State Virtual Convention Report

The 117th Washington State Convention was held over the phone this year due to the circumstances of social distancing.

Delegates received a phone call before 1pm and joined the line with over 100 other Knights including our State officers.

To start off there was a pre-recorded message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson concerning Knights in the time of coronavirus. Also mentioned were the new Exemplification procedures, and that thousands of new members came in through online ceremonials. He finished by noting that this year marks the centenary of the first K of C delegation to Rome, where Pope Benedict XV was visited in 1920.

Deputy Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly spoke of the order’s charitable efforts, noting that Washington donated 1.7 million dollars to charity and was honored with the 2019 Community Champion Award for working with Special Olympics. During his reading of exemplary council efforts across the State, Burien was mentioned, highlighting the pregnancy aid program and the donations collected this year.

There was a message from the insurance agency that everything is operational and most of their activities are being conducted via Skype.

Chaplain Kenneth St. Hilaire offered prayer and spoke of the need for Catholic evangelization, exhorting all to proclaim the Gospel.

State Secretary Kim Washburn reviewed lists for credentials. In attendance were 6 State officers, 1 immediate Past State Deputy and 100 delegates/hosts, for a total of 107. The 2019 minutes were approved with no correction. Report of committees was accepted and included in minutes.

Around 2pm we moved on to elections, all State positions were announced unopposed and renewed for 2021. Delegates to the national convention were selected by votes over the phone.

The resolutions committee reported, numbers 1 through 9 were read abbreviated for time constraints and were unanimously accepted. Resolutions 10 through 14 were read in greater detail. 10 was withdrawn, 11 was not subject to amendment at State level, 12 was rejected, 13 and 14 were no action taken.

There was no new business. The Columbia Charities minutes were approved and Past State Deputy Eddie Parazoo was the sole nomination for Director. The minutes for Pennies for Heaven were approved.

Closing prayer was offered by Chaplain St. Hilaire and the convention adjourned at 2:38pm.

Pregnancy Aid 2019

This year, the council participated in its 44th annual year of supporting Pregnancy Aid South King County. We presented the Des Moines office with a check from the council for $1,000 plus another from a donor for $100.

Many bags and boxes of baby clothes, linens, toys, bedding and other items were collected. The volume of donations was very high this year, and we thank everyone that generously contributed. It is definitely appreciated by the ladies in Des Moines.

Extra special thanks to Brother Frank Zamfino, who went above and beyond in getting nine large bags of clothing from Value Village.

To raise funds we hosted our first breakfast of the fraternal year on Sunday, October 13. We were able to get the Seahawks game on the television for the first time. The turnout was lower than last year, and a total of $605 was collected for the day. Please join us at our next breakfast to help fund annual charities like this one.

State Convention Report

The 116th annual Washington State Convention was held from May 17th through the 19th at the Hilton in Bellevue. Attending as delegates from Burien council were Grand Knight Jim Bacon and Deputy GK Michael Myers. Financial Secretary Ken DeVos was also there as an alternate working on the credentials committee.

It was a great opportunity to fraternize with brother Knights from across the State and hear guest speakers, including representatives from Supreme, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. Several others were in attendance, among them Columbiettes, Knights on Bikes, Saint Luke Productions, and the Country Store.

Delegates voted to advance our State Officers unopposed, the State Deputy for the next fraternal year will be current State Secretary Pat Kelley. Our new State Warden will be Dr. Scott Hulse of Bellingham. Ken DeVos was elected to attend the Supreme Convention in Minneapolis as a delegate from Washington. All resolutions were approved, with a minority dissenting on the motion to amend Article 3 of the bylaws.

A collection raised over $1,100 to aid with the burial expenses of Kendrick Castillo, the lone fatality in the recent school shooting in Colorado, posthumously inducted into the Knights of Columbus where he often volunteered with his father.

Guests and their families were treated to an excellent banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening. DGK Michael Myers participated in the 4th degree honor guard in regalia for the presentation of colors. Seattle Council 676 presented our State Deputy with a $50,000 contribution to the new Caritas Fund.

A Memorial Mass honoring Knights who have passed on in 2018-19 was celebrated by State Chaplain Kenneth St. Hiliare on Sunday morning. Among the honorees were two members of our council, Brothers Ed Darcy and Bob Grohman.

Photos from the convention can be viewed here.