District Master – October 2018

Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers,

Thank you for all your help and support as we all continue Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this great State. It is always very gratifying to hear of the great work of you, the Sir Knights! Again, thank you and please keep up the good work. Please send a picture of your events to me and we will place in the Golden Plume as well as display on the Fourth Degree Website.

Many thanks to our Brother Sir Knights and Assemblies for all your help at the Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress with the morning Procession and Honor Guard for the other events of the day including as Eucharistic Guards for all the Priests during the Mass and Communion distribution. Bishop Jugis was very pleased with the Knights of Columbus and especially welcomed the Vice Supreme Master and District Masters from the DeSoto Province attending the Provincial meeting in Charlotte.

Planning ahead – please note on your calendars – the Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress will be held next year on Saturday Sept. 7, 2019.

We have been dealt a tremendous blow by Hurricane Florence, some a lot more than others. I tried to call either the Faithful Navigator or Faithful Comptroller for each Assembly from Charlotte to the Coast in an effort to make contact and check on needs. And, yes, a lot of them evacuated as per directions from Emergency Management and rightly so. There is a lot of damage and as of this writing, still many facilities and homes under water. Our Churches have sustained damages and there will be a long recovery process. Please remember all our Brothers, families and our Churches in these affected areas in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you to all those who have assisted those in need, especially the State Officers, driving trucks, loaded with supplies, gift cards etc., into needed areas.

As a result of the storm, we have had to cancel the Fourth Degree Exemplification scheduled for Sat. Nov. 17, 2018 in Wilmington. St. Mary’s facilities have sustained damages and the time period for the repair process could not be estimated. I have promised the Faithful Navigator, we will work together to propose another date sometime next year for Wilmington.

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 Saturday February 16, 2019. This is a centralized location in the State, with plenty of room to encompass a large class. Now is the time to start recruiting so we can make up for the loss of the Wilmington Exemplification.

Speaking of membership – our 2018-2019 goal is 7% increase in membership. Currently, there are just over 4,095 Sir Knights in the State, therefore our goal for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year would be circa 287 new Brother Sir Knights. We attained 199 new Brother Sir Knights 2017-2018 Fraternal Year, so our goal is doable and reachable!

There are 43 active Assemblies in our District and if each Assembly was to recruit three (3) Brothers per Exemplification…..you do the numbers. Imagine if every SK in North Carolina were to bring in one (1) new member…!! We are all aware that the lifeblood of any organization is new members to bolster our roles and become a Brother Sir Knight. Just like the Councils, we need to ask our Brothers to take the next step to become a 4th Degree Sir Knight. We are making it easier with the one day Exemplifications across the State as well as Supreme relaxing the dress code.

Our annual goal is also one (1) new Assembly per year.  We did not have a new Assembly last year, however we have done some research and plan to work in two (2) areas to produce at least one (1) new Assembly. If you wish to help, please advise your thoughts – we are open for any and all suggestions. 

From the Supreme Master:

1 – Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund: Assemblies may continue to donate to the fund by sending their donations with checks made out to: “Knights of Columbus Charities” and on the memo line write “Military Chaplains”. Checks should be mailed to Knights of Columbus, One Columbus Plaza, New Haven, Ct., 06510.

2 – Ordering color patches and the new 4th Degree Uniform – correct website is knightsgear@kofc.org for ordering the uniform. To order a color patch, send an e-mail to suprememaster@kofc.org with the name, address, officer role, color of patch and membership number.

Veterans Day November 11, 2018 will be the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord ending World War 1. Please remember all our Veterans as we all participate in the various Parades and Remembrance Events scheduled for the weekend. Please forward your pictures to be placed in the Golden Plume as well as on the 4th Degree website.

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

Dates to Remember for October 2018:

  • October 8 – Columbus Day observed
  • October 12 – Columbus Day
  • October 13 – U.S. Navy Established 1775
  • October 16 – National Boss Day
  • October 24 – United Nations Day
  • October 27 – Navy Day
  • October 31 – Halloween

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

Veterans Affairs / VAVS Program

Greetings Brothers, Sir Knights, Faithful Navigators, Grand Knights,

Vivat Jesus!

