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The Tar Heel Knight


The Official Publication of the North Carolina Knights of Columbus

State Officers:

  • State Deputy: Colin Jorsch
  • Chaplain: Father Lesak
  • Secretary: John Nussbaum 
  • Treasurer: Dan Lange
  • Advocate: JC Reiher
  • Warden: Chris Losack
  • Immediate Past State Deputy: Jack Murray

Regional Membership and Program Consultants
  • #1: JP Horvat
  • #2: Tom Smith
  • #3: Walter Kulla, Jr.
  • #4: Sergio Miranda
  • #5: Richard Hamel
  • #6: Wayne Kleven

In This Issue

State Deputy
State Secretary
State Advocate
State Warden
Golden Plume
District Master
Supreme Convention
General Programs
Social Justice
Disaster Relief
Culture of Life
Family Life
Coats for Veterans
Food For Families
Keep Christ in Christmas
Meetings Coordinator
4th Degree
Publishing in the THK



Greetings to each one of you from Fayetteville!  Gina and I truly hope this edition of the Tar Heel Knight finds you well and in good spirits.
We would just like to take this moment and express our sincere gratitude to all the members and family of the Knights of Columbus in North Carolina.  Early in August, Gina and I, along with 18 others, had the distinct pleasure of representing North Carolina at the 134th Supreme Convention held in Toronto, Ontario.  What an event.  Some of the highlights included the opening Mass (beautiful occasion), hopefully you were able to watch on one of the many (EWTN, Salt and Light) channels that was covering the event; also hearing the Supreme Knight deliver his address and the countless number of hours, dollars and services that the Knights of Columbus provided to those less fortunate; and finally the awards session.  Gina and I were honored to receive two awards that were largely achieved through your efforts.  Last fraternal year, North Carolina was recognized for reaching 200% of our New Council Development goal and for achieving the Circle of Honor.  Those awards are fantastic, but probably the most memorable moment was receiving the International Service Award for Community with Past Grand Knight and Former District Deputy Don Williams and his wife, Christine on behalf of Council 13812.  I know of North Carolina only receiving this award three times.  I could be mistaken, but the count isn’t much higher than that.

You have my humble thanks for all your efforts and I offer huge congratulations to Pope John II Council in Durham for their achievement.  Thank you!

I would also like to welcome and congratulate our newly appointed District Master - Immediate Past State Deputy Jack Murray.  I am sure he will live up to the high standards of the Fourth Degree and make us all very proud.  

As I write this article, I recall the gospel from the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 21st).  This gospel from Luke was challenging for me to read prior to Mass and then hear again, proclaimed during Mass.  What a challenging gospel it was.  

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”  This is Jesus’ answer to the question, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  After hearing this, I asked myself what have I done to deserve the Kingdom.  Well, as usual, if you know my pastor, he set me straight.  During his homily, he explained that the question that was asked wasn’t the “right” question and (his words, not mine) Jesus replied with “look for the orange pig with the green hat.”  Sounds funny, I know, but this was Father’s way of saying that whoever posed the question asked the wrong question.  The question should have been, “How can I gain the Kingdom?”  In which, Father said, it is all about love.  If we love one another and treat each other with respect and understand the unconditional love that God has for us, the question of “How can I gain the Kingdom?” becomes much easier to answer.

I pray that you will not go off looking for orange pigs with green hats and through your charitable works will find the unconditional love of the Father.  Let’s look to make someone’s life just a little better this month.  That’s my challenge to you.

Until next time - Peace in Christ!

Colin Jorsch
State Deputy


Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell.

Lori and I send our greetings from Wendell. We truly thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support. It really means a lot to us at this time. Lori continues to do very well. Some things have been delays some, but nothing to worry about. Lori continues to be in very good spirits. She will get through this.

The invoices for the NC State per capita have been mailed to the Grand Knight and Financial Secretary of each Council. Each Council is expected to pay their NC State per capita invoice as soon as they can. 

Our Bishops require each Council to have liability insurance to do anything on Church property. This is to protect the church. The North Carolina State Council will offer liability insurance again this year at the cost of $1.00 per member in your Council. An invoice for this insurance has also mailed out. The invoice will cover the Council from November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017. If you need a certificate of insurance to give your pastor or anyone else, please contact State Advocate JC Reiher. He will request the certificate for you from our insurance carrier. This does take time, so please plan ahead.

If you Council has your own liability insurance, you are required to send the NC State secretary a certificate of insurance. The 

We all have one thing in common, our Faith. We should always be looking for ways to learn more about our Faith. It could be by joining an adult bible study group at our church, being an instructor in our church’s Religious Education program, attending the Charlotte Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte on September 9-10, or attending the Ignited by Truth meeting at St. Mark’s in Wilmington on October 22. 

We all have the same goal. That is to spend an eternity with God when we pass from this world. We are all at different points on that journey. We are all so busy. It is so easy to lose track of our goal. The Gospel last Sunday, made me think about that goal. Are you asking the right question? Are you doing the right things towards your ultimate goal? How are you helping others? 

If I can ever serve you in any way, please let me know. I am always here to serve you. 

Fraternally yours in Christ,

John Nussbaum
State Secretary


Brothers All,
It is my hope and prayer that this edition of the Tar Heel Knight finds you and yours doing well in your part of North Carolina, and that your continued efforts and dedication to the Knights of Columbus is truly making a difference in the lives of those you serve.

As always, as Manon and I travel throughout the state, I continue to be impressed and humbled by your fraternalism and hospitality. Thank you!

As many of you know, last month; August 2-4, 2016, my fellow brother State Officers, I, and other brother Knights had the honor to represent the NC State Council as Delegates, at the 134th Annual Supreme Convention, held in Toronto, ON, Canada. As to be expected, much business took place, and indeed there was time for some fraternalism. Please note that the resolutions approved at our May 2016 NC Convention were submitted to Supreme and considered at the Supreme Convention in August 2016, however, there was one resolution that may not have been addressed and/or considered by Supreme and I am following up with the Supreme Advocate’s office relevant to same. Upon receiving a response, I will report back to all of you.

