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

Colin Jorsch

Greetings to one and all from Fayetteville.

Gina and I truly hope this edition of the THK finds you well and in good spirits.

Congratulations to our newly elected state officers!  I have the utmost confidence that these men and their ladies will take North Carolina well beyond anything I could have done.  You have chosen your leadership for the future very wisely.

Please make an effort to attend the Council Leadership training that is scheduled in your area during June.  Please, also make an effort to bring as many Brothers from your council as well.  There is a great deal of information and it can seem overwhelming, but if you share the load, you are bound to capture the information that will help make your council successful for the coming fraternal year.  Please do join us.

There is still time for many of you to achieve the STAR Award for your council.  So many of you are very close – please, for your members, make a little extra push during June to reach that goal.

As I write this article, the second reading for May 25th (The Ascension) was from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians:

Brothers and sisters: May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.

May the eyes of you hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.

And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

What a gift — I have to say, we are truly blessed to be members of this Great Church!

Gina and I to wish to thank you for all you have done over the past two years.  We have had the privilege to travel to many of your towns, councils and Churches.  Thank you for the repeatedly warm welcome.  It has been a pleasure serving you this past two years and I truly do believe that you have made a difference in your communities, your councils and our Church!!

May Christ’s Peace be with each and every one of you!



Colin Jorsch
State Deputy

State Secretary

John Nussbaum

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell.

At the NC State Convention, the delegates gave me their vote of confidence as they elected me to be your next State Deputy. I promise you I will do my very best to use the gifts and talents that God gave me to serve you as your new State Deputy. For the Knights of Columbus to be successful in North Carolina, we need the help of each and everyone one of you. We are all called by God to carry on the work of Christ. Will you accept the call?

To help Councils get organized and off to a good start, the State Council is organizing seven (7) Regional Council Leadership Training sessions. These one day sessions are free to attend. We will provide your lunch for you. These sessions are packed with a lot of great information that will help any Council get off to a great start. It is recommended that each Council bring multiple members. With more members there, the amount of information learned will be increased. All we ask is that you go to the NC State web page

and register. Do it today. This gives the host Council a chance to prepare enough food for your lunch. It is only common curtesy to tell your host that you are coming. Thank you for your help on this. We look forward to helping you be a success. Here is a list of where the sessions will be:

Region 1 – Council 1074 – June 10
Region 2 – Council 13812 – June 10
Region 6 – Council 6600 – June 17
Region 3 – Council 11101 – June 24
Region 4 – Council 10389 – June 24
Region 5 – Council 7184 – June 24
Region 6 – Council 2838 – June 24

At the State level, we could use some help. We have a number of positions that we are working to fill. If you or you know someone that would do a good job with one of these positions, please let me know:

  • Regional Membership & Program Consultant 6 (RMPC6)
  • DD6, DD7, DD18, DD19, DD22, DD26, DD27
  • RSVP Chairman
  • Habitat for Humanity Chairman
  • Food for Families Chairman
  • Poster & Essay Contest Chairman
  • Soccer and Free Throw Contest Chairman

Following the call of God and using the special gifts each of have been given by God and working together we can make a difference in our parish you’re your community. I pray that you will accept the call of God for you.

I look forward to help you be successful. 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

NC State Deputy elect

State Treasurer

Dan Lange

Worthy Brothers all,

Norma and I hope this issue of the Tar Heel Knight finds you healthy and feeling well. I want to begin by saying thank you for your support during my two years as State Treasurer. We did well and moved forward in the technical age as we started doing electronic vouchers and electronic billing. The combination of both has saved the state approximately $700.00 in mail costs per year and has allowed us to use the savings to fund some of our programs. I know like anything new it had a few glitches. I have enjoyed being the Treasurer and wish brother JC luck as he assumes the reigns in July.

Now for the new position of State Secretary, again, I thank you for your support and confidence as I begin my new assignment. I look forward to learning the next step on my wonderful journey to hopefully becoming the state deputy. I look forward to the task and welcome it. The job can be demanding, but I know that our Lord will be beside me helping and guiding me. Remember with God we can do many things and without God we can do nothing.

Vivat Jesus,

Dan Lange ST

State Advocate

JC Reiher


I hope this article finds you and yours making a difference in your parts of NC. Manon and I enjoyed the opportunity to see and spend time with so many of you at the 2017 State Convention in Durham, this past May.

It was such an honor and a pleasure to celebrate your accomplishments this past fraternal year.  You took the state theme of Go Make A Difference, to heart, and truly made a difference in so many lives. Exactly what Father McGivney had in mind. Bravo!

