Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2020-2021
The Online CUF Degrees by the Arizona Regional Teams will be presented by a Team appointed by the State Ceremonial Chairman. The schedule is posted on this website and is updated as required. Here are the major points for these degrees. An expanded version of these points is available as a “download” (see above).
A host Producer (webmeeting controller) will send out electronic invites to all who register (candidates, members, guests). Attendees can join by selecting the link provided in the invite (they may be asked to download a small application, e.g. WebEx). If the expected attendance exceeds 100, guest participation may be limited. After the degree the Producer will send the candidate attendance roll to each Council as evidence of their candidate’s completion of the degree.
The host Regional Team will present the degree which takes about 30-35 minutes. During that session the candidates will be asked to agree to membership rules.
The gaining Council is responsible for completing the follow-on documentation (Form 100 to Supreme for new members; Membership update online for e-members and advancing members). The gaining Council is responsible for providing its candidates with a KofC rosary, membership pin and copy of “These Men They Call Knights”. The gaining Council is also required to insure that the candidate has been vetted for admission to a Council.
Candidates need access to an electronic device with audio/video capability (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc). Candidates will be asked to agree to the rules of the Order and take pledges, all of which will be explained as part of the introduction to the degree. Candidates will be asked to sign in 15 minutes before the degree is scheduled to begin to complete these preliminary actions. Candidates may have family and guests in the room to observe the degree as he completes it.
Our Degree Honoree for the month of April 2021 is Worthy Past State Deputy Bill Kelleher.
Brother Bill was born and raised into a large, devoutly Catholic family in Illinois. He graduated from college with a degree in mortuary affairs and after a few years of starting a family in Illinois he and his bride Judy moved to Arizona for the climate which helped his daughter’s breathing issues. He served for many years as a mortician and embalmer at Glendale’s Chapel of the Chimes. Brother Bill was inducted into the Knights of Columbus in Illinois in 1968 and has served the Knights of Arizona since he arrived here in 1973. Having served as Grand Knight and District Deputy, Brother Bill was elected to State office, progressed through the chairs and served two terms as the Arizona State Deputy for the fraternal years 1991 – 1993. He and his state Chaplain, Fr. Gillespie, made it a point to personally visit every Council in the state during their tenure. Brother Bill’s service also included being on the Board of St. Joseph’s Youth Camp, the Board of Governors for the Christopher Fund and the President of the Building Corporation that managed the Hall in which his Council held their meetings. Brother Bill continues to stay active in his Council and Assembly activities and provide advice and support to their leaders.
Brother Bill is also dedicated to the community through his leadership in the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee he established and drove the committee’s priority projects that included Glendale’s military induction ceremony, military appreciation breakfast, Veterans Day ceremony, Luke Shoot Out Golf Tournament and flag repurposing and retirement program. One of the committee’s signature causes is Operation Warm Heart, which supports Luke Air Force Base families. Bill has been involved on this committee for over 40 years.
Brother Bill is also a long-time member of the Glendale Rotary Club which provides a myriad of charitable contributions to those in need in the local community. One of his favorite projects is the work he does with Habitat for Humanity, building and donating homes for those who need a roof over their family’s head.
As a Catholic family man, a Knight of Columbus and an active humanitarian citizen, Brother Bill truly embodies what the four Degrees of Columbianism are all about. You will not find a more selfless Knight in all of Arizona and we are proud to honor him as the Degree Honoree for April 2021.