In just a few weeks, we will meet in Topeka for the 116th Kansas State Convention! The Convention is and will always be a great time to renew old friendships and to celebrate the achievements of the fraternal year. It looks we’ll have many things to celebrate: new records in tootsie roll donations, a record amount of Religious Education monies raised, the installation of two sonogram machines in pregnancy crisis centers, and the installation of two new Knights of Columbus Councils! I was looking at the State membership numbers and I realize that we are doing much better this second half of the year. Kansas hit its membership goals for both January and February. It is hoped that by the time you read this, Kansas will have achieved its goal for March, also.
Now… about April, May, and June: membership is one great big momentum machine. Once a Council or a District becomes membership active, don’t stop! You’ve got to keep it going! It is much easier to keep your First Degree Team sharp if you have more than one or two degrees a year.
I would like to remind you that the coveted Star Council award can still be achieved. As if being recognized by Supreme as one of the top 10% of Councils in the entire Order was not enough incentive, Supreme offers an even bigger prize: if a council qualifies for the Star Council Award in 2016-2017 Fraternal Year, that council will receive a credit for the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year of $4.50 for each billable member on the roster as of July 1st, 2017! That’s right! If your council has 100 billable members on your roster, your council will receive a $450 credit from Supreme towards, per capita, culture of life, etc.! If you are close on the membership requirement, get busy! Schedule a couple of First Degrees and recruit to fill them. If you lack membership make certain that your Field Agent know this and encourage him to work your Council’s new and/or Associate Members. If you don’t have a Field Agent, make certain that you contact your General Agent for help.
A little reminder if your Council or District is considering Star status: suspensions and withdraws count against your membership numbers. What is the best way to keep these suspensions and withdraws from occurring? Recruit members, get them to the 3rd Degree, and then involve them in Council functions. If a member has not paid his dues or stops coming to Knights of Columbus meetings, contact him. Find out what is going on. Invite him back to meetings. Remind him of the benefits of membership in the Order. Most of all, doing nothing will get you nothing.
As we approach the end of Lent and Easter Sunday, I wish all Knights and their families a happy and joyous Easter! May the love of God, family and friends nourish your soul, and renew in us all a sense of God’s love.