State Secretary / State Council (Activities) Director Report:


This year seems to be flying by. We are almost in to December, and many events have occurred (Organization meeting, Church Drives, Cluster Meetings, Soccer Challenge, Charity Appeal, Admission Degrees, Major Degrees, Fish Fry’s, Sundae Sundays, etc….). I do wish to say “Thank You” to all of the Councils that hosted these events. Without you , we may not have had them. It is appreciated.

I have attached a Calendar of Events for State functions to happen in the next 24 months. As you can see, we do have events planned and scheduled until November of 2019. (Again, thank you to those who applied to host these events.) This also means, I (and the State Board) are looking for Councils, or Districts, willing to host the events which we have not yet Adjudicated. Most events we typically approve ~18 months before the period of the event. We know it takes some time to plan these events:, committees are formed, volunteers are gathered, booking facilities, blocking hotels, planning meals, etc.

Now why would anyone want to host a State Event? Fraternity. It is a Social opportunity for Knights to come together. It creates an opportunity for Brother Knights and their families to come visit your area of the province, to support your event and to create bonds during a game of golf,or curling, etc…. It does take some work to put on an event. It gives a reason for Council executives to
call all of their members to invite them out to participate in hosting the event: some can do registration, others do meals, others do banquet organizing. But yes, it gives a Council a project to perform.

These State events are a great opportunity for Councils to host as a part of an Anniversary date (Council Institution). Members come from all over the Order to support the activity as well as show support for the Council and its members during its celebration.

If your Council is interested in hosting an event, please don’t hesitate to contact me ( or visit the State website ( There is a large black button “State events and forms” just down the page a bit, click there for more information and the application forms.

Otherwise, I do hope Councils are doing local activities, encouraging its council members to participate, whether it be a breakfast, or Admission’s degree, Rosary Sunday, Adoration service, or any of the Faith in Action Programs. Take pictures, make notes. Consider submitting them to the State PR director for posting and sharing with the others. And consider submitting them as a Single Project with State & Supreme

Thank you to all of you for all of the GOOD work you do in the name of the Knights of Columbus.

Joe Riffel
State Secretary / State Council Activities Director