The Tar Heel Knight

June 2018

State Officers

Regional Membership and
Program Consultants


State Officers

State Deputy: John Nussbaum
Chaplain: Father Lesak
State Secretary: Dan Lange
State Treasurer: JC Reiher
State Advocate: Chris Losack
State Warden: Sergio Miranda
Immediate Past State Deputy: Colin Jorsch

Regional Membership and
Program Consultants

#1: JP Horvat
#2: Tom Smith
#3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
#4: Ron Cortopassi
#5: Richard Hamel

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State Deputy

Holy Spirit calls each of us, what are you called to do?
28 Councils on track to get their membership quota.
8 Councils already have met both their membership and insurance quotas for the year!


Worthy Brothers, Greetings from the Crystal Coast!  I want to thank everyone for their hard work and all the efforts in recruiting this year so far. Your efforts have paid…

Community Director

Disaster Response Network Brothers, We are in the process of creating a formalized Disaster Response Network and would like each council to consider being part of this network. Over the…

Culture of Life

The good news for saving lives of Unborn Children in NC is that the State Legislators provided 2 Million dollars in grants for Pregnancy Centers to purchase ultrasound equipment.

Family Director

Fred Burton What to Do With New e-Members Here’s hoping you’re finding new e-members who’ve asked about joining your council. Let’s stop for a minute and ask ourselves, “What…

LAMB Director

Every Little Bit Counts At the recent State Convention, one of the questions from the floor dealt with the status of “AmazonSmile” donations to the LAMB Foundation. For those who…

Round Table Development

Richard Angell Brother Grand Knights and Round Table Coordinators, We have had a great year on Round Table growth in NC. We  exceeded our goal by 10%! We are…

Knights in Action

Sons of Mother Seaton Council 9847 Friday April 20, 2018 was the Fayetteville NC Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities. Knights from Council 9847 helped over 200 participants/athletes participate…

District Master

  4th DEGREE EXEMPLIFICATION Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers, Thank you for all your support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this great State. You do not stop at…


Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Greeting Brothers SK, GK & FN, Vivat Jesus! As our fraternal year comes to a close, I want to thank the GK and FN for…

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State Deputy

John Nussbaum

Now is a great time to reflect on what your Council has done.

As this fraternal year comes to a close and we are preparing for a new one, it is a great time to reflect on all that you have done and what you want to do.

This fraternal year is almost over. What do you and your Council need to do in June to reach the Council goals that you set a year ago. You still have some time. Don’t give up yet. Pull out that action plan with your goals from a year ago. How did you do? What can you still work on in June? Are you on track to get a STAR Council Award?

At the State level your State Officers are looking at our Action Plan from a year ago. We didn’t hit all of our goals but we have come very close on many of them. They were stretch goals so overall, we did very well. Reporting of programs by Councils is less than we wanted. Many great programs are being conducted all across North Carolina but not being shared so others can learn from your success. One new Council in Jefferson was chartered this year. Great to see that we are growing. One inactive Council in North Wilkesboro is almost back to an active status. This was due to the leadership of District Deputy 20 Bob Hall and the many Brothers that helped him. The Online membership program was launch in January to encourage younger members to join our Order. We have brought in some new members with this program but we need to expand that program next year. Due to the very hard work of many Councils, we are truly growing in North Carolina. As of today, we have 826 new Brothers in North Carolina. That is not possible without everyone’s help. Do you have at least one member of your parish that would be willing to join your Council before the end of June. Our State goal is to exceed 900. We are so close. Thanks to your efforts, this goal is within reach. Unfortunately, we have had 267 Brothers that have decided to drop out of our Order so far, this fraternal year. More drops are being worked on. Why are so many Brother that joined our Order for a reason deciding to drop out? What are we doing wrong? Despite this, we are growing in North Carolina. Our true growth after the drops, transfers and deaths, is 292 additional members. We now have a total of 17,456 Brother Knights in North Carolina. This is a reason to be very proud. Think of all of the great work we can do for God by working together.

