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State Advocate 2018 - 2019

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Greg Mahoney

January 2019

Brother Knights,

I want to wish you and your families a Happy New Year.  As we begin a new calendar year, let’s work off some of those extra calories by a few pushups and a run around the IRS Form 990 race track!

Form 990 Tax Filing:  Councils must do three things to comply with IRS filing requirements:

1) obtain an EIN from the IRS (new councils this year);

2) register its EIN with the Home Office Legal Department (new councils this year); and,

3) file an annual return with the IRS (all councils must do this).

District Deputies listed in the following chart need to contact me soonest to resolve council filing discrepancies: 


Safe Environment Program (SEP) Compliance:  Fraternal leaders are responsible for ensuring youth, vulnerable adults and members are protected.  Certain leaders need to be trained within 30 days of email notification from Praesidium.  Two positions also require a background check.  Refer to the chart below for a synopsis of specific positions.  Please follow the guidance outlined in the SEP Information Guide (Revised 2018).  All District Deputies and Grand Knights are to present and make widely available to members the SEP Information Guide (Revised 2018), which can also be found on the Orders website at the following link:

If you are one of the listed leaders and have not received an email from Praesidium, contact the Knights of Columbus Office of Youth Protection at, or (203) 752-4558.  Submission of forms 185 and 365 through Member Management will trigger email notifications.  If directors do not complete training and background check requirements within 30 days, Supreme will remove directors and you will have to resubmit the 365.  You can reappoint the same member to a director position, but this cannot occur numerous times.

I recommend you encourage as many members as possible in your councils to take the general training.  During Knights of Columbus youth events, you must have at least two members present who have completed the training.  One of the members must also have had a background check completed.

Vivat Jesus!


Greg Mahoney

Washington State Council
State Advocate, WSC