Organizational Meeting & Installation of Officers
The Organizational Meeting and Installation of Virginia State Officers for the 2014-2015 Fraternal Year was held at St. Leo the Great School and Church on Saturday, July 19. Additional photos and information HERE.
We beat the Goal!
As of June 30, 2014 - we've recruited 1,486 new members in Virginia, not only beating the goal set by the Supreme Council of 1,300 new members during the 2013-2014 Fraternal Year, but beating our State Deputy's even higher goal of 1,400! Moreover, we beat it by a country mile! Thank you for all you've done to make this happen!
Pre-Organizational Meeting in Fredericksburg
The pre-organizational meeting for the 2014-2015 Fraternal Year in Virginia was held at Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg on Saturday, June 21. Photos and PowerPoint slides from the meeting HERE.
Supporting Catholic vocations in the U.S. armed forces
State Deputy Tony Fortunato presented a $10,000 donation from the Virginia jurisdiction to support vocations for Catholic chaplains serving in the US military to Archbishop Timothy Broglio, of the Archdiocese of the Military Services. Read more HERE.
Preparing to take the helm on July 1
Incoming Faithful Navigators for Fourth Degree Assemblies throughout Virginia gathered in Orange, VA on June 14, to prepare for taking charge on July 1. Photographs HERE.
2014 Virginia State Convention
This year's state convention is now history, and a very successful convention it was! State Deputy-elect Steve Burnley leads an excellent ticket of officers for the coming Fraternal Year, and a truly enjoyable time was had by all. State Deputy Tony Fortunato and Convention Chairman George Fontaine delivered a three day event that ran smoothly and efficiently. MORE HERE.
Virginia Knights mourn the loss of Past State Deputy Lenny Pulizzi
PSD Leonardo "Lenny" Pulizzi lost a long battle with cancer on June 4, 2014. Lenny served as State Deputy from 2007-2008, and lived with his wife Jean in Chesapeake. More information can be found HERE.
Roanoke Fourth Degree Exemplification Welcomes New Sir Knights
The Virginia District of the Fourth Degree welcomed 92 new Sir Knights at the Exemplification held in Roanoke on April 26, 2014. Past State Deputy Mike Lazzuri was the honoree. See photos from the event HERE.
State Free Throw Championship Winners
The Annual Virginia state council Free Throw Championship took place on Saturday March 15th at St. Gertrude's High School in Richmond. Pictured with the State Deputy Tony Fortunato and State Treasurer Rosario Chechile are the winners and Members of the Virginia state Council. COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS HERE.
Virginia's Newest Squires Circle instituted at St Lawrence Parish in Alexandria
On February 23, Virginia State Squires officers instituted the state's 17th Squires Circle, at St. Lawrence Parish in Alexandria. State Deputy Tony Fortunato and State Secretary Jim Burnley joined leaders of Fr. Ryder Council 9407 for the occasion. Full story and photos HERE.
Virginia Knights celebrate new medical clinic in Uganda
Thanks to the Knights of Saints Peter and Paul Council 11475 in Palmyra, Virginia, the people of Kitakyusa, Uganda now have a local medical clinic for the first time in their lives. The council raised money for two years to fund construction of the clinic, which was dedicated on February 9. Read more about this extraordinary KC council project HERE.
Fourth Degree in President's Day Parade in Alexandria
State Master Cy Alba led a large contingent of Fourth Degree Knights in regalia as they marched in Alexandria's annual President's Day Parade. Although the temperatures were cool - barely in the 30s - the event was blessed by brilliant sunshine and a large holiday crowd of spectators. More HERE.
New Ultrasound Machine Dedicated at Assist Pregnancy Center
State officers joined District 18 Knights who raised funds for multiple ultrasound machines in Northern Virginia for the dedication of the latest one, at the Assist Pregnancy Center in Annandale. Fr. Denis Donahue, pastor of St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church, blessed the new unit as FDD Dave Crew held the prayer book. More HERE.
Virginia Knights and the 2014 March for Life
It was brutally cold, with the air temperature of only 19 degrees and the wind chill far below that, but hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from around the country braved the bitter winter weather to boldly proclaim the right to life in downtown Washington on January 22. Virginia Knights were, as always, at the center of the action. More HERE.
Fourth Degree Knights bring "Sweats for Vets" to VA Medical Center
Knights from three Northern Virginia assemblies delivered more than 600 sweat suits that were donated to veterans being treated at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. This is the eighth year that the event has been held, and it drew support from veterans organizations and the mayors of Leesburg and Purcellville as well. Story and Photos HERE.
Fourth Degree Knights present colors at Special Olympics "FanQuest"
A color corps from Seton Assembly 1781 presented the colors at the beginning of the Virginia Special Olympics "Fan Quest 2014" at Robinson Secondary School in Burke on Saturday evening, January 18. More information and photos HERE.
Religious Freedom Day Ceremonies
For more than 40 years, the Knights of Columbus have sponsored the annual Religious Freedom Day celebration in Fredericksburg, VA. This year's event took place on Sunday, January 12, and a large gathering of Fourth Degree Knights turned out to take part. Read the full story and see more photos HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This week's checklist
July 21, 2014 - Get off on the right foot in the new 2014-2015 Fraternal Year by meeting the requirements to be a Star Council. Read the July 2014 issue of Virginia's Star Council News for a blow-by-blow description.
Photos and information from the state organizational meeting can be found HERE.
The state pre-organizational meeting held on June 21 in Fredericksburg provided intensive training for incoming Grand Knights and District Deputies. You can find the slides from the GK and DD training HERE.
The 2014 Supreme Convention will be held August 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.
From the State Deputy
Stephen A. Burnley
My Brother Knights and Families,
Thank you for affording me the extraordinary opportunity to serve our Virginia Councils as State Deputy for the 2014 - 2015 Columbian Year.
In traveling the state for the past several years I have developed a great appreciation for the time and talents provided by our Knights and families and the significant impact they are having in their parishes and local communities. This past year was no exception - with local and State Council Knights completing a banner year as presented by Tony in his End of Year State Deputy message - all should be proud of their accomplishments. Read more HERE
Membership: We Beat the Goal!
As of June 30, the total number of new members in Virginia for this fraternal year is 1,486. That not only beats the goal set by the Supreme Council for this year, it also beats OUR goal of 1,400 new members for the year. Thanks to all for achieving this extraordinary success this Fraternal Year!
Virginia Knights - Activity of the Week
February 2014 - Joseph M Johnson Council 7538 in Ashland, Virginia participated in the nationwide Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program this year, purchasing a box of coats for needy children in Hanover County. Larger photo and full story HERE.
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