The official newsletter of the North Carolina Knights of Columbus State Council
 - State Deputy: John Nussbaum
 - Chaplain: Father Lesak
 - Secretary: Dan Lange
 - Treasurer: JC Reiher
 - Advocate: Chris Losack
 - Warden: Sergio Miranda
 - Immediate Past State Deputy: Colin Jorsch
#1: JP Horvat
#2: Tom Smith
#3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
#4: Ron Cortopassi
#5: Richard Hamel

State Deputy Visits Edenton, NC Council

Mother of Mary Council #11180, Edenton, NC

NC State Deputy with Program Directors, Council Members, & Grand Knight of Mother of Mercy Council #11180 in Edenton, NC.

Mother of Mary Council, #11180, Edenton, NC, would like to thank the State Deputy for traveling all the way out to the far northeast part of the state to attend our latest meeting in January. Due to the snowstorm the previous week, none of the councils in the far east were able to attend the mid-year meeting in Kinston, NC, or send any delegates. The Worthy State Deputy took time out from his duties to bring to our council and present those awards which they would have received at the mid-year meeting. As a whole, we were humbled by the presentation of several first, second, and third place awards for programs which we have been supporting as a council. Program Directors, Council Members, and the Grand Knight were certainly appreciative that their efforts in each of these areas were noted and recognized.  Thank you to all the members of the council who participated and to the State Council for recognizing those efforts.

Vivat Jesus!

Submitted by: Brother Jason Martin

State Deputy

Colin Jorsch

Greetings to One and All from Fayetteville!

Gina and I truly hope this edition of the Tar Heel Knight finds you well and in good spirits. I know we are.

First, I would like to thank all those that participated in the Charlotte, Raleigh, Jacksonville and National Right to Life Marches that have occurred during the month of January. Thank you also to the Councils that sponsored a table at the NCRTL Prayer Breakfast. We saw many Brother Knights and their wives in attendance to support this event. Finally, thank you to all the Brother Knights and Families that supported, but volunteering or attending, the Love My Life (LML) Youth Rally in Raleigh prior to the march. What a witness to our youth (all 1200 of them) by showing your support. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

While we are thanking folks, we would like to thank everyone who came to the Mid-Year meeting in Morganton. Unfortunately, as many of you know, the meeting in Kinston was cancelled due to inclement weather. We realize that many that attended in Morganton were scheduled to attend in Kinston, so we appreciate the dedication and flexibility that allowed you to attend an alternate meeting.

A special thanks to the councils in New Bern (3303) and Morganton (9579) for agreeing host our meetings. We would also like to thank the Caswell Center in Kinston and the J. Iverson Riddle Center in Morganton for providing the meeting locations. I know that the Caswell Center was very disappointed when we contacted them about canceling. Perhaps next year. Great job by both councils and centers in their preparations. Excellent work by the Brothers in Morganton and the Riddle Center in the execution of the meeting there. Thank you so much to all.

The first reading for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time came from Isaiah. In that reading the prophet says: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown. You have brought abundant joy and great rejoicing….”

While we realize that the “great light” that is being referred to is Christ, this state deputy would argue that you, my Brother Knights, help to bring that Light of Christ to the corner of the world that God has entrusted you every day. You do that through your programs that direct attention to the needs of the less fortunate. You do that through your programs that address the needs of our families and our youth. It is our prayer that you will share the “Great Light” with those members of your community that have yet to join the order.

The Knights of Columbus has been a blessing to me. You have made me a better Catholic, a better husband and a better father. So for that, I will close with thanking you, the members of the Knights of Columbus that have made a difference in my life.

Until next time…

Peace in Christ,

State Secretary

John Nussbaum

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell. We trust you are well.

I was able to meet some of you at our Mid-Year West meeting in Morganton. Due to ice, I missed the opportunity to meet many of you at the Mid-Year East meeting that was cancelled. In an effort to get the information presented at the Mid-Year meeting out to everyone, each District Deputy has information to share with you. Also, a number of email blasts have or will be sent out. Please take the time to read them. They are being sent to help you.

