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  • KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NOVEMBER 2015 Monthly Publication of the Ohio State Council

    Brother Knights,

    A little about

    membership As your State Deputy I

    have to congratulate

    the Brothers Knights

    throughout Ohio. We

    have done a fantastic

    job with membership

    intake in October. To

    date we stand at 30% of

    our Supreme Council


    requirements. We rank

    18th of the 74 K of C

    Jurisdictions worldwide

    and we rank 3rd among

    the Division 1 State


    On Wednesday, October

    28, 2015 I received a

    call from Mr. Al Cala.

    Brother Al is the

    Deputy Director of

    Membership Growth for

    the Order. He just

    called to say Thank You for Ohios efforts in membership this

    year. Needless to say it

    was a gratifying to

    accept this call on

    behalf of all our hard

    working members.

    Membership should be

    the foremost priority of

    every Grand Knight

    and Membership

    Director throughout

    this great state of Ohio.

    We have shown an

    increase in councils

    recruiting and bringing

    in new members. To

    date about 35% of the

    Council's around the

    state are carrying the

    load in new

    membership. If the

    State of Ohio is to

    improve our

    membership status and

    grow as a jurisdiction

    we need the other 65%

    or roughly 260 councils

    to step up and begin


    We are again looking

    for big opportunities

    again in November.

    There still may be some

    left over prospects from

    Octobers Parish Drives

    that need to be

    contacted. Inspector

    Membership has some

    incentives for

    November for Councils,

    District Deputies, and

    Brother Knights. Watch

    us on Facebook or get

    signed up for our social

    media blitz on some

    unpublished midmonth

    membership incentives.

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    Mission Statement We as men of the Knights of

    Columbus, men of faith, are

    called through Baptism to

    grow and increase in faith.

    We are thereby summoned

    to serve as witnesses to that

    faith in our daily lives, in

    the lives of our families, and

    in the lives of others

    throughout our


    Mission Objective Fostering men united in a

    faith that will continue the

    growth of Fr. McGivneys dream ensuring the spread

    of Columbianism; becoming

    more visible through the

    good works of Charity,

    Unity, and Fraternity;

    creating an atmosphere

    which encourages and calls

    all Catholic men to serve

    with their Brothers.

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    Growth in new membership

    brings new Brother Knights,

    new ideas, and new energy into

    your councils. Please get on

    track with your councils

    membership program and sign

    up a new member today. If you

    havent brought in a new member this year please take a

    moment and ask yourself why.

    Congratulations to the

    September Membership Contest

    winners and all who brought in

    a new member that month.

    Contest winners should be listed

    in State Membership Director

    Nick Greskos column.

    Some thoughts on degree

    work Please continue to schedule

    frequent degrees. Our

    requirement is one 1st Degree

    per District per month,

    statewide. I see the results of

    these frequent degrees already

    paying off in our membership

    numbers. Every District Deputy

    is required to schedule and

    conduct a 1st Degree in his

    district every month. Please list

    all of the degrees on the State

    Website. The degree posting

    page should be overflowing with

    scheduled degrees. There should

    be a minimum of 80 degrees per

    month posted on the State

    Website. If you schedule them

    they will come. If you post them

    others can see them and they

    will come too.

    Please continue to remind your

    candidates about the proper

    attire when they come to take

    any of the degrees. A candidate

    in t-shirts and shorts is just not

    an acceptable dress for a

    candidate making a degree.

    They should be dressed at the

    very minimum some type of

    Dockers or dress pants and a

    polo shirt or dress shirt.

    Squires Congratulations...

    Congratulations to our State

    Squire Circle. They stand on top

    of the Order with a percentage

    net gain of 7.12%.

    Congratulations as well

    to Grand Knight Nathan

    Helmstetter and Chief

    Counselor Eric Huelskamp and

    the Knights at St. Henry

    Council #2640 upon the

    reactivation of their Squires

    Circle #3773.

    Our Fall Fundraiser the

    Football Frenzy


    The Football Frenzy

    Sweepstakes is beginning to

    take in revenue from around the

    state. Early returns of

    sweepstakes tickets are

    promising. Final sales results

    will be available soon. Thank

    you to all who took the time to

    either purchase a ticket or to

    sell tickets at your council. If

    your council has not made their

    returns please make them as

    soon as possible to Past State

    Deputy Gary Eckstein.