Finish the 2017-2018 fraternal year strong and be proud of all that you have done for God this year.

Now is also the time to start looking ahead to our next fraternal year. We have many exciting things coming to help you. The first is our Regional Council Leadership training sessions. They will take place in the month of June. They are designed to help your Council set goals that will help your pastor. You will be introduced to many tools to help you be successful. We want more than the Grand Knight to attend these training sessions. We would love to see every Council send at least one car load of leaders. At a minimum, the following Council leaders are being asked to attend: Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, General Program Director, Membership Director and Financial Secretary. The FS trainers have a great breakout session planned for the FSs. They will learn tricks to make their job easier. Even those that have been in office for a while will benefit greatly. After leaving this training session, you will be ready to sit down as a Council and set your goals for the next fraternal year.

To be successful, you must have a well thought out plan written down and then work together to make than plan a reality.

If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I can be reach at or 919-366-6405. I will do my very best to make sure you get the help you need. Let’s finish the year strong! With your help, we can.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum
NC State Deputy

State Advocate

Chris Losack

Changes Coming to Youth Protection Requirements

Brothers all,

Where has all the time gone? It seems like only yesterday I was writing to you at the start of the Fraternal Year and now we are talking about changes upcoming for the 2018-2019 year. I trust that each of you had a wonderful year in whatever position you held within your Council and that your Councils had a very successful year. One area that we could have done better at in North Carolina was regarding the requirements that Supreme had regarding Youth Protection. We actually had a number of Youth Directors that did not fulfill their requirements and were declared ineligible for their office. This is a shame as I am sure that these were very deserving and dedicated men that probably just let things fall through the cracks. Well hopefully that will not happen next year with some of the changes that are coming down.

What are those changes you say? Well, here goes. First, many of you have expressed the desire to understand where your Council stood with regards for satisfying the Supreme requirements. Last year I was the only one within the state that could look up that information. This year, each Grand Knight and General Program Director of the Council will have access to verify the compliance of their Council members. This is a positive step forward. This will allow each Council to be proactive and ensure that their required personnel are compliant.

What are those requirements you ask? Well, like last year, the Grand Knight will be required to take the online training. This year the General Program Director (generally the Deputy Grand Knight) will also need to take the online training. This will also allow them access to the status page for their Council. Since the Youth programs are being divided between the Family and Community program areas, both of those Directors will now be required to take the online training and consent to a background check. It does not necessarily mean that a background check will be administered, but they must agree to allow it if they are chosen. Additionally, if your Council has a Squires Program, then the Chairman and all Adult Counselors must also complete the training and consent to a background check. The requirement to complete this information within 30 days or be declared ineligible to hold that position is still in effect. Remember that a youth certified member MUST be present at any activity involving youth. This is above and beyond any requirements that your Parish or Diocese may require.

Finally, you will need to submit the proper forms (185 and 365) to report the new officers, directors and chairmen. Make sure that the e-mail addresses are correct, as this is how training information is disseminated to your Council.

If you have any questions, please be prepared to ask at the upcoming Regional Council Leadership Trainings. If they cannot be answered there, please send me a note at and I will be happy to answer any question that you might have.

Best of luck in the upcoming year!!!

Vivat Jesus,

Christopher J. Losack
NC State Advocate

We Are Called


Nick Nastasi

Worthy Brothers,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast!  I want to thank everyone for their hard work and all the efforts in recruiting this year so far. Your efforts have paid off. At the State Convention, I mentioned that the North Carolina Knights had brought in 720 new members.

As of the writing of this article, the North Carolina Knights have brought in 822 new members. That is an average of almost 75 new members a month, which is our monthly goal. Since, the convention, 102 new members have joined us. For the month of May, there has been 111 new members have come into the Order. We are only 78 new members from reaching our goal of 900. We are in the last month of this fraternal year. Let’s finish strong and hit this goal. We are at the time of year where the weather is getting warmer. Church picnics are happening. Father’s Day is around the corner. All great opportunities to invite Catholic gentlemen and their families to join our Order.

