May 2019 State Deputy’s Message

Dear Brother Knights of Saskatchewan,

As of today, there are exactly 6 weeks left in the Columbian year. As we look back on the accomplishments of the past year, we can be proud that Saskatchewan had a great Columbian year in programming and membership. Special thanks to each individual for your assistance and support to reach many of our accomplishments – we could not have done any of this without a team effort.

Two major programs, the Vocations Endowment which reached close to $560,000.00 in donations in one year and the Conscience Protection Campaign which gathered more than 14,000 letters were both very successful. Thanks to all the councils for your support and involvement. Specials thanks to the bishops and priests for allowing us to conduct these two campaigns as well as many other programs in our churches throughout Saskatchewan.

Membership recruitment has also been excellent this year. As of today, we are 1 short of reaching our intake quota of 325, we have reached our net of 225 with 234 members or 104% of our intake. At the present time, our net/net is +3 members, 3 members more today than on July 1st, 2018. Our net/net needs to be 50 more than on July 1st so we need to keep recruiting new members as we lose about 15 per month to suspensions and deaths.

Recruiting new members is very important because our church is stronger if every knight is a member. That’s why bishops often make appeals asking men to join the Knights of Columbus. We are very thankful for the support we get from the Bishops of Saskatchewan. We must also show in all of our parishes that we are supportive of our bishops and priests and conduct programs that assist our priests and the church. Knights exist to serve—We are men on a mission and that mission is to promote and grow God’s Kingdom. As Knights, formed through the teachings of the church, we go out to do charitable works to overcome the wounded and marginalized in society through programs such as coats for kids, wheelchairs, food for families, meals on wheels, and assistance to Christians in the middle east.

There is still much to be done before the end of June. I ask all councils to work on the following programs in the next 6 weeks.

  • Sign up at least 1 new member before the end of June.
  • Work to achieve Star Council
  • Make sure your council is Safe Environment Compliant.
  • Complete your SP7—Columbian Award Application.
  • Submit the list of your GK, FS, Membership Director, and Council Chaplain to Gerry Gieni, Executive Secretary, by June 10th.
  • Hold a Church Drive in your council and hold an Admission Degree in honor of the Bishop in your diocese.
  • Develop a yearly plan of activities for next year so that you can hit the ground running on July 1st. Councils should be active all year round and should not be inactive in July and August. Masses are still held during July and August and Knights can still be active with some great family projects.                                                                                                                                                  

I thank all of you for all that you have done during this past year. I look forward to finishing the year strong to the end of June as well as to a great start to next year’s Columbian Year.

If you would like to serve the State Council at the State Level in the area of a Regional Program and Membership Consultant or as a State Program Director, please give me a call—240-8872 or email StateDeputy@kofcsask.com.

Also, for those of you who are interested in or have asked for the SD’s address to the convention, it can be found on the State Website – www.kofcsask.com.

Chris Bencharski

Chris Bencharski
State Deputy,
Saskatchewan State Council

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