Ohio State Council
|Membership Success Story "2008 Football Sweepstakes” Charity Campaign Insurance Liaison Obituaries|
|Matching Funds Program Check List for Grand Knights Program Check List for District Deputies Measure-Up Campaign|
|Church Activities||2009 State basketball|
|Community Activities||Ohio K of C Campout|
|Council Activities||St. Hiliary Knights vow to repeat Century Club|
|Youth Activities||Delphos Knights celebrate 100th Anniversary|
|Vocations Activities||Rittman Cemetery Memorial Walkway|
|New Council Development|
It’s halftime of the fraternal year
By Larry Moegling
We recently concluded the District Deputies’ Mid-year Meeting. Overall, in many areas we are off to a strong start. But now we need to be working toward that STRONG FINISH.
Planning for Success (the theme of my Buckeye Bulletin articles) in regard to council activities already should be in place for a strong finish. If this did not happen, then these council leader coaches need to schedule and plan for that second half fraternal year.
As I indicated a year ago with this article, is there a “busy-ness” taking place in each and every council across Ohio? I hope so!
Here’s a little of the scoreboard highlights for the first half of the Following in Their Footsteps state general program:
1. Membership is currently at 45% of Ohio’s Supreme quota. (Thank you!)
2. Suspensions continue. But let’s keep suspensions to a minimum. Please remember that before a member is to be suspended, there needs to be personal contact made. (There may be some circumstances that justify having some patience and understanding. These are trying economic times for many. Let’s exercise the principles of charity and fraternity when it is deemed worthy.)
3. There are four (4) new councils currently on the books with others in developing stages. Our Supreme quota in Ohio is ten (10). With this article, I would like to welcome the Brother Knights of our three newest articles:
· Pomeroy Council No. 1664 in Pomeroy (Steubenville Diocese)
· Fr. Gustav Brotzge Council No. 14665 in Reading (Cincinnati Archdiocese)
· Sacred Hearts Council No. 14671 in Cardington (Columbus Diocese)
4. Round tables are increasing.
5. There is active council participation in the state general program. Of course, the goal there is 100% participation of all local councils.
During the second part of the fraternal year, please be sure that the Fraternal Survey and the Semi-annual Audit are completed and submitted.
As we continue into the second half of the fraternal year, now more than ever, it is time to recommit to the vision of Father McGivney. Together, let’s continue to Follow in Their Footsteps!
Why Pray? Part Two
By Fr. Paul Hrezo
In my article a couple Buckeye Bulletin issues ago we considered the value of prayer and how to approach praying for someone or something more effectively. We considered briefly whether or not the volume of people praying for a certain need is important. We noted that praying for a certain intention is not meant to be simply a wish that we launch up to God and then wait and hope He responds to it. Rather it is meant to be something that turns our hearts and minds to Him, leading us to draw encouragement and inspiration from His enduring presence with us. A prayer’s effectiveness doesn’t depend so much on the sheer number of people praying for it.
Nevertheless, there is a place for having many people -- and sometimes as many people as possible -- praying for a certain intention. Prayer is ultimately meant to change us, rather than God. Generally, the change affects us in a twofold way.
On the one hand we need to grow individually in our relationship with the Lord, in our capacity to receive the Lord’s blessings and to do His will. St. Augustine taught about this in his letter to Proba, about prayer: “The deeper our faith, the stronger our hope, the greater our desire, the larger will be our capacity to receive God’s gift to us, which is very great indeed.”
On the other hand, prayer is not ultimately only about us individually! It’s about turning our focus toward others and to being a person of a community and family of faith. We are to turn our own individual needs into opportunities for prayer for others (the traditional “offer it up” prayers!) and we are to see the needs of others as opportunities to build up that same community of faith.
Praying for a need together and working together for its accomplishment are among the most effective ways of building a community of faith. St. Paul teaches this clearly in 1 Corinthians 12:7, “To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Sometimes the Lord waits to pour out blessings upon us as a community until He sees that our capacity to receive those blessings – as a community – has grown as well. Rallying other people to pray and act with you helps build up that community.May the Lord bless us as Knights of Columbus, forming us to be men of prayer and action, praying together fervently in a way that increases our capacity to receive God’s blessings and working together generously for the betterment of all of us both individually and as a community.
Charity Campaign skit includes State Treasurer Dave Helmstetter, campaign chairman (foreground); Larry Droesch, LaVern Fortkamp and Terry Cooney.
PARTNERING INCREASES COUNCIL
SUPER CASH BONANZA SALES
Attractive Cash Prizes, Rebates Highlight Annual
Charity Campaign; Road Shows are scheduled
Councils looking to boost its 2009 Super Cash Bonanza Charity Campaign ticket sales are encouraged to partner with a non-profit organization -- such as a parish youth group or school booster club.
That’s the message State Treasurer and 2009 Campaign Chairman Dave Helmstetter emphasized to Ohio District Deputies and state personnel during the Ohio State Council’s Mid-Year District Deputies’ Meeting in Columbus on Jan. 10.
Many successful council campaigns use “partnering” to assist organizations in parishes and communities, said Helmstetter, adding that “It’s a great way to increase sales and build enthusiasm within a council and parish.
Council leadership should work out an arrangement with one of these groups, carefully track sales and give them a dollar amount per ticket sold. “It’s an untapped source for additional sales growth for many councils. Those councils partnering with other organizations are often among the sales leaders in Ohio,” he added.
Helmstetter introduced the campaign’s appealing cash prizes and council rebates as a “real charity cash cow” during a lively presentation at the District Deputies’ Meeting. The campaign offers 20 cash prizes totaling more than $100,000 and a top prize of almost $50,000 ($414 a month for 10 years). Rebates reached near-record highs and provide an extraordinary opportunity for councils to raise dollars for local charitable causes.