I want to make you aware that all Resolutions approved at the 2017 NC State Convention were submitted to Supreme for consideration, as required and I have received acknowledgement of their receipt.

As you might imagine, all State Officers are quite busy planning for the upcoming fraternal year, and there is no relaxing in sight. First and foremost, I want to thank ALL delegates, all brother Knights in NC, and quite frankly anyone reading this article, for your continued confidence and support in me, as I transition and undertake my new position of State Treasurer.  As I have said every year since this journey began, I will serve all of you with honor and pride, to the best of my abilities. Additionally, I wish to thank all of you for your dedication and support these past two years.

If I can be of any assistance to any of you, on any matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Vivat Jesus.

JC Reiher
State Advocate  


State Warden

Chris Losack

Brothers All, Vivat Jesus!

What a wonderful celebration we had a few weekends ago at the 97th State Convention. The convention committee did a terrific job and hope that you all had as much fun as I did. What a wonderful weekend it was celebrating all of the successes that our Councils has had over the past year. I am truly humbled to be a part of such a wonderful organization. I also want to that you for putting your faith in me in electing me as State Advocate for next fraternal year. I will work my hardest to live up to your expectations and be the best that I can be for the state of North Carolina.

At the Convention, we collected many of the Columbian Award Applications (SP7) and after a quick review I am amazed at the number and types of programs that each of you are doing. Many thanks for Family Director Fred Burton for his help in reviewing those submissions in relation to the new requirements regarding the Building the Domestic Church initiative. Based upon that review, twenty-six Councils are qualified for the Columbian Award that were not previously qualified on their initial report. The copy turned to the State Deputy at the Convention will be the copy that I send to Supreme so please make sure that if you make any additional changes/additions that you submit a revision to both Supreme and the State. Remember, the June 30 deadline is a firm deadline and NO submissions after this date will be accepted. This is a mandatory report for obtaining STAR status and every year we have Councils that miss achieving their STAR award simply by not completing the SP7. What a shame for the hard working people of your Council that have done everything asked of them but are not recognized due to not filing the proper paperwork.

I also want to request that if your Council has not submitted your Form 1295 Audit due February 15th, please do so as soon as possible. There are current four Councils outstanding. If you recall from the Mid-Year meeting that in order to obtain STAR Council you must remaining in good standing with Supreme. This means completing your Audits!!

Finally, it is time to start looking forward to next year. By now you should have put together a list of officer candidates to be elected in the next few months. As soon as you have your elections you need to file the Officers Chosen for Term (Form 185) as well as complete the State Directory form on the NC State Council website. Filing the Form 185 does not update the contact information in the State Website. Please update the directory form as soon as possible so that important communications can be sent to the proper personnel.
I believe that our future is very bright in North Carolina for the Knights of Columbus and I look forward to being a part of it with you.

Vivat Jesus,


Christopher J. Losack
NC State Warden

Immediate Past State Deputy

Jack Murray

My Brothers All,

My opening statement is simply to state: “Thank you!”
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you these past 12 years as a State Officer and Delegate to the Supreme Convention.
Thank you for your confidence in me, for each elective Office as we moved forward in those respective State Officer positions to and include that of State Deputy.

Thank you for the hospitality shown to both Jo and I as we traveled this State so many times to meet with all our Brother Knights and families at your various events. Many lasting memories have been realized.

We have met and made many lifelong friends across the State from Elizabeth City to Murphy and most stops in between.
We have represented you as a Supreme Delegate and traveled to places we would never have thought of from California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Canada 3X and so on, each place meeting and making new friends.

We had the opportunity to attend the 50th Anniversary of the Knights Tower Carillon at the Basilica of Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The highlight of that day was for Jo and I, as we led the congregation of over 2,000 in a decade of the Rosary from the Sanctuary area with Supreme Chaplain Archbishop Lori presiding.

There is one very important part of all this and that is the needed support of your spouse. I am very lucky to have had my wife Jo by my side and with me throughout all these trips, meetings and events and I cannot thank her enough for all that support.

As I take leave as a State Officer, I ask you to continue to show support for all our State Officers as has been shown to me. The position of a State Officer is by no means a ceremonial one, a lot of demand on time and effort to insure all tasks are completed in a timely fashion.

Once again, I thank you for all your support as these past 12 years
have been truly an Experience of a Lifetime!

Vivat Jesus,
Jack Murray, IPSD (soon to be just plain old PSD!)