    Remember an increase this year

    of $50,000 in profits at the State

    Council will negate the $1.00

    per capita increase that will be

    proposed to the delegates at the

    next state convention.

    Supreme Council Icon

    Program The Holy Family Icon program

    is on hold for now. We are

    waiting on Supreme Council to

    publish the program booklets

    that will lead us through the

    adoration ceremony. Hopefully

    the four icons will circulate

    through the State of Ohio soon.

    Look further in this issue of the

    Voice of the Spirit for the schedule and when the icon will

    come to your district. Please

    take full advantage of this

    prayerful opportunity within

    your council and parishes.

    State Council Financials State Secretary Brother Kevin

    Miller has just issued the last of

    the Measure Up Grant Checks

    to those councils who were a

    little late in getting their

    collections in to the State

    Chairman. I have instructed

    State Advocate Brother Mark

    Siracusa of a cutoff date of

    December 1, 2015 for the end of

    the 2015 Measure Up

    Campaign. On behalf of all the

    State Officers I would like to

    thank everyone for their efforts

    in the Measure Up Campaign.

    Due to your efforts we showed

    an increase in donations this


    Brother Miller has also paid the

    last batch of the 2015 State

    Convention Delegate Mileage

    and Per Diem checks. The

    checks have been set to the

    Financial Secretary of record.

    The only checks that may not be

    paid are the councils who have

    recently sent in the State Per

    Capita check. Remember that

    the 2015 Convention Mileage

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    and Per Diem check is not paid

    until the State Council receives

    the State Per Capita check.

    The Matching Funds Campaign

    is running a little behind usual

    donations. Councils contributing

    early have the opportunity to

    have their contribution

    matched by the Ohio Charity Foundation up to the first

    $25,000.00 collected. Remember

    all funds stay in your diocese

    and are used for religious


    A cutoff date of December 1,

    2015 will end this years campaign. Thanks to all who

    have contributed to this worthy


    A little about the Statewide

    Retreat Please reserve the weekend of

    February 4th and 5th, 2016 for

    the Ohio State Council State

    Retreat. A Reservation Form,

    event costs, rooming and

    rooming availability will be

    available in the next issue of the

    Voice of the Spirit. I know I promised it this month but will

    have it next month for sure.

    Please make every effort attend

    this 24 hour day with your

    Brother Knights in some

    fraternity, meditation, and


    District Deputy Midyear

    Meeting The District Deputy Midyear

    Meeting will be weekend of

    January 8, 9, and 10, 2016 at

    the Columbus Hilton at Easton.

    Supreme Council Membership

    and Programming Consultant

    Joe Ramirez and Supreme

    Council Training Consultant

    Tom Ciborski will lead the day

    of training on Saturday


    Every District Deputy is

    required to attend this weekend

    conference. Please plan to

    attend and clear your calendar

    for this all-important weekend.

    District Deputies will receive a

    personal invitation with

    requirements he will need for

    that weekend. Plan to provide

    information concerning required

    forms, membership,

    programming, and degree work

    that day.

    Town Hall Meetings

    The Town Hall meetings seem to be working well. I have

    attended in the Archdiocese of

    Cincinnati, in the Toledo

    Diocese, and several in the

    Cleveland Diocese. Meetings

    have been very well attended.

    There has been excellent

    dialogue and debate among

    myself, other State Officers,

    State Directors and the Brother

    Knights in attendance. These

    meeting are a great place to

    learn about the working of your

    State Council, the State

    Website, State General

    Program, Church Drives, and

    membership recruiting. All

    meetings start at 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, November 5

    Marian Council #3813

    Tuesday, November 10

    Mantua Council #3766

    Thursday, December 10

    Garfield Council #4130

    Wednesday, December 16,

    Greater Columbus Area

    Thursday, December 17

    Kenton Council #1597

    Tuesday, January 19

    St. Marys Chardon Council #15942

    Two dates in January in the

    Steubenville Diocese are yet to

    be confirmed.

    Special Lapel Pin I have been working with Vice

    Supreme Master Donald Hall to

    produce a special lapel pin for

    any 4th Degree member who

    brings in a new member and get

    him through his first 3 degrees.

