Fraternal Leader Advisory
Breaking News | Reminders | Resources | Recommendations
Volume 4 | June 11, 2020
Important Links
Fraternal Operations Resources are now available in
Survey of the Month - June 2020
Please complete this survey regarding the Founders Award, online exemplification ceremonies, and local guidelines relating to pandemic restrictions. Thank you!
Upcoming Online Exemplifications
It is important to find and recruit Knights in different ways. Mark McMullen, Sr. Vice President of Membership and Marketing, gives us a few ideas to recruit and exemplify more new Knights. Read his message and see what ideas can work for you.

A full, Supreme Council sponsored ceremony schedule can be found here in English , Spanish , and French .

NOTE: Councils must file a form 100 for all new members attending an online exemplification
Fraternal Operations
Update on Remote Operations
Councils must continue to follow the pandemic restrictions of church and state authorities. In areas where restrictions have been relaxed, councils must exercise prudential judgement when considering the resumption of face to face events and meetings. The safety of members and guests must be of paramount concern with special attention given to protecting those most vulnerable to the virus (elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions).
Since regulations are different in every state and city, the Supreme Council cannot, at this time, issue an overriding set of guidelines for a return to normal operations. Indeed, fraternal operations may never fully return to the old normal. Many new rules may remain in effect indefinitely. Furthermore, rules may change often and on short notice as societies come to terms with this terrible disease and its impact.
Our May 14 webinar on Fraternal Operations included suggestions for councils to consider for the resumption of face to face meetings and events.  Click here to review the slides from that webinar . Please note that these are merely suggestions that reflect what many organizations are doing to manage their own events. Also, please be aware that our suggestions are not all inclusive. However, they are good things to consider as you plan to resume “in contact” activities. Church and local authorities, particularly local health boards, are likely to have more comprehensive guidelines for councils to follow.
New Fraternal Training Resources
The new Fraternal Training page is the go-to resource for council, assembly, district and state fraternal leaders. Regional Training Directors provide training for council and district leaders, both in person and online. Contact your jurisdiction’s Regional Training Director to learn about upcoming training opportunities in your jurisdiction. Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at . Your feedback on future training and video topics will be essential as we move forward.
Credit/Debit Card Update
Councils and assemblies may now conduct financial transactions using a credit and/or debit card held in the name of the council or assembly. This change was adopted by the Board of Directors. To implement the Board’s decision, the Supreme Advocate has modified all by-laws for councils and assembles using the By-laws Online system, and is retroactive to January 1, 2020. Details can be found here and at Officers Online . If your council or assembly intends to conduct financial transactions using a credit or debit card in its name, please ensure that you and your fellow officers are familiar with the Order’s process for receiving and expending money , described on the Officer’s Desk Reference.
Membership Growth
Membership Growth Promotion for Friends and Family
Now is the time to ask Catholic men to join you in the breach. If a Knight joins online by June 30 and uses the promo code GIVE2020 , his $30 membership fee will go directly to the KofC’s Leave No Neighbor Behind fund , and the Supreme Council will match that donation 100%.

Please email this invitation  to your family and friends and encourage them to make the life changing decision of becoming a Knight of Columbus — by joining now, they help us support our neighbors in this time of need. 
District Deputy Report
Grand Knight Report
Financial Secretary Report
Immediately after officer elections submit the Report of Officers Chosen for the Term (Form #185) and Service Program Personnel Report (Form #365) . These forms are essential for effective communication between the Supreme Council and fraternal leaders.

Timely processing of member additions and changes is critical as we approach the end of the fraternal year. If your council is on track to earn Star Council, all form 100s need to be processed by June 30. You can submit a paper form 100 or use the Candidate Tab on Officers Online . If your council has new members attending the online Exemplifications being offered by the Supreme Office, you still need to submit a form 100 for each new member joining your council.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action Program COVID-19 Operations Update
Updates on Faith In Action programs including Silver Rose, Marian Icon, and Keep Christ in Christmas are now available

Knights in Rhode Island Support their Parish
Supporting your parish is one of the five pillars of our LNNB initiative . Our brothers in Rhode Island are making a difference in their parish.  Watch their story

LNNB has been designated a featured program. If a council conducts any activities associated with the Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative and reports on their work using the Leave No Neighbor Behind Survey , the council will receive two program credits towards any category for the Columbian Award.
Marian Prayer Program
The Marian Prayer program is now continuing as scheduled. Live-streamed prayer services remain the recommended option for the program. Councils should continue to abide by any local civil or diocesan guidelines currently in place. For more information on how to run a Marian Prayer Program, please visit .
Global Wheelchair Mission
As council activity is wrapping up for the fraternal year, consider giving the gift of mobility this summer through The Global Wheelchair Mission. For more information visit .
Food for Families Refund Deadline
As we come to the end of the Fraternal Year, be sure to submit your Food For Families Report (Form #10057) along with all your supporting documents to by June 30 . Thank you for all you are doing to feed the hungry during this time! For more information about Food for Families, visit .
Silver Rose
The Silver Rose program is now continuing as scheduled. Live-streamed prayer services remain the recommended option for the program. Councils should continue to abide by any local civil or diocesan guidelines currently in place. Visit the Silver Rose program page for more information including scheduled routes and program guidelines.
Webinar Registration
Thank you for your service to the Order. If you have any questions or suggestions during your term, please email
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