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 six program categories of our “Surge ... with Service” program. At the end of the 2010-2011 fraternal year, 1,078 councils achieved Star Council status. Additionally, 302 councils met both the membership and insurance quotas, but did not attain Star Council status because they did not file a Columbian Award application. 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.
Robert E. Sherry of Father Petit Council 1878 in Mishawaka, Indiana, was chosen 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 2011 are:
John P. Arrambide from Long Valley Council 10419 in New Jersey. Edward T. Brown of Christ the King Council 14130 in Lexington, Kentucky. Ronald J. Deak of St. Patrick Council 10547 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The five jurisdictions with the highest number of Star Council winners as of June 30, 2011, are:
Luzon – 85
Texas – 81
Florida – 68
California – 55
Michigan – 49
A total of 2,883 councils earned the Father Mc- Givney Award, which recognizes outstanding recruitment and retention efforts.
A total of 2,059 councils won the Founders’ Award, which is earned for excellence in insurance promotion and attainment of the council’s insurance quota.
The Columbian Award, which is presented to councils that have shown outstanding effort in conducting at least 24 Service Program activities (four in each category: Church, Community, Council, Family, Pro Life and Youth). It was earned by 3,260 councils.
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.
The Star District Award goes to district deputies attaining 100 percent or more of their district’s membership and insurance quotas.
A total of 494 district deputies qualified for the Star District Award during the 2010-2011 fraternal 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.
The grand prize drawing was for one district deputy and his wife to come here to the Supreme Convention. District Deputy Adrian Dominguez from District #6 in Arkansas was selected to be recognized at the convention for his efforts in attaining Star District status during the fraternal year.
The three runner-up district deputies winning a trip to New Haven are: Pedro Alaniz from District #2 in Arizona. Thomas Caffrey from District #8 in Missouri. Edward Ponder from District #8 in Ohio.
The following jurisdictions had the highest number of Star District winners as of June 30, 2011:
Luzon – 104
Visayas – 71
Mindanao – 60
California – 23
Texas – 23