State Program Director's Message

State Program Director’s Message – July 2021

Brother Knights:

 July 1st marks the start of a brand-new year. The start of the new Fraternal Year brings new leaders, new programs and new goals. Congratulations to all elected Grand Knights, whether newly elected or re-elected. Your position is one of importance and pride. The State Service Program Directors and Chairmen are ready to help you attain Star Council. Congratulations to the following State Program Directors – Faith Director – Adrien Piche, Family Director – Jeff Krasowski, Community Director – John Marshall and to all the Chairmen in the four Faith in Action categories.

Also, welcome to all the new and all the returning District Deputies for this Fraternal Year.

Covid Recovery Program (CRP)

  • As we begin this Fraternal Year, everything we plan and do should tie into helping re-engage our pastors, our parish, our council, leadership and individual Knights. The only way a pastor, a parish or community will know that the Knights are active and engaging in this COVID recovery is through Programs.
  • As you are planning this fall, consider how all programs build toward each other and this common goal of:
  • Putting our faith into action and
  • Re-engaging the pastor, the parish and the council.
  • CRP Guidebook and all required information are on Supreme website www.kofc.org/crp.

Faith in Action / Leave No Neighbor Behind

  • Councils should continue doing Faith in Action Programs that best fit the needs of their parishes and local communities.
  • Faith in Action Programs are important in driving recruitment and retention.
  • Programs councils can start planning now are:
  • Faith – Into the Breach, Holy Hour and Pilgrim Icon.
  • Family – Food for Families, Family of the Month and Family Prayer Night.
  • Community – Coats for Kids, Global Wheelchair Mission and Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.
  • Life – Mass for People with Special needs and Novena for Life.
  • Leave No Neighbor Behind Program will continue throughout this coming fraternal year stronger than last year. Councils are encouraged to do the activities outlined in this program, an example of our principle of charity to those who require help.
  • Report all your activities related to the Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative with the Leave No Neighbor Behind Survey at www.kofc.org/neighbor. Email a copy of this document to programs@kofcsask.com.
  • All the key resources for planning and success of Faith in Action and Leave No Neighbor Behind programs are on the Supreme website – www.kofc.org or http://www.kofc.org/fiaresources or www.kofc.org/formembers.

Remote / Virtual Programs

  • Activities can be remote or hybrid.
  • See Remote Programming Supplement (#11139) – http://www.kofc.org/fiaresources for steps and best practices & examples of remote programs.
  • While in-person programming is and should always be the preference and norm, remote programming is meant to add to and enhance current program guidelines and requirements.
  • All remote activities count for the Supreme awards.

Form #10784 – Fraternal Programs Report Form

  • All councils are required to use Form #10784 – Fraternal Programs Report Form Online to report your council fraternal programs.
  • Complete Form #10784 after each program.
  • Review training video at www.kofc.org.
  • Any council member may complete this form.
  • Form #10784 is available online at www.kofc.org/fiaresources.
  • Please email a copy of this document to programs@kofcsask.com.

2021-2022 Fraternal Planner

  • Use the Fraternal Planner as a guide to developing a fraternal plan for the coming year, then modify activities along the way to best fit the needs of the parish and community.
  • The Fraternal Planner is a great tool to plan, track and report on your results.
  • Early and proactive planning is key to a successful year. It’s never too soon to begin planning for success.
  • Don’t forget to work with your Pastor to plan events with your parish.
  • Consider programs that can engage online members and their families.

Fraternal Leader Advisory

  • Fraternal Leader Advisory is a resource for state, district and council leaders and is sent on the first and third Thursday of the month.
  • Check out the latest Fraternal Leader Advisory for all the up-to-date information about your fraternal leader responsibilities and monthly tasks – kofc.org/en/news-room/fraternal-leader-advisory.

2021-2022 Columbian Award Criteria

  • 16 program credits – 4 in each of the four Faith in Action categories.
  • Submit Columbian Award Application (#SP-7) – due June 30, 2022.
  • Submit Service Program Personnel Report (#365) – due August 1, 2021.
  • Councils must be fully compliant with Safe Environment requirements.

2021-2022 Star Council Criteria

  • Earn Columbian Award for well-rounded council programs.
  • Submit Columbian Award Application (#SP-7) – due June 30, 2022.
  • Earn McGivney Award – 5% net growth in membership; minimum 3, maximum 20.
  • Earn Founders Award – promote and host two Fraternal Benefit Seminars (virtual or in-person).
  • Submit Service Program Personnel Report (#365) – due August 1, 2021.
  • Submit Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) – due January 31, 2022.
  • Remain current with assessments from the Supreme Council headquarters.
  • Councils must be fully compliant with Safe Environment requirements.

 Supreme Forms – Please Submit These Important Annual Forms:

  • Form #185 – Report of Officers Chosen for the Term – due June 30, 2021.
  • Form #365 – Service Program Personnel Report – due August 1, 2021.
  • Form #1295 – Semiannual Council Audit Report – due August 15, 2021.

 Upcoming State Events

Thank you for all you do for the Knights.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Leave No Neighbor Behind.

Eugene Achtemichuk

Vivat Jesus
Eugene Achtemichuk
State General Program Director

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