Fraternal Leader Advisory | Volume 72!
|VOLUME 72 March 16, 2023 | Webinar: Lenten Evening of Recollection On Monday, March 27, Fr. Innocent Montgomery, CFR, will offer a presentation about the Passion of Our Lord titled, “Remain here, and watch with me.” (Matt. 26:38): Walking the Way of the Cross united to Jesus. His reflection will be a powerful opportunity to prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter.|
This Lenten Evening of Recollection will begin on Monday, March 27 at 8:00pm EDT Register Now Documentary on Relief Efforts in Ukraine Airs on ABC Since February 26, and running for six consecutive weeks, In Solidarity with Ukraine is airing on ABC affiliates across the United States through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. In Solidarity with Ukraine, an inspiring new film from the Knights of Columbus, offers a vivid example of what it means to be a Christian disciple in the midst of war, and how the light of the Gospel continues to shine in the darkness. Please visit www.ukrainefilm.com to learn more and check the broadcast schedule for airings in your area.
A Prayer for Peace in UkrainePlease continue to pray for peace in Ukraine. Your council can order prayer cards on Supplies Online.Remember, for the latest news and information on our helping those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, please visit kofc.org/Ukraine.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 – Special OlympicsThis week’s Mini Survey focuses on the Special Olympics 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 Special Olympics survey.Complete Survey**If you missed last month’s survey on the Family Fully Alive 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 CornerEncourage councils to appoint a nominating committee to recommend officers for the next fraternal year. Have the committee look beyond the usual volunteers to find a good mix of candidates representing fresh ideas and sound council practices.In honor of Founder’s 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. Conduct a quarterly district meeting to ensure your councils close the fraternal year strong. Review Star Council progress, council election procedures, and have council leaders share best practices. It is vital to the health of our Order that we keep accurate records of our charitable donations and good works. Your diligence is crucial to our success in gathering this information. Contact all your councils to ensure they have completed the Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728). The best method for submitting this form is online via Officers’ Online.Council Officer CornerGrand KnightThe Semiannual Council Audit Report (#1295) was due February 15. This form is required to maintain the bonding on your Financial Secretary and Treasurer.Build a strong leadership bench by identifying future leaders of your council, empowering them to run initiatives, and mentoring them on fraternal operations.Plan activities for the Spring season. Programs are great opportunities to invite men of the parish to join your council.If your council participated in an approved Fraternal Benefits Seminar, confirm with your field agent that the proper report was submitted to the Supreme Council.Financial SecretaryCouncil Payments Due – The Per Capita, Catholic Advertising and Culture of Life levies are due to the Supreme Council before April 10. Failure to pay will result in suspension of the council. A suspended council may not be seated at their state convention, nor are its members eligible to be delegates to the Supreme Council Meeting and Convention.ProgramsSupport New Vocations through the RSVP ProgramSeminarians, religious postulants and novices are the future of our Church, but their numbers are dwindling. Every effort must be made by councils to support new vocations through the RSVP program. For every $500 given to an individual, the Supreme Council will refund the council or assembly $100.
On Nov. 5, 2022, the Knights of Transfiguration Council 10362 in Marietta, Georgia, held their second annual Carry the Cross fundraiser at Kennesaw Mountain. Working in teams, Knights and other parishioners carried 40-pound wooden crosses up the 1,808-foot summit to raise money for the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Gerry De Filippo of Council 10362 explained, “Our job is to take the seminarians under our wing and give them the support that they need.”
Food for FamiliesPlan a Food for Families food drive this spring to help food banks and food pantries that may be struggling to keep the shelves stocked, keeping in mind that whenever we feed the hungry, we are truly serving Christ.
For more info on how your council can participate in this program, visit www.kofc.org/food.For important dates, action items, and resources, visit our Overview and Highlights page here.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 HERETo view the FLA Archives, please click here.
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