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2013 -2015 "The Light of Ohio"

STATE GENERAL PROGRAM

 

 
 

 

 
Kenneth J. Girt

State Deputy

Jeffrey T. Kiliany

General Program Director

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From the State Deputy

"The Light of Ohio"

July 1, 2013                                                                                                             

 My Brother Knights,

When Fr. Michael McGivney explained his vision of a new Catholic fraternal organization to the 29 men of his St. Marys Parish in New Haven, Connecticut, he stressed the principle of charity and service that the men could provide to the church, and to their community.  In addition to the creating the needed survival benefits to their families, he instilled in our first brother knights the need to put their Catholic faith into action.  And in doing so, he encouraged them to be shining examples of Christ’s command to be the “Light of the World”.   In Matthew’s Gospel Chapter V, verses 14 - 16, Christ instructs all of us to “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Over 1.5 million Catholic men in our beloved Order do that every day.  Supreme Council reports that in recent fraternal years, the total Knights of Columbus donations to charity have exceeded $150 million and the total hours of service has exceeded 70 million. And those figures continue to grow each year.  As members of the Knights of Columbus, we take pride in the charity that all knights around the world provide.  We truly are the “Light of the World”.

And here in Ohio, our charitable giving and our service to others continue to be the shining examples of that “Light of the World”.   We should be proud of our state wide charities and our charitable service to the church and less fortunate.  And this includes our unwavering financial support for many agencies around Ohio that serve our citizens with developmental disabilities.   

We hope “The Light of Ohio” State Program will help guide your council in conducting numerous service activities for our Parishes, our 370-plus Councils, our Families and Youths, and our Communities. And along with membership growth, we hope to increase the number of Star Councils in Ohio, which is awarded to a council that meets Supreme Council’s goals and objectives of an active council.

            I ask you to join with me, our state officers, our directors and our district deputies during these two years of our journey to be that shining “Light of the World” here in Ohio.   The “Light of Ohio” State Program will demonstrate our commitment to charity, show all Catholic men who we are and give them a reason to join with us in showing our “good deeds and glorifying our Father in heaven”.

 Fraternally,

State Deputy

Kenneth J. Girt

6433 Lutz Avenue

Phone: 330-837-6670

Cell: 330-608-7949

girtken@sssnet.com

 

 
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From the State Chaplin

"The Light of Ohio"

July 01, 2013

 Dear brother knights;

 I am happy to introduce myself to you as your state chaplain for the 2013 – 2015 fraternal years.  I have been a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown since 1981 when I was ordained by Bishop James W. Malone.  I was educated at St. Gregory and Mt. St. Mary Seminaries the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati. 

I joined the Knights of Columbus when I was in college at Youngstown State University at the Poland Council where my father was also a member.  We belonged to Holy Family Parish in Poland where I sang in the parish choir until I was ordained.  I graduated from Poland High School and attended weekly CCD Classes.  But it was the faith practiced by the family that ultimately led me to the priesthood. 

The Knights of Columbus have been an important part of my priesthood from the beginning when I was assigned to St. Paul Parish in Salem, Ohio.  At that council I found friends and a great support of a newly ordained priest.  I currently have something in common with our new Pope Francis in that we are both priests in transition.  The pope has just accepted his new position as leader of the world wide Catholic Church and I am awaiting a new pastorate for myself.  My last assignment was a pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Canton, Ohio which has ended as of June 1 of this year.  So I am beginning a new assignment for the Diocese of Youngstown and a new position as your chaplain. 

I look forward working with State Deputy Ken Girt and the entire Ohio State Council “team” in the coming years and helping all the knights of the state of Ohio in their personal growth in faith and their service to the church. 

I believe that God is always calling us to a deeper relationship with Jesus and as He followed the will of his Father we are to follow His will.  St. Paul wrote to Corinthians

(1 Cor.12:4-6)  “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit . There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”  We bring our gifts to the service of God and our brothers.

 Sincerely yours in Christ

 William B. Kraynak

State Chaplain

Rev. William B. Kraynak

Cell: 330-224-2759

wbkraynak@neo.rr.com

 

 
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From the State Program Director

"The Light of Ohio"

My brother Knights,

 The “Light of Ohio” State General Program is intended to help you as the leader of your Council to not only develop an exciting environment where your members can be proud to be a part of, but  to also aid you in your quest to achieve the Supreme “Star Council” award as well. Catholic men do not become members of the Knights of Columbus just so that they can go to meetings, pay dues, and sell tickets. We are here to help you give your members a reason to want to belong to your Council and the Knights of Columbus.

 As in past State Programs, the service program portion of the light of Ohio state general program has numerous suggested activities to help your members be involved in your parishes, communities, and councils. There are also a good many suggested activities that will involve your member’s families as well as children and grandchildren. 

 You will see that a big difference in “The Light of Ohio” State Program from previous State Programs is that ‘Nominees of the Year” are not part of the Council Activities portion of the State Program.   Councils will continue to select and submit the Nominees of the Year in all of the regular categories to the appropriate Service Program Directors.  However, the Nominee of the Year submission will be part of the Administrative Program (Part 2).  Also included in the Administrative Program are the various state fundraisers and council contributions to state sponsored charities such as the State Charity Campaign & Matching Funds.

 Council growth through new members coming into the Order is always important.  The “Light of Ohio” State Program will help your council obtain new members when it participates in the suggested program as well as the membership activities.  State membership quotas have been established based on your Council’s Divisional status.  These quotas may be different from your Supreme membership quotas.

 Our “Light of Ohio” Program Directors are proven leaders of their own councils and are very experienced at conducting programs and activities.  They have been quite successful in generating interest in and keeping their membership involved.  Our team of Directors has brought that knowledge and experience to this State Program and has built that into the “Light of Ohio” State Program.  It is our desire that your participation in this State Program will bring to all brother Knights in the State of Ohio that ‘Light of Christ” which will shine out visibly from all of us.

                                                                                     Fraternally Yours

                                                                                    Jeffrey T. Kiliany

Jeffrey T. Kiliany

                                                                   State General Program Director

 

 
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State Deputy Overview

Message from the State Deputy

Letter from Our state Chaplain

3
Check Writing information 5
State Activities & Contacts 6
Supreme Council Officer & Departments 8
State General Program 9
Introduction by the General Program Director 10
State Program Directors 11
Diocesan Membership and Retention Directors 14
District Deputy Coordinators 15
General Program Requirements 16
Service Program Requirements 17
Administrative Requirements 18
Membership Program Requirements 19
Reporting Guidelines 20
State, Division & Diocesan Awards 21
Membership Awards 24
Program Tiebreakers 25
Division Levels 25
Program Activity Summary Sheet 26
Conducting A Successful Program 27
Conducting The Planning Meeting 29
Using the State Council Website 30
Finding A Degree 33
How to Create a Website 33
Changing Pending Submitted Reports 34
Social Media 35

Church Program

Church Activities

Vocations Activities

Round Table

36

Community Program

Community Activities

Veterans Activities

47

Council Activities Program

Council Activities

Public Relations Activities

56

Family Activities Program

Family Activities

Fraternal Activities

63

Youth Activities Program

Youth Activities

Squires Activities

70

Culture of Life Activities Program

Culture of life Activities

78

Membership Activities Program

Membership Activities

Retention Activities

85
Activity Report Form 93
Nominee of the Year Form 94
Measure-Up Intent to Participate Form 95

Council Development

New Councils

Council Reactivation

 Council Rejuvenation

96
Ceremonials Program 106
 
 

 

 
     
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WHO TO WRITE CHECKS TO AND WHERE TO MAIL THEM

 Throughout the fraternal year all council leaders may need to write checks to the Ohio State Council leadership for the programs and activities that they participate in. 

 The following list will hopefully assist your council leaders to write and to send checks to the Ohio State Council leadership correctly and efficiently.

All addresses and phone numbers are listed in the current State Directory (www.kofcohio.org)

 

CHECKS WRITTEN BY COUNCILS

PURPOSE  PAYEE MAIL TO
State Per Capita Tax     OSC/K OF C  

State Secretary

Robert F. Collins Jr. 

10181Tracy Trail Parma, OH 44130-5210

 rfcollinsjr@gmail.com

 

Charity Ticket Returns OSC/K OF C  

State Treasurer

Kevin P. J. Miller

1101 Arbor Oaks Lane Galloway, OH 43119

 km8007@columbus.rr.com

 

Matching Funds OSC/K OF C  

 State Advocate

Robert E. Byers 

565 Indian Run Road Marietta, OH 45750 

robert_byers@hotmail.com

 

Measure-Up Funds OSC/K OF C  

State Warden

Mark Siracusa

1310 Markey Dr., Bryan, OH 43506

cuzza@roadrunner.com

 

Football Frenzy Sweepstakes OSC/K OF C  

PSD

Gary Eckstein

1498 River Trail Drive Grove City, OH 43123

gary.eckman@sbcglobal.net

 

Pennies For Heaven OSC/K OF C  

Immediate Past State Deputy

Dave Helmstetter 

5421 County Rd. 33A   St. Marys, OH 45885

dhelmstetter@woh.rr.com

 

State Convention 2014 State Convention

Kevin P. J. Miller

1101 Arbor Oaks Lane Galloway, OH 43119

 km8007@columbus.rr.com

 

State Convention 2015 State Convention

Dave Helmstetter 

5421 County Rd. 33A   St. Marys, OH 45885

dhelmstetter@bright.net

Resolutions State Conventions  

State Secretary

Robert F. Collins Jr.

 10181 Tracy Trail Parma, OH 44130

rfcollinsjr@gmail.com

 

Promotional Items

OSC/K OF C  

State Deputy

Kenneth J. Girt

6433 Lutz Ave NW Massillon, OH 44646

girtken@sssnet.com

 

 Note: OSC/K OF C = Ohio State Council / Knights of Columbus

 

 
 

Note: Find all addresses and phone numbers at (www.kofcohio.org)

 
SUBJECT           CONTACT
Measure-Up Information State Warden
Football Frenzy Sweepstakes Information PSD Gary Eckstein

Semi-Annual Council Audit Report

New Council Development

District Deputy
“The Light of Ohio” General Program State General Program Director
Promotional Items Chief of Staff

Youth Free Throw Contest

Soccer Shoot-Out Contest

State Youth Director
Special Population Free Throw Shirts & Plaques PSD Gary Eckstein

Squires Corps’d Elite Award Application

Squires Officers & Counselors Card – Form # 468

New Squires Circle Effort

State Squires Director
Individual State Activity Programs Respective State Program Director
State Administrative Programs State Administrative Program Director
State Campout State Campout Chairman
State Horseshoe Tournament State Horseshoe Chairman
State Mixed Doubles/Bowling Tournament State Bowling Chairman
State Basketball Tournament State Basketball Chairman

Disability Requests

Individual Membership Status

Local Council Financial Secretary
Insurance Questions

General or Field Insurance Agents

Home Corporations State Advocate
 
 

While the list above may not cover all situations, another best first contact is always your local District Deputy. He will either have the answer or may be able to direct you to the individual in charge of that program or activity.

 

 
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CONTACT PAGES

 During the fraternal year, there are numerous occasions when a Grand Knight or his officers may need to contact individuals in the Ohio State Council or the Supreme Council when they have local questions or problems pertaining to their local council or membership.  The Ohio State Council website (www.kofcohio.org) may also link you to the appropriate contact person as well.

The following list is intended to assist in these situations.

 All addresses and phone numbers should be listed in the current State Directory (www.kofcohio.org)

 

 
 
SUBJECT   

CONTACT

Supreme Service Award Application

 Supreme Council

Columbian Award Application Supreme Council
Refund Support Vocation Program (RSVP) Supreme Council
Supreme Per Capita Tax Supreme Council
Supreme Catholic Advertising Fund Supreme Council
Report of Officers Chosen – Form # 185 **

** with copies to the State Deputy

Supreme Council
Service Program Personnel Report – Form # 365 **

** with copies to the State Deputy

Supreme Council
Recorded Columbus Day Program Supreme Council
Council “Top Proposer” Award – Form TP-1 Supreme Council
Annual Survey of Fraternal Services Supreme Council
Membership Materials (Most Are Free) Supreme Council
 Bingo Authorization Letter State Deputy
Supreme Convention State Deputy
Ohio State Council Per Capita Tax State Secretary
State Convention Per Diem & Mileage Reimbursement State Secretary
Pennies for Heaven State Secretary
Resolutions State Secretary
2014 & 2015 Super Cash Bonanza Forms State Treasurer
2014 State Convention Information (Columbus) State Treasurer
2014 State Convention Information (Columbus) State Treasurer
2015 State Convention Information (Cincinnati) State Treasurer
Matching Funds State Advocate
Information regarding Local, State or Supreme By-Laws State Advocate

                            

 
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SUPREME COUNCIL OFFICERS

 

 
 
SUPREME KNIGHT Carl A. Anderson
SUPREME CHAPLAIN Archbishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
DEPUTY SUPREME KNIGHT Dennis A. Savoie
SUPREME SECRETARY Charles E. Maurer Jr.
SUPREME TREASURER Logan T. Ludwig
SUPREME ADVOCATE John A. Marrella
SUPREME WARDEN George Hanna
SUPREME MASTER Dennis Stoddard
 
     
  SUPREME COUNCIL DEPARTMENTS  
 
Fraternal Services

Fred Abraham, Executive Vice President

George Hanna, Senior Vice President

Gary Morrissey, Director

Membership Growth J. Michael Durbin, Senior Vice President
Membership Records Larry Mitchell, Director
Catholic Information Service www.kofc.org/cis 
Ceremonials Gary Nolan, Director
New Council Development Stephen Hinkley, Director
 Columbia Magazine Alton J. Pelowski, Managing Editor
Insurance Thomas P. Smith, Jr., Executive Vice President
 
 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

1 Columbus Plaza

New Haven, CT 06510-3326

203-772-2130          Fax 203-752-4103

 

 
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STATE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 
 

Jeffrey T. Kiliany

State General Program Director

559 Walnut St.

Leetonia, OH 44431

Home Council # 1569         YOUN

Wife: Judy

Home Phone: (330) 427-9874

Cell Phone: (330) 853-6099

E-mail: jtktg@yahoo.com

 

Kenneth P. Gardner

State Membership Director

321 Greenwell Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45238

Home Council # 15533       CINN

Wife: Linda

Home Phone: (513) 451-3079

Cell Phone: (513) 484-4714

E-mail: kpgardner@fuse.net

Larry J. Droesch

State Community Director

1758 Prairie Road

Wilmington, OH 45177

Home Council # 3369         CINN

Wife: Bonnie

Home Phone: (937) 383-3680

Cell Phone: (937) 728-7783

E-mail: ldroesch@msn.com

 

Gary R. Anderson

State Culture of Life Activities Director

544 Cherrington Rd.

Westerville, OH 43081

Home Council # 5776         COLB

Wife: Jackie

Home Phone: (614) 895-2588

Cell Phone: (614) 402-3842

E-mail: garyanderson5656@yahoo.com

Donald G. Prall

State Church Activities Director

7534 St. Rte. 305

Hiram, OH 44234

Home Council # 11801       YOUN

Wife: Maria

Home Phone: (330) 569-7893

Cell Phone: (330) 592-5291

E-mail: pralldg@windstream.net

 

Paul E. Haig

State Vocations & Roundtable Director

1051 Cedarhill Circle N.E.

Massillon, OH 44646

Home Council # 554           YOUN

Wife: Mary Ann

Home Phone: (330)  

Cell Phone: (330) 837-1185

E-mail: haig@sssnet.com

Michael P. Nau

State Council Activities Director

18390 Sanford Lane

Caldwell, OH 43724

Home Council # 2565         STUE

Wife: Yvette

Home Phone: (740) 732-5914

Cell Phone: (304) 482-2913

E-mail: mpnau1957@gmail.com

Harding J. Christ

State Public Relations Director

Editor – Buckeye Bulletin

32649 Surrey Lane

Avon Lake, OH 44012

Home Council # 3269         CLEV

Wife: Pat

Home Phone: (440) 933-8986

Cell Phone: (440) 865-2202

E-mail: harding.c@oh.rr.com

Michael A. Saine

State Family Activities Director

1917 Arlington

Toledo, OH 43609

Home Council # 3904         TOLE

Wife: Karen

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (419) 699-9299

E-mail: msaine01@aol.com

 

Paul Goldsmith

State Insurance Liaison

5440 Fulton Rd.   Suite 202

Canton, Oh  44718

Home Council # 554           YOUN

Wife: Dottie

Home Phone:330-754-1426

Cell Phone: (812) 212-8348

e-mail: paul.goldsmith@kofc.org

Robert E. Walsh

State Youth Activities Director

3668 West 133rd St.

Cleveland, OH 44111

Home Council # 2643         CLEV

Wife: Yvette

Home Phone: (216) 671-2929

Cell Phone: (216) 533-1134

E-mail: rewalsh731@aol.com

 

Martin J. Schumacher

State Squires Director

63084 Barnesville/Hendrysburg Rd.
Barnesville, OH 43713

Home Council #  4243        STUE

Wife: Terri

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (740) 310-0314

E-mail: martyschu@hotmail.com

 
     
 

STATE DIRECTORS

 
 

Edward A. Ponder

State Ceremonials Director

8766 Normandy Creek

Centerville, OH 45458

Home Council # 10215       CINN

Wife: Mary Ann

Home Phone: (937) 6360

Cell Phone: (937) 654-3647

E-mail: sirearp@aol.com

 

Joseph J. Mackos

State District Deputy Director

3125 Estates Cr.

Youngstown, OH 44511

Home Council #       YOUN

Wife: Dee

Home Phone: (330) 792-7745

Cell Phone: (330) 506-1303 

E-mail: JMspaman57@yahoo.com

William J. Wirtz Jr.

State Council Development

2221 Vienna Parkway

Dayton, OH 45459

Home Council # 14882       CINN

Wife: Joyce

Home Phone: (937) 312-1757

Cell Phone: (937) 7795

E-mail: billjoyce1@sbcglobal.net

 

Jack P. Campbell

Administrative Services Director

1630 34th St. N.E.

Canton, Oh  44714

Home Council # 341           YOUN

Wife: Mary Jane

Home Phone: (330) 453-0872

Cell Phone: (330) 5659

e-mail: cootzbabe@att.net

Robert A. Gilliland

State Executive Secretary

Administrative Programs Director

P.O. Box 3712

Boardman, OH 44513

Home Council # 13586       YOUN

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (330) 259-1246

BobG@sceinet.com

 

 

 

Jerry J. Lowery

State Website Coordinator

2651 SE 131st Ave

Morriston Florida 32668

Home Council # 11187       COLB

Wife: Sandy

Home Phone: (352) 529-0600

Cell Phone: (614) 371-6924

jerryl@kofc5253.org

E-mail:  jlowery5230@gmail.com

Brett W. Baxter

State IT Administrator

7901 Windrift Place

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Home Council #       COLB

Wife:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (614) 205-5677

E-mail: brettbaxter@baxterhosting.com

 
   

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DIOCESAN MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORS

 
 

Michael  Freil

Diocesan Membership Director - Cinn

10355 Apple Park Court

Centerville, OH 45458

Home Council # 14504       CINN

Wife: Candi

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (937) 750-4780

E-mail: mfreil@woh.rr.com

 

John Brown

Diocesan Membership Director - Clev

212 Boston Lake Dr.

Valley City, OH 44280

Home Council # 4847         CLEV

Wife: Cathy

Home Phone: (330) 5721

Cell Phone: (216) 645-6505  

E-mail: trouter0523@yahoo.com

Robert C. Rhode

Diocesan Membership Director-Colb

211 E. 4th St.

Dover, OH 44622

Home Council # 1973         COLB

Wife:

Home Phone: (330) 343-9553

Cell Phone: (330) 440-5361

E-mail: rcrhode@roadrunner.com

 

Joseph Solomon

Diocesan Membership Director-Steu

910 N. 4th St.

Toronto, Oh  43964

Home Council # 2187         STEU

Wife:

Home Phone: (740) 537-2333

Cell Phone: (740) 632-0725

e-mail: jsolo910@aol.com

Robert L. Boyer

Diocesan Membership Director - Tole

1744 Cambridge Park E

Maumee, OH 43537

Home Council # 11370       TOLE

Wife: Sue

Home Phone: (419) 893-4028

Cell Phone: (419) 467-1888

E-mail: r_boyer@sbcglobal.net

 

Michael T. Jordon

Diocesan Membership Director - Youn

2325 Inwood Dr.

Youngstown, OH 44515

Home Council # 3813         YOUN

Wife: Diane

Home Phone: (330) 793-4968

Cell Phone: (330) 540-7317

E-mail: mtjordon@yahoo.com

James G. Klatte

State Retention Director - West

9946 Montclaire Dr.

Mason, OH 45040

Home Council # 3382         CINN

Wife: Frances

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (513) 490-3511

E-mail: jimklatte@yahoo.com

 

 

Nicholas M. Gresko

State Retention Director - East

364 Wyleswood Drive.

Berea, OH 44017-2443

Home Council # 13984       CLEV

Wife:Alicia

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (440) 479-0354

E-mail: greskon@sbcglobal.net

 

 
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DIOCESAN DISTRICT DEPUTY COORDINATORS

 
 

Michael J. Felerski

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator - Cinn

1580 Gelhot Dr # 234

Fairfield, OH 45014

Home Council #       CINN

Wife:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (513) 869-0180

E-mail: mfelerski@fuse.net

 

George D. Metz

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator - Clev

1324 W. Miner Rd.

Mayfield Hts., OH 44124

Home Council #       CLEV

Wife:

Home Phone: (440) 449-0081

Cell Phone: 

E-mail: georgegmetz@aol.com

Theodore K. Johnson

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator - COLB

3749 Juniper Street

Grove City, OH 43123

Home Council #       COLB

Wife:

Home Phone: (614) 539-5863

Cell Phone: (614) 306-9585

E-mail: kcddcc@yahoo.com

 

Thomas Offenberger

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator - Steu

32 Greenbrier Circle

Marietta, Ohio 45750

Home Council # 478           STEU

Wife: Anita

Home Phone: (740) 373-1256

Cell Phone: (740) 516-6040

e-mail: tomoff@suddenlink.net

James E. Collins

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator - Tole

1903 Wexford Hill Lane

Holland, OH 43528

Home Council # 3904         TOLE

Wife: Dawn

Home Phone: (419) 868-6133

Cell Phone: (419) 356-9606

E-mail: jimcollins@buckeye-express.com

 

Michael M. Rogers

Diocesan Dist. Deputy Coordinator -Youn

1228 Morrow Rd.

Kent, OH 44240

Home Council # 2039         YOUN

Wife: Diane

Home Phone: (330)  677-1277

Cell Phone: (330)  352-8530

E-mail: rogers7910@aol.com

 
     
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GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

To Max the “Light of Ohio” State Program, councils must complete requirements for (Part 1) Service Programs, (Part 2) Administrative Reports/Activities, and (Part 3) Membership Requirements for a total of 1000 “Points of Light”

 The Service Program (Part 1) consists of completing four (4) activities in the six (6) service program areas:  CHURCH, COMMUNITY, COUNCIL, FAMILY, YOUTH, and CULTURE OF LIFE.  Each activity is worth 25 points of light. 