Additionally, and of particular importance; SECTION 110 OF THE LAWS OF THE ORDER was repealed: (see below)

WHEREAS, Section 110 requires that subordinate councils follow certain procedures for vetting candidates for admission to the Order; and

WHEREAS, these procedures no longer serve a useful purpose,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Section 110 of the Laws of the Order be repealed; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that any reference to Section 110 in any other section of the Laws of the Order be deleted.

Also take note that SECTION 128 OF THE LAWS OF THE ORDER was amended; (see below)

WHEREAS, Section 128 of the Laws requires that officers of subordinate councils be elected annually at a regular business meeting held between May 15 and June 15 of each year; and

WHEREAS, due to scheduling conflicts involving members, officers, and District Deputies, many councils have experienced difficulty in holding elections at a regular business meeting within this one-month period of time; and

WHEREAS, expanding the period of time within which councils may hold elections will enhance participation in those elections,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that in order to provide more time for councils to hold elections, the first sentence of Section 128 should be amended as follows:

 "All officers, except the Financial Secretary, Lecturer and Chaplain, shall be elected annually, by ballot, at a regular meeting held between the fifteenth first day of May to and including the fifteenth day of June each year, and with the exception of the Trustees who shall serve for terms not to exceed three years as provided by Section 145, said officers shall hold their offices for the term of one year from the first day of July following and until their successors are elected and qualified.”

Brothers, in an act of solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world suffering from atrocities and violent persecution, the Supreme Council has urged members and their families to pray for those affected. Let us commit then to prayer!

Pope Francis’ vision for World Youth Day was “Let Us Love One Another”. If you haven’t yet taken note, the Holy Father’s constant message is a call to mercy, and for all of us to be instruments of mercy. 

Brothers, wherever you may be, until we meet again, let us love one another as we Go Make a Difference!

Vivat Jesus,

JC Reiher
State Advocate
NC State Council



Brothers All, Vivat Jesus!
I trust that you are enjoying the final days of summer. Schools are back in session, football is in the air and it won’t be long until the weather starts turning cool and the leaves start falling. It’s hard to believe that the summer is already coming to an end.  I’m sure that you probably had a busy summer with your Council planning for this Fraternal Year, I know that the State Council has. I personally have also had a busy summer collecting the various forms that have been due over the past two months. The Form 185 (Submission of Council Officers Elected) and Form 365 (Submission of Program Personnel Chosen for Term) were both due back in July. We are very close to having all of the Councils complete with these forms. I will be contacting those that have not yet submitted to make sure that Supreme has a copy. Many times the GK or FS is away during the summer which contributes to this delinquency, but I will work to make sure that we are in 100% compliance once they return.

Another form, the 1295-1, is the Council Audit for the first half of the Council year. This is one of the critical forms that MUST be submitted in a timely manner. These forms must be completed accurately and signed by the Grand Knight and at least two auditors (usually Trustees). These forms allow your Council to keep its tax free status as a Fraternal Organization. Supreme looks at these very carefully and occasionally corrections are asked to be made. This most recent audit was due on August 15th. If you have not completed and submitted this form, please do so immediately. There are two Councils that still have not completed their audit that was due in February!! This is grounds for suspension of your Council and you will not be able to conduct any activities while suspended. Please make sure that you handle your business. Remember that each form should be copied to the State Deputy and District Deputy for their files.

I also want to congratulate all of those Councils that achieved STAR Council status last year. This is a tremendous effort and something to be greatly honored about. There were even Councils in North Carolina that achieved a record 4 STAR status. I hope that each of you are working toward achieving that objective this year. Remember, that one of the requirements for STAR Council is to complete the SP7 form (Report of Service Programs) next spring. I would suggest you taking a look at that form now and using it to plan your activities throughout the year so that you’ll have enough service programs to completely fill out the form. There are new requirements regarding the SP7 this year and you will need to fulfill those requirements regarding the Building the Domestic Church initiative. An incomplete form will be denied and affect your status toward STAR Council. I am also very excited about some of the activities that are planned in the near future around the state and I hope that I will get a chance to see many of you there.

If there is anything that I can do to assist you in any manner, please do not hesitate to reach out. That is what I am here for, to help you in any possible way.

Vivat Jesus,

Christopher J. Losack
NC State Warden



Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers,

It has been just over 2 weeks since I was notified by current District Master Dave Onofrio, of my appointment to the position of District Master for the North Carolina District by our Supreme Knight. These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of congratulatory e-mails, phone calls, prayers and cards. Thank you and thank you again.  I look forward to this next challenge, as I have with each State Position I have held from District Deputy to State Deputy, and will work to the best of my ability to continue the great reputation that North Carolina enjoys.

However, this is not a one-man game! With your continued support and T.E.A.M.  (Together Everyone Achieves More) effort by all of you, we will continue to spread word of the good working programs of the Patriotic Arm of the Knights of Columbus. There is a storied historical past of the Fourth Degree in North Carolina, led by our Past District Masters and their many successes. We thank them for their leadership, especially the immediate Past District Master Dave Onofrio, and his team for the success of the past four (4) years. Thank you S.K. and Brother Dave, a job well done! 

My Brother Sir Knights, we are an aging group of Sir Knights, and we must spread the word of the programs we offer in support of our Brothers and Veterans. We must offer membership and then welcome our younger Brothers to help us with the many service programs we perform and spread the word of these accomplishments. There is a Fourth Degree Exemplification scheduled for Saturday November 19, 2016 in Fayetteville. This is a great opportunity to bring a brother knight into the Patriotic Arm of the Knights of Columbus  and for you to attend and observe the Degree. All information and required forms can be found in the Tar Heel Knight, Golden Plume and on our State Website at

My Brothers, I look forward to working with you, for you, and standing in formation with you in Regalia, to insure the Fourth Degree continues to flourish in North Carolina. May God Bless you and your families, please continue to offer prayers for all our military personnel and may God Bless America!



