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July 14, 2019 by Dan LaLonde
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 Council Quick Start Webcast

Thursday – July 25, 2019 at 8:30 PM (EDT)


Whether you’re in your first K of C officer role, want to know what’s involved in the role of a council officer or simply looking for new ways to help welcome new members, join us for the 2019-2020 Council Quick Start Webcast scheduled for 8:30 PM (EDT) on Thursday, July 25, 2019.


This webcast will include critical tips to help you hit the ground running in the new fraternal year:

  • Proven recruitment strategies to welcome new members.
  • 5 most important things Grand Knights can do today.
  • Overview of Council Officer Duties.
  • Turning Faith in Action programs into recruiting opportunities.
  • Reaching out to retain members.
Fraternal Training Sessions are conducted live and then available on-demand afterwards.
This webinar is open to all, and especially all council, district, chapter, diocese, regional and state council officers. Please share so everyone has the opportunity to participate!!

See you on July 25!!

Fraternally yours,

Gary Nolan

Fraternal Mission Department
Knights of Columbus

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Summer Meeting 2019

July 2, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

(updates will occur to this post, check back periodically)

Maine State Council had it’s Semiannual District Deputy Organizational meeting at St Johns Church in Bangor.

Below are materials shared with those in attendance, minutes of the meeting, and other resulting pertinent materials; followed by a phot0 gallery of the event.

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Communications – Faith in Action Reporting

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Good afternoon Worthies

Some significant changes to the Faith in Action reporting tools occurred this weekend in preparation of the Changeover of the Fraternal Year. Interested SO and FIA Director might want to read in entirety where new information in within.
First, the old Surge Summary has been retired where we no longer have so many categories, and the Maine Judging Year has passed as well. It only served as confusion for some still being there.
It was replaced with the Maine Faith in Action report. This report is significant for the Faith in Action Director and respective Program Directors. This report reflects activity between the dated of March 1 and February 28/29 for the purposes of the Maine Judging/Awarding year.
The remaining reports were modified to constrain reporting between July1 and June 30 to keep them as accurate as possible. Those reports would be the Faith in Action Summary FIA by District Summary, Summary by Hours report, and the Hours by District report.
Active councils/districts may notice significant change in summary data. Maine State Council, being an early/quick adapter of the program,  our councils were reporting appropriately under the new Categories prior to July 1, 2018, and these unrestricted reports included those earlier entries. The reports are now restricted by the dates you see within the headers of those respective summaries.
A critical flaw in the Project Days calculation was discovered during this process. For an unknown reason record processing jumped from #21 to #1122 leaving all reports between those records excluded from Project Days calculations. Therefor the Project Days category gained an appreciable spike form approximately 360 days to 45,350 once corrected and date bound.
These changes prepare us for a quick changeover of the Program Year on July 1. Again, to address a couple of questions regarding reporting and the program year(s)., There is no need to pause reporting for these changes. The reports are managed by program logic rather than physically moving data. Therefor no need to hold back on FIA reporting during a changeover period.
However, now might be a good time for early notice that at some point after July 1, data older than 2018 should be purged to maintain performance and available space. If councils are in need of reports form the beginning of our digital reporting to 6/30/2018, the self help SurgeSearch, also known as Faith in Action Report Lookup, tool is available to search all submitted reports and download the PDF format.
So, to be totally geekish about it all, about 5700 lines of code later, we are ready for changeover July 1 without significant physical, or psychological distress or difficulty. Please feel free to reach out if there are further questions. And also remember – there is always the Faith in Action Blog page so see what all of the other councils are up to.
Vivat Jesus.

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State Deputy Message

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Today is 12 May, Mother’s Day and I wish to let my mother know that I truly am grateful for the life she gave me.  Lois and got to spend some time with her (Bern) and my Dad (Ron) a couple of weeks ago at the State Convention.  And even though the Convention can be an extremely busy time, especially for a State Deputy, my Mom (and Dad) very much understands those demands. However, we were still able to take the time to enjoy as a family.  We did so during meals, playing cards, or just relaxing and catching up on family matters.  Either way, that time is so precious.   Lois and I look forward to our time together again with my both of them in a few weeks along with other family members.  God bless all moms today and especially for those moms that have passed.

Vivat Jesus!


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Communications #imaknight

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde



The stylized ancient Roman libra pondo, or “pound weight” was the origin of what we grew up more commonly using ,in a more recognizable form, for the infuriating and nearly unwinnable game of Tic Tac Toe. We were soon to find it used in other walks of life as a number sign, and several other uses.


