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Year End Reminders

Documentation has been sent out on our membership progress with two reminders: 1. Be sure to sumit your Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) due Jan. 31, 2020 and 2. Columbian Award (SP7) form due June 30, 2020.

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Essay Competitions

Keep Christ in Christmas
Supreme Catholic Citizenship
State Catholic Stewardship

Worthy Brothers:

By this time everyone of the Essay Chairman should have:

The forms for both State Essay competitions are 2 sided with entry info on one side and the Instructions on the back side. Target dates also printed on the back of the entry forms.

The 3 Essay programs have been gaining strength for the last 3 years.

For more detailed information on the 3 Essay programs go the State website and look down the colored sidebar to the left on the Home page and click on any of the 3 specific programs. There is a lot of detailed information on the sidebar for all three programs.

If there are any questions please email me at or call me 925-673-8564

Let’s keep the ball rolling for more Essay participation than ever before. There were 5 Supreme Citizenship Essay award recipients from California of the 15 possible Supreme winners. Our Youth do an excellent job of writing Essays. Give them an opportunity to continue to do so.

God’s Blessings on all
Vivat Jesus
Claire Tryon, CA State Essay Chairman

Free Throw Competition

The Knights of Columbus is having their 2019 Council Free Throw Championship on Sunday, January 12th in Gallagher Hall. We greatly appreciate any and all help you can provide to help promote the event. We're opening our Council Free Throw competition to any District that needs a location to compete, so see this file for details. If you do decide to attend, please contact brother Greg Sinclair at Thank You and God Bless, Greg Sinclair

Feed the Athletes

Worthy Brothers All
Special Olympics

Here is the presentation and Council Donation Form to get published & out to the membership & Volunteers. PGK Ed Grens, FM J.C. Greco & myself will work together with the GK's from Paradise & both Councils in Chico to help the Area Director have success for this event.

For the 2020 Calendar Year I have us committed to these events in Northern California Chapter ( ** Indicates Commitment ** )

2019 - 2020 Columbian Year

2020 - 2021 Columbian Year

Dates above are also on the calendar.

Thank you & God Bless
Your Brother in Christ
Charles Beltz DD4
Northern California Chapter Intellectual Disabilities Chairman
California State Council Special Olympics Committeeman

16th Annual Walk for Life January 25th

As the Knights of California State Life Director, I am pleased to remind you that the San Francisco Walk for Life is scheduled for January 25th, 2020. Your Chairman for Northern California's Walk for Life is Br. Stephen Hagarty.

Once again, all Brother Knights from the Oregon Border south through Fresno County are asked to help their parishes and communities to organize participation in the San Francisco Walk for Life. As past years, the Knights will gather for Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral with the Archbishop at 10am on the 25th and then after Mass walk down to Civic Center for a 2 hour Pro-Life Program and then down Market Street to the Ferry Building.

All Chapters & Councils are requested to assist their parish and community in organizing to attend and walk in the largest Walk for Life on the West Coast. Chapters and Councils are asked to register attendees and volunteers with names, email addresses and council name and share the list with our 2020 San Francisco Walk for Life, Stephen Hagarty no later than 1/5/2020 at or by text at 925-680-8714.

Urge all of your parishioners and organizations to:

REMEMBER San Francisco Walk for Life

Date: Saturday - January 25th
Start Location:
10am: Pro-Life Mass with the Archbishop at the Cathedral
11:30am: Archbishop Walk for Life to San Francisco Civic Center
Walk for Life Main Event. 12:30 – 1:30 – Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
2pm: Walk from Civic Center down Market Street to the Ferry Building

With many very positive Pro-Life developments this past year, you may celebrate the New Year with joy for the many thousands of unborn lives which our efforts saved last year! Our Pro-Life Campaign made major progress last year and we will save even 1,000s more in 2020.

For more information on this event, go to: The flyers are also available in English and Spanish.

KofC Walk for Life Peace Keepers Invite

Hello! Brothers,

The 16th Annual SF Walk for Life will be Saturday, January 25 at the SF Civic Center. It is vital that we get as many Knights helping out at this event as we can as SFPD is depending on us. You can bring family members or prospective members from your parish. We need people to start arriving by 10:00 am. Look for the KofC tent at the entrance to the Civic Center on the opposite side of the stage.

