Florida State Council

Knights of Columbus

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State General Programs Information

State General Program Director
Vincent Cipriano

Brother Knights, Visitors, and Families:

Welcome to the Florida State Council Programs. Important to our order is not only growing our ranks, but once a member insuring that every knight and their families have the opportunities available to get involved in ministries of their choice. Our programs specially geared to Catholic Family Life keeps everyone actively involved and insures the Blessings received by supporting our church, families and communities.

I invite you to visit the many State Service Programs available found in this section. Each has a small statement about the program and upcoming or recent activities. For further information, feel free to contact our Chairmen, Directors, or myself. You will receive a prompt reply as we look forward to sharing and spreading our way of life through our Knights of Columbus Programs both General and Charities.

Be happy and Blessed as you enter into the adventures of the Florida State Council Programs.

Vivat Jesus

State Pro Life Activities

State Pro-Life Chairman
Bill and Kay Cook

Brothers All,

Welcome to the Pro-Life Activities page in the Florida State Council website. We Brother Knights must be on the forefront of defending Life from conception to a natural death in accordance with the teachings of Holy Mother Church. Life is a gift from God and must be protected.

40 Days for Life campaign

This year's 40 Days for Life campaign begins September 24th and runs through November 2nd. Please go to the 40 Days for Life website at 40daysforlife.com to find out about the vigil in your area. You can also go to the website of the US Council of Catholic Bishops at usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program

Every Council should be involved Pro Life events in their area. We have many activities throughout the State during the year and we will attempt to update them as they come up. If you have success in any area, please share it with us so it can be seen by all.

Information about The Evangelism Vitae Award and the 5 Star Achiever Awards can be found on the "Awards" tab screen. Please be involved.

Vivat Jesus
Bill & Kay Cook Pro Life Couple
107 Pass Key Rd
Sarasota, FL 34242

Mission

Follow the lead of our Supreme Council, on the declaration of our Order's mission:

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson] identified three pillars at the center of the Order's mission: the Eucharist, devotion to [the Blessed Virgin] Mary, and dedication to promoting a culture of life." (KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS, Columbia Magazine, Jan. 2012, p.6, par. 7).

Support the Bishops of the Catholic Church in Florida on pro-life matters of concern in the seven dioceses of the Province of Miami, in their nonpartisan public policy voice and action on behalf of the lives of the vulnerable, voiceless, defenseless unborn.



Objective

Act in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church, in Charity, to proclaim the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person, providing opportunities for Knights of Columbus and Catholics in Florida to carry out their responsibility to participate in community life and faithful citizenship. Promote and develop a Culture of Life.

Reference: INTO THE FUTURE FOR FLORIDA'S RESPECT LIFE DIRECTORS, May 2000

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40) "You shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13) (NOTICE: There are no exceptions !!!) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you" (Jeremiah 1:5) "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4:9) "From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life" (Gen 9:5)

The Bible (in English)

"63. Nowadays, in America as elsewhere in the world, a model of society appears to be emerging in which the powerful predominate, setting aside and even eliminating the powerless: I am thinking here of unborn children, helpless victims of abortion; the elderly and incurably ill, subjected at times to euthanasia; and the many other people relegated to the margins of society by consumerism and materialism. Nor can I fail to mention the unnecessary recourse to the death penalty when other “bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons. Today, given the means at the State's disposal to deal with crime and control those who commit it, without abandoning all hope of their redemption, the cases where it is absolutely necessary to do away with an offender 'are now very rare, even non-existent practically'”. (229) This model of society bears the stamp of the culture of death, and is therefore in opposition to the Gospel message. Faced with this distressing reality, the Church community intends to commit itself all the more to the defense of the culture of life." (POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION ECCLESIA IN AMERICA, The culture of death and a society dominated by the powerful, JOHN PAUL II)

Vatican - ECCLESIA IN AMERICA

"73. Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. " (EVANGELIUM VITAE, The Gospel of Life, JOHN PAUL II) ". . . In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to "take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it." (EVANGELIUM VITAE, The Gospel of Life, JOHN PAUL II)

LINK to the Vatican - Declaration on Procured Abortion "22. It must in any case be clearly understood that whatever may be laid down by civil law in this matter, man can never obey a law which is in itself immoral, and such is the case of a law which would admit in principle the liceity of abortion. Nor can he take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it. Moreover, he may not collaborate in its application. It is, for instance, inadmissible that doctors or nurses should find themselves obliged to cooperate closely in abortions and have to choose between the law of God and their professional situation." (Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion, No. 22, 18 November 1974)

State Run for Life Chairman
David Erickson

RUN FOR LIFE 2015

thr The Run For Life is the biggest Pro Life event for the Florida Knights of Columbus for this year. This year run starts Feburuary 14th and goes thru Feburary. 22nd. The run ends in Saint Augustine at the great white cross at 12 noon on the 22nd.

This run helps raise funds for all the Pregnany centers throughout the state. Just like the disability drive the Run for Life works the same way. When the runners go through your area you can support the runners by sponsoring the runners or having a Pro Life dinner or have some kind of pro life event that your council can support. The runners would be your reason for having your event. All the money you raise would be used for your local pregnany center or any life-giving organization in your area. In other words all the money stays in your area and us runners will help you with your fund raising. Your council will also get credit for a Pro life event with the state and supreme programs.

We the Run for Life really need your help; so many life-support programs need more help than ever. We need to get the message out that Life is so important. We need to help get the message out to have the mothers save their babies and the elderly be protected at their later stages of life. Life needs to be protected and our Catholic faith centers on life and how precious it is.

We could double the amount of money we raise if each council would donate two hundred dollars towards the Run For Life each year. Even if your council is so busy with so many events throughout your busy year you will be helping life so much by donating what ever you can, each year, for the Run. Get in the pratice of putting the event in your council budget each year. This is a state-run event. This run works best when everybody gets together and makes it work.

There are three runs.
  • West coast run goes from Marco Island to Saint Augustine.
  • East coast goes from Homestead to Saint Augustine.
  • Panhandle goes from Pensacola to Saint Augustine.
  • West coast chairmans Gary Ray 239-821-5115 jgary@gmail.com
  • East coast chairman Chuck Roessner 305-248-3396 dot@bellsouth.net
  • Pandandle run Dan Arndt 850-207-8779 darndt3@yahoo.com

Please contact your Run Chairman if there is anyway you can help. I will be updating information throughout the year as well as their schedules and pro Life dinners during the runs. If you can and live close to Saint Augustine try to be there for the closing event. Hundreds of knights there would really show how much we knights support life. Allan Gieselman is the coordinator for the end of the run event. His contact information is 904-829-0409 allangieselman@comcast.net

There is also a ride for life that goes the same time as the run. A group of knights with their motorcycles meets up with the runners in Saint Augustine. If you are interested in riding up with your bike contact Brent Labreche brent.labreche@kofc.org

Let's make this the best Run for Life and Ride ever.

God Bless,

Dave Erickson Run for life Chairman 239-940-9940 swimerick @comcast.net


State Chaplain
Very Rev Thomas Skindeleski


East Coast Relay Run for Life: 356 miles - Homestead to St. Augustine

Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

Click here for East Coast Run Schedule

The Knights of Columbus are pro-life. A few K of C members along with other adult and youth runners who are in unity with pro-life principles are running to raise funds to help our local life-affirming organizations that protect the unborn through crisis pregnancy centers, protect battered and abused women, children and senior citizens.