Membership Director

Pete Devlin

District deputies, Grand Knights and Brothers all,

Congratulations on being elected or reelected to your positions as Grand Knights.

You now hold the highest ranking position of motivation in your counsel. Please use this last month to prepare for a great start for your counsel, meet with the outgoing Grand knight help him finish strong in his last month of leadership. He will be a valuable resource to you in the early months of the year.

Select your membership chairman, retention chairman and program chair now.

Bring them and your Deputy grand night chancellor financial secretary and treasurer to the training in June.

This will give you a good leg up and your lead officers will be trained. Please don’t take the summer off don’t give away two months of your year.

And remember we are here to help.

For outgoing grand Knights congratulations on a great year but do you still have 30 days left to do any last minute things you need to do to make your year excellent.

God bless you all for all you do for the Knights of Columbus.


Pete Devlin
Membership Director

Council Director

Nick Nastasi

Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! I want to congratulate Council 2829 for being the top Council Service program for the fraternal year. The council received their award at the State Convention being held in Durham from May 5th to May 7th.

I also want to thank all the councils who turned in a Council service award program this fraternal year and I want to encourage each council to turn in at least two Council service programs during the next fraternal year.

There has been another change to the State Bocce Tournament being held in Winston-Salem. Due to a low registration count, the tournament has been postponed to a later date. The target time is in the fall. An email blast has been sent out to all the Grand Knights. Additional information can be found on the State Website or by contacting Matt Pisano, the tournament chairman or Craig Smith, the Athletics Event Chairman, their contact information is on the State Website. The dates for the State Golf Tournament are October 7th and 8th in Clemmons. Please check the website and future articles of the THK for additional information. Thanks to our Athletics Events Chairman, Craig Smith for coordinating with the councils to host these events.

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 contact Traveling Gavel chairman, Anthony Thompson on the progress of the gavels as they make their way through the councils that are in your regions and districts.

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.

This will be my last article as your State Council Director. As of July 1st, your new State Council Director will be Brother Bob Macaluso from Council 1074 in Wilmington. I will be taking on the role as the State Membership Director for the eastern half of the State.  It has been an honor to have served you for the past two years as your State Council Director. 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 Council Director

Family Director

Fred Burton

Budgetary Epiphany

To you new and re-elected council officers: Hello and congratulations on passing the careful scrutiny of your councils! Now get to work putting together that council budget! And don’t forget Family Programs! Oh, do I sense frowns? What do you think of when you hear the word ‘budget’? Accounting? Bookkeeping? Numbers? BORING? OK ……

Why do we have budgets? To plan our finances? To fulfill a requirement?  Our District Deputy says we should have one? To look professional? To produce a nicely balanced fiscal document? Do we start with what we think our council income will be and make everything else fit? As Trustee of my council I was assessing the budget proposal with that in mind when I had an epiphany.

I was looking at the process from the wrong perspective. Sure, businesses do their budgets in the traditional way for their annual report to the stockholders. Boring! But we, as Knights of Columbus, are not generating profits and dividends for stockholders. What is the First Principle of our Order? CHARITY! This is a God-given virtue which is composed of the joyful expenditure of compassion, time, talent and treasure. The budget deals with that last item so maybe we need to look at Charity first!

Where in the budget do we find Charity? Within our programs: Council, Church, Community, Youth, Culture of Life, Family (I had to say that!), Membership, LAMB and in the activities they contain.  So rather than first figure what our council will earn, let’s start from the other end: what it will DO!

Accomplishment-oriented budgeting. Ask your Council Program Directors what they want to accomplish in this coming fraternal year. Do any of your members, particularly your new members, have any project ideas about which they feel passionate? Are there any new projects in the wings? How much will it cost to achieve each of those worthy goals? Have your officers and trustees prioritize them. These are the results, the honors, the happy satisfactions your council members will strive to make real! This is the monetary component of ….. our Charity, our council’s corporal acts of Mercy!

Working backwards. What tools or supplies will you need to get the job done? What social events and awards will help to instill a unifying sense of contribution and success in your members? What obligations (yeah, per capita, etc.) must your council pay? Let’s call these the ‘operating expenses’. Now you’re ready to determine the funds needed to accomplish these goals and how you’ll earn them.

And SURPRISE, maybe that budget isn’t so dull and boring after all. No, it’s a living instrument for fulfilling God’s will for you, your council members, your parish and your community. It’s a document based in Charity, a contract, a promise to yourselves to help the needy and build another part of God’s Kingdom on earth, a statement of who we are and what we strive to do! Present it with Pride and Faith!