If you have a Crab Feed that day we can get you back to the East Bay by 1:00pm.

You can contact me at 925-595-3391 or if you have any questions.

Steve Hagarty
SF Walk for Life Chairman

Support of SB673

Dear Parents and Supporters of Families,

We have just gotten word of an important piece of legislation to address some of the problems with SB 329 (the requirement for 'comprehensive sexuality education' in CA public schools).

As you know, many districts in California are using curriculum co-authored by Planned Parenthood, much which has highly questionable things contrary to faith and morals. A coalition has been working to draft the bill SB 673, to try to combat this and provide reasonable options for parents . Please see below and encourage others you know to participate in showing support.

Ed Hopfner
Director of Marriage & Family Life
Archdiocese of San Francisco

Time Sensitive! Advocacy Request to pass Bill SB673 to Strengthen Parental Rights about Sex Education of their children in Public Schools

On Jan. 15 the State Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on SB 673. We are inviting our Archdiocese constituents to show support for Bill SB673. Please write a letter and either email it to North Coast/North Bay state Senator Mike McGuire at or print and send to his office at 1303 10th Street, Room 5061 Sacramento, CA 95814.

In support of parental rights, SB 673 would enact three amendments in the California Healthy Youth Act. First of all, under the bill it would be made clear that any sexual health education of elementary age (TK- 6th grade) student WILL BE age appropriate. Secondly, parents would be able to review, through a school district website, all materials used in sexual health education well in advance of actual instruction. Finally, given the social emotional and developmental nature of elementary age students, SB 673 would respect parents' rights by requiring active consent (Opt -In) for comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education of young children in Grade TK-6. For more information see the fact sheet.

The letter shown here can be used as draft. You can also call him to express your support at 916-651-4002. A complete list on where to contact him here: The Fact sheet for SB 673 is available here.

Any questions please contact Archdiocese of San Francisco respect life coordinator Maria Martinez-Mont at . Maria M Martinez-Mont Respect Life Coordinator Office of Human Life & Dignity Archdiocese of San Francisco

Chapter Meeting January 18th

Our next chapter meeting will be at St. John the Baptish Catholic Parish 307 Montrose Dr. Folsom, CA 95630. Check this list for future chapter meetings.

Here is the Chapter Meeting flyer and the Grand Knight's Report

Note: If you have not paid your chapter dues, check out the form here.

Safe Environment Compliance Reporting

Worthy Brothers,

You have asked and Supreme has made the reports available WEEKLY regarding Safe Environment!! This was sent out to ALL Chapter Presidents, DD Mentors, and All DD's of record, and all those that recieve the STAR.TRACKER report.

Thank You,
Ken Rose
CA State Membership Data
1400 Meredith Ave #84
Gustine, CA 95322

Wanted to share the news that the member status report is now available each week in Officers Online. This announcement was shared with all State Deputies at the recent meeting in Orlando as well.

See the files in English and Spanish. I think this will go a long way towards helping our members understand exactly where they stand with Safe Environment Compliance. Feel free to share with your Jurisdiction and help get the word out.

Just as Officers Online works now, what a member can view will depend on his access to Officers Online, and the fact that DDs will now be able to view the compliance of all their councils will bring more councils into compliance more quickly each year.

We are listening and making improvements.

Robert J. Kish Jr.
Territorial Growth Director - West
Dept. of Fraternal Mission
Supreme Council Knights of Columbus
Cell 541-760-2821
Po Box 1332
Philomath, OR. 97370

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Council Credit/Debit Cards

Plan to read this update on methods of payment for our local councils. The memo is here and the procedures are here.

A Special Celebration

A special celebration took place on October 12th at St. Patrick Church in Placerville. Tiffany Marie Rich, daughter of Karen and the late David Rich married William Anthony Giovannetti, Jr., son of William and Lynne Giovannetti. Tiffany’s father was Former District Deputy for Districts 7 & 8 and held positions in several councils during his years of service in the Knights of Columbus. Her mother Karen is currently the webmaster for the Northern California Chapter and the Monsignor Hayes Council in Placerville. William Giovannetti, Jr. is currently Deputy Grand Knight for St. Stephen the Martyr Council in Elk Grove. A number of brother Knights attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Rev. John Cantwell, State Chaplain for California.

