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    COLLEGE COUNCIL MEMBER RESOURCES

    Forms
    College Council Communications
    Developing Council Leaders
    Events, Meetings and Programs
    Recruitment and Retention
    Free Supplies

    FORMS

    #185 - Report of Officers Chosen for Term - PDF - Online - due 6/30
    #365 - Service Program Personnel Report - PDF - Online - due 8/1
    #1295 - Semi-Annual Council Audit - due 8/15 and 2/15
    #1728 - Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity - PDF - Online - due 1/31
    #SP-7 - Columbian Award Application - PDF - Online - Instructions - due 6/30
    Outstanding College Council Award Application -- due 6/30

    EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING WITHIN THE COUNCIL

    Good internal communications is one of the best ways to get members to attend council events. Learn effective communicate tips for your council

    ENHANCING YOUR COUNCIL SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

    For today's college students, using social media is second nature. College Knights grew up posting to Facebook, sending tweets and snapchats and watching videos on YouTube and Vine. Here are tips to help a council optimize its social media presence. Learn how to enhance your council's social media presence

    IMPROVING YOUR COUNCIL'S FACEBOOK PRESENCE

    Whether your council is just beginning its Facebook presence or looking to enhance its reach, there’s always an opportunity to improve your exposure using this social media tool. Check out the tips below for guidance as your council looks to optimize its Facebook experience. See how to improve your council's Facebook presence

    IMPROVING YOUR COUNCIL'S TWITTER PRESENCE

    A council Twitter account is valuable to the council's communication plan and can build a presence on campus and in a local community. See how you can improve your council's Twitter presence

    UNDERSTANDING COUNCIL OFFICER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Each year your council elects and appoints new men to take on leadership roles within your council. Sometimes these roles are well-defined while other times the role may be expanded based on that individuals talents or interests. The following text offers an approach that may be helpful for new councils in appointing the first set of officers or for existing councils looking to expand the responsibilities of their existing officers. See College Council officer roles and responsibilities

    MENTORING AND DEVELOPING UNDERCLASSMEN AS LEADERS

    Even as you just start your term as officer, begin thinking about finding and training a successor. If you want your council to have sustained success beyond your term as officer, have Knights ready to step up and take charge. Mentor and develop underclassmen in your council through these programs. Tips to mentor your underclassman to be leaders

    EFFECTIVELY TRANSITIONING LEADERSHIP

    A challenge that college councils constantly face is the development and turnover of leadership. In four years, men must become leaders, guide their councils and then train others to do the same. New officers elected in the spring must quickly embrace their roles if they are to utilize summer vacation as a planning opportunity for the fall semester. 

    In addition to having outgoing leaders train the new elects to replace them, here are some best practices to effectively develop leadership in your council. Learn how to effectively transition leadership

    ADVICE FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS

    Here are five simple ways for newly elected/appointed officers to prepare for the coming year. See the advice for new officers

    A MODEL FOR MONTHLY EVENT PLANNING

    Are there times when you seem to have too many things going on and other times when you feel your council's calendar is empty? One way to help maintain balance within the council is by following a structure of two meetings and three events per month. This model calls for a general council meeting, an officers meeting, and three events  - one event each for fraternal/social, faith-based, and service. You can and are encouraged to do more, but as a baseline, this structure should be the minimum activity your council does each month. See a model for monthly event planning

    DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

    Before you return to campus, your council should have a complete schedule of officer and business meetings, plans for a recruiting drive, and the dates of significant events. Additionally, your council should make plans to attend the College Councils Conference in New Haven, Conn. Finally, your council should develop a budget to present at one of the first council meetings of the semester. Learn how to develop a plan for the oncoming Fall Semester

    RUNNING SUCCESSFUL COUNCIL MEETINGS

    Council meetings are necessary to plan successful events on campus. They may be the first glimpse of the council for your new members. Good meetings lead to successful events that then lead to more new members. Here are ways to make you council meetings a success. Tips for running a successful council meeting

    HOLDING A RECRUITMENT DRIVE: STEP BY STEP GUIDE

    Recruiting is a goal for every Knights of Columbus council, but it is especially crucial for college councils, who must replace their entire membership every four years. As your council strives to grow and reach its intake goals, a recruitment drive is essential to your success. Here are some steps to consider. Learn tips for holding a recruitment drive

    TRANSITIONING GRADUATING MEMBERS

    Each year members of college councils move onto the next part of their lives after graduation. It's up to your council leaders to keep in touch with these valued Knights after they graduate. Learn key tips on transitioning graduating members

    MANAGING ALUMNI RELATIONS

    Alumni members have fond memories of their time as college Knights and they are proud of their association with your council. This goodwill is an asset to the council, even if alumni have transferred into parish councils. Keep alumni informed and engaged and you can seek their assistances in support of the present year's programs and activities. Read how to manage alumni relations

    COLLEGE COUNCIL SUPPLY ORDERS

    The materials below are designed specifically for use by college councils. College councils are eligible to receive these items and other basic fraternal printed supplies free of charge.