Currently we are number 11 in the entire Order. Nine jurisdictions that are ahead of us are outside the United States. This means that we are the number two jurisdiction in the United States!  Great Job!   I want to thank all the councils who have brought in new members in to the Order. For all those who have not, please do all that you can to bring at least one new member into the Order this month.  We are called upon to invite every Catholic gentleman and their families the opportunity to join our Order. The best way for a man not to join our Order is by not inviting and offering him and his family the opportunity to join us.

Right now, there are 27 councils that have not brought a new member into the Order this Fraternal Year.  If every council in the State brings in a new member this month, not only will we hit our goal of 900, but we will surpass it. Please remind your Council members that for every new member that they recruit from December 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, their names get put into a drawing for an all-expense paid trip to Dublin, Ireland for two to attend the World Meeting of Families.

I want to thank all the councils who ran a first degree in May. Please have one planned for June as well. Every council should plan on holding a first degree this month or combine with neighboring councils in the district. Worthy Financial Secretaries, please remember to scan the Form 100’s to Supreme as soon as possible, please do not not to hold on to any Form 100’s on anyone who has taken their 1st degree, it does a disservice to that man. Please do not wait until the last minute to get your Form 100’s to Supreme. There are 75 other jurisdictions that are having the same push as North Carolina so Supreme will be very busy. A reminder that June 30th falls on a Saturday this year, so the Form 100’s will need to get Supreme by 3PM on June 29th.

Please remember as well to do a proper job when it comes to retention and the decision whether to suspend a Brother Knight, please follow the process properly or it will create frustration and delays in the process running smoothly. It is also important to keep the Brother Knights that we currently have. Remember our principles of Charity and Fraternity. Make personal contact to see how that Brother Knight is doing and be as fraternal as possible. Work with the Brothers to keep them in your councils and in the Order.

Also, if you have a roundtable and have not sent in the paperwork to establish (Form 2629) and/or report the activity for the fraternal year (Form 2630). The deadline is June 30th. Please contact Brother Dick Angell with any questions on roundtables. If your council did not turn in the SP-7 (Columbian Award) at the Convention, please get that in to the State Warden and Supreme by June 30th. Please ensure that your council has followed the Safe Environment guidelines as well. We don’t need a council to lose out on Star Council because a report wasn’t turned in or the Grand Knight didn’t take the time go to through the 90 minute online training.

Remember any council that earns Star Council will receive a $4.50 credit per billable member from Supreme on their Supreme per Capita.

For councils in Regions 1, 2 and 6 please contact Brother Bob Hack or me for any assistance. For councils in Regions 3, 4 and 5 please contact Brother James Pilate or me for any assistance. For any councils needing assistance with the Hispanic catholic community please contact Brother Jose Santos. Please contact Brother Dave Benes or Bob Hack for any guidance on the retention process and procedures. We cannot help if we are not aware that an issue exists. Please call and invite us to assist you to achieve your ultimate goal of STAR Council.

Also, please take advantage of E-Membership if someone is on the fence about joining the Order. This gives that gentleman the opportunity to learn more about the Order as well as the opportunity to protect him and his family with our fraternal benefits. The goal is to move that gentleman from an E-Member to a Degreed Knight. The website for E-Membership is

If you have an E-Member that goes to your church or parish, please invite that gentleman and his family to your next event and invite him to your next business meeting. Encourage him and his family to meet with the local field agent as soon as possible. Remember that he is a Brother Knight and is to be treated like any other Brother Knight who is a guest that is visiting your council. The objective is to encourage that gentleman to join the local council by filling out a Form 100 and for him to take his first degree. Once he takes his first degree, he will become a member of your council and count as a plus one for your membership quota. If he has taken advantage of our fraternal benefits and got insurance, it will count as a plus one for your insurance quota as well.

Even if you are able to get a name and email address for these gentlemen during your drives, please send them along to the Membership team and we will send them up to Supreme and these families will start receiving information about the Knights of Columbus on a monthly basis.