Financial Beacon Life-Changing Events

Check out this document for long-term care, life insurance and final instructions advice.

State/Supreme News

Be A Vendor at the Country Store

Mark you calendar and check this flyer for your space at the Country Store to be held at our Convention this May. You can contact Bob or Peggy Pineschi at: or call 916-645-8366

Wheelchair Initiative

Plan some funds in your council to support our Wheelchair Initiative. More details available in the flyer here.

137th Supreme Convention: The World Cried Out. We Answered

At the 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis, we celebrated:

We also awarded our program winners and top recruiters at convention. Check out their stories in this month's Knightline for exclusive insights on helping Knights answer the call.

State Training Chair Message

Worthy District Deputies and Worthy DD Mentors,

Here are some of the documents and hand-outs from the January DD training:

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.


Ed Broadhurst
State Chairman, Leader Training

(619) 633-9845

State Poster Contest Competitions

Here is the Keep Christ in Christmas Handbook

Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest participation form
Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest entry form

Here is the Substance Abuse Handbook
More details to be posted when they become available.

Help Support the Columbian Retirement Home

A few months ago, I called on you, and all California grand knights, to consider a Council donation to this year’s Columbian Retirement Home Appeal. If your Council is among those councils that have already responded, I thank you. If not, I respectfully again ask for you to lead your Council in supporting this Brother Helping Brother mission.

In my earlier appeal to you, I stressed our increased financial need, driven by decreasing revenue from the Corporation’s small investment portfolio, increasing operating costs, and continued rental subsidies. Now, our finances face even further strain as we are looking at the requirement to replace the heating and air conditioning system at our Columbian Center in Marysville.

Having served us for over 30 years, and as a convent for religious for many prior years, this HVAC system is now over 60 years old, inefficient, increasingly unsupportable and costlier with each year. This requirement to install a serviceable HVAC system at Marysville will yield additional cost savings long term, and we are assessing even more savings through future electrical service changes, but achieving these long-term savings come with up-front cost.

As I reported to you in my April letter, we have already taken what actions we can to minimize our current operating costs, thereby increasing funds available for direct support of those we serve. Among those actions we reduced postal costs this year by more than 80% by not sending individual letters to all 78,000 California knights, instead appealing to them through you, as their Council leader, to generate needed support.

This is why I am repeating my appeal to you to consider designating the Columbian Retirement Home Inc. as a one of the recipients of funds planned for charitable support in 2019. If your current budget will not allow, then I ask that you add an additional event to your 2019 program dedicated to fund such a Council donation.

Finally, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your kind consideration in assisting us in our Mission. I look forward to receiving your donation of support, which you can mail to: Columbian Retirement Home Inc., P.O. Box 4338, El Monte, Ca 91734-0438.

Fraternally yours, Ross W. Willour, PSD
230 8th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 743-7542

Executive Vice President
Victor L. Pesce, PCP

David E. Williams, FDD

Your 2019-2020 Toolkit

Plan to bookmark the July issue of Knightline to help you have the most successful year ever!

Quick Tips from Fraternal

Thank you for all the work you do every day to help Catholic men become better husbands, fathers, sons and neighbors. It is our goal to provide you with the resources you need to do even more of the work that must be done and to be successful in your evangelization and growth efforts.

We are launching a new "Quick Tips From Fraternal" video series to help you, as a council leader, be more successful in your efforts to engage and recruit more prospective Knights. Every few weeks, we will release a new video via e-mail and on the Leadership Resources section of the website . The first video of this series features Damien O'Connor, Senior Director of Member Experience and Formation, and current grand knight of his parish council in Trumbull, CT. He provides six tips to successfully communicate with your pastor.

I hope you find these videos helpful and useful as you continue the good and necessary work you do. As always, thank you for all you do every day to grow the Order and keep the vision of Fr. McGivney alive. I wish you a blessed Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mark McMullen
Senior Vice President
Membership and Fraternal Mission

Ceremonials Information

Worthy Chapter President, District Mentor, and District Deputy,

I note there is a problem with the changes we made in Ceremonials this year. So I would like to clarify some things that were stated at the Organizational District Deputy Meeting.

