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Washington State Programs 2019 - 2020

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Dr Scott E. Hulse
State Program Director
Phone: (360) 243-0745

June 2019

Brother Knights,

Wow, what a great Convention we had this year! I love seeing Knights from all over the state gathered in one place to celebrate our accomplishments over the past fraternal year. It was great to see so many of you from around the state, and renew fraternal bonds. This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by Councils and one of the highlights of the Convention for me was presenting awards to the winners.

Let’s get right into the award section of my report, and recognize all the men who did so much in God’s name last year.

Luncheon Awards

The men’s luncheon started off with a great talk by Fr. William Treacy, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday and 75th anniversary of his ordination. Fr. Treacy is a pioneer in inter-faith dialog, and is considered to be the oldest practicing priest in the United States.

For a great story on Fr. Treacy in NW Catholic, please follow this link:

Many thanks to Stillaguamish Council 8015 in Arlington and Grand Knight Terry Roberts for coordinating the event and providing transportation for Fr. Treacy.

Keep Christ In Christmas Awards—Presented by Chairman Darrell Wehr

 · 1st Place – Spokane Council 4196 – $710.50 – Grand Knight Robert Heacock, Chairman Robert Heacock, DD18 Brad Smith

· 2nd Place – Richland Council 3307 – $673.50 – Grand Knight Charles Genack, Chairman Jesse Martinez, DD7 Robert Olson

· 3rd Place – Kirkland Council 7642 – $610.25 – Grand Knight John Wharton, Chairman Scott Hayman, DD16 James Riddell


George C. Turk Gift of Line Honor Roll—Blood Donors—Director Scott Hulse

 · Keith Quenell, 128 pints, Yakima Council 894, Yakima

· James M. Nold, 172 pints, Fr. Anthony McGirl Council 7907, Issaquah (posthumous award)


Wade Walden Platelet Honor Roll—Director Scott Hulse

No entries this year


Culture of Life Essay Contest—Life Director Ron DeGroot

 · 1st Place- Bridget Powell, Bremerton Council 1379, Bremerton, GK Michael Slavin, DD02 Anthony Farrell

· 2nd Place- Brandy May Ferguson, Bishop J Topel Council 11478, Eltopia-Connell, GK Trever Gamache, DD07 Robert Olson

· 3rd Place- Ferin Jones, Fr. John A Walsh Council 11642, Mercer Island, GK Leo Zipp, DD14 George Dilloo


State Deputy 1000 Point Club Winners

Councils who participated in the Monthly Service Report (MSR) program and who were active enough from July 2018—April 2019 received the 1000 Point pin from State Deputy Bob Baemmert.


Banquet Awards


Council of the Year—State Deputy Award

Four Chaplains Council 10652, Joint Base Lewis McCord won the prestigious Council of Year award. This award is chosen by the State Deputy through a rigorous process to determine which Council has truly excelled at all the tasks and responsibilities.

In the photo below, State Deputy Bob Baemmert presents the award to Grand Knight Charles Dowd.


State Director of the Year—State Deputy Award

Life Director Ron DeGroot and his wife Elaine were presented the State Director of the Year award for their tireless work to promote the sanctity and inherent dignity of human life in all stages and conditions. Ron has led the efforts to place six ultrasound machines in the state, which have saved hundreds of lives.


District Deputy of the Year—State Deputy Award

Abundeo Reponte, District Deputy 22, received the District Deputy of the Year award from State Deputy Bob Beammert. Al was responsible for form TWO new Councils this year, St. Columban Council 17152 in Yelm and Holy Redeemer Council 17257 in Yakima, our Jurisdiction’s first Spanish Council.



Administrative Excellence Award—Kevin Fraley, Forms and Administration Chairman

The Administrative Excellence award is given to the Council that leads the way in administrative excellence, getting all forms in on time, pays their bills and generally conducts business the way it should be done. Four Chaplains Council 10652, Joint Base Lewis McCord was this years awardee.

Sadly, the picture of the Grand Knight Charles Dowd and Financial Secretary Renaldo Demorse receiving the award from Kevin Fraley and Bob Baemmert was unusable.

Harry J. Tucker Jr. Award for Fraternalism

The Harry J. Tucker Award is given to the Council that demonstrates a commitment to fraternalism and brotherhood through their programs and actions.