Looking ahead, we have a very full calendar leading us to the State Convention in May in Durham. To help you get ready for the Convention, you can find a copy of the 2017 Countdown to Convention check list at It contains many very important dates. Due to the Convention being earlier this year, many of the dates have been moved up. Even if you can’t attend the State Convention for some reason, please consider doing as many of the items as you can.

For many of these items, there is additional information on the State website . If you plan to attend the State Convention, please make your hotel reservation now. Waiting until the due date can cause problems, so make your reservation now. This will ensure you get a room at the discount KofC price. Reservation must be made before April 10th. If something were to come up, you can always cancel the reservation and you are out nothing. To help your Convention Committee plan for a better celebration, please make sure you send your Convention Registration in as soon as you can.

We have so many very special Brother Knights in our State. Most of them don’t get the recognition they desire. Do something very special for those very special Brothers in your Council? Do them the honor of submitting a well thought out write up on them as:

Priest of the Year
Golden Knight of the Year
Knight of the Year
Family of the Year
Rookie of the Year

The guidelines are in the 2016-2017 Council Recognition Manual.

See how hard you can make the selection process for the State Officers.

Our 2nd Half State Per Capita invoice will be going out this month. Please get pay it as soon as you can.

I have received a few necrology forms so far. The form is on the State website. Necrology Report.  You can send what you have now, and if the Lord were to call a Brother home to him in the next month, you can also send me his name for inclusion in the necrology at the State Convention Mass.

I am sure my mailman is going to get a good workout over the next two months. Many items are due to me by the middle of March. If you can please send what you can electronically, it will sure help my mailman.

If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I am here to serve you.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum
NC State Secretary

State Advocate

JC Reiher


It is my hope and prayer that this edition of the Tar Heel Knight finds you and yours doing well in your part of North Carolina, and that your hard work and dedication to the Knights of Columbus is truly making a difference in the lives of those you serve.

Although Winter Storm 2017 didn’t allow for a Mid-Year East meeting and we were unable to re-connect with many out East, it was a pleasure seeing so many of you at the Mid-Year West in Morganton. There was much information distributed and discussed, and my fellow State Officers, State Directors and Chairmen hope that the message delivered was well received and you all are able to implement what you learned, for the greater good of your Councils and communities you serve.

Part of my message to you was that the subject of Safe Environment Training (formerly known as Protecting God’s Children) has been discussed frequently.

Those required to complete the Supreme youth protection training via Praesidium’s Armatus will receive an email, with a username and password and instructions for completing the training. If you are a Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator or Youth Leader at the Council level, this training is mandatory. If you have not received your username and password, please email Supreme at or by calling the K of C Safe Environment Program line at (203) 800-4940 and request your username and password. It is the responsibility of each of us, to see that our youth are protected. Please purge your files and ensure that ALL Youth Leaders are in compliance. Their failure to comply could result in the immediate removal from a Youth Leadership position. If you or anyone else learns of any misconduct on the part of a member of the Order, you must report same immediately. Below are the steps to follow:

Reporting Misconduct
A state or local council officer or a district deputy should notify the Office of Youth Protection at as soon as possible when he becomes aware that a member has been:

  1. Charged with or found guilty by a court of any offense involving children;
  2. Charged with or found guilty by a court of any sex-related offense; or
  3. Sued in court for any wrongful conduct against children or for a sex-related offense.

To the extent that there is a need for suspension or other action, it will be handled by the Board of Directors, through the Office of Youth Protection and the Department of Membership Records.
May God continue to guide you and protect you and give you the strength, energy and courage to keep moving forward. May he give you the wisdom to what is true, seek what is good and do what is right.

Brothers, be for others an expression of God’s love, as you Go Make a Difference.

