This production is geared to help councils strengthen their rosters with active new members and develop local leaders for the Order. The production looks at a successful council and its efforts to work with other local councils to make a difference in the local parish and community.
A coordinated membership Recruitment Drive is an all-out effort to maximize your membership teams' efforts by canvassing an entire parish on one weekend, gathering the names of prospective new members for follow-up. Order your supplies now for your next Recruitment Drive.
The Supreme Council office has automated the processing of Honorary/Honorary Life awards and the issuing of the appropriate cards for council/assembly members. This change includes the new Fourth Degree Honorary distinction. With this, notification to the Supreme Council office requesting these updates is no longer needed. After the initial run, the cards will be sent to FSs/FCs weekly for presentation at a suitable occasion.
All You Need to Succeed
All council payments for Per Capita, Catholic Advertising and Culture of Life assessments as well as any Supply Charges can be mailed to:
Knights of Columbus
Attn: Council Accounts
P.O. Box 1480
New Haven, CT 06506-1480
These payments should be forwarded to the Supreme Council Office within 65 days of the January 1 and July 1 billing date to allow sufficient processing time prior to the suspension date of April 10 and October 10.
The Order encourages all councils and assemblies to sponsor the Knights of Columbus Essay Contest at schools in their communities. The essay contest is a creative way to encourage young people to become citizens who are firmly grounded in the Faith.
Now is the time to order your Soccer Challenge Kits for your council competititions in September. Click on the title above to learn more about the Soccer Challenge. District Deputies should start preparing for their district competitions and order your kits. Also, order your district medallions by calling (203) 752-4016.
As the fraternal year comes to an end will your council be a Star or Double Star Council? This past fraternal year we changed Star Council from a minimum of 5 new members to 3 new members for councils with membership under 50 members. Please remember, to achieve Star council status the following also need to be attained or filed by 6/30/2010:
- Insurance Quota
- Fraternal Survey - Form 1728
- Columbian Award Application - Form SP7
- Council in active status (Supreme per Capita must be current)
One of the best recruitment programs is the Officers Challenge. This recruitment effort allows the council officers to lead by example. This program is so important that we are giving the officers one fraternal year to meet the challenge.
If each officer recruits one new member and the council reports the results on the form that was mailed, the council receives 26,000 VIP points to be used at the council's discretion. The points can be used to purchase merchandise for the Knights of Columbus gift catalog. Remember there are two steps: first, recruit the new members and second, complete the form that was mailed.
Recruiting new members is essential to the continued growth and well-being of your council and the Order. Offering a man membership in the Knights of Columbus gives him the opportunity to improve his own life and his community. Membership allows him to experience the fraternal bond that Knights share while growing closer to his family and faith.
The Service Program is designed to establish each council as an influential and important force within the community, elevate the status of the programming personnel, provide more meaningful and relevant programs of action, establish direct areas of responsibility, build leadership, and ensure the success of council programs.
Keep yourself informed by reading the latest handbooks, magazines, newsletters and reports
Knightline - News from the Supreme Office
District Deputy reminder - Membership and programming
Squires newsletter - Monthy updates for circle leaders
Chaplain's report - Monthly updates for Chaplains
Columbia Magazine - Knights of Columbus monthly magazine
Encountering Christ in the School of Pope Francis
Pope Francis, as Cardinal Bergoglio, emphasized how Christmas offers an encounter with the Lord, who comes again to each of us. To meet Jesus requires that we shed all that would hinder our ability to search for and find him. Bergoglio reminds us that Jesus became incarnate for those who were marginalized. It is precisely in those areas of our lives that he came to save us.
This month's Chaplain's ReportState Chaplains Meeting