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North Carolina State Council Knights of Columbus Delegates to the 134th Supreme Convention held in Toronto, Canada, Aug. 2-4, 2016.
Wearing Fourth Degree Regalia in performance of their duty as Eucharistic Escorts for Priests during Communion at all three (3) daily Masses.
Seated in front: State Chaplain Rev. William P. Lesak
Standing left to right:
  • Past Faithful Navigator Tom DuPree
  • State Treasurer Dan Lange
  • State Deputy Colin Jorsch
  • State Advocate JC Reiher
  • General Program Director Paul Spire
  • Immediate Past State Deputy Jack Murray
  • Former District Deputy Thomas Beckett
  • State Warden Chris Losack
  • District Deputy 11 Jean Dion


Why is it that in some other jurisdictions a member will give a right arm to be appointed a District Deputy?  Here in North Carolina a search goes on to find a member willing to do the job of District Deputy and be qualified to do it.  Is it that we are all working two and three jobs or is it that we don’t want to get off the couch a couple of nights a week to attend council meetings or other functions.  Along these lines I have been working with the State Deputy to enlist the District Deputies to appoint a District Warden. This will be a member who will be the right hand man to the District Deputy for at least a couple of years to learn the ropes and take over the job when the DD leaves.  As I have seen as many council installations as most members, I will you some of our installations need a lot of improvements.  How a District Deputy can do a respectful job without a District Warden is beyond me not to mention it is part of the ceremony.  Some blame I must say goes to council officers for not selling the installation to their members.  When an installation is done and only half the officers are present and no members on the sideline it does not go over very well.  Not all councils can go out for a meal after an installation due to cost, but I would trust that most councils can have a home cooked meal provided by council members or a pot luck dinner.  If done right the repass after the installation can be a learning experience not only to the council members but family members in attendance.  It appears the installation is a burden and chore rather than an intricate part of council activities.  I also have heard from councils that the same officers are returning and an installation is not necessary this year.  The term of office ends on June 30th.  All is new on July 1st.  

Again, I repeat myself, having a warden is as much for you as it is for the State appointments of future District Deputies.  

I want to congratulate all the councils that have been recognized by Supreme with awards.  I am working with the State Deputy in arranging dates, times and presenters of the STAR award.  I am asking all STAR recipients to advise me of dates that the STAR can be presented to your council.  To obtain the most Public Relations of these presentations it would be advantageous to have it at a dinner, dance, picnic etc.  As of this writing the awards have not arrived in North Carolina.  We will work with your wishes but we will need three dates and flexibility.  Thank you for your understanding.
Vivat Jesus,
Vince Cerullo
State Chancellor/Executive Secretary



Brothers all,

As summer begins to wind down and school starts I hope that everyone has had the opportunity to spend some time with your family and friends enjoying the many events that summer provides. I know that there have been many activities that your Councils have sponsored over the past several months and I hope that someone in your Council is submitting these programs as they are completed. Please note that LAMB is now a program in which you can submit an event for judging against other Councils within your Division. This program has a tremendous need and your supporting events will be recognized under this new program submittal. The first half reporting period runs from April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016 for all programs. Please take a few minutes to submit your events by utilizing the reporting form on the State’s Web page; Look for the tab along the left side of the web page that states “Council Service Program Awards Due October 30”. The State Web Master is continually improving this form so please complete and submit it on the web page. As always after I receive and process the submittal, I will respond that I have received and processed your event.

One major reporting change that has taken place this year is that in order to highlight the importance of Building the Domestic Church initiative, and its impact on our mission, the Supreme Council is announcing changes to the Columbian Award effective immediately. In order to earn the Columbian Award, councils will need to meet the following qualifications:
  • Submit the Service Program Personnel • Report (#365)
  • Submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728). Councils instituted after November 1 do not have to meet this requirement.
  • Annually conduct and report at least four (4) programs in each of the six categories of the Surge with Service Program AND at least four (4) of those programs need to be designated as “Domestic Church” programs. 
The following programs currently carry the Domestic Church designation:
  • Journey to the Inn
  • Father’s Day Affirmation of Wedding Vows
  • Consecration to the Holy Family
  • Family Fully Alive Devotional Program
  • Holy Family Celebrations (Diocesan-wide)
  • Food for Families
  • Keep Christ in Christmas
  • Spiritual Formation Groups (Into the Breach)
  • 5th Sunday Rosary Program
  • Family Week Celebrations

Additional Domestic Church activities will be released throughout the fraternal year. For information and resources pertaining to the Building the Domestic Church initiative, councils should visit or visit to review the most up-to-date list of programs and activities. The Columbian Award Application is currently being revised to reflect these changes and should be available shortly. Councils are advised to discard any paper copies of the Columbian Award Application that they may currently have on hand. Any questions regarding the change with the Columbian Award application should be directed to your District Deputy or myself at .

Please continue to pray for the canonization of our founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney. Also remember to pray for our Holy Father and all religious leaders as they continue to fight the genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East area of the world.

Once again thanks for all you do.
Vivat Jesus
Paul Spire GPD   



The Fourth Theme of Catholic Social Justice

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.
-The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Still, when there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the poor and badly off have a claim to especial consideration. The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. 
-On the Condition of Labor (Rerum Novarum. . . ), #37

True worship is to work for justice and care for the poor and oppressed.
    -Isaiah 58:5-7

What you do for the least among you, you do for Jesus.
    -Matthew 25:34-40

The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable is the fourth of the seven themes of Catholic Social Justice. As the quotes above shows, concern for the poor and vulnerable is found in the prophets of the Old Testament and in the words of Jesus Christ. Catholic social teaching is committed to the care of the poor because Jesus was committed to the care of the poor. 