    Our 4th Degree Sir Knights are

    always looking for ways to

    increase not only their

    membership but the State

    Councils as well. I, Vice

    Supreme Master Hall, and State

    Social Media Chairman Jim

    Maslach are working out the

    final details of this pin. Look for

    more on this in upcoming issues

    of the Voice or from your District Masters later this

    fraternal year.


    The State Website is up and

    running for the 1st General

    Program grading period. Yes we

    have had some web issues. All

    problems to my knowledge have

    been worked out with

    Webmaster Brother Gilliland on

    a person to person basis. He has

    taken to task the corrections of

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    any deficiencies that may have

    come along. Remember our

    website is only 125 days old so

    its just getting up on its feet.

    With this said and confident in

    the working of the Website thus

    far Brother Gilliland working on

    the ability for District Deputies

    to view all of their respective

    councils programming. Brother

    Gilliland is also working on the

    State Chaplains Page, the State Deputys Page, links to video productions on the Supreme

    Website, State Council Website

    tutorials, and better

    information to our Membership

    Inquiry Page.

    Please be patient with us. If you

    have any issues please address

    them to me and I'll get with you

    and Brother Bob to get them


    A little about K of C

    Insurance Earlier this Fraternal Year the

    State Officers sat down with the

    five General Agents of Ohio in

    an informal day-long meeting

    discussing how we can assist

    one another. We are truly

    blessed with a great group of

    men dedicated to our Order and

    the financial protection of our

    families. Each and every one of

    them is full time employees of

    our Order and day in and day

    out live Father McGivneys Dream.

    Please take every advantage of

    these fine gentlemen with not

    only your insurance needs but

    with Parish Drives and

    Membership Promotion within

    your council. They are all

    excellent cold call recruiters;

    well versed and able to help

    secure that new member.

    James Valent, 740-319-5632;

    Dave Roberts, 330-614-2063;

    Jeff Hearty, 216-592-8514

    Chad Osterholt, 419-447-0404;

    Patrick Murphy, 513-847-1306

    Look for an article in upcoming

    issues of the Voice by one of our General Agents. We will

    feature Brother Patrick Murphy

    in the December issue.

    In closing God Bless and continue to do

    the work you do in Jesus name.

    Dedicate everything you do for

    Him to the honor and glory of

    God and see what changes it

    will make in your life.

    Bob Collins

    State Deputy

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    Council Grand Knights are reminded to get their orders for Measure

    Up rulers to their District Deputies. The DDs will receive their Districts rulers at the Mid-Year meeting in January 2016.

    The Holy Family Icon Prayer Books are still in the process of being

    printed at Supreme. The Icon prayer program will hopefully begin in

    late November or early December. All councils are District Deputies

    will be notified as soon as the prayer books are printed and when the

    program will start in Ohio.

    Larry Droesch

    State Warden





    On December 8th, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;

    Patroness of the United States, the Holy Year of Mercy will begin.

    Inaugurated by Pope Francis, on 13 March 2015, during a Lenten

    Homily, he wants the whole world to experience the Divine Mercy of

    God, for only when we have been forgiven, do we become truly free.

    We read below the purpose of this Jubilee Year.

    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over a penance service

    in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday afternoon, during which he

    announced an extraordinary Jubilee dedicated to Divine

    Mercy. Below, please find Vatican Radio's English translation

    of the Holy Father's homily, in which he made the


    Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear

    its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual

    conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to

    have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live

    this Year in the light of the Lord's words: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Luke 6:36)

    This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and

    will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of

    the Universe and living face of the Fathers mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the

    dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission

    to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.

    I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to

    rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give

    consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this

    Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over

    our journey.

    As your State Chaplain, I would like us to be merciful, just as your Father is merciful in our relations with one another whether it is in our families, parishes, schools and places of work, local

    community and in our State and Local Councils. How this happens, as Pope Francis states, is

    through a spiritual conversion of the soul. As we conclude the calendar year and also the liturgical year, it is always a time to reflect on our lives and to constantly change our hearts towards God.

