Resource Materials for Membership Directors and Councils

Grand Knights and Membership Directors as well as all Council members:

With your DDs participation and members of the State Team, we are always here to help

Here are some of the resources W15 PDFs attached that you should have on hand as well as a firm knowledge of where to find it online. In addition, you should have the ability to instruct them on how to run and conduct Church Drives at your Councils and also how to use these materials:


This section contains valuable information for success in increasing membership while at the same time, allowing new members to be a part of the faith and sound principles which unite all members of the Knights of Columbus.

Membership Recruitment and Retention Manual (#10237)

10 Keys to Membership Recruiting Success (#10233)

Why You Should Become a Knight (#10100)

Twenty-four Hours Can Change Your Life (#10099)

A Charity that Evangelizes (#4976)

College Council Promotional Flyer (#4606)

These Men They Call Knights (#937)

Support Materials

To assist your council in its recruitment efforts, the Supreme Council offers a variety of membership-related materials for your use. These items are available free of charge (unless otherwise noted) when ordered in reasonable quantities.

Review the listing below to determine which items best suit your recruitment plan and then place your order via Supplies Online, the supply ordering portal available on Officers Online.

Print Materials

Membership Document100
Prospect Referral Card (To be completed by members)921
Prospect Card (To completed by prospect)921A
“These Men They Call Knights” overview booklet ($ 0.25 each)937
Member Interest Survey 1842
“Become a Knight” place mats (In packages of 500 for $10)1915
Pocket Flip Chart 2041
Membership Invitation with envelope2599
Suggested Remarks for Membership Recruitment10067
Family Fraternal Benefits flyer2761
Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit flyer2773
How to Design Council Brochure flyer 4125
Council Brochure Template  (In packages of 250 sheets for $5)4242
Shining Armor qualification card 4292
Shining Armor certificate ($ 0.25 each)4293
Shining Armor flyer 4297
Make a Difference poster4498
Emergency Personnel Benefit flyer4582
Military Personnel Benefit flyer4685


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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 a plan of action and follow through on it. The “Action Steps” and “Support Materials” links to the right 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.

Action Steps

This page is your guide to having a successful recruitment program in your council. The suggestions in the links below are proven winners. You should decide which ones offer the best opportunities for success in your council. These strategies are easy to organize and implement. If you follow all the steps described, you’ll be successful.

Review the programs outlined, take the steps to get organized, implement your program and follow through on it. Please click on the title of the strategy to view the Web page for each, and the “PDF” option to open a PDF file that you can print and distribute among your council members.

Remember, there are a lot of qualified Catholic men just wanting to be asked to join. Now is the time to take your first steps toward offering these men membership in the Knights of Columbus.

Recruitment StrategiesPDF
Organize Your Membership CommitteePDF
Build a Prospect ListPDF
Conduct an Effective Church Recruitment DrivePDF
One-on-One RecruitingPDF
Recruit Using 2-on-1 Team ConceptPDF
Hold a Church DrivePDF
Conduct an Open HousePDF
Organize an In-House Open HousePDF
Conduct A Membership Invitation ProgramPDF
The 24 Hour KnightPDF
Recruit Former MembersPDF
Describe the Benefits of MembershipPDF
Promote the Insurance ProgramPDF
Use an Admission CommitteePDF
Schedule and Conduct First DegreesPDF
Recognize Council RecruitersPDF

All PDF’s are found in this link:

Special Note:   
Use your District Deputies as extensions of your Teams to plan these Recruiting events. Also refer to your Strategic Playbook for additional recruiting opportunities and also additional top recruiters to develop additional recruitment Teams that can assist in other Church Drives the State Team cannot be at.  

Remember what worked as a standard before needs to be more diverse in how we engage future new Members, whether it be Activity Drives, Program Drives, Community Drives, Church Drives etc… you have to be creative and maybe even design State Specific materials like Posters, Brochures, Recruitment cards to engage the non- member to join us!

Do not be afraid to go to beaches and campsites or big venue stadiums/events to place cards in windows or maybe even a simple letter to men by sending a written letter to invite friends colleagues or neighbours to join. But you have to instruct them from State on the why and how you want them to do it!

Ryan DeHaan,

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