State Family Director
April Knight and Family of the Month:
I would like to congratulate the following Knights for their outstanding work that lead them to be nominated for the State of Iowa Knight and Family of the Month:
Knight of the Month is Bob Hageman from Council 4208 in Decorah. Bob was nominated by Grand Knight Brian Franzen. Bob keeps things running smoothly in his Council. He…Continue
Added by Joseph Pollpeter on May 23, 2015 at 5:50pm — No Comments
The Roses For Life Campaign was held at the Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa. This event was held on Saturday and Sunday May 9th and 10th. Our Council was able to raise $263.73. Thank You to everyone who help in any way, and a special thank you to everyone who donated to this Knights of Columbus event.
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Brother Knight and Program Director Jason Follett recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register regarding Religious Liberty.
What follows are his thoughts:
Religious liberty exists to allow human persons to fulfill their obligation to seek God and must be a civil or constitutional right. It is a civil right that is rooted in human dignity. While it is a civil right, it is also a natural right. Natural law says that every human person ought to have…Continue
Added by Andy Milam on May 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
The Iowa Senate and House have passed different versions of SF 510, the "standings" appropriations bill. The bill makes adjustments to appropriations that are required by state law.
Regarding an issue of concern to the Iowa Catholic Conference, both versions of SF 510 contain status quo funding of $8.6 million for the transportation of nonpublic school students. If fully funded, the appropriation would be $9.96 million. School districts control how this money is expended either by…Continue
I pledge allegiance to the flag …… words we recite often. Knights are rightfully proud of our investment in these two words “under God” which reflect our belief shared by the founders in the…Continue
Click here for the 6 May 2015 Iowa Knight Life radio program podcast. Go to the 15:30 mark to hear State Deputy Mike Gaspers interview Dave Sanger.
With the current fraternal year about to close, council officers need to Finish Strong and transition for a Quick Start to the new fraternal year.
All fraternal leaders are invited to register and attend this one hour presentation. This webinar will discuss the importance of finishing the…Continue
Added by Jason Follett on May 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Different week – same story. There’s still no deal at the legislature regarding funding for public schools. Republicans have proposed a $100 million increase and the Democrats have proposed a $200 million increase. This disagreement is holding up completion of the state budget.
In the meantime, we have put two new alerts up on our website. As usual, several issues that had been put aside earlier in the session have come back to be…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on May 18, 2015 at 9:29am — No Comments
Click on the image below to read the article:
For the full, publicly available issue of the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the Tepeyac newsletter, from whence this piece came, click…Continue
Added by Decorah Knights on May 16, 2015 at 4:39pm — No Comments
Special Olympics Iowa has been selected as one of the top 200 causes (out of about 4,000 entries) to move forward to the voting phase for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program. If they are among to top 40 at the end of the voting, they will win a $25,000 grant to support Unified Sports throughout Iowa!
You have 10 votes per day…Continue
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It was a fairly short but busy week at the capitol as work continued on the state budget along with a few policy items.
There are multiple reports that Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed on the level of increased funding for public schools, called “supplemental state aid.” With this agreement, public schools would receive a 1.25 percent increase as the House suggested, and also receive a one-time payment of $55 million. The one-time payment would not be added to the…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on May 8, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments
Our next business meeting will be held next Tuesday, 5 May 2015, at 7:00 PM.
Before we start our meeting, a speaker from the Women’s Choice Center will be addressing the council.…Continue
Added by Fr. James P Conroy Council 4403 on May 5, 2015 at 8:28am — No Comments
Click here to find some answers to the question, "How can I strike up an evangelization conversation?"
The techniques mentioned in this video are also appropriate for inviting Catholic gentlemen to join the Knights of Columbus.
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LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL
There’s been no visible progress on the standoff over funding for public schools in Iowa. The state spends nearly $3 billion on K-12 education from the general fund. Republicans have proposed about a $100 million increase and the Democrats have proposed a $210 million increase. This stalemate has made it very difficult for legislators to consider additional assistance for private school parents.
Both chambers have passed the state Department of…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on May 4, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments
Click Here to read a great article from The Catholic Messenger, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Davenport, on the Iowa Knights of Columbus' plan for a stronger Culture of Life.
The 2015 Iowa Knights of Columbus Softball Tournament will be held in Cascade on July 18th-19th. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE May 6, 2015: Chairman is Fred Fischer and can be contacted via phone 563-852-3917.
Added by Jason Follett on April 27, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Budget bills are starting to move in the Iowa legislature. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the Department of Education budget bill later today (Monday). It includes status quo funding of about $650,000 to pay for textbook purchases by nonpublic schools. The bill also allows both public and nonpublic schools additional flexibility in how they spend state funds on preschool. This bill does not provide the state aid for public schools - that comes later in the…Continue
Added by Tom Chapman on April 26, 2015 at 8:31pm — No Comments