    As Knights, we are called by our knighthood to be forgiving as our heavenly Father is forgiving. It is

    said in the Gospel of St. Matthew Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. (Matthew 10:8b) What we are given without cost is Gods gift to us, through the Sacrament of Penance, is Mercy and Forgiveness. That same Mercy and Forgiveness is to be given to others. Let

    us find ways to begin to practice Mercy and Forgiveness even before the Extraordianry Jubilee Year


    One way is to forgive debts that may be owed by brother Knights. Many Councils do or should have

    set up resources to help their brother Knights who may be in financial difficulty and cannot pay their



    dues. One of our State programs

    is to set up a fund and to hold a

    fund raiser to collect monies to

    fund this fund. During this

    Jubilee Year of Mercy, we

    should withhold any suspension

    due to lack of due payments or

    debts owed to a Council.

    Some forms of forgiveness needs

    to be given when the

    forgiveness is not financial but

    in our relationship with brother

    Knights. Wrongs or perceived

    wrongs occur among brother

    Knights all the time. We may

    have interpreted or more often

    than not misinterpreted

    something that was done or

    said by a brother Knight. It

    happens because all of us come

    from different backgrounds,

    ethnic groups or upbringing.

    We see things differently and

    can misinterpret something

    said or done. These are

    sometime great grievances but

    more than often they are minor

    grievances that probably had no

    intentions of offending or

    causing one brother Knight to

    be angry with another brother

    Knight. Whether they are great

    or minor grievances, they must

    be shown Mercy and

    Forgiveness as our heavenly

    Father shows that Mercy and

    Forgiveness to all who seek

    them from Him. This may also

    be the time to re-activate a

    brother Knight who left because

    of a grievance. That grievance

    may no longer be an issue

    within the council, yet a brother

    Knight still feels the anguish,

    pain and bitterness caused by

    the grievance. Invite the

    brother Knight back and show

    the Fathers Mercy and Forgiveness to him. God has

    done the same to us and for

    greater sins than a brother

    Knight may have done to us

    and we are to show the same to

    any brother Knight that asks

    for it or needs it. This year of

    Jubilee, Ohio Knights of

    Columbus Councils should have

    the lowest amount of

    suspension in their history for

    we are to show Mercy and

    Forgiveness, just as our

    heavenly Father is merciful.

    There is no time than the

    present moment to show Gods Mercy and Forgiveness. We are

    to do it NOW!




    PRO, SJ November 23

    Born on January 13, 1891 in

    Guadalupe, Mexico, Miguel

    Agustin Pro Juarez was the

    eldest son of Miguel Pro and

    Josefa Juarez.

    Miguelito, as his doting family

    called him, was, from an early

    age, intensely spiritual and

    equally intense in his

    mischievousness, frequently

    exasperating his family with his

    humor and practical jokes. As a

    child, he had a



    that sometimes

    went too far,

    tossing him into


    accidents and

    illnesses. On

    regaining consciousness after

    one of these episodes, young

    Miguel opened his eyes and

    blurted out to his frantic

    parents, "I want some cocol" (a

    colloquial term for his favorite

    sweet bread). "Cocol" became

    his nickname, which he would

    later adopt as a code name

    during this clandestine


    Miguel was particularly close to

    his older sister and after she

    entered a cloistered convent, he

    came to recognize his own

    vocation to the priesthood.

    Although he was popular with

    the senoritas and had prospects

    of a lucrative career managing

    his father's thriving business,

    Miguel renounced everything



    for Christ his King and

    entered the Jesuit

    novitiate in El Llano,

    Michoacan in 1911.

    He studied in Mexico

    until 1914, when a tidal

    wave of anti-Catholicism

    crashed down upon

    Mexico, forcing the

    novitiate to disband and

    flee to the United States,

    where Miguel and his

    brother seminarians

    trekked through Texas

    and New Mexico before

    arriving at the Jesuit

    house in Los Gatos,


    In 1915, Miguel was sent

    to a seminary in Spain,

    where he remained until

    1924, when he went to

    Belgium for his

    ordination to the

    priesthood in 1925.

