District Master

Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers All,

This Month is a very important month as Assembly Elections are held. As per the Fourth Degree By-Laws, Assembly Elections must be held at the first regular meeting in May of each year. You will be electing Brother Sir Knights as your leaders for the next Fraternal Year 2017-18. Best of luck to all those running for Assembly Officer positions. As soon as the elections are held, there are two (2) very important first steps the Faithful Navigator and Faithful Comptroller must do:

  1. Go to the State website (kofcnc.org) and under the 4th Degree section, find and fill out the Directory Form. There is some additional information requested this year: meeting date, location and name of the FN wife – please be prepared.
  2. Please go to the Supreme websire (kofc.org) and complete Form 186,

Report of Assembly Officers chosen for the Fraternal Year 2017-18.  This can be done online or download and do manually. Please send me a copy (dm@kofcnc.org) and the Vice Supreme Master Robert Anderson (rander12@verizon.net).

Thank you for all your help to insure we get all the correct information for all Assemblies posted on the website and the 2017-18 4th Degree Directory.

Would very much like to see 100% cooperation ASAP so that the District Secretary and District Marshal do not have to hound you for the information.

Once Assembly Elections are held, please consider the date for the Assembly Installation. Please call the District Master ASAP following the elections to insure the date you would like for an installation is available.

Please welcome aboard the newest Assembly to the DeSoto Province and North Carolina:

St. Teresa of Calcutta
Assembly #3711
Hamlet, NC

On March 15, 2017, the new Assembly met to elect Officers for the next Fraternal Year, vote on the Assembly name as well as meeting date, dues, etc.  SK Bud Stovall was elected as the Charter Faithful Navigator. Good luck Brother Sir Knights!

Help Needed! Drivers are needed for transportation for Disabled Veterans to and from Doctor and Hospital appointments. This need is across the State, not just localized. Please contact SK Tom DuPree for further information. Even once a month would be a big help in a show of support for our Veterans.

4th Degree Exemplification(s): Confirmed are the following 4th Degree Exemplifications for the next Fraternal Year:

  • August 26, 2017, St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, Asheville, NC
  • Nov.18, 2017, Infant of Prague Catholic Church, Jacksonville, NC

The host hotel for the Asheville date will be contracted soon and the Exemplification forms posted on the 4th Degree Website ASAP.

The Military Chaplain’s Fund is still active until the end of the Fraternal Year. Please find attached an e-mail from FVSM SK Gary McLain. North Carolina has done a great job in supporting, as is noted in Gary’s e-mail, however there is still a need for funds. Our Faithful Friar, SK Fr. William Lesak is very passionate and supportive of this initiative, to insure our active military personnel have enough Catholic Priests to support them. Your support will help!

I have received six (6) applications for the To Be A Patriot Award. Thank you for your submissions, they will all be reviewed and the winning submission forwarded to the Vice Supreme Master for further consideration as the top program. All of the submissions were great and the Assemblies commended for their fantastic programs in support of Veterans.

Please do not forget the RSVP & Plaque Application  and the Civic Award Application both due by 6/30, submitted to Supreme with a copy to the VSM  and District Master.

May – a very important month with 2 very important dates beginning with the letter “M”: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Please remember to honor all our Mothers on this special day for them. Remember all our Veterans and Active Military Personnel on Memorial Day by flying the flag at half staff until noon and participate in programs, parades, etc. supporting all community efforts in support of the Military.

Jo and I wish for all continued good health and we will keep in our thoughts and prayers those in special need.

REMEMBER: “Sir Knight” is an Honor – Not just a Title!

God Bless You, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America


SK Jack Murray, IPSD
District Master


Tom DuPree

Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service

Greetings Brother Sir Knights and Faithful Navigators,

Vivat Jesus

In the month of May, we will be celebrating two important dates in honor of our Veterans:  Saturday, May 20st “Arm Forces Day” and Monday, May 29th “Memorial Day”.  Most Americans will only view these two dates, as Holidays.  I would like to request that you, my Brother SK, take the extra step of doing something positive to celebrate the sacrifices that our men and women in the Military have given in defense of our freedom.

National Wheel Chair Games:  Cincinnati, Ohio July 17 – July 22nd. The following VA’s Durham (sending 19 Veterans), Salisbury (sending 17 Veterans) and Fayetteville (sending 6 Veterans).  The Knights of Columbus have been supporting these Games (NWCG) for the past eight years.  The Knights have been requested to provide financial support to assist these Veterans to attend the Games.  See Attached flier.

Some Assemblies and SK have stepped up to provide funding to assist and support these Veterans.  THANKS !

We are STILL IN NEED of additional dollars to fund the cost of their trips.  The VA provides NO FUNDING for this program.

If your Assembly has not yet considered making a donation to support the Veterans, I respectfully request your support.  As SK’s, this is an excellent opportunity to show your support of our principle, “Patriotism”, by making a personal $$$ donation.

Every dollar is critical!

