Category Archives: Tar Heel Knight

State Deputy

Colin Jorsch

HAPPY EASTER to one and all from Fayetteville!  Gina and I truly hope this edition of the THK finds you well and in good spirits.

We are certainly looking forward to the state convention and being able to reunite with many of you.  We are also looking forward to celebrating the many successes that you have experienced this fraternal year.

It is our prayer, with two months to go in this fraternal year, that your councils have achieved all you set out to achieve.  If not, there are still two months that can make a difference for you and your council.  Don’t give up – strive to accomplish your goals!  If there is anything that the state officers can do to provide you some support, don’t hesitate to contact us.

As I write this, the Gospel message for the day comes from the Gospel of John and is the story of how the Pharisee named Nicodemus went to Jesus and asked, “How can a man once grown old be born again?”

Jesus’ reply was quite simple in that he told Nicodemus that “What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.”

I share this as I was in awe at our Easter Vigil when we brought six adults into our Church.  It struck me that Jesus’ words are exactly what those six new members experienced during their Rite of Initiation.  Their flesh remained flesh, but their spirit was anew in Christ.  What an awesome experience for our new members and those of us witnessing.

I pray that you spirit is renewed with the Easter Season and we grow to be more Christ-like each day.

May Christ’s be with you until next time.


Colin Jorsch
State Deputy

State Secretary

John Nussbaum

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell.

Our NC State Convention is just days away. Are you ready to celebrate all of the fantastic things we have accomplished this past year? Lori and I sure hope you are planning to attend. It will be a great time. The convention committee has been work extremely hard to make sure you enjoy yourself.

To be ready for the NC State Convention, you will want to take one last look at the 2017 Countdown to Convention check list. If contains many very important tasks that you will want to complete before arriving at the convention. It will help you be ready to enjoy the weekend.

This year, the elections will give some extra excitement to the weekend. Are you ready to make an informed vote?

For many of these items, there is additional information on the State website

It is not too late to submit the names of Brothers that have gone to meet the Lord this past year. We want to include them in our necrology at the State Convention Mass. We want to read the names of as many Brothers as we can. We feel it is important to recognize those that have served the Lord through their work within the Knights of Columbus.

Every year we collect money for Right to Life and the Bishop’s Fund. The State Council then uses that money to help the Right to Life cause or our Bishops. Please bring your checks, made out to Knights of Columbus NC State Council, to the convention. If you don’t plan to attend the convention, you can mail your check to me at 143 Talford Drive, Wendell, NC. Thank you for your help.

Don’t forget to send in the money that your Council has collected for the Penny-a-Day fund. As we head into the summer months we will need that money to help those in need.

I look forward reading your Annual Report. A copy will be placed in the Proceeding Manual. You can either email it to me or hand it in to me during the convention.

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

I hope to see you at the 2017 NC State Convention in Durham on May 5-7.

Fraternally yours in Christ,Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum
NC State Secretary

State Warden

Chris Losack

Brothers All, Vivat Jesus!

Where has all the time gone? It seems only yesterday that we were in Winston-Salem for our State Convention and now we are about to gather again for our annual State Convention to celebrate the success of the past year. Time really does fly by. I want to thank all of you for your diligence in completing and submitting your required forms throughout the year. We had have 100% compliance in most forms submitted up until now and I would like to close out the year with the perfect record. To do this, we are requesting that you bring your Columbian Award application (SP7) to the Convention to turn in your state copy. This is similar to what you did at the Mid-Year meeting with the 1728 and 4484. Please make sure that you bring a hard copy with you. If there is a program that you have not completed yet, but have scheduled prior to the June 30 deadline, you can in good faith report the program in advance. As mentioned last month, there is an additional requirement to report programs that are part of the Building the Domestic Church initiative. Please make sure that you do not overlook this requirement. 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 START 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 6 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. It also means completing your Form 990 with the IRS. Please do not short change your fellow bothers by not following the required protocol.

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 look forward to seeing you in Durham at the State Convention where we celebrate all of the great accomplishments over the past Fraternal Year.

