November 8 Admission Degree CANCELLED

The Admission Degree, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at St. Thomas More, Council 2188, Westwood has been cancelled.  No reschedule date has been announced.  The next Admission Degree hosted by St. Thomas More will be held on Tuesday, December 13.

Keep Christ in Christmas Program

(Forwarded by State Secretary Bob Hatler on behalf of PGK Pete Kudless, Keep Christ in Christmas Chairman)
(The forms can be found on the Forms page of the website.)
Brothers All,

As summer winds down, it's time to start planning the 2016 Keep Christ In Christmas (KCIC) evangelization program.

If your contact info has changed from last year at all, or another Brother Knight in your Council will be my contact this fraternal year for the KCIC program, please fill out the attached Contact Form now and return to me so I can update my program files, and we can communicate with each other in the future by whatever means works best.

Attached is an electronic copy of the 2016 KCIC Council order form for your use

To place an order please make a copy of this form for each order you are sending in to me, fill it out completely (including both sides of the form; include shipping costs where they apply, etc.) and mail it to me with a check made out to Knights of Columbus for the total amount. For practical reasons (I am a one man committee) there is a limit of a maximum of one order/Council/week).

The lessons learned from the 2015 KCIC Program indicated that planning is the key to a successful 2016 KCIC Program. I urge you to decide in the next few weeks if, how when and where you are going to execute the KCIC Program for your Council, Parish ( including multiple churches within many parishes), town, etc., so that you can send your first order to me soon...

Orders will be accepted until November 21 based on our 2015 experiences. The delays and complications created by the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the congestion that resulted in the delivery business sector after Thanksgiving (UPS/FedEx/USPS, etc...) caused shipment delays, lost shipments and lost checks. With some reasonable planning, now, we all can avoid spending Advent going through that again..... THANK YOU for listening.

FYI I, am already received several orders, so I encourage you to order early. If you are interested in purchasing the Assortment case (either English or Spanish) please note the price discount that applies if you have the order and check in my hands no later than September 25 as noted on the Council Order form.

Since there was such a large amount of interest in this year's KCIC program at the May State convention and the June GK meeting,
I've handed out many of the 2016 color public pricing brochures. If you did not receive one, I have attached a scanned copy and/or you can go online at www.ChristisCHRISTmas.com to view all ...

Third Degree Update

Third Degree dates as of August 22:

Friday, October 14, 2016:  Hosted by Sacred Heart, Council 2842, Rochelle Park.  Host District Deputy was Vince deLehry.  The honoree is the council's 75th Anniversary.  22 Brothers and 1 priest took their Knighthood Degree at Bergen's first Knighthood Degree of the year.
Friday, January 20, 2017:  Hosted by Queen of Peace, Council 3679, Closter.  Host District Deputy is Vince deLehry.  The honoree is Anthony Lupardi.


2015-2016 Supreme Council Awards

In August, Supreme Council published the annual list of Star Council, Columbian, Father McGivney, and Founders' Awards.

Of the 41 councils in Bergen County, 23 councils won an award.  Congratulations for all your work and dedication!

Five(5) councils were awarded Star Council.  They are:

Council 2853, Fair Lawn
Council 3550, Palisades Park
Council 3644, Wallington
Council 11585, Wood-Ridge
Council 14483, Harrington Park


16 councils were awarded the Columbian Award.  They are:

Council 1345, Bergenfield/Dumont
Council 1863, Fort Lee
Council 2188, Westwood
Council 2229, Ridgefield Park
Council 2355, Cliffside Park
Council 2396, Lyndhurst
Council 2586, Teaneck/Bogota
Council 2842, Rochelle Park
Council 2861, Lodi
Council 3428, North Arlington
Council 3814, Oradell
Council 3962, Ramsey
Council 4524, East Rutherford
Council 5427, Township of Washington
Council 7041, Hasbrouck Heights
Council 8103, Fort Lee

One(1) council was awarded both the Columbian and McGivney Awards.  It is:

Council 520, Englewood

One (1) council was awarded the McGivney Award.  It is:

Council 4486, Park Ridge


A Special Request from Vito, Neal, and Our Brothers from Secaucus

Vito says, "A roof with holes is NOT HOLY! Let's remember some good nuns in our lives and show some kind of support. Can someone DONATE a roof?

