A Christmas Movie You'll Want to See
The Christmas Candle is a beautiful movie produced by a brother Virginia Knight, Rick Santorum, and his EchoLight Studios. It's the perfect Christmastime entertainment for the whole family, and is playing in theaters throughout Virginia. See the movie trailer and learn more about it HERE.
Virginia Mid-Year Meeting
Make plans now to attend the Virginia State Council Mid-Year Meeting, on January 11, 2014 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond. Download a complete package of materials by clicking HERE.
Virginia's Newest Council
St Martin of Tours Council 15794 in Fort Lee, Virginia is the newest council in the Old Dominion. On Thursday evening, December 5, State Deputy Anthony Fortunato presented Deputy Grand Knight Hugo Feliciano with the council's Supreme Council charter. District Deputy James F Glover, whose efforts and encouragement were key to formation of the new council, is shown at left.
Let's Beat the Goal!
Our membership growth goal for Virginia is 1400 new members during the 2013-2014 Fraternal Year. As of December 1, 2013, we've added 549 new members. Click HERE to learn more about achieving our goal.
Virginia State Squires Officers Installed
The Installation of Officers of the Virginia State Circle of the Columbian Squires took place on Sunday, November 17 at Saint Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond. Read more about the story HERE.
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Monsignor Francis L. Bradican Assembly 2996 conducted a Flag Retirement Ceremony on November 7th, 2013 at Nativity Church in Burke, Virginia. Flags no longer suitable for service were retired by incineration in a manner fitting of the sacrifices of those who have served under the flag in the armed forces. The event is held each year on a date near Veterans Day. Full Story HERE.
Fourth Degree Exemplfication
Virginia District Secretary MIke Lazzuri and District Master Cy Alba enjoy a light moment at the banquet following the Fourth Degree Exemplification held on Saturday, October 28 at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. One hundred eighty-seven members became Sir Knights, and some 600 Knights and their families attended the banquet. More photographs HERE.
A Major Milestone: One Hundred Blood Drives in Purcellville
Members of St. Francis Council 11136 sponsored their 100th blood drive since the inception of the St. Francis de Sales Blood Donor Program back in 1993. Over the past two decades, more than 6,000 participants have donated 685 gallons of blood for those in need. Read the full story HERE.
Virginia Quarterly Meeting
Council leaders from throughout the Old Dominion gathered at Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg, Virginia on Saturday, October 5. View a photo gallery HERE.
Columbus Day 2013
Because of the federal government shutdown, this year's Columbus Day ceremonies could not be held in front of the Columbus Memorial at Union Station. It was moved instead to Casa Italiana, next door to Holy Rosary Church on 3rd Street, NW. The smaller indoor venue limited this year's participation by Fourth Degree members from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to the Honor America Corps and senior officers. More photos HERE.
K of C Family Week for USO Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir
Sir Knights from Msgr. Bradican Assembly in Burke, Virginia cooked up a picnic meal for Wounded Warriors and their families at the new USO facility at Fort Belvoir. Read the full story HERE.
Virginia Knights help a family in Appalachia rebuild
Members of Father Sikoria Council 7992 in Burke raised more than $48,000 to build a house for a family of five in Whtley City, Kentucky which had lost everything in a fire, and then 14 members traveled 570 miles to help build the house. Read the full story here.
District 18 Knights turn out in a big way to support Special Olympics
Northern Virginia Knights from every council in District 18 turned out on Saturday, July 20 to support the Loudoun County Special Olympics "Golden Helmet Softball Games." A huge group of 49 Knights and 46 family members helped stage the games and prepare a big picnic afterwards. Read the full story HERE. See more photos HERE.
Year-End Charitable Giving
Please consider making charitable contributions to VKCCI and KOVAR this Christmas season. It's the perfect opportunity to increase your tax-deductible contributions for 2013, but you must do so before December 31. CLICK HERE for more information, or simply click on the donation buttons below.
December 9, 2013: the week ahead for Virginia Knights
This week's checklist
December 9, 2013 - Check out the December 2013 edition of the Star Council Newsletter. It's your guide to making this your council's best year ever!
Put it on your calendar: The 2014 Mid-Year Meeting (complete package HERE) will be held in Richmond on January 11, 2014. The state quarterly meeting will be held on March 1, 2014 in Virginia Beach. And the Virginia annual convention will be held at the Dulles Hyatt Hotel in Herndon May 2-4, 2014.
Heads Up! It's not too early to start pulling together information for your council's Annual Fraternal Survey Report (Form 1728), and your report on Partnership with Special Olympics (Form 4584), both of which are due in January. It's also not too early to begin looking for your council nominees for Young Man and Young Woman of the Year.
From the State Deputy
Anthony D. Fortunato
As we begin this season of Advent, it is a time to prepare ourselves spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. As we know the meaning of Advent is “a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas”. It is a time to share the joy of the season with loved ones!! Above all of the shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, party hopping, as Catholics, must stop and take the time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and give thanks to God for the gift of our Church, our faith, our families, each other, and all that we have. Read more HERE
Membership: Beat the Goal!
As of the 1st of December, the total number of new members in Virginia for this fraternal year so far is 549. As of November 1, Virginia was in first place in Division 2, with 67 our of 142 councils bringing in new members during the first third of the year. Don't let up! Read more about our strategy for membership growth this year.
Virginia Knights - Activity of the Week
Members of Marian Assembly 2331 in Springfield, VA joined Fourth Degree Knights from Maryland at the annual Sea Services Pilgrimage at the Basilica in Emmitsburg, Maryland on October 6. Read the full story HERE.
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