Vivat Jesus,

Christopher J. Losack
NC State Warden

Membership Director

Pete Devlin

Brothers All,

Holly and I hope you and yours had a Blessed Easter. As you know Easter is the time that our RCIA Candidates are received into full communion with the Church. As you know they have just completed a long journey, into the church, but now have a little time available. Perfect time to invite them to join the Knights, in service to the Church and community. Knights that have come through the RCIA program in the past have been very strong Knights, motivated and educated on their Catholic Faith.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at convention, but remember Convention is early this year, your year is not over, you and councils still have two full months to reach your goals. So let’s finish this year strong, top recruiter contest ends June 31st so still plenty of time.

God bless you and yours,

Pete Devlin
Membership Director

Council Director

Nick Sanstasi

Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! Convention time is upon us and I look forward to seeing you all at the State Convention being held in Durham from May 5th to May 7th. My chairman and I will have information area set up for upcoming events such as the State Bocce Tournament as well as the State Golf Tournament. We will also have information available for Special Olympics. Please stop by and visit us at the convention for more information.

I want to thank the Bishop Hafey Council #4507 in High Point for hosting the State Basketball Tournament that was held in February. The article and pictures of the event will be in this article as well as on the State Website.

There is still time to register a team for the State Bocce Tournament being held in Winston-Salem. The information can be found on the State Website and at the convention. The date of the tournament is May 20th with a rain date of June 10th. 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 State Athletics 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 continue to keep track on the progress on the Traveling Gavels that are going through your councils, districts and regions. Please remember to submit your monthly progress report to the Traveling Gavel chairman, Anthony Thompson. Please ensure that all the gavels are brought to the State Convention so that they can be re-distributed for the 2017-18 Fraternal Year.

If you have any Special Olympic events going on, please make the Special Olympics chairman, Michael Garguilo aware of that event. If you wish to host a State Athletic event, please contact the Athletics Chairman, Craig Smith on how to get started.

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

Vivat Jesus,

Nick Nastasi
State Council Director

Family Director

Fred Burton

Plan for the Summer’s Events

By now I hope you’ve all ‘recovered’ from our 97th State Convention. With the fraternal year coming to a close, you’re also busy proposing a slate of council officers for your election in June. That being said, it would probably be a good idea to decide on your council service program directors soon. Why …….

A hurdle to overcome. At this time of the year great opportunities tend to fall through our fingers because of the transition process that occurs. New officers undergo a crash course on their duties, the District Deputy wants to install officers ASAP and there’s lotsa reports to be submitted. And our new state directory isn’t published until August – too late to inform those new officers of early Autumn and Summer projects, some of which will have already passed.

Your Events: You’ve arranged for parish couples to reaffirm their marriage vows at Masses on Fathers Day, right? NO?! Talk with your pastor and order prayer cards if needed; it still may not be too late! Family week is the 2nd week in August – real soon after elections– if you usually have a parish picnic or outing this would be the perfect time! Take 10 minutes to look at the calendar and pinpoint the months you can conduct 5th Sunday Rosaries for the parish. Summer is prime time for construction, so find some Habitat for Humanity projects for the council to help with. Consult with your Assembly to see if they’ll have any family-inclusive events such as a flag retirement ceremony or a Labor Day or Columbus Day parade – just the thing for Parish-sponsored scout troops! Does the council need funds? A prepaid gasoline card raffle would be especially attractive during the Summer vacation months.

Membership Planning: I’m guessing you’ll also hold a recruiting blitz and a fraternal benefits night in the Fall. After that 1st Degree comes Exemplifications: we NEED councils to host 2nd and 3rd degrees – your new GK can get the requirements from the State Ceremonials Chairman and put your council’s name in the hat. Know of any young men in the parish going to college in August? Put them in contact with a college council!

Your People: Go ahead, name a LifeChain coordinator for this event which takes place on the first Sunday in October! While you’re at it, name a Youth Director so he can get Soccer Challenge kits and plan for Coats for Kids. A new LAMB Director might be able to arrange a Tootsie Roll event on the sales tax-free weekend in which school supplies are sold.