Maximum points of 600

 The Administrative Program (Part 2) consists of completing all sixteen (16) Mandatory Administrative Requirements as listed in the Administrative Program Requirements page shown on page 19 of the General Program Manual for a total of 100 points.  No partial points will be awarded in Part 2.  Administrative Reports/Activities in Part 2 cannot be claimed as an activity in Part 1.  (for example:  Your council’s Family of the Year nomination cannot be used as a Family activity in Part 1.)

Maximum points of 100

 The Membership Program (Part 3) consists of completing a minimum of four (4) MEMBERSHIP activities.  Each Membership activity is worth 25 points of Light with a total of 100 Membership activity points being awarded.

In addition to the 4 completed Membership activities, a council must achieve its “State” membership quota above suspensions as of May 1 and, “Host” or “Participate” in four (4) First Degrees, for a total of 200 points.  The “State” Membership Quotas are based on the divisional status of your council and can be found in the table listed on the Membership Program Requirements page shown on page 20 of the General Program Manual.

Maximum points of 300

 
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Part 1     Service Program Requirements

 600 POINTS

 The “Light of Ohio” Service Program consists of completing four (4) activities in the six (6) service program areas: Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth, and Culture of Life for a total of 24 activities from July 1 through April 15. Each activity of “Light” is worth 25 “Points of Light”.  Councils should submit their activities online at www.kofcohio.org.  However, when absolutely necessary due to situations where the Grand Knight, Program Director, and other Council Directors are not able to use the internet, the Activity Report Form on page 93 may be used and mailed to the appropriate Director. When a council completes 4 activities in a service program area, or, when it completes (1) Supreme “Featured Program” by fulfilling all of the “Featured Program” requirements as specified by Supreme Council, it will earn the maximum of 100 “Points of Light” for that particular service program area.  When 4 activities, or 1 Supreme Featured activity, are completed in all 6 service program areas, a council will earn the maximum of 600 “Points of Light” for the “Light of Ohio” Service Program part of the General Program.  There are no MANDATORY requirements in the service program part. The only MANDATORY requirements are in the Administrative section of the “Light of Ohio” State General Program.

 

 
 

To max the general program you need 1000 “Points of Light”.

CHURCH - Complete 4 of the 14 activities 100 points
COMMUNITY - Complete 4 of the 14 activities       (or 1 Supreme Featured activity) 100 points
COUNCIL - Complete 4 of the 14 activities      (or 1 Supreme Featured activity) 100 points
FAMILY - Complete 4 of the 14 activities      (or 1 Supreme Featured activity) 100 points
YOUTH - Complete 4 of the 14 activities 100 points
CULTURE OF LIFE - Complete 4 of the 10 activities     ( or 1 Supreme Featured activity) 100 points
TOTAL POINTS -   600 points
 
   

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Part 2     Administrative Program Requirements

 100 POINTS

 

Your council has thirteen (13) administrative requirements that must be completed in order to qualify for the TOP STATE awards.  The administrative items listed below do not have any program steps associated with them. Completion of all (13) Mandatory Administrative Requirements will earn a council 100 “Points of Light”.  All (13) Administrative Requirements must be completed.  There will not be any partial points awarded if any of the (13) Mandatory Requirements are not completed.  There will be no additional or bonus points awarded for any of the “Optional” Administrative items listed such as the Membership Plan, Youth of the Year or Lady of the Year nominees, etc. that a council submits. However, successful completion of the required forms will be used as one of the program tiebreakers to determine the top councils in the State General Program.  Contact State Administrative Programs Director Bob Gilliland for assistance or with any questions.

 

REPORT REQUIREMENT DUE BY:
#365 Mandatory  (Supreme Council) July 1
#185 Mandatory  (Supreme Council) Aug 1
Semi Annual Audit Mandatory  (Supreme Council) Aug 15
Semi Annual Audit Mandatory  (Supreme Council) Feb 15
Fraternal Survey Mandatory  (Supreme Council) Jan 30
Sup Per Capita Mandatory  (Supreme Council) Oct 10
State Per Capita Mandatory  (State Council) Aug 30
Knight of the Year Mandatory April 1
Family of the Year Mandatory April 1
Matching Fund  Mandatory;  Minimum $10  submission Dec 1
Pennies 4 Heaven Mandatory; Minimum $10  submission May 1
Charity Campaign Mandatory;  Report any amount 1st Turn-in April 1 
Football Sweepstakes Mandatory;  10 tickets per council minimum Oct 1
     
Membership Plan Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) Sept 30
Volunteer of Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
Lady of Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
Youth of the Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
Chaplain of Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
Religious of Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
Blue Coat of Year Optional (Tiebreaker for Top Division Winners) April 1
     
Columbian Award Required for Star Council Award June 30
TOTAL POINTS -   100 points
 

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Part 3     Membership Program Requirements

 300 POINTS

Recruitment of new members means the continued growth of the Order.  The “Light of Ohio” Membership Program is designed to help your council in its recruiting activities and to achieve its Membership goals.  There are 2 parts to the “Light of Ohio” Membership Program. 

 The first part requires your council to complete (4) of 12 membership recruitment and retention activities.  Each membership activity of “Light” is worth 25 “Points of Light”.  When a council completes 4 activities in the membership program area it will earn the maximum of 100 “Points of Light” for the “Light of Ohio” Membership Program area.

 The second part requires your council to achieve its “Light of Ohio” State Membership Quota and “Host”, or “Participate” in 4 First Degrees.  Your council’s “State Membership Quota is listed in the Membership Table below.  “State” Membership Quotas are based on the divisional status of your council.  Divisions are determined by the number of members in each council as of the May 1 Supreme Membership Report.

 

MEMBERSHIP PART 1 - Complete 4 of the 14 Membership activities 100 points
MEMBERSHIP PART 2 - Achieve “State” Membership Quota for Division

And - Host or Participate in Four (4) First Degrees

200 points
     
 
 

The “Light of Ohio” State Membership Quotas

DIVISION 1

Gain of (2) Members above suspensions as of May 1
DIVISION 2 Gain of (3) Members above suspensions as of May 1
DIVISION 3

Gain of (4) Members above suspensions as of May 1

DIVISION 4 Gain of (7) Members above suspensions as of May 1
DIVISION 5 Gain of (10) Members above suspensions as of May 1
TOTAL POINTS -

300 points

 
   

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Reporting Guidelines

 The guidelines are outlined to let every council participate in the general program.  All program activities must be conducted within the period of JULY 1 through APRIL 15 to quality for program points.  Councils are encouraged to plan and conduct ongoing activities in May and June.  If your council holds an annual event in the last part of April, in May, or June, you may submit it for points as a future activity during the last reporting period (March – April 15th) of the “Light of Ohio” program year.

 Ø  Reporting Periods

The general program will have FIVE (5) reporting periods commencing on July 1 and ending on April 15.  Reports must be submitted no later than the first day of the next reporting period, except April as shown below.

Reporting Period           Submitted Online By
July-August September 1
September-October November 1
November-December January 1
January-February March 1
March-April 15 April 15

Ø  Late Reports

Reports received after the FIFTH day of the scheduled submittal date will be recorded in the following period.  Please note: Reports received after April 20 will not count for program points.  Reports on activities shall be submitted in the program period that the activity took place. 

However, reports received ONE (1) or more periods late will be recorded as late.  Full points will be awarded for late reports.  Late reports are used in tiebreaker decisions for possible top state awards.  Please send all reports in a timely manner.

 Ø  Report Submittals

Councils should report through the State website at: www.kofcohio.orgHowever, when absolutely necessary due to situations where the Grand Knight, Program Director, and other Council Directors are not able to use the internet, the Activity Report Form on page 93 may be used and mailed to the appropriate Director.

Councils shall only submit a maximum of TWO activities per reporting period per program.

 

 
 

State, Division & Diocesan Awards

            Councils have the chance to earn a variety of awards based upon their performance in the State General Program.  Councils that complete the following list of requirements will receive their awards at the State Convention. 

 “The Light of Ohio” Awards 

 Top Overall Statewide Awards

  Twenty-five councils will be recognized, the top five in each of the five divisions, as the top division councils at the State Deputy’s Banquet during the State Convention.  The top councils will ranked by the following:

  • Achieve “maximum” Service Program Activities points under Part 1.   (600 points)
  • Achieve “maximum” points in the 16 “mandatory” Administrative Activities under Part 2.  (100 Points)
  • Achieve “maximum” State Membership Program Activities points in Part 3
  • (300 points)
  • Achieve the highest membership growth with final position ranking based on “% above Membership Quota” from Supreme Council Membership Report as of May 1.  If there is a tie after membership quotas are added, the number of late reports and the number of “optional” Administrative reports will be used as a tiebreaker.

 There will be a total of twenty-five (25) top divisional awards

 “1000 Points of Light” Award

  • Report the required 24 program activities in the six (6) reporting areas and earn the 600 program points in Part 1

  • Submit all the required 16 “mandatory” Administrative Requirements and earn the 100 program points in Part 2.

  • Achieve your council’s net State Program Membership Quota as of May 1 and earn 300 program points in Part 3.

 Number of awards: unlimited

 
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“Candle Light” Award

  • Report the required 24 program activities in the six (6) reporting areas and earn the 600 program points in Part I

  • This award is for councils that did not gain the entire 1000 points of Light

 Number of awards: unlimited

 

Honorees of the Year

 Six Diocesan Awards - One State Award

One award will be given to an outstanding individual in each of the six (6) Dioceses for each of the following categories: Knight, Family, Lady, Volunteer, Chaplain, Religious, Youth, and District Deputy.

 An overall state award honoree will be chosen from each category.  The state award will be presented at the State deputy’s banquet at the State Convention.  Each of the state award winners will receive one (1) complimentary room for Saturday night at the State Convention and two (2) banquet tickets.

 There will be forty-eight (48) Diocesan Honorees and eight (8) State awards for the Honorees of the Year.

 

Best Activity Awards

 Five Divisional Winners - One State Award

 The Best Activity Award will be given to a council in each of the five (5) divisions in each of the following reporting areas:  Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth, Membership, Retention, Culture of Life, Squires, Vocations, Council Newsletter, and Public Relations.

 There will be a total of 60 Best Activity Divisional Awards and 12 State Awards.

 

Best Supreme Activity Awards

             An award will be given to the council regardless of division for the Best Overall Supreme Activity.  Recipients of these awards will have their activity forwarded to Supreme Council for consideration at the Supreme Convention.  The six (6) program areas of the Supreme Council awards are Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life, and Youth. 

 There will be a total of six (6) Supreme Awards.

 

  Best Activity Programming Awards

 Five Divisional Winners in Each of the Seven Reporting Areas

 An award will be given to a council in each of the five (5) divisions in each of the following seven (7) reporting areas:  Church, Community, Council, Family, Membership, Culture of Life, and Youth.  These awards will be based on the overall quality of all activities reported in each reporting area as well as the overall quality of the details and information in the  reports submitted by the Grand Knight and/or Program  Activity Director.

 There will be a total of thirty-five (35)   [7 X 5]   Best Service Activity Programming Divisional Awards.

 

Patriotic Award

 Your council will be eligible for a special patriotism award from the former Fourth Degree Masters in Ohio for the best Patriotic activity. As the tradition, these former Masters will review the activities and present a special Council Patriotic Award at the state convention in May.

 There will be (6) Best Council Patriotic Awards, one for each Diocese, as well as (1) overall winner for the State.

  

The ‘Light of the World” Award

 The Light of the World Award will be presented to the State Officer whose Diocese has the highest percentage of council participation in the state general program and the highest net membership increase as of May 1st.

There will be one (1) state officer designated as the Light of the World Award winner.

 

Membership Awards

Five Divisional Winners in Each of the three membership categories

 An award will be given in each of the five (5) divisions to:

  • The council with the highest net intake (total number) of new members. 

  • The council with the highest net percentage of new members (net new members / total existing members). 

  • The individual member with the highest number of new members recruited.  (Minimum of 10 new members) 

There will be a total of fifteen (15) membership awards

  

Power of One Award

 An award will be given to any council regardless of Division who recruits  “One Member per Council per Month” for ten (10) months  (July-April)

 Number of awards: unlimited

   

Charles Riesbeck Memorial Award

 This award will be presented during the State Council Tour for:

  • The council with the highest overall net membership intake in the state during the fraternal year regardless of Division.

 One (1) award

  • The council with the highest overall percentage of net membership growth in the state during the fraternal year regardless of Division. 

One (1) award

 

 
 

                Program Tiebreakers 

Tiebreaker #1

% of new members above the council’s Supreme membership quota for the fraternal year as of May 1st.

Tiebreaker #2 Least Number of Late Reports Submitted
Tiebreaker #3 Council’s number of “optional” administrative reports
 
   

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Division Levels

The general program division levels are established in order for all size councils to competitively participate in the state program. Divisions are determined by the number of members in each council as of the May 1 Supreme report. The general program will have FIVE divisions with an equal number of councils in each division.

Division # 1: Up to 59 Members

Division # 2: 60 to 99 Members

     Division # 3: 100 to 156 Members

      Division # 4: 157 to 240 Members

   Division # 5: 241 + Members

 

 
 
 

Program Activity Summary Sheet

 

Church

 

Community

Council

Family

Youth

Culture of Life

Membership

(#1)

 

Corporate

 

Communion

(#15)

*Habitat For

 Humanity

(#29)

*Special

Olympics

(#43)

*Food for

Families

(#57)

*Coats For

Kids

(#71)

*March

For Life

(#81)

First Deg

Team

(#2)

New

Evangelization

(#16)

*Wheel Chair

Initiative

(#30)

Past Grand

Knight Program

(#44)

Memorial

Mass

(#58)

Soccer/

F. Throw

(#72)

*Ultrasound

Initiative

(#82)

3 First

Degrees

(#3)

Keep Christ

In Christmas

(#17)

Help Less

Fortunate

(#31)

Blood

Mobile

(#45)

Family

Of Month

(#59)

Drug &Alcohol

Poster

Contest

(#73)

Culture Of Life Essay

(#83)

Blitz

(#4)

Round

Table

(#18)

Make A

Difference

(#32)

Knight of

The Month

(#46)

Family

Picnic

(#60)

Youth

ServiceDay

(#74)

Day of

Unborn

(#84)

Council

Brochure

(#5)

Catholic

Charities

(#19)

Community

Pride

(#33)

Ladies

Appreciation

(#47)

Father’s

Day

(#61)

Religious

Activity

(#75)

Respect

Life Month

(#85)

Officers

Recruit

(#6)

Pastor’s

Request

(#20)

Unemployment

Assistance

(#34)

Council

Team

(#48)

Family

Fun

(#62)

Food &

Clothing Dr

(#76)

Baby

Bottle

(#86)

Admissions

Committee

(#7)

Rosary

Before Mass

(#21)

Adopt A

Highway

(#35)

Greeting

Card Drive

(#49)

Holiday

 Activity

(#63)

Youth

Fun Day

(#77)

40 Days

For Life

(#87)

Council First

Degree Team

(#8)

Read &

Raise

(#22)

Christmas Gifts

(#36)

Council

Dinner

(#50)

Social

Program

(#64)

Breakfast W St. Nick

(#78)

RTL

Education

(#88)

Invitation Cards

To Prospects

(#9)

Council

Choice

(#23)

Council

Choice

(#37)

Council

Choice

(#51)

Council

Choice

(#65)

Council

Choice

(#79)

Council

Choice

(#89)

Council

Choice

(#10)

Council

Choice

(#24)

Council

Choice

(#38)

Council

Choice

(#52)

Council

Choice

(#66)

Council

Choice

(#80)

Council

Choice

(#90)

Council

Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocations

Veterans

 

Public

Relations

 

Fraternal

Activities

Squires

 

Retention

(#11)

*R.S.V.P.

(#25)

VA Support

(#39)

Member

Communication

(#53)

Fraternal

Night

(#67)

Promote

Squires

 

(#91)

Retention

Committee

(#12)

P4H

Activity

(#26)

Support Our Troops

(#40)

Special

Interest Story

(#54)

Bereavement

Committee

(#68)

Joint

Activity

 

(#92)

Helping Hand

Program

(#13)

Seminarian

 Christmas Cards

(#27)

Chaplains

Scholarship

(#41)

Communicate

W Parish

(#55)

Full Wake

Service

(#69)

Squire to

Knight

 

(#93)

Inactive

Insurance

(#14)

Vocations

Committee

(#28)

Patriotic

Activity

(#42)

Council

Website

(#56)

Shining

Armor Award

(#70)

Recruit Squires

 

(#94)

Membership

Mentoring

 

 
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CONDUCTING A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM

            In order to be successful during the implementation of “The Light of Ohio…” general state program, a “Positive Service” approach must be stressed to your council membership.  History has shown that when councils actively conduct a comprehensive activity program for their members, the result is often membership growth.

 Each council program director (often the Deputy Grand Knight) along with the various activity chairmen is encouraged to promote this program with “Positive Service” in mind.  Our state program is designed to allow all councils, regardless of size, the opportunity to “MAX” the program with the least amount of reporting effort.  At the same time, when councils achieve the maximum points in this state program, they will also be well on their way to achieving the Supreme “Star Council” award as well. No goal is too great if your council leaders are well organized and confident of attaining success.

 Assemble your council program director and chairs to review the new ideas, activities and programs that will promote your success in “The Light of Ohio…” state program.  Councils that strive for success; must be well organized, plan accordingly, and properly execute their plans.  In order to conduct a successful council activity program stressing positive service, the following guidelines should be used:

 1.    READ - “THE LIGHT OF OHIO…” PROGRAM BOOK

 MOST OF THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE OHIO STATE COUNCIL WEB SITE  (www.kofcohio.org).  There is no substitute for knowing and understanding the program presented.  Please read the entire program and review the program areas with your council leaders.  Understand the contest “guidelines,” the reporting requirements, and the necessary due dates.

 2.    APPOINT PROGRAM CHAIRMEN.  The Grand Knight and the program director should appoint a chairman for each of the SEVEN (7) program areas.  If possible, assign co-chairmen to assist in the programs and sub programs.

 

REPORT CHAIRMEN TO THE SUPREME COUNCIL (Form # 365).  Each of your program chairmen should be listed on Supreme Form # 365 and forwarded to Supreme Council before September 1.  In this way, each chairman will be placed on the Supreme mailing lists for program information.

 PROVIDE PROGRAM CHAIRMEN WITH PROGRAM HANDBOOKS.  Make sure that each of your program chairmen has a copy of their respective sections of “THE LIGHT OF OHIO…” state activity program and the “Surge with Service” Supreme booklet.  Online versions are available at (www.kofcohio.com) and (www.kofc.org)

1.    CONDUCT A PROGRAM PLANNING MEETING WITH YOUR CHAIRMEN.  All of your council’s program chairmen should meet with the Grand Knight and the council program director to plan and discuss their program for the fraternal year.  Select and schedule your planned activities so that you are conducting a comprehensive program throughout the year and not just over a few months.

 2.    PLAN AND CREATE AN OUTLINE OR MATRIX FOR ALL PLANNED ACTIVITIES.  List all program or activities that your director and chairmen have decided to accomplish during the fraternal year.  Lay out these activities on a monthly calendar to prevent an overload of programs in certain months and none in other months.  Please refer to the Program Activity Summary Sheet in the general program for a comprehensive, one-page layout of the general state program activities by program area for reference (found on page 30 of this booklet).