Manon and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Vivat Jesus,

JC Reiher
State Advocate

Membership Director

Pete Devlin

Worthy brothers all,

Hope all had a great holiday season. I was honored to talk with those of you that made the mid-year meeting in the West. And was very sorry for those of you I missed to the weather in the east.

As we look at the New Year, we need to look for the opportunities for membership growth.

Many men have made personal commitments to grow closer to god this year; the Knights are here to help them grow in service.

The soccer challenge is a great opportunity to get Knights info into the hands of the adults signing their kids up for the challenge.

Don’t forget your fish fries, get membership info table setup with handouts, and let your recruiters work the room, discussing the Knights.

Order your church wide blitz kits now, dates are hard to get this time of year so that with your pastor now.

Make sure you take advantage of the silver rose and the holy family icon programs to promote the works of the knights.

Lead weekly rosaries this lent.

You still have time to grow your council this year, if you plan now.

Remember your membership team is here to help, just contact us

Remember lots of info is on the state website

God bless you for all you do for the order,

Pete Devlin
Membership Director

General Programs Director

Paul Spire


Thank You
I want to say a big “thank you” to all of you that attended the Mid-Year meeting. It is always such a great pleasure to see you and be able to participate in handing out the awards. The Program Directors all did a great job of choosing the winners along with highlighting their programs. They all had plenty of information for you for the upcoming reporting period. Again congratulations to all the winners.

Program Winners
Click below to see all of the program winners from January 2017:

Program Awards – January 2017

Special Issues
As we quickly approach the submittals times for program submittals, plus the “Of the Year” recommendations from each of you, the “Count Down to Convention” handout for all Grand Knights will give you specific dates when these submittals are due. Please note that they are different than in past years. Also note that the requirements for the Charity award from Supreme has now added a requisite that each council must do four (4) programs that relate to Building the Domestic Church.

Paul Spire

Council Director

Nick Sanstasi

Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! This year has just started and it is moving by real fast. It was my honor to be at the Mid-Year West Meeting in Morganton a couple of weeks ago. As you may know the State Convention is going to be held two weeks earlier. This means that the deadline to turn in your submissions for your best Council program for the second half of the year has moved from April 1 to March 15th.

Brothers, there was low submittal rate of programs from the councils for recognition to win an award for your first half programs. In order for your councils to qualify to win a Charity, Unity or Fraternity Award, you need to have between nine to 13 council programs reported for the year. This is done on the Matrix with your DD. In order for your council to qualify for the Columbian Award, your council needs to report four council programs for the year – unless you meet the requirements for the Special Olympics as a Featured 8 programs. All I am asking you to do is to report one council program each half. More than three-quarters of the councils earned a Charity, Unity or Fraternity award last year and I believe more than one quarter of the councils earned the Columbian Award. So why is it only 25 councils – less than one-quarter of the councils of the State submitted a council program for a chance of winning a recognition award in the first half of this year.

It is understood that programs are not done to win awards, but submitting the program is a way to recognize your members who spent their time, talent and treasure running these programs. What a great way to thank them and to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

I would like thank the High Point Council for sponsoring this year’s State Basketball Tournament. The information can be found on the State Website the deadline is approaching. In keeping with the new parish initiative, please remember to extend an invitation to the entire parish to participate in any activity that you hold and that your activity has your priest’s or pastor’s blessing.

District Deputies and RMPC’s, please continue to keep track on the progress on the Traveling Gavels that are going through your councils, districts and regions. Please remember to submit your monthly progress report to the Traveling Gavel chairman, Anthony Thompson. If you have any Special Olympic events going on, please make the Special Olympics chairman, Michael Garguilo aware of that event. If you wish to host a State Athletic event, please contact the Athletics Chairman, Craig Smith on how to get started.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my chairmen if we can assist your regions, districts and councils in going and making a difference in this fraternal year in building your domestic church while strengthening our parishes. It is an honor to be serving you as your State Council Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

