District Master

Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers,

As we close a very busy month of November, we enter into the month of December that will be just as busy if not busier for all. Thank you for all your support this past month especially as you remembered our Veterans in ceremonies across the State. And thank you again for all your Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans.

We hear many stories of KofC support for the hurricane victims, not only our KofC Brothers and their families, but our Church properties as well. Thank you to all for your time, efforts and donations in support of our Catholic Communities and families in need.

With the approach of Advent and the Christmas Season, please take a look at the November Knightline, issue number 10, page 6. There is a special challenge and message from our Supreme Chaplain entitled, “What would you do if Jesus came?

The next scheduled Fourth Degree Exemplification will be hosted by Fr. Francis Connolly Assembly No. 3253 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Greensboro, NC on February 16, 2019. This is a very centralized location in the State, with plenty of room for a large class. Now is the time to start recruiting for this class. The Dress Code Form and a copy of a form 4 as well as an Exemplification Information List are posted on the State Website at https://kofcnc.org/4th-degree/4th-degree-exemplification/.

There are goals required for the NC District for both membership and new Assemblies for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year. We need your help to attain these goals. Please continue to offer membership in the Fourth Degree to our Third Degree Brothers as all goals are doable and reachable! All you have to do is ask a Brother Knight.

We still need your help in hosting a Fourth Degree Exemplification. Please check your schedules and advise if your Assembly and Church are available for an Exemplification in May and August time frames. We are especially looking for a host in the Western part of the State. As soon as we hear that repairs have been made to the hurricane related damaged Parish facilities, we will schedule an Exemplification in the Eastern part of the State. We appreciate all your efforts to host and schedule an Exemplification and look forward to your support, especially for new Brother Sir Knights.

Coupons for Troops is still on hold. Please do not forward any coupons until we get a message that the coupons will be accepted.

VAVS: Brother SK Tom DuPree has a special request for winter coats for Veterans. Click here to see the flyer, the Fourth Degree website and also the Tar Heel Knight for further information.

TIME TO GET STARTED: Survey of Fraternal Activity, Form 1728 for the Twelve Month Period Ending December 31, 2018 is due by January 31, 2019. Each Assembly is required to submit this report to Supreme Council Dept. of Fraternal Services with copies to the Vice Supreme Master and District Master. NC District has a great reputation as 100% compliance in reporting this form and this year will be no different. Your reporting and support will help to maintain our standing with Supreme.

Ceremonial for Renewal of Obligations: To be exemplified at your first meeting in January. The ceremony shall be under the direction of the District Master, a Former Master, Faithful Navigator or Past Faithful Navigator, as designated by the District Master. If you are planning on sponsoring this Ceremony, please e-mail or call the District Master with your request ASAP.

Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund: Assemblies may continue to donate to the fund by sending their donation with checks made out to: “Knights of Columbus Charities: and on the memo line write “Military Chaplains”. There is a flyer attached that advises of the address to forward your donations.

Please take a moment to remember all our Brother Sir Knights and their families in need and keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

Jo and I wish for all of you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.

Dates to Remember for December 2018:

  • December 2 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 7National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • December 8 – Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary
  • December 10 – Human Rights Day
  • December 15 – Bill of Rights Day
  • December 21 – Winter Begins
  • December 25 – Christmas Day
  • December 30 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
  • December 31 – Official End of World War II

Remember – “Sir Knight” is not just a title, it is “An Honor”

God Bless you, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America!

SK Jack Murray, PSD
N.C. District Master

Albermarle Plantation in Hertford, NC conducted a ceremony to honor our Nation’s Veterans. FN Tom Pomte and PFN’s Buzz Savage and Fred Morrow of Assembly 2379, Elizabeth City, presented and raised the American Flag. The Ceremony was organized and conducted by PFN Walt Smith of Assembly 2379.

Fr. Joseph F. Bumann Assembly 2238, Hope Mills participated in Annual Veterans Day Wreath laying Ceremony at Hope Mills Veterans Memorial.

Veterans Day at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hendersonville
Honor Guard from Blue Ridge Assembly No 2130, Hendersonville

St. Peter’s Catholic Church held a special 9:00 AM Mass and Brunch to honor Veterans. Assembly 1899 supplied the Honor Guard.


Tom DuPree

Greetings Brothers, Sir Knights, Worthy GK & Faithful Navigators,

Vivat Jesus!

I hope your Thanksgiving was great!  Now, as we enter into the Advent Season, Elaine and I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.  If you are traveling, our prayers will be with you for a safe and pleasant trip.  During the up-coming Christmas Season, many of our Veterans will be alone and lonely, especially the Community Living Center (CLC).  Please consider taking some of your valuable time to share the Christmas Spirit by visiting one of our Medical Centers, USOs or nursing homes to bring a little sunshine into their lives.  Any of these facilities would gladly accept your visit, treats, etc…during this season.

Please contact at the VA Chief, Voluntary Services facility to make arrangements.  For the USO-NC, contact the Director. 

Friday, December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Day.  Many of our Veterans living in the CLC served during this era.  A simple recognition of their service would surely be appreciated.

As we purchase our Christmas gifts, please consider donating a gift card to the VA/USOs to be used for emergency situations and needs of our Veterans.  Example of cards…Walmart, Target, restaurants, grocery chains.  These cards allow the VA Staff the opportunity to take a Veteran for outside socialization.  The grocery cards are used for “special meals” and to retrain Veterans on cooking and proper nutrition in their current condition.

REPORTS:  Reporting of Activities in support of our Veterans

As you prepare your form 1728, I need your report of activities, your Brothers, SK, Councils and Assemblies who have participated in activities supporting our Veterans in the year 2018.  THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 1728 REQUIREMENT.  The form, NCVAVS Report, is available to you on the State Website under Forms.  The report is due by January 31, 2019.  This data is shared with NC State Deputy, District Master, Vice-Supreme Master and Supreme.  The report is sent to the attention of:  SK Thomas W. DuPree, NC District VAVS Representative and NC Veteran Affairs, Chairman.  His email is vavs@kofcnc.org


Coats for Veterans:  Now that the weather has turned cold, there is a tremendous need for new coats for Veterans.  All VA Medical Centers have this program to support needed Veterans.  See flyer.  As an example of your participation, since the program began eight years ago, the Durham VA Medical Center has received over 6,000 New Winter coats.  Last year-400.  As you can see, the need is great.

Veteran Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS Representatives)—I currently have needs as Deputy Reps for the Fayetteville, Salisbury & Durham Medical Centers.  Responsibilities:  Serve as a liaison between Knights and the Medical Center.  In addition, assist with coordination of the Knights and the VAVS Activities at the Medical Center.  Interested in being a Deputy Rep, please contact me at 919-302-5550 or vavs@kofcnc.org


SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
NC State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552, Past Faithful Navigator