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KofC NC State Council – 2018 Raffle Prizes & Terms








  1. Tickets and money must be submitted to the State Chairman or his designate no later than April 14th.
  2. Late submission of tickets will be accepted only through 9:00 PM on Friday, May 4th at the Convention. HOWEVER – $5.00 per ticket must be submitted with all late tickets turned in.
  3. Winners will be drawn May 5, 2018 at the North Carolina State Knights of Columbus Annual Meeting.
  4. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

State Deputy

John Nussbaum
Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. Luke 14:23

In the parable of the banquet, Jesus tells us that all people are invited to the banquet in the kingdom of God. The banquet is not reserved for a select few. As we prepare for our Thanksgiving banquet with our families, it is an excellent time to work with the members of your parish to conduct a food drive that will allow the many unfortunate members of your community can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner as well. WE ARE CALLED to help those that are hungry. With the leadership of your Council, this food drive can be a huge success for your parish. As we Build the Domestic Church, this is a great program to include everyone in your parish. As you get those men not currently in the Knights of Columbus, involved in this program, they will get to see what we do. If they enjoy this project, they may even decide to join in on other projects. By getting him involved in the work of the Church, you will help him grow in his Faith. As he grows in his Faith, the banquet in the kingdom of God becomes possible. We are all called to help others grow in their Faith. Thank you are listening to your call from God and then putting it into action.

Our Knights of Columbus family in North Carolina continues to grow. This past month our newest Council was formed. Council 16839 in Jefferson, NC is our newest Council. We need to thank DD20 Bob Hall, Council 11966 in Boone and all those involve in making this new Council a reality. We now have 128 active Councils in North Carolina. Our Councils have a total of 17,273 Bother Knights.

We are almost 4 months into this fraternal year. How time flies. We have had 225 men join our Order so far, this year. This is a very good start. Of our 128 active Councils, we now have 73 Councils that have shared the gift of membership with someone in their parish. This number will increase as the two-week backlog at Supreme is processed.

The following Councils have been successful in recruiting at least one new member in October (processed by Supreme as of October 27, 2017):

Council # City New Knights
7343 Charlotte 19
10891 Asheboro 7
12610 Mocksville 6
3498 Burlington 3
7186 Apex 3
9492 Tryon 3
11966 Boone 3
9847 Fayetteville 2
11101 Greensboro 2
12119 Fuquay-Varina 2
12832 Charlotte 2
15265 Candler 2
16839 Jefferson 2
3390 Durham 1
3574 Jacksonville 1
6528 Southern Pines 1
7225 Lumberton 1
8680 Salisbury 1
8759 Kill Devil Hills 1
9880 Raleigh 1
10852 Charlotte 1
11076 Belmont 1
12017 Wilmington 1
12654 Huntersville 1
13236 Greensboro 1
15551 Raleigh 1

With these new Brother Knights, we now have 6 Councils that have already met their membership quota for the year. Of those six, four of them have also met their insurance quota for the year. What an incredible start, but there are many more men that could really benefit from the gift of membership. Let’s go find them and give them the gift that will help them and their families.

Our Field Agents have been very busy taking care of our Brothers and their families. So far, this year, we have 123 Brothers that have taken out KofC insurance for the first time to protect themselves and their families. We now have 6 Councils that have met their insurance quota for the year. We have 47 Councils that have at least one Brother with insurance for the first time. Thank your Field Agent for his help and schedule a meeting with him to make sure you and your family is properly protected. That is what our founder Father Michael J. McGivney would have wanted. Please plan to attend the Fraternal Benefit night that your Council will have. You will be amazed and what you will learn.