Also remember that the Insurance Agents are a key part of membership. Please utilize these brother Knights in your recruiting efforts. Many members become Knights simply to be able to buy coverage to protect their family. Soon after, they realize the good our charitable works do for their community, and they are proud to be members.

District Deputies, I am asking for your help in keeping your councils motivated and accountable for their goals that they set. You are a vital part to them achieving their goals. Unleash your awesomeness! 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.

Please check the State Website for the Membership team who is here to assist you in achieving your goal of Star Council this 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. Thank you for an outstanding year so far. Let’s have the strongest June that we can possibly have. It is an honor to serve you and your councils as your State Membership Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

Vivat Jesus,
Nick Nastasi
State Membership Director

General Program Director

Chris Losack

Let’s put our Faith into Action 

Brothers All,

If you were at the convention in Hickory last month you heard about the changes coming down from Supreme regarding the Programs that we conduct. After almost fifty years of “Surge….with Service” as the theme for our programs Supreme has decided to make a change and the new them is called “Faith in Action”. While our mission remains unchanged, it has evolved to meet a changing world. With the announcement of the “Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening Our Parishes” initiative we committed to evaluating our service to parishes and families so that our work might become even more relevant and effective. “Faith in Action” reflects this shift with a strong call to action and a focus on quality faith-filled family programs.

It also simplifies the requirements and gives a home to all of our Supreme Council recommended programs. You will see that there are now four program areas instead of six, each containing eight programs. In order to fulfill the eight programs in each area, nine new programs were added, including one that was born in NC: Sacramental Gifts.


You should notice that two of the program areas were renamed: Church becomes Faith and Culture of Life becomes Life, and two (Council and Youth) were eliminated. The programs that were previously under Youth have been divided between Family and Community to reflect where they truly fall. You will notice that most of the Council related programs have been eliminated. This is not to mean that we should not be doing Fraternal Activities, but that we should open those activities to our Families, Parishes and Communities. This will really allow you to “Put your Faith into Action.”

I’m sure that your immediate question is “How does this affect my Council?” Well, at the outset, there is no longer a need for a Youth or Council Director. Please take this into account as you are planning your leadership team for this coming year. Secondly, the Columbian Award will be updated to reflect this change as well. Instead of having to do 24 programs (4 in each of 6 categories) you will only be required to do 16 (4 in each of 4 categories). There are a few other changes for the Columbian Award for next year. First, the “Featured 8” remain, however they will now count as two programs, or ½ credit towards completion. There will also be four mandated programs that you must complete; one program in each program area. We’ll discuss this more at the upcoming Regional Council Leadership Trainings. I’m sure that you’ll have numerous questions, so please come prepared to ask.

Your North Carolina Program Team is very excited about this streamlined approach and we are already realigned to accommodate for “Faith in Action.” This is a great opportunity to really focus on those activities that are most important for strengthening our faith and broadening our influence. I hope that you are just as excited about this new direction as we are.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out anytime at

Christopher J. Losack

NC General Program Director

We Are Called

Program of the Year Winners

Congratulations Program of the Year Winners

Brothers All,

If you were at the convention in Hickory last month you got to hear about some of the great programs that Councils throughout the state are doing. We announced the Program of the Year in each category and I would like to congratulate each of the winning programs:

Service AwardCouncilCouncil NameCityGrand KnightProject Name
Church12455St. Luke the EvangelistRaleighJohn StansonRebuild church after horrific tragedy
Community939PiedmontGreensboroKen CartyEmergency Responders Awards & Dinner
Council7343St. John NeumanCharlotteBrian AllioOperation Santa's Helper
Culture Of Life9499Bishop GrecoClemmonsJoseph MusterCelebration of Life Monument Dedication
Family7186Fr. H. Charles MulhollandApexPaul McGrathComprehensive Family Programs
Lamb7450St. JamesConcordGerald McElroyLamb Project for Council 7450
Membership10891St. Joseph's of AsheboroAsheboroChuck LyonOctober Membership Drive
Youth15265St. Joan of ArcCandlerOswaldo VargasLive Stations of the Cross

These programs were truly inspiring and you should take a look at the writeups on the website when you have a chance. You may find opportunity to adapt these to something in your Council. Additionally, I look forward to awarding the rest of the second half awards at the upcoming Regional Council Leadership Trainings. There were a good number of submissions and it made our Directors’ jobs that much more difficult. Keep up the good work!

