Fraternal Leader Advisory | Volume 68!
|VOLUME 68 January 19, 2023 | KOFC.ORG/FORMEMBERS|
|January Webinar: Finishing the Fraternal Year Strong|
|Please join us for this month’s webinar entitled Finishing the Fraternal Year Strong. This webinar will be packed with useful information about how to make the second half of the fraternal year successful and rewarding for your councils and districts. We’ll cover some essential information, practical suggestions, and examples of brother Knights putting their Faith In Action.|
Join us on Thursday, January 26th at 8:00pm EST. Register now for the live webinar or to watch it on demand at your convenience.
|March for Life|
|The Supreme Knight has urged every Knight to participate in the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., or a state march.|
|Visit kofc.org/march for the complete schedule of events and volunteer opportunities for the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and a list of state marches.|
|Due Jan. 31: Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728)|
|Complete and submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) online by Jan. 31, 2023. Form #1728 can be completed digitally by grand knights and financial secretaries on Officers Online, or at KofC.Org/Forms. Watch the training video for best practices on data collection and how to easily complete the survey online.|
Learn more about why the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity is so important in this Excerpt from the 2022 Annual Report of the Supreme Knight, which uses data from the survey to tell the story of our Order.
|Into the Breach – Membership Initiative|
|During the months of January and February the Illinois Knights are inviting all Catholic men to step Into the Breach. Through group discussions, the goal is to help all Catholic men be better husbands and fathers. They will also use these discussions as an opportunity to introduce men to the Knights of Columbus…they are confident that this will be a membership driver.This is a great initiative…one that all jurisdictions and councils should consider. Consistent feedback shows that young men are anxious to become more fully formed in their Catholic faith, and to pass that faith on to their children. By using resources like Into the Breach and the Cor meeting (being piloted in a number of jurisdictions), we can meet these men where they are, and show them that there is a place for them in the Knights of Columbus. It’s a great opportunity for engagement that can also have a positive impact on membership.|
|2023 Membership Cards|
|Financial Secretaries and Faithful Comptrollers can generate and print the 2023 Membership Cards using Member Billing. The existing Membership Card Stock Paper (#4817 – Council, and #4818 – Assembly) continues to work with the file generated from the Membership Card section of the Member Billing Print Center.|
Please note that only Honorary and Honorary Life plastic Membership Cards are generated by the Supreme Council, all other Membership Cards are generated by the local council or assembly.
|New Chaplain Awards|
|Each council can nominate and submit their chaplain to their state council for consideration of the State Blessed Michael McGivney Award form (SBMMA).|
Each state winner will be submitted to Supreme for consideration for the international award, the Blessed Michael McGivney Medal form (BMMM). The winner will be announced at the Supreme Convention.
Important Dates:State Blessed Michael McGivney Award form (Council Only) – Recommended Due March 31, 2023Blessed Michael McGivney Medal Award form (State Only) – Due April 30, 2023
Important Update:The due date for the State Council Service Program Award Winners (SPAW) form has been changed to April 30, 2023.
|The annual March for Life in Washington, DC is tomorrow, and while we turn our attention to the pro-life cause, we would like your feedback on the Novena for Life Program. Data from these surveys will support decisions to retain, update, or remove certain programs.|
It is important to complete the survey even if your council does not participate in the program, since your reasons for not participating also provide valuable feedback.Please complete the Novena for Life 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 Keep Christ in Christmas program, you still have an opportunity to complete it using the link here! **|
|District Deputy Corner|
|If you have not held your district midyear meeting, now is the time to gather your council leaders and share plans for the spring, using our recommended meeting agenda and planning notes as a guide.Remind every council to submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) by January 31st. Share the short training video for best practices. Follow up to ensure timely submission.|
|Council Officer Corner|
|Grand KnightInvite your parish to participate in the Novena for Life. Meet with your pastor to discuss how the council can support the parish during the coming months.Complete and submit the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) by January 31st.|
|Financial SecretarySubmit forms and process member transactions online for immediate updates. The Fraternal “How To” Video Library has many short tutorials to guide you through the process.|
|Photo credit: Juan M. Castillo||Silver RoseThe 2022 Silver Rose program concluded on December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pictured here is one of the highlights of the roses’ runs across North America, which shows the transfer from Knights in Laredo, Texas to Knights in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (Left to right: Most Rev. Enrique Sanchez Martinez, Bishop of Nuevo Laredo, Most Rev. James A. Tamayo, Bishop of Laredo, Vice Supreme Master Matt Maly (also the Past State Deputy of Oklahoma).|
|Silver Roses begin their journeys across North America again next month! Find your jurisdiction’s 2023 route at www.kofc.org/rose and contact your District Deputy or State Silver Rose Chairman to get involved.|
|World Day of Prayer for VocationsOffer your prayers in support of a local seminarian on April 30, 2023, during the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This is a great way to participate in the RSVP program beyond simply writing a check.|
Click here for more information on World Day of Prayer for Vocations through the USCCB.Contact your State Vocations Chairman and visit kofc.org/rsvp to learn how your council can sponsor a seminarian or postulant.
Family Fully AliveKnights step into the breach by leading their families to live the faith at home with the Family Fully Alive Program’s weekly and monthly prayers, reflections, and activities to grow holily together.
For more information, visit www.kofc.org/familyfullyalive.
|For important dates, action items, and resources, visit our Overview and Highlights page here.|
|With over 50 departments across three locations, the Knights of Columbus offers a diverse set of opportunities. Click on the links below to find one that matches your skills and goals:Become an Agent (kofc.org)Join our Corporate Team (kofc.org)Intern with us (kofc.org)|