Neal McGarrity and our Brothers from Secaucus are asking for support for the nuns in Fairview.  Their roof is leaking and the brothers are trying to help the nuns get a new roof so they don't have to move out and leave the area.  The goal is to raise $9,000.00
The link:  https://www.gofundme.com/2cgp3v8c

PSD Tony Zally Update

From Bob Hatler, State Secretary:
Last week PSD Herb Meyer received a phone message that PSD Tony Zally was going into the hospital.  Tony never indicated why and it has taken the last two weeks trying to find out the situation.  After many calls and requests the email I received from Jim Meng who received word from Bob Wizeman spells out the situation.  He had surgery and currently is in rehab center.

The rehab facility, Care One is located at 221 County Road, Cresskill, NJ 07626.  It looks like he'll be there for a few weeks.  Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.

The e-mail from Bob Wizeman:
I finally reached Tony's brother Bill, and got the latest news.  Tony is fine, although he did have hip surgery.  He is recovering at Care One in Cresskill, and he will be there at least another two weeks. He told his brother he is anxious to get back to Sunrise, as there food is good (pretty funny since he complained about it when he was there).  I tried to reach him in his room, but he was away and there is no answering machine.  The number is (201) 567-9310.  I will be way in MA, for a little bit and will try to stop by when I get back.  Bill thought he was in room 24.

2016-2017 Federation Meeting Dates Posted

Please refer to the Meeting Schedule page for the list of dates for the 2016-2017 Columbian Year.  There are events in August this year - please check the schedule for details.

Semi-Annual Audit Due/IRS Form 990

It's audit season again!  The semi-annual audit of councils for the period January 1 to June 30 is due on August 15 to Supreme Council.

Speaking of audits, it time again to file your IRS Form 990 (or 990-EZ, or 990-N)  If your reporting year ended on June 30, councils have until November 15 to file Form 990, et al.

Excerpts below are from the IRS Website:

Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less can satisfy their annual reporting requirement by electronically submitting Form 990-N if they choose not to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

To file Form 990-N online:  https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/annual-electronic-filing-requirement-for-small-exempt-organizations-form-990-n-e-postcard

Form 990:  Must be filed by an organization exempt from income tax under section 501(a) (including an organization that
has not applied for recognition of exemption) if it has either (1) gross receipts greater than or equal to $200,000 or (2) total assets greater than or equal to $500,000 at the end of the tax year.

Form 990-EZ:  If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, instead of Form 990.

Remember, the Knights of Columbus IS NOT a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Knights are a 501(c)(8) Fraternal Benefit Society

New Meeting Minutes Archive Page

A new page has been added which allows you to access the past five (5) years of Federation meeting minutes.  To access the page, hover your mouse over the "Meetings" link and you'll see a drop-down that says "Meeting Archives".  Click on Meeting Archives and you'll see the past five years of minutes.

New Degree Certificates Now Available

Is your council is trying to order the new Admission, Formation, or Knighthood Degree Certificates (Item Numbers 268, 269, and 270)?
As of August 19, they are NOW AVAILABLE at the Supreme Council Supply Department.
Dave Torebka, FDD, FS 2842

12th Annual Pride In Our Priests Dinner

Dateline:  July 7, 2016, Paramus, NJ. . . . .
The ink just dried on the contact for the 12th Annual Pride In Our Priests dinner scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Details will be posted by Don Ulisse, FDD after January 1, 2017.

Start planning now......you now know the date.....start talking it up among the religious of your parishes.  Their schedules fill up fast!  Don't wait until the last minute to get your councils and assemblies involved.  Bergen has always had the largest contingent of the four counties in the Archdiocese - let's keep it that way!

Degree Dates for 2016-2017

The schedule of degrees and dates has been set for 2016-2017 and have been posted to the Degrees page.