1. All requests for Knighthood and Formation Degrees, should be sent to the District Mentor and Chapter President for coordination and approval. They will send it to me for assignment of Conferring Officers or access to Formation Degree Team material from Supreme.

2. The email to use for these requests is

3. Remind all Degree Teams that the use of the Baldric is the preferred uniform for all degrees.

Any questions, please read the Membership Handbook for the Ceremonials section; then contact your District Mentor and Chapter President and then me.

Timothy L. Carvalho, PSD
State Ceremonials Chairman

Protecting Our Children: A Family's Response

I invite you to watch “Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response,” the story of one family’s experience with child sex abuse and the hope and healing that followed. In this film, a brother Knight and his wife share the importance of faith and family in addressing the sexual abuse of their son by a close family friend. You will feel the pain of what they describe, but you will be glad that you met this family. Their hope is that all who hear their story will be equipped with the critical knowledge and specific steps needed to better protect the children in their lives. My hope is that this film will bring families, parishes and communities closer together to protect children from the serious risk of sexual abuse.


Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

1,000 Ultrasounds:
The KofC’s Greatest Humanitarian Effort WATCH VIDEO

Millions of babies have had a chance at life, thanks to 1,000 ultrasound machines donated by you and your brother Knights around the world.

Congratulations to our Knights in Manassas, Va., where the 1,000th machine was just dedicated! Read about the dedication here.

At the dedication, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said that the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative is the greatest humanitarian effort the organization has ever undertaken.

“Today represents a very concrete way in which millions of lives are changed for the better by the Catholic community coming together and volunteering together,” said Anderson. “What greater legacy can a person have than to save a child’s life?”

As hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C., to pay witness to the Culture of Life, check out the video below and share our pride in the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound program!


You can further support the pro-life cause by contributing to the Knights of Columbus Charities Culture of Life Fund. Click here to donate.


Reach Prospects Electronically!

Worthy Brothers,

Online Membership is allowing us to reach younger men where they are:  on their cell phones, tablets, and computers.  Statewide, over 250 men have joined the Order online so far this Columbian Year.  However, many other men have expressed interest in learning more about the Knights but were not quite ready to pay the $30 dues and join Online.

Now we have a tool to utilize that will automatically invite a Prospect to join Online and send him weekly messages about the Knights of Columbus.  Supreme is offering us automated, online marketing software called “Marketo”.  Each Council can request a Lead Generation Program for use at special events, conferences, and in-person prospecting opportunities.  Think of it as aDigital Prospect Card that will automatically send a weekly informational email to men who sign up!  Go to  The page request form automatically sends your Membership Team an email with all the information they need to create the program.  In 2-4 days, the council receives a custom URL, available on any device, and the Lead Generation Program is ready to use.

When you use the link above, you will see this simple page:

Once your Council receives its Lead Generation Program, the page that a Prospect will complete asks only for First Name, Last Name, and Email.  You will need to use your laptop, pad, or Smart Phone to allow Prospects to sign up.  (Note: It is NOT intended to be sent out via email directly to Prospects.)

Once form is filled out, a prospect immediately receives a customized email from Council with link to join the Knights of Columbus online: 

The prospect is also enrolled in a nurture drip-email campaign, and will receive additional information weekly.

Finally, the Council receives a copy of all contacts enrolled via their custom “Marketo” form.

Then, bring a laptop, pad, or smart phone to all of your Council’s Faith In Action events and have one of your Brother Knights help men use your Council’s Digital Prospect Card.

Keep in mind that you should continue to offer the “You Were Born A Man, You Become A Knight” Online Membership card (Form #10536) to men when you are not using the Digital Prospect Card to sign them up via an electronic device.

Remember the December Challenge:  “Become A Knight Before Christmas.” (or at least by New Year’s Day)  Each Council was challenged to bring in one more Brother by 12/31/18.  Give your Council a Christmas present:  bring in a new Brother!

Please forward this message to any Brother Knight who may choose to use it to help build your Council. 

Yours in Service,

Michael Brault
California State Membership Director


Council Officers Elections

My Brothers All,
The State Office is already receiving forms 185’s from councils that have already had their elections.

