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State Deputy 2018 - 2019

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Bob Baemmert

Worthy Brother Knights,


     This month I journeyed over to Olympia, between snow storms, to be a part of Catholic Advocacy Day at the Capital, organized by the Washington State Catholic Conference. I met Western Master Larry Shaw in Olympia and we spent the day together.

      Four bills regulating abortion were presented, but with the composition of the legislators, it is unlikely that these will be granted  a hearing. Another bill that has our interest is the ban on the Death Penalty - it has been ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court and needs to be removed from the books. (Master Larry asked me if I thought it was odd  that no bills that would protect the lives of those totally innocent unborn are of interest to the majority of these legislators, but the removal of the death penalty to protect the lives of those that have committed the worst crimes against society got a hearing and support????? I didn't know what to say!) Anyway, the removal of the death penalty is a victory for Catholics. Other bills that Catholics support are the ones to provide or expand aid (affordable housing, metal health services)  to those brothers and sisters in poverty in our society.

     We also went to witness one of the coolest events I ever saw as a Catholic. Senator Phil Fortunato drafted and read a resolution on the senate floor praising the work of the Knights of Columbus, that was then approved. He read the resolution in his regalia!!! What an honor it was to be officially recognized for the good we do! I was proud to be there and represent each and every one of you! Archbishop Sartain and Bishop Elizondo were both there as well. Check out the pictures and the Resolution from the day. [See pictures next page]

      We are coming to the home stretch of my time as your State Deputy and I would love for us to FINISH LARGE! Keep striving to make your Star Councils and Star Districts! And, above all, continue to work on growing our Order. Thanks to Robert Kish, our Regional Growth Director, we were selected to participate in a another pilot program. This one is called the DELTA CHURCH DRIVE and we will learn more about this program this month. Initial results from other jurisdictions are very promising. Let's be the best State at this new program! BOOM!

God Bless & Have A Great Month!!!




WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882 by the venerable Father Michael Joseph McGivney, is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with over 1.9 million members and 15,000 councils worldwide; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus was instituted to serve working-class and immigrant Catholics in the United States who faced discrimination, unfairness and exclusion from public life; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus were active during the Cristero War starting schools and hospitals and invigorating the spiritual life of parishes between 1910 and 1930; and   

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus initiated a campaign in 1951 to lobby for the public adoption of the phrase “under God” in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance that eventually led the way to the signing of the phrase into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Flag Day, June 14, 1954; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus are dedicated to living out the mission of the Church through charitable, humanitarian, and philanthropic works, contributing over $1.5 billion to charity in the past 10 years alone; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus work to support refugees fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East including the rebuilding of Karamles, a Christian village in Iraq that had been devastated by ISIS, and construction of housing for Syriac and Chaldeans in Erbil; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus are committed to supporting and defending the Catholic faith and promoting Catholic education in 96 Catholic schools in Washington state; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus stand as a vanguard for the protection of human life, the promotion of families and marriage, and the support of the vulnerable in our state; and

WHEREAS, the more than 17,000 members of the Knights of Columbus in Washington State in 165 councils continue to serve their communities, parishes, schools, our state and nation with acts of charity rooted in the Catholic tradition:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognizes and commends the contributions of the Knights of Columbus to a strong civil society, for their work serving the poor and vulnerable in our state and around the world, reflected in their principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.



Bob Baemmert

State Deputy - Washington State