Please make your check donation to Florida KC Charities/Run for Life

Mail to:
Run for Life - East
P.O. Box 344185
Homestead, FL 33034

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible

. Pledge Sheet

26th ANNUAL RUN FOR LIFE KICKOFF BANQUET
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014, 6:30 PM
THE HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY CENTER,
1601 N.KROME AVENUE, HOMESTEAD, FL.


Tickets: $30.00 per person at the door ($25 for advance ticket sales).
PROCEEDS TO ASSIST MOTHERS IN NEED AT CARING FOR MIAMI CENTER OF HOMESTEAD, ST.GERARDS HOUSE, ST.AUGUSTINE,
RESPECT LIFE OFFICE OF MIAMI AND OTHER HOMES AND CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS THROUGHOUT FLORIDA.


DINNER PREPARED BY ROBERT MORGAN CULINARY SCHOOL.
LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES AND RAFFLES!
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH CHUCK ROESSNER. CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.


State Run for Life Coordinator, East Coast:

Charles (Chuck) Roessner III
20261 SW 318th Street
Homestead, FL 33030-5119
(305) 248-3396
frost_dot@bellsouth.net
For enroute communication ONLY on the days of the Run:
(305) 562-5496 (cell)


For more information, see the Run for Life Website.

Images from the East Coast Run. (Click the image to expand.)
Images from previous East Coast Runs. (Click the image to expand.)

West Coast Relay Run for Life: 360 miles - Marco Island to St. Augustine

Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

Click here for West Coast Run Schedule

Our Annual Run for Life starts in Marco Island, moves north, then east on on U.S. 41, U.S. 301, S.R. 19. See schedule for details.

Please make your check donation to "Florida KC Charities/Run for Life"

Mail to:
Run for Life - West
14580 Sterling Oaks Dr
Naples, FL 34110-4147

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible.

Pledge Sheet

State Run for Life Coordinator, West Coast
James Gary Ray
14580 Sterling Oaks Dr
Naples, FL 34110-4147
239-821-5115

Dear Brother Knights,

The West Coast Run for Life will start Saturday, March 1, 2014. This will be our 8th annual run. However, it will be the 26th Anniversary for Run for Life in Florida as started on the East Coast.

The West Coast run will begin at San Marco Council 6344, Marco Island, FL and God willing go 364 miles to the CROSS in St. Augustine, FL. The plan is to run about 40 miles per day for 9 days, attend Mass each day and break bread with a local council each evening. The running route will be on sidewalks as far as possible or facing the traffic on routes 951, US 41 and 301 through Naples, Fort Myers, Port Charlotte, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Sun City, Ruskin, East Tampa then cutting over route US 60 to US 301 north to Ocala, over various county roads through Palatka, meeting up with the East Coast runners at Crescent Beach for the final goal.

At San Marco Catholic Church the runners and support team will attend the 8:00AM Mass and should be underway by 9:00AM. This run is designed as a relay with 1 or 2 runners going for 1 hour followed by 1 or 2 fresh runners going for the 2nd hour and so forth until the 40 miles are covered. We estimate the runners will cover 7 to 8 miles per hour.

The support team will consist of minimum of 2 vehicles; car and a pick-up truck. The runners will be transported by the support team and the support team will hover in the immediate area (within 2-miles) for the runner's safety and immediate needs.

The idea for the end-of-day host council would be to hold a dinner/fund raiser to feed at least 6 or 8 runners & support staff and hopefully invite other local councils to come and meet the runners to increase the fund raising potential. The runners & support staff will need lodging for the night and council members could offer to house 1 or more individuals. Council members could also attend the early morning Mass with the runners & staff at a local Catholic Church to kick-off the day's run activities.

To be successful the cooperation of all the councils in the vicinity of the selected run path is absolutely necessary.

First, you must promote the run starting now among all of your council members in the council newsletters, websites & church bulletins; we need adult runners who are willing to participate one or more days in the areas - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday need to be staffed with committed runners from your local areas.

Second, you must be willing to ask members and parishioners to pledge donations for the 360 miles these runners will be undertakings. All donations must go through the Florida K of C Charities, Inc / Helping Life fund. Each Council or District raising $500 or more may submit a distribution form to Helping Life for a donation check for a pregnancy center, abused women & children's shelter or senior shelter in your locality. Smaller donations will be included in the Helping Life fund for special distributions.

Third, support a District or a Host Council's "Run for Life" function with your attendance at these functions. Your participation and council donations can be listed under Community Activities and Pro-Life Activities on your annual reports

Fourth, Councils could involve the local parish youth and conduct mini-runs on the school track. Provide the youth a tee shirt, a certificate of achievement and trophies for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place top money raisers at each participating school. These mini-runs are at the decision of each school and may be conducted during March and April (Lenten sacrifice). You can also list your participation under Youth Activities on your annual reports.

The West Coast "Run for Life" committee encourages you to get behind this year's run to contribute both time & effort so that Florida Knights of Columbus can make a greater financial impact for the Pro-Life efforts in your local communities. Together we can make a difference! May we have your feedback on the TBDs?

Images from the West Coast Run. (Click the image to expand.)
Images from the West Coast Run - 2014. (Click the image to expand.)

Panhandle Relay Run for Life:

  • 150 miles - Pensacola to Panama City
  • 98 miles - Panama City to Tallahassee
  • 203 miles - Tallahassee to St. Augustine
  • 451 miles Total

Note: All starting and stopping times/locations are approximate and may vary due to local plans/conditions.

Panhandle Run Schedule

Any runners, wishing to, will travel to St. Augustine to run in with the East and West coast runners. The run will take place by way of Beaches and alternate along Hwy. 98. Runners will run in relay form and be picked up and dropped off along the route. If we are able to get additional runners we may run additional days.

If anyone knows of anyone wanting to participate in this event please e-mail: darndt3@yahoo.com or cell: 850-207-8779. Runners are asked to get pledges for their part in this event.

We also ask councils to pledge a suggested amount of $250 or what ever you can afford and send to: Dan Arndt, 6339 Mockingbird Lane, Milton, FL 32570.

Please make your check donation to Florida KC Charities/Run for Life

Mail to:
Run for Life - Panhandle
6339 Mockingbird Ln
Milton, FL 32570-3748

Florida K C Charities Inc / Helping Life Fund is a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to help life-affirming service providers. All donations made are tax deductible.

Pledge Sheet

State Run for Life Coordinator, Panhandle:

Daniel F Arndt
6339 Mockingbird Ln
Milton, FL 32570-3748
darndt3@yahoo.com
850-207-8779

For more information, see the Run for Life Website.