In your planning for next year, please note that the program award year will change slightly to accommodate our changes to the Convention timeline. Starting for 2018-2019, the 1st half program reporting period will run from March 1 – August 31 and the 2nd half reporting period will run from September 1 – February 28. The awards submission deadlines will be the last day of the period or August 31st and February 28th respectively. Please plan accordingly.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Regional Council Leadership Trainings and sa always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out anytime at

Christopher J. Losack
NC General Program Director

We Are Called

Community Director

James T. Laraia

Disaster Response Network


We are in the process of creating a formalized Disaster Response Network and would like each council to consider being part of this network.

Over the past two months we have shared with you the basic council requirements, informed you about our relationship with NC Catholics to form NC Catholics Volunteer and explained our membership with the NC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NC VOAD).  We are now ready to actively work with each council to expand our Disaster Response Network.

The week of May 20th a special e-mail blast was sent out to all District Deputies and Grand Knights.  The purpose was to share letters from Bishop Zarama and our State Deputy John Nussbaum.  You can read the letters by clicking the appropriate link below.

The first letter is from Bishop Zarama thanking the Knights of Columbus and asking for our continued support.

Bishop Zarama Letter

The second letter is from State Deputy John Nussbaum discussing the creation of a networked KofC Disaster Response Program (DRP).

DRP Letter from the State Deputy

If you would like to be part of the Disaster Response Network or if you have questions, please contact me to discuss.  I can be reached via phone (937-609-1753) or email (



James T. Laraia
NC State Community Director
We Are Called

Culture of Life

Boyce Williams

Greetings from High Point! I ask all of you to start planning for Life Chain on October 7. It seems early but with the start of the new Fraternal year, installations, summer vacations…. It will be October faster than you think. There is also the Fall 40 Days for Life to plan for. Prayer helps save lives and close abortion centers.

Always consider ways to ensure our elderly are cared for properly. As I looked at all the gray/white hair at the Convention I realized that this is more important than ever.

For those that were not at the Convention, I will step down on June 30th. I need a break after 9 years in leadership positions and my wife wants one too. I know that you all will continue to support my successor the way you have supported me. Most important is to keep doing the great things you are doing.

Thank you all for the last 2 years.

Boyce Williams
Culture of Life Director

Family Director

Fred Burton

What to Do With New e-Members

Here’s hoping you’re finding new e-members who’ve asked about joining your council. Let’s stop for a minute and ask ourselves, “What makes them tick?”

Why don’t they come to the meetings? Probably every council in NC holds its business meeting in the evenings. That said, you must remember these new brothers’ time is not their own. Evenings are when they might have to take their kids to basketball practice, a scout meeting or dance class. Does your meeting conflict with the kids’ Faith Formation classes? Finally, ask yourself which is really more important – attending a meeting or tucking their little ones into bed at night?

The same could be said of council projects and social activities. Understand, they’re probably already doing good and worthwhile things in their lives – that’s the spirit that led them to seek out the Knights of Columbus in the first place. See if there’s a way the council can join THEM in their endeavors.

How can we be pro-active to keep from losing them? You assigned them a mentor when they first joined your council, right? His job doesn’t end after a couple of months or even a year. He’s the contact who will keep in touch with this man. He’s the one who will inform them of upcoming activities. The council will have to plan their activities 60-90 days in advance so no one gets caught by surprise. You’ll have to keep posting these on the council website, an easily accessible electronic calendar AND on Social Media – you never know who else you might reach out there!