“The key to council success relies on how it promotes and organizes its campaign. A well organized and heavily promoted campaign with strong personal contacts results in a ticket sales increase, resulting in more dollars for charity,” said Helmstetter.
Full campaign information -- including tickets, posters, instructional booklets, shipping forms and quota information -- will be distributed at the annual diocesan Charity Campaign Road Shows (see schedule with this article). The meetings allow councils to learn more about campaign rules, its attractive cash prizes and lucrative rebates available.
There’s another great incentive motivating council Road Show attendance: By having two council members attend, a bonus rebate of 10 cents per ticket for ALL tickets sold will be provided. Other first and second phase rebates also can be increased by council attendance.
Important dates are:
· First ticket turn-in -- Wednesday, April 15.
· Second ticket turn-in -- Friday, May 16.
Tickets should be sent to Dave Helmstetter, State Treasurer, 5421 County Road 33A, St. Marys, OH 45885-9658.
The annual ticket drawing will take place on Friday, May 22, at 9:30 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati during the Friday Night Party of the 110th annual State Convention.
January District Deputies’ Meeting
|State Deputy Larry Moegling (center) with Supreme Hispanic Council Coordinator Jose Jimenez (left) and Supreme Regional Program Consultant William Sukal.||DD-29 Ken Leipold accepting the Supreme Community Activities Third Place trophy on behalf of St. Hiliary Council|
SUPREME GIVES OHIO SOME HELP IN FORMING HISPANIC COUNCILS
District Deputies were given a different dose of membership recruitment ideas at their Mid-Year Meeting in Columbus on the weekend of Jan. 9-11.
A special guest was Jose Jimenez, a Supreme Council Hispanic Coordinator, who planted the seed for Hispanic council development in Ohio. Currently, he said, there are 148 Hispanic councils in the Order, and two in Ohio.
“Supreme is very dedicated to Hispanic development,” said Jimenez, a Past State Deputy of Oklahoma, adding that 2.3% -- of Ohio’s population are Hispanic.
“It means great opportunity,” he told the District Deputies. “Hispanics have contributed to our Catholic population growth.”
District Deputies were given a crash course in membership recruitment and retention, as well as the general program contest, during the weekend retreat.
Another Supreme Council guest was Bill Sukal, Supreme Program Consultant, who stressed old council development and revitalization, and suggested that new and old members alike participate in Supreme’s Shining Armor Program.
“Encourage your new members to get involved early,” he said. “They can do this through the Shining Armor Program.”
“Remember: we recruit members so we stay strong ….. to serve our parishes and communities and be a force in society today,” he emphasized.
State Deputy Larry Moegling noted that council Admissions Committees are vital.
“Strong and active Admissions Committees are needed in every council to ensure active participation of new members and prevent the possibility of suspensions,” he advised.
Moegling also suggested that “parish-based councils truly work better than the larger, multi-parish councils.”
State Membership Director Larry (Dynamo) Droesch emphasized that “successful recruiting takes planning. “And,” he said, “sometimes we need to think outside the box for new ideas.”
State Retention Director Tom Mathes suggested that councils include letters summarizing their accomplishments with the mailing of dues notices.
“And make sure you have a Retention Committee,” he said, noting that such a committee should include the Deputy Grand Knight and Council Trustees.
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As the District Deputies’ Meeting wound down, each state officer was given an opportunity to speak. Two – State Treasurer Dave Helmstetter (Cincinnati Diocese) and State Warden Bob Collins (Cleveland Diocese) used the time to pontificate on the achievements of Knights in their dioceses in the past year. Those were fighting words for Immediate Past State Deputy Gary Eckstein, the last state officer to speak. As he rose to speak he took off his coat, tie and shirt to flex his “muscles” about the achievements in his Columbus Diocese. “They talk about what they did this past year,” he began. “Well, let me tell you what the Columbus Diocese has done over the last 20 years.” And he did.
2009 State basketball tourney is scheduled
The 2009 Knights of Columbus State Basketball Tournament is scheduled for April 4-5 at the Worthington Community Center in Worthington (Columbus Diocese), according to State Basketball Chairman Richard Siefker (DD-59).
Entry forms were mailed to all Ohio Grand Knights in early January. The entry deadline is March 22. Entry fee is $150 per team.
“If a council cannot get enough players to form a team, it may use players from the same district,” said Siefker, adding that “Councils should use this activity to recruit new members.”
For more information, contact DD Siefker at (419) 538-6804.
Ohio K of C Campout: July 24-26
Mark Your Calendars -- the 41st Annual Ohio Knights of Columbus Campout and Picnic is scheduled for July 24-26, 2009, in historic Marietta. The host will be Marietta Council 478.
Discover the rich heritage of Marietta through our museums and landmarks, suggests State Deputy Larry Moegling, a Marietta resident. “Leisurely cruise the Ohio and Muskingum rivers on the Valley Gem sternwheeler,” he says. “Take a narrated trolley tour; find one-of-a-kind items in our many antique stores, boutique-style shops, and galleries, and so much more!”
The area provides opportunities for golfing, boating, fishing and water sports or a bike ride or stroll along the newly constructed 1.8 mile Rivertrail that meanders along the Muskingum River. Visitors also can enjoy the Marietta Aquatic Center, featuring a splash playground, lazy river and two great water slides.
Look for more details in the next issue of the Buckeye Bulletin.
Delphos Knights celebrate 100th Anniversary
State Deputy Larry Moegling (center) presents the Supreme Community Activity Third Place award to Jerry Backus (left) and Lou Hohman.