To today’s ‘millennial’ it is known for nothing less than a hashtag, or for the digital savvy of other generations ,it is at least most commonly known as such.


The hashtag has become one of the most recognized and powerful search tools of the digital era. Many news sources refer to hashtags in news reports to link their viewers with further relevant online content. So what is the secret of the hashtag?


Search engines are a great tool for finding what you are looking for, the most popular these days being Google. But even today to “Google” a topic, the results are peppered with commercialism and less relevant links.  Further the results are somewhat dependent on web developers’ key terms’ listed for Search Engine ‘Crawlers’ to search and index.


The hashtag puts search result results in the hands of the content creator. In short, in your hands. When pos ting on social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and speaking about your events and especially when discussing why you are a knight, try to always include in your post, most usually in the end,  #imaknight. (notice, there is a different from that and #iamaknknight—being Charlotte Christian School Knights)


As you become more familiar with the use of hashtags, you will likely venture into a whole new media experience. Take notice of the hashtags others might mix with #imaknight. But be careful, too many can reduce how effective they are.


Also, watch for how to use the @ (at) tag to  tag people or groups directly.


For more information see the link below.


#kofc #knightsinaction #faithinaction #faith #charity #catholic #knightsofcolumbus #heartofapriest #ChristiansatRisk


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June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde


At some point, the idea that Faith in Action Reports for the prior Maine Judging Year were going to disappear or otherwise reset.

In reality, the Faith in Action report you see from maineknights is/will operate on the Supreme Fraternal Year of July 1 to June 30. The Maine Judging Year is a function of the Maine Faith in Action Director(s) where the online report is meant to be a tool for councils to complete their reporting to Supreme.

It is also lays the groundwork for other tools to be developed in support of Maine Councils and reporting.

A complicating factor in the reports is also the changeover from

The Surge with Service program with six categories to the Faith in Action program with four programs. As we pass July 1, 2019, a second report will more correctly reflect the Maine FIA Season to provide reporting tools for the Maine FIA Directors and Councils.

April/May have been busy months for all with Maine Convention preparations and all kinds of Lent/Easter/Spring activities. We won’t ignore the editor’s time was as limited as anyone else’s. We might also notice there was no February edition as well. Newsletter material has been sparse so the decision was to forgo these editions.

We might notice photos in this edition without description. While it is encouraging to see an increase in reporting, the absence of at least some limited text with photo submitted isn’t helpful in describing or reporting events.



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Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Dear Worthy State Deputy and State Life Director,


In the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report at the 136th Supreme Convention, he asked, “What greater legacy can a council leave than to save the life of a child?”

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council is pleased to announce that it has entered into preferred pricing agreements with three ultrasound vendors: Neurologica, Philips, and Esaote. Given our volume of donated machines (1000+ in the past ten years), we were able to leverage our buying power to lock in guaranteed pricing for three different machines from each vendor, including a three-year maintenance contract, training, and free onboard shipping. We recommend that you select one of these vendors when you are ready to donate money for an ultrasound machine.

When working with your local pregnancy center to obtain the guaranteed pricing, please use the contact information listed on the attached document. Either the listed contact person will work with you and the pregnancy center directly, or they may connect you and the pregnancy center with a local representative. Furthermore, you can arrange a demonstration with Neurologica and Philips, or arrange to visit a nearby center that has an Esaote machine.

We recommend that the pregnancy center buys the machine directly from the vendor and that it takes title to the machine.

We hope that these preferred pricing agreements help to streamline and enhance our crucial mission of saving lives. To view an interactive map of the difference we have made, and to see the video celebrating 1,000 ultrasound machines placed since 2009, please visit For more information about the program, please visit


Tyler Lomnitzer

Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

Fraternal Mission


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Retention Update

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

SACO, ME 04072-9694

Greetings my brother knights,

It’s time of year where the Intend to Retain aspect of our order goes into full swing.

What is retention?  According to Merriam-Webster it is the act of keeping someone or something; the recruitment and retention of good employees or in our case members.  Since I have been Retention Director, I have given you some ideas on how you can possibly retain your members, new and old alike.

When does retention begin?  IMMEDIATELY upon the recruitment of a new member.  If you wait until he stops paying his dues you are too late.  Get him involved right away, don’t wait for him to come to you.  You need to look at what is happening in your council.  If you haven’t seen someone for a while, call and ask how they are doing.  Tell them they were missed at the last meeting or function.