 3.    HOLD A MONTHLY REVIEW MEETING.  Each of your program chairmen needs to report to the program director the activities that they have conducted on a monthly basis.  The deadline for reporting the bi-monthly activity reports is generally the first of the month of the next reporting period.  It is appropriate to conduct this meeting during the last week of the reporting period to review the activities that will or have been reported and to plan the activities for the upcoming months.  It is suggested that the Grand Knight include a report of program progress from the Council Program Director in his monthly council meeting agenda.

 4.    SUBMIT YOUR BI-MONTHLY REPORTS ON TIME.  To assure that your council receives credit for the activities completed during a two-month period, make sure that each report is submitted online no later than the first of the month of the following reporting period.  Reports received more than one reporting period late will be given credit but will be recorded as “late.”  Late reports will be taken into consideration as a tiebreaker for those councils in the running for the state council awards.

 5.    STRIVE TO EARN A STATE AWARD.  There are many Ohio State Council awards that will be presented at the annual state convention recognizing the excellent efforts that many councils display during the state general program year.  Each Grand Knight with his leadership team is encouraged to set goals to achieve as many of these awards as possible.

 Now is the time to start organizing your council’s efforts and develop a great activity program that promotes council member involvement, positive service, and fellowship.  An active council is a viable and growing council.  Your program director, chairmen, and council members are invited to join together to promote, enjoy and have fun with the 2013-2015 “The Light of Ohio…” Ohio State Council State General Program.

 

 
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CONDUCTING THE PLANNING MEETING

 The best way to set an enthusiastic and exciting tone for the entire year’s activity schedule is to have an early program-planning meeting.  This meeting should be held as soon as all of your chairmen appointments have been made.  The following is a proposed agenda for this important step in becoming a very successful and active council.

 

1.    Review all of the successful activities from the previous year AND analyze the reasons for their success. 

2.    Decide which activities will be repeated in this program year.  Make sure that emphasis is placed on programs that meet your parish, community or council needs.

3.    Discuss ways to develop new, unusual and exciting activities for the upcoming program year.  If necessary, have the chairmen appoint assistant co-chairmen. 

4.    Establish tentative dates for projects and mark them on your program calendar.  Make sure that these dates fit the state program dates outlined in the general program.

 5.    Incorporate public relations activities into as many of your programs as possible. 

 6.    Arrange a reporting mechanism with each of your chairmen so that your program reports are properly submitted on time. 

 

Prepare a schedule for all future review meetings.   Be sure to develop a council calendar for all your scheduled activities and distribute it to all council officers and chairmen.

 

 
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Using the State Council web site

 The entire The Light of Ohio” state general program is viewable in HTML Format on the Ohio State Council website for your review and reference. A .pdf format copy of the state general program can be readily downloaded and printed. The Ohio State Council Knights of Columbus website address is http://www.kofcohio.org

ELECTRONIC REPORTING

All activity program steps must be reported on-line as all of the individual activity report forms, by program area, are available on the web site. Go to the Ohio State Council website http://www.kofcohio.org and select the appropriate menu option for a specific report form.

The state website is a great communications tool to keep members informed of the many Knights of Columbus programs and issues throughout the state of Ohio. It provides excellent information about the various state-sponsored programs that are conducted throughout the fraternal year and keeps us up-to-date on current events, both at the Ohio State Council and Supreme levels.

We encourage our membership to visit the website and utilize the many features that have been designed and developed to help disseminate state information and make program reporting fun and easy. There is a wealth of information presented that can assist all councils to become more involved and successful with their activity programming efforts.

  COUNCIL PROGRAM DATA ENTRY PROCEDURE

*** Using your browser application go to http://www.kofcohio.org.

1. At the top of this page, in the Gray Bar, you will see "Login  as a Menu choice. Select "Loginand it will take you to the "COUNCIL PROGRAMS LOGIN PAGE"

2. "USER NAME" = Your First. a period, and Last name. Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name with a period between the them. SAMPLE "Jerry.LoweryPASSWORD  = "charity".  Use the drop down menu to choose your council number.  Then click on the submit button which will take you to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page.

3. Select the ENTER PROGRAMS drop down menu and select NEW REPORT”. This will take you the “COUNCIL CREATE NEW REPORT” web page.

4. Select your council number from the “Council Number” drop down menu.

5. Select the program activity that you wish to report from the “Program” drop down menu and click the “Submit button.

 6. The next web page is the report form for the Program Activity. On this web page each activity in the program group is explained in detail. Select the “Go to Program Report (blue) link or scroll down to the “New Program Entry Form” at the bottom of the page.

a. In the “Reporting Period” row use the drop down menu to select your reporting period.

b. In the “Activity Number” row use the drop down menu to select the Activity Number you are reporting.

c. In the “Description of Activity” column provide a narrative of the action taken for this activity. (Warning: Do not Copy / Paste from PDF Files into your program reports!)

d. In the “Number of Knights Hours” field enter the total hours for all Knights present for the activity.

e. In the “Total Number of Knights Present at Program” field enter the total number of Knights participating in the activity

f. In the “Activity Date” row, enter the date of the activity.

g. In the “Submitted by” row enter your Name

h. In the “Telephone” row enter your phone number.

i. When all information is provide, select the “Save” button

7. You will be returned to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web Page.

8. On this page by selecting the “ENTER PROGRAMS” drop down menu you can enter a new report, review submitted reports or add photo’s to submitted reports.

9. If you wish to add photos select the “Up Load Pictures” menu item and you will see the “COUNCIL PICTURE UPLOAD” web page.

10. Select your council number from the “Council Number” drop down menu and from the “Program” drop down menu select the program you want to add a photo and click the “Submit” button. You will see the “COUNCIL REPORTS AVAILABLE FOR UPLOAD” web page.

11. In the “Activity Number” row select the activity number you wish to upload (assign) photo’s to.

12. On the next screen select the Browse button and go to the Folder on your PC that contains the photo and select the photo. When finished, select the “Submit” button

  (note: If the upload window does not close following the upload at 100%, close this window by using your mouse and hover over the “X” icon in the upper right corner of this upload window and use the left click button on your mouse to close this window.)

13. You will be returned to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page.

14. On this page by selecting the “ENTER PROGRAMS” drop down menu, you can continue to enter new reports, review submitted reports or add photo’s to submitted reports.

15. To review submitted reports, under t “ENTER PROGRAMS” select “Review Submitted Reports”, and you will see the “Council Review Pending Reports” page. Select your council number from the “Council Number” drop down menu and from the “Program” drop down menu select the program you want to review and in the “Type” drop down menu, select “Pending Review” and click the “Submit” button. You will see the Council Reports Pending Page.

16. Select the “Activity” number to see the entered report. Scroll to the bottom of this page you will see the “Button” to select and the words, you have stored (X number) of pictures stored for the activity. “Click on the “Button” and you will see the pictures you have stored.

 

COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION

Another selection on the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page is “GRAND KNIGHTS REVIEW CENTER” menu option. Selecting this option you will see in the drop down menu the “Council Officers” menu selection. This menu selection will take you to the “COUNCIL OFFICERS”  web Page. 

  On the “COUNCIL OFFICERS” web page select the “GRAND KNIGHTS REVIEW CENTER” menu option. This will take you to the “COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION” web page.   Here you will find "Council Records" and "Program Records"

1.                  Under the "Council Records" "Review Council Records" menu you will find personnel directory records of all council Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, District Deputies, and District Deputy Coordinators.

2.                  Under the "Program Records" "Review of Programs" you will find listed by council a list of all reports submitted by each council. Click in the window and use your (mouse wheel, Arrows, or page up/down) to scroll to your council then click on your council number.

3.                  Under the "Program Records" "Review of Program stats" select a council from the drop down menu and select the “GO” option menu. Here you will find Council Program Stats detail listing. Select the Program and all activity reports submitted by that council for that program are listed.  Click on the “Printer” Icon to print a copy of the report.

4.                  Under the "Program Records" "Review of Program stats" You will also be able to see by using the Activity Tab “Supreme”  if the council submitted required Supreme Documents as well as membership numbers information.

 

 HELPFUL HINTS

** To search a listing press and hold the “ctrl” key and press the “F” key. A window will open providing you an area to type in your search request.

** Holding down the “ctrl” key and rotating your mouse center wheel you can enlarge the screen view.

** Remember, if you walk away or are distracted after you have login and show no activity in the application for a 60 minute period, you will be logged off. If you were in the middle of filling out a report and you time out you will be taken to the KofC Ohio web site entrance screen.

 

TO CHANGE COUNCIL OFFICER DATA

 

*** Using your browser application go to http://www.kofcohio.org.

 1. At the top of this page, in the Gray Bar, you will see  "Login”  as a Menu choice. Select  "Login” and it will take you to the "COUNCIL PROGRAMS LOGIN PAGE"

 2. "USER NAME" = Your First. a period, and Last name. Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name with a period between the them.  SAMPLE "Joseph.McLowery"  PASSWORD  = "charity".  Use the drop down menu to choose your council number.  Then click on the “submit” button which will take you to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page.

 3. After you login to the "Main Menu – Council XXXXX Reports”  screen, go to the “MAIN MENU” drop down tab, (Left side of screen), and under this tab select the “SELF SERVICE” menu option.  

4. On the "SELF SERVICE" screen select the "Wrench" Icon above the words "Update Your ID Profile (all including GK and FS Positions)" This will take you to the "Web User Select Selection Page".

 5. On this page scroll down to the existing council Grand Knight record and select the record number on the right hand side of the row indicating your current grand knight .

     ((NOTE: To search a listing press and hold the “ctrl” key and press the “F” key. A window will open providing you an area to type in your search request.))

 6. On this record, type in the new grand knight information and submit. ((NOTE: You will see two (2) records for the old grand knight. Select the GK record.))

 

TO LOCATE A DEGREE IN YOUR AREA

*** Using your browser application go to http://www.kofcohio.org.

1. At the top of this page, in the Gray Bar, you will see "Login  as a Menu choice. Select "Loginand it will take you to the "COUNCIL PROGRAMS LOGIN PAGE"

2. "USER NAME" = Your First. a period, and Last name. Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name with a period between the them. SAMPLE "Jerry.LoweryPASSWORD  = "charity".  Use the drop down menu to choose your council number.  Then click on the submit button which will take you to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page.

3. On this page under the Banner Logo you will see the menu option  “VIEW DEGREE SCHEDULES” . Select this menu option and a drop down menu will provide options for viewing degrees in your area.  

WHERE IS THE DIRECTORY?

*** Using your browser application go to http://www.kofcohio.org.

1. At the top of this page, in the Gray Bar, you will see "Login  as a Menu choice. Select "Loginand it will take you to the "COUNCIL PROGRAMS LOGIN PAGE"

2. "USER NAME" = Your First. a period, and Last name. Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name with a period between the them. SAMPLE "Jerry.LoweryPASSWORD  = "charity".  Use the drop down menu to choose your council number.  Then click on the submit button which will take you to the “MAIN MENU COUNCIL REPORTS PAGE” web page.

3. Select the “GRAND KNIGHTS REVIEW CENTER” Tab.  This will take you to the “COUNCIL ADMISTRATION “web page. Under “COUNCIL RECORDS” select   “Grand Knight”, “Financial Secretary”, or “District Deputy” and scroll down the list to locate information. (Note: Remember you can hold the “ctrl” key and press the “F” key and a window will open providing you an area to type in your search request.)

4. State officer and State Program Director information can be found in the program directory.

 

 HOW DO WE CREATE A WEB SITE

Getting your council a web site is easy and inexpensive.

1st - Find someone in your council who is familiar with MS Front Page Web Designer, or some other web design software. (WEB MASTER). You may want to create a web site Director position for this individual.

2nd - A new web site will have two cost, $50.00 for a five year URL such as www.kofc99999.org and a low cost shared use charge for server license that has yet to be determined by the State Council.  Other commercially available server sites will start out at low price and then add dollar’s as your site becomes popular with simultaneous users and you add megabits of data. Have your council approve the expenditure of $50.00 to purchase your Domain Name which shall be www.kofcXXXXX.org for a period of 5 Years. (Note: XXXXX is your council number)

3rd - Contact SK Brett Baxter, (614) 205-5677, email - brett.baxter@baxterhosting.com 7901 Windrift Place Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068, and let him know that you are sending him the check to set up a web site for your council.

4th - When the site is ready Brett will contact your WEB MASTER and give him your web site address, Access user name and password.

 

Grand Knight can change pending submitted reports

The Grand Knight record is a permanent record that cannot be changed. This basic profile record is what keeps the data base organized and functional as it is used as a reference for other profile records and data collection. A new Profile record needs to be created to enable a new GK to change submitted pending reports.

1. Login using the GK generic ID, password and council number.

2. This will take you to the “Main Menu Council Reports” screen.

3. On the upper left hand side of the “Main Menu Council Reports” screen, under the “Main Menu” drop down tab click the “Self Service” menu item which will take you to the “Self-Service” screen.

4. On the ‘Self-Service’ screen, click on the flashing “NEW” button.

5. This will open up a screen that will permit the creation of a new profile record for the current Grand Knight.

6. Complete the new current Grand Knight profile record to include a new login and password, and click on the “Insert Record” button to save this new record. (Note, items in RED cannot be changed.)

7. The current Grand Knight will then have the ability, using  this new record with new login and password, to change a report while it is still pending.

8. The State Council DD, DD Coordinator, Executive Administrator or web site system administrator have the update authority to change the permanent record data base record of a Newly elected Grand Knight or Financial Secretary.

 

Jerry J. Lowery, Sr.                                 

State Website Director  

2651 SE 131st Ave

Morriston Florida 32668

Home (352) 529-0600

Cell (614) 371-6924

jerryl@kofc5253.org

jerryl5230@gmail.com

 

 
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Ohio Knights and Social Media

 In the late summer of 2010 the Ohio State Council made the decision to brave the new world of Social Media on the Internet.  Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. are part of this world of social media.  On July 1st of 2011 the State Council launched its Facebook and Twitter presence.

 On Facebook, the State Council has created a “Facebook Page” which any one can visit using their web browser and the address:

www.facebook.com/OhioKnightsOfColumbus

 Although you don’t need a Facebook account to view the website, if you do have an account, you can “Follow” us which provides you with updates on any status posts we make to the “Page”.  Also with an account, you can comment on, and “Like” any of our posts to share with you friends.  Our Facebook Page provides Ohio Knights news, links to stories important to Knights in Ohio, as well as pictures and a calendar of upcoming events.  As of this writing we have around 350 people who “Like” us and reach up to 2,000 people when we post an update.

 Twitter is a short message posting service.  Bite sized 140 character “tweets” are posted/sent and viewable by using the web address of:

www.twitter.com/KofCOhio

 Here, the State Council not only tweets its own messages, but also “Re-tweets” messages from the Supreme, the Catholic News Agency, the Pope’s own account and many others.  You do not need your own twitter account to view our tweets, but if you do have an account, your can “follow” us and get our tweets sent directly to you.  One other advantage to our twitter account is that it is linked to our Facebook Page, so that any posts to Facebook automatically send a “tweet” including a link back to our Facebook Page for viewing.  To date we have close to two hundred twitter followers.

 Please take advantage of our social media efforts, and remember, you don’t need a Facebook or twitter account to view the pages.  You only need an account if you want to interact with the pages, such as commenting or posting pictures.

 Michael J. Felerski

Social Media Coordinator

1580 Gelhot Dr # 234

Fairfield, OH 45014

Home Phone:

Cell Phone: (513) 869-0180

E-mail: mfelerski@fuse.net

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Church Activities   2013-2015

The Knights of Columbus are Catholic Gentlemen committed to developing and expanding service programs focusing on the values of charity, unity, fraternalism, patriotism and defense of the priesthood.

The Knights of Columbus is a values-driven catholic men’s organization, deeply rooted in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by serving people in need of care. Founded by Father McGivney men of the Knight’s of Columbus utilize the strength of our national presence to focus on meeting the specific needs of each community we serve.

The Knight’s utilize the unique talents of each member to spread the light of Christ throughout the world. The Lord calls each member as he did his first disciples, with Peter at the head, to gather all men into his net. Men of the Knights know that with their own strength they are powerless but with the strength of Christ they can exceed all expectations.  Mark’s gospel states; “Is a lamp to be placed under a bushel basket…and not to be placed on a lamp stand? “…nothing is secret except to come to light.”  With every action Jesus teaches that his light shine through each member and be brought forth so that others will see the good works of the Knights of Columbus so that in this manner all will come to know and glorify our heavenly Father.

In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of the 14 possible activities for a grand total of 100 points

  • Complete 4 out of the 14 church steps for 25 points each (100 points).
  • Council Choice Steps may be used as an elective for an appropriate church or vocation’s activity.
  • Councils should report through the State website at:

 

Activity #1   Council Corporate Communion   (25 points)

 The Knights of Columbus celebrate a corporate communion to bring all Knights together to demonstrate unity in the celebration of Mass and the Eucharist.

Councils should utilize Knights and their family members as much as possible for the various lay ministers at those Masses (cantors, lectors, extreme ministers of the Eucharist, gift bearers, etc) Following Mass invite all members and their families to a social in the parish hall or basement. This program may be run jointly with other councils in your area.

 To receive program credit:

  • Contact your Pastor to obtain permission for activity at Sunday Mass
  • Advertise in your Parish bulletin
  • Invite local 4th degree
  • Reserve a section of seats in church
  • Plan a social afterward
  • Schedule a corporate communion at least once in the program year.
  • Submit a brief report of your program with the State Church Director.
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

Activity #2   New Evangelization   (25 points 

The Year of Faith can be a time of intense renewal and of getting back to the basics of who we are as Catholics. We are invited as Catholics to pause and reflect on the value and brilliance of the ways in which the light of the world, Jesus Christ, gathers us, forms us and encourages us to act in the world. We are living in a time where so many are stating that they are “spiritual not religious” but the Knights of Columbus are being called to be living examples not only build up the family of Christ but to evangelize and spread his light throughout the world. 

The year of Faith is also meant to usher us into a deeper preparation for the “New Evangelization” with a fresh and new proposal of the Gospel to the world, person by person.

During this year we are called to readjust our priorities, to reschedule our lives, to put Christ and the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and penance at the center of our lives.

 The theme of the Year of Faith is the Door of Faith. We are being called to open the door of our heart and minds to whomever may be knocking. He will never just open and enter on his own because the door of faith only opens on one side and that is from within. Jesus is knocking asking you to open the door, asking you into the light of his love.

 To receive program credit:

  • Initiate a Year of the Faith or New Evangelization program in your Council or Parish; Use DVDs on Catholicism or DVD series from your Diocesan Library
  • Participate in the Parish Program as a group
  • Provide refreshments (snacks, pizza) for Parish Meeting
  • Bible Study – 30 minutes prior to meeting
  • Invite Deacon or Father to the 5 or 10 week program you initiate
  • Invite a Friend to Mass and initiate DVD series on “Awakening Faith”

A personal invitation can make all the difference to someone who has drifted from the faith or feels alienated from the church. Bring them to the light of Christ!

  • Report your program participation to your State Church Director
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #3   Keep Christ in Christmas   (25 points)

            Keeping Christ in Christmas is keeping the very heart and meaning of the Christmas celebration alive. At Christmas we honor the birth of Jesus Christ and each year we are to remind society that Christmas is a Holy Day. The Knight’s of Columbus sponsors the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign to remind everyone that Christmas is above all, a holy day celebrating the birth of Christ. Keeping Christ in Christmas is not an event for once a year but rather a daily revealing of the character, love and spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through our actions.

 To receive program credit:

  • Urge all members to display a Nativity scene at their home parish.
  • Order, display and offer “Keep Christ in Christmas” printed material from Supreme

#4554; #4555; #2760

  • Order Keep Christ in Christmas magnets; sell them and donate the proceeds
  • Submit a “Keep Christ in Christmas” advertisement for publication in your Parish     bulletin or your council newsletter
  • Encourage members to send Christmas cards that convey a religious theme
  • Submit a written report to the state church Director.
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

 Activity #4   Round Table   (25 points)         

Does your Council serve more than one Parish?  If you answered yes then you will need to set up a Round Table. 

The Supreme Program will enable councils to make their presence known in the Parishes they serve. The concept of the K of C roundtable set forth in booklet #2632 has been designed to overcome the multi-parish problem and make the tremendous manpower of the Knights of Columbus readily available to our Pastors. Simply put, the roundtable program places Knights of Columbus Councils at the disposition of Parish Priests for whatever purpose the Pastors deem necessary.

 To receive program credit:

  • The Grand Knight and Financial Secretary meet with the Pastor and present him   with booklet #2632 Round Tables.

  • Once the Pastor agrees to the program the Grand Knight appoints a coordinator to serve as a contact between the council and the Pastor.

  • The Grand Knight completes form #2629 which must be submitted yearly to supreme.

  • Roundtable coordinator should meet with the Pastor bi-monthly and offer to take on any manageable project the Pastor may request

  • Document your activity and submit a written report to the State Church Director.

  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #5   Catholic Charities   (25 points)

 The Mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church family and other people of good will to do the same; like the Knights of Columbus.