Receive Supreme Community Activity Award
Brother Knights of Ray McKowen Council 1262, Delphos (Toledo Diocese), had an extra reason to celebrate last Dec. 6 when they gathered for a banquet in honor of their 100th Anniversary.
Not only did they celebrate their council’s milestone, but they also were presented with Supreme Council’s Third Place trophy in the 2008 Community Activity program for their project, “Operation Troop Support”. On hand to present the award to “Operation Troop Support” Co-chairmen Jerry Backus and Lou Hohman was State Deputy Larry Moegling.
The troop support project involved three months of fundraising whereby people in the community, area businessmen and students donated more than 2,500 pounds of requested iemts and $2,000 in cash and gift cards. The council donated $1,000 and held a karaoke night fundraiser. More than 350 Brother Knights participated in the project, which entailed many hours opf collecting and boxing the items for mailing. The council mailed 125 boxes to troops overseas and donated a number of boxes for use at the Veterans Home in Sandusky. And it is continuing to send packages to troops around the world as finances allow.
With Moegling at the anniversary banquet was his wife, Mary Lou. Other Ohio State Council officers and their wives present were State Secretary Paul Upman and his wife, Lee; and State Treasurer Dave Helmstetter and his wife, Cinda.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR
By Ken Girt, Chairman
The 2008 Matching Funds Campaign has concluded with another successful year for the Religious Education Departments of the six dioceses in Ohio. We received $38,833.34 during our annual fall campaign, and with the $25,000 “matching funds” from our Ohio Charity Foundation, our total for the 2008 campaign was $63,833.34.
The highest contribution from a council came from Cleveland Council 733, with $2,500. The second-highest was Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 13517, Cuyahoga Falls, with a contribution of $1,250. The highest contribution from a chapter came from the Columbus chapter; the highest contribution from an assembly was from Bishop Malone Assembly, Youngstown; and the highest contribution from a Squires Circle was made by Pickerington Circle 4891.
The highest contribution per member was St. Hilary Council 14551, Akron, with $20.50 per member.
Contributions were received from 261 councils, assemblies, chapters, and Squires circles. Ten District Deputies were recognized at our recent District Deputies’ Meeting for having all their councils participate in the 2008 campaign.
The monies distributed to our diocesan religious education directors will be used to purchase audio-visual medium for teaching the children in our Catholic schools; our Parish Schools of Religion, and for instructing adults preparing for baptism.
The theme for the 2008 campaign was “Shine a Light on Catholic Education”. Our members have demonstrated again this year, that we are continuing our efforts to support Catholic education in Ohio. We are grateful to every council, assembly, chapter and circle that participated in this annual appeal.
By Bob Collins, Chairman
How will we as Knights of Columbus in Ohio continue to support our Measure Up Campaign and our initiative for 2009?
Some of you may not have known that there is a little more to the Measure Up Campaign than just the two-week general public street collection weekends in April and May.
There are actually four major fundraising areas -- or phases -- of the Measure Up Campaign. Every council in Ohio is encouraged to participate in as many of these areas as possible.
We are currently in the Gimme Five collection phase, when we ask councils to actively solicit a donation of $5.00 or more from each of their members. The Financial Secretaries were given Gimme Five flyers to be mailed out with their 2009 membership dues notices. Members who contribute to this phase will have a special Gimme-Five Club sticker affixed to their 2009 membership card, letting everyone know that they are a Gimme-Five participant.
This year we are again asking local councils to contact businesses within the council's home area through a "general mailing campaign" and solicit from them a financial contribution. Make sure the letter from the council chairman or Grand Knight explains how their contribution will assist those with mental retardation in the community.
Some councils would rather do a fundraiser for additional Measure-Up funds. This activity can be extremely beneficial if there are difficulties in obtaining permission to conduct a street or storefront collection in your council area.
IT’S MORE THAN A STREET COLLECTION
The street collection is still the most familiar and easiest way to raise Measure Up funds. It has been our collection mainstay for a long time. Contact your local merchants for permission to collect funds in front of their stores and businesses. Have a signup sheet available at the council on meeting nights to allow members to volunteer for time slots. Encourage your members to wear the yellow Measure-Up aprons at the collection site so they can be visibly seen by potential donors. A Measure-Up ruler should be provided to EVERY potential donor, regardless if they donate or not.
Our goal again in Ohio this year is $543,210, and a total 100% participation by our councils.
Brother Knights, we ask you to support our "flagship" charity and to put Columbianism into action for our "special" friends.
George Gehlauf, former Master,
U.S. Navy pilot, Mayor of Fairborn, Ohio
George E. Gehlauf Jr., a former Master, passed away last Dec. 14 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He was 84.
He resided in Fairborn, and was a long-time member and Past Grand Knight of Fairborn Council 3724 and was a Fourth Degree member of Msgr. Buckley Assembly, Springfield. He served as Master for the Ohio southwestern district, and also served in other capacities with the Ohio State Council.
Gehlauf was a U.S. Navy pilot, mechanic, a labor relations negotiator and worked for many years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a management advisor to the 2750th Air Base Wing Commander.
In Fairborn, he spent several years on City Council and served as Mayor in 1988-1989.
His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in August, 2008.
David Davies, of Elyria, Former District Deputy
David Davies, a Former District Deputy in the Cleveland Diocese, passed away Jan. 3 after suffering with cancer. He was 51.
Davies, a resident of Elyria, was a Past Grand Knight of Elyria Council 774 and Past Faithful Navigator of Lt. McManus Assembly. He was a leader of many civic and religious groups, including service as chairman of the Lorain County Children’s Services.
James Nagella, of Ravenna, Former District Deputy
James Nagella, a Former District Deputy in the Youngstown Diocese, passed away on Jan. 9. He was 82.
