Larry Lewandowski  
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Charity Is Love

My Brothers in Christ,

Welcome to all. This new fraternal year is both a challenge and a great feeling of accomplishment. We, the Knights of Columbus of the North Dakota Jurisdiction were a part of and contributor to our region's success in gaining the Circle of Honor. Which is the highest achievement in the Knights of Columbus. We had 15 councils reach their goal of Star Council. What an accomplishment! Our region has 6 jurisdictions and all of them made their goals so as to be awarded the Circle of Honor. Congratulations to these jurisdictions. IPSD Brent Mikkelsen, Membership Chairman Kevin Boehm, Program Chairman Dale Bergman along with the Star Councils were the driving force in this effort. Congratulations to all of them for their hard work.

Our challenge in this new fraternal year is to repeat as Circle of Honor winners. In order for us to accomplish this, we need to RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS!! It is not so much about the numbers as it is about offering Catholic Gentlemen the opportunity to serve their fellowman. This is what we are all about. We need to recruit 35 new members each month across the state and 13 Star Councils in order to reach the Circle of Honor during this new fraternal year. Every council's participation is needed to reach this goal. I am very confident that all of us working together can accomplish this.

A new initiative was announced by our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. It is called "Building the Domestic Church, the Family fully Alive." Each council must work with their District Deputy and church pastor to integrate this program within their parish. The District Deputies have been briefed on this initiative and will be working with their councils to move the program forward. Please direct any questions on this program to your District Deputy or the State Deputy.

Last, but certainly not least, is our State Convention that was held in Grand Forks this past April, 2016. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Among the participants were some notables in attendance, especially Bishop John T. Folda of the Fargo Diocese, our United States Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey who was the guest speaker, Mayor of Grand Forks Michael Brown and his wife (he also was recruited and became a member of the Knights of Columbus the following week at Holy Family Council in Grand Forks) and Supreme Guest, Supreme Director Michael Conrad and his wife Mary. The 2017 State Convention will be held in Minot, North Dakota. Make your plans now to attend. Looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Vivat Jesus
Larry Lewandowski
State Deputy