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    Knight of the Month/Year

    A Higher Purpose

    Promote the example of faithful men of virtue. Each council establishes a committee to recognize deserving Knights of the Month and one Knight of the Year, with potential for recognition on the international level.

    Overview

    Each month, the council Knight of the Month Committee selects one Knight who models Christian masculine virtues and visibly lives them every day. Once a year, each council also selects one of the previous Knight of the Month winners as their Council Knight of the Year. Additionally, the College Knight of the Year is chosen from the pool of council Knights of the Year by the Supreme Council and recognized at the annual College Councils Conference.

    Chairman Role and Responsibilities

    • Work with your chaplain on conducting a Consecration to St. Joseph.
    • Order supplies for the event through Supplies Online. The Grand Knight and Financial Secretary of each College Council have been activated to order resources at no charge through a special link to Supplies Online, provided via email.
    • Ensure that all participants are properly prepared for the consecration.
    • Promote the consecration to your council, campus ministry and larger campus community.
    • Complete and submit all associated reporting forms to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission and the College Councils Department.
    Action Steps Resources

    ACTION STEPS

    1. Working with your chaplain, obtain his recommendations on conducting the Knight of the Month/Year program.
    2. Ensure that all events and activities related to this program are fully approved by your chaplain and campus student activities office.
    3. Order the Knight of the Month/Year Kit through Supplies Online and at no cost by the grand knight and financial secretary.
    4. Working with your chaplain, assemble a committee of council leaders to serve as the  Knight of the Month Committee. Some smaller councils may find it difficult to create such a subcommittee, in cases such as this, the whole council generally participates in the selection process. Before selecting any Knights of the Month, ensure that all committee members and your chaplain have reviewed the Knight of the Month/Year Guidebook (#10791), in depth. All members of the selection committee are asked to approach selection proceedings with the utmost professionalism and to remember that this is a reward for merit and virtue, not popularity.
    5. Each month hold a committee meeting to select the Knight of the Month (this is sometimes done in conjunction with regular council business meetings). To be selected as Knight of the Month, winners should stand out as exemplary models to others in the council and on campus. The committee should consider the following factors in their search for a Knight of the Month:
      1. Does the member have a robust prayer-life that goes beyond weekly Mass attendance
      2. Has the member made significant contributions to the parish and Church community?
      3. Is the member active in serving his local community?
      4. Is the member a true Catholic gentleman? Does he serve as a model man to his brothers?
    6. Once the Knight of the Month has been selected, formally present the Knight of the Month Certificate (#1476) to him. Make sure that he is duly recognized! This could be after a Mass, at a Knights of Columbus activity, or at another campus ministry event. Be sure to ask a fellow Knight or community member to photograph each event and make sure everyone wears Knights of Columbus-branded apparel.
    7. Build public interest! Promote your program in the campus community through a variety of efforts:
      1. Posting on your council website/social media pages
      2. Prominently display promotional posters (which can be ordered through Supplies Online and at no cost by the council Grand Knight and Financial Secretary)
      3. Pulpit announcements
      4. Bulletin announcements
    8. Make sure to submit the Knight of the Month Entry Form (#10764) to the College Councils Department by the 15th day of the following month. (Knights of the Month may be contacted to be showcased online, in the College Councils Newsletter or in other Knights of Columbus publications.)
    9. At the end of the academic year, select one of the previous winning Knights as your council’s Knight of the Year. Make sure to submit the Knight of the Year Entry Form (#10765) to the College Councils Department by June 30, so your Council Knight of the Year can be considered for the College Knight of the Year Award and scholarship presented annually at the fall Knights of Columbus College Councils Conference.
    10. Do not forget to make sure that your Council Knight of the Year is recognized too! Use the same procedures outlined for the Knights of the Month to celebrate the presentation of the Knight of the Year Certificate (#1545).
    11. To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission and College Councils Department. Remember to retain copies for your council records.
      1. Immediately after your event is finished, complete the College Programs Report Form (#10784-CC)
      2. At the end of the fraternal year, complete your Columbian Award Application (#SP-7), and the Outstanding College Council Application (#10766)