Nagella, a lifelong resident of Ravenna, was a District Deputy in the early 1990’s. He was a member of Ravenna Council 1417 and Sir Knight of Pope Pius XII Assembly. He was active as an umpire in youth baseball leagues and volunteered for Special Olympics. He was on the board of the Western Reserve Military Cemetery in Rittman.
By Paul Upman, Chairman
It’s exciting to be part of a very worthwhile fundraiser that is doing well and growing. Not only do our members come up with loose change and dollars when the Pennies for Heaven jug is passed; they whole-heartedly believe in the critical need to support our seminarians and religious candidates.
But in spite of our recent growth in this program, we have JUST BEGUN! The potential for significant growth appears staggering when we take a close look.
Amounts collected have increased from $42,384 in 2003-2004 to more $79,020 in 2007-2008. The average donation given by participating councils, chapters and assemblies ranged from approximately $210 to $350 each over this time.
Recent growth is related to better visibility, starting the “Thousand Dollar Club” and motivating councils to “Think Beyond the Jug.”-- that is, considering unique ways to increase the “pot.” In 2006-2007 we had 13 councils donating more than $1000. In 2007-2008 that number increased to 18 councils.
One sad note is that, on average, only about 200 councils participate in the program.
Where’s the potential? If we look at average amounts given, the range of the amounts given and consider the number of times the jug can be passed around in a year, these amounts could easily grow by just remembering to “Pass the Jug!”
When we look at the number of councils that do not participate and do not send a donation, we can imagine 100 more councils contributing, for example, $200 – adding up to an additional $20,000 for vocations!
The Thousand Dollar Club is a great achievement, but only about 6% of our active councils in the state achieve that level. What if 10-20% of our councils achieved this level? Hopefully, you can see how the $100,000 plateau is very much within reach.
Here are some simple strategies to better support vocations through Pennies for Heaven:
· If your council does not participate, start to do so.
· If your donation is below average, set a higher goal -- and achieve it.
· Appoint a chairman -- don’t leave it to chance.
· Make vocations support a major function; achieve the Thousand Dollar Club.
· At every opportunity, PASS THE JUG.
We’re in the final stretch of this fraternal year. Final turn-ins for acknowledgement in the annual convention report and for the Thousand Dollar Club plaque will be no later than April 15. It’s time to check your council status.
Part of the Rittman Cemetery
Northern Ohio Knights seek memorial
In Western Reserve Military Cemetery
Knights of Columbus councils, assemblies, chapters and Squires circles in the Toledo, Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses are participating in a project to raise funds for a memorial at the Western Reserve Military Cemetery in Rittman (Youngstown Diocese).
Northeast Ohio veteran organizations, such as the American Legion, Catholic War Veterans and VFW, have been placing their memorials in a special “Memorial Walkway” on the cemetery grounds. These memorials display the name and logo of the organization, illustrating their dedication and prayers for the veterans buried on the cemetery grounds. Presently, there are no Knights of Columbus memorials.
The project was the first suggested by Grand Knight Randy Smith, of Massillon Councils 554, whose father, Rudy (a member of the council) is buried in the cemetery. He noticed the lack of K of C memorials among the 100 presently on the Memorial Walkway, and he discussed the idea with State Advocate Ken Girt. A committee was formed to review and finalize a design, promote the fundraising campaign and plan a special dedication ceremony when the memorial is finally erected.
If your council, assembly, chapter or Squires circle would like to donate, please send your contribution to Massillon Council 554 – Memorial Project, 988 Cherry Road NE, Massillon, OH 44647. Please make checks payable to Massillon Council 554.
St. Hiliary Knights vow to repeat Century Club
Award in memory of deceased Grand Knight
Grand Knight Michael Connell
St. Hiliary Council 14551, Fairlawn – one of Ohio’s newest councils – accomplished an amazing feat in 2008, its first year of existence. Its members achieved the coveted Supreme Century Club, which is given to councils recruiting 100 or more new members in a given fraternal year.
St. Hiliary was one of only five councils in the entire Knights of Columbus Order to achieve that distinction in 2008. It brought in 102 members.
And these new Knights of St. Hiliary have dedicated themselves to repeating that honor this fraternal year in memory of their first Grand Knight, who perished in a plane crash only six days before Christmas, 2008.
Much of the success of the 2008 recruiting was attributed to Grand Knight Michael Connell.
District Deputy-29 Kenneth Leipold accepted the Century Club trophy from State Deputy Larry Moegling at the District Deputies’ Mid-Year Meeting in January. When he presented it to new St. Hiliary council Grand Knight Tom Bader, members set a goal of attaining Century Club status again, in memory of Brother Connell. Thus far this fraternal year, the council has exemplified more than 40 new members.
DD Leipold, who was instrumental in forming the new council in the Akron suburb, was shaken by the tragedy. “He was a tremendous force for the Knights of Columbus, his parish, family, community and all who knew him,” Leipold testified.
Fr. Steve Brunovsky, pastor of St. Hiliary Parish, also had great praise for Brother Connell.
“It’s an incredible loss, not only to the Knights of Columbus, but also to our parish itself,” Fr. Brunovsky said.
On Dec. 19, Brother Connell was alone, piloting a small plane, approaching the Akron-Canton Airport. The landing was aborted, and Connell began maneuvers to make a new approach. But something happened. A “mayday” was heard on the radio. The plane crashed and immediately burst into flames.
Among survivors are Brother Connell’s wife, Heather, and four children.
Admission Committees are vital to recruitment
By Larry Droesch
State (Dynamo) Membership Director
Supreme Council on Jan 1 introduced a new Membership Form 100. It’s better organized and includes more information. On the back, it gives six good reasons “Why you should be a Knight of Columbus” and includes a “New Member Annuity” offer for the new member and his wife.