Vivat Jesus,

Nick Nastasi
State Council Director

Culture of Life Director

Boyce Williams

Greetings Brothers,

I hope this finds you all in good health. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see everyone at the Mid-Year East but we deal with weather as we can. I was pleased to see so many at Mid-Year West. It is always a pleasure to meet Brother Knights and answer questions. I was at Birth Choice in Raleigh on the 19th for the dedication of a new ultrasound unit. While there I was asked why this is such a big deal? My response was simple “we just saved a life”. Of course, I hope that this machine will help save many dozens of lives, but one is worth the effort. Congratulations to the Knights of Council 12119 in Fuquay-Varina on an outstanding effort!

As Catholics, we believe in life from conception to natural death. Please check the assisted living and nursing homes in your area and find some that don’t participate in assisted suicide or euthanasia. Let me know, this is information we may all need someday and I would like to get it out. How we take care of our elderly is very important. I know this on a personal level as my mom will be 89 in April and she will never leave her home to live elsewhere. Balancing her wishes and needs is a fine line. This is something we all face at one time or another, it could be a parent or a spouse or even a special needs child or grandchild. Think about it, look at your local area and let me know what you find. I can always be reached at:

Thank you for all that you do!

Boyce Williams
Culture of Life Director

Family Director

Fred Burton

Mid-Year 2017 Family “Take Home” Messages

The important part of this or any state meeting is the insights you get from the brother knights you talk to because so many of those come from real experiences. I will try to use this approach whenever I can.

Building the Domestic Church – your pastor’s role is crucial!

Father Bill told us the pastor should be the FIRST one you go to. I’m thinking you may not want to simply present a list of BTDC activities and ask for his permission to do them as we have so many times in the past. Bring your program directors along and EXPLAIN the goals of BTDC. Point out the Holy Father’s remarks on the family as the Domestic Church and their role in the New Evangelization. Let him know our Supreme Knight says we WILL follow that lead – from here on out!

Your pastor has a TON of administrative and diocesan obligations. But he became a priest to serve God and His people so get his spiritual “Wish List” for the parish entrusted to his care. Create with him a mutual VISION to build and strengthen that Faith community. How can the council help make that happen? What other ministries and parish groups can join in? Invite his ideas and only then offer some of our Order’s BTDC activities as easy plug-ins to start the process. Now you’re ready – together, as a united team!

Home-Grown BTDC activities – YES! And here’s the litmus test

In January’s webinar, Supreme said they were deluged with accounts of council events asking if they could be considered as BTDC activities. They loved the response! But to simplify matters, they gave us two criteria by which to define a BTDC activity: (1) Does it more fully involve the council in the life of the parish? (2) Does it help to more fully form members and parish families in their Faith? DING! I’ll leave the rest to your creativity.

A possible way to interest younger Catholics

Trevor Brennan, Worthy GK of Council 14422 on the NCSU campus, told me of a very successful activity they conduct: “Stations & Sushi”! Has a nice ring to it! Catholic students meet to have Stations of the Cross during Lent. After initial reflections they go to a Sushi restaurant. Invariably, they resume reflecting on additional spiritual matters as the evening progresses. By now, a regular, faithful group has developed. All you gotta do is get the people, the booklets, the place and say, “Let’s do this!”

But what if you don’t want to eat ‘DEAD FISH’?

Well, OK, how about “Stations & Salsa”? That could open up the event to our Hispanic parishioners with the prospect of creating a single community united in their Faith! By now you’ve noticed either of these options can provide a good activity for Fridays during Lent, especially if your council doesn’t have the usual Fish Fry. And if a Hispanic parishioner owns a restaurant maybe he can provide your group a quiet, private space.
May our Lord Jesus Christ be praised and His Blessed Mother honored by all that we do.

