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ND Knights of Columbus Leaders,

Welcome to a new Fraternal Year! If you are a newly elected Grand Knight or newly appointed Financial Secretary, I want to congratulate you and wish you the very best. If you are a Priest with a new Parish, I also wish you the best. Thank You to the rest of you for what you do for the Knights of Columbus.

First off, we want to congratulate ourselves for ending our fraternal year last year with positive membership growth. Something that has not happened in many years in North Dakota. This was accomplished by a lot of hard work by many, especially our Membership Director, Kevin Boehm and his team, and of course all of you who recruited new members. Our move in a positive direction was started by our IPSD, Glenn Wagner and his membership team and the North Dakota Knights of Columbus kept the ball rolling to a positive finish. GREAT JOB!

I am very happy to announce we will have eleven councils receiving the Supreme Council's, Star Council Award. This award is achieved by reaching goals in membership, Insurance, and Programs. Congratulations to those councils who will receive this prestigious award. The Star Council Award winners should be published in the August Columbian Magazine. Grand Knights, please let me know when you would like me to present this award to your council and I will be more than happy to get that done.

I also want to announce that the Supreme Council will be sending out a new Icon which will travel our State. This year instead of the Marion Icon it will be an Icon of the Holy Family and we will be asked to hold prayer services to strengthen the Family. This should be starting in September. Please check your Program Handbook.

Again, I want to congratulate you on being your council's leaders and pray that you have a very successful Fraternal Year.

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

Faith + Family + Freedom