A basic moral test is how the most vulnerable members of our society are faring. The rich live well in all societies, even atheistic communist ones. We are to be judged not by the wealth we generate at the top, but by the lives of those who exist at the bottom. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

This can be an unpopular stance, as the poor are politically powerless and are often targets of convenience for those looking for scapegoats. And who can deny that people trapped in poverty are stuck with having to choose between bad alternatives just to survive day-to-day life? Crime is often the only industry in impoverished areas, and the law must be respected for society to function. The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable is not a license to “get-out-of-jail-free”. Rather:

The prime purpose of this special commitment to the poor is to enable them to become active participants in the life of society. It is to enable all persons to share in and contribute to the common good. The "option for the poor," therefore, is not an adversarial slogan that pits one group or class against another. Rather it states that the deprivation and powerlessness of the poor wounds the whole community. The extent of their suffering is a measure of how far we are from being a true community of persons. These wounds will be healed only by greater solidarity with the poor and among the poor themselves.
-Economic Justice for All, #88


Lesson Learned:  As I write this article the news media is busily covering the floods in Louisiana. This series of storms does not have a name. The media was somewhat slow to respond, but now that they have, the scale of the flooding is visually epic. Our brothers and sisters in the Baton Rouge area are suffering. The question I pose is: Is this disaster a surprise? In terms of timing, location, scope the answer is of course, yes. However, in the global sense, the answer is no. Like death, we just don’t know who, where, and when. More on that in the last paragraph.

Supreme makes it very easy to contribute to disaster relief via Facebook, or on the web. 100% of your contribution goes to the response. If you have not already contributed please prayerfully consider doing so.

Are you ready for a disaster? Hopefully in the last two months you have reviewed both the FEMA, and ReadyNC apps or visited their web pages. In addition, perhaps you have started to avail yourself with this valuable information. Personally, I took some steps to refine my preparations. I rotated some disaster supplies and replaced them with more current stock. Water, food, and batteries. I took out my generator filled it with non-ethanol gas and ran it until it went dry. Small steps, but it’s better to run these drills now than at the eleventh hour (and as our friends in Louisiana can attest we may not have much, if any, warning).  

What’s a CERT? Answer: Community Emergency Response Team. Recognizing that citizens would likely be on their own in the early stages of a disaster, the City of LA developed and implemented the CERT program in 1985. The LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. In the wake of 9/11 in 2003, CERT was selected to meet the challenge of American citizens to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters as part of the Citizen Corps program. I had the opportunity to participate in CERT training in Georgia, and even though I was doing it as a part of my county program, personally I felt much better prepared to survive after I took the training. I have contacted the NC state office that runs this program and they are willing to conduct the training for the K of C. I can make arrangements with the state to make this happen, but it will require a real investment of time (read one week) to accomplish the training. The bright spot is that they can make this  a “train the trainer” course so that our participants will be the seed corn of an entire program. I will flesh out details and propose formally later in the Fraternal Year. Your county may already have a program in place.

As a Council. I continue to explore avenues that Councils can take in working with local governments, charities  and  faith-based organizations. One group that is coming to my attention is Samaritan’s Purse a faith based organization that looks for volunteers, post disaster. Disaster relief extends beyond the heroic Response phase, which is relatively short lived, and is replaced by the longer lasting Recovery phase which can extend for more than a year. Samaritan’s Purse is still working in Andrews, SC, almost a year after floods devastated that Lowcountry community. Another group  we are exploring is Habitat for Humanity’s Disaster Corps.  In your Council budget please consider a substantial line item for Disaster Relief contribution, because we know that during the Fraternal Year a hurricane, flood, tornado, blizzard, ice storm, typhoon, earthquake or other disaster will devastate communities in the U.S. or overseas. Better to have the money programmed.

Gene Zeimba, PGK
Disaster Relief Chairman


Brothers All,

Greetings from the Crystal Coast! I would like to congratulate Pope John Paul II Council 13812 in Durham for winning the International Service award for their council program which was announced at the Supreme Convention that was held in Toronto from August 2nd to August 5th.  To find out what their award-winning program was, please go to the State Website and scroll down to the “What’s New” section and click the State Programs of the Year and click Council.

We are heading into a very busy time of the year. Families will be returning to the parishes as the kids are going back to school and Faith Formation.  This is a perfect opportunity for the councils to become more involved with our parishes while strengthening our families and church community with our council activities. One activity could be to hold a remembrance for September 11th, as I mentioned in last month’s article.  Another idea could be to promote an activity in observance of Columbus Day in October. The idea is for the councils to be a presence in the parish community according to the wishes and desires of your pastor or priest.

 Grand Knights, before you know it, the month of October will be upon us. Now is the time to start thinking about the program that you would like to submit as your entry for the Council activity. Any programs that were done between April 1st and September 30th are eligible. If you are a new Grand Knight, please consult with the past Grand Knight on any programs that may have been done during his time as Grand Knight that may be a program to submit for your Council entry.   All submissions are due by October 31st. Please go to the State Website for more details.

District Deputies and RMPC’s, please continue to keep track on the progress on the Traveling Gavels that are going through your councils, districts and regions. Please remember to submit your monthly progress report to the Traveling Gavel chairman, Anthony Thompson.

If you have any Special Olympic events going on, please make the Special Olympics chairman, Michael Garguilo aware of that event.

If you wish to host a State Athletic event, please contact the Athletics Chairman, Craig Smith on how to get started.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of my chairmen if we can assist your regions, districts and councils in going and making a difference in this fraternal year in building your domestic church while strengthening our parishes. It is an honor to be serving you as your State Council Director for this state of North Carolina and for the Order.

Vivat Jesus,
Nick Nastasi
State Council Director



Worthy Brothers All,

We have the 40 Days for Life kicking off on September 28 in 5 locations in North Carolina.

Life Chains is October 2 at 61 locations throughout the state.

Plans are working for the Marches in Raleigh  Charlotte & Jacksonville for January.

Please be on the lookout for a Pregnancy Care center we get an Ultrasound for.