All old green Form 100’s were to be destroyed after Dec. 31, 2008.
The new 8 ˝ by 11-inch form also contains a section for the Admission Committee – which brings up an issue that many councils suffer from – the lack of an Admissions Committee.
The Admissions Committee is to be comprised of seven Brother Knights appointed by the Grand Knight. They are supposed to review the completed Form 100 and investigate/interview the candidate to make sure he is a practical Catholic, at least 18 years of age, and meets the morals of the Church and the Knights of Columbus.
What gets missed many times is the interview process. A majority of the committee members need to spend the time talking to the candidate and meeting him -- and perhaps his family -- to get a solid picture of this person and his background and beliefs. They need to find out what this person’s interests are and what he likes to do. This helps the council get the candidate involved. and we all know that an involved member is a long-time member.
Try this practice reap the benefits of a growing active council!
It’s that time again for the dynamic world report from the Dynamo!
· As I wrote in the last Buckeye Bulletin issue, we were expecting some new councils to be born. Not to disappoint, Gabriel has worked his magic again and doubled our expectations! Welcome new councils – Fr. Gustav Brotzge 14665, Reading, and Sacred Heart 14671, Cardington. Welcome also to the first-in-a-long-time reinstituted Council 1664 in Pomeroy. This council was suspended for more than 10 years, and was brought back with new members (and some “old” ones) to become an active council again. As always I remind everyone that if you think of a parish that may want a new council, PLEASE CALL GABRIEL FIRST!
· Revitalization is still working. I appreciate all the M/R D’s and the District Deputies who are working the program properly and making a difference one council at a time. At the January District Deputies’ Meeting, I reviewed the lists of councils in the districts that are in need of assistance. This year, we are very blessed to have help from Supreme Regional Consultant Bill Sukel, who will be spending several weeks in Ohio. He will be assisting councils and districts with any revitalization issues. So the help has always been there from the Ohio State Council, and now we have Supreme helping, too. You just need to ask for it!
· The new Form 100’s are in force now! Your Financial Secretary should have received some by now. If you need more, just have him order them, because the old green Form 100’s were to be destroyed after Dec. 31.
· As of early January, Ohio is at 44.8% of our membership quota, 26th out of 73 Jurisdictions, and at Year To Date Net of 650. We are at less than 1% of where we were last year at this time, all things considered. So we are actually doing pretty good. But we need to “kick it up about three notches” so we can have a strong finish to the fraternal year!
Membership Success Story No. 8
By Larry Droesch
State Membership Director
This story comes from St. Peter the Apostle Council #13984. Grand Knight Nick Gresko sent in a program that this young council has been working and polishing over the last few years. “When membership at my council started very slowly, I came up with the following incentive for my council. Since I put this in place as Grand Knight we have brought in six new members.”
The incentive involves a membership drive called It's MEMBERSHIP Time Now!!! When a member brings in two new members and he gets one-half off his dues. When he brings in three new members his dues for the year are free.
“This seems to be a huge incentive for our council,” wrote Brother Gresko, adding that “The other thing we use is a membership CD. It has been a huge hit when we have membership drives to play on the big screen TV for the prospects to see. What is also cool about this is we also do some visits to the prospects’ houses, so we made a few extra CD's that can be played on a laptop computer to show the prospect and his family what our council does. The prospects really think this CD is a huge hit and really helps bring in new members. We have had a lot of success and we are trying a lot of new and creative ways to make membership at the forefront of the council. Without new members, councils die. I stress to each and every member at every chance I get that new members are the bloodline of our order.”
(Editorial Note: Thanks to Grand Knight Nick Gresko for submitting this report. If you are interested in hearing more or have questions, please feel free to call him at the number listed in the State Directory).
It’s all about personal contact
By Tom Mathes
State Retention Director
Has anyone ever thought of why our councils lose members? I have found through personal contact that there are three basic reasons:
1. Members do not feel at home in the council.
2. There are no programs being conducted.
3. Indifference amongst members.
A handshake and a smile go a long way, especially to new members. Programs keep members and their families involved. Council meetings should be of a positive attitude.
Retention is all about personal contact. It starts when the member signs the Form 100. That means taking the new member to a First Degree as soon as possible; introducing the new member at your next meeting, and then making sure he gets his Second and Third degrees.
Tom Mathes can be contacted at 3534 Magnolia St., Grove City, OH 43123. Telephone: (614) – 539-9326; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Council Development
Join us in new council development
By Gabriel Minton
New Council Development Director
Our State Deputy, Larry Moegling, and his program, Following in Their Footsteps, certainly has been very helpful in new council development.
And the vision of Fr. Michael McGivney, our founder, to have a council in every parish is no longer just a dream. It is becoming a reality. The following new councils have been established so far this fraternal year:
· St. Therese the Little Flower Council 14603, Brewster (Youngstown Diocese).
· Sacred Heart Council 1664, Pomeroy (Steubenville Diocese). This council had been inactive for many years.
· Fr. Gustav Brotzge Council 14665, Reading (Cincinnati Diocese).
· Sacred Heart Council 14671, Cardington (Columbus Diocese).
Bishops, priests, deacons and other religious have been tremendously supportive of our Ohio Knights of Columbus new council development program. Remember, Brothers, as our Church faces the many needs with a shortage of priests and religious, it will be necessary for our members to take our places as lay leaders of our faith.
Please join us in new council development. When a priest calls and says he wants a K of C council in his parish, help him. It is a statement of his trust for the Knights of Columbus.
And when a priest does call, please contact me so that we can go about forming a council in a correct and orderly manner.
Gabriel Minton can be contacted at 2132 E. 9th St. Suite , Cleveland, OH 44115. Telephone: (216) 298-4466. email: email@example.com.