Catholic Charities is the largest private network of social service in the United States working towards family support, reduction in poverty as well as to assist in building communities of faith.

 Those who volunteer are being called to give the most important gift to those in need, “selfless service” and in giving of themselves they can bring about a significant difference in someone else’s life.

 To receive program credit:

  • Have a coat collection drive or purchase coats from Supreme, set up a time and date with your local catholic charities to help distribute to Children in need, ‘Keep the kids warm”.
  • If your Parish or Council has a toy or food drive volunteer to transport the items to your local catholic charities
  • Offer manpower to help with fundraisers at your catholic charities ”Men who cook”, or unloading trucks
  • Have a fundraiser for first step program, donate the money for diapers of baby formula such as “Enfamil”
  • Collect school supplies at your parish and deliver items to your local catholic charities
  • Report your program to the State Church Director
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #6   Pastor’s Request   (25 points)

 Contact your Parish Pastor and offer assistance in a variety of projects. Discuss with your Pastor what “special” projects he needs to have completed. Writing a check is not the inspiration behind this activity. However, if the Pastor requests a project that needs funds than plan to have a fund raiser to meet the Pastor’s needs.

 To receive program credit:

  • Schedule a meeting with your Pastor to discuss his “special” project that the Knights could support and assist him with
  • Describe in detail the Pastor’s request and submit a report
  • Submit online a brief report to the State Church director
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #7   Rosary before Mass  (25 points)

 The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them.  Many people privately pray the Rosary and know the power of this prayer. Many have also received blessings while praying the Rosary publicly. Devotion to the Rosary has fallen in the past few decades. Many traditional parishes still maintain the custom, but in other churches, even those dedicated to St. Mary, the rosary is no longer prayed publicly. However, the Rosary promises enable us to accept and cooperate with God’s grace enabling all people to follow his commands to earn eternal life. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.

 To receive program credit:

  • Schedule a meeting with your Pastor and set up a day and time that the Rosary can be led by the Knights about 30 minutes before Mass.
  • Ask Knights of Columbus members with a strong devotion to the Rosary to lead
  • Advertise in church bulletin when the Knights will be leading the Rosary
  • Submit a brief report of your program with the State church Director
  • Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #8   Read and Raise   (25 points)

 A fundraiser campaign designed to support awareness in the Catholic community by increasing the readership of proven well liked Catholic publications while raising unprecedented funds to support Knights of Columbus.

 We are granted the unprecedented opportunity to promote catholic learning and raise funds for Knights of Columbus.

 Raising the awareness of catholic supported literature will help families’ foster attitudes and behaviors that support catholic literacy development

 To receive program credit:

For each year long subscription sold, the Ohio State Council receives 40% in return, and 20% of that is returned to councils that sold the subscription.

A web based program all councils have to do is access www.readandraise.com

Check on the shop tab, make choices, designate your council and place the order

Persons or groups, “RCIA-CCD” interested in subscribing can visit the web site, select the proper council number from a drop down menu, select their magazine and complete the purchase with a credit or debit card.

A few of their choices are Catholic Digest, Living Faith Kids, National Catholic Registrar and St. Anthony Messenger.

To receive credit for this activity a council must obtain subscriptions from at least 3 members.  Submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #9   Church Activity – Elective #1   (25 points)

 Use activity 9 to report on a Church activity that was designed and created for Church Programs of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Church Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #10   Church Activity – Elective #2   (25 points)

 Use activity 10 to report on a Church activity that was designed and created for Church Programs of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Church Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Donald Prall

State Church Director

7534 Rt. 305

Hiram, OH 44234

330-569-7893

pralldg@windstream.net

 

 
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The Light of Ohio”

Vocations Activities 2013-2015

  A vocation is a call from God. Support of vocations has always been a priority for the Knights of Columbus. We cherish and celebrate all forms of vocations, especially vocations to the priesthood and a religious life. With the many distractions throughout our society it is difficult for many people to hear and answer the call to a religious life.

With the Church’s urgent need for priests and consecrated religious women and men, our “THE LIGHT OF OHIO” State Program gives special priority to promoting these vocations. We as Knights need to show the strength within our order as a sign of our everlasting commitment for those interested in a life dedicated to a religious vocation.

Our call as Knights of Columbus is to preserve and maintain all vocations, in particular, vocations to the priesthood and those in a consecrated religious life. As faithful members of the laity we have a duty to create Awareness, Motivate, and provide a Climate, so that everyone especially our young will be able to hear God’s calling. We must support our priests and encourage vocations to the priesthood as well as those interested in a religious life.

We cannot create a “Vocation”, only God can do that. However, as Knights of Columbus, we can promote programs that make the community more “Vocations conscious.” To make a difference in today’s world, as committed Catholics, we should all look to promoting vocations.

  

 Activity #11 -  R.S.V.P.  (25 Points)

The RSVP (Refund Support Vocations Program) gives councils the opportunity to provide an individual seminarian or novice with meaningful financial and moral support.  This helps to create a bond of friendship between the Knights of Columbus and the seminarians who will one day become our Parish Priest.  Supreme Council will reimburse the council $100 for every $500 contributed to a seminarian or novice up to a maximum of $400.

 To receive program credit:

  •  Obtain a list of current seminarians from your Diocese and choose someone who your council would like to establish a relationship with.

  • A one time contribution or, a series of several contributions over the course of the year can be sent.

  • Send the contributions with a card & letters of encouragement from your council members.

  • To receive reimbursement from Supreme Council, submit Supreme Council RSVP Form #2863 along with a copy of the cancelled check (front & back) to Supreme Council.

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 *The R.S.V.P. activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required of Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Church Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 

To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • Activity must be in a council sponsored project with a minimum of $500 per seminarian or postulant.  Money must be vocation related and given directly to the individual.

  • Substantial moral support is also required.  This would include correspondence between the council and recipient, personal visits, invitations to council events. etc.

  • Please submit the Vocations Activities Program online form with copies of the Supreme Form 2863 as well as any additional information of what your council did for this very special activity.

 

 Activity #12 – Pennies For Heaven Fundraising Activity  (25 Points)              

Many councils do more than just passing the jug at council functions.  They do specific activities to increase their contributions to the Pennies For Heaven program.  Many councils also involve their entire parish as well. We would also like for you to tell us what your council does for Pennies For Heaven.  After you send your check to the State Secretary, complete the online report through the State website.

 To receive program credit:

  1. Conduct a collection activity at your Parish

  2. Hold a breakfast or dinner specifically to raise funds for “Pennies For Heaven”

  3. Hold a 50/50 drawing specifically for “Pennies For Heaven”

  4. Ask your members to consider a “Pennies For Heaven” donation when collecting dues.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #13 – Christmas Card Campaign for Seminarians  (25 Points)

 It seems that getting cards that let them know that someone cares could be a real lift to a Seminarian’s spirits. On these special occasions have the members and families send cards to them.

 To receive program credit:

  • Obtain a list of seminarians from your Diocese.

  • Organize a group of several members or a committee to send cards at Christmas time.

  • A gift card or monetary gift included in the card from your council would be most appreciated. 

  • The recipients of your card program should be mentioned before the “Good of the Order” section of your council’s December regular business meeting.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #14 – Vocations Committee   (25 Points) 

The Second Vatican Council recommended that all parish communities form a Vocation Committee to further vocation awareness within their parishes. This is due to the fact that the number of men and women who have chosen to answer a call to religious vocation has gradually diminished. Members of the Church today must come to realize the importance of encouraging God’s people to serve as Priests, Sisters, Brothers, and Deacons, in full time church ministry. Establishing a Vocations Committee is a visible way to support vocations at our parishes and in our Diocese.

 The council Chaplain or Pastor should be acquainted with and approve the plans of the committee. The Diocesan Vocations Department resources should also be utilized.

 The Vocation Committee will work under the framework of the Parish(s) that the council serves.  At least one council member who is also a member of the parish should sit on the committee along with members of the parish involved.

Suggested activities for the council:

 To receive program credit:

  • Become aware of the Diocesan Office of Vocations programs.

  • Determine what programs can be carried out at the parish.

  • Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations in April

  • Special observance of Vocations Awareness Week in January

  • Regular Prayers for vocations at every council meeting.

  • Submit a detailed report to the State Church Director. Include the name(s) of members and the parish or parishes involved.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Paul E. Haig

State Vocations & Roundtable  Director

1051 Cedarhill Circle N.E.

Massillon, OH 44646

(330) 837-1185

haig@sssnet.com

 

 
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THE PARISH ROUND TABLE:

   

GUIDED BY FAITH, COMMITTED TO SERVICE:

 For over a century, Knights of Columbus has been dedicated to serving the Catholic Church. Given that one of our greatest commitments as Knights is to serve the Church and all she stands for, Knights of Columbus created the Parish Round Table Program—an easy and effective way for member Knights to better serve their individual parishes. As such, by supporting the program and forming Parish Round Tables, Knights of Columbus councils not only assist individual parishes, but their communities as well.

DEFINING A PARISH ROUND TABLE AND ITS PURPOSE:

 Because not every parish has its own Knights of Columbus council, the Parish Round Table Program was developed as a way of establishing a Knights of Columbus presence in every parish, a goal that we hope will be actively supported by each council and every Knight.

 A Parish Round Table is comprised solely of Knights. All members of the Knights of Columbus, regardless of council affiliation, are members of their parish’s Parish Round Table. There are no regular meetings, no additional dues, or elected officials. The only position is an appointed coordinator whose job it is to communicate with the parish priest, receive his direction, and manage the efforts of the Parish Round Table.

 With the approval of the parish priest, a Parish Round Table can serve a parish in any number of ways. However, the ultimate aspiration of any Parish Round Table remains the same: to serve as needed and when needed by the parish priest. 

THE DIFFERENCE A PARISH ROUND TABLE CAN MAKE: 

There are many benefits in establishing a Parish Round Table for the parish, its priest, and member Knights. Having a Knights of Columbus Parish Round Table creates a unique and effective support structure within the parish. Whether it’s fundraising for a new roof, or actively participating in the parish’s ministry, devoted Knights serve as invaluable resources for realizing the needs of the parish.

 The benefits of a Parish Round Table for local councils and its members are also evident. Through personal service to our respective parishes, the Order is able to truly fulfill its commitment to serving the Catholic Church, as well as our communities. And, as Knights, being active in our own parishes helps strengthen our personal faith and often helps create a better place for our families own parishes helps strengthen our personal faith and often helps create a better place for our families to grow theirs. 

OPERATING A PARISH ROUNDTABLE:

  • There are no elective offices in the Knights of Columbus Round Table. The Grand Knight appoints a coordinator as the designated leader of the Round Table and its members and acts as liaison between the Round Table and Council.
  • Meet as necessary to aid the pastor and parish community.
  • The Parish Round Table has no dues. Members continue to meet their financial obligation to their council, and the Parish Round Table projects are council projects. The Parish Round Table coordinator must communicate with the Grand Knight and the council to ensure the project’s success.
  • The coordinator should visit the pastor frequently (monthly is suggested) to ask what the Knights of this parish can do to help and offer assistance.
  • The pastor should only be as involved as he wants it to be. The Parish Round Table should lighten his workload, not add to it.
  • The coordinator should call on those Parish Round Table members best qualified to carry out a specific project(s) and provide project leadership from start to finish.
  • When a project requires more support than the Parish Round Table members can provide, the coordinator solicits the whole council for support and assistance.
  • The Grand Knight and the pastor annually review activities of the Parish Round Table and the effectiveness of the coordinator.
  • If the pastor desires a change of coordinator, or if the coordinator resigns during the fraternal year, the pastor selects a new coordinator and the Grand Knight makes the appointment.
  • If there is a change of pastor, the Grand Knight and the coordinator call on the new pastor, explain the program and seek his continued support.

COMMUNICATION:

  • Each coordinator of a Round Table regularly reports activities of the Parish Round Table at business meetings of the sponsoring council.
  • The Parish Round Table projects should be announced in parish and council bulletins.
  • Articles and pictures of Parish Round Table projects should be forwarded to the state Knights of Columbus newspaper, the diocesan newspaper and to Columbia magazine.
  • The state Parish Round Table chairman should select the most outstanding Parish Round Table of the Year for that jurisdiction and arrange for appropriate honors to be awarded at the state convention.

To minimize paperwork, only two forms are used —

  • Report of the Parish Round Table Coordinator (Form #2629)   DUE:  as needed
  • Annual Report of the Knights of Columbus Round Table (Form #2630)   DUE: Dec 31

  

Paul E. Haig

State Vocations & Roundtable  Director

1051 Cedarhill Circle N.E.

Massillon, OH 44646

(330) 837-1185

haig@sssnet.com

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Community Activities   2013-2015

Councils that are involved in their parish and communities are successful councils. Not only are they noticed for their good service and assistance but they are the helpful light….beacon of hope and strength….for the needy and less fortunate. If all councils work diligently in their community and parish they will combine to create “The Light of Ohio” and prove once again the Knights of Columbus are the organization to go to when times are tough.

Our Community Activities Program is designed to help our community prosper through our actions while keeping the Catholic-faith mission alive in the hearts and minds of everyone in our parish and community.

 Our veterans also need the K of C’s support – both financially and through our actions.  Veterans’ activities are included in the Community Activities program and should be reported to the State Community Director.

 In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of the 14 possible activities for a grand total of 100 points.

  • Complete 4 out of the 14 community steps for 25 points each (100 points).

  • Council Choice Steps may be used as an elective for an appropriate community or veteran’s activity.

  • Councils should report through the State website at:

http://www.kofcohio.org/councilreview/gklogin.asp     

  

Activity # 15 – Habitat for Humanity   (25 points)

 Working on a Habitat for Humanity building project, members can show prospective members that there is a place for them in the Knights of Columbus. It is a good way to have some fraternal time together while getting some good exercise all while helping build houses for those that cannot otherwise have a home of their own.

 To receive credit for the activity, you need to:

  • Include the date, location and the number of participants.
  • Please include any details of the preparation of this event.
  •  Remember to report all charitable dollars raised and donated as well as the man-hours of service contributed on the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (*1728), found at www.kofc.orq/forms  and due at the Supreme Council office by January 31. And Report activity using the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7).
  • Document all your efforts and submit an online report to the State Community Director

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 *The Habitat for Humanity activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required of Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Community Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • Activity must be in a council sponsored project with a minimum of 200 man-hours of service from the council, parish or community and a minimum donation of $1000 to Habitat for Humanity. 

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with copies of the Forms SP-7 and *1728 as well as any pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

 

 Activity # 16 – Wheel Chair Initiative  (25 points)

 What is better than seeing a smile on the face of a handicapped child or adult after receiving a gift of a wheelchair?  This is what your council can do and in so, promote the good of the Knights of Columbus all while helping the handicapped. Seeing your efforts bearing fruit around the world will reinforce the global impact of the Knights of Columbus.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • Your council must purchase at least one wheelchair.

  • The wheelchair can be purchased for the specific use by someone from your Council, Parish, or Community.  

  • Or, the wheelchair can be purchased for the purpose of being available for loan to a person of need on a temporary basis.

  • Or, the wheelchair can be purchased for the purpose of having one available at your parish for an emergency situation.

  • At least 3-5 members must participate by helping to raise funds and distribute the wheelchairs.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

*The Wheel Chair Initiative activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required of Supreme Council, your council can meet all the requirements (100 points) for the Community Program Area and Max the program.

 To receive full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting: 

  • The council must purchase a minimum of one case of 100 wheelchairs by raising the Funds through council, parish or community activities.

  • Report Activity using the Columbian Award Application (#SP-7) and submit that to Supreme Office with a copy to the State Community Director.

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with copies of the Forms SP-7 as well as any pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

 

 Activity # 17 – Help the Less Fortunate  (25 points)

 As Knights we all take what we have for granted. However there are those in our community that don’t get the chance to do that because they have nothing. We should share what we have or at least share our talents with those in our communities and parishes that are lacking because of their misfortune or circumstances beyond their control.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • At least 3-5 members must participate.

  • Help the poor, needy, or homeless in your community by assisting with a Hot Lunch Program or at a soup kitchen, free store, or an event or fundraiser that     raises money and/or awareness for those in need.

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity # 18 – Volunteer to Make a Difference  (25 points)

 Fr. McGivney started the Knights of Columbus so a difference could be made in the lives of the widows and children that were left when the husband and father were gone. Truly we make a difference every day in someone’s life by our actions, words, and deeds. This activity urges us to volunteer and make a difference by helping our community with lifesaving actions and civil duties.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • At least 3-5 members must participate.

  • volunteer at an election office or polling place,

  • Give blood at a blood drive or help organize a blood drive, pro-life event, or volunteer at a pregnancy center.

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #19 – Community Pride  (25 points)

 We all love to help one another. We work hard and many times stretch ourselves thin by volunteering and supporting more than one non-profit organization in our parish and community. Be proud of your giving personality but don’t over-due it and cause one of your passionate ‘labors of love’ to suffer.

To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • At least 3-5 members must participate.

  • Volunteer for or along with another non-profit group in your community for at least one of their events.

  • Get another non-profit group in your community to volunteer for one of your council’s events or fundraisers

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #20 – Unemployment Assistance   (25 points)

 These have been some very trying times that we live in now. Our faith is tested every day by what we do and how we act. God has given us certain strengths and skills that we should use to help others get what they need to survive. One of those needs is a job. For those that are unemployed or have a job that doesn’t pay them for their worth, we can assist them by completing this activity.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • At least 3-5 members must participate.

  • Volunteer at a local job fair or sponsor a job skills (i.e. resume writing) training session, or offer event assistance for the local County Jobs and Family Department,

  • Offer use of computers or computer assistance to allow the unemployed to get their resume online or to register with an online jobs site.

  • Or find a job for one or several unemployed persons.

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #21 – Adopt a Highway   (25 points)

 Make a difference while helping keep the highways in your community clean of litter and garbage. Ohio has its own Adopt-A-Highway program that is totally separate from the national organization.

Volunteer groups adopt a two mile section or an interchange along a State Route, United States Route or Interstate. Groups who sign up with the program adopt for two years. We ask that you pick up a minimum of four times each year. Participants in Adopt-A-Highway should be volunteers and not paid to pick up litter. Groups can partner with others in adopting, but may not pay another group to pick up litter. The Ohio Department of Transportation will provide safety training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two signs to be used at the beginning of the two mile section. The only cost to each group is their time. Councils MUST go through the user friendly website below to find out the specific contact for their county. Adopt A Highway signs are displayed on Ohio’s busiest highways and interstates, offering your council positive exposure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

At least 3-5 members must participate.

Contact the Ohio Department of Transportation Maintenance Department http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Maintenance/Pages/AdoptAHighway.aspx to get started in making arrangements for your very own highway. If you have questions that the user-friendly site cannot answer, call Sam Grier 614-644-8131or email him at samuel.grier@dot.state.oh.us

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #22 – Christmas gifts for Seniors or Giving Tree   (25 points)

 Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy and giving. Even so not everyone experiences that joy of having a family or ability to share with someone else. This activity allows us the chance to give to our elderly or needy a bit of joy and peace by sharing our gifts with them at a time when loneliness and depression can take that joy away.

 To receive credit for the activity, you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • At least 3-5 members must participate.

  • Help the elderly in the community/parish or at a nursing home at Christmas time by making or purchasing Christmas gifts (i.e. slipper, socks, fruit baskets, etc.) and presenting them to the elderly by Christmas Eve.

  • Another way to complete this Activity is to create or participate in a Giving Tree Program within your parish to help supply the poor and needy with Christmas gifts.

  • Please submit the Community Activities Program online form with any appropriate documentation/pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #23 - Community Activity - Elective #1  (25 points)

Use Activity #23 to report on a Community activity that was designed and created for the community involvement of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Community Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #24 - Community Activity - Elective #2   (25 points)

Use Activity #24 to report on a Community activity that was designed and created for the community involvement of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Community Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Larry J. Droesch

State Community Director   

1758 Prairie Road                         

Wilmington, OH 45177                           

(937)-383-3680                              

ldroesch@msn.com

 

 
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Veterans/Patriotic Activities

 America is the greatest Country in the World but FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.  We owe so much to our Veterans and active military personnel for this very freedom that we enjoy.  All councils should support our veterans.  Every American, every Knight should practice Patriotism. Work with the Fourth Degree Veterans Chairman in your Diocese.  These veteran chairs will offer your council plenty of ideas on how to help our veterans.  Here are some important ways to support veterans.

 

 Activity #25   Supply Manpower or Support to a Veterans Hospital  (25 points)

 Complete one of the following:

  • Schedule a day or evening outing with some of our “forgotten” veterans at your regional VA Hospital. 

  • Collect reading materials, card games, toiletries and other items to bring along on your visit.

  • Contribute a minimum of $50.00 to a local VA Hospital 

  • Check with your area veterans chairman for other ideas and ways to support our veterans.

  Please submit the Community Activities Program on-line form.  Give a full detailed report, including details of preparation and promotion of the activity.

 

Activity #26   Support Our Troops  (25 points)

Produce a list of local service members stationed in war zone countries and send cards and care packages to them. 

  •  Include snacks, hand sanitizer pads and any other appropriate items. 

  • This is especially effective during the holiday season when our service personnel are away from their families.