There were three finalists:

· Holy Trinity Council 11789, Bremerton – Family/Knight of the Month Program – DD02

· Holy Spirit Council 10653, Kennewick – Alms Dinner – DD07

· St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert –Assisting a Knight in Trouble – DD32

The winner, announced at the men’s luncheon, was St. Joseph Council 8872, Grand Knight Arthur Smalley.



 Faith Service Program Award—Faith Director Tom Pursley

One of the changes this year due to the “Faith In Action” programs was the Church Award being changed to the Faith Program Award.

There were five finalists:

· Holy Trinity Council 11789, Bremerton – Men’s Spiritual Reflection Retreat – DD02

· St. Peter Council 16690, Seattle – Parish Breakfast Fund-raiser for RSVP – DD15

· Fr. Stephen T. Roman Council 15689, Ocean Shores – Marian Icon Prayer Program/Spiritual Reflection – DD30

· Deacon Donald F. Hanika Council 8476, Camano-Stanwood – Persecuted Christians Program – DD31

· St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – Building A New Rectory – DD32


The winner of the 2019 Faith Program Award was:

Holy Trinity Council 11789, Bremerton – Men’s Spiritual Reflection Retreat – DD02, Grand Knight John Guerrero


Community Service Program Award—Community Director Scott Hulse


The Community Program Award recognizes Council programs that have a profound impact on their local communities.

There were five finalists:

· St. Joseph Council 1545, Wenatchee – The Knights Community Hospital Equipment Loan Program - DD10

· St. Peter Council 16690, Seattle – Seahawks Sunday Community Celebration – DD15

· St. Columban Council 17152, xx – St. Patrick’s Day Parish Dinner Party - DD15

· Fr Stephen T Roman Council 16589, Ocean Shores – Helping Hands – Assisting the Elderly - DD30

· St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – Helping Hands Via The Mobile Food Bank – DD32

The 2019 Community Program Award winner was St. Joseph Council 1545, Wenatchee – The Knights Community Hospital Equipment Loan Program - DD10, Grand Knight Dennis Stone



Life Program Award—Herbert Liebert Culture of Life Awards—Life Director Ron DeGroot

Due to changes with the new “Faith In Action” program, the decision was made to award the Liebert Award to the Life Program Award winner. This award Council programs that honor the dignity of human life in all stages and forms, and provides a visible demonstration of the Knights commitment to Life.

There were five finalists:

· Our Lady Queen of Heaven Council 6806, Spanaway – Pro-Life Literature Display – DD03

· Holy Redeemer Council 12899, Vancouver – Novena For Life – DD11

· St Peter Council 16690, Seattle – Charter Bus For March For Life – DD15

· St Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – Culture of Life Awareness Program - DD32

· Bishop A M A Blanchett Council 15730, Vancouver – March For Life – DD35

The 2019 Life Program Award and Herb Liebert Culture of Life winner was:

St Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – Culture of Life Awareness Program - DD32, Grand Knight Arthur Smalley


Family Program Award—Family Director Edward Hebert

 The Family Program Award recognizes Councils and programs that do the most to support and build families in our communities. The new “Faith In Action” program contains many programs tailored for young families, providing opportunities to come together to share prayer and fellowship.

 There were five finalists this year:

  St Peter Council 16690, Seattle – Halloween Costume Party - DD15

· Fr Theodore P Sullivan Council 11217, Shoreline – 25th Anniversary Celebration of Council 11217 - DD26

· Father Stephen T Roman Council 15689, Ocean Shores – Family Prayer Program - DD30

· Deacon Donald F Hanika Council 8476, Camano-Stanwood – Oktoberfest Fundraiser for Scholarships – DD31

· St Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – Halloween Carnival - DD32

 The 2019 Family Program Award winner was Father Stephen T Roman Council 15689, Ocean Shores – Family Prayer Program - DD30, Grand Knight John Schuster


District Deputy 30 Robert Hakanson accepts the award on behalf of Council 15689


Knight of the Year—Family Director Edward Hebert

The Knight of the Year Award is given to the man who exemplifies what it means to be a Knight, to serve for years in multiple positions, to be active in the Church and community. The Knight of Year must be someone who is looked up to, someone his brothers can always count on, someone who brings out the very best in those around him.