Another way is to have a retention committee, a team of members who are willing to make a couple of calls a month to the members of the council just to keep in touch, wish them a happy birthday, or anniversary of the day they joined the knights.  Find out who their family members are and how they are doing in school or in their new job, or to remind them of an upcoming event or meeting.  Call your older members as well. You don’t want them to feel like they’ve been forgotten or worse yet unwanted.

Sometimes the member or a member of his family will reach out to me after receiving a letter from me.  Why don’t they answer you?  That’s a good question that should be discussed in your council chambers.

As you can see there are many reasons to keep in touch with someone.  If you call regularly, it will be easier to call them to get them to help out at a function.

If you have any questions please do not be afraid to call or drop me an email.


Peace and God Bless.

PSD Dave Roy





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Life Report for Convention 2019

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Life Report for Convention 2019


With all the gains made in the Life arena in Washington this year we should realize today that Maine government is now caught up in a strangle hold with the culture of death.  We Catholics all know that Almighty God is in charge, but I am sure He expects us to use our voting privilege to further the cause of LIFE and not to vote just because my mother & father voted for a certain party, We need to make a conscious effort to find out where the candidates stand on the most important issue!  To help me better understand why the last election turned out the way it did I looked to the words of President James Garfield when giving his centennial address to Congress in 1876 where he issued the following warning:


“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”…


His words are true for our federal government but also for our state & local government as well.  We are responsible for the character of our government because we elect these officials to represent us. Let’s take a look at the attacks on life in the first 3 months of 2019:


¨ •LD-37: An Act to allow the sale of nonprescription drugs through vending machines.  This bill is being brought forward this session.  If this bill were to pass it could allow the morning after pill to be dispensed from vending machines like potato chips.

¨ •Maine is now unleashing LD 820:  Demanding funding for elective abortions!  This bill would use Maine tax dollars to fund abortion services, as well as require that health insurance carriers provide coverage for abortion services.  Maine has never used our tax dollars to cover abortions!

¨ •Governor Janet Mill’s announcement about introducing a bill to gain access to abortion, LD 1261.  This bill would allow Nurse Practitioners to commit abortions and overturn long-standing Maine law requiring abortions to be performed by Doctors only.

¨ •And now we have LD 1313:  An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.


Before Catholics go into a voting booth should to know where candidates stand on the most important issue “LIFE”, and keep the words of Pope Saint John Paul II in mind.  “. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved, and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (Evangelium Vitae).   Remember whether you’re a Democrat or Republican we need to remember if a candidate can’t make the right call on “LIFE” how can we expect them to make good judgements on other issues!


Ultrasound Initiative Update

Councils in Sanford, Springvale, Wells, Kennebunk & Biddeford held baby bottle drives & raised over $28,000 for an ultrasound unit for the ALPHA pregnancy resource center in Sanford.  Supreme matched ½ the cost of the machine which was $12,050 bringing the total raised to over $40,000.


The Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta is the latest PRC in need of an ultrasound.  To date councils have raised about $2,500 but no one has used a baby bottle drive, which is the most effective way to raise money for a machine.  Councils please help Open Arms by conducting a baby bottle drive.



Frank & Jean Pease

LIFE Directors


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State Deputy Message

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

March State Deputy Message

March 6th marked the start of the Lenten Season.  I am reminded of the message that was given to us at Ash Wednesday Mass that correlates directly with being a Knight of Columbus: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

If we truly are “In Service to One, In Service to All” then we should be praying for everyone all the time, not just during Lent.  I know that my brother Knights and their families pray regularly.

Fasting is also a wonderful way to think about those that are less fortunate than us “all the time”.  So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ barely have enough food to eat on a daily basis; fasting is a way for us to possibly better understand their needs.

Almsgiving is more than just weekly tithing at Mass.  Like Scripture tells us:  “the left hand does not need to know what the right hand is doing” which means that even though we tithe each week, we also need to reach out to those that do not have much or hardly anything at all.  And it is not our way to tell everyone that we did that.

The Corporal Works of Mercy tells us to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoned and to bury the dead.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy tells us to instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, comfort the afflicted and pray for the living and the dead.

During this Lenten Season and every season of the year, let us do more for those in distress; financially, spiritually, physically, etc.   Let us give more of ourselves by doing good works, and let us fast (to sacrifice those things that we take for granted).