Plenty left to do before final deadlines
By Kevin Miller
State Church Activities Director
Please remember to fill out and use the reporting forms with the name Kevin Miller on them. Our former Church Activities Director, Fran Vendetta, has been receiving a few of the old forms and has forwarded them to me. I have replaced Fran as Church Director, and I should now be receiving the forms.
I am very pleased with the participation by a majority of our councils with the Matching Funds program. It’s a great cause.
Please check your Church Activities points, especially if your council is “maxing” the program. For the mandatory steps, your Council must (1) have sent in your donation (by Nov. 15, 2008) for the Matching Funds, and it must (2) complete Step #2, Pastor’s Request.
Please keep in mind that Step #10, Pennies For Heaven, and Step #7, Chaplain of the Year or Religious of the Year, reports are due by April 1. Also, please remember to consider Step #11, the RSVP program and support for Vocations. That report is due by April 15.
You are to send your Pennies for Heaven checks to State Secretary Paul Upman. Councils that participate in this program will be awarded points in the Church Activities Program based on the report that I receive from Paul. You can send the checks to Paul anytime. The final date to receive credit will be April 1.
Kevin Miller can be contacted at 1101 Arbor Oaks Lane, Galloway, OH 43119. Telephone (614) 853-2642; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring projects have been great
By Joe Mackos
State Community Activities Director
Projects for the less fortunate have been outstanding this fraternal year. Councils have been donating time and energy to worthwhile projects such as clothing drives and helping with food banks. Involvement and dedication working within your communities has really shown, and will not be overlooked. Thank you for helping the less fortunate during these hard times.
Our Knights of Columbus was able to give some help last Dec. 13, when Youngstown Diocese District Deputy Coordinator Don Prall and I presented a check to the Second Harvest Food Bank on behalf of the Ohio State Council.
Remember: April 1 is the deadline for Volunteer of the Year and Blue Coat of the Year award submissions. I’m sure that every council has an outstanding Brother Knight who goes above and beyond volunteering for his council, Church and community. And I’m sure every council can find a Blue Coat nomination – just call your police, fire or sheriff’s department and they will be more than happy to help you find a worthy candidate.
Joe Mackos can be contacted at 3125 Estates Circle, Youngstown, OH 44511. Telephone: (330) 792-7745; email email@example.com.
Time to consider Knight of the Year
By Mark Pickard
State Council Activities Director
Brothers, you are doing a fantastic job in your reports for the Council Activities Program this fraternal year. Thank you.
As we begin to head into the remainder of the year, I hope you all “hit me” with your best shot -- send to me the most complete documentation that you can on your Knight of the Year nominations. Be sure to honor that Brother Knight in your council in a way he will remember for a long time. Now also is the time to begin work on your council’s Columbian Awards application that goes to Supreme Council. When you’ve completed it, send me a copy. My deadline is April 15 – the end of our program year – even though Supreme Council’s deadline isn’t until next June 30.
If you have not done so already, the Spring is a nice time to honor the ladies of your council with a ladies’ appreciation night, or to have a special patriotic activity.
Thanks for all you have done and what you will do to make this a most successful year.
Mark Pickard can be contacted at 21500 Anderson Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Telephone: (419) 833-1655; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep council’s widows involved
By Ken Gardner
State Family Activities Director
For the November-December reporting period, I received dozens of reports from councils claiming the Memorial Mass activity. I have always felt this is one of the most important Family Activities a council can hold. Remembering our Brother Knights who have gone before us is one of the fundamental principles of our order.
What impressed me most while reading these reports was the numbers of widows of our deceased Brother Knights who attended these special events. It shows that many councils continue to include the widows in their council and keep them as members of their council's Knights of Columbus family.
Does your council keep in touch with the widows of deceased members and invite them to council social functions -- not just the Memorial Mass? Do you keep these widows on the newsletter mailing list? Do you send them a birthday card from the council?
I know that many widows keep involved with the council through the ladies auxiliary, and many of these women are strong supporters of the K of C. If your council does not have a ladies auxiliary, look into forming one. If this is not feasible, find another way to keep the widows involved in the council. Be sure to offer them transportation, as many of our elderly women don't like to drive at night.
Fr. Michael McGivney founded our order to support the families of deceased members, not just financially through our insurance program, but also spiritually and emotionally. Make Fr. McGivney proud of your council!
Ken Gardner can be contacted at 321 Greenwell Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45238. Telephone: (513) 451-3079; email: email@example.com.
We’ve seen some exciting new activities
By Paul Barko
State Youth Activities Director
As we head down the stretch for this fraternal year, I want to applaud the efforts of my Brother Knights throughout the state who have engaged in some new and exciting youth activities, as well as support of the standard activities recommended in our state program.
There currently are a number of councils ready to “max” the State Youth Program. In order to “max” it, councils must complete the two mandatory activities -- Step #45, Free Throw or Soccer Competitions; and Step #46, Youth of the Year nomination. Councils also must complete either Step #54, Support of the Squires Program, or Step #55, Support of the Scouts.
For the Youth of the Year, please submit as much supporting documentation as possible. Also, please note that the nomination must be submitted by the deadline of April 1. Your nominee does NOT have to be a relative of a member.
I want every council to be successful and receive all the credit they deserve for their
Paul Barko can be contacted at 2124 County Road E, Swanton, OH 43558. Telephone: (419) 388-4734; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Ohio youths are 2008 Free Throw International champs
Two 2008 Ohio Knights of Columbus Free Throw winners have been honored as International champions. They are:
· Ashley Holder, who represented St. John the Evangelist Council 13608, West Chester (Cincinnati Diocese). She won the girls’ 10-year-old division, making 23 of 25 baskets at the State Finals in Columbus last March.
