Ultrasound Project award on Eastern Shore
Virginia's latest Knights of Columbus ultrasound machine donation will be to a pregnancy center on the Eastern Shore. Called "The Grace Project" by members of Eastern Shore Council 6963, it will provide an ultrasound machine to the Accomack-Northampton Pregnancy Center in Bell Haven, Virginia. In the photo below, State Deputy Steve Burnley signs the paperwork approving the project. More information HERE.
2015 Diocesan Men's Conferences
This coming winter our Bishops have scheduled Men’s Conferences that promise to be outstanding opportunities for us to grow in faith. Both of these Annual Conferences have steadily grown in attendance and I strongly encourage each of our Bother Knights to consider joining other men from across their diocese in a day you won’t soon forget. Info on Richmond conference HERE.
Sponsor the Knights who will "take the [Polar] Plunge"
As in past years, a group of Virginia Knights will be braving the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach to raise money for Virginia Special Olympics at the annual Polar Plunge. Do your part by helping to sponsor the brave souls who'll take the plunge. More information HERE.
Thanksgiving Day 2014
For the 30th consecutive year, E.D.W. Council 2473 sponsored an extraordinary Thanksgiving Day dinner for more than 2,500 needy and homebound people in Northern Virginia. Shown here are (left to right) David Nassar and Thom Galvin and John Pfundstein. David and Shannon Nassar, and Thom and Marijo Galvinare the 2014 co-chairs of the Thanksgiving Day event. More detail and photos HERE.
Membership Growth is essential!
Invite the men of your parish to join you in the Experience of a Lifetime! Here's a special page devoted entirely to the question: Why Join? As of December 1, we've recruited 543 new members toward our goal for the year of 1,315. Schedule a First Degree in your council soon!
Veterans Day 2014
District Master Tom Trudeau, fellow officers and Faithful Navigators from around the state welcomed 185 new members of the Fourth Degree in Richmond on November 1. More photos, and details, HERE.
Past State Deputy Kelly Mortensen "Over the Edge" for Special Olympics
Virginia's current Executive Secretary and Past State Deputy, Kelly Mortensen, is always ready to raise money for Virginia Special Olympics, whether it's jumping into the Atlantic Ocean in January or rappelling down the side of a 25 story building in Richmond. Read the whole story HERE.
October Quarterly Meeting lays groundwork for success
The October state quarterly meeting, held at Walter Pollard Council 5480 in Newport News, featured awards presentations, presentations by state program and membership directors (State Membership Director Steve Layne is shown below), and a series of breakout sessions that provided lots of opportunity for discussion. More photos and information HERE.
Knights, Nats and a "no-no" on a special Sunday afternoon
Fourth Degree Knights from Pope John Paul II Assembly posted the colors at the final game of the season before 35,085 fans at Nationals Park on Sunday, September 28. It was a very special day - Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter by a Washington pitcher since 1931. Washington defeated the Miami Marlins 1-0. The "no-no" (no runs, no hits) was only the second major league no-hitter in the last 30 years.
Raising money for Virginia Special Olympics
Members of Our Lady of Hope Council 12791 raised $1,500 for Special Olympics of Virginia by fielding a team at the annual Dulles Airplane Pull on September 20. It's the fourth year in a row that the council has participated. More photos and the full story HERE.
Prayer request for PSD Bill McCarthy
Bill McCarthy, Virginia's State Deputy during the 2010-2011 Fraternal Year, has been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer. Many will recall that during Bill’s term as State Deputy, he promoted a rosary program which resulted in many thousands of rosaries being said to our Blessed Mother. Please ask her intercession on Bill's behalf in your personal and council rosaries.
Knights support Special Olympics "Golden Helmet" game
Knights from every council in District 18 - and others from Northern Virginia as well - turned out to support the annual Virginia Special Olympics "Golden Helmet" baseball game in Purcellville, preparing a big barbeque picnic with all the trimmings. Story and more photos HERE.
This week's checklist
December 15, 2014 - Read the State Deputy's Thanksgiving Day message HERE.
It's time to organize your council's Free Throw Contest competition - links to a flyer and instructions HERE.
The new December 2014 issue of Virginia's Star Council News is now available. It's designed to help you make your council the best it can be.
The Fall 2014 Exemplification of the Fourth Degree in Richmond welcomed 185 Sir Knights to the Patriotic Degree. Full story and photos HERE.
Preview the 2015 Virginia State Convention HERE.
From the State Deputy
Stephen A. Burnley
My Brother Knights and Families,
To my Brother Knights and their families,
Lucretia and I and our family wish all of you a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving. I encourage you all to take time during the coming weeks to step back from the daily hustle and bustle and participate in the many many activities focused on our faith and families. Read more HERE
Our goal for recruiting new members in Virginia for this fraternal year is 1,315. As of December 1, we've recruited 543 new members so far in this Fraternal Year. Schedule a First Degree Ceremony at your council soon! More HERE.
Virginia Knights - Outstanding Council or Assembly Activity
September 20, 2014 - Members of Our Lady of Hope Council 12791 in Potomac Falls, plus some family members, pulled a Federal Express jet airplane down the runway at Dulles International Airport, raising $1,500 for Special Olympics of Virginia. Full story and more photos HERE.
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