So far the schedule for dinners during the run is as follows

  • Saturday, 3/1/14 San Marco Council 6344 - Marco Island US 41 & Corkscrew Rd - Estero 40.1 Our Lady of Light 10498 - Estero

    Sunday, 3/2/14 US 41 & Coconut Rd - Estero US 41 - South Venice (Jacaranda) 62.4 District 52 @ St Charles Borromeo - Port Charlotte

    Monday, 3/3/14 US 41 - South Venice (Jacaranda) US 41 - Palmetto 40.0 TBD

    Tuesday, 3/4/14 US 41 - Palmetto US 301 & Fowler Rd - Temple Trace 40.5 St, Joseph 5604 - Bradenton

    Wednesday, 3/5/14 US 301 & Fowler Rd - Temple Trace US 301 & FL 50 - Ridge Manor 39.8 CO 15675 - Riverview @ ABC Pizza

    The west coast run has added another dinner.
    March 5th council 15675 in Riverview will host a dinner at
    ABC Pizza
    7210 Us 301 s
    Riverview Florida 33578-4345
    Time 6.30 PM
    Thursday, 3/6/14 US 301 & FL 50 - Ridge Manor US 301 & US 27 - Belleview 38.8 TBD

    Friday, 3/7/14 US 301 & US 27 - Belleview US 301 & FL 200, Ocala - Blessed Trinity 14.4 Marion 5960 - Ocala

    Saturday, 3/8/14 US 301 & FL 200, Ocala - Blessed Trinity FL 19 & FL 100, Palatka 53.0 TBD

    Sunday, 3/9/14 FL 19 & FL 100, Palatka Cross @ St. Augustine 35.0 TBD

  • Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the Knights of Columbus Run for Life

    Hosted by Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3757

    Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
    12100 West Dixie Highway, North Miami, FL 33161

    Saturday, March 1, 2014
    Cash Bar opens at 6:00 p.m.
    Dinner served promptly at 8:00 p.m.
    $60.00 per person (checks payable to Knights of Columbus)

    50/50 Raffle with proceeds going to Run Team!!!!!

    RSVP by February 24, 2014
    Call Kevin Seifried at 305-342-4367
    or email kevin.seifried@gmail.com

    You can mail your check to:
    Kevin Seifried
    12665 N.W. 8 Ave.
    North Miami, FL 33168-2727

    The Run For Life is an annual event during which relay teams run in the defense of Life. Along the way they raise money for emergency shelters, crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes for expectant mothers throughout Florida. 9 day East Coast Run is 365 miles beginning in Homestead and ending in St. Augustine.


State Ultrasound Chairman
Dick Carlson

Ensure the steps are in the following order.

  1. Contact the State Ultra Sound Chairman Richard Carlson.
  2. Read and study the Supreme Council's web page on the "Ultrasound Initiative"
  3. Before raising funds for an ultrasound equipment:
    • Please contact your K of C Diocesan Coordinator or State Pro-Life Director
    • Please contact your Diocese and ask the Respect Life Ministry Director/Chair StatePro-LifeCoordinatingCommittee which pregnancy center(s) they recommend for your Council to raise funds and help.
  4. Coordinate with Center Manager; ensure the Center is ready for the Ultrasound. Following are links to the documents needed.
  5. QUALIFYING A PREGNANCY CARE CENTER IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LOCAL DIOCESE
  6. DIOCESAN EVALUATION

    Notice that the COMPLETED Diocesan Evaluation form should be submitted BOTH to the Florida State Pro-Life Chair Couple (email/address in "Overview" tab screen) AND to the Supreme Council's Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Values (address at bottom of form). After that Office advises the council that the pregnancy care center may be considered for inclusion in the Ultrasound Initiative program, fund-raising may then begin, provided that the council and the pregnancy care center will also meet all of the other Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines.

    Diocesan Evaluation Form

  7. ULTRASOUND MACHINE INITIATIVE APPLICATION – FOR STATE COUNCIL AND/OR LOCAL COUNCIL USE

    NOTE: No money can be raised until the Diocesan Evaluation form is completed, submitted to BOTH Supreme and the Pro-Life Chair Couple, and Supreme has given its OK.

  8. Please keep your KofC Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator updated with how the fund raiser is going, which paperwork you have submitted, if you are waiting for an answer from the Supreme Council, and when you have completed it. Please let him know if there is anything with which he can help you.
  9. When the Ultrasound equipment is delivered to the Pregnancy Center, coordinate with the Center's Manager and your Diocese to get it blessed by your Bishop. Contact the Florida Catholic (About Us | Contact Us) to be present at the event.
  10. Get a Council member to take photos and videos of the event.
  11. Write an article for the State Website when done; tell story of how you raised the money. Send copy of article and photos to Columbia Magazine.

Approved/Recommended - Ultra Sound Vendor contact information.

JAMES L. SCHEFFLER BS RDMS
2815 CHISHOLM TRAIL. ~ SALADO, TX 76571
PHONE: 254 - 319 - 2214 ~ E-MAIL: IIT-JIM@MSN.COM

Innovative Imaging Technology

PRO LIFE AWARD

  • Pro Life Award Requirements
  • To apply, please fill out (before the submission due date on the Requirements above) the online Pro-Life Report form at the State Council website, Services | Forms.

PRO-LIFE FIVE-STAR ACHIEVER AWARD

  • Pro-Life Five Star Achiever Award Requirements
  • This award is now a Council award. It is suggested that the Council's Pro-Life Coordinator keep track of pro life events, members who participate, and date of the event, to help Grand Knights make a decision on the award. The Grand Knight will be able to download, sign, and present this award to the Knight(s) who have fulfilled the requirements above. The certificate is available at the Services | Forms | Council Forms section of this website.

GUIDELINES FOR QUALIFICATION FOR COLUMBIAN AWARD CREDIT

State Council:

Culture of Life Activities - March For Life

As part of an organized program of the Council, with parish and community participation, a minimum of 100 marchers must participate in a local, regional, or national March for Life. Report activity using the enclosed "Featured Programs Worksheet" and the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). The time spent traveling to and from a March for Life gives members the opportunity to explain to prospects the many ways in which the Knights of Columbus is working to build a Culture of Life. For more information on getting involved in a local, regional, or national March for Life, select the "Diocesan Coordinators" and the "Suggested Activities" tabs above.

December promotion - March For Life (U.S.): Make plans to attend the March For Life in Washington, D.C. If you can't get to D.C., plan to attend a state or local march.

Culture of Life Activities - Ultrasound Initiative

The council must identify a Pregnancy Care Center that is medically certified to utilize and maintain an ultrasound machine, and comply with all regulations of the Ultrasound Initiative to place an ultrasound machine, and follow the published guidelines for obtaining the remaining half of the purchase price from the Supreme Council. Report activity using the enclosed "Ultrasound Application" and the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). For more information participating in the Ultrasound Initiative, see page 15 of the enclosed "Charitable Programs Plan for 2012-13" ort select the "Ultra Sound Initiative" section above".

January promotion - Ultrasound Initiative: Determine if there is a pregnancy center in your area that would qualify to participate in the Ultrasound Initiative. Begin fund rasing (only after OK from Supreme), either on your own or in concert with other councils.

ULTRASOUND AWARD

The Ultrasound Award acknowledges the involvement level of a Council that participates in the Ultrasound Initiative, as described in the requirements below:

Award Period is April 1st to March 31st.

To submit this Ultra Sound Award Form, from the menu select Services | Forms. Use the State Award Forms section's Ultrasound Initiative Report.

