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2018 Membership and Recruitment Awards

Each fraternal year, the Supreme Council Board of Directors recognizes individual Knights, councils, and assemblies for outstanding achievement in the areas of charitable outreach, membership growth and retention, fraternal leadership, and insurance sales and service. The Order’s principles — charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism — continue to guide all of its programs and initiatives. This recognition showcases the best examples of those principles in everyday practice.


  • VIP Club

    The VIP (Very Important Proposers) Club is composed of outstanding recruiters. It offers councils a way to publicly honor recruiters and show the importance of ongoing membership recruitment.

    As of June 30, 2018, membership in the VIP Club stood at 316,875 Knights, who have collectively recruited 1,309,733 new Knights. Of that number, 420 members have each recruited 100 members; 81 have recruited 200 members; 24 have recruited 300 members; and five have recruited 400 members. We have 12 men who have each recruited over 500 members. One brother Knight has recruited over 2,000 members and another has recruited over 3,000 men.

    Jurisdictions with the most VIP Club members are:

    New Jersey 10,033
    Illinois 10,971
    Michigan 12,148
    Florida 12,370
    Mindanao 12,966
    New York 13,547
    Québec 13,997
    California 15,463
    Texas 20,572
    Luzon North 27,354


  • Top Recruiters

    As a special recruitment incentive each year, the Order’s top recruiters from our Insurance and Non-Insurance Territories are recognized at the annual Supreme Convention.

    This year, we honor Eduardo Valdez of British Columbia who is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Orderwide Top Recruiter Award of our Insurance Territories, recruiting 118 members this fraternal year. We would also like to recognize the top recruiter from our Non-Insurance Territories: Danilo Leonor Martinez of Visayas, who recruited 1,092 members this past Fraternal year.

    The top 10 recruiters Orderwide for 2017-2018 are:

    Rolando Cubos
    Recruited 87 members – Mindanao

    Salvador Sarabia Jr.
    Recruited 101 members – Visayas

    Eduardo Valdez
    Recruited 118 members - British Columbia

    Jose Rex Pilador
    Recruited 121 members - Visayas

    Jolito Espejo
    Recruited 124 members – Mindanao

    Ernesto Chapa Rangel
    Recruited 153 members – Mexico Northeast

    Joel Cadelina
    Recruited 184 members - Mindanao

    Antonio Bunda
    Recruited 215 members - Visayas

    Noel Lacanilao
    Recruited 692 members – Luzon South

    Danilo Leonor Martinez
    Recruited 1,092 members – Visayas


  • Round Tables

    Parish round tables are not only a way for a council to serve a parish — they’re also a great opportunity to recruit new members. The Orderwide average of new members recruited per active round table is three.

    During the 2017-2018 fraternal year, 2,705 round tables were established. Jurisdictions reaching their goals were:

    Delaware, 10 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy John Brenner

    Nevada, 11 Round Tables
    State Deputy Thomas Thorn

    District of Columbia, 15 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Amado Alvarez Jr.

    Mexico Central, 15 Round Tables
    State Deputy Francisco Sáenz Muñoz

    Georgia, 16 Round Tables
    State Deputy Mark Corrigan Sr.

    Hawaii, 16 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Michael Victorino

    New Hampshire, 17 Round Tables
    State Deputy Glenn Camley

    New Hampshire, 17 Round Tables
    State Deputy Glenn Camley

    Mexico Northeast, 18 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Alexandro Xavier Isaac Huerta

    Mexico West, 18 Round Tables
    State Deputy Lorenzo Cervantes Barajas

    Idaho, 20 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Michael Townsend

    Arkansas, 22 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Philip Savage

    Utah, 23 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Andrew Airriess

    Kansas, 30 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Vincent Melvin III

    New Brunswick, 31 Round Tables
    State Deputy Charles Lirette

    North Carolina, 33 Round Tables
    State Deputy John Nussbaum

    Oregon, 33 Round Tables
    State Deputy Francis Mohr

    Alabama, 34 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Griffin Shreves

    Mississippi, 36 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Noel Aucoin

    Virginia, 37 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Stephen Kehoe

    Manitoba, 41 Round Tables
    State Deputy Daniel Shepherd

    South Dakota, 46 Round Tables
    State Deputy Patrick Powers

    British Columbia, 48 Round Tables
    State Deputy Koon Ming Lau

    Indiana, 51 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Martin McCoy Jr.

    Maryland, 51 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Stephen Cohen

    Missouri, 51 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Joseph Rosenthal

    Mindanao, 53 Round Tables
    Mindanao Deputy Gerry Eutemio Mission

    Saskatchewan, 56 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Brian Schatz

    Luzon North, 63 Round Tables
    Luzon North Deputy Jose Reyes Jr.

