Former Knights are men who are familiar with the ideals of Columbianism. They left the Order at one time but represent a pool of prospects councils should not overlook in striving for membership growth.
- Appoint a special “Welcome Back Brother” or “Operation Re-Member” committee specifically to recruit former members. Past grand knights familiar with circumstances of earlier departures are especially suited.
- Obtain a list of “Former Members” (those who took withdrawals/suspensions) and “Inactive Insurance Members” (those who took withdrawals/suspensions but maintain K of C insurance policies) from the Department of Fraternal Mission. Check with your financial secretary for additional names and most recent addresses.
- Review the list to determine former members known to be residing in the area and still eligible for membership.
- Prepare information for a presentation for former members highlighting changes, new programs/activities/benefits and recent council achievements.
- Order promotional materials from Supplies Online. Prepare kits of these materials for distribution.
- Contact each former member by phone to arrange a personal visit or invite them to a reception for former members.
- If conducting personal visits, it may be helpful to utilize two members to meet with the former Brother and to tailor the presentation to highlight new changes/benefits, etc.
- If planning a “Welcome Back” or former-member reception be sure to invite your council chaplain and insurance agent to speak at the event.
- Ask every former member visited or those at reception to sign Membership Document (#100) to renew membership.
NOTE: Reactivating inactive insurance members qualifies the council for both membership and insurance additions toward Father McGivney and Founders’ Awards quotas.
NOTE: Reinstatements, readmissions or reapplications qualify the council for membership additions for the Father McGivney Award.