    Miguel suffered from a

    severe stomach problem

    and after three

    operations, when his

    health did not improve,

    his superiors, in 1926,

    allowed him to return to

    Mexico in spite of the

    grave religious

    persecution in that


    The churches were closed

    and priests went into

    hiding. Miguel spent the

    rest of his life in a secret

    ministry to the sturdy

    Mexican Catholics. In

    addition to fulfilling their

    spiritual needs, he also

    carried out the works of

    mercy by assisting the

    poor in Mexico City with

    their temporal needs. He

    adopted many interesting

    disguises in carrying out

    his secret ministry. He

    would come in the middle

    of the night dressed as a

    beggar to baptize infants,

    bless marriages and

    celebrate Mass. He would

    appear in jail dressed as

    a police officer to bring

    Holy Viaticum to

    condemned Catholics.

    When going to


    neighborhoods to procure

    for the poor, he would

    show up at the doorstep

    dressed as a fashionable

    businessman with a fresh

    flower on his lapel. His

    many exploits could rival

    those of the most daring

    spies. In all that he did,

    however, Fr. Pro

    remained obedient to his

    superiors and was filled

    with the joy of serving

    Christ, his King.

    Falsely accused in the

    bombing attempt on a

    former Mexican

    president, Miguel became

    a wanted man. Betrayed

    to the police, he was

    sentenced to death

    without the benefit of

    any legal process.

    On the day of his

    execution, Fr. Pro forgave

    his executioners, prayed,

    bravely refused the

    blindfold and died

    proclaiming, "Viva Cristo

    Rey", "Long live Christ

    the King!"

    Information courtesy of

    ProVision and Brother

    Gerald Mueller.

    Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy

    Lord Jesus Christ,

    you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly


    and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

    Show us your face and we will be saved.

    Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from

    being enslaved by


    the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness

    only in created


    made Peter weep after his betrayal,

    and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

    Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the

    words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

    If you knew the gift of God! You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

    of the God who manifests his power above all by for-

    giveness and mercy:

    let the Church be your visible face in the world, its

    Lord risen and


    You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in


    in order that they may feel compassion for those in

    ignorance and error:

    let everyone who approaches them feel sought after,

    loved, and forgiven

    by God.

    Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with

    its anointing,

    so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace

    from the Lord,

    and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may

    bring good news to the


    proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

    and restore sight to the blind.

    We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother

    of Mercy,

    you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy

    Spirit for ever and

    ever. Amen.





    Nick Gresko

    Inspector Membership State Membership Director

    John Brown

    New Council Development

    William Wirtz

    Retention Director (West)

    Michael Jordon

    Retention Director (East)

    Raymond Darr

    Ceremonials Director




    Richard Chunnic


    Jerome Nowesnick


    George Jones


    Thomas Offenberger


    James Collins


    Dave Bender


    4 MORES: MORE Knights bring MORE hands & hearts, to

    raise MORE funds and to evangelize, doing GODS good works helping MORE people in need!

    Please Get Form 450, Form 450C and Form 100s in ASAP

    Form 450 and Form 450C is like GOLD!!!

    District Deputies please make sure within two days of holding a degree in

    your District the Form 450 is turned in. Grand Knights and Financial Sec-

    retaries the Form 450C should be sent in within two days of doing a de-

    gree. This is extremely important because this allows us to track if Su-

    preme actually processed your Form 100s! If you took the time to bring in a new member the State Membership Team wants to make sure you get

    credit for your work and effort.

    Form 100s Within two days of a degree any Form 100s should be emailed to the Su-preme Council Supreme is able to process

    the Form 100 much quicker this way and you have a receipt that they were

    sent in your sent mail. Plus this saves your council the cost of a stamp

    every time new members are brought in.

    RETENTION Bill Wirtz (West)

    Mike Jordon (East)

    As we have had great

    success in the month of

    October bring in new

    Brothers it is also our

    job to keep them.

    Fraternal: of or like a

    brother or brothers.

    This defines our

    relationship within the


    As we continue to grow

    our order we must also

    continue to train our

    Brothers to be the best

    Knights that they can

    be. We do this in a

    multitude of ways,

    training, mentoring and

    leading. This month we

    would like to take a

    closer look at training

    our Brothers. Activity

    #83 Train the

    proposers. We as

    Brothers need to know

    what is expected of us a

    proposer. This activity

    Brothers is one that is

    good for the lecturer or

    his guest speaker to

    talk about. The theme

    that we recommend is:

    Its not a transaction, its a relationship. Using this theme truly

    fulfills Our Theme of Through Him, With

    Him, In him.