    Visayas, 69 Round Tables
    Visayas Deputy Anthony Nazario

    Florida, 73 Round Tables
    State Deputy Donald Kahrer Jr.

    Iowa, 80 Round Tables
    State Deputy Antonio Bañuelos

    Luzon South, 84 Round Tables
    Luzon South Deputy Ramoncito Ocampo

    Colorado, 103 Round Tables
    State Deputy John Doherty

    California, 143 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Romeo Quevedo

    Illinois, 150 Round Tables
    State Deputy Theodore Stites Jr.

    Michigan, 163 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Kenneth Unterbrink

    Texas, 218 Round Tables
    Past State Deputy Douglas Oldmixon


  • Century Club Awards

    Councils that add 100 members over suspensions and withdrawals are eligible for the Order’s prestigious Century Club Award.

    This year’s Century Club Award winners are:

    Council 6235: Sta Rita de Casia, Anilao Iloilo, Visayas
    100 members

    Council 15468: Iscof Iloilo State College of Fishe, Dumangas Iloilo, Visayas
    100 members

    Council 9160: Marist, Marikina, Metro Manila, Luzon South
    101 members

    Council 6115: San Juan Nepomoceno, Pasay City, Luzon South
    102 members

    Council 6122: Lipa City, Luzon South
    103 members

    Council 12480: St. Francis of Assisi, Frisco, Texas
    103 members

    Council 16569: Iscof-Poblacion Main Campas, Poblacion, Barotac Nuevo, Visayas
    105 members

    Council 16417: St. Charbel, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
    108 members

    Council 8994: Our Lady of Penafrancia, Manila, Luzon South
    109 members

    Council 1000: Manila, Intrauros Manila, Luzon South
    111 members

    Council 10277: Don Bosco, Surrey, British Columbia
    113 members

    Council 6400: Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Nuevo, Visayas
    114 members

    Council 16245: Sto. Nino de Baseco, Baseco, Port Area, Manila, Luzon South
    115 members

    Council 5894: Banate: Banate Iloilo, Visayas
    123 members

    Council 8987: Maria Auxiliadora, Maypajo Caloocan, Luzon South
    123 members

    Council 10101: Our Lady of Montserrat, Gran Plains Subd. Jaro, Iloilo, Visayas
    123 members

    Council 16966: Camp Martin Teofilo B. Delgado, Camp Martin Teofilo B. Delgado, Visayas
    126 members

    Council 2312: Nuestra Senora de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico Northeast
    145 members

    Council 10695: Holy Cross, Gen. T. Deleon Valenzue, Luzon North
    150 members

    Council 12513: Saint Maxmillian Kolbe, Greenfields I Novaliches QC, Luzon North
    150 members

    Council 12262: San Isidro, Agbannawag Tabuk Kalinga, Luzon North
    207 members

    Council 16844: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Intramuros Manila, Luzon South
    414 members


  • Circle of Honor

    The Supreme Knight’s Circle of Honor Award recognizes state deputies who achieve 100 percent or more of their annual membership goals. Honorees and their wives will be guests of the supreme knight and the board of directors for a four-night/five-day stay at The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California.

    The 2018 winners are:

    Mississippi with 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Noel Aucoin

    Oklahoma with 100 Percent
    State Deputy John Pierce

    Poland with 100.94 Percent
    State Deputy Tomasz Wawrzkowicz

    Mexico Northwest with 101.85 Percent
    Past State Deputy Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo González

    New Mexico with 101.88 Percent
    Past State Deputy Patrick Mason

    Nevada with 103.73 Percent
    State Deputy Thomas Thorn

    Alabama with 104.65 Percent
    Past State Deputy Griffin Shreves

    British Columbia with 105.04 Percent
    State Deputy Koon Ming Lau

    Manitoba with 106.54 Percent
    State Deputy Daniel Shepherd

    Arizona with 107.26 Percent
    Past State Deputy Sean Halpain

    Mexico West with 111.38 Percent
    State Deputy Lorenzo Cervantes Barajas


  • Pinnacle Award

    The Supreme Knight’s Pinnacle Award, which is the highest honor a jurisdiction can achieve, recognizes state deputies for combined achievement in several membership categories. The requirements are 115 percent or greater of the membership goal, Circle of Honor Level Two and 100 percent or greater of reactivation and round table goals.

    Honorees and their wives will be guests of the supreme knight and the board of directors for a five-night/six-day stay at The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in California.