Vivat Jesus!

Fred Burton
NC Family Director and Silver Rose Chairman

The Silver Rose at St Joseph Church in Kannapolis hosted by Council 12167.

LAMB Director

LAMB Director


Brothers All,

Well all the Bids are In! – The LAMB Silent Auction at the State Convention was another success, this year raising over $2,300 dollars.  A total of 52 items were auctioned off, ranging from some condo stays at the beach, to various handmade items from some of the charities LAMB supports.

Thanks to all who participated and remember to start thinking of items your Council can bring next year – it’s a fun and easy way to raise a little extra for LAMB.

LAMB Calendar – as we enter the second half of the year, please make sure you have your “LAMB plans” for the rest of year finalized, for example reserving stores for solicitation and fundraisers.

Another very worthwhile activity is to set up a visit with a charity or two that your Council supports and invite family members to come as well.  It is much easier to fill shifts when people see firsthand how their efforts pay off.

Information Resources – as mentioned last month, if you require any LAMB related materials / information, please reach out to either the State LAMB Director, Richard White, or the corresponding LAMB Chairman for your Region, Brother Jim Laraia in the East, or Brother Steve Purcell in the West,

LAMB materials are also available on the LAMB Website, which you should visit anyway if you have not already. (contact the State LAMB Director for login information)

Vivat Jesus,

Richard White
State LAMB Director


Knights In Action

40 Cans for 40 Days

Having finally come to agreement on when it would happen, 5 intrepid Knights of Columbus, Mother of Mary Council #11180, Edenton, NC, (including one “I refuse to be one but I’ll help out”) loaded up 1352 pounds and 8 ounces of food to be distributed between the Chowan and Perquimans County’s Food Pantries.

The food was the result of the council placing a donation receptacle at the entrance to the church and inviting all members of the parish to donate one can of food for each day of the Lenten period.

Many thanks to FDD Walt Smith for heading up the project, building the donation receptacle, and coordinating with the food pantries. Thanks to Brother Knights PFN Colin Caron, FDD Fred Morrow, FDD Jason Martin, (and he who is in training to become one, George Lawrence) for their great work in lugging all that food out of the basement and into delivery vehicles. Thanks to those who, on a weekly basis, carried all donations to the church basement for storage.

Council 15085 – Waynesville

Council Members GK/SK Mark Zaffrann, SK/PGK Chris Amsler, SK Phil Webb, and FS/PGK Lonnie Pizza serve as hosts to the Wreaths Across America “Kick Off” Event as part of the fund raising campaign in Waynesville.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose

On April 13th St Aloysius Church was graced with hosting The Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose program. The Rose was presented at a bilingual Adoration Service. This spiritual moment will be remembered by all. At the conclusion of the service the parish was allowed to come up to our honor guard and gaze upon and take pictures with the rose. It was surely a blessed event that will be remembered by all.

Sir Knights of Assemblies 2208 and 780 at the 2017 Mint Hill Memorial Day Parade. Left to right are: Phil Angelo, PGK David DeBrosse, PGK Bob Reilly, Mike Murphy, PGK Mark Krouse, Matt Rick, PGK Bob Hinchey, FN Jason Franze, PGK Matt Dimock, & FD Fred Burton. Both the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from St Luke Church accepted their invitation in the spirit of Building the Domestic Church to march with them.


District Master

Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights and Brothers All,

Congratulations to all newly elected Assembly Officers! Please accept my best wishes for a most successful Fraternal Year 2017-18.  To all, please recall hearing the words “you are not alone”, so if you need help, please call and get an answer before you reply incorrectly. If we do not have the answer, it will be researched and replied to you ASAP.

For the Outgoing Assembly Officers, especially the Faithful Navigators, thank you for all your hard work in leading your Assemblies as you complete your successful term. Please continue to support the new Officers as they now take over the leadership and planning for the next year.

As a reminder – please insure you complete the 4th Degree State Directory Form as well as Form 186 – Report of Assembly Officers chosen for the Fraternal Year 2017-18. Thank you for all your help to insure we get all the correct information for the new 2017-18 4th Degree Directory.

I have received many requests for Assembly Installations and working to honor your special dates. Thank you to the Assemblies that are grouping their installations together, a great help.

Thank you to all Assemblies that participated in Memorial Day activities across the State as we remembered the sacrifices of all our Veterans. We are here today to enjoy our freedom of religion, speech, etc. due to the bravery and service of these heroes to our Country.  Please forward any pictures and we will place on the State Website.