Having Realistic Expectations. We’ve established younger members have a limited amount of time to spend with us. What can we expect of them? They cannot be as active as we might hope although that may well happen as their families get a little older and they become more experienced. Perhaps they can set as an initial goal participation in two activities per year. In one they might be a participant. In another they might assist in the planning and execution. We have plenty of ‘canned’ projects to choose from: a council Christmas party, setting up VBS, Operation LAMB, LifeChain, cooking or providing drinks at a council or parish picnic. Think about it: these are things that will qualify them for Knight of the Month, Family of the Month and, yes, put them on the way toward the Shining Armor Award!

Remember: They have already MADE a commitment! I used to think the e-Member program was like an electronic version of our ‘Interest Card’. No, e-Members saw things they like about our Order and DID sign their names on the dotted line and DID PAY $30 dues to some organization they knew little about. So those who join on-line are in fact making a commitment to our Order from the start, not just asking for information – and that’s even better than an ‘Interest Card’! We, in turn, must be worthy of their trust and welcome them into our Order AS brother knights, coaching them in what they need to know and leading them in becoming better Catholic men, fathers and leaders!

Vivat Jesus,
Fred Burton
NC Family Director
NC Silver Rose Chairman

Council 10615 conducting their 5th Sunday Rosary at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe on April 29th. It’s dynamic with a different brother leading each mystery. But why do we use the Fifth Sunday? It’s an EXTRA Sunday usually free of other activities. So start YOUR 5th Sunday Rosaries – in English and/or Spanish – on July 29th! (And make it a little more attractive: go out for “brunch or lunch” afterwards)

LAMB Director

LAMB Director

Every Little Bit Counts

At the recent State Convention, one of the questions from the floor dealt with the status of “AmazonSmile” donations to the LAMB Foundation.

For those who are not familiar, Amazon has a program called “Amazon Smile” where a portion of purchases is donated to a qualifying charity chosen by the purchaser.

LAMB is a registered charity on AmazonSmile (along with others such as GoodShop and GoodSearch – more information is available in the LAMB Manual) and we have been receiving donations now for a couple of years – although usage has been limited, 49 have participated to date.

The amount charities receive is not huge by any means, 0.5%, but if you are buying on Amazon anyway, no harm in a few cents of that purchase going to LAMB automatically.

So next time you purchase on Amazon, use this link:

(or go to and chose the LAMB Foundation of North Carolina as your charity of choice)

One other note, we are not able to determine the actual donors individually so whatever is received goes to the Foundation.

Below are some excerpts from a report I receive to give you a little more insight.  As you can see 63 purchases were made in the last 30 days (largely from my daughters I think!)  but imagine if we had 250 or so participating rather than the current 49.

Richard White
LAMB Director

Visit, Like and Follow LAMB on Facebook:

Op LAMB Website:
Lamb Foundation of NC

Round Table Development

Richard Angell

Brother Grand Knights and Round Table Coordinators,

We have had a great year on Round Table growth in NC. We  exceeded our goal by 10%!

We are closing in on another end of a  fraternal year. It is now time to file your year – end report on your Round Tables.

Please submit you form 2630 on line or fill it out and email or mail to me and I will get it filed.

My email address is:, my mailing address is 49 Divot Court, Hickory, NC 28601

Again, thank you for all you do and God Bless,

Richard Angell

Round Table Chairman

Knights in Action

Sons of Mother Seaton
Council 9847

Friday April 20, 2018 was the Fayetteville NC Special Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities.

Knights from Council 9847 helped over 200 participants/athletes participate in specially designed games.  Methodist University in Fayetteville provided the facilities for the events.  City of Fayetteville Special Olympics chapter provided volunteers with the Green “T” shirts as shown in the attached picture.  The Knights 4th degree color guard presented the flag for the National Anthem and opening ceremonies.

All the Knights agreed the event was very rewarding and would all volunteer for the next year’s event.

District Master



Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers,

Thank you for all your support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this great State. You do not stop at the three listed above as I receive e-mails advising of Honor Guard requests for First Communions, Confirmations, Graduations and other venues such as a First Mass for a Deacon (photo included). You are doing a tremendous service, please keep up the good work.

