July 2017 Tar Heel Knight (Full)

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

John Nussbaum statedeputy@kofcnc.org

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell. We truly thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support. It really means a lot to us.Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell. We truly thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support. It really means a lot to us.

As we come to the end of another fraternal year and start a new one, it is a very busy time. Take the time to show your appreciation to those that have stepped up and took a leadership role this past year. Many of them may be continuing on as a leader this year, but possibly in a new position. They need you to show your support for them. Show them your support as the new fraternal year is planned. We are all called to use the special talents that God gave each of us. Don’t ignore your call. Our theme this year will be: WE ARE CALLED.

I would like to thank IPSD Colin Jorsch and his wife Gina for the great work they have done for the last two years as the lead us to success. I will continue to need their help as I take over. If you see Brother Colin or Gina, please thank them for all that they do for the Knights of Columbus.

This past month, Lori and I had the privilege of going to the Supreme headquarters in New Haven, CT. I was installed as your next State deputy in St. Mary’s church. Where the Knights of Columbus all began in 1882. They treated Lori very well while I was getting valuable information to help us here in North Carolina. I am looking forward to a great year.

This past month, we also had our Regional Council Leadership training sessions. I would like to personal thank each of the host Councils for all of their help:

    • 1074 Wilmington
    • 2838 Fayetteville
    • 6600 Greenville
    • 7184 Hendersonville
    • 10389 Denver
    • 11101 Greensboro
    • 13812 Durham

I trust that everyone that was able to attend one of these training sessions was very pleased with the fine work done by these Councils. I would also like to thank all those that gave presentations to help those in attendance. Finally, I would like to thank everyone that took time out of their very busy schedules to come and see what they could do better for their members, church and community. I trust you received many very good pieces of information to use. The slides should be posted on the state website this week. Just in case you wish to refer back to them.

How are you coming on:

  • Developing your Council plan
  • Filling your Director and Chairmen positions
  • Completing your Council budget
  • How you are going to communicate with your members Determining how you plan to attract new members
  • Working with your District Deputy to get Degrees scheduled
  • Getting your forms submitted (Form SP7, Form 185, Form 365, State Directory Form, etc.)

We want you to be ready to hit the ground running on July 1. How can the State Officers, RMPCs, DDs, State Directors and State Chairmen help you? We are all here to serve you and help you be successful.

Worthy Grand Knights, if you updated the NC State Directory, you should start getting email blast on a regular basis to help you.
If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I will do my very best to make sure you get the help you need. Let’s have a great year! With your help, we can.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum

NC State Deputy

State Secretary

Dan Lange

Norma and I send our thoughts and thanks from the far west mountains. First, let me thank all of you who have done so much to help me as I have made my climb on the ladder of leadership in the state council. I have enjoyed the past six years and look forward to serving all of you as the state secretary. There is a lot of work on the horizon and I am sure there will be many challenges. However, God knows our destiny and we are called to care for the less fortunate, the impoverished, the homeless and many other life challenges.

As brothers and catholic gentleman we understand the call and I cannot think of a better group of men that I would want to do that with other than the men we have in this great state of North Carolina. You have done so much in years past and continue to do so today. I know that we can start this fraternal year strong and finish even stronger. We do it by working together in a common cause with a common purpose. I look forward to speaking with you personally and talk about how we will accomplish the task.

On another note. I had the opportunity to go to Dallas Texas along with our Eastern Membership Director Brother Nick Nastasi, we attended the supreme membership seminar. This training is very much like the training given to the State Deputies. Several programs were discussed and many of them centered around Building the Domestic Church. You will hear much more on that and other great programs in the coming weeks and months.

The biggest discussion was about the Fraternal Training Portal. There is now a fraternal training portal for leaders. This training will be provided for District Deputies, Grand Knights, Deputy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries. The training will be possible for Smart Phone Users. So Grand Knights be on the lookout for information coming to you from state and supreme. Please note that once you have access to the supreme site you can sign-in and view numerous training videos as well as be invited to attend webinar’s on various training topics. More to come.