If there is an abortion center in you area, are you praying the First Saturday Rosary there? Look into starting one across the street or at the next corner on a busy street. Of course all are welcome to join us in High Point on the corner os Sunset & Main at 9AM on Oct.1.
Boyce Williams
Culture of Life Director



What you’ll do AFTER completing Form 365

That’s the Service Program Personnel Report. On it you listed your Service Program Directors and Chairmen for this fraternal year. It WAS due the first of August. Yes, there should be a FAMILY DIRECTOR (sorry, I had to say that). Ideally, they VOLUNTEERED for those jobs. So how do you motivate them and keep them on-track?
My first real job after college was as a Management Trainee for a railroad. In one phase I was assigned the 2nd shift operation of a freight train yard in Tampa. One evening I directed a crew to do something. The next day I was called into the Terminal Superintendent’s office to verify that I’ve given an order to that crew. I had and I described the situation. “But you’re a Trainee and you don’t have the authority to give orders.” I was puzzled. ”But I’m still responsible for getting the work done, right?” “Oh yes!” “But I don’t have any authority.” “That’s correct, you don’t.”
I was more puzzled now. How was I to get the work done with no authority to give orders? It wasn’t sensible and perhaps a bit unfair but, like it or not, I had to devise entirely new ways to get people to do what they were supposed to do. I would have to PERSUADE them to do the work! Yes, kinda like motivating volunteers.
It was a trial-and-error process. I started by respecting my guys, their experience and their knowledge. I had an attitude: ‘They know their jobs a lot better than I will EVER know their jobs’ and ‘we’re all in this together’. There was communication – keeping them informed about what is needed and how we’re progressing, not to mention keeping them abreast of ever changing situations. It meant face time, too, outside in the weather. If there was a new operation or procedure (much like our Supreme Knight’s recent initiative), I had to make them ‘stakeholders’ in the process. Instead of telling them what to do and how I thought it should be done, I’d make a suggestion, ”It would be a real time saver if ……  How do you think we could do that?” Every success would be recognized and slip-ups would be minimalized or spun into a plan to do it better. If they had ideas, I LISTENED carefully, acted accordingly and let them know the outcome. And if superiors were impressed, I’d be sure they knew the role of my subordinates. Something went wrong? Mea Culpa!
This turned out to be one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned. After two careers as a supervisor and then as a surveyor and civil engineer, I am hard pressed to think of times I actually gave orders apart from addressing urgent safety matters. Each place ran smoothly and we accomplished much more than our bosses demanded. Indeed, when I was in trucking my drivers, with a little encouragement, involved themselves in sales. Newbies, it usually turned out, ended up being trained by almost everybody and many of their careers would eclipse mine. When I left a workplace (even involuntarily), my guys genuinely regretted my departure. 
So ….. you’ve got a list of guys who volunteered to run programs in your council. Or maybe they didn’t volunteer. How do you get them started? How do you get them excited? How do you make sure they’ll be proud of the things they accomplish? Envision yourself as someone with weighty responsibilities and no authority. Envision yourself and them as a team beyond compare in the service of Mary’s Divine Son. You’ll figure it out pretty quickly and go on to achieve Star Council and whatever other goals you set for yourselves. And you’ll truly make a lot of differences that count!
May Jesus Christ be praised and His Blessed Mother honored by all that we do.

Vivat Jesus, guys,

Fred Burton
NC Family Director


Brothers All,

Helping the Least Among My Brethren – it is more than just words…

I recently had an experience which again brought home to me the beauty of what LAMB is all about.

Holy Angels in Belmont as you may or may not know, is a residential / medical care facility for those with intellectual disabilities, that receives LAMB grants from both local Councils and from State LAMB funds.

Holy Angels has a pontoon boat that was donated to them that they use to take their residents out occasionally on Lake Wylie during the summer.  For a couple of years, I have volunteered as a boat captain. My last time out a couple of weeks ago, there were six children with pretty severe disabilities, all wheelchair bound. To see the joy on their faces, laughing with the wind blowing through their hair was just a beautiful experience.

Actually it reminded me of a similar boat ride about 14 years ago that I became totally committed to LAMB.  As we were unloading the children after a lake ride, one of the mothers was crying. When I asked what was the matter, she responded nothing at all, “but this is the only time I get to see my son laugh”.

It’s for experiences such as this that we encourage every Council to bring their members to visit some of the local charities that they support (which usually welcome the visit with open arms).  Without a doubt, for a Council to be successful at LAMB requires a mantra of dedication and hard work by its members – which is only boosted when they realize how exceedingly valuable and needed their efforts are.
I also thought it might be timely if this month I addressed a recent, above the usual uptick in questions on “how do I order tootsie rolls”.

Complete directions are in the LAMB Manual (Attachment 2) but a brief summary.

Traditionally candy has been ordered using a 3-part order form which is available at all State Meetings for pickup by someone from your Council.

Although not ideal, upon request, forms can be mailed to the Council as well.

The use of the 3-part form is not mandatory however; a copy of the completed form can also be sent as long a copy is also sent to the State LAMB Director and one is kept by the Council for their records.

Tootsie Roll also says to allow at least 3 weeks for delivery after receipt of your order and a commercial shipping address (a business owned by a Brother Knight, your Church etc. as examples) is also required for the truck delivery.

God bless, Richard
Richard M. White, State LAMB Director




“Keep Christ in Christmas” Card Sales Program:
It is that time of year again, even though it is almost a 100 degrees outside.  The early ordering discount program will end very soon and if you wish to take advantage of the discount, you need to get your orders in soon.  We need to have all of the orders no later than September 15, 2016.  Please note, there will be no phone orders taken!  You will need to complete the order form and e-mail it to . Please note that the cards can be ordered after September 15, 2016 but at the regular price. The Columbian Squires State Circle and I thank you for your support of this worthwhile project and fundraiser.

Soccer Challenge:
September is here and we should be ramping up out Soccer Challenge programs.  If you have not ordered your Soccer Challenge kits, there is still time, but HURRY!  It would be great to have another fantastic Soccer Challenge this year.  The State Soccer Challenge will be held in the beginning of November, and we need to have the Council and District Soccer Challenges completed prior to the State Soccer Challenge.  Councils need to plan with their District Deputy’s so they have the Council Challenge completed prior to the District Soccer Challenge.  