Now that Assembly Elections have been completed, please make sure that Form 186 is completed and forwarded to all the entities listed on the bottom of the form, including a copy to me. NC District has always enjoyed 100% participation of submission of the 186 and we need to insure we stay on track. This form also helps as the District Marshal and I plan for your Installations.

Speaking of Installations, I have received quite a few requests to perform the Installation of Assembly Officers. We will make every effort to work your request onto the calendar. Please call or e-mail ASAP your request. While contemplating your Installation date, consider inviting a neighboring Assembly to participate in a joint effort. This is a great time for fraternity among Assemblies as well as for our families.

Please, Please register your changes in Assembly Officers with the State website at  This is most important to insure the proper information is on the website and will be entered in the 4th Degree District Directory.

At the recent Biennial Meeting, the topic of membership was discussed at length, especially in the area of recruitment. Membership is the lifeblood of every organization and the Fourth Degree is no different. The KofC Councils hold Membership Drives to encourage Catholic men to become a part of the KofC Organization. Why not a Fourth Degree recruitment after a weekend Mass? Please consider this idea as you plan your calendar for the next Fraternal Year.

Now that you are recruiting for the Fourth Degree, we have scheduled the next Fourth Degree Exemplification for Saturday August 11, 2018 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte. George L. Gettier Assembly No. 780 will be the Host Assembly and already planning and working hard to support this event. All the information is on the State website, If you look at the face page you will see Fourth Degree Exemplification. Please click on this and it will take you to the required information, hotel and dress code form.

Please consider hosting a Fourth Degree Exemplification. We are looking for a location in the West for sometime in Feb or March of 2019. We are open for suggestions and will visit to insure there is adequate room. Please think about future dates for August thru November of 2019 in locations in the East and MidState. Thank you very much for consideration as a host as locations are very much needed.

Our advertising for Exemplars and Media Team Members has paid off with three (3) Brother SK’s volunteering to help. We still need more Brother SK’s to consider being a part of a great TEAM that presents the Exemplification to the Fourth Degree candidates for our Patriotic Organization.

Regional Assembly Officer Training: This suggestion was unanimously passed by the Delegates at the Biennial Meeting. We are suggesting training for the Faithful Navigator, Comptroller and Captain. We have already started the criteria and information process for the training session and have identified areas we feel best for the Regional Training: Greenville, Fayetteville and Asheville. Clemmons Assembly has already volunteered to be a host. Please assist us by volunteering to host one of the sessions in the areas identified above.

Please continue to support Veteran needs across this State. For further information, please contact Brother SK Tom Dupree at SK Tom is the District VAVS representative, available to answer any questions or to assist at events as needed.

June 14 – Flag Day – A very important date for the Patriotic Arm of the Knights of Columbus, the Fourth Degree. Please consider, as an Assembly, supporting an event that day from Flag Raising Ceremonies to Flag Burning Ceremonies with Scouting Units, etc. This is day to show all that we are the Patriots of the Knights of Columbus. Please forward a picture of your event and it will be in the next GP or on the State Website.

I continue to receive Form 4’s that advise of the passing of a Brother SK. May they rest in peace! We will miss all these Brother SK’s so let us continue to remember their memory and the many years of support they brought to their Assemblies.

There are a couple of pictures:

A 4th Degree Honor Guard was present for the first Mass for Deacon Frank Moyer, a PFN of Assembly 2274


The 4th Degree Honor Guard for Michael J. McGivney Assembly No. 2725 as they prepared for a First Communion

Dates to Remember for June 2018:

  • June 6 – D-Day (1944)
  • June 14 – Flag Day
  • June 14 – US Army Founded 1775
  • June 17 – Father’s Day
  • June 21 – Summer Begins
  • June 22 – Pledge of Allegiance Recognized by Congress – 1942
  • June 27 – National PTSD Awareness Day

Remember – “Sir Knight” is not just a title, it is “An Honor” 

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


SK Jack Murray, PSD
District Master

Brother SK’s from Assembly 3552 of Raleigh welcoming home the Soldiers and family attending the KofC sponsored Lourdes, France trip.