Platinum Award:

Any council that becomes a sponsor council and raises a minimum of $15,000 to initiate a supreme match and delivers and ultra- sound will earn this award. (You must Upload the completed form 4886) no later than 4/30

Silver Sponsor Award:

If a District joins together with sponsor council, and each council in the district that raises $3,000 or more to initiate a Supreme Council match will earn this award. (Each supporting Council must upload the form 4886 submitted0 by the host council along with a copy of the check) no later than 4/30.

Bronze Sponsor Award:

If a Council Conducts a Ultra-Sound Sunday Fundraiser and Donates $2,500 or more to the KofC Charity's Ultra-Sound Fund for support and training to Pregnancy Centers throughout the State, the Council will earn this award.

  • Date Fundraiser was held.
  • Amount Raised
  • Copy of the check sent to KofC Charities Inc. (ultra-sound account)
  • Check must be mailed no later than 3/31.

CThroughout the year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FlaCCB), a Diocesan Respect Life Director, or the KofC Supreme Council might email an "Action Alert" - a call for Knights to act in our civil duties to contact our Senators or House Representatives and let them know our position on pro- life bills. It is important that we, as citizens, do this in charity, unity, and fraternity, to speak for the voiceless unborn. Please act as soon as you receive the e-mail and forward it to your Council's Brother Knights, to family and friends.

Links for more information

Catholic Days at the Capitol: March 25-26, 2014.

27/41 Pro-Life Initiative

At this time we are impelled into a battle and just as in all time in our history it is a battle of good and evil with a main theme of an attack on Pro-Life. We as Knights and Catholic Gentlemen should be proud on our stand on Pro-Life especially in defense of the Unborn Child. But it is now time to step up, get out of our comfort zone and get fully engaged. This Initiative is one way to get involved.

27th Anniversary of the Run for Life

We would like all Knights in Florida to be involved With the Run for Life. The Run for Life is an event in the state the Knights of Columbus to raise needed funds to the many Pregnancy Resource Centers throughout the State. We now have three runs covering the East and West coast and the Panhandle. We would like to have all councils to be involved. This involvement could be having their own runs in their areas and/or different fund raisers to raise funds and educate on Pro-Life. Some ideas are to have a 5k run or walk around a track. You could have a breakfast fund raiser with a Pro-Life theme.

41st Anniversary of the March for Life

The second part of the Initiative is the Anniversary of the March for Life in Washington D.C. We would like to have as many Knights and family members as possible to participate in this historical event in January. With 5-6 months remaining each District or Council can start now to raise funds to support a bus to travel to this event. The buses seat 50-60 people and would cost each individual $200-300. Fundraisers would defray the cost. If you have never been to this event I can tell you that it is an awesome event with well over 200,000 in attendance. We would like to see if we can get a total of 1.5 million this next time which is the amount of babies being aborted each year.

For More Information




If your Council, District, or Assembly are interested in this Initiative, contact the Florida State Council Pro-Life Director or your Regional Pro-Life Coordinator. We will send more information on ideas for fundraisers and updates. Signup ASAP; let us fight this battle and remember "We are Knights, We are Pro-Life."

Other Pro-Life Activities

Please check the following links for more information:

Supreme Council: Surge with Service - Culture of Life Activities section

Supreme Council: Other Culture of Life Activities

The KofC State Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator serves as the liaison between the State Pro-Life Director, the Diocese's Respect Life Ministry Director/Chair, and the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese, in Pro-Life issues. The Coordinator will periodically notify the District Deputies and Grand Knights in his area of Pro-Life Action Alerts and Pro-Life events in the region.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Dan Arndt

NORTH:

*** Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee ***
prolifeman53@gmail.com

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's website:

Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Michael Vallaro

CENTRAL:

*** Diocese of Orlando ***
mfvallaro11@aol.com

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Allan Gieselman
*** Diocese of St Augustine ***

irataxpro@bellsouth.net

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Diocese of St Augustine - Respect Life Ministry

Select NEWS & EVENTS on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Christopher Gladu

WEST:

*** Diocese of St Petersburg ***

prov24-11@juno.com

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section: and our Ministries of Mercy section.

Select Events Calendar on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for other events.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Steve Berdeaux
*** Diocese of Venice ***

kofcplsteve@comcast.net

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

Check the Diocese calendar for events. Select News and Media | Diocesan News on the menu:

Please click the following link for Information, and register:

Diocese of Venice - Respect for Life

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Richard Giesman

EAST:

*** Diocese of Palm Beach ***

precblood5@att.net

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Bishop's Pro Life stance; check the Diocese's Respect for Life section:

and its Pregnancy Care Centers section

Select News & Events | Events on the menu. Check the Diocese calendar for events: Natural Family Planning classes, Hope After Abortion (Rachels Vineyard) Retreats, etc.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator
Ed Suazo

Archdiocese of Miami

ed_suazo@hotmail.com

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Archdiocese of Miami Pro-Life Events Schedule



Please cooperate with our Archbishop's Pro Life stance; check the Archdiocese' Respect for Life section. Attend peaceful Prayer Vigils at Abortion centers in your area. Locations and Archdiocese guidelines

Ensure your Council members, wives, sons and daughters over 18 yrs. old attend the next LIFE WORKSHOP. Check the Respect Life Ministry website for LIFE Workshops offered in different churches throughout the year. Learn what and why the Catholic Church teaches on the critical life issues of our day. Learn how to defend the sanctity of human life at all stages. Become a part of the solution by learning how to articulate the Truth. You can attend regardless of which Parish you belong. Select Events on the menu. Find Contact Information on Respect Life Pregnancy Centers

Additional Information:

+ The Hollywood Respect Life Office is ready for an Ultrasound equipment. Please contact me for an effort between Councils/Districts. Our goal is to provide the equipment and the yearly salary for an ultrasound technician. Check the pregnancy Center assigned to your Council

+ Respect Life needs volunteers to help in their Baby Bottles Campaign. Baby Bottles are distributed at Churches one weekend, then picked up the next weekend. Please contact me on how you can help - you can be a parishioner at another Church and still help. The Respect Life ladies need you. District Deputies and Grand Knights will be notified of Churches involved and their schedule.

+ Respect Life presents Chastity Days for 8th Graders of all Catholic Schools in February. Children of Knights of Columbus/Columbiettes in public schools can also attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Contact Respect Life for information.

Diocesan Pro-Life Coordinator

Bahamas

grechris@hotmail.com

Please e-mail me and let me know about your Pro Life events/fund raisers: Date and time, location name and address, and nature of the event. Allow me to forward your Pro Life communications to all District Deputies and Grand Knights in the Diocese, to increase participation.

Please cooperate with our Archbishop's Pro Life stance; check the Archdiocese's Respect for Life section. Attend peaceful Prayer Vigils at Abortion centers in your area.

State Church Activities

State Church Activities Director
Jules Moquin

Our Church is in a changing world and Christians are searching for ways to further the ministry of the Catholic Church. If the Church is going to exist and more importantly thrive in today's society, men and women throughout our community must come forward and take an active part. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action. The aim of our Church Activities is to develop close ties between councils and parishes, which are mutually beneficial and helpful to members in developing their lives of faith, worship and service.

