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Thank you to the councils who are posting their events with us. Due to this popularity you'll notice a change in this home page's layout to make it easier to find what you want.

Veterans Day Celebrations

While there are many celebrations of those who fought for our country on Nov. 11th, Check out the one in Rancho Cordova at Cordova High School. Check the flyer for more details. Also, to extend the celebration, come to Holy Trinity School 3115 Tierra De Dios Drive El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. There will be speeches and other presentations made by the students and recognition of our veterans. Ceremonies begin at 9 AM.

Chapter Meeting November 16th

Our next chapter meeting will be at St Dominic Parish, 475 East Street, Benicia, 94510. Here is a flyer with details Your registration form for attending is here and information for the Ladies Program is here. Check this list for future chapter meetings. Note: Please RSVP by November 13th for lunch.

Here are some forms for reports at this meeting:
Grand Knight Questionnaire
District Deputy Questionnaire
Sick and Deceased Report This is also available on the Forms page

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

Retreat at Christ the King

A day retreat for Knights and their spouses will be November 23rd at Christ the King Retreat Center. More details are available on the center's website at: https://christthekingretreatcenter.org/event/knights-of-columbus/

Submit this flyer to register for the event.

Giving Tuesday

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many of us are busy decorating, planning our dinners and shopping for gifts.

Let’s not lose sight of what Thanksgiving really means — It’s about giving thanks and giving back.

December 3 is Giving Tuesday — an international day of giving that follows the gratefulness of Thanksgiving with the generosity of charity. Do you have it marked on your calendar?

This Giving Tuesday, the Knights of Columbus will raise money to purchase more than 6,000 new coats for children in need. We’ll only have 24-hours to raise $125,000 — the amount needed to bring the gift of warmth to thousands — and we’ll need your help to do it.

On Giving Tuesday, we will need your leadership and generosity to bring the gift of warmth to children this winter. Please mark your calendar and get excited to make a difference!

Follow this link to learn more about Giving Tuesday.

Sincerely,
Knights of Columbus Charities

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

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


Dear Brothers, we are proud to provide this great Evangelist and Fund Raising Program. We have the Cards in stock and are ready to ship. Please send your orders in as soon as possible. Let's make this our best year ever! Steve Sykes,

Follow this link to the Council Order Form and this link to the Public Brochure.

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

Northern State Soccer Challenge November 10th

The 2019-2020 Northern State Soccer Challenge Competition was held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the following location and "hosted" by brother's Hector Poblete, DD #15 Council 874,   Council 7268, Benny Beltran Council 874 (official photographer), Council 13271, Council 14836 and associated brother Knights and  volunteers from these councils and other Councils and Districts within our Northern Chapter. 

Special thank you and much gratitude to our State Warden, brother Greg Marracq, who opened our Knights event with a Welcome speech and Prayer for all of our participants and their families.

Kudo's to Dave Smart, Business Manager and Stephan Foley, Director of Buildings and Grounds at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo for allowing the Knights of Columbus the use of their Soccer Practice Field for our annual Northern State Soccer Challenge Program and Competition for the past 10 years.

2019-2020 Knights of Columbus Northern State Soccer Challenge Competition Results:

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 9 year old, boy and girl

Darien Chan - Council 5322 - District 7 - Gold River - Total Score 200 - Gold

Emma Leonard - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 205 - Gold

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 10 year old, boy and girl

Christian Rohner - Council 9202 - District 5 - Lincoln - Total Score 230 - Gold

Angelika Delos Angeles - Council 5322 - District 7 - Rancho Cordova - Total Score 200 - Gold

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 11 year old, boy and girl

"No" 11 Year Old Boys Champion - No Show

Alyssa Jansen - Council 9202 - District 5 - Lincoln - Total Score 240 - Gold

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 12 year old, boy and girl

Owen Cannon - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 295 - Gold

Larrisa Kerr - Council 5322 - District 7 - Rancho Cordova - Total Score 155 - Gold

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 13 year old, boy and girl

Angel Rios - Council 11236 - District 12 - Elk Grove - Total Score 225 - Gold

Adalyn Peters - Council 9202 - District 5 - Lincoln - Total Score 195 - Gold

Northern State Soccer Challenge Champion, 14 year old, boy and girl

"No" 14 Year Old Boys Champion

Marlanna Everts - Council 9202 - District 5 - Lincoln - Total Score 270 - Gold

This year the 2019-2020 State Soccer Challenge Program and Competition has been divided into "three" regions. One in the Northern, Central and the other in the Southern region running simultaneously on the same date and time schedule.

The "1st place winners" from these 2019-2020 State competitions with the "highest score" by age group 9-14, boys and girls will determine the 2019-2020 California State Soccer Challenge Champions. All of the 2019-2020 Soccer Challenge form/score sheets (4578) along with copies of their birth certificates will be sent to and verified by the State Chairman. The State Chairman, Northern, Central and Southern Regional Coordinators should have already verified their paperwork before sending them to the State Chairman.  These 2019-2020 California State Soccer Challenge Champion Trophies will be awarded at their local Chapters meeting at a later date.

Knight For Life

The Sacramento Life Center is holding their annual Gala November 2nd, 2019, a "Knight for Life", honoring the Knights of Columbus to raise funds for the free pregnancy services and related health care. Cost for tickets is $130 per person (this is a Knight's rate). More details on their flyer and their website at: https://saclife.org/

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 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
President
230 8th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 743-7542
www.columbianretirementhome.org

Executive Vice President
Victor L. Pesce, PCP

Secretary
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!

State Advocate Guidance Paper

Worthy District Deputies, Grand Knights, Chapter Presidents, District Mentors, District Masters, Brothers All…Attached please find a Guidance Paper for your implementation.

Recently a Financial Secretary asked if the Chaplain of a Council or a Faithful Friar of an Assembly must be a Priest. The answer is YES. Apparently, there are over 40 Councils and Assemblies who indicate that their respective Chaplain/Faithful Friar is one other than a Priest.

Please read the Guidance Paper very closely and ensure that you have listed a Priest as your Chaplain on your Form 185.

Worthy District Masters TW, Ken and Ray…this applies to the Faithful Friar for your respective Assemblies as well.

This guidance paper has been approved by our State Chaplain Fr. John Cantwell.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter.

Fraternally,
Rene Trevino
State Advocate

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.

Fraternally,

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!

CLICK TO WATCH

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 http://info.kofc.org/pagerequest.html  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

619-548-3190

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