June is full of dates to remember: 6/6 D-Day; 6/14 Flag Day and US Army Founded (1775); 6/18 Father’s Day; 6/22 Pledge of Allegiance Recognized by Congress (1942). Again, we pause to remember the reasons for these special Holidays with special events, picnics, family gatherings, etc. Please forward any pictures and we will place on the State Website.

Star Assembly Award and the Civic Award Guidelines are attached to this  Article. Please read them and submit your requests to Supreme. Please remember you submit these reports to honor the hard work and support of our Brother Sir Knights, in each of your Assemblies, this past Fraternal Year.

To Be A Patriot Award – I wish to thank the six (6) Assemblies that submitted their “Special Patriotic Event”  for consideration. All were fantastic programs however, only one can be forwarded to the Vice Supreme Master for consideration from North Carolina. Great job done by all!

RSVP & Plaque Application due also to Supreme by June 30 with a copy to the District Master and Vice Supreme Master.

4th Degree Exemplification(s): Confirmed are the following Exemplifications for the next Fraternal Year through November 2017:

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

The information sheet and dress code forms for the August Exemplification are available on the 4th Degree State Website.

Military Chaplain’s Fund is still active until the end of the Fraternal Year. 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!

Once again a thank you and a job well done to the retiring Faithful Navigators for their service to their Assemblies this past Fraternal Year. To other Assembly Officers also retiring, thank you and best wishes to all.

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


Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service

Having just completed the Memorial Day celebration, I hope you took time to pause and reflect over sacrifices that our Men and Women in the Military have given to secure our Freedom in this Country.  In the month of June, we will reflect over the following events:  June 6th—D-Day 1944, June 25th—Korean War begins—1950, June 14th—Flag Day and Independence Day July 4th.  I would like to encourage all Councils, Assemblies and Brothers to honor these special days in “a Special Way”.

Worthy GK and FN, as you complete your term, I want to thank you for your leadership in guiding your Brothers to another successful year.  To the new elected GK and FN as well as other Officers, congratulations on your election.  I look forward to working with you in support of our Veterans and the VAVS Programs in the coming year.

As you prepare your budgets for the year 2017-18, I respectfully request your consideration in funding the following programs in support of our Veterans:  National Wheel Chair Games, Coats for Vets, Wounded Warrior Program (M.O.P.H.), USO of NC, Sweats for Vets & Gift Cards.  These programs are NOT funded by the Veterans Administration and are critical for the welfare and care of our Veterans.  Every dollar is important and is used to meet the needs as requested by our Veterans and the VA Medical Centers.  Please review your current budget to see if you have any surplus funds that were not allocated that you could donate to support the above programs.

In making your donations, please follow the following guidelines.  Make your check payable to: St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552 and in memo section: VAVS/Program/Assembly or Council #. Mail you’re to SK Jerry Cucurullo, Faithful Comptroller 6208 Heacham Ct., Raleigh, NC 27614.

Three Programs to Highlight:

We have been involved in a wonderful Veterans Support Program called ”Stars for Our Troops” for the past four years. I became involved with this program when I came in contact with a Veteran associated with N .C. Subvettes, Mr. Rick Pettit. He is also affiliated with the local D.A.V. His wife has processed over 60,000 Stars. The Stars are given to Veterans and also most recently to Emergency First Responders in honor of their service to their Communities and Country. The program was originally started in 2010 by Ms. Susan Wells as a retirement project to honor Veterans, as the press release will describe at the end of the article.  The Stars have been shared with the following Councils:

KofC Assembly # 3158 includes:  Albemarle/Annunciation # 10495, Concord/St James # 7450,  Kannapolis/St Joseph # 12167, Salisbury/Sacred Heart # 8680, St Thomas Aquinas # 10505, Our Lady of the Americas/Biscoe, and WG  Hefner VA Hospital in Salisbury

We are in the midst of an Assembly wide Flag collection through all Councils of the Assembly for a large Flag Retirement Ceremony in August 2017. This will be attended by Knights in Regalia and the local Boy Scout Troop # 103 of St James the Greater Catholic Church Concord.

We encourage the utilization of this fine program and appreciate the fine coordination Statewide with S/K Tom Dupree VAVS Coordinator.

S/K James ”Eddie” McEachern

This years’ Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) Activity went very well. Thanks goes out to the help and coordination from Christopher P. Froeschner, VP Operations USO of NC and George Washington Lane, CTR NG NCARNG (US), at the National Guard Center. The unloading of the GSC delivered by Operation Jersey Cares (OJC) was very smooth and with the help of 29 volunteers the loading of the different vehicles went quick.