  • Contribute a minimum of $50.00 to the Ohio State Council, Veterans Fund (remit to State Treasurer.)

  • Money collected will be used to purchase calling cards or similar items for our troops currently deployed overseas and to support the veterans in VA Hospitals.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

    

 Activity #27   Financial Support to Military Chaplains Scholarship (25 points) 

  • Contribute a minimum of $50.00 to the Military Chaplains Scholarship Fund

  • This fund is to help educate seminarians who will help fill the void of priests serving our military. 

  • Contributions are to be sent to the Vice Supreme Master with the form found on the State website.

·         http://www.kofcohio.org/Documents%202011-2012/MilitaryChaplainProgram.pdf

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

  Activity #28   Council Patriotic Activity  (25 points)

 Councils will receive credit for an activity promoting patriotism. In addition, your council will be eligible for a special patriotism award from the former Fourth Degree Masters in Ohio for this activity. As the tradition, these former Masters will review the activity and present a special Council Patriotic Award at the state convention in May. There will be a

Best Council Patriotic Award for each Diocese as well as an overall winner for the State.

 Some suggested activities:

  • Support our troops overseas with care packages from home.
  • Honor our troops and families in a special way.
  • Promote patriotism in the local schools by erecting a flagpole, holding a special assembly, or purchasing new flags for the schools.
  • Participate in a local parade.
  • Sponsor an educational program or essay contest related to American history.
To receive credit, submit your council’s program on the Community Activities Program on-line form with a detailed report on what you did. Assembly activities will not be accepted. Points will be given to councils and then forwarded to the former Fourth Degree Masters for review and consideration for state recognition.

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Council Activities   2013-2015

 There is no greater Charitable Organization of catholic men in the word then the Knights of Columbus. As Knights of Columbus we must do all we can to extend a hand to other catholic men we our councils to show them what can be done if we all work and pray together and be “The Light Of Ohio”. As the strong right arm of the church and good council members, the State Council Activities Program provides the necessary steps to allow all councils in Ohio to be “The Light of Ohio” for all to see.

 We have a long and rich tradition in Ohio, of Councils Activities that provide opportunities for all Brother Knights and their families. Our Council Activities Program is designed to help all Councils prosper through programs that add value and spirit.

 Through programs that support Special Olympics, Blood Mobile, Ladies and Past Grand Knights just a mention a few.

 In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of 14 possible activities for a total of 100 points. Please read each activity synopsis carefully and make sure every effort to attempt to complete it as asked. By doing so, let each and every Council in Ohio to proud to show everyone that there are “The Light of Ohio

 Councils should report through the State website at:

http://www.kofc.org/councilreveiw/gklogin.asp

 

Activity # 29 - Special Olympics   (25 points)

The Knights commitment to Special Olympics and to hundreds of grassroots programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities is an expression of its belief in the intrinsic worth of every human being. The Knights has raised and donated more than $526 million to programs for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Although the Special Olympics have grown in recent years, they still need our continued support. We encourage all council to organize fundraisers, events, and donation drives that will continue to benefit this magnificent event. Special Olympics are too wonderful to be overlooked, and we must be committed to bringing the games to all corners of this great state.

To receive credits for this activity please include the following on the Council Activities on-line form:. 

Submit a detailed report on the event; include photographs when possible. If it is a fundraiser include the amount.

  • Include the number Knights that help with the event
  • If you held an event, the number of participants  

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 *The Special Olympics activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required of Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Council Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • Council members must contribute at least 200 man-hours of service to state/local Special Olympics activities

  • The Council must donate at least $2,000 for Special Olympics.

  • Please submit the Council Activities Program online with a copy of the Supreme Form 4584 as well as any pictures of what your council did for this very special activity

 

Activity # 30 - Past Grand Knight Program   (25 points)

 

Grand Knights spend hours working tirelessly for your council. After his term as Grand Knight is over, honor him. Tell him how much you appreciate his efforts.  You may wish to include all Past Grand Knights of your council.

 To receive full credit for this step, you must submit to the State Council Director the following:

  • The report form including the date the event was held
  • Explain what took place at the event
  • How many attended the event

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity # 31 -Blood Mobile Activity   (25 points)

We encourage each Council to have at least 1 Blood drive during the course of the year. A Blood drive is suggested to be held for all member and people in the area. Utilize Knights and family member as much as possible to make the drive a success.

To receive credit for this activity please includes the following on the Council Activities on-line form:

  • Include Date and time of the event
  • Number of members and their families that gave
  • Total number of units collected 

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity # 32 - Knight of the Month   (25 points)

 Every council has extraordinary members that exhibit Columbianism for the Church, Community, Family and Youth. From these men, select your most deserving Brother Knight and present him with your council’s highest honor, Knight of the Month.

 Guidelines for completing the Knight of the Month nomination:

  • Appoint a selection committee that will set the criteria for your selection.
  • Begin your evaluations by using the Supreme Council Knight of the Month Program.
  • Place primary emphasis on the activities that a member does in the current fraternal year.
  • Must have at least 3 months selections and submit the names of those selected.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity # 33 - Ladies Appreciation   (25 points)

 This is an opportunity for your council to show its appreciation to the women of the Council. We all know that behind every successful Knight stands a great woman. This is an excellent activity and thanks for these wonderful women. On this night, our women should be the center of attention. Council involvement is critical for the success of this event.

 Some suggestions for a Ladies Appreciation Night are:

  • Dinner with dancing

  • Dinner with cards

  • A night out to a favorite restaurant

  • Wine and cheese tasting

  • Cook and serve a meal (clean up after the meal)

To receive credits for this event please include the following on the Council Activities online form:

  • Submit a detailed report on the event; include photographs when possible

  • Include the number of women honored and members present

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity # 34 -Council Team Participation   (25 points)

 Council members participate in a council sponsored team sport or activity.  Sponsor council clubs, teams, leagues, tournaments and contests for members in:

• Table Tennis • Baseball • Fishing • Basketball • Bowling • Softball • Golf • Volleyball

• Hunting • Soccer • Tennis • Football • Billiards

 State Council Sponsored Events:           

State Bowling - Sate Campout - State Basketball - State Golf outing – State Horseshoe Tournament – State Softball Tournament 

  • Conduct sports clinics for youngsters in the neighborhood or community. Enlist the support of former sports stars who are members of your council or reside in your area.

  • Plan an annual group outing to a professional sporting event.

  • Consider sponsorship of teams in Little League, Junior Hockey, Babe Ruth, Pony League, etc.

  • Promote competition with your Squires circle, other Knights of Columbus councils or other fraternal organizations.

  • Submit only one team or event.  Use elective activity #38 & 39 for additional teams and State Council Special Events

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity # 35 - Member Greeting Card Drive  (25 points)

 When a member of your Council or someone in the community is ill or down on the luck for whatever reason, it seems that getting cards that let them know that someone cares is a real lift to their spirits. On these special occasions have the members and families send cards to them.  

To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Organize a group or committee to send cards for each occasion.

  • Designate someone to be responsible for sending cards (sympathy, get well, congratulations, etc., from your council.

  • The recipients of your card program should be mentioned before the “Good of the Order” section of your council’s regular business meeting.

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity # 36 - Council Anniversary Dinner or Annual Recognition Dinner  (25 points)

 Councils every year have some form a big event that everyone wants to attend, whether it is a dinner, picnic, anniversary party, sporting event party or an open house. Recognition is something that all people like to receive. Some might like public recognition, while other require public acknowledgement. Whatever the case want better why to say thanks for a job well done or thanks for all the hard work the Knights in the Council have done. Show your appreciation to the Knights that have went above and beyond during the past year. Or maybe the Council has a 10, 25 or 50 year anniversary during the year. For one night honor the Council or the Brother Knights that you choose.

 To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Submit a detailed report on the event; include photographs when possible

  • Include the number of Knights honored

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #37   Council Activity  -  Elective #1  (25 points)

 Use Activity 37 to report on a council activity that was designed and created for the members of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Council Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #38   Council Activity  -  Elective #2  (25 points)

 Use Activity 38 to report on a council activity that was designed and created for the members of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Council Activity Program. 

 

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

Michael P. Nau

State Council Director

18390 Sanford Lane

Caldwell, OH 43724

740-732-5914

mpnau1957@gmail.com

 

 
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"The Light of Ohio"

Public Relations Activities 2013-2015

 Brother Knights always should remember that good Public Relations is so very important to everything we as Knights of Columbus do.

 Public Relations is communications – communications with our own Knights of Columbus members; communications with the people of our Catholic parishes that we serve, and communications with the people of our communities.

 That’s what our Public Relations Activities Program is all about – showing how our Ohio councils use good Public Relations to communicate in these areas.

 

Activity #39 – Communicating with our members (25 points)

  •  Tell us how your council communicates with its members to keep them informed and interested in what the council is doing. The council newsletter is our traditional way to accomplish this. If your council has a newsletter, send a copy (either through U.S. Mail or electronically) to our State Council Activities Director, Michael Nau.

  • Or, if your council uses another means to communicate with its members, send a report about how you do it.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #40 – Special Interest Story (25 points)

 ·         Your council accomplishes many good deeds during the fraternal year.  Write a story about one of these projects – include photos if you can – and send it to the Buckeye Bulletin for possible publication in our Ohio State Council’s newspaper. Send it either through Email or U.S. Mail to Harding Christ, Editor, 32649 Surrey Lane, Avon Lake, OH 44012-1642; email: harding.c@oh.rr.com.

  • Then, complete the report form and send it to our State Council Activities Director, Michael Nau, to receive credit. Yes, you are encouraged to send as many stories as you wish to the Buckeye Bulletin for possible publication, but you can receive credit only once.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #41 – Communicating with the Parish and Community (25 points)

  •  One of our most important goals is to tell the people of our Catholic parishes and communities the good things that our councils do during the fraternal year. It is our most  important recruiting tool.

  • Send us examples of how your council communicates with them (i.e. items sent to the parish for publication in the parish bulletin; stories sent to the community newspaper for possible publication).

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #42 – Council Website/Facebook Page (25 points)

  • Many councils today communicate with their members, their parishioners, the people of the community through a Website or Facebook Page. If your council provides such a service, tell us about it by sending documentation about its contents.

 Please Note:

·         All Public Relations Activities Reports should be sent to our State Council Activities Director, Michael Nau, 18390 Sanford Lane Caldwell, OH 43724 mpnau1957@gmail.com.

·         Copies of each of your council newsletters should be sent to:

State Council Activities Director Michael Nau, 18390 Sanford Lane Caldwell, OH 43724

mpnau1957@gmail.com

             Buckeye Bulletin Editor Harding Christ, 32649 Surrey Lane, Avon Lake,

OH 44012; Email: harding.c@oh.rr.com.

 Special Awards to be given at the State Convention:

  • Best Newsletter (5 division winners, one overall winner).

  • Best Special Interest Story (5 division winners, one overall winner).

  

Harding Christ

State Public Relations Director

32649 Surrey Lane, Avon Lake, OH 44012

(440) 933-8986

harding.c@oh.rr.com

 
 
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"The Light of Ohio"

Family Activities 2013-2015

 According to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the family is fundamental because it is the first place where people learn the meaning of life. He made this reflection in an address to families and youth gathered in Palermo's Piazza Politeama.  "The relationship between parents and children is fundamental," the former Holy Father stated.  "It is the torch of faith that is passed on from generation to generation, this flame that is also present in the rite of baptism, when the priest says: 'Receive the light of Christ, the Paschal sign, the flame that you must always keep alive.'"

 "The family is fundamental because it is the place where there germinates in the human soul the first perception of the meaning of life," Benedict XVI affirmed. "This perception grows in the relationship with the mother and with the father, who are not the owners of the life of the children but the first collaborators with God in the transmission of life and the faith," he added.

 As stewards of Christian family life, the Knights seek ways to spend time with their families both in works of charity and in everyday enjoyment. It is my prayer to you and our members that the families of all councils will grow stronger in faith and enjoyment while working and playing together.

 In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of the 14 possible activities for a grand total of 100 points. 

  •  Complete 4 out of the 14 family steps for 25 points each (100 points).

  •  Council Choice Steps may be used as an elective for an appropriate family or fraternal activity.

  •  Councils should report through the State website at:

www.kofcohio.org/councilreview/gklogin.asp      

 Activity #43 - Food for Families   (25 points) 

Being a Knight is living a life of Charity.  Charity is the first degree of the order.  Charity is a form of evangelizing. The Food For Families Program* is designed for councils to be active in their parishes by word and deed.  It enables a council to truly exemplify the meaning of charity. 

To receive credits for this event do the following:

  • Conduct a food drive in your parish or community
  • Designate the local food bank or St. Vincent DePaul Society that your council will donate the collected food and non-perishable items to.
  • Solicit cash contributions for purchasing turkeys or hams at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter time.
  • Council members can volunteer service hours at a local food give-away or at a community soup kitchen

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

*The Food For Families activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required by Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Family Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting: 

  • A council must collect 1,000 pounds of food or collect $1,000 to be donated to a parish or community food bank
  • The council must also provide at least 100 volunteer-hours of service collecting and distributing food or preparing meals to needy people.
  • The council must attach a copy of the Supreme Food for Families report form #10057as well as any pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.
  • Please complete the Family Activities section online through the State website completing the description, what type of activity, the number of participants along with any other documentation.

Full program details are available from supreme including rebate schedules, forms and qualifications of the activity.

 

Activity #44 - Memorial Mass  

“Charity begins at home. Members of our society have no more binding, more compelling duty than the care of the widow and orphan of our departed members. The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven.  Deceased members deserve the respect of being remembered.  

To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Involve your pastor and local parish remembering the souls of our former members.

  • You will have the greatest success in remembering former members and inviting the families of those members to celebrate with you at Mass.

  • Consider a celebration of life for the former members after mass.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #45 - Family of the Month   (25 points)

 Our councils are filled with members and families that are exceptional examples of Christian family Virtue. The council and Supreme wants to know about these families. Your council can recognize these members by reporting on Supreme form 1973.

 To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Members become eligible for special monthly prizes from Supreme Council in recognition for their uniqueness.
  • Take time to publicly recognize these successful families at steak roasts, dinners and other council functions or public events.
  • Recognize them in your council newsletters and parish bulletins.  Use these selections to choose the Council Family of the Year
  • Minimum of 3 months submissions to Supreme Family of the Month Program in order to qualify for points for this activity

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #46 - Family Picnic   (25 points)

 

Being a Knight is not always about charity. Give your families a chance to interact with the council and the many members in a purely social activity. Any opportunity to gather families together in a social family picnic will receive credit.

 To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Celebrate with family activities, games, and other activities.
  • Take the time to notify parishes, council members and local catholic schools about event.
  • Prospective members can be invited.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #47 - Celebrate Father’s, grandparent’s, grandchildren’s Day

 Fathers do not differentiate their parenting role as different from any other daily activity. Parenting is simply a part of life. Filial piety is the notion of complete and total respect for our family, especially our elders. Without our parents, would we even be here? We owe them our lives, and our respect for gifting us with our lives.  Celebrate the contributions of Family members.

 To receive credits for this event do the follow:

  • Celebrate Grandchildren, Parents (Fathers or Mother’s Day) or Grandparents Day.
  • The goal of this activity is to recognize and respect both past and future generations of the family. 
  • Utilize anything from a Saint Joseph’s day celebration to a council baby shower and all activities in between. 
  • This activity is any kind of activity that helps recognize the family as a part of the culture of life.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #48 - Family Fun Activity   (25 points)

The family that plays together stays together.  Allow some time in your busy council schedule for a planned activity for the family members of your council. Almost anything goes from a:

  • Pizza Party                        

  • Miniature Golf       

  • Bowling

  • Roller-skating       

  • Swim Party            

  • Sports event

  • Any activity that has fun for the members and their families can be used.

  • This activity is designed for families to have a good time and become better friends.

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #49 - Family Holiday Activity   (25 points)

Family Holidays are one of the few remaining places in our society where the generations come together in real relationship. In today’s busy world, we forget to take time to help others and to celebrate the old fashioned way.  

  • Pick a holiday, a theme and report how your council family participated in the holiday.

  • You can use almost any holiday to enjoy this activity.

  • Family Christmas Party 

  • Family Halloween Party

  • Easter egg hunt              

  • Fourth of July Celebration

  • Thanksgiving Dinner     

  • Labor Day Picnic

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #50 - Family Social Program   (25 points) 

Special events are the lifeblood of council family life. They give meaning to who we are and what we do. They bind the council families’ members together in a common purpose. They create memories that help bind a council.  Sometimes riotous fun, sometimes a time of sadness and recollection, sometimes moments of hope and inspiration, they should be special times. In the rush of everyday life, they can get ignored or hurried.  

Take time to celebrate with the families in your council in some of the suggested ways.

  • Pot Luck                               

  • Ice Cream Social

  • Wiener Roast

  • Family Movie                       

  • Trip to an amusement park

  • Family Campout                  

  • Family Game Night

  • Bowling night

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #51   Family Activity - Elective #1   (25 points)  

Use Activity 51 to report on a family activity that was designed and created for the families of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Family Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #52   Family Activity - Elective #2   (25 points) 

 

Use Activity 52 to report on a family activity that was designed and created for the families of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Family Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 

Michael Saine                                  

State Family Director    

1917 Arlington                        

Toledo, OH 43609                           

419-699-9299                                  

msaine01@aol.com

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Fraternal Activities

 

Activity # 53 - Fraternal Night (25 points)

 Put together a program that informs all of the council members and their families on the excellent fraternal benefits the Order has to offer. Incorporate estate planning within this program. Your K of C Field agent or General Agent should be a main speaker in this program activity. Other possible speakers include an attorney, funeral director, and/or cemetery lot salesperson.

Suggested program would include:        

  • Introduction by Grand Knight
  • Fr Michael McGivney Story-General Agent
  • Financial strength and products available-Field Agent
  • “Why We Need Life Insurance” –General Agent
  • Refreshments provided by host council.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org for Family Activities, during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity # 54 - Bereavement Committee   (25 points)

 In addition to wake attendance and funeral attendance, many other services of the council may be welcome to the bereaved.  Individual council policy should be set and be familiar to the chairman so that he may know exactly what commitments may or may not be made on behalf of the council. 

  • Offer Masses for departed members and their families.
  • Sponsor an annual memorial Mass and Communion breakfast.
  • Establish scholarships in memory of deceased members.
  • Urge enrollment of members in purgatorial Masses and offer spiritual bouquet for them and their relatives.
  • Send sympathy cards to the family of a deceased member on behalf of the entire council.
  • Contact General Agent and or Field Agent immediately of the passing of any Brother.  Information to be provided will include names of family contacts, final arrangements if available, and family contact information.
  • Committee to be appointed by Grand Knight.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org for Family Activities, during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #55 – Full Wake Service   (25 points)

 A member may never need a strong show of fraternal spirit from his Order and his brother Knights so much as upon the death of someone in his family. By the same token, the family of a member may never recognize the genuineness of that spirit nor realize its benefits so much as upon that member’s death.

 The primary responsibility of the bereavement committee is to attend wakes and funerals of brother Knights or their family members.

 Special council prayer cards could be provided to members of the bereavement committee, with prayers chosen by the council chaplain as appropriate for wakes.

  • Special council prayer cards could be provided to members of the bereavement committee, with prayers chosen by the council chaplain as appropriate for wakes

  • Memorial Service booklet (#2942), available from the Supply Department, includesa a wake service for deceased Knights.

  • Bereavement committee should conduct a rosary for each funeral/wake service.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org for Family Activities, during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 Activity #56 - Shining Armor Award Program   (25 points)

 The “Shining Armor Award” is awarded for: Service to the Order with distinction, during the first year of membership and given to those men that exemplify what a true Knight of Columbus is.  The concept of the “Shining Armor Award” program is to get new members active in the many facets of the Knights of Columbus as early as possible and assist in maintaining that activity and also honor them as a valued member of your council. This program should be introduced at every First Degree, monitored by membership chairman.  The General Agent will provide a Shining Armor Pin to all awardees in his perspective councils.

  •  To qualify for the “Shining Armor Award” new Knights must during their first year of membership:

  •  Be involved in at least 3 council service programs.
  •  Attend at least 3 council business meetings.
  •  Receive their Second and Third degrees.
  •  Meet with their council’s insurance representative.
  •  Recruit at least one new member.

 

To receive credit for this activity, your council must have at least one new member qualify for the “Shinning Armor Award during the current fraternal year. In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org for Family Activities, during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Paul Goldsmith

State Insurance Liaison

5440 Fulton Rd   Suite 202

Canton, Oh  44718

330-232-6533

paul.goldsmith@kofc.org

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Youth Activities   2013-2015

 An important feature of the Knights of Columbus is being a model or light for others to follow.  We work with many people and try to engage the Parish and Community.  There is no one more important to lead than the Youth of our State. The Youth Program is here to help your Council get involved with the children of the Parishes you serve.  This program is designed to strengthen them in their faith, engage them in community service, and most of all to see themselves as leaders of their generation.

 To do this, we can show our youth the principles of the Order: Charity, Unity, Fraternalism and Patriotism.  The program is designed to show Charity by getting involved in the Coats for Kids Program, Unity from participating in the Youth Service Day and Religious Activities, Fraternalism can be achieved by doing all the activities together while Patriotism is accomplished when they realize the good that was done for their fellow man.  Join us in making this program a great experience and being that “Light” for our Youth. 