    The 2018 winners are:

    South Dakota
    State Deputy Patrick Powers

    Membership Intake Goal —116.88 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 212 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 100 percent
    Round Table Goal — 102 percent
    Star Council Goal — 140 percent

    Visayas
    Visayas Deputy Anthony Nazario

    Membership Intake Goal —118.84 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 247 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 320 percent
    Round Table Goal — 140 percent
    Star Council Goal — 140 percent

    Hawaii
    Past State Deputy Michael Victorino

    Membership Intake Goal —124 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 209 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 100 percent
    Round Table Goal — 107 percent
    Star Council Goal — 114 percent

    Mexico Northeast
    Past State Deputy Alexandro Xavier Isaac Huerta

    Membership Intake Goal —124.29 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 251 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 100 percent
    Round Table Goal — 120 percent
    Star Council Goal — 178 percent

    Mexico Central
    State Deputy Francisco Sáenz Muñoz

    Membership Intake Goal —125.24 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 163 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 100 percent
    Round Table Goal — 100 percent
    Star Council Goal — 100 percent

    Luzon North
    Luzon North Deputy Jose Reyes Jr.

    Membership Intake Goal —129.31 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 227 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 130 percent
    Round Table Goal — 420 percent
    Star Council Goal — 223 percent

    Mindanao
    Mindanao Deputy Gerry Eutemio Mission

    Membership Intake Goal —153.96 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 330 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 780 percent
    Round Table Goal — 151 percent
    Star Council Goal — 223 percent

    Luzon South
    Luzon South Deputy Ramoncito Ocampo

    Membership Intake Goal —155.38 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 323 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 240 percent
    Round Table Goal — 560 percent
    Star Council Goal — 198 percent

    Ukraine
    Territorial Deputy Bogdan Kovaliv

    Membership Intake Goal —185.33 percent
    Net/Net Goal — 271 percent
    New Council Development Goal — 120 percent
    Round Table Goal — 100 percent
    Star Council Goal — 100 percent


  • New Council Development

    New council development and council reactivation are the foundation of the Order’s growth and the key to establishing a Knights of Columbus presence in every parish. During the past fraternal year 283 new councils were instituted and 78 councils reactivated.

    A state deputy attaining the new council development quota for his jurisdiction receives the supreme knight’s New Council Development Award. This plaque bears a replica of the medal of office for the state deputy and lists the councils instituted during the fraternal year.

    Alabama, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Griffin Shreves

    Arkansas, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Philip Savage

    Colorado, 100 Percent
    State Deputy John Doherty

    Florida, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Donald Kahrer Jr.

    Georgia, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Mark Corrigan Sr.

    Hawaii, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Michael Victorino

    Idaho, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Michael Townsend

    Indiana, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Martin McCoy Jr.

    Kansas, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Vincent Melvin III

    Maryland, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Stephen Cohen

    Mexico Central, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Francisco Sáenz Muñoz

    Mexico Northeast, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Alexandro Xavier Isaac Huerta

    Mexico Northwest, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo González

    Mississippi, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Noel Aucoin

    Montana, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Ronald Kazmierczak

    Nebraska, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Louis Gasper Jr.

    New Hampshire, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Glenn Camley

    Nova Scotia, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Carl Reid

    South Carolina, 100 Percent
    Past State Deputy Michael Allen

    South Dakota, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Patrick Powers

    Tennessee, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Tracy Staller

    West Virginia, 100 Percent
    State Deputy Scott Nale

    Ukraine, 120 Percent
    Territorial Deputy Bogdan Kovaliv

    Luzon North, 130 Percent
    Luzon North Deputy Jose Reyes Jr.

    Wisconsin, 140 Percent
    Past State Deputy Timothy Guski

    Iowa, 150 Percent
    State Deputy Antonio Bañuelos

    New Mexico, 150 Percent
    Past State Deputy Patrick Mason

    North Carolina, 200 Percent
    State Deputy John Nussbaum

    Oregon, 200 Percent
    State Deputy Francis Mohr

    Luzon South, 240 Percent
    Luzon South Deputy Ramoncito Ocampo

    Arizona, 300 Percent
    Past State Deputy Sean Halpain

    Virginia, 300 Percent
    Past State Deputy Stephen Kehoe

    Visayas, 320 Percent
    Visayas Deputy Anthony Nazario

    Mindanao, 780 Percent
    Mindanao Deputy Gerry Eutemio Mission


  • Every Council Active

    The Every Council Active program is designed to encourage all councils to recruit at least one new member during the fraternal year. During the 2017-2018 fraternal year, 10,279 councils brought in at least one new member.

