand knights of councils who fall into this category must appoint AT LEAST one more member into either the program, community, or family director role immediately in order for their council to become compliant. 

These changes should make it easier for all Councils to meet the requirements and undertake one of the key reasons for our existence, to help train the next generation of Knights.

Jordan Ulery
NH State Council, Knights of Columbus

State Advocate

Evangelize our Faith, Share our Order

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.

(1) Columbian Award (Programs) 

  • Conduct at least 10 program activities (reduced from 16)
  • At least 2 activities in each category of Faith, Family, Community, and Life
  • At least 2 additional activities in any categories  

(2) McGivney Award (Membership) 

  • Achieve Revised Membership Goal (20% reduction from original quota)  

(3) Founders Award (Insurance)  

  • Host two virtual or in person benefits seminars with the field agent before June 30
  • Benefit seminars hosted between March 1 and June 30 will get double credit.

(4) Star Council Award

  • No change to all other Star Council requirements (reports, safe environment, etc.)

An email about these changes will be sent to council leaders next week after updates are made to the Supreme website. The changes will also be mentioned in the next Fraternal Leader Advisory.

Dear Friends,

Roe v. Wade, the movie, opened in theaters earlier this month. Several Catholic dioceses around the country are providing parishioners with opportunities to see Roe v. Wade, or visit to see the film.


With some of artistic liberties of the movie industry, the film provides insight into the cultural circumstances that resulted in the Court decision that led to more than 62 million American children killed by abortion over the past 48 years.

The release of Roe v. Wade provides an opportunity to remember and reflect upon a seminal event that launched our long struggle for the lives of the unborn.

With great gratitude for your support for Life,

Human Life Action
National Committee for a Human Life Amendment

Red Jacket Resort122nd New Hampshire State Convention
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
North Conway, NH
May 21 - May 23, 2021

The Knights of Columbus, and those of us in the New Hampshire Jurisdiction have made every effort to provide some sense of normalcy without sacrificing individual safety. We have continued to plan for activities and events within the current restrictions, in hopes of improving conditions. When needed we have not hesitated to pull the plug, as was the case with the Granite Award Banquet scheduled two week-ends ago. This have been a time of ongoing adjustments circumventing the issues affecting everyone since COVID-19. Everyone has their personal comfort level, and we respect each and everyone’s personal decisions.

State Convention Update - April 14, 2021

As the State Convention draws near, for the next six weeks we will update members on convention information as it becomes available. Hope to see your delegates attending.

CORRECTION: From the State Convention Update on April 08, 2021

The correct phone for Fox Ridge Resort reservations is: Call 1 603 356-3151 and reference the Knights of Columbus. 

Questions: email SD Joseph Kowalik jjkowalik3 [AT] comcast [DOT] net

NOTE: 10 of 30 Fox Ridge Resort room reservations taken through April 11th. 

Announcement: New Hampshire State Convention Souvenirs have arrived.

The ongoing celebration of the Beatification of Father Michael J. McGivney continues with this year’s convention souvenir dedicated to Blessed Father McGivney. One side has the state pin honoring Father McGivney, the other side commemorates the beatification date. 

Order this year’s souvenirs on the top of the Convention Ticket Order Form with your meal selections.     

CommemorativeMug Front     CommemorativeMug Back
Two tone 15 oz Commemorative Mug

Reminder to order your meal plans before May 01, 2021.

The State Convention tickets order forms go to Executive Secretary Edward McCann at 56 Brookside Drive, Merrimack NH 03054 or via email attachment to emccann777 [AT] comcast [DOT] net 

State Convention Commercial Advertisements for the State Convention Program Book

The leaders on commercial ads that are earning rebates for their councils through April 11th:

  • 3 Ads Council 4961 Hooksett two ½ page ads, one ¼ page ad
  • 1 Ad   Council 7572 Windham one full page ad

Link to Convention Documents and Information

When: Saturday June 12th, 2021Cathedral

Where: New Hampshire’s Historic Cathedral, Cathedral of St. Joseph

145 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH 03104




SK, Joel Plante, FDM







Register with Secretary  to the District Master,  Ed McCann by June 5, 2021

Register NOW  for this IN PERSON Degree

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TO:  All Worthy Financial Secretaries

INFO:  All Worthy Grand Knights

A reminder to send your Penny-A-Knight-A-Day (PKD) funds collected from your Council members for vocations to the NH State Secretary in advance of the May 21-23 Convention so your funds can be counted in the check presented to the Bishop at the end of the opening Mass on Friday, May 21.