    College grand knights and financial secretaries can order supplies by logging into their Officers Online account and clicking on the "Supplies Online" tile located under "Supporting Applications."

    Once you access the supply portal, you can browse through the available supply options, or search for what you need using the search bar.

    Once you’re ready to check out, please make sure to select COLL: College Council Orders from the drop-down menu under payment method. This will ensure that you or your council will not be billed for your order or for shipping. If you do not select this option, your supplies will not be free.

    Please note that all orders are subject to approval by the College Councils Department, and not all items are necessarily available for free (e.g. more expensive items like banners, etc.). Should you order an item that is not normally available for free, we will reach out to you and discuss the options.

    If you have any questions about this process, or if you run into any issues, please reach out to college@kofc.org and we will be happy to assist you

    COLLEGE SPECIFIC ITEMS

    #4606 - College Council Brochure Item (English, Spanish, French)
    #4733A - College Council Poster – Leadership Development
    #4733B - College Council Poster – Be The Difference
    #4733C - College Council Poster – True Brotherhood
    #4733D - College Council Poster – Spiritual Formation
    #4733E - College Council Poster – Building a Better World
    #4791 - A Prayer for Study
    #10224 - College Councils Guide
    #10768 - College Council Program Calendar
    #10770 - College Councils Faith in Action Addendum
    #10346 - A Man for All Seasons - Study Guide
    #10347 - Judgment at Nuremburg - Study Guide
    #10348 - On the Waterfront - Study Guide
    #10350 - We Were Soldiers - Study Guide
    #10468 - Henry V - Study Guide
    #10492 - Liberating a Continent - Study Guide
    #10559 - For Greater Glory - Study Guide
    #10745 - The Mission - Study Guide
    #10771 - Shane - Study Guide
    #10807 - Michael Collins - Study Guide
    #10808 - Katyn - Study Guide
    #10809 - Becket - Study Guide
    #340 - Into the Breach
    #10677 - Preparing for a Consecration
    #10678 - Consecration to St. Joseph - Poster
    #10679 - Consecration to St. Joseph - Prayer Card
    #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
    #10802 - Love & Responsibility Week - Prayer Card
    #10803 - Love & Responsibility Week - Vertical Poster
    #10804 - Love & Responsibility Week - Calendar Poster
    #10805 - Love & Responsibility Week - Calendar Flyer
    #10747- Dinner & Discussion - Poster

    Forms

    FORMS

    #185 - Report of Officers Chosen for Term - PDF - Online - due 6/30
    #365 - Service Program Personnel Report - PDF - Online - due 8/1
    #1295 - Semi-Annual Council Audit - due 8/15 and 2/15
    #1728 - Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity - PDF - Online - due 1/31
    #SP-7 - Columbian Award Application - PDF - Online - Instructions - due 6/30
    Outstanding College Council Award Application -- due 6/30

    College Council Communications

    EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING WITHIN THE COUNCIL

    Good internal communications is one of the best ways to get members to attend council events. Learn effective communicate tips for your council

    ENHANCING YOUR COUNCIL SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

    For today's college students, using social media is second nature. College Knights grew up posting to Facebook, sending tweets and snapchats and watching videos on YouTube and Vine. Here are tips to help a council optimize its social media presence. Learn how to enhance your council's social media presence

    IMPROVING YOUR COUNCIL'S FACEBOOK PRESENCE

    Whether your council is just beginning its Facebook presence or looking to enhance its reach, there’s always an opportunity to improve your exposure using this social media tool. Check out the tips below for guidance as your council looks to optimize its Facebook experience. See how to improve your council's Facebook presence

    IMPROVING YOUR COUNCIL'S TWITTER PRESENCE

    A council Twitter account is valuable to the council's communication plan and can build a presence on campus and in a local community. See how you can improve your council's Twitter presence

    Developing Council Leaders

    UNDERSTANDING COUNCIL OFFICER ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Each year your council elects and appoints new men to take on leadership roles within your council. Sometimes these roles are well-defined while other times the role may be expanded based on that individuals talents or interests. The following text offers an approach that may be helpful for new councils in appointing the first set of officers or for existing councils looking to expand the responsibilities of their existing officers. See College Council officer roles and responsibilities

    MENTORING AND DEVELOPING UNDERCLASSMEN AS LEADERS

    Even as you just start your term as officer, begin thinking about finding and training a successor. If you want your council to have sustained success beyond your term as officer, have Knights ready to step up and take charge. Mentor and develop underclassmen in your council through these programs. Tips to mentor your underclassman to be leaders

    EFFECTIVELY TRANSITIONING LEADERSHIP

    A challenge that college councils constantly face is the development and turnover of leadership. In four years, men must become leaders, guide their councils and then train others to do the same. New officers elected in the spring must quickly embrace their roles if they are to utilize summer vacation as a planning opportunity for the fall semester. 