    All state deputies are encouraged to strive toward attaining Every Council Active status during their term in office.


  • Star Council Awards

    The Star Council Award is the highest distinction any council can achieve. It takes into consideration membership and insurance growth as well as programming activities reported in each of the six program categories of our “Surge…with Service” program. This is the final year of the “Surge…with Service” program as we begin our new programs campaign, “Faith in Action”.

    At the end of the 2017-2018 fraternal year, 1,628 councils achieved Star Council status. Additionally, 167 councils met both the membership and insurance quotas.

    We continue to urge all grand knights to give closer attention to completing and submitting their Columbian Award Application before the June 30 deadline.

    Grand knights whose councils attain Star Council status are entered into a drawing for one of two incentive trips to the Supreme Convention.

    This year, we welcome the following grand knights:

    Charles Shelley of Saint Finbar Council 15728 in Brooklyn, New York

    Michael Landolt of Havre de Grace Council 2002 in Havre de Grace, Maryland

    The five jurisdictions with the highest number of Star Council winners as of June 30, 2018 are:

    Texas 95
    Visayas 108
    Mindanao 145
    Luzon North 158
    Luzon South 161

    A total of 3,081 councils earned the Father McGivney Award, which recognizes outstanding recruitment and retention efforts.

    A total of 2,205 councils won the Founders’ Award, which is earned for excellence in insurance promotion and attainment of the council’s insurance quota.

    The Columbian Award is presented to councils that have shown an outstanding effort in conducting a minimum of four Service Program activities in each category (Church, Community, Council, Culture of Life, Family and Youth), or one featured program in each category. This year, a total of 4,727 councils earned this award.


  • Star District Awards

    District deputies are responsible for ensuring the growth of the Order, and the attainment of Star District status is the ultimate goal of every district deputy. The Star District Award goes to district deputies attaining 100 percent or more of their district’s membership and insurance quotas and in addition, at least one of their active councils has to attain one of the levels of Star Council. As of this publication, a total of 400 district deputies qualified for the Star District Award during the 2017-2018 fraternal year. Award winners in insurance territories receive a wall plaque and a Star District lapel pin, and the district deputies who attain Star District status are entered into a drawing for one of two incentive trips to the Supreme Convention.

    This year, we welcome the following district deputies:

    Mark Kistler from District 9 in Nebraska

    Ruben Elizondo from District 37 in Texas

    The following jurisdictions had the highest number of Star District winners as of June 30, 2018:

    California 9
    Texas 11
    Poland 14
    Luzon South 45
    Visayas 58
    Mindanao 63


  • Past State Deputy Recognition

    State deputies work year-round to promote the principles of the Order : charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. After their term of service, they remain a valuable source of encouragement, wisdom and leadership for their successors and the Order as a whole. The board of directors annually recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of immediate past state deputies. The 40 past state deputies honored this year for their service are:

    Alabama, Griffin Shreves

    Arizona, Sean Halpain

    Arkansas, Philip Savage

    California, Romeo Quevedo

    Delaware, John Brenner

    District of Columbia, Amado Alvarez Jr.

    Dominican Republic, Robert Campusano Pérez

    Hawaii, Theodore Rhoades III

    Hawaii, Michael Victorino

    Idaho, Michael Townsend

    Indiana, Martin McCoy Jr.

    Kansas, Vincent Melvin III

    Kentucky, Gabriel Cabral

    Louisiana, James Riente

    Maine, Norman Gray

    Maryland, Stephen Cohen

    Massachusetts, Paul O’Sullivan

    Mexico Northeast, Alexandro Xavier Isaac Huerta

    Mexico Northwest, Juan Manuel Álvarez del Castillo González

    Mexico South, Jesús Armando Blas Martínez

    Michigan, Kenneth Unterbrink

    Minnesota, Robert Penas

    Mississippi, Noel Aucoin

    Missouri, Joseph Rosenthal

    Montana, Ronald Kazmierczak

    New Mexico, Patrick Mason

    North Dakota, Lawrence Lewandowski

    Nova Scotia, Carl Reid

    Pennsylvania, Charles Vagnarelli

    Prince Edward Island, James Poirier

    Puerto Rico, Miguel Vidal Lugo

    Québec, Denis Lapointe

    Rhode Island, Michael Benson

    Saskatchewan, Brian Schatz

    South Carolina, Michael Allen

    Texas, Douglas Oldmixon

    Utah, Andrew Airriess

    Vermont, Michael Patnode

    Virginia, Stephen Kehoe

    Wisconsin, Timothy Guski