May His Peace be with you,

Dan Lange
NC State Secretary

We Are Called

State Advocate

Chris Losack

Brothers all,

First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you again for putting your faith in me and selecting me as your State Advocate for this upcoming year. The first of July has not even come yet and I am already busy with training from Supreme regarding my duties as State Advocate. You would be amazed at some of the intricacies that revolve around branding, communications, home corporations and general activities. I’ll be dedicating my articles over the coming months to delve a little deeper into each of these topics, but I first want to make sure that you are aware of a wonderfully powerful tool at your disposal – The Officer’s Desk Reference.

The Officer’s Desk Reference is a tool available in your Officer’s Online portal at www.kofc.org . If you have not already received an invitation to log into this portal, you should be receiving one soon. Within the Officer’s Online, you find many references including any forms you will need to submit, reports on your membership, and the Officer’s Desk Reference.

Within the Officer’s Desk Reference you will be provided information that will allow you to answer most any question that comes up. It lists the by-laws so that you can research what you are supposed to do as a council in certain situations. There are multiple Question and Answer sections that provide a wealth of information for most all common situations. If any situation arises in you Council that you are unsure how to handle, you and your Advocate should first consult the Officer’s Desk Reference and I am sure you will find your answer. If you don’t find your answer there, I can be reached at stateadvocate@kofcnc.org and will be happy to work with you on any situation. Please remember to be Fraternal in all of your dealings with delicate matters.

I am excited about the upcoming year and am looking forward to working with you this year.

Christopher J. Losack
NC State Advocate

We Are Called

State Warden

Sergio Miranda

Day 2 of State Warden: So far so good…

It has been truly an exciting time to be a part of the State Council.  Even from being the newly minted Knight to Grand Knight to District Deputy, the “Red Coats” was a league of brothers that I always respected.  Now being a part of this team is an un-describable honor.  So far, I’ve been introduced to a firehose of responsibilities and I hope I can accomplish the same good work as my predecessors.

At the last convention, I received many congratulations but also an interesting question that had hints of warning.  “Sergio… Do you have a trailer hitch?”  I’m sure my puzzled look was enough to convey the “yes, but why do you ask?” response.  Days after, it made some sense.  A typical council has a closet, shed, or room where the council belongings are stored.  The State has no such storage.  The belongings are the responsibility of the Warden and they have to be there at the meetings somehow, hence the trailer hitch.

In efforts to trim the items of the Warden (and for marital harmony since I have taken over our dining room), I have extras to give away: first-come-first serve.  I’m sure they will go to better use in your hands, rather than sitting in a box:


  • How to Pray the Rosary (1877) – English 500, Spanish 100 left
  • Prayer Card for Adoration (4194) – 300 left
  • A Guide to Confession (2075) – 50 left
  • September 11th Pray for Peace Posters (9483) – 200 left


  • Vocations Handbook (1942) – 30 left
  • Prayer for Vocations Bookmark (4200) – 200 left
  • Prayer to Know My Vocations Card (1874) – 500 left


  • “Ask me about the K of C” green buttons – 15 left

Catholic Information Services

  • Into The Breach – Veritas Series booklet (340) – 50 left
  • The Family Fully Alive booklet (10162) – 50 left
  • What Is the New Evangelization? (401) – 6 left

Send an email to statewarden@kofcnc.org if you are interested in any of these items.  I’m sure I will have other items later.

Thank you for your confidence, understanding, and any prayers for the continued good works by the Order.

Sergio Miranda
State Warden

Membership East

Nick Nastasi

Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! I want to congratulate all the incoming and returning Grand Knights on their gaining their council’s confidence in guiding them through this fraternal year.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick Nastasi and I will be the Membership Director for the Eastern half of the state. I will be working with Pete Devlin who will be the Membership Director for the Western half of the state. This is not an East vs. West but this is an East and West working together to reach the State’s membership quota this year of 900 new Brother Knights. Both Pete and I need your help in reaching this goal.

