Membership and Recruitment Awards
Star Council Award
The Star Council Award is the highest distinction any council can realize. It takes into consideration membership and insurance growth as well as programming activities reported in each of the five program categories of our “Surge...with Service” program. At the end of the 2008-09 fraternal year, 1,378 councils achieved Star Council status. Additionally, 343 councils met both the membership and insurance quotas, but they did not perform their fraternal activities or did not complete the Columbian Award report form, thus depriving them of Star Council status. We continue to urge all grand knights to give closer attention to completing and submitting their Columbian Award Application before the June 30 deadline.
As a special incentive for those grand knights whose councils attained Star Council status, their names were entered into a drawing for one of four incentive trips for their efforts. The grand prize drawing was for one Grand Knight and his wife to come here to the Supreme Convention.
At this time, I would ask State Deputy and Mrs. Lawrence L. Sosnowich to please escort Grand Knight and Mrs. David I. Merriwether from St. Anthony Council 417 in Washington, D.C., to be recognized on behalf of the council for their outstanding efforts in attaining Star Council Status during the past fraternal year.
The three grand knights and their wives who have won a trip to New Haven during the fall of 2009 are:
George J. Hynes of St. Paul’s Council 11776 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
David A. Miles of St. Francis Council 11136 in Purcellville, Virginia.
Gregory R. Lippert of St. Patrick Council 10154 in Wentzville, Missouri.
The five jurisdictions with the highest number of Star Council winners as of June 30, 2009, are:
The Columbian Award is presented to councils that have shown an outstanding effort in conducting at least 20 Service Program activities (four in each category: Church, Community, Council, Family and Youth) was earned by 3,701 councils.
Father McGivney Award
A total of 3,536 councils earned the Father McGivney Award, which recognizes outstanding recruitment and retention efforts.
A total of 2,209 councils won the Founders’ Award, which is earned for excellence in insurance promotion and attainment of the council’s insurance quota.
Star District Awards
District deputies are responsible for ensuring the growth of the Order and the attainment of Star District status is the ultimate goal of every district deputy. Star District Award goes to district deputies attaining 100 percent or more of their district’s membership and insurance quotas. A total of 558 district deputies qualified for the Star District Award during the 2008-09 fraternal year, an increase of 15 from last year. Award winners receive a wall plaque with a Star District medallion.
The district deputies who attained Star District status during the fraternal year were entered into a drawing for one of four incentive trips for their efforts. District deputies received additional entries into this drawing for each council that attained Star Council within their district.
The grand prize drawing was for one district deputy and his wife to come here to Phoenix, Arizona.
At this time I would ask State Deputy and Mrs. Javier S. Martinez to please escort District Deputy and Mrs. Christobal Rodriguez, Jr. from District #34 in Texas to be recognized for his efforts in not only attaining Star District status during the fraternal year, but also in attaining All Star District status by having all of the councils in his district attain Star Council status.
The three runner-up district deputies winning a trip to New Haven are:
Louis Rogue from District #28 in Colorado.
Guy E. Stryker from District #13 in Georgia.
Stanley J. Morga from District #20 in Manitoba.
The following jurisdictions had the highest number of Star District winners as of June 30, 2009:
Every Council Active
The Every Council Active program is designed to encourage all councils to recruit at least one new member during the fraternal year. During the 2008-2009 fraternal year, 9,849 councils brought in at least one new member. Unfortunately, a total of 3,857 councils failed to achieve this goal, which is an increase of 222 councils from last year.
All state deputies are encouraged to strive towards attaining Every Council Active status during their term in office.