  • SK Tom DuPree picked up 4 skids of GSC that included: 2,400 boxes of Do e dos, 1,620 boxes of Savannah Smiles 1,920 boxes of Tagalongs and 2,160 boxes of Samoas for a grand total of 8,100. The total value of these GSC is $32,400.00 (8,100 boxes X $4.00).
  • The National Guard Center picked up 480 boxes made up of a mixture of: Thin Mints, Do e dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and Samoas. The total value of these GSC is $1,920.00 (480 boxes X $4.00).
  • The USO State Office picked up 1,272 boxes and the USO from Fort Bragg Center picked up 2,064 boxes made up of a mixture of: Thin Mints, Do e dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and Samoas. The total value of these GSC is $13,344.00. (3,336 boxes X $4.00)
  • The American Legion & VFW from Kernersville together picked up 1,320 boxes made up of a mixture of: Thin Mints, Do e dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and Samoas. The total value of these GSC is $5,280.00 (1,320 boxes X $4.00)
  • Veterans Helping Veterans Heal (VHVH) from Winston Salem picked up 1,452 boxes made up of a mixture of: Thin Mints, Do e dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, and Samoas. The total value of these GSC is $5,808.00 (1,452 boxes X $4.00).
  • Kernersville VA Health Care Center in Kernersville received 721 boxes made up of a mixture of: Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles and Samoas. The total value of these GSC is $2,884.00(721 boxes X $4.00)
  • A SPECIAL THANKS goes out to Chris Murray from OJC for taking the time to drive down on Tuesday night from Somerville, NJ. Without him and the GREAT support from Operation Jersey Cares this Activity could not have happened!!Vivat Jesus,
    SK Bob Yuzuik, Faithful Navigator, PGK

I attended the quarterly VAVS meeting on May 15 in Salisbury. We have a record number of 22 veterans on this year’s Blue Steel team that will participate in the 2017 (37th Annual) National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Cincinnati this July.

At the meeting Tom Dupree and I presented a check for $2,500 to the VAVS. This was in addition to $3,550 that had already been delivered to the VAVS. So for 2017, we were able to provide $6,050 to help our veterans in this life changing event!!!

And it is all possible based on the generous donations of many of the groups that have been noted in my past e-mails, plus the ones noted below:

The additional funds were donated by St. Lawrence Assembly #780 (Asheville), St. Mark Council #12654 (Huntersville), St. Gregory Council #6700 (Gastonia), Central Piedmont Assembly #3158 (Concord), Pope John Paul II Assembly #3017 (Kernersville) along with cash donations collected during a 3rd degree in Clemmons and the mid-year meeting in Morganton. A final thanks to SK Tom Dupree for an additional donation from his VAVS account with the Assembly in Durham.

Please give some prayerful consideration to working with your groups in the upcoming fraternal year to add a budget item for our veterans to help with other programs and activities throughout 2017 and into next year!

Mitch Miller

VAMC Salisbury
VA HCC Kernersville
VA HCC Charlotte

Civic Award

Purpose:  The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by Fourth Degree Assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four (4) different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Supreme council Civic Award.

Requirement: To be eligible, Assemblies must complete and submit the Civic Award application to the Supreme Council office.

Judging:   No judging, just submit the Civic Award application.

Due:   June 30, 2017.  Note: Application will not be accepted by Supreme if late.

All Assemblies are encouraged to achieve Civic Award status each and every fraternal year.

Criteria For Attaining The Star Assembly Award

  • Publish and distribute to the assembly membership a minimum of six Assembly Newsletters during the 2016-2017 fraternal year.  A copy of each newsletter must also be sent (either in print or electronically) to the Vice Supreme Master.
  • Meet the assembly’s membership goal, with a net gain of 10% additions over deletions.
  • Earn the Civic Award by conducting a minimum of four patriotic programs during the 2016-2017 fraternal year, and reporting those programs to the Supreme Master by June 30, 2017 on the Civic Award Application.
  • Complete and submit to your District Master by April 30 the To Be A Patriot Award application.
  • Complete and submit the Report of Officers Chosen for the Term (#186) and the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) by their respective due dates. The Fraternal Survey form is due January 31, 2017.  The office report form was due July 1 but, for Star Assembly qualification purposes

NOTE: All required forms for the Star Assembly Award can be found on the Assembly Forms page of