I would like to congratulate the September winners from North Carolina in the Supreme Family of the Month program:

The David Stolarik family from Council 4660 in Wilson
The Roger Weisenberger family from Council 9709 in Raleigh

They were selected from the eight submitted families from NC. The following Councils submitted the form to Supreme for the month of September:

1074 in Wilmington – District 25
2546 in Raleigh – District 28
3498 in Burlington – District 30
4660 in Wilson – District 7
6451 in Hickory – District 20
7259 in Newton Grove – District 4
9709 in Raleigh – District 9
12455 in Raleigh – District 9

We have many great families being recognized by their Council every month. Thank you for what you do. I would love to see more being recognized by Supreme. To have a chance of being recognized by Supreme, a form must be submitted.

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

Membership East

Nick Nastasi

Worthy Brothers,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! I want to thank the 11 councils that submitted a service program report for Membership for the first half of the fraternal year. I would like to encourage the remaining councils to submit a service program report for Membership in the second half of the year.

As of the writing of this article, the North Carolina Knights have brought in 204 new members. That is an average of 61 new members a month, which is behind our goal of 75 per month. We are slowly gaining speed but we still have a long way to go to 900, but with everyone’s help, we can achieve this goal.  I want to thank all the councils who have brought in new members in to the Order. For all those who have not, please consider this your opportunity to change that and begin your recruiting efforts today.

I would also like to thank all the councils who were able to run a drive during the month of October.  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.

We are quickly approaching the Holiday season. This means that there will be Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties, and activities during the Advent season, Nativity scenes and visits from Santa Claus. This is the time to spend with family and friends. It is also a great time to invite our Catholic gentlemen and their families to join our Order. It is also a great time to check in on our Brothers who we have not seen in a while. A phone call or a Christmas card around this time of year will go a long way. It will let that Brother Knight know that you were thinking about him.

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. 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. 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 – East

Family Director

Fred Burton

Christmas – Starting Your Road to Spirituality

What purpose does your council serve? Many fall into the trap of mostly providing extra funds and free labor for the parish. But WE ARE CALLED to EVANGELIZE and that brings in Leadership and Spirituality, hence our initiative to Build the Domestic Church! Our programs foster Leadership; the Christmas Season can be your council’s springboard to a greater Spirituality. Take a look at events we can initiate and others we can plug into.

Journey to the Inn/Las Posadas/Our Lady of Guadalupe Las Posadas and Journey to the Inn are one in the same. From what we see on the internet, it’s a fairly common Yuletide devotion in the American Southwest, either in its English or Spanish version. It may be more common in NC to encounter Feast Day celebrations for Our Lady of Guadalupe around December 12th. Join in! Promote it! Can you supply hot chocolate or ‘pan dulce’? Can your local Assembly provide an honor guard? And “come let us adore Him” on the Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos (Google it!) on January 6th – especially fun for the kids!

Photo of Las Posadas Candlelight walk

Keep Christ in Christmas Maybe you’re already selling religious Christmas cards from the Squires or Keep Christ in Christmas magnets. A lot of our councils such as 7184 boldly display public billboards stating “KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS”. Assemblies: March in Christmas parades, invite the Scouts to join you – and carry a “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner as 2208 & 3365 do! Supreme suggests a poster contest for the kids. They can also supply videos and PSAs to be aired. Maintain a crèche in front of the church or council hall. Jesus, Mary and Joseph were refugees so this is also the time to spiritually and materially assist persecuted Christians. Are there refugee groups in YOUR area? Share your Christmas with them or perhaps college students or seminarians who can’t get home! Look here for more:

Prayer of Consecration to the Holy Family The Feast of the Holy Family on Sunday, December 31st, provides a solemn opportunity for all families to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. Our Supreme Chaplain, Archbishop William Lori, composed this prayer in the hopes our families may be strengthened and our parishes revitalized. BONUS! TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY: ADD this prayer to immediately follow your 5th SUNDAY ROSARY on December 31st! While that’s the customary date recommended for this prayer, Jack Driscoll Council 8886 in Brevard took this one step further and arranged a special Mass and prayer service exclusively for that purpose one evening after the first of the year. Whichever way you choose to go, start making the arrangements and ordering the prayer cards:

Silver Rose (aka Running of the Rose) The Silver Rose will be in NC sometime in the Spring (Supreme won’t tell us when until January) but we’ll start taking reservations after Thanksgiving.