· Nathan Fulmer, who represented Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 13517, Cuyahoga Falls (Cleveland Diocese). He won the boys’ 14-year-old division, making 24 of 25 baskets in regulation and 9 of 10 in a tiebreaker overtime at the State Finals.
International champions are crowned based on scores submitted by councils throughout the Order.
Soccer Challenge champs are honored
Ten Ohio youngsters have been honored as State Soccer Challenge champions for 2008.
Since no state finals were scheduled because of the small percentage of participants, the winners were selected based on a combination of scores from council and regional competitions. The winners are:
Age 10: Ryan Dickman, Council 1362, Delphos. Score: 205.
Age 11: Paul Luft, Council 1756, Versailles. Score: 215.
Age 12: Vincent Skorupski, Council 7978, Perrysburg. Score: 160.
Age 13: Kyle Larayette, Council 4168, Medina. Score: 265.
Age 14: Michael Kuper, Council 3304, Chardon. Score: 275.
Age 10: Colby Buzzell, Council 14502, Perrysburg. Score: 215.
Age 11: Emma Garver, Council 5582, Navarre. Score: 190.
Age 12: Sara Stoll, Council 626, Norwalk. Score: 290.
Age 13: Mary Catherine Drockton, Council 3304, Chardon. Score: 275.
Age 14: Shelby Buzzeu, Council 14502, Perrysburg. Score: 195.
We need to support our seminarians
By Joseph J. Solomon
State Vocations Director
I thank the councils that are following the men and women who have heard God’s call. Your positive response to the Vocations Program this first six months has helped awaken men and women to a vocation which perhaps was not conscious to them. Your response has financially and morally supported those in need, and defended vocations when met with opposition.
We must do all we can to assist all vocations, especially those of the priesthood and a consecrated life. One way is through our Pennies for Heaven Campaign, which assists our diocesan vocations directors in each diocese. Another way is the Refund Support Vocations (RSVP), to help support a seminarian or postulant. It is very important in reassuring those men and women we are committed to the vocation they have chosen. Remember to stay in communication with them and keep them in your prayers.
Remember that March 29 is Founders Day. Please honor our founder, Fr. Michael McGivney, and those priests who have heard God’s call, with a clergy appreciation night. Or, simply take your council chaplain or parish pastor to dinner.
May 3 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Plan an activity that focuses on parishes, schools and the family. Pray that the Lord opens the hearts of those he calls.
And remember to submit your Vocation Activities to the State Church Director.
Joseph Solomon can be contacted at 910 N. Fourth St., Toronto, OH 43954. Telephone: (740) 537-2333; email: email@example.com.
A council-pastor Relationship
By Jack Campbell
State Round Table Director
A Knights of Columbus presence in every parish without a council is accomplished by establishing a Round Table Program. This creates a working relationship between the council and parishes it serves.
The Grand Knight, with a Knight parishioner, should meet with the pastor to discuss the program and present a Round Table brochure (Form 2632) explaining the program in detail. Once the pastor agrees to have a Round Table program, the Grand Knight appoints a coordinator from that parish to be the contact between the council and pastor. The coordinator should meet on a bi-monthly basis with his pastor and offer to take on any reasonable projects he may request.
The Grand Knight should submit a Report of Round Table Coordinator (Form 2629) to the Supreme Secretary and send copies to the State Deputy, District Deputy and State Round Table Director.
Round Table information can be found on Pages 40 and 41 of the General Program Handbook.
Jack Campbell can be contacted at 1630 34th St. NE, Canton, OH 44714. Telephone: (330) 453-0872; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guaranteed Issued Life Policy
By Carl Ferguson, General Agent
State Insurance Liaison
Happy New Year!
The Knights of Columbus insurance has completed 2008 with positive growth for the 8th consecutive year. Not many other companies can say that.
As a matter record, our Life Business issued for the year was $6,673 billion -- up 1.7% from the previous $5,564 billion in 2007. Our annualized life premium for the year was $56.9 million -- up 0.6% from $56.5 million in 2007.
We have surpassed $70 billion of life insurance! We are continuing to grow despite the rest of what is happening out there in the rest of the world.
Our Annuity applications and deposits have been through the roof this past year.
And this year – 2009 -- is not showing any real signs of slowing for the K of C, either.
Are you thinking about where you should put your safe money, or need to finalize some plans? Why not give your Brother Knight, the Field Agent that represents your council, a call? Invite him to sit with you at your kitchen table.
I am pretty sure that we’ll be able to help.
Give the K of C agent the opportunity to serve you in 2009.
Carl Ferguson can be contacted at (740) 387-5814; email: email@example.com.
Some forms are due very soon
By Marty Schumacher
State District Deputy Director
First, an urgent reminder: All councils need to send in their annual Survey of Fraternal Activity Form #1728, (due by Jan. 31). The information obtained from this survey report is essential for documenting the Order’s record of charitable and fraternal activity and helping to maintain our tax exempt status.
The Semi-Annual Council Audit Report (Supreme Form 1295) for the period ending Dec. 31 is due to Supreme by Feb. 15. Please contact your councils and follow up with them to make sure they will have this form completed on time.
Free-Throw Update: Your District Free Throw is to be held during the first two weeks of February. Be sure to reserve a place to hold the competition. February can be a busy time of year for gym use. Please send the forms of the winners to the Regional Director immediately following your district competition. (It’s a good idea to make copies for yourself and keep them on hand.)
Measure-Up Campaign: At this time, please make sure to distribute the rulers for the Measure-Up Campaign to your councils. The state chairman for this year’s campaign is State Warden Bob Collins.
DD 1 Forms for December and January are due by Feb. 1. Please be prompt in mailing these to your Diocesan District Deputy Coordinator. It really helps to receive these reports in a timely manner.