If you have been to the Regional Trainings offered, the first thing we asked you Grand Knights is to have a goal to achieve for this Fraternal Year. One of your goals should be Star Council in which reaching your membership quota is one of the requirements.  Very soon you will have access to the Supreme website in which you can attain your council’s membership and insurance quotas for the Fraternal Year. Please share these quotas with your council membership so that you all are on the same page to achieving you membership and insurance quotas. Also, have a plan in place on how you intend to reach those quotas. The best way is to schedule Admission (1st) degrees in your council.

Pretty soon, you District Deputy will be having a meeting with you and your fellow Grand Knights to go over goals for the District. Help him out and have your dates for when you planning on holding your Admission degrees.

District Deputies, I am asking for your help in keeping your councils motivated and accountable for the goals that they set. You are a vital part to them achieving their goals. RMPC’s, I am asking for your help. You are the Regional Membership and Program Consultants. Please keep your DD’s motivated and accountable to the district goals that they have set. With everyone working together, there is no question that everyone will reach their goals this fraternal year.

We are called to offer membership to the Knights of Columbus to every Catholic gentleman in our parishes and area. It is our obligation to pay it forward and invite men in as we were asked a while back.

Please check the State Website for the Membership team who is here to assist you in achieving your goal of Star Council this year. In future articles, I will have tips and advice to assist you in having a successful recruitment year. Please know not hesitate to contact myself or anyone on the Membership team. We are ready and willing to assist you in achieving your goals. I look forward to serving you as your State membership Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

Vivat Jesus,

Nick Nastasi
State Membership Director – East

Chancellor – Goodbye

Vince Cerrullo

To all my friends and members of Knights of Columbus in North Carolina:

Since coming onto the State Council in 1998 under then State Deputy Deacon John Harrison.

I have enjoyed the friendship of many great Knights.  At the time Deacon John appointed me State Historian in which l continued for the next 10 years.

During those years I was on the State Staff as District Deputy and Regional District Deputy.  In 2012 State Deputy Greg Kent asked if I would accept the new position of State Chancellor. He stated I would provide services to the western part of the State (Charlotte Diocese) while Hadon Ware would provide services to the eastern part of the State (Raleigh Diocese).

The position of Chancellor was initiated with the thought of reducing the work load of the State Officers.  Our duties basically was  to do whatever we could and was asked to do by the State Deputy.  After about 1 ½ -2 years later Hadon had to resign his position due to health problems.  At which time I was asked to provide whatever services I could statewide.

It was an enjoyable experience of being on the State Staff working with the several State Deputies and State Officers.  However it has come time to “hang up my spikes” and work on my bucket list including seeing more of my 5 children and their families along with our 14 grandchildren.

Thanks to all who made my jobs easier and more enjoyable.

Vince Cerullo

General Program Director

Chris Losack

Brothers all,

For all of you outgoing Grand Knights, I would like to say “Thank You” for a job well done over this past year. At the recent Council Leadership Training sessions we gave out 146 awards to Councils for the great programs they conducted in the second half of the Fraternal year. These were chosen out of the 218 submissions. If you really do the math that’s only about 22% of all of the programs that could be reported. I would like to challenge you to submit your best program in each of the program areas for this first half of the year and let’s get some more recognition out there.

I am pleased to announce the State Program Directors for the upcoming year. The Church Director is Jeff Hoffman, the Community Director is Bob Macaluso, the Council Director is Jim Laraia, the Culture of Life Director is Boyce Williams, the Family Director is Fred Burton, the LAMB Director is Richard White, and the Youth Director is Pat O’Doherty. These men are here to help you and look forward to introducing their teams later as the year go on.

