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    Star Awards

    Star Awards recognize outstanding achievement in membership, insurance, programming, and overall operations. Earning a Star Award is the marker of a high preforming Knights of Columbus unit and the goal to which every council, district, and assembly should strive. Star Council, Star District and Star Assembly Awards can be earned by completing criteria designed specifically for each division of the Knights of Columbus.

    2020-2021 Revised Award Requirements 
    Council, Assembly, and District Award requirements for the 2020-2021 fraternal year have been adjusted in light of COVID-19.

    The announcement of these changes can be found here. Details on the adjustments for each of these awards are outlined below. Additionally, a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found here.

    Star Council Star District Star Assembly

    Star Council Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year

    The Star Council Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and programming. In order to achieve the Star Council Award, a council must earn the Father McGivney, Founder’s, and Columbian Awards. Additionally, the council must submit both the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) and Service Program Personnel Report (#365). In the United States and Canada councils must also be fully compliant with applicable safe environment requirements.

    Prior to the end of the fraternal year on June 30, make sure that your council achieves the requirements to qualify for your awards. To view your quota and/or progress towards earning the Star Council Award, please log on to Officers Online regularly.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Columbian, Father McGivney, Founder’s, and thus Star Council Award requirements for the 2020-2021 fraternal year have been adjusted in light of COVID-19. Details on the adjustments for each of these awards are outlined below. Additionally, a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found here.


    Columbian Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s programming and charitable outreach. To earn this award your council must conduct and report programs in each of the four program categories (Faith, Family, Community, and Life) for a total of 16 program credits, with four in each category. A completed Columbian Award Application (#SP-7) must be received by the Supreme Council office by June 30 in order to earn this award.

    Virtual/remote programs will be counted in the same manner that they would have been if conducted completely in person. Please note that hybrid events should only be counted once (not as both an in person AND virtual/remote event).

    Featured Programs

    The Supreme Council has designated four programs as featured programs in each of the program categories. When your council conducts a featured program and satisfies the associated requirements it will receive two credits towards that program category on their Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). The featured programs for each category are listed below.

    Faith- Refund Support Vocation Program (RSVP), Holy Hour, Spiritual Reflection, Into the Breach
    Family- Food for Families, Family of the Month, Family Prayer Night, Family Fully Alive
    Community- Coats for Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Global Wheelchair Mission, Leave No Neighbor Behind
    Life- March for Life, Special Olympics, Ultrasound, Pregnancy Center Support

    Required Programs

    The required program aspect for the Columbian Award has been removed. For the 2020-2021 fraternal year, there are no required programs that must be conducted for a council to be eligible for the Columbian Award.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Councils must earn 10 program activities or credits: two each in the Faith, Family, Community and Life categories, and two additional program credits in any category. Featured programs count for two program activities or credits, so long as Featured Program Minimum Requirements are completed.


    Father McGivney Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s membership growth. To win this award your council must meet or exceed its yearly membership quota. The quota for 2020-2021 is 5% net increase in the council’s membership as of July 1, 2020 (minimum of three and maximum of twenty). There is no application that must be completed in order to earn the Father McGivney Award.

    Councils that attain Star Council status and achieve 200 percent of their net gain goal will receive the Double Star Council Award. Councils that achieve 300 percent of their net gain goal will receive the Triple Star Council Award.

    All membership transactions must be received, processed, recorded and released at the Supreme Council office by June 30.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The membership quota for the Father McGivney Award has been reduced by 20%.

    Find your current quota on Officers Online. Take that number and multiply by 0.80.  This is your adjusted membership goal.  When necessary, round numbers using standard practice. For example: 5.1 through 5.4 round to 5 and 5.5 through 5.9 round to 6. A simple table of “current” and “adjusted” quota numbers is posted here and on Officers Online.

    Councils that attain Star Council status and achieve 200% of their adjusted membership net gain quota will receive the Double Star Council Award. If councils achieve 300% of their adjusted net gain quota, they will receive the Triple Star Council Award.