Please remember, every participant in the challenge must have a fully completed entry form, with the entrant’s name, address and phone number.  Age at the time of the Soccer Challenge and the form must be signed by the Parent or Legal Guardian as well as the entrant.  Please note, that if the form is not signed by the Parent or Legal Guardian, the entrant cannot participate in the Soccer Challenge. 

Also, make sure the sponsoring Council of the Soccer Challenge has their Council Number on the form.

“Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest:
All Councils should start planning their “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest.  Religious Education classes are getting ready to begin, and this could be a great project for them.  Please coordinate with your local Parish’s Director of Religious Education (DRE) to see if they would like to have you present your program to their Catechists.  For more information or assistance, please contact Gary E Andrews at

“Coats for Kids”: 
I know it is almost 100 degrees outside, but before you know it the temperature will begin to drop and there are lots of children who do not have coats and cannot afford to purchase coats.  I challenge every Council in North Carolina to purchase at least one case of coats to be given out.  You will be surprised at how many children you will make happy and for some, it may be their very first coat!  If need be, several Council can get together and purchase coats together and distribute the out.  The most important thing to remember is we are helping children stay warm.  Please order your coats through Supreme, this help them to provide coats as well to other locations, who may not have Councils in their area.  Let shoot for 100% participation by all of our Councils in North Carolina.  If you need assistance, have questions or just not sure how to start, please contact Worthy RMPC Sergio Miranda at .  

Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest and Essay Contest:
It is never too early to start planning for these events.  Please get with your Director of Religious Education (DRE’s) and your local Catholic Schools to spark interest in these programs.  The children can learn and think about these different programs and it is fun too.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Gary E Andrews at .

I want to personally thank all of the Councils who have participated in these great programs.  As we work together on Building the Domestic Church, these programs can be a key point and area we can assist in.  I also challenge all Knights to volunteer to assist in the Catechisms of our youth and be a Catechist or Catechist Assistant.  Let’s build our Church through our Youth as our foundation and future.

God Bless you all!

Kenneth Friend


Greetings FN and Brother SK All,
Vivat Jesus!

Four years ago this September, Vice-Supreme McLain expanded the VAVS program in the DeSoto Province.  District Master Bob Grabasky asked and appointed me as the District VAVS Representative.  Brother Grabasky asked me to review and expand the participation in the support of our Veterans and the four VA Medical Centers in North Carolina. 

Reflecting on the past four years, I am happy to inform all that we have expanded tremendously the programs that you do in support of our Veterans in this State.  As the Representative, I have had the privilege of traveling from the coast to the mountains, from So. Carolina, to Virginia to attend meetings with a purpose of promoting the many VAVS programs in our State.  On behalf of the Veterans, VA Medical Centers and USOs of NC, I express their gratitude and thanks for your time, talent and treasures.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!   The Patriotic Degree is alive and well in North Carolina.  

Some of the major programs that we have participated in are as follows:
  • National Wheel Chair Games—sending Veterans for Recreational Therapy and demonstrate their ability.  20 Veterans were sent with your help this year.
  • Winter Coat Program—we have provided over 2,500 new coats since we began this program four years ago.  We provided 150 coats last year with your help.
  • VRQ roof replacement—Knights donated $9,500 to assist in the cost of replacing it.  
  • National Arts Festival—“Dollar per Knight” campaign donated $3,100. Entertainment.
  • USO support by donating van, supplies, food, cart/dolly, maintenance on vehicles for RDU USO and assisting in Marine deployment at RDU/USO.  
  • Jersey Care—out of Summersville, NJ. Under the leadership of SK Bob Yuzuik, Special VAVS Deputy NC.  They have shipped merchandise and donations to all VA Medical Centers, USO and VRQ and HHC in North Carolina over the past four years totaling thousands of dollars.  
  • Patriotic Coupon Program—Councils/Assemblies/Individuals have delivered over Va $2,000,000 in coupons to assist our Veterans Worldwide.  SK Joe Bailer, Chairman.
  • No Veteran Dies Alone—many Brothers volunteer to assist Hospice in providing ending life comfort to our Veterans without families at our VA Medical Centers.
  • Archdiocese for the Military Service—We make cash donations for the purpose of providing new Catholic Chaplains to the Military.  

“The Fourth Degree-Our Patriotic Degree-embodies the great love and respect Knights have for our home country and for the brave men and women who defend it” …”We provided more than hundred thousand hours of service at 134 VA Medical Centers”. (2016 Annual Support of the Supreme Knight)

Leadership:  VAVS Representatives/Deputy: would like to welcome SK Bill Bell as Deputy Rep for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and Brother James Green as Deputy Rep to the Asheville VA Medical Center.  Please provide support to these two new Representatives.  SK Rodney Komlofsek is the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Representative.  I still have need for Deputy Reps at the Salisbury, 
Fayetteville, and Asheville VA Centers.   If interested, Please contact me @  

Girl Scout and Welch’s Fruit Snacks donated by Jersey Care:
Working in conjunction with Operation Jersey Cares (OJC) located in Somerville, NJ, Pope John Paul II Assembly No. 3017 and Holy Cross Council No. 8509 in Kernersville were able to donate Girls Scout Cookies (GSC) and Welch’s Fruit Snacks (Fruit Snacks) to the following: Total of 12 skids AVAILABLE
Pope John Paul II Assembly No. 3017 Donations
Each of the following four USO centers picked up:120 Cases (1,440 boxes) of GSC and 17 cartons of  Fruit Snacks (315 small .9 oz. packages) Total Value $23,292.00 (1,440 GSC Boxes X 4 skids X $4.00=$23,040.00 and 315 Fruit Snacks X 4 USOs X $.20=$252.00)
  • USO of NC Raleigh-Durham Airport Center, PO Box 91443, Raleigh   NC  27675, POC: Patricia DeZetter
  • USO of NC Charlotte Center, 5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway, Box 21, Charlotte, NC  28208                              POC: Ellyn Brotherton
  • USO of NC Jacksonville Center, 9 Tallman Street, Jacksonville, NC 28540, POC: Holly Coffer
  • USO of NC Fort Bragg Center, Blg 4-2843 Normandy Drive, Soldier Support Center, 1st Floor, Wing L, Fort Bragg, NC 28310, POC: Renee Lane
Note: Chris Froeschner, his Staff and the National Guard Unit at 2051 National Guard Drive, Raleigh were Great to work with. Thanks to them, unloading of the OJC ‘s truck of the GSC & Fruit Snacks and then loading up the other vehicles was quick & efficient. Everything worked out just fine with no problems. The feedback from everyone there said it was a pleasure to deal with such professional people.