As we start the new Fraternal year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the Building the Domestic Church initiative. This coordination between your Council and your Parish Priest must become a central focal point when you meet with your Pastor as you start this year. The importance of working alongside the parish’s goals needs to be a major part of your consideration when putting together your calendar for the upcoming year. Remember “We are a part of the Church, we are not apart from the Church.” The family is the first and primary place where we experience and are formed in our Catholic faith. By building upon our current programs and activities, the Knights of Columbus continues to promote the family as a “domestic church” where husbands and wives, parents and children, grow in their knowledge and practice of the Catholic Faith. In order to perform its important mission of evangelization, each family needs to find support in the sacramental life of the parish. We are there to assist as we can in doing this. If we approach everything in this manner, programs will draw new and old members together in this vision of what Fr. McGivney had in mind for us, supporting each other. There are many materials and ideas available on the Supreme website at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/index.html

I am excited about the upcoming year and am looking forward to all of the great programs that you guys accomplish this year.

Christopher J. Losack
NC General Program Director

We Are Called

2017 State Golf Tournament

Start practicing now for the 2017 State Golf Tournament! On October 7th and 8th Council #9499 in Clemmons will host a two-day event at Tanglewood golf club in Clemmons. Saturday’s play will be on the Reynolds course and Sunday’s final round will be played on the Championship course; host of the 1974 PGA Championship and for 15 years the Vantage Championship on the Senior PGA tour.

Click here for further details.

Click here to register.

In addition to the golf, there will be a dinner on Saturday evening after the conclusion of the 5:30 Mass.  Cost for the weekend is $140 per player. For further details, please go to the website at www.kofcnc.org

Family Director

Fred Burton

Summer Time Program Pointers

We’re into the ‘black-out’ period, the time it takes to compile a new state directory. Hopefully, we’ll fill somecritical information gaps between now and the time the new GK’s meet the new DD’s.

5th SUNDAY ROSARY – These begin on July 30th so there’s no time to waste in planning this for your parish!

FAMILY WEEK – That’s the 2nd week in August. If you usually have a parish picnic this would be a great time to do it. Consider, too, a pool party, family movie or game night, baseball outing or helping out with VBS. Oh! If you have any underprivileged kids might need some help with school supplies and you can (a) get them on that sales tax-free weekend and (b) have a LAMB event then at a store where school supplies are sold.

LIFECHAIN on October 1st will be on top of us before we know it; you have few meetings between now and then. Our Culture of Life Director will have a BLAST about it with info on existing sites or you can look at the website, LifeChain.net. Appoint a Chairman as soon as you can to start parish publicity or maybe establish your own site.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! There are several Youth Programs conducted each the Fall on the council level: Free Throw Contest, Soccer Challenge, several Essay and Poster Contests. THIS is the time to order your kits for these programs. (Anyone dealing with kids MUST meet certain training & background requirements! That takes time.)

CHRISTMAS CARDS??! – Yes! Really! Right after Halloween is an excellent time to start selling them, so now is a good time to order. The price your council pays will benefit our statewide Squires program (we used to have a “country store” when there was one big state-wide Organizational Meeting) so Contact the chairman. Oh, you can increase your fundraising by finding a source of religious wrapping paper to sell with the cards.

MORE FALL and ADVENT PLANNING – Thinking about it, parish Advent calendars fill up EARLY and FAST. Decide your council’s Advent and Christmas programs NOW and reserve the time and space to conduct them. Building the Domestic Church has plenty of options in addition to the parties and events you already do. Are there any Christmas parades in which your Assembly can march? Do they have a banner, “Keep Christ in Christmas”? Invite scouts and other parish groups to march with you! How about having a Fraternal Benefits Nights?

2 MORE FEATURED PROGRAMS: Food for Families and Coats for Kids will usually come to fruition for many councils in November or December. That means you’ve got to name Chairmen and Assistants (these are big programs) during the Summer.

A SURPRISE COMING: NC is going forward on a new program developed by Council 10389 called “Baptismal Gifts” which addresses the Culture of Life, Building the Domestic Church, the spiritual exploration of fatherhood AND recruiting younger men. We’ve passed it on to Supreme – it’s that good! Details later but you can contact me now and we can discuss ideas for filling recruiting and insurance goals.