    RESOURCES

    #10791 -  Knight of the Month/Year - Guidebook
    #10764 -  Knight of the Month - Form
    #1476 -  Knight of the Month - Certificate
    #10765 -  Knight of the Year - Form
    #1545 -  Knight of the Year - Certificate

    Action Steps

    ACTION STEPS

    1. Working with your chaplain, obtain his recommendations on conducting the Knight of the Month/Year program.
    2. Ensure that all events and activities related to this program are fully approved by your chaplain and campus student activities office.
    3. Order the Knight of the Month/Year Kit through Supplies Online and at no cost by the grand knight and financial secretary.
    4. Working with your chaplain, assemble a committee of council leaders to serve as the  Knight of the Month Committee. Some smaller councils may find it difficult to create such a subcommittee, in cases such as this, the whole council generally participates in the selection process. Before selecting any Knights of the Month, ensure that all committee members and your chaplain have reviewed the Knight of the Month/Year Guidebook (#10791), in depth. All members of the selection committee are asked to approach selection proceedings with the utmost professionalism and to remember that this is a reward for merit and virtue, not popularity.
    5. Each month hold a committee meeting to select the Knight of the Month (this is sometimes done in conjunction with regular council business meetings). To be selected as Knight of the Month, winners should stand out as exemplary models to others in the council and on campus. The committee should consider the following factors in their search for a Knight of the Month:
      1. Does the member have a robust prayer-life that goes beyond weekly Mass attendance
      2. Has the member made significant contributions to the parish and Church community?
      3. Is the member active in serving his local community?
      4. Is the member a true Catholic gentleman? Does he serve as a model man to his brothers?
    6. Once the Knight of the Month has been selected, formally present the Knight of the Month Certificate (#1476) to him. Make sure that he is duly recognized! This could be after a Mass, at a Knights of Columbus activity, or at another campus ministry event. Be sure to ask a fellow Knight or community member to photograph each event and make sure everyone wears Knights of Columbus-branded apparel.
    7. Build public interest! Promote your program in the campus community through a variety of efforts:
      1. Posting on your council website/social media pages
      2. Prominently display promotional posters (which can be ordered through Supplies Online and at no cost by the council Grand Knight and Financial Secretary)
      3. Pulpit announcements
      4. Bulletin announcements
    8. Make sure to submit the Knight of the Month Entry Form (#10764) to the College Councils Department by the 15th day of the following month. (Knights of the Month may be contacted to be showcased online, in the College Councils Newsletter or in other Knights of Columbus publications.)
    9. At the end of the academic year, select one of the previous winning Knights as your council’s Knight of the Year. Make sure to submit the Knight of the Year Entry Form (#10765) to the College Councils Department by June 30, so your Council Knight of the Year can be considered for the College Knight of the Year Award and scholarship presented annually at the fall Knights of Columbus College Councils Conference.
    10. Do not forget to make sure that your Council Knight of the Year is recognized too! Use the same procedures outlined for the Knights of the Month to celebrate the presentation of the Knight of the Year Certificate (#1545).
    11. To gain credit for your program, complete the associated reporting forms and submit them to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission and College Councils Department. Remember to retain copies for your council records.
      1. Immediately after your event is finished, complete the College Programs Report Form (#10784-CC)
      2. At the end of the fraternal year, complete your Columbian Award Application (#SP-7), and the Outstanding College Council Application (#10766)
    Resources

    RESOURCES

    #10791 -  Knight of the Month/Year - Guidebook
    #10764 -  Knight of the Month - Form
    #1476 -  Knight of the Month - Certificate
    #10765 -  Knight of the Year - Form
    #1545 -  Knight of the Year - Certificate

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