    In addition to having outgoing leaders train the new elects to replace them, here are some best practices to effectively develop leadership in your council. Learn how to effectively transition leadership

    ADVICE FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS

    Here are five simple ways for newly elected/appointed officers to prepare for the coming year. See the advice for new officers

    Events, Meetings and Programs

    A MODEL FOR MONTHLY EVENT PLANNING

    Are there times when you seem to have too many things going on and other times when you feel your council's calendar is empty? One way to help maintain balance within the council is by following a structure of two meetings and three events per month. This model calls for a general council meeting, an officers meeting, and three events  - one event each for fraternal/social, faith-based, and service. You can and are encouraged to do more, but as a baseline, this structure should be the minimum activity your council does each month. See a model for monthly event planning

    DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

    Before you return to campus, your council should have a complete schedule of officer and business meetings, plans for a recruiting drive, and the dates of significant events. Additionally, your council should make plans to attend the College Councils Conference in New Haven, Conn. Finally, your council should develop a budget to present at one of the first council meetings of the semester. Learn how to develop a plan for the oncoming Fall Semester

    RUNNING SUCCESSFUL COUNCIL MEETINGS

    Council meetings are necessary to plan successful events on campus. They may be the first glimpse of the council for your new members. Good meetings lead to successful events that then lead to more new members. Here are ways to make you council meetings a success. Tips for running a successful council meeting

    Recruitment and Retention

    HOLDING A RECRUITMENT DRIVE: STEP BY STEP GUIDE

    Recruiting is a goal for every Knights of Columbus council, but it is especially crucial for college councils, who must replace their entire membership every four years. As your council strives to grow and reach its intake goals, a recruitment drive is essential to your success. Here are some steps to consider. Learn tips for holding a recruitment drive

    TRANSITIONING GRADUATING MEMBERS

    Each year members of college councils move onto the next part of their lives after graduation. It's up to your council leaders to keep in touch with these valued Knights after they graduate. Learn key tips on transitioning graduating members

    MANAGING ALUMNI RELATIONS

    Alumni members have fond memories of their time as college Knights and they are proud of their association with your council. This goodwill is an asset to the council, even if alumni have transferred into parish councils. Keep alumni informed and engaged and you can seek their assistances in support of the present year's programs and activities. Read how to manage alumni relations

    Free Supplies

    COLLEGE COUNCIL SUPPLY ORDERS

    The materials below are designed specifically for use by college councils. College councils are eligible to receive these items and other basic fraternal printed supplies free of charge.

    College grand knights and financial secretaries can order supplies by logging into their Officers Online account and clicking on the "Supplies Online" tile located under "Supporting Applications."

    Once you access the supply portal, you can browse through the available supply options, or search for what you need using the search bar.

    Once you’re ready to check out, please make sure to select COLL: College Council Orders from the drop-down menu under payment method. This will ensure that you or your council will not be billed for your order or for shipping. If you do not select this option, your supplies will not be free.

    Please note that all orders are subject to approval by the College Councils Department, and not all items are necessarily available for free (e.g. more expensive items like banners, etc.). Should you order an item that is not normally available for free, we will reach out to you and discuss the options.

    If you have any questions about this process, or if you run into any issues, please reach out to college@kofc.org and we will be happy to assist you

    COLLEGE SPECIFIC ITEMS

    #4606 - College Council Brochure Item (English, Spanish, French)
    #4733A - College Council Poster – Leadership Development
    #4733B - College Council Poster – Be The Difference
    #4733C - College Council Poster – True Brotherhood
    #4733D - College Council Poster – Spiritual Formation
    #4733E - College Council Poster – Building a Better World
    #4791 - A Prayer for Study
    #10224 - College Councils Guide
    #10768 - College Council Program Calendar
    #10770 - College Councils Faith in Action Addendum
    #10346 - A Man for All Seasons - Study Guide
    #10347 - Judgment at Nuremburg - Study Guide
    #10348 - On the Waterfront - Study Guide
    #10350 - We Were Soldiers - Study Guide
    #10468 - Henry V - Study Guide
    #10492 - Liberating a Continent - Study Guide
    #10559 - For Greater Glory - Study Guide
    #10745 - The Mission - Study Guide
    #10771 - Shane - Study Guide
    #10807 - Michael Collins - Study Guide
    #10808 - Katyn - Study Guide
    #10809 - Becket - Study Guide
    #340 - Into the Breach
    #10677 - Preparing for a Consecration
    #10678 - Consecration to St. Joseph - Poster
    #10679 - Consecration to St. Joseph - Prayer Card
    #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
    #10802 - Love & Responsibility Week - Prayer Card
    #10803 - Love & Responsibility Week - Vertical Poster
    #10804 - Love & Responsibility Week - Calendar Poster
    #10805 - Love & Responsibility Week - Calendar Flyer
    #10747- Dinner & Discussion - Poster

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