    Founder's Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s promotion of our top-rated insurance products. To win this award your council must host two approved Fraternal Benefit Seminars, in conjunction with your General Agent or Field Agent. If a council adequately promotes and participates in the event, they may submit the Fraternal Benefit Seminar Form (#11077) to their General Agent within 30 days of the event.  All forms are due at the Supreme Office by June 30.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Councils that promote and participate in an approved Fraternal Benefit Seminar between March 1 and June 30 will receive double credit and automatically qualify for the Founder’s Award.  Councils that promoted and participated in one approved seminar prior to March 1 need to participate in one additional seminar to qualify for the Founder’s Award. Be sure to leave enough time for the form to be submitted by June 30.


    Star District Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year

    The Star District Award recognizes outstanding achievements in membership, insurance and overall excellence by the councils within the territory of a district deputy.

    Membership Growth
    The district reaches 70% of combined council membership quotas.

    Insurance Growth
    The Founders Award is earned by every council within the district.

    Overall District Excellence
    At least one council in the district earns the Star Council Award and the district deputy must submit two District Deputy Semiannual Reports (#944) for each council in your district. District Deputy Semiannual Reports (#944) are due on 12/31 and 6/30. These reports should be submitted for all councils – even councils that are currently suspended or inactive.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The district reaches 70% of combined adjusted council membership quotas. (This is the only 2020 – 2021 adjustment for Star District.)

    Star Assembly Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year
    The Star Assembly Award recognizes outstanding achievements in membership, programs and overall excellence.

    Membership Growth
    Reach growth quota: 7% Net Membership Growth

    Programs
    Earn the Civic Award. Submit the Civic Award Application (#2321) – Due 6/30

    Enter the To Be A Patriot competition. Submit the To Be A Patriot Award Application (#TBP-2) – Due 5/31

    Overall Assembly Excellence

    • Publish a monthly Assembly Newsletter or Bulletin
    • Submit Report of Assembly Officers Chosen for the Term (#186) – Due 7/1
    • Submit  Annual Assembly Audit Report (#1315) – Due 8/1
    • Submit Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) – Due 1/31

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The membership quota for the Star Assembly Award has been reduced by 20%.

    If you know your current quota, take that number and multiply by 0.80. This is your adjusted membership goal. When necessary round numbers using standard practice. For example: 5.1 through 5.4 round to 5 and 5.5 through 5.9 round to 6. If you do not know your current quota contact your District Master.

    Star Council

    Star Council Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year

    The Star Council Award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance and programming. In order to achieve the Star Council Award, a council must earn the Father McGivney, Founder’s, and Columbian Awards. Additionally, the council must submit both the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) and Service Program Personnel Report (#365). In the United States and Canada councils must also be fully compliant with applicable safe environment requirements.

    Prior to the end of the fraternal year on June 30, make sure that your council achieves the requirements to qualify for your awards. To view your quota and/or progress towards earning the Star Council Award, please log on to Officers Online regularly.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Columbian, Father McGivney, Founder’s, and thus Star Council Award requirements for the 2020-2021 fraternal year have been adjusted in light of COVID-19. Details on the adjustments for each of these awards are outlined below. Additionally, a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found here.


    Columbian Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s programming and charitable outreach. To earn this award your council must conduct and report programs in each of the four program categories (Faith, Family, Community, and Life) for a total of 16 program credits, with four in each category. A completed Columbian Award Application (#SP-7) must be received by the Supreme Council office by June 30 in order to earn this award.

    Virtual/remote programs will be counted in the same manner that they would have been if conducted completely in person. Please note that hybrid events should only be counted once (not as both an in person AND virtual/remote event).

    Featured Programs

    The Supreme Council has designated four programs as featured programs in each of the program categories. When your council conducts a featured program and satisfies the associated requirements it will receive two credits towards that program category on their Columbian Award Application (#SP-7). The featured programs for each category are listed below.

