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Brothers, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a Blessed New Year. Our Membership Director, Kevin Boehm, and I have been traveling around our great state most weekends of the last 3 months. We have had a chance to visit with most of the council leadership in the state but we do have a few areas to visit and plan to in the next month or so. It's been really enjoyable talking with all of you and I would ask that you keep up the good work that you are doing.

Speaking of good work, did you know that the Knights of Columbus last year gave over $170,000,000 to charity and put in over 50,000,000 million man hours of volunteer work. These are just a couple of good reasons for being proud to be a Knight of Columbus. Have you ever been asked what do the Knights do? Well here are just a few things you can tell people when you are asked this question.

In five years the Knights of Columbus have purchased and donated 500 ultrasound machines to help protect the unborn. They have been distributed to all 50 states with 2 in North Dakota and 1 more on the way. The Knights in the United States raised over a million dollars and was matched by the Supreme Council to give a total of 2.5 million dollars to the persecuted Christians of Iraq.

Last year, the Knights of Columbus gave 1.4 million dollars to the Special Olympics World Games. Something that means a lot to me is hearing on Catholic Radio that the Knights of Columbus sponsors the news every hour. Local K of C Insurance Agents often sponsor the weather reports and the Knights of Columbus bring us the Nightly News on EWTN.

Right here in North Dakota the Knights of Columbus gave over $69,000 to sponsor seminarians from our state, over $30,000 to ND Special Olympics and over $14,000 to Home on the Range through our Shamrock Program. This past fall North Dakota Knights gave away over 700 coats to children through the Coats for Kids Program, thanks to the generosity of the Supreme Council.

These are just a few things that we are all part of as Knights of Columbus members and should be so proud of. The councils across our great State do many wonderful works of charity and we need to ask more Catholic men to join us. Please ask a fellow Catholic Man to join our honored order and help put North Dakota membership growth in a positive direction.

Vivat Jesus
"Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for you"
Brent J Mikkelsen
State Deputy

Faith + Family + Freedom