Last week North Carolina experienced one of the worst hurricanes in its history.  You have heard and seen the devastation that our State is facing.  The cost to rebuild will be tremendous.  This hurricane caused our military and civilians tremendous lost.  We understand the great demands for support from you to help those less fortunate in this situation.  Our prayers and thoughts will be with you during your time of recovery.

For those not effective, I would respectfully ask for your continued support of our Veterans and their needs in the coming months.

Golf Tournament:  On Thursday, September 20th I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual golf tournament in Winston-Salem. I was able to talk to the volunteers and guests on the role of the Knights of Columbus and volunteer opportunities to assist the VA and Veterans in the State of NC.   Brother Jim Sanders coordinated the creation of a K of C golf team to participate in the charity golf tournament.  This tournament was to support “Veterans Helping Veterans Heal”. This agency serves the homeless Veteran population in Forsyth County.  Their mission is to restore a foundation of home, health and spirit through the VHVH Program Community.  Brother SK Manny Comas of Council 13236, Saint Paul the Apostle, Greensboro was the coordinator for this event.  Six Sir Knights, 25 other volunteers (Wells Fargo employees) and the Veterans Administration offices prepared and served a delicious lunch for the Veterans, Golfers and Support staff.  Everyone had a great time.  After expenses they raised $27,000.

Veterans Helping Veterans Heal.org (VHVH.org) manages a 24 bed facility for homeless veterans.  Veterans who live at this facility are nominated by the VA and live at the facility for two years maximum.  They received physical and mental health care, opportunity to go to school and / or obtain job training, and life skills   70% of the funding for this facility comes from the VA.  The rest of the monies come from donations and fundraising events.

What is needed is to expand the communication of the event locally, with more media involvement.  Would like to see this event promoted amongst all of the NC K of C Councils, in particular the church Councils within the Triad area to get more participation by the Knights from councils in the area specifically and throughout NC in the charity event either through volunteering or playing of golf.  We need the Knights to have a greater presence with this organization during and after the charity event given our support for military veterans.

Coats for Vets:  Our Coats for Vets Program will begin again in October.  As we transition into the Fall Season, we need to start thinking and preparing for the Coat Program.  An example of the program—the Durham VA Medical Center has received over close to 6,000 new coats.  Last year the Knights of Columbus donated 400 coats.  Please start your promotion by asking our Brothers, Councils/Assemblies to either purchase or make a cash donation which will be used to purchase new coats for Veterans.  Sam’s carries the type of coat we are looking for at a cost less than $30.00.

One Hundred Year Celebration:  As we approach Veterans Day, Sunday November 11th I would like to suggest that your Councils/Assemblies take this opportunity to recognize our Veterans by showing appreciation of their dedication to our Country.  The Veterans and their families plus our currently serving men and women sacrifice much to defend the freedoms that you and I enjoy.

SK Manny Comas and Veterans

Some Wells Fargo volunteer preparing to serve food

Coats need to be neutral in color so both men and women can wear them.
Suggestion: SAM’s COSCO, BJ, Burlington Coats have reasonable prices and style that will work.

Hooded, insulated, water-resistant

SIZE: Small to XXX Large


The VA Medical Center in your area is in need of NEW winter coats for Veterans in need. Won’t you help? Make a donation and live OUR First Principle—CHARITY! Please bring NEW coats to your next Council or Assembly meeting in Oct-Jan. Arrangements will be made to pick up and deliver to the VA Medical Center in your area.

Cash donations are acceptable to make purchases. Make checks PAYABLE TO:
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552
Memo: VAVS Coats/Council/Assembly #

Send to: SK Gerard (Jerry) Cucurullo FC
6208 Heacham Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27614

I have set up a special checking account for the VAVS Programs. 100% of your contributions goes directly to support our Veterans. You can use the following link:

Special VAVS account:

Any question:
Contact SK Tom DuPree
NC District VAVS Rep.