Fraternal Leader Advisory | Volume 66!
|VOLUME 66 December 15, 2022 | KOFC.ORG/FORMEMBERS|
|Affiliate Member Initiative – Training Available on Demand|
|Councils in the United States will have another chance to participate in the Affiliate Member Initiative (AMI) which allows councils to designate as Affiliates those members who are no longer actively engaged with their council.|
The window of opportunity to participate in this initiative will run from January 1-31. During this window, councils may recommend qualified members to be designated as Affiliates. When processed, these members will no longer appear on council rosters. This will not be treated as a negative in eligibility for council awards. The Supreme Council will manage the future engagement of these members. A training webinar and resources for the program are available on demand. Don’t miss the chance to take part in this important initiative.
|Ukraine Solidarity – Support a Family for Christmas|
|Christmas is almost here and we are teaming up with brother Knights in Poland who are assembling and distributing traditional, Christmas baskets for families affected by the conflict in Ukraine. $50 will support one family in need. If your council is interested in crowdfunding digitally, please email Tyler.Lomnitzer@kofc.org with the following: Council Name and NumberContact NameContact Email AddressWe will then be in touch with your council’s fundraising web page. Thank you for your continued support! This is a time-limited, unique opportunity for a small number of councils.|
|Reminder: Credit Card Statements for Supplies Online|
|Orders placed through Supplies Online will appear on monthly credit card statements as billed by WebbMason in the United States, and Cober Solutions in Canada. These charges will not appear as ‘Knights of Columbus’.|
|Mother Teresa: No Greater Love DVD and New Resources|
|Made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s passing, Mother Teresa: No Greater Love premiered across the nation in October, setting records at the box office in its category. A DVD copy of the film is now available for purchase through Knights Gear and it is also available for digital viewing on Amazon Prime. K of C councils do not need special permission or licensing to show this film to their councils, parishes and local communities.|
The Supreme Council has developed a Fact and Discussion Guide to encourage discussion after viewing the film. Download the Fact and Discussion Guide here.
Several other promotional resources are also available and can be found here.
|Volunteer at the National March for Life|
|The Knights of Columbus Supreme Office is seeking volunteers for the March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2023, and its related activities. Volunteers will meet the morning of the March near the National Mall. All volunteers will receive a special item for participating. Any amount of time you can volunteer is welcome!|
Click here to sign-up!
|Greetings this Advent season! This week for our Program Mini Survey, we will focus on the RSVP (Refund Support Vocations) program! It is especially important to complete the survey even if you do not participate in the subject program. Your reasons for not participating are just as valuable as responses from those participating. The survey data will support decisions to retain, update, or remove certain programs.Please complete the RSVP program survey by clicking on the button below. This survey will take less than a minute.|
|**In case you missed last month’s survey on the Free Throw Challenge, you still have an opportunity to complete it using the link here! **|
|District Deputy Corner|
|Schedule your district midyear meeting. This should be held as soon as possible after your jurisdiction midyear meeting. Our recommended agenda will ensure your meeting is effective and efficient.|
|Council Officer Corner|
|Grand KnightStart making plans to attend your district midyear meeting and ensure that all of your key council officers are able to attend.|
|Financial SecretaryEvery council must submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) by January 31, 2023. Form #1728 can be completed digitally by grand knights and financial secretaries. This short training video explains the simple process of online submission.|
|Coats for KidsThe Supreme Council would like to extend a big Thank You to all councils that contributed to another record year for Coats for Kids. Because of the generosity of so many, our inventory is getting low in all styles, and some styles will soon become unavailable if they are not already. Please consider this if you are planning any additional purchases and distributions.|
|Keep Christ in ChristmasTo help promote the true spirit of Christmas in homes, schools, parishes, and communities, Knights of Columbus has developed three inspiring, 6, 15, and 30 second Keep Christ in Christmas commercials.|
You can view and share these videos, using these links: 6 second video: KofC 2022 Christmas Commercial – 6s Version15 second video: KofC 2022 Christmas Commercial – 15s Version30 second video: KofC 2022 Christmas Commercial – 30s version
For more information and resources, visit www.kofc.org/christmas.
|ASAP (Aid and Support After Pregnancy)The Order has already donated more than $1.5 million to pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes through the ASAP program! Thus far, three councils have donated more than $20,000: St. Paul The Apostle Council 12021 in Richardson, TX ($48,000), St. Pope John XXIII Council 1837 in Beaver Dam, WI ($40,000) and St. Charles Council 12497 in St. Charles, IL ($22,765). Congratulations and “thank you” to our brother Knights for their valuable contributions!|
We still need the support of your council to meet our $5 million goal! Pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes can be found by searching through databases available at heartbeartinternational.org, pregnancycarecanada.ca and birthright.org – among others. Local Catholic Charities, the Sisters of Life, diocesan pregnancy resource centers, and other organizations also need support. Visit kofc.org/asap for more information and to apply.
|Special OlympicsThe Knights of Columbus has been supporting the Special Olympics since it began in 1968.|
As part of our support, each state or provincial level Special Olympics organization in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Guam receives a donation from Supreme. To earn a larger donation from Supreme for the Special Olympics in your state or province, report your participation in Special Olympics programs through the online Fraternal Programs Report Form (#10784). All participation taking place in calendar year 2022 must be reported through the online #10784 by January 31, 2023, to be considered.Visit specialolympics.org or specialolympics.ca to start planning your council’s activities for 2023.
|With over 50 departments across three locations, the Knights of Columbus offers a diverse set of opportunities. Visit https://careers.kofc.org/ to find one that matches your skills and goals.|
|Thank you for your service to the Order. If you have any questions or suggestions during your term, please email email@example.com|