Fraternal Leader Advisory | Volume 70!
|VOLUME 70 February 16, 2023 | |
Help Support Mothers and Babies in Need through the ASAP ProgramThe Order is more than halfway to achieving its goal of donating $5 million in support of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies through the ASAP program (Aid and Support After Pregnancy).
Start planning your council’s fundraiser for a pro-life pregnancy resource center or maternity home to earn additional funds from Supreme before the end of the fraternal year. For every $500 your council or assembly donates (up to $2,000), Supreme will donate $100.Visit kofc.org/asap for resources or to apply today!Ukraine Solidarity During LentThe first Friday of Lent, February 24, 2023, is the same day as the one-year anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine. Knights of Columbus continues to support those affected by the conflict through its councils in Poland and Ukraine, as well as via the Ukraine Solidarity Fund. If your council is doing Lenten fish fries, please consider dedicating proceeds from the first fish fry to Ukraine Solidarity.More specific resources for supporting those affected by the Ukraine conflict will be made available soon. Supplies OnlineOur cooperate print provider will be performing system updates on 2/17, 12:00pm CST- 2/21, 8:00am CST. The Supplies Online store will be down during this time period, and no items will be available for order. If you anticipate needing items around this time, please plan ahead and order early. A final system update will occur later in March, and notification will be sent beforehand. Memorial Service RosaryCopies of the updated Memorial Service Rosary brochure are now available through Supplies Online via Officers Online. This convenient tri-fold brochure contains a program for the recitation of the rosary, including the Sorrowful Mysteries and Rosary Prayers. Now is the time to order copies for your council, to have them already available when the need arises.Register today for upcoming webinarsKnights of Columbus agencies are offering new financial informational webinars for 2023. These online seminars feature industry leading speakers who will touch on various topics of value to our members and their families: the importance of life insurance, retirement planning, savings and more!Participation in these events qualifies towards Founder’s Award requirements for Fraternal Benefit Events.
Click HERE to find a seminar offered in your jurisdiction. Promote your online seminar to your members and encourage them to register today. Space is limited.
For Canada: Canadian insurance agencies are planning for agent-led events and presentations. Please coordinate directly with your general agent.New! Marketing Materials for Fraternal Benefit EventsNew promotional resources are now live and available to help council leaders host and promote successful Fraternal Benefit Events. Review and download these new materials from the online Supply Store.
Through the new Fraternal Benefit Event Resources catalog, fraternal leaders now have access to:Fraternal Benefit Events Guidebook – A 10-page guide for council leaders for successful event planningEvent Planning Workbook – An 8–10-week plan to maximize your event successBulletin & Pulpit Announcements – language to promote your events to members, prospects and parishionersSocial Media graphics, Poster and Email Invitation Templates – personalize materials for your events!To access the resources, login to the Supply Store and go to “Shop > Fraternal > Fraternal Benefit Event Resources.” Please note that the catalog appears differently for the Canada Supply Store, but the name is the same. Take Our Mini Survey – Into the Breach ProgramThis week’s Mini Survey focuses on the Into the Breach program. It will take less than a minute.
Please complete the survey even if you haven’t done the program. We are interested in your reasons for not participating.
Click on the button below to complete the Into the Breach survey.Complete Survey**If you missed last month’s survey on the Helping Hands Program, you can still complete it using the link here! **Fraternal Trainers: A Valuable ResourceFraternal Trainers are a resource for fraternal leaders in both the United States and Canada. They provide training for state, district, and council leaders, both virtually and in person. Click HERE to learn about upcoming virtual training opportunities.District Deputy CornerThe Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) was due Jan. 31, 2023. Please ensure all your councils have submitted this form. Share this short training video on how to complete the form online. Explain the value of this information by sharing this Excerpt from the 2022 Annual Report of the Supreme Knight, which uses data from the survey to tell the story of our Order.For Founders’ Day – March 29 – Coordinate a district wide Exemplification of Charity, Unity, and Fraternity during the month of March. Invite attendees to bring donations for a local pro-life center, food bank, or homeless shelter.Register now for the first ever webinar offered exclusively for district deputies. Topics include the unveiling of new resources, a midyear change to the requirements for the Star District Award, and timely suggestions for improving council performance. You won’t want to miss it.Council Officer CornerGrand KnightThe Semiannual Council Audit Report (#1295) was due February 15. If you have not already done so, please submit this form.Review the Supreme Advocate’s guidelines for the presentation of resolutions at state and supreme council meetings. Contact your State Advocate for more information on Jurisdiction specific procedures.Encourage the members of your council to stay engaged with the political and social life of the community by joining our Faithful Citizenship initiative.Financial SecretaryReview the Prospect Tab Walkthrough so you are familiar with the process of inviting online members to join your council.The 2023 Membership Cards can be generated and printed 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.ProgramsFood for Families (Featured Program)The Knights of Columbus are committed to helping end hunger through the Food for Families Program, which has donated millions of dollars and millions of pounds of food toward this cause. Council and parish families will raise funds to support their local food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens.
For every $500 or 1,000 pounds of food donated, the Supreme Council will refund $100 back to the council – up to a maximum of $500 per council per fraternal year. Though in-kind food donation is valuable, leaders of hunger-relief organizations often comment that financial contributions can be stretched even further and allow nonprofits to procure the exact items needed by the organization and its clients.Please visit the Food for Families page on the Faith in Action site for more information or resources, please visit www.kofc.org/food.Good FridayAs we begin Lent, start planning how you will encourage our brother Knights and your parish community to fully participate in the beautiful and meaningful liturgies of Holy Week, especially the Good Friday Liturgy. For more information regarding Good Friday, visit www.kofc.org/goodfriday.Employment OpportunitiesWith 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)Important LinksMembership BenefitsCelebrate McGivneyFormsSuppliesFraternal OperationsTraining & WebinarsProgramsInviting Men to JoinEngage Your MembersCeremonialsThank you for your service to the Order. If you have any questions or suggestions during your term, please email email@example.comSUBSCRIBE TO THE FRATERNAL LEADER ADVISORY – CLICK HEREFor a full list of who receives this newsletter and the FLA Archives, please click here..
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