Tom DuPree

Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)

Greeting Brothers SK, GK & FN,

Vivat Jesus!

As our fraternal year comes to a close, I want to thank the GK and FN for their leadership in guiding their Council and Assembly to another successful year.  Your continued support of our Veterans and the VAVS Programs at our four VA Medical Centers, Healthcare Centers, CBod, USO, retirement communities and nursing homes.  As you prepare your budgets for 2018-2019, 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-NC, sweats for Vets, 5 K Run, Walk & Roll, gift card program etc…  These programs ARE NOT FUNDED BY THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION AND ARE CRITICAL FOR THE WELFARE CARE OF OUR VETERANS.  Every dollar is CRITICAL!

St. Luke’s Council #12832 (Mint Hill) – on behalf of the Knights of Columbus, high school senior and ROTC cadet (and future member of the Air Force) Ashley Hirst organized bake sales at her school and church and raised $2,172 of the $7,902 that was donated to support the “Blue Steel” team from the VA Medical Center in Salisbury for the 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, Florida.

As part of her senior project on “Veterans  & PTSD” Ashley was able to interview two wheelchair veterans who had participate in the games and she also attended a training session at the VAMC and talked to other veterans about their experiences. Ashley was recognized for her outstanding commitment to our veterans by Grand Knight Jim Strauss and KofC VAVS Rep Mitch Miller on Sunday April 15th.

Girl Scout Cookies

Donations made possible by Operation Jersey Care (OJC), located in Somerville, NJ.  Brother SK Bob Yuzuik, PGK, PFN Assembly 3107 Kernersville, NC, coordinated the pick-up transportation to his home where 15 Brother Knights assisted him in the unloading and storage in his home.  Ten skids were brought here through Bob’s


Veterans Helping Veterans Heal

The 2nd Annual VHVH Golf Tournament is a benefit event to help homeless veterans in the Winston-Salem area.

“Restore Home, Health and Spirit”

Veterans Helping Veterans Heal (VHVH, Inc.) is a 24-bed transitional housing facility for previously homeless male veterans in Forsyth County. VHVH was the cornerstone of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and is an active partner of the Veterans Administration in Salisbury, NC and the City of Winston-Salem.  VHVH addresses the gap in housing services in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County that are needed for chronically homeless veterans who are coping with substance abuse and/or mental health issues, the two most frequent  problems within the homeless veteran population.

100% of the veterans who are residents at VHVH have no, low or very low income when they move to VHVH.  They have been homeless, mostly jobless, and coping with substance abuse and/or mental illness.  Over time, goals include residential stability while they work to become healthy.  Their longer term goals include increasing their income and self-determination so that they are able to move from being dependent on community services into permanent affordable housing and becoming a contributor to the community where they live.

Core components of success include:

  • Home: long-term, safe, secure housing while at VHVH
  • Health: mental health and substance abuse counseling through the VA and active case managers
  • Spirit: common bond of experiences and issues shared in a community of fellow veterans to help face  challenges together

Program Key Segments:

  • Life Skills: skills needed to cope with the challenges of everyday life
  • Executive Function: skills associated with planning and organizing activities and completing tasks
  • Career Planning: developing a skills/ education plan to achieve a career goal

2017 accomplishments:

*85% of the VHVH veterans have steady employment or income through our VHVH Works™ employment partnerships. Participating partners include the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark, Spectra Food Services at Wake Forest University, Rhino Sports and Entertainment Services at Virginia Tech University, and Ezekiel AME Zion Church’s Summer Food Program.

*85% of the veterans are enrolled in education or job skills training partnerships at places like Forsyth Tech Community College, Vocational Rehabilitation of Winston Salem, Triad Community Kitchen (Second Harvest Food Bank) and Goodwill Industries of North West North Carolina.

*80% of our graduates have or are moving into permanent housing. VHVH continues to partner with Brown Investment Properties and North Carolina Housing Services and Management for permanent housing.


SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
NC State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
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