Fred Burton
NC Family Director

The Silver Rose

The Silver Rose or Our Lady of Guadalupe

Supreme has finally advised when North Carolina will be hosting the Silver Rose tour:

March 26th to April 23th

We have some councils signed up for visits by the Rose but we can accept a few more. Stops will be determined as they fit into the tour’s geographic and time constraints but we will make every effort to accommodate those who wish to host it. And, yes, if you’ll look at the dates a council near the Virginia state line may be able to get the Rose for FOUNDERS DAY, 3/29!

Councils interested in hosting the Silver Rose and Prayer Service should contact Fred Burton at either of the e-mail addresses below.

NOTE: Please tell us if you want the Rose on a weekday or weekend and if you have any specific dates in mind. OR

You may also use the form below which will be sent to Fred as well:

Silver Rose Request 2017

Fred Burton
Phone: (704) 207-8164cell

LAMB Director

LAMB Director

A Recognition for, “Above and Beyond”
At a recent gathering of Annunciata Council 8759 in Kill Devil Hills to hand out LAMB grant checks, the LAMB Foundation made a special award presentation to a Brother Knight and his wife, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Council’s success with LAMB.

For a number of years, Brother Tom Hooker and his wife Caroline have spent just about every weekend during the summer soliciting for LAMB.

Just this past summer they single handedly raised approximately $2,500 each month.

In addition to LAMB, Brother Tom is also head of the Council’s kitchen crew.

All told, Council 8759 raised $17,678 for LAMB in 2016 for an average of $144 per member which is the 4th highest in the State.

Many “talk the talk”, but it is heartwarming to be able to recognize those that “walk the walk” – and beyond.

Front Row: Caroline and Tom Hooker
Back Row, Left to Right: Chuck Toney, Council LAMB Director, Fr. John Hanley, LAMB Chairman for the East James Laraia, GK Leo Holland and Rev. Dr. William Walsh

Richard White
LAMB Director

Coats For Kids

December 13, 2017 was a balmy day for winter and everyone had warm thoughts on their mind. Several Knights (and a Columbiette) converged on Allenbrook Elementary in Charlotte at 9:00am to distribute coats for the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Program. Charlotte was well represented, but others did come from as far as Burlington, NC. In the back of the truck and van were 120 new boys’ and girls’ coats of various sizes and fashionable styles. This event took several weeks to connect the councils’ donations to the school, but the need is never hard to find. Allenbrook was full of deserving kids who will need the cold weather gear soon.

After checking in at the front desk, long tables were stretched out in the school’s cafeteria. We had to act quickly since lunch started at 11am. The cases were opened and laid out according to girl or boy and then size. The coat piles grew quickly and the empty boxes and plastic outer-wraps were flying everywhere. We were ready as the first students stepped in to the cafeteria. Just like Christmas morning, their eyes widened with anticipation. A Knight took each child, sized him or her, and personally fitted each one. Their name was inscribed on the inside and their name checked off the master list. Kids returned to their class a little taller with pride that only a new coat can bring. One boy decided that this was a full trade and never looked back for the light coat he previously possessed. 2 hours elapsed quickly and the remaining coats were boxed up for the students who could not make the day’s event.

As we cleaned up and exited, kids were filling in for lunch and changing classes. We could pick out the smiling and appreciative faces of the kids who received the first principle of the Knights of Columbus: charity. May thanks to Council 12654, 10505, 9560, 770 and the State Council for your support!

Sergio Miranda
Coats for Kids Chairman

State Basketball Tournament

The 2017 State Basketball Tournament is coming this month.

  • 4 on 4 – Half Court
  • Saturday, February 25
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, High Point
  • Click here to see full details including Contacts, Registration, and Rules.


Round Table Development

Richard Angell

Brother Knights,

Thank you to those councils who have established and filed their Coordinator From 2629 with me for the year 2016/2017.

If you have not filed your Coordinator Form 2629 as yet , please do so ASAP. Send to my email address:

Remember what Carl Anderson has asked us to “We must have a Knights of Columbus presence in every parish.

For those who have not developed a Round Table as yet, I would ask you to consider doing so this quarter.