Christmas planning in May? Appoint a committee to conduct a Food for Families drive – that’s a BIG project and requires a lot of time. Your Youth Director could place an order with the Squires for Christmas cards to be sold right after Halloween. Is there anyone you know who helps at projects like Toys-for-Tots and could they use your council’s help? Look over all those Christmas events under Building the Domestic Church and talk with your pastor as to which he’d like to have in his parish – that Advent calendar fills up EARLY so prepare EARLY!

This could be the first step in making YOUR legacy Faith-Filled Families and a Vibrant Parish!

Vivat Jesus!

Fred Burton
NC Family Director and Silver Rose Chairman

Silver Rose

Knights from Council 14276 along with Assembly 3552 are seen gathering to lead a public procession of the Silver Rose from the Athletic Park through Butner, NC to St Bernadette Church to have Mass for the Unity of People. A Univision TV crew was on hand to cover the event and conduct interviews. Approximately 500 people attended Masses in which the Rose was on display at St Bernadette’s on March 26th, the first stop of the Silver Rose tour in NC.


LAMB Director

LAMB Director

Brothers All,

Auction at the State Convention – It’s not too late for your Council to gather a few items for the upcoming LAMB Silent Auction at the State Convention, as mentioned last month it is another great way to “fun” raise for LAMB.

The value of items donated are fully tax-deductible, so make sure your Council brings some things to the Convention to auction off.   Council LAMB Directors have been sent all of the required information previously.

LAMB Calendar – well we have one third of the year already behind us!  Hopefully your Council had a successful Spring with fundraising and has plans finalized or under way for the rest of the year, including reserving stores, other fundraisers and applying for corporate grants and individual contributions, etc.

Information Resources – as always 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 State Council website, under LAMB or on the LAMB Website, (contact the State LAMB Director for login information)

Richard White

LAMB Director

Bull City Roll, Walk, Run 2017

Tom DuPree
Bull City Run, Walk, Roll 5K
Click to download Flyer

Brother Knights,

What a great opportunity you have to participate in if you are available!  The Durham VA Healthcare System in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 175 is proud to announce the 3rd Annual VA Bull City Run, Walk and Roll 5K fundraiser.  This event is Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Durham VA Medical Center.  We are inviting you and your family to celebrate Veterans, their families and love ones through a healthy, fun-filled, family friendly event.  Our GOAL is to raise $10,000. These funds will provide scholarships for Veterans to attend National Veterans Rehab Events.   Please read the attached flier for important details.

In order to achieve our goal, we are seeking financial support from our North Carolina Knights of Columbus Councils/Assemblies and individual Knights to provide funds for sponsorship.

Ways to reach our Goal:

  • Request sponsorship of local/community companies in your area
  • Sponsorship of a runner from your Council/Assembly
  • Donation by Council/Assembly
  • Donation by individual



SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
N C State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552 Faithful Navigator

Social Justice

Chris Lizak
Social Justice Chairman

25 Ways to be Politically Active (whether you lean left or right)

Want to get more involved in the process of moving the Church’s agenda forward? Policy moves forward when both political parties are competing and pushing in the same direction. Here are 25 ways you can elevate your activism, whether from the right or the left. For more details on each one, click here:

  1. Know who your local legislators and politicians are
  2. Know how to get in touch with them (and actually make them listen.)
  3. Identify an issue you care about and pursue it
  4. Attend town hall meetings
  5. Attend City Council meetings
  6. Get to know your local School Board
  7. Join your local PTA
  8. Mobilize more people to support your cause
  9. Join a voting league or political organization
  10. Register to act on behalf of a political party.
  11. Join a campaign
  12. Volunteer at their headquarters
  13. Attend or organize rallies and events
  14. Pound the pavement
  15. Volunteer to work at a polling place
  16. Volunteer to register voters
  17. Vote
  18. Subscribe to a paper or other publication you believe in
  19. Read up on American history and civics
  20. Share that knowledge
  21. Volunteer at a place that benefits your community
  22. Volunteer at a museum, park, cultural center or historical society
  23. GO to a museum, park, or historical society
  24. Donate
  25. Get off the internet