Knights of St. Francis of Assisi Assembly #3552, provided manpower and vehicles to transport these products to Oak City Outreach, Catholic Parish Outreach, Heroes United in Fuquay-Varina, VRQ in Asheville and Asheville VA Medical Center plus two women homeless shelters in Asheville.  The Durham VA Medical Center was also covered.  SK Michael Darrow, PGK provided a huge van at no cost to distribute all of these products.  Mileage driven was 750.  
Veterans Helping Veterans Heal (VHVH), Wilson-Salem, NC:120 Cases (1,440 boxes) of GSC and 70 cartons of Fruit Snacks (1,200 small .9 oz. packages). Total Value S6,012.00 (1,440 boxes X $4.00=$5,760 and 1260 Fruit Snacks X $.20= $252.00)
The total number of Welch’s Fruit Snacks small .9 oz.   The figures and the $ value for 1 skid of Fruit Snacks should be: 18,650 small .9 oz. packages and have a value of $3,730.00. The figures and value for ½  skid of Fruit Snacks should be: 9,325 small .9 oz. packages and a $ value of $1,865.00.
For the four USOs, the correct valve for the 1 skid of Welch’s Fruit Snacks picked up is $3,730.00. So their total value should be $26,770.00 ($23,040.00-GSC + $3,730.00-Fruit Snacks)
For the VHVH, their total value is $9,490.00 ($5,760.00-GSC + $3,730.00-Fruit Snacks).
For St. Francis of Assisi Assembly No. 3552, their total is $10,025.00 ($8,160.00-GSC + $1,865.00-Fruit Snacks) 
The corrected total $ value donated is $50,696.00.

The USO of NC is a non-profit, self –sustaining 501 (C) (3)(not funded by the government or the USO nationally) that relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support their activities, allowing them to provide over 563,321 services to Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members, Military retirees, Troops in transition and their families.  They are rated as a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator and rated a platinum level of GuideStar, the two most widely recognize charities.  PLEASE consider providing support by your Council in assisting their mission.  THANKS !!

Brother SK Tom
SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN,
VAVS Representative Durham VA 
North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA, 
N C State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552 Faithful Navigator
CELL #: 919-302-5550


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“If we want to become permanent citizens of the Kingdom of God, then our passport, our green card, is charity. Charity and compassion are how we acknowledge the true sovereignty of Christ our King.”  -Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

On July 1st, 2016, the Knights of Columbus started a new, fraternal calendar year. Local councils, State Councils, and the Supreme Council installed new and returning officers. Each council started fresh in completing program services for the fraternal year. Your council should give serious consideration to supporting the Food for Families program. This year, the Supreme Council introduced Building the Domestic Church (BTDC).  This initiative supports Catholic families and strengthens our parishes.  BTDC correlates with the focus on Food for Families as it also serves to help families and strengthen parishes. Conducting food drives involves every Knight and their family members.  All food and money collected should be donated to the parish food pantry, community soup kitchens or food banks.

REFUND OPPORTUNITY: Each Council, Assembly, and Squire has the opportunity to receive a refund from the Supreme Council ranging from $100 to $500. Imagine what your council could do with an extra $500!  You could:
  • Donate it to one of the charities your council supports.
  • Use it for your council’s RSVP program.
  • Many other things.  Use your imagination.
The requirements for getting this refund is simple:
  1. Conduct your food drive.
  2. File the necessary documents with the NC State and the Supree Councils.

I am available to attend any Council or Assembly meeting within two-hour drive time from Burlington, NC to assist or talk about Food for Families or even assist with a drive.

Fraternally yours,
Patrick Okoronkwo - Chair, Food for Families | (734) 431-1275



Brothers All,

It has been a while since I have had the opportunity to submit an article that I believe we need to be aware of. Our State Columbia Squires have been conducting a program for many years and in recent years it has been declining. That program is the Keep Christ in Christmas program.

They conduct the above mentioned program and make a small profit on the sale of the cards. The funds they receive are used to pay for their convention expenses each year as well as allow them to make charitable donations to Holy Angel’s, LAMB, and other organizations very much the same as our councils do.

To enable the continued success of their endeavor, we would ask you to consider the following and agree that this is a very good and proper catholic program that benefits all those involved.

Why should you conduct this program?
  • The cards promote our Catholic faith and beliefs.
  • The cards come in many languages.
  • The cards are reasonably priced.
  • Because the cards are purchased in bulk we receive a discount.
  • The councils and squires benefit from proceeds.
  • Most importantly we continue to contribute to Building the Domestic Church by making these cards available to our parishes and God’s people.

Hopefully, you will choose to participate in this most worthwhile program and if so, please read on as to how to place orders. 
  • To begin, go to the state website Then click on the link on the main page, or you may use the site map and look it up under Christmas cards.
  • Download the order catalogue or view the items and select the items you want by number and quantity.
  • Download and print the order form.
  • Fill in the order form.
  • Scan the order form and save it to your computer.
  • Send an email to with the order form as an attachment. The email address comes to the State Treasurer who will place your order and compute the shipping and handling cost. The above email also goes to Br. Chris Headley the Christmas Card Chairman who will answer any questions you may have.
  • After the order is placed the State Treasurer will email an invoice to the GK and FS of the council for payment.
  • All invoices are payable within 30 days of receipt.
  • All orders ship within 5 days of placing the order.