Please Review Elections in Sec 128 on page 54 of the Rules of the order that state your elections must happen in the last two weeks of May or the first two weeks of June each year. If your Bylaws say something else then you need to change them they can not conflict with the Supreme rules of the Order.

On Page 54,

Election SEC. 128. All officers, except the Financial Secretary, Lecturer and Chaplain, shall be elected annually, by ballot, at a regular business meeting held between the ​​fifteenth day of May to and including the fifteenth day of June each year, and with the exception of the Trustees who shall serve for terms not to exceed three years as provided by Section 145, said officers shall hold their offices for the term of one year from the first day of July following, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Provided, however, that elective officers of councils identified with colleges and universities may be elected at a regular business meeting held between the first day of March to and including the first day of June in each year after written notice is given to the members of the date selected.

Yours in Service,

Stephen Bolton
State Advocate
Knights of Columbus
California State Council
fax 714-908-1727

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Super Bowl: Giving Coats for Kids The Knights of Columbus held a Super Bowl Coats for Kids event on Saturday, January 26th, at Mission San Felipe de Jesus in Forest Park, GA. Volunteers and Special Guest worked to Distribute over 600 warm winter coats to the children of this Mission. Join the Knights of Columbus today:

Council participation is simple. To learn more about this great program, visit To order coats for kids, click here. Or, should you like to find more details about the program, contact the Fraternal Mission Department at 203-752-4270 or .


Council Visibility

Worthy Brothers,

Although we are often reluctant to do so, every council should publicize its charitable works and activities whenever possible. Your parishioners should clearly see the Knights of Columbus are alive and active in your parish and community. Following are ideas to increase the visibility of your council and demonstrate our commitment in the parishes we serve:

  1. Ask all Brother Knights to wear their name badges whenever they are at church.
  2. Order council polo shirts, t-shirts, hats, vests, or jackets and encourage Brothers to wear them.
  3. Make use of your parish bulletin. Be sure to ask for a bulletin announcement on the weekend before an event, the weekend of the event, and even a thank you for participating the weekend after an event. If it was a fundraiser; show your results, where the money is going, and thank parishioners for their contributions.
  4. Whenever possible, write your bulletin announcements as an open invitation to all parishioners and add at the end of the announcement, “Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council __________ at ___________ parish.
  5. Use Knights of Columbus tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls whenever you can. Use them at your breakfasts, dinners, sign up tables, membership drives, food collection tables (Food for Families), and at any event sponsored by the council.
  6. NOTE: tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls can be ordered from links found on the state website: or using the forms below. Tablecloths ​will be available for purchase at a reduced cost at the annual State Convention in Sacramento May 17-19, 2018.

  7. Always have flyers with a name, phone #, and email of a person to contact in church entryways and reception areas around your parish. Include, contact cards, photo displays of Knights in action andColumbia magazines in church offices and waiting areas.
  8. Focus on sponsoring spiritual activities (5th Sunday Rosary, men’s retreats, prayer groups, Bible studies, etc.) Show your parish that your council helps to deepen the Faith of the men who are involved.
  9. In addition, focus on sponsoring family activities such as parish dinners (even pot luck dinners), family movie nights, family camping trips, talent shows, etc. Sponsoring family events is a great way to involve growing families in the parish (with young fathers) in Knights of Columbus activities.
  10. Consider ordering the “Domestic Church Kiosk and Booklet Set” for your parish. Booklets are available in English or in Spanish. For $150, you will get the Kiosk with 225 booklets (15 each of 15 different booklets). Order using this web page:

All of these should serve to increase Knights of Columbus visibility in your parish and community.
​Here are some forms to help you order the items mentioned above:

"Change a Life, Recruit a New Knight!"

Yours in Service,

Michael D. Brault
Assistant Membership Director and Recruitment Chairman

Another method to make your council visible is to share your Council's Story. Check out this issue of Knightline for publicity details

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

The Substance Abuse Poster Contest can begin as soon as early September, but participation packets need to be ordered by Oct. 31st. Here are some items you may need:

Diocesan News

Seminarian Update

Here is a flyer updating our list of seminarians for the Sacramento Diocese. Let us show them how the Knights will support them from now on in their extremely valuable vocation.