Dear Grand Knights and Faithful Navigators,
I hope you all have had an excellent Thanksgiving celebration. As we prepare for the Advent Season, soon to be followed by the Christmas Season, and the coming of our Lord, I encourage you to avail yourself of every opportunity to prepare for His birth! Barbara and I extend to you wishes for a Holy and Blessed Christmas, and a Joyous and Happy New Year!
This letter is to remind you about any resolutions that may be presented at next year’s State Convention. If your Council wishes to have a resolution voted on at the Convention, you must submit it to me in a timely manner. I request that you send me an email or letter no later than February 1, 2019, and a copy to the State Secretary.
This will enable me to have it published in the State Newsletter by February 15th so that all Councils may have some time to decide on these matters before the State Convention.
The resolutions process is intended to enhance the fraternal character of the Order, to improve its governance and administration, and to serve its evangelical mission. While the Supreme Council welcomes resolutions submitted in good faith to accomplish one of these goals, it strongly discourages State Councils from submitting resolutions challenging well settled policies of the Knights of Columbus that represent the sound judgment of the Supreme Council and that have served the Order well for many years. In this regard, it is important to remember that the purpose of the resolutions process is not to “send a message” to the Supreme Council or to challenge policies that have been reaffirmed repeatedly by the delegates at previous Supreme Conventions.
Please do not delay. Any resolutions sent to me after the 15th of February will not be voted on due to the established timetable in the State Council by-laws. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to call me.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important right of yours.
Michael W. Giroux
Maine State Council,
Knights of Columbus