Church Activates Directors at the state and local council level are responsible for K of C Parish Round tables and to aid the church in Lay Apostolate programs. They Evangelize utilizing services such as the Catholic Information Service (CIS), located at the Supreme Office. Church Activates help in the area of Vocations, prompting the RSVP and Vocations Fund, and support seminarian or postulant. Finally, they work to support Parochial Services, Religious Devotions, and Keep Christ in Christmas.

The Florida State Council is pleased to continue our Vocation Program, The Altar Server of the Year Award.

The Church needs religious vocations right now and the recognition of distinguished Altar Servers is but a step to promoting this goal.

We hope that all Councils will make a serious attempt to participate in this very important Program. Our need for Vocations has never been greater than now!

Altar Server of the Year Award (7-12)


Altar Server of the Year Award (13-18)
Bible Placement Chairman
Jack Sager

Councils, parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and in your own home, these are just a few places where our Bibles can "Spread the Word of the Lord." They make an excellent gift to a new knight as his remembrance of his becoming a knight.

They also make excellent personal gifts for loved ones and friends. Our Bibles can spread the Word of the Lord. We should all devote a portion of our day to reading the Bible and getting to know the Lord better.

It is to purchase and give some one a gift that will keep on giving for the rest of their life, the Bible. Any and all profits from your order of these bibles go to the state vocations fund. Bibles may be ordered through the bible order form . The shipping charge is $6.00 for each 25 Bibles ordered.

Divine Mercy Chairman
Robert Allard

Knights of Mercy Program



Why should every council and assembly get involved in this new program?

If the Catholic Church is going to exist and more importantly thrive in today's society, men and women throughout our communities must come forward and take an active part. As Knights of Columbus, our prime responsibility is to encourage and promote that action. The aim of all our Church Activities is to develop close ties between councils and parishes, which are mutually beneficial and helpful to members in developing their lives of faith, worship and service.

The Knights of Mercy Program is specifically designed to develop a close and lasting working relationship with each parish and provide an excellent and very fruitful evangelization program that will cause these parishes to thrive and grow in today’s world. Celebrated correctly, Divine Mercy Sunday is the ultimate evangelization tool. The Knights of Mercy Program ensures that each parish is properly prepared to do it’s very best to use Divine Mercy Sunday to evangelize.

The program has been utilized in many parishes throughout the Order and has proven to be very well accepted by pastors and other clergy. Priests will feel a closer bond with the Knights after they witness the fruits of the program. There could be a no greater act of charity then to help to save souls, and this program can save them in great numbers. The grace of Divine Mercy Sunday’s plenary indulgence, can lead a soul straight to Heaven with no punishment at all.

The Knights of Mercy Program is designed to bring about a permanent evangelization effort built around a solid and thorough understanding of Divine Mercy Sunday. One of the most beneficial things that we can do is to ensure that pastors understand the potential of correctly celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday. There are two main categories: one is providing the necessary information to priests; and the other is providing a Divine Mercy image for the parish church.

If an adequate image of Divine Mercy already exists in the parish church, then the main focus would be on providing information to the pastor about using Divine Mercy Sunday as a tool for evangelization and to offer to provide any informational resources necessary to help him.

The available information from www.DivineMercySunday.com website, which is owned by a member of the Knights of Columbus, was derived from collaboration efforts with the Vatican, Bishops, and Priests, including other experts in Divine Mercy. Most of the guidance comes from the 2002 Vatican decree establishing the permanent Plenary Indulgence that was issued specifically for Divine Mercy Sunday which includes the instructions and duties for priests.

For more information on the Knights of Mercy Program, call Robert Allard at 772-343-9475 or for complete details, follow the program link on the www.DivineMercySunday.com website or use this informational link Knights of Mercy Program .

Robert and his wife, Linda are available for parish presentations on Divine Mercy. For more on these presentations go to http://mercysunday.com/presentation.htm .

State Keep Christ in Christmas Chairman
Walter Howell Jr


Keep Christ in Christmas is an evangelization program of the Knights of Columbus. Knights in 40 states and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario have sold more then 13 million religious Christmas cards thru this program over the past 13 years. It is a wonderful program to bring the presence of the incarnation of Christ to the world.

In a time when all things religious are being discouraged and swept away, it's refreshing to know that the Order sponsors the 'Keep Christ in Christmas' campaign to remind people that Christmas is above all a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ.

Your continue support of the Keep Christ in Christmas Program is very important more today then anytime before. We must be the leaders in reminding other of the true meaning of Christmas. It is the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ. Your participate in the KCIC Programs (Christmas Cards, Christmas Seals and Billboards/Posters).

It is the long range mission of the Florida State Council to have billboards at every corner of the state during the month of December. To insure the success of this mission, please support the Florida State Council Keep Christ in Christmas program. .

Keep Christ in Christmas

State Marian Program Chairman
Larry Kocen

The image that is before us today is a reproduction of the painting that embellishes the Basilica Cathedral Notre-Dame de Québec, above the main altar, a colorful painting of Our Lady, the work of Sister Marie de l’Eucharistie, a Sister of Charity of Québec.

Worthy District Deputies, Brothers all,

We as members of the Knights of Columbus and have dedicated our lives to Our Blessed Mother’s team and have the opportunity to share with all of the faithful here in Florida another program honoring our patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On September 8, 2013, we will launch another Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program, this time dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

May Our Lady accompany our Church and all the members of our Order throughout the state of Florida. Like her, we want to be open to the Holy Spirit and available to accomplish God’s plan in today’s world. And following Our Lady's example, we want to leave with haste as she did, to share the Good News of the Gospel to a world that needs the Hope and the Truth and the Love of Jesus Christ

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At the initiative of our Worthy Supreme Knight, we inaugurate the 16th prayer program of the Knights of Columbus, conducted using a sacred image as its centerpiece. In 1979, the first such program was begun with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. In preparation for the 1982 Centennial of the Order, the second prayer program was initiated, which also highlighted the Immaculate Conception. Over the years, the Blessed Mother has also been honored by her Knights under her titles of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Pochaiv, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Charity.

These Order wide programs of Marian Prayer have gathered together more than 16 million people at some 140,000 prayer services conducted at local councils and parishes.

As we inaugurate this new Marian Prayer Program, may Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Diocese of Quebec, our Mother and the Mother of the Church, the star of New Evangelization, lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

If you need any further information please contact your District Deputy or myself, Lawrence C. Kocen, (Larry) Marian Program Chairman at lkocen@gmail.com , (941)496-9142 or (941)412-7713.

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Project Moses
Charles Kahler


February 20, 2014

TO: District Deputies, Grand Knights, General Distribution

SUBJECT: Florida State Council Investigation of Project Moses

Brothers,

It has come to the attention of the Florida State Council that there may be a problem with the program being administered by the Project Moses Campaign. Some councils have reported delays in receiving the monument after submitting their donations and it appears the Project Moses Campaign has removed its website. This issue is being investigated by the Florida State Council and Supreme is being notified. For now the following recommendations should be followed by all councils.

1. If you have held a fundraising event for Project Moses and have submitted your donation and have not received your monument, please contact the State Advocate for further instructions.

2. If you currently have scheduled a fundraising event for Project Moses and cannot postpone or cancel the event - upon completion of the event, please hold the funds collected in the council general fund and contact the State Advocate for further instructions.