As St. Francis of Assisi writes:  Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.  Vivat Jesus!


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International Wheelchair Day

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Brother Knights,


March 1st is International Wheelchair Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for councils to help raise funds for those with a mobility impairment and to answer the prayers of millions of people worldwide who are currently living their lives without a wheelchair. A wheelchair allows children to attend school and adults the opportunity to provide for their families.


The wheelchairs cost $150 each to sponsor, and the funds can be combined with other councils in your district to deliver a container of 110 or 280 wheelchairs. If councils work together as a district to fund a container of wheelchairs, all councils involved will receive two credits in the Community section of the Columbian Award. In order to receive any credit in the Community section of the Columbian Award, council must submit their Global Wheelchair Report form #10071 to


The most efficient way to raise funds for the Wheelchair Program is to host a Wheelchair Sunday fundraiser in your local parish with the permission of your local pastor. For more information on how your council can host a “Wheelchair Sunday” visit American Wheelchair Mission’s website at and the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation at


Donations can be sent to the Wheelchair Mission in the US: American Wheelchair Mission, 2600 E. Seltice Way #A172, Post Falls, ID 83854 and in Canada: Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, P.O. Box75038, RPO White Rock, Surrey, BC V4A 0B1.


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Faith in Action

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Please extend a “thank you” to all the councils that submitted almost 1,000 Faith in Action project reports for this past Fraternal Year.  Per the website, 12,990 knights participated in the various programs with 80,286 hours of volunteer time being donated by brother Knights and 101,424 total hours of charitable man-hours donated over 342 project days.


As of March 1st any Faith in Action project report that gets submitted now will be for the new fraternal year.   As a reminder, our reporting period for Award Judging purposes runs from 1 March to 28 February each year (unless it’s a leap year).   Also, “thank you” to the 23 councils that have met the Maine State Council deadline for Safe Environment Compliance.  For Supreme purposes, compliance must be met by 1 May 2019 (correction from last email verified by Supreme Faith in Action Director Scott Read) in order to be eligible for the Columbian Award by completing the SP-7 Form.


For those councils that participated in the programs listed below, again thank you very much for the attention in getting these submitted:


¨ For Family of the Year, we have received four submissions.


¨ For Chaplain of the Year, we have also received three submissions.


¨ For the Charity Fund, we have received 12 submissions.


All of the Faith in Action reports and the three categories listed above will all be reviewed in some manner next weekend to determine who will be the recipients of the awards.  This can be a very daunting task and I commend all those that are in the review and voting process for their time, integrity and commitment.


God Bless,


Mark Bourgoin

State Deputy


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State Deputy Message

February 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Message from St Joseph

King David was the only man named in Scripture as a “man after God’s own heart”.  It is also safe to say that St. Joseph was a man after God’s own heart.  He was ingle-minded and whole-heated in his desire to follow and do God’s will no matter the consequence.  Consider what the Holy Spirit reveals to us about St. Joseph in the Scriptures. On four different occasions, God’s will was revealed to Joseph by means of an angel, and in each instance, Joseph responded with complete obedience.  These are evidenced in Matthew 1:24-25; Matthew 2:13-14; Matthew 2:19-21 and Matthew 2:22-23.

St. Joseph intently listened to the voice of God and acted upon it from the time he awoke.  Each day, we can hear St. Joseph emphatically resound, “Yes!” to the Lord’s call and will. In the heart of Joseph was the desire to adore the heart of God and as a result, his deepest desires were satisfied.

Heavenly Father, give me the grace and desire to become a man after your own heart. Help me to follow your will and trust in your goodness.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.

February State Deputy’s Message

I usually write my State Deputy message first and then add the St. Joseph message second.  However, for February it’s reversed.  Why? Because the message on St. Joseph touches my heart (no pun intended).   As brother Knights, we show our love for God and our Lord Jesus Christ by serving others.  It is also a wonderful time to show our love by giving blood as your “sacrifice” may actually be someone else’s “gift” for life.

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with the month of February and this is an awesome opportunity for us to show our love and appreciation to our wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters, etc.  Whether you show your love with flowers, chocolate, an evening out with dinner or an evening in, with friends and family or without, spending that quality time with your loved one is what is most important.

Always be mindful that when we “serve”, we are giving the best we that we can to those that need us for whatever reason. For me, that is my wife Lois, my parents, my family, my friends and neighbors, my brother Knights and their families, and most importantly, my God and Jesus Christ.  Vivat Jesus!