Leadership:  By this time, your Assembly has prepared your slate of officers for the year 2017-2018.  I want to thank the existing FN and Officers for their support of the VAVS Programs.

In order to support the many needs of our Veterans and VAVS Programs, I would like to suggest that you consider funding in your budget in the coming year for such programs as Coats for Veterans, The National Wheel Chair Games, Wounded Warriors, USOs, and special needs throughout the year.  FN, please contact the GK of the Councils under your Assembly (the month of July) and discuss how you and he, in cooperation of the Council/Assembly membership to support our Veterans.

VAVS Representatives and Deputy Reps:  I am still in need of support of the Fayetteville, Asheville and Salisbury VA Medical Centers.  Communications from the VA to the Assembly/Councils  the needs of our Veterans.  Details of the job and VAVS Program are available on the State Website under Fourth Degree (VA Voluntary Service-Representative and Deputy Representative Volunteer Training).

No Veterans Dies Alone:  Veterans in our Hospice and Community Living Centers often do not have any relatives near for their support in their final days.  The medical staff provides the best care they can.  Volunteers who are willing to provide comfort to these Veterans during their last days will receive Hospice Training by the VA.  This is one of our Works of Mercy in The Year of Mercy.

Bull City Run, Walk, Roll—5K—Saturday, May 6th.  This event is being sponsored by the Durham VA Medical Center in partnership with the Knights of NC ( Saint Francis of Assist Assembly # 3552) and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 175   Funds will be used to support Veterans Programs.  Come, participate with your family and friends.

Reporting of Assembly Activities in Support of our Veterans:  January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.  FN, please take time to complete the form of the Activities that you were responsible during this period.  Forms are on the State Website.  Reason:  this will assist the new FN in his requirement to report all activities for the calendar year of 2017-2018 ( Due December 31st).

Needs by the VA Medical Centers:  Gift cards to community restaurants for Veterans served through Hospice.  Visa gift cards ( utilized for recreational outing) and for purchasing other items not support by VA vendors.  I-Tune gift cards for music down loads.  Prepackaged snack foods such as granola bars, peanut butter crackers, soda and bottles of water.  Art/craft supplies, acrylic paints, watercolor paints, sketch pads, color pencils, color markers, paint brushes, Model cars/ships/airplanes, tile mosaic kits for adults.  Feminine products, phone cars and annual passes to places like Biltmore, arboretum, tickets—theater, fine arts, museums, etc…sponsors for picnics and sponsors for monthly breakfasts.


  • Hormel complete meals any variety including breakfast meals
  • Horizon milk ( No refrigeration until opened)
  • Cereal individual packages or bowls
  • Decaffeinated coffee K Cups
  • Word Search Puzzle books, decks of cards and electronic games


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

VAVS – National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The 37th National Veterans Wheel Chair Games will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio July 17 – July 22nd

The 37th NVWG will offer 19 events plus triathlon.  This year bobsledding will be offered as the year’s exhibition sport.

These Games are the largest annual wheel chair multi-sport and rehabilitation event in the world.  The Games are open to US military service Veterans who use wheel chairs due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations, or other mobility impairments.  The Games are committed to fostering better physical and mental health for Veterans with disabilities through sports competition.

Co-sponsors by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) annually.  Six action-packed days of competition and camaraderie.  600 athletes will compete.

Goals of the NVWG are:

  • Improve the quality of life for Veterans with physical disabilities.
  • Promote greater independence and functional skills through wheel chair sports and recreation.
  • Provide education and training for clinicians, specializing in treatment of spinal cord injuries/diseases, amputations, MS & neurological disorders.
  • Initiate camaraderie by matching newly injured Veterans with Veteran athletes who have previously participated in the Games.

Dateline:  June 30, 2017

All athletes must register by this date and provide their flight information and hotel reservations.

Cost:  Air flight (round trip)  $350. Per Veteran

Hotel:  $1,000. Per room—most Veterans share a room.

For the past eight years, the Knights of Columbus in North Carolina have honored the request of our VA Medical Centers and the Veterans, who have participated in these Games, by assisting these Veterans in providing funding in helping cover the cost.  This year 30 Veterans are planning on attending the Games.    How can you help?  We are requesting each Council/Assembly and Brother Knights to consider making a cash donation to cover the Veterans expenses.  Every dollar is critical! 

Please send your donation to:

SK Jerry Cucurullo, FC
6208 Heacham Ct,
Raleigh, NC 27614

Make check PAYABLE:  St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552  MENO:  VAVS/WHEEL CHAIR GAMES/ COUNCIL/ASSEMBLY #.  The VAVS account is a special checking account designated to support our Veterans’ Programs (100%)  Your Council/Assembly will be given credit for your donation.  Any questions, please contact me at twdupree@aol.com or 919-302-5550.  As your State Veteran Affair and District VAVS representative, I am asking for 100% participation.

Special Olympics Color Guard

Msgr. William O’Brien Assembly #3365

SK Ray Anderson and Faithful Navigator Dave Kuboushek of Assembly #3365 in Durham marched in and provided the color guard for the Special Olympics.