MESSAGE FROM STATE DEPUTY

 

My Brother Knights

As we start this new Columbian Year, I ask, as your new State Deputy, that you continue to be guided by our founding principles of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity. Our State Council, the First State Council in the Order, has been committed for the past 130 years to fulfilling the vision of our founder, the Blessed Michael J. McGivney, by service to the Church and Community.


I want to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing State Deputy, David Quinn, for his outstanding leadership over the past two years. Past State Deputy Quinn help guide us through these two most challenging years dealing with the impact of COVID. Thank you to the District Deputies and Program Chairman for their outstanding service during Dave's term. Fortunately, many of these same men will remain in place, for which I am very grateful.


We remember and cherish all our past State Leaders as we focus on the future. Their selfless actions and leadership have built a strong foundation upon which we stand. Our challenge is to build upon that foundation and carry the mission into the future. While our methods, practices, and use of technology will respond to the times, they will always be rooted in our founding principles.

The best way we can build upon this foundation is to focus our efforts on new membership. New membership provides for more hands to accomplish more good works. A New member's most significant contribution is to provide for our Council's future leaders. I have witnessed Councils become inactive and dissolve due to a lack of new members and leaders. I have also seen Councils come back from the brink of dissolving by focusing on new members. One of those Councils was my own Council, Woonsocket #113.


Woonsocket Council in 2005 avoided dissolving due to the efforts of PGK FDD Ray Riel. When Ray became Membership Director in 2004, the Council had barely half a dozen men active in Council meetings and activities. His first action was to move the Council to his parish of Sacred Heart and personally ask every man in the church to join. I was one of six men in that first group Ray had asked to join. Overnight it doubled the active membership at council meetings. His efforts lead to the Council achieving its membership goal year after year and allowing the Council to fill all Council officer and chairman positions. For this reason, I'm dedicating my year as State Deputy to my proposer in the Knights, Ray Riel.

 

To aid our councils in promoting membership, The Supreme Council announce the extension of free online membership into the new fraternal year. Please note that the promo code for free online membership will be effective on July 1st. The new code is BlessedMcGivney.

 

Vivat Jesus!

 

David Bebyn

State Deputy

 
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