May your Christmas be joyful and bright and may it also lead your way into a New Year of Spiritual growth and enrichment. Vivat Jesus!

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

Church Director

Jeff Hoffman
Church Director

Solidarity in Suffering

Worthy Brothers,

On November 26th, the Knights of Columbus will join the USCCB in sponsoring a day of “Solidarity in Suffering” for persecuted Christians. Part of what we are asked to do is pray also pray for Isis. I know this is not an easy thing, and will not pretend that it is, but instead I am going to remind myself, and hopefully you at the same time, why this needs to be done.

Let’s look back for a moment to who I consider one of the greatest of all disciples, Paul. Paul suffered greatly for our Lord. But suffering for our Lord was not how things had started. Instead he was against “The Way.” From the “Acts of the Apostles”; “Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.” Saul’s conversion is a testament to us all, of how one man, believing he was doing God’s will, was changed forever.

One of the hardest readings I find is found in Matthew 5: “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” The reason this is so hard for me, is that this is Christ speaking. He is saying something so hard, that I want to make any excuse I can, to not have to follow his word. But he doesn’t waiver, and put caveats or exceptions. He says it clearly, “Pray for those who persecute you.” We can clearly understand, he is asking us to pray for their conversion, and not for their success in their deeds against us.

When Christ appeared to Saint Faustina, and gave her the prayer, that we are to pray, it is quickly understood … “for the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” The whole world includes our enemies.

I ask you my brothers to join Supreme in this joint prayer, with the USCCB on November 26th, 2017.

Please join and sign up your Parish to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Our prayers will be heard, and the conversion of souls will happen.  Christ said to Faustina about the image: “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.”

This is also a great time to provide financial support to the cause with the Solidarity Cross program. Consider this great way to contribute, while praying the Chaplet.

Vivat Jesus!

Jeffrey Hoffman
State Church Director


LAMB Director

LAMB Director

LAMB – Annual Goals

Recently, I have fielded a few questions on how a Council’s LAMB annual goal “quota” is determined.  This coupled with some rumors I have heard of what Council’s feel they should raise for LAMB (for instance, I have heard if you raise $10 a member that is sufficient) I thought I would go into some detail this month of what goes into the Goal Setting for LAMB.

There are a number of slants on how a goal can be defined, but the one I found that comes closest to the intent of LAMB’s goal setting is: “A number or percentage constituting a required or target minimum”.

The purpose of the LAMB goal is to give a benchmark of sorts for a Council to shoot for – the real goal is to obviously raise as much as we can.

In years past the goal was based on what a Council raised the year before and then increased by 5% for the next year.

The problem with that approach was if a Council raised zero their goal for the next year was also zero.

A few years ago this was changed to use the state wide average of money raised by member as a benchmark.  Some of the thought behind using a per member average is to level the playing field a bit between large and smaller Councils.

Currently the 2017 goals are based on a Council average of $48 per member.

If a Council is already above $48 a member, their goal for the current year is 2% over what they raised in 2016.

If a Council was below $48 per member in 2016, their current average/member figure is subtracted from $48 and the difference is divided by two and added to the current $/Mbr.

By way of example, for a council that averaged $38 per member in 2016, their goal for 2017 is $43 per member.  (i.e. $48-$38 = $10 / 2 = $5 + $38 = $43)

This might seem a little complicated, but it is an overall good approach to ratchet Councils up to what should be attainable.

The “what should be attainable” comment, is based on the fact that in 2007, LAMB’s best fundraising year to date, over $925,000 was raised in a single year with fewer members statewide, for an average of $67.56 per member.