  • Possible Round Tables can be established in your area for:
  • Other parishes without a KofC council
  • Council members who speak another language
  • Missions
  • Religious Orders
  • Campus Ministry, Catholic Schools

Talk to the pastor of a parish, mission to offer our help.

  • Identify service projects
  • Designate a coordinator
  • Submit Form 2629 to me ASAP
  • Submit Form 2630 at end of fraternal year.

Thank you for all you do for our councils and parishes.

God Bless,

Richard Angell
Round Table Chairman

Convention Chairman

Note: All information below can also be found on the website at:
NC State Convention 2017

Rick Lewis

My Brothers all,

We are now well on our way to the 97th Knights of Columbus State Convention. On behalf of the councils of District 5 and District 10, we are honored to be working to bring a fun convention. The packets have been dispersed out, and hopefully, you have received your packet full of information.

As we continue to firm up programs for Friday Night Family and our kid’s programs, the most important items that need your attention are registering for the convention, making your hotel reservation, and submitting your council ad for the Ad Book. Please note the following key dates for these items:


  • Early: By 3/24/2017
  • Late: By 4/30/2017 (price increase and NO registrations accepted after 4/30)

Ad Book:

  • Early: By 2/22/2017
  • Late: By 4/1/2017 (price increase and NO ads accepted after 4/1)

The information for the hotel is as follows:

BOOK BY APRIL 10, 2017 (Cannot guarantee you will be able to get a room after the cut offer date)

Because the convention is happening earlier this year than in years past, it is vital that you get your registration for the convention (hotel and convention registration form) done quickly. This year, we have initiated our first ever On-Line Registration option for those that want to use the electronic method to register. When you go to the convention web site via our State web site link, you will be taken to our cover page. On that cover page, you will have two options; register electronically or register manually.

If you decide to register electronically, you will be taken to a fillable PDF form that you will fill in and submit electronically with your form of payment. You will NOT be able to fill in an electronic form and mail in a check. You will have to use a credit card to register electronically. There will be a $6 convenience fee for this option. Unfortunately, the Convention Team has no control over this as we are utilizing a 3rd Party banking company to provide this service. The convenience fee is a pure pass through fee that goes to the bank.

If you decide to register manually, you will be taken to a fillable PDF form that you will fill in and then print. You will mail that form into the address on the form. There is NO fee to do this. However, you will need to keep in mind the due dates for registration. The dates are when we need to receive the payment, so make sure you allow enough time to mail your form.

This year, we have yet another wonderful lady’s program put together by one of our Ladies of a Knight, with collaboration with the First Lady of our State Council. This year, the ladies can participate in a Paint and Sip program. Don’t worry if you not a professional painter, or if you have never touched a paint brush before. This program accommodates all levels of expertise. You will also have the pleasure of “sipping” some wine while enjoying the company of your friends, and making new friends.

After much thought and collaboration, we have decided this year to not offer a separate lady’s luncheon, but rather to offer the opportunity for the ladies to join their Knight at the Awards Luncheon. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many programs that are being done across the state by all our Knights. How nice would it be to have your lady with you when you receive recognition for the efforts of your council. Good bet is, the ladies were probably part of the program as well. Please keep in mind that you will need to purchase extra luncheon tickets for your lady, as they are NOT included in the registration pricing. If your lady still decides to not join you for the luncheon, they do have the option of eating at the hotel, or venturing out to some or the local establishments.

Finally, Ad Book ads are vital to the success of any convention. These are the funds that are used to bring you the extras for this event. Things like the items handed out at registration when you register, snacks for breaks, and other things we do to make your convention more enjoyable depend on the generosity of councils and assemblies to take out an ad in the book. Ads can be taken out by local businesses you may do business with; it’s a much less expensive advertising option for them with statewide coverage. We hope you will be able to contribute to your convention by taking out an ad.