. If you currently have a scheduled fundraising event for Project Moses and you are able to postpone the event, please do so by announcing that the “Project Moses event has been postponed until further notice.”

Additional information will be posted on the state website as it becomes available. We encourage all councils that were considering a Project Moses fundraising event to consider one for our other worthy charitable programs.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Vivat Jesus,

Scott A. O’Connor

Scott A. O’Connor, State Advocate

CC: Paul M. Koppie, State Deputy

Father McGivney Guild
Charles Kahler

State Community Activities

State Community Activities Director
Tony Lamkin


Brothers,

To quote "Surge with Service"

"Your community offers limitless opportunities for action that can be seen, felt and judged for its true worth. Look for something that's needed and workable in your community - fight poverty, aid individuals with mental retardation, plant a tree, sponsor a blood pressure screening, support law enforcement, campaign for every baby's right to life, help the aged - whatever your community needs, your members are interested in and your council resources allow. No matter what you choose ........... GET INVOLVED!!!"

Some of the things you can do are as follows:

  • Pro-Life
  • Volunteerism
  • Human Needs
  • Civic Involvement
  • Environment
  • Public Safety
  • Blue Mass
  • Health Services
  • Red Mass
  • Visit Patients in The Hospital
  • Support Hospice
  • Help Veterans
  • Volunteer at Veterans Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Battle Against Cancer, Aids
  • Stand Against Drunk Driving
  • Honor Columbus

These are just a few of the many ways to get involved in Community Activities. All these and more are in your "Surge with Service" Working in the community also brings in new members. New members mean more thing you can do.

I'm available if you have questions.

God Bless,

Tony Lamkin
Knights of Columbus
Florida State Council
Community Activities Director
561-575-1120
C: 561-951-0621

State Council Activities

State Council Activities Director
Richard Maier

Did you know that Council Activities are a great way to bring brother Knights together, not only in your council but with brothers from other councils, not only in your District but throughout the state of Florida? There are two State tournaments, the Golf Tournament and the Bowling Tournament. Both bring a opportunity to meet and play with brothers from around the state as well as raising funds for charity. Consider the possibilities for your own council; Golf Outings, Bowling Tournaments, Soccer, Softball or Baseball games within your council or between councils. If they are open to non-members who are practical Catholics, it is a great way to recruit new members to the Knights of Columbus. Organizing a trip to a baseball or football or basketball game within your council or jointly with other councils also brings brothers closer together and can also be a recruitment tool. When participating in such events we celebrate a multitude of blessing we have and displays the principles and virtues our founder, Fr. Michael J. McGivney laid down for us.

Charity
- One of our primary goals in our athletic events is to support others such as Florida Special Olympics, Vocations, Seminarians or any other or our many outreach initiatives. Our efforts helps others in need.
Fraternity
- Programs such as open house, Father/Daughter or Father/Son lunches, Birthday or Anniversary parties, holiday dinner/dances, and picnics bring people together rand maintains a strong, friendly and fraternal atmosphere in the council and between council and makes new members feel welcomed.
Unity
- Nothing displays unity like team sports. Whether working with or competing with other councils there is a sense of Brotherhood and Unity. When we participate in one of the State Tournaments we meet and socialize with members from around the state and gain in unity with one another both fraternally and spiritually.
My brothers, consider attending, participating, or volunteering or supporting one of our upcoming athletic events. Information on the events can be found on the State web site under the State Sporting Events button on the Home page or on this page under the Golf Tournament or Bowling Tournament buttons.
Dick Maier
Council Activities Director

State Family Activities

State Family Activities Director
Bruce Gillett

In the July issue of the Columbia magazine, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson wrote: "it is clear that the Christian family should be a place in which we are helped to grow in holiness." The Knights of Columbus offers many opportunities for families to participate in the activities of the councils. Among many activities, families help prepare and serve meals, families help stuff care packages for our military, families help collect and distribute food to the hungry, and families can participate in the annual Helping People with Disabilities Campaign. Many of the activities of the Knights of Columbus would not be successful without the willing participation of the families of the Knights. It is imperative that we facilitate and encourage participation of our Knights' families.

The goal of the Family Activities Director in the State is to make sure families that participate and support the council programs are recognized and by doing so, inspire more family participation. Each month the Grand Knight with the Council Family Activities Director should select one family and recognize their contribution at a monthly meeting. Each month the Supreme Council selects 100 families from those nominated by local councils for further recognition. The Grand Knight must complete the Family of the Month, FORM 1993A, available on the Supreme web site to ensure eligibility for this Supreme recognition. In April the Grand Knight will also be able to use these forms to nominate a Family of the Year for the Florida State competition.

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State Columbian Squires Program

State Columbian Squires Leader
AJ McCaffery III

Columbian Squires

Preparing them today, so that they may live faithfully tomorrow.
ESTO DIGNUS Be Worthy!

Founded in 1925 by Brother Barnabas McDonald, the Columbian Squires was formed out of a necessity for the improvement and betterment of the Spiritual, Cultural, Civic, Social, and Physical knowledge and abilities of our Catholic Young Men. Brother Barnabas, working with the fathers and Brother Knights in his area, developed this organization to do just that!

The Program first came to Florida with the establishment of Father Maher Circle #8 in Jacksonville on May 1st, 1927. This was the First Circle Established south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and from there we have only grown and expanded upon that original mission. Now, nearly 90 years later we stand with 38 Circles and 400 Squires Statewide. From that however, we must grow in order to better accomplish that mission! Let us, especially in this day and age promote this program, and ensure the future of not only the Order, but the Church as a whole!

The First Step is to Click Here to download and print the Squires Inquiry Kit Order Form which will get you started with everything you need!!

Below you will find several other useful resources to use in the Development of a New Circle, as well as extra copies of needed Forms for starting and Operating the Circle and as always if you should need any help at all, do not hesitate to contact me at any time!!

Cell: (904) 599-1436
Email: mccaff93@gmail.com

We have an epidemic in our modern society directly affecting our Youth on a daily basis. I am referring to a loss of their Catholic faith; the faith that many of us cherish, does not have that same effect on our children when they hit their teenage and young adult years. The problem being for many is that outside of their attendance at Mass, in Catholic School, and in our home; the influence of faith is hardly ever seen or understood. This only gets worse once they get older, as they grow further from home, and become absorbed in the world around them. When that happens mass becomes a chore rather than a blessing, and prayer becomes a mere motion to go through rather than a connection with our Lord. Our youth are losing their faith, and as we watch helplessly you might ask, what can we do to stop this?!

We have a solution to this problem; the Columbian Squires is a Catholic Youth Organization, created to provide for the spiritual, cultural, civic, social and physical improvement of its members. The Squire's Programs strengthen the mind, body, and soul while developing within them basic leadership skills and abilities; all of this surrounded by an increased and inspired growth with an appreciation of our faith. So that once they graduate from the Squires, they are not only prepared to face the world as a Catholic, but have the leadership skills necessary to bring others to find the same Truth.