Vivat Jesus



Greetings.  I wish you well and hope you are adjusting to the new fraternal year and looking forward to the new programs you will be running this year.  We have moved our website to a new server which provides us more room and opportunities.  All the current on-line forms have been rewritten and they will now allow you to attach up to 3 documents.  The attachments can be either a word doc, an excel spreadsheet, or a picture.  The only limitation is that the file cannot be more than 2 Megs.  That means some of the pictures that are running around 5 Megs will have to be edited to meet the requirement.  I use; it is free and does a good job.

My thanks go out to everyone who help get the council updates for the state directory.  As of this writing there are only seven (7) councils that have not updated their council information.  This information is very important to the state staff because it is used for all our communication needs.  The State Treasurer uses it to send out our percapita bills and any checks that needs to send to your council, it is used by the Administrative Assistant to produce labels for the 3rd degree notifications, by the Communication Director to create the distribution list for the many important email blast that happen during the year.

Updated information means we can communicate with each other in a timely manner and be sure everyone is receiving the information.  If I can be of any assistance please email me at

Viva Jesus, 
Tom Riley
Communication Director



Worthy Brothers,

It’s that time of year.  Vacations are over, Kids are going back to school, and Churches are filling up again. Time to get back to the work of your Districts and Councils.

Hopefully by now...
  1. Councils have chosen (or been assigned ) your first degree dates.
  2. Membership Chairman, have their plans in place for recruitment Drives, have ordered  their Handouts,( for membership and insurance ) to be use at all your function’s, don’t forget to put Knight’s info on sign up tables for soccer contest.
  3. Retention Chairman , are working to contact you have seen in a while.
  4. Grand knights have explained the mentorship program and responsibilities’ to those bringing in new members, and getting a list of volunteer’s for your membership blitz’s.
  5. Don’t forget our State Chaplin is available to come do a day of reflection on Saturday with a Membership drive on Sunday, Father’s schedule is filling up so contact the state deputy quickly if you feel this would be a help to your Parish and Council.

Remember use your DDs and your state membership team as needed.  We are here to help.

Peter Devlin
Membership Director



The host council planning committees for both Mid-Year meetings are already at work to ensure that all in attendance will have an informative and enjoyable experience. This year’s Mid-Year East meeting will be held on January 7, 2017 at the Caswell Center in Kinston followed by the Mid-Year West meeting on January 14, 2017 at the J. Iverson Riddle Center in Morganton. Both host facilities house several hundred residents who are much less fortunate than us and are very dependent on yearly support from our LAMB foundation as well as personal donations. They are state funded but these funds do not extend to personal need items such as clothing, toiletries or leisure items.

Admission to the meetings this year, for everyone attending, will be donations to the facility that you will be attending. I would like to encourage all Grand Knights to solicit donations from their respective councils and parishes. Please put this on the agenda for your next council meeting. Below are links of a “Wish List” from both centers and most items needed are basic items used daily. Thank you for your cooperation.

Tommy Robards
Meetings Coordination Chairman


2016 North Carolina Fourth Degree Regional Exemplification (One Day)

November 19, 2016

Hosted By:
The Cardinal Gibbons Assembly No. 0783            
St. Patrick Catholic Church
2840 Village Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304

Exemplification Time:   12 Noon sharp!  Candidates should arrive no later than 10:00 AM and dressed as explained on the attached “Exemplification Dress Code Form” 

Observers:  You should also be dressed in the official uniform of a Sir Knight, as explained on the Dress Code Form.  You also must complete the Dress Code Form and submit with you luncheon fee.

Mass:  If you wish to attend, there will be a Mass at 9:00 AM prior to the exemplification.  This is a wonderful way to begin the exemplification. We do not need an Honor Guard for the Mass.  We will take up a collection at Mass for the USO.

Luncheon:   Immediately following the Exemplification at approximately 3:00 PM – Please advise if there are any Dietary Restrictions!

If an overnight stay is needed, call the Fairfield Inn by Marriott at 562 Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville, NC 23037 and mention you want the Knights of Columbus rate of $83+13% tax per night.  910-487-1400 x723.  Cutoff for reservations is 11/01/16.

Candidates fee is $70.
 He will receive a social baldric, Fourth Degree lapel pin, one luncheon ticket, and a Fourth Degree certificate. This fee is governed by Supreme.
Observer and Guest fee will be $20 each and it will cover one luncheon ticket.  The Master must have the name and Assembly number of all observers and the name of all guests.

All checks must be from the Assembly and made payable to “Master's Fund”.  There will be no personal checks accepted.  DO NOT mail cash!!  We will publish a special note with an update on who and where to send the forms and money, after the new Master is announced.

All checks must be from the Assembly and made payable to “Master's Fund”.  There will be no personal checks accepted.  DO NOT mail cash.

Candidate and Guest money, completed form 4, and the completed Exemplification Dress Code Form must be sent in together no later than Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  No refund requests will be accepted after that date.  No signature is required on the Dress Code Form.
Observer and Guest money and completed Exemplification Dress Code Form must be sent in by the same date.  No signature is required on the Dress Code Form.

Send to:
District Master SK John J. Murray
3418 Huffine Drive
Burlington, NC 27217
If the form 4 is not complete, it will not be accepted.
Click here to see an example of a completed form 4.




If you would like to submit an article for publication in the Tar Heel Knight, here's how to go about it:
  • Write up your article in a Microsoft Word document.
  • Send the Word document as an attachment to an email:
  • Send the email to (that's me) and CC (that's John Nussbaum).
  • The subject line of your email must contain the title of your function in the State Council somewhere.  An example would be “State Secretary - September THK Article”
  • If you have any special instructions about your article, put them in the body of the email.
If your article is approved by the State Secretary, then it will appear in the next Tar Heel Knight!

Important Note: If you don't have access to Microsoft Word, please reach out to me and we can discuss an appropriate format in which you can deliver your article.

Vivat Jesus,

Scot Catlin
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