In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of the 14 possible activities for a grand total of 100 points

  • Complete 4 out of the 14 youth Points of Light for 25 points each (100 total points).

  • Council Choice points of light may be used as an elective for an appropriate youth or squire’s activity.

  •  Councils should report through the State website at:

http://www.kofcohio.org/councilreview/gklogin.asp

 

Activity # 57:  Coats for Kids Program (25 points)

 With many families with young children continuing to struggle in these challenging economic times, there has never been a better time for Knights of Columbus councils to help by providing warm winter coats to children in their communities through the Order’s Coats for Kids program.           

  • The requirements are the purchasing and distribution of coats.  To help cover the cost of the coats, the Council can raise the funds through bake sales, dinners etc.
  • Simply complete and submit the Coats for Kids order form, and you’ll get your coats in about two to three weeks. The minimum order is one case of 12 coats, and the cost (at the time of this printing) is $195 per case ($16.25 per coat). Supreme Council will pick up half of the shipping costs on every order placed by a Knights of Columbus council. Each case of high-quality coats will contain either boys coats or girls coats, both of which come in a variety of sizes (4-16 for girls, 4-18 for boys), styles and colors.

To receive credit for this activity, please complete the Youth Activities section online during the report period the activity occurred through the State website completing the description, what type of activity, the number of participants along with any other documentation, pictures etc.

 *The Coats for Kids activity is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required of Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Youth Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  • The “Coats for Kids” requirements are that a council purchase eight cases (12 coats per case) of coats from Supreme Council and distribute to kids in your community.
  • The council will also be responsible for a share of the shipping charges
  • Please submit the Youth Activities Program online with a copy of the Supreme invoice for your coat order as well as any pictures of what your council did for this very special activity.

 

Activity # 58:  Soccer or Free Throw Competition (25 points)

 The Knights of Columbus offers two great athletic activities for our youth: the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship and Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge.  You council needs to complete one of these two activities.

 To receive program credit:

  • Order your kits for these events from Supreme Council well in advance of the event date. 
  • The recommended timeline for these events are as follows: August and early September for the Soccer Challenge and January for the Basketball free throw Contest.
  • To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

 

Activity # 59:  Drug and Alcohol Poster Contest (25 points)

 As more and more people are affected by these substances, the Knights of Columbus have stepped up their effort to fight substance abuse by encouraging discussion and education on the topic.  Use this step to get the children involved in that discussion, listen to what they have to say.

 To receive program credit:

  • Your council should order your kits for these events from Supreme Council in July or August.  
  • Speak to the school administrators in your area about sponsoring the program in their schools.  T
  • The recommended timeline is to start at the beginning of the year and run through November, local judging for the contest should be completed in December or early January.
  • To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

 

 Activity # 60:  Youth Service Day (25 points)

As “The Light of Ohio” we should encourage our Youth to help those who are in need.  By offering a Youth Service Day, we can show by example that we care for the people in our neighborhood and community. 

 To receive program credit:

  • Encourage the Youth of your area to participate in raking leaves, shoveling snow, carrying groceries, helping those people who need help doing chores they might not be able to do on their own.
  • Suggestions include:  Visit a local Nursing Home or someone who is a shut-in, spend time with them, play games, talk, listen to what they have to say;
  • To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

  

Activity #  61:  Youth Religious Activity (25 points)

 We encourage our members to be active in our Church, help the Youth to see they too can be active and productive members of their church.  Encourage them to become ministers, readers, play in the band or sing in the choir.  Aide them in creating their own Mass, Prayer Service or Retreat to address what is on their mind and how they can find a better relationship with God.

 To receive program credit:

  • Hold a Prayer Service for the Youth of the area
  • Attend Mass and have the Youth plan and run it
  • Do an activity with the servers, lectors or ministers in your Parish.
  • Host a Youth Day retreat for Jr. High & High School age students
  • To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

  

Activity # 62:  Youth Food and Clothing Drive (25 points)

             To be a Light for others, we need to realize that not everyone is as blest as we are.  Encourage the Youth in your area to gather food and clothing, toys or books & art supplies for those in need, whether the homeless shelters, local schools, hospitals or day cares.

 To receive program credit:

Assist the Youth Group with a food or clothing drive

Make a special appeal for baby food, clothing and diapers and deliver to a Pro-Life Clinic.

To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

 

 Activity # 63:  Youth Fun Day (25 points)

             Help the Youth celebrate their accomplishments during the year with a reward.  Have a fun event that lets them know that their efforts are appreciated and they are doing their part as a minister of God’s love and good will to others.

 To receive program credit:

  • Have a pizza party and play some board games
  • Show movies
  • Have a hot dog roast or even go sledding
  • Hold a Halloween Party, Easter Egg Hunt or any fun activity that involves the Youth of the parish.

To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

 

Activity # 64:  Breakfast/Lunch with St. Nick (25 points)

             This activity is designed to help the Children of the parish to learn about the Saints.  Encourage the older youths to dress up as a saint and have a fun event that not only gives them substance but fun.

 To receive program credit:

  • Host a breakfast or lunch and have people dressed up to explain to the children who the Saint is and why they became a Saint in the Church. 
  • This can be done any time in the year and spread the time from old to new so that the children can understand what they did to promote the church. 
  • The final event could be a culmination of the saints having breakfast/lunch together with the kids.

To receive credit for this activity, complete the Youth Activities on-line form during the report period the activity occurred through the State website with description of your activity, number of participants, success of activity along with any documentation or pictures to support your report.

 

Activity #65   Youth Activity - Elective #1  (25 points)

 

Use Activity 65 to report on a Youth activity that was designed and created for the Youth of your parish and community.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Youth Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Activity #66   Youth Activity - Elective #2  (25 points)

 Use Activity 66 to report on a Youth activity that was designed and created for the Youth of your parish and community.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Youth Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

  

Robert E. Walsh

State Youth Director

3668 West 133rd Street

Cleveland, OH 44111-3402

216-671-2929

rewalsh731@aol.com

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Squires Activities 2013-2015

The Columbian Squires are the Youth Organization of the Knights of Columbus. The age to join is 10-17 and you must be a practicing Catholic. The purpose of the Squires is to help the church and community by which they provide service to them. The Squires run their meetings much like the Knights of Columbus and they have an Investiture Ceremony to bring in new members. We encourage all Squires to take part in State event sponsored Leadership Seminars and Retreats. We have 6 scheduled state athletic tournaments each year (Softball, Air soft, Dodge ball, Volleyball, Basketball, and Corn hole). Supreme has a Child Protection Plan which every Circle Counselor must be a part of. To start a new Circle or reinstitution, you must have 10 applications for membership (form 280) which is sent to Supreme. The State Squires finish off the year with a Convention at St’s Peter and Paul Retreat Center in Newark, Ohio. At the Convention they elect new officers, apply for next year’s tournaments, allow for resolutions, and vote on any changes in the program. All these things give the opportunity of each Squire to learn how to run a business meeting, and how to communicate in front of other kids.

 

Activity # 67 - Sponsor or promote new or existing Squires Circles  (25 points)

 Knights of Columbus Councils that sponsor or promote new or existing Squires Circles are vital to the growth of our Squires Program and in turn will benefit greatly the Knights of Columbus through the long-time proven fact that Active Squires make active Knights who often take on leadership roles in area councils once they become 18 years of age.

 To receive program credit:

  • Hold an Open House at your church or social hall
  • Reactivate an old Circle
  • Start a new Circle
  • Help an existing Circle
  • Please submit your Squires report to the Youth Activities Chairman with proper documentation

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

 Activity # 68 - Knights/Squires Joint Activity  (25 points)

 Knights of Columbus Councils are encouraged to provide opportunities for the Squires to work with the Knights through social events, fundraisers, church assistance, and community service.  In doing these projects together, we have an opportunity to serve as positive role models in forming these young men to become productive members not only of our order, but also of our church and community

 To receive program credit:

  • Attend a sporting event together
  • Have a Squires/Knight social or dinner
  • Attend the “March for Life” together or some program at your church
  • Visit the sick or the shut-ins together
  • Help with a pastors request
  • Please submit your Squires report to the Youth Activities Chairman with proper documentation

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

  

Activity # 69 - Squire to Knight 1st Degree  (25 points)

 We as Knights of Columbus want to promote new membership through the Squires. There is no better way to support our membership than signing up Squires to become a Knight.

 To receive program credit:

  • Hold a 1st Degree with a Squire becoming a Knight
  • Have a former Squire from your Council become a Knight at another 1st Degree
  • Have a Squire sign up a new Knights member
  • Please submit your Squires report to the Youth Activities Chairman with proper documentation

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

Activity # 70 – New Squires Recruitment (25 points)

 There are many eligible Catholic young men who would enjoy participating in the Order.  Your council should be involved in organizing and implementing a successful membership program in your circle.  One such way is by establishing a Squires membership recruiting plan and recruiting team from your council members and actively recruit new members for your council’s Squire’s Circle.  Squires must be Catholic young men, 10 to 18 years old.

To receive program credit:

  • Organize Your Membership Committee and Set Your Goals
  • Hold a Church Drive
  • Conduct an Open House
  • Recruiting in Schools
  • Involve Prospects in Circle Activity
  • Advertise regularly in church bulletins, inviting interested prospects to contact membership committee about Squires program
  • Recognize Circle Recruiters
  • To receive credit for this activity, your council must develop a Squires recruitment plan and/or recruitment team and actively recruit new Squires.
  • Please submit your Squires report to the Youth Activities Chairman with proper documentation

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

 Marty Schumacher                          

State Squires Director                     

411 Morgantown Ave.                     

Barnesville, OH 43713                             

740-310-0314                                

martyschu@hotmail.com

 

 
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“The Light of Ohio”

Culture of Life Activities   2013-2015

 The “Light of Ohio” theme so beautifully applies to the Culture of Life Activities Program. As our Lord asked us to be that shining light upon the hill, this is our opportunity to shine a light upon the sanctity of human life across the entire spectrum of life, from conception to natural death and to defend the most innocent and defenseless of our brothers and sisters. Although the panorama of the Culture of Life is wide indeed, encompassing a great array of attacks on human life including abortion, human cloning, assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and now religious liberty, this program will focus intently on the most fundamental right of all as proclaimed by Blessed John Paul II: the right to be born and welcomed into the world.

As the value of sacred human life is ever more questioned and subjected to increasingly diabolical attacks-almost on a daily basis-it becomes more urgent for the Knights of Columbus to stand in the breach and to tell the world that we will never, ever retreat from the front lines. As Blessed John Paul the Great stated, we brother knights will wield the power of our “strong right arm of the Church” to defend those unable to defend themselves-particularly the unborn. Your State Culture of Life Activities program will provide the framework to guide you and your council in doing just that.

In order to achieve the maximum number of points in this program, a Council must complete 4 out of the 10 possible activities for a grand total of 100 points.

  •  Complete 4 out of the 10 culture of life points of light for 25 points each (100 total points).

  •  Council Choice points of light may be used as an elective for an appropriate culture of life activity.

  •  Councils should report through the State website at:

http://www.kofcohio.org/councilreview/gklogin.asp

If you’re still lost for ideas, consult Supreme’s “Surge…with Service Program” CD mailed to the Grand Knights and available on-line at (www.kofc.org). There are many good programs available there.

 

Activity #71 -  March for Life/Rally for Life  (25 points)

 January 22, 1973 will forever be remembered across the United States as the date of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy across the United States. The national March for Life in Washington D.C. on or around January 22 has continued to attract hundreds of thousands of pro-life families and individuals from every state in the Union to protest the wrong-headed, evil decision of the Court that is now responsible for 50 million aborted babies ever since.  The time spent traveling to and from a March for Life gives members the opportunity to further educate marchers about life issues and to explain to prospective members the many ways in which the Knights of Columbus is working to build a Culture of Life.  State and local pro-life organizations also hold rallies and events on their home turfs to coincide with the March for those unable to trek to Washington.

 To receive credit for this step, the event must occur in January. Submit the following information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Provide details on the number of council members and families who attended the event as well as financial assistance-if any-provided by the council.

  • Provide specifics of the state, local, or national event attended and whether or not the Council sponsored a bus.

  • Provide details of how the event was publicized.

  • In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

*A council sponsored March for Life is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required by Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Culture of Life Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 To receive a full credit for the activity (100 points), you should keep the following in mind when reporting:

  •  Councils must involve 100 council/family members/parishioners in a local, state, or national March for Life.
  • Councils must sponsor or co-sponsor this activity, not just have members participate in another organization’s efforts.
  • Use the Supreme “Featured Programs March For Life Worksheet” to report activities to Supreme and provide a copy with your online report

 

Activity #72 - Ultrasound Initiative  (25 points)

 Nearly 90% of women considering an abortion decide to keep their babies once they’ve had a chance to see an ultrasound of their babies in utero. For that reason, the Supreme Council recently embarked on its Ultrasound Initiative where Supreme will

match up to 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine for a qualified pregnancy care center provided local and state councils raise 50% of the cost themselves.

 Councils can participate in the efforts of another Council’s, Chapter’s, or Countywide Ultrasound Initiative and claim this activity as a Culture of Life activity.

 To receive credit for this step, submit the following information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Councils should conduct a local fundraising effort specifically for this Initiative, not just write a check.
  • Include the date, location, and the number of participants.
  • Please include how the activity was promoted and any details of the preparation of this event.
  • Remember to include how many knights and wives took part as well as any photos, articles or supporting documentation.
  • Councils must raise & contribute a minimum of $50 towards their Ultrasound Initiative.
  • Document all your efforts and submit an online report to the State Culture of Life Director
  • In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

*The Ultrasound Initiative is a Supreme Council “Featured” Program.  By doing this one Activity to the extent that is required by Supreme Council, your council can earn 100 points to meet all the requirements for the Culture of Life Program Area as well as for the Supreme Columbian Award.

 

To receive credit for this step and to secure 50% funding from Supreme Council the following conditions must be satisfied: 

  • In a manner prescribed by Supreme, submit documentation showing that the following steps have been completed. Consult and follow the entire official Ultrasound Initiative Guidelines at: www.kofc.org/un/en/prolife/ultrasound/guidelines.html.
  • Identify a local, qualified, and licensed pro-life pregnancy care center.
  • Ensure that the center is affiliated with a medical doctor who will oversee operations of the machine.
  • Ensure that the machine will be staffed by licensed and experienced medical personnel.
  • Ensure that the center is properly insured for operation of the machine.
  • Ensure that the center is not anti-Catholic in any way.
  • Raise a minimum of 50% of the cost of an ultrasound machine that will address the specific needs of the center.
  • Once the funds for not less than half of the purchase price are raised, submit the invoice or sales order for the ultrasound machine to Supreme, which will match the other half of the purchase price of the machine.
  • Plan a check presentation or ribbon cutting ceremony to be held when the actual machine arrives or is ready for operation. Be sure to invite your bishop and priests as well as the state deputy and/or other K of C officers and dignitaries. Determine with the pregnancy center which media to invite.
  • Submit a report to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website, summarizing the program, including how the council raised the funds, the name of the pregnancy center and why it was selected, the date and location of the presentation, dignitaries in attendance, the total number of attendees, and details of any media coverage.

 

 

  

Activity #73 - Culture of Life Essay Contest  (25 points)

 Sponsor a youth pro-life essay contest during the month of January, to coincide with the March for Life and local pro-life rallies and events. Determine the grade levels to include and discuss with your pastor along with the respective Catholic school principal for their approval and planning. Publicize it in your council newsletter and website, parish bulletin, and Catholic newspaper. Consider holding an awards ceremony with light refreshments and invite local media.

 

To receive credit for this step, submit the following information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Provide the details of the contest including the date, the topic, how the contest was publicized

  • The number of children who participated in each grade level, individual winners, and the location of the awards event.

  • Include details on any media coverage of the event.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

 

Activity #74 - K of C Day of the Unborn Child  (25 points) 

Promote the annual Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn Child, held on the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25. Knights and their families should pray for the return of respect and protection of the unborn child.  

To receive credit, the event must occur in March within close proximity to March 25. Select from the following suggestions for this program and report to the State Culture of Life Director:

  • Plan and sponsor a Mass for the Unborn (may include your Fourth Degree Color Guard). Consider a pro-life talk with light refreshments after.

  • Pray the Rosary as an assembled family for unborn children.

  • Hold a prayer vigil in front of a statue of our Blessed Mother Mary while praying a Rosary for the Unborn.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

 

Activity #75 - Celebrate Respect Life Month  (25 points)

 October is not only the month of the Holy Rosary, but is Respect Life Month throughout the U.S. as well, highlighted by Respect Life Sunday on the first Sunday in October. Plan a pro-life activity or event for your council and parish that ties in with the Respect Life theme. Use your imagination as well as the resources supplied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on their Respect Life Program website at: www.usccb.org/prolife/programs/rlp/2010/. Some suggestions would be a special Respect Life Mass followed by a Rosary for Life, an information table, a Respect Life talk by your diocesan Respect Life Coordinator with refreshments after, etc.

To receive credit for this step, hold an event and submit the following information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Hold a Respect Life Month event during October to include your council and parish
  • Report the specifics of the event.
  • Include the date and location
  • Include the number of attendees and number of council members who worked on the event
  • Report any other interesting details.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

Activity #76 - Baby Bottle Campaign  (25 points)

 The “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign” is a drive to collect funds to support Culture of Life initiatives at the local level. In this program, empty baby bottles are distributed to individuals or families to deposit their loose change, checks, or paper money, and the filled bottles are returned after a set period of time, such as a few days or several weeks.

 

Here are some suggestions on how to conduct a “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign”:

 

  • Obtain your pastor’s permission to operate the “Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign” in the parish. Visit your pastor in person (not via a phone or e-mail) to ask permission to conduct the program. You should ask for at least two weekends -- the first to hand out bottles and the second to collect them.

  • Recruit a Knight to chair the project.

  • Determine the number of baby bottles you will need to cover the number of weekend Mass attendees. Ask your pastor for the number of families who donate to the parish each week.

  • Ask council members to donate clean used baby bottles.

  • If not enough bottles are donated, visit your local discount store and ask to speak with the manager. Explain the number of baby bottles you wish to purchase, which may be more than are currently in stock. Get a commitment to receive them several weeks prior to the event.

  •   When the bottles arrive, remove the nipples (to ensure that the bottles are used for the collection) and put the labels on them. The labels (made possibly from mailing labels available at most office supply stores) should include your council's name, wording such as "Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign for Culture of Life Initiatives," the return date, and the Order's emblem.

  • At an organizational meeting assign Knights to each exit of the church to hand out baby bottles on the distribution date. Ask that an announcement be put in the parish bulletin on the program. Also place posters around the parish (with the pastor’s permission). Run the first bulletin notice a week prior to the distribution.

  • Ask the pastor to announce the program from the pulpit or have a council officer do it on the day the bottles are handed out.

  • On the set date, collect the bottles with the money before or after Mass. For people who forget their bottles, ask them to drop them at the parish office at their convenience (make arrangements with the pastor for this).

  • With permission of the organization you are donating to, send a photo and press release on the donation to the local media. Try to avoid a “grip and grin” type presentation photo and instead send a photograph of people at the center sorting the donated items or the items being used.

  •  Store the bottles safely for use during your next campaign.

 

 In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

 

Activity #77 - 40 Days for Life  (25 points)

 Since 2007, the 40 Days for Life spring and fall campaigns have saved over 7500 babies from abortion. The campaigns have been responsible for the closing of over two dozen abortion clinics in over 481 vigil locations across the U.S., Canada, and in over 15 other countries around the globe. Additionally, over 75 abortion clinic workers have quit their jobs. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America and around the world.

 To receive credit for this step, fulfill either one of the following and submit the information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Contact your local Right to Life chapter to determine if a local 40 Days for Life campaign is scheduled. If so, schedule at least one day during the 40 day period when your council and its families and friends will provide peaceful, non-confrontational prayer coverage at the selected abortion clinic. Provide the number of council members who participated and the total hours spent at the clinic.

  • If there is no local 40 Days for Life campaign, contact the national campaign leadership team at www.40daysforlife.com and sponsor a local campaign.

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

Activity #78 - Parish Culture of Life Educational Event  (25 points)

 Hold a council Culture of Life educational program open to the parish and general public. Plan an event that features a presentation by local experts from your diocesan respect life office, local right to life organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortion healing ministries, etc. This could consist of one event or better yet, a series of events that address controversial Culture of Life topics such as abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide, pending Culture of Life legislation, etc. Prior to the event(s), order Culture of Life materials from Supreme to be distributed at the event. Hold a question and answer segment followed by light refreshments. Publicize the event(s) in the council newsletter, website, and diocesan newspaper.

 To receive credit for this step, submit the following information to the State Culture of Life Director via the online report form through the state council website:

  • Hold at least one such event  

  • Provide details on the theme of the event

  • Include what the program included, speaker(s), brochures, etc.

  • The number in attendance

  • How it was publicized

  • The date, time, and location

  • Photos are strongly encouraged!

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred.

