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Picture of George Czerwonka George Czerwonka, State Deputy 2014 - 2015      
“Making a Difference for Life”
Our Lady of Quadalupe

My Brothers all:

The month of May is always reserved and recognized for Mary, our Mother. Mary, Queen of Angels, our Patroness, is our link to our Lord and Savior. As Knights, we are reminded to pray the rosary and as often as we can. As we reach the end of this fraternal year, I ask you to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe by praying a decade of the rosary before your meetings.

As we all know, May is also the month of your Annual Meeting of the State Council. Yes, it is your Annual Meeting! It is not the State Deputies meeting or the meeting of State Officers, we meet often enough as it is…this is your meeting of councils within the Washington jurisdiction. Your council should have elected two delegates to attend and represent your council. Will your delegates represent your members in Spokane this year? Read more...

Upcoming Events
Date Event
05/30/2015 Special Olympics Summer Games - Ft. Lewis
05/30/2015 4th Degree Exemplification - Vancouver
05/31/2015 Special Olympics Summer Games - Ft. Lewis
06/01/2015 Special Olympics Summer Games - Ft. Lewis
06/06/2015 Combined 2nd & 3rd Degree - Shoreline

Of Interest

Council Audit Procedures
Chaplain's Corner
Insurance Rejection Letter 
Insurance Renewal Assembly Letter 
Insurance Renewal Council Letter 
Insurance Renewal Letter 

Announcing Summer Leadership Meeting, Pasco, WA
July 17-19

ATTENDEES: Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Program and Membership Directors, District Deputies, State Chairmen

WHERE: Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 1-800-733-5466-or on-line here. Room rates: $100.00 single and double occupancy plus taxes

WHEN: District Deputies & State Chairmen - Start Friday 7 PM All others - Start Saturday 8 AM


State Chaplain, Bishop Blase Cupich
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At the June meeting of the American Hierarchy in New Orleans, the Bishops will be calling on Catholics to make a full court press in the coming weeks on two important issues that are of urgent concern to our Church: peace in the Holy Land and immigration reform.

Regrettably, U.S. sponsored Israeli- Palestinian peace talks are on hold, and the tensions in the area continue to mount. Likewise, immigration reform is also stalled and needs bipartisan support at a time when there is little bipartisan cooperation. These realities demand both our prayers and public advocacy.Read more...

State Treasurer, Bob Baemmert
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My Brother Knights,


Here is the latest update on Forms submissions. We keep whittling away at these outstanding forms. We only need a few more Form 185's and 365's. THANK YOU BROTHERS FOR YOUR EFFORTS!!! 100% SUBMISSION IS THE MISSION! I just got back from a vacation in Hawaii. WOW, are there a lot of Packer fans over there!...just sayin'.


  The second Form 1295 Semi-Annual Audit that was due February 15, 2015 is coming in nicely. As soon as the Supreme council reports on which ones they have received I can report to ...Read more...

State Warden, Kim Washburn
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Brothers all,

Councils are steadily reporting numbers. We had two more councils report that I did not know were participating, that makes a total of 61 councils which is the highest participation since our program started in 2011. So far we have 22 councils reporting with a total of $36,845.09. Jack would be proud. Thanks guys!!!!

Get your paperwork into me ASAP so that grant checks can be written at the first Regional Meeting in January. If you need it earlier, please let me know.

I had an interesting idea submitted by 2763 Longview-Cowlitz GK John Schapman and I wanted to share it with you. This will not be for everyone and we don’t want to take away from the program’s uniqueness of giving away tootsie rolls, but I wanted you to see this for whatever its worth. I certainly would not recommend this in any other month but September and October. Also, you might want to include other organizations that benefit in your area besides Special Olympics.


State Secretary, Ed Parazoo
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My Brothers All,

Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries: State Per Capita billings have been issued. These billings are due upon receipt....please pay them promptly. These must be paid prior to State Convention time.

Certificate of Election! Please get these in as soon as possible! Don't let your council get caught without getting the required documents in prior to the State Convention. Read more...

State Advocate, Patrick Kelley
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Roberts Rules – Today’s Lesson:

Often times we shortcut certain items of Robert’s rules, much to our own detriment. The Convention Resolutions session is a good example of just that so let’s look at it a bit.

After several speakers, a member rose to the microphone and said “I call the question”. In our own councils we would likely have proceeded much the same way we did at the Convention, but…as another member reminded us, and rightly so, in his “point of order” that a “call the Question” is actually a motion of its own and requires not only a 2nd, but a 2/3 vote of the council as well to end the discussions phase of the previous motion already on the floor. That is the purpose of “Calling the Question”. Read more...

Silver Knight Award Winners
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Congratulations to Silver Knight Awardees for June 2013:
  • Kenneth DeVos, Burien 5495
  • Bill Heilman, Kennewick 10653

Romy B. Ablao, PGK PFN FDD FIC
Chairman, Member Development West