If you have any question regarding either, please feel free to reach out as follows:

Chairman: Rick Lewis
Phone: 919-369-9094

Ad Book: Bob Caron, FDD

I look forward to seeing you at the convention.


Rick Lewis FDD, PFN
Convention Chairman

Knights in Action

Council 15085

Yet another submission from our brother at Father Bernard McDevitt Council 15085 in Waynesville.  The guys have been getting after it raising money for the LAMB Foundation.

Well done, Brothers!

Above: On behalf of the Council, SK Jim McGovern presents a donation to Tim Petrea, Director of the Haywood County Special Olympics.

Below: On behalf of the Council, SK Jim McGovern presents a donation to Steve Brown, Executive Director, and staff at the ARC of Haywood County.

The Golden Plume

District Master

Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers All,

Thank you to all Brother Sir Knights for your support of the Right to Life Marches in Charlotte, Raleigh, Jacksonville and Wash. D.C. and other local RTL events in your Parish and Communities, whether in Regalia or Tuxedo. Through your attendance, support, actions and prayers, it is just another vehicle to let all know that as Catholic Men and Knights, we are against abortion and the killing of the innocent unborn. Let us ever be strong!
Of Note: There were SK’s in Regalia that led the RTL March in Charlotte and then stood each on a corner with a State Officer during the rally. Good comments received from other participants regarding the Knights showing.
Of Note: SK’s in Regalia presented the Colors for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at the Raleigh RTL, then led the March through the streets of Raleigh in tuxedo as the rains threatened. Very impressive turnout by the Youth of the Diocese following their Mass and Rally – 1200 of them – great showing

Brothers, the life blood of any organization is its membership. As reported by Supreme, the average age of the 4th Degree District in North Carolina is 64. We need to work together to assure the future of our Assemblies by increasing our membership with young men from our Councils. There are 128 Active Councils in NC that can afford us the possibility of increasing our rolls. How do we do that? ASK! The Councils have Membership Drives to recruit – is there any reason we cannot do the same? Thank you for all your help – we will reap the reward!

There will be a Regional Fourth Degree Exemplification at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kernersville on Saturday March 25, 2017. Information can be found here:

It is most important that all required documentation be completed and submitted by the due date – no exceptions. If you plan to stay overnight, the attached paperwork has the information you need to register for the hotel. Please mention you are with the Knights of Columbus to get the discounted room and secure your reservation by Feb 25, 2017. Assemblies 782, 2282 & 3017 will be our hosts.

Please take the time to review the Assembly information in the 2016-17 Fourth Degree Directory. We have received some changes and will publish them next month to insure the Directories are updated and correct.

Coupon Program SK and Brother Joe Bailer has advised we have slowed down with the coupons for our troops. This is a great program to let our Military Personnel know that we are thinking of and supporting them.

Military Chaplain Fund It had been reported the program ended this past December. This is false info. as the program will continue until June 30, 2017. As of January 20; $1,321,906.75 has been donated to the Archdiocese of Military Services USA. There is a goal of $1.4 million leaving a balance due of $78,093.25.
Please help as you are well aware of the plan to increase the military by our new President. There is still the need for Priest’s to serve our service men and women and this need will also increase.

Job Opportunity The House of Representatives has a Wounded Warrior (Fellowship) Program and is seeking to hire wounded, ill and injured Warriors for employment in Congressional Offices on Capitol Hill or in District Offices across America. Bullet points about the program:

  • Must have a 30% service connected disability
  • Must have served on active duty since 9/11
  • Cannot have 20 year retirement (medical retirement is ok)

Contact Person: Mac Tolar is the Program Director and can be contacted at:

Awards Please refer to the State Website to view all information on the requirements for Fourth Degree Awards of : Star Assembly, Civic Awards and the To Be a Patriot Award. These awards are about all the hard work our Assemblies and Brother SK’s do for our Communities, Church, etc. Let’s honor them by submitting the proper forms.