To give you a better idea of what is currently possible, in 2016, the top three Councils in the State based on money raised on a per member basis were;

Wallace Council 12921 – $228/member, 46 members; Denver Council 10389 – $186/member, 139 members and Jacksonville Council 3574 – $170/member, 165 members.

One final observation, if we got back to the 2007,  $67.56 per member average, with the current membership in the State we would raise over 1 Million dollars this year.

Richard White
LAMB Director

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver Seeks Papal Support to Build Inclusive World

This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis during an audience with the Special Olympics Athletes participating in the “Unified Football Tournament” during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the birth of the International Sports Association, on October 13, 2017 at the Vatican. KofC Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver (right) addressing Pope Francis (left) during an official audience at The Vatican / AFP PHOTO /

Press Release

Click here for original post on Special Olympics website.

Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver delivered an impassioned speech at an audience with Pope Francis in Rome today. Speaking in front of Special Olympics athletes and delegates, Dr. Shriver asked Pope Francis to support the movement as it embarks on an ‘inclusion revolution’ around the world.

‘Your Holiness: We are here to lead a revolution,’ said Dr. Shriver. ‘But it is not a violent revolution or an angry revolution or a vengeful revolution. We are here to lead the inclusion revolution, a revolution of the heart,’ he added.

‘The inclusion revolution is led by those who are poor in the eyes of a distracted world but are rich in love. It is determined to break down the invisible walls of fear and selfishness that separate us from one another. It is motivated by our restless dissatisfaction with intolerance, injustice, and inactivity. Our athletes are ready to play, with refugees, migrants, with all, they are ready. We look to you, your holiness, to be our leader,’ added Dr. Shriver.

Dr. Shriver leads Special Olympics, a global movement of 5.6 million athletes in 172 countries. The audience who met Pope Francis at the Vatican included Special Olympics athletes from nine European countries. The athletes are in Rome to take part in a Unified football tournament supported by the Knights of Columbus, where athletes with and without intellectual disabilities play sport together.

Pope Francis met the call for support with his own endorsement of Special Olympics, a movement he described as a ‘beautiful reality. ‘You are the symbol of a sport that opens your eyes and heart to the value and dignity of individuals and people who would otherwise be subjected to prejudices and exclusion.

‘In these days you will have the opportunity to reaffirm the importance of “unified” sport, through which athletes with and without intellectual disabilities play together. This beautiful reality, which you carry out with commitment and conviction, nourishes the hope of a positive and fruitful future of sport, because it makes it a real opportunity for inclusion and involvement.

‘Do not be tired of showing the world of sport your shared commitment to building more fraternal societies in which people can grow and develop and fully realize their abilities. In this sense, sport is one of those universal languages that overcome cultural, social, religious and physical differences, and manages to unite people, making them part of the same game and starring together of victories and defeats,’ added Pope Francis.
Each Special Olympics athlete present at the audience had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis. But it was a younger athlete, four-year-old Gemma Pompili from Rome, who captivated the Pontiff.

Gemma was invited to present Pope Francis with a pair of red Special Olympics branded sports shoes. Gemma, who is part of the Special Olympics Young Athletes programme in Italy, where athletes with intellectual disabilities are introduced to sport and play from the age of two, was subsequently invited to sit beside His Holiness for the duration of the audience event, a rare honour for any invitee.

Dr. Shriver is currently on a four-day visit to Rome, Italy. On Thursday, Dr. Shriver accepted the 2017 Mecenate dello Sport award for 2017 at an event at the Italian National Olympic Committee, on behalf of ‘Special Olympics athletes all over the world.’

The Mecenate dello Sport award is one of Italy’s premium sports accolades. Former winners include Massimo Moratti, Nerio Alessandri, and Claudio Ranieri. The award was presented to Dr. Shriver by Gianni Di Pietro, an Italian businessman who founded the award in honour of his father, Varaldo di Pietro, and Giovanni Malagò, president of the National Italian Olympic Committee.