Your Council's PKD check must be made payable to the “NH State Council”, annotating in the “Memo” line “PKD Vocations Fund.”

Mail the check to Ray Lemay, NH State Council Secretary, 36 Brock Street, Manchester, NH 03102.

Thank you in advance! Fraternally,

Dave Wilson

NH State Council PKD Chairman


Camp Fatima Boy's Camp, run by the Diocese of Manchester, is located in Gilmanton Iron Works.  It has approximately 40 cabins on the property with a large dining hall, recreation hall, basketball courts, baseball fields, shooting range, horse stalls, chapel, and a beach on upper Suncook Lake.

On Saturday, May 15th, 2021 the knights recruit people to help make repairs and clean up cabins an grounds.  This is all volunteer work only.  Those who work are invited to come to Camporee on Labor Day weekend.  They receive first choice of cabins.  All knights and family are invited.  Those who work on Workday also receive reduced rate on cabin rental.  Please make plans to come and have some fun.

At Camporee, we offer many games and fun things to do.  There is fishing, swimming, boating (your own boat), etc. We provide a breakfast on Sunday morning for little cost.  Corn, watermelon, hot dogs, and ice cream social are free.  We have a penny sale and bingo.  On Sunday evening, Fr. Aggie comes to say Mass.  All proceeds from Camporee go back to Camp Fatima to buy supplies for repairs for the following year.

On another note, the Diocese also runs Camp Bernadette in Wolfeboro, the sister camp to Fatima.  Years ago, the knights helped at both camps, but we have not had enough man-power for both lately.

The new director, Bud Ryer, has stated that any knight who volunteers for Workday and would like to send a child or grandchild to camps would receive a 10% discount, if they know two weeks in advance.

Our main focus, at this time, is Camp Fatima.  Some of the knights who have helped in the past have been doing so for over 30 years.  We are getting older; so, we need new younger people to step up to keep this project going.  We need everyone's help.

Remember May 15th 2021 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Thank you in advance,

Ron Metevier, State Camp Director
Phone: 6-3-895-2889
Email: metevi [AT] myfairpoint [DOT] net

Please let me know if you are coming to Workday, so lunch can be planned ASAP.

Yes, the camps will be open this year. We will conduct the annual Workday at Camp Fatima this year with some restrictions. Please bring a mask. Please note Workday will be May 15th from 8:00am-400:pm, this is a week earlier than usual because of the change in dates for the Convention. We need everyone's help! Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, woodsman, inside cleaners and grounds cleaners.

The camp director will provide a lunch for all. We need a count pf people coming, so please let me know ASAP if you will be attending.

As always, if you participate on workday you can reserve a cabin for the Camporee, Also, any Knight attending Workday can receive a 10% discount to send a child/grandchild to the camps.  

Please bring proof of vehicle insurance with you. This is needed to be on camp property.

For more information please call 895-2889 or e-mail metevi [AT] myfairpoint [DOT] net
Ron Metevier, State Camp Director

Worthy Council Raffle Ticket Chairmen,

I thank you and your Councils for your support of and hard work for the 2020 Charity Raffle under difficult circumstances. I greatly appreciate the innovativeness of some Councils in their sale of Raffle Tickets. 2021 looks to be another challenging year. I will have Raffle Tickets by the end of this week (2/6) for distribution to Councils. Feel free to e-mail me at kskomisarek [AT] comcast [DOT] net or call me at (603) 625-2134 to arrange pick-up, either at my work-at-home residence (1305 Hall Street, Manchester, NH) or somewhere between there and your Council location. The 2021 State Charity Raffle Funds Distribution Form will also be available by the end of this week.

Vivat Jesus!

Ken Komisarek, PGK, FDD, NH State Raffle Chairman

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