State Deputy's Message

August 2017

We are already one full month into the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year!  The State Officers, Directors and Chairmen have developed an Action Plan to insure the success of the Order in Kansas.  The District Deputies have been and installed and have had their weekend of training.  The Grand Knights and important Council Officers, Directors and Chairmen have all attended the Regional District Meetings.  Directories, Program and Membership Guide, forms, charts, pamphlets and information have all been distributed and shared.  Now, it is time to put all this to work to achieve the sort of success that I know that each Council in Kansas is capable of!

The measure of success for any team in any situation is to end the season as a champion.  The Knights of Columbus is no different.  Each Council should strive for the Star Council Award or the Sunflower Award.  It is the measure of a champion that the Supreme Council has identified as the line between being average… or completely successful.

Becoming a champion in any endeavor doesn’t happen by accident.  Rather, it requires training, educating, preparing, and executing the plan.  It requires teamwork and synchronization.  Sometimes, it requires more than just a little luck.  The most important ingredient hasn’t been mentioned yet, and it is a four-letter word:  work!

The greatest plans of all time will fail if no one is willing to do the work.  You must do the work to get the job done.  There is no elevator in the path to success:  everyone gets to take the stairs!

By this point, your Council should have put together its’ key dates for membership drives.  If you are not sure when these should be held, let me give you a couple of hints: October and March!  Now that we have the months established, I’ll leave it to you to set the dates.  After you set a firm date, begin the membership recruitment process. Recruiting new members is essential to the continued growth and well-being of your council and the Order. Offering a man membership in the Knights of Columbus gives him the opportunity to improve his own life and his community. Membership allows him to experience the fraternal bond that Knights share while growing closer to his family and his faith.

For your council’s recruiting efforts to succeed, you need to devise an Action Plan and follow through on it. The “Action Steps” and “Support Materials” links located on the left side of the following webpage will lead you to strategies that your council can implement to execute a successful recruitment campaign and give you a view of the variety of materials available to you.  Use these ideas and materials: to help your recruitment efforts, to keep our Order growing and strong, and to give every qualified man the opportunity to become a Knight of Columbus.  These methods are tried and true:  they may not work all the time, but they do work!

“Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening our Parish:  Become the Cornerstone” is our membership theme this year.  This theme has been chosen to help bring excitement to your recruitment efforts, and to remind you that many times it only takes a spark or two to get a lot of excitement in your Parish Community, simply by recruiting new members and then having them participate in all facets of Columbian Fraternalism.  A prospective member wants to know why he should join our ranks.  You can let him know what it means to be a Catholic and a Knight.

“We seek to make God known to others both in the work we do and in the educational and evangelizing initiatives we support, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to as many people as possible.” Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight.

Recruit new members to your Council for the most important reason:  because we are a Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization.

Vivat Jesus

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