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Welcome to the Pink Button!

Paul and I would like to thank you for the many prayers and well wishes we have received these past few weeks.

Eight years ago my husband Paul was elected as a State Officer. It has been a long and rewarding journey and we are both excited that he is beginning his term as State Deputy. Paul and I were both born and raised in Minnesota. We met in college and married while we were students at the University of Minnesota. In the early 1980’s we were transferred to Florida and began raising our family, two girls and two boys. We now have two grandchildren and feel additionally blessed that they live nearby.

We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces as we travel to your council dinners, installations, seminars, and charity events. It will be our pleasure and our privilege to serve the 51,000 and still growing Florida Knights and your families.

2013 the fun we’ve had…

Enjoy the pictures from the December mid-year meeting held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort. The Friday night Ladies Christmas Cookie Social was festive and delicious. Thank you to those who brought your favorite cookies and recipes to share. After the social, along with our husbands, we viewed “Francis: The Pope of The New World”. A documentary produced by the Knights of Columbus. It was insightful and very moving.

Saturday morning at the Ladies Christmas on the Beach Breakfast our Angel Raffle raised $522 for the Guatemala Fund. Every summer our State Chaplain, Msgr. Thomas Skindeleski, along with Florida knights and their sons, pilgrimage to the Guatemalan jungle. They spend their days working at a Mayan school, helping to maintain and upgrade the classrooms and dormitories that routinely succumb to tropical conditions.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the baby shower gifts that were donated to the local Pregnancy Crisis Center. The director, Bunny Rock, was overwhelmed with your generosity. Our resident artist Jean Cipriano, wife of the General Program Director Vinnie Cipriano, instructed us step by step how to paint beautiful sand dollar ornaments. It was a lot of fun and we were amazed at how talented everyone was! Some of the ladies donated their hand painted ornaments to be sold at the Country Store at the 132nd Supreme Convention in Orlando, August 2nd-7th, 2014.

Images from 2013 Mid Year Meeting, Ladies Cookie Social and Ladies breakfast. (Click the image to expand the view.)
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2014 the best is yet to come…

The Florida State Convention is Memorial Weekend, May 23rd-25th at the Renaissance Orlando Resort. We will feature a Ladies Gathering Place Friday and Saturday. Stop by for lemonade, iced tea, and cookies. Meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Of course, we will have a 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction. Join us on Saturday for the Ladies Luncheon and Garden Tea Party. Accessorize with hats, gloves, pearls, etc. We want to look and feel ”Garden Party Fabulous”.

Images from 2014 State Convention, Ladies Gathering Place and Garden Tea Party Luncheon. (Click the image to expand the view.)
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August 2014, the 132nd Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida. Paul and I are excited that Florida was selected to host this event. The actual convention dates are Tuesday, August 5th through Thursday, August 7th. However, tours will be running Saturday, August 2nd through Monday, August 4th. Also on Monday, States will have their open houses and later that afternoon the pin exchange. The convention kickoff will be held that evening with live entertainment. We will need over two hundred Knights and their families to volunteer in many capacities. Additional information will follow. Please watch for it on the Florida State Council website and the Pink Button.

Teri Koppie
Wife of the State Deputy

Images from 2014 Supreme Convention in Orlando, Ladies Luncheon (Click the image to expand the view.)
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As you continue to be filled with the warmth and joy of Christmas, may God bless you and your families in the new year.

2015 New Year Blessing

In August, San Antonio, Texas was host to the 131st Supreme Convention. There were forty-two knights and their families representing the Florida Jurisdiction including State Chaplin Msgnr. Thomas Skindeleski and the Archbishop of Nassau Most Rev. Patrick Pinder. Everyone enjoyed the Texas hospitality. I know our daughter Jillian(16) and our granddaughter Alexis(10) along with Paul and I had a yeehaw good time. Hopefully some of you were able to view the beautiful opening mass and other events broadcast on EWTN.