    Brothers we would like

    to wish you all a Very

    Blessed and Happy



    The leaves have turned and the cooler weather has started

    to creep into the Great State of Ohio. No one would be able

    to tell that from what the Knights of Columbus have been

    doing in fulfilling the missions of Inspector

    Membership. Ohio is HOT and there is no stopping the


    November is here and that means turkey with all of the

    fixings. The Inspector has another mission for you - are

    you ready? Working those community meals, helping to

    feed the hungry and sitting around your dinner table this

    month - recruit future members of the Knights of

    Columbus. Talk Turkey and gain a member and the Inspector will reward you!

    Your mission is on the video and on the next page attached. Pass it on to your councils. Lets talk



    Click to Watch Your Mission for November!







    Robert Walsh

    General Program


    Gary Anderson

    Culture of Life

    Jeff Kiliany


    Stewart Vetter


    Tom Buehner


    Mike Nau


    Tom Forsthoefel





    Joe Mackos

    Vocations & Round


    Harding Christ

    Editor Buckeye Bulletin

    Marty Schumacher


    Robert Gilliland


    Jim Maslach

    Social Media


    LIFE Gary Anderson

    The Ohio jurisdiction got

    off to a rousing start

    during the first few

    months of the fraternal

    year, with a strong

    contingent of councils

    jumping right into the

    state Culture of Life

    program with gusto. From

    the Fortnight for Freedom

    in early July to the

    National Day of

    Remembrance for Aborted

    Children and 40 Days for

    Life in September, councils

    have displayed their

    passion for defending the

    sanctity of human life.

    Your commitment and

    dedication to standing up

    for the innocents are so

    very inspiring, brother

    knights, and for that, I

    thank you.

    Among the brand new

    Culture of Life activities

    added to the program this

    year, is one about which I

    am so completely

    enthused: Promote Teen

    Chastity, Activity #52.

    With our youth undergoing

    increasing spiritual

    assault, this activity will

    help serve as a shield for

    them. By providing a 12-

    segment study program,

    Theology of the Body for

    Teens, for our schools and

    parishes, councils can go a

    long way towards

    protecting the innocence

    and wholesomeness of our

    youngsters before the

    stench and corruption of

    today's secular culture can

    entrap and enslave them.

    The program is based on

    St. John Paul II's

    monumental Theology of

    the Body, in which he

    outlined his integrated

    vision of the human person

    -body, soul, and spirit-that

    he delivered through 129

    catechetical lectures. The

    study program uses John

    Paul's vision for love and

    life to answer the tough

    questions kids are asking

    about God, sex, and the

    meaning of life. It is

    available in both high

    school and middle school

    editions. Worthy grand

    knight: I humbly ask your

    council's participation in

    this most worthy activity.

    October, now in the rear-

    view mirror, is always

    dedicated to the Holy

    Rosary. There is no better

    weapon against the culture

    of death than Our Lady's

    Rosary, which is credited

    for many Christian

    victories over the

    centuries. Most notable

    among them was the

    Battle of Lepanto on

    October 7, 1571, when a

    Christian fleet defeated a

    far superior Ottoman

    Muslim fleet and

    consequently, stopped

    further westward

    expansion of Islam in the


    Flash forward to today, as

    once again, radical Islam,

    through its embodiment-

    ISIS-is metastasizing

    across the Middle East and

    into Europe, committing

    genocide against innocent

    Christians and threatening

    to take its murderous

    campaign even to our

    shores. So again, we

    turn to the Holy Rosary for

    protection of Christians

    and all people of good will,

    as well as for the defense

    of sacred human life in


    Those wishing to assist

    with the relief efforts can

    donate by CLICKING

    HERE or by sending

    checks or money orders

    payable to Knights of

    Columbus Charities at

    P.O. Box 1966, New

    Haven, CT 06509-1966.