    Faith- Refund Support Vocation Program (RSVP), Holy Hour, Spiritual Reflection, Into the Breach
    Family- Food for Families, Family of the Month, Family Prayer Night, Family Fully Alive
    Community- Coats for Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Global Wheelchair Mission, Leave No Neighbor Behind
    Life- March for Life, Special Olympics, Ultrasound, Pregnancy Center Support

    Required Programs

    The required program aspect for the Columbian Award has been removed. For the 2020-2021 fraternal year, there are no required programs that must be conducted for a council to be eligible for the Columbian Award.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Councils must earn 10 program activities or credits: two each in the Faith, Family, Community and Life categories, and two additional program credits in any category. Featured programs count for two program activities or credits, so long as Featured Program Minimum Requirements are completed.


    Father McGivney Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s membership growth. To win this award your council must meet or exceed its yearly membership quota. The quota for 2020-2021 is 5% net increase in the council’s membership as of July 1, 2020 (minimum of three and maximum of twenty). There is no application that must be completed in order to earn the Father McGivney Award.

    Councils that attain Star Council status and achieve 200 percent of their net gain goal will receive the Double Star Council Award. Councils that achieve 300 percent of their net gain goal will receive the Triple Star Council Award.

    All membership transactions must be received, processed, recorded and released at the Supreme Council office by June 30.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The membership quota for the Father McGivney Award has been reduced by 20%.

    Find your current quota on Officers Online. Take that number and multiply by 0.80.  This is your adjusted membership goal.  When necessary, round numbers using standard practice. For example: 5.1 through 5.4 round to 5 and 5.5 through 5.9 round to 6. A simple table of “current” and “adjusted” quota numbers is posted here and on Officers Online.

    Councils that attain Star Council status and achieve 200% of their adjusted membership net gain quota will receive the Double Star Council Award. If councils achieve 300% of their adjusted net gain quota, they will receive the Triple Star Council Award.


    Founder's Award

    This award recognizes excellence in your council’s promotion of our top-rated insurance products. To win this award your council must host two approved Fraternal Benefit Seminars, in conjunction with your General Agent or Field Agent. If a council adequately promotes and participates in the event, they may submit the Fraternal Benefit Seminar Form (#11077) to their General Agent within 30 days of the event.  All forms are due at the Supreme Office by June 30.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: Councils that promote and participate in an approved Fraternal Benefit Seminar between March 1 and June 30 will receive double credit and automatically qualify for the Founder’s Award.  Councils that promoted and participated in one approved seminar prior to March 1 need to participate in one additional seminar to qualify for the Founder’s Award. Be sure to leave enough time for the form to be submitted by June 30.


    Star District

    Star District Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year

    The Star District Award recognizes outstanding achievements in membership, insurance and overall excellence by the councils within the territory of a district deputy.

    Membership Growth
    The district reaches 70% of combined council membership quotas.

    Insurance Growth
    The Founders Award is earned by every council within the district.

    Overall District Excellence
    At least one council in the district earns the Star Council Award and the district deputy must submit two District Deputy Semiannual Reports (#944) for each council in your district. District Deputy Semiannual Reports (#944) are due on 12/31 and 6/30. These reports should be submitted for all councils – even councils that are currently suspended or inactive.

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The district reaches 70% of combined adjusted council membership quotas. (This is the only 2020 – 2021 adjustment for Star District.)

    Star Assembly

    Star Assembly Award

    2020 – 2021 Fraternal Year
    The Star Assembly Award recognizes outstanding achievements in membership, programs and overall excellence.

    Membership Growth
    Reach growth quota: 7% Net Membership Growth

    Programs
    Earn the Civic Award. Submit the Civic Award Application (#2321) – Due 6/30

    Enter the To Be A Patriot competition. Submit the To Be A Patriot Award Application (#TBP-2) – Due 5/31

    Overall Assembly Excellence

    • Publish a monthly Assembly Newsletter or Bulletin
    • Submit Report of Assembly Officers Chosen for the Term (#186) – Due 7/1
    • Submit  Annual Assembly Audit Report (#1315) – Due 8/1
    • Submit Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) – Due 1/31

    2020 – 2021 Revised Requirements: The membership quota for the Star Assembly Award has been reduced by 20%.

    If you know your current quota, take that number and multiply by 0.80. This is your adjusted membership goal. When necessary round numbers using standard practice. For example: 5.1 through 5.4 round to 5 and 5.5 through 5.9 round to 6. If you do not know your current quota contact your District Master.

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