Each council should establish a committee charged with the responsibility of selecting a “Family of the Month” each month. Set up guidelines to help your committee choose the most deserving council family for this honor. Listed below are some suggestions that may prove helpful to your committee.
A. Committees should be made up of members who know many of the council families and who want to support family life.
B. Committee members should interview parish priests, neighbors, council members, etc., to get recommendations, references and evaluations concerning council families. They should also speak directly to the families considered.
C. The committee should consider the following factors in their search for a “Family of the Month:”
- Has the family made significant contributions to the Church, community and/or council?
- Does the family enjoy one another?
- Does the family share experiences?
- Does the family communicate openly and honestly?
- Does the family pray and attend Mass together?
- Does the family spend its time together interacting instead of in front of the television set?
D. The “Family of the Month” committee doesn’t need to seek out a “super family” each month. The committee should look for a family that lives traditional Christian family values and deserves recognition for doing so.
Be sure your council honors the family chosen “Family of the Month.” Invite the entire family to a meeting to receive the council’s “Family of the Month” award. The Supreme Council office has a full-color “Family of the Month” certificate (#1843) available for presentation. The certificate is 8½” x 11” and may be obtained from the Supreme Council Supply Department.
Supreme Council Selection Deadlines
July Family — August 15
August Family — September 15
September Family — October 15
October Family — November 15
November Family — December 15
December Family — January 15
January Family — February 15
February Family — March 15
March Family — April 15
April Family — May 15
May Family — June 15
June Family — July 15
Family of the Year
Each year, those councils participating in the “Family of the Month” program should also select a “Family of the Year.”
When selecting your council’s “Family of the Year,” follow guidelines similar to those used by the committee in choosing each “Family of the Month.” Usually the “Family of the Year” is chosen from those families named “Family of the Month” in the preceding twelve months. Your judging committee should consider whether each family has continued to exemplify the traits of a solid Knights of Columbus family. Determine which council family stands above the rest in promotion of the principles of our Church and our Order. Which family can best be called the “model” family for all in the council to follow? In every aspect of service to the Church, community and council, as well as to each other, which family most deserves the title, “Family of the Year”?
Your council’s “Family of the Year” should also receive a fitting tribute. To help you honor your “Family of the Year,” the Supreme Council office makes available a full-color “Family of the Year” certificate (#1843A). The certificate measures 8½” x 11” and is signed by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson. Certificates are available from the Supreme Council Supply Department.
Individual jurisdictions conduct annual statewide or provincial “Family of the Year” competitions. The Supreme Council’s “International Family of the Year” is chosen from among the state and provincial winners. Once your council selects a “Family of the Year,” use the “Family of the Year” Entry Form found here to enter that family into the state/provincial competition. Each jurisdiction sets its own deadline for entries (usually in time to honor winners at the state convention), so watch for information from your state council and be sure to choose and enter your council winner in time for statewide competition.