    The memo portion should

    indicate that the check is

    for Christian Refugee


    We continue to hear

    reports that several

    Ultrasound Initiative

    campaigns are underway

    around the state. Brothers,

    is there really any more

    critical, finer endeavor

    carried out by the Order

    than the Ultrasound

    Initiative, through which

    lives are saved every day

    by each and every free

    ultrasound machine we

    provide to qualified

    pregnancy care centers? I

    think not! Keep up the

    good, and holy work.

    Now is the time to be

    firming up plans to attend

    the March for Life 2016 on

    Friday, January 22. The

    day kicks off with the noon

    Rally while the March

    itself steps off at 1:00 p.m.

    Those arriving a day early

    can make plans to attend

    the March for Life

    Conference on Thursday

    from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00

    noon at the Renaissance

    Washington Hotel.

    Download a PDF of the

    March for Life Trip

    Planner by CLICKING

    HERE. I hope to see you in





    The week of November 1st is

    National Vocation Awareness

    Week. The attached prayer card

    was printed by the Diocese of

    Youngstown, and made possible

    through the generosity of The

    Knights of Columbus.

    What is your council doing to

    promote Vocations in

    your area? One idea

    is the RSVP program

    (Refund Support to

    Vocations Program.)

    If your council is

    unable to write a

    check for $500.00

    consider a smaller

    gift. If throughout

    the year by some

    chance your finances

    change then consider

    giving a little more.

    For every $500.00 for

    donate you would

    then receive $100.00

    back from Supreme.

    You do however need

    to have all the

    cancelled checks, and

    photo copy them to

    Supreme along with

    form #2863.

    Has your district

    deputy talked to you

    about filling out a

    roundtable form?

    Has your district deputy given

    you form #2629 (Report of

    Roundtable Coordinator? If not,

    ask him for the form. District

    deputies that attended the June

    DD meeting received enough

    forms for each of their councils.

    As there is a quota for the State

    Council for Membership, and New

    Councils, there is also a State

    quota for the number of round

    tables the state needs. At this

    time we only have 19 roundtables.

    We need 81 more.

    The form is easy to fill out. (For

    example, is your council a parish

    base council?) In the 1st box the

    question asks IS YOUR C O U N C I L A P A R I S H

    COUNCIL? If you are, check the box that says YES. Put the name of the parish, your council

    number, city, jurisdiction, and

    diocese. In the 2nd set of boxes

    your membership number, name,

    address, city, state, zip. Parish,

    city, number of council members

    at the parish and in this case the

    total number of members, the

    number of families at the parish

    and the GK sign the form and you

    mail it off to Supreme.

    If youre not a parish base council

    then fill in as many boxes you can

    with the names of council

    members that belong to others

    parishes. One of the best ideas is

    to find out which of your members

    sit on parish councils. These

    brothers would be the best to

    become roundtable coordinators

    for they are already working with

    their parish.

    As I have been going to different

    councils within the Youngstown

    Diocese, I have been

    taking the form 2629

    with me. Please

    District Deputies, do

    the same. Lets all work together to

    achieve this goal. 81

    m o r e r o u n d t a b l e

    needed, its doable, but we all need to work at


    I would like to thank

    the following councils

    for submitting

    roundtables already:

    Co. #500, #558, #752,

    #1341, #2158, #3269,

    #4733, #6373, &

    #10003. These 9

    councils have

    submitted a total of

    19 roundtables.


    Prayer for Vocations

    Father Almighty,

    As part of your divine plan you have created us for some

    definite purpose.

    Bestow your grace upon us to know the path you have

    designed for us in this life snd help us to respond with an

    unconditional Yes.

    Make our diocese, parishes, homes and hearts fruitful

    ground for Your gift of vocations.

    May we your faithful, especially our young people, re-

    spond to Your call with courage and zeal.

    Inspire among our men a desire and the strength to be

    good and holy priests.

    Bless us with an abundance of consecrated religious, per-

    manent deacons, lay ecclesial ministers, and those called

    to a chaste single life.

    Sanctify the union of man and woman as one in marriage

    so that they may be a sign of Christs love for his Church.

    Through the intercession of Mary our Blessed Mother, we

    offer our prayer for vocations to You, Father, in union

    with the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord.