The Catholic Squires is an international fraternity, established in 1925 consisting of approximately 40,000 Catholic young men, ages 10 to 18, in over 2,500 circles worldwide. Circles exist, or have existed, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and on U.S. military bases abroad. Local Knights of Columbus councils and assemblies sponsor Squire Circles, of which we are home to 35 Circles, and over 400 Squires. The Squires, alongside the Knights involve themselves in various programs to benefit the Church, the community, as well as themselves in recreational and social activities.

We need your help to continue this mission! We are looking for your sons to become a part of this great organization, and join the ranks of thousands with the same mindset and goals throughout the world. Locally, we are still building, and this is an opportunity for your child to become part of something great! Please consider and reflect upon this, my door is always open to answer any questions which may arise, and by taking the time to read this I hope you can find reassurance in knowing that TOGETHER we can build the Church, and Build the Body of Christ. Thank you, and may God Bless each and everyone one of you!!

Allen J.B .McCaffery lll
SK Allen J. McCaffery III, PCS, PSSO
Florida State Squires Director
907 Royal Road, St. Augustine, FL 32086
Cell: (904) 599-1436

State Youth Activities

State Youth Activities Director and Spelling Bee Chairman
Danny McIntyre

The mission of the Florida State Youth Team is to provide encouragement for the Knights of Columbus Councils in Florida to participate in youth programs designed by Supreme Council, State Council, and local Councils. This provides an outreach to youth in our area, keeps members active, and provides a path to recruit new men for our Order.

    Florida State Council Youth Program Goals

  • Increase the number of Councils who conduct youth programs
  • Provide a positive experience for the youth who participate
  • Increase the number of participants at youth programs
  • Support the growth and strength of Columbian Squires Circles
  • Increase membership in the Knights of Columbus

The entire State team is here to assist you. We want you to be successful. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

As is often said, today's youth are the leaders of tomorrow. The Knights of Columbus is aware that our youth are looking for challenges, responsibility, for faith and trust. As Knights of Columbus it is our responsibility to provide youth with the means and the opportunities to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times. Numerous avenues are open to the Knights of Columbus which demonstrate our support of today's youth.

Columbian Squires, is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, the Columbian Squires is deserving of primary consideration in any council's youth program. But many councils extend that support to other youth programs such as Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) or Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM), they support Big Brother/Big Sister and the Knights of Columbus councils are strong supporters of scouting programs for both boys and girls.

Through the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Basketball and the Soccer Challenge as well as the Special Olympics, the Knights support Athletic programs that demonstrate sportsmanship at all levels of competition.

Educational Program such as the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest and the Spelling Bee encourage the exercise of the mind.

Update From Supreme

The two main programs going on now are the Soccer Challenge and Essay contest. The theme of the essay is "Tthe Importance of Religious Freedom." Another valuable nugget, pertaining to soccer, is that district deputies can claim award medallions from our department as a prize for District Level Competitions. Sets of twelve can be obtained from Claudia at 203-752-4016 or claudia.shopis@kofc.org.

For information on any of the youth activities, contact Edward.Wezenski@Kofc.Org.



Florida State Council Youth Programs Guide
State Basketball Free Throw Chairman
Jim Read

Florida State Council

Youth Programs Website Information

Free Throw Championship

Since 1972, Councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Basketball Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14. The competition is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to District, Regional and State or Province levels, and some make it to the International level.

The Free Throw Championship is one of the fun youth programs your Council can sponsor during its fraternal year. To sponsor a competition, all your Council needs is the Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT- KIT), a couple of basketballs, a hoop and a bunch of kids. It is a great way to get out into the public and introduce the Order to your community – while providing Youths with a rewarding activity that yields a chance for Local, State or Provincial and International recognition.


Regional Free Throw 2015

State Youth Activities Director and Spelling Bee Chairman
Danny McIntyre

The Knights of Columbus sponsor an essay contest annually. Contestants write an essay on the theme "The Importance of Religious Freedom."

The essay contest is open to all Catholic youth in grades 8 through 12 who attend parochial, private, or public schools.

Competition starts at the Council level. Winners can progress to the District, State, and International level competitions.

Competition Timetable :

Council - Complete anytime from September to January. Submissions are judged by group, with the winner from each group moving on to the next level. There are five groups for essay; 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, and 12th Grade. There are four groups for the substance abuse posters; alcohol abuse age 8-10, alcohol abuse age 11-14, drug abuse age 8-10, and drug abuse age 11-14.

District - DD sets a date in late January/early February for councils to submit the council winners for the district competition. DD completes judging during February.

Regional - There is no regional competition for poster and essay. District winners are submitted by DD directly to State Youth Activities Director. The address is: Dan McIntyre, 313 Sweetbrier Branch Ln, St Johns, FL. 32259.

State - Due date for district winners to be received for the state competition is February 28th. State winners will be submitted to Supreme for the international competition. State winners will earn a trophy which will be presented to the DD at the state convention.


2014 Essay Contest Winners

2014 Essay Contest Winners





Group A



Name Council GK
1st Madison Roundtree 10626 Eric Hatfield
2nd Anna Horzen 5958 Paul Merkes
3rd Ryan Ehrenfield 5604 Alfred Connizzo




Group B



Name Council GK
1st Casey Krahmer 14573 John Miller




Group C



Name Council GK
1st Greg Johanning 3746 Orlando Rodriguez
2nd Nicholas Etz 7052 Frank Viola




Group D



Name Council GK
1st Cody Klawitter 7052 Frank Viola
2nd Katy Sherman 3746 Orlando Rodriguez




Group E



Name Council GK
1st Gillian Polino 13639 Kirk Brown
2nd Stefan Lee 14573 John Miller
3rd Nick Crepeau 3746 Orlando Rodriguez
State Youth Activities Director and Spelling Bee Chairman
Danny McIntyre

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

  • The Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Poster Contest is open to all youth from ages 8 through 14. Posters must display one of two themes:
    • Alcohol Awareness and Abuse
    • Drug Awareness and Abuse
  • Competition is divided into two age groups; 8 - 11, and 12-14.
  • A competitor may only enter one poster (after choosing theme).
  • A Council, District, and State may have up to 4 winners (one from each category and age group).
  • Judging
    • Judging should be done by teams composed of young people, Knights, teachers, administrators, students, substance abuse counselors, and law enforcement officials. In keeping with the theme of giving young people the opportunity to develop their own solutions to the challenges they face, it's particularly important to involve young people in all phases of the judging process.
    • A 100-point scoring system will be used to determine the winners. 30 Points: Slogan - How clearly is the theme presented? 30 Points: Visuals - How well do the visuals convey the message? 40 Points: Overall impact - How effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic?

Competition Timetable :

Council - Complete anytime from September to January. Submissions are judged by group, with the winner from each group moving on to the next level. There are five groups for essay; 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, and 12th Grade. There are four groups for the substance abuse posters; alcohol abuse age 8-10, alcohol abuse age 11-14, drug abuse age 8-10, and drug abuse age 11-14.

District - DD sets a date in late January/early February for councils to submit the council winners for the district competition. DD completes judging during February.

Regional - There is no regional competition for poster and essay. District winners are submitted by DD directly to State Youth Activities Director. The address is: Dan McIntyre, 313 Sweetbrier Branch Ln, St Johns, FL. 32259.