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Community Director Update

February 2, 2019 by Dan LaLonde


Congratulations on raising $101,370 for this years Tootsie roll drive or formally called Campaign for the intellectual disabilities program!! Great Job! Also as Maine Knights of Columbus Lobster Dip team we Raised $17,054 as a group!! We have one dip to do Polar dip, May 5, 2019 to help Aroostook County Special Olympics!!! Blood drives going well, And The Maine State Kofc free throw Championship is March 9th at 9 am at Old

Town High School. If any brothers could lend a hand we could appreciate it. Also following event is Judging Weekend at Black Bear Motel.

Brothers Faith in Action is upon us and let us Take our Faith and help all!!

Fraternally yours,

~Anthony Alfiero


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State Deputy’s Message

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

January State Deputy’s Message

The past several weeks have been quite exciting and breathtaking.  Our families got together at Christmas and what a joyful opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Although I was raised Catholic by totally awesome parents, being a Knight of Columbus has allowed me to grow more spiritually in my faith and in turn made me a better son, brother, husband, dad, granddad and uncle.

Then, the State Staff of the Maine State Council got together for their midyear meeting.  Again, it was a joy for the “extended family” to get together and start out the 2019 New Year with fellowship and friendship.    We had brother knights and their wives attend the weekend event that had never attended before.  The introduction of “new life” in the State Council along with our current brother Knights is what will sustain us for years to come.

And speaking of “new life”, the Hands around the Capitol event brought out a number of Knights that had not witnessed this experience before.  Moms, Dads, adolescents, children, Christians of all ages, and from all points of Maine, that came out in spirit to weather the cold.  Thank you to all that manned the booths, distributed paraphernalia, served coffee and hot tea, promoted “life” in all its stages, the speakers and to our own Bishop Robert P. Deeley for celebrating a Mass of “life” and assisting with the pep rally.  Then the “march” was on to the Capitol and watching the bell being struck 46 times and after each ring, a rose was laid at its base.  It is a true “witness” to our faith.

Lois and I look forward to the coming months and we will continue to travel as much as we can to unite and reunite with each of you.  In this 2019 New Year, let us always remember that “new life” is what will sustain our families, our local councils and the Maine State Council.   May the “new” birth of Jesus Christ energize us as we start of the second half of this fraternal year.

Vivat Jesus, Mark Bourgoin, State Deputy


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Life Directors update

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

“Thou shall not kill.”

This Divine command is reasonable even to the atheist.  In addition, every stable culture in the history of the world has posited it as law in some form.  As America struggles through wars, and a spiritual crisis, perhaps we need to reassess her moral compass.  January 22 marks the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion and is responsible for taking over 60 million lives to date.

What do embryologist say:

Every human embryologist worldwide states that the life of the new individual human being begins at fertilization. They never describe human life as “potential” human life.  Therefore, killing an embryo — by harvesting embryonic stem cells, by using abortifacient contraceptives, by committing so-called therapeutic cloning, or by flushing spare in-vitro fertilization embryos down the sink — takes that human life.

A year ago I spoke about Cardinal Timothy Dolan who recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal “ I’m a pastor, not a politician, and I’ve certainly had spats and disappointments with politicians from both of America’s leading parties. But it saddens me, and weakens the democracy millions of Americans cherish, when the party that once embraced Catholics now slams the door on us” He was talking about the major party that supports abortion.

Abortion should not be a partisan issue, it is a human rights issue and (where there is another candidate who supports life) no Catholic should be voting for a candidate for any office who does not oppose this horrific procedure.  It makes no sense to me when the platform of one of the major parties includes the right to an abortion.  It is discouraging to me to remember that the majority of voters that identify as Catholics in the 2008 & 2012 presidential elections voted for the most pro-abortion president in US history.

This past year pro-life candidates in our own state came under fire by pro-abortion supporters.  We should remember there were pro-life candidates running in both congressional districts in our state.  But instead of electing them Maine elected pro-abortion politicians and lost the only Pro-Life congressional seat In New England which includes 22 congressional districts.

Death with Dignity:

Last November after voting many of us were confronted with people gathering petitions one of which was Death with Dignity.  After several failed attempts with the Legislature the proponents for this disturbing immoral practice were trying to gather 60,000 signatures to try for a referendum in an attempt to get this passed into law.  Hopefully no Catholic signed this petition.


Respectfully Submitted

Frank & Jean Pease

Life Directors

Maine State Knights of Columbus


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