    YOUTH Mike Nau

    Have you ordered your Free Throw

    Kits? November is the month you

    need to that. You need to go to the

    Supreme website, go to forms and go

    to Free Throw Kits. Last year

    119000 young people participated in

    Knights of Columbus Free Throw

    Championships. The Council level

    needs to be done by the end of

    January. District needs to be done

    the mid-February and the Regional

    will be done the end of February.

    Remember that the State Free

    Thrown will be held on March 19,

    2016. Remember that the age levels

    are 9-14 years old. Lets get out and promote the Free Throw. Lets stop the trend, and get more


    Dont forget Activity #60 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest. This

    is a Supreme Program to help bring

    the abuse of drugs and alcohol to the

    attention of the children in our

    communities. It gives them the

    chance to discuss these problems

    with each other and support each

    other not to use drugs and overuse

    alcohol. You need to order your Drug

    and Alcohol Abuse Poster Contest

    kit from Supreme Council in

    November to have everything in

    place for the council level completion

    in January.

    I know that everyone thinks that

    youth are important and that each

    Council does activities to help the

    youth. Please take the time to

    submit the reports. The numbers of

    Activities reported are down.

    However, there are several very

    good ones. This time of the year

    theres always some kids that need coats. What a great way to show you

    care by giving coats to needed

    children. That would be Activity #56.

    During the Holiday Season no child

    should go Hungry. Hold a food drive

    for the local food bank. Or hold a

    fund raising event to give more.

    That is Activity #55.

    We had one Squire Circle

    Reactivated. A big thanks to Council

    # 2640, St. Henrys in the Cincinnati Diocese. They have been awarded

    100 points in the Youth program.

    Thanks for all your work. Activity

    #66, Sponsor or promote new or

    existing Squires Circle. Squire

    Circles are vital to the growth of our

    Squires Program and in turn benefit

    greatly the Knights through the long

    -time proven fact that Active Squires

    make Active Knights, who often take

    on leadership roles in councils once

    they become 18 years old.

    Hope all have a blessed Holiday

    Season. Keep up the good work and

    take time to report those great

    activities under the Youth Program.

    Youre Only A Click Away

    Resubmitting Returned

    Programs and closing

    Incorrect or Duplicate


    If you get a Returned program, simply Edit the program and make the

    corrections that the Program

    Director is asking for and click

    Update Program Listing.

    When you use the State Program

    Website to enter your programs,

    sometimes a mistake is made

    when selecting the program

    group or program activity or

    sometimes a program is returned

    as a duplicate program by the


    Instead of leaving these

    Pending or Returned programs in the system, and to

    make this easier for the Councils to manage their program

    information, there is now a

    Closed status that is available (see images below).

    This is available ONLY if the

    program is in the Pending

    or Returned status.

    Once the program is set to

    Closed, it will no longer be counted towards your Council

    points and is in effect will be


    Later this month, the View Programs page will have separate tabs for the various

    statuses (Pending, Returned, Graded, and Closed) so that they will be easier to manage.

    If you have any problems, or

    need any help, please feel free to

    email me at

    Robert Gilliland

    State Website Director



    It is time to get your gear for the Special

    Population Free Throw Contest! The or-

    der form is linked underneath the picture

    and is required to obtain T-shirts and

    plagues. The Special Population Free

    Throw contest runs until April 30th, of

    this fraternal year, for our citizens with

    Developmental Disabilities. Every council

    still has plenty of time to plan and partici-

    pate in your own councils Special Popula-tion Free Throw contest.

    All Grand Knights will receive this free-

    throw T-shirt and plaque order-form with

    their 2016 Measure-Up Campaign packet.

    Please duplicate this form as needed.

    All free-throw forms must be filled out completely: T-shirt sizes, number of plaques and the proper

    shipping address. Any council who would like to have t-shirts please submit a check along with the

    order form. Again, the Ohio State Council will supply the award plaques at no cost to the councils.

    The basic price of the T-shirts have increase this year to: $ 5.00 for all sizes, 6-8 through XL; size XXL

    - $ 6.50; size XXXL - $ 7.50; size XXXXL - $ 8.50. The latest date to submit order forms will be April

    30, 2015. Please allow two weeks for delivery of order to allow arrival before the contest date. Phone

    orders will be accepted by calling 614 679-4238. Please make checks payable to T-Shirts By Eckstein.