Some REPORTS you gotta do on time to get Star Council! (ARGH!) I won’t belabor this; the State Warden and your DD will be pounding it into your head. Budget – plan what you want to do, the cost and then your fundraisers. Remember that SP-7 due June 30th? Get a head start on next year’s by penciling in all the programs you regularly do each year – those are so often forgotten in ‘crunch time’. You’ll need some of that info for December’s Form 1728 (Yes, I’ll make you look it up). The Audit is due on the Feast of the Assumption. Remember that ‘black-out period’? You can dispel that with forms 185, 365 and the on-line State Directory and State Contact forms.

Fred Burton
NC Family Director
NC Silver Rose Chairman


LAMB Director

LAMB Director

Brothers All,

Do you already purchase items on Amazon?

If so, do you want to earn some money for LAMB by doing nothing?

Amazon has a special rewards program for charities called “AmazonSmile”, website smile.amazon.com.

Next time you are looking to make a purchase on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com.  The website looks almost identical to the standard Amazon site, however when you log in with your Amazon account you can designate a charity you would like to support.

Search for the LAMB Foundation of NC and select.

Once you’ve selected LAMB everything else functions the same. Shop for your favorite products or the perfect gift. Most products are eligible on Amazon Smile–if not, you’ll be notified. You can checkout normally as well. No extra cost is passed onto you and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the LAMB Foundation.

After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile you can share the news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email. This option appears on the confirmation page after your order is complete.

Want to try something else?

Last year Internet search engines generated close to $8 billion in revenue from advertisers. GoodSearch and its companion GoodShop (on-line shopping) are a way to direct some of that money to LAMB. Every time someone who has designated LAMB as their charity with GoodSearch and just searches the Internet as they normally would, LAMB receives 1 cent. While it may not sound like much, if only 1,000 of our 17,000 members uses this and average 2 searches a day, LAMB would earn over $7,000 a year. GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo! so the search results are high quality.  So go to goodsearch.com, check it out, register and choose the LAMB Foundation as your charity.

Vivat Jesus,

Richard White
State LAMB Director


Tom DuPree

Greetings Brother Sir Knights, Worthy Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator,

Vivat Jesus!

Congratulations to the newly elected Council and Assembly Officers.  As you prepare and plan your programs for the year 2017-18, I would respectfully request that you consider supporting our Veterans.  As in the past news articles I have suggested six major programs in the State of North Carolina that deserve your participation:

  • Coats for Veterans: There are many Veterans who will not have an adequate winter coats for this coming Autumn/Winter.  The Knights purchase new coats that will be distributed by the Chief of Voluntary Services at each VA Medical Center.
  • Sweat Pants and Sweat Shirts: Each VA Medical Center distribute between 900-1200 sweat pants and shirts each year.  This is NOT provided by the Veterans Administration.
  • National Wheel Chair Games: Each year these games are held around the country providing our disable Veterans the opportunity to participate in events such as…basketball, baseball, bowling, shot put, discus, hand-cycle etc..
  • Wounded Warrior Program (M.O.P.H.) : This program allows Veterans to go home for the Christmas Holidays.  This program has seen a drastic reduction in the numbers being sent home.
  • Supporting USO of North Carolina: There are eight facilities in NC and they are non-profit organization providing many services to our Veterans, both active and retired plus supporting their families.
  • Gift Cards: These come from grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, theaters and plays, Walmart, Target etc…These cards are used to provide socialization to the Veterans who live in the Community Living Center, Hospice Unit and homeless Veterans re-habitation.

In addition to these programs, there are many items that are needed on a daily basis for the VA Medical Centers, Health Care Centers and the USO.