Led By The Spirit

Teri Koppie

Wife of the State Deputy

It is a tradition throughout the International Knights of Columbus organization that each new state deputy designs his own lapel pin. These pins are worn by both men and women during the state deputy‘s term. These unique pins portray a very personal design and often carry a theme or message that continues throughout his two years. At the yearly Supreme Convention there is a Pin Exchange during the Meet & Greet Event. Every State Deputy and his delegates have the opportunity to exchange their State Pins. This is very popular and everyone tries to collect pins from the United States and around the world. Of course, it’s also a great way to meet Brother Knights and their families.

Florida State Pin
By Paul Koppie
State Deputy
The shape of the pin is the shield, the symbol of our
Lord and our salvation through him.
This word of the LORD
came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram! I am
your shield; I will make your reward very great”

Gen 15:1

But you, O Lord, are my shield, my glory, you lift up my head!

Ps 3:4

Our soul waits for the Lord who is our help and our
shield, for in Him our hearts rejoice; in His holy name
we trust. May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who
have put our hope in you.

Ps 33:20-22

The seashell, especially the scallop, is the symbol of
baptism in Christianity The baptismal font is often
shaped like a scallop, or decorated with one. The dish
used by priests to pour water over the heads of
catechumens in baptism if often scallop-shaped.
The scallop too, is the symbol for the Apostle James the
Greater. St. James used the scallop shell during his
pilgrimage to beg for food and water. Even the poorest
people could fill the small shell, so he always found
help along his way (Charity). Later, followers of St. James
wore the scallop-shell symbol on their hats and clothes and it
became the symbol of pilgrimage.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us with His seven gifts.
The water represents our baptism into the one Body,

Wow, this past month has been busy and exciting for both Paul and I. On July officers was held in Clearwater at our parish St. Michael the Archangel. Msgr. Thomas Skindeleski, Knights of Columbus state chaplain was the celebrant of the mass and Fr. Paul Hervey, the St. Petersburg Diocesan chaplain, our pastor Fr. Gregg Tottle and associate pastor Fr. Ted Costello were concelebrants. It was a beautiful mass and installation ceremony. The evening dinner dance was a lot of fun. Wonderful pictures of this eventful day can be found on Photoknight.net. Thank you to our state photographer and fourth degree knight Randy Hale and his wife Jackie. A very special thank you to Paul’s council St. Michaels 11295 for their support and behind the scenes work.

The organizational meeting was held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside on July 19 Friday night off with meetings for the men and a delectable ice cream social for the ladies. Yum! Msgr. Anton Dechering was our celebrant at the Saturday morning mass with Fr. Paul Hervey as concelebrant. Msgr. Dechering is our very own Carol Sager’s brother. Carol’s husband Jack is the Bible Placement Chairman. The Saturday vigil mass was celebrated by St. Michael the Archangel associate pastor Fr. Ted Costello and Fr. Paul Hervey, concelebrant. The new district deputies were installed by Paul Koppie. At this ceremony they received their new jewels and I presented their wives with a red rose. Saturday evening was an appreciation dinner for Past State Deputy Christopher Kernan. Family, friends, brother knights and wives were there to honor him. The photo montage during dinner was great. The pictures of the last two years made us laugh a lot and even cry a little. Thanks for the memories Chris and Denise.

With the fraternal year moving right along, Paul and I look forward to traveling throughout Florida and hopefully meeting all of you.

If you have any questions about upcoming events or ideas for an article that could be added on the Pink Button please contact me. I would love to hear from you.

Led By The Spirit
Teri Koppie
Wife of the State Deputy

Did You Know?

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic service organization. It was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney. Today they have over 1.8 million members in 15,000 councils around the globe. The first principle of the Knights of Columbus is charity. In 2011 alone (the latest year for which figures are available), charitable contributions by the Knights reached over $154 million and they volunteered more than 70 million service hours to charitable causes. That year, there were 418,000 blood donations made by Knights. From international charitable partnerships such as Special Olympics, Global Wheelchair Mission and Habitat for Humanity to their own Food for Families and to purely local charities, these are men who make a real difference. And you may have thought they only wore funny chapeaux and sported swords!