 

Activity #79   Culture of Life Activity - Elective #1   (25 points)

Use Activity 79 to report on a Culture of Life activity that was designed and created for the Culture of Life programs of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Culture of Life Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #80   Culture of Life Activity - Elective #2   (25 points)

Use Activity 80 to report on a Culture of Life activity that was designed and created for the Culture of Life programs of your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Culture of Life Activity Program.   

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Gary Anderson

State Culture of Life Director

544 Cherrington Road

Westerville, OH 43081

614-402-3842

garyanderson5656@yahoo.com

 

 
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"The Light of Ohio"

Membership Activities 2013-15

 Welcome to the 2013-15 Membership Program!  As members of the Knights of Columbus, we are the Light of Ohio!  Matthew 5:15 tells us “Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house”.  It is our duty to not only let our light shine bright by works of charity and good deeds, but to offer that light to other good Catholic men so they can be a light of Christ!  Have you ever attended an Easter Vigil or other service where all in attendance start in a darkened church?  Everyone throughout the church is given an unlit candle.  A single candle is lit and the person who receives that light turns to those around him and lights their candle.  These people in turn offer their light to those around them, and before too long the entire church is filled with bright light.  Each individual person may only light a few candles around him, but as long as that person continues to spread the light, the intensity of the light continues to increase.  The light we have to offer is membership in the greatest organization in the world, the Knights of Columbus!  The more lights we have in our parish and community, the brighter the future for our church and order is.

The following programs will help your council in offering the light of membership to every eligible Catholic man in your area.  They will allow your council to spread the light and grow, providing more points of light to do even more works of Charity.  With more men working in Unity, your council can weave a stronger cable.  Increased men and their families will build a stronger Fraternity.  Catholic men today need to belong to a group like the Knights of Columbus, to grow in faith, to become better husbands and fathers, and to live in charity.

 Activity #81- Open House (25 points)

Open houses are an excellent way to show Catholic families what your council has to offer them when the gentleman of the family joins our order.  Supreme Council has many great ideas on how to conduct your Open House.  Go to the Supreme Council website at kofc.org and type “Open House” in the search block.  Some of the planning items required to have a successful Open House include:

  • Appoint a committee to organize the open house

  • Set a date and time.  Publicize the event in local newspapers, community websites, radio, cable television and church bulletins

  • Order quantities of promotional materials including the “Open House” poster (#2826) from Supply Department at least six weeks in advance

  • Compile a list of other potential members

  • Send open house invitations to prospects and their spouses

  • Follow up the mailing with a telephone confirmation of receipt and availability to attend event

  • As the event approaches, reconfirm all arrangements for site, materials, program, etc.

  • Arrange for a display of council scrapbooks, awards, programs, and activities photos

  • Assign to each attending prospect to a recruiter who will act as host throughout the event

  • Invite your chaplain/parish priest and insurance agent to your event

·         In order to receive credit for this program, conduct an Open House and claim this program as Activity #81 on the State Program Reporting website

 

  Activity #82- Conduct or participate in a First Degree (25 points)

In order to bring members into the order, we need First Degree ceremonies.  Do not wait until you have prospects signed up to schedule a First Degree, schedule frequent degrees early in the fraternal year.  Remember, if you schedule the degrees, they will come!

  • in the fraternal year, plan the degrees your council will host

  • Get with your District Deputy and other councils in your district to ensure that there is at least one degree per month in your district

  • If your council is part of a Chapter, advertise your degrees at Chapter meetings and make sure you are aware of all First Degrees planned in the Chapter

  • Most importantly, RECRUIT prospects to attend as many First Degrees as possible during the year

  • ·         After your council hosts or participates in a First Degree, complete Form 450C, Council First Degree Exemplification Report.  This report can be submitted electronically online at https://www.kofc.org/un/en/officers/forms/council.html or a hard copy can be completed· 

       In order to receive credit for this program, your council must conduct or participate in at least one First Degree from July 1 to April 15, submit Form 450C to Supreme Council with a copy to State Membership Director Ken Gardner, and claim this program as Activity #82 on the State Program Reporting website

 

 Activity #83- Hold a Recruitment Blitz (25 points)

Membership Blitzes are an excellent way to recruit new members into your council.  Fall is an excellent time for recruiting since families are getting back into a normal routine after the hectic time of summer vacations and back to school.  Spring is also an excellent time to recruit new members as neighbors shake off the winter blahs.

  • Obtain the pastor’s permission to conduct a Blitz at the church during a specific weekend

  • Advertise the event weekly in the parish bulletin building up to when it is held

  • Order recruitment materials from the Supreme Council Supply Department

  • Set up informational tables at every door of the church.  Have plenty of prospect cards and pencils on hand to distribute to each man as he enters the church

  • Arrange for a membership recruitment announcement to be made during Mass by the priest endorsing the council

  • Have brother Knights on hand to answer questions and to collect prospect referral cards or names and contact information as men leave the church with their families

  • Use the prospect cards for one on one recruiting, get the prospect to complete a Form 100, and get him to a First Degree as soon as possible.

·         In order to receive credit for this program, conduct a Recruitment Blitz per the steps above and claim this program as Activity #83 on the State Program Reporting website

 

Activity #84- Produce and Use a Council Brochure (25 points)

Supreme Council has plenty of great recruiting material, including brochures that cover many topics, from faith to community service to family.  While these brochures are excellent tools to introduce men and their families to the Knights of Columbus, nothing says it better than a personal touch.  Your council should have its own custom recruitment brochure, one that covers the history, meeting information, and works of your particular council.  Creating this brochure is easy; you can use the Supreme Council Tri-fold brochure template (Item #4242) or create your own council brochure.  Information about creating your brochure can be found here: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/service/council/brochure

Another great way to sell the strengths of your council is with a stand up display, similar to the ones we all used as science fair projects in grade school.  These two or three sided displays can be customized with information about your council and set up on a table at Church Drives and Open houses.  Be creative when designing your display!  Be sure to include photos of council events, especially those that include the family.

·         Review the steps to create a council brochure in the link above

·         Brainstorm with the council leadership on what to include in your brochure

·         Order Item #4242 from Supreme Council and print your brochure

·         Use your brochure to recruit good Catholic men for your council

 

 

OR:

·         Pick up a stand up display at your local craft or school supply store

·         Create your stand up display.  Get the input of someone in sales if possible

·         Use your stand up display wherever Catholic families gather, especially Church Drives or Open Houses held by your council

·         In order to receive credit for this program, put together a council brochure or stand up display per the steps above and claim this program as Activity #84 on the State Program Reporting website.  Be sure to include either a copy of your brochure or a photo of your display

 

Activity #85- Challenge Council Officers to Recruit (25 points)

Every fraternal leader should set a good example for council members and personally recruit at least one new member during each fraternal year to make his council stronger.  Council officers, from the Grand Knight down to the Outside Guard, should lead by example and bring a Catholic man into the council. 

  • Put together an “Officer Challenge” recruitment program for your council

  • Include some type of incentive or have two teams compete against each other

  • Introduce this program early in the fraternal year, either at an officers meeting or at a council business meeting

  • Track the success of the program and report the progress to the council membership

  • Continue to push the Officer Challenge for the entire fraternal year

·         In order to receive credit for this program, put together an “Officer Challenge” program and claim this program as Activity #85 on the State Program Reporting website.  Be sure to include details of the program and report how many officers recruited

  

Activity #86- Organize an Admissions Committee (25 points)

Supreme Council requires every council to establish an Admissions Committee to evaluate potential candidates, introduce them to your council, and involve them in its activities.  This is an important part of the process of a gentleman joining our order.  Information about the gentleman joining your council during the Admissions Committee meeting can be used to get the new member involved in the council as soon as he joins.  Involved members are happy members; these men stay in the order and also become council leaders in the future.

·         Have your Financial Secretary order the following forms from the Supreme Supply Department: #390 Inquiries Guide for Admission Committee, #391 Admission Committee Questionnaires and #283 Report of Admission Committee.  This material will help you establish an Admissions Committee and provide the necessary guidelines for its implementation

  • Review the responsibilities of the Admission Committee as explained on the Grand Knights Handbook (Item #915)

  • Enlist seven men to serve on the Admissions Committee

  • Have the Admission Committee meet with candidates for your council prior to acceptance into your council

·         In order to receive credit for this program, put together or continue with your councils Admissions Committee and claim this program as Activity #86 on the State Program Reporting website.  Include in your report the chairman’s name and names of the committee members.  Also, explain how the committee functions within your council and how the committee helps engage and educate new council members.

 

Activity #87-Start or Continue a Council First Degree Team (25 points)

In order to get our recruits into the Knights of Columbus as soon as possible, we need frequent First Degrees.  Many potential members are lost each year because they are forced to wait weeks or even months before they can attend a First Degree ceremony.  There is no better way to get our new members into our council in a timely manner than to have our own council degree team.  Recent rule changes make it easy for every council to have its own First Degree team.  Councils are reminded that they may conduct their own First Degree and may read the parts if necessary or Use the Narration CD available from the Supreme Council Ceremonials Department (203-752-4346).  Also, council First Degree teams do not have to wear ceremonial robes for the degree; they may wear a coat and tie instead.  Of course, any council First Degree team should work toward memorizing all parts and obtaining ceremonial robes.

  • Continue the council First Degree that currently functions in your council

  • OR

  • Use Form #532, Requisition for First Degree Ceremonials, to order the items needed to start your First Degree Team

  • Recruit members of your council to form the team

  • Practice the First Degree Ceremony before performing any degrees, even if it will be read to the candidates

  • Have your new First Degree team certified by the District Deputy

In order to receive credit for this program, form or continue an existing First Degree Team in your council and claim this program as Activity #87 on the State Program Reporting website

 

Activity #88- Send Invitation Cards to Prospects (25 points)

If you were being invited to a birthday or anniversary party, what would mean more to you, a simple phone call inviting you or a personal invitation mailed to your house?  Supreme Council offers an Invitation Card (Item #2599) for councils to use when recruiting men to join our order.  These 4” by 5” cards, which include a mailing envelope, feature the words “Invitation” and the K of C emblem on the front and the follow words inside: You have been recommended as having all the qualifications necessary for membership in our Order, the Knights of Columbus.  A representative of the order will personally contact you to arrange an appointment to discuss the many benefits, honors, and obligations enjoyed by Brother Knights and their families.  These invitations provide a nice touch to your council’s recruitment efforts.

  • Order Item #2599, Membership Invitation, from Supreme Council

  • At a council meeting, ask every member in attendance to provide at least one name of a man they feel would make a great knight

  • Put together your councils list of potential members that this invitation can be sent to

  • Address your invitations and mail them.  Be sure to keep a list of who the invitations were sent to for follow up and to track the success of the program

  •  Within a week or so of the mailing date, personally contact each individual who was sent an invitation and explain how the K of C can make a difference in their lives

In order to receive credit for this program, complete the steps as listed above and claim this program as Activity #88 on the State Program Reporting website

 

Activity #89 - Membership Activity  -  Elective #1  (25 points)

Use Activity #89 to report on a Membership activity that was designed and created for the recruitment of new members by your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Membership Activity Program. 

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 

Activity #90 - Membership Activity  -  Elective #2  (25 points)

Use Activity #90 to report on a Membership activity that was designed and created for the recruitment of new members by your council.  This should be an activity that does not match the criteria of the other “activities” in the Membership Activity Program. 

In order to receive points for this activity, submit all the details of your program on-line at www.kofcohio.org during the report period the activity occurred. 

 Ken Gardner

State Membership Director

321 Greenwell

Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

(513) 484-4714

kpgardner@fuse.net

 

 
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        “The Light of Ohio”

Membership Retention Activities 2013-15

 While recruitment of new members means the continued growth of the Order, keeping members active and involved maintains the pulse of the Order.  Men join the order for a number of reasons, none the least to practice their one true Faith with other men of the same mind.  Sharing Faith and Fraternalism is the best experience our Councils can offer.  With that Fraternalism come the love and concern that we should have for our brother Knights and their families.  

 When a man joins the Order they expect to take part in the activities and events that they want to help shape their lives.  Our Council’s activities provide the outlet for these men and their families to take part and share their spiritual and family growth.  We owe these men the honor to participate in all facets of our Councils. 

 There are times when our brother Knights need our assistance more than any other time.  It is up to us to help those brother Knights when they are in need.  Sometimes pride, hurt or circumstances beyond the brother’s control play a part in those needs.  We as good and faithful Knights must play an active role in assisting those brothers that want and need help.  This is the essence of a great Retention Program. 

Many times we don’t hear from a brother Knight in a long period of time.  The first indication that something is amiss is that a dues notice goes unpaid.  The second dues notice goes out and still no word from the brother.  When the final notice goes out to the brother, there is still time for the Council to contact him.  The time to act to retain a brother’s membership goes much further than this final step.  Councils must communicate with brother Knights all times through the year.  Death and relocation play a big factor when we don’t hear from a brother.  Sometimes a brother loses a job or leaves the faith.  Great Retention Programs start at the first sign that a brother may be falling.  It’s at this point that the Council must have a Retention Committee.  The Retention Committee is firmly entrenched with the members of the Council.  Typically the Retention Committee is structured so that the Deputy Grand Knight and Trustees of the Council play an integral role in communicating with brother Knights in danger of losing their membership.  The above officers do not have to be the exclusive membership of the Committee.  Members with a desire to reach out and listen to their brother Knights make excellent members of the Committee. 

 The Financial Secretary is never the sole Retention Committee (Chapter XVIII Sec.164).  He should be consulted as to the Brothers that have not met their financial obligations for the coming year.  The Council’s District Deputy is also not a member of the Retention Committee.  He should be informed when from 1845 “Intent to Suspend” is sent to brother Knights. 

 The Retention Committee should be the Grand Knight as head of the Committee, the Trustees of the Council, the Membership Director and other members of the Council that wish to join or are appointed by the Grand Knight.   Suspension of membership should never take place until the member is contacted and every effort is made to retain the brother’s membership.

 The following activities will help insure that brother Knights remain active in the Council and the order:

  

Activity #91- Form a Retention Committee (25 points)

 Every council in Ohio should form a Retention Committee that actively contacts members behind in their dues and provides an annual report on retention efforts to the Council.  The names of the members should be made available in the Council newsletter or on the Council website.  It would be a good idea if the Chaplain would be a willing member.  When it comes to retaining members, always remember “It’s not the DUES, it’s the DOS!”

  • When submitting your Form #365, Service Program Personnel Report, at the beginning of the fraternal year, include the information request for your councils Retention Chairman

  • Appoint members to the Retention Committee.  Retention Committee Members should include the Deputy Grand Knight and the three Trustees

  • Review the Billing Process as outlined in the Grand Knights Handbook and follow these steps to the letter

  • Ensure that the Retention Committee is given a list of members in arrears early in the billing process

·         In order to receive credit for this program, follow the steps above when forming and using your councils Retention Committee and claim this program as Activity #91 on the State Program Reporting website.  Be sure to include details of the success of the committee

  

Activity #92- Helping Hand Program (25 points)

 Most of us have experienced hard times, when the money coming in simply does not cover what needs to go out.  We are sure that some of the members who do not pay their dues when billed fall into this category.  No man should ever be removed from a council roster because he cannot afford his dues!  Every council should have a mechanism in place to assist these men.  Your council can choose one of the following was to assist a brother in need.

 A. Designate a fundraising opportunity for members to work in lieu of payment for dues.  Some members may not be able to pay their dues but would be willing to work to stay in the Council.  Even if this event is not earning the council money, allow these members to earn their dues payment.

B. Create a council Hardship Fund for those members who are having hardships (loss of job, illness, etc.)  The council would use money from this fund to pay the dues of these members.

  • Chose the method from A or B on how your councils hardship fund will function

  • Put the plan into action with a member who cannot afford their dues

  • Keep track of the success of this program

·         In order to receive credit for this program, enact a Helping Hand Program in your council and claim this program as Activity #92 on the State Program Reporting website.

 

Activity #93- Reinstate an Inactive Insurance Member (25 points)

 There are thousands of Inactive Insurance members in Ohio.  These are gentleman who have Knights of Columbus insurance, but stopped paying their council dues.  These men are listed on your council roster as “Inactive” under the “Member Type” column.  Contact inactive insurance members of the Council and re-recruit these men.  Insurance agents can help with this activity

  • Review your council roster and identify the Inactive Insurance member

  • Share this list with the membership of your council, asking if anyone knows these gentlemen

  • Actively recruit these men to rejoin your council

·         In order to receive credit for this program, use the steps above to recruit inactive insurance members and claim this program as Activity #93 on the State Program Reporting website.

 

Activity #94- Membership Mentoring (25 points)

 Many councils in Ohio are successful with membership recruitment; they know how to get the job done.  They know how to approach a Catholic man, how to ask him to join our order, and how to answer his questions in a way that entices him to become a Knight.  Sadly, there are many more councils that have forgotten how to recruit.  They are afraid to ask men to join, they do not know how to answer a negative comeback with a positive response, they have simply given up on bringing men into their council.  This program is designed to have councils that are successful recruiting help a neighboring council that is struggling. 

  • Contact your District Deputy and ask him if there is a council in your district that needs help with membership recruitment.

  • Contact the Grand Knight or Membership Director of the struggling council and offer your assistance

  •  Meet with the council leadership and explain how to recruit successfully

  • Work with the council on an Open House or Church Drive

  • In order to receive credit for this program, assist a neighboring council with membership recruitment and claim this program as Activity #94 on the State Program Reporting website.  Be sure to include details of the success you had.

 Nick Gresko

State Membership Retention Director-East

367 Wyleswood Dr.

Berea, Ohio 44017

(440) 479-0354

greskon@sbcglobal.net

 

Jim Klatte

State Membership Retention Director-West

9946 Montclaire Dr.

Mason, Ohio 45040

(513) 490-3511

jimklatte@yahoo.com

 

 
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Council Development

the Drives and Follow Through for Growth

 It’s not always about new development, it’s ongoing!

Council development does not always refer to just “new councils”, but to “reactivation” and “revitalization” of existing councils as well.  All three activities require good planning.  Each development drive process is similar, as outlined below, and any drive requires a good follow through for growth.

Following the descriptions, of the “drive” and “follow through” processes, are some checklists to be used as guidelines for planning, and may be tailored to meet your local needs.  Always contact your directors, diocesan coordinators and District Deputy for their support and guidance.

 Section A: The New Council Drive…

 This Section outlines the proven steps for engaging in a New Council Development effort.  Planning is always critical, so read this section thoroughly and utilize the checklist which follows for a successful campaign. 

Step A1:  Contact the CDD.  Contact your State Council Development Director (CDD) and alert him to the parish(s) for the possible new council development support.  Make the CDD aware of the reasons support is needed and provide the pastor’s contact information.  The CDD will then support the development, providing guidance to you and your volunteers on the next best procedures. 

Step A2:  Schedule a Meeting w/Pastor.  Under the direction of the CDD, a meeting will be scheduled with the parish pastor to seek his permission to proceed with the Knights of Columbus development efforts.  The CDD will advise Father that the uniqueness of a Parish-based Council is to be of assistance. The only requirements of Father will be to prepare a letter to the Parishioners introducing or recommending the Knights of Columbus, and to be present at the Open House to lead the meeting in prayer and for his personal comments. In addition we seek his thoughts on those who are leaders in the parish and those he feels would be great leaders for the council.  Once the pastor gives his permission, the CDD will set-up a team with the District Deputy (DD) and some supporting Knights.  For a new council the CDD will complete Form #133, “Notice of Intent to Establish a New Council”, and forward to the State Deputy.

Step A3: Establish a Schedule.  Establish the start date and the Open House date. Provide the pastor with sample parish bulletin inserts and any announcements that you wish to be made about the K of C council development efforts within the parish.  

Step A4:  Team Meeting.  Schedule a meeting with all representatives who will be working on the formation.  Discuss and review the details and plans for the successful new council development efforts.  As a guide, prepare a checklist of the details and plans for all activities and assignments (see attached sample). 

Step A5:  Week 1.  On the first recruitment weekend it’s recommended a short announcement is read at Mass by the Mass Celebrant.  A group of members are available after the Mass to pass out literature, handle questions and sign up new prospects. 

Step A6:  Week 2.  On the second recruitment weekend, it is crucial to have an adequate number of members available to follow-up the plan initiated during the first weekend.  It is recommended that K of C members bring along their wives to assist with visits with potential candidate spouses. 

Step A7:  Week 3.  On the third recruitment weekend, one member should be assigned to read a short presentation about the Knights of Columbus at each weekend Mass.  This should be relatively short and to the point.  It must be reviewed by the CDD and the pastor prior to its presentation.  Please keep in mind that the member(s) selected to make the presentation are made aware it should be done in a professional manner.  Inform the parishioners of the plan for new council development and the benefits the parish will receive from their council.  Several members should be available at each exit of the church to speak to potential members and hand out informational material.  The goal is to encourage one-on-one conversation with all prospects and their families. 