State - Due date for district winners to be received for the state competition is February 28th. State winners will be submitted to Supreme for the international competition. State winners will earn a trophy which will be presented to the DD at the state convention. summer trips!

2014 Essay Contest Winners

2014 Poster Contest Winners





Group A Drug Awareness



Name Council GK
1st Luna Garcia 7109 Brian Jones
2nd Victoria Moreno 5958 Paul Merkes
3rd Rebecca Devoid 14573 John Miller




Group A Alcohol Awareness



Name Council GK
1st Mihayla Fountain 5958 Paul Merkes
2nd Kristen Peluso ? ?
3rd Isabella Kabacinski ? ?




Group B Drug Awareness



Name Council GK
1st Gitana Garcia 7109 Brian Jones
2nd Kaleigh Davis 5958 Paul Merkes
3rd Raina Chin-Yee 7052 Frank Viola




Group B Alcohol Awareness



Name Council GK
1st Ashley Ansag 5958 Paul Merkes
2nd Kristine Januchowski 7109 Brian Jones
3rd Brandon Guentney 7052 Frank Viola

Calendar State Events


Important Council Dates

    July
  • Appoint Chairman for all youth events
  • Order Soccer Challenge Kit
    August-Early September
  • Hold Council Soccer Challenge (before 9/8/12)
    September
  • Get Spelling Bee Kit from FSC website
  • Order Free Throw Championship Kit
  • Hold Essay Contest
  • Hold Poster Contest
    October-November
  • Hold Council Spelling Bee
    December-January
  • Hold Council Free Throw Championship
Regional Basketball Free Throw Challenge 2013


Important District Dates

    September
  • Hold District Soccer Challenge
    October
  • Hold Regional Soccer Challenge
Regional Soccer Challenge 2013

    December-January
  • Hold District and Regional Spelling Bee
Regional Spelling Bee 2013
    January-February
  • Hold District and Regional Free Throw Championship
  • Hold District Poster Contest
  • Hold District Essay Contest
State Soccer Challenge Chairman
Jim Read

Soccer Challenge

The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill - the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9-14.
    Council will need:
  • Facility to hold the competition
  • Goal divided and marked per the guidelines in the kit
  • Soccer balls of the proper size
  • Knights to register participants, chase balls, judge, and score
  • Good advertising, including "word of mouth" of council members
  • Soccer Challenge forms from Supreme:
    NameForm
    Soccer Challenge Program Guide4576
    Champion Certificate4575
    Participation Certificate4573
    Soccer Challenge Poster4571
    Soccer Challenge Poster4572
  • Supreme provides Medallions for the District Soccer Challenge. The DD will need to call Claudia at 203-752-4016 and order a set if they are planning to hold a District event.
2014 Soccer dates
  • Councils
    August 23 - September 20th, 2014
  • Districts
    September 27 - October 3, 2014
  • Regionals
    October 11 - October 16th, 2014
  • State
    October 25, 2014

Regional Soccer Schedule 2014

Regional Soccer Challenge 2014 Results

AGE

BOY/GIRL

PLACE

NAME

COUNCIL

DISTRICT

 

 

 

10

GIRL

1ST

Eleni Lyons

13045

74

GIRL

2ND

Victoria Gonzales

5958

24

GIRL

3RD

Kristi Batronie

14084

35

BOY

1ST

Nicholas Hanna

33393

67

BOY

2ND

Seamas Wixted

5845

46

BOY

3RD

No Competitor

 

 

 

 

 

11

GIRL

1ST

Sarah Baum

5958

24

GIRL

2ND

Samantha Tice

 

4

GIRL

3RD

Samantha Gallo

13996

68

BOY

1ST

Sebastian Mena

 

35

BOY

2ND

Robert Iles

6241

65

BOY

3RD

Anthony Dambek

7408

45

 

 

 

12

GIRL

1ST

Melanie Howard

13563

43

GIRL

2ND

No Competitor

 

 

GIRL

3RD

No Competitor

 

 

BOY

1ST

Erick Melara

14212

73

BOY

2ND

Anakin Ducote

 

 

BOY

3RD

No Competitor

 

 

 

 

 

13

GIRL

1ST

Kaitlyn Torres

13996

68

GIRL

2ND

Vanentina Elliott

7027

 

GIRL

3RD

Elise Boccabella

3746

46

BOY

1ST

David Roberts

4444

4

BOY

2ND

Christian Saenz

4726

45

BOY

3RD

Jesus Orduno

14391

48

 

 

14

GIRL

1ST

Jennifer Diaz

13116

26

GIRL

2ND

No Competitor

 

 

GIRL

3RD

No Competitor

 

 

BOY

1ST

Asher Hendron

10169

43

BOY

2ND

No Competitor

 

 

BOY

3RD

No Competitor

 

 

The Florida State Council Spelling Bee is for all youth in Grades 5 through 10. The competition is divided into three groups; Grade 5&6, Grade 7&8, and Grade 9&10. The State Spelling Bee rules and word lists are the Florida State Council Spelling Bee Program Guide.

The State Spelling Bee Program this year has been completely revamped and overhauled! As always it is divided into 3 levels, 5th and 6th Grade; 7th and 8th Grade; and 9th and 10th Grade. In the new "Spelling Bee Co-ordinators Guide", you will find everything you need to run your Spelling Bee Program! Inside are the Master Word Lists, Practice Lists, all forms and contacts that you will need. I look forward to working with all of you over the course of the next season, and I hope to hear feedback from everyone as to how the Guide worked for you!

Please keep in mind that this is in addition to the State Council Youth Guide, and if you have not already please take the time to look through it for general information about all of the Youth Programs!! For information about Council Spelling Bee awards see the link on the forms tab for BJ's Trophies Order Form. District Deputies may order a district ribbon set using the DD Ribbon Order Form on the forms tab.

If you have ANY questions at all, do not hesitate to email me. Also, I ask that you send me dates for your Spelling Bees, I hope to attend as many as possible!! And keep ever prevalent in your minds that the youth are OUR future, and ensuring that future starts by investing in them in any way you can, and myself and the other members of the Florida State Council Youth Team are here to help!

Regional Spelling Bee 2015

My Brothers All,
There may be occasions when the venue where you are planning to conduct your event(s) i.e. Council meetings, Disabilities "Tootsie Roll" Drive, Free Throw, Soccer Challenge, Spelling Bee, etc. that will require a Certificate of Insurance. The following procedure is set up to allow you to request your own Certificate of Insurance directly from the RC Knox Co.

Procedure to follow when requesting a Certificate of Insurance from the RC Knox Co.

To request a Certificate of Insurance from the RC Knox Co. you are to send your request (email or fax) to:
  Jason Czepiel jczepiel@rcknox.com
  People's United Insurance Agency
  RC Knox Division
  One Goodwin Square
  Hartford, CT 06103
  860-240-1554
  Fax: 860-722-7805

    The following information is to be provided within your request:
  • The Council's number requesting the Certificate must be provided:
  • Council contact information:
    Name of the individual requesting the certificate
    Telephone number
    Fax or Email address
  • Description of the type of event(s) to be held
  • Name and address where the event(s) will take place
  • Date(s) the event will take place
  • The fax number or email address where the RC Knox Company is to send the Certificate of Insurance

2/15/2011