In closing, let me just thank you and say that it’s so nice to read about the many dedicated Knights committed to living out their faith by Following in their Footsteps!
Marty Schumacher can be contacted at 66279 Harlan Acres, Belmont, OH 43718. Telephone: (740) 782-1235; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"2008 FOOTBALL SWEEPSTAKES”
111 WINNERS IN 79 COUNCILS
A total of 111 winners received $10,050 in the 2008 Ohio Knights of Columbus Football Sweepstakes, according to Immediate Past State Deputy Gary Eckstein, sweepstakes chairman. The 111 winners represented 79 councils in the Ohio jurisdiction.
St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Council 14155, Toledo, had four winners, while three councils – St. James 2299, Logan; Brunswick 4847, and St. Francis of Assisi 10792 – all had three winners.
The weekly winners are:
Top Winners: 1. Shaun Carl, Council 386, and Helen Wolk, Council 4847 (tie); 3. David Lambert, Council 847; 4. Gail Jirka, Council 5023; 5. Jan Spaulding, Council 14346; 7. Paul Miller, Council 733, Ryan Ackin, Council 733, and Tina Snodgrass, Council 4130 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Henry Schwerzler, Council 341; 2. Jim Malinowski, Council 5776.
Top Winners: 1. Nick Doinoff, Council 3930, and Ken Coe, Council 3754 (tie); 3. Rev. Justin Dyrwal, Council 14406; 4. Mary Ann Ramhap, Council 13608; Bernard Cattrell, Council 10941, and Vince Famulare, Council 752 (tie); 7. Phil Plummer, Council 500, and Carl Ziekrpoode, Council 1818 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Christ Meurer, Council 5023; 2. Don Flechtnel, Council 608.
Top Winners: 1. Tom Kirwen, Council 2280; 2. Rob Erd, Council 4169, and Rocky Hernandez, Council 3122 (tie); 4. Therese Stumpf, Council 4022; 5. Jordan Wagner, Council 10765; Darryl Smith, Council 1405, and Bob Byers, Council 4617 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. William Price, Council 7970; 2. Linwood Burgess, Council 14155; Jun Burich Sr., Council 4539, and Stephen Ahiers, Council 10215 (tie).
Top Winners: 1. Cary Hisey, Council 3864; 2. Mark Peterson, Council 14155, and Tarni Hennessey, Council 500 (tie); 4. Jeff Carr, Council 14504; 5. Joseph Rynd, Council 10936; Mike Sadowski, Council 386; Leonard Young, Council 3297; Wayne Wolfgang, Council 13371, and Ed Miller, Council 2530 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Barb Hoersten, Council 2238; 2. Daniel Witter, Council 1750; Darrill Preble, Council 2280; Kevin Miller, Council 2898; Mary Howell, Council 1801, and Tom Kilbane, Council 4731 (tie).
Top Winners: 1. Fred Burns, Council 3904, and Jeff Widmer, Council 608 (tie); 3. Matt Gauthier, Council 14155, and Al Davis, Council 11550 (tie); 5. Steve Ungrady, Council 5589; 6. Marv Young, Council 1039; 7. John Gerdeman, Council 5669, and Don Leionis, Council 10792 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Mike McIntyre, Council 3297; 2. Fred Scheltz, Council 12900, and Frank Vanasco, Council 11193 (tie).
Top Winners: 1. Craig Reier, Council 659; 2. Anastasia Aken, Council 2372; Tony Cabacceci, Council 4539; Joan Boyce, Council 4169; Tammy Porter, Council 11037, and Sam Baccomino, Council 11915 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Kevin Hickey, Council 752; 2. William Fullam, Council 11275, and Jim Yuhasz, Council 1681 (tie).
Top Winners: 1. Debbie Sokolowski, Council 4847; 2. Gertrude Nudo, Council 2530; 3. Tony Sheets, Council 711; 4. Richard Koch, Council 721; 5. Mary Ann Sabol, Council 2187; Jackie Campbell, Council 1610, and Bill White, Council 3304 (tie).
Lowest Winners: Linda Carnevale, Council 14345; 2. Tony Bell, Council 3930.
Top Winners: Robert Warnimont, Council 7978; 2. Ellie Burgess, Council 14155; Rick Ervin, Council 2299, and Elizabeth Gilan, Council 13984 (tie); 5. William DeLuca, Council 5613, and James McGonagh, Council 4424 (tie); 7. Anne Springer, Council 7978, and Justin Domann, Council 10792 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Dave Layfield, Council 4617; 2. Bernard Schweter, Council 10792.
Top Winners: 1. Susan Coyle, Council 4424; 2. Herb Thorndal, Council 10765; 3. Mike Cornell, Council 13260, and Curtis Stefan, Council 13705 (tie); 5. Megan Kessler, Council 2299; 6. Mike Koralewski, Council 14502; 7. Ron Schwartz, Council 13813.
Lowest Winners: 1. Paul Methieson, Council 4731; 2. Calvin Frank, Council 14504, and Debbie Higgins, Council 13984 (tie).
Top Winners: 1. Joe Modica, Council 1362; Richard Lombardi, Council 11193; Timothy Strahler, Council 14092, and Paul Franz, Council 7970 (tie); 5. Jim Laney, Council 3904; 6. Mike Gallagher, Council 3754; Mike Mollor, Council 2633; Steve Weigel, Council 1596; Larry Holewinski, Council 12939, and Cyndy Weaver, Council 2790 (tie).
Lowest Winners: 1. Sharon Perk, Council 5559; 2. Dustin Hahn, Council 2299, and Sandra Mitchell, Council 5674 (tie).
Monday, January 16, 2012 11:36:16 PM
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