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19 March Notes from the Iowa District

19March Notes from the Iowa District:

Worthy Sir Knights:

Duty Call:

Note exemplification upcoming in Northern Iowa as well as the opportunity to be a part of the national tour of the incorruptible heart of St John Vianney.

We will be sending another Notes communication to you later in the month with convention information.

Sioux City Exemplification was postponed from February 23rd until the following Saturday March 2nd. 12 new Sir Knights joined our ranks that day. Congratulations to them as well as to Gerald Schulte and his lovely bride MaryAnn. Gerry has been a Knight since 1951 and a fellow Sir Knight for nearly 30 of those 68 years. He and MaryAnn have been married for 66 years and have 5 children. Gerry is an exemplar of dedication to stand by his post as husband, father and Sir Knight.

Holy Relics Tour

As I hope you are aware the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a nationwide tour of Curé of Ars Heart.

The St Jean Marie Vianney heart relic will be in Omaha at Saint Cecilia Cathedral 701 N 40th St on Thursday March 21. Mass will be celebrated at 10AM with veneration to follow until 2PM. The participation of Sir Knights in the Honor Guards is welcomed and encouraged. Please notify the Nebraska District Master of your intention to participate or contact myself.

More information may be found online at

Exemplification Notices

· Mason City Sunday April 7th

o See flyer for further information

Looking ahead – more information will be provided as it is finalized

· Des Moines Convention May 3rd

· Open calendar – schedule your exemplification today; bring Fall dates to State Convention

Military Chaplains Fund

The Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund is making progress towards the goal. At the beginning of February as an order we stood at $209,000 left toward the goal. I encourage all Assemblies to consider donating however small.

Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund checks should be made payable to:

Knights of Columbus Charities

On Memo line write "Military Chaplains"

Mail check to:

Attn: Maryann Ludington, Charities

One Columbus Plaza

New Haven, Ct 06510

Veterans Terrain Garden

Its Lenten Fish Fry season across our district. Sir Knight Bob Ukena has contacted me requesting that I remind assemblies of the opportunity to participate in funding the Terrain Therapy Garden Project at the of VA Central Iowa. Included with this mailing is a letter and flyer from Brother Ukena describing how you can get involved. At a minimum distribute some of the flyers at your next fish fry event to raise awareness in your locale of this worthy project.

You can view a presentation about the garden by visiting their website

Administrative Matters

Master’s Contribution is reminder:

· Bishop’s Catholic Communications Fund: @$3.00 per each Dues Paying Member

o These monies go to the Bishop’s

· Master’s Fund: @ $1.50 per each Dues Paying Member

o These monies are used by the Master to defray exemplification and administrative costs


Your should have already submitted your assemblies Fraternal Survey form 1728; our district secretary has record of half of our assemblies being completed. If you have not submitted yours please do so and copy Sir Knight Bates. If you have already submitted yours great – however if you didn’t also copy myself or Jim please send us a copy today for our records.

Please be timely in your submission of assembly forms. NOTE that all copies of forms indicating they be sent to State Master should be mailed to District Secretary, Jim Bates at 15102 Brookview Drive, Urbandale, IA 50323-2567 or emailed to Jim at: Report due dates are listed in the Assembly Report Forms Booklet sent annually to each assembly. Forms can also be found on the Supreme Council website at: Assembly officers need to get their copy of the Fraternal Survey completed and sent in very soon.

We still have a few outstanding Report of Officers and Audits. Please check with our District Secretary if you have any questions.


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