July 1, 2014
Most reverend Clergy members, Worthy State Officers, Worthy State Family Members, and Brother Knights,
Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” My name is Kerry Williams, Jr, I am the new Squires Chairman for the 2014-2015 fraternal year. Thank you Worthy State Deputy, Vernon Ducote, for appointing me to this position. I would also like to thank my predecessor, George Martin, for his work as Squires Chairman for the last 4 years. He did an exemplary job! I hope to continue his good works as well as expand the Squires program. It is my fervent belief that without the squires program, The Knights of Columbus will surely die because squires are knights-in-training.
Over the past 32 years, I have coached and mentored youth through sports and after-school programs. My years of coaching has afforded me expertise in youth programming. I have been involved with the squires program for 14 years. My vision for this program is for it to fully encompass its creed of spirituality, intelligence, civic-mindedness, and physicality. With the help of the Committeemen I have selected, I am confident that we can elevate the program to new heights in membership and participation. I have many ideas for new programs and activities. For example, this year we will begin the year with CSLS (Columbian Squires Leadership Seminar) patterned after KCLS to ensure squires and counselors understand how to do their jobs effectively. For more information regarding the Squires program, state circle events or contact information visit the State Circle website at http://www.lasquires.org/
I look forward to working with the state officers, committeemen, counselors, and the squires and their families to keep the program moving forward to new heights because I know the power of teamwork. This endeavor will not be without its challenges but it is my vow to give it my all. So, as Mark Twain said, let’s dare to dream an awesome vision of increased activities, membership, and squires becoming knights. Let’s explore together those avenues that will make the vision a reality and discover the joy of helping more young men along their path of reaching their full potential.
Kerry T. Williams, Jr
State Squires Chairman