We have 17,200+ Knights in North Carolina comprising 130+Councils and 45 Assemblies.  In order to assist our Veterans I am requesting that each Council and Assembly and our Brother Knights individually, prayerfully consider making a monetary cash donations to support these programs.  To assist you in this request, I have set up a special checking account for VAVS programs.  100% of your contributions goes directly to our Veterans.  You can use the following link:


Or checks:  mail to the attention of:

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

Make Checks payable:  St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552

Memo:  Put your Council/Assembly #, Program you want your $$ to support.

Thank you for all of your support of our Veterans—“Serving Those Who Serve”  


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

Merger Unites Councils with Historic & Cultural Ties

The merger of two KofC councils with historic and cultural ties in southeastern North Carolina was completed at a June 6, 2017 meeting when the assets were consolidated and members of both councils together elected officers for fraternal year 2017-2018. This event culminated some two years of discussions, consultations, surveys, joint meetings, formal resolutions, requests for approvals to the State and Supreme Councils, and prayers, lots and lots of prayers.

From left: DD 25 Ray Gromadski, GK merged Council 11817 Jack Fera, PGK former Council 15091 Gary Michael, DD 1 Frank Weisgerber

The merger was officially approved at the KofC Supreme Board of Directors Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2017 meeting. The newly merged council retains the name of the older and larger of the two councils, Fr. Roland Gross Council 11817, and is based at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 4849 Castle Hayne Rd., North Carolina.

The combination of the Fr. Roland Gross Council 11817 (Castle Hayne, NC) and the St. Joseph the Worker Council 15091 (Burgaw, NC) strengthens the efforts of the knights in these “sister” parishes to better serve the Church, families and the community. Historically, both the Castle Hayne and Burgaw Catholic parishes, founded in 1907 and 1906, respectively, were established by Catholic immigrants from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Poland, Russia and the Ukraine. For almost a century since, both communities were characteristically based on a rural agricultural economy. In more recent years, the economic development of the greater Wilmington/Cape Fear region brought social and cultural changes to the area. These changes had both positive and negative impacts on the Castle Hayne and Burgaw communities.

Jack Fera, Grand Knight of the newly merged Council 11817, remarked at the June 6th meeting that he is “looking forward to an even more successful year of service to the Church and community.” Past Grand Knight of the former Council 15091 (Burgaw, NC), Gary Michael, stated that “I feel that this merger is somehow the hand of God working to bring us together in unity to be better servants in His vineyard.”

Fr. Roger Malonda Nyimi, Chaplain of the newly merged Council, worked with both councils prior to their consolidation as Chaplain of both councils. It is important to note that he also is the Pastoral Administrator of both the St. Stanislaus Church (Castle Hayne, NC) and the St. Joseph Church (Burgaw, NC).

Knights in Action

Council 7184

GK Bob Zanoli of Council 7184 Hendersonville had the pleasure with Brother Wally Wadsworth to present Jim Landolf, The Store Manager at Harris Teeter our Thank you for your support plaque for Op Lamb. He was very surprised and very happy that we did this. He is looking forward to helping us in the future.

We would like to give a big thank you to Brother Wally Wadsworth he is always working very hard on Op Lamb and his efforts are not only recognized here locally but at the State level. The OPLamb director Br Richard White has contacted him as to this Plaque and may try to have other councils in the state do the same.

Knights and families of Council 7184 Hendersonville, were the first group to visit Appalachian Ridge Cidery (part of the St. Paul’s Winery) On Wednesday 28 June. Allen and Barbara gave us some lessons about hard cider, sherry, apple brandy, merlot, apple trees, distilling, fermenting and swilling, ….

Thanks also to the Komara family for the pulled pork sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers, and homemade Hendersonville apple pie for dessert.

We presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Allen and Barbara for their support of our council.

Council 15085
Council 15085 Members (partners in the Waynesville Wreaths Across America Program) present a Certificate of Appreciation to Regional District Marshal Dick Hamel and Faithful Navigator Tony Tiller of Assembly #3001 for their support and generous contribution to this year’s “Kick Off” Event held on Memorial Day.