We have received some questions re: filing of IRS Form 990N. Answer is yes – all Assemblies must file and the required IRS form is based on your financial status. All questions will be answered by the State FS Training Coordinator Greg Rachal.
Greg can be reached at

SK and Brother Tom DuPree, as the VAVS representative, is doing a fantastic job to insure all our Veterans are supported as best we can. Please continue to support Tom and his mission.

Please continue to remember all our Military Personnel and Veterans in your thoughts and prayers.

Good of the Order – Let us continue to pray for all our Brother SK’s, sick and infirm, in need of our prayers.

To all of our SK’s Ladies – Happy Valentines Day!

Dates to remember in February: President’s Lincoln and Washington Birthdays, Boy Scouts of America Birthday and Ground Hog Day.

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

District Marshall

Paul Spire

Worthy Sir Knights,

I wish to congratulate and say thank you for all that you have been doing this past month. With Christmas parades everywhere, Christmas events, numerous Right to Life Events and marches plus all the other duties that you have been doing it makes me proud to say that I am a Sir Knight. With every exemplification that is held there is the opportunity for all the new Sir Knights to start acquiring their regalia and participate in these events. Until they have their regalia please encourage them to participate in all events in their social dress.

As I go around the state I have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events. Some are happy and some are not such a joyous occasion. And while there are different ways to perform at these events, I would request that all Color Corp Commanders review the official Color Guard Guidelines and the Color Corps Manual on a regular basis and go over specific events with the Assembly. This will provide some consistency throughout the State while keeping everyone on the same page if they attend an event outside of their assembly. Thanks in advance for this task.
Please continue to support our Bishops, Priest and any other lay events that we as Sir Knights are requested to attend. Continue to proudly be the visible arm of the Knights of Columbus and be sharp.

Paul Spire
District Marshall


Tom DuPree

Greetings Brothers, Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators,

In the past several months, we have provided new coats for needed Veterans at all four VA Medical Centers. With the coat winter weather, these coats provide warmth for those that are homeless or in need. On behalf of these Veterans, I send you their thanks. You will never know how much they appreciate your kindness.

Our new program is the 37th National Wheel Chair Games. This year they will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 17-22, 2017. Nearly 600 Veterans from across the country participate each year. Veterans compete in eighteen wheel chair sports events while providing encouragement and mentoring for new Veterans. Veterans at the Games educate newly disabled Veterans on what is possible and those witnessing the events realize that limitations are only a state of mind.

For the past eight years, the Knights of NC have supported these Veterans in attending these Games by providing financial assistance to cover hotel accommodation, transportation to the Games and shipment of their equipment. None of this is provided by the Veterans Administration. Teams from the Durham, Fayetteville and Salisbury VA (30+ Veterans) will be attending this year’s Games. Hotel accommodations for the week is $1,120.00 per double occupancy, one time porterage fee is $20.00 per person, and air flight $300.00 (estimate) per Veteran.

How can you help?

I respectfully request that your Council/Assembly/Brother Knight make a donation to help these Veterans cover these expenses. Further details will be provided in the March Tar Heel Knight.

Reporting of Activities in Support of our Veterans and the VAVS Program: Each Council and Assembly (GK & FN) is required to report all of their support on the NC Annual Activity Report (Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service) for the calendar year 2016. This report is due no later than January 31, 2017. You can locate this form under the State Website under Forms. If you have not completed and forward, PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY TO Thanks for your support!

NEEDS: All VA Medical Centers and USOs can use gift cards ($20.00-25.00) to assist in needs of our Veterans which are not available through the Veterans Administration (Krogers, Walmart, restaurant cards, movie cards etc…)

No Veteran Dies Alone: Volunteers are needed to be present in the hospice units. Many Veterans do not have family to be with them in their final hours. Special training is provided for Knights and family who would like to participate in this program. Contact the Chief, Voluntary Service at the VA Medical Center for volunteering. These men and women deserve our love and care. The reward is priceless!


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