Part of Dr. Shriver’s visit to Rome also includes a showpiece celebrity Unified football match at the at the Pio XI Sport Centre, which is operated by the Knights of Columbus in Rome. The two team were captained by Giovanni Malagò of the Italian National Olympic Committee and Italian Minister of Sports Luca Lotti.

Michael Garguilo
Special Olympic Chairman

Knights of Columbus Support Vital to Special Olympics Mission

Knights of Columbus Support Vital to Special Olympics Mission

Special Olympics North Carolina Logo

Special Olympics North Carolina continues to benefit tremendously from all the great volunteers and funds provided by the Knights of Columbus in our state.    For Councils interested in helping with state level competitions, the following list provides opportunities where we need volunteers and support

Date Event Location
Nov 3-5 2017 Fall Tournament (Six sports venues) Charlotte
Jan 7-8 2018 Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Boone
Feb 2-3 2018 Southeast Winter Games – Figure Skating Indian Trail
Feb 4-6 2018 Southeast Winter Games – Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Boone
Apr 22 2018 Southeast Swimming Invitational Greensboro
Jun 1-3 2018 Summer Games  (Nine sports venues) Raleigh/Cary

To get involved, please contact Michael Garguilo at or Keith Fishburne at

Keith L. Fishburne
President & CEO
Special Olympics North Carolina
2200 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 201
Morrisville, North Carolina  27560
Cell:       919.818.4455
Office:   919.719.7662, ext. 102
Fax:        919.719.7663
Twitter: @SONC_Beafan and @KLFishburne
Special Olympics – Created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Authorized and accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver delivered an impassioned speech at an audience with Pope Francis in Rome today. Speaking in front of Special Olympics athletes and delegates, Dr. Shriver asked Pope Francis to support the movement as it embarks on an ‘inclusion revolution’ around the world.

Michael Garguilo
Special Olympics Chairman

2018 State Raffle

photo of Dave Onofrio, KofC NC State Raffle Chairman
Dave Onofrio State Raffle Chairman

At the Mid-Year Meeting, we will be handing out the State Raffle tickets and all the appropriate documentation needed to run a successful program. What a way to make money and not have any money invested. The tickets are still $5 each and the Council gets to keep HALF of all money collected. Due to the cost of trips and cruises, all prizes are CASH.

Click here for list of prizes, terms, & conditions

Now is the time to appoint a dedicated Brother Knight to run the raffle for your Council. To help your Chairman get acquainted with the program ahead of time, we are attaching a copy of the information sheet all Grand Knights will receive as a part of their raffle package at the Mid-Year meeting.

Dave Onofrio, PSD, FM
State Raffle Chairman

$10,000 Donation for ADHD

Father Charles Mulholland Council 7186

$10,000 Donation for ADHD

Photo of KofC Brother John Lechner giving IPGK Chris Hanes a check for $5k to support ADHD students at STMM.
Brother John Lechner giving our IPGK Chris Hanes a Check for $ 5,000.00 to support ADHD students at STMM

In summary Council 7186 donated $ 10,000.00 to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School (STMM) to purchase equipment and resources for children with special needs specifically focused on Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) afflicted children.  The key focus of our program is to realize that this is truly a brain disorder and not simply a behavioral problem.  The $ 10,000.00 equipment and resource grant was a donation of $ 5,000.00 by Brother John Lechner which was matched by council 7186 and presented to the principal of STMM, Mr. Bob Cadran.

In addition to the monetary donation, Council 7186 provided a certified special needs administrator to overlook the equipment request and the application of the computer and software on the overall program at STMM.  With this resource our council is able to provide additional support in the implementation of the various programs, assist in the measurement and reporting of these programs and help build a presentation to take to the Diocese of Raleigh.

Our objective of this program is to drive the expected results and work diligently to grow this program throughout the Diocese of Raleigh then to the State and then to the National level.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

  • Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
  • Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.

Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
Submitted by: Paul McGrath