Step A8:  Open House.  During our meeting with the pastor, we have previously established a date for an information night at the parish, which has been announced in the parish bulletin, preferably during the week immediately following the last handouts.  The program should not last more than 1 hour.  The CDD may be present with all appropriate literature along with the District Deputy and other district and state personnel, as appropriate.  The program will consist of an opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, a brief history of the Knights of Columbus and the ladies perspective.  Immediately following the presentation there will be a Question and Answer time conducted by the CDD or his designee.  Every effort should be made to have the prospective men present fill-out the Form #100 utilizing the District Deputy to assist him.  It’s ideal for a First Degree to be planned for the following week at the same location as the Open House.  The exemplification of a First Degree will be performed by a certified degree team. At this point, please relay to the men the date of the degree and that it is at the very same location and time.  

Step A9:  First Degree.  The scheduling of the degree gives the recruiting and development team time to make home visits.  Immediately following the degree, have a meeting with the members.  For new council starts, evaluate the results of your efforts and plan the final formation of the council.  If at this time there are not at least 30 members who include transfers and new members, then establish teams and call on parishioners at their homes to explain the benefits.    (see note at the end of this section) 

Step A10:  Do Over.  Schedule and conduct another meeting and First Degree as necessary to achieve the New Council goal of 30 members* (see note at the end of this section) 

Step A11:  Notify Supreme.  After achieving the designated number of members for a new council the DD will prepare Form #136, “Notice of Institution of New Council”, and he will forward that form to the Supreme New Council Growth Office, the State Council Development Director, and to the State Deputy.  

Step A12:  Elect the Officers.  At the first formation meeting for a new council, explain the duties of the elected officers.  You can show the DVD provided by Supreme or the flyers provided by the CDD.  Give notice to the new members of an election of officers.  Conduct the election, set the meeting times and dates, consider the name for the council and form the financial structure for the members.

Step A13:  Apply for Charter.  At the first formation meeting, a date should be established, no-more-than 45 days thereafter, that a Form #137 “Application for Charter” be prepared. Insure that all names on the Charter are given names and not nicknames.  Verify that the name on the Form #100 is the same on the Application for Charter.  The District Deputy and the newly elected Grand Knight will mail these forms to the Supreme New Council Growth Office, the State Council Development Director, and to the State Deputy.

Step A14:  Report to Supreme.  The newly elected Grand Knight and the three Trustees shall appoint a Financial Secretary and submit Form #101, Application for Appointment as Financial Secretary, and Form #103, Nomination for Appointment as Financial Secretary to the Supreme Council.  In addition, complete Form #185, Report of Officers Chosen, and Form #365, Service Program Personnel Report, and forward both to the State Deputy and Supreme Council – Fraternal Services.  Set up training sessions for those officers that require training.

Step A15:  Select a Chaplain.  The Grand Knight will send a letter to the Bishop of his Diocese asking his approval to appoint the parish pastor or his designee to serve as council chaplain.

Step A16:  Celebrate your Success.  After receiving the new council charter from the Supreme Council, set a date for the charter presentation.  Invite the State Deputy, District Deputy and parishioners to be present for this special occasion.

 * The Board of Directors voted at its April 5-7 meeting in Washington D.C. to initiate a pilot program for New Council Development in the United States and Canada, effective for the period April 6, 2013 through June 30, 2015.  Under the pilot program, the minimum number of members required to start a new council is reduced from 30 members to 20 members. The members of the new council may be a mix of new members and transfers, as currently permitted by section 231 of the Laws of the Order.

  The New Council Follow Through…

Growth and development of the Knights of Columbus is one of our primary objectives. While membership recruitment is important for a positive growth rate, retention is equally important. If the council does not emphasize retention, then a strong recruitment program will be less successful.

Every new Knight has a desire and purpose for joining our Order.  He and his family make a commitment to become part of a larger community of faith and fraternalism. He may also be attracted by our charitable contributions, fraternal activities or even our outstanding insurance program.  The whole council plays an important role in keeping a Brother Knight active. It must provide activities and programs that stimulate interest for the Brother Knight and his family in the Knights. 

For membership retention to be successful, it needs support from council leadership and all members.  For example, some Grand Knights need help with this aspect of council development. Certain members may need attention and communication from the Grand Knight, Membership Chairman or the Retention Chairman. Interaction with a member may determine how active they become as members. Council leadership manages the nurturing/development strategy to help the council with their roles in member engagement and retention.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the Grand Knight and the Membership Chairman to make sure new members are firmly developed and integrated into the activities of the council and that the new members do not "fall through a crack." 

The Retention Chairman does not need to be the Membership Chairman, although working in concert with each other they can mutually assist the other.  The Retention Chairman must have an active committee to assist him in the important job of making sure all members are up to date with dues and have interests in the activities of the Council.  

The Shining Armor Award program is an excellent example of how we can help educate new members by completing the items within 12 months. This program expands a new member’s vision about opportunities for service.  New members have new ideas.  Ask them to chair their own project.  This program can be completed as part of the State Council Program. This award program can become a great tool in developing future council leaders. 

 

 
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Section B: The Council Reactivation Drive…

A Council Reactivation is a process similar to New Council Development, but there are important differences, i.e. there is already a documented and existing Council number and Charter.  The following steps will greatly enhance your chances for success:

Step B1:  Contact the CDD.  Contact your State Council Development Director (CDD) and alert him about the council for possible reactivation support.  Make the CDD aware of the reasons support is needed and provide the pastor’s contact information.  The CDD will then support your reactivation, providing guidance to you and your volunteers on the next best procedures. 

Step B2:  Schedule a Meeting w/Pastor.  Under the direction of the CDD, a meeting will be scheduled with the parish pastor to seek his permission to proceed with the Knights of Columbus reactivation efforts.  The CDD will advise Father that his only requirements will be to prepare a letter to the Parishioners re-introducing or recommending the Knights of Columbus and to be present at the Open House to lead the meeting in prayer and for his personal comments. In addition we seek his thoughts on those who are leaders in the parish, former council members and others he feels would be great leaders for the council.  Once the pastor gives his permission, the CDD will set-up a team with the District Deputy (DD) and some supporting Knights. 

Step B3: Establish a Schedule.  Establish the start date and the Open House date. Provide the pastor with sample parish bulletin inserts and any announcements that you wish to be made about the K of C council reactivation development efforts within the parish. 

Step B4:  Team Meeting.  Schedule a meeting with all representatives who will be working on the formation.  Where ever possible use former council members for a reactivation. Discuss and review the details and plans for the successful council reactivation efforts.  As a guide, prepare a checklist of the details and plans for all activities and assignments. 

Step B5:  Week 1.  On the first recruitment weekend it’s recommended a short announcement is read at Mass by the Mass Celebrant.  A group of members and former members are available after the Mass to pass out literature, handle questions and sign up new prospects. 

Step B6:  Week 2.  On the second recruitment weekend, it is crucial to have an adequate number of members and former members available to follow-up the plan initiated during the first weekend.  It is recommended that K of C members bring along their wives to assist with visits with potential candidate spouses. 

Step B7:  Week 3.  On the third recruitment weekend, one member should be assigned to read a short presentation about the Knights of Columbus at each weekend Mass.  This should be relatively short and to the point.  It must be reviewed by the CDD and the pastor prior to its presentation.  Please keep in mind that the member(s) selected to make the presentation are made aware it should be done in a professional manner.  Inform the parishioners of the plan for council reactivation and the benefits the parish will receive from their council.  Several members should be available at each exit of the church to speak to potential members and hand out informational material.  The goal is to encourage one-on-one conversation with all prospects and their families.  

Step B8:  Open House.  During our meeting with the pastor, we have previously established a date for an information night at the parish, which has been announced in the parish bulletin, preferably during the week immediately following the last handouts.  The program should not last more than 1 hour.  The CDD may be present with all appropriate literature along with the District Deputy and other district and state personnel, and former members as appropriate.  The program will consist of an opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, a brief history of the Knights of Columbus and the ladies perspective.  Immediately following the presentation there will be a Question and Answer time conducted by the CDD or his designee.  Former members can provide a valuable source of council history.  Every effort should be made to have the prospective men present, fill out the Form #100 utilizing the District Deputy to assist him.  It’s ideal for a First Degree to be planned for the following week at the same location as the Open House.  The exemplification of a First Degree will be performed by a certified degree team. At this point, please relay to the men the date of the degree and that it is at the very same location and time as the Open House.  

Step B9:  First Degree.  The scheduling of the degree gives the recruiting and reactivation team time to make follow-up visits and calls.  Immediately following the degree, have a meeting with the members.  Evaluate the results of your efforts and plan the re-formation of the council.  If at this time there are not at least 30 members, who include transfers, new members, former members and inactive insurance members, then establish teams and call on parishioners at their homes to explain the benefits. 

Step B10:  Do Over.  Schedule and conduct another meeting and First Degree, as necessary, to achieve the Reactivation goal of 30 members. 

Step B11:  Notify Supreme.  After achieving the designated number of members for a reactivated council the DD will prepare Form #    , “Notice of Intent to Reactivate a Council”, and he will forward that form to the Supreme New Council Growth Office, the State Council Development Director, and to the State Deputy.  

Step B12:  Elect the Officers.  At the first formation meeting for a revitalized council, explain the duties of the elected officers.  You can show the DVD provided by Supreme or the flyers provided by the CDD.  You may use available former members as mentors for the new members. Give notice to the new members of an election of officers.  Conduct the election, set the meeting times and dates and form the financial structure for the members.

Step B13:  Report to Supreme.  The newly elected Grand Knight and the three Trustees shall appoint a Financial Secretary and submit Form #101, Application for Appointment as Financial Secretary, and Form #103, Nomination for Appointment as Financial Secretary to the Supreme Council.  Complete Form #185, Report of Officers Chosen, and Form #365, Service Program Personnel Report, and forward both to the State Deputy and Supreme Council – Fraternal Services.  Set up training sessions for those officers that require training.

Step B14:  Select a Chaplain.  Grand Knight will send a letter to the Bishop of his Diocese asking his approval to appoint the parish pastor or his designee to serve as council chaplain.

Step B15:  Celebrate your Success.  There’s still work to do notifying all former members, but take time to relish this achievement.  Invite the State Deputy, District Deputy and parishioners to be present for this special occasion. 

 The Council Reactivation Follow Through…

The reactivated council still plays an important role in keeping a Brother Knight active. It must provide activities and programs that stimulate interest for the Brother Knight and his family in the Knights.  Retention, as part of council development, becomes every Knight’s responsibility.  

For membership retention to be successful, it needs support from council leadership and all members.  Interaction with a member may determine how active they become as members. Council leadership manages the strategy similar to all other councils with their roles in member engagement and retention.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the Grand Knight and the Membership Chairman to make sure new members are firmly developed and integrated into the activities of the council.  A Retention Chairman does not need to be the Membership Chairman, although working in concert with each other they can mutually assist the other.  The Retention Chairman must also have an active committee to assist him in the important job of making sure all members are up to date with dues and have interests in the activities of the Council.  

Continue to use activities like the Shining Armor Award program to help educate new members by completing the items within 12 months. This program expands a new member’s vision about opportunities for service.  Remember that new members have new ideas.  Ask them to chair their own project.  This program can be completed as part of the State Council Program. This award program can become a great tool in developing future council leaders.

 

 
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Section C:   The Council Revitalization Drive…

Step C1:  Contact the CDD (Optional).  Contact your State Council Development Director (CDD) and alert him to the council for the possible revitalization support.  Make the CDD aware of the reasons support is needed and provide the pastor’s contact information.  The CDD will then support your revitalization, providing guidance to you and your volunteers on the next best procedures. 

 Step C2:  Schedule a Meeting w/Pastor.  A meeting will be scheduled with the parish pastor to seek his permission to proceed with the Knights of Columbus revitalization efforts.  Advise Father that his only requirements may be to prepare a letter to the Parishioners recommending the Knights of Columbus and to be present at the Open House to lead the meeting in prayer and for his personal comments. Once the pastor gives his permission, set-up a team with the District Deputy (DD) and some supporting Knights. 

 Step C3: Establish a Schedule.  Establish the start date and the Open House date. Provide the pastor with sample parish bulletin inserts and any announcements that you wish to be made about the K of C council revitalization efforts within the parish. 

 Step C4:  Team Meeting.  Schedule a meeting with all representatives who will be working on the revitalization.  Discuss and review the details and plans for the successful council revitalization efforts.  As a guide, prepare a checklist of the details and plans for all activities and assignments. 

 Step C5:  Week 1.  On the first recruitment weekend, it’s recommended a short announcement be read at Mass by the Mass Celebrant.  A group of members are available after the Mass to pass out literature, handle questions and sign up new prospects. 

 Step C6:  Week 2.  On the second recruitment weekend, it is crucial to have an adequate number of members available to follow-up the plan initiated during the first weekend.  It is recommended that K of C members bring along their wives to assist with visits with potential candidate spouses. 

 Step C7:  Week 3.  On the third recruitment weekend, one member should be assigned to read a short presentation about the Knights of Columbus at each weekend Mass.  This should be relatively short and to the point.  Please keep in mind that the member(s) selected to make the presentation are made aware it should be done in a professional manner.  Inform the parishioners of the plan for council revitalization and the benefits the parish will receive from their council.  Several members should be available at each exit of the church to speak to potential members and hand out informational material.  The goal is to encourage one-on-one conversation with all prospects and their families. 

 Step C8:  Open House.  During our meeting with the pastor, we have previously established a date for an information night at the parish, which has been announced in the parish bulletin, preferably during the week immediately following the last handouts.  The program should not last more than 1 hour.  The CDD may be present, but usually the District Deputy and/or other district and state personnel, as appropriate.  The program will consist of an opening prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, a brief history of the Knights of Columbus and the ladies perspective.  Immediately following the presentation there will be a Question and Answer time conducted.  Every effort should be made to have the prospective men present, fill out the Form #100 utilizing the District Deputy to assist him.  It’s ideal for a First Degree to be planned for the following week at the same location as the information night.  The exemplification of a First Degree will be performed by a certified degree team. At this point, please relay to the men the date of the degree and that it is at the very same location and time as the information night.  

 Step C9:  First Degree.  The scheduling of the degree gives the recruiting and revitalization team time to make follow-up calls or visits.  Immediately following the degree, have a meeting with the members.  Present them the information needed to get them into the next council meeting, and make them welcome.

Step C10:  Do Over.  Schedule and conduct another meeting and First Degree as necessary. 

 Step C11:  Notify Supreme.  Turn-in those Form 100s.  

 Step C12:  Celebrate your Success.  Invite your new members and their families to some special fraternal activity in their honor.

  The Council Revitalization Follow Through…

 The revitalized council still plays an important role in keeping a Brother Knight active. It must provide activities and programs that stimulate interest for the Brother Knight and his family in the Knights.  Retention, as part of council development, becomes every Knight’s responsibility.  

For membership retention to be successful, it needs support from council leadership and all members.  Interaction with a member may determine how active they become as members. Council leadership manages the strategy similar to all other councils with their roles in member engagement and retention.

 It is ultimately the responsibility of the Grand Knight and the Membership Chairman to make sure new members are firmly developed and integrated into the activities of the council.  A Retention Chairman does not need to be the Membership Chairman, although working in concert with each other they can mutually assist the other.  The Retention Chairman must also have an active committee to assist him in the important job of making sure all members are up to date with dues and have interests in the activities of the Council.   

Continue to use activities like the Shining Armor Award program to help educate new members by completing the items within 12 months. This program expands a new member’s vision about opportunities for service.  New members have new ideas.  Ask them to chair their own project.  This program can be completed as part of the State Council Program. This award program can become a great tool in developing future council leaders. 

Monthly, the financial secretary should be aware of members who are in arrears with dues and for how long. New members added during the past month are marked and dues owed as past due are also marked. The distribution process for this list should result in the Council Membership and Retention Committee receiving monthly data for the council.  

The Council Membership Chairman should review this data and look for unpaid dues. The members should be contacted and reminded that their membership has or is about to expire and be encouraged to renew. By doing this early in the process, it is possible to find out about members’ concerns. There could be issues with health, finances, or another area of concern. If the call is more social than financial, both parties will feel comfortable. 

This reminder can be accomplished with either a telephone call or a letter. If the member's experience with the Knights was not as positive as expected, they may not want to pay their dues. Contact by the sponsor is helpful with retention problems. It gives the member a chance to air complaints or ideas and lets him know that the order is concerned about him. 

The Retention Chairman and the District Deputy should make their best effort to learn the member's reason for not paying dues. The Retention Chairman should determine if there is anything that can be done to conserve their membership. The following options may be offered:  A) transfer from council if there are conflicts or issues; B) negotiate on past dues owed (with council permission). The reasons for not renewing may need to be communicated back to the council. 

Suspension is a last resort. The Membership and Retention Committee should approach the FS on a monthly basis in February, March and April in anticipation of potential dues issues.  The District Deputy should also be aware of suspensions. The Financial Secretary should complete Form 1845, Notice of Intent to Suspend.  Councils must bill every 30 days if billing annually. By ignoring or negating a step, you lose an opportunity to keep a brother knight.  

 William J. Wirtz Jr.

State Council Development

2221 Vienna Parkway

Dayton, Ohio 45459

(937) 312-1757

billjoyce1@sbcglobal.net

 

 
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Ceremonials

Ceremonials are a very important part of our traditions as Knights of Columbus

 Ceremonials are the core of the Order. Fraternal organizations choose who can be members and mandate a right of passage.  In the Knights of Columbus the rights of passage are our four Degrees. Many fraternal organizations have drifted away from ceremonials and as a result have suffered a decline in membership.  We have not.  Our ceremonials are the glue that holds the Order together.  Father McGivney established the first three degrees as a way of instructing our members in the lessons of Charity, Unity and Fraternity.  Our members need to understand what makes the Knights of Columbus different from other fraternal organizations.  Our steadfast adherence to the ceremonials is what makes the Order stand out from among other organizations.

 The First Degree

 The First Degree is the candidate’s first experience of the Order. He is introduced to the first principal of the order, Charity. The Degree should be performed by a certified team whenever possible. The Grand Knight of the Council should attempt to contact a certified team.  If a certified team is not available, the Grand Knight can take his candidates to a neighboring Council that is holding a First Degree. In the event that there is no First Degree conducted by a certified team available, a Council may read the degree using the materials provided by Supreme.  The required ceremonial items must be used.  Robes are optional.  A dark business suit with the Supreme Council Ceremonial Baldric worn over it can be used in lieu of robes. If the option to read the Degree using the required materials, it is strongly recommended that the men reading the parts practice before putting on the Degree.  Who knows the men may decide that they want to form a certified team.

  • If a certified First Degree Team needs to travel they may charge the host Council mileage at the approved State rate for up to two cars and $25.00 for the Degree.
  • A District Deputy may certify a First Degree Team once the team members have demonstrated their mastery of the part. Memorization is required.
  • If a Council takes candidates to another Council for the First Degree, the required degree kit should be provided to the host Council.

 The Second Degree 

The Second Degree teaches the new member the power of the second principal of the Order, Unity. This Degree is conducted by certified Second Degree Teams.  There is no option for reading the Degree.  All parts must be memorized.  All required ceremonial items must be use.  Robes are optional. A dark business suit with the Supreme Ceremonial Baldric worn over it can be worn in lieu of robes.

  • The District Deputy is responsible for the scheduling of Second Degrees within his District. It is recommended that District Deputies form a certified Second Degree Team within his District.

  •  A Second Degree Team is certified by the State Deputy or his State Ceremonial Director.

  • A Second Degree Team may charge $50.00 and mileage at the State approved rate for up to two cars.

 The Third Degree 

The Third Degree teaches the lesson of Fraternity, the importance of the Eucharist in the lives of our members and the role of our Priests in the Church. This Degree can only be exemplified by a certified Conferring Officer and his Staff. Robes are required.  The District Deputy wishing to have a Third Degree in his District contacts his District Deputy Coordinator who then contacts the State Ceremonial Director. The State Ceremonial Director contacts the nearest Conferring Officer to see if he and his Staff are available. The State Ceremonial Director then contacts the District Deputy Coordinator with the decision on whether the Degree can take place.

  • The Conferring Officer is in charge once he arrives at the Degree site.

  • A Conferring Officer and his Staff are certified by the State Deputy or the State Ceremonial Director.

  • A Conferring Officer may charge $50.00 to help defer the cost and upkeep of the Audio Visual items required for this Degree.

 Guidelines for Ceremonials:

  • While ceremonials are being conducted no alcohol will be served on the premises.  This rule will be strictly enforced.
  • When a degree team is being formed the State Ceremonial Director should be contacted. He will assist in obtaining and preparing the proper paperwork to obtain the Ceremonial Books from Supreme.
  • When a District Deputy certifies a First Degree Team he should ensure that the paperwork required is submitted.  The forms should be submitted through the State Ceremonial Director who will then pass them on to the State Deputy.  The State Deputy will forward the forms to Supreme. Supreme will then send the team members their official cards stating that they are members of a certified degree team.
  • District Deputies are required to submit the required Form 450 for all degrees held in his District.   He must submit a form even if he was unable to attend the Degree.  He would state on the Form that he was unable to attend.  These forms are necessary so that all degrees are recorded at Supreme.
  • Each Degree should be exemplified on separate dates. If necessary, two Degrees can be exemplified on the same day.  However, in no case should all three Degrees be held on the same day.  This restriction will be strictly enforced.

Edward A. Ponder

State Ceremonials Chairman

8766 Normandy Creek

Centerville, OH 45458

(937) 654-3647    sirearp@aol.com

 

 
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