This year there were five finalists:

· Brother Marcel Bergeron – Holy Spirit Council 10653, Kennewick – DD07

· Brother Aris Garcia – St Peter Council 16690, Seattle – DD15

· Brother Ernest Linnemann – Fr. Anthony McGirl  Council 7907, Issaquah – DD23

· Brother Gary Cloninger – Deacon Donald F Hanika Council 8475, Camano-Stanwood – DD31

· Brother William Steffens – St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – DD32

Our winner is married and has raised his children in the Catholic faith and to be active in social causes. His wife is active in the Catholic community and can always be seen at Knights events. Special Olympics is a passion for our winner and his wife, supporting various sports teams and events with their time and treasure.

This man is heavily involved in Church activities, serving as an Extraordinary Minister, a member of the parish Stewardship Committee, Parish Council, annual church picnics, Capital Fund-raising, leading the men’s prayer group and more day to day operations than can be covered here.

Our winner has served the Knights tirelessly in his tenure as a Knight, holding multiple offices in his Council, Assembly and at the State level. He served as District Deputy, Membership Director, Conferring Officer of the Third Degree, and most recently as the Ceremonial Director for the Washington State Jurisdiction.

Our winner exemplifies what it means to be a Knight of Columbus, giving without complaint to his Church and Order, and doing whatever needs to be done.

It is my great pleasure to announce our 2019 Knight of the Year:

Brother Marcel Bergeron – Holy Spirit Council 10653, Kennewick – DD07



Family of the Year—Family Director Edward Hebert

The Family of the Year Award honors a family that exemplifies Catholic family life.

This year, there were five finalists:

· Brother John and Rosalie Guerrero Family – Holy Trinity Council 11789, Bremerton – DD02

· Brother Edward and Ruth Caballero Family – Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Council 6806, Spanaway – DD03

· Brother Robin and Linda Rego Family – Holy Spirit Council 10653, Kennewick – DD07

· Brother Steven and Ana Watson Family – St Theresa Council 7908, Federal Way – DD12

· Brother Dr. Larry and Joan Knutson Family – St. Joseph Council 8872, Colbert – DD32

Our Family of the Year is devoted to their Catholic faith and to each other, having been married for many years. They raised their children in the Catholic faith in a loving home.

The husband is very active in the Knights, holding many offices at the Council, Assembly and State level. He can always be counted on to provide stable and experienced leadership in projects and programs. His fellow Knights and parishioners depend upon him.

The wife is just as active, heading a prominent Catholic organization that serves the poor and those on the margins. She is just as active in the Church, serving wherever needed, from the Funeral Luncheon ministry to being an Extraordinary Minister to the Senior Lunch Program. She always supports her husband in his work for the Knights.

Together, husband and wife make a powerful team in their parish and community, and are well-respected. Their special passion is working with young people who feel the call of a religious vocation. This power couple exemplifies what is good and right with the Knights of Columbus!

And now it is my great pleasure to announce the 2019 Family of the Year:

Brother Edward and Ruth Caballero Family – Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Council 6806, Spanaway – DD03


The four program awards (Community, Faith, Family and Life) as well as the Family of the Year will be submitted to Supreme for consideration in the International Award competition, with the winners announced at the Supreme Convention in Minneapolis in August. Thanks to all whom submitted awards, it was inspiring to read your applications and learn of your hard work in God’s name.

Finally, it was time to say farewell to two men who have meant a great deal to me. Executive Director and Past State Deputy John Walker is stepping down this year. I have counted on John for scheduling help, general knowledge of how the Washington State Jurisdiction works, and as a friend. I will miss the fun times on the road, at Regional meetings and his steady hand in guiding us. John, enjoy your retirement and don’t be a stranger.

There is a special bond between the State Deputy and his Warden, and it is no different with Bob Baemmert and myself. I have depended upon his steady leadership and guidance, his support and a shoulder to lean on, over the past two years. Bob got me through some rough patches as I learned how to be a state officer, and I am grateful to have worked so closely with him. Bob, you and Lady Valerie enjoy your free time as you transition from State Deputy to Immediate Past State Deputy. I think there will be a chance for some fishing and some golf in your immediate future!


This will be my last bulletin article as your General Program Director, and it has been my honor to serve you over the past two years. The best part of my job is hearing of all the great work you do in your Councils and being able to share that. Never stop doing what makes you such strong men of faith and action.